by Alessandro Powell | Jul 2, 2015 9:24 am
“Everyone’s from everywhere,” said frontman Erik Elligers of Goodnight Blue Moon from the stage last Wednesday, as the band kicked off the Twilight Concert Series on the lawn of the historic Pardee-Morris House in Morris Cove. The sounds of light traffic beyond the hedges were the only reminder we were not in the country. The lawn filled with fans on picnic blankets and folding chairs. Encouraged by Elligers, young and old took to their feet, clapped, and danced. The lawn crowd swelled with passersby and neighbors who joined concertgoers, whether they boogied down or lounged in the dying light and the plentiful shade of a nearby tree.
by David Sepulveda | Jul 1, 2015 2:45 pm | Comments (1)
“I’ve looked at this for years and years in books. I can’t believe it’s in front of me,” said New Haven artist and printmaker Allan Greenier, as he stood before an etching by 20th century French painter and printmaker Jacques Villon, brother of the more famous Marcel Duchamp.
by Aliyya Swaby | Jul 1, 2015 1:32 pm | Comments (1)
The Guzman siblings used to knead and bake sweet, nutty pan de fiesta to sell at festivals in their home town of Tlaxcala, Mexico.
When they moved to New Haven, they brought the party to Grand Avenue.
by Allan Appel | Jun 30, 2015 3:05 pm
Never cut the fingernails of your left hand. Bury your head in the ground. Or your body, up to the neck, to feed the ants.
Let a huge jug of water, drop by drop, fall on your head.
by Sebastian Medina-Tayac | Jun 30, 2015 11:21 am | Comments (1)
Dancers under umbrellas, jackets, and trash bags were soaked by a steady rain at the last performance of the Arts and Ideas Festival on the Green. No one seemed to care about the weather, though, as they were pulled into the high energy of the Puerto Rican hit band Plena Libre.
by Lucy Gellman | Jun 29, 2015 1:16 pm | Comments (6)
“This should be a free world. If we keep working on it, I think we’ll be able to get there,” Lucinda Williams shouted from the main stage on the New Haven Green, a bright yellow light falling over her face as she continued to an endorsement for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. A cool, humid dark had settled over the massive crowd, families applauding from their makeshift picnic tables and lawn chairs. At the front of the stage, a tempered, pseudo-folksy mosh pit had materialized, fans new and old cheering, clapping, and stomping their feet. Williams smiled, and launched into a few favorites from Car Wheels on a Gravel Road.
by Lucy Gellman | Jun 29, 2015 1:10 pm
“Can anyone tell me what this is called?” asked Issa Coulibaly, hoisting his hollow and hefty drum high enough for the audience to see it. He turned it slowly at his waist, taut ropes shifting at its sides.
A small but steady voice rose from the middle of the tent. Might it be a djembe? it wondered aloud.
by Roya Hakakian | Jun 26, 2015 4:49 pm | Comments (4)
If the necessity to “think outside the box” could ever have a physical manifestation, it would be the golden shipping container called the “Portal” currently hosting visitors to the New Haven Festival of Arts and Ideas.
by Freesia DeNaples | Jun 26, 2015 4:21 pm | Comments (1)
Curtains were pulled aside, and the image of a saint emerged.
by Thomas Breen | Jun 26, 2015 2:31 pm
Charlie Chaplin gracefully skated around a roller rink, turning a comic chase into slapstick ballet. Buster Keaton played 20 different characters in the same show within a dream within a theater within a film. On Sunday afternoon, Orchestra New England treated New Haven audiences to two highlights from the silent film era, Charlie Chaplin’s The Rink (1916) and Buster Keaton’s The Play House (1921), animating each film with authentic live musical accompaniment.