| Feb 18, 2014
| 12:30 PM
The recipe for a great cocktail party is a drink or two, pleasant conversation and goodly amounts of ... Conlon Nancarrow?
Not exactly, but close. Omer Shemesh, 34, who'll perform as DrFKK at this month's Creative Cocktail Hour at Hartford's Real Art...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 4:34 PM
Connecticut got a bit of a slow start in the arts, our Puritan forebears being generally opposed to fun in any form. But we've made up for lost time.
Since the Puritan hegemony waned, the state has been home to brilliant artists and artistic movements...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 3:42 PM
Starting Friday, people who go to Real Art Ways to see a movie will notice something new before the feature presentation.
The Hartford arts venue has filmed a series of short promotional movies to spread the word that money must be raised to upgrade...
| Feb 13, 2014
Imagine someone making a documentary about "men in jazz" or "men in art." The absurdity of the idea is obvious: There's too much to cram into a focused narrative. Where to start?
But "The Girls in the Band," a documentary film about pioneering female...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 9:36 AM
Pianist Mary DiPaola was a classical performance major at The Hartt School when she was bitten by the jazz bug.
"I went to a concert of the student big band and it happened to be a night when [saxophonist and McLean Institute founder] Jackie McLean...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 5:33 PM
Creative people — from actors to musicians, and poets to painters — are coming to Hartford. What draws them here? What do they need to flourish? We asked four Hartford residents active in the city arts scene to contribute their thoughts. Three...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 5:57 AM
In past years and decades, Carlos Hernandez Chavez has exhibited his work many times around the Hartford area, at Real Art Ways, the Old State House, Yale University, Charter Oak Cultural Center, American International College in Springfield. He is...
| Feb 3, 2014
| 10:20 AM
Julia Randall says she is "45 going on 12," an apt summation of her current artistic inspiration on view at Real Art Ways in Hartford.
Randall starts by chewing bubble gum and blowing a bubble, then biting the end of the bubble to seal it. Then she...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 9:03 AM
Allison Schulnik becomes the 168th artist in the MATRIX series at Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford when her exhibit opens on Feb. 6. It will run until Sunday, May 4. The show features "Eager," a new stop-motion, clay animation video, as well...
| Dec 18, 2013
| 10:56 AM
The National Endowment for the Arts bestowed $360,000 to 15 Connecticut cultural organizations in the latest round of grant-giving.
Those receiving a happy holiday are: Waterford’s Eugene O’Neill Theater Center for development of new plays...
| Nov 25, 2013
| 12:00 PM
The final verse of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s 1974 hit single “Sweet Home Alabama” — “Muscle Shoals has got the Swampers / and they've been known to pick a song or two” — probably confused generations of pre-Wikipedia radio...