New Haven
3:54 pm
Wed May 25, 2011

You Could Stand To Read a Positive Story, Right? About Gelato and Pianos?

Thomas MacMillan Photo

People told Giuliana Maravalle she was crazy when she moved her piano bar and gelato factory to a neglected industrial warehouse on Sargent Drive. One year later, she’s ready to expand the business with a new country and western bar, and people are eating her “artisanal” Italian treat from the Boston Symphony to JFK airport thanks to the work of a dozen additional employees.

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Contract Negotiations
3:36 pm
Tue May 17, 2011

New Haven Musicians Protest Symphony Cuts

Uma Ramiah

Contract negotiations are underway between musicians and management of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. But some of the proposed changes have performers taking to the streets. 

Dressed in her concert black, cellist Chris Coyle stood in front of Woolsey Hall, passing out bright yellow flyers to audience members as they arrived for an evening performance by the New Haven Symphony Orchestra.

"We're afraid that our next season we're going to be cut down to the bone, playing very small works, leaving out some of our colleagues."

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The Colin McEnroe Show
6:56 pm
Tue May 3, 2011

Strengthen Your Marriage With Quantum Entanglement!

Jonathon Keats

Writer, critic and artist Jonathon Keats explains how he uses quantum entanglement - an intimate trans-universal relationship between particles - to strengthen the bonds of marriage between couples.

He also explains his latest exhibit in California, a gourmet restaurant ... for plants.

Leave your comments below, e-mail or Tweet us @wnprcolin.

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Where We Live
11:16 am
Wed April 27, 2011

The Humanities

Creative Commons

Jim Leach says the humanities “expand understanding of human nature and the human condition.” 

Leach is a former congressman and champion collegiate wrestler.  Both of these life skills come in handy as he navigates federal funding in his role as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  

Leach is touring all 50 states to talk about the role the humanities play in our daily lives.  He was recently in Connecticut, and came to our Hartford studios.

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12:59 pm
Tue April 26, 2011

"Ticket Brokers" Bill Will Not Go Forward

A controversial bill that would have relaxed restrictions for online ticket brokers will not go forward in this legislative session.  Lawmakers say they need more time to determine what’s best for Connecticut consumers.

Ticket scalping was legalized in Connecticut in 2007.  Now there’s a flourishing online ticket resale market.  Resale brokers supported a bill that would have required entertainment and sports venues to only sell tickets that could be resold.

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:43 pm
Mon April 25, 2011

State of the Moment

Gallery 360, New Haven, is pleased to present Emilia Dubicki and Jonathan Waters: State of the Moment, in the expansive, light filled lobby gallery space of New Haven’s newest residential high rise. The exhibition pairs the New Haven area artists Dubicki and Waters for their first show as a duo.

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Where We Live
10:43 am
Thu April 21, 2011

Local Art Activates Change

Julie Dickerson

Recently a vandal broke into St. Paul and St. James Episcopal church in New Haven.  The ransacked the chapel, broken windows and tore a bible. 

So, how did the church community respond?  With a message of forgiveness through music.  Several days later the most valuable stolen items  were returned to the front step.  It’s just one of many examples of local artists promoting social justice, tolerance and change through their work. 

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2:50 pm
Tue April 12, 2011

"The 39 Steps" Entertains and Impresses

The Hartford Stage

Love whodunits?  Can’t get enough of classic Hitchcock movies? Enjoy a good sight gag?   “The 39 Steps,” now playing at Hartford Stage, will captive and entertain you from beginning to end.  Hartford Stage says of its current production:

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:12 pm
Sat April 2, 2011

Steven Heller

Kathleen Conklin/flickr creative commons

Pop: How Graphic Design Shapes Popular Culture
“Pop culture is often maligned as fleeting, but history shows that sometimes what is pop in one culture has time-honored resonance in later ones. This book is an attempt to show that pop culture, especially as seen through the lenses of design, illustration, satiric and political art (and other things), is integral to a broader understanding of who we are and where we are going.”—Steven Heller, from the Introduction  

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:54 pm
Tue March 29, 2011

Puppets Are Serious Business

Chion Wolf

Before we begin, Clarence, the WNPR puppet, would like to address the New Britain puppet thieves.

You probably think an International Puppetry Conference at UConn -- there is one this weekend -- would be full of cute stuff, right?

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:01 pm
Mon March 21, 2011

The Healing Power Of Music

Flickr Creative Commons, emilianohorcada

The idea that music can be medicine may strike some of you as woo-woo new age piffle. To a degree I had not understood until now, serious researchers all over the world as studying these connections and making astonishing breakthroughs.

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:57 pm
Tue March 15, 2011

On the Road: New Britain Museum of American Art

New Britain Museum of American Art

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The Colin McEnroe Show
10:05 am
Fri February 25, 2011

Michael Kramer On Art, Politics And Theater

Michael Kramer was an award-winning political columnist for Time and New York magazine. Now he’s the playwright behind “Divine Rivalry,” a show about da Vinci and Michaelangelo, making its world premier in Hartford. We’ll talk politics and art.

Chion Wolf and Colin will also read your e-mails in "The Sack," our weekly mailbag feature.

Leave your comments below, e-mail or Tweet us @wnprcolin.

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Where We Live
11:35 am
Thu February 3, 2011

Live From The Lyceum, Billings Forge Breaks Through

Chion Wolf, WNPR

Billings Forge is reshaping Hartford’s Frog Hollow neighborhood through the arts, historic preservation, farm to table food, and affordable housing.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:57 pm
Tue February 1, 2011

Masters Of The Monologue

Flickr Creative Commons, p_a_H

Until theatrical autobiographical monologue develops a large roster of superstars, everybody will be compared to Spalding Gray, whether or not that makes sense on a case-by-case basis.

The monologue is, I suppose, as old as human speech, but Gray refined it and married it to performance art around 1980.

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The Faith Middleton Show
5:48 am
Mon January 31, 2011

The Lost Cellos Of Lev Aronson

Historical Diaries
3:07 pm
Fri October 29, 2010

With Needle and Pen

Connecticut Historical Society

How do we know what we know about the daily lives of people in the 18th and 19th centuries? Primarily through their diaries and letters, which make up a large proportion of the research materials at the Connecticut Historical Society.

Women and girls, particularly in the 18th and early 19th centuries, spent a great deal of time either making textiles or sewing textiles to make clothing or utilitarian objects. For example, in May 1784, eighteen year-old Hannah Hadassah Smith wrote in her diary (Ms 1009):

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