Comfort and joy - and some kickin' riffs

Christmas Eve may be a "silent night" by "World Cafe" standards, but they'll make up for it the next day with a rockin' Christmas celebration. The Cafe crew will also fill the holidays with live visits from alterna-rockers moe and They Might Be Giants and encore performances from Lyle Lovett and Keb' Mo'. Here are the highlights of the "World Cafe" schedule for the rest of the year:

Thursday, Dec. 3 Sony/550 Music cult rockers moe perform music from their new release "Tin Cans and Car Tires" in the studio

Friday, Dec. 4 A visit from Texas troubador Jimmie Dale Gilmore

Monday, Dec. 7 An encore presentation of Sinead Lohan's studio visit

Tuesday, Dec. 8 Jim's Big Ego pay a studio visit

Wednesday, Dec. 9 Harpist Andreas Vollenweider talks with David Dye

Thursday, Dec. 10 They Might Be Giants visit the Cafe

Friday, Dec. 11 Micky Hart's Planet Drum invade the Tongue & Groove Studios

Monday, Dec. 14 A Lyle Lovett encore presentation

Tuesday, Dec. 15 A performance and interview with Montreal chanteuse Lhasa

Wednesday, Dec. 16 The Nields visit the studio

Thursday, Dec. 17 Martin Sexton performs selections from his latest album, "The American"

Friday, Dec. 18 Allison Kraus visits Tongue & Groove Studios

Monday, Dec. 21 An encore presentation of Keb' Mo's studio visit

Tuesday, Dec. 22 The Best of the World Cafe

Wednesday, Dec. 23 The Best of Tongue & Groove

Thursday, Dec. 24 The Cafe celebrates Christmas with quiet music

Friday, Dec. 25 It's a rockin' Christmas at the World Cafe!

Monday, Dec. 28 A roundup of the best of this year's acoustic performances

Thursday, Dec. 31 A special year-end World Cafe Dance Party

"The World Cafe", which is heard on more than 100 public radio stations nationwide, is produced by WXPN-FM (88.5) and airs locally from 2 to 7 p.m. weekdays. All live appearances air during the 3 to 4 p.m. hour.

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Originally published on December 3, 1998