On this Hanukah weekend, this festival of lights, our family is looking forward to a number of activities to keep us entertained and grateful for the many blessings that we have.
Tonight, here in North Carolina (but available via Zoom where ever), we are going to participate in an event by the North Carolina Museum of History. It’s a free program on the history of jazz by T.S. Monk, the son of NC-born famous jazz musician Thelonius Monk.
Here is the description of the event:
North Carolina native Thelonious Monk was one of the world’s greatest jazz pianists. Hailed as the “High Priest of Bebop” and a founding father of modern jazz, his music continues to influence musicians today. In this concert, his son, Thelonious Sphere “T. S.” Monk III, carries on his father’s legacy. Whether performing newly discovered compositions or legendary family songs, the music is overpowering, swinging, and timeless.
Unfortunately, it is too late to sign up for this event, but we are looking forward to participating. I had two brothers who were jazz musicians, so I grew up with Thelonious Monk, and I’m so glad that my son is also interested in this kind of music.
Tomorrow at 6 PM EST, we will engage in a different interest that I shared with my brothers–most of us were “Trekkies.” Stars from five different Star Trek casts are doing some kind of fundraiser in support of the Democratic candidates for Senate in Georgia, Jon Ossoff and Reverend Raphael Warnock.
The performers participating include: Alison Pill, Anthony Rapp, Brent Spiner, Gates McFadden, George Takei, Isa Briones, Jeri Ryan, Jonathan Del Arco, Jonathan Frakes, Kate Mulgrew, LeVar Burton, Marina Sirtis, Michelle Hurd, Santiago Cabrera, Sonequa Martin-Green, Wil Wheaton, and Wilson Cruz
with special guest
To gain access, give any amount (even just one dollar) to the campaign at: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/gsvf-trek?refcode=jtk1422-fr-d&amounts=25%2C50%2C100%2C250%2C500
I have no idea what they are doing, but it will be great to see all these stars from the many Star Trek series.
But this all builds up to my BIGGEST event on Sunday night. For on Sunday, December 13, at 8:30 PM Eastern Time, there will be a LIVESTREAM event from the original cast of HAMILTON, once again on behalf of Reverend Warnock and Jon Ossoff. Entitled “A #HamFam Holiday Celebration,” donate any amount to attend at: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/hamiltonga?refcode=jtk1384-fr-d&amounts=25%2C50%2C100%2C250%2C500
I’m also cooking Hanukah-inspired meals this weekend, so we will be enjoying a weekend of love, lights, laughter, lovely food, and lyrics. Hope your weekend is wonderful as well!