Island Arts

The Seven Naughty Sins paid 
a visit to St. Nick,
They wanted to entice him, see which naughty sin he’d pick.
Greed pushed and shoved the others, was first to Santa’s lap.
Envy yanked her out, gave old Greed a little slap.
Pride was taking Selfies and didn’t give a snap,
Sloth was in a corner, curled up for a nap.
Gluttony slurped ice cream, 
guzzling beer on tap,
Wrath knew he could blow them up with just a single zap.
Lust caught Santa’s eye, winked and gushed, “My Gingersnap.”

Yard Work
A curved man steps on the porch,
His saggy pants cause him to lurch,
Of danger he is unaware,
So while descending he declares:
My step is slow,
My hands do shake,
But every fall,
I work the rake. 
He grips his walker,
Feet goat-wide,
And then addresses,
All outside:
So much has passed,
There’s naught I make,
Yet I today,
Still work the rake. 
A bike flies past,
Then many cars,
The steady scrape,
Heard near and far,

The crowds were out on Thompson Avenue, ahem, excuse me, Christmas Tree Lane again last Saturday, to start off one of the Island City’s treasured annual holiday traditions. Nearly all of the houses along the lane present over-the-top lighted decorations that have featured everything from an animatronic Night Before Christmas to Star Wars’ BB-8. Good ol’ St. Nicholas himself even drops by for a visit, starting this weekend. Christmas Tree Lane will remain lit every night through
New Year’s Eve, which falls on a Sunday this year.

Rhythmix Cultural Works continues its mission of bringing fascinating elements of music and culture to the Island City when it hosts three of the world’s top accordion acts this Saturday, Dec. 9: Those Darn Accordions, Jet Black Pearl and Big Lou the Accordion Princess. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. 

No less than Teller of the famed duo Penn & Teller described the performance as, “Sexy, raw and diabolically funny.” (And he’s the quiet one.) ‘Tis the season, after all, for polka! Get into the swingin’ spirit of the holidays with accordion music that offers a modern twist. 

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