The Star-Telegram arts writers spotlight what's rocking their world this week.
1 The Eastern Sea , First Christmas: As long as holiday music has to be with us, it might as well be as beautiful and infectious as this Christmas collection from Austin orchestral-pop indie band the Eastern Sea. From their whimsical take on Christmas, Don't Be Late and the majestic Carol of the Bells to originals such as This Is Christmas, these guys almost make you wish it were Christmas all year. Almost.
-- Cary Darling
2 Rachofsky time: Tuesday Evenings at the Modern has booked a very interesting speaker -- Dallas' most enthusiastic contemporary art collector, Howard Rachofsky. To hear about his acquisitive exploits or just marvel at his sartorial splendor, be at the Modern by 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, to pick up a free ticket to the lecture. 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth, www.themodern.org.
-- Gaile Robinson
3 Led Zeppelin, Celebration Day : Classic-rock reunions are dicey propositions; the glory days can be tarnished in an instant if the band can't replicate what made it endure. Fortunately, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones (better known as Led Zeppelin), with drummer Jason Bonham replacing his late father, John, pick up as if the '70s were just yesterday. Celebration Day, the chronicle of the rockers' 2007 reunion gig, kicks hard from first track to last. Available in several formats.
-- Preston Jones