Theater Breaks The Ice To Talking About Violence

by Brian Slattery | Jan 10, 2018 12:21 pm

On Tuesday night, actors Kerry Warren, Jackie Chung, and Jeremy Kahn sat in the atrium of the Wilson branch of the New Haven Free Public Library on Washington Avenue, talking about a kid who scared them.

It wasn’t just the menace in his creative writing. It wasn’t that he wasn’t doing well in his classes either. It was that they couldn’t connect to him. They were worried the student might shoot them. Kahn was worried that he might be first.

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Greg Sherrod Warms Up Cafe Nine For Birthday

by Brian Slattery | Jan 8, 2018 12:30 pm

Brian Slattery PhotoWesterly, R.I.-based musician Laura Dowding stood behind her keyboard on the stage at Cafe Nine. She’d just finished another of her originals and had half the room in rapt attention.

“Do you know that it’s Greg Sherrod’s birthday?” she said. “He’s 21.”

“Again!” Sherrod yelled from his seat at a table not far from the stage. A ripple of laughter passed through the club. Of course everyone knew it was Sherrod’s birthday. It was the reason they’d come to Crown Street on Friday — to wish Sherrod well for another year, and have a chance to see him perform, from blues to soul to R&B to rock, with a band full of old friends he’s been playing with, some for over 20 years.

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Seth Adam Makes New Haven “Anytown”

by Karen Ponzio | Jan 5, 2018 7:41 am

Among the reactions to the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer in the attack on counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past August, one in particular stood out to New Haven-based singer-songwriter Seth Adam.

“I remember reading the interviews and some people were saying, ‘I can’t believe this happened here in Charlottesville. We’re a sleepy little college town; this is so weird.’ And I was thinking to myself, ‘Yeah, it is a small peaceful town, and it is weird and unfortunate.’ But I kept remembering how everyone kept saying, ‘I can’t believe this happened here.’ And I finally thought, ‘OK, this can happen anywhere ... anytown.’”

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