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Coming Full Circle Debbie Hesse Steps Down After 15 Years at The Arts Council
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Letter from the Editor With this September issue, we mark yet another trip around the sun. My year has been marked by radical change. Maybe yours has as well. Even if the changes were small, they can have a ripple effect. And, like life has taught me again and again, even more change is coming (stay tuned for the October issue for one particularly big announcement). Until then, enjoy this special extended issue to kick off the fall. Our annual season preview story is on pages 8-10. In it you’ll find the Long Wharf Theatre, Shubert Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, and New Haven Symphony Orchestra’s season plans. Plus a schedule for where to see great jazz this fall. The lineup is truly amazing. It might even tempt you to ditch Netflix this year. Yep, I said the unthinkable. Unless there is an almighty blizzard pressing down on Connecticut, I implore you to peel yourself off the couch and binge on live performances instead. This year’s season has everything you could ever want—comedies, famous musicals, new works, and provocative, timely plays. By physically getting out of your house more, I think you’ll get out of your own head space too. Seeing all the varied artistic works, you’ll surely expand your perspective, which will lead to greater empathy and understanding. And if I have learned anything in the last year, it’s that we all need more of that. A lot more. Also in this issue, we say goodbye to Debbie Hesse, who has decided to step down as Director of Artistic Services and Programs after 15 years at The Arts Council. Having worked directly with Debbie for the last five years on many projects, I can say that she has impressed me with her thoughtful approach to curating and has made me a better designer after creating more than two dozen postcards for exhibitions together. One thing she said to me once, “Say yes, and then figure it out,” echoes in my head frequently. I have said it several times in my life, and the leaps have always paid off. I said it this year when I accepted
the jobs of Communications Manager, Designer, and Editor of The Arts Paper all at once (while pregnant and buying and renovating a home with my husband and 2 year old). Crazy days were ahead, but it was 100 percent worth it. As I’m relinquishing these titles one by one, I am proud of the work I have done, as I’m sure Debbie is proud of all that she has accomplished—and she has accomplished a lot—with even more on her plate. Read her reflective Q&A on pages 4 & 5. Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Karyl Evans is this month’s Artists Next Door. Read Hank Hoffman’s profile on Evans on page 6 to find out more about her latest release about pioneer landscape architect Beatrix Farrand. On page 5 you’ll find out what A Broken Umbrella Theatre has up their sleeve (stay tuned for October performance dates). Page 12 is home to a story about New Haven Photo Day, an idea cooked up by then-Creative Arts Workshop ED, now Arts Council ED Daniel Fitzmaurice. Page 16 is all about College Street Music Hall. And last, but not least, pages 14 & 15 is where you’ll read about Old School Ink, our cover story and exhibition at the New Haven Museum. Steve Scarpa tackles the story, which unearths deep and old connections between New Haven and the history of tattooing. I hope you go to the show and I hope you enjoy this Arts Paper!
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Matt Loter. Photo by Corey Hudson. Hudson’s photos are part of Old School Ink: New Haven’s Tattoo, an exhibition at the New Haven Museum on view now. Read more about it on pages 14 & 15.
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The October issue of The Arts Paper will include lots of info about CityWide Open Studios, but also a story about Blind Sushi, an award-winning short documentary by Eric Heimbold featuring Ryan Knighton (pictured, left) and New Haven’s own Bun Lai of Miya’s sushi (pictured, right). Film still courtesy of Eric Heimbold.
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Coming Full Circle debbie hesse steps down as the ac’s director of artistic services and programs amanda may aruani
rtist, curator, mentor, radio host, educator, mom; just a few of the roles that Debbie Hesse embodies on a daily basis. Her official title at The Arts Council of Greater New Haven for the last 15 years has been Director of Artistic Services and Programs. But we all know she was more than that. She has been a community connector, an empathetic listener, and a cheerleader for art and all artists in a broad way, but also on a very personal level, as many in this community can attest. She has curated shows for The Arts Council at the Small Space Gallery (now the Sumner McKnight Crosby Jr. Gallery), Whitney Center’s Perspectives Gallery, Haskins Laboratories, Gallery 195, Parachute Factory, and Romberos. A few years ago she was asked to tally her efforts and came up with mind boggling numbers: 200 exhibitions curated involving more than 6,000 artists. And that was a few years ago. Not to mention her own artistic career, which she has kept rolling despite a hectic work and home life. She has exhibited her own artwork widely and now that her children are older, she has completed a few artist residencies—both regionally and internationally. Immediately after stepping down in July of this year, she headed to another artist residency at Weir Farm Art Center and National Historic Trust. Since then she has been traveling with family in China and Bali, where she planned to take her family to a remote island (where they will have to wade to shore with their suitcases on their heads) to learn more about the seaweed cultivation practices there. (As an extended inquiry for her Sway. Shift work). Hesse plans to delve deeper into her personal work, but will also serve in several official roles moving forward: She will be teaching in the Arts Management Department at Albertus Magnus College, is the Executive Board Vice President and Gallery Director at the Ely Center of Contemporary Art, Curator for the Perspectives Gallery at Whitney Center, and is on the boards of Ball and Socket Factory Arts in Cheshire and Site Projects in New Haven. The following is a conversation with Hesse about her career and time at The Arts Council. What was your life like when you started? When I started at The Arts Council I had three school-age kids. I was just going back to work. I had taught a few classes at Creative Arts Workshop and, between kids two and three, I was the artist-in-residence for the Comprehensive Arts Program with the New Haven Schools. I would often meet school groups at my studio at Erector Square, Yale University Art Gallery or at John Slade Ely House [now the Ely Center of Contemporary Art] and I would have
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Debbie Hesse. Photo by Harold Shapiro.
students do hands-on projects in response to the exhibition themes. I was at John Slade Ely House on a regular basis, which is how I met and became friends with Paul Clabby. Now it’s coming full circle, coming back there again. I started in 2002 as Bitsie Clark was just retiring and Betty Monz was taking over [as Executive Director]. They both interviewed me. It’s kind of just what’s happening now, a changing of the guards. [As Daniel Fitzmaurice takes the helm as ED]. Betty Monz gave me creative leeway to develop programs that would engage the region. Before starting at The Arts Council, I was very involved with Artspace and had organized the first large outdoor community project at The Lot on Chapel Street and the first exhibition in their current space. Betty sensed I had the pulse of the artistic community and was confident in my ability to bring diverse groups together through creative community engagement. I am very appreciative that Betty Monz believed in me back then. I think we did some amazing work together. Any anecdotes from your time at The Arts Council? When I first started, Bitsie Clark handed me a huge pile of green folders. The Arts Council used to be a fiscal agent for artist projects, startups, and groups (i.e. the International Festival of Arts & Ideas). I sat in with her a few times when she met with artists. Before she left, she said to me, “If someone says they’re an artist, then they’re an artist—no matter what.” Her words have really resonated with me and shaped how I work with people. When people need help,
I just try to understand what they’re trying to do and help them get to the next step, reserving any judgment. Her parting words really shaped my thoughts a lot. How did you keep working on your personal art throughout your busy career? I don’t know how, but I did keep my personal artwork going. I said “yes” to shows and opportunities that I didn’t really have time to do and just figured it out afterwards. Once you have kids you learn to carve out time that doesn’t exist. You just create it, or nothing would ever get done. What were times you felt you made a difference? I think that much of my time was giving other artists encouragement and support to get to their next step. I did this through individual consultations and actively working with them. It’s been very rewarding for me to see other artists make big strides in their art careers and creative processes. It’s times like that that I know I’ve made a difference. One artist—Isaac Canady—comes to mind. I met him when he was making these incredible drawings on the street corner and in coffee shops. His life was not in a stable place then. We stayed in touch for many years. Since that time, we have worked on exhibitions together, and last year I asked him to co-lead an artist-led workshop with me. We all need someone else to believe in us so that we can believe in ourselves. In general, giving access to art—especially to marginalized groups who might not have another avenue—has been especially rewarding for me.
What are some examples of programs you created? At first, I worked very closely with the Director of Community Programs. I worked with at least four different people in that role over the years. We were charged with creating programs throughout the region that would bring in people beyond the mainstream arts community. We started a program called Vehicles for Art; it was a platform to embed artwork and performances in daily life—often, in unexpected ways and places. One time, we worked with an opera group, embedded at CitySeed market in front of Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC). Dressed in medical scrubs or selling vegetables, they sang to folks en route to work or out buying produce. These programs offered ways to infuse art into everyday life throughout the city. We planned “spontaneous creative eruptions” with the hope that others would follow suit. We wanted to be a role model for what was possible and encourage others to push the envelope a bit. Exact Change was another outgrowth of Vehicles for Art that helped performing artists (hip hop, spoken word, opera) to perform “in situ” on city buses. Cubicles for Art matched emerging artists with businesses, usually other non-profits to have solo exhibitions. We used our office cubicles to launch the project and it was in such great demand we expanded it to other organizations and businesses. Another was Made Space. I worked with Yale Properties and other local developers to transform vacant storefronts downtown into art spaces. It was a win-win situation as it gave artists raw exhibition space and
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exposure while helping get spaces rented or sold. The city Cultural Affairs Office then started Project Storefronts, which activated the entire space, not just the windows. Ripple Effect was another project that involved collaboration with Project Storefronts. Shola Cole [former Director of Community Programs at The Arts Council] and I worked on this together. Ripple Effect was an expanding project—essentially a game that took place in a vacant building—which used to be a music store, Goldie and Libro for many years before it was a men’s clothing store. Artists created installations and performative works in the raw space in response to the buildings history and architecture, and then tagged another artist to go in and create something. The project kept growing over the course of four months. We ended with a closing reception for the 40+ artists who were tagged to participate which included an oral history video project that invited people to share their stories and memories about the buildings many incarnations. I have especially fond memories of Graffiti Jam, a project I organized with another former Director of Community Programs, Jose Monteiro, on Grand Ave. in the old Frank’s Hardware Store. A local builder had bought the building and gutted it out. He very generously let us use it before renovations took place. Graffiti artists showed up from all over the East Coast. It was really amazing and energizing. I went around to all the different hardware stores and got rejects paints donated. Everyone stayed almost all night with DJ Dooley-O spinning and pizza. We organized a corresponding gallery show, What you Write at Crosby Gallery, in which many of the artists worked on canvas and exhibited their art for the first time. I have organized numerous technical support workshops for both individual artists and organizations over the years. I organized a technical support series this
year that included workshops in fiscal literacy, grant budgets, grant writing, and writing press releases and artist statements. As digital technology advances, the delivery tools change but artists needs remain pretty much the same. About 3 years ago I created an Artist-Led Workshops in the Community program that matched artists with businesses and non-profits to bring art experiences to groups that might not have had access otherwise. I matched artists skills with community program needs, often mentoring artists to create two-hour hands-on workshops at Liberty Community Services, Marrakech Inc., Chapel Haven, Connecticut Mental Health Center, IRIS, Project Moore Prison Re-entry program, and numerous senior centers and libraries. This program has let us reach into so many different parts of the community. It started out as a programmatic layer of an exhibition, Doll-like, at the John Slade Ely House. I organized artist-led workshops at over 12 non-profits organizations. The resulting projects, which included cultural heritage dolls, puppets, and beaded dolls, became part of a community doll collection at the show. Over time, the program evolved to include a broader range of disciplines—including visual poetry and writing workshops—and have been used to help facilitate staff-client relations as well as professional development tools. Whenever possible, we had artists go two to three times to a given organization. They usually asked us to come back again, so I know we were doing something right! I used this as a way to direct them to grants—like the REGI grant—to continue and often expand the program for their organization. In some cases, artists forged their own relationship with the group they had worked with, which was great to see. It has been very rewarding to see how meaningful these workshops have been to so many artists, organizations and participants. I feel that these programs have created access to art for so many people. I am very proud of this program.
What were some of the exhibitions you curated that stand out to you? Haskins Laboratories was a really fun place to curate shows. Phil Rubin, the CEO, was a great collaborator and very supportive of the program and of me. It started out as a way to create general exhibition opportunities, but over time I began to organize shows that intersected with themes relevant to their research about the spoken and written language. Mindsets, was a show that paired artists with Haskins research scientists. Phil was very helpful throughout the process. He identified scientists and research projects that might stimulate artist’s imaginations. That was the case too with the Parachute Factory Gallery at Erector Square, which was a collaboration with the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health and the Community Services Network of Greater New Haven. I worked very closely with Lucile Bruce, Kyle Pederson, and Becca Miller there (who were also on the Arts Advisory Group I ran at The Arts Council). I created exhibitions, such as Family Business; Routes, Networks and Pathways, that explored themes about recovery and community health. It was also a way to involve artists with mental health issues in various aspects of the exhibition process from installing to exhibiting. We also started an internship program. Another (more recent) show that stands out was Knack. I collaborated with eight regional social service organizations and gave a voice to artists and artisans with mental health and developmental challenges. I have always thought of exhibitions as ways to solve problems. I think about what I do as curatorial community engagement. Sometimes, I would identify a void in the community, and try to fill it. It is a fluid process as things are always changing. Sometimes, people come to me with their ideas and I help them figure out a direction. There is no set way that things happen. I try to be open and responsive. One year I created two related shows at
different spaces concurrently (at Haskins Laboratories and the Crosby Gallery). Status Update featured artists that were using social media as their exhibition space. It was before artists used social media to promote, it was early use. Cellutations was the companion show. It was an inclusive, open show where you could email in an image. These shows wouldn’t seem relevant now, but they were very timely then. Cell phones were just clunky and awkward then, the pictures were small and/or pixelated. It was really part of what the show was about—evolving technology and how we were adapting to it in our everyday lives. Being timely is really important as an artist and a collaborator in order to find meaning. Broad Stripes and Bright Stars (a recent show at the Ely Center which I helped bring to the gallery) was so timely considering the state of our country as well as the time of year—July 4th. Dave Coon and Aicha Woods did an amazing job curating this show. More than 500 people showed up at the opening reception and artist talks, panels, and workshops coincided with just about every hour the gallery was open. What’s next? I have a few curatorial projects and exhibitions lined up. Also, I loved hosting the Arts On Air radio show, it’s a lot like curating an exhibition. It’s another way to bring people together to talk about their lives—their ideas and creative process. So I’m going to look into doing a radio show. I’m going to be doing a lot of the things that I have always done, but in a new way. I feel like I’ve been giving artists advice for years and years and now I’m going to take some of my own advice (and theirs). I’m still going to be here—collaborating and creating, just from a new perspective. I have been able to work with so many incredible people who I have learned from along the way. I want to thank everybody I’ve worked with—we’ve all learned so much from each other! n
from her collaborators “Debbie Hesse was the first person to call me an artist. ... She was instrumental in helping me find the artist within me and she encouraged me to trust my creativity the entire time. You don’t meet people like that often.”
“I am most inspired by her downto-earth persona. Despite all of her successes and accomplishments, Debbie has maintained a great sense of charisma, curiosity, and hunger for all of the uncovered possibilities ahead. I am thankful from the bottom of my heart for everything Debbie has taught me and for the opportunity to be a friend and collaborator for many years with her as the duo recognized as ‘Batman and Robin.’”
-Stephen Grant former Communications Manager at The Arts Council
-Jose Monteiro former Director of Community Programs at The Arts Council
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“Debbie has always had the unique ability to include people and make them feel wanted. ... Her curatorial abilities have at times overshadowed her formidable talent as an artist, and she never let personal enrichment hinder her generosity when it came to performing her duties at The Arts Council. ... I personally look forward not only to what she creates as an artist, but also the other exciting things she will continue to do as a curator. Her involvement at the Ely Center will continue to bring additional dimensions to the art scene in New Haven. All the best to you, Debbie.” -Rashmi Talpade artist, collaborator newhavenarts.org • 5
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Back to the Garden filmmaker karyl evans documents real stories about real people hank hoffman
he daughter of a plant geneticist and an agronomist, Karyl Evans first saw a future in the life sciences. After earning a degree in horticultural landscape architecture, however, she realized her heart was in the arts more than the sciences. A Master’s degree in filmmaking led to a multiple Emmy Award-winning career as a documentary filmmaker. With her latest film, The Life and Gardens of Beatrix Farrand, Evans returns to her roots. Farrand was a pioneer in the male-dominated field of landscape architecture and the only woman among the 11 founders of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Professionally active in the early part of the 20th century—she died in 1959 at the age of 86—Farrand had over 200 commissions. Among them were such prestigious creations as the East Garden at the White House; the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden in Maine; Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C.; and the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden at the New York Botanical Garden. Evans has won five Emmy Awards for her documentaries, including three for her 2000 production African Americans in Connecticut: Civil War to Civil Rights, co-written with historians Jeremy Brecher and Frank Mitchell. In over three decades, Evans has produced and directed video projects on both the east and west coasts, including several documentaries on the African-American experience in Connecticut for public television. She specializes in work for public television, educational and arts institutions, museums, hospitals, and non-profits. Evans said her new film was an effort to assess whether Farrand’s work “was impressive enough that we should be paying attention to her. Was her work spectacular? By the end, I concluded it was,” Evans said in an interview at her home. A survey of some 40 gardens by Farrand, the documentary blends historic images,
Beatrix Farrand. Image credit: Jeanne Ciravolo.
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architectural plans, and Evans’ current photos and video along with interviews with scholars of Farrand’s work. “Not only was her work classic in design, but she also had an extreme interest in nature and the natural contours of the land, which is much more what we are concerned about now—native plants, using water—so that’s timeless,” Evans explained. “And the fact that there is ongoing restoration of her work.” Reviewing Evans’ film The Rise and Fall of Newgate Prison: A Story of Crime and Punishment in Connecticut, CCSU Criminology Professor Stephen M. Cox wrote that, judging by the title, one might “conclude that it is simply a historical documentary about a long-closed colonial prison. Yet it is anything but simple, or purely historical.” Contemporary relevance in her works is an important issue for Evans. “I think you do understand your environment much better if you know what happened before and can build on that knowledge,” she said. In that regard, Evans hopes that the film can be an effective argument for the campaign to restore Farrand’s gardens at Yale University. Farrand—née Jones—was married to Max Farrand, a Yale historian, and was the consulting landscape architect at Yale for 23 years. Among her projects for the university, she designed elaborate display gardens for Marsh Botanical Gardens at Yale. “All over the country people are seeing her relevance and the caliber of her work and are restoring her gardens,” Evans said. “Why shouldn’t we restore somebody who was operating at the highest possible level of that particular art form?” What ingredients make for a successful historical documentary? According to Evans, they are clean production values, an accurate story, and the time investment to procure strong interviews and arresting visuals. Evans believes it starts with the technical qualities: well-recorded sound, great looking interviews. “It brings credibility to your work for everything to look and sound really great,” Evans said. Accuracy is key. Evans said she will not “guess” at something being right. “I have to document it in primary sources or have a scholar do it,” she said. In wrapping up the Farrand documentary, Evans felt “like a kid in a candy store” when she took a trip to the University of California at Berkeley Beatrix Farrand archives. Gardens being ephemeral, Evans wanted to photograph Farrand’s architectural plans for the sites being included in the film. “I was looking for plans to verify for me that, yes, indeed, what I thought she had done at all these places she really had plans for,” Evans explained. “Without her plans, anybody can say, ‘Oh, yes, that was a Farrand garden.’ I felt it was due diligence.”
Karyl Evans with her Emmy for Outstanding Director in 2016. Photo courtesy of Evans.
When it comes to visuals, Evans has a hierarchy of three levels of images. At the top is finding “the exact footage or still that corresponds with what’s in the script.” At the next level is finding an image that is era-appropriate. “I’m not going to show you a ship from 1900 when I’m talking about ships from the 1840s,” Evans said. Finally, if primary images or footage are unavailable and she can’t find anything circa the time period, Evans digs up visuals “that are illustrative but I’m not trying to say, ‘Oh, this is exactly that thing,” Evans said. “I love the treasure hunt of finding things that actually make it a fuller experience,” she said. In the case of the Farrand film, “gardens and landscape architecture are inherently visual and beautiful.”
It was working with writer/director Judy Chaikin on the 1987 PBS documentary Legacy of the Hollywood Blacklist that defined Evans’ trajectory as a documentary filmmaker. The film explored the impact the blacklist had on the families of those barred from working in television and film because of their alleged previous or then-current Communist Party affiliations. “Once we got to the place where we were talking to real people about real things that happened to them… just to hear real stories, that was it,” Evans recalled. “Okay, documentary is for me. I’m almost more of an educator so I liked the realness of it.” n Information about purchasing a copy of The Life and Gardens of Beatrix Farrand or requesting a screening is available at beatrixfarranddocumentary.com.
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The Operator Will Connect You Now lucy gellman A fledgling experiment after the Civil War. A voice, clear as a bell, on the other end of the line. A heartbeat of current and wire. A signal that the only way was onward, through person-to-person communication. This is the starting point for Exchange: This Electronic Age is Both Wondrous and Horrible, a new work from A Broken Umbrella Theatre (ABUT) based on the history of the telephone exchange in downtown New Haven. After months of story collection, evolving scripts, and rehearsals, the performance is set to premiere this October at City-Wide Open Studios. Between August and September, the group has been easing it off the ground, marrying a still-changing script to the realities of building a compact, portable set. Exchange, which was partially funded by a REGI grant, began last year with a site-specific story: George Coy’s 1878 District Telephone Company of New Haven, a pay-to-play switchboard that operated on a subscription-only basis. A returning Civil War veteran and telegraph manager, Coy used his technical know-how to start the business with rudimentary tools—“carriage bolts, handles from teapot lids, wire, and other spare parts,” according to a blog post by University of Connecticut archivist Laura Smith. A handful of subscribers called into a central office equipped with operators, who directed their calls onward, or provided information about local businesses. Bolstered by business partners Herrick Frost and Walter Lewis, the experiment was at first a radical success. Four years after its founding, the company became the Southern New England Telephone (SNET), bringing in more subscribers as it grew in scope. It wasn’t a sophisticated operation—multiple subscribers might call in, but operators could only handle two calls at any time—but it worked. Soon, cities across the Northeast, and then the country, were building exchanges to rival Coy’s invention. But with it came a trend in broad regionalization, with offices moving from New Haven to elsewhere in Connecticut, and then elsewhere in the Northeast. Succinct local advice disappeared as homegrown operators were replaced by regional ones who couldn’t put New Haven on a map. By the time SNET was purchased by AT&T in the following century, any geographic intimacy was long gone. The history of Coy’s idea hadn’t fared much better: in 1973, the Boardman Building where the District Telephone Company had started was demolished for new developments. Back in 2016, members of ABUT realized how much that history dovetailed with the New Haveners who lived it and left behind a legacy. Last fall, they entered discussions with Kevin Ewing and Brendan Linehan, founder and producer at Baobab Tree Studios and progenitors of the New Haven Story Project in 2014. As Ewing—who specializes in podcast production at Baobab—worked with the group on specifics, they began to roll out a mobile storytelling station (a flatbed truck and “mobile recording studio” that would ultimately double as the play’s main stage). They set up broad perimeters: stories
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about the telephone, and the connection that it created. Then in late January 2017, ABUT members took a deep breath, and kicked off the project at Baobab’s Orange Street offices. Ewing and ABUT project leaders Jes Mack, Rachel Alderman, and Charlie Alexander were nervous that participants would be too brief, or freeze up and keep their stories to themselves. As Yale-China Fellow Onnie Chan and U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro headed into the recording studio, they found that they had the opposite problem. And it was a good problem to have. “Probably the hardest thing about this project is getting people to sit down and share,” Ewing said in a recent interview with The Arts Paper. “Almost everybody’s story starts off with ‘Well, I really don’t have a story,’ And then half an hour later, you got 10. And they may not be full stories, but they’re enough of a snippet that takes you from a space to a place.” Places that ranged from getting the news about a parent’s death over the phone to working at SNET in its still-early years, when citizens would gather around one or two neighborhood phones and operators had a mental map of the city and what made it tick. After the kickoff, Ewing, Linehan, and ABUT members rolled out a more mobile story sharing opportunity, taking their recording operation to Tower One/Tower East assisted living facility, several of New Haven’s schools, and popup festivals at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas. As they listened, their understanding of the project grew prodigiously. Senior citizens recalled the early years of telephones, when direct dialing was still relatively nascent and a voice at the other end tickled and thrilled. Some New Haveners talked about their favorite phone calls, which often went out to friends and relatives. Others traveled back to dark places—friendships that were fractured in the course of a call, or news that changed the way they picked up a receiver forever. Prompted, kids as young as eight or nine told stories of their new cell phones, or how odd and antiquated land lines seemed to them. With every story, the team grew, too. “It definitely changed me as a listener,” Linehan said. “For me, there’s as much wonderment to listening to a good story and really just letting it take you. You don’t have to do much when you’re listening—just sit there and kind of absorb it. And I got to listen to so many good stories.” Jes Mack, supervising the project for ABUT, also discovered among participants a shared sort of cultural nostalgia. A nostalgia that put the past on a permanently rosy, pastoral mode that she was fairly convinced didn’t exist. “It feels like there are a lot of people in America who say, ‘You know, in yesteryear, it was fantastic.’ I call bullshit on that,” she said in an interview for The Arts Paper. “I think that we all put on our glasses before we look back. Everything feels a little crunchier and more idealized. But … I think those people struggled with connection in the same way that we struggle with connection. The only key piece is that it’s faster, right? It’s faster
and it’s louder.” But she added, the current technological landscape also “creates a culture of anxiety. That’s where we live right now.” Mack and the ABUT team wanted to capture both of those sentiments, and challenge them in the course of a play. After jumping into drafting and working the script, she and a team of set and sound designers, engineers, and actors are now breathing life into the show. Transforming their story collection vehicle into a set, they’re dealing with a series of practical decisions—like whether to bury small, personal microphones in receiver-shaped props that actors will carry around with them. Or how to sculpt a scene around a shared personal narrative. Or, at its most basic, how much lumber to order. But after months, she said it’s coming together—and saying something potent about the stories we’ve always stopped to call each other about. “It’s not gonna be a linear narrative, but more of this social, cultural nostalgia with our audience,” Mack said. “We’re going to bring them into this pact, interact with them … in order to share this anxiety and celebration of what it means to be connected.” n Learn more about Exchange: This Electronic Age is Both Wondrous and Horrible and A Broken Umbrella Theatre at abrokenumbrella.org.
A Broken Umbrella’s mobile storytelling station on the New Haven Green. Photos courtesy of A Broken Umbrella Theatre.
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Balancing Heavy and Light 2017-2018 season preview amanda may aruani
ew Haven’s 2017-2018 season has plenty of serious programming—thrilling, thought-provoking works that will challenge and change you. But also a break. Thankfully, humor is also sprinkled throughout the season. It’s also a great year for those who love musicals, with offerings at the Shubert Theatre (of course), but also at Long Wharf Theatre and with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. Start off the season laughing at the Shubert Theatre with The Book of Mormon. If you haven’t yet seen this super irreverent Tony-winning musical by the creators of South Park, get your tickets now. The New York Times has called it “the best musical of this century” for crying out loud! It opens this month, September 26, and runs until October 1. Also showing at the Shubert Theatre: The Sound of Music November 8-12, Buddy—The Buddy Holly Story November 17-18, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (based on the original television classic) December 8-10, and Chicago June 1-3. They will also be hosting three new Broadway musicals: Amazing Grace, Beautiful—The Carole King Musical, and Bright Star. Amazing Grace tells the story of John Newton, the famous hymn’s 18th century author, and how the song came to be. Newton begins as a slave-trader and ends as an abolitionist pastor in this tale that promises romance, rebellion, and moral redemption. January 19-21.
Small Mouth Sounds opens Long Wharf’s 2017-2018 season, playing August 30-September 24. Photo by Ben Arons Photography courtesy of Long Wharf Theatre.
Beautiful—The Carole King Musical tells the true story of King’s rise in the music world. The score includes favorites like “I Feel the Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “You’ve Got a Friend,” and the title song, “Beautiful.” March 6-11. Bright Star continues Steve Martin’s theatrical presence in New Haven. He teamed up with Edie Brickell to create this now fivetime Tony-nominated Broadway musical. (FYI—although he would randomly pop in
when the show was on Broadway, Martin is not slated to appear as an actor for this national tour). According to the Shubert, Bright Star is a story of love and redemption set in the American south in the 1920s & 1940s. April 26-29. Outside of the Shubert’s Broadway Series, they will also be presenting Dean Lives: A Salute to Dean Martin (September 23), comedian Mike Epps (October 7), Pinkalicious The Musical (December 29), dancer/
Julia Knitel as Carole King at Carnegie Hall. Beautiful—The Carole King Musical will be at the Shubert Theatre March 6-11, 2018. Photo by Joan Marcus courtesy of the Shubert.
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choreographer Travis Walls’ Shaping Sound, After the Curtain (January 27), and Swan Lake performed by The State Ballet Theater of Russia (February 1 & 2). Additional shows may be announced as they are confirmed. Over at Long Wharf Theatre, Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein and Managing Director Joshua Borenstein have comedies, complicated dramas, and a musical planned as well. The musical is Crowns, “the story of African-American women in and around their church, with joyous [gospel] music at the heart of the piece,” Edelstein said in their season announcement. April 18-May 13. If you’re in the mood for a laugh, get tickets for Baskerville, “a farce that has slayed audiences all over the country,” according to Long Wharf. In this fast-paced work, five actors will play more than 40 characters! “Baskerville is both a homage to Sherlock Holmes and a send up at the same time. It is a really funny, crazy comedy. I think people will love it,” Edelstein said. February 28-March 25. The season is rounded out by four dramas; Small Mouth Sounds, Fireflies, The Chosen, and Office Hour. Small Mouth Sounds focuses on six city-dwellers (weary of the city) who go on a silent retreat. This new play is winning awards for its awkward and insightful humor as its characters face internal demons both profound and absurd, according to Long Wharf. “Small Mouth Sounds is a wonderful new play about seekers,” Edelstein said. August 30-September 24. Fireflies is an unlikely romance and a world premiere. “Fireflies is a story about overcoming judgement and fear in order to create a real human connection. It’s a universal story,” Edelstein said. October 11-November 5.
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The Chosen (adapted from Chaim Potok’s award-winning novel) promises to be a moving family drama set in 1940s Brooklyn. It’s a story of fathers and sons, Jewish tradition and modernity, and making difficult choices. “This is a beautiful story about the complicated relationship between parents and their children and how a friendship grows,” Edelstein said. November 22-December 17. Playwright Julia Cho returns to Long Wharf with Office Hour. In a release, the theater called it “a thrilling ride through the psyches of two people.” It tells the story of a college student and his writing professor. The big question is: Are his dark writings disturbed, or is he just venting? “This will be the provocation of the year,” Edelstein said. “[Cho’s] play is about the world we live in now. There will be a lot to talk about.” January 17-February 11. In a press release announcing their new season, Yale Repertory Theatre’s Artistic Director James Bundy referred to their season as one with “scope and complexity … offering Yale Rep audiences opportunities to witness vital perspectives on the world, particularly its literature, history, and politics.” Their season begins in early October with An Enemy of the People. Based on Henrik
The ensemble-based theatre collective Rude Mechs’ Co-Artistic Directors Lana Lesley, Kirk Lynn, Madge Darlington, Shawn Sides, and Thomas Graves. They will be at the Yale Repertory Theatre January 26–February 17, 2018 with Field Guide, a super fast, super funny version of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novel The Brothers Karamazov. Photo by Rino Pizzi.
The New Haven Symphony Orchestra welcomes the Brown-Urioste-Canellakis trio for Beethoven’s incomparable Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano on opening night, September 28. Photo courtesy of the NHSO.
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Ibsen’s political masterpiece (translated from Norwegian by Yale School of Drama’s Paul Walsh), this play is about a family in power struggling over its obligations to each other and to society. October 6-28. Native Son is next, a striking adaptation from Richard Wright’s iconic novel. Native Son takes audiences to Chicago’s south side in the 1930s and into the life of Bigger Thomas, a man who is struggling to find a place in the prejudiced world. “After taking a job in a wealthy white man’s house, he unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate,” Yale Rep wrote in a press release. It sounds like it will be suspenseful for those unfamiliar with the novel, and unforgettable for all! November 24-December 16. After a heavy start, Yale Rep lightens up with Field Guide, a world premiere and a delightfully, subversively funny riff on Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novel The Brothers Karamazov. According to Yale Rep, Rude Mechs’ Field Guide skates through The Brother Karamazov with breakneck speed and endless invention. “Rude Mechs [an ensemble-based theatre collective from Austin, TX] literally (well, not literally) rips pages out of Dostoevsky’s powerful meditation on faith, meaning, and morality and mischievously replaces them with standup comedy, pop music dance numbers, a cardboard bear, and a talking bird,” Yale Rep said in a statement. January 26–February 17. In the spring, Father Comes Home from the Wars, Parts 1, 2 & 3 will grace the New Haven stage. Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks is a MacArthur Fellow and a Pulitzer Prize winner. Set over the course of the Civil War, the story’s protagonist, Hero, is offered his freedom from slavery in exchange for joining his master in the ranks of the Confederacy. Yale Rep has called the play “astonishing” and filled with “music, wit, and exquisite lyricism.” March 16–April 7. Kiss, by Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderón closes the season. According to Yale Rep, it’s about a double date in Damascus that quickly escalates into farce as four friends unburden their hearts and reveal their secret passions. Kiss is “a politically charged and emotionally resonant exploration of what gets lost in translation: the unfathomable human toll of a nation in chaos,” the theatre said. April 27-May 19. The New Haven Symphony Orchestra has weight and lightness built into their season as well. Their programming includes weighty classics as well as a pops series, which shines for its lighthearted fun. Here is the lineup: Beethoven’s Triple: September 28. William Boughton, conductor. Elena Urioste, violin; Nick Canellakis, cello; Michael Brown, piano. Opening night is also School Night at the Symphony (where K-12 students, teachers, staff, and families are
invited to attend free of charge, but registration is required.) Guys and Dolls in Concert: October 20. William Boughton, conductor. This musical will be performed at Southern Connecticut State University. Beethoven’s Ninth: November 9. William Boughton, conductor, Jeffrey Douma, conductor, Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo soprano. The night will also feature the Yale Glee Club and Brahms’ hauntingly beautiful vocal works Schicksalslied–Song of Destiny and Alto Rhapsody. Holiday Extravaganza: December 21. Led by Chelsea Tipton, the NHSO pops conductor. Seasonal favorites will include “Sleigh Ride” and a Christmas carol sing-along. Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra: May 10. William Boughton, conductor, Elena Urioste, violin. The program will also include Rachmaninoff’s Isle of the Dead and Korngold’s Violin Concerto. The NHSO will also be trying out three conductors as part of their music director search. (Current Music Director William Boughton will be leaving the NHSO in May of 2019). The first will be Alasdair Neale on February 15 conducting Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20. Next Rebecca Miller will conduct Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 on March 22. Lastly, David Amado will conduct Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique on April 12. According to the NHSO website, throughout the audition process, the search committee will receive input from the orchestra’s musicians, audience members, community stakeholders, and administrative staff, and will announce the new music director in the summer of 2018. The new music director will begin their tenure with the orchestra’s 2019-2020 season. The NSHO’s Pops Series concerts mostly take place at Hamden Middle School and Shelton High School and are purposefully joyful. Some concerts are additional dates at the schools from the Classics Series (Guys and Dolls in Concert on October 21-22 & The Holiday Extravaganza December 16 & 17). St. Patrick’s Pops will feature favorite Irish songs and jigs like “O Danny Boy,” “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” and “Whiskey in the Jar” March 17 & 18. The Music of Billy Joel & Elton John (June 2 & 3) will feature music from the famous musicians backed by the full orchestra. Songs will include “Big Shot,” “Circle of Life,” “Tiny Dancer,” “Movin’ Out,” and more. After the turn of the year, the NHSO will also be presenting a free family concert series (recommended for kids ages 3-9 and their families). Check newhavensymphony. org for dates for Babar the Elephant, The Tortoise and the Hare, and The Cat in the Hat. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit shubert.com, longwharf.org, yalerep.org, newhavensymphony.org, southernct.edu/lyman, and firehouse12. n
Fall Jazz Jonathan Butler. Photo by Raj Naik.
Lyman Center Jazz Series Jonathan Butler with Elan Trotman and Tropicality: September 23 Nick Colonne, Maysa, Brian Simpson, and Art Sherrod Jr.: October 28 Gerald Albright with Alex Bugnon and Marc Antoine: November 18 Euge Groove and Keike Matsui with Lindsey Webster and Adam Hawley: December 2
Firehouse 12 Fall Jazz Series Tom Rainey Trio: September 15 Steve Swell: September 22 Peter Evans Septet: September 29 Brian Charette Trio: October 6 Myra Melford- Snowy Egret: October 13 Yosvany Terry/Baptiste Trotignon- Ancestral Memories: October 20 Daniel Levin/Tony Malaby/Randy Peterson: October 27 Joe Fonda Quintet: November 3 Gato Libre: November 10 Adam Rudolph- Moving Pictures: November 17 Tim Berne- Snakeoil: December 1 Larry Ochs/Gerald Cleaver/Nels Cline: December 8
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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer will be at the Shubert Theatre December 8-10. Photo courtesy of the Shubert.
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Contemporary Perspectives on War Through December 31, 2017 YA L E U N I V E R S IT Y A R T GA L L E RY Free and open to the public | artgallery.yale.edu 1111 Chapel Street, New Haven, Connecticut | 203.432.0600 @yaleartgallery
Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, Tze’elim Military Base, Negev Desert (Chicago #2), from the series Chicago, 2006. Digital chromogenic print. © Broomberg & Chanarin, courtesy the artists
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New Haven Photo Day 1 city, 24 hours, 132,000 photographers brian slattery Carnival lights glowing in the mist. A young man sweeping a basketball court. Downtown’s skyline under gray clouds. A truck, blinker blazing, making a left at an intersection. These images and a couple hundred more were taken between 12 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. on June 17, 2017 as part of New Haven Photo Day, and succeeded in the project’s goal of creating “a broad portrait of New Haven on that day.” The project—a collaboration among photographer Chris Randall, Creative Arts Workshop, the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, and the city’s Department of Arts, Culture, and Tourism—sent teams of photographers across the city from early morning to late at night to capture as much as they could of New Haven on that day, from its architecture, to the art projects and concert on the Green that happened that day, to the work going on in a Fair Haven bakery. In addition, the organizers behind New Haven Photo Day encouraged people who just happened to take pictures that day to submit their own photos. On July 3, I Love New Haven, the ongoing photography project founded by Randall and fellow photographer Jeffrey Kerekes, selected 30 of the images to post on its website, ilovenewhaven.org. An exhibition of some of the printed photos is in the works. But meanwhile, all of the photos submitted for the project appear on New Haven Photo Day’s own website, newhavenphotoday.com, and it’s there that we can all see the city reflected back at us. Some images are instantly familiar. There’s the display of arrivals and departures at Union Station, the letters on top of the Omni Hotel lit up at night, the lighthouse at Lighthouse Point, Judges Cave atop West Rock. But even these landmarks carry the specificity of the day itself. The weather on June 17, it turns out, wasn’t postcard perfect. It was overcast. It rained, and when the rain stopped, it never quite dried out. Later, there was mist. That specificity matters. It makes the project less about beautification than observation. In some images, observation is the subject itself. One photograph shows a photographer, dressed all in black except for a striking red coat tied around his waist, taking a picture of a woman in a white gown in a gallery in the Yale Center for British Art. There are selfies. Three women smile into the lens, the background bright behind them. Another woman stands in front of a train on a platform at Union Station, the sky already dark. There’s even a picture of four women in a kitchen, all smiling into the camera of a phone that one of them is holding up above them. The photographer’s capturing of that moment makes it more intimate. It almost feels a little intrusive. But mostly it feels like a gift, to be present for the second that the four subjects came close together to have their picture taken with each other. A second earlier or later, and we wouldn’t have seen it. That essential fact jumps out of so many of the other images as well. There’s the shot taken from the front seat of a vehicle crossing the Q Bridge at night—its towers lit up in blue that evening—the lines on the road streaked by speed. Another shot shows a motorcycle parked in front of the Hotel Duncan at an angle that suggests it wasn’t there for very long. A shutter clicked as kids at a baseball game lined up to slap hands. Another one snapped as a girl walked along the water’s edge by a dock, dragging a stick behind her through the rocky sand. And in the same house where the four women gathered in the kitchen, we learn there was a birthday party for a young boy. Its theme was Superman. Perhaps to some it’s an obvious, simple thing, to document the passage of time. But that doesn’t make it any less affecting. Tempus sure as hell fugit, doesn’t it? And for one day, we got to be just a little more aware of that, and to savor those impermanent details, whether it was the crust on a freshly baked loaf of bread, a stoop sale of kids’ clothes and toys in front of an apartment house, a young dancer doing a split in the air, or a photographer taking a picture of their own feet—a pair of sneakers with pink shoelaces on a sidewalk drying after a light rain. The pictures make the details matter more, and remind us that maybe they always do, whether we capture them or not. n To view more photos from New Haven Photo Day, visit newhavenphotoday.com. This article has been reprinted with permission from the New Haven Independent. Photos printed with permission from New Haven Photo Day.
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Old School Ink steve scarpa photos by corey hudson
A dog looks expectantly across a clear blue sky. In the picture, she grins widely. Beneath her, water tumbles from a rocky hillside and a perfect green lawn surrounds the pools into which the water flows. This scene can’t be found in a photograph or hanging on a wall. Instead, this intricate and beautiful picture exists on the right arm of a young bearded man. The tattoo is photographically rendered and the content unmistakably personal. It is a piece of art. The New Haven Museum’s latest exhibition will explore the complicated and beautiful world of tattooing. The exhibit, entitled Old School Ink: New Haven’s Tattoo opens September 23 and runs through mid-March 2018. Interviews with tattoo recipients and artists alike will be part of the exhibit, alongside tattoo photos and new art created specifically for the show from research into the Museum’s collections. Local tattoo artists have influenced the trade worldwide, and the exhibit will be a showcase for those efforts. “We are trying to do much more than just say something super definitive about the past. We will be inviting the contemporary tattoo community to tell their stories and be represented,” said curator Elinor Slomba. “This is our story, [which is also] part of New Haven’s story.” Slomba’s work over the years has been focused at the intersection of arts, culture, and economic development. The history of tattooing falls directly into those crosshairs. The modern tattoo artist is a creative entrepreneur working in a field that undergoes tremendous governmental regulation. The art form itself has evolved as cultural norms have changed. What was once the province of the outsider is now ubiquitous. “Tattooing is a kind of art collecting
that is more accessible to everyone than maybe some kinds of art. It’s a collaboration between the client and the artist,” Slomba said. The history of physical marking in New Haven goes back to its founding in the 17th century. There are records of criminals in the nascent colony being branded for their crimes. The first tattoo artist emerges into the historical record in 1887. Henry Silver had a tattoo shop and advertised in the local newspaper alongside other shops of the day. “Even his name is evocative,” said Slomba, who is still looking into his biographical data. Nineteenth century ornamentation was a simpler affair—smaller marks, crosses or initials tended to be the standard fare done by hand. Tattooing was often connected to maritime pursuits. New Haven County can also claim an important innovation in the history of the form. The patent for the first electric tattooing machine was secured in 1881. Patent holder Samuel O’Reilly—also known as “the professor”—began his career working in the brass industry. After a couple of stints in the state penitentiary in Wethersfield for burglary and then a hitch in the Navy, O’Reilly took up tattooing as his trade. He had seen a demonstration of Thomas Edison’s electric pen and got excited about the possibilities it could offer tattooing as a form. In fact, use of the tattooing machine became a sales point in and of itself—you were marked by electricity. The history of the industry is filled with unique characters, and the exhibit will feature some of their stories. “We are still separating folklore from fact as much as we can,” she said. “Many tattoo artists had stories about them as part of their marketing. There was a certain hyperbole. Some of the people who were famous for getting tattooed earned a living letting people see their tattoos.” Photojournalist Corey Hudson interviewed artists and connoisseurs,
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photographing their work in connection with the exhibit. Hudson will be present on opening day photographing visitors’ tattoos. Working on the Old School Ink project, he found a deeply emotional and complicated culture, one that makes him very seriously consider having work done himself. “Tattoos, for a lot of people, represent a place, a threshold, a passage in their
lives,” Hudson said. “For me, it feels like I’ve been wrestling with the decision (to get a tattoo) for about 20 years, but I’ve never been certain about what was important enough to wear on your body for your whole life. That’s a decision many people go through.” Initially, entrance to tattoo culture could be found through the military or the music and biker scenes.
yale institute of sacred music presents
Choral Evensong at Christ Church Yale Schola Cantorum • Elm City Girls’ Choir David Hill, conductor Tawnie Olson: Magnificat (world premiere) and music of Howells, Byrd, Victoria, and more september 22 friday | 5 pm
Christ Church New Haven (84 Broadway at Elm)
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Great Organ Music at Yale
The Chenaults Music of Litaize, Moore, Briggs, Shephard and more
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Woolsey Hall (500 College St., New Haven)
SUBMISSION APPLICATION GOES LIVE SEPTEMBER 1! Visit www.nhfpl.org The New Haven Free Public Library invites artists, curators, nonprofit organizations and students to exhibit their (2D) work at the Ives Gallery. Show off your art and help the Library celebrate our creative community!
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Free; no tickets required
Lute Song Recital
Jakob Lindberg, lute • James Taylor, tenor
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Marquand Chapel (409 Prospect St., New Haven) Free; no tickets required
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“It was people who didn’t feel accepted in society somehow. It gave them something that was their own … you had to be initiated into the process,” Hudson said. “It was a sign of rebellion towards something.” Tattooing, while distinctly considered a trade by many people, also became a place where artists could express themselves while earning a living. Artists had the opportunity to work in three dimensions on a unique canvas, fostering new creativity
“We think of tattoos as permanent, but our bodies aren’t permanent. There is some poignancy there.” -Elinor Slomba, exhibition curator and energy. The days of simply selecting from a series of pre-made tattoo designs, called flash sheets, is over. The collaboration between client and artists creates work that both reflects the artist’s own aesthetic and the personal expression of the person wearing the art. The results are stunning and intri-
cate, ranging from literal scenes such as the one described at the beginning, to complex designs replete with meaning. “If I think about the experience of tattooing and what it is to me, and kind of like what I’ve been describing a tattooer is or should be, it’s kind of like a therapist and a midwife, or doula or something. You’re helping people through this experience that’s painful—sometimes it’s not, but most of the time it is—and sometimes it’s really emotionally painful. You know, people leave feeling like they’ve just … it’s like cathartic,” said Tracey Rose, a tattoo artist at Lucky Soul Tattoo who spoke with Hudson for the exhibit. For the many people who have embraced tattoo culture, it is an opportunity for their outside to connect to what they feel inside. Finding the right tattoo, one that expresses what is going on in their hearts and in their minds, is a way of becoming a more perfect self. “We think of tattoos as permanent, but our bodies aren’t permanent. There is some poignancy there,” Slomba said. n The opening event on September 23 will be part of the Smithsonian Museum Day Live! events across the country. Free tickets for the New Haven Museum (and many others) are available at www.smithsonianmag.com/ museumday/museum-day-live-2017/tickets. For more information about the New Haven Museum and Old School Ink: New Haven’s Tattoo, visit newhavenmuseum.org.
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College Street Music Hall Turns Two amanda may aruani photos courtesy of college street music hall The following is a Q&A with local music promoter Keith Mahler from College Street Music Hall. * Your title: Director of Artist & Fan Happiness
Perfect sound and masterful lighting as a start—a great overall environment to enjoy a concert. Not to mention a superb selection of craft beers and great cocktails. What is the show you are most proud to have produced? Wow—tough call. I would say to date: Wilco/Regina Spektor/John Mulaney.
The companies you run: Premier Facilities LLC, which is the facility manager for College Street Music Hall. On the concert business side of things, I am president of Manic Presents/Premier Concerts which are owned by PKM Presents LLC.
Any funny stories of groups coming through? i.e. any odd riders or special accommodations made? The old stories of providing the bands with blow and hookers are long gone! Now it’s all about a great shower and, of course, New Haven pizza.
Every time we look, College Street Music Hall has amazing national performers on the calendar. How has College Street been so successful in just 2 years? It’s really about the quality of the venue. When the Board of Directors brought me on board, the strategic vision was pretty similar to the venue we have created. We have filled a void in the entertainment/ concert space in Connecticut as a midsize venue with flexible capacity. All of this while meeting all of the needs of the touring artist (backstage) and creating an unparalleled fan experience.
Are you at all the shows? As long as I am not traveling, I try to go to most of the shows (with rare exceptions.)
How much of that success can be attributed to the Palace Theater (which used to be housed where College Street is)? None—dead buildings do not sell tickets. The Palace Theater no longer exists. But the building’s bones were basically solid, which made the refurbishment much simpler to execute. The venue was closed to the public in 2002 and has sat under the same ownership until we found each other and rebranded the building as College Street Music Hall. The original theater was called the Roger Sherman Theater until Joel Schiavone took control of the building and renamed the facility the Palace Theater in approximately 1984. The history of the theater itself really has nothing to do with the success of the building today. We have built the operation from the ground up and had to reestablish the venue credibility within the tour industry, which we were able to achieve rather quickly given our collective reputations in the concert business.
Do you do the booking? Or does Mark Nussbaum from Manic Presents (formerly Manic Productions)? I oversee the booking effort, which is currently handled day-to-day by Mark Nussbaum and Anthony Rhodes. How has acquiring Manic Productions/Manic Presents effected your business? Manic has been rebranded as Manic Presents to more properly reflect its business. Mark has always booked smaller club shows, so the new platform has allowed him to grow, expand, and learn. Who is someone you would love to see perform at College Street?
Great question— I would love to host the Trey Anastasio Band, Ray LaMontagne, and Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul. There are just so many artists that should be playing at College Street Music Hall. Are all the events at College Street Music Hall your productions, or is it occasionally rented out? The building is what’s known as an open building—there are a number of promoters that have presented concerts in the building. How is College Street Music Hall connected to the New Haven Center for the Performing Arts? As you know, the venue is owned and operated by New Haven Center for Performing Arts, Inc., which is a 501(c)(3) not for profit, so the Board of Directors provides the strategic direction while we carry out the day-to-day management function of the building. What’s next for College Street Music Hall? We are always looking to diversify the audience base. College Street Music Hall is still in its infancy. Although we
officially reopened to the public on May 1, 2015, there was a lot of details to finish and we really started to get the concerts up and running in September 2015, so the unofficial anniversary is right now—I n September. n *Mahler’s answers have been edited for clarity and grammar. These are his opinions.
How would you describe the New Haven music scene? Very much alive and well now that College Street Music Hall has opened. How does College Street Music Hall fit into the New Haven music scene? Perfectly—it meets the demand for this type of venue in Connecticut and thankfully the venue is in the heart of New Haven. What can audiences expect when they go to College Street Music Hall for a show?
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CALENDAR Classes & Workshops
ipatory musical merriment in one of the galleries @ The MATT. Everyone gets to play a drum or two, dance, laugh, and learn, all while playing rhythms from around the world. Drumming is fun for everyone! Bring your own drums or play ours! September 8, 1 p.m. $3-12.
Annie Sailer Studio Space Erector Square, 319 Peck St., Building 2, 1st Floor, Studio D, New Haven. (347) 306-7660. anniesailerdancecompany.com Modern Dance Classes for Teens This special 12week session tailored specifically for teens will offer modern dance technique, improvisation, and composition, culminating in a studio showing. Young dancers will work together in a friendly, non-competitive, body-affirming environment to discover the joy of movement and the creative process. Register now! firstname.lastname@example.org. September 14-December 7. Thursdays, 4:30-6 p.m. $180. Artsplace 1220 Waterbury Road, Cheshire. (203) 272-2787. artsplacecheshirect.org Fall Classes Artsplace offers a wide selection of art classes for 7-week sessions and 1 or 2-day art workshops for students at all artistic levels and currently for ages 3 to 100, taught by professional fine artists. All supplies included. Easy parking. Register online, by phone, or stop by. September 16-December 18. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Some Sundays 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Varies from $25 to $160. Mattatuck Museum 144 West Main St., Waterbury. (203) 753-0381. mattmuseum.org Open Level Flow Yoga in the Galleries Find a calm mind and a strengthened body with an open level flowing yoga class set in the idyllic environment of our Early American art collection. Instructors may vary. Bring your own mat. Every Tuesday, 5:30 p.m., Through September 26. $3-12.
Neighborhood Music School 100 Audubon St., New Haven. (203) 624-5189. NMSnewhaven.org Classes, Lessons, & Ensembles Now Open for Fall Registration Lessons available on 30+ instruments. New Haven & Guilford locations. Music & dance for all ages and experience levels. Financial aid is available.
Seu Jorge Presents: The Life Aquatic, A Tribute To David Bowie will be at College Street Music Hall on Tuesday, September 26 at 8 p.m. In commemoration of David Bowie’s recent passing, Seu Jorge will perform a special tribute to him while recreating the set to Wes Anderson’s film, A Life Aquatic on stage alongside screens crafted as boat sails that will be displaying images from the film. Photo courtesy of College Street Music Hall.
Tai Chi @ The MATT Move and groove to music with our certified instructor Joe Atkins. Tai Chi will help improve your balance, increase flexibility and mobility, and reduce stiffness and soreness. Find energy and stamina through breathing techniques. Wear comfortable clothes. All levels welcome. Every Wednesday, 10 a.m., through September 27. $3-10. Studio Class: Paint to the Music Interpret music from sound to vision through drawing, painting,
or mixed media during this class. Visual and performing artist Amber Maida—a former winner of our Mixmaster juried member’s exhibition—will give a demonstration as well as help each participant with their creative journey. Before the project begins, enjoy a glass of wine and mingle. September 7, 5:30 p.m. $12-20. Hands on Drumming with Craig Norton Wide smiles ignite when you beat a drum and sound healing begins. Join Craig Norton for a few hours of partic-
Yogi Boho Fitness Soulcraft, 1125 Dixwell Ave., Hamden. (203) 690-8501. Barre Workout Class Yogi Boho Fitness is offering barre workout classes. Barre is a sculpting and conditioning class inspired by ballet barre warmups targeting the core, posture alignment, toning and strengthening the arms, legs, as well as firming the bottom. A portion of the class utilizes small weights and the class cools down with gentle yoga floor stretches. Every Monday and Wednesday 12:30-1:30 p.m. Yale Center for British Art 1080 Chapel St., New Haven. (203) 432-2800. britishart.yale.edu Artist Demonstration: Pottery Observe the ceramic artist and potter Tina Menchetti demonstrate a variety of studio pottery techniques at the Center. Complementing the exhibition “Things of Beauty Growing”: British Studio Pottery, this is a free ongoing demonstration, no is registration required. Saturday, September 23; Tuesday, September 26; and Saturday, October 21, 2-4 p.m. Free. No registration required. 2-4 p.m.
Mike Gordon of Phish will be at College Street Music Hall on September 27. Photo courtesy of College Street Music Hall.
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Jill Vaughn, Being Well.
Judith Barbour Osborne, Radical Alliances #1.
Exhibitions Artists Live 23 Royce Circle, Mansfield Storrs. (860) 933-6000. kathleen-zimmerman-artist.com Artists Live is a visual arts program that was awarded a Regional Arts Grant. It features monthlong exhibitions starting the 1st Friday of each month through December 29. The final Friday of each month the exhibiting artist and Kathleen Zimmerman have an artist conversation at 5 p.m. followed by a closing reception at 6 p.m. On view 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Free and open to the public. Arts Center East Connecticut Women Artists, Inc., 709 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon. (201) 8033766. ctwomenartists.org 87th National Open Juried Exhibition The show will include women artists of the United States. Original works in the visual arts: painting, mixed media, sculpture, etc., will be on display. Juror Nancy Stula, Executive Director of Wm. Benton Museum will present awards at the reception to be held Sunday, September 10, 2-4 p.m. The public is invited to attend. Art on exhibit is available for purchase. On view September 1-29, Wednesday-Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Donation suggested. City Gallery 994 State St., New Haven. (203) 782-2489. city-gallery.org Gatherings An exhibition of figurative monoprints by Michael Zack that explore relationships and interactions between individuals and groups of people, some of whom may be friends and some of whom may be strangers. Viewers are encouraged
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to interpret the world of the prints in their own way. September 7-October 1. Gallery Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 12-4 p.m. Artist’s reception: Saturday, September 16, 2-4 p.m. Artist’s talk: Sunday, October 1, 2 p.m. Free. Kehler Liddell Gallery 873 Whalley Ave., New Haven. (203) 389-9555. kehlerliddellgallery.com Vanishing An exhibition of photographs by Penrhyn & Rod Cook from recent journeys to Kenya and Tanzania. The artists explain: “African wildlife is vanishing. The reasons are numerous ... We are not experts on the incredibly complex issues that threaten the region. We can only attempt to visually represent what we saw and how we felt about it.” September 7-October 8. Gallery hours are Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; or by appointment. Opening reception to take place September 9, 3-6 p.m., during Westville’s monthly Second Saturday events. Refreshments will be served. Free.
Lynita Shimizu, Torii. Revive/Reset/Respond is a group show of The Artists of Gallery One. On view September 13-October 7.
galleryoneCT.com Revive/Reset/Respond - The Artists of Gallery One at Marquee Gallery The collective body of work by a diverse group of mid-career artists who utilize current modes of expression in a variety of contemporary media, plays both against and with each other’s art creating a unique conversation about how we respond to our world. September 13-October 7. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Saturday 12-6 p.m. and Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday by appointment.
Mattatuck Museum 144 West Main St., Waterbury. (203) 753-0381. mattmuseum.org An Artist for All Seasons Join us for the opening of An Artist for All Seasons by Dmitri Wright and The Valley Girls featuring artists Carmella “Mally” DeSomma, Judith Gould Secco, and June Pierpont. September 10, 1 p.m. Mill Gallery, Guilford Art Center Guilford Art League, 411 Church St., Guilford. (203) 458-8555. GAL Annual Juried Show Reception Guilford Art
Knights of Columbus Museum 1 State St., New Haven. (203) 865-0400. kofcmuseum.org Fleeing Famine: Irish Immigration to North America From 1845 to 1860, more than 1.5 million Irish immigrants sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to North America in the cramped quarters below the decks of the “coffin ships.” Open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through September 17. Free admission & parking. Marquee Gallery The Artists of Gallery One, 74 State St., New London. (860) 575-9113.
Trinity Church on the Green will rock on Friday, September 22, at 7:30 p.m. when Christine Ohlman (pictured) & Rebel Montez present a special concert. The benefit concert is the sixth presentation of Trinity’s “Music for Music” (M4M) concert series, which benefits the church’s outstanding music program. Image courtesy of the artist.
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League invites you to attend the opening reception on September 15, 6-8 p.m., for the 70th annual juried show. Don’t miss this opportunity to see fantastic art in one of the best gallery spaces on the shoreline. Show runs September 11-30. Free and open to the public.
Have you ever looked closely at a building? Each building has a story to tell—if your know where to look and what to look for. Join us for an adventurous tale about our city! In conjunction with #IBelieveInWaterbury September 27, 10 a.m. Free-$3.
Yale Center for British Art 1080 Chapel St., New Haven. (203) 432-2800. britishart.yale.edu “Things of Beauty Growing”: British Studio Pottery Bringing together nearly 150 ceramic objects from Europe, Japan, and Korea including jars, bowls, pots, chargers, vases, and monumental urns. This exhibition will survey the array of forms that have defined the British studio pottery movement from the 1890s to the present by exploring the connections between form and function. September 14-December 3, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Closed major holidays. Free.
Yale Center for British Art 1080 Chapel St., New Haven. (203) 432-2800. britishart.yale.edu Family Program: Exploring Artism This is a free program for families with children who are 5-12 years of age and on the autism spectrum. Families learn to look and respond to artwork in the museum’s galleries. September 23, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. The program is free, but preregistration is required. Please email email@example.com or call (203) 432-2858 with your name, number, and a good time to reach you. A museum educator will contact you by phone to complete and confirm your registration.
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Mattatuck Museum 144 West Main St., Waterbury. (203) 753-0381. mattmuseum.org Accessing Autism Family Day Children with autism and their families are invited to explore the museum’s art & history galleries with trained museum educators and experience hands-on activities. Register by calling Meghan (203) 753-0381x114. September 24, 12 p.m. Free-$10. Community Free Day: Fiber Art Explore the museum all day at no charge, and participate in a guided tour and family-friendly art activity for children of all ages! Fiber Art (1 p.m.) Create your own fun and colorful mask using string, burlap, and modpodge. September 10, 12-5 p.m. Free. Homeschoolers: The Art of 3-D Printing Join guest teaching artist, Jordan Banks for an afternoon of engineering and 3-D crafting! 3-D printing refers to processes in which layers of material are formed under computer control to create a 3-dimensional object. Learn about mathematics, sciences, and engineering involved with this fast-growing art form. September 15, 1 p.m. $10. Story Time for Toddlers: A Building on Your Street
7 Thursday Greater New Haven Community Chorus Open Enrollment Sing with GNHCC! We are an all-volunteer, non-auditioned, four part (SATB) chorus with a membership of ~100 voices. Join us as we prepare for our GNHCC December concert, “From Skies Above,” a holiday choral celebration featuring Mendelssohn’s Vom Himmel hoch, selections from Randall Thompson’s Frostiana, and works by Bach, Gjielo, and others. GNHCC “Open Enrollment” rehearsal dates are September 7, 14, and 21, 7-9 p.m. Registration fees are $50 per person per semester ($75.00 for couple of same household) Registration fees are due by 9/21. Greater New Haven Community Chorus, First Presbyterian Church, 704 Whitney Ave., New Haven. (203) 303-4642. gnhcc.org.
13 Wednesday New Haven Oratorio Choir Open Rehearsal Interested in joining a community choir? We will have an open rehearsal where you can watch or participate in an active rehearsal of Brahams’ Liebeslieder Waltzes. This is an excellent opportunity to experience sing-
An Artist for All Seasons features the paintigs of Dimitri Wright at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury. The opening reception is September 10, 1 p.m. Wright’s painting (detail) courtesy of the Mattatuck Museum.
ing with a well-established chamber choir to find out if you would like to join us. September 13, 8-10 p.m. New Haven Oratorio Choir, Church of the Redeemer, 185 Cold Spring St., New Haven. (203) 624-2520. nhoratorio.org/sing-with-us.
28 Thursday Beethoven’s Triple Program includes: Beethoven’s
Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano, Marquez’s Danzon No. 2, Britten’s Four Sea Interludes from “Peter Grimes,” Gabrielli’s Sonata pian e forte, and Walker’s Lyric for Strings. September 28, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $15-$74; KidTix free with adult; college students $10. New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Woolsey Hall, 500 College St., New Haven. (203) 436-4840. NewHavenSymphony.org.
Left: Karen Wheeler, Unbound. Right: Amy Arledge, Sanctuary. Starting this month, the River Street Gallery presents Threefold: Amy Arledge, Paulette Rosen & Karen Wheeler. Arledge’s encaustics, Rosen’s multimedia drawings, and Wheeler’s drawings & mixed media pieces offer uniquely inventive approaches. September 9-October 21. Artists’ reception is Saturday, September 16, 5-8 p.m. River Street Gallery is located at Fairhaven Furniture, 72 Blatchley Ave., New Haven.
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Special Events 6 Wednesday Prospective Docent Tea Are you an art & history buff? Do you have time to share your knowledge and enthusiasm by teaching children and adults about the history of Waterbury? Would you like to be a part of serving the museum and the community in the field of art education? Join us for a one-hour informational tea with the museum’s education department. September 6, 11 a.m. Mattatuck Museum, 144 West Main St., Waterbury. (203) 753-0381. mattmuseum.org
12 Tuesday Hamden Art League’s September 12th Meeting Hamden Art League announces the beginning of its 2017-2018 year. Refreshments and socializing begins at 7 p.m. on September 12, followed by a brief business meeting at 7:15 p.m., and the guest artist’s presentation at 7:30 p.m. Guest artist Johanne Mangi will present “Animal Portraiture,” focusing on the beloved dog. Using a limited palette, she will demonstrate how to create a fine art animal portrait. Our meetings/opening receptions are held the second Tuesday of the month from September to May or June. 7-9 p.m. Our meetings are free and open to the public. If the library is closed due to inclement weather, the meeting will be cancelled. For further info on the Hamden Art League, please visit hamdenartleague.com. 2901 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden. (203) 287-1322. hamdenartleague.com.
16 Saturday Revitalizing Waterbury The National Trust for Historic Preservation plans to revive downtowns in America with The Main Street Program. Carl Rosa, CEO of Main Street Waterbury, will discuss the process of the “four point” approach to downtown revitalization. September 16, 2 p.m. Free. 144 West Main St., Waterbury. (203) 753-0381. mattmuseum.org.
18 Monday – 29 Friday Fall Free For All at NMS Enjoy free trial lessons at Neighborhood Music School September 18-29 and free classes September 23-29. Call for details. Hours vary. Neighborhood Music School, 100 Audubon St., New Haven. (203) 624-5189. neighborhoodmusicschool.org.
22 Friday 9th Annual Brass Button Award Honoring Jaci Carroll Join us for this year’s annual Brass Button Award honoring the outstanding contributions of Jaci Carroll to the greater Waterbury area.
Long-time community supporter Jaci Carroll is well known for her generosity and commitment to Waterbury, both individual and through her business, Jaci Carroll Staffing. September 22, 6 p.m. $150-250. 144 West Main St., Waterbury. (203) 753-0381. mattmuseum.org.
23 Saturday Fall Free for All Visit Audubon Street and see what the arts district is all about! Free classes inside and outside: instrument discovery zone, face painting, live music & dance performances, and exclusive discounts at local merchants. September 23, 12-4 p.m. Free. Audubon St., New Haven. (203) 624-5189.
Talks & Tours 8 Friday Introductory Tour Docent-led introductory tours of the Center’s collections are offered on most Fridays at 2 p.m., Sundays at 11 a.m., and Wednesdays at 6 p.m. (during the academic year). Please visit the Center’s website for more information. September 8-29. Free. Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel St., New Haven. (203) 432-2800. britishart.yale.edu.
10 Sunday Exhibition Highlight Tour: Dmitri Wright Join us for a docent-led overview tour of several special exhibitions on display in the museum at noon. Stay for the opening reception beginning at 1 p.m., September 10. Mattatuck Museum, 144 West Main St., Waterbury. (203) 753-0381. mattmuseum.org. Yankees or Red Sox Gallery Talks Join sports lover & guest curator for the exhibit Yankees or Red Sox: America’s Greatest Rivalry for a series of informal chats on the items in collection and more. Sunday September 10, Sunday, October 8, and Saturday, November 4, 1-5 p.m. $10. Mattatuck Museum, 144 West Main St., Waterbury. (203) 753-0381. mattmuseum.org.
12 Tuesday Exhibition Opening Conversation: British Studio Pottery Join the curators of the exhibition “Things of Beauty Growing”: British Studio Pottery for an evening of reflection on the field of British ceramics. Following an introduction by Martina Droth, a panel discussion chaired by Glenn Adamson will consider the deep history, present position, and possible new directions of studio pottery in Britain. September 12, 5:30 p.m. Free. Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel St., New Haven. (203) 432-2800. britishart.yale.edu.
Never a Solo Voice: Community, Indigeneity, and Artmaking - Windam-Campbell Prizes Panelists include Ali Cobby Eckermann, poet, and Natalie Ball, artist. September 15, 4 p.m. Free. Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel St., New Haven. (203) 432-2800. britishart.yale.edu.
Maya Jasanoff on Johan Zoffany Windam-Campbell Prizes: Close Looking Session Maya Jasanoff is the author of two award-winning works of nonfiction. Jasanoff will discuss works by Johan Zoffany, who produced a substantial amount of paintings during his six-year residence in India between 1783 and 1789. September 14, 1:30 p.m. Free. Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel St., New Haven. (203) 432-2800. britishart.yale.edu.
Art in Context Martina Droth, Deputy Director of Research and Curator of Sculpture, will deliver a 30-minute gallery talk. September 19, 12:30 p.m. Free. Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel St., New Haven. (203) 432-2800. britishart.yale.edu.
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plays, she came to international attention with The Mai (1994), the first in a trilogy of plays inspired by the works of Euripides and Sophocles. Carr will discusses work by one of her favorite artists, William Blake. September 15, 1:30 p.m. Free. Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel St., New Haven. (203) 432-2800. britishart.yale.edu.
Second Thursday Poetry Series Enjoy a Guilford Poets Guild duet with Nancy Meneely (Essex) and Jen Payne (Branford). The evening is part of the group’s Second Thursday Poetry Series. Bring a poem for the open mic at 6:30 p.m. Open to the public. Refreshments. September 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Guilford Poets Guild, Guilford Free Library, 67 Park St., Guilford. (203) 453-8282. guilfordpoetsguild.org.
Vanishing is at the Kehler Liddell Gallery September 7October 8. It features the photography of Penrhyn & Rod Cook from recent journeys to Kenya and Tanzania. Photo courtesy of the Kehler Liddell Gallery.
Hamden Art League’s September meeting will feature guest artist Johanne Mangi, who will present “Animal Portraiture,” focusing on the beloved dog. Using a limited palette, she will demonstrate how to create a fine art animal portrait. Image by Johanne Mangi, courtesy of Hamden Art League.
Marina Carr, playwright, on William Blake Marina Carr is a singular voice in world theater. The author of more than a dozen critically acclaimed
27 Wednesday Norma Lytton Lecture: Vision & Justice Can art today bring about the catalytic social change that it has in the past? What is the role of the artist in shifting our perceptions, shattering biases, and creating the world we want? More than ever, we are inundated with images. The artist alone has the power—through one image, one gesture—to help focus our attention on what really matters. September 27, 5:30 p.m. Free. Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel St., New Haven. (203) 432-2800. britishart.yale.edu.
Theater The Process Follow Marion, an 80-somethingyear-old woman in 3 short plays about aging. In Henry and Marion, 62 Years of Wedded Bliss, NOT, we see how Marion has learned to endure her 62-year marriage. Explaining the Process flashes forward to a scene between Marion and her 30-year-old grandson. September 12, 5:30 p.m. Free-$10. 144 West Main St., Waterbury. (203) 753-0381. mattmuseum.org. Dean Lives: A Salute To Dean Martin Be prepared for a nostalgic journey that celebrates one of the greatest entertainers of all time—Dean Martin. Direct from Las Vegas, this new hit theatrical tribute show features all of Dean’s most beloved songs across three acts. World-class Las Vegas entertainer Drew Anthony truly captures the charm and essence of Dean Martin. September 23, 8 p.m. Price varies by seat location. Shubert Theatre, 247 College St., New Haven. (203) 562-5666. shubert.com. The Book Of Mormon This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the “good word.” The Book of Mormon has truly become an international sensation. September 26-28, 7:30 p.m. September 29, 8 p.m. September 30, 2 & 8 p.m. October 1, 1 & 6:30 p.m. Price varies by seat location. Shubert Theatre, 247 College St., New Haven. (203) 562-5666. shubert.com.
Exhibition Tour Join a docent-led tour of the special exhibition “Things of Beauty Growing”: British Studio Pottery. September 28, 11 a.m. Free. Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel St., New Haven. (203) 432-2800. britishart.yale.edu.
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Call For Artists Erin Joyce, guest curator, is pleased to invite artists based in New England to apply to participate in the upcoming exhibition Between Beauty and Decay. This group show will be produced and display at Artspace from December 1, 2017 to February 24, 2018. Between Beauty and Decay is an examination of humanity in the age of conflict. Each of the artists selected will use visual media to redress what happens when humanity is at odds with the “other” and the natural world. Artworks will include single channel video, installation, sculpture, and two-dimensional works that confront the viewer with unflinching beauty and terror. For more information on the exhibition and to apply, artists can visit artspacenewhaven.org/opportunities/ open-call-artists-beauty-decay. Submission deadline: September 5. Artists All professional and amateur artists are invited to participate in The 2nd Annual New Haven Chalk Art Festival. All artwork will be judged by local chalk artist, Andrea Casey for the grand prize: a $500 gift card to Hull’s Art Supply & Framing. Prizes will be awarded in each age division by people’s choice: teen (ages 13-17), adult (ages 18+), adult group (minimum 2 artists 18+). There is no cost to participate. Artists will be given a 4’x4’ square, on a black asphalt or granite pavers. Pre-registration is required. Please contact Stephanie McDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org or (203) 982-0676. Registration and additional information may be accessed at theshopsatyale.com/chalkart. Saturday, October 21, 12-4 p.m. The Shops at Yale, Broadway Island, 56 Broadway, New Haven (across from Apple/J.Crew/Urban Outfitters). Artists Guilford Art League invites submissions for the upcoming 70th Annual Juried Art Show held at the prestigious Mill Gallery at the Guilford Art Center, 411 Church St. in Guilford. Open to all Connecticut artists 18 years and older. Receiving is Saturday, September 9, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Mill Gallery. Show runs from September 11-30. All mediums except crafts and photography. Please email Susie at email@example.com for prospectus. Artists One of the largest events of its kind, Artspace’s City-Wide Open Studios is in its 20th year. Artists from across Connecticut are invited to open their doors and exhibit their work in their own studios, or at the creative complex Erector Square in Fair Haven, or at the Goffe Street Armory. Thousands of visitors and over 350+ artists participate each year in this exhibition the size of a city. CityWide Open Studios takes place over multiple weekends in October. Artists must register by September 5. Artist Registration: artspacenewhaven.org/ cwos-home/artist-registration. Artists The Greater Denton Arts Council proudly presents the 31st Annual Materials: Hard + Soft National Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition. Recognized as one of the premier craft exhibitions in the country, Materials: Hard + Soft began in 1987 and was originally initiated by area artist Georgia Leach Gough. The exhibition celebrates the evolving field of contemporary craft and the remarkable creativity and innovation of artists who push the boundaries of their chosen media. Approximately 70 works will be selected by an esteemed juror for exhibition at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center in Denton, Texas. Entries may be submitted via our online application form at dentonarts.com/materials-hard-soft-call-page through September 29, 11:59 p.m. A downloadable 2018 prospectus is also available for entries submitted via physical mail. Artists Multiple opportunities for artists throughout the year! Spectrum Gallery and its affiliate, the Arts
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Center Killingworth, present two annual outdoor arts festivals with concurrent gallery exhibitions (the Summer Arts Festival in Essex and the Autumn Arts Festival in Madison on October 7-8, 2017). Spectrum hosts 6 exhibits per year and is always looking for artists and artisans working in various media. Please visit spectrumartgallery.org/future-exhibitions to see the calendar of exhibits, themes and festival prospecti. The non-profit Spectrum Art Gallery in Centerbrook, CT is a contemporary gallery and fine artisan store. Artists Call for Entries: Care (Give and Take). Deadline: September 1. If you are a visual artist making work about Alzheimer’s disease and/or dementia, please submit work for a juried exhibition occurring November 2017-March 2018 at the New Hope Art Gallery at the Cranston Senior Center in Rhode Island. What makes this exhibition special is that your work will be paired with work from your loved one with the disease (alive or deceased). Your entry will consist of three images of your work and up to three of your loved one’s work. If no artwork is available, a photograph, letter, or other ephemera will suffice. Selected work will be based on artist merit and strength of the pairing. The exhibition will also include artwork made from seniors in the memory care unit at the Senior Center. More info at elliebrown.com/call-for-entry-care-give-and-take. Dancers Annie Sailer Dance Company is looking for dancers experienced in modern/contemporary technique, improvisation, and performance. Adults of all ages will be considered. Rehearsals will be held at Annie Sailer studio space at Erector Square in New Haven. Rehearsal schedule to be arranged. No pay for dancers. For further information contact Annie: firstname.lastname@example.org. anniesailerdancecompany.com. Musicians Hamden Symphony Orchestra, an all-volunteer community music ensemble in its 56th year, seeks musicians interested in joining the group for its 2017-2018 concert season. Rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings from 7-9 p.m. at Hamden Memorial Town Hall (2372 Whitney Ave.) beginning September 7. The orchestra performs 2 regular concerts a year in November and April, with the possibility of a summer performance. All string instruments, as well as oboe, bassoon, and French horn are particularly needed, though please inquire for openings in other sections. For more information or if you are interested in joining, email email@example.com or use the website’s contact form at hamdensymphony.org. Singers Sing Elijah? Calling choral singers. The Bethesda Lutheran Church Choir is calling experienced choral singers to join us for a season that includes a fall concert featuring Bach’s Cantata 80 and a spring concert with Mendelssohn’s Elijah. We sing weekly Sunday morning service music by composers ancient and modern. Our choir consists of a mix of professional and amateur musicians. Basic music reading skills needed. Contact Music Director Dr. Lars Gjerde for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org Singers Greater New Haven Community Chorus (GNHCC), a non-auditioned, all-volunteer, four part (SATB) chorus, invites singers of all backgrounds to join us for our fall 2017 semester as we prepare for our December concert. “From Skies Above,” a holiday choral celebration, will feature Mendelssohn’s Vom Himmel hoch, selections from Randall Thompson’s Frostiana, and other works by Bach, Gjielo, and others. The first three Thursdays of each semester are GNHCC open enrollment rehearsals; fall semester open enrollment dates are September 7, 14, and 21. Rehearsals are held Thursday evenings from 7-9 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, located at 704 Whitney Ave., New Haven. No experience is
required. Come sing with us! For more information, visit our website at gnhcc.org or email email@example.com.
Singers Silk n’ Sounds a’capella woman’s chorus is looking for new members to join us on our amazing journey of musical discovery! Come meet us (we are very friendly) and our award winning director, Christina Lampa-Onnerud, at one of our Tuesday night rehearsals from 6:15-9:15 p.m. at Spring Glen Church located at 1825 Whitney Ave., Hamden. You can contact Lynn at (203) 623-1276 for more information, or check us out at silknsounds.org.
Events and Parties With 2,000 sq. ft. of open exhibition space, Kehler Liddell Gallery is a unique venue for hosting events. We tailor to the special interests of private parties, corporate groups, arts organizations, charities, and academic institutions. Our inviting, contemporary atmosphere provides the perfect setting for your guests to relax, mingle, and enjoy the company of friends. We provide a warm atmosphere filled with paintings, drawings, and sculptures by CT contemporary artists and free parking, with front door wheel chair access. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Roy at (203) 872-4139.
Singers Men like to sing? Sing with us! The University Glee Club of New Haven is an all-male chorus looking for new members. We are a non-audition group singing with a rich blend of men’s voices: tenor I, tenor II, baritone and bass. Our feel good repertoire ranges from glees to classical to Broadway and more. Information at universitygleeclub.org or call (203) 248-8515 for more information. Rehearsals are 7:15-9:30 p.m. on Monday evenings beginning September 11. Location: Bethesda Lutheran Church 305 St. Ronan St., New Haven. Student Monologues Drama Notebook is holding an ongoing monologue contest for students ages 6-18. We are building a huge collection of fantastic original monologues for kids and teens entirely written by students. Go to dramanotebook.com/ monologues-kids-teenagers for more info. Volunteers Arts for Learning Connecticut, a statewide arts in education organization, is seeking board members and volunteers. Please call Eileen Carpinella, Executive Director, at (203) 230-8101 or email email@example.com regarding your interest. aflct.org. Volunteers and Interns Volunteering at the Institute Library is a great way to meet your local community, have fun, and make a major difference at one New Haven’s great treasures. More volunteers means more (and longer) hours that we can stay open! Contact us if you are interested at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our internship program is also expanding! Let us know if you are a high school, college, or continuing education student looking for credit and a meaningful professional development experience.
Studio/Event Space at Erector Square in New Haven available for dance and theatre rehearsals and performances, events, workshops, and exhibitions. 1,500 sq. ft., 1st floor, 14 ft. ceilings, white walls, great light, wooden floors. Contact Annie at email@example.com. Studio Space for Dance, Performing Arts, Events Hall A 1,500 sq. ft. space with adjoining rooms in a turn-of-the-century mansion in a historic district. Hardwood floors. Vintage stage with curtains. Mahogany woodwork and glass doors. Ample natural light. Chairs and tables on premises. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jobs Please visit newhavenarts.org for up-to-date local employment opportunities in the arts.
Upcoming Arts Paper Ad & Calendar Deadlines:
Volunteers The non-profit Spectrum Art Gallery and its affiliate, Arts Center Killingworth offer numerous opportunities for volunteers! Learn new skills, meet new people, and be part of a creative organization that gives to the community. Opportunities exist throughout the year for a variety of events and ongoing programs. Teens are welcome and can earn community service credit. Email Barbara Nair, Director, at email@example.com or call (860) 663-5593.
The deadline for advertisements and calendar listings for the October issue of The Arts Paper is: Monday, August 28 at 5 p.m.
December 2017: Monday, October 23, 5 p.m.
Historic Home Restoration Contractor Period appropriate additions, baths, kitchens; remodeling; sagging porches straightened/leveled; wood windows restored; plaster restored; historic molding & hardware; vinyl/aluminum siding removed; wood siding repair/replace. CT & NH Preservation Trusts. RJ Aley Building Contractor: (203) 226-9933, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calendar listings are for Arts Council members only and should be submitted online at newhavenarts. org. Arts Council members can request a username and password by sending an e-mail to email@example.com. 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.
Web Design & Art Consulting Services Startup business solutions. Creative, sleek web design by art curator and editor for artist, design, architecture, and small-business sites. Will create and maintain any kind of website. Hosting provided. Also low-cost in-depth artwork analysis, writing, editing services. (203) 387-4933. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Future deadlines are as follows: November 2017: Monday, September 25, 5 p.m.
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The Arts Paper member organizations & partners
Arts & Cultural Organizations A Broken Umbrella Theatre abrokenumbrella.org Alyla Suzuki Early Childhood Music Education alylasuzuki.com (203) 239-6026 American Guild of Organists sacredmusicct.org Another Octave-CT Women’s Chorus anotheroctave.org (203) 672-1919 Artfarm art-farm.org Arts for Learning Connecticut www.aflct.org Arts in CT artsinct.org Artspace artspacenh.org (203) 772-2709 Artsplace: Cheshire Performing & Fine Art cpfa-artsplace.org (203) 272-2787 Ball & Socket Arts ballandsocket.org Bethesda Music Series bethesdanewhaven.org (203) 787-2346 Blackfriars Repertory Theatre blackfriarsrep.com Branford Art Center branfordartscenter.org
New Haven Paint & Clay Club newhavenpaintandclayclub.org
University Glee Club of New Haven universitygleeclub.org
Knights of Columbus Museum kofcmuseum.org
New Haven Symphony Orchestra newhavensymphony.org (203) 865-0831
Wesleyan University Center for the Arts wesleyan.edu/cfa
Access Audio-Visual Systems accessaudiovisual.com
Gallery One CT galleryonect.com
Legacy Theatre legacytheatrect.org
New World Arts Northeast (203) 507-8875
Whitney Arts Center (203) 773-3033
Guilford Art Center guilfordartcenter.org (203) 453-5947
Long Wharf Theatre longwharf.org (203) 787-4282
Orchestra New England orchestranewengland.org (203) 777-4690
Yale Cabaret yalecabaret.org (203) 432-1566
Guilford Art League gal-cat.blogspot.com
Lyman Center at SCSU www.lyman.southernct.edu
Palette Art Studio paletteartstudio.com
Yale Center for British Art yale.edu/ycba
Guilford Poets Guild guilfordpoetsguild.org
Madison Art Society madisonartsociety.blogspot.com
Pantochino Productions pantochino.com
Yale Institute of Sacred Music yale.edu.ism (203) 432-5180
Connecticut Dance Alliance ctdanceall.com
Guitartown CT Productions guitartownct.com (203) 430-6020
Mattatuck Museum mattatuckmuseum.org
Paul Mellon Arts Center choate.edu/artscenter
Connecticut Gay Men’s Chorus ctgmc.org 1-800-644-cgmc
Greater New Haven Community Chorus gnhcc.org
Meet the Artists and Artisans meettheartistsandartisans.com (203) 874-5672
Reynolds Fine Art reynoldsfineart.com
Branford Folk Music Society branfordfolk.org
Elm Shakespeare Company elmshakespeare.org
Chestnut Hill Concerts chestnuthillconcerts.org (203) 245-5736
Firehouse 12 firehouse12.com (203) 785-0468
City Gallery city-gallery.org (203) 782-2489 Civic Orchestra of New Haven civicorchestraofnewhaven.org Classical Contemporary Ballet Theatre ccbtballettheatre.org College Street Music Hall collegestreetmusichall.com
Connecticut Natural Science Illustrators ctnsi.com (203) 934-0878 Creative Arts Workshop 203-562-4927 creativeartsworkshop.org Creative Concerts (203) 795-3365 CT Folk ctfolk.com East Street Arts eaststreetartsnh.org (203) 776-6310 EcoWorks CT ecoworksct.org Elm City Dance Collective elmcitydance.org
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Hamden Art League hamdenartleague.com (203) 494-2316
Kehler Liddell Gallery (203) 389-9555 kehlerliddell.com
Musical Folk musicalfolk.com (203) 691-9759
Hamden Arts Commission hamdenartscommission.org
Neighborhood Music School neighborhoodmusicschool.org (203) 624-5189
Hamden Symphony Orchestra hamdensymphony.org
Nelson Hall at Elim Park nelsonhallelimpark.org
Hopkins School hopkins.edu
New Haven Chamber Orchestra newhavenchamberorchestra.org
The Institute Library institutelibrary.org
New Haven Chorale newhavenchorale.org
International Festival of Arts & Ideas artidea.org
New Haven Museum newhavenmuseum.org (203) 562-4183
Jazz Haven jazzhaven.org
New Haven Oratorio Choir nhoratorio.org
Shoreline Arts Alliance shorelinearts.org (203) 453-3890 Shoreline ArtsTrail shorelineartstrail.com Shubert Theater shubert.com (203) 562-5666 Silk n’ Sounds silknsounds.org Site Projects siteprojects.org Spectrum Art Gallery & Store spectrumartgallery.org Susan Powell Fine Art susanpowellfineart.com (203) 318-0616
I Luv A Party 203-461-3357 Toad’s Place toadsplace.com
Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital Child Life Arts & Enrichment Program www.ynhh.org (203) 688-9532 Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History peabody.yale.edu Yale Repertory Theatre yalerep.org (203) 432-1234 Yale School of Music music.yale.edu (203) 432-1965
Hull’s Art Supply and Framing hullsnewhaven.com (203) 865-4855
Community Partners Connecticut Experiential Learning Center ctexperiential.org Department of Arts Culture & Tourism, City of New Haven cityofnewhaven.com (203) 946-8378 DECD/CT Office of the Arts cultureandtourism.org (860) 256-2800 Fractured Atlas fracturedatlas.org New Haven Free Public Library nhfpl.org
Yale University Art Gallery artgallery.yale.edu
New Haven Preservation Trust nhpt.org (203) 562-5919
Yale University Bands yale.edu/yaleband
Town Green Special Services District infonewhaven.com Visit New Haven visitnewhaven.com Westville Village Renaissance Alliance westvillect.org
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The Arts Paper arts council programs
Sumner McKnight Crosby Jr. Gallery Location: The Arts Council of Greater New Haven, 70 Audubon St., 2nd Floor, New Haven Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dates: On view through September 7 Closing Reception: Thursday, September 7, 5-7 p.m.
SHUFFLE and SHAKE 2017 A two-part exhibition featuring randomly selected artist members of The Arts Council of Greater New Haven. Part 2: SHAKE Featuring works by: Tracy Hammond, Annie Sailer, Aspasia Patti Anos, Charla Spector, Michael Zack, Anne-Doris Eisner, Liisa Lindholm, and Beth Klingher.
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2017 ARTS AWARDS CREATIVE ECOSYSTEM The Arts Council of Greater New Haven’s 37th Annual Arts Awards will honor those who exemplify the complexity of our Creative Ecosystem. Who is radically expanding the word “art” to influence entrepreneurship, social justice, food, or health? Where are thriving collaborations and daring experiments sustaining our creative community? What challenged you to reconsider your preconceived assumptions about “art” this year? The Arts Council seeks nominees from all corners of Greater New Haven in any discipline, which might include individuals, organizations, businesses, volunteers, philanthropists, events, and ideas. There is no limit to how many nominations you can submit. In fact, we encourage multiple submissions! However, an independent committee will select winners based on quality, not quantity, of nominations. Submit your nominations at NewHavenArts.org today through Thursday, September 14, 5 p.m. The Arts Council relies on you to speak up about the art experiences that have made an impact on your life. Thank you for sharing your input! Beth Klingher, Mosaic Fiesta, 2017.
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The Whitney-Audubon Retail & Arts District presents
FALL FREE FOR ALL
September 18 – 29, 2017
Enjoy free introductory lessons and classes at Creative Arts Workshop (Sept.18-23) & Neighborhood Music School (Sept.18-29)
For complete details visit NewHavenArts.org/fallfreeforall
Saturday, September 23 12-4pm on Audubon Street
Leeney Plaza | 55 Audubon St. • Face painting • Live music & dance performances by Educational Center for the Arts & Neighborhood Music School students • Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History on the Road Exhibit Creative Arts Workshop | 80 Audubon St. Free Trial Classes, including: • 9 - 12 pm: Pottery Sampler with Mike Bradford • 2 - 4 pm: It’s a Play Date – structured group art activities for families Neighborhood Music School | 100 Audubon St. • Try free selected classes • Sign up for a free trial lesson (date TBD) • Learn about financial aid & how to enroll. All age levels of experience welcome!
New Haven Ballet | 70 Audubon St. Take a free trial class - Ages 3-8 Call 203-782-9038 to register Educational Center for the Arts | 55 Audubon St. Take a tour of ECA, meet students & learn about how to apply for admission New Haven Museum | 114 Whitney Ave. • Free admission from 12 - 6 pm • Exhibit opening: Old School Ink: New Haven’s Tattoos Audubon Garage | 78 Audubon St. 11 - 5 pm. Free parking for the first 100 cars (enter from Orange St.) Whitney Ave. & Audubon St. Exclusive discounts to local retailers & restaurants, September 18 - 30 Visit WhitneyAudubon.com/Free4All
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