pick of the week: Shape-note singers are a brave bunch. Or maybe they're just foolhardy: They not only invite people who have never tried shape-note singing to join them, but encourage the newbies to sing as loud as they can. Also called sacred harp singing, it's a 200-year-old a cappella style of four-part harmony where the notes are represented by shapes — a triangle, circle, square and diamond — to which the participants sing "fa," "so," "la" or "mi." On Saturday they're getting together for their annual Winter All-Day Singalong. It runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at University Baptist Church, 1219 University Av. SE., Mpls. Admission is free. You can stay all day or just drop in for a while. And everyone is welcome, the hosts insist, regardless of musical ability. (mnfasola.org)
Cheat sheet: Football season has ended (you might have gotten wind that there was some sort of big game Sunday), and to hear people whine about it, you'd think the world has come to an end. There are a lot of things you can do post-football, including:
• Discover that your home has more furniture than just the couch in front of the TV.
• Have a conversation that doesn't involve point spreads and over/unders.
• Embrace the fact that your Sundays no longer will be consumed with fretting about your fantasy team, that it will now be consumed with figuring out what to do with all your extra free time.
Day by day: Saturday is national Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk Day, a time to quit worrying about all the mistakes we've made in the past and can't do anything about. We'll try to do that but, being Minnesotan, we'll likely just end up worrying about all the mistakes we're going to make the next day.
recommended reading: How far do germs from a sneeze travel? New research will surprise — and, perhaps, appall — you when read the story in Thursday's Variety.
JEFF STRICKLER • firstname.lastname@example.org