Quinnipiac University will host the 11th annual Harp Guitar Gathering this weekend. The harp guitar, as the name suggests, is an instrument that is part acoustic guitar, part harp. The instrument is held like a guitar, has the six strings of the guitar, and above it, additional harp strings that are plucked by the player.
Thousands of runners are expected to participate in Saturday’s ING Hartford marathon (or half-marathon). Among them will be 26 members of Newtown’s 12/14 Foundation Marathon Team. They want to bring attention to their mission: to build a landmark performing arts center in memory of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
Canadian author <a href="http://www.npr.org/books/authors/137943757/alice-munro">Alice Munro</a> has won the Nobel Prize in literature. The 82-year-old author recently announced that she plans to stop writing.
Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 8:31 pm
Alice Munro has been awarded the Nobel Prize in literature, the Swedish Academy announced Thursday morning. The academy often explains its decision — what it calls the "prize motivation" — with lush precision; recent winners have been praised for their "hallucinatory realism," "condensed, translucent images" and "sensual ecstasy." But for Munro, the committee came straight to the point: They called her simply "master of the contemporary short story."
The past and present intersect in the plays of Charles Mee. Known for taking those hefty Greek tragedies and re-imagining them for today’s audiences, his works like "Big Love" ask us—no, challenge us--to give some serious personal thought to our social responsibility as citizens.
Disturbia, as I call it, is the land where something or someone messes with your comfort zone. What people and things have disturbed your sense of comfort? Arguably, the Republican Tea Party's extreme wing is working hard and fast to make us understand Obamacare as a disruption of a way of life. This is genius as strategy since Obamacare is aimed squarely at those who have no health insurance and want to be made comfortable.
On Saturday, 30 poets and other artists will gather at Western Connecticut State University for a day-long rally against gun violence. It is part of a larger international day of protests called 100,000 Poets for Change.
It's an art form that came out of the chaos of World War One, when times were desperate, yet the art world was still celebrating still lifes, landscapes and nudes. In protest, artists began rebelling with politically aware ironic work, making bold, sometimes vicious points with their art. Times have changed, and Dada resurfaces periodically, like in the exhibition at the Pump House in Hartford opening on the 26th.
From Norvelt to Nowhere is a book that begins in the shadow of nuclear annihilation, during the Cuban missile crisis in 1962. The first few paragraphs also disclose that nine elderly women in the town of Norvelt are dead by poison.
It just goes on and on. We're in New Haven today where the Yale Rep is getting ready to mount a production of "A Streetcar Named Desire," but there's already one playing in Dublin at the Gate. There probably hasn't been one year in the last 50 when there wasn't a significant staging of this play.
These were the words uttered by painter Jean-Michel Basquiat, who was deeply shaken after he heard the story of a black graffiti artist who was beaten to death by New York City police. Seeing his own life reflected in the death of a fellow artist, Basquiat went on to create Defacement (The Death of Michael Stewart),not only to commemorate the young man's death, but also to challenge the state-sanctioned brutality that men of color could face for pursuing their art in public spaces.
"This is worse than that time we did that Gilbert and Sullivan parody.” That was a Tina Fey line from 30 Rock, and it was a devastating punch at a similar show, Aaron Sorkin's "Studio 60," in which a fictional late night comedy show attempted to wow its audience with a song about itself set to the music of "A Modern Major General."
There are a lot of fascinating details hiding below the surface in the world of color. For instance, scientists once thought the average color of the entire universe was turquoise — until they recalculated and realized it was beige.
In Japan, you wait at a stoplight until it turns from red to blue, even though it's the same green color as American stoplights.
And in World War II, the British painted a whole flotilla of warships pinkish-purple so they'd blend in with the sky at dusk and confuse the Germans. That's right — pink warships.
Connecticut resident Sandra Boynton is hard to label. She's arguably one of America's most popular children's book authors. She's an artist whose whimsical greeting cards are wildly popular. She's also a music composer who's produced five albums and been nominated for a Grammy.
Virgil Marti, "Cemetry Gates." Photo: Allen Phillips/Wadsworth Atheneum.
Virgil Marti, "Tête-à-tête." Photo: Allen Phillips/Wadsworth Atheneum.
Studio of Benjamin Haydon, "Life Mask of John Keats," 20th century (from original cast of 1816). Virgil Marti, "To Engender Pleasant Dreams (For a Life Mask of John Keats)." Photo: Allen Phillips/Wadsworth Atheneum.
Italian, 19th century, "Death Mask of John Keats." Virgil Marti, "Monstrance." Photo: Allen Phillips/Wadsworth Atheneum.
Virgil Marti, "Thanatopsis." Photo: Allen Phillips/Wadsworth Atheneum.
Museum attendance is up in Connecticut, New York, and nationwide—what are people experiencing that adds to their lives? What makes something art? If you don't understand it, does that make you feel dumb? AND: A look at the groovy new 1960s hippie show at the Wadsworth Atheneum.
Ever been caught doodling during a meeting a work? A boring class? You’re not alone. Did you get yelled at? “Get your head in the game! You’re distracted! You're not serious!"
Our guest Sunni Brown, author of The Doodle Revolution: Unlock the Power to Think Differently, says doodling involves a lot of the senses... movement, sound, and visuals… and, far from being a distraction, it actually can enhance learning.
If Sean Spellman’s life was captured in a TV show, it’d be Portlandia. He’s a bearded guy - whose rootsy, folky rock band Quiet Life tours the country in a van powered by used vegetable oil. And yeah, they’re based in Portland.
But get beneath the surface a bit, and Spellman’s an east coast guy - raised in New London CT and the Jersey shore, he wears his complicated love for New England on his sleeve, and has a spot in is heart for Springsteen, like any good Jersey guy would.
Thirteen years ago, I wrote an amusing but fairly ignorant op-ed piece for The New York Times triggered by watching a planetarium movie narrated by Tom Hanks. I wrote: "I miss the days of the anonymous, nobody-special narrator. Playing next door to Mr. Hanks at the museum was a Mount Everest Imax movie narrated by Liam Neeson. Take a cab to get there, and Isaac Hayes tells you to take your stuff when you get out, and don't forget your receipt."
The art world in northwestern Connecticut was rocked last week when a longtime assistant to artist Jasper Johns was arrested for stealing 22 works from Johns and selling them for $6.5 million.
The NY Times reports on the case against James Meyer.
For 16 years, William Morrison has watched the passing parade at his airy, contemporary Morrison Gallery in Kent, in northwestern Connecticut, where luminaries like Meryl Streep, Sam Waterston, Kevin Bacon and Kate Winslet, and far-flung artists great and small live the understated good life of the Litchfield Hills.
Chet Baker was a troubled soul, who had one of the most unique and haunting voices in jazz. Joni Mitchell is a complex artist who has stayed away from the spotlight, letting her music tell her story. We explore these two iconic artists on Where We Live.
Today’s show features two loosely-related interviews. Billy Collins is probably the most popular poet in the United States and this summer he’s guest curating and guest voicing The Writer’s Almanac, a popular Garrison Keillor radio segment which showcases one poem every day and then looks back-- usually because of birthdays—at creators of the past.
Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 10:33 am
Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent have spent the last decade or so singing sweetly, rowdily anthemic folk-country music together, most recently under the name Shovels & Rope. But the South Carolina husband-and-wife duo has only recently begun to take off on a national scale, thanks to a string of fantastically stirring live performances and a fi
As a black, female artist in the 1960s, Ringgold says there were "a lot of people trying to get in my way and keep me from doing what I was doing." Above, a 1965 self portrait.
Credit Jim Frank / On loan from Elizabeth A. Sackler
In 1963, Faith Ringgold began a series of 20 paintings called "The American People." She she wanted to create images that would make people really <em>look.</em> "The more they look, the more they see," she says. Above,<em> #18: The Flag Is Bleeding,</em> 1967, oil on canvas.
Credit Courtesy Faith Ringgold and ACA Galleries, New York
"It was what was going on in America and I wanted [viewers] to look at these paintings and see themselves," Ringgold says. Above, <em>American People Series #20: Die,</em> 1967, oil on canvas.
Credit Courtesy Faith Ringgold and ACA Galleries, New York
"People like stories," says Faith Ringgold. "I think I ... struck on a combination of imagery and politics that worked."
Artist Faith Ringgold is best known for what she calls her story quilts — large canvases made in the 1980s, on which she painted scenes of African-American life: sunbathing on a tar roof, a mother and her children, a quilting bee. She frames the canvases in strips of quilted fabric, carrying out an old African, and African-American quilt-making tradition.
The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington is showing an earlier aspect of Ringgold's art: big, strong, vivid paintings from the 1960s that reflect the violence and social upheaval of that time.