| 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 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 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 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...
| Jan 4, 2014
| 12:10 PM
A former vice president at Back9Network — a fledgling Hartford-based cable golf network that's received more than $5 million in state grants and loans — claims in a lawsuit that Back9 stiffed him for $80,000 he spent while a consultant for the...
| 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...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 8:35 AM
The Odd Ball is more than Hartford's wildest Halloween party. It's an art-house spectacle combining elaborate costumes, bizarre decor, and installation art. The party benefits Real Art Ways and features food from top local chefs, a specialty cocktail bar,...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 9:25 AM
Genetically speaking, about 70,000 people in Connecticut are living in an informational black hole that could end up killing them.
That's approximately the number of adoptees here, and a Connecticut law passed in 1975 prevents them from finding out...