Unplugged Series Launches At Three Sheets

by Karen Ponzio | Mar 18, 2019 7:53 am

Karen Ponzio Photos“Happy Halloween” Ceschi Ramos yelled to the growing crowd gathering at Three Sheets on Elm Street this Sunday, the afternoon of St. Patrick’s Day. Ceschi was playing the inaugural show of the bar’s newest series of music called “Unplugged,” set to feature one to two acts on the fourth Sunday of each month playing acoustic versions of their songs and talking about them, themselves, and their influences and inspirations.

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A Voice Rises: Lauren McQuistin’s Triumph

by Lary Bloom | Mar 15, 2019 12:12 pm

Matt Fried Photo(Note to Reader: If, generally, you don’t make it a point to attend student concerts, I hope what follows lures you to Yale’s Morse Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday March 27, not only because the price is right —  free —  but because what you’ll hear may put you in the lilting mood I have enjoyed since first experiencing the work of the scheduled performer.)

Question: What chance would a girl have who grows up on her family’s sheep farm in Scotland to become an opera singer who dazzles audiences in, among other places, Moscow, Sulmona, Italy, and New Haven, U.S.A.?

Answer: No chance. That is, unless she not only grows into a young woman of natural talent, but along the way demonstrates iron will, embraces risk as necessity, and is open to life-affirming surprise.

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4 Bands Bring The Energy

by Brian Slattery | Mar 15, 2019 7:21 am

Brian Slattery PhotoFrancisco Barahona Dimichele, on guitar and vocals in Grawlix, flashed the audience at The Rough Draft his hundredth smile, announcing that a song was from the band’s album Betwixt and Between.

“That’s a Peter Pan reference if you’re a literary nerd,” he said, with charming self-deprecation

The invocation of youth was right for the night, which brought four bands together from as close as Milford and as far away as Richmond, Virginia, to play on The Rough Draft’s stage for an audience that stayed invigorated all evening.

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Cafe Nine Makes It Private

by Brian Slattery | Mar 13, 2019 7:13 am

Brian Slattery PhotosRyan Sindler of Private Language let loose a couple chords from his guitar. It was all bassist Matthew Peddle and drummer Nikolai Corey needed to fall, and they were off. Only after the first song did Sindler introduce the band.

“Hello,” he said. “Now let’s go around,” he motioned to the small but enthusiastic audience. No one responded.

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Nasty Women Get Divine

by Brian Slattery | Mar 5, 2019 1:05 pm | Comments (12)

Shelby HeadThere’s a body in the hallway of the Yale Divinity School. Maybe it’s a mummy wrapped in linen, or a cast with a form inside it. Whatever the case, it’s on an ironing board, and it’s hard to miss the spikes driven into the spot where its sternum would be. Look again, and you see that a cable is wrapped around the body. One end goes to an outlet in the floor. The other to the iron itself. It is, in a sense, the embodiment of domestic violence — and standing next to it, it feels like a rebuke. Could you have done something to stop it?

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