Spotlight on the Arts http://wnpr.org en Inspired by Ancient Sculpture and Creation Myths, Pilobolus's "On The Nature of Things" http://wnpr.org/post/inspired-ancient-sculpture-and-creation-myths-piloboluss-nature-things <p>Emerging from the shadows carrying a lifeless naked body, a primal-like figure takes a deliberate path in slow procession to center stage. When he finally arrives at the pool of white light, he lays down the load onto a jet-black pedestal, an altar of some kind; and this, his offering to someone, somewhere.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:16:36 +0000 Ed Wierzbicki 25686 at http://wnpr.org Inspired by Ancient Sculpture and Creation Myths, Pilobolus's "On The Nature of Things" Curtain Call for Japanalia Eiko and Dan Blow http://wnpr.org/post/curtain-call-japanalia-eiko-and-dan-blow <p>When jazz vocalist Dianne Mower makes her way through a jam-packed house onto the tiny Japanalia stage on Saturday night in Hartford’s West End, odds are it will be an emotional and unifying moment for everyone within earshot.</p><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:11:31 +0000 Ed Wierzbicki 24371 at http://wnpr.org Curtain Call for Japanalia Eiko and Dan Blow One Marriage, Two Journeys, In Long Wharf's "The Last Five Years" http://wnpr.org/post/one-marriage-two-journeys-long-wharfs-last-five-years <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There’s both irony and brilliance behind the story-telling style of "The Last Five Years,"</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Jason Robert Brown’s two-character musical currently running at the Long Wharf </span>Theatre&nbsp;in New Haven<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Fri, 23 May 2014 20:20:54 +0000 Ed Wierzbicki 22392 at http://wnpr.org One Marriage, Two Journeys, In Long Wharf's "The Last Five Years" Goodspeed's Fan Friendly "Damn Yankees" http://wnpr.org/post/goodspeeds-fan-friendly-damn-yankees <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">You could make the case that America’s obsession with sports really took hold thanks to baseball in the </span>1950s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. When Broadway producer/director/writer George Abbott turned to "Damn Yankees"&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">as his next musical in 1955, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect.</span></p><p> Tue, 13 May 2014 20:18:58 +0000 Ed Wierzbicki 21703 at http://wnpr.org Goodspeed's Fan Friendly "Damn Yankees" Celebrating the New, the Foreign, and the Experimental at Wesleyan http://wnpr.org/post/celebrating-new-foreign-and-experimental-wesleyan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Looking back isn’t something Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts is much interested in doing.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 09 May 2014 18:35:52 +0000 Ed Wierzbicki 21445 at http://wnpr.org Celebrating the New, the Foreign, and the Experimental at Wesleyan Poems Celebrate Hartford's Collective Identity http://wnpr.org/post/poems-celebrate-hartfords-collective-identity <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It was evident from Saturday’s grand finale of "Hartford Loves Poetry: A Community Celebration" that the city loves the sound and soul of its many voices. It was also proof that people are thirsty for authentic human stories told aloud by their neighbors that creatively reflect ancestry and history.</span></p><p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:23:24 +0000 Ed Wierzbicki 20527 at http://wnpr.org Poems Celebrate Hartford's Collective Identity Cheers to Picasso and Other Art World Legends http://wnpr.org/post/cheers-picasso-and-other-art-world-legends <p></p><p>Red Grooms dreams big, and draws large. Using paint, colored pencils, charcoal, and crayon, his super-sized canvases about life within the art world won’t just warm your heart; they will enlarge it three-fold.</p><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:21:52 +0000 Ed Wierzbicki 17712 at http://wnpr.org Cheers to Picasso and Other Art World Legends Unexpected Musical Delights On Display in Ridgefield http://wnpr.org/post/unexpected-musical-delights-display-ridgefield <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Music can involve us beyond the act of mere listening. At the </span><a href="http://www.aldrichart.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">current exhibition at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Ridgefield, you will need all five senses. Be prepared to get physical.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With an eye and ear toward expanding our understanding of music and art, The </span>Aldrich<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has brought together the work of five gifted contemporary artists&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">in a series called Music,</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;through March 9.</span></p><p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 18:04:43 +0000 Ed Wierzbicki 16379 at http://wnpr.org Unexpected Musical Delights On Display in Ridgefield Imaginative Worlds by Ming Cho Lee http://wnpr.org/post/imaginative-worlds-ming-cho-lee <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Resembling a village of delicate toy </span>theaters<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, "Stage Designs by Ming Cho Lee" fills</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> the large ground floor gallery at the Yale School of Architecture in New Haven.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 16:35:28 +0000 Ed Wierzbicki 15012 at http://wnpr.org Imaginative Worlds by Ming Cho Lee Perils of the Sea: Giant Pastels Capture the Adventure of Moby Dick http://wnpr.org/post/perils-sea-giant-pastels-capture-adventure-moby-dick <p>When he’s not playing professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, artist Mark Milloff sculpts, paints, and envisions gigantic pastel drawings. He also moonlights as a musician. But all things being equal, he’d rather be fishing.</p><p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 11:49:00 +0000 Ed Wierzbicki 13785 at http://wnpr.org Perils of the Sea: Giant Pastels Capture the Adventure of Moby Dick Sara Mearns Dances "The Nutcracker" http://wnpr.org/post/sara-mearns-dances-nutcracker <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Like so many holiday traditions, "The Nutcracker"&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">is upon us once again. With numerous Connecticut productions of the classic fairy tale ballet, the </span>12<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> annual production by the Eastern Connecticut Ballet&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">is a stand-out for a number of worthy reasons.</span></p><p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 10:37:00 +0000 Ed Wierzbicki 13316 at http://wnpr.org Sara Mearns Dances "The Nutcracker" A Collage Style Performance on the Meaning of Love http://wnpr.org/post/collage-style-performance-meaning-love <p>When Charlie Chaplin and other silent film stars faced the challenge of carrying over their talents into "talkies," these proved to be much-anticipated events. On Friday in Bethlehem, international mask artist Larry Hunt, a local, will actually let his voice do the real talking on stage.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hunt has built a career on non-verbal storytelling, and has performed at venues around the world for over 25 years.</span></p><p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 20:58:40 +0000 Ed Wierzbicki 12795 at http://wnpr.org A Collage Style Performance on the Meaning of Love Meet the Juice Vocal Ensemble http://wnpr.org/post/meet-juice-vocal-ensemble <p>Each of the three singers has a solo career, but when they come together, the women of the Juice Vocal Ensemble perform a wide range of music.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Alto Kerrie Andrew spoke with </span>CPTV<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. "We can sing very difficult </span>virtuosic<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> new music," she said, "or we can sing </span>folky<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> stuff, or have a go at a bit of beat boxing, or be told what to in an opera or improvise, or work with electronics. So we like to think that’s fairly individual for our group, that we’re pretty diverse."</span></p><p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 15:58:11 +0000 Diane Orson 10935 at http://wnpr.org Meet the Juice Vocal Ensemble Direct From London: Mesmerizing A Cappella http://wnpr.org/post/direct-london-mesmerizing-cappella <p>There’s a hypnotic vocal harmony that is both soothing and mysterious in "Didn’t Leave Nobody But the Baby," sung a cappella by the Juice Vocal Ensemble on their album <em>Songspin</em>. It’s as if I’m standing over a child’s crib and hear warm breathing and shushing and sighing. It’s sense-o-round that wraps around me. Then, suddenly, I wonder: who are these voices? Where’s the baby? Everything, okay?! The music has moved me. And Juice has done its job.</p><p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 04:27:00 +0000 Ed Wierzbicki 10888 at http://wnpr.org Direct From London: Mesmerizing A Cappella Javier Colon, a Voice with Soul and Humility http://wnpr.org/post/javier-colon-voice-soul-and-humility <p>Winner of NBC’s "The Voice," Javier Colon, is a rare combination of talent, star-power, and humility. His extraordinary tenor voice and “acoustic soul” style bring spiritual integrity and musical sophistication to his pop song chart.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The growing collection of original work Colon has developed over the last several years often showcases personal stories about relationships and his family life.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Sat, 02 Nov 2013 12:25:00 +0000 Ed Wierzbicki 9898 at http://wnpr.org Javier Colon, a Voice with Soul and Humility Underneath It All With "The Underpants" http://wnpr.org/post/underneath-it-all-underpants <p>We’ve become full-time fame seekers.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Admit it: no matter what age, walk of life, or social standing, just being </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">friended</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> or </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">liked </em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">by no one in particular makes our day. We create online personas, instantly publish, and look to find inspiration from the reality television that surrounds us. There, we can root for real cops, middle-class castaways, and cut-throat cooks.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 14:28:00 +0000 Ed Wierzbicki 10164 at http://wnpr.org Underneath It All With "The Underpants" A New Take on an Ancient Greek Play http://wnpr.org/post/new-take-ancient-greek-play <p>In performance now through October 13 at the <a href="http://crt.uconn.edu/" target="_blank">Connecticut Repertory Theatre at the University of Connecticut</a> is &quot;Big Love,&quot; a play by Charles Mee. &quot;Big Love&quot; is an adaptation of an ancient Greek play. Joining WNPR News to talk about the production is reporter Ed Wierzbicki, who <a href="http://wnpr.org/post/big-love-takes-big-leaps-bold-choices" target="_blank">reviewed the show here</a>&nbsp;and also talked about playwright Mee, the challenge of this production, and the outline of the story.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 18:25:58 +0000 WNPR News 9048 at http://wnpr.org A New Take on an Ancient Greek Play "Big Love" Takes Big Leaps With Bold Choices http://wnpr.org/post/big-love-takes-big-leaps-bold-choices <p>The past and present intersect in the plays of Charles Mee. Known for taking those hefty Greek tragedies and re-imagining them for today&rsquo;s audiences, his works like &quot;Big Love&quot; ask us&mdash;no, challenge us--to give some serious personal thought to our social responsibility as citizens.</p><p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 18:23:09 +0000 Ed Wierzbicki 8585 at http://wnpr.org "Big Love" Takes Big Leaps With Bold Choices