by Nancy Barnes | Dec 3, 2013 12:33 pm
Should the latest iteration of the Stony Creek Theater as the home of the Legacy Theatre ever revive a Broadway musical, the ever-popular Kismet would seem a good choice.
“It has been uncanny how many charmed moments this project has seen,” said Keely Baisden Knudsen, a Guilford resident who co-founded the repertory company that purchased the 100-year old structure in March. “My board members no longer scratch their heads in wonder; it happens so often, we just shrug and say, ‘it’s charmed!’” Click here to read the story.
by Staff | Aug 15, 2013 7:41 am
The Reunion Jazz Ensemble—made up of a group of longtime friends who include Grammy Award winners, Broadway veterans, top Hollywood arrangers, and musicians who have performed around the world – will perform as part of the Branford Jazz On The Green Series this Sunday at 6:30 pm.. They were scheduled for a prior date but rain intervened.
Reunion was formed in the 1970s as the combined brainchild of the late Stan Wheeler, Yale Law School professor and several talented members of the Yale Jazz Ensemble of that era. (Wheeler lived in Branford with his wife Marcia Chambers, who is the editor of the Independent’s Branford Eagle.)
by Diana Stricker | Jul 16, 2013 12:37 pm
What could be nicer than a midsummer night of reading and dreaming?
Families and kids of all ages are invited to attend a puppet show on the Branford Green at 6 p.m. on July 24 when the Talking Hands Theatre will present a special adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The puppet show, which is sponsored by the Branford Public Schools and the Branford Education Foundation, will be followed by an hour of leisurely reading.
by Allan Appel | Jun 13, 2013 10:47 am
Kansas-born and Illinois-raised Margot Nimiroski remembers the first time she saw the ocean. She was in Sandy Hook, New Jersey. She was 16 years old and prone to fall in love.
She did precisely that: with the ocean.
Decades later, after 26 years of service teaching pre-school special-ed kids in New Haven, she has taken up a new profession and expressed that former love in 15 large acrylic-on-canvas paintings inspired by the harbor in Branford, where she lives.
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by Paul Bass | Apr 8, 2013 9:59 am
Dominic Coles came to New Haven 100 years after Cole Porter left—and brought with him a respectful new twist to the songwriter’s durable canon.
Coles, a Yale freshman, played his ES 135 Gibson electric guitar Sunday as part of the Yale Jazz Ensemble. The group performs this time each year in an annual jazz tribute to the late Stan Wheeler of Branford, a Yale law prof and jazz musician who passed away in 2007.
The annual concert —which also featured an ethereal set by the Reunion Jazz Ensemble, whose members include longtime New Haven music-scene stalwarts bassist Jeff Fuller an saxophonist Tim Moran—filled the Yale Law School auditorium.
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by Sally E. Bahner | Apr 4, 2013 8:24 am
What did Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Mark Twain, Orson Wells, and Sinclair Lewis have in common? They all considered Branford home for a period of time during the early part of the 20th century.
Jane Bouley, Branford’s historian for 25 years, detailed their lives (and others) during that time at a recent talk sponsored by the Friends of the Blackstone Library. A resident of Short Beach, Bouley has explored all the nooks and crannies of Branford from an historical view point. Her fourth book, Stony Creek Cemeteries, will be published soon.
by Diana Stricker | Mar 25, 2013 7:29 am
The two main characters in the saga of the Stony Creek Puppet House couldn’t be more opposite, except for one thing—their passion for theater.
The late Jim Weil staged productions of the famed Sicilian puppets at the Puppet House for decades. The historic Branford building is being purchased by the newly-formed Legacy Theatre group with Keely Baisden Knudsen at the helm.
by Sally E. Bahner | Oct 10, 2012 10:52 am
Steeped in history, the Stony Creek Quarry is experiencing a renaissance, an artistic renaissance.
While it is still a working quarry, with 50 of its 400 acres owned by the town of Branford and leased to Douglas Anderson since 2006, it has also been a venue for the arts since 1995.
by marcia chambers | Jun 19, 2012 5:51 am | Comments (2)
The Branford Festival was magical.
That’s the takeaway from an extraordinary weekend filled with superb weather, fabulous food, wonderful music and a breathtaking road race that started with runners checking their watches. And let’s not forget friendship because the weekend is a homecoming of sorts when former Branford residents return to town to see family and old friends.
Families and friends from all over the state filled the Branford Green on Saturday, taking in a variety of events, all of which went off without a hitch. When the tents came down, the Green became a gallery for an audience listening to concerts on Friday and Saturday nights.
by Staff | Apr 16, 2012 7:20 am | Comments (1)
When Duke Ellington’s “Things Ain’t How They Used To Be” came alive again inside Yale Law School’s auditorium, heads were nodding.