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Letter from the editor In this edition of The Arts Paper, we meet pencil artist Gregory Krikko Obbott, who goes by his middle name, “Krikko.” An architect by training, Krikko has become known for his massive and incredibly detailed pencil drawings of such cityscapes as New York City, New Haven, and Chicago. In his Artists Next Door feature, Hank Hoffman tells us that “Krikko made his name with a monumental pencil drawing of New York City. … The Super Big Apple — an aerial view in which the financial district is in the foreground (including the then still-extant twin towers of the World Trade Center) — towers 20 feet high. Finished in 1995, it took Krikko another year to get the enormous drawing scanned for posters. His big break came in 1997 when the original drawing was displayed at the Skyscraper Museum on Wall Street and featured in an article in The New York Times.” As we meet Krikko, we bid farewell to Institute Library Director Will Baker, under whose tenure that organization has been dusted off and revitalized after years of institutional stagnancy. As Baker steps down, he welcomes a new element to the library’s programming – the New Haven Review, which has merged with The Institute Library, “becoming, in a sense, a program of The Institute Library,” I quoted New Haven Review Publisher Bennett Lovett-Graff as saying. We also take a look at another of New Haven’s longstanding cultural organizations, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, whose season-ending concert program this month will feature performances of two of the most important, influential, and beloved works in the repertoire: Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique. Joining the orchestra for the concerto will be Russian pianist Ilya Yakushev. NHSO Music Director William Boughton told me that his interest in programming Berlioz’s orchestral masterpiece is in com-

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municating to the audience, through the music, how the work “changed the course of musical history.” Speaking of history, Steve Scarpa contributed an article to this edition of The Arts Paper that gives us a glimpse into the Peabody Museum of Natural History’s ambitious renovation plans. Once the project is completed (it’s scheduled to be completed in 2016, to mark the organization’s 150th anniversary), “the first thing visitors will notice is that there will be a different aesthetic, a clean aesthetic with a modern design,” Steve quoted Richard Kissel, the museum’s director of public programs, as saying. This edition of The Arts Paper also includes a Q&Astyle interview with singer-songwriter Zach Deputy, who’s scheduled to perform this month at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook, a piece by the Arts Council’s communications manager, Stephen Grant, about upcoming musical and theatrical performances at the aforementioned Institute Library and Erector Square, and a column by Arts Council Executive Director Cindy Clair about her experiences at Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C., in March. In the June edition of The Arts Paper, we’ll highlight some of the remarkable programming the International Festival of Arts & Ideas plans to present. In addition to the articles in this edition of The Arts Paper, we invite you to visit our recently rebranded blog,, and to let us know what types of stories and commentaries you’d like to see in the print publication and online. We at the Arts Council hope you’ll enjoy this month’s complement of articles, and we hope that you’ll remember to recycle this print publication once you’ve finished reading it. n

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Detail and dimension Krikko’s cityscape drawings sell as posters, postcards

Krikko, with his pencil drawing of downtown Chicago. Photo courtesy of Amy Hanselmann.

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f you’ve caught a train at New Haven’s Union Station in the past 10 or so years, you likely have seen the artwork of Gregory Krikko Obbott, who goes by his middle name, “Krikko.” Until about a year ago, a print of his pencil drawing of New Haven — the original is 20-feet high by 10-feet wide — was on view near the escalators leading to the tunnel. Krikko, a trained architect who also moonlights as a jazz saxophonist, has gained renown for his large, impeccably detailed cityscapes. Most of the original drawings are on view in New Haven at his Hill Museum of the Arts, an old carriage house redesigned and rehabilitated by Krikko himself. Krikko made his name with a monumental pencil drawing of New York City. Composed of 18 panels of 60”x40” museum board, The Super Big Apple — an aerial view in which the financial district is in the foreground (including the then still-extant twin towers of the World Trade Center)

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“Spiritually, it has to be like you’re walking on that spot. You’re at Times Square, drawing pedestrians, taxicabs, billboards.” – Krikko

— towers 20 feet high. Finished in 1995, it took Krikko another year to get the enormous drawing scanned for posters. His big break came in 1997 when the original drawing was displayed at the Skyscraper Museum on Wall Street and featured in an article in The New York Times. His drawings are available in poster or postcard form in dozens of stores and tourist centers in New York City; thousands have been sold. Staedtler Mars, makers of mechanical pencils, has used Krikko’s New York City drawing in ads and on packaging for its products. The New York City portrait took about five years; his New Haven drawing was completed in two years. As Krikko has honed his technique, he can work quicker but drawings of this size and specificity remain time-consuming. Completing them requires intense concentration. “Spiritually, it has to be like you’re walking on that spot. You’re at Times Square, drawing pedestrians, taxicabs, billboards,” he says. “I get really connected to the beauty of it. Just being able to perceive what the outcome is going to be is what

keeps you going.” Drawing has been Krikko’s passion since he was a high school student in Nigeria. After emigrating from Nigeria to the United States at the age of 23 in 1974, he attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette), garnering his bachelor’s degree in architecture in 1981. His first cityscape was a comparatively smaller drawing of Boston (24” by 30”), executed as a special project in his final year of architecture school. Based on a rendering photograph, Krikko re-rendered the aerial view on a larger scale, adding high rises and skyscrapers of his own creation as he went along. Krikko recalls Dan Branch, the head of the architectural school, telling him, “That’s the smartest pencil drawing I’ve ever seen.” Although he is moving away from this approach these days, Krikko has used a grid system to compose his drawings. Each work begins with a small schematic Continued on page 6 • 5

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Krikko’s Hill Museum of Arts. Photo courtesy of Amy Hanselmann.

drawing. Once the main composition is laid out in the larger scale, Krikko says he can “veer off, get rid of the grid, and start to create.” He uses maps and returns to the schematic as a reference. The devil is in the details. If a building has 23 floors and five windows to each floor on the front façade, that is how Krikko draws it. His architectural training is essential.

Krikko, in front of two of his enormous and incredibly detailed pencil drawings. Photo courtesy of Amy Hanselmann.

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“I find out what the design concept is, the elevations, the number of floors,” he says. “I need to sit down and take the time to get those details.” For his drawing of the Empire State Building, he took photos documenting the surrounding perspectives from the 86th floor. Creating the drawing involves synthesizing these disparate views. Krikko must consider not only how many floors a building has but also how many are visible above the structure in front of it when viewed from a particular aerial angle. Which is not to say Krikko doesn’t take artistic license. Given the challenge, it would be impossible not to. For his iconic portrait of New York City, he was scrupulously true to the details of the buildings of the financial district in the composition’s foreground. But once he got to midtown, “You can add and subtract, exaggerate a little.” “You come to an area where you’re not too sure what’s the next building. What do you do? You just duplicate buildings until you come to the next prominent one. That’s an artist’s secret,” he tells me, laughing. Still, he prides himself on his attention to detail. Directing my attention to the drawing of New Haven, Krikko points to the financial services building next door to City Hall on Church Street. “All those windows are exact,” he says.

And the sidewalk tile layout in front of City Hall? Exact both in the number of tiles and in the placement of the different shades of color. Almost 20 years later, Krikko can still summon up the enthusiasm he first felt upon finishing the portrait of New York City. “It was exciting when that drawing was completed and I had a chance for the first time to put it up because I did not have the kind of big space to look at it in its entirety,” he recalls. “Oh my goodness, peo-

ple came to the backyard because we had to build a scaffolding against the garage. It was breathtaking, even to me who created it. Even little kids were excited. They went and called their parents — ‘Mama, you’ve got to see this!’” “Tourists from all over the world have these drawings,” Krikko says proudly. “It’s quite rewarding walking into a building and all of a sudden see your art.” n Krikko is online at

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Extraordinary performance venues stephen grant Local musician Sam Perduta, who is no stranger to the local stages in New Haven, is particularly excited about bringing the first rock show to The Institute Library’s reading room. Perduta’s band, Elison Jackson, will headline the event with guests Dr. Caterwauls Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps and These Busy People on May 17. The small room can comfortably fit about 60 people and should make for an intimate performance. “There are no distractions,” Perduta said about choosing the library. “It is also the best place for sound.” Unlike his usual gigs at bars up and down the East Coast, this show will do more than just highlight Elison Jackson’s signature sound. It will be a reflection of The Institute Library itself, which Perduta said “is all about collaboration and learning.” Like Perduta, the folks involved in A Broken Umbrella Theatre are introducing the community to unusual performance venues. From May 23 through June 8, the small theater group will present Gilbert the Great at the legendary Erector Square.

David Parr, left, works with A Broken Umbrella Theatre cast members.

“Our performances are always a multilayered experience,” A Broken Umbrella Theatre’s Rachel Alderman said. The production will present the story of A.C. Gilbert,

an interesting figure who paid his Yale University tuition by performing magic tricks and selling magic books during the early 1900s. Gilbert is best known as the manufacturing pioneer who invented the erector set in the Erector Square building on Peck Street in New Haven. Exploring his legacy in New Haven and his personal drive and accomplishments, the performance is shaping up to be, dare we say, magical. In addition to sharing Gilbert’s inspiring story, A Broken Umbrella Theatre is hoping to “change the way you view landscapes,” a goal the company tries to achieve with every performance. To provide a deeper look inside what Gilbert created in Erector Square, the company has partnered with the Eli Whitney Museum in Hamden to display some of Gilbert’s memorable inventions. In addition, the actors have been rehearsing with Chicago-based magician/actor David Parr, who is teaching them historically meaningful tricks that Gilbert himself may have used. “It’s a whimsical performance” Alderman said. “We even collected stories from people who worked in the factory.” n Stephen Grant is the Arts Council’s communications manager.

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Boughton, NHSO perform Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique Season-ending program also features Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 david brensilver


he sounds of acclaimed Russian pianist Denis Matsuev performing Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2 came through the telephone, delightfully loud and clear. Matsuev was onstage at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, performing with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra. And pianist Ilya Yakushev was there to listen. Yakushev called The Arts Paper from the iconic concert hall to talk about Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, a work he’ll perform this month with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. It’s “one of the most popular concertos for folks to hear,” Yakushev said, offering a bit of understatement. It was also the first concerto he learned as a young musician. Having come to the United States in 2000 to study at Mannes College The New School for Music, from which he completed his undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies, Yakushev divides his time these days between New York and his native Russia.

To date, he’s performed Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 dozens of times. Still, when he performs the work at Woolsey Hall here in New Haven, it’ll be as distinct a reading as any he’s given. His profession, he pointed out, would be very boring if artists approached each piece the same way every time he or she performs it. Composed in 1900 and 1901, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 received its premiere in Moscow in 1901 with the composer at the piano. In 1909, Rachmaninoff embarked on his first tour of the United States and eventually settled here after the Russian Revolution of 1917 drove him from his native country. For Yakushev, orchestra engagements are most rewarding when he can connect with a conductor and the ensemble in such a way that allows him to manipulate the music within the scope of the composer’s intentions. He calls that the “beauty of the moment, when you’re playing the piece.” For William Boughton, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra’s music director and principal conductor, the presentation of a piece of music should first and foremost re-



Ilya Yakushev. Photo courtesy of NHSO.

flect and convey its composer’s intentions. On May 15, the NHSO will conclude its season with performances of the Rachmaninoff concerto and Berlioz’s equally beloved Symphonie fantastique, “which really changed the course of musical history,” Boughton said.

It was composed in 1830, just three years after Beethoven died having revolutionized symphonic music. While audiences were “still getting used to Beethoven’s sound world,” Boughton said, Berlioz composed his orchestral masterpiece, the musical story of his obsessive love for


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actress Harriet Smithson, with whom he’d become smitten after seeing her perform in productions of Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet. More specifically, Symphonie fantastique is the expression of Berlioz’s infatuation with Smithson and the torment – conscious and unconscious – that obsession caused him. In the score, Berlioz provided the following program for the piece’s fourth movement, “March to the Scaffold”: “The Artist, knowing beyond all doubt that his love is not returned, poisons himself with opium. The narcotic plunges him into sleep, accompanied by the most horrible visions.” Boughton explained that in Symphonie fantastique, Berlioz “portrays this English woman in this simple motif at the very beginning – this idée fix, he calls it.” That motif, of course, is presented in various forms and moods throughout the monumental work. If one lets his imagination go, Boughton said, he can see the story behind the masterfully orchestrated music unfold. Fascinatingly, Boughton pointed out, Berlioz “did not play any orchestral instrument.” “To orchestrate the way he does is just unbelievable,” he said. “It was all in his head.” Boughton’s artistic interest is in communicating to the audience just how revolutionary Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique was at the time of its premiere in December 1830. One way he’ll do that is by looking back at the techniques of the time. “It’s researching back to those early performances,” Boughton said. An instrument called an ophicleide, for example, was called for in Berlioz’s score – two, to be precise. Over time, the tuba replaced the ophicleide and many orchestras today utilize the more modern instrument. Boughton and the NHSO will employ one of each. They’ll also place some of the massive complement of timpani called for in the score offstage to add even more dimension to Berlioz’s incredibly rich music.

William Boughton. Photo by Harold Shapiro.

Boughton’s primary direction will come from the score itself and the performance indications Berlioz included therein. Boughton said that rather than thinking, “What can I do with this piece?” performers ought to be thinking, “What did the composer want?” Likewise, when it comes to Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, he and Yakushev will start with what the composer wanted and let the music unfold through the interplay between soloist and orchestra. Yakushev, Boughton said, is “rather like a poet on the piano. The way that he gets the color out of the instrument, it’s poetic.” n The New Haven Symphony Orchestra will perform Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, with pianist Ilya Yakushev, and Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique on May 15 at Woolsey Hall. Visit for ticketing information.

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The Institute Library, New Haven Review merge Will Baker bids library, New Haven farewell david brensilver Since Will Baker was hired as The Institute Library’s director in December 2010 (he began his tenure in February 2011), the historic organization has once again become relevant. As New Haven Review publisher Bennett Lovett-Graff said, “The Institute Library was a moribund institution,” before Baker was hired to run the place. In an address upon receiving a 2011 Arts Award from the Arts Council of Greater New Haven, Baker said, “When we stop and listen to the echoes and whispers of The Institute Library’s founders and first generations, we discover that

“We both believe in the community of writing and reading.” – Bennett Lovett-Graff, on the New Haven Review and The Institute Library the organization still has something to offer in the 21st century. … The Institute Library has opened its doors wider, and new members with new energy and new ideas have come pouring in. They have projected their imaginations onto our shelves, onto the blank walls of our once-forgotten upper floors, and onto the hours of our evenings and weekends, and, as a result, great new programs and projects are emerging.” A little more than three years after his arrival, Baker is leaving The Institute Library and is headed for Pittsburgh, where his wife will serve a medical fellowship. He leaves having done a magnificent job, by all accounts, of revitalizing what was a tired and all-but-forgotten resource – in large part through cultural programming such as theater performances and art exhibitions. In February, Baker helped to facilitate a merger with the New Haven Review, a move that Lovett-Graff said will see his publication “becoming, in a sense, a program of The Institute Library … that maintains its editorial independence.” The relationship began three years ago, Baker said, when the New Haven Review started holding joint membership-driven events at The Institute Library. During planning for the most recent of those parties, an event that was held last fall, Lovett-Graff brought up the idea of merging the two organizations. Lovett-Graff credits New Haven Review editor Brian Slattery with coming up with the idea. “We saw synergies,”

Lovett-Graff said. “Our subscribers and their membership overlap.” Also, The Institute Library is a physical place, whereas the New Haven Review, which is an all-volunteer-run literary publication, has no bricks and mortar home. From the library’s perspective, Baker said, the merger is “a way to … make sure that we still had some programWill Baker. Photo by Judy Sirota Rosenthal. ming that was anchored in literature.” The New Haven Review will operate under the library’s 501(c)(3) umbrella and will maintain its own board of directors and, as aforementioned, its editorial independence. Baker described it as being a “nested institution” within the library’s operating structure. In spread-sheet terms, the New Haven Review will represent a line item on the library’s operating budget. In addition to having access to each other’s subscriber/ membership lists, the New Haven Review and The Institute Library will be able to pool resources for fundraising opportunities. Above all, Lovett-Graff said, “We both believe in the community of writing and reading.” Whereas the modern public library has become the new community center, The Institute Library remains – despite its years of near invisibility – a cultural and literary arts center. “In most situations, I would have been hesitant” to enter into such a relationship with another cultural organization, Baker said. In the case of the New Haven Review, though, “it made a lot of sense.” To begin with, Baker said, “it keeps a really great group of our members … close to the library.” Also, he said, “it keeps our identity anchored in … literature … enhances our New Haven-based mission … (and maintains a) strong orientation to New Haven writers.” Baker described The Institute Library and New Haven Review as “two places that really align very well, in spirit … and in membership.” And he said there was “universal enthusiasm” for the merger among the library’s board members. While at press time the library’s board was preparing to identify a new director, Lovett-Graff described Baker as a “New Haven treasure” and said, “I’m sorry to see him go.” n • 9

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Peabody plans major renovation project Aesthetic will focus on dramatic presentation of dinosaur specimens

The Peabody Museum of Natural History’s Great Hall, as seen from above. Photo by Bill Sacco.

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trip to the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History is a rite of passage for most New Haven schoolchildren. The Gothic 19th century architecture. The triceratops statue on Whitney Avenue. The Egyptian mummies upstairs. Best of all, the “brontosaurus” looming inside, more lumbering and majestic – and real-life scary – than anything they might have seen before. For generations of kids (and a ton of adults), the first experience with the coolness of dinosaurs took place 10 minutes from home. A recent morning in March was a slice of that life. It could have been 10, 20, or 50 years ago. A little girl clutching a pad and a pencil stared high over her head at the apatosaurus, the correct scientific name for the long necked dinosaur commonly referred to as a “brontosaurus.” She and a group of her classmates milled around the Great Hall of Dinosaurs, the heart of the museum. Around her children chattered, staring up at the fossils, followed by teachers and museum educators offering facts about the dinosaurs. “How many teeth do you think it has?” the girl called out to the children around her. “A thousand? Do you think 800?” It’s a moment of wonder and charm, a child staring at the fantastic past. The reality of the museum is far more interesting than a child’s fantasy of the place, no matter how memorable. For this prestigious research institution, one that that pioneered the collection and display of dinosaur fossils, a facelift is in order. The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History’s Great Hall of Dinosaurs and the adjacent Mammal Hall will undergo a $30 million renovation. The university is currently in the process of raising funds for the project, which would be complete by the museum’s 150th anniversary in 2016.

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“The first thing visitors will notice is that there will be a different aesthetic, a clean aesthetic with a modern design,” said Richard Kissel, director of public programs for the museum. “Our reason is because we really want to highlight the specimens.” The initial intent of the Great Hall of Dinosaurs was to tell the story of evolution. The time has come to craft a new scientific tale. The renovation will divide the room to tell the story of the evolution of life on land and in the sea. It will be a walk through time showing how inextricably linked the development of life and the condition of the Earth’s climate are. The exhibit will be inherently dramatic, Kissel believes, beginning with the rise of species, moving through the Earth’s two great extinction events, and carrying on to the present day. The iconic specimens are at the core of that story, and in many cases are the foundation for the understanding of the natural world, Kissel said. Yale began collecting specimens for study in the 18th century, but the effort to systematize the process didn’t begin until 1802.

Architectural rendering of a balcony view of the Great Hall. Rendering courtesy of the Peabody.

The Peabody wasn’t founded until 1876 and moved to its current location in 1924. The Great Hall was constructed to house the collection of O.C. Marsh, the first director of the museum and a leading paleontologist with Indiana Joneslike tendencies. In the late 1800s, Marsh collected and named some of the more

said, but they certainly do learn while they are there. The renovations will help to enhance both the educational and entertainment factor at the museum. The specimens will be remounted at floor level rather than on a platform, the way they are currently displayed. The creatures will also take more dynamic

“We want to make the renovation of the exhibit part of the exhibit itself.” – Richard Kissel iconic pieces in the museum’s collection, including “brontosaurus” and the stegosaurus currently on display. More than 150,000 people a year visit the museum to see those dinosaur skeletons, Kissel said, and the museum’s surveys show that the reason for a visit is primarily social. People don’t necessarily come to a museum to learn, he

Architectural rendering of what the Great Hall will look like. Rendering courtesy of the Peabody.

postures. For example, a small allosaurus, a carnivore, will be attacking the more placid stegosaurus. It will be an opportunity for people to get a better sense of the animals’ fluidity of movement. “Visitors will hopefully feel as if they are more in the same space with the creatures,” Kissel said. The most prominent feature in the room, Rudolph Zallinger’s Pulitzer Prize-winning fresco The Age of Reptiles will remain in place, Kissel said. However, the painting does create a bit of a dilemma for the museum. The work was painted in 1947 as a way to enliven what was a stark, gray chamber. “Some people call it the Mona Lisa of Paleo art,” Kissel said. The painting is a striking, often inspirational image, but it doesn’t quite reflect the current thinking on how dinosaurs moved, where they lived, and what they looked like. Using this as a teaching opportunity, Kissel and his colleagues are working with four artists who specialize in rendering extinct animals to update the painting, so to speak. The renovation plans include a balcony located across the room from the painting. Visitors will have the opportu-

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nity to view the monumental work at eye level, while engaging with an interactive touchscreen exhibit that will update the science behind the painting to reflect the last seven decades of developments. Around the periphery of the hall, there will be another 1,000 new, smaller specimens displayed, just a small portion of the number found in storage at the museum and at satellite sites around the city. Kissel intends to share this exciting process with the public. The museum will display models of what the renovations will look like and will set up a webcam to capture the reassembly of the dinosaurs. “We are going to make it as transparent as possible,” he said. “We want to make the renovation of the exhibit part of the exhibit itself.” It’s a complicated effort, Kissel explained, one that requires the skills of scientists, writers, artists, and artisans of all kinds. People don’t realize the level and depth of talent working at a museum, he said. “There are many different ways to tell a story. That’s what we do with exhibits, we tell stories. We’ll have more tools now to tell those stories,” he said. n For more information about the museum, visit Architectural rendering of how Mammal Hall will look. Rendering courtesy of the Peabody.

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CALENDAR world, displayed on a triptych of screens. Each subject’s movement (approximately five seconds long) was shot on a specially constructed set using a high-speed, high-definition camera recording at several thousand frames per second. On view through May 4. 8 a.m.-8 pm. Free.

Classes & Workshops Arts Center Killingworth 276 North Parker Hill Road, Killingworth. 860-663-5593. Spring-Summer Art Programs with Arts Center Killingworth. Adult weekend programs: Drawing, Intro to Sewing, Polymer Clay Design, Digital and Light Photography, Encaustics, Facial Make-Up Artistry, Chinese Calligraphy, Origami; Adult weekday classes: Drawing, Watercolor and Acrylic Painting; Just4Kids: Sculpting, Drawing, Mixed Media, Preschool Art, Summer Fashion & Nature Camps. May 1-August 1. Visit website for individual program information/details. Creative Arts Workshop 80 Audubon St., New Haven. 203-562-4927. Spring Classes and Workshops. Explore your creative side with visual arts classes and workshops for adults and young people in book arts, design, drawing and painting, fiber, fashion, jewelry, photography, pottery, printmaking, and sculpture. Spring Session runs through May 30. See the course brochure or visit the website for dates, times, fees. Online registration available. Guilford Art Center 411 Church St., Guilford. 203-453-5947. Spring Semester of Classes and Workshops. Classes and workshops through June 6 in all media for all ages and abilities, including ceramics, weaving, painting and drawing, jewelry and metalsmithing, blacksmithing, stone carving, photography, kids classes, and more. Tuition assistance available. JFGNH Shoreline Office 705 Boston Post Road, Guilford. 203-738-0033. Kabbalah Inspired Expressive Art and Writing Workshop. Facilitated by certified expressive arts educator, Amy J. Barry. A modern interpretation of the ancient Hebrew letters of Kabbalah will serve as inspiration for a variety of creative exercises that help people explore the intuitive, imagistic right side of the brain. May 7. Wednesday, 5-7 p.m. $25. Middletown Senior Center 150 Williams St., Middletown. 203-624-5189. Dancing With Parkinson’s – Neighborhood Music School. Based on the Dance for PD™ program of the Mark Morris Dance Group, this class encourages people with Parkinson’s and related neurological disorders to experience gentle movement in a variety of dance styles, with live music. No experience is necessary and walkers, canes, and wheelchairs are welcome! Mondays (excluding holidays), through June 30. Contact Laura Richling, instructor, at lrichling@ with questions. Free. 1:30-2:45 p.m. RSCDS at the Whitney Arts Center 591 Whitney Ave., New Haven. 203-281-6591. Scottish Country Dancing. Enjoy dancing the social dances of Scotland. Come alone or with a friend. All dances taught. Wear soft-soled nonstreet shoes. Every Tuesday evening through May 20. $8 per evening. First night free. 7:45-10 p.m.

Davison Art Center Wesleyan Center for the Arts, 283 Washington Terrace, Middletown. 860-685-2500. Oral Fixations — Drawings by Julia Randall. From strange hybrid “Lovebirds” to disembodied mouths and monumental bubblegum, the subjects of Assistant Professor of Art Julia Randall’s drawings seduce the viewer. The exhibition Oral Fixations is a 10-year retrospective of the meticulous, hyperrealist drawings by Ms. Randall. On view through May 24. Tuesday-Sunday, 12-4 p.m. Free.

As part of its Spring Jazz Series, Firehouse 12 presents For Living Lovers: Brandon Ross and Stomu Takeishi on May 30. Photo by Ralph Gibson.

May 14-June 18. Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $275 for six-week class, includes textbook. Yale Peabody Museum Community Education Center 230 West Campus Drive, Orange. 203-934-0878. Art Classes in Natural Science Illustration. Fire up your drawing skills this spring at Connecticut Natural Science Illuntrators at the Yale Peabody Museum Community Education Center in Orange. We offer a wide range of courses from Beginning Drawing to Mixed Media Painting and Drawing and Painting Birds and Mammals. For more information, visit, call 203-934-0878, or send e-mail to Monday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1-4 p.m. Your Community Yoga Center 39 Putnam Ave., Hamden. 347-306-7660. Modern Dance Classes. Open-level modern dance classes (Hawkins-based) taught by Annie Sailer – emphasis on free-flow movement, alignment, rhythmic accuracy, and spatial awareness. Ongoing classes: Thursdays, 5:30-7 p.m. $15 per class.

Dance 2-3 Friday-Saturday Spring Dance Concert Student choreographers present works created after a full year of dance composition studies. 8 p.m. Patricelli ‘92 Theater, Wesleyan Center for the Arts, 213 High St., Middletown. 860-685-3355.

4 Sunday Worlds of Dance Concert Introduction to Dance and beginning dance students perform works of various styles, including Bharata Natyam (South Indian classical dance), jazz, and hip-hop. 2 p.m. Crowell Concert Hall, Wesleyan Center for the Arts, 50 Wyllys Ave., Middletown. 860-6853355.

9 Friday The Grove 760 Chapel S., New Haven. 646-2881641. Monologue/Audition Class for Adults. Mariah Sage, AEA actor and cofounder of Theatre 4, teaches this six-week Monologue/Audition Class for adults. Each student will complete the course with two audition-ready monologues. Small class size ensures individual attention within a positive, professional environment. Mariah will help each participant find and select successful monologues.

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West African Drumming and Dance Concert An invigorating performance filled with the rhythms of West Africa. Choreographer Iddi Saaka and master drummer Abraham Adzenyah will perform with their students in West African Dance courses. 3 p.m. CFA Courtyard, Wesleyan Center for the Arts, 283 Washington Terrace, Middletown. 860-685-3355.

9-11 Friday-Sunday Almost Porcelain Elm City Dance Collective presents the premiere of Almost Porcelain, an evening-length dance work with collaborations in visual design, film, and sound. Inspired by concepts of self-perception, beauty, and identity, ECDC’s latest work is directed and choreographed by Kellie Ann Lynch in collaboration with the dancers. Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. The Off-Broadway Theater at Yale University, 41 Broadway, New Haven. 401-7418140.

28-29 Wednesday-Thursday Senior Choreography A performance by the ACES ECA Dance Department. 7 p.m. ACES Educational Center for the Arts, 55 Audubon St., New Haven. 203-777-5451.

Exhibitions Beverly Kaye Gallery 15 Lorraine Drive, Woodbridge. 203-387-5700. Anthony Guyther: Redux. Forty-five years of Symbolist collage created by self-taught Martha’s Vineyard artist Anthony Guyther. His works were enlarged and used as backdrops in the fashion windows of Bonwit Teller in New York City in the 1960s. A book by the same name is also available and many vintage collages from that book will be offered for sale. On view through July 24. Open by appointment, Thursday-Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. City Gallery 994 State St., New Haven. 203-7822489. Meg Bloom: Mixing Memory with Desire. Bloom’s process is guided by a mix of planning and chance. She has developed her own method of making and then assembling paper from abaca and flax pulps into large sculptural forms and smaller collages. The final sculptures are a revisioning of her memories. On view through June 1. Thursday-Sunday, 12-4 p.m. Opening reception: Saturday, May 3, 2-5 p.m. Free. Cross Campus Plaza Yale Institute of Sacred Music, 438 College St., New Haven. 203-4325062. David Michalek: Slow Dancing. Slow Dancing is a series of 43 larger-than-life, hyper-slow-motion video portraits of dance artists from around the

Elm City Artists Gallery 55 Whitney Ave., New Haven. 203-922-2359. New Haven and Beyond. Works by Sharon R Morgio, Ralph R. Schwartz, Regina M Thomas, Margaret Ulecka Wilson, and Laura Wilk. Paintings in various media in and around New Haven and Fairfield counties, the New England coastline, and more. Unique collage/mixed media as well as decorative and functional pottery. On view through June 28. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery Wesleyan Center for the Arts, 283 Washington Terrace, Middletown. 860-685-3355. Thesis Art Exhibition. Zilkha Gallery showcases the work of the class of 2014’s thesis students in the Department of Art and Art History’s Art Studio Program. Each student is invited to select a single work from his or her Senior Thesis Exhibition for this year-end showcase of drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media, and architecture. On view through May 24. Tuesday-Sunday, 12-5 p.m.; Saturday, May 24, 2-4 p.m. Free. Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, South Gallery Wesleyan Center for the Arts, 283 Washington Terrace, Middletown. 860-685-3355. Roche and Dinkeloo’s Architecture for the CFA – A Situated Modernism. On the occasion of the Center for the Arts’ 40th anniversary, this exhibition, curated by Joseph Siry, professor of art history and Kenan Professor of the Humanities, traces the process of its design and building from Wesleyan’s early discussions with architects Kevin Roche and John Dinkeloo in 1965 through the center’s completion in 1973. May 16-25. Tuesday-Sunday, 12-5 p.m. Free. Firehouse Art Gallery Milford Arts Council, 81 Naugatuck Ave., Milford. 203-306-0016. Photography Exhibit. The Firehouse Art Gallery is excited to present a photography exhibit. On view through May 16. Friday- Sunday, 12-4 p.m. Free. Fred Giampietro Gallery 315 Peck St., New Haven. 203-777-7760. Chuck Webster and Outside Art. Chuck Webster Shelter and Outsider Art, with works by Martin Ramirez, Thornton Dial, William Hawkins, and Marsden Hartley. Works in the office by Sarah Faux. On view through May 3. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. -4 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Will Lustenader: Approximating Continuity. On view through May 23. Wednesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. -6 p.m. Free. New Work by Peter Ramon and Michael Angelis. Opening reception: Friday, May 16, 6-8 p.m. On view May 16-June 14. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free.

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Work by William Bailey. Opening reception: Friday, May 30, 6-8 p.m. On view May 30-June 28. Wednesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Funky Monkey Cafe and Gallery 130 Elm St., Watch Factory Shoppes, Cheshire. 203-4942316. Birdsong. Watercolor exhibition of birds and nature by West Haven artist Sharon Rowley Morgio, attempting to capture the essence of her fleeting subjects. On view through May 31. Artist reception on Friday, May 2, 7-9 p.m. Cafe hours: Monday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Free and open to the public.

terpretations of these icons of opposites – oil and water – by all 25 Kehler Liddell Gallery member artists. Opening Reception: May 9, 6-9 p.m., plus a number of events coordinated with Westville’s annual ArtWalk, May 9 and May 10. On view through May 25. Thursday- Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Fragments: Tragedy and Hope. Featuring works by mixed-media artist Fethi Meghelli and sculptor Joseph Saccio. Opening reception: Sunday, June 1, 3-6 p.m. A variety of media narrate the journeys of these two artists in fragments of the memories, stories, and magic found at the intersection

of tragedy and hope. Visit our website for this and upcoming shows. On view May 29-June 29. Thursday-Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Keyes Gallery, Willoughby Wallace Memorial Library 146 Thimble Islands Road, Stony Creek. 203-488-8702. Laura Barr / Local Color. An exhibition of recent work by Laura Barr. Opening reception: May 4, 4-6 p.m. On view April 28-May 24.

New Haven Free Public Library Site Projects Inc., 133 Elm St., New Haven. 203-376-8688. Whispering Galleries. Site Projects with the New Haven Free Public Library as part of Connecticut at Work, a Connecticut Humanities initiative, presents Whispering Galleries, an interactive digital artwork by Amaranth Borsuk and Brad Bouse. A one-on-one experience, visitors will engage w/ the diaries of a New Haven shopkeeper from 1858 in the 3D space of a computer monitor. On view through August 30. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free.

JCC of Greater New Haven Arts for the Center, 360 Amity Road, Woodbridge. 203-387-2522. The Colors of Israel by Joan Jacobson Zamore. Exhibit runs through June 13. Free. John Slade Ely House Center for Contemporary Art 51 Trumbull St., New Haven. 203-624-8055. Annual Greater New Haven Area High School Art Exhibition. The work of ACES Educational Center for the Arts students are on exhibit at the John Slade Ely House. Works are featured in both an ECA Student Group Show and the Annual Greater New Haven Area High School Art Exhibition and Portfolio Competition. Reception: Sunday, May 4, 12-2 p.m. with awards ceremony from 2-4 p.m. Please pass the word on to parents, friends, and family. Kehler Liddell Gallery 873 Whalley Ave., New Haven. 203-389-9555. Oil + Water. A group show presenting diverse in-

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Film Screening of Gumbo Join us at the Arts Center Killingworth’s new Spectrum Gallery for a screening of Gumbo, the first episode of Ken Burns’ iconic documentary on the history of jazz. Enjoy Jammin’, the current exhibit of fine art and crafts inspired by the world of jazz. 7:30 p.m. Arts Center Killingworth, Spectrum Gallery, 61 Main St., Centerbrook. 860-7670742.

Javanese Gamelan Music Experience the culture of Java with beginning students of Javanese gamelan. The concert will include a prelude by the Wesleyan Youth Gamelan Ensemble. 7:30 p.m. $2. Wesleyan Center for the Arts, World Music Hall, 40 Wyllys Ave., Middletown. 860685-3355.

Galas & Fundraisers New Haven Lawn Club, 193 Whitney Ave., New Haven. 203-777-3494. Paintings by William Meddick. Exhibition of works by local painter William Meddick includes landscapes, still-lifes, and interiors. All work is done from direct observation of the subject matter. On view through July 5. Opening reception: Thursday, May 22, 5-7 p.m. Exhibit open seven days a week, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. New Haven Museum 114 Whitney Ave., New Haven. 203-562-4183. New Haven Museum’s Popular Wooster Square Exhibition Extended. The New Haven Museum’s popular and acclaimed exhibition Beyond the New Township: Wooster Square has been extended through May 10. The exhibition takes an in-depth and often personal view of the neighborhood’s 18th century beginnings, the evolution of industry, and the arrival of immigrants, urban renewal, and historic preservation. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 12-5 p.m.; and the first Sunday of every month, 1-4 p.m. free of charge. Adults $4, seniors $3, students $2, under 12 admitted free. Spectrum Gallery Arts Center Killingworth, 61 Main Street, Centerbrook. 860-663-5593. Jammin’ Exhibit. Celebrating jazz’s influence on the arts. Exhibition of painting, sculpture, photography, fine crafts. New fine art gallery and artisans store. On view through May 26. Wednesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. West Cove Studio A-Space Gallery, 30 Elm St., West Haven. 203-500-0268. Jim Felice: A Beautiful Thingling/Susan McCaslin: Coats. Two installations: A circus performance alongside a meditation on clothing. On view through May 24. By chance or by appointment. Free. Whitney Humanities Center 53 Wall St. New Haven. 203-432-0670. Visions of the Sacred: Puppets and Performing Arts of South and Southeast Asia. The exhibit is drawn from curator Kathy Foley’s collection of Asian religious theater materials. Foley is professor of theater arts at the University of California Santa Cruz. On view through June 20. Monday and Wednesday, 3–5 p.m. Presented in collaboration with the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and the Department of Religious Studies. Free. Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History 170 Whitney Ave., New Haven. 203-432-5050. Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies. In 1923 the Flaming Cliffs of the Gobi Desert yielded one of the great finds of paleontology. Entombed within sun-baked sandstone, to the surprise of all in the expedition, was a collection of oval-shaped oddities: the first dinosaur eggs known to science. On view through August 30. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 12-5 p.m. $5-$9.

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Graduate Recital – Samuel Dickey A graduate music recital by Samuel Dickey, “Sam Dickey Thesis Concert.” 9 p.m. Free. Wesleyan Center for the Arts, Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Ave., Middletown. 860-685-3355.

3 Saturday Milford Arts Council The Milford Arts Council invites you to watch the most exciting two minutes in sports on a giant screen. Tickets are $35. Purchase tickets at or call 203-878-6647. Fabulous Hat Contest, 50/50 Raffle, and other games, Auction items to include fine art, wines, a cocktail cruise, and more. Passed hors d’oeuvres, cash bar. Festivities begin at 4 p.m. Post time is 6 p.m. Milford Arts Council, Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave., Milford. 203-878-6647.

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Wesleyan Cello Ensemble Concert Wesleyan cellists perform ensemble and solo music from Johann Sebastian Bach to Georges Bizet and beyond under the direction of Julie Ribchinsky. 8 p.m. Free. Wesleyan Center for the Arts, The Russell House, 350 High St., Middletown. 860-685-3355.

CFA Hall 287 Washington Terrace, Middletown. 860-685-3355. A Celebration of Silent Sounds. Celebrate the writing excellence of students in Middletown Public Schools grades 6-12 and hear their winning submissions of essays, short stories, and poetry from the annual literary magazine Silent Sounds. Co-sponsored by the Center for the Arts, Community and University Services for Education, and the Middletown Public Schools Cultural Council. May 6. 6:30 p.m. Free. Guilford Art Center 411 Church St., Guilford. 203-453-5947. Youth Program Open Arts Day. Classrooms will be open with instructor artists demonstrating their crafts and offering hands-on art projects that give a taste of all the Center’s Youth Program has to offer, from pottery, painting, and drawing, and sewing to cultural arts and more. No reservations or registration are necessary, and all activities are free. May 4. 1-3 p.m. Free. JCC of Greater New Haven 360 Amity Road, Woodbridge. 203-387-2522. JCC Youth Theatre presents The Wizard of Oz. Fun for all ages. Contact Alison Lurie at 203387-2522 x. 313 or Sunday, May 18, 2 p.m. $10. Musical Folk First Presbyterian Church, 704 Whitney Ave., New Haven. 203-691-9759. Music Together classes for Toddlers. Musical Folk is offering Music Together Classes-a fun and creative music and movement program for babies through 5 years old and the grownups who love them. Classes and demonstrations are ongoing. Classes in New Haven, Hamden, Woodbridge, East Haven, and Cheshire. May 1-June 30. Four semesters each year. Call us to schedule a free demonstration class. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Eleven-week semester is $227 and includes a CD and songbook. Each semester features a new collection of music. Never Ending Books 810 State St., New Haven. 203-215-5456. Forgot to Laugh: Sideshow and Animation Festival. A family friendly mix of live circus acts and animated shorts. This is also a fundraiser show for our big FTL Kid’s Table show in November 2014. Games, contests, raffles, and prizes. May 3. 5 p.m. $5 for children 13 and younger, $10 for children 14 and older.

Wesleyan Taiko Concert Beginning, intermediate, and advanced students in the Taiko Drumming Ensemble perform the thunderous and exhilarating rhythms of Japanese Taiko drumming under the direction of visiting music instructor Barbara Merjan. Several dynamic styles will be showcased, demonstrating both traditional and contemporary Taiko repertoire. 9 p.m. $2 Wesleyan students, $3 all others. Wesleyan Center for the Arts, World Music Hall, 40 Wyllys Ave., Middletown. 860685-3355.

Graduate Recital — Cristohper Ramos Flores A graduate music recital by Cristohper Ramos Flores, “Interactive Sound Maze.” Friday, May 2, 4 p.m.; Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4, 12 p.m. Wesleyan Center for the Arts, Davison Art Center, Aslop House, 301 High St., Middletown. 860-685-3355.

Memorial Day. New to the New Haven Symphony Orchestra’s Pops series. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Hamden Middle School, 2623 Dixwell Ave., Hamden. 203865-0831. Civic Orchestra of New Haven Spring Concert The program features Dvorák’s Symphony in E minor, Op. 95, often known as the “New World” Symphony and The Blue Danube waltz by Johann Strauss. The orchestra will also perform Four Last Songs composed by Richard Strauss and featuring Soprano Stephanie Gregory. The orchestra will also perform Four Last Songs, composed by Richard Strauss and featuring Soprano Stephanie Gregory. 7:30 p.m. $15 individuals, $10 students and seniors. Battell Chapel, corner of Elm and College streets, New Haven. 203-287-9174.

4 Sunday Senior Recital — Adam Johnson A senior music recital by Adam Johnson, “Welcome to Beckham Hall” (or, “So Long and Thanks for All the Books”). 3 p.m. Free. Wesleyan Center for the Arts, Fayerweather Beckham Hall, 55 Wyllys Ave., Middletown. 860-685-3355. Korean Traditional Music Concert The Wesleyan Korean Drumming Ensemble, under the direction of Chunseung Lee, performs a dynamic mixture of the traditional percussion music of Korea, including the complex and extravagant rhythms of Moon Gut, Samdo Sulchangoo, Samdo Samulnori, and Daechwita, a traditional marching-band style that was part of the parade for royalty. 7 p.m. $2 for Wesleyan students, $3 for all others. Wesleyan Center for the Arts, World Music Hall, 40 Wyllys Ave., Middletown. 860-685-3355. Jerry’s Cabaret – A Veteran’s Salute Jerry Steichen and his Broadway friends wave the flag at a spirited cabaret saluting our armed forces for Memorial Day. New to New Haven Symphony Orchestra’s Pops series. 3-5 p.m. Shelton Intermediate School, 675 Constitution Boulevard North, Shelton. 203-865-0831.

3 Saturday Rachmaninoff The New Haven Oratorio Choir is thrilled to present one of the great choral masterworks of the 20th century. Rachmaninoff’s AllNight Vigil, sometimes referred to as “Vespers,” incorporates texts and chants from the Russian Orthodox services of Vespers and Matins. This work rises to exalted heights of choral beauty and spiritual fervor. 75 minutes followed by reception. Saturday May 3, 8- 9:15 p.m. $20 general admission, $15 seniors and students with ID. New Haven Oratorio Choir, Church of the Redeemer, 185 Cold Spring St., New Haven. 203-248-4416 Yale Schola Cantorum: Harmonimesse David Hill, conductor, with members of the Yale Baroque Ensemble, present works by Haydn, Mozart, and Mendelssohn. 5 p.m. Free. Woolsey Hall, 500 College St., New Haven. 203-432-5062. ism. Senior Recital — Benjamin Keeshin A senior music recital by Benjamin Keeshin, “Soul Ensemble.” 7 p.m. Free. Wesleyan Center for the Arts, World Music Hall, 40 Wyllys Ave., Middletown. 860-685-3355. Choral-Orchestral Masterworks The Wesleyan University Orchestra and Wesleyan Concert Choir present an evening of choral-orchestral music under the direction of adjunct assistant professor Nadya Potemkina. 8 p.m. Free. Wesleyan Center for the Arts, Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Ave., Middletown. 860-685-3355. Jerry’s Cabaret – A Veteran’s Salute Jerry Steichen and his Broadway friends wave the flag at a spirited cabaret saluting our armed forces for

5 Monday Ebony Singers Spring Concert Your spirits will be lifted by the Wesleyan Ebony Singers who share their inspirational message of hope through gospel music under the direction of Dr. Marichal Monts ’85. 8 p.m. $6 general public, $5 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni/students, and non-Wesleyan students. Wesleyan Center for the Arts, Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Ave., Middletown. 860-685-3355.

6 Tuesday WesWinds Spring Concert The Wesleyan Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Robert Hoyle, performs an exciting array of pieces for winds and percussion. 8 p.m. Free. Wesleyan Center for the Arts, Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Ave., Middletown. 860-685-3355.

8 Thursday Annual Organ Romp Wesleyan student organists perform new music, pop, rock, jazz, and other unlikely pieces, with other musicians, instruments and percussion, costumes, video, and more. 10 p.m. Free. Wesleyan Center for the Arts, Memorial Chapel, 221 High St., Middletown. 860-685-3355.

9 Friday Toneburst Electroextravaganza Wesleyan’s Toneburst Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble, directed by assistant professor Paula Matthusen, performs works written by ensemble members. 8 p.m. Free. Wesleyan Center for the Arts, World Music Hall, 40 Wyllys Ave., Middletown. 860685-3355.

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10 Saturday Renee B. Fisher Competition for Young Pianists – Winners’ Concert This concert features winners of the Renee B. Fisher Competition for Young Pianists, who all live or attend school in Connecticut. This includes winners in the elementary, middle, and high school divisions and best performances of commissioned works. 7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Neighborhood Music School, 100 Audubon St., New Haven. 203-624-5189. Songs of Neely Bruce Baritone Christopher Grundy, pianist Neely Bruce, John Spencer Camp Professor of Music, and featured guest bassoonist Gary Bennett present a concert of vocal works by Mr. Bruce (“Volume One” of his songs for low voice). 8 p.m. Free. Wesleyan Center for the Arts, Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Ave., Middletown. 860-685-3355. The Yale Guitar Department in Concert The New England Guitar Society closes its season with the bright and talented students of the Yale Guitar Department. 8 p.m. The musicians will perform a variety of solo and ensemble works. $20, $18 seniors, $15 Milford Arts Council members. Purchase online at or call 203878-6647. Milford Arts Council, Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave., Milford. 203-878-6647.

11 Sunday NMS Greater New Haven Youth Ensembles Concert All four of Neighborhood Music School’s auditioned ensembles will perform. (Concert Orchestra & Concert Band at 2 p.m.; Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Youth Orchestra at 4 p.m.) 2-5:30 p.m. $10 adults, $5 seniors and children 12 and younger. Tickets available for purchase at the door. Battell Chapel, Yale University, 400 College St., New Haven. 203-624-5189. Student Vocal Recital Enjoy the talent of Choate Rosemary Hall’s vocal students. 3 p.m. Free. Choate Rosemary Hall, Paul Mellon Arts Center, 332 Christian St., Wallingford. 203-697-2398.

14 Wednesday Rachmaninov Fantastique Two colossal works equal one blockbuster finale. “Rach. 2,” featuring extraordinary pianist Ilya Yakushev, marries musical subtlety and piano pyrotechnics. Symphonie Fantastique was fueled by Berlioz’s obsession with an Irish actress and hurtles from moments of tenderness to tantrums, from visions of suicide to ecstasy. 7:30-9:30 p.m. New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Woolsey Hall, 500 College St., New Haven. 203-865-0831.

Christopher Theofanis, and more. Join the chorale in singing our nation’s songs. 7:30 p.m. Adults $20, seniors $15, students with I.D. admitted free. Battell Chapel, Elm and College streets, New Haven. 203-776-SONG.

20 Tuesday Silk’n Sounds Performances at North Haven Library The award Winning Silk’n Sounds Chorus will be performing at the North Haven Public Library at 7 p.m. The women’s chorus sings a cappella, bringing its inspiring brand of four part harmony in the American Barbershop Tradition. The performance is free and open to the public. Join us for an enjoyable evening of great music. Free and open to the public. North Haven Public Library, 17 Elm St., North Haven. 203-239-5803.

21 Wednesday NMS Jazz Department Recital Come and enjoy the music as Neighborhood Music School jazz department students of all ages play for friends, family, and other students. 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. Neighborhood Music School, 100 Audubon St., New Haven. 203-624-5189.

24 Saturday Winds Department Recital Wind-instrument students from Neighborhood Music School perform for friends, family, and other students. Please join us. 4 p.m. Free and open to the public. Neighborhood Music School, 100 Audubon St., New Haven. 203-624-5189.

2-3 Friday-Saturday Art for Mom: Annual Mother’s Day Show at Luckey and Merrill Studio The show will feature whimsical wearables by Owen Sea Luckey, stunning contemporary jewelry by Kristin Merrill, and the creative interpretations of guest artist (painter and printmaker) Richard Carleton. Opening reception: Friday, May 2, 6-9 p.m. Open house: Saturday, May 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 181 Main St., Branford. 203-589-6995.

4 Sunday “Be Our Guest” Fashion Show Silk’n Sounds is pleased to present a “Be Our Guest” fashion show at the Knights of Columbus Lodge in Hamden. The ticket price includes a buffet luncheon, the fashion show with clothes provided by Dress Barn, raffle baskets, and a cappella entertainment. Join us for a fun afternoon. Call Donna at 203-248-7348 to reserve tickets. 12:30-3:30 p.m. $25 adults, $20 seniors, $10 children 12 and older. Knights of Columbus Lodge, 2630 Whitney Avenue, Hamden Ct. 203-248-7348.

24 Saturday Forgot to Laugh: Sideshow and Animation Festival A crazy mix of live circus acts and animated shorts. As a fundraiser show for our big FTL show in November 2014. Games, prizes, raffles, and contests. Note: This is our most filthy show ever. Absolutely no one under 18 admitted. 8 p.m. $10 at the door only. Neverending Books, 810 State St., New Haven. 203-215-5456. www.

Talks & Tours

11 Sunday Make-Up for a Magical Mother’s Day Join us at the Arts Center Killingworth’s new Spectrum Gallery for complimentary make-up styling with a professional make-up artist and aesthetician, to get Mom ready for her big day! Please call to schedule an appointment. May 11 . 12-2pm; 4-6pm Free. 61 Main Street, Centerbrook. 860767-0742.

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Arnold will give a talk and demonstration on “Achieving a Sensitive Portrait” in oil. A graduate of Vesper George School of Art in Boston, Arnold is a member of Richard Schmid’s Putney Painters in Vermont. Her work has won many awards including a Certificate of Excellence at the Portrait Society of America’s International Portrait Competition in 2011 and 2012. Coffee and conversation at 7 p.m., followed by business meeting at 7:15 p.m. and artist demonstration at 7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Hamden Arts League, 2901 Dixwell Ave., Hamden. 203494-2316.

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1 Thursday Beckerman Lecture Series: Food for Thought – Pepin and Middleton World-renowned chef Jacques Pepin appears in conversation with WNPR’s Faith Middleton, host of The Food Schmooze. Pepin, dean of the French Culinary Institute and creator of more than 20 cookbooks and 11 cooking shows, will discuss his life in and out of the kitchen. Prior to the lecture, participants will enjoy cocktails and Pepin’s hors d’oeu-

Student Instrumental Recital Enjoy the talent of Choate Rosemary Hall’s instrumental students. 3 p.m. Free. Choate Rosemary Hall, Paul Mellon Arts Center, 332 Christian St., Wallingford. 203697-2398.

30 Friday Juke Joint Jazz Juke Joint Jazz plays their own hard driving and melodic arrangements of the classic jazz repertoire. Featuring influences ranging from Miles Davis to the Grateful Dead, from Monk to Funk. The Milford Arts Council also welcomes guitarist Michael Levine’s wife, Barbara Levine, who will showcase her artwork on our gallery walls during the month of May. 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.) $25. Milford Arts Council, Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave., Milford. 203-878-6647.

Special Events Silk’n Sounds New Membership Drive

15 Thursday Scene to Song: Studies in Musical Theater 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. ACES Educational Center for the Arts, 55 Audubon St., New Haven. 203-777-5451.

16 Friday Student Music Ensembles Concert Enjoy the talent of Choate Rosemary Hall’s ensemble students. 7:30 p.m. Free. Seymour St. John Chapel. Choate Rosemary Hall, Paul Mellon Arts Center, 332 Christian St., Wallingford. 203-697-2398.

17 Saturday New Haven Chorale – Three Cheers for the Red, White and Blue! Proudly singing the praises of music ‘born in the U.S.A.’ Surveying the fertility of America’s vast musical landscape: spiritual settings by Dawson and Hogan; folk-song settings; contemporary works by Samuel Barber, Randall Thompson, Frank Ticheli, Eric Whitacre, and

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Open Houses Silk’n Sounds, the award winning women’s a capella chorus in the American Barbershop tradition, is holding open houses on May 6, May 13, and May 27, from 6:30-9 p.m., for new prospective members. Join us at any or all of these rehearsals. Come find your voice. Contact Lynn at 203-623-1276 for more information and to register. Free. Spring Glen Church, 1825 Whitney Ave., Hamden. 203-239-7104.

2 Friday Drawing in the Gallery Join us at the Arts Center Killingworth’s new Spectrum Gallery. Spend the evening participating in this monthly event. Use the work of Jammin’ artists as inspiration for sketching or for the start of a new piece. All levels welcome. No instruction. Light refreshments served. Drop-ins welcome but pre-registration is recommended. 6:30 p.m. Free. 61 Main St., Centerbrook. 860-767-0742.

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vres. 5:30 p.m. $25 for JCC members, $30 for nonmembers. JCC of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Road, Woodbridge. 203-387-2522. jccnh. org/page.aspx?id=253845.

4 Sunday Talk/Demo with Artist Frank Federico Join artist Frank Federico at Arts Center Killingworth’s new Spectrum Gallery. He has received numerous awards and has been selected for the Pastel Society of America Hall of Fame Honoree for 2012 and was a recipient of the PSA Founder’s Award Best in Show 2013. Federico considers himself to be a colorist and a contemporary expressionist. 2 p.m. Free. Arts Center Killingworth, Spectrum Gallery, 61 Main St., Centerbrook. 860-767-0742.

16 Friday Talk/Demonstration with Andres Chaparro Join artist Andres Chaparro at Arts Center Killingworth’s new Spectrum Gallery. Expressionist painter Chaparro will host an interactive demonstration and discussion on his process of creating art. His work is rooted in mixed media with collage and his focus is the intersection of art and music. 7:30 p.m. Free. Arts Center Killingworth, Spectrum Gallery, 61 Main St., Centerbrook. 860-767-0742.

24 Saturday WESeminar – The Architecture of Wesleyan’s CFA: Modernism and the Greek Revival This lecture by Joseph Siry, professor of art and art history, traces the development of the design of the Center for the Arts as a response to its context of Greek Revival architecture on Wesleyan’s campus, and as an integration of ideas from earlier and contemporaneous architecture of the 20th century. 1-2 p.m. Free. Wesleyan Center for the Arts, CFA Hall, 287 Washington Terrace, Middletown. 860-685-3355.

Theater The House that Will Not Stand Following the mysterious death of her white lover, Beartrice Albans, a free woman of color in New Orleans in 1836, imposes a six-month period of mourning on herself and her three daughters. But as the summer heat intensifies, a handsome bachelor comes calling, a family secret is revealed, and the foundation of her household is rocked to its core. April 18-May 10. 20-$98. Student, senior, and group discounts available. Yale Repertory Theatre, 1120 Chapel St., New Haven. 203-432-1234. The Crucible ACES Educational Center for the Arts’ theater department presents Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. May 1- May 3. 7 p.m. $12. For ticket information, contact Ingrid Schaeffer. ACES Educational for the

Arts, 55 Audubon St., New Haven. 203-777-5451. One Acts Presented by the ACES Educational Center for the Arts theater department. May 8-May 9. 7 p.m. $8. (Tickets available at the door.) ACES Educational Center for the Arts, 55 Audubon St., New Haven. 203-777-5451. A Night at the Improv May 22. 7 p.m. $10. (Tickets available at the door.) ACES Educational Center for the Arts, 55 Audubon St., New Haven. 203-777-5451. Gilbert the Great A Broken Umbrella Theater’s newest, original work, Gilbert the Great, celebrates the extraordinary life of A.C. Gilbert, inventor of the famous Erector Set. Filled with magic, mania, and more, experience this site-specific spectacle at Erector Square. May 23-June 8. For information, visit Erector Square, 315 Peck St., New Haven. 203-823-7988. Pippin Pippin tells the story of a young prince on his search for life’s meaning and significance. Will he choose a happy but simple life? Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory? Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for best musical revival. May 29-June 7. Adults $20, seniors (65 and older) and all students $15. Choate Rosemary Hall, 332 Christian St., Wallingford. 203-697-2398. choate. edu/boxoffice.

The Arts Paper advertising and calendar deadlines The deadline for advertisements and calendar listings for the June edition of The Arts Paper is: Monday, April 28, at 5 p.m. Future deadlines are as follows: July-August – Monday, May 26 September – Monday, July 28 October – Monday, August 25 November – Monday, September 29 December – Monday, October 27 Calendar listings are for Arts Council members only and should be submitted online at Arts Council members can request a username and password by sending an e-mail to sgrant@newhavenarts. org. The Arts Council’s online calendar includes listings for programs and events taking place within 12 months of the current date. Listings submitted by the calendar deadline are included on a monthly basis in The Arts Paper.


The Arts Council provides the job and bulletin board listings as a service to our membership and is not responsible for the content or deadlines.

Call For Artists Hygienic Art’s Bizarre Bazaar returns for its tenth year on July 12 & 13 as part of New London’s SailFest. This festival will feature unconventional artists and DIY crafters that will create a neoclassical street fair in addition to the fun events provided by SailFest, which include the largest fireworks display in New England. To apply, visit for the application, rules, and regulations. Initial deadline is May 16. Artists The First Street Neighborhood Association is gathering suggestions for a mural on a large wall on the southern side of First Street at the corner of Dixwell Avenue in Hamden. We are looking for artists to volunteer their time and effort. We will offer our thanks, some publicity, the materials for the project, and the enjoyment of having your work displayed in a public space. For more information, please call Jeffrey Spalter at 203-843-3069 or send e-mail to Artists The Milford Arts Council’s Visual Arts Committee and Milford Trees present Trees, a collaborative show focusing on and celebrating the subject of trees. Artists are invited to submit work that presents their vision of the tree. All mediums and styles are welcome. Artist Fee: $25 for one piece, $35 for two pieces. MAC members receive $5 off total fee. For more information and eligibility requirements, visit or call 203-878-6647. Artists Arts Center Killingworth’s Annual Autumn Outdoor Arts Festival, October 11-12. Seeking artists in all media. Exhibit on the Madison Town Green (Boston Post Road/Copse Road, Madison). Festival participants also have the opportunity to exhibit in the new Spectrum Gallery show in Centerbrook. Prospectus and registration forms available at $70 registration fee. Register early. Artists, Artisans & Entertainers The Milford Arts Council is accepting applications from artists, artisans, food vendors, and entertainers for the 28th Annual New England Art and Crafts Festival. People interested in participating may download an application

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from or, to have an application mailed, call 203-878-6647. The cost for exhibit space is $200. Space is limited and all applications are juried. Deadline for entry is August 29. Artists & Crafters The Show in the Park is a time honored event held each year in beautiful Center Memorial Park located in downtown Manchester. This year we will hold the show on Sunday, June 8, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The show is held rain or shine. The event is held during “Pride in Manchester Week,” which is a series of events honoring the heritage of our town and is well advertised in conjunction with all the events offered that week. This is a juried show with prize money in arts and crafts categories. Booth fees are $75. For more information, please visit manchesterart. org. or call Carolyn Emerson, vendor coordinator, at 860-432-3561. Singers The award winning Silk’n Sounds Chorus is looking for new members from the New Haven area. We invite women to join us at any of our rehearsals to learn more. We enjoy four part a cappella harmony in the barbershop style, lively performances, and wonderful friendships. Rehearsals are every Tuesday from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Spring Glen United Church of Christ, 1825 Whitney Ave., Hamden. Contact Lynn at 203 623-1276 for more information and visit Tattoo Artists The Milford Arts Council Visual Arts Committee presents Tattoos, a show celebrating the art and history of ink. Tattoo artists are invited to submit photos, drawings, and paintings of their work. All styles are welcome. To be considered, please submit a high resolution image of work as well as a description to no later than July 18. All entrants will be contacted. For additional information and eligibility requirements, visit or call 203.878.6647.

Services Art Consulting Services Support your creativity! Low-cost service offers in-depth artwork analysis, writing, and editing services by former arts

newspaper editor, present art director of the New Haven Free Public Library, and independent curator of many venues, Johnes Ruta. Chair Repair We can fix your worn out chair seats if they are cane, rush, Danish cord, Shaker Tape, or other woven types! Celebrating our 25th year! Work is done by artisans at The Association of Artisans to Cane, a project of Marrakech, Inc., a private nonprofit that provides services for people with disabilities. Open Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 203-776-6310. Historic Home Restoration Period-appropriate additions, baths, kitchens, and remodeling. Sagging porches straightened/leveled, wood windows, plaster, and historic molding and hardware restored. Vinyl/aluminum siding removed. Wood siding repaired/replaced. Connecticut and New Haven Preservation Trusts. R.J. Aley Building Contractor 203-226-9933. Japanese Shoji Screens Designed for Connecticut homes. Custom built for windows, doorways, or freestanding display, these screene allow beautiful filtered light to pass through while insulating. For a free quote, contact Phillip Chambers at 203-8884937 or Professional Art Installer For residential and commercial work. Over 15 years’ experience in museums, galleries, hospitals, and homes in New York City, Providence, New Haven, Chester, etc. Rate is $30 an hour, no job too small or large. Contact Mark at (203)772-4270 or send e-mail to More information and examples at, azothgallery. com, Web Services Startup business solutions. Creative, sleek Web design by art curator for art, design, architectural, and small-business sites. Twenty-five years’ experience in database, logistics, and engineering applications. Will create and maintain any kind of website. Hosting provided. 203.387.4933,,

Space Artist Studio West Cove Studio & Gallery offers work space with two large Charles Brand intaglio etching presses, lithography press, and stainless-steel work station. Workshops and technical support available. Ample display area for shows. Membership is $75 per month. 30 Elm St., West Haven. For more information, call Info: 609-6388501 or visit Performance Space Elegant contemporary performance space with seating for up to 376 people. Great for concerts and recitals. Free on-site parking, warm lighting, built-in sound system, adjacent social hall, and kitchen available. Unitarian Society of New Haven, 700 Hartford Turnpike, Hamden. Call 203-288-1807 x. 201 or visit Studio Space Thirteen-thousand square feet of undeveloped studio space available in old brick mill building on New Haven harbor. Conveniently located one minute off I-95, Exit 44 in West Haven. Owners willing to subdivide. Call 609638-8501.

Jobs Please visit for up-to-date local employment opportunities in the arts.

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On songwriting, touring, and disc golf an interview with zach deputy stephen chupaska Whether it’s booking one’s own shows or silk-screening T-shirts, plenty of musicians outside the mainstream embrace some aspect of the “do it yourself” aesthetic. Zach Deputy takes it one step further. Employing an array of samplers and musical loops, the Savannah-based singer-songwriter approximates the sound of a full on jam-soul band all by his lonesome. A touring fixture and music-festival regular, Deputy will be performing on May 24 at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook. Deputy talked to me from “somewhere near Boca Raton, Florida.” SC: The show at The Kate is billed as a “storyteller” show. What can audiences expect? ZD: It’s like a combination of … me talking about my songs and my life. It turns into a bit of a comedy show. The thing my fans get out of it is that they get a clear sense of who I am and how I do things. They know I’m doing everything that I’m doing. People are very surprised to learn that I’m doing all these things with my mouth. People think I’m doing a lot of things with technology that I’m not doing with technology. SC: What’s that like for you? You don’t mind pulling back the curtain on that? ZD: Well, what I do can be really confusing for a lot of people. So, when they get to see it and understand it, it makes them

appreciate the music more. I feel that way when I do the band shows. When I get out there and sing, people say, “Wow. He can sing like that?” It’s like magic tricks. If they are looking at the left hand they can’t see the right. SC: Was there someone who was doing stuff with sampling and tape loops that you used as a lodestar? ZD: No. What happened with the looping is that I had this pedal that I was using for delays, but it had a looping function, and there was this guy (at a show) that was using it for looping. I didn’t think (anything) of it, and one day I went to go pick up my bass player and he said, “I can’t play today. I don’t feel good.” I then told my drummer the show was off. I called the venue, and the manager picked up. I then just hung up the phone. I didn’t want to cancel. I said I was going up there, bring this pedal and loop stuff like that that guy (did). The first time I ever looped it was in front of people, live. People loved it, though I personally thought the show was horrible. I said to myself, “If people like it this much, imagine if it was good.” SC: So that’s was an interesting way to approach it. ZD: Yeah, so I started doing the looping thing on the side. So, I started doing it on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and saved the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday stuff for my band. Somewhere along the way the looping stuff got bigger. SC: What does looping offer you as opposed to being in a band? ZD: Well, they both have pluses and

negatives, and I enjoy the pluses of both. As a band, you can write a movement – never-ending chord progressions - and the band all falls in together. That way, the rhythm section is always in line with the bass. The bass section can change rhythms, nonstop, forever. But the negative to that is that you have to rehearse that and make sure you’re all communicating on the same page. In contrast, when you’re doing a loop thing, you’re kind of stuck in the loop that you’re making. If you want to change direction, you need to change an entire loop. But at the same time, if you want to change directions and do something you’ve never done before, you don’t have to communicate it with anybody. That’s kind of the catch-22 between looping and playing in a band. I really enjoy most of the positives. SC: So, does that change the way you write songs? ZD: No. I write songs and then fit them into the format. When I write, I don’t think of the format, and I alter it later. I consider songwriting a completely different process than playing live. There are songs I couldn’t do with a loop machine that I could do with a band, and vice versa. Some songs don’t sound as good with a band, some songs don’t sound good on a loop machine.

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SC: You do a lot of touring. Does that affect the songs you write? I noticed certain songs are set in certain places, and there are songs about travel and going home. ZD: There are some themes that arise more than others. Being on the road or longing for home is a constant theme in my music. My whole life has been where the rubber meets the road. I’ve just been gone. It’s a different experience than a lot of people in America – to be moving nonstop and not having a chance to breathe. So, a lot of my songs reflect that experience. SC: You ever think, “Maybe I won’t tour for a year and see what happens?” ZD: I’ve come really close to quitting. It’s hard, it’s hard. I’ve come close to calling it quits and running away like Bobby Fischer. (Laughs). SC: You had an album out in 2011. Anything in the works right now? ZD: I have albums finished now, but I’m trying to figure out how to market them and put it out there. I’m trying to put a label together and put a team together. Once I set that up, I want to start pumping out albums like I’m Tito Puente. There’s a lot of things about the music industry that I don’t agree with and I don’t like. I’m trying to reinvent the wheel for myself and then try to open the door for other artists. You lose money (on albums) and it’s not worth it. SC: Do you have favorite Katharine Hepburn movie? ZD: No, I don’t. I’m a really a bad movie fan. I only watch the worst movies so I can laugh at them.

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SC: You’re also an avid disc golf player? What do you like about it? ZD: Everything. It deprives you of doom and gloom. Most people think of sports as a competition thing, but when it comes to golf, your biggest competition is yourself. It really teaches you that if something is bothering you, it’s going to play out on a disc golf course. It really is a mirror to your soul. It’s more than a game to me. It’s gorgeous to watch the discs fly. It’s amazing. n • 17

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notes from arts advocacy day

Cheering for the arts in Washington

cindy clair, executive director, arts council of greater new haven Spring in Washington, D.C., signals cherry blossoms and throngs of citizens descending on Capitol Hill to advocate for numerous causes. In late March, I joined in the rite of spring to participate in Arts Advocacy Day, an annual event sponsored by Americans for the Arts. For the past six years, I’ve been the Connecticut state captain for Advocacy Day, which means I get to play the Pied Piper, leading a mighty group of arts advocates on congressional visits. We spent the first day in policy briefings, listening to facts and figures to

help us make our case on issues ranging from funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and arts education programs funded by the Department of Education to the importance of preserving the charitable tax deduction. A glimpse into our requests: Increase funding of the NEA to $155 million. In FY14, the NEA is funded at $146 million. At this current level, the agency appropriation amounts to just 46 cents per capita. Sobering fact: In 1992, per capita funding of the arts was at 70 cents per capita. Preserve the charitable deduction for arts and culture. As Congress considers tax reform, there have been proposals to eliminate or cap the tax deduction for charitable contributions. There’s also been some talk of favoring certain types of charities over others (as if arts organizations are not true charities). We know such tax changes would lead to decreased giving. Not good. Advocacy Day itself begins with a rousing congressional breakfast, with inspiring speeches by legislative champions and a few arts stars to get us revved up to lead the charge for the arts. This year, our small band of advocates included the passionate

arts leader Carol Ross, who serves on the board of Neighborhood Music School and chairs the board of the National Guild of Community Arts Education. We schlepped through the spring snow, made our way through security, and navigated the tunnels of legislative office buildings to pay visits to five congressional offices. I am pleased and proud to report that Connecticut has an awesome delegation. Our incredible Rosa DeLauro has scored an A-plus on Americans for the Arts’ report

card, based on her voting record in support of the arts. Our senators have both joined the Senate Cultural Caucus. In visit after visit, legislative staffers responsible for the arts portfolio shared with us their strong support for arts funding and the role of the arts in their districts. n To learn more about important arts issues and how you can add your voice in support of the arts visit



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The Arts Paper member organizations & partners

Arts & Cultural Organizations

Chestnut Hill Concerts 203-245-5736

Fred Giampietro Gallery 203-777-7760

Madison Art Society 860-399-6116

New Haven Museum 203-562-4183

University Glee Club of New Haven

A Broken Umbrella Theatre 203-823-7988

The Choirs of Trinity Church on the Green

Magrisso Forte 203-397-2002

New Haven Paint and Clay Club 203-288-6590

Wesleyan University Center for the Arts

ACES Educational Center for the Arts 203-777-5451

Greater New Haven Community Chorus 203-624-1979

City Gallery 203-782-2489

Mamas Markets

New Haven Preservation Trust

West Cove Studio & Gallery 609-638-8501

Marrakech, Inc./Association of Artisans to Cane

New Haven Review

Adele Myers and Dancers Alyla Suzuki Early Childhood Music Education 203-239-6026 American Guild of Organists The Amistad Committee ARTFARM Arts Center Killingworth 860-663-5593 Artspace 203-772-2709 Artsplace: Cheshire Performing & Fine Art 203-272-2787 Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library Bethesda Music Series 203-787-2346 Blackfriars Repertory Theatre Branford Art Studio 203-488-2787 Branford Folk Music Society Center for Independent Study

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Civic Orchestra of New Haven Connecticut Dance Alliance Connecticut Gay Men’s Chorus 800-644-cgmc Connecticut Guild of Puppetry Connecticut Natural Science Illustrators 203-934-0878 Connecticut Storytelling Center Creative Arts Workshop 203-562-4927 DaSilva Gallery 203-387-2539 Elm City Artists, LLC 203-218-3832 Elm City Dance Collective Elm Shakespeare Company 203-874-0801 Encore Music Creations

Guilford Art Center 203-453-5947 Guitartown CT Productions 203-430-6020 Hamden Art League 203-494-2316 Hamden Arts Commission 203-287-2546 Heritage Chorale of New Haven Hillhouse Opera Company 203-464-2683 Hopkins School Hugo Kauder Society The Institute Library International Festival of Arts & Ideas International Silat Federation of America & Indonesia John Slade Ely House Knights of Columbus Museum

Fellowship Place

Legacy Theatre 203-457-0138

Firehouse 12 203-785-0468

Long Wharf Theatre 203-787-4282

Meet the Artists and Artisans 203-874-5672 Melinda Marquez Flamenco Dance Center 203-361-1210 Milford Fine Arts Council 203-878-6647 Music Haven 203-215-4574 Music with Mary Musical Folk Neighborhood Music School 203-624-5189 New England Ballet Company 203-799-7950 New England Festival of Ibero American Cinema New Haven Ballet 203-782-9038

New Haven Symphony Orchestra 203-865-0831 New Haven Theater Company

Whitney Arts Center 203-773-3033 Whitney Humanities Center Yale Cabaret 203-432-1566

Orchestra New England 203-777-4690

Yale Center for British Art

Pantochino Productions

Yale Glee Club

Paul Mellon Arts Center

Yale Institute of Sacred Music 203-432-5180

Play with Grace Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, New Haven Branch 203-878-6094

Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital, Child Life Arts & Enrichment Program 203-688-9532

Shoreline Arts Alliance 203-453-3890

Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History 203-432-5050

Shubert Theater 203-562-5666

Yale Repertory Theatre 203-432-1234

Silk n’ Sounds

Yale School of Music 203-432-1965

Site Projects

New Haven Chamber Orchestra

Susan Powell Fine Art 203-318-0616

New Haven Chorale 203-776-7664

Theatre 4 203-654-7711

New Haven Free Public Library 203-946-8835

Trinity Players/ Something Players 203-288-6748

Yale University Art Gallery 203-432-0600

Creative Businesses Fairhaven Furniture 203-776-3099 Foundry Music Company Hull’s Art Supply and Framing 203-865-4855 MEA Mobile The Owl Shop Toad’s Place

Community Partners Department of Arts Culture & Tourism, City of New Haven 203-946-8378 DECD/CT Office of the Arts 860-256-2800 Fractured Atlas JCC of Greater New Haven Overseas Ministries Study Center Town Green Special Services District Visit New Haven Westville Village Renaissance Alliance

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Perspectives … Gallery at Whitney Center Location: 200 Leeder Hill Drive, South Entrance, Hamden Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4-7 p.m. & Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. Self Ease: Contemporary Portraiture Curated by Debbie Hesse Dates: March 17–June 17 Public Reception: May 10, 3-5 p.m. E-mail your self/portraits to: and join the exhibition! More information at

Sumner McKnight Crosby Jr. Gallery Perspectives ... The Gallery at Whitney Center. Eileen Carey.

Perspecitives ... Gallery at Whitney Center.

Location: The Arts Council of Greater New Haven, 70 Audubon St., 2nd Floor, New Haven Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Artist. Art Therapist. Artwork and Reflections from Regional Art Therapists Organized by Debbie Hesse Dates: Through May 23 Learn more at

John Slade Ely House of Contemporary Art Location: 51 Trumbull St., New Haven Hours: Wednesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 2-5 p.m. Doll-like An exhibition and community-curated doll collection Curated by Paul Clabby and Debbie Hesse Dates: May 14-July 20 Public Reception: Sunday, May 18, 2-5 p.m.

Arts on the Edge Families and children of all ages are invited to join us on Audubon Street for our annual Audubon Arts on the Edge! Arts on the Edge is an afternoon of free, family-oriented music, dance, performances, arts and craft activities and more. Save the date: Saturday, June 7, 12-5 p.m., rain or shine

#ARTNHV Blog Arts on the Edge. Photo by Amanda May Aruani.

The Arts Council of Greater New Haven is pleased to announce the launch of our new blog, #ARTNHV. The blog covers all things art in the Greater New Haven are. Visit today.

The Writers Circle Connect with writing professionals in the Greater New Haven area. Join us for the third lunch-hour Writers Circle on May 15. For more information visit us online at or call the Arts Council at 203-772-2788.

Advice from the AC Dates: Thursdays, May 8 and May 22, 1-4 p.m. (Location TBD) Let the Arts Council staff help you find exhibition space/opportunities, performance/rehearsal space, and develop new ways to promote your work or creative events and activities. Debbie Hesse, the Arts Council’s director of artist services and programs, will be available for one-on-one appointments. To schedule an appointment, call 203-772-2788.


Sumner McKnight Crosby Jr. Gallery. Evie Lindemann.

John Slade Ely House of Contemporary Art. Margaret Roleke.

Photo Arts Collective. Eric Litke.

Career Strategies for Visual Artists – Season 2 Monday, May 5, University of New Haven, Saw Mill Campus “Make Social Work: How to Craft a Do-able Social Media Strategy for Creative Professionals” With so many social media options available, it can be hard to know where to direct your time and attention. In this workshop presented by founder Lena L. West, artists will learn how to get the most out of social media platforms. You’ll be introduced to different types of blogs and learn what makes them compelling. And we’ll take a look at the visual wonder of Pinterest, and how you can use it to share your work and drive traffic to your website or blog. Artists will be lead through Lena’s workbook, 9 Step Social Media Liberation System, which offers the information needed to craft and expand a personalized social media plan. For more info and registration, visit Program presented by The Arts Council of Greater New Haven, Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County, and the Greater Hartford Arts Council, with support from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation.

Photo Arts Collective A recent community doll-making workshop led by artist Rashmi Talpade.

The Photo Arts Collective meets the first Thursday of the month at the Kehler Liddell Gallery, 873 Whalley Ave., New Haven, at 7 p.m. To learn more, send e-mail to

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