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A three day discussion: No hits, no runs, no errors By Alexander Culafi

The Voice It took Brookline three days to get through all 35 of its articles at this year’s Special Town Meeting. Everything from leaf blowers to parking spaces got discussed at the meeting, which takes place every November following the Annual Town Meeting in May. All 240 elected members of Town Meeting come together and vote on things like budgetary issues, zoning, laws, and other local matters. Some of it was typical Town Meeting style fare, like adding a new sidewalk, while some were a little more… interesting for the purposes of water cooler discussion. For instance: Article 4 passed, expanding upon the definitions of various tobacco products while expanding laws to include things like flavored tobacco and various e-cigarette products. For instance, stores must display signs that say, “The sale of tobacco or e-cigarette products to someone under the minimum legal sales age of 21 years of age is

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National Park Service Commemorates President Kennedy 53 Years Later By Alexander Culafi

The Voice November 22, 2016 marks the 53rd anniversary of the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States and a Brookline native. He lived at 83 Beal Street for the first three years of his life, at a house now primarily existing as a National Historic Site. To commemorate this date, the National Park Service held a “Remembering JFK” ceremony at the front of the house. There were self-guided tours of the house, movies, plenty of JFK experts to talk to, and at 2:00 PM, a wreath-laying service. It was nice. Fr. Brian Clary lead with an invocation, and it was followed by speeches from National Park staff, excerpts from President Kennedy’s Trade Mart speech (the one he was supposed to deliver on November 22, 1963, as well as his final written speech as President), poems from Edward Devotion School, and a rendition of Danny Boy on flute by Elena Rippel. One line from that Trade Mart speech seemed very appropriate and timeless in our current political climate. “There will always be dissident voices heard in the land, expressing opposition without alternatives, finding fault but never favor, perceiving gloom on every side and seeking influence without responsibility. Those voices are inevitable,” President Kennedy would have said.

Photo | Joshua Resnek The notable marquee of the Coolidge Corner Cinema reaches for the sky.

I’m sure many of us in Brookline knew that we had a site as historic as the Beals Street Kennedy house, but I’m also sure some of the people reading this are like me, and had very little idea that we had such a cool, historic monument right between Harvard Ave and

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hen you sign away your life to the armed forces of the United States, it is always a seminal moment in a citizen's life.

When I stand in front of the granite memorial by the stairs at Brookline Town Hall and I read the words – which everyone here should read – it highlights the extent to which a life can be impacted when you serve your country in a war. Many educated, sophisticated, well-meaning folks living here have no interest in the armed forces or wars or conflicts of any kind. In fact, many, many residents feel we are now at war because Donald Trump has been elected – and perhaps we are at war with ourselves. This conflict is a social war, a war of tone, and for the most part, corrupt politics and political correctness, which distorts nearly everything that comes to mind these days about our lives in these United States. What the granite marker in front of town hall reminds us of is that people who sign their lives away to the USA often die in great numbers fighting in conflicts all over the world – presumably so we can be a free people – and I like to think this is the case. We sometimes get lost, as we did in Vietnam, where 50,000 men and women soldiers died in a brutal conflict that shattered the nation’s conscience. Looking at things through a crude eyeglass of revisionist history suffice to say our 15 years in Afghanistan appears to have taught us very little about fighting tribes dressed up as nation-states. The same is true in Iraq and wherever our troops are in battle throughout the Middle East, which is in a state of dramatic change.


People thinking this way need to go to Syria, where more than 500,000 Muslim men and women have been slaughtered fighting one another because Sunnis can’t accept how Shiites pray to Allah.

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Brookline runs itself with a bit of spit and polish, refined organization and espirit de corps. The place looks good. It is cleaner than most places its size, more civilized with less crime, with less intolerance and apoplexy about problems that cannot be fixed. In fact, the town meeting covers everything of interest to those who run the town and who live here. So the main points on the agenda were not, as Bernie Sanders asserted during his extraordinary run for the White House – which was stolen from him by Hillary Clinton and the Democrats – that we have a corrupt political system, a rigged economy, and that there is a dark patina of hopelessness covering a government dedicated to being and nothingness in Washington, DC. Not so at Brookline Town Hall. Read our report – from noisy leaf blowers to zoning changes – and thank God you live in Brookline.

However, following the presidential election, we have seen that we are suffering from longtime battles being fought from within. That our enemy is inside the nation, not outside. We move to the inauguration of the new president with many people here frantic that our nation is collapsing or regressing into something untenable, terrible, and unfair.

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lexander Culafi, our reporter and man about town, has written a bit about the recent town meeting which began successfully and ended successfully.

Many believe we need to solve our internal battles before we rush to battle others around the world. That we cannot be the world’s policeman is a rich thought that comes to mind quite often these days.



Thank God we are not slaughtering ourselves here. We may be dismayed at the outcome of the election, but America remains the bastion of freedom and democracy in a world appearing to largely recede from that and lowering itself to another place. That granite marker at town hall stands for our interest in the world and the sacrifices made by our men and women. Never forget the sacrifices that were made so we can stand around in our homes and discuss the dangers of the election – which is hardly a battlefield.



orgive my presumption… but when I snapped an afternoon image of a younger man and woman obviously feeling good about themselves, a perceived couple standing by the Coolidge Corner Theater on a sunny day – one of the last warmer ones – there was the palpable feeling that it is a wonderful thing to be in love, or simply to love one another, or at the very least to love the day. Brookline is a wonderful, quiet, pleasant place to be under the sun on one of the last warm days of the year, now quickly rushing to its end. This is just a reminder to enjoy every moment if you can, those positive moments that cause good feeling and hope, because on the other side of this is the reality of life’s complexities, its difficulties and the many pressures conflicting so many residents about how exactly to meet the needs of the day.

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Thanksgiving has come and gone.

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Now we are on to the major holidays.

Arnold Jarmak, President

My, how time flies, and how 2016 is fading away.

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A three day discussion: No hits, no runs, no errors Continued from page 1 prohibited” of a specific size. All flavored tobacco products must be sold at retail stores. Oh, and no blunt wraps. Passed 178 to 2, 5 abstentions. An interesting zoning bylaw would be amended to require parking spaces for electric vehicles. That got pushed to the next spring meeting. Then there’s the leaf blower stuff in Article 23 and 24. Although it sounds like the kind of thing only a small town would worry about, it is a valid concern. Leaf blower noise complaints have become commonplace in Brookline, and Article 23, which passed, rewrites leaf blower regulations while giving them their own special by-law. In addition to that, there’s my favorite part of the Town Meeting, Article 24, which will add a “Leaf Blower Code Control Officer” to the town. It passed 115 to 65, with 5 abstaining. It’s a real issue and a real job, but you’re lying if you don’t think that’s a funny title to give someone who works at

the Town Hall. The officer wouldn’t be part of Brookline PD, and would instead respond to calls at Town Hall during business hours, report to the selectmen, and call on the Police Department for assistance when necessary. They’ll also keep data and educate citizens on the noise as necessary. Article 29 passed, ensuring that officers are trained properly on how to respond to vicious attacks from animals such as dogs. 173 to 3. Not everything passed, though. One motion would have implemented a Payas-you-throw system, charging residents based on how much waste they present for pickup. It failed, 146 to 36 with 9 abstentions. It was a big meeting, so we don’t have enough room to explain every single motion. Here are the final results from the town’s website, and for complete results, you can head to http://brooklinema. gov/1020/Town-Meeting-Files.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan addresses the United Nations General Assembly in September 2009. Credit: UN Photo/Marco Castro.

Turkey’s Erdogan: the insult and the fury

By Ben Cohen/ Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was at his repellent best when he was interviewed by Israeli television journalist Ilana Dayan this week. Although the interview was pegged to the restoration of Turkish-Israeli bilateral ties this past summer, Erdoğan used the occasion to spit his usual invective against Israel and Jews. As tempting as it is to conclude that while political rhetoric is one thing, political action is another—an impression increasingly conveyed in the aftermath of the U.S. presidential election—in Erdoğan’s case, such a distinction isn’t really possible. That’s because Erdoğan really is a dictator, writes columnist Ben Cohen.

Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds. Credit: Courtesy of Chris Edmonds.

‘Ticks’ in the margins: how a Baptist pastor unearthed his father’s Holocaust heroism

Brookline High School to Compete in Quiz Show By Alexander Culafi

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Brookline High School is going to be one of the teams competing on High School Quiz Show when it premieres on WGBH 2 on February 4 at 6 PM.

2. Advanced Math & Science Academy (Marlborough, MA)

The WGBH program is a game show hosted by Billy Costa that challenges 16 teams to compete in a single-elimination tournament with four quiz rounds every episode. Ultimately, the show aims to crown a state champion, who will then go on to challenge the winner of Granite State Challenge, the New Hampshire version of this show.

4. Bromfield School

Brookline’s team was selected from over 110 different local high schools earlier this month after being among the top scorers of a qualifying quiz at the show’s Super Sunday event.

10. Needham High School

"The depth of knowledge that Massachusetts high school students bring to WGBH impresses me every season," High School Quiz Show host Billy Costa said in a statement. "High School Quiz Show is so much fun to host and to watch. I know that viewers of all ages will get into the spirit of the competition as much as I

By Jeffrey Barken/ Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds never spoke about his experiences as a prisoner of war during World War II. Captured during the Battle of the Bulge, Roddie survived an arduous march through frozen terrain and was interned for nearly 100 days at Stalag IXA, a POW camp near Ziegenhain, Germany. “Son, there are some things I’d rather not talk about,” Roddie would tell his boys, Kim and Chris Edmonds, when they were young. When Roddie died in 1985, Chris, now a Baptist pastor, inherited his father’s war diaries. Now that his father’s wartime stories are known, Chris said his life has been “turned upside down.” The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, an organization that identifies non-Jewish rescuers of Holocaust survivors and pays tribute to their courage, will honor Roddie’s memory Nov. 28 with the Yehi Ohr Award during the foundation’s annual dinner at the New York City Public Library.

3. Belmont High School 5. Brookline High School 6. Chelmsford High School 7. Dover-Sherborn High School 8. Hingham High School 9. Lexington High School 11. Newton North High School 12. North Andover High School 13. North Quincy High School 14. Sacred Heart High School (Kingston, MA) 15. Somerville High School 16. Thayer Academy (Braintree, MA) The show will begin filming in January.

On Nov. 25, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits the scene where a wildfire broke out in Beit Meir, outside of Jerusalem. Credit: Kobi Gideon/GPO.

Netanyahu calls fires resulting from arsonists ‘terror in every way’ Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that any brushfires resulting from arsonists will be considered terrorism. “Every fire that was the result of arson or incitement to arson is terror in every way and we’ll treat it as such. Anyone who tries to burn parts of the state of Israel will be severely punished,” Netanyahu said. About 1,500 fires have broken out in Israel since Tuesday, and it is now believed that at least half of them were the work of arsonists, Israel Hayom reported.



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There is something poignant about the way the world has changed, but that some things never change with it. Such is the comic book store on Harvard Street. You can’t miss it. No one does. If comic books are your thing, then this is the place to be, as I found out recently when I was searching for the most recent comic book detailing the trials and tribulations of a zombified world. Yup. The most recent edition of The Walking Dead was right there. Just what I needed. Everything else of this exotic genre is also available. Check it out. JR

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To view these fine and stylish timepieces, please contact Fabrizio at his Darling Street Italian coffee shop in downtown Marblehead. These are wonderful holiday presents for the people you love — and if you’re in the area, Bello Preciso Cafe has the finest Italian coffee you will savor, delight in, and come back for — guaranteed!

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National Park Service Commemorates President Kennedy 53 Years Later Continued from page 1 Coolidge Corner. And it’s not one of those monuments turned into a much larger building, either. It’s just a house on the street, like any other house on the street. There’s a little sign and a flag, but otherwise, it just looks like any other house. Believe it or not, my favorite part of the adventure was not seeing the solemn wreathlaying ceremony, but instead all of the stuff I learned when I was there. I got to see the inside of the Kennedy home, which had all of the fixings of a 1910’s well-to-do home. The kitchen had funky cooking apparatuses, there were pictures on the walls of longdead people not-smiling in black and white, and JFK’s room had period-appropriate books and toys scattered about. The staff are clearly enthusiastic about President Kennedy’s life and legacy. “My favorite thing about JFK is his eloquence, his way with words,” says Lead Park Ranger Jason Atsales. “A lot of people are inspired by John F. Kennedy, and he was a very

charismatic President who connected really well with people and gave them a lot of optimism and hope about what was to be. And of course, with his life being cut short, we don’t know what fully could have been.” I recommend everyone who can to check it out one day. A lot of crazy things have happened in our country’s short history (Happy Thanksgiving!), and this is an excellent place to learn about a few of those events. One thing I learned: Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in as President on Air Force One just 2 hours and 8 minutes after President Kennedy was assassinated while a dazed Mrs. Kennedy was looking on. Imagine what must have been going through President Johnson’s head at the time. Reaching the highest position of power in the world – but only at the ultimate cost.

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According to the official website, The John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site is “closed for the season and open by appointment only.” Anyone interested can call (617) 566-7937.

War By Other Means: Israel, BDS and the Campus A National Conference

Sunday December 4, 2016 Conference I Featured speakers Alan Dershowitz Professor of Law Emeritus, Harvard Law School Via video Miriam Elman Associate Professor of Political Science, Syracuse University

Scholars, students and campus experts explore the roots and impact of campaigns to stigmatize and isolate Israel - and strategies to counter the assault. Presented by

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9 AM to 4 PM I Conference With light breakfast and lunch. Dietary law observed. Harvard Law School Milstein Conference Center in Wasserstein Hall, 1585 Massachusetts Ave, Cambidge, MA General Admission $75 Early-bird registration, $100 After November 23rd Pre-Registration Required For more information and to register online

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Turn your Myra and Robert Kraft Passport to Israel account into a two-week adventure of a lifetime in Israel with more than 100 Jewish teens!

Jewish teens, who have Passport to Israel accounts and who are currently sophomores or juniors in high school and are not presently planning to use their Passport to Israel funds for a school, youth group or camp trip to Israel in 2017, are invited to use their funds to go to Israel with Lappin Foundation’s 2017 Youth to Israel Adventure (Y2I). The balance of the trip is fully subsidized! The trip will take place from July 2-16, 2017. Space is limited to 30 Passport to Israel teens.

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The Nutcracker Boston Ballet’s magnificent two-act, two-hour production of Mikko Nissinen’s reimagined classic ballet, featuring music by Tchaikovsky, is performed through Dec. 31, Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston. Times vary. Tickets start at $35., 617-695-6955.


Central Square’s accomplished, versatile Artistic Director Lee Mikeska Gardner directs “Journey to the West,” a comical adaptation of a 16th century Chinese novel, now through Dec. 31, Central Square Theater, 450 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. $16-$61. 617-576-9278,


Underground Theater director Debra Wise presents adaptations of Gregory Maguire’s novel, “Matchless,” based on a story by Hans Christian Andersen, and Oscar Wilde’s beloved “The Happy Prince,” now through Dec. 31, Central Square Theater, 450 Mass. Ave., Cambridge.$15-$55. 617=576=9278,


Joppa Dance Company and the Firehouse Center for the Arts present a dance-theater production of Charles Dickens’ beloved Christmas ghost story, Dec. 2,8 p.m.;Dec. 3, 2 and 8 p.m., Dec. 4, 2 p.m. Market Square, Newburyport. Members, $13; students, seniors, $14; non-members, $15.


Nothing’s so lovely than a day in Olde Marblehead, including: Holiday open house at the Hooper Mansion, Dec. 1, 5-7 p.m, Christmas Walk Weekend at the Hooper, 8 Hooper St., Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Dec. 4, 12-5 p.m., with several activities; MAA Artisan Shop,

featuring works by 8 artists, through January 2017, and more., 781-631-2608.


Boston’s premier handbell ensemble will perform its holiday concert “An English Christmas,” Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m., United Church of Christ, Medfield; Dec. 4, 2 p.m., Amazing Things Arts Center, Framingham; Dec. 10, 1:30 p.m., West Parish Church, Barnstable; also at 7:30 p.m., First Parish Church, Scituate; Dec. 11, 3 p.m., Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport; December 16, 7:30 p.m., First Church Boston, in Boston. $20; seniors, students, $15. Backbayringers. org or at the door.


Music Worcester presents Handel’s immortal “Messiah” featuring the Worcester Chorus, soloists, festival singers and orchestra, Saturday, Dec. 3, 8 p.m., Mechanics Hall, Worcester. $7.50-$49. Group rates, discounts available., 508-7543231.


Boston Playwrights’ Theatre presents Andrew Joseph Clarke’s new dramatic play, “Faithless,” Dec. 8-18: Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday,Saturday, 8p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. The play focuses on two generations of an Irish-American family, gathered together at the hospital. As their matriarch is dying, the black sheep of the family unexpectedly shows up. Starring are Boston’s favorites Maureen Keillor, Christine Power, East Boston’s native son, Greg Maraio, and Abby Knipp. 949 Comm. Ave., Boston. $30, BU faculty, staff, senior citizens $25; students with valid ID, $, 866-811-4111.


me & thee coffeehouse welcomes Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Peters Friday, Dec. 9, 8 p.m., accompanied by her husband, pianist-co-producer Barry Walsh, Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. Advance tickets, $20, at the door, $23; students, $10., 781-631-8987.


Americana Theatre Company presents EP Dowdall’s adaption of this romantic holiday comedy, based on the Hungarian play, “Illatszertar,” by Miklos Laszlo, Dec. 11-15, 7 p.m.; Plymouth Center for the Arts, 11 North St., Plymouth. Pre-show receptions at 6:30 p.m. Recommended for ages 8-up. $25; group rates also., 508-591-0282.


Boston Camerata explores European early Christmas music in “Puer Natus Est:A Medieval Christmas,“ Dec. 2-11: Dec. 2, 8 p.m., Hancock United Church of Christ, 1912 Mass. Ave, Lexington; Dec. 3, 8 p.m.;First Parish Church of Newbury, 20 High St, Newbury, Dec. 4, 3 p.m., Gordon Chapel at Old South Church, 645 Boylston St., Boston, and in California venues, celebrating the role of the Nativity. “In Dulci Jubilo: A German Christmas,” is performed Dec. 19, 8 p.m., First Church in Cambridge, 11Garden St., Cambridge., 617-262-2092.


Heart and Dagger Productions get gritty and gruesome, presenting Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd- The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” through Dec. 4, Boston Center for the Arts, Martin Hall, Calderwood Pavilion,

527 Tremont St., Boston: Dec. 2, 8 p.m.; Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 4, 3 p.m.; Dec. 3, 3,8 p.m.


The theater will hold the New England premieres of Young Jean Lee’s “Straight White Men,” and Amelia Bullmore’s “Di and Viv and Rose,” running in rotating performances, now through Dec. 23, 393 Broad St., Providence, RI. $15-$25., or call 401-400-7100. Bedroom Farce Huntington Theatre Company presents Alan Ayckbourn’s comedy, “Bedroom Farce,” through Dec.11, BU Theatre, Avenue of the Arts, Huntington Ave., Boston, Visit


Oberon presents monthly shows, Glowberon and the Afterglow Festival, through March 9, 2017, featuring solo performances and cabaret.


Concerts are held Nov. 28-30, also Dec. 1, 5, 7, 12, 7,8,9 p.m., as part of the C1 Salon Series and Jazz in the Mix, Pierce/Brown Hall, Boston.


The Lyric Stage Company of Boston presents comical musical mystery, “Murder for Two,” with book and music by Joe Kinosian and book and lyrics by Kellen Blair, through Dec. 24, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.; Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 3,8 pm.; Sundays 3 p.m.; Wednesday matinees, 2 p.m., Nov. 30, Dec. 21. Tickets start at $25; senior, group, student rush discounts., 617-585-5678.

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The Company Theatre presents Charles Dickens’ classic ghost tale through Dec. 18, 30 Accord Park Drive, Norwell.


Swordplay, slapstick, murder and freestyle ultimate fighting featuring Boston theatrical champs Omar Robinson, Angie Jepson, Gabriel Kuttner and Daniel Berger-Jones battle with other Shakespearean stalwarts in this rowdy showcase of Shakespeare’s best fights, through Dec. 11, Durrell Theater, Cambridge YMCA, 820 Mass. Ave., Central Square, Cambridge. Wednesday-Saturday, 8 p.m., Sunday, 4 p.m., APalpableHit. com.


Boston Ballet’s magnificent two-act, two-hour production of Mikko Nissinen’s reimagined classic ballet, featuring music by Tchaikovsky, is performed through Dec. 31, Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston. Times vary. Tickets start at $35. bostonballet. org, 617-695-6955.


The Brookline Voice Klezwoods, Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m., The Regattabar at the Charles Hotel, One Bennett St., Cambridge. Julia and the Zerounian Ensemble perform Nov. 29, 7:30 p.m., and Daniel Bachman, Nov 30, 7:30 p.m. 617-6615000.

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Merrimack Repertory Theatre presents the world premiere of Steven Drukman’s play, “Going to See The Kid,” Nov. 30-Dec. 24, Nancy L. Donahue Theater, 50 E. Merrimack St.,, or call 978-5644678.


Actors’ Shakespeare Project returns to Brookline's Willet Hall at United Parish, performing Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” Dec. 1-Jan. 8, 2017, 210 Harvard St., Brookline. $30-$50., 866-811-4111.


The group performs a free concert with electronics, Dec. 3, 8 p.m., 1332 Ipswich St., Boston., 617-912-9222.


Percussion students perform a free concert Dec. 4, 8 p.m., 132 Ipswich St., Boston. bostonconservatory., 617-912-9222.


Boston Cosnervatory ‘s Combined Choruses perform a free concert Dec. 7, 8 p.m., Old South Church., 617-912-9222.


Moonbox Productions and Grand Harmonie present Peter Shaffer’s Tony Award-winning production, “Amadeus,” through Dec. 17, Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Theatre, 539 Tremont St., South End, Boston. Showtimes: Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday matinees, 2 p.m. $50, $45, patrons under 25, $25; student rush a half-hour before performance, $15. Musical talkbacks are Dec. 3, with Yoni Kahn, Dec. 10, Thomas Carroll, and Dec.11, Sylvia Berry. Visit or call 617-9338600.


Ogunquit Playhouse presents the beloved musical tale of Belle and the enchanted beast, whose time is running out,Nov. 30-Dec. 18,at the Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH. or 207-646-5511.


The Regattabar annual Klezmer Music Festival features

The group performs a free concert of Holst, Messiaen, Muhly, Respighi, and Bartok music, accompanied by pianist Max Levinson, Dec. 8, 8 p.m., at Boston’s Old Slouth Church., 617-912-9222.


New Life Fine Arts presents David MacAdam’s musical adaptation of Dickens’ beloved ghost tale, Dec. 9-11, 16-18, at the Groton Dunstable Performing Arts Center, 344 Main St.,


December may be cold outside, but the jazz is hot at Scullers with headliners Jessy J, Dec. 7, John Pizzarelli, Dec. 9, and Kurt Elling, Dec. 16,17, Doubletree Suits by Hilton, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston. info@,


Appearing at the Red Room, Cafe 939, 939 Boylston St., Boston, are William Fitzsimmons and Laura Burhenn, Nov. 29,Lawrence Fields, Nov. 30, Front Country and Brett Newski, Dec. 3, Taylor Davis, Dec.


Salem State University Theatre Arts Department presents Tom Stoppard’s translated adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s masterpiece, “The Seagull,” Dec. 1-3,8-10, 7:30 p.m.; Dec.4,11, 2 p.m., Dec. 8, 6:30 p.m., Callan Studio theatre, Administration Bldg., 354 Lafayette St., Salem. $15; students, $10,seniors; SSU students with ID,,978-542-6365.

5, Ruby Rose Fox, Dec. 9, all at 8 p.m. boxoffice@


New England Foundation for the Arts’ creative city program holds the world premiere of Marsha Parrilla and Danza Organica’s “Running in Stillness,” a dance exploration of the effect of incarceration on women, December 2,3, 8 p.m, at Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley St., Roxbury. $25; stufents, and Boston Alliance members, $15. Free for residents of Dudley Square.,or email


Tir Na Productions presents Bernard McMullan’s dark Irish Christmas comedy starring Boston’s best Irish performers, Nancy E.Carroll, Colin Hamell, Stephen Russell and Derry Woodhouse, Dec. 1-23, the Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Somerville.


The Wilbury Group Theater will hold the New England premieres of Young Jean Lee’s “Straight White Men,” and Amelia Bullmore’s “Di and Viv and Rose,” running in rotating performances, through Dec. 23., 393 Broad St., Providence, RI. $15-$25.


The orchestra performs a free holiday concert, Robert A. Marra Memorial Sounds of Christmas, Sunday, Dec. 4, 4 p.m., St. Anthony’s church, Revere (canned food donation, please); and its Holiday Pops concert Sun-

day, Dec. 11, 4 p.m., St. Richard’s Church, Danvers.


The famous jazz musician performs with Gray Sargent and Dave Clark, Sunday, Dec. 4, 5 p.m., at Zumix Winter Jazz at the Firehouse, 260 Sumner St., East Boston. $15; table of four with refreshments, $100. community/events, 617-568-9777.


Oberon presents Sound Society at Oberon, a series of concerts, including Side Project, with members of the Lake Street Dive, Dec. 4, 8 p.m. 2 Arrow St., Cambridge. $25-$35.


The soprano performs with harpist Xavier de Maistre, Sunday, Dec. 4, 3 p.m., New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsboough St., Boston. Celebrityseries.or/damrau/iondex.,


Youth ensembles join /Neighborhood Arts collaborators Shaw Pong Liu and Sandeep Das, performing free,family-friendly concerts in Dorchester, joined by BridgeBoston Charter and Conservatory Lab Charter School Ensembles, Dec. 3, 3 p.m., Salvation Army Kroc Center, 650 Dudley St., Dorchester,and Roxbury Stringest, joined by Boston City-Wide String Orchestra and City Strings United, Dec. 4, 3 p.m., Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley St., Roxbury., Reservations, 617-482-6661.


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She’s back – not just that notorious, carefree lady of the 1920s – but versatile, award-winning actress, Kathy St. George in the title role, accompanied by a Boston star-studded cast and crew, through Dec. 23, at Stoneham Theatre, 395 Main St., Stoneham. Tickets, $50-$55; seniors, $45-$50; students with valid ID, $20; Thrifty Thursday, student rush discounts., 781-279-2200.

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The singer-songwriter-producer performs his magic music, performing songs from his newest release, “American Soul,” Friday, Dec. 9, at 8 p.m., The Cabot, 286 Cabot St., Beverly., 866-811-4111.


The Linden Tree Coffeehouse welcomes back iconic Bill Staines, performing with Chris Pahud, Saturday, Dec. 10, 8 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 326 Main St., Wakefield. $20, under 18 years old, $10.

The group, handpicked by Lionel Hampton for his band and Berklee College of Music graduates, featuring Jason Marsalis, Cleave Guyton Jr., Lance Bryant, Mark Gross and Christian Fabian, co-leaders, perform their new Lionel Hampton Big Band premiere, Nov. 30, at Berklee Performance Center, 136 Mass. Ave., Boston.


The veteran African blues performer appears Saturday, Dec. 3, 8 p.m., Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 W. Newton St., South End, Boston. Cabaret seating for 18+ year-old patrons, $28., 617-8764275.


International concert violnist Ilya Kaler performs with pianist faculty member Janice Weber, Dec.4, 8 p.m., in Seully Hall, 8 Fenway, Boston, as part of the Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s String Masters Series. $15.


Boston Conservatory at Berklee faculty member-international pianist Ya-Fei Chuang performs works by Ravel, Dec.6,8 p.m., as part of the Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s Piano Masters Series. Seully Hall, 8 Fenway, Boston. $15.


New England Conservatory Jazz Studies Director Ken Schaphorst celebrates his new CD, “How to Say Goodbye,” in a free concert that’s open to the public, Thursday, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m.. Schaphorst performs with Donny McCaslin and the school’s jazz orchestra at Jordan Hall, 290 Huntington Ave., Boston. Necmusic. edu/event/16453.


The famous percussionist performs Wednesday, Dec. 7, 8 p.m., Pickman Hall, 27 Garden St., Cambridge. Seating is limited.,


Spectacle Management presents fiddler Ivers’ “A Joyful

Christmas,” Thursday, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m., Larcom Performing Arts Theatre, 13 Wallis St., Downtown Beverly. $49-$59.


Boston Conservatory Theater presents John Kuntz’s provocative satire, “Red Noses,” Dec.7-10, 8 p.m., Boston Conservatory Theater, 31 Hemenway St., Boston. premium seats, $30; regular seats, $25; discounts available.


New England Conservatory Jazz Studies Director Ken Schaphorst celebrates his new CD in a free concert that’s open to the public, Thursday, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m.. Schaphorst performs with Donny McCaslin and the school’s jazz orchestra at Jordan Hall, 290 Huntington Ave., Boston.


Bill Hanney’s North Shore Music Theatre presents its unforgettable, spectacular production of Dickens’ Christmas ghost story, starring the one-and-only David Coffee as Ebenezer Scrooge, in the inclusive theaterin-the-round Dec. 9-23, 62 Dunham Road, Beverly. $59-$74. Kids 18-under save 50 percent on all evening performances., 978-232-7200.

Poor milkman Tevye wishes he had Trump’s fortune and fame, in New Repertory Theater’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof,” featuring a Boston all-star cast. The show has already expanded performances to January 1, 2017, before it opens December 2, because of popular demand. Charles Mosesian Theater, Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. Associated events also. $35-$65;student, tickets, $20; senior, group discounts.


Because the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee singer Darlene Love’s tickets have sold out for her Dec. 10 “Rock the Holidays” performance at The Cabot, she will perform an added show, Dec. 8, 8 p.m. 286 Cabot St., Beverly., 866-811-4111.


Citi Performing Arts Center presents the iconic instrumentalist Thursday, Dec. 8, 8 p.m., Shubert Theatre, Boston. $45-$79., 866-348-9738.



The talented quartet performs a concert of Mozart, Britten and Beethoven’s music, Friday, Dec. 9, 8 p.m., at Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St., Rockport. $29-$39.


The six-piece rock band from Durham, NC performs a holiday concert, Saturday, Dec. 10, 8 p.m., Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St., Rockport. $29-$39.

Gamm Theatre presents David Mamet’s “American Buffalo,” through Dec. 18, 172 Exchange St., Pawtucket, RI. Contains strong language. Check for special price performances. December may be cold outside, but the jazz is hot at Scullers with headliners Jessy J, Dec. 7, John Pizzarelli,




The legendary rock band, Safam, will perform Dec. 10, 8 p.m., with a special appearance by R’nana, the Temple Israel Joyful Sounds, directed by Alan Nelson, at Temple Israel of Natick. The event honors Cantor Ken Richmond.,


Her Nov. 11 Cabaret gig at Club Café was canceled last-minute, but rescheduled for Dec. 30, 8-11 p.m., at the popular club’s Napolean room, Columbus Avenue, Boston. u/events


Boston Ballet’s magnificent two-act, two-hour production of Mikko Nissinen’s reimagined classic ballet, featuring music by Tchaikovsky, is performed Nov. 25-Dec. 31, Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston. Times vary. Tickets start at $35. bostonballet. org, 617-695-6955.


Boston Children’s Theatre presents its beloved production of this traditional children’s favorite holiday play, Dec. 3-18, featuring an 11-member cast from local and regional cities and communities. Roberts Studio Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St., Boston. December 3,4,10,11, 17, 18, 2 p.m.; also December 17, 4 p.m. $20-$28. 617-424-6634, Ext. 222.


Merrimack Valley Jewish Federation’s annual First Light annual Chanukah celebration features the multi-talented performer at its community-wide event,

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Nov. 29 - Dec. 12, 2016 Sunday. Dec. 4, 2 p.m., Temple Emanuel, 7 Haggetts Pond, Andover. The award-winning recording artist will perform a concert of Jewish songs geared to children and adults. There’s also a Latke Bar Bazaar, pre-performance. $15; seniors over 70 years old, $9; children 6-17, $5; children 5-under, free. Family plan for maximum of 2 adults and children under 17, $35., 978-688-0466.


Marblehead Little Theatre presentss an all-youth cast in “Elf, the Musical, Jr,”’ Dec. 9-18, 12 School St., Marblehead. $25; student matinees, $15.


Newburyport’s Firehouse Center for the Arts presents its annual holiday singalong, featuring friends, family and Immaculate Conception Church’s youth choir, accompanied by pianist John Metrano, Saturday, Dec. 10, 11 a.m., at Market Square.$5., 978-462-7336.


Theater in the Open and Firehouse Center for the Arts present a combination holiday treat of ballet and panto, Dec. 9-11, 16-18, Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 3,7 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m., Market Square, Newburyport. $16; seniors, students, members, $14., 978-462-7336.


The ART/MXAT Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University presents family musical, “James and the Giant Peach,” Dec. 17-31, at morning and afternoon shows. David Wood has adapted the musical from Roald Dahl’s book. Loeb Drama Center 64 Brattle St., Cambridge. @20., 617-547-8300.


The Lappin Foundation an Temple Ahavat Achim invite the community to a free, interactive family Hanukkah concert with Ellen Allard, Sunday, Dec. 18, 3-4 p.m., at the temple, 86 Middle St., Gloucester. A collection will be held for new pajamas, for area children in need, living in homeless shelters, infants to 8 years old, Reservations,, 978740-4404.


On Dec. 7 at 11 a.m. the Juvenile Aid will host a Hanukka Luncheon and Yankee Swap. Members are asked to also bring new children’s books which will be distributed to disadvantaged children and baby blankets to be given to the nursery at the North Shore Children’s Hospital. The goal of Juvenile Aid is to raise funds to provide scholarships for graduating high school seniors. For more info call Joan Rich 781-4053335 or Arleen Cordette 781-599-2028


Key films at the 54-film festival at the Capitol Theatre in Arlington and Somerville Theatre are “Annabelle Hooper and the Ghosts of Nantucket,” documentary “Life, Animated,” other sorts, documentaries, and international student-made films, open to the public. Workshops teach kids the basics of media and filmmaking.


Neverland Theatre presents this delicious portion of a play, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m., Dec. 3, 3:30, 7 p.m.; and Dec. 4, 1 and 5 p.m., at Bolles Hall, The Bridge at 211, 211 Bridge St., Salem. $15.


Neverland Theatre brings the circle of life to Bolles Hall, The Bridge at 211, 211 Bridge St., Salem, Dec. 9, 7 p.m.; Dec. 10,11, at 1 and 5 p.m. $15.


Stage 284 welcomes families to its production of Irving Berlin’s classic holiday musical, Dec. 10 and 17, 3,7:30 p.m.; Dec. 11 and 18, 2,6:30 p.m.; Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m.,The Community House, 284 Bay Road, Hamilton. Friday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. is a benefit performance with hors d’oeuvres and dessert provided by several local restaurants. 978-468-4818,


Ongoing films at the museum’s mega-screen are “Dolphins,” “Extreme Weather,” and “National Parks Adventure,” Science Park, Boston.


Explore Galapagos and visit its natural inhabitants in “Galapagos: 3-D: Nature’s Wonderland,” see “Great White Sharks” and their underwater world, and follow whales and see how they communicate with each other in “Humpback Whales:3-D,” all ongoing, at New England Aquarium’s IMAX Theater, Boston.


Besides checking out the latest in furniture, food and fun at Jordan’s Furniture, you can purchase tickets for Marvel’s “Doctor Strange,” film, at the Reading store, 508-844-5171, or Natick, 508-844-5170. “Inferno”. Current films are “Jack Reacher2,” rated PG-13, and IMAX Experience, “Voyage of Time,” rated G. Visit


The celebrated Boston Pops continues its traditional holiday favorite performances, Nov. 30-Dec. 31 at Symphony Hall, 301 Mass. Ave., Boston, playing holiday favorites, a sing-along, visit from Santa Claus, children’s

matinees, special treats, post-Christmas concerts featuring movie “Back to the Future,” with orchestral accompaniment and a New Year’s Eve celebration with the Pops’ Swing Orchestra, conducted by Bo Winiker., SymphonyCharge, 888-266-1200.

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Jordan’s Furniture Store has opened its Enchanted Village, featuring a 20-minute Polar Express 4D ride ($6), Enchanted Ice, an indoor ice skating rink, a holiday laser light show, picture taking with Santa Claus, and sumptuous blueberry muffins.


Pop-up Puppet Theater welcomes families to create their own snowy story at a family workshop, where they’ll create their own paper puppets and tabletop scenery inspired by pop-up art book, “The Snowflake Man,” Saturday, Dec. 10,4 p.m., by Puppetkabob. Workshop tickets include the 3 p.m. show, free. Ages 5-12 and their grown-ups, $20 for adult-child pair; $15, additional participants. Puppet Showplace Theater, 32 Station St., Brookline. 617-731-6400, Ext. 101, Puppet Showplace.



Tutor in Your Home of Newton is conducting its annual collection drive of various items now through Jan. 10, 2017, for dogs and cats awaiting adoption. They need blankets, towels, office supplies, toys, etc. that may be left at drop-off locations or picked up at your home.,


Temple Emunah Lexington welcomes renowned artist Mordechai Rosenstein, as artist-in-residence, Nov. 30Dec. 4, whose art will be on display and for sale during open gallery hours. He will also create an original piece on site, and work with school students. Events include Pinot and Painting, paint night for adults, Dec. 1, 8-9:30 p.m., $18; Dec. 2, 6:30 p.m., Friday night interactive Ladle Fund Community dinner and talk: “My Journey as a Jewish Artist,” $12; children, $5; Dec. 3, shabbat services, 9:30 a.m. Rosenstein will give D’Var Torah, and answer questions following a light kiddush lunch, free. At 6 p.m. spend an evening with the artist wine and dessert reception, slide show and sale, “Art Becomes Me,” $18. All events open to the community.


From book clubs for adults, multi-age movie festivals, children’s events, teen and adult poetry and creative writing sessions, ukelele gatherings, and more. the Flint Public Library in Middleton offers a cornucopia of events for families throughout December.

Learn, laugh, meet, greet, sing and share at the 7th annual LimmudBoston festival of Jewish culture and lifelong learning on Sunday, December 4 from 9-5:30 at the campus comprising both Temple Reyim and Mayyim Hayyim Mikveh on Washington Street. This celebration of everything Jewish offers over 80 presentations, panels and performances, wrapping up with a Grand Finale Concert. Do your Chanukah shopping with exhibitors and at the silent auction. Register in advance for the Camp Limmud family program for those with children ages 3-13. Advance registration $45; Walk-in Registration $54. Schedule details at www.


Temple Emanu-El welcomes acclaimed Boston author Anita Diamant, who recently wrote her latest novel, “The Boston Girl”. She will be guest speaker Sunday, Dec. 11, 10 a.m. immediately following the temple’s breakfast, which will be served at 9:30 a.m. Diamant’s book will be sold and she will sign books afterward. 514 Main St., Haverhill. Suggested contribution, $5. RSVP 978-373-3861, Nancy@TempleEmanu-el.rg.


The performing artist leads an evening, “Illuminating the Beauty of Kabbalat Shabbat,” with songs, learning, and art, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m. Rabbi Arthur Green provides the introduction. Hebrew College. $10; students, free.


The community is welcome to attend conversations about healthcare proxy, Five Wishes and more, Thursday, Dec. 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Temple Ahavat Achim, 86 Middle St., Gloucester. RSVP Nate Lamkin, 855-7745100,


Attend a free open house Thursday, Dec. 15, 9-10 a.m. or schedule a tour to meet teachers and the school’s director, tour the classrooms and learn about the ELC’s educational philosophy, Bernice B. Godine JCC Early Learning Center,Leventhal-Sidman JCC,333 Nahanton St.,Newton. Limited openings available in January 2017 at the enrollment; information for September 2017 also available. Operated by the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston, the school is for children 6 weeks old to 5 years. Flexible hours and days with full week or part week options, full year and school year programs, early drop-off and extended day, swim lessons for four and five year olds and optional in-house afternoon enrichment classes. Leventhal-Sidman JCC Family membership included. Everyone welcome. 617-558-6420, newton-elc@,


Hebrew College welcomes contemporary female Jewish authors Jennifer Brown, Tova Mirvis and Anna Solomon, Thursday, Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m., who will discuss “Threads of Identity,” at the college. There will also be a post-discussion sale of their books and book signing. $10, students free. upcoming-events.


Photographer Marisa Scheinfeld discusses the Borscht Belt: “Revisiting the Remains of America’s Jewish Vacationland,” Sunday, Dec. 4, 2 p.m., who will sign copies of her book, post-discussion. Yiddish Book Center, 1021Wet St., Amherst, Mass. events., 413-256-4900.


Boston JCC hosts a panel conversation on the future of gender, with Schuyler Bailar, Mimi Lemay, Dr Norman Spack and Nick Teich, Monday, Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m., Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center, 333 Nahanton St., Newton. Moderator is Idit Klein, expective director of Keshet. $18.,, 866-811-4111.


The Lexington Institute of Jewish Studies presents Reel Jews: The Image of Jews in Film, with Professor Jonathan Krasner, Dec. 7,14, and Jan. 4, 2017, 7:459:30 p.m., Temple Isaiah,Lexington. The program is a collaboration with Temples Isaiah and Emunah. $60. Kosher refreshements served 7:45-8 p.m. Registration must include your name, email and phone mumber, course name, and check payable to the Lexington Institute for Jewish Studies. Mail to Bob Frankel, 3 Kimball Road, Lexington, MA 02421.

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Michael’s Deli Where it is: 256 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446 Why it’s great: It’s just an awesome Jewish deli near Coolidge Corner. If you want corned beef, you’ll get corned beef that is melt-in-your-mouth good. If you want a knish, it’s the first place I go (although Zaftigs is really good too, but that’s an article for another day). Some of the items get expensive, but you pay for quality. What to get: Keep it simple. Corned Beef Reuben ($9.99).


Barcelona Wine Bar Where it is: 1700 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446 Why it’s great: Barcelona serves tapas, small Spanish plates that are intended to be ordered en masse with groups of people. If you’re down to drink, they have killer cocktails, but even if you don’t, they serve the kind of food that puts you in a different place. Great for a drink and a slightly-high-end snack solo, better as a date spot or with a larger group. What to get: Patatas Bravas ($7) and the Chorizo + Sweet-Sour Figs ($8.50).


The Fireplace Where it is: 1634 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446 Why it’s great: It’s a good restaurant on its own, but I go here for one reason: The burger. I’ll let the menu speak for itself: “Shelburne Farms Cheddar (VT) Stuffed, Grass Fed New England Beef Burger with Thick Cut Bacon, Caramelized Onions, Lettuce, Tomato, Kale Chip and Garlic Dill Pickle, on a Homemade English Muffin with Fresh Cut Fries and Kale Chips.” This thing is no joke. It won Boston Magazine’s “People’s Choice Best Burger in Boston” award for 2012. Deservedly, I can personally confirm. What to get: The Fireplace Burger ($17)

3. Anna’s Taqueria

Where it is: 1412 Beacon St #1, Brookline, MA 02446 Why it’s great: Forget Chipotle, Anna’s is where you get the real stuff. Fresh ingredients, awesome guac, and authentic burritos that turn it into a weekly staple for college students everywhere. Best of all, it’s real cheap. A stuffed burrito easily runs you under $10. What to get: They do breakfast burritos ($6.75) for a couple hours in the morning starting at 9 AM. They’re worth waking up early for. You’re welcome.


Tatte Bakery & Cafe Where it is: 1003 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446 Why it’s great: Excellent pastries, and a breakfast sandwich that tastes like a farmer made it himself in the back. This is the place you bring your girlfriend on Sunday morning. What to get: Pastry Basket ($9.50) and Breakfast Sandwiches ($8)

I’m sure we’ll do this again sometime, considering how many great places to eat there actually are in Brookline. See you next time!

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The NFL's ratings continue to drop By David Stanford The National Football League’s television ratings are declining. It raises a lot of questions, among them: Should we care? This isn’t to say it’s a boring or insignificant topic. Just the opposite. Sorting through the reasons why viewership is dipping raises interesting thoughts and questions about the game and how we watch it, follow it, and enjoy it. The issue is churning inside America’s massive machine of punditry and analysis. People are talking. Opinions are flowing. A casual Google search quickly netted several quality articles from a variety of legit sources, including a really good piece in The Atlantic. Now, TV ratings are released regularly and they need context, so we won’t throw out any numbers here. Also, ratings should improve in the lead up to, and during, the playoffs and Super Bowl. But there’s no mistaking that the figures over the first half of the season were attention grabbing. Enough so that Commissioner Roger Goodell addressed the issue at the NFL’s fall meeting. Generally, the autopsies are divided into three findings — the first focusing on the football end of things (too many penalties, too few megastars), the second dealing with the techie stuff (turns out that TV sets are so last century; they call it “cordcutting” and it has nothing to do with childbirth), and the third centering on the PR ball of wax (horror stories about concussions, mishandling of domestic abuse, players sitting during the national anthem). The Donald-Hillary dustup is a culprit as well, although the ratings dip in September/ October of 2016 was reportedly much sharper than past election years. It should also be mentioned that the Cubs captured America’s attention in October, reminding us that other sports can in fact knock the NFL off its pedestal. Regardless of how much weight is assigned to each explanation, their collective impact is a matter of physics. What has gone up, up, up is now going down. We all know the NFL is more popular than Nutella, but there’s only so many eyeballs that can be glued to the same programming at the same time, week after week, year after year.

There are aspects to this that are permanent. The growing prevalence of streaming services, the changing views of conventional TV, and shortened attention spans aren’t momentary blips or fads. Others are cyclical, such as the view that too many football games are boring; we could just as easily be sitting here next year gushing over all the thrilling games and scintillating players. Others are fluid, such as officiating, which can be tweaked either through rule changes or league directives. Harder to gauge is who exactly this impacts beyond the obvious. Sure, anything less that tip-top ratings are troubling for the billionaires who own franchises on Planet NFL and the network executives who engineer gazillion-dollar broadcast deals. As for you and I, we have our remotes, our smart phones, our tablets, our cable subscriptions, our satellite dishes, and the Internet We have choices. We’re in control. Sure, this results in a fractured audience. But it’s still an audience. Do you get the sense that the drop in ratings corresponds with a commensurate drop in the NFL’s popularity? Maybe a smidge, but it’s not a crisis situation. As for myself, I have the Patriots, the only NFL team I care about and want to watch for full games at a time. Other constituencies are just as easily satisfied. If highlights are your thing, there’s NFL Red Zone, a commercial-free product that offers “whiparound” coverage of NFL games from 1 to 8 p.m. EST. Fantasy freaks can track stats, to the second, on the mobile device of their choice. Social fans can hit a sports bar and enjoy a day of football over cold beers and in the company of friends and/or likeminded people. We can DVR games and watch them later, blissfully fast-forwarding through the commercials for light beer and prescription meds. If network executives need to get their heads around the real and irreversible possibility that fewer people will devote three-plus hours to watching single football games on Sunday afternoons (and Sunday nights, and Monday nights, and Thursday nights), so be it. There’s no shortage of brilliant, creative minds working in the industry. They’ll figure it out. Money will flow, even if gets carried through different pipelines. Then there’s this reality: NFL football isn’t a stupid comedy or a preposterous medical drama; it’s never getting canceled.


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