Musicians Tip Their Hats To Willie Nelson

by Brian Slattery | May 27, 2016 7:12 am

In a way that Willie Nelson himself would probably appreciate, the idea for a Nelson tribute at Cafe Nine arose first from an idea of No Line North’s Jon Schlesinger to perform the country legend’s concept album Red Headed Stranger in its entirety.

“I really love that album,” Schlesinger said, “and I thought it would be fun to cover it from beginning to end.”

On second thought, he said amiably, “it freaked me out how much work that was going to be.” But the idea of a night devoted to Nelson stuck, and he got organizing.

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Tastes Of Northern China Hit New Haven

by Staff | May 26, 2016 12:04 pm

Yong Zhao Photo Growing up in northern China’s Liaoning Province, Yong Zhao learned early to love food that shared its traditions — and geographic borders — with North Korea: garlic and scallions, chili peppers, heavy meat, and a lot of what he describes as “umami taste.”

But when he traveled to New Haven for school, it was science, and not cuisine, that weighed most heavily on his mind.

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Today On WNHH

by Lucy Gellman | May 26, 2016 7:10 am

Lucy Gellman Photo Today’s episodes on WNHH radio dive headfirst into the world of contemporary poetry, teach listeners a few new camera tricks, explore interracial dating, and debate the merits of drinking on and off the job. 

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Today On WNHH Radio

by Lucy Gellman | May 25, 2016 7:21 am

Lucy Gellman Photo Today’s broadcasts on WNHH radio familiarize listeners with the fundamentals of Ramadan, celebrate some of New Haven’s newly-minted college graduates and seasoned videographers, tackle troubleshooting in the Midwest, and head for the soccer ... er, football ... field as summer begins.   

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Doors Of Perception Probe Mental Health

by Lucy Gellman | May 25, 2016 7:19 am | Comments (2)

Lucy Gellman Photo When Matt Feiner sailed over the handlebars of his bike in a freak accident, the impact shattered his bones and his helmet, shaking him to the core. Regaining his mental health would take even longer than the physical recovery.

A deep blue pen — and later, collages, one for every day of the year — helped, sketching out his recuperation in real time.

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Electronhic Builds A New Musical House

by Brian Slattery | May 25, 2016 7:00 am | Comments (1)

Now entering its second decade of existence, the New Haven Improvisers Collective has become an anchor in the Elm City’s music scene, drawing in newer musicians and providing a home for devotees of improvised music. It has also spawned several smaller ensembles. One of these is Electronhic. And its second release —  NHIC’s 11th —  finds the group both digging deeper into the musical language it has developed and broadening its sensibilities. Bob Gorry, who has been NHIC’s guiding spirit from the beginning, called Reaching Out “adventurous, exploratory,” and “accessible.” He’s right.

New Haven’s music fans will get to experience it live at Best Video Film and Cultural Center on Thursday, where Electronhic celebrates the album’s release.

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Solar Youth Kroons For Dough In Tough Environment

by Lucy Gellman | May 23, 2016 7:02 am

Lucy Gellman Photos Quintaisja Harrison didn’t know a lot about New Haven’s natural environment — or about nonviolent communication and public speaking — until she was in the third grade, and a budding organization called Solar Youth offered to take her on a field trip to West Rock with a few fourth graders from her school. There, members promised, she could experience some of the the city’s native topography and learn about Connecticut’s food chain.

The trip lasted a few hours. By its end, Harrison was hooked, and became a participant in Solar Youth’s education-based programs.

Fourteen years later, she’s still there, working as a volunteer educator to teach kids like her younger brother the same lessons that so enriched her childhood — and helped her become “a better version of Tae, the version that you see standing here today.”

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