Sherlock Holmes Wigs Out

by Donald Brown | Mar 14, 2018 7:58 am

T. Charles Erickson PhotoForget March Madness. In Connecticut right now, March is Mystery Month. Up at Hartford Stage through March 25, Agatha Christie’s beloved sleuth Hercule Poirot is solving The Murder on the Orient Express, while over in Norwalk until March 18, The 39 Steps, a comedy-mystery based on an espionage thriller, is playing at Music Theatre of Connecticut.

And at Long Wharf Theatre, Baskerville, Ken Ludwig’s adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes mystery The Hound of the Baskervilles, runs through March 25. There seems to be statewide agreement that we need fun to divert us from the weather while still getting us out to the theater. And it’s no secret that mystery has draw.

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Owlo Runs The Spectrum

by Brian Slattery | Mar 14, 2018 7:41 am

A stuttering, shimmering synthesizer lets a melody unfurl, suggesting hectic motion. Another melody floats in, moving at a quarter the speed, followed by a beat that feels like it’s in slow motion. But then that beat divides into something four times as fast. All that motion and countermotion is enough to fuel “She Goes to the Moon,” one of the tracks on the New Haven-based Owlo’s The Spectrum of Love — an album of wistful, hopeful electronica that was released on March 8 and seems almost tailor-made for snowbound days, with spring just around the corner.

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Kath Bloom And Dan Greene Live The Dream

by Karen Ponzio | Mar 12, 2018 12:03 pm

Karen Ponzio PhotoAs David Shapiro came up from the audience to join Dan Greene and Rick Omonte on guitar for the last three songs of the set, Greene told the crowd that it was his first time playing with Dave. “It’s my millionth time playing with Rick,” he joked, and everyone laughed along

On an early evening at Best Video where the room was aglow with friendship, it seemed only appropriate that this solo set swelled with more musicians, and more music.

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August Wilson Mined For Comedy, Turns Up Gold

by Brian Slattery | Mar 12, 2018 7:50 am

Brian Slattery PhotoFifteen New Haven high-school students brought playwright August Wilson’s characters to life in an August Wilson Monologue Competition on Friday evening. Before they started, James Bundy, artistic director at the Yale Repertory Theatre, reminded the audience that a little bit of themselves might be in Wilson’s plays.

The self-taught playwright, Bundy said, spent a lot of time just listening to people talk. “The people who are in his plays are people he heard from sitting in coffee shops.” In town, that meant Atticus and especially Book Trader on Chapel Street. If you stop into Book Trader, Bundy said, “You’re sitting where he listened to New Haven.”

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Irish Up

by Brian Slattery | Mar 11, 2018 10:07 pm | Comments (18)

Brian Slattery PhotoOn Sunday at 1:30 p.m., on the corner of College and Chapel, before New Haven’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade arrived, a small crowd of people were banging on the outside of a port-a-john and screaming while someone else was in there.

A couple blocks away, near the corner of Chapel and York, two small kids — one South Asian and one white — chased each other across the pavement of the street, thrilled at the novelty that it was closed, while an audience made up of people from all over the world lined the sides of the street two or three rows deep, smiling, chatting, expectant.

In only a half hour, the event managed to show me, as an Irish-American, both what I hate and what I love about St. Patrick’s Day.

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