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Artspace Celebrates 30 Years With New Exhibition

by Brian Slattery | Jun 27, 2017 12:26 pm | Comments (14)

Brian Slattery Photo James Montford drew on the walls of Artspace’s gallery Saturday evening, as the gallery on Orange and Crown celebrated its 30th anniversary. America, he wrote, in upside down letters that he then blotted with his hand. When he had finished his task, Shola Cole swooped in and began to own the space. She picked up a noose off the floor and regarded it like a historical artifact.

“Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,” Cole said, addressing the crowd in front of her, as if half-remembering the famous Emma Lazarus poem that adorns the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. She wrote it on the wall. “With conquering limbs astride from land to land,” she said with more certainty. “Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand / A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame / Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name / Mother of Exiles.” Then she began to tell her own story.

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Cellist On The Rise

by Degan Larkin | Jun 23, 2017 7:04 am

Cafe Nine celebrated the start of summer with an evening of rebirths, as Virginian cellist and composer Wes Swing returned for his second performance this year flush with new music, a novel appreciation for synthesizers, and an album fizzing with a message of revival.

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Film Festival Brings It All Back Home

by Karen Ponzio | Jun 8, 2017 12:06 pm

Karen Ponzio Photo In the film 65 Revisited by D.A. Pennebaker — which screened at Cafe Nine Tuesday night as part of the New Haven Documentary Film Festival — a few of Dylan’s fans are seen talking to him. They get a bit tongue-tied. They even fall silent for a moment.

“I don’t know what to say,” one of them finally says.

“I don’t know what to say either,” Dylan responds.

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Women In Music Happy Hour Starts Weekend Right

by Karen Ponzio | May 30, 2017 7:36 am

Karen Ponzio Photo From the stage at Cafe Nine, Kriss Santala of the Don’ts looked out over the happy-hour crowd on Friday evening. “This is just so great,” she said from behind the mic. “We’re gonna do this every month from now on. Keep your eye out for it.”

Santala wasn’t just talking about the club’s weekly Friday evening show, but a practice since March of devoting one of those shows a month to female singer-songwriters in an event called Women in Music Happy Hour.

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