Jackson and Lapka didn’t plan to adopt another dog after their heartbreak, but Bernadette Peters, the actress and animal rescue activist, sent them a photo four months ago of a homeless mutt who melted their hearts. Brillo is now a happy member of their family.
Jackson’s year of change will culminate in Washington, D.C. He’s due to sing music from the ‘‘Mad Men’’ era at the Kennedy Center with members of the National Symphony Orchestra on Dec. 31. That’s a sober New Year’s Eve for him.
‘‘I'm not drinking now anyway so it'll be easy-breezy,’’ he says with a smile.
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