To-do: Monday 12/7

There isn’t much left during the month of December that can get you into the holiday mood that isn’t associated with some sort of advertising. Most holiday ads on the radio and on TV have some kind of Christmas music in the background and just about every kind of graphic imagery you can imagine is worked into print and TV campaigns. It’s pretty easy to become numb to it all.

If you’re having trouble getting into the holiday season (and consider that a bad thing), I’d suggest taking an evening to go and listen to a choir. Maybe it’s just me, but for some reason, a local choral concert still feels kind of untouched from all the consumerism of Christmas.

I mention choirs because tonight, the University of Arkansas is presenting a Winterfest Choral Concert at Walton Arts Center featuring Schola Cantorum, Inspirational Singers, Concert Choir, Donna Voce, and the UA Children’s Choir performing works by Vivaldi, Elgar, Debussy, and a variety of holiday carols. Admission is $10 for the general public, $5 for senior citizens and $1 for students with an ID. Tickets are available at

It’s late. Here’s the list:

JJ’s Grill n Chill: Wiley Seeger 
Nightbird Books: Arkansas Playwrights Workshop with Bob Ford 6:30 pm
Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall: Jazz Combos 8:30 pm
Walton Arts Center: University of Arkansas Winterfest Choral Concert 7:30 pm
Fez Hookah Lounge: Ivy Sons 
The Perk: Open acoustic jam 
Pesto Cafe: Darren Ray