Idol routed to Charlotte, North Carolina tonight, hitting the race way, and bringing with it several cringe worthy racing puns. I'm going to avoid those, mostly because the only thing I know about cars is that they have wheels and take me places.
Ah, Baton Rouge. Idol heads even further south tonight, and I'm crossing my fingers for at least one high powered accordion act. If wishes were horses then beggars would ride though, so we'll see. If I'm super lucky, we'll get at least one act that includes an alligator. We only have an hour tonight because of some silly show called "Glee," so let's jump right into it.
Comedy: Lewis Black will bring his unique brand of rant comedy to the Auditorium Theatre (885 E. Main St.) tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35-$55; for more information, call 225-5000, or visit rbtl.org. For more on the comedian, visit lewisblack.com.
Lectures: A Community Dialogue on Race & Politics will be held tonight at Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave.). The free event takes place at 7 p.m. For more information or to register, call 563-2145 or visit thebaobab.org. In addition, the first in the three-part lecture series, “Race: The Power of an Illusion,” will be held tonight at the Central Library (115 South Ave.), 5-7 p.m. Professor Timothy Weider of Nazareth College will present on “The Difference Between Us,” with following lectures on January 31 and February 7. The event is free to attend and takes place in the Kate Gleason Auditorium in the library. For more information, call 428-8350 or visit libraryweb.org.
Music: You don’t need to jazz festival to find local jazz in town, and tonight among the many options you can check out are Alphonso Williams at Bistro 135 (135 West Commercial St., East Rochester, bistro135.net), 5:30 p.m., free, and Ben Waara at Lemoncello (137 West Commercial St., East Rochester), 6 p.m., Free.
Everyone who loves jazz knows Duke Ellington, but for more recent generations, that knowledge is probably based on the equivalent of a “greatest hits” album. “Take The A Train,” Mood Indigo,” “It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” and several other classics are a nice start, but to be truly wowed, you’ve got to delve deeper.
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