| Oct 31, 2013
Five-year-old Ruhee Lalla of West Hartford sat at a table recently making a little terrarium with a plastic globe, moss, sticks, rocks, shells and twine. All around her at other tables, other children made terrariums while their parents watched. The...
| Oct 20, 2013
For a tiny state, Connecticut is big on culture. We're home to hundreds of museums featuring fabulous art and artifacts. But in many cases, admissions aren't cheap — which can make them inaccessible to individuals and families on tight budgets....
| Nov 14, 2013
| 12:37 PM
At a talk at the Wadsworth Atheneum a few years ago, interior designer and lifestyle philosopher Alexandra Stoddard of Stonington described how she keeps calm.
Every morning she starts the day with a "one-flower" meditation, which, she said, leaves her...
| Sep 23, 2013
| 10:50 AM
Look closely at any of the five rare tapestries hanging at the Wadsworth as part of Weaving the Myth of Psyche. Spend some time, relax, soak 'em in: they've been out-of-sight for over a decade. Each large 17th-century French piece (including "The Old...
| Jul 25, 2013
| 9:00 PM
In 1990, a local Hartford bank reassured city leaders that plans for an office tower at the corner of Main and Asylum streets were real and the 45-story edifice would be built.
Just one thing stood in the way: the 78-year-old Hartford-Aetna Building, the...
| Jul 30, 2013
| 5:34 AM
Neighborhood Studios, the summer programs run by the City of Hartford for creative teens, in collaboration with local arts venues, will wrap up its 2013 season with a series of showcases of artworks created by students in the program.
On Wednesday, July...
| Aug 13, 2013
| 7:50 AM
Resurrected from an art storage room in the Wadsworth Atheneum, a nineteenth-century Keats Death Mask (pictured) becomes Philadelphia-based artist Virgil Marti's inspiration for his site-specific MATRIX installation Ode to a Hippie. The plaster cast of...
| Aug 26, 2013
| 12:00 PM
Tires: they keep our cars from flying off the road at 65 mph. But they also accumulate, rapidly, as you'll see in Edward Burtynky's "Oxford Tire Pile #1" (pictured). It's a rare photo of the world's largest, non-burning tire pile, and it's part of An...
| Aug 24, 2013
| 9:00 AM
Playwright Anton Chekhov famously said that a gun should never be displayed onstage without a reason. If it is seen in the first act, he advised, it ought to go off by the third.
In other words, writers should not clutter a narrative with distractions...
| Aug 28, 2013
| 5:29 AM
“Curatorial Conversations,” the series of noontime gallery talks at Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 600 Main St. in Hartford, will continue on Thursday, Aug. 29, with “Art Objects for the Private Sphere,” at which Linda Roth,...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 9:15 AM
When you leave "Ode to a Hippie," a "site-specific environment" by Virgil Marti in the Wadsworth's Matrix Gallery, you are at a loss. What, exactly, is a hippie? Where's the ode? Who moved my cheese?
These and other questions flutter in the air behind...