JEFF MIERS: "Soul Mining: A Musical Life," by Daniel Lanois (Faber and Faber, Inc; paperback) Brilliant reflections from a life lived in music.

COLIN DABKOWSKI: The 90-minute season finale of FX's twisted and terrifying "American Horror Story" plays at 10 p.m. Wednesday.


COOL APP: Garage Band

Turns your phone into a musical instrument. Sort of.


FOODIE FIND: Santa on the Carrousel

Have lunch with Santa, enjoy crafts, games, hot chocolate and treats, plus carrousel rides starting at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, North Tonawanda. $5-$8. Reservations required; call 693-1885.


GET THERE: 'Bestest' ever

Priscilla Y. Hill will read and sign copies of her children's book, "The Bestest, Specialist Christmas Ever," from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday in the Locust Street Art Center (138 Locust St.).


THE WEEK'S LIST: Wrap holiday gifts listening to these festive tunes:

"The Gift," Jim Brickman

"My Favorite Things," Julie Andrews

"Christmas Wrapping," The Waitresses

"Santa Baby," Eartha Kitt

"All I Want for Christmas is You," Mariah Carey

-- Evonne Austin



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