I go upstate NY to Narrowsburg - small town along the Delaware River, where I have a farmhouse I am fixing up. Really beautiful and relaxing. Also my 5 yr old Aussie " Yoshi" is very happy and has set out to herd the local deer. Go to Ireland (My Sligo house) a bit also. Like growing orchids.
Films: Intouchables, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Big Lebowski, GroundHog Day, Truffaut, Godard, Wes Anderson, film noir, documentaries.
Opera at the Met
BAM Next Wave Festival
Acoustic folk and blues live- Jalopy Theater in Red Hook
Classical chamber music live
Dirty Projectors, Wilco, Cat Power, Miles Davis, Grateful Dead, Willie Nelson, Chet Baker, Ryan Adams, Eric Satie, Chopin, Steve Earle, Richard Thompson, Dylan lots of other music.
Robertson Davies, Dalai Lama and Thomas Bernhard non- fiction and travel books,
Book of Mormon- great play, off off broadway or BAM for Theater