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B I BL I O F I L E S NEW HAVEN — Connecticut, and greater New Haven in particular, is nothing if not academic. One can hardly throw a stone without hitting a university building in these parts.

No wonder then that a number of our institutes of higher learning wound up on the Princeton Review’s “Best in the Northeast” for 2015 in its annual ranking of the best colleges in the country.




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Connecticut tourists have a number of trails they can take when visiting or exploring the state: wine trails, beersc trails, chocolate (see story this issue). Now we can add another for the antiques-lovers.

The regional ranking had 12 Connecticut schools, including Yale, Quinnipiac, Wesleyan, Sacred Heart and Fairfield Universities, as well as the University of New Haven (making the list for the first time) and the University of Connecticut.


The Connecticut Antiques Trail is an online guide highlighting locations for antique hunters all over the state. Organized by region (New Haven, Fairfield, Mystic, Hartford and Litchfield), the site also breaks antiques vendors and events down into categories: Antiques Shops and Centers, Auction Houses and Experiences, Outdoor Antiques Events and Shows, and Historic Inns. Nearby attractions, restaurants and other destinations are also listed for tripplanning.





This eye-popping event features light-based art installations that range from video and light projections, ambient place-setting, signage, music, performance and more, taking place in occupied and unoccupied spaces (including storefronts, galleries, parking lots and the sides of buildings) throughout the Ninth Square.

This year’s theme is “Low Voltage.” The event will also take place in New London (September 26) and Southington (October 10). More details can be found at 9artslamp.org.

New Haveners have been taking more and more pride in their city, at least as evidenced by the emergence of that “Greatest Small City in America” hashtag (#GSCIA) on social media. But that doesn’t mean visitors don’t find us unfriendly.

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While the city holds its annual City-Wide Open Studios this fall, the unique L.A.M.P. (Light Artists Making Places) Festival returns to town for its fourth year the evening of October 3.

describing it as an “arts hotbed,” praising its arts, performance and music scenes, and its food (Louis’ Lunch burgers and Pepe’s pizza, natch).

The list includes 226 schools in 11 Northeast states (648 nationwide), listed based on 80-question student surveys that asked about issues from academics, faculty and campus life. Hartford joined the top-ten party this year, too, ranking third, as a city “trying to lift itself out of a slump since the 1980s.” At least we’re not Newark, the reigning No. 1 unfriendliest city two years running.


NEW HAVEN — New Haven can’t seem to catch a break; for every bit of good press, there’s gotta be some bad.


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Conde Nast Traveler’s secondannual readers’ ranking of the friendliest and unfriendliest cities in the U.S. again placed New Haven in the top ten, coming in at No. 3 (it ranked third last year); one reader advised visiting in summer “when the streets are calm.”

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Fields’ memorabilia include artifacts from massively influential artists from the 1960s and ‘70s such as the Beatles, the Doors, Iggy Pop, the Ramones, the Velvet Underground and more, all housed in the same building with an original Gutenberg Bible.

New per-capita consumption data (for 2012) from the Beer Institute (beerinstitute.org) illustrates nationwide drinking habits for beer, wine and spirits. Connecticut is among the four least-beer drinking states in the country, with 0.4 pints drunk per person per day. Wine isn’t that much better (0.3 glasses of wine per day, based on a five-ounce glass). When it comes to hard liquor, it’s 0.4 shots per day (based on a 1.5-ounce shot).

The library — which accepted Fields’ archives for its look into his creative process and for its cultural significance — has begun receiving items, though cataloguing has yet to begin. Fields reportedly said he chose to ink a deal with Yale since he thinks the school is “the sexiest of American universities.”

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edestrians ambling down New Haven’s busy Chapel Street may (or may not) have noticed a curious bit of public art down the alley that leads to Temple Square. “Square with Four Circles” is a perspective-based painting on the surfaces of the alley walls, surrounding buildings and the spiraling entrance to the Crown Street parking garage, that when viewed at the correct angle gives the appearance of a rotated red square with four circles punched out. The work was commissioned in 2010 by Swiss artist Felice Varini, and was created with the help of projecting an image of the shape into the alley with a highpowered projector. While Varini has created public art pieces like this all over Europe, “Square with Four Circles” is his first and only work in North America, though another work of his depicting a series of intersecting rings was on display temporarily in the lobby of the New Haven Free Public Library.




Art for the Ages

There’s a lot of art in New Haven. The many museums within a short radius prominently display the works of artists new and old, while events like June’s International Festival of Arts & Ideas and fall’s City-Wide Open Studios promote the works of current and contemporary artists local, national and international. Enigmatic murals from New Haven’s own anonymous Banksy-like street artist Believe in People (BIP for short) keeps the public on its toes. Now between the city’s two prominent arts festivals, let’s take a look at a few of the city’s notable artists from the past. George Henry Durrie (1820-63). By far the best known of the three, painter George Henry Durrie is best known for his landscape paintings, many of which feature areas of New Haven, surrounding towns and elsewhere in New England. His winter scenes were moving enough to have been printed as lithographs by thenfamous printing firm Currier & Ives, which increased their popularity into the 20th century. His works are on display at institutions such as the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C., the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and at the White House. Deane Keller (1901-92). New Haven native Deane Keller was a prolific portrait painter who spent 40 years as a teacher at the Yale School of Fine Arts, having been recognized as the unofficial portraitist of the Yale faculty, completing more than 160 portraits of various Yale figures, as well as of former governor John Davis Lodge and presidents William Howard Taft and Herbert Hoover. He also was a decorated Army captain in World War II, when he helped rescue many artworks from Pisa, Italy, after liberation from the Nazis.

Chauncey Ives (1810-94). Sculptor Chauncey Ives was a native of Hamden who worked mostly in the neo-Classical style, of which his work is seen as a fine example, appearing on the covers of three books on the subject, including American Sculpture at Yale University. His works include sculptures of figures such as Roger Sherman and Jonathan Trumbull, and are on display at the Yale University Art Gallery, the Connecticut State Capitol and the Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C.

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Of his former Roman Catholic faith De Volder says, ‘This pope [Francis] explicitly has said that [priest celibacy] is not an issue of faith and dogma; this is a rule of the church. It’s something that can evolve.’

The Rev. Dr. Luk De Volder arrived in New Haven three years ago to become the 14th rector of Trinity Church on the Green, a parish that traces its roots to 1723. He succeeded the much-loved Andrew Fiddler, who had served Trinity for more than three decades before retiring in 2009. De Volder, 43, has a cosmopolitan background. Born and educated in Brussels, Belgium, he was an ordained priest in the Roman Catholic Church for six years before being received into the Episcopal Church in 2005. De Volder came to New Haven from Clermont-Ferrand, France, where he was Rector at Christ Church, a parish in the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe, which ministers to expatriate Americans working and living in France. He earned his Ph.D. in theology and liturgy from Catholic University in Louvain, Belgium in 2003. He is married to an American, Tiffany Israel, who hails from Boston. NHM Editor Michael C. Bingham interviewed De Volder for ONE2ONE. vvv

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What kind of child were you — studious and pious? [Laughs] I was not a studious and pious child at all. There was a bit of a turnaround when I was confirmed at age 12. But I was very meteoric, very kinetic. Very engaged in youth groups, Boy Scouting; I was very active.

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At what age did you start becoming aware of your own spiritual dimension? I started to have spiritual/philosophical interests when I was 13 or 14 years old.

How did you get from there to interest in the priesthood as a calling and a vocation? There is what some characterize as a calling, [where one says] I want to put my life into service, and not just earning money. They’re drawn to being involved into a community and to be inspired by spiritual values, the intangibles of life — faith, hope, love, trust.

But at what point did you say, ‘I think I want to become a priest? It took me two years to accept that that was something for me. I struggled with God for a long time — not in the least because, in the Roman Catholic church, priesthood is not a profession you can combine with marriage and family. I am sure this inner dialogue for every potential Catholic priest is different. But how did you in your own mind weigh the pros and cons of answering your calling to your faith vs. living — ostensibly — a celibate life.

In the beginning, engagement with the church and people who are on a faith journey was something that seemed like a choice you could make as a lifetime choice and really dedicate your whole life to that. But the inner dialogue continued by questioning what kind of community structure or life structure is available for that? The classical way of living your life as a priest dedicated to a community in the past was a monastic lifestyle. For a long time that was the model of life in local parishes: The local parish priest [led] a monastic lifestyle supported by

Eventually you changed your mind about this. I felt at some moment that family and marriage was part of my calling in order to be a priest.

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Do you believe the Catholic church should end the celibacy requirement? I think it would be in service of the priesthood to open both possibilities [celibacy and marriage].

A very circumspect answer. But do you think the church ever will? The time seems auspicious than ever before, perhaps, with Pope Francis, who seems more progressive than his recent predecessors. It already has happened in the sense that there are traditions within the Roman Catholic church that are from the Eastern churches [which] do allowed married priests. This pope explicitly has said that this is not an issue of faith and dogma; this is a rule of the church. It’s something that can evolve. So the potential [for change] is certainly there.

What made you decide to convert from Catholicism to the Anglican faith? I was studying theology, and I really felt that my priesthood needed a broader context of life. The question of marriage occurred, and I had priest friends who were married priests in the Anglican and Greek Orthodox church[es]. So I started connecting with the other churches. What attracted me to the Episcopal Church was not simply the fact that I could get married as a priest; what attracted me was also the involvement of lay and clergy in the active decision-making process. I also felt that in the Episcopal Church there was a focus on preaching and music that was stronger [than in the Catholic church]. What also attracted me was the practice of forgiveness, or starting over in life, was something that was better practiced. In the Catholic Church, when people are confronted with divorce, or abortion; [by contrast] the Episcopal Church has an

approach that is more focused on reconciliation and starting over than is the case in the Catholic Church.

You were working in France when you learned of this job. What did you think about the prospect of relocating halfway around the world to a new culture and a new calling? It was very exciting, because having an American spouse (De Volder and Israel were married in 2004] you have an attraction to America. America is still the land of dreams for so many people [around the world]. Also, on the faith level Americans are open to new options and innovative ideas.

What did you discover when you got to Trinity Church in June 2011? We fell in love right away with how people in the church are a community committed to living in God’s spirit. The people who come to this church are willing to [ask], Where is God calling us today? There was a spiritual strength to Trinity that attracted us both right away. In the broader biblical sense of the word, there is something Pentecostal about Trinity, and of the Holy Spirit working here.

What has surprised you most about this parish and its members? What surprised me the most was the diversity [of the parishioners] and how people come here from many backgrounds, as well as how many different towns in southern Connecticut — it is amazing that as a church community Trinity attracts people from so far away.

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also a challenging city, and that represents an opportunity for a church community to be present — not just as a community that reaches out to people’s needs, but also that it an active civic [partner] that helps to build up the beauty and the strengths of the community.

You replaced an extremely popular figure in Andy Fiddler, who had been here forever. Did that feel like a challenge to you? Yes. It felt like a challenge, and it felt like an opportunity. Andy and I from the beginning have had a very cordial relationship. Most of all it has been an honor to continue on the shoulders of such a giant and make a contribution on the ministry and quality of community that he has built up.

You’re a terrific preacher, and therefore the perfect person to ask: What makes a great sermon? A sermon is trying to convey a faith dimension in life — something about how God is speaking in our lives. A great sermon has the capacity to connect both the message of God and the hearts of the people today —

not just transfer some intellectual content or simply captivate people in some comforting emotion, but also help people process how their lives can be inspired by God — but also [make] a contribution here in this world. A good sermon creates a movement of faith.

On many issues, particularly social and political matters, the American Episcopal Church is dramatically out of step with the worldwide Anglican communion, which is much more conservative on such issues as same-sex marriage. What do you think about that? The American Episcopal Church comes from a perspective of prophecy and trying to be vocal for the issues that are at hand in American society today — and also atoning for [silence] on issues in the past where the church perhaps was not vocal enough. Being vocal in America does not happen in the same was as being, say, vocal in Nigeria or Kenya. It’s a different perspective. The growth of religion in central and sub-Saharan Africa today is marked by the rise of Islam. And Islam is in direct competition with the Christian churches on the ground — and

often better funded, better organized and clearer in its communication. [Islam] has a very delineated moral agenda that is easier for people to adapt in their personal lives. So the Anglican churches over there struggle to see, How can we be as clear, as convincing, as organized [as Islam]? When it comes down to issues such as same-sex marriage, those cultures are struggling with it in a different way, and with critical competitors that are difficult to face.

Due to a host of factors, including changing demographics and politics, most observers think Christianity is on a long-term decline in the U.S. Do you agree? The mainline churches are numerically on the decline — there is no doubt about it. In general secularization and the disconnect of culture from faith [as expressed in] traditional religion is on the rise. Also, atheism as a movement is [gaining traction] strongly in the United States. The fact that there is an ‘un-churching’ in Western civilization is [indisputable].



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Which of these two views do you agree with: A) People are leaving the church because it hasn’t changed enough with the times; or B) People are leaving the church because it has changed too much with the times. That’s the traditional correlation model applied to faith and culture: that faith is not correlating — meaning being in corelation — with culture sufficiently, or for some people adapting too much to the times, too future-oriented, and therefore watering down its message. That is a paradigm, a model, to explain secularization [in America]. But it is only one model. In Western culture, distancing from the divine is a cultural process that can be compared to the maturization of a [young] person who is distancing himself from his parents and claiming his independence. Today atheists will claim that any notion of the ‘divine’ — of a [being] that is invisible and alleged at the origin of everything that exists — is simply a myth. Then you have people who acknowledge that churches are not always well adapted to the times. At the same time [one must] recognize that the human being is anthropologically a spiritual being. Spirituality is part of who we are. Developing that dependency with a divine [being] has a long-standing tradition in the history of humanity, and there are many aspects of that relationship that are extremely positive and very enriching.

Yet Trinity Church seems to be holding its own, or even attracting new parishioners. Is that because the new rector is so handsome? [Laughs] I don’t think that the new rector is handsome. We’re blessed that the numbers are steady, at least. Which means we’re not losing parishioners. I hope that we’re growing, but we’re definitely bucking the trend of being a church in decline. Why don’t more people from Yale attend this church? It’s only 100 yards away. I have heard many opinions about this. Among Yale students, 35 percent of students are from a Catholic background; 25 percent are Jewish. So that leaves to remaining 40 percent for all the other Protestant denominations, of which there are at least 15 here in the city. And among those who are Episcopalians they still have a choice of ten here in downtown New Haven.

How do you personally reconcile the reality that this parish is mostly people by relatively prosperous, white suburbanites,

yet it sits in the middle of a city with deep pockets of poverty and whose residents are half minority? In the last 12 months there is any increasing number of people who are poor and/or racially diverse who have been joining our church. It’s a small group, still, but they have found their way, and their comfort zone, to attend our church. I think that is very promising and I hope to stimulate that as much as possible. The beauty and grandeur of the building and the beauty of the choir

[Trinity has three choirs, including two professional ensembles], I acknowledge that sometimes that can be intimidating. We have to try to [be more welcoming].

You’re a young man. Do you hope to stay long enough to beat Andy Fiddler’s record of 31 years as rector? [Laughs] I am not sure I’ll be able to do that. But by the grace of God, I love this church, I am happy to work here and if I could serve as long as Andy that would be a true blessing.v

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Since 1990, the schooner Quinnipiack has been used as a platform for educational programs (see accompanying story this issue). Built 30 years ago by hand by Maine shipwright Phil Shelton, the vessel was later acquired by Schooner Inc. and renamed to honor the Native Americans who inhabited the area, and is fondly referred to as “Quinni”’ to those who have sailed on her.

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A Coastal Classroom During the academic year, Schooner offers programs with New Haven-area schools to bring the ocean to the classroom — or the classroom to the ocean. Seda says Schooner will bring touch tanks and live animals to the classroom for an in-school field trip and offers two- to three-hour programs aboard the schooner exploring chosen areas of study. “It’s a more exciting way to learn rather than just reading out of a text book,” she says. Transporting students from their classroom to the Sound can leave a long-lasting impression, Seda says. With themed stations such as Marine Life, which teaches kids to identify animals in a touch tank

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using a scientific key, or Chart Study, which teaches map and chart skills in the middle of New Haven Harbor rather than on a chalkboard, Schooner offers tangible learning skills. Even Knot Tying, a simple but essential sailing skill, is a interesting an physical challenge that allows children to actually use their hands for something other than operating a smartphone — something they might not get to do in their typical daily activities, Seda says. She says marine and environmental education is critical from an early age. “We have realized that it’s not just the information people need, but also it’s about attitude,” asserts Seda. “People can learn a ton of different facts about an animal but they need to have a positive attitude and know what they can do to improve a problem like reducing litter and preserving an ecosystem.”

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Unlike such organizations as Save the Sound or the Connecticut Fund for the Environment, Schooner does not involve itself with political action for environmental conservation. Explains Seda: “We are more on the hearts-andminds end of things. We want to be a resource for future generations. We think that good people who make good informed decisions will be what turns the tide for Long Island Sound.” Through environmental literacy and character development, Seda says her organization hopes to mold young people to make good informed decisions and understand the long-term effects of their actions. “If we can implement attitude, achievement, being safe, courage and community — if we can do those five things in all of the programs we offer — it will be in the best interest of Long Island Sound,” she says. For many, spending a week aboard the Quinnipiack is one of their very first encounters with the natural environment, Seda notes.

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“Kids just don’t have the experience of being outside, looking at bugs, looking for crabs — just being outside,” she explains. “With kids’ schedules and lack of places for them to go in urban areas like New Haven, it’s a skill we are finding we have to teach more and more. It’s certainly not something I had seen even 15 years ago when I first started out in this field.” Seda asserts that even one week at camp can make a difference. “At the end of the week there’s a complete changeover not just with the kids but with the entire family,” she says. “We see them bringing their parents out to the rocks to show them where the crabs are or taking them for a walk in the marsh. And even the parents say, ‘What do I need to bring, what do I need to do?’ Just be careful and don’t slip on the green rocks.” v

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Among the many seemingly insuperable obstacles Philip Shelton would face in his quixotic quest to build an oceangoing schooner deep in the Maine woods, finding lumber was not one of them. How much wood can a woodchuck chuck? Quite a bit, it turns out. Over the course of two-plus years between 1982 and 1984, Shelton calculates he felled about 30,000 cubic feet (60 cords) of wood by hand to craft the 91-foot vessel that would become the Quinnipiack — a 91-foot, 19th-centurystyle hackmatack schooner that would become New Haven’s flagship. Shelton was in town May 22 for a talk at the New Haven Museum about the provenance of the vessel he created by hand in the absence of any power tools. This was not out of principal, but simply because where Shelton lived there was no electricity. The unprepossessing Shelton regaled some 100 listeners with tales and photographs of his saga, at an event titled “Building the Quinnipiack: An Evening of Adventure.” It certainly was that. The purpose of the event was to commemorate the 30th anniversary (approximately) of the building of the twin-masted, traditionally rigged vessel, which began its life as the Janet May (it was renamed the Quinnipiack when it arrived in New Haven some 20 years ago). The event was held in partnership with Schooner Inc., the 35-year-old New Haven educational non-profit that teaches marine biology to young people — as well as teaching them how to sail on (you guessed it) the Quinnipiack (see related story this issue). Schooner Inc. also offers private charters and public sailing cruises aboard the ship during warm-weather months.


New Haven was one of the last East Coast ports of working sail, Shelton observed, well into the 20th century. Since the 1700s coasting schooners had carried firewood, lumber and other sundry freight from NEWHAVENMAGAZINE.COM

three miles distant from the nearest source of electricity.

After the hull was ready for launch, shipwright Shelton had to transport it a quarter-mile down to the Narraguagus River. At first, it wouldn’t budge an inch.

points north and south even into the age of steam beginning in the second half of the 19th century.

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Shelton learned the shipwright’s trade beginning as a boy at the knee

His first major project as a professional was a 52-foot schooner

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Shelton chose to fabricate the hull of the vessel from hackmatack, a tree species better known (especially to fans of Monty Python’s Flying Circus) as the larch. Its toughness and durability make it prized by builders, but it is also flexible in thin strips. (Its alternate name is tamarack, an Algonquin appellation that means “wood used for snowshoes.”)

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He soon set his sights on building a larger vessel — the one that would become the Janet May (named for the wife of the well-heeled sailor who had commissioned its construction). It was almost exclusively a two-person job carried out over more than two years on the property of his partner in the project, Don Baman, who lived near a river — the better to launch the craft when the time came.

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The Quinnipiack (originally named the Janet May) all framed up in the woods of Maine in 1983.

The 26-foot (typically) timbers were milled into three-inch-thick frames and then two-inch planking for the ship’s hull. During the two-year process “People would come by [the building site] and ask where the rest of the crew was,” recounted Shelton. “We always said they were out to lunch.” vvv Eventually, the hull was completed and it was time not for lunch, but for launch. So, how do you transport a very large wooden object weighing many tons a quarter-mile over rocky Maine landscape to the Narraguagus

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one more foreseeable obstacle — a tiny, two-lane drawbridge blocking passage in Milbridge, Me.

the hull from damage were touching the sides of the bridge until the vessel cleared it.

Answer: with considerable difficulty. First, a path had to be cleared through the woods from the building site to the riverbank. Secondly, the move had to be undertaken when the ground was still frozen — early spring was ideal. Third, a bed of wooden planks had to be laid over which the hull would be, literally, dragged by two industrialsized bulldozers.

Drawbridges open, right? The only problem, as Shelton recounted, was that “Nobody had ever seen it open before.” (As Shelton later learned, the bridge hadn’t been opened in 22 years.) This was going to be an issue. So Shelton contacted the Maine Department of Transportation for help opening the bridge so the Janet May could pass.

D-Day was April 14, and hundreds of spectators from the town were on hand to witness the momentous event. Which was what these days would be characterized as an epic fail.

So he went next to the Boston office of the U.S. Coast Guard, whose navigation charts listed the bridge as “operable.” The USCG place sufficient pressure on the locals to get the bridge open — one way or the other.

Finally the new ship made it safely to the town pier, where its twin masts (discovered in a stand of trees 50 miles from the construction site shaped mostly with a chain saw) were installed. The hull’s seams were caulked with cotton and painted with traditional house paint (“Modern, high-tech marine paint doesn’t like to stick to wood very well,” Shelton explained). Later, four tons of concrete ballast (which keeps the ship upright in heavy winds) were poured into the hull.

“Despite our best efforts,” Shelton recounted, “we couldn’t get it to move one inch.” This was not part of the game plan. So instead, Shelton had to jack up the hull and literally “grease the skids” to reduce the friction sufficiently for the hull to be set in motion. Shelton showed dramatic photos of the craft being coaxed downhill to the river with one bulldozer in front, providing traction, and another behind — for braking. So now the Janet May was afloat — unrigged and not yet outfitted — simply a floating hull to be towed the eight miles downstream from her launching spot to open water. There was just

They said no.

After considerable effort, they succeeded. But would the vessel actually fit through? The tiny bridge had a clearance of 26 feet; the Janet May’s beam — width at its widest point — was 24 feet. This was going to be drama of the highest order. “Basically, the entire town shut down” to witness the attempt to clear the bridge, Shelton recounted. “Fifty percent of the people thought [the ship] was too wide; 50 percent thought [its draft] too deep [that it would run aground].” The Janet May made it through, but with virtually no room to spare — the tire “fenders” protecting

And the Janet May was ready to go. Originally accommodating 49 passengers, that capacity was later reduced to 40 (“The Coast Guard decided that Americans weigh more now”). In 1990, with the help of a $250,000 state grant, Schooner Inc. acquired the vessel, renamed it the Quinnipiack and now uses it for private charters, regular public excursions (see schoonerinc.org for a schedule) and of course its all-important educational function. Today sailing on the Quinnipiack is a fun and safe way to explore New Haven Harbor and Long Island Sound beyond. And any excursion on New Haven’s flagship is guaranteed to be less harrowing than the journey the vessel originally embarked on from the deep Maine woods to the sea.v

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Death By Chocolate

A sinful assortment from Tschudin Chocolates in Middletown, whose proprietor asserts, ‘Chocolate should take you places.’

You likely won’t actually die on the CT Chocolate Trail — but you’ll sample plenty of confections to die for By JESSICA GIANNONE


f all the places we might choose for a weekend excursion, there are certain spots that may spark a particular delight — places where what we find is truly something to be treasured. Whether venturing near or far, on trails long or short, we can always find something to satisfy our “hunger” for something new. In this case, when traversing along one of Connecticut’s newfound “trails,” the task of choosing which stops to make is (literally) a matter of taste. On the Connecticut Chocolate Trail, you just might pick them all. As Rob Tschudin Lucheme, owner of Tschudin Chocolates & Confections, puts it: “Chocolate should take you places.” And that’s exactly what it does. The three-year-old Chocolate Trail includes 13 acclaimed chocolatiers throughout the Nutmeg State (and you might find some nutmeg-spiced treats along the way). The trail is always


growing. Randy Fiveash, director of the state’s Office of Tourism, explains the trail is a way to offer visitors a unique way to see Connecticut, sample numerous, high-quality chocolates and appreciate the “distinctive styles” of local chocolate artisans. He mentions the Office of Tourism aims to create trails for experiences that are specifically authentic to Connecticut. Others include the Connecticut Wine Trail and the more recent Connecticut Beer Trail (see NHM, June/July 2014). Since the trail is provided solely for reference, rather than requiring visitors to register in advance or pay to visit attractions, it entices travelers to spontaneously “get up and go” on their own time, as Fiveash points out. So…I gave it a try. Someone has to do it.

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of East Haddam’s historic village, just a stroll away from the Goodspeed Opera House and the Connecticut River waterfront lies a candy store boasting more than your average confections. The name is apt: the Hillside Sweet Shoppe. Though at this sweet stop, the noteworthy chocolate is the unexpected surprise. Concocting varying creations like red velvet white chocolate squares, dark chocolate raspberry jelly rings and homemade fresh fudge, this 35-year-old business has never seemed to run out of creativity and innovation. “We’re truly a mom-and-pop shop,” says Hillside co-owner Mary Milewski, who runs it with her husband, Richard. She emphasizes the distinction of her shop as a small, family-run store where visitors looking for that “quintessential summer experience” can leave happy. Once inside, customers can expect to be surrounded by a brightly-colored tile floor and candy-filled jars of different shapes and textures. Hillside is constantly adding new varieties of NEWHAVENMAGAZINE.COM

chocolates and remains dedicated to personalizing the customer experience. As just one of the other dozen options, the shop remains a mustvisit stop — if not for the chocolate, then for the sweet surprises. Next stop’s hint: all about the cocoa. It’s a “shack,” if you will, in Cheshire full of fun-themed chocolate and truly unique flavors. Cocoashak, of course, has to be the name. Along with his wife Jennifer, coowner Chris Koshak (their surname informs their store’s name) explains people have come from as far as beyond Connecticut to taste what the toothsome trail has to offer, noting a group of visitors who have ventured into his shop. The walls are full of inspirational quips and framed “chocolateisms” — one particular hanging decoration being the inspiration for the opening of the shop. The giant poster’s words were an encouraging motivation for Koshak to begin his chocolaty endeavors. Truffles such as the “Mojito” (mint, lime and rum or moonshine),

“Thai One On” (dark chocolate, lemon grass, ginger and coconut milk), the year-round “Pumpkin Pie” (pumpkin, white chocolate and heavy cream rolled in graham cracker crumbs and seasoned with pumpkin pie spice) and “Tropical Delight” (Malibu rum in a dark chocolate ganache dipped in dark chocolate and rolled in coconut). Then there’s the customer fave “Mint Julep” (spearmint, Bourbon whiskey and white chocolate) and the seasonal “Luck Of the Irish” (Bailey’s Irish Cream and milk chocolate) or Guinness and Irish whiskey truffles, are just a portion of the constantly-changing choices. The newest treats include the “Funky Blue Modena” (blueberry and balsamic vinegar in a dark chocolate ganache dipped in white chocolate), and Koshak’s personal favorite — a liquid caramel dark chocolate Jack Daniel’s truffle with sea salt. Customers can also expect to find peanut butter, nut, banana, coconut or mint and Oreo-flavored truffles, as well as some vegan truffles like the “Vegan Kahlua.”

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vanilla/hazelnut flavor normally used in savory applications), lemon honey caramel, chai tea and blue flower Earl Grey (which has more exotic and aromatic edges).

Koshak prides himself on making the chocolates using his own concentrates and extracts, with tactics such as using vanilla pods to flavor his sugar, picking fresh mint and lemon grass, and squeezing fresh lime juice.

In addition to a variety of vegan options, Tschudin Chocolates also offers fresh, creamy, frozen mousse on a stick made with a smooth milk chocolate and cocoa butter coating.

But Koshak isn’t the only one who adds a unique twist to chocolate. Over at Tschudin’s in Middletown, you might say Rob Tschudin really is in the “middle” when it comes to balancing savory and sweet flavors — and boy, does he go to “town.” Tschudin describes his favorite, award-winning, spice-infused “Night in Tunisia” chocolate as a sort of “throwback” to the original chocolate of the world, when it was initially infused with spice flavoring rather than refined sugar. But this particular chocolate of Tschudin’s definitely has a sweet side. “It’s a pinball for taste buds,” says Tschudin, explaining this experiment was a great way to bring flavor into chocolate without the grittiness. The palate experience involves all the sensors on the tongue, roof of the mouth, and even the nasal cavity. “You’ll taste things that you never knew where

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they came from,” explains Tschudin. “And [the flavor] bounces around.” Tschudin’s arsenal of unforgettable creations can range from about 15 to 48 treats, depending on the season. The most popular treats are those with peanut butter, caramel or hot spices like habanero. The “Garam Masala” is an irresistible burst of surprising and sense-engaging flavor with a lingering note of a strong, pumpkin-like spice to its sweet, aromatic core. Some exotic flavors Tschudin employs include chocolate made with pandan leaves (an unusual

While the shop offers its own special tours, tastings and classes, Tschudin says they usually try to do something special for people on the Chocolate Trail, of which his store is one of the most popular attractions. Visitors can see the magic of chocolate-making behind the scenes for themselves. “This is math, science and finger-painting all over the world,” says Tschudin. I’d say the results are pretty sweet.

vvv “All over the world” also seems to come together in one particular place in Norwalk, where the style is a marriage of European and American, as store owner Diana Gould explains. The shop, Chocolate Rain, seems to “pour” out creativity left and right through its couverture Belgian chocolate. You may even experience a “taste” of Egypt if you indulge in the mouthwatering “Raspberry

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Praline,” an artistic, bite-size, pyramid-shaped confection with a delicious raspberry ganache center. The shop’s décor beckons visitors with its fun but meticulous displays. Chocolate Rain’s forte lies not only in producing delectable, handcrafted chocolates that look like decorated, miniature works of art, but in leaving the taste buds wanting more. Expect to relish flavors like dulce de leche, hazelnut, Himalayan salt with caramel, passion fruit, butter cream, almond toffee and the popular peanut butter-and-biscotti chocolate logs. Other specialties include an “amazing” pecan whiskey truffle, ganache made with fruits, and a hollow, all-chocolate “Piñata Cake” filled with little chocolates of your choice; made with milk or dark chocolate. The “fabulous” shop also provides customization for any of the desired treats upon request. With their fun shapes and fresh flavoring, the shop’s cute creations tend to display a brighter side to chocolate — minus the real “rain,” that is. A shop with a history dating back more than a century is the last stop on our chocolaty path, and its goodies have grown with its name. Shop owner Paul Mangels of H. Mangels Confectioner says the focus is on “the simple elegance of chocolate,” especially its bark and

award-winning truffles. Continuing his great-grandfather’s tradition of handmade confections, Mangels reopened the store, which originally was housed in 19th-century Brooklyn, to Milford more than a decade ago. From producing quality chocolate made with extracts in fruit-flavored truffles (such as cherry, strawberry, blackberry and lemon), to finding new ways to combine its creamy chocolate with various liquors, H. Mangels manages to create toothsome masterpieces. Keep an eye out for truffle flavors of Amaretto, banana, biscotti, white chocolate Chambord, champagne, piña colada, cheesecake, Grand Marnier and peppermint, which stay true to the nature of their flavors. You never know which chocolates you may come across. Each time you travel the trail the experience will be different, as the chocolate selections are always changing. A small, plate-like decoration currently hangs unimposingly over a glass vase in Tschudin Chocolates, suggesting: “There’s nothing you can’t overcome with determination, physical exercise and chocolate.” If that’s the case, journey on chocolate-lovers. Just like any other trail, it can become a journey that enlightens the senses, gives you a burst of energy, and is simply salve for the soul.v

Something to Chew On Must-taste attractions on the CT Chocolate Trail • Bridgewater Chocolate Factory and Factory Store, Brookfield • Cocoashak, Cheshire • Deborah Ann’s Sweet Shop, Ridgefield • Divine Treasures, Manchester • H. Mangels Confectioner, Milford • Fascia’s Chocolates, Waterbury • Knipschildt Chocolatier/Café Chocopolgie, Norwalk • Munson’s Chocolates, Bolton • Thompson Brands, Meriden • Thorncrest Farm & Milk House Chocolates, Waterbury’s Fascia’s Goshen a chocolate fan favorite.

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ANIMAL MAGNETISM Pet therapy proves popular at area assisted-living facilities


Parkinson’s Disease has robbed Ron Wentworth of many things – his steady hands, a growing measure of his hearing, the ease of walking, his ability to live by himself. It’s what landed him in a Hamden assisted living community last fall.

The therapy dog originally was brought in to help residents suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, but now he visits with residents throughout the entire community. Many people are familiar with the happiness pets can bring, the fondness that a cat’s purr or a dog’s wagging tail instills. But animals are more than mere mood-lifters — and while their benefits can be felt by people of all ages, research shows they play a particularly important role in the lives of seniors.

But it hasn’t taken away Baby, his 13-year-old cat, and for that he is extremely grateful. Wentworth has been a cat lover for the better part of 40 years (he once owned as many as six), so when he fell on his front steps last year and subsequently found himself moving into Atria Larson Place, he was relieved to know Baby could stay with him. “I feel more secure here” than in his previous house, he says of the place where he has lived for nearly a year. “Having the cat is just another layer that adds to it. I don’t know what would have happened [to her] if I couldn’t bring her here.” Atria Larson Place is one of roughly a dozen Greater New Haven assisted living 26 A UGUST/S EPTEMBER 2014

communities for seniors that allow residents to live with their pets, recognizing the welldocumented emotional, mental and physical benefits animals can provide to older adults. “The pets provide a purpose,” says Ron Bowen, executive director at Atria Larson Place, which is part of the Atria Senior Living chain. Residents must take care of their pets, letting them maintain a sense of responsibility. “It keeps them a little more independent.” Even those without pets are encouraged to interact with

animals. The facility hosts weekly visits from a therapy dog — residents and staff have dubbed him “Sparky the Wonder Dog” — that have an instant, noticeable effect on the residents, says John Ardolino, engage life director at the facility. “They light up.” “It’s amazing what [Sparky’s visits] can do,” even for residents suffering from severe dementia and depression, says Bowen. Even if it’s just for the duration of the visit, “People are a lot less depressed.”

Pets have been shown to lower older adults’ blood pressure, lead to fewer doctor visits, spur seniors to take better care of themselves, decrease incidents of depression and encourage seniors to initiate more social interactions. That’s according to the Pets for the Elderly Foundation, a nationwide public charity based in Arizona that advocates pet ownership among the elderly. It pays adoption fees on behalf of seniors who want to adopt pets to eliminate any cost barriers. In addition to the medical and social benefits animals provide, they also bring a palpable happiness factor. vvv NEWHAVENMAGAZINE.COM

Maplewood at Orange, another area assistedliving facility, also hosts regular visits from therapeutic dogs as well as occasional visits from bunnies and farm animals. Residents enthusiastically anticipate them.

the cat quickly adapted well to living in the Hamden facility, and other residents have taken a liking to her. “Animals are amazing. There’s always that camaraderie between humans and animals.”

“It’s a very popular and happy experience,” explains Andrea Ellen, vice president of marketing and communications at parent company Maplewood Senior Living. “[Animals] are just so important in terms of mood and pure happiness. They’re a very integral part of aging.”

Wentworth agrees, noting how popular Baby has been among most of the other residents. Some of his neighbors previously owned pets but can no longer care for them, so seeing Baby and the other animals in the community bring a smile to their faces, he says.

Many of those who live at Maplewood have pets. “They’re like residents,” Ellen says of the animals. “They’re obviously an integral part of so many people’s families. Many of our residents have lived with pets their entire lives.”

“From what I’ve seen, talking to the people here, they like animals,” he says. “They like some contact, particularly if they had animals in the past and can’t have them now.”

It can be jarring for people to move from their longtime homes into an assisted living facility, and bringing their pet with them can make the transition easier, she says. Provided they are able care for their pets, seniors with animals are welcome at Maplewood. “This is their home,” says Ellen. “As people age, pets and pet therapy affect people’s moods and happiness and contentment. [Animals] always put a smile on everyone’s face. It’s always a happy thing. The pets are very well loved. They’re just little bundles of love that bring so much.” Most of the pets at Maplewood Orange are small dogs, she says Atria Larson Place has several cats and a dog living there. Over the 14 years since it opened, says Bowen, it has housed numerous cats, dogs and even birds. One of its current feline residents is Kitty, a three-year-old cat owned by Philomena Gambardella. When Gambardella, 86, came to Atria Larson Place more than a year ago, she took comfort in knowing Kitty was with her. “Otherwise I wouldn’t have come,” she says. She felt an instant kinship with the cat ever since her daughter rescued Kitty after witnessing the cat being thrown from a car onto the street. “She’s been with me ever since.” These days, Kitty lives a good life, often standing watch in the hallway outside Gambardella’s room. “She’s a very good companion. She’s very perceptive; she almost knows exactly how I’m feeling,” she says of Kitty, adding

Several towns away at Benchmark Senior Living at Split Rock in Shelton, pets also play a vital role in many residents’ experience, says Teri Marinko, senior vice president of sales and marketing at parent company Benchmark Senior Living. “We believe all people benefit greatly from the companionship of their pet,” she says. “Research has clearly indicated pets can reduce depression and lessen loneliness. And as an organization dedicated to caring for and about seniors, we recognize how important the companionship of a pet is to [them].” Benchmark welcomes dogs, cat, birds and fish. Like the other facilities, Benchmark requires that all pets have up-to-date health records and be cared for by their owners. “Studies have also lead us to understand that caring for and being responsible for an animal stimulates physical activity and gives many people a feeling of purpose,” says Marinko. “Continuing to care for their pet is important to their overall well-being and we promote that at all Benchmark communities.” The Shelton community often hosts visits from therapy pets, which are particularly popular with seniors who no longer have pets but still enjoy connecting with animals, she adds. “It doesn’t take a scientist to know that pets make humans feel good. Anyone who’s ever stroked a dog’s fur or felt a cat’s thrumming purr knows this, and we make that available to our residents throughout our organization,” Marinko says. “They are part of our family.”v new haven



A NEW THERAPY FOR DEPRESSION Just six years in use, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is a promising treatment for patients



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sing a red LED laser light aimed at a point between Dennis Chaves’ eyebrows, Nicole Menillo made sure the 36-year-old Madison resident was properly positioned in a light blue padded chair at the Connecticut Psychiatric &

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“For the first time in the history of psychiatry we have been able to direct our treatment to target the brain’s circuitry,” says Perera. “One of the most consistent findings in depression is decreased functioning in the prefrontal cortex, which will get better with the normalization of that region. TMS uses electromagnetic forces going through a coil, which can be sculpted to treat specifically, and non-invasively [i.e., non-surgically] stimulate the prefrontal cortex.”

She then adjusted a hand-cupped shaped device attached to a machine behind the chair until it was above the upper left side of his head. “Are you ready?” Menillo asked. When Chaves replied, “Yes,” she flipped a switch, and the device began sending magnetic pulses into his brain. Chaves was awake and alert during the entire outpatient procedure. It was Chaves’ 19th session in a series of 30 aimed at alleviating his debilitating depression. The therapy is called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). In 2008, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first medical device for its use in treating Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) in adult patients not responding well to medication. MDD affects approximately 14.8 million American adults annually, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Robin Williams may have been one of them. Press reports following the late comedian’s recent death say he committed suicide while battling depression, anxiety and the early stages of Parkinson disease. “People need to know TMS is a viable treatment option for depression,” says David Aversa, a psychiatrist who began offering the therapy at his Woodbridge center in 2010. Since then he has treated dozens of patients with results ranging from partial to full remission. 28 A UGUST/S EPTEMBER 2014

The magnetic pulses trigger electrical charges, activating neurons, the cells transmitting nerve impulses. “Most have gone through it once, and haven’t had to come back,” Aversa says. “TMS is a whole different way of treating the brain, a paradigm shift,” explains Tarique Perera, president and founder of the Greenwich-based Clinical TMS Society. “While approved for depression, it may also help other brain diseases.” Traditional treatments for depression are antidepressants, which can produce side effects in the brain and body, and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), a procedure requiring anesthesia and a muscle relaxant, in which electrical current is sent throughout the brain to induce a seizure. (Think Claire Danes in Homeland or Jack Nicholson’s more antiquated depiction of ECT in One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest.]

“And if you keep stimulating the prefrontal cortex,” adds Perera, “over time the process becomes selfsustaining.” Kind of like what happens when you jump-start a car. Data from three major studies and 35 others show an overall success rate of 55 percent with TMS therapy, Perera explains. Eleven percent of patients relapse six months after treatment with TMS, compared with 67 percent treated with medication and 89 percent treated with ECT. A spokesperson for Neuronetics Inc., maker of the first FDA-approved TMS device, says that more than 20,000 U.S. patients have been treated with its NeuroStar TMS Therapy System, and 593 systems have been installed nationwide. Ten are in Connecticut.


In 2013, the FDA approved a second TMS device made by Brainsway, and expanded the prescription and administration of TMS therapy from psychiatrists to any licensed physicians. At Aversa’s center, patients seeking TMS therapy fill out a questionnaire to see whether they have experienced, for more than two weeks, five of nine symptoms including sleep disturbance, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, little interest or pleasure in doing things, low energy and suicidal thoughts. “A lot of times I talk with their therapist once they meet that criteria,” Aversa says, “to make sure they are no contraindications.” Patients with magnetic sensitive metals in their head, for example, shouldn’t have the treatment.

vvv A former parole officer, Dennis Chaves heard about TMS from a friend and researched the therapy online before choosing Aversa’s center. “I’ve had severe depression for seven years, multiple psychiatrists and different depression meds,” he says. “Nothing seemed to work.” During his 37-minute TMS session, each cycle of magnetic pulsing was preceded by a chime and lasted seven seconds, with a 25-second interval before the next cycle. The pulsing sounded like a cross between a woodpecker and muted jackhammer.

“It feels like someone is tapping on my head,” Chaves explains. He had a slight headache after his first session. Other potential short-term side effects of TMS include lightheadedness, scalp discomfort and facial muscle twitching. In rare instances, TMS can trigger seizures or mania, according to the Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins Medicine. Before commencing TMS therapy, a doctor must determine the patient’s motor threshold, which is the minimum amount of power needed to make his or her thumb twitch. During treatment sessions at Aversa’s clinic, patients watch DVDs, listen to music or chat with Menillo, the TMS coordinator, who often monitors the machine. They are never alone. “For each treatment, the protocol is four to six weeks, five days a week,” says Aversa. After their first treatment, some patients participate in a tapering process of additional treatments over several weeks. “A few come six to 12 months later for a two-week booster course, and some have a full course a year later,” Aversa says. The beneficial effects of TMS lasted a year for Annette, 76, who recently returned to the center for a two-week booster, and asked to be identified by her first name only. “It’s hard to describe depression,” she says. “You just want to go to sleep. You wait for 9 o’clock at night. That’s what you look forward to all day. “TMS did help me,” Annette adds. “Maybe more

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hether it’s Westville, upper State Street or the Hill in New Haven or in any number of other cities that expanded rapidly in 19thcentury America, the Industrial Revolution created in-town houses to accommodate the emergence of a new socioeconomic phenomenon: the middle class. New Haven is chockablock with houses that post-World War II families thought were too small, too urban and too dated — so they loaded up their cars and sped away on I-95 and I-91 to brand new “bedroom communities” for commuters in burgeoning suburbs. Today, these once-spurned homes are now newly valued by a new generation of homeowners for their affordability, walkability (or bikeability) to New Haven’s places of work and recreation. Houses that were once so “yesterday” have morphed into symbols of “tomorrow” — defendably “New Urban” in promoting a low-carbon-footprint lifestyle of density and daily integration in neighborhoods and city nightlife. The bulk of these simple homes were built roughly a century ago to be near the new (or not-so-new) factories that then dominated the economy of the Elm City. Most of those factories are long gone, but today for many of us much of work has come home. That reality, in tandem with a growing rejection of the values of mid-20th-century suburban living — and amplified by the cratering of the housing bubble, has significantly diluted the cachet of the center hall on a one-acre lot. Indeed, it’s becoming trendy to live in our grandparents’ dream homes. More and more, highway driving is discretionary. Walking to work,

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things came alive in the space,” the homeowner recounts. The three-story brick wall along the north property line was, to Hunter, “an eyesore next to the blacktop of the driveway. It felt like an alley — no place you’d want to spend time.” Architect Vlock saw things in differently. Rather than a dead end, Vlock saw the three-story blankness as an invitation: “Look up! Most urban environments keep your eye on the horizon or down,” the architect observes. “The effect of this landscape is to partake in the richness of the indigenous architecture of the city that embraces the privacy of this lush urban oasis.” But great ideas need craftsmen to make them happen, and great designers listen to those craftsmen to infuse their designs with a richness only upstream thinking, the fine art of facilitation, and the power of collaboration can create. Enter Vlock’s two collaborators: Chris Lawrie of Landscape Specialists in Centerbrook, and master mason Duane Perreault. Both of them went beyond simple implementation to infuse the final product with a creative energy born of the natural world that the team manipulated to effect a transformed home inside and out.

vvv First and foremost, Hunter’s motorcycle needed a home, and his predilection for outdoor parties had to be accommodated beyond mere open space. Vlock fused the two needs into a simple low but completely flexible outbuilding with large double doors to promote “garage band” performances. The new structure has a rear yard-facing glass wall enclosing a year-round music studio, while the remaining yard became a canvas that Vlock, Perreault and Lawrie exploited. Those encountering their outdoor work do so first from the home’s interior. Notes Vlock, “The whole essence of the project was to connect the inside to the outdoor living environment”. A relatively new kitchen installed by previous owners afforded no easy outdoor access, so a new deck created an outdoor “room” that extended its space. That room in turn featured a crisp white arbor to frame the view of the backyard. The simple act of planting grapevines facing the southwest light made their explosive growth and newfound fruit a focus of this space as well as the home’s interior. While 21st-century urban homesteaders reject the highway-connected separation of work and home, our cultural focus upon small glowing screens to

do that work or simply read a book has made the non-virtual world a celebrated refreshing priority for almost every American home: Just as our parents did, we love living outdoors. But the “great outdoors” for our grandparents’ homes in these tight urban environments is sometimes not so great — often merely a patch of lawn and a garden or two, and few if any avenues to experience the space and light of the natural world from these home’s interiors. Vlock saw an opportunity for art amid the brick walls that bound two sides of the site and were highly visible from half of the home’s interior spaces. But first, the necessary connection to the street — the driveway — had to be rethought. In describing the stonework that replaced the blacktop Vlock says she drew inspiration from “cracked ice” — tightly meshed, small-to-huge pieces of stone to create “a river of stone,” according to Hunter. But absent craft, art can be a fleeting act of unsustainable fluff. Stonemason Perreault took Vlock’s inspiration fully into the “gathering space” outside the garage’s double door “stage” as a challenge: “The driveway stone is big, thick, irregular New York natural cleft bluestone,” Perreault explains. “Big honkers! Not the typical

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n recent years Connecticut has not been a very strong market for concerts. Now, I’m not talking about the bigname acts — your Bruce Springsteens, Paul McCartneys, U2s and Coldplays — that typically hit every major and secondary market on arena rock tours. This is more for the younger bands, the up-and-comers, and the more obscure, most of which fall under the “indie rock” banner these days. You know, the ones you may have never heard of before. For a while it seemed they didn’t have much of a place in Connecticut or New Haven. Sandwiched between the major By JOHN MORDECAI Northeast hubs of Boston and New York (an oft-cited sweet spot from an economic development perspective), most of those bands didn’t feel the need to come here — what was in Connecticut, anyway? As a result, the young fans among us in the indie rock boom of the early 00’s spent many a night going north or south to see bands, even if only for half-hour sets. Manic Productions has worked Connecticut’s location to the advantage of hip show-goers over the past 11 years, enticing touring bands to either stop or end a trek here, or at least stop in on their way between New York and Massachusetts. Chances are, if you’ve been to a show somewhere smaller than Toad’s Place in New Haven, the name may ring a bell. Mark Nussbaum is the man behind the madness. He started booking local shows for friends’ bands in rented spaces like American Legion Halls while still a student at Guilford High School. Today, Manic books at venues all over New Haven and southern Connecticut: spaces like Café Nine, Bar, Toad’s Place, the United Church on the Green, the three stages at the Space complex in Hamden, and occasionally much larger rooms like the Shubert Theater in downtown New Haven or the Palace Theater in Waterbury. Last summer he even dipped his toes into LiveNation’s territory, booking at the Oakdale Theater in Wallingford, and this year he’s started booking at The Klein Auditorium in Bridgeport. He’s even book in Hartford on occasion. Having a full range of venues at his disposal — most of which book their own events in-house — allows Nussbaum to better curate each show.


asked if my first name is actually Manic,” he says. “I’m just really neurotic and all about details.”

EDITOR’S L ETTER The Flaming Lips at the Oakdale Theater in Wallingford, July 2013.


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That attention to detail factors not just into where Manic Productions (now a core group of about five employees, Nussbaum says) books shows, but which artists it books. The musicians themselves might fit a variety of styles — rock, psychedelic, metal/noise, singer/songwriter, ska — and might not necessarily be too familiar if your tastes lean toward the pop charts. But if you’re the type who follows music blogs (Pitchfork being a prime example) and leans toward bands like post-punk noisemakers Swans, lo-fi indie legends Guided By Voices, power-pop shoegazers the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, alternative rockers Dinosaur Jr. and the Pixies, or slowcore mainstays Low, then chances are you’ll find something attractive on the Manic show calendar (probably more so if you’re at all familiar with any of those genre descriptors).





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ones that wouldn’t [otherwise] come here, for the most part,” Nussbaum explains. “But we won’t just book whoever; we make sure it’s a band that is doing something interesting and is good at what they do. I don’t see us doing Aerosmith or someone who has a hit single or something like that; it’s just not something we’re interested in. We’ll leave that to LiveNation.”





O NS CREEN Setting the Stages With Manic Productions, youthful impresario Mark Nussbaum has fueled a thriving indie music scene in Connecticut “We try to book acts in rooms that we think make sense. Location is part of the equation, but if there’s a beautiful theater in some far reach of Connecticut that seems like the perfect place to put on a show, we’ll do it,” Nussbaum says. He adds that New Haven County is particularly attractive given the number of colleges and consequently, a good number of young music fans in the area. Nussbaum, 30, is likely recognizable to anyone in New Haven who is either

in a band or goes to local shows often, at the very least being a constant presence at the door handing out flyers for future shows at the end of the night. He maintains a youthful enthusiasm for what he does while still cutting to business; it’s an even mix of both that has him seemingly taking care of a million things at once. He naturally fits the shorthand nickname “Manic Mark,” bestowed upon him in the early ‘00s. “People have approached me and


That’s not to say big acts are completely avoided. Manic has given a stage to more well-known entertainers like Willie Nelson (who played again this summer, in Simsbury), iconic singer Morrissey, chart-topper Norah Jones (in her new band Puss ‘N Boots, which played two sold-out shows in Hamden this summer), and in what was so-far Manic Productions’ biggest show, the Flaming Lips, who played at the Oakdale last summer. The first challenge though, is actually getting the artists to come here. Nussbaum says Connecticut’s location is both a blessing and a curse in that regard. “The biggest hurdle is convincing artists that it’s a viable place to play, it’s profitable, and there are fans here,” he says. “Once they come here, they see that.” Having the infrastructure helps, too: It wasn’t until the (now-closed) Milford club Daniel Street opened in 2005 NEWHAVENMAGAZINE.COM

“Daniel Street really took us to the next level; it was a mid-level [venue] and that didn’t exist in Connecticut. We were getting all these great mid-level acts that would skip us because there was nowhere to play.”

“Manic” Mark Nussbaum in his element. that a much-needed 300-capacity music venue was added to the mix. That’s been crucial for Manic Productions; even some of the bigger acts Nussbaum now books regularly are not quite big enough to play 1,000-capacity spaces like Toad’s. The opening of the Ballroom at the Outer Space in 2013 presently fills that need.

A show by alt-rock heavyweights Dinosaur Jr. (one of Nussbaum’s favorite bands) at Daniel Street in 2009 was one he points to as a defining, “we made it” moment, while a sold-out show by indie rockers Built To Spill at the Ballroom at Outer Space was a two-and-a-half-hour, threeencore show: “They told me afterward that it was their favorite show of the tour,” he says. “If we can be the best show of a tour above New York, then okay.” Local bands still factor into things, too. Pairing local acts with the touring bands is something Nussbaum says is vital in helping to build audiences for both. It’s been a practice since Manic Productions started booking touring acts, and will continue, he says.v

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“Ending a failed policy is a kind of policy success,” Schuck writes. He used the example of the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978, which repealed a 40-year-old regulatory cartel “that was egregiously inefficient, replacing it with a competitive system that has benefited the vast majority of consumers immensely.”


he problem with Yale law professor emeritus Peter Schuck’s well-intentioned treatise on the growing disaffection so many Americans feel with Washington begins with its title. The disillusion so many feel about the federal government stems not from the fact that it tries to do good things and fails. The real problem is when the government tries to do things that are bad — or stupid, or evil, or unconstitutional — and succeeds.


The proper sphere of the federal government, Schuck argues, is to set goals and arrange incentives so that society’s knowledge can be better put to use by its many possessors.

Similarly, the book’s subtitle — And How It Can Do Better — implies consensus about what constitutes “better” — a consensus that clearly is lacking in the 21st-century debate over the role of the federal government in the lives of individual Americans.

This outlook seems to portray Schuck as a free-marketeer (or at least a free-market sympathizer), and to an extent he is. “When one compares government and market provision of essentially the same services,” he observes, “the inescapable conclusion is that the market almost always performs more cost-effectively.”

There is a growing body of opinion in this country — mainly but not exclusively on the left — that government is best positioned to address a whole host of societal ills previously addressed by the private sector, charitable institutions or individuals themselves. Still others hew to the dictum attributed to Thomas Jefferson: “That government is best which governs least.” As befits someone who once authored a volume titled Meditations of a Militant Moderate, Schuck himself takes pains to avoid the pitfalls of ideological rigidity. He has optimistically dedicated the book to our federal officials — civil servants and political appointees alike — who struggle against great odds to make our government work.” But what exactly does “work” mean? The founders of the Republic could never have imagined the size and scope of government at all levels in the 21st century. State government in California alone employs three million workers. And given the growing intrusions by government into the lives of individual Americans,


something like half of the citizenry would prefer the government “work” a lot less. The animating principle of Why Government Fails So Often is that, to be successful, government policy has to get six things right: incentives, instruments, information, adaptability, credibility and management. The federal government tends to be bad at all of these. Schuck employs the example of Medicare, which by paying a fixed fee for each service creates perverse incentives for physicians to perform more of them. Then, by employing price controls to limit costs, it

But he also adds that markets themselves can be beset by structural challenges. And some federalgovernment initiatives throughout history have proven wildly successful: Take for example the G.I. Bill of 1944, which more than any other factor made the American middle class the largest and most prosperous in the world. Or the 1956 act that created the interstate highway system, which gave us I-95. Okay, never mind. Undoubtedly, liberals will take little pleasure in Schuck’s pointed criticisms of the federal government. “The relationship between NEWHAVENMAGAZINE.COM

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hen I was seven years old, a wonderful musical adventure arrived through the mail. My brother and I quickly realized that this grown-up vinyl record, with the orange background and the funny, fat man playing the violin, was meant for us. In what seemed to be a marvelous dream, my busy mother and father spent hours listening to the record with us, telling us the story of Tevye, his five daughters,


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and the little village of Anatevka. Soon, my brother and I had memorized “Do You Love Me?” and were singing it into my dad’s tape recorder. All of us were in love with Fiddler on the Roof. When I was eight, something even more magical occurred. I found myself sitting in a box seat in a New York Broadway theater watching Zero Mostel as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof. What I remember best about that production is the final moment: the stage empty except for Tevye, a huge, tragic man dragging his wooden cart piled high with all of his family’s worldly goods. Almost imperceptibly, the central section of the stage began to turn in a continuous circle, so that we could see Tevye’s seemingly endless journey to “a strange, new place”: the plight of the Chosen People. The above is to say that not only do I regard this particular musical with great love for the script and the songs, but also with a lifetime of experience (including playing, in separate productions, Chava and Tzeitel). Thus, I couldn’t help but come to the Goodspeed Musicals’ production with unusually high expectations. I don’t mean that I expected the actor playing Tevye to resemble Zero Mostel — far better not! — but I did expect the director to convey, with empathic precision, Tevye’s world and the world of Anatevka, and to honor Jerome Robbins’ central concept of the story as “the dissolution of a way of life.” The director of Goodspeed’s Fiddler, Rob Ruggiero,

not only fulfilled these expectations, but exceeded them. Despite some boisterous and humorous scenes, this is essentially a dark and powerful piece of theater. Directors may be tempted to design and cast the show for maximum entertainment. Here, even before the show begins, Ruggiero and set designer Michael Schweikardt announce their choice of stark naturalism. Across the back of the stage stands a row of slim, silvery birch trees, and on stage left and right, brown and battered doorways convey the poverty that haunts Anatevka’s residents. The brilliant casting and direction of Adam Heller as Tevye cements this commitment to naturalism. Heller has a wonderful twinkle in his eye, and he plays his humorous moments to perfection, but he also has a gaunt look and a stoicism mixed with sensitivity. We never forget that his life is “as shaky as a fiddler on the roof,” and that each of the challenges to his authority as “the papa” challenges not only his religious values, but also his very heart and soul. As written in the script, Golde is often a humorous foil for her husband. As played by Lori Wilner, however, we see the strain caused by her situation: She must bow to Tevye’s final decisions while at the same time shouldering more than her share of worry and work. Wilner sings beautifully but without calling attention to herself, and her presence is one of the most poignant on the stage. The first act is driven by the question of which NEWHAVENMAGAZINE.COM

man Tzeitel should marry, and thus it’s crucial that we are immediately drawn to this eldest daughter, who is so deeply (and, it would seem, hopelessly) in love with Motel the tailor. As Tzeitel Barrie Kreinik conveys sparkle and passion — we instantly care about her fate. Tevye and Golde consider Motel “a nothing,” but as played by the charming David Perlman, Motel accomplishes a coming-of-age in a very short time. Especially in his exuberant performance of “Wonder of Wonders,” Perlman not only convinces us of his newfound courage, but makes us cheer. Lazar Wolf, who briefly wins Tzeitel in a materially advantageous match, can easily be cast as crass and unsympathetic, the better to help us root for Motel. Ruggiero is wise enough to see that Motel needs no such help, and John Payonk brings to Wolf a sweetness that justifies Tevye’s brief acceptance of him. As played by Abdiel Vivancos, the radical student Perchik creates an unforgettably complex character, and Elizabeth DeRosa as Hodel, the daughter who falls in love with

him, is nothing short of remarkable. Watch her when she is not the focus of the action: her face always reflects nuanced emotion. The scene in which she leaves home to join Perchik in Siberia and sings “Far from the Home I Love,” is one of the strongest in this very strong show — largely because she sings to her father as a daughter would, rather than as the immensely talented vocalist she clearly is. Every single actor and scene expresses Ruggiero’s perfect balance between the script’s joys and its central tragedy. Perhaps the loveliest of his directorial touches is in the fiddler himself (Max Chucker). Crouched in a small rooftop alcove above the action, the fiddler represents not only the precariousness of life in Anatevka. He also represents something more mysterious: after any atrocity has been committed, he descends from his perch and follows Tevye off the stage. A sign of continued struggle? Or perhaps a companion who assures Tevye that some traditions will buoy him and his people, no matter where they go. v

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Opening La Cage Aux Folles, a wild and warmhearted farce about the importance of nonconformity and being true to oneself. After 20 years of unwedded bliss Georges and Albin, two men partnered for better or worse, get a bit of both when Georges’ son announces his impending marriage to the daughter of a bigoted, narrow-minded politician. 7:30 p.m. Wed.-Thurs., 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Wed. & Sun. through August 31 at Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main St., Ivoryton. $42 ($37 seniors, $20 students, $15 12 & under). 860-767-7318, ivorytonplayhouse.com. Pericles by William Shakespeare. Set against the tumultuous unrest of the Colonial West Indies and infused with the dark magic of Vodoun and Kanaval, Artistic Director James Andreassi transports this the tale of Pericles to a Caribbean rife with evil leaders and pirates, fisherman and foul weather; where a man finds and loses love, and then finds it again, battling the forces of fate, fortune and nature. 8 p.m. daily except Mon. August 14-31 at Edgerton Park, 75 Cliff St., New Haven. Free. 203-874-0801, elmshakespeare.org. Alan Ayckbourn’s Things We Do For Love. In this comedy fastidious Barbara’s orderly but solitary world is thrown into chaos when the arrival of her longtime friend Nikki and her fiancé ignites unexpected and violent passions. The play will leave audience members questioning just how sane any of us really is when it comes to love. John Tillinger directs. 8 p.m.

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Twelfth Night (Or What You Will), a comedy by William Shakespeare. In the kingdom of Illyria, a nobleman named Orsino lies around listening to music, pining away for the love of Lady Olivia. He cannot have her because she is in mourning for her dead brother and refuses to entertain any proposals of marriage. Meanwhile, off the coast, a storm has caused a terrible shipwreck. A young, well-born woman named Viola is swept onto the Illyrian shore. Finding herself alone in a strange land, she assumes that her twin brother, Sebastian, has been drowned in the wreck and tries to figure out what sort of work she can do. 8 p.m. September 12-13, 2 p.m. September 14 at Phoenix Stage Co., 686 Rubber Ave., Naugatuck. $22 ($18 seniors). 203-632-8546, phoenixstagecompany.com.

The Cemetery Club, a drama/comedy by Ivan Menchell. Three Jewish widows meet monthly for tea before going to visit their husband’s graves. Ida is sweet-tempered and ready to begin a new life. Lucille is a feisty embodiment of the girl who just wants to have fun. Doris is priggish and judgmental, particularly when Sam the butcher enters the scene. He meets the widows while visiting his wife’s grave. Doris and Lucille squash the budding romance between Sam and Ida. They are guilt-stricken when this nearly breaks Ida’s heart. Lucia Dressel



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Classical Listen local, shop local! Join Music Haven’s Haven String Quartet for an outdoor program of music of our fresh season while you shop for fresh produce. 11 a.m. August 30 at CitySeed Farmers Market, Wooster Square, Chapel St. at DePalma Ct., New Haven. Free. 203-745-9030, musichavenct.org.

Yale’s Horowitz Piano Series presents Richard Goode in a performance of Beethoven’s last piano works: Sonatas Op. 109-111, and Bagatelles Op. 119. 7:30 p.m. October 1 at Sprague Hall, 470 College St., New Haven. $31-$21. 203-432-4158, music. yale.edu.

Bach to School is the title of the annual opening concert by Wesleyan artist-in-residence and university organist Ronald Ebrecht, performing music from his globe-spanning concerts. Co-sponsored by the American Guild of Organists. 8 p.m. September 5 in Memorial Chapel, Wesleyan University, Middletown. Free. 860-685-3355, wesleyan.edu/cfa.

Under the baton of Music Director William Boughton, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra opens its 2014-15 subscription season with a program titled “Beethoven & the Don.” Let us explain: RICHARD STRAUSS Don Juan, Op. 20; PROKOFIEV Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Op. 19 (with Yevgeny Kutik); BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67. 7:30 p.m. October 2 at Woolsey Hall, 400 College St., New Haven. $74$15. 203-865-0831, newhavensymphony.org.

The Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale kicks off the concert season of the 2014-15 academic year, ably assisted by the Yale Gleee Club and Yale Camerata in a performance of Mahler’s titanic Symphony No. 2 (“Resurrection”). Music director Shinik Hahm conducts. 7:30 p.m. September 19 at Woolsey Hall, 400 College St., New Haven. $15-$10 (students $10-$5). 203-432-4158, music.yale.edu. The Yale Institute of Sacred Music hosts a performance by guest artists Oxford Schola Cantorum (as in the English university) performing choral music of Howells, Parry and Tallis. James Burton conducts. 7:30 p.m. September 20 at Christ Church, 84 Broadway, New Haven. Free. 203-432-4158, music. yale.edu. Yale’s Oneppo Chamber Music Series presents the Brentano String Quartet in recital. MOZART String Quartet No. 17 in B-flat Major, K. 458 (“The Hunt”); BARTOK String Quartet No. 3; SCHUBERT String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D. 810 (“Death

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The soaring and stratospheric sounds of violin virtuoso Kishi Bashi will resonate when the Of Montreal sideman makes a return visit to Hamden. 9 p.m. August 19 at the Ballroom at Outer Space, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden. $14 ($12 advance). 203288-6400, theouterspace.net. Vampy femmes fatales Clairy Browne & the Banging Rackettes evoke flashbacks of the 1960s — but with a dark twist on soul, blues, doo-wop, jazz and R&B that might make you think you are in a David Lynch movie. 7:30 p.m. August 20 at the Ballroom at Outer Space, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden. $15 ($12). 203-2886400, theouterspace.net.

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Asheville, N.C., playing catchy originals since 2007, gaining national and international radio airplay and winning a multitude of awards in the process. 7:30 p.m. August 24 at the Ballroom at Outer Space, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden. $15 ($10 advance). 203-288-6400, theouterspace.net. Elisa Flynn started out playing classical piano, but hearing the Clash shifted her focus to the noise and energy of punk. Now she hits the road with an acoustic guitar and a bevy of effects pedals (and a band) to put a new spin on the classic singer/ songwriter trope. 8 p.m. August 26 at Café Nine, 250 State St., New Haven. $5. 203789-8281, cafenine.com. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band were so pivotal to the country rock and roots music landscape that, aside from platinum records and Grammy nominations, they have songs and albums in the Library of Congress and the Grammy Hall of Fame. The group tours in support of its latest album Speed of Life this summer, stopping in Old Saybrook along the way. 7:30 p.m. August 26 at Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $65. 877-503-1286, katharinehepburntheater.org. Alt-metal band Chevelle plays in the round in the Dome at the Oakdale in support of new album La Gargola. 7:30 p.m. August 30 at Oakdale Theatre, 95 South Turnpike Rd., Wallingford. $37.50. 203-265-1501, oakdale. com. S. Carey has more recently been known as a band member for Bon Iver, which probably warns you to expect sensitivity, acoustic guitars, trees and beards. While Carey’s music is inspired by nature, the songwriter incorporates bits of jazz, Americana and modern classical music into his palette. 9 p.m. September 5 at the Ballroom at Outer Space, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden. $15 ($13 advance). 203-2886400, theouterspace.net. Much-celebrated 1990s indierock band Neutral Milk Hotel was one of the most artistic and eclectic groups of its time, and the appreciation has only grown during its 13-year hiatus. The band is making a rare Connecticut stop at the Klein this fall on its reunion tour. 8 p.m. September 7 at Klein Memorial Auditorium, 910 Fairfield Ave.,

Bridgeport. $40-$35. 800-4240160. theklein.org. Texas emo rockers Mineral are one of the latest in the long line of muchlauded-indie-rock-reunions, hitting the road for its first tour since disbanding in 1997. The band is known for its loud-soft dynamics, melodic vocals and ethereal instrumentation. 8 p.m. September 8 at Center Church on the Green (Meeting House), 250 Temple St., New Haven. $22. manicproductions.org. Toronto-based singersongwriter Jennifer Castle writes sparse songs often featuring little more than piano, guitar and voice. Hopefully the clatter at Bar won’t cause too much interference when she stops there for a free show. 9:30 p.m. September 10 at Bar, 254 Crown St., New Haven. Free. 203-495-8924. barnightclub. com. Twenty-five year-old Nick Waterhouse is an R&B crooner whose old-school sensibility blends with an energetic contemporary style, recalling the sounds of New Orleans, Detroit and Memphis all at once. 9 p.m. September 11 at the Ballroom at Outer Space, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden. $17 ($15 advance). 203-288-6400, theouterspace.net. The Ravi Coltrane Quartet, led by saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, performs an intimate show as part of the Ellington Jazz Series. 7:30 p.m. September 12 at Morse Recital Hall (second floor of Sprague Hall), 470 College St., New Haven. $32-$26. 203-4324158. music.yale.edu. Guitarist and songwriter Sleepy LaBeef has been jamming since the early 1960s, sharing bills with the likes of Elvis, Roy Orbison and Carl Perkins, and has had some 500 bandmates over the years. He’s still going at age 76, playing about 200 shows per year. 8 p.m. September 12 at the Ballroom at Outer Space, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden. $20 ($15 advance). 203-288-6400, theouterspace.net. Diane Cluck has been noted for her ecstatic, clipped vocal style and instrumental accompaniment that can range from guitar and piano to zither and harmonium; all of which have made her a standout of the New York City music scene. 7:30 p.m. September 13 at the Outer Space, 295 Treadwell St.,

Hamden. $10. 203-288-6400, theouterspace.net. Steely Dan, the jazz-rockfunk fusion greats lead by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, were once called the “perfect musical antiheroes for the ‘70” by Rolling Stone magazine. The group stops in Wallingford at the tail end of its whopping 56-date “Jamalot Ever After” tour. Let the “countdown to ecstasy” begin. 7:30 p.m. September 16 at Oakdale Theatre, 95 South Turnpike Rd., Wallingford. $115$45. 203-265-1501, oakdale. com. San Francisco’s Deafheaven are hard to classify — a band that uses black metal as a starting point and ends up somewhere else entirely. The group’s lengthy compositions are at once heavy, spacey and melodious, and new album Sunbather is being called one of the year’s best. 8:30 p.m. September 16 at the Ballroom at Outer Space, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden. $15. 203-2886400, theouterspace.net. The New Christy Minstrels are credited as being the first folk supergroup, its members including Kenny Rogers, Kim Carnes and Gene Clark. Still fronted by original leader Randy Sparks, the group celebrates its 53rd year in 2014. 7:30 p.m. September 18 at Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $38. 877-503-1286, katharinehepburntheater.org. Singer/songwriter Mark Erelli has enjoyed a 15-year career as a producer and performer, having played in venues far and wide as a sideman with artists like Josh Ritter and Paula Cole. He’s touring in support of his latest album, a tribute to his musical hero Bill Morrissey. 8 p.m. September 19 at Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $20. 877-503-1286, katharinehepburntheater.org. John Cooper Clarke is often seen as one of the UK’s most influential performance poets, having been a pivotal voice in the late ‘70s punk scene — bands including the Sex Pistols, Clash and Joy Division have opened for him — and he’s toured with American icons like Alan Ginsberg. It’ll be a rare chance to see the iconically dapper, messy-haired poet in the U.S. and on a small stage when he stops at the Nine. 9 p.m. September 23 at Café Nine, 250 State St., New Haven. $10. 203-789-8281, cafenine.com.

Grunge-rock mainstay Jay Mascis has forged an identity out of towering stacks of guitar amps and crunching riffs, and snarling vocals, though his latest solo record demonstrates rare grace. The Dinosaur Jr. frontman embarks on his most recent solo tour and makes a return to Connecticut this fall with indie rock upstarts Purling Hiss. 9 p.m. September 24 at the Ballroom at Outer Space, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden. $20. 203-288-6400, theouterspace.net. It’ll be a bluegrass barn jam when Cricket Tell the Weather stop in the Ninth Square for some old-fashioned originals and interpretations of classics, joined by improv-driven Front Country. 8 p.m. September 24 at Café Nine, 250 State St., New Haven. $8. 203-789-8281, cafenine.com.

a new solo album Darlings, which features a more upfront approach songwriting than his usual gig. 8:30 p.m. September 25 at the Ballroom at Outer Space, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden. $20. 203-2886400, theouterspace.net. Australian singer Betty Who marries the sensibility of indie rock with bold Top 40 pop, earning praises from Billboard and MTV. Not bad for an unsigned artist. 8 p.m. September 26 at the Space, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden. $15. 203-288-6400, thespacect. com. Chuck Loeb, Jeff Lorber and Everette Harp kick off the fall jazz series at SCSU. The trio are supporting a new album, blending jazz, funk and soul. 8 p.m. September 27 at Lyman Center for the Performing Arts, 501 Crescent St., New Haven. $32-$20. 203-392-6154. tickets. southernct.edu.

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ART Opening East of the Wallace Line: Monumental Art from Indonesia & New Guinea explores the cultural characteristics of eastern Indonesia and coastal western New Guinea. Taking as its jumping-off point the “Wallace Line,” an ecological demarcation first identified by British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace that runs through Indonesia between Bali and Lombok and west of Sulawesi, the exhibition presents intricately decorated, large-scale sculptures and textiles, as well as more intimate personal and domestic objects. August 15-February 1, 2015 at Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St., New Haven. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except Mon. (until 8 p.m. Thurs.) 1-6 p.m. Sun. Free. 203-432-0600, artgallery.yale.edu. New York City is a solo show featuring works by Vincent Giarrano. August 15-September 14 (opening reception 5-8 p.m. August 15) at Susan Powell Fine Art, 679 Boston Post Rd., Madison. Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Fri., noon-6 p.m. Sat., noon-3 p.m. Sun. Free. 203-318-0616, susanpowellfineart.com. Out of the Box Exhibit: An exhibit of art that breaks the parameters of the canvas from fine artists and artisans. August 22-September 28 (opening reception 6:30-9 p.m. August 22) at Arts Center Killingworth, Spectrum Gallery, 61 Main St., Centerbrook. Open 11-6 p.m. Wed.-Sat., 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sun. Free. 860-7670742, spectrumartgallery.org. World of Dreams: New Landscape Paintings by Tula Telfair includes new large-scale landscape paintings. September 16-December 5 (opening reception 5-6:30 p.m. September 16) at Ezra & Cecile Zilkha Gallery, 283 Washington Ave., Middletown. Open noon-5 p.m. daily except Mon. Free. 860-685-3355, wesleyan. edu/cfa. Creative Arts Workshop Faculty Show is an exhibition of new work by CAW faculty in the book arts, design, drawing, painting, fiber, jewelry, photography, pottery, printmaking, sculpture and young people’s departments. September 19-October 17 at Creative Arts Workshop, 80 Audubon St., New Haven. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 203-562-4927, birdabode2014.org. Figurative Show. September 19-November 1 (opening reception 5-8 p.m. September 19) at Susan Powell Fine Art, 679 Boston Post Rd., Madison. Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Fri., noon-6 p.m. Sat., noon-3 p.m. Sun. Free. 203-318-0616, susanpowellfineart.com. New England Landscape Invitational Exhibition. September 26-November 7 at Lyme Art Association, 90 Lyme St., Lyme. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 1-5 p.m. Sun. Free. 860-434-7802, lymeartassociation.org.

Continuing Steel Garden: Babette Bloch includes laser-cut and water jetcut stainless steel sculptures. Through August 17 at Mattatuck Museum Arts & History Center, 144 W. Main St., Waterbury. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except Mon., noon-5 p.m. Sun. $5 ($4 seniors, children under 16 free). 203-753-0381, mattatuckmuseum.org Conversations with Wood: Selections from the Waterbury Collection features objects from the wood-art collection of Minneapolitans Ruth and David Waterbury. Over 70 objects are presented representing the changing approaches to the medium during the past quarter-century, from simple turned vessels to sculpted and constructed objects. The collection includes work by many artists including Michelle Holzapfel, Robyn Horn, Todd Hoyer, William Hunter, Ron Kent, Michael Mode, Hayley Smith, Alan Stirt, Bob Stocksdale and Hayley Smith. Through August 18 at Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St., New Haven. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays except Mon. (until 8 p.m. Thurs.) 1-6 p.m. Sun. Free. 203-432-0600, artgalleryinfo@yale.edu. Haven & Inspiration: The Kent Art Colony explores the wide range of artistic styles and subjects produced by the art colony’s founding members: Rex Brasher (1869-1960) Eliot


Threshold, Ngada, Indonesia, Flores, 19th century. Wood. Promised gift of Thomas Jaffe, B.A. 1971. From the exhibition East of the Wallace Line: Monumental Art from Indonesia and New Guinea at the Yale University Art Gallery. Candee Clark (1883-1980), Carl Hirschberg (1854-1923), Francis Luis Mora (1874-1940), G. Laurence Nelson (1887-1978), Spencer Baird Nichols (1875-1950), Robert Nisbet (1879-1961), Willard Paddock (1873-1956) and Frederick Judd Waugh (18611940). Through August 24 at Mattatuck Museum Arts & History Center, 144 W. Main St., Waterbury. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. $5 ($4 seniors, children under 16 free). 203-753-0381, mattatuckmuseum.org.

Beauty & Wonder of Nature features works by Quinnipiac faculty, staff and students. Exhibition is dedicated to the beauty and wonder of animals and the environment. Through August 29 at Albert Schweitzer Institute, Quinnipiac University, 660 New Road, Hamden. Free. By appointment. 203-582-3144. Ellen Pliskin features silk aquatint monoprints that explore the diverse and imaginative use of the process of silk aquatint to portray China’s Forbidden City and the colonial City of Colonia,

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Uruguay. Through August 30 at Funky Monkey Café & Gallery, 130 Elm St., Watch Factory Shoppes, Cheshire. Open 10 a.m. -4 p.m. Mon., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri., 9 a.m.-10 a.m. Sat. Free. 203-494-2316, thefunkymonkeycafe.com. Summer Showcase features a variety of artwork by gallery artists in media including collage/mixed media, watercolor, pottery, sculpture, oil, pastel and monoprints. Through August 31 at Elm City Artists Gallery, 55 Whitney Ave., New Haven. Open 10 a.m-6 p.m. daily except Sun. Free. 203-922-2359, elmcityartists. com. Process to Painting: Four Artists. Works in a variety of media by MacCrady Axon, Larry Morelli, Lenny Moskowitz and Robert Reynolds that reveal various processes and evolutions of a visual idea, from studies and sketches to larger-scale finished paintings. Through August 31 at Mill Gallery, 411 Church St., Guilford. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, noon-4 p.m. Sun. Free. 203453-5947, guilfordartcenter.org. Winfred Rembert. Features stories of African-American lives in the Deep South during the era of segregation, boldly told on hand-tooled, dyed leather. Through August 31 at Kehler Liddell Gallery, 873 Whalley Ave., New Haven. Open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thurs.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Free. 203-389-9555, kehlerliddell.com. Jazz Lives: The Photographs of Lee Friedlander & Milt Hilton. Exhibition brings together Lee Friedlander’s and Milt Hinton’s extraordinary images that capture the people, spirit and history of jazz. Friedlander’s photographs of New Orleans musicians were captured during a series of visits to the city from the late 1950s to the 1990s. Renowned bassist Milt Hinton’s photos were shot over the course of his musical career, which spanned the 20th century. They offer an insider’s view of the jazz scene. Through September 7 at Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St., New Haven. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except Mon. (until 8 p.m. Thurs.) 1-6 p.m. Sun. Free. 203-432-0600, artgallery.yale.edu.

Strange Beauty: The Photography of Carolyn Marks Blackwood. Through September 8 at Mattatuck Museum Arts & History Center, 144 W. Main St., Waterbury. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. $5 ($4 seniors, children under 16 free). 203-753-0381, mattatuckmuseum.org. Contemporary Art/South Africa features more than 30 artworks produced in South Africa or by South Africans from the late 1960s to the present, a period of immense political and social change. The artists in this exhibition — including Gavin Jantjes, William Kentridge, Santu Mofokeng, Zanele Muholi, Robin Rhode, and Sue Williamson — address key aspects of the experiences of South Africans, offering multiple perspectives on their lives, their society and their world. Through September 14 at Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St., New Haven. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except Mon. (until 8 p.m. Thurs.); 1-6 p.m. Sun. Free. 203-432-0600, artgallery.yale. edu. Rendezvous: 11th Annual Member Show features artwork by members of the Arts Council of Greater New Haven, representing a wide variety of styles and media. Through September 19 at Sumner McKnight Crosby Jr. Gallery, 70 Audubon St., 2nd floor, New Haven. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Free. 203772-2788, newhavenarts.org. Summer Painting & Sculpture Exhibition, a member’s show. Through September 19 at Lyme Art Association, 90 Lyme St., Lyme. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 1-5 p.m. Sun. Free. 860-4347802, lymeartassociation.org. The Arts Council of Greater New Haven presents an exhibition of works by Connecticut artists Anita Soos and Ken Lovell. Soos’ works are painterly prints that are atmospheric and reference landscape, while digital painter Lovell programs random elements from computer-generated templates. Through September 20 at Gallery 195, 195 Church St., 4th fl., New

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Haven. Open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Wed., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thurs.-Fri. Free. 203-772-2788, newhavenarts.org. Art of the Everyman: American Folk Art from the Fenimore Art Museum. Drawn from the renowned collections at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., this exhibition highlights the ways that folk art drove important collectors to pursue objects for their historical resonance — painted portraits, genre scenes and political emblems offering insight into bygone ways of life — and their aesthetic value — useful and decorative objects reflecting the simplified forms and stylized ornaments appealing to a modern eye. Through September 21 at Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme St., Old Lyme. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $9 ($8 seniors, $7 students, 12 & under free). 860-434-5542, flogris.com. Summer Painting & Sculpture Exhibition of works by member artists. Through September 21 at Lyme Art Association, 90 Lyme St., Lyme. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 1-5 p.m. Sun. Free. 860434-7802, lymeartassociation.org. Tattoo is an exhibition celebrating the art and history of ink. Through September 26 at Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave., Milford. Open 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tues.-Fri. Free. 203-8786647, milfordarts.org. Art in Focus: St. Ives Abstraction. The exhibition explores how the Cornish town of St. Ives inspired and influenced the artists who visited there and made it their home, through its striking coastal landscape and its vibrant artistic community. Artists represented include Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth, John Wells, Roger Hilton and Patrick Heron. Through September 30 at the Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel St., New Haven. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. Free. 203-432-2800, britishart.yale.edu.


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“TEA FOR THREE: LADY BIRD, PAT & BETTY” Elaine Bromka Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 7:30 p.m. Evans Hall

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The Poetry Institute of New Haven hosts Poetry Open Mics each third Thursday. Come hear an eclectic mix of poetic voices. 7 p.m. August 21, September 18 at Young Men’s Institute Library, 847 Chapel St., New Haven. Free. thepoetryinstitute.com.

CINEMA BELLES LETTRES New members are welcomed to the Blackstone Library Second Tuesday Book Club. The group meets on the second Tuesday to discuss a pre-selected book. Books available for loan in advance of discussion. 6:45-8 p.m. August 12, September 9 at Blackstone Library, 758 Main St., Branford. Free. 203-488-1441, ext. 318, blackstone.lioninc.org/booktalk.htm. Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute and the Arnold Bernhard Library at Quinnipiac University present The Lady Sligo Letters: Westport House and Ireland’s Great Hunger. Hester Catherine Browne (1800-78), also known as Lady Sligo, was part of the Anglo-Irish elite that had governed Ireland for centuries. Despite her wealth and social position, she repeatedly demonstrated her concern for the poor who lived on her estate in County Mayo. Lady Sligo lived from 1800-78. Her collection includes more than 200 letters covering the period of the Great Hunger and adds an important new dimension to scholarly understanding of the tragedy. Through April 30, 2015 at Arnold Bernhard Library, Quinnipiac University, 275 Mt. Carmel Ave., Hamden. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, noon-5 p.m. Sun. Free. 203-582-8633, quinnipiac.edu. Release your inner poet. Time Out for Poetry meets third Thursdays and welcomes those who wish to share an original short poem, recite a stanza or simply to listen. Ogden Nash, Robert Frost, William Shakespeare, Dr. Seuss and even the Burma Shave signs live again. 12:30-2 p.m. August 21, September 18 at Scranton Library, 801 Boston Post Rd., Madison. Free. 203245-7365.

Cary Grant and Grace Kelly star in To Catch a Thief (1955, 106 min., USA). When a reformed jewel thief is suspected of returning to his former occupation, he must ferret out the real thief in order to prove his innocence. Free pizza! 5 p.m. August 28 at Hagaman Memorial Library, 227 Main St., East Haven. Free. Registration. 203-468-3890, hagamanlibrary.info. Celebrate the golden anniversary of the 1964 Beatles film A Hard Day’s Night (1964, 87 min., UK) with a new 4K restoration and 5.1 sound. Meet the Beatles! The Richard Lester masterpiece chronicles a day in the life of the Fab Four in which they play wily, exuberant versions of themselves, capturing the astonishing moment when they officially became the singular, irreverent idols of their generation and changed music forever. 7:30 p.m. August 28-29 at Garde Arts Center, 325 State St., New London. $8. 860-444-4430, gardearts.org. In 1900, a young widow finds her seaside cottage is haunted — and forms a unique relationship with the ghost in The Ghost & Mrs. Muir (1947, 104 min., USA). Gene Tierney, Rex Harrison and George Sanders star. 5 p.m. September 25 at Hagaman Memorial Library, 227 Main St., East Haven. Free. Registration. 203-468-3890, hagamanlibrary.info.

COMEDY Every Wednesday evening Joker’s Wild opens its stage to anyone who wants to try standup comedy — from brand-new comics to amateurs to seasoned pros. As Forrest Gump might say, each Open-Mic Night is kind of like a box of chocolates. 9 p.m. Wednesdays at Joker’s Wild, 232 Wooster St., New Haven. $5. 203-773-0733, jokerswildclub.com. Born and bred in the Bronx, Adrienne Iapalucci’s skewed look on life is reflected in her unique brand of intelligent comedy. Her dark sense of humor is enhanced by her political incorrectness and counteracted by her love of dogs. 8 p.m. September 19, 8 & 10:30 p.m. September 20 at Joker’s Wild, 232 Wooster St., New Haven. $15. 203-773-0733, jokerswildclub.com.

CULINARY Consiglio’s Cooking Class Club. Chef Maureen Nuzzo explains and demonstrates how to prepare mouth-watering southern Italian dishes that have been passed down from generation to generation. September’s menu: pasta fagiole, chopped Italian salad with parmesan cheese croutons, veal piccata with lemon and capers, homemade crepes with dark chocolate fudge and toasted walnuts. Yum! 6:30 p.m. September 11, 18, 25 at Consiglio’s Restaurant, 165 Wooster St., New Haven. $65. Reservations. 203-865-4489, consiglios.com.

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City Farmers Markets New Haven. Eat local! Enjoy seasonal fruits, vegetables, and herbs from local farms including seafood, meat, milk, cheese, handcrafted bread and baked goods, honey, more. WOOSTER SQUARE 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays through December 20 at Russo Park, corner Chapel St. and DePalma Ct. EDGEWOOD PARK 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays through December 21 at Whalley and West Rock Aves. DOWNTOWN: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays through October 29 on the Green at Temple & Chapel Sts. FAIR HAVEN: 2:30-5:30 p.m. Thursdays through October 30 at Front St. & Grand Ave. THE HILL: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays through October 31 at Connecticut Mental Health Center, 34 Park St. 203-773-3736, cityseed.org.

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Artist Talk: Faye Driscoll. Choreographer and director Driscoll has been called “a startlingly original talent” by The New York Times. While studying at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in the mid-‘90s, she began a five-year collaboration with the Israeli choreographer Yasmeen Godder, performing her searing

and personally excavating work in New York, Prague and Belgrade. From 1997 to 1999, she danced for David Neumann, performing in his work and assisting him in his collaboration with Mikhail Baryshnikov. From 2000 to 2003, she was a member of Doug Varone and Dancers, touring nationally and internationally performing his rapid-fire, intensely physical work. In 2003, she moved to San Francisco, where she found herself in a scene of artists, writers, and musicians who helped open up her ideas around performance and its rules. 4:30 p.m. September 11 at Cross Street Dance Studio, 160 Cross St., Middletown. Free. 860-685-3355, wesleyan.edu/cfa. New York-based Israeli choreographers Saar Harari and Lee Sher create highly physical, magnetic works in collaboration with the seven extraordinary international female dancers of LeeSaar: The Company. Formed in 2000, the ensemble is the artistic composite of director/writer Sher and dancer/ choreographer Harari, with members from Taiwan, Korea, Malaysia, Canada, Israel and the U.S. The New England premiere of Princess Crocodile (2014) draws on themes of adolescence and womanhood, exploring the path to self-discovery, as the dancers “channel their inner swamp creature” (DanceBeat). 8 p.m. September 19 at CFA Theater, 283 Washington Terr., Middletown. $25 ($22 seniors). 860-685-3355, wesleyan.edu/cfa.

EXPOSITIONS, FAIRS & FESTIVALS Odyssey: A Greek Festival is one of Connecticut’s largest Hellenic festivals celebrating Greek food, music and culture. Festivities include live music, dancing, marketplace vendors, kids’ area, church tours and lectures. Noon-10 p.m. August 29-31, noon-8 p.m. September 1 at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Rd., Orange. Free. 203-795-1347, saintbarbara.org. With more than 400 exhibiting companies, the two-day Connecticut Women’s Expo is described by event organizers as the “ultimate shopping experience.” There will be some serious soap-opera eye candy on premises to keep things interesting, including Eric Martsolf (Brady Black on Days of Our Lives. Plus fashion shows, beauty makeovers, psychic readings and a dozen seminars on topics from feng shui to sex therapy. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. September 6-7 at Connecticut Expo Center, 265 Rev. Moody Overpass, Hartford. $10 (under 13 free). 203-222-9757, ctexpos.com. The Eastern States Exposition is New England’s six-state fair. It’s a New England extravaganza with top-name entertainment, major exhibits, the Big E Super Circus, the Avenue of States, New England history and agriculture, animals, rides, shopping, crafts, a daily parade and a Mardi Gras parade and foods from around the world for 17 glorious days during New England’s most colorful season. September 12-28 at 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield, Mass. Most exhibits & buildings open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. $12 advance ($8 ages 6-12). 413-2055049, thebige.com. If it’s autumn, it must be Durham Fair time. One of Connecticut’s largest harvest festivals has so much to see and do — from a midway with rides and games to music (headliners Tower of Power, Montgomery Gentry and Jo Dee Messina) to animals (including penning and pulling contests) to exhibits (don’t miss the giant pumpkins!) to classic fair food fare. 4-10 p.m. September 25, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. September 26, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. September 27, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. September 28 at Durham Fairgrounds. $13 ($10 seniors, under 12 free). 860-3499495, durhamfair.com.

FAMILY EVENTS With more than two miles of twisting and winding pathways carved within four acres of towering cornstalks, 100 decision points and just one way out, getting lost in Lyman Orchards’ 15th annual Corn Maze is not only great fun — it’s also for a great cause: A portion of the proceeds benefits the American Cancer Society. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. August 30-November 2 at Lyman Orchards, 7 Lyman Rd., Middlefield. $9 ($5 children ages 4-12). 860-349-1793, lymanorchards.com.


Each Tuesday the Yale Astronomy Department hosts a Planetarium Show. Weather permitting there is also public viewing of planets, nebulae, star clusters and whatever happens to be interesting in the sky. Viewable celestial objects change seasonally. 7 & 8 p.m. Tuesdays at Leitner Family Observatory, 355 Prospect St., New Haven. Free. cobb@astro. yale.edu, astro.yale.edu. Philatelists unite! Young people ages eight to 15 are invited to join the Hagaman Library’s monthly (first Saturdays) Stamp Club. In addition to learning about stamps, attendees learn a lot of history and many other fascinating things from club leader and World War II veteran Judge Anthony DeMayo. 10 a.m. August 2, September 6 at Hagaman Memorial Library, 227 Main St., East Haven. Free. Registration. 203-468-3890, hagamanlibrary. info. Creating Readers Saturdays at 2 Program. A fun, interactive program that engages young readers by bringing books to life using theater, dance and music. Each family that attends receives a copy of that week’s book to take home. 2 p.m. Saturdays at Connecticut Children’s Museum, 22 Wall St., New Haven. $5. 203-562-5437, childrensbuilding.org.

MIND, BODY & SOUL The Ives library hosts weekly Library Yoga classes suitable for all levels. Walkins welcome. Bring a yoga mat. 1-2 p.m. Wednesdays at New Haven Free Public Library, 133 Elm St., New Haven. $5. 203-946-8835. Led by Nelie Doak, Yoga promotes a deep sense of physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Classes are designed to help cultivate breath and body awareness, improve flexibility, strengthen and tone muscles, detoxify the body and soothe the spirit. All levels welcome. Bring a yoga mat. 5-6:30 p.m. Fridays at Blackstone Library, 758 Main St., Branford. $10. 203-488-1441, ext. 313, yogidoakie@earthlink. net or events@blackstone.lioninc.org, blackstone.lioninc.org. Franciscan Life Center clinical psychologist Thomas Finn leads a six-session educational and psychological workshop on Overcoming Anxiety. Attendees will learn to identify, understand and better manage their anxiety. 7-8:30 p.m. October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11 at Chiara Center (San Damiano Room), 275 Finch Ave., Meriden. $40/session. 203-237-8084, flcenter.org.

NATURAL HISTORY In 1923 the Flaming Cliffs of the Gobi Desert yielded one of the great finds of paleontology. Entombed within sun-baked sandstone, to the surprise of all in the expedition, was a collection of oval-shaped oddities: the first dinosaur eggs known to science. Since the Gobi expeditions fossilized dinosaur eggs have been recovered from sites around the world. From egg to elder, the life histories of dinosaurs is slowly unraveling with each discovery. The exhibition Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies presents that incredible story. With hands-on displays, life-like models, stunning artwork and more than 150 dinosaur eggs on display, Tiny Titans offers a rare and exciting look at the lives of dinosaurs, as well as their living descendants — birds! Through August 30 at Yale Peabody

Museum of Natural History, 170 Whitney Ave., New Haven. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, noon-5 p.m. Sun. $9 ($8 seniors, $5 children). 203-4325050, peabody.yale.edu. From Mercury to Earth? A Meteorite Like No Other. For millennia humanity has gazed into the heavens, to the stars and other worlds of our universe. As a species, we have traveled to the moon, and we have recovered pieces of Mars. Now, for the first time in human history, a fragment of the planet Mercury has been identified, delivered to Earth after an impact on Mercury’s surface blasted the stone into space. Be among the first to view this incredible piece of history. Through September 2 at Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, 170 Whitney Ave., New Haven. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, noon-5 p.m. Sun. $9 ($8 seniors, $5 children). 203-432-5050, peabody.yale.edu.

SPORTS/RECREATION Spectator Sports It’s a women’s basketball extravaganza: an exhibition game pitting Team USA vs. Team Canada. Team USA is coached by legendary UConn Lady Huskies coach Geno Auriemma. 7 p.m. September 15 at Webster Bank Arena, 600 Main St., Bridgeport. $169-$15. 800-7453000, websterbankarena.com. NHL preseason action returns to the Park City: New York Islanders vs. Boston Bruins in the home of the Islanders’ AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. 7:30 p.m. October 3 at Webster Bank Arena, 600 Main St., Bridgeport. $92.90-$60.45. 800-745-3000, soundtigers.com.


Haven. May split into two groups based on riders’ speed but no one will be left behind to ride alone. Lights are a must. 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Café Romeo, 534 Orange St., New Haven. Free. william.v.kurtz@gmail.com. Elm City Cycling monthly meeting occurs on the second Monday. ECC is a nonprofit organization of cycling advocates who meet to discuss biking issues in New Haven. Dedicated to making New Haven friendlier and more accessible to cyclists and pedestrians. 7 p.m. August 11, September 8 at City Hall Meeting Rm. 2, 165 Church St., New Haven. Free. elmcitycycling.org.

Road Races/Triathlons In the 23 years since it began, Stratford’s MADD Dash 5K has raised more than $125,000 for the Fairfield County chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Another beneficiary is the runners themselves — the Short Beach course is absolutely flat, fast and scenic. 9 a.m. August 16 (8:15 kids fun run; 8:50 two-mile walk) at Shirt Beach, Stratford. $23 advance, $28 race day ($8 fun run). 203-3746433, msrunningproductions@yahoo.com. The Clinton Chamber of Commerce and Shoreline Community Women Inc. host the 17th annual Liberty Bank Bluefish 5-K Road Race. 9 a.m. August 16 at Eliot School, 69 Fairy Dell Rd., Clinton. $18 advance, $20 race day. 860-669-3889, clintonct.com/roadrace.

As Connecticut road races go, this one’s the big Kahuna: the 37th annual Stratton Faxon New Haven Road Race, a/k/a the national 20K men’s and women’s championship, with $41,550 in prize money. Also, 5K and half-mile races in children’s, men and women, wheelchair and Clydesdale divisions. Sponsored by the NewAlliance Foundation Inc. 8:15 a.m. (kids’ race 8:40) September 1 on New Haven Green. $55 advance/$60 race day 20K; $32/$35 5K; $9/$10 ½ mi. 203-481-5933, newhavenroadrace.org. If you’d like to go through life bragging that you competed in a triathlon (and who wouldn’t?), you could do a lot worse than the Dave Parcells Madison Triathlon. For one thing, it seems semi-do-able: a half-mile swim, followed by 13 miles on the bike and a threemile road race. For another thing, it benefits the Madison Jaycees. 7 a.m. September 6 at Surf Club, Madison Town Beach, Surf Club Rd., Madison. $90. 860-669-1354, madisonjc.com.

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Join the Connecticut Audubon Society for a guided Family Canoe Tour of Milford’s 840acre Charles Wheeler Salt Marsh. Steeped in local history, the marsh offers an abundance of birds and other wildlife, beautiful vistas and a chance to paddle and relax. Bring water and sunscreen and wear shoes that can get wet. 2-4:30 p.m. September 13, 3-5:30 p.m. September 14, 8:45-11:30 a.m. September 21, 1:30-4 p.m. September 28 at Connecticut Audubon Society Coastal Center, 1 Milford Point Rd., Milford. $27 members/$35 others (canoe rental $69/$95). 203-878-7440, ctaudubon.org.


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Cycling Elm City Cycling organizes Lulu’s Ride, weekly two- to four-hour rides for all levels (17-19 mph average). Cyclists leave at 10 a.m. from Lulu’s European Café as a single group; no one is dropped. 10 a.m. Sundays at Lulu’s European Café, 49 Cottage St., New Haven. Free. 203-773-9288, elmcitycycling.org. The Little Lulu (LL) is an alternative to the long-standing Sunday morning training ride. The route is usually 20-30 miles in length and the ride is no-drop, meaning that the group waits at hilltops and turns so that no rider is left behind. The LL is an opportunity for cyclists to get accustomed to riding in groups. Riders should come prepared with materials (tubes, tools, pumps and/or CO2 inflators) to repair flats. 10 a.m. Sundays at Lulu’s European Café, 49 Cottage St., New Haven. Free. 203-773-9288, paulproulx@sbcglobal.net, elmcitycycling.org. Tuesday Night Canal Rides. Medium-paced rides up the Farmington Canal into New


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ou don’t expect the logo for a New Havenarea company to be as sunny and colorful as a child’s drawing. You also don’t expect to spend $8.25 on six brownies and feel like you got a great deal. That’s the magic of Four Flours Baking Co. in Woodbridge, a maker of baked treats that has

been colonizing store shelves across the region over the past year. The company’s brownies, cookies and breads in their cheerful packaging can be found online and at specialty grocers like Elm City Market, Whitneyville Food Center in Hamden and Forte’s Gourmet Food in Guilford. (All prices listed are from the bakery’s website; prices may vary in stores.)

Robin Schaffer of Woodbridge started the company in 2000 after success as a home baker for her four kids. Now “Chief Baking Officer” at Four Flours, her dedication to quality ingredients pays off in every bite. Take those brownies, my first taste of Four Flours’ goodies. Out of the bag each brownie is a dense little brick that looks more like candy

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than something baked. The first bite unleashes intense chocolate flavor, fudgy texture and just enough sweetness. Rich with chocolate chips and nuts, the brownie satisfies a chocolate craving without overstuffing and clocks in at a modest 160 calories. Just as good are the cranberry almond granola clusters, packed in a 12-ounce bag for $7.50. Each cluster, about the size of a quarter, boasts the flavor and texture of a great oatmeal cookie — chewy, sweet and spicy. The pint-sized clusters allow for sampling without too much guilt. Also excellent is the zucchini-carrot tea bread ($6.45), light and delicate in texture but bright in fresh vegetable and spice flavor. It’s perfect for a breakfast treat or snack. More sweet but less distinctive are the whole-wheat ginger spice cookies (six for $6.95), crusted with sugar and topped with a piece of

candied ginger for sucrose overload. Also too sweet for my taste were the oatmeal cookies studded with white chocolate and cranberries, but the chewy disks would likely be a hit with kids.

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Four Flours also makes biscotti in flavors like chocolate cranberry and pistachio white chocolate (six for $6.95) and “chillwich” ice cream sandwiches featuring cookies layered with ice cream. Platters of cookies and sweets for special events are also on offer at the Woodbridge bakery headquarters. For those days when you crave something sweet but don’t feel like baking, Four Flours is the next best thing to homemade. Why heat up the kitchen when the perfect end to a meal can be found on the shelf — and it’s local? Four Flours Bakery, 1 Overhill Road, Woodbridge, (203-397-3687), fourflours.com

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he sun is setting on a weekday in midsummer and the streets of New Haven are bustling with people getting off work, students and dog-walkers. A lively downtown in the off season is novelty enough for this longtime New Haven-area resident — now add that you’re taking in the view from an elegant venue on the ground floor of the Temple Street Garage. The new Lucky Chao restaurant supplies the view, the venue and some quality dining in the space formerly occupied by Asian Fusion veteran Kudeta. The new eatery maintains the airy dining room and urban fizz of its predecessor while adding some five-star menu items. Taking a cue from stylish neighbors like Roia and Taste of China, Lucky Chao has upscaled its décor with Art Deco flourishes like a huge revolving chandelier and cutout pillars sparkling with LED light. Flowing white curtains separate the tables in an echo of Kudeta, although echoes of your neighbors’ conversations may sometimes intrude on a quiet moment. Lucky Chao’s details add up to a sophisticated yet unstuffy space, grounded by the streetscape views and a mellow soundtrack. Live jazz shows are on tap for this fall, which seems like a perfect match. Start with drinks, either from the far-ranging wine list or cocktail menu. A tart, refreshing Singapore sling ($10) got this diner’s appetite roaring with its mix of gin and sweet liqueurs. A craft Belgianstyle ale ($9), served in the proper glassware, called out to my beerquaffing companion. Small plates in the $10-$15 range serve as a way to sample Executive Chef Eric Meas’ pan-Asian cuisine


on a budget: Servings are ample and the kitchen delivers. Best was the Firecracker Halibut ($15), chunks of breaded and fried fish seasoned and served with visual flair. Kaffir lime gave the halibut a lemony kick while slivers of hot pepper added the fireworks.

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Executive Chef Eric Meas is holding braised short rib, on mashed taro root with caramelized turnips.

A bowl of taro chips ($8) also delivered on the Asian Fusion promise, the root vegetable freshly fried and topped with a sweet-hot dusting of star anise. The crunchy chips shone without the bland coulis served alongside as a dipping sauce. Impeccably cooked sushi rice stood out in a maki roll ($14) although the snow crab and scallop filling was overpowered by a spicy sauce. Asian flavors came to the fore as well in an outstanding vegetarian green curry entrée ($22), tender sweet potato, mushrooms and long beans set off expertly by dry spices and herbs. Exotic, warming and complex, the curry was worth a trip in itself and vegetable-lovers should take note. Too bad the rice served alongside was bit more mushy than sticky on a recent night. Vegetables also stood out in an entrée of hangar steak and Chinese broccoli ($26), the al dente green giving some bite to a dish otherwise lacking in spark despite its “9 Spice” label. But bright flavors made a big comeback with a dessert of basil panna cotta ($10). The creamy custard arrived flecked with green and topped with a powerfully pungent mint leaf that supplied some lasting heat. Chunks of pineapple added an acid edge that brought the dish into perfect harmony. Turnover in the restaurant spaces at the Temple Street Garage has been frequent in recent years: Some of us are still mourning vegetarian standout Red Lentil, which succumbed to parking and construction woes last year. Lucky Chao offers some hope that this area can thrive with upscale offerings and jazz-inflected nightlife, so do your best to get Lucky tonight. Lucky Chao, 27 Temple St, New Haven (203-745-0889), luckychao.com.

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