by Allan Appel | Apr 21, 2017 12:07 pm
Artists have a stage and they sure should use it. They could sense dangerous shifts in the body politic before non-artistic citizens do, and they should act on on these instincts. And poets are always in the midst of difficult times — it comes with the profession — so they could guide others when the difficulties spread.
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by Allan Appel | Apr 20, 2017 12:01 pm | Comments (1)
Onnie Chan’s father was a very well-known business and media personality when he died in Hong Kong more than two decades ago.
Chan, only ten years old at the time, was rushed from one public funeral to another with paparazzi trailing her. For further protection, she and her mother left the home she knew for good and Chan became something of a world traveler. She never really connected to what had happened at that turning point in her life.
Until she came to New Haven.
Continue reading ‘Reborn Ely House Stages “A Funeral”’
by Allan Appel | Apr 20, 2017 7:48 am | Comments (1)
Jack Ryon’s great-great-grandfather earned a silver star taking out a German machine gun nest during World War I. The 11-year-old had known about machine guns and some other things about the war that was to have ended all wars.
Yet he had no idea about how narrow, dark, and scary were the trenches in which his great-great-grandfather had served until he entered one, right here in New Haven.
Continue reading ‘A Trenchant World War One Exhibit at K of C Museum’
by Andrew Koenig | Apr 19, 2017 7:42 am
The sprawling canvas of Marwan Kassab Bachi’s “The Three Palestinian Boys,” featured in the “Modern Art from the Middle East” exhibition at the Yale University Art Gallery until July 16, shows three young boys who seem palpably scarred by the Arab-Israeli War of 1967. They look almost like burn victims, whose taut, pink skin has been grafted on. Their eyes have shrunk down to small black holes. One of the boys’ faces is cut out of the frame entirely. These children do not look like children: They appear in their baggy clothes to be at once oversized and emaciated.
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by Allan Appel | Apr 10, 2017 7:41 am | Comments (1)
When he was a kid surfing three or four times a week on the California coast, Jeremy Wright waited for the perfect wave to come to him. Then he rode it, catching the next curl, and the next, with propulsive speed, hoping, of course, that it would never end.
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by Allan Appel | Apr 10, 2017 7:38 am
When he returned from a reception for his Neighborhood Walks exhibition back in 2015, photographer Tom Peterson experienced strange heart rhythms.
They turned out to be atrial fibrillation, which then led, shortly afterward, to a triple heart bypass.
Then in 2016, he had to deal with a carotid artery that wasn’t behaving.
It’s no wonder his new show — all white, calming minimalist photographs — is called “Solace.”
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by Allan Appel | Apr 7, 2017 8:00 am
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Continue reading ‘Walls And Enigmatic Canyons Come To Westville’
by David Sepulveda | Apr 7, 2017 7:29 am
A roundtable meeting of the Arts Industry Coalition — a group of area arts organizations, arts leaders, and stakeholders organized by The Arts Council of Greater New Haven and hosted by the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven in its offices on Audubon Street — discussed what can be done to save the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and what might be done if they are dissolved, as a current budget proposal from the Trump administration suggests they could be.
Continue reading ‘Arts Organizations Push Back on NEA Cuts’
by Brian Slattery | Apr 5, 2017 8:00 am
Weavers Donna Batsford and Ann Graham stood behind a long wooden table in the River Street Gallery at Fairhaven Furniture on Blatchley Avenue, surrounded by dozens of textiles of dozens shimmering textures and colors, along with the dozens of weavers who made them. She thanked Fairhaven Furniture for allowing the exhibition to happen, but most of all, she said, “it takes a guild” to put on a textile exhibition of this size. And by “guild” she meant the Handweavers’ Guild of Connecticut.
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by Allan Appel | Mar 29, 2017 10:02 am
One of the cutest shows — and certainly the most moo-velous in all New Haven — is in the most unlikely of places: The Lillian Goldman Law Library at Yale’s law school at 127 Wall St.
Continue reading ‘The Law Is A Zoo In New Exhibit’