by Brian Slattery | May 25, 2015 10:35 am
Gollum: Monsters of Ruin and the Techno-Sublime at Artspace on Orange Street draws from a lot of disparate elements: punk, computer animation, even old cartoons. What pulls it all together is that it’s creepy, like the better psychological horror movies out there, or the bad dream you can’t shake, and aren’t quite sure you want to.
by Markeshia Ricks | May 22, 2015 2:32 pm | Comments (4)
Friends of Lyric Hall lifted their bid paddles and their forks to raise some cash for the restored century-old former Vaudeville theater.
by Allan Appel | May 22, 2015 2:31 pm
As the world frets about whether ancient sculptures will survive the sledgehammers of the newly arrived conquerors of Palmyra, Syria, a sense of what’s at stake can be found here in New Haven.
by Brian Slattery | May 22, 2015 1:38 pm
Wearing a hard hat because the crew was still assembling the set, Sound Resident Lindsay Wagner demonstrated some of the sound design for the Long Wharf’s staging this weekend of The Boy at the Edge of Everything, by Finegan Kruckemeyer. She looked toward the stage, where one crew member was up on a ladder that reached to the high ceiling of Long Wharf’s Stage II, adjusting a light. Another crew member was below him, checking his work.
“Sound!” Wagner called.
by Chris Arnott | May 22, 2015 12:02 pm
Lots of ways of getting around town this week. Rig1 raps about walking zombies. The Peabody points out meteors from Mars. New Haven Symphony Orchestra sweeps up the enchanted “Sorcerer’s Apprentice.” There’s a festival for food trucks, a pop-up celebration of Fair Haven, and a scavenger hunt for bicyclists.
by Adam Matlock | May 22, 2015 10:30 am | Comments (1)
“We’re going to make it what we we want it to be,” said guitarist Trevor Babb of the Aprés-Garde Ensemble. He was introducing “Book,” a composition by Will Redman that offered musicians dozens of performance possibilities by allowing them to play any of the work’s 98 pages in any sequence or layering.
But at last Saturday’s installment of the ongoing Uncertainty Music Series — held at Never Ending Books, its long-time primary residence — Babb could have been describing a lot about the performances by the Aprés-Garde Ensemble and Carte Noire, both of which let the musicians’ desires shape the possibilities of a performance of chamber music.
by Adam Matlock | May 21, 2015 2:22 pm
For the leader of a band named Snakeoil, alto saxophonist Tim Berne didn’t give off much of a salesman vibe. His introductions for each composition, over two sets at Firehouse 12 last Friday, were infused with wry humor, and while he did try to pitch T-shirts for his record label to the audience (“the last nine in existence”) you didn’t get the impression he was trying to push something on you. As he and pianist Matt Mitchell, his longtime collaborator, shot ideas back and forth with modifications, feints, and additions, it was obvious that this was a negotiation — and a fascinating one — to watch and to hear.
by Allan Appel | May 21, 2015 10:56 am | Comments (1)
Permanent chess tables in Fair Haven public parks? How about classical music concerts in the city’s shelters to help residents allay the extreme anxieties of homelessness?
by David Sepulveda | May 21, 2015 8:38 am | Comments (4)
One can now add threads to the ceremonial ribbons Mayor Toni Harp has been cutting across the city lately — 101 of them, to be exact.
by Brian Slattery | May 20, 2015 12:57 pm
There was that now-classic sound that Elvis, Scotty Moore, and Bill Black made at Sun Studios in Memphis in 1954 and 1955. But there was also the ranging spirit of that era, in which, for an exhilarating few years, the conventions of rock ‘n’ roll still hadn’t been nailed down and seemingly anything was all right, as long as you could dance to it.