Calling a performance by Nights of Grief and Mystery a “concert” probably sells the experience short. The group isn’t a band, exactly, but rather a collective loosely gathered around author/theologian Stephen Jenkinson and musician Gregory Hoskins. Jenkinson wrote a book called Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul that addressed grief, death and living a full life. He’s a natural storyteller, and the performances blend spoken word and music, much of it revolving around death and surviving loss, all of it informed by his years working as director of children’s grief at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital. If it sounds intense, well, it undoubtedly is, but Jenkinson’s been touring for a quarter-century because of the joy in his shows.
Wed, Nov. 13 at 7 pm • $39 • All ages • Bing Crosby Theater • 901 W. Sprague • bingcrosbytheater.com • 227-7638
— Dan Nailen