The short weeks leading up to the winter break are a good time to catch some great musical performances at our local centers of higher learning. Here's one: At 8 p.m. at Fulkerson Hall, you can hear the HSU Singers and Humboldt Chorale perform a concert of vocal music under the title "How Can I Keep From Singing?" ($8, $5 child and senior, free for students). Under the banner theme of what causes one to sing, the diverse set includes songs of grief like the "Lacrymosa" from Mozart's Requiem to more modern arrangements involving Sanskrit evocations of the afterlife, the poetry of Lorca, a Hebrew prayer and a Stevie Wonder tune. Songs in the key of many lives, perhaps.
Bay Area-born quartet Poor Man's Whiskey is pretty well regarded up here amongst the jam and bluegrass community so its 9:30 p.m. après Arts Arcata show at Humbrews should be well attended and a nice diversion for the jam-grass fan seeking sanctuary from the heady downtown art scene ($15).