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Gabriele Raacke, who grew up in a small village in the Black Forest near Freiburg, Germany, wanted to be a bookseller. To that end she attended the booksellers school in Frankfurt, which offered a three-and-a-half-year program required for anybody who wanted to work in a bookstore or publishing house.

For those who love music, the Christmas season can present a conflicted situation. Often, a favorite carol or album is essential to enjoying the season and to connecting current celebrations to those of years past. Many music lovers seek out and delight in annual performances by dependable ensembles of particular works, such as “The Nutcracker” or...
The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill will hold its fifth Gesture Jam, a theatrical figure drawing event, tomorrow at 6 p.m. Andrea Cote, an artist and educator who conceived the idea for the class while living in Seattle in the 1990s, will lead the program.
For those who prefer Sammy Cahn or Cole Porter to Mozart, the East Hampton Library is offering “Celebrating Sinatra at 100” on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Ten years ago the Metropolitan Opera launched its Live in HD series with Julie Taymor’s production of Mozart’s opera “The Magic Flute.” Guild Hall will present an encore screening of the opera on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Bay Street Theater will throw a holiday party and sing-along with the special guests Don Duga, the animator who helped create “Frosty the Snowman,” and Rick Unterberg, a piano bar entertainer, on Monday at 7 p.m.
You begin to see them everywhere this time of year, trees and shrubs bundled in burlap as if they are presents. During the holiday season, they almost look normal, as if nature was saving its gifts for a later time. “Don’t open me until March 31,” the wrappings seem to admonish.
You can find your artistic gifts at the Small Works show at Ashawagh Hall in Springs on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Carly Haffner of Sag Harbor will show her new work at The Ripe Art Gallery in Huntington.
Sophia Brous and Carlos Soto, performance artists, will each share works in progress with the public on Saturday at the Watermill Center. Ms. Brous, an Australian performer who will be in residence at the center in January, will be gathering material from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for “Lullaby Movement,” a project exploring lullaby rituals from around the...