| Mar 4, 2013
| 11:20 AM
Artists are often short-tempered brawlers. Caravaggio (1571-1610), whose legacy comes into focus for the first time in a quarter-century when Burst of Light opens at the Wadsworth, fought quite a bit; he's said to have traveled around with an armed...
| Mar 28, 2013
| 9:20 AM
Spring is here, and with it comes the scents and subtle sounds of nature. Connecticut is a great place for flower-peeping, so get out there, breathe in the fresh air, let the sun warm your face and listen to some wondrous springtime sounds. Here are a few...
| Nov 28, 2012
| 12:45 PM
The National Endowment for the Artsgave out its lastest round of grants, giving 12 Connecicut arts organizations a total of $345,000 for various projects.
Outgoing Chairman Rocco Landesman announced the arts agency will award 832 grants totaling $23.3...
| Nov 30, 2012
| 9:10 AM
Hartford must have done something karmically right to land two Jason Isbell visits in a single calendar year. Isbell, a former Drive-By Trucker who grew up in the Muscle Shoals, Ala. area, played solo at the Wadsworth Atheneum last time around. He's...
| Dec 8, 2012
| 9:00 AM
CONNetic Dance's Nutcracker Suite and Spicy takes the audience away from Candy Land and Tchaikovsky's classic score by leading them through an ugly sweater party, a Snow Ball and dancing Florettes, all to the music of jazz, hip-hop and tap. It's the third...
| 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 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 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...
| 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...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 12:40 PM
In a collaborative comic strip created with Art Spiegelman for The New Yorker, Connecticut's own Maurice Sendak once remarked, "Childhood is deep and rich. It's vital, mysterious, and profound. I remember my own childhood vividly…I knew terrible...
| 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...