Arts

The Rough Draft Begins Its First Chapter

by Karen Ponzio | Jun 18, 2018 7:47 am

Karen Ponzio PhotosRight before his final song of the first set of the first singer songwriter night in the round at The Rough Draft Saturday night, Chris Q. Murphy said he was “immediately impressed as both a musician and a Brooklynite” with the venue opening at the site of the former Space. He said the Rough Draft had actually carried out what similar places in his town are trying to accomplish.

“I can’t wait to go back and tell everyone I played at a place in an office park, and it was incredible!” he told the audience, who responded with laughter and cheers.

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Ted Takes

by Ted Littleford | Jun 17, 2018 7:25 pm

“A Billion Nights” Full Of Wonder

by Jason Fitzgerald | Jun 15, 2018 10:03 am

Arts & IdeasIf the giggles and gasps I heard Thursday night from both adults and young children — often in unison — in Yale’s University Theatre is any indication, A Billion Nights on Earth is that rare thing: an evening of theatre for children that is not children’s theatre. Rather than a brightly colored cartoon story with enough double entendres to keep the parents awake, creator and director Thaddeus Phillips has taken the braver step of reminding us adults that we are at our best when we are like our children. Although the evening he has crafted lasts a scant hour and holds a trifle of a plot, it is designed, like a vivid dream, to linger long after it ends.

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Collective Consciousness Keeps It Fresh

by Brian Slattery | Jun 14, 2018 8:01 am

Brian Slattery PhotosFor teenager Chai’s birthday, his girlfriend Caryn is getting him something unusual: a new name.

She knows Chai doesn’t like his name, his full name, so behind his back she does some crowdfunding and raises the money — over $2,000 — to legally make the change.

One thing, though: Chai doesn’t know what to change it to. Another thing: Caryn doesn’t even know why Chai doesn’t like his name, or what it will do to his small nuclear family if he tries to change it.

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