What happened to child characters from your favorite holiday movies/TV shows/specials after they grew up? That's the theme of "Christmas on the Rocks" at TheaterWorks, a series of short plays written to answer that question. Hear some of the stories, and tell us your own holiday stories, live from our remote studio right next to the XL Center at 231 Trumbull Street in Hartford.
The grief and sadness of December 14, 2012 has been expressed through countless poems, songs and other works of art, including the choral work, "Solace," a simple, solemn remembrance of the victims of Newtown, written by one of America's leading poets, and set to music by a Pulitzer prize-winning composer.
From Faith Middleton: Crack open the champagne… prepare for a mind-blowing experience. Truffle butter lobster combines chardonnay, vermouth, shallots, heavy cream, ginger, mushrooms, and, of course, black truffle butter, available at gourmet stores and markets, or online from D'Artagnan.
I suppose you could say that today's show is about a fairly obvious truth--singing with other people feel's good.
But, it's a little bit more complicated than that. When you go to a church and pick up a hymnal and sing what everybody else sings, it feels okay. And, a fairly complex set of activities takes place in your brain, and that's nice, but it pales in comparison to really singing with others.
That is, getting together with other people and rehearsing and working toward a truly successful blend of voices.
Mark Dresser, a noted bassist who tirelessly expands and hones his cutting-edge approach to improvising and composing, leads his creative music quintet in performances at 8:30 and 10:00 pm Friday, December 13, in the grand finale for the 2013 Fall Jazz Series at Firehouse 12, 45 Crown Street in New Haven.
From Faith Middleton: As Republican leaders seek further cuts to food stamp benefits, Connecticut chef Michel Nischan is rowing hard in the opposite direction. His Wholesome Wave organization has been a leader in the movement to double the value of food stamps when purchasing fruits and vegetables at farmers markets.
Official memorial services for late South African president Nelson Mandela will be held this week, in Soweto, in Pretoria, and in the remote village of Qunu, in the Eastern Cape province where he spent his childhood. But Mandela’s legacy will forever be linked to another remote destination: Robben Island, ten miles off the shores of Cape Town, where he served the majority of his 27 years in prison.
Last month, I spoke with drummer Tommy Sjostrom of the Swedish garage rock band Stupidity, who put on quite a show at Cafe Nine in New Haven. I got a message earlier this week from Tommy with some good news: Stupidity's new single, "King Midas," will be the dubbed "The Coolest Song in the World" by Little Steven on this weekend's Little Steven's Underground Garage radio show.
Credit The Connecticut Historical Society, Thomas Robbins collection, 14 / Connecticut Historical Society
Map of the 1761 transit of Venus, from Astronomy Explained Upon Sir Isaac Newton’s Principles, by James Ferguson, F.R.S, London, 1794.
Credit Wood engraving from Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, December 16, 1882. The Connecticut Historical Society, 1992.82.5c / Connecticut Historical Society
Dr. Gustav Mueller and Dr. Fritz Deichmueller, members of the German scientific expedition to Hartford.
Credit Wood engraving from Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, December 16, 1882. The Connecticut Historical Society, 1992.82 / Connecticut Historical Society
Buildings erected by the German scientists on the Trinity College Campus: Eastern Observatory, Heliometer House, Western Observatory.
Credit Wood engraving from Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, December 16, 1882. The Connecticut Historical Society, 1992.82.5a. / Connecticut Historical Society
The four members of the German scientific expedition to Hartford: Dr. Gustav Mueller of the Astro-Physical Observatory at Potsdam; Dr. Fritz Deichmueller of the University-Observatory at Bonn; Mr. Julius Bauschinger, scientific assistant; and Mr. Hermann
In December 1882, a German scientific commission sent a team of astronomers to Hartford, Connecticut to observe a rare astronomical event. The transit of Venus (when the planet passes between the earth and the sun) occurs in eight-year pairs, and those pairs occur every 121½ or 105½ years. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the transit was an important opportunity for scientists to calculate the distance between the earth and the sun—the basis for the astronomical unit.
The Monkees were the first group to exhibit all or most of the qualities we now associate with the term "boy band." They were assembled through auditions. They had a set of visual styles imposed on them. They were incredibly popular with tween-aged girls. They were plagued by the accusation that there was less to them than meets the eye. That last accusation was false, by the way.
The birth of the band Violent Mae may not have been intentional, but the result has been memorable. This duo met on an organic farm in Connecticut and just released their debut album, recorded in Hartford. Violent Mae joins us in-studio for a live concert on Where We Live.
Today's show originally aired October 7 and 12, 2013.
From Faith Middleton: If your schedule is rushed, have we got a cookbook for you! The Good-to-Go collection of about 300 recipes is a winner with adults and children. It's also the perfect cookbook for transitioning kids in a first apartment, or for kids in college.