| Nov 21, 2013
The point of assembling Broadway Idiot, a new documentary opening on Friday, Nov. 22 at Real Art Ways in Hartford, one quickly realizes, was to get people excited about the newest touring season of American Idiot, the musical, which commenced in Portland,...
| 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...
| 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 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 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 23, 2014
Are we inherently a musical state?
At the very least, we seem to have always been a state that likes to sing.
During the Colonial and Revolutionary days, we did most of our singing in church. And we took our church singing very seriously....
| Feb 23, 2014
With fabled clubs in the North End rocking with the sound of jazz, classic big bands and big-name instrumentalists and singers routinely blowing-off the roof at Foot Guard Hall on High Street, or shaking the foundations of the State Theater on Village...
| 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...
| 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...
| Apr 8, 2014
| 9:20 AM
1) Real Art Ways
56 Arbor St.
2) Hartford Stage
3) The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts