Friday morning briefing: Shakespeare and all that jazz

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing.

Video of the Day: It’s in your backyard.

Jazz it up

The Eastern New Mexico University Jazz Combo/Ensemble Concert is 7 p.m. Monday at the First Methodist Church in Portales.

Guest pianist is Larry Ham of New York, playing some of his own arrangements along with music made popular by the Count Basie Orchestra, Buddy Rich Band and Pat Mentheny.

Free and open to the public.

Today in history

According to tradition, the great English dramatist and poet William Shakespeare is born in Stratford-on-Avon on April 23, 1564.

It is impossible to be certain the exact day on which he was born.

Church records show he was baptized April 26, and three days was a customary amount of time to wait before baptizing a newborn.

Shakespeare’s date of death is conclusively known — it was April 23, 1616.

Here’s the rest of the story:

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/4/23

Quick hits

Saturday’s a busy day in Clovis.

Here are some of the events:

• 8 a.m.-noon — Great American Clean Up, Parks and Rec Department

•10 a.m. — Walk MS, Clovis Community College

• 10 a.m.-2 p.m. — Pinewood Derby for Adults, Bender Chevrolet

• Noon — 3rd Annual “Duke of the Dutch Ovens”