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Winter guide 2005


After spending the first few weeks of the new year getting fat and staying warm, you're gonna wanna go out. I know it's cold and miserable outside, but don't pretend this is your first winter either.

Things kick off with the Cincinnati white boys gone Mississippi black, Thee Shams, at the Bug Jar on January 20. Or you can start with some snowy fluff for the kids with Hillary Duff January 22 at Blue Cross Arena. Personally, I'm waiting for her impending sex scandal to emerge. The same night all the garage fans will be parked at The Bug Jar for Boston's Mono man and what's left of his Lyres along with a much-anticipated reunion of The Projectiles.

Or, if you wanna dig improv bigwigs RAQ, head over to Water Street Music January 22. The hot rock and boogie of rock legend (including Jefferson Airplane Alums Jack Cassidy and Jorma Kaukonen) Hot Tuna hits The German House --- a place I'd like to see used more --- on January 25.

Meadowlark's been gone for years and they're not a musical act, but after seeing The Harlem Globetrotters February 11 at Blue Cross Arena, I defy you to try and get "Sweet Georgia Brown" out of your head. On the jazz end, Dianne Reeves plays Nazareth College February 11 and Brazil's stunning and captivating Claudia Acuna pulls a two-night stint at The Lodge @ Woodcliff February 15 and 16. Slide guitar demoness Joanna Connor heats up The Dinosaur February 23.

Who knows? Maybe Bill will regale us with more of his brother Russell's exploits when Cosby appears on The Auditorium stage February 27. From the too-young-to-shave but old-enough-to-rock set comes Hawthorne Heights with Hopesfall, Sugarcult, Head Automatica, and AnBerlin at Water Street Music Hall on March 7. Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials bring some real Chicago blues (they're from Chicago, you see) to The Dinosaur March 16. And The Irish Rovers will warm your Celtic cockles March 19 when they play at Roberts Wesleyan College.

And if that ain't enough, you could drive to Buffalo and see ex-Replacement Tommy Stinson rock Mohawk Place January 27 or Yanni at HSBC Arena on January 30. I just thought I'd throw those out there.

In This Guide...

  • Winter Guide 2005

    The writers at City Newspaper want you to enjoy this land of snow and ice. Look inside and learn how to eat like royalty off the winter pantry, where to party in the snow like it's 1999, where to get your culture, all about the contemplative sport called ice fishing, and the dates of upcoming concerts and other events.

  • If life gives you snow, make snow angels

    Winter guide 2005
    These are the events that make you hope the weather stay wintry. How else do you set a world record for snow angels or carve ice sculptures?

  • Or you could just stay in

    Winter Guide 2005
    Maybe you're of the hibernation school. You burrow into your home in December, swaddle yourself in flannel and goose down, and subsist on frozen pizzas and canned goods until April.

  • Get your coat, get your culture

    Winter guide 2005
    It's not rocket science: To keep warm, you gotta keep moving. And just because you're wearing boots and your winter hat makes your hair look funny doesn't mean you can't get out and get your culture on.

  • Hypothermia is the price of contemplation

    It's 8:20 a.m. and 10 degrees outside. My fingertips are beginning to numb inside my new Isotoner gloves.

  • City’s choice

    Winter guide2005
    City's choice: nature centers It only takes a few minutes in the car to get you into the wilderness: or seeming wilderness.

  • Who needs California? The winter pantry

    Winter guide 2005
    It's become a dull cliché to say that the best cooking is that which cooks least, starting with the finest, freshest produce. It's kind of a French idea ripped into California overdrive by food gurus like Alice Waters of Chez Panisse fame.