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by Paul Bass | Dec 11, 2013 12:39 pm
The “Birthplace of the Nation’s Hits” turned 99 years old Wednesday with a new lease on life—marked by a formal transfer of ownership and a ceremonial sharing of Claire’s Lithuanian Coffee Cake.
by Chris Arnott | Dec 10, 2013 11:38 am
Before, I didn’t get it. Now there’s something to get.
A world-famous, Nobel-winning radical buffoon (in the best sense) who has mastered a centuries-old tradition of socially conscious clowning has been newly interpreted by a team who have pursued a particularly modernized form of classical European comedy at Yale for years.
by David Sepulveda | Dec 9, 2013 1:15 pm | Comments (1)
A Hanukkah menorah at the corner of Blake Street and Whalley Avenue was still aglow with the good cheer of a holiday just ended. Several feet way, a crowd had gathered to usher in another holiday season with the annual lighting of the Westville Village Christmas Tree.
by Allan Appel | Dec 9, 2013 12:03 pm | Comments (3)
Out came the glue, the dowels, the screws, and the hot-rodders’ auto body silver paint.
That’s no way to treat cedar, maple, and beautifully expressive branches of mountain laurel—unless you’re an artist making trees that will shine in the night and provoke a conversation about urban violence.
by Allan Appel | Dec 9, 2013 8:44 am | Comments (1)
On Thursday evening, Neighborhood Music School Executive Director Larry Zukoff was playing a violin one-eighth the normal size and helping to set up an instrument “petting zoo” at the city’s annual tree lighting ceremony.
On Friday afternoon Zukoff nabbed one of the Arts Council’s annual awards for countless experiences like Thursday night’s: being in the trenches, or behind the scenes, providing the often unseen back-up or infrastructure for arts in our town to continue to flourish.
by Diana Li | Dec 6, 2013 3:47 pm | Comments (5)
Growing up in New Haven in the 1950s, Anthony Riccio never understood why his grandmother immigrated from Italy, the land of Bernini’s masterful sculptures and Giuseppe Verdi’s beautiful music. When he asked her why she moved to the United States, she simply said, “I don’t like.”
by Paul Bass | Dec 6, 2013 12:20 pm
It’s a long story.
by Chris Arnott | Dec 6, 2013 11:24 am
In 1987, two theater productions from New Haven’s dynamic, world-class regional theater scene moved to Broadway and won Tony Awards. One was August Wilson’s Fences, which had been developed at Waterford’s Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and then had its world premier production at the Yale Rep. The other was Long Wharf Theater’s revival of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons.
Twenty-five years later, it’s the Long Wharf that is doing Fences, on a set which could serve equally well (better, even) as the set for All My Sons. The whole production, in fact, is more in keeping with a mid-20th melodramatic style than the distinctive, visceral yet lyrical modern theatrical style which August Wilson brought forth in the 1980s.
by Chris Arnott | Dec 6, 2013 9:15 am | Comments (1)
It’s a week of fantasy figures: The Nutcracker, Phaedra, Peter Pan, zombies, a cute little dinosaur… It’s New Haven in mid-December, and despite a few notable exceptions such as Marion Meadows and that aforementioned Tchaikovsky walnut-crusher, it’s not really beginning to look a lot like Christmas at all. The bible story of choice is from the Old Testament, namely Abraham & Isaac, and there’s no end of secular modern rock music.
by Allan Appel | Dec 5, 2013 8:24 pm | Comments (1)
They assembled on stage in their street clothes. One wore a Santa cap, another a set of red antlers.
Then the 60 singers of the Wilbur Cross High School Chorus harmonized like full-dress angels, reflecting months of intensive rehearsal.