Shawn Persinger Baptizes Book, Album

by Brian Slattery | Nov 17, 2017 7:37 am

Courtesy Shawn Persinger A single guitar starts “One Zero – Periodic Orbits from Chaos to Order and Back,” two notes that sound at first like the beginning of a thousand rock songs. But within three seconds, the guitar has jumped away from that and into a more complex world of triplets and gnarly scales, playing a line filled with menace and beauty. Another guitar joins it, and another, and another, until four guitars are playing the same line in unison. There’s a lot of information — and emotion — packed into that figure.

And then it’s over, in 34 seconds.

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Erector Square’s “Underdog” Theater Has BIte

by Cara McDonough | Nov 16, 2017 1:10 pm | Comments (1)

Cara McDonough Photo The room in Erector Square on Peck Street that houses Collective Consciousness Theater seats 60 at the most, and that’s pushing the limit. Its small size means that during a show audience members — sitting on folding chairs, with the front row just a few feet from the stage — are incredibly close to the actors. And each other.

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A Jewish Actor’s “Chosen” Challenge

by Brian Slattery | Nov 15, 2017 12:10 pm

Courtesy PhotoActor George Guidall had grown up receiving his Jewish education from a melamed. He had deeply religious family members. So he knew a lot about the background of the rabbi he plays in Long Wharf Theatre’s upcoming production of The Chosen, which runs Nov. 22 to Dec. 17.

But he also found himself in tension with that character — and possibly, in doing so, practicing his culture and his faith.

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A Picture Is Worth A Million Laws

by Allan Appel | Nov 15, 2017 7:36 am

Library Photo Quick: How do you illustrate the essential nature of the complex legal subject of involuntary manslaughter?

Answer: She slips on a banana, tumbles toward the poor fellow ahead of her on the sidewalk with a force that pushes him forward into the sharp edge of a cane, which is being perhaps recklessly held parallel to the sidewalk and under the arm of the fellow in front of him. The cane pushes the poor victim’s eyeball right out like a billiard ball.

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Myles Tripp Makes An Album In Two Songs

by Brian Slattery | Nov 14, 2017 7:37 am

“Save me / I think I’m drowning / And, yeah, I think that you want me to drown / In my own fears / and in my own tears,” New Haven-based musician Myles Tripp sings in the first section of “Save Me,” off his first EP, Recovery. The harmony beneath him is dense, the beat bouncy and glitchy. Tripp has just finished singing his way through a series of twisting lines dense with internal rhymes, phrases that turn on a dime.

Then the beat runs off. The chords beneath Tripp get calmer, a little more lush. But Tripp’s voice loses no urgency. “I put your name on the altar / I told the father I quit / I gave your stuff to your mother / I sat for three hours at a CVS / All ‘cause you played the game / while I stayed the same / Why’d you have to go and do this?”

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