If you ever use the words "Anglophile" and "ubiquitous" in the same sentence, it will probably also include "Downton Abbey." Everyone's favorite British costume drama, and the show that taught Americans what a Dowager Countess is, begins its fifth season on January 5. WXXI is going all out to celebrate, with a swank New Year's Eve event, a preview showing at The Little Theatre, and many more events. One of the most fun will probably be "The Music of Downton: What Lady Mary and Lady Edith Were Singing," to be presented Sunday, January 4, at Asbury Methodist Church. The British song hits of World War I and the gay, mad 1920's will be presented by WXXI-FM's Michael Lasser and performed by Cindy Miller and Alan Jones. Alas, no nasty remarks from Maggie Smith are scheduled.
"The Music of Downton: What Lady Mary and Edith Were Singing" will take place Sunday, January 4, at Asbury First United Methodist Church, 1050 East Avenue. 2 p.m. $30. wxxi.org.