| 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 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...
| 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...
| 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,...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 9:15 AM
The 24th Annual Open Studio Hartford showcases the work of more than 200 artists, dancers, musicians, filmmakers and poets as part of a city-wide exhibition of our collective creativity. All weekend long you can head to any or all of the 18...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 1:30 PM
Free-jazz cornet player Taylor Ho Bynum (pictured) is no stranger to Connecticut. His forthcoming album, Navigation (The Complete Firehouse 12 Recordings), will be released on the Firehouse 12 record label, New Haven's most famous purveyor of avant jazz,...
| Nov 1, 2013
| 3:11 PM
The Sept. 13 closing of Connecticut's only minority-owned community development bank, Bridgeport-based The Community's Bank, should never have happened and illustrates excess in discretionary authority by federal and Connecticut bank regulators. The...
| 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 30, 2013
| 1:50 PM
Here's one small, disgusting detail from the aftermath of one of the most horrific incidents of government-instigated urban violence in modern American history:
In May 1985, a little African-American boy runs from a building in flames in Philadelphia....