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Stan Wheeler’s Muse Fills The Law School

by Staff | Apr 11, 2014 12:55 pm

The Yale Law School auditorium was packed as the 7th Annual Stan Wheeler Memorial Jazz Concert took off with two of the ensembles Wheeler played with during his long tenure at the law school. 

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Jazz Tribute “Wheels” In Sunday

by Staff | Apr 2, 2014 11:43 am

Stanton Wheeler’s jazz heart beats on.

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Arts Commission Zooms Ahead; Building Commission Lags Behind

by Diana Stricker | Mar 13, 2014 5:57 am | Comments (1)

Marcia Chambers Photo Efforts to create a Branford Arts and Culture Commission are moving ahead swiftly, but a proposal to establish a Public Building Commission is off to a slow start.

The Representative Town Meeting (RTM) is considering two new ordinances that would create the commissions. Both were discussed Tuesday at the RTM’s Rules and Ordinances (R&O) Committee.

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Students Paint Their Dreams

by Diana Stricker & Mary Johnson | Mar 6, 2014 10:45 pm

Mary Johnson Photo “They know what art is.”

John Prins, a member of the Branford Board of Education, was lavish in his praise for students in kindergarten through 12th grade whose art is on display at the Blackstone Memorial Library.

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A Double Life: The Investigator And The Actor

by marcia chambers | Feb 25, 2014 10:48 am

With Permission Branford’s Charlie Grady lives two lives. By day he oversees a major gun violence reduction program for Bridgeport’s U.S. Attorney’s office.  When he leaves his desk, he enters his second life, the life of an accomplished screen actor. 

Next month, from March 14 to 16, Grady’s screen life takes center stage when his latest film, The Word, premieres at the Bijou Theatre in Bridgeport, the city where most of the award-winning movie was filmed. The film explores the dark world of subcultures and a gruesome murder.

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New Owners Have Big Plans For Stony Creek Theater

by Nancy Barnes | Dec 3, 2013 1:33 pm

Woody Ford 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.

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Reunion Jazz Ensemble Hits The Green Sunday

by Staff | Aug 15, 2013 8:41 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.)

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A Midsummer Night’s Reading

by Diana Stricker | Jul 16, 2013 1:37 pm

Diana Stricker Photo 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.

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Branford Painter Makes Waves, Quietly

by Allan Appel | Jun 13, 2013 11:47 am

Allan Appel Photo 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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A Century Later, Cole Porter Gets A Spanish Flourish

by Paul Bass | Apr 8, 2013 10:59 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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