“Miss Librarian” Passes Half-Century Mark

by Allan Appel | Oct 26, 2016 11:56 am

Allan Appel Photo Marianne Carolla remembers when there were eight neighborhood library branches, not only the five current (including the main). In particular she remembers the storefront branch on Chapel at Norton, where the paperbacks hung on spindles as in an old book store window.

Once a man, a library patron, came in and said to her, “I want something that’s hot to trot.”

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Food Meets Art Meets Fun

by Lucy Gellman | Oct 26, 2016 11:53 am | Comments (1)

Lucy Gellman Photo Laughing, New Havener Anna Bresnick motioned to the small, richly purple eggplant she was holding, said its name out loud, and then rolled it gently across the tabletop to her grandson, Elan Arias. He giggled, reached out, and inspected it before focusing on the next vegetable Bresnick was holding: a long, sweet cayenne pepper, waxy in the building’s low light. 

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In Historic Barn, Artists Get Impermanent

by Brian Slattery | Oct 25, 2016 8:02 pm

Brian Slattery Photo A cloud of bright yellow sulfur snaked across the ceiling of the hayloft of the 200-year-old Eli Whitney Barn. Down below, on the barn’s floor, animals were set loose to cavort across canvases or perch on the walls, and an ink press rolled. In another part of the barn, a flotilla of miniature people began their journey across a table.

That was the scene on Saturday as the historic barn, on Whitney Avenue where the road crosses from New Haven into Hamden, hosted the work of artists Alexis Brown, Leslie Carmin, Susan Clinard, Kiara Matos, Maura Galante, and Martha Willette Lewis as part of City Wide Open Studios’ Private Studios Weekend, which found artists throwing open their studios for public visits on Oct. 22 and 23, and banding together at several locations across town — including the barn — for people to take a look at what they’ve been up to.

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Today On WNHH Radio

by Lucy Gellman | Oct 25, 2016 7:59 pm

Lucy Gelman Photo The most recent programs on WNHH radio delve into jazz music new, old, and New Haven specific, urge listeners to get out and vote, dabble in high school football, and look at new initiatives in journalism.

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Debate Grows Over Cop-Pig Art Decision

by Thomas Breen | Oct 21, 2016 12:12 pm | Comments (18)

Thomas Breen Photo Paul Bass PhotoAfter bothering at least one correctional worker and one police officer, Gordon Skinner’s depiction of a pig cop provoked a different kind of complaint at a Ninth Square gathering Thursday night:  Why was the work moved from its original perch?

That led to a broader set of questions: Whose voices matter, how much, and why?

Those questions were raised at Artspace’s Orange Street gallery Thursday night as close to 50 artists, students, activists and community members gathered to discuss the social value of controversial public art, and how both an institution and a city should respond to calls for that art to be altered or taken down.

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Today On WNHH Radio

by Lucy Gellman | Oct 21, 2016 8:05 am

Courtesy Jim Collins Foundation. The most recent programs on WNHH radio dive headfirst into trans youth activism and the New Haven Pride Center, question the notion of collective memory and historical narrators, expose listeners to some old films made new, and revel in both local news and the impending fall harvest.

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