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he New Haven Symphony Orchestra’s Lash/ Voynich Project has won three national awards from three different organizations, including the National Endowment for the Arts, Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy Award and the Alison M. Ditson Fund at Columbia University.

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The NHSO is currently going through a 2-year process involving Hannah Lash, Composer-in-Residence, who has written a complete Symphony based on a Voynich Manuscript located in



This award is provided to an individual in honor of the first African American appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court; Marshall honored individual commitment in civil rights word and action. The BLSA puts a spotlight on a person involved in law, education, or politics who truly shows Marshall’s dedication to helping society through human rights, civil rights and civil liberties.


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ichael Bolton Charities Inc. recently made a $3,500 grant to the Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services to expand their music therapy program for victims of domestic violence and their children. Moms learn to sing lullabies to their babies and families have sing-alongs.


The review made the institutions report on a 40-question survey about various aspects of their offerings and ultimately weighed on the school’s academics, career services, facilities, and technology.


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ccording to the Princeton Review’s recently published Top 50 undergraduate schools offering game design programs for 2016, Quinnipiac University took the top spot in Connecticut.

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n Feb. 25, Lula White of New Haven, a former Freedom Rider during the Civil Rights Movement, received the Quinnipiac University Black Law Student Association’s Thurgood Marshall Award.


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n Saturday, June 4 2016, Canal Dock Boathouse, Inc. will host New Haven’s first Dragon Boat Regatta at Long Wharf Pier. With the noble goal of river and waterway recapture for New Haven’s wetlands, the event will coincide with the Food Truck Festival, also on Long Wharf.

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Located at the UCDVS safe houses, the music therapy program will now be held and offered twice a week. Founded in 1993, the Michael Bolton Charities, Inc.’s mission is “to support organizations that emphasize teaching children and women a way to escape, on their own, the patterns and consequences of abuse, poverty and ignorance.”

in honor of the mothers who have sacrificed and are sacrificing for their children. After May 8, the price will increase to $60 per bottle. This perfume is created for a charitable cause and any sale made from the perfume will help support programs at the Roses for Autism greenhouse, a Sensory Garden development, and an expansion for their scholarship program. NEWHAVENMAGAZINE.COM

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Doron Monk Flake works in the neurology department at Yale and is the lead singer/songwriter of Model Decoy, a band whose lyrical repertoire is based on comic book characters—what he calls “nerd” tunes. Raised in church singing gospel, that experienced influenced his idea of expanding on characters and their stories, which he admits can be obscure, but the backstories are rich and accessible.

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Elizabeth Nearing Long Wharf Theater’s community engagement director, Elizabeth Nearing, is making sure the theater’s best kept secrets, like pay what you can night, are common knowledge. Scouting excellent scripts and making theater more accessible is the goallike 40 Under $40 nights for young professionals on a tight budget wanting to see a good show with a snack from Miya’s and cocktail beforehand.

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Don’t worry too much about global warming, the Farmer’s Almanac did predict a mild winter for this year, so hop on your bicycle and head over to your local community garden to get dirty. Planting season is upon us and if you’re a person that’s fond of gardening but your “yard” is a sidewalk or filled with gophers who eat everything you plant, here are some local community gardens available to all. Now get out there and start getting some Vitamin D. Branford Community Gardens, Inc 53 Seaview Avenue Branford T203-488-8563 The Branford Community Gardens, Inc is a volunteer organization started in 2009 consisting of 22 separate garden plots in two different sizes. Overflow produce grown from plots are donated






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he Grand Avenue bridge spreads across the Quinnipiac River connecting Fair Haven and Fair Haven Heights, a region originally named Dragon. The bridge was built in 1790 when New Haven townsmen voted on the construction of the “Dragon Bridge” where no crossing existed. That bridge was eventually replaced during the 19th century by Berlin Iron Bridge Company. Recently, proposed changes for a more modern design surfaced in the 1980s, requiring demolition of surrounding properties, which was very unpopular and eventually quashed. The bridge remains a swing signal bridge, manually opened through the bridge house, a carbon copy of the 1896 version

gardeners willing to participate. Some other gardens involved in the New Haven Land Trust include: Healthy Community Garden, Wooster Square Community Garden, Grand Acres Community Garden Ivy Street Community Garden and many more to be found on their website. to Branford families in need. Any resident 18 years or older in the Branford area can rent a plot to garden, just check their website for more details. Field of Greens 8 Arthur St, New Haven 203-562-6655 Lead coordinator Jamilah Rasheed joined the New Haven Land Trust organization to create the Field of Greens community garden, a former open space filled with trash. By 2014, there were four adults and children involved in maintaining the space. Any extra produce is given to families via door to door volunteering and the garden is accepting any

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Keith Kountz 55, is a seasoned TV Journalist with more than thirty-five years of on air experience and a long time WTNH reporter and anchor. Kountz has anchored the afternoon and six o’clock news for more than a decade and now viewers in greater New Haven and Connecticut wake up to Kountz as an anchor where he returned to the morning show New Haven magazine Publisher Mitchell Young sat down with Kountz for One to One.


WORDS of MOUTH You’re a dad?


I’m a father, I have two girls, both now adults. I’ll tell you, time flies, my eldest is twenty-six, youngest is twenty-two. My younger one just graduated from UCONN, she’s now working at ESPN magazine and my oldest girl graduated from Harvard and is working on Wall Street. Both are doing well. You’ve been in New Haven for some time. Twenty-five [years], came in ’87, gone for a couple of years, went down to Florida and then came back.


You saw the city in some rough times, what stands out to you now? Oh my gosh…


When my wife and I first came to New Haven it wasn’t the best time for the city.The downtown certainly was nothing like it is now. We lived right downtown on York Street. I wouldn’t say it was dangerous to go out, but we didn’t walk around the downtown area, like it is now. There’s been so much development downtown, the city is really a good place to be now.


People see you as a visual symbol of New Haven and Connecticut, you’re out all the time, at walks and charity events. We hear all this about anger in the populace, what do you hear?


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I’ll tell you, the really great thing about what I do, I would say 98% of the public response I get when I see people is in a positive nature.There are very few who come up to me angry about the way we cover the news, thinking things are slanted one way or another. The overwhelming number of people are very gracious and it’s wonderful.


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There are people who from time to time —it gets heated. I think the critics of local news are about too many motorcycle accidents, or house fires, the three Ms: murder, mishap and mayhem. We’ve backed away from that. We don’t cover as much as we used to. That’s kind of the local

news “rep,” fairly or unfairly. We’ve made a lot of steps to get away from it in recent years. Is it not as popular as it once was? I think it was clearly a news decision of the current news management. Over the past year, we’re doing a lot more issueoriented things than we did once upon a time. A lot of this goes through phases, and people might have the perception of what the public wants at one time and then there will be a shift in the way people see things. We’ve [recently] been doing a lot on the heroin crisis in the state. It’s [heroin use] gotten significantly worse in the last couple of years. How much do you feel you have to follow the news itself in order to do your job, or is the anchorman getting fed the news through an earpiece [laughing]? Greatly, not true at all, not in my reality. Maybe somewhere in the Universe it’s like that [laughs], though never anywhere I’ve worked. I started in 1987 and spent a lot of time as a reporter on the street. I think I’ve covered stories in 169 towns in Connecticut. As recently as just a couple of years ago, I was covering stories on a consistent basis. Only in the past year is it that I’m not going out as much, I’ve always been plugged in.The large part of the success I’ve had is because I’ve always tried to be part of the community. You would be shocked at how many people twenty-five years old come up to me and say hey you spoke at my middle school graduation or at my church or this event. I feel like I have a real connection. The TV news industry seems to take pride in local involvement generally? Certainly at Channel Eight for a number of years, and we have a good group that have been there,

Ann Nyberg, Jocelyn Maminta, Mark Davis, myself, Derek Kramer. We have a good list that have been there for a good bit of time. It is a big part of the job to be in the community, we come into people’s homes every night. Now it has really changed with these smart phones, that is really the new wave of things. It’s important for us to be in our communities. You’ve been doing TV long enough, we can almost call you from the “analog age,” how has it changed what you do? It’s really changed, and I’m still adapting to it. Now, so many people get their news from the Internet first and the smart phone first. When I first started, people had to wait for the five o’clock news to find out what was going on. Now people know about things much faster, even local [news]. We’ve got an app- if there’s a breaking news story, we put it out immediately. Does that empower the reporters more than the anchors? It certainly empowers the reporters a great deal, but I don’t think there was ever a point where reporters didn’t have a great deal of power in the press.There’s also cases where those of us that are anchors are putting stuff out on Facebook and other places. One of the things I’m really working on now is becoming a lot more adept at Facebook and Twitter. I’ll be the first to admit…. [interrupting] Do your daughters make fun of you? Yes! All the time. I really feel vulnerable now because they’re a million miles ahead of where I am, but I’m coming along. It’s funny, at News 8 once a week the news department gives a social media award, everyone applies and we get a little gift card somewhere. [laughing] A few weeks ago, I got the social media award, I was telling everybody. I bet these are

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words you never thought you would hear,“Kountz wins Social Media Award” [more laughing]. I’m getting it little by little. So your schedule has changed, you’re now doing mornings, do you like getting up so early? I do the morning news show now and the noon newscast from noon to one. My hours are irregular.They aren’t what you call banker’s hours in news. I work now from four o’clock to one in the afternoon. I love morning news, I’ve always loved morning news. There was some movement about six to eight months ago and the position came open. They asked me if I would be interested, before they got the words out I said,“I love it.” I had a wonderful experience twenty years ago doing the morning show with Jocelyn. Jocelyn, Sally Ann Mosey and I, back in the late 1990s, did the morning show and ironically all three of us left and two of us came back.That says a lot about the station and the community. I love the pace of the morning. A lot of people don’t like the idea of getting up that early, I love these hours because when I come into work there’s no traffic, it’s very calm and stress free. No traffic going home, I start out the day in a very Zen mellow place. I’m not particularly high strung, but when I was working different shifts, you’re fighting the traffic, you’re a little tensed up when you come in and it carries you through the whole day. The evening news seems more tense to begin with. Is it? We’re covering serious things twenty-four seven, but in the morning we have more time for lighter stories. We can do a little more variety. The six o’clock news has a very small news hole. TV and WTNH has seen several different owners and managers, has it affected you? I’ve worked through different ownership, different managers. I 10 M ARCH /A PRIL 2016

haven’t ever noticed a change in news coverage. I’ve never gotten any edicts from corporate to do or not do anything. I think all the ownership groups have let the local news producers…

brother and sister, I’d see Cronkite and say to my parents “is that a job?” I knew from an early age I wanted to do this. I listened to news radio 880.

We have a good size staff of reporters and producers, photographers--from a numbers point of view it’s been pretty stable.

I was born in California but I grew up on Long Island.

Has the diminished role of daily newspapers like the Register and the Courant affected what you do? I think the change in the landscape is mainly with the Internet, that’s the biggest presence. All TV stations, all media outlets are doing a lot more stuff over the net and social media.That’s the way things are going. We obviously still have a lot of viewers over the air but the younger viewers my kids’ age aren’t waiting around to see anything anymore. TV news viewers get very familiar, if not close to, onair anchors and reporters. Can that still happen in this transactional world, don’t we know you as Keith not Mr. Kountz? Yes, and that’s what I see in the grocery store. Maybe we’re too early on in the process, I definitely see a difference in people of my generation [and older]. I am fifty-five going on forty. If I go to the Gym and see the young guys working out, they do call me Mr. Kountz, if they actually know who I am. In my generation, the relationship is more personal. The station has a lot of interns, do you see differences with young people and is it hard for them to break into the industry? I think the ones that are really committed to it, like I was thirtyfive years ago, put in the time to be successful. In a way it might be easier, there are more entry points. I always wanted to do this. When I was a kid, I would sit at the dinner table with my parents and

Where did you grow up?

A lot of TV has gotten raunchy, do people complain to you about the shows in your “neighborhood?” You’d be surprised at what people come up with that we, as local news people, have nothing to do with.

Did you ever feel that race was a barrier? When you were a kid, we weren’t seeing almost any African American faces on TV?

You’re involved in many community events, charity events etc., how did you get into that?

I was never ever discouraged. One reason for that was my upbringing. My late father was a surgeon. He was one of the first African Americans to go through the University of Arkansas Medical School.

One thing leads to another.There was a time when I was probably doing too much for my own good. I’ve backed off a little bit. I’ve done a lot with the West Haven Black Coalition, the NAACP and the Urban League over the years, also I’m on the board of the National Kidney Foundation.

My mother went to Northwestern and got a Masters from Stanford. I came from a family where race was not seen as a barrier. You just do what you have to do to succeed. I never really felt that. I had a goal. I went to the University of California at Santa Clara. I’m sure there were situations at my first couple of jobs where there probably were some racial issues, but I wasn’t thinking about it, I was thinking about getting better and to succeed. Your wife’s a teacher, she probably has the harder job? She would probably agree with that. I told you that I see a lot of people come up to me and say ‘you spoke at my middle school,‘ an equal number say “I had your wife as a teacher at Jackie Robinson or Dwight.”We all remember the teachers that had an impact. There’s not a lot of editorializing on local news today, although I remember there was a time when the general manager read editorials on WTNH. Years ago.That’s really passé, at least on local news. A lot of people that watch [national news], they don’t really want the news, they want to verify that their opinions are basically correct.

New Haven has a history of racial tensions, I’m not sure I see it as much as in some other places. Do you think something happened here to change that? I think there are always going to be pockets of problems. But this community has been through enough change over the years. My kids were going to school with kids of different ethnic groups and races. We have some horrible cases [nationally] and with the smart phones, things that have been happening for generations now— we’re capturing these images. Do people send you video clips like they used to call up on the tip line? Yes, we get a lot of clips now. In a way, these smart phones have also revolutionized the way news is being collected. Mistakes aside, newspapers and TV have always applied good filters to be sure what we’re getting is mostly accurate. It still doesn’t go from somebody’s smart phone to our air, there is a good editorial process, [faked or manipulated internet news] is helping legitimate news


organizations because people know that it has been vetted. When you’re talking to your colleagues that have been at the news for twenty five plus years, is there anything that worries you about what’s going on in the industry or in general? Years ago, you had a professional photographer and a professional reporter and we were the only ones that could give you this packaged product of a news story. Now it’s a lot easier for someone who can get a smart phone and basically do it on their own and produce what looks fairly similar to what very, very experienced people can put together. There is always going to be the fear that someone might say, is it worth it to have these folks that have been around doing this? Back in the day with the stations, everyone wanted the biggest possible coverage area, has that changed? We still cover the entire state, but we concentrate mainly on New Haven and the Shoreline. If there is a big story in Hartford or Bloomfield, we’re going to cover it. FSB, VIT and FOX are all located up in Hartford. I would imagine that is more of their natural coverage area.

“I was never ever discouraged. One reason for that was my upbringing. My late father was a surgeon. He was one of the first African Americans to go through the University of Arkansas Medical School. “

Both my kids went to schools here, started at Saint Aedan’s in Westville and both are graduates of Hamden High School. It is a great school, both my girls did tremendously well there and they went to excellent colleges. I have nothing but good things to say about Hamden High. I don’t want to say I’m completely boring, but you know my wife and I on the weekends will watch House of Cards or some drama. A lot of times we’ll go down to New York City where we met.

This state is not that big, the big story we’re all going to go to.

I always use this when I speak to kids, how I met my wife.

How much do you worry about the competition on coverage?

I was kind of a late bloomer as a really serious academic person. I was in college at Santa Clara and I was behind in my classes between my sophomore and junior year. When I got back that summer, I went to summer school to make up the credits and found CW Post on Long Island and that’s where I met my wife.

We watch what the other guys are doing, they watch what we’re doing. I don’t think we’re of the mindset that we’ll report something if we’re not comfortable with it because someone else has it up there.That said, there still is a lot of competition. Especially if the story is in our wheelhouse and breaking news, everyone’s got to be on. So lastly, what should our readers know about you? I’m very family-oriented, been part of this community for a long time, been married to the same lovely woman for more than thirty years.

My wife was in this business class because she was trying to get ahead so she could graduate early. Had I not gotten behind, I never would have met my wife.

That’s another great thing. We’re covering a lot of stuff that nobody’s

seen before because they’ve been asleep. NHm

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wanted to bake bread, from start to finish.

For a food that’s at the core of nearly all cultures across the world, I realized that I knew close to nothing about how it was made. I had always assumed that baking bread was reserved for only a few types of people— weekend hobbyists, foodies, and, of course, professional bakers. It wasn’t until fairly recently, however, that I realized how sorely mistaken I was. Last spring, I attended The Mountain School, a semester-long school in rural Vermont. While I was there, I became increasingly curious about the food that I was planting, growing, and eating. I convinced the school’s cook to take me under his wing, and before long I had developed my own sourdough starter: a living, wild fermentation—made from just flour and water—of yeasts and bacteria that together help to form the tangy, sour kick so essential to a hearty sourdough boule. Before long, my starter had become a part of my daily routine: wake up, brush my teeth, make my bed, feed my starter—a self-imposed responsibility, yet oddly one that does most of the hard work itself.The process is incredibly simple—tantalizingly so. But it is simultaneously complex, time consuming, finicky. Every aspect of one’s surroundings affects the bread—the temperature and humidity of the room, the nature of the flour and water, even the bacteria in the air at any given moment. When baking bread, I’ve learned to be extremely alert,

to find ways to work with unaccountable and uncontrollable changes. I have come to love the way that it structures my day, the sense of satisfaction it brings, and the intense patience it has taught me. There’s also an acutely creative aspect of bread-baking that appeals to me. I grew up in my parents’ studio, where I was constantly drawing and making things—something that remains true today. While baking bread may not qualify as “art” in and of itself, there is an irrefutable level of artistry required to cultivate something that is both aesthetically pleasing and palatable.There’s a powerful role of chemistry, too, and one of alchemy—bringing the creative and the chemical into play simultaneously. And there is the temperamental nature of the bread itself–a living, breathing body with its own idiosyncrasies, its own will. And finally, there is the utterly simple satisfaction of creating and sharing something of sustenance with the people around me. My father died two years ago, following a seventeen-month battle with brain cancer. There are innumerable things I’ve learned from his illness, from his death, and from all that has followed. I don’t have the words, however—not in this essay, nor, perhaps, in my entire vocabulary—to describe that. But one thing that I have learned about myself, during his illness and in the aftermath of his death, is that sometimes the most mundane tasks present themselves as welcome remedies, alternative entrances into and around my own mind. Making bread, for me, is a perfect example: it’s a fundamentally basic task, but one that is meditative in its repetition, soothing in its simplicity, creative, confounding, restorative. (And—like many aspects of life—it’s something I can tend, but never fully control.) I’m beginning to think that the endeavor of learning something from start to finish is this, in and of itself. Hopkins School, West Haven



’ve always wanted to be one of the guys. Yet, I’ve been calling myself a girl all my life, even though it’s always tasted like battery acid on my tongue.

I remember a cold January night. I was snuggled up between thermal covers desperately trying to get to sleep when I started reminiscing about that day’s creative writing class with Ms. Englart. We often discussed current events and the topic of a transgender girl who wasn’t allowed to use the girls’ bathroom came up. Curious, I found the frozen metal of my phone and rapidly typed “transgender” into the cracked shards of the screen. I found a video that caught my attention about a little blond-haired girl, Ryland Whittington, who claims that she is a boy and corrected anyone who says otherwise. While listening, I became intrigued.Things that are said matched what I had been desperately trying to grasp and understand. Although most kids realize their true gender between three and five years of age, I was not that fortunate. I’ve always felt uncomfortable: the only biracial child among mostly Caucasian kids in

my town, slightly overweight, and of course growing up in such a foreign body.

stuttered. I sat my grandmother down and said, “Mama, I hate who I am.”

Go back to seventh grade, I came out as a lesbian, feeling that maybe this could make me feel better and for a while it does. But it isn’t enough. I begin dressing as a boy and cringe at the sound of being called “pretty.” I sagged my worn out blue jeans, wore my curly black hair up at all times to make it look like I have short hair, and even put on Men’s Polo cologne.

She responded,“Why? What’s wrong, Pooh Bear?”

I lay still, taking in the fact that I was, indeed, transgender. I sank my face into the downy fluff of my pillow and sobbed with joy. I was finally able to identify myself. I finally knew who I was. Unfortunately, that happiness was short-lived.

I said,“Mama, I don’t feel like a girl. I want, no I NEED, to be a boy.” Her response was,“To be honest, you always felt like one to me.There’s nothing different about you. I love you.” From that day on, I became confident of myself and I’m not afraid to tell others who I am. And finally, I am one of the guys. Co-Op Arts and Humanities Magnet High School, New Haven

The next step was coming out. Again. My mother almost disowned me when I told her I was a lesbian. My grandparents nearly died from such an “abomination.”And now I had to tell them that I wasn’t a lesbian, but actually a boy. It was a week after I came to understand myself that I told everyone who I was. I was horrified. I felt my hands get all clammy; I felt like I was on a jackhammer as I

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y grandmother is a spiritual guru in the heart of Silicon Valley. She is very successful, with many rich, techie clients who, as my dad puts it,“completely eat up whatever shit she tells them because they have no idea how to live.” She considers herself a therapist and sits crosslegged, in her home, across from her client on stiff folding pillows. My dad considers himself a therapist and sits on a nice, expensive chair, in his office, across from his patient, on a couch. My grandmother meditates for several

hours a day and calls it sitting. My dad sits for several hours a day and calls it working.

mother years ago. Now, it seems so unbelievable that I sometimes think I made it up.

She has always been sick, as far as I know. She is also a Holocaust survivor, having escaped Nazi occupied Hungary in her teens, a story I have yet to be told in full. We still have her yellow star in our attic, my mother tells me, although I have never seen it.

My grandmother doesn’t tell me stories like my grandfather does, and maybe that’s why they divorced. My grandfather, also a Hungarian Holocaust survivor, is spilling over with stories to tell. He does not care if he tells the same one four times in a day or four different stories in one sitting.

Maybe my grandmother got sick when she was pushed into a river by a friend of a friend, forcing her to swim, naked, down a river in Hungary to escape the Nazis who had lined her up alongside friends of her friend and had shot them one by one, taking their clothes to be reused. Maybe she got sick when walking out of the water, naked, she saw one of the Nazis and he saw her, and he gave her his coat. I was told this story by my

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When he was a boy, about 4, his mother got sick and died. When he was a boy, about 10, his father was dragged out of his house by Nazis and shot. I don’t know how my grandfather escaped, but he did, with his brother, and he traveled Europe into his teens. He has a story that he loves to tell. It is about how he lost all his money. Traveling through Europe, hopping onto the back of trains and hitchhiking his way to the major cities, he was in need of money. He decided to gamble. He figured, although he never said how, that his best bet was putting all of his money on one number in Roulette. He describes a sinking feeling as the ball went around and around, landing on a number that was not his. I don’t visit my grandfather as much as I should.The years of sadness, trauma, and dealing with the loss of his way of life have made him more than difficult to be around. He is not the grandfather who sweetly smiles as you fish together off a local dock, nor is he the grandfather who takes you onto his lap and tells you about the girls of his day. He is the grandfather who shakes your hand, tells you about a book his cousin wrote that you really must read, and then tells you,“If you really wanted to make money…”And you are the grandson who smiles and nods and tells him he’s right, and keep that up for the whole trip, or at least until he tells you not to go

to Japan, because the Japanese are a nasty and racist people.You are also the grandson who can forgive him for it, can consider the other world that this hate comes from. It is strange to know a woman and a man with such a past of horror. It is, to me, entirely unimaginable. And because it is so unimaginable, I find myself imagining not the stories, but what it would be like to have them. I do not know if they would make me wiser, or kinder, or racist. They might make me smarter or at the very least, more interesting. Maybe I would not be as strong as my grandparents, and I would be left a broken, quiet corpse of a man. I do not know if I would tell my stories to release them, or if I would keep them swallowed in the prison of my ribs. ACES Educational Center for the Arts



his particular Saturday began like every other, a generic un-noteworthy morning. I awoke to the same jaded routine, entirely oblivious to the significance this day would hold for me. Upon gathering my keys, license, and whatever extraneous belongings I would usually pack, I headed on my way to run errands. I pulled up to the Stop and Stop near my house and with my grocery list in tow I entered the store. It was not five minutes before I became aware of people staring. Instinctually, my mind began jumping to the most surface level insecurities. Is it something I’m wearing? Or is it possibly my hair. Maybe there’s something in my teeth or on my face. As I became more cognizant of the wandering glances that followed me up and down the aisles, I realized it was not exclusively me they were staring at. Although their stares began with me, they systematically followed down my arm and into my hand.They were staring at my three month old baby brother, lying complacently in his carrier. The people saw me as the quintessential stereotypical Hispanic teen mother. For the general public, I fulfilled their predisposed archetype of a minority citizen. At only seventeen years of age I already hold the stigma of a young Puerto Rican mother, who participates in transient relationships in which the father has no sense of responsibility to the mother or child. Without even knowing me, these complete strangers believed they held a higher stature in comparison to me.They believed that gave them the right to look down upon me.The degrading

looks I was receiving became too much and from then on I hung my head low, looking up only to grab what I needed from the shelves. I continued on with my day suppressing my humiliation and self-doubt. My encounter at the supermarket began to consume my thoughts, metastasizing to all aspects of my life. I began thinking of my situation and how that seems to uncannily simulate the Hispanic ideal held by our society. I am seventeen and already I am helping my single mother raise a baby while simultaneously juggling two jobs, extracurriculars, and school work. My immigrant mother, after already participating in a failed marriage, had an illegitimate child twelve years after her last baby with a man who is no longer around. Someone hears that and undoubtedly is in no state of surprise because of their already dehumanizing concept of my culture. It was not long before my own self-image began to be affected. I would look in the mirror and see a girl who was seen as inadequate to her own society. Because of my heritage, which I personally take great pride in, I am at a disadvantage in my own country. People see me and have the privilege to assume they are greater and they are not obliged to grant me the same decorum as someone else, purely because of where my family comes from. I am burdened by a preconceived concept of whom and what people think I should be. I now understand that it is easy for a person to see a snippet of someone’s life, such as my brother and I running errands together, and jump to conclusions based upon their biased and distorted perception of a particular subject. What is harder is my end. I have to be able to work harder, be more educated, and achieve greater in order to prove myself. I must put time and effort into becoming the best version of myself in hopes

of changing people’s minds and assisting them in looking past micro-aggressions. Behind every stereotype is a person with their own circumstances, struggling to be seen as sufficient in their own

society. I feel obliged to spread that message and do my part to be a positive voice for not only myself, but of my culture. Sacred Heart Academy



ho are you?” “I am Mykaila Aaliyah Shannon.” “What are you?” “Why do I have to say that,

Grandpa?” “C’mon, just say it.” “I am Mykaila Aaliyah Shannon. I am beautiful, smart, and strong.” “And?” “And I can do anything I want to do.” My confidence builds. “And don’t you forget it.” He gives me a hug. “Now go get em.” My grandpa says this, as he had so many times before SATs and volleyball games.This time was different. He puts his frail hand on my shoulder, his fingers bare, boney, and eaten away by the cancer that had been taking over for three years now.The emotion overpowered my ability to speak. Instead of saying ‘I love you’ I give him another hug, and he hangs on as tightly as his body will allow. “Who are you?”“I am Mykaila Aaliyah Shannon.” My Grandpa’s mantra always gave me the confidence I needed throughout my life. He knew how I struggled between being Danish and being African. In Racine, Wisconsin, I was the black girl with a white family. I was ‘The one with REALLY big hair and REALLY dark skin.’ I was the only African American in school, and even my friends never let me forget that my color was different than theirs. I was always ‘my black friend’ when they would mention me to others. “What are you?” It was hard to know anymore. When we moved to New Haven, Connecticut, I wasn’t the only black kid in my class anymore. Now, I was ‘The girl with REALLY nice hair and REALLY light skin.’ I felt like my mocha skin was finally accepted and, in many cases, preferred. However, my culture differed from many of the people in school. My social

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group filled with urban black friends. A lot of the things I liked to do with my friends in Wisconsin were not familiar to my friends in Connecticut. I felt like my culture was too white for the black kids, just like my skin was too dark for the white kids. I was lost. I needed to say this mantra again. I needed to be reminded that my color and culture are not all that defines me. But who was going to make me say it? My grandfather had lost the fight to cancer. Looking down at the container of ashes as we spread what remained of him on the frozen, November ground of Racine, I saw that mantra and myself disappear. I felt that without my grandfather, in a world where I would never be fully accepted, I was no longer beautiful, mentally strong, academically or socially smart, and I could not do anything that I wanted to do. My culture or my color would always get in the way. I forgot what my grandfather had made me say. No one was there to tell me anymore.

But my grandpa didn’t give me those words with the intention that I would always need him to remind me of their power. I continued to spread the ashes.‘Who are you?’ I whispered quietly,‘What are you?’ “I am Mykaila Aaliyah Shannon. I am beautiful, smart, and strong.” It was time for me to tell myself. I won’t be judged by my eclectic ethnicity or my coupled complexion. My character and personality will attract my opportunities. I am not just black and not just white, but a mixture of both. I am humorous, athletic, studious, hard working, and a kaleidoscope of other strengths and faults. I will continue to be this kaleidoscope on the volleyball court, in my next big test, on my first day of college, in my medical school graduation, in my first surgery, and my last. I will continue to be beautiful, smart, and strong, and I will do anything I want to do. I will never forget it. Achievement First Amistad High School


am I going to be able to interact with these children who do not even speak the same language?” This was a challenge for me, to completely immerse myself with these kids and to put off any self-pity or insecurities, to show love to them and to be there for them. As an introvert, I am not one to boisterously put myself in vulnerable situations. Just the thought of being thrown into a foreign country in which my one goal was to spread love to the children and people of this poverty filled country, in which the culture is naturally loud and hospitable, was quite shocking.


Going into the trip I anticipated that I would be able to leave a lasting impression on the children of the Dominican Republic, however, coming back I realized that just the opposite happened. I learned much more from these children than I could have ever wished to have taught them. After eight days of working in the scalding heat, building a latrine, being climbed on and having my hair ripped out for the sake of bringing a smile to a child’s face, I learned what love is. As it is written in 1 Corinthians 13,“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does

not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” I’ve heard this passage over and over again my entire life and have never truly understood what it meant until I had to live it out myself. Through this experience, I have learned the importance of giving to others rather than receiving. Having to live out 1 Corinthians 13 has greatly impacted the way I want to approach my future, be it college or life beyond graduation, and the way I see and interact with others, be it a small child in the Dominican Republic or a respected peer in the working field. Rather than aspiring to be the best at everything, I want to be one who is humble, and encourages others to be their best. Rather than being quick tempered and impatient, I want to be one who shows compassion and patience. I want to greet others with kindness and honor. This is what love is. Chase Collegiate School



i Americana! Mi Americana!” were the cries of joy I heard as dozens of Dominican school children gathered around us, latching themselves onto our arms and legs, eager to claim us as their own and to show off their village to this group of foreign strangers. A wave of anxiety immediately crashed over me as I was being pulled left and right, and quickly taken away from my group and from my comfort zone. Finally two young girls got a hold of me, one on each side, they led me throughout their small village, completely different than anything I had seen before. I looked side to side to find their faces smiling at me. I smiled back, held their hands and mustered up as much Spanish as I could think of in the moment and began to speak, asking them about their school, families, and hobbies. I watched their eyes light up and their smiles widen as their pace picked up, my anxiety slowly melted away as I realized that all it took to minister to these children was a simple smile and genuine concern for them, loving them unconditionally. What is love? How does one love? These questions never really resonated with me until I traveled overseas with eight other high school juniors and three leaders to the Dominican Republic on a mission trip. Going into the trip, I questioned myself,“I’m too quiet, how new haven




t is hard to know the face of fear until it looks you in the eye. A sense of sheer dread enveloped me as I waited anxiously for the orthopedist to interpret the results. After what felt like an eternity, the sullen face of my doctor peeked through the doorway. He slowly approached me and began to speak. At that instant, I could sense the world around me collapse into nothingness. It felt as though I was completely detached from my emotions; utterly powerless against what was to come.That was the day I realized that my spine, the frame that literally holds me up, was collapsing too. I was diagnosed with idiopathic scoliosis at the age of eleven. After five years of night bracing, osteopathic manipulation therapy, physical therapy, and praying, I was about to face what I feared most: spinal surgery.The doctor’s mouth was moving but my eardrums felt as if they were flooded with rushing water gurgling out the inevitable. At this terrifying moment I knew I had two options: allow this news to conquer me or allow it to help me flourish into the courageous person I had the potential of becoming. I looked up, asked my surgeon for a pen and paper, and started a journey of selfempowerment. In her motivational blog, Martha Beck quotes, “The process of spotting fear and refusing to obey it is the source of all true empowerment.” Inspired by this statement, I realized that looking externally for strength would leave me empty-handed. Instead, I knew it had to be inspired from within. Before this crossroads, I felt shackled by my crooked spine. I believed a body and soul could not stand tall if they were trapped inside a collapsing building. I gradually broke free from that self-imposed cage as I gained strength by equipping myself with knowledge. Within a week of absorbing the doctor’s recommendation, I created an online support group for people coping with scoliosis in which I posed dozens of questions to postoperative patients. Elation overwhelmed me as I witnessed over 1,400 followers from all over the world actively writing in their experiences and advice. In time, my angst began to dissipate and was replaced by a newly experienced

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assurance; I was not alone. My next mission was to do thorough research about various surgical techniques and options. For months, I scanned the latest medical articles pertaining to scoliosis and recorded data in a journal. I pieced together everything I had learned so I could make the best decisions for myself. What was most exhilarating, however, was that through all of the pages of information came a surprising sense of power. My well-planned inquiry and research gave me a profound sense of confidence and control. It was at this moment that I realized my efforts not only helped me to make informed medical decisions, but also taught me how to effectively approach problem-solving. What once seemed a helpless situation became an issue of which I

had full command. I began to grasp the concept that I had a responsibility to take charge of my life. The only thing better than obtaining knowledge to empower one’s self, is to use that knowledge to empower another person. Since my surgery, the support group has thrived and I still remain active with imparting the advice and tips I acquired along the way during my own journey with scoliosis. It is my deepest desire that the thousands of people pooling together on my page are benefiting just as much as I did. Knowledge has the power to change lives and I hope that the online support group inspires others to go out and affect change of their own. Sacred Heart Academy NEWHAVENMAGAZINE.COM

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rian and Marilyn Langille were New Yorkers—he an investment banker and she an advertising executive living together on the upper west side. It was about a year after they had their first child, in the city, that they decided to find a summer home in Connecticut. As a child, Brian had spent time on the shoreline—staying with his family at The Gris [Griswold Inn], places in Old Saybrook and even in Madison. As they scouted properties to serve their weekend and summer needs, they came across a dilapidated cottage in Madison that wasn’t a waterfront property, but sat on a vast expanse of marsh that left the views of the Sound unhindered.The vision was started and the property that had been vacant for many years was purchased out of probate.The cottage could not be rehabbed, but the couple had some experience working with architects and project managers—they had combined two apartments in a pre-war building in the city and felt equipped to take on this project to make sure the new space would meet their needs.

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After interviewing three firms, it was clear that Point One Architects in Old Lyme, recently recognized with an Honorable Mention by the Connecticut chapter of the American Institute of Architects as an emerging talent, understood the Langille’s needs and vision. Not to mention the restrictions—the zoning laws at the time they undertook the project dictated that the structure max out at 1,250 square feet, or a 10% new haven


Separated from the dining area by a neatly wainscoted half-wall, the living area is bright with natural light. Space was made for the family’s baby grand piano, which Marilyn, Claire and Margeaux all play.

footprint on the lot. Additionally, Brian and Marilyn realized they were no longer just undertaking a project to build a summer cottage—they wanted to leave the city and make the Madison property their primary residence, a place to raise their daughter Claire. The firm offered three options for the project: they could design it and turn it over, they could design it and project management it, or they could also hire one of their own preferred contractors, F&P Construction, and get moving.The Langille’s went with the third option, but did take an active role in the 9-month project. Before the original cottage was demolished, the couple and Rick 22 M ARCH /A PRIL 2016


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FEDERAL STYLE home w/two units. LR, big eat-in kit + 2 BRs. 2nd flr has central great room/kitchen, + 2 BRs. Skylights, vaulted ceiling, exposed brick, HW floors. Eligible for Yale Homebuyer Program. $360,000

BRICK TOWN HOUSE 4 story town house close to Yale Campus and the business district. Great for owner occupied or an investment property. Fabulous city living! $517.000.

EAST ROCK legal three family. Well maintained house, HW floor, good size 5 room apts, off-street parking, separate utilities. Yale Homebuyer Program area. Perfect for owner occupant or investor. $579,000.

ORANGE STREET AREA Gracious classic col. w/ extraordinary kitchen. 4BRs and 3 full baths + in-law apt. on 3rd floor w/ LR, 2 BRs, and bath. Great yard + beautifully maintained. Walk to everything. $799,500

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(J. Richard Staub), the architect, climbed ladders to the roof of the structure.They stood on top of the house and surveyed the property, the surrounding views and the landscape to plot out the new home’s views, angles and layout. A few must-haves for the family were incorporated into a design that was always going to be short on space due to zoning restrictions that Point One attempted to work with anyway, like the desire for a 2-car garage. Lifting the house to provide a one-bay garage was a compromise, which the family admits has become storage space; both family cars are parked in the driveway. Marilyn always wanted a claw-foot tub, which was installed in the master bath and also rarely gets used. However, Brian contends, there is very little space in the home that goes unused. Space was maximized with three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a powder room, lots of built-in shelving, drawers, cabinets and cupboards in places that would normally be wasted space, like the foyer closet located under the stairs which houses all of the family’s sports equipment essentials. Claire is an avid tennis player. A multi-purpose room on the first floor served as a playroom for Claire and Margeaux (the Langille’s second child born after they took up residence in the home), and also an office space and guest room equipped with a Murphy bed. Other spaces in the home that bring the family together include

The deck serves as a spring and summer livingroom for the family, which catches the sunlight from noon until sunset and required the installation of an awning to shade the back of the house, which is largely a glass wall of sliders.

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Marilyn is still in a women’s a cappella group at Colgate, her alma mater. Now the kids both play and her husband jokingly refers to her as a Tiger Mom because the kids complain about playing, but they are getting very good at it.The room is a centerpiece of holiday celebrations with excellent acoustics for hosting sing-a-longs.

A luxury pick from the start, the master bathroom contains a claw foot tub, as well as a tiled stand-up shower.

the back patio and the music room, complete with a baby grand piano which caused “lots of disc herniations” in the move. Marilyn is a classically trained pianist and flutist and once

toured with an orchestra throughout Europe. Brian says,“we’re a very musical family.”

Once the move from the city was complete, Brian commuted back in for 5 years while Marilyn opted to stay at home full-time. An opportunity in Boston had the family set to rent a place there, while keeping their Madison gem, but that did not ultimately work out. Looking for a way to stay local, Brian Langille purchased the business his grandfather built in 1935, REM Industrial Solutions based in Hartford. Now Claire, 11, and Margeaux, 9, attend Madison schools and the family has no plans to leave their [vacation] home.

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NO. HAVEN-Beautiful 5 BR Tudor-style home. Gorgeous stonework, 2 FPs, granite counters, HW flrs. Sunrm., deck, landscaping. Space for nanny/in-laws. First flr. laundry. C/A, sec. sys., irrig., OS 2 car att. gar. $599,000. Tracie x194/ Loretta x127

NEW HAVEN-East Rock! A 5 BR expanded col. w/high ceils., beautiful trim, cross hatch & leaded glass wins. LR w/FP, DR w/win. facing gardens. Remod. kit. w/granite & 2-story EA. Fantastic 3rd flr. skylit MBR suite. $735,000. John x124

NO. HAVEN-Opportunity of a lifetime! Magnificent 11 rm., 1927 English Tudor designed by Robert Booth. Tastefully expanded w/FR & FP, studio leading to priv. terrace overlooking landscaped 1.7 acre on Ridge Road. $1,095,000. John x124

CHESHIRE-Meticulous 4 BR, 3.5 bath col. on 3.81 acres w/pond. Kit. w/granite counters, SS appls. & island. DR, LR & FR w/FP. Mudrm., WI pantry, laundry rm. Lib. & FR on 2nd flr., fin LL, so much more. $565,000. Debbie x197

HAMDEN-Spring Glen! Brick slate roof 4/5 BR center hall Georgian col. features LR w/FP, DR. Fantastic remod. kit. w/island opens to skylit FR w/BIs & sliders to yard. Laundry off kit. Third flr. BR & bath + bonus rm. $545,000. John x124

HAMDEN-New paver walk & bluestone steps welcome you to this updated 4 BR col. on corner lot. Foyer w/French drs., LR w/FP, updated kit. w/granite counters & new appls., FR. Great mudrm., deck. LL playrm. $499,000. John x124

WOODBRIDGE-Swim year ‘round in this indoor heated pool/exercise rm.! Elegant estate on 6+ acres. 5 BRs, 7.5 baths, & guest house/ cabana. Paddle tennis court, heated gunite pool, Jacuzzi waterfall, much more. $1,195,000. Susan S. x126

CHESHIRE-Magnificent 15 rm., 6 BR mini estate. Stone rotunda, circular foyer. FR w/ FP, solarium. Heated, filtered salt water Gunite pool, guest house. Garages for 6, updated mechs., generator, more. $999,000. Susan S. x126/Debbie x197

HAMDEN-Spring Glen! Distinctive 3 BR stone/ slate roof cottage. Expanded kit./bkfst.rm. & MBR suite. LR w/vault. ceil. & FP. First flr. den/ office, media rm. Covered terrace, timber/slate roof gazebo. $719,000. John x124

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Say it S l o w....

Photographers really love greater New Haven. From Long Island Sound and the Quinnipiac River, the birds, the people, the alleyways, rooftops, our buildings – all are prey for New Haven “shutterbugs” who give us a whole different perspective – yes that’s what they do..

This isn’t the ‘selfie’ crowd we’re talking about, but the folks that present that one photo that best tells the real story. In this issue and the next, we’ll be featuring area photographers as we continue to showcase some of the best visual artists in the region. In this issue we feature Chris Randall and Lucy Gellman, who help form the core of the I Love New Haven [.org] web site, where photographers post some of the greatest shots to be found of the city and the region.

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p Randall Captures “New Haven’s Time Machine” the Union Station Tunnel Photo: Chris Randall

xDancer: Tatchol Camara of New Haven’s school of African Drum and Dance teaches a lesson during the first annual “Dancing in the Streets” evening, held in summer 2015. Photo: Lucy Gellman

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CHRIS RANDALL “I only got into photography about six years ago. At the time, I was running a non-profit and we needed photos. I thought that I might be able to do that and I was right. I guess there was always a part of me that wanted to be a photographer, even when I was little. When I started out I was obsessively reading about photography in books and Google, and also watching many video tutorials on Youtube. I just kept trying new things and shooting. I still do that. I started I Love New Haven ( in 2013 with my neighbor and friend, Jeffrey Kerekes. This was just after we finished working on the Inside Out project where I saw how powerful photography and art can be in building community, and making connections. I Love New Haven is a site that celebrates our people, places, and things, through photography. There are a lot of positives here and we like to show that. Many other media outlets often accentuate the negatives. I Love New Haven is a counter to that. ILNH is purely a labor of love, an all volunteer project. We don’t get paid for our posts on the site and we don’t sell ads. ILNH now has five regular contributing photographers.

LUCY GELLMAN is a reporter and photographer with the New Haven Independent, where she also manages its radio affiliate, WNHH-LP (103.5 FM in New Haven). She has been featured as an emerging writer at Paris’ Shakespeare & Company, and London’s Farrago Poetry and Forget What You Heard About Spoken Word, and is published in The Arts Paper, Journal of Eighteenth-Century Studies, Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin, The European, The London Student, and Foxing Quarterly,

PHOTO: Jeffrey Kerekes

But mostly, she’s become a necessary, no integral part of New Haven’s machinery of culture –MY Photo: Thomas Breen

Candace Ben-Elohim at Neville Wisdom’s fall 2015 fashion show in the Ninth Square.

Photo: Lucy Gellman


New Haven luminary Hank Paper at a Best Video Film & Cultural Center fundraiser at the Outer Space in Hamden.

Photo: Lucy Gellman

The Ultimate View of Superior Court at Elm and Church Street

Photo: Chris Randall

Musician and Music Producer Dean Falcone strums a few bars in his local studio.

Music Producer Plays It Big For The Dogs Documentary Chronicling Dog Abuse Garners Superstar Support By Rachel Bergman


ean Falcone has been playing music for years. As part of the team at locally-based What Were We Thinking Films, he’s also been scoring the music for independent films. Working out of his home or using the studio space at Firehouse 12, Falcone is a self-described “fleet-fingered Multi Instrumentalist and eclectic pop/rock composer/ producer who’s been playing in bands since his pre-teens” and has worked for big name acts like Cheap Trick and The Ramones in his eclectic rock’n’roll career. Falcone’s latest project is set to release on April 19 and for the good of the world, you will want to buy it. As part of his work with film producer Gorman Bechard, Falcone was charged with scoring a film about an atrocious case of animal abuse that led to an evolution in the legal system—making animal abuse a crime worthy of a stint in jail rather than just a fine. As Falcone puts it,“previously, you could set someone else’s couch on fire and go to jail for that, but do that to their pet and you just have to pay a fine.”

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The film in question, A Dog Named Gucci, is about just such a story. A puppy in the hands of the wrong derelicts was subjected to a cruel torture and badly burned. A neighbor caught wind of the atrocity and rescued the pup, brought him for emergency medical care and became his guardian and champion as the dog survived and thrived with his new family. As an advocate for Gucci, it wasn’t just about saving the dog and providing a better life; it became a tireless campaign of lobbying and advocacy to change the mindset of the legal system in which such a crime could go unpunished. That campaign lasted 7 years until it became a crime punishable under Alabama law to abuse animals.The significance of such a victory is that once such a law is on the books in one state, it becomes almost a domino effect for advocacy groups in other states—a legal peer pressure situation to be on the “right” side. Falcone knew the film needed a finale song and he thought of Barry Manilow, a renowned animal activist, and his song “One Voice.”As the musical director behind a project whose profits would be going to animal charities, Falcone was seeking NEWHAVENMAGAZINE.COM

Hope, Ohio SPCA, Humane Society of Elmore County.

a musical accompaniment built on passion and charitable donations; he was not in a position to pay royalties or artist fees. Unfortunately, Manilow no longer owned the rights to his song and Falcone had to find another tune.

The song will be available for purchase on 12” vinyl on April 16th, also known as Record Store Day. Additionally, the song will be available for digital purchase via iTunes, Amazon, or wherever else you purchase your music, on April 19th. At this time, it is not intended for the song to be available on streaming sites such as Spotify or Pandora because the ultimate goal is to sell copies to fund justice and care for animals.

After much scouring, he found the perfect song by the Canadian trio The Wailin’ Jennies, also called “One Voice.” His wish list of artists already drafted, Falcone was ready to move to the next stage—asking successful musicians that were either friends or friends of friends if they would donate their time and talent to making this song, in honor of a dog named Gucci. Soon Falcone had his ensemble: Nora Jones, Susanna Hoffs, Aimee Mann, Neko Case, Lydia Loveless, Kathryn Calder, and Queen’s Brian May. Queen! Skipping over managers and labels, Falcone asked the artists for their help and donated time. He traveled to their homes when possible to make recordings, conducted some recordings via skype, and edited the sounds back home in Hamden or at Firehouse 12. The song, Falcone explains,“represents [the film] perfectly. In the movie, it’s how one person makes a difference and how each person gets with another person and then another person to

The film will be available for purchase on DVD also on April 19, and both song and film are eligible for pre-order.

build up to a huge climax in which something actually gets done. Just like the song, where the song builds on voices one by one.” No artists were paid for their time and all proceeds from sales of the song and the film will support the following animal charities: Big Fluffy Dog Rescue, Best Friends Animal Society, Friends of the Mobile Animal Shelter, Susie’s

If you don’t have the stomach for suffering animals, Falcone says that’s ok,“if you’re worried about getting your heart broken watching the film, know that for every bad thing that happens, something wonderful happens. It’s a happy ending, even though you know something terrible is going to happen, it’s a positive message about amazing people who stopped their lives so this wouldn’t happen to animals, or that there would be serious repercussions for those who choose to do it.”

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to cast on their client’s conviction, to spare him lethal injection. Brice’s client has other ideas. His religious fervor has provided a sense of acceptance for his fate, one that Brice allows himself to accept as well. Rather than pushing a new line of defense or convincing Tiegs otherwise, the young lawyer is lulled into a sense of calm by his client’s religious pontifications, much to the dismay of his co-lead on the case, Rachel Costa, who attempts to snap Brice out of his self-imposed funk by sleeping with him. It all ends as badly as it could, an awkward office romance that fizzles on a sidewalk, and Brice bearing witness to the State of Georgia’s sense of justice. It is in Brice’s rock bottom that he finally meets with a new beginning—romantically, of course, and ever so slightly, he moves on with his life.


The Life Of The World To Come is New Haven resident Dan Cluchey’s first work of fiction after a career writing speeches for the Department of Justice, Department of Health and Human Services and the Export-Import Bank.


Young Love Ending & Getting The Chair

New Haven Writer’s First Work of Fiction By Rachel Bergman


he Life of the World to Come is Dan Cluchey’s story of Leo Brice, a self-involved law school student who gets dumped... badly. He misses all the signs of the impending breakup and when his soap star girlfriend leaves him in their Brooklyn apartment in the middle of the night, he crumbles. Unable to see the forest for the trees, the loss of his first love changes his perspective on life, happiness and his own future.That broken heart becomes a ruling force in his life, taking precedence over well-being, self-care, and his philosophical approach to his first client: a convicted murderer on final appeal for execution in Georgia. Brice takes a position out of law school with an agency providing pro bono legal services to death row inmates and is sent out as the co-lead for Michael Tiegs, a convicted murderer on final appeal. Brice and his new partner are charged with the duty of mulling years-old evidence, trial witness reports, and the performance of a semi-engaged public defender to find holes in the case, any scrap of doubt 34 M ARCH /A PRIL 2016

The Life of the World To Come by Dan Cluchey will be available for purchase on June 28 online and in book stores. Published by St. Martin’s Press in New York, the book is billed as fiction, although the author admits that “one or two of the events and nearly all of the thoughts in this book were endured by me personally between the ages of 23 and 26.” Cluchey earned his undergraduate degree from Amherst College and graduated from Harvard Law School.


ARTS how European fashion from the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque eras influenced and inspired new styles created between 1810 and 1860. March 5-July 10 at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 600 Main St., Hartford. Open 11a.m.-5p.m. Wed.-Fri., 10a.m.-5p.m. Sat.Sun. $5-$10. 860-278-2670,

OPENING Annual Still Life Invitational April 8-May 7 at Susan Powell Fine Arts, 679 Boston Post Rd., Madison. Open 11a.m.-5p.m. Tues.-Sat. 203-3180616. 95 Annual Elected Artist Exhibition & Body Language April 22-June 3 at Lyme Art Association, 90 Lyme St., Old Lyme. Open 12p.m.-5p.m. Wed.-Sun. 860-434-7802,

Peace Without Permission New Book Honors Former Congressman’s Role in Irish Peace Process By Rachel Bergman New Haven author and attorney Penn Rhodeen has chronicled the efforts of former Democratic Congressman for Connecticut’s 3rd district Bruce Morrison to end the warfare in Ireland. Rhodeen’s book, Peacrunner: The True Story of How an Ex-Congressman Helped End the Centuries of War in Ireland, was published in February of this year by BenBella Books, Inc. and is now on sale for $26.95. Congressman Morrison took an unprecedented political gamble during the Clinton Administration when he helped broker peace in Northern Ireland without the President’s permission. In 1992, Morrison supported Clinton’s campaign, forming a group called Irish-Americans for ClintonGore, and later recruited the administration to actively pursue an agenda to end “The Troubles” in Ireland, an ongoing conflict dating back to the 1100s. Back then, the “car bomb” wasn’t just a drink at a bar. The book is published with an introduction by President Bill Clinton and cameos from Tony Blair, George Mitchell, Gerry Adams, Jean Kennedy Smith, John Major, and other important figures all acknowledging Morrison’s role in peace negotiations that led to the eventual Good Friday Agreement ceasefire in 1998. The book is a tribute to Congressman Morrison’s role in what once felt to the world like a hopeless well of unending violence.

An American Place Ongoing exhibition at Florence Griswold Museum, second floor, 96 Lyme St., Old Lyme. Open 10a.m.-5p.m. Tues.Sat., 1p.m.-5p.m. Sun. $8-$10. 860-434-5542,

Common-Ground with Farrell Brickhouse and American Folk Art April 9-May 14 at Fred Giampietro Gallery, 1064 Chapel St., New Haven. Open 11a.m.-6p.m. Mon.-Sat. 203-777-7760, Studio Showcase View student and instructor work displayed in the KTJ Studios at the opening reception of the Annual Members and Elected Artists exhibitions. 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. April 21 at Mystic Museum of Art, 9 Water St., Mystic. Free. 860-536-7601, mysticmuseumofart. org. Art After Dark A family-friendly night summer concert series returns to the riverfront patio with a great line-up of food, drinks, live music, and live art. The party will move inside in the event of inclement weather. April will feature live music by Will Evans, live art by Katie Faile, and balloon art by April Brunelle. 6p.m- 8:30p.m. April 19 at Mystic Museum of Art, 9 Water St., Mystic. $3-$15. 860-536-7601, Mugs: Surface Treatments with Violet Harlow and Natalie Pittman Demonstration and hands-on mini-workshop. Watch demos and try slip trailing with Natalie Pittman. Instructor Violet Harlow will demonstrate slip carving and design techniques. Students need to bring a leatherhard, greenware mug to decorate. 9a.m.-12p.m. April 10 at Wesleyan Potters Student Studio, 350 South Main St., Middletown. $20-$30. 860-347-5925, Sarah Tortora May 6-June 30 at Reynolds Fine Art, 96 Orange St., 9th square, New Haven. Open 11a.m.-5p.m. Tues.-Thurs., 11a.m.-6p.m. Fri., 11a.m.-5p.m. Sat. 203-498-2200, reynoldsfineart. com.

ONGOING Leave the Moon Alone! William Kent, of Durham Connecticut created an extraordinary body of work that numbers in the thousands. “Leave the Moon Alone” is homage to one of Kent’s unapologetic unforgettable political prints owned by Yale University. The handmade prints were created by carving huge Italian slate blackboards, and reproducing on fabric and rice paper- without a printing press. Through April 13 at Six Summit Gallery, 6 Summit St., Bridgeport. Open 11a.m.5p.m. Wed., 11a.m.-6:30p.m. Thurs.-Fri., 12p.m.4p.m. Sat.-Sun. 860-581-8332, sixsummitgallery. com. Stacey Alickman & Michelle Benoit March 4-April 30 at Reynolds Fine Art, 96 Orange St., 9th square, New Haven. Open 11am.-5p.m. Tues.Thurs., 11a.m.-6p.m. Fri., 11a.m.-5p.m. Sat.. 203498-2200, Ten/Forty: Collecting American Art at the

Clinton Deckert “exploratory and spontaneous”, through June 7th at the New Britain Museum of Art. Florence Griswold Museum This exhibition is designed to reflect thoughtfully on the evolving nature of how the Museum has approached building and stewarding a collection of American art, in the context of new scholarship and how museums have changed their approach to the subject over the past forty years. Through May 31 at Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme St., Old Lyme. Open 10a.m.-5p.m. Tues.-Sat., 1p.m.-5p.m. Sun. $8-$10. 860-434-5542, NEW/NOW: Clinton Deckert He describes his process as “exploratory and spontaneous.” Deckert begins by splashing thin paints or loose ink washes over canvas board, blotting with rags and other materials to allow images to emerge on their own, reminiscent of the imagery employed by artists such as Hieronymous Bosch and Salvador Dalí. Through June 7 at New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., New Britain. Open 11a.m.-5p.m. Sun.-Wed., Fri., 11a.m.-8p.m. Thurs., 10a.m.-5p.m. Sat. $10-$15. 860-229-0257, An Artist at War: Deane Keller, New Haven’s Monuments Man The exhibition features paintings and drawings by Keller, as well as photographic reproductions of material he collected while serving as a Monuments Man in Italy. Among these images are his military identity card, Army uniform patch, dog tags, Fascist propaganda posters, soldier guidebooks, and photos documenting both the destruction and preservation of many treasured art masterpieces. Today, his public works can be seen throughout New Haven—in City Hall, in the headquarters of the Knights of Columbus and the Fusco Corporation, in Sterling Memorial Library and elsewhere around Yale University. On view through spring 2016 at New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Ave., New Haven. Open 10a.m.-5p.m. Tues.-Fri., 12p.m.-5p.m. Sat. $2-$4. 203-562-4183, Gothic to Goth: Romantic Era Fashion & Its Legacy The first exhibition to fully explore the Romantic Era as a formative period in costume history. Presenting historic garments alongside literary works, paintings, prints, and decorative arts, the exhibition will examine

Everything is Dada Dadaists challenged the concept of what constitutes a work of art and its aesthetic value, thus setting the stage for many later avant-garde movements, including Surrealism. Drawing on the original Dada spirit, the exhibition is accompanied by a series of performances inspired by and in dialogue with the artworks. Feb.12-July 3 at Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St., New Haven. Open 10a.m.-5p.m. Tues., Wed., Fri., Sat., 10a.m.-8p.m. Thurs., 1-6p.m. Sun. 203-432-0600, Meant to Be Shared: Selections from the Arthur Ross Collection of European Prints at the Yale University Art Gallery Beginning in the late 1970s, philanthropist Arthur Ross avidly collected works of art by some of the most renowned printmakers of the last several centuries. The Arthur Ross Collection eventually came to comprise more than 1,200 17th- to 20th-century Italian, Spanish, and French prints of exceptional quality. Highlights include works by Francisco Goya, Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s views of 18th-century and ancient Rome, and Édouard Manet’s illustrations for Edgar Allan Poe’s famous poem The Raven. Through April 24, 2016 at Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St., New Haven. Free. 10a.m.-5p.m. Tues.-Fri., 10a.m.8p.m. Thurs. (Sept.-June), 11am.-5p.m. Sat.-Sun. 203-432-0600, Contemporary look, Drawing attention, Palate to palette, Urban landscape Four exhibitions, each with a different theme: contemporary, drawing, food, and urban landscape. March 4-April 15 at Lyme Art Association, 90 Lyme St., Old Lyme. Open 12-5p.m. Wed.-Sun. 860-434-7802, Sound & Sense: Poetic Musings in American Art This exhibition explores the connections between American poetry and painting, sculpture, and decorative arts and presents a diverse landscape of masterpieces from the museum’s collection that incorporate poetic inscriptions in their composition or have direct relationships to America’s rich poetic traditions. Until April 17 at Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 600 Main St., Hartford. Open 11a.m.-5p.m. Wed.-Fri., 10a.m.-5p.m. Sat.Sun. $5-$10. 860-278-2670, Drawn from a Private Collection: Works on Paper from 1880-2009 This exhibition focuses on drawings by renowned American artists from Winslow Homer to Fred Wilson. Ranging in date from 1880–2009, the works exhibit an array of subjects and styles in the development of the drawing medium in American art. Jan.15-April 9 at Mystic Arts Center, 9 Water St., Mystic. Open 11a.m.-5p.m. daily. Free. 860-536-7601,

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CALENDAR BELLES LETTRES An evening with Buzz Aldrin, No Dream is too High Astronaut Buzz Aldrin reflects on the wisdom, guiding principles, and irreverent anecdotes he’s gathered through his event-filled life—both in outer space and on earth—in this inspiring guideto-life for the next generation. 7p.m. April 6 at First Congregational Church, 26 Meetinghouse Ln., Madison. $25-$30. 203-245-3959, Jane Sutcliffe, Will’s Words: How William Shakespeare Changed the Way You Talk 4p.m. April 14 at R.J. Julia Booksellers, 768 Boston Post Rd., Madison. Free. 203-245-3959, Authors Kristen Kittscher, Kat Yeh, Corey Ann Haydu and Ammi Joan-Paquette will be available, featuring books The Tiara on the Terrace, by Kittscher, The Truth About Twinkie Pie, by Kat Yeh, Rules for Stealing Stars by Corey Ann Haydu and Princess Juniper of the Hourglass by Ammi Joan-Paquette. 4:30p.m. April 16 at R.J. Julia Booksellers, 768 Boston Post Rd., Madison. Free. 203-245-3959, Eric Jay Dolin, Brilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse In a work rich in maritime lore and brimming with original historical detail, best-selling author Eric Jay Dolin, presents a history of American lighthouses, telling the story of America through the prism of its coastal sentinels. 3p.m. April 24 at R.J. Julia Booksellers, 768 Boston Post Rd., Madison. Free. 203-2453959, William Norwich, My Mrs. Brown A well-known fashion writer and editor, a novel about a woman with a secret who travels to New York City on a determined quest to buy a special dress that represents everything she wants to say about that secret--and herself. 7p.m. April 27 at R.J. Julia Booksellers, 768 Boston Post Rd., Madison. Free. 203-245-3959,

CINEMAS The Wrong Man Musician Manny Balestrero (Henry Fonda) needs money to pay for his wife Rose’s (Vera Miles) dental procedure. When he tries to borrow money from their insurance policy, someone at the office mistakes him for a man who had robbed them twice at gunpoint. After Manny is arrested, his defense attorney, Frank O’Connor (Anthony Quayle), works to demonstrate that Manny has an alibi for the crimes. The stress of the case, however, threatens to destroy Manny’s family before his name can be cleared. 6p.m. April 14 at the Bijou Theatre, 275 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport. $12. 203-332-3228,

Everybody will be hoppin’ over to the Shubert on April 29. RC Smith, current warm -up comic for TV’S “The Chew,” longstanding warm-up for “The Rachael Ray Show” plus warmup on Ryan Seacrest’s Million Second Quiz, “The Colbert Report,” “Who Wants to be a Millionaire,” Tony Danza, Caroline Rhea and Ricki Lake and Keith Anthony, as seen on Showtime, A&E and Comedy Central. 9p.m. April 23 at Marisa’s, 6540 Main St., Trumbull. $20. 203-268-5857, Bruce Bruce Although Bruce is known for his adult comedy, he prides himself on not using vulgarity to win a laugh, and is no stranger in winning over new audiences with every appearance. 7:30 p.m. & 10 p.m. April 29, 7:30 p.m. & 10 p.m. April 30 at Funny Bone, 194 Buckland Hills Dr., suite #1054, Manchester. 21+. $25. 860432-8600,

CULINARY French Brasserie Dinner with Chef Paul Barron Dinners will be four courses with wine pairings. The first dinner will be a French Brasserie. The menu includes pan-seared sea scallops with braised lentils, serrano ham, & celery beurre blanc, salad lyonnaise: frisee, smokey bacon, poached farm egg, brioche croutons, lemon-mustard vinaigrette, braised beef short ribs with a fricassee of wild mushrooms, baby carrots, snow peas, potato gnocchi, and vanilla bean crème brulée with fresh raspberries. 6:30p.m.- 10 p.m. April 2 at the Weekend Kitchen, 6 North Main St., Essex. $125. 860-767-1010,

The Client Fast-paced thriller, based on the John Grisham bestseller, about a boy whose life is endangered after he stumbles across vital information about a politician’s murder. His lawyer is the only person offering protection from the unwanted attentions of the Mob and the FBI – but is she capable of saving his life? 6p.m. May 12 at the Bijou Theatre, 275 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport. $12. 203-332-3228,

Springtime Vegan Cooking Class with Guest Chef Terry Walters A fantastically delicious, nutritious and educational class. The menu includes green smoothies with coconut chia pudding, summer rolls with cilantro pesto, dandelion Thai curry, steamed purple sticky rice, spinach salad with orange chili dressing, mixed berry and toasted almond crumble (or coconut almond apricot balls), and fermented spring veggie pickles. The menu is tentative. 6:30p.m.-10p.m. April 13 at the Weekend Kitchen, 6 North Main St., Essex. $85. 860-767-1010, weekend-kitchen.myshopify. com.



Joey Kola, TV warm-up comic for The Rachel Ray Show and as seen on The Tonight Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, “The King of Queens,” “The Martha Stewart Show,” “Comedy Central Presents Joey Kola,” “The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” and “Premium Blend,” Brett Druck, heard on Sirius XM Satellite Radio and Joey Novick, who appeared on MTV and Comedy Central. 9p.m. April 9 at Bistro B, 1595 Post Road East, Westport. $22.50. 203268-5857, Capone has performed at a slew of comedy clubs including New York’s Caroline’s Comedy Club, Uptown Comedy Club, Boston Comedy Club and tons of universities. 7:30 p.m. April 14, 7:30 p.m. & 10 p.m. April 25, 7:30 p.m. & 10 p.m. April 26 and 7p.m. April 27 at Funny Bone, 194 Buckland Hills Dr., suite #1054, Manchester. 21+. $10-$15. 860-432-8600, JJ Ramirez, as seen on A&E, “Showtime at the Apollo,” Comedy Central, and the movie “The Latin Legends of Comedy” and Ellen Karis, from The Soprano’s and FOX TV. 9p.m. April 23 at Bistro B, 1595 Post Road East, Westport. $20. 203-268-5857,

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Peter Rabbit Tales This production is based on three of Beatrix Potter’s “rabbit tales” - The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tale of Benjamin Bunny and The Tale of Mr. Tod. 1:30p.m. & 4:30p.m. April 23 at the Shubert Theatre, 247 College St., New Haven. $15-$25. 203624-1825, A Festival of Children’s Books: Bringing Authors and Children Together Author presentations and book signings, photo opportunities, entertainment, food, face painting, creative crafts, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Geronimo Stilton and more. A portion of the festival proceeds will help support Read to Grow’s programs and services. 10a.m.-1p.m. April 2 at Davis Street Arts and Academics School, 35 Davis St., New Haven. Free. 203-245-3959, Connecticut Storytelling Festival & Conference April 29-30 at Connecticut Storytelling Center, 270 Mohegan Ave., New London. $7.50-$135. 860-439-2754,

Full Moon Gong A deep sound healing and relaxation. 7p.m.9p.m. April 22 at Your Community Yoga Center, 39 Putnam Ave., Hamden. $22. 203-287-2277, Restorative Yoga Workshop Retreat from your everyday life, journey into tranquility and well-being. In this workshop the nervous system will relax and adrenals will restore. 2p.m. April 3 at Your Community Yoga Center, 39 Putnam Ave., Hamden. $27-$33. 203-287-2277, BY Foundations for Beginners If you are a beginner yogi this class is for you. Commit to practicing 2x a week and you will be moving on to more challenging classes in no time. The instructor will teach the foundations needed to grow your practice, using breath and movement. English and Sanskrit words will also be taught as part of the practice. 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. April 2 & 3 at Balanced Yoga, 1079 Whalley Ave., New Haven. $15-$18. 203-9801356,

NATURAL HISTORY Morning Bird and Nature Walks 7a.m.-9a.m. April 22 & 7:30a.m.8:30a.m. April 29 at Connecticut Audubon Society, Center at Glastonbury, 1361 Main St., Glastonbury. 860-633-8402, ctaudubon. org. Modern Celestial Navigation Celestial for the 21st-century navigator: a fast-paced introduction to celestial navigation from a modern perspective, designed especially for yachtsmen and recreational boaters. If you are thinking about bluewater sailing, celestial navigation stands as the only autonomous backup to GPS and electronic navigation. 10a.m.-4p.m. April 9-April 10 at Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic. $108 member/$120 non-members. 860-572-5322, History-of-the-Giant Hike Hike and explore the fascinating and colorful cultural history of Sleeping Giant State Park. Meet at the bulletin board by the kiosk near the park entrance. The hike is expected to last about three hours and wear comfortable, supportive shoes. Bring snacks and water if desired. 1:30p.m. April 10 at Sleeping Giant State Park, 200 Mount Carmel Ave., Hamden. Free. 203-287-5658, Early Bird Watchers Hike Learn about and observe some of the many migrant bird species that pass through the area and seasonally make their home at Sleeping Giant State Park. Meet at the bulletin board by the kiosk and bring binoculars and bird books if possible. Bring snacks and water if desired and the hike is expected to last about three hours. Wear comfortable, supportive shoes, with good traction. 8a.m. May 1 at Sleeping Giant State Park, 200 Mount Carmel Ave., Hamden. Free. 203-2875658,

CYCLING Pierre Lallement Ride A ride honoring Pierre Lallement, who filed the patent for the first pedal-powered bicycle in New Haven some 149 years ago. The ride will conclude in Ansonia with the town’s third annual Festival of Bikes. 10a.m. May 4 at East Rock Coffeehouse, 49 Cottage St., New Haven. Free.


History-of-the-Giant Hike, April 10l 1 Rock to Rock Earth Day Ride Rock to Rock is New Haven’s biggest Earth Day celebration. Travel from West Rock and East Rock, with celebrations on both sides of the city. Along the way, eat tasty food, hear great music, take on environmental service projects, and explore the city’s parks and neighborhoods. 8a.m. at Common Ground School, 358 Springside, New Haven. 203-285-6147, rocktorock.donordrive. com. Winding Trails Fat Tire Classic 8a.m. April 24 at 50 Winding Trails Dr., Farmington. $20-$50. 860677-8458,

Hop Brook MTB Race- Root 66 Race Series #1 9a.m. April 10 at Hop Brook, 4 Straits Turnpike. Middlebury. $15-$30. 203-729-8840, bikereg. com/hopbrook2016

school. Forty-five minutes before the race, a kid’s fun run will be held on the school grounds. 9a.m. April 17 at Spring Glen Elementary School, 1908 Whitney Ave., Hamden. $5-$30. 860-8810063,


Prospect Lions 5K Run and 2M Walk 9:30 a.m. April 2 at St. Anthony’s Church 4 Union City Rd., Prospect. $25.50.

Spring into Spring Glen 5K All proceeds benefit the Spring Glen PTA and directly support the children and families of the Spring Glen Elementary School community. The 2.5 mile course starts a block from Spring Glen Elementary School and winds through the beautiful residential neighborhood off historic Whitney Avenue before finishing back at the

Bimblers Bash 10K An entirely off-road loop within Westwoods in Guilford made up from a series of interconnecting single track hiking trails. 9a.m. April 3 at Cox School, 143 Three Mile Course, Guilford. $25-$30. 203-376-2893,

Ion Bank Cheshire Half Marathon, Relay & 5K A flat course that runs through Cheshire and Hamden with significant stretches along the historic Farmington Canal Trail. 7a.m. April 24 at Cheshire High School, 525 S. Main St., Cheshire. $7-$70. 203-565-2814, cheshirehalfmarathon. org. 17th Annual 5K Road Race/ Walk & Fun Run 9:45 a.m. April 24 at Hubbard Park, West Main St., Meriden. $25-$30.

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Let It Be: A Celebration of the Music of The Beatles The show musically charts the band’s meteoric rise from their humble beginning in Liverpool’s Cavern Club through the height of Beatlemania, and on to their later studio masterpieces. 8p.m. April 15, 2p.m. & 8p.m. April 16 at the Palace Theater, 100 East Main St., Waterbury. $56.50-$71.50. 203-3462000,

In the Mood A celebration of American popular music, featuring singers, dancers and the fabulous String of Pearls big band orchestra. 2p.m. & 7:30p.m. April 30, 2p.m. May 1 at the Shubert Theater, 247 College St., New Haven. $15-$59. 203-6241825,

Back Home Again: On the Road with John Denver A celebration of folk musician John Denver’s life and music, including hits like “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” “Rocky Mountain High,” and “Leaving On a Jet Plane.” Featuring versatile musician David Lutken (Ring of Fire), Back Home Again offers a rare glimpse of the man behind the music and the stories behind the songs. April 6-24 at Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main St., Ivoryton. 860-767-5041,

Jersey Boys The story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. May 3-8 at the Shubert Theater, 247 College St., New Haven. $47-$211. 203-6241825, American Idiot The story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. Their quest for true meaning in a post 9/11 world leads them on the most exhilarating theatrical journey of the season. April 29-May 15 at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre, 263 Golden Hill St., Bridgeport. $28. 203-576-1634,

Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks An aging but formidable woman hires a dance instructor to give her lessons in her home. What begins as an antagonistic relationship gives way to friendship as they swing dance, foxtrot, tango and cha cha while sharing their secrets, fears and joys. Six Dance Lessons

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Lewiston Alice and Connor sit by their roadside stand selling cheap fireworks while developers swallow the land around them. Promised a condo in the new development, their future is secure. Enter Marnie, Alice’s long lost granddaughter, proposing to buy the land to save her family legacy. Marnie and Alice will become reacquainted with each other’s deeply held secrets, uncertain pasts, and hopeful futures. Hunter, a 2014 MacArthur Fellowship recipient, explores the emotional frontiers of a family struggling to make a home in the vastness of the American landscape with affection, poignancy, and a profound sense of empathy. April 6-May 1 at the Long Wharf Theatre, 222 Sargent Dr., New Haven. $30.50-$65.50. 203-7874282, My Paris A new musical about the life and times of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, the artist who captured the gaiety, color, and heartbreak of Monmartre, Le Can-Can, and the world of Le Moulin Rouge. Inhabited by the colorful people he painted, this is the story of a great artist who loved a world that never quite loved him back. May 4-29 at the Long Wharf Theatre, 222 Sargent Dr., New Haven. $80.50. 203-787-4282,

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Connecticut Ballet presents: Cinderella 2p.m. April 23 & 24 at the Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic St., Stamford. $40-$60. 203-325-4466,

In Bridgeport April 29 Happy Days Two-time Academy Award winner Dianne Wiest returns to Yale Rep in Samuel Beckett’s masterpiece, Happy Days, staged by Artistic Director James Bundy. With her husband increasingly out of reach and the earth itself threatening to swallow her whole, Winnie’s buoyant optimism shields her from the harsh glare of the inevitable in this absurdly funny and boundlessly compassionate portrait of the human spirit. April 29-May 21 at the Yale Repertory Theatre, 1120 Chapel St., New Haven. $86. 203-432-1234,

Having our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years 103-year-old Sadie Delany and 101-year-old Bessie Delany were the daughters of a former slave, grew up in the Jim Crow South, lived in Harlem during its renaissance, and had professional careers as a teacher and a dentist, respectively. While they make dinner to remember their father’s birthday, the two sisters tell us the story of the last century, as they lived it. History at its most immediate, and poignant. March 31-April 24 at the Hartford Stage, 50 Church St., Hartford. $25-$85. 860-527-5151, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife Marjorie Taub, a middle-aged Upper West Side doctor’s wife, is devoted to mornings at the Whitney, afternoons at MOMA and evenings at BAM. Plunged into a mid-life crisis of Medea-like proportions, she’s shaken out of her lethargy by the reappearance of a fascinating and somewhat mysterious childhood friend. Can Marjorie, her long-suffering mother and her loving husband Ira, Board Certified Allergist, survive the shake-up? This uproarious comedy received a Tony Award nomination for Best Play of 2001. April 29-May 21 at Theatre Works, 5 Brookside Ave., New Milford. $18-$28. 860-350-6863, Fast times at Mermaid High The story of the Little Mermaid is reimagined in this splashy, ‘totally awesome’ 1980’s new wave musical with an undersea high school full of fantabulous fun. April 22-May 1 at the Center for the Arts in Downtown Milford, 40 Railroad Ave., South Milford. $18. 203-937-6206,

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“Awake, psaltery and harp: I will rouse the dawn!” The NHSO teams up with the vocal forces of the Worchester Chorus for Leonard Bernstein’s choral masterpiece and “prayer for peace,” Chichester Psalms. Program highlights also include Vaughan Williams’ Five Variants of “Dives and Lazarus” and the world premiere of new arrangements of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot; Go Down, Moses; and Steal Away featuring guest soprano Dana Fripp.

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MUSIC The 70’s Soul Jam featuring The Stylistics and Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes. Their popular hits include “You Make Me Feel Brand New,” “Break Up to Make Up” and “You Are Everything.” 8 p.m. April 2 at Shubert Theater, 247 College St., New Haven. $80-$65. 203-562-5666, Triumphant Voices: Beethoven’s Ninth. 7:30 p.m. April 2 at Woolsey Hall, 500 College St., at Grove St., New Haven. $74-$15. 203-865-0831, Roderick Williams, baritone. Music of Purcell, Vaughan Williams, Finzi, Britten and Ireland. 7:30 April 6 at Marquand Chapel, 409 Prospect St., New Haven. Free. 302-432-5062, yale.ed/ event. The Tartan Terrors, mix rock with traditional folklore, dance, and humor. With an arsenal featuring classic pipes and fiddle, driving drum tones, and signature guitar styles. 8 p.m. April 3 at Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $25. 860-510-0473, 11 Twelve 13, funk jazz fusion. 7 p.m. April 4 at the Funky Monkey Café & Gallery, 130 Elm St., Cheshire. $7. 203-439-9161,

Tim Shelton: The Songs of Jackson Browne. 8 p.m. April 4 at Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $28. 860-510-0473,

influences ranging from jazz, psychedelic rock, punk, afro-beat, reggae and soul. 9 p.m. April 10 at Café Nine, 250 State St., New Haven. $12-$10. 203-789-8281,

Award-winning blues master, Blues Hall of Fame member, and Alligator recording artist Joe Louis Walker, 7:30 p.m. April 4 at the Ballroom at Outer Space, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden. $22. 203288-6400,

The Connecticut premiere of The Nile Project features a dozen musicians performing collaboratively composed songs drawn from the diverse styles and instruments of the countries along the Nile Basin—including Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan, and Uganda—intertwining these traditions into a unified sound. 8 p.m. April 10 at Crowell Concert Hall, Wesleyan University, 271 Washington St., Middletown. $25. 860-685-3355, cfa.

Student Recital by Gene Stenger, Tenor. 7:30 p.m. April 7 at Sprague Memorial Hall, 470 College St., New Haven. Free. 203-4325062, yale.ed/event. A senior music recital by Eric Robinson, “The Reality Ends Here: Beginning of the End.” 7 p.m. April 9 at Beckham Hall, 45 Wyllys Ave., Middletown. 860-685-3355, wesleyan/edu/caf. Prokofiev’s “Duo for Two Violins” (performed by Yaira Matyakubova and Gregory Tompkins) in a relaxed setting. 5:30 April 9 at Music Haven, 117 Whalley Ave., New Haven. $8 ($5 students/seniors). 203-0745-9030, M.A.K.U. Sound System is a New York-based Colombian band playing music that is traditional at its core, but with a futuristic spin. Basing their rhythmic foundation on Columbian folkloric music, the band diverts from tradition by inflecting their sound with decidedly more modern synthesizers, and musical

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Mike Delguidice & Big Shot: Celebrating the music of Billy Joel. 8 p.m. April 10 at Palace Theater, 100 E. Main St., Waterbury. $65-$45. 203-346-2000, Blue Light Bandits, pop/soul/rock. 7 p.m. April 10 at the Funky Monkey Café & Gallery, 130 Elm St., Cheshire. $10. 203-439-9161, The Bronx Wanderers perform two hours of 50’s, 60’s and 70’s Rock N’ Rol. 8 p.m. April 10 at Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $55. 860-510-0473, Rhonda Vincent brings her hard driving bluegrass band “The Rage” to Hamden. 7:30 p.m. April 11 at Unitarian Society, 700 Hartford Turnpike, Hamden. $50-$40. 203-430-6020, Jane Monheit. Music ranging from jazz to contemporary, familiar standards and compositions. 8 p.m. April 11 at Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $60. 860-510-0473, Yale Concert Band, Thomas C. Duffy, Music Director. Emblems (A. Copland); Corpus Callosum (T. C. Duffy); Serenade for Winds I (A. Dvorak); and Miske (L. Botstein), feat. Ugnius Vaiginis, guest conductor. 7:30 p.m. April 11 at Woolsey Hall, 500 College St., New Haven. Free. 302-432-5062, yale.ed/event Elm City Folk Festival featuring Kath Bloom, Seth Adam, Xavier Serrano, Terri Lynn, Linda Draper, Heather Fay, Bob Tweedie, and Olive Tiger. 1 p.m. April 12 at Café Nine, 250 State St., New Haven. $5. 203-789-8281,

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Yale University’s most celebrated traditions, the 14 member a Capella sensation, the Whiffenpoofs. Made famous by their signature “Whiffenpoof Song,” the ‘Whiffs carry forward their century-old tradition each year with over two hundred performances in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Broadway’s Lincoln Center, and the Rose Bowl. 4 p.m. April 12 at Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $32. 860-510-0473, Grammy Award-winning pianist George Winston. The show features a variety of styles including melodic folk, Hawaiian slack key, New Orleans R&B and stride. With influences including The Doors, Vince Guaraldi and Thomas “Fats” Waller. 7:30 p.m. April 14 at Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $60. 860-510-0473, The Toneburst Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble performs new works by ensemble members, and old electronic works newly arranged for laptop ensemble, under the direction of Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Jonathan Zorn. 6 p.m. April 16 at CFA Hall, Wesleyan University, 271 Washington St., Middletown. Free. 860-685-3355, The Soft Parade, a Doors tribute show. 8 p.m. April 17 at Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $38. 860-510-0473, Yale Medical Symphony Orchestra. Featured compositions include William Tell Overture by Gioachino Rossini and Symphony in E minor, Op. 32 “Gaelic” by Amy Beach. 7:30 p.m. April 17 at Mary S. Harkness Memorial Auditorium, 333 Cedar St., New Haven. Free. Yale Institute of Sacred Music presents Joint Choral Concert, Yale Camerata & Glee Club. Bernstein: Chichester Psalms Vaughan Williams: Dona nobis pacem Wadsworth: War Dreams


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Marguerite L. Brooks and Jeffrey Douma, conductors. 8 p.m. April 17 at Woolsey Hall, 500 College St., New Haven. 203-432-5062, ism.yale. edu/event Yale Symphony Orchestra: The final concert of the 2014-2015 season brings together two beloved works from the early twentieth century. First, Margret Erlendsdottir ’15 winner of the 2014 William Waite Concerto Competition, on Prokofiev’s third piano concerto. The YSO will then end the season with An Alpine Symphony, the last of Richard Strauss’ symphonic poems. 8 p.m. April 18 at Woolsey Hall, 500 College St., New Haven. $15$10. 203-432-4140,

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Yale Glee Club and the New Haven High Schools Choruses join together in the annual cooperative celebration of music. Featuring Jeffrey Redding as the guest conductor and clinician. Performances from regional high schools. 7 p.m. April 22 at Woolsey Hall, 500 College St., New Haven. Free. gleeclub. Albert Rivera Quartet. Modern Jazz. 7 p.m. & 9 p.m. April 24 at Poli Club, Palace Theater, 100 E. Main St., Waterbury. $22. 203-346-2000, Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary) solo performance. His songwriting has produced some of the most moving songs from Peter, Paul & Mary, including “Puff, the Magic Dragon,” “Day is Done,” and “Light One Candle.” 8 p.m. April 24 at Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $40. 860-510-0473, Ticket to Ride: A tribute to the Beatles. 8 p.m. April 25 at Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $25. 860510-0473,

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Louise Goffin, the Daughter of Carole King and Gerry Goffin. 7 p.m. April 19 at Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $22. 860-510-0473, Student recital by Mindy Chu, Mezzo-soprano. 7:30 p.m. April 19 at Sprague Memorial Hall, 470 College St., New Haven. Free. 203-432-5062, ism.

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Storage for Rowing Skulls Kayaks and Canoes Kayak, Canoe Rentals - $30 1/2 day Carole King’s daughter Louise Griffin on April 19th in Old Saybrook. Organ Improv Showcase. Yale Institute of Sacred Music Organ students of Jeffrey Brillhart give a one-hour improvisatory recital. 4 p.m. April 28 at Trinity Episcopal Church on the Green, Temple St., New Haven. Free. 203-432-5062. Grammy award winner Juice Newton and her trio. 7:30 p.m. April 30 at Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $45. 860-510-0473, katharinehepburntheater. org. Yale Schola Cantorum: Beethoven: Mass in C Major and a new work by Roderick Williams. David Hill, conductor. 7:30 p.m. April 30 at Woolsey Hall, 500 College St., New Haven. Free. 203-432-5062. NRBQ - The classic pure pop band led by Terry Adams. 8 p.m. May 2 at Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $38. 860-510-0473, katharinehepburntheater. org. Mac Miller rapper musician performs. 7:30 p.m. May 7 at the Dome at Oakdale Theatre, 95 South Turnpike Rd., Wallingford. $25. 203-265-1501,

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B IB L I O FI L E S WORDS of MOUTH FÊTES IN S T Y L E If O The U TWall D OGoes OR S Up, Still Eat Well New Haven’s varied population lends itself to some stellar dining options, not least among those options the great Mexican food.

The Food You Aren’t Eating Enough Of: The Calzone The calzone is more than just a folded up pizza. It’s a large, doughy, ricotta and mozz filled wonder that is sure to cure what ails you. If your grandmother was pushing chicken soup on you when you had a cold, she was wrong, what you need is a medicinal calzone. Not everyone makes them and not everyone who makes them will knock your socks off, but a few places are getting it right.


While we like to think our taco trucks could compete against the Southwest, Salsa’s Authentic Mexican is also a smart choice.


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Tony & Lucille’s (203) 787-1621 150 Wooster St, New Haven Not that you can catch a bad meal on Wooster Street, but this is the calzone gold standard and possibly the founder of Calzone University. This massive work of art is so big and so stuffed that if you eat the whole thing in one sitting by yourself, you should probably get a free t-shirt and your picture taken to commemorate the event—and then maybe your cholesterol checked, this one comes fried. DiMatteo’s Pizza (203) 288-6655 Hamden Plaza, 2100 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden A good choice in calzone from end to end, stuffed amply with ricotta and mozz, fillings of choice – we recommend a meatball and pepper and served with

Protein Water Fills and Hydrates a good supply of marinara sauce. The meatball is very thinly slice and melds nicely with the cheese. Not as massive as Tony & Lucille’s (not a critique), a half of one calzone will fit in your hands like a large stuffed sandwich. The crust is thin and wood-fired. Lorenzo’s Ristorante (203) 932-5846 39 Elm Street, West Haven With a modern and bright interior, separate take-out entrance and traditional menu offerings, the calzone at Lorenzo’s comes in small or large and is worth stopping in West Haven to pick up. It’s gooey and satisfying and reminds you that calzones are vastly underappreciated. This is another baked not fried calzone, and eggplant is the word of the day.

Trimino protein drinks, based in Branford and available at Stop & Shop and Shaw’s, has created a product intended to directly compete with the soft drink market – but as a healthy alternative. The protein is from whey, a dairy extract many athletes use to supplement their diets. While the shoreline-based founders had no prior experience in the food industry, they were all experienced dads and coaches who watched sedentary kids drink soda and sugary juices to excess. Hence, the inspiration for Trimino protein “water” in 6 fruity flavors. The product boasts 7 grams of protein, a mere 28 calories, no caffeine and zero added sugar. The sweetener of choice is Splenda.

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Colonialism Aside, French Influence Makes For Delicate Thai Food

recommendation on seafood dishes and took the advice of the waiter to order the basil bamboo stir fry with mixed seafood ($22), consisting of shrimp, squid, mussels, and a thick white fish in a savory light broth with julienned bamboo shoots, carrots, mushrooms, onions and basil. The dish is naturally spicy, and when we said medium, our waiter advised that it would still be a bit spicier, which it was, so take note. The white fish of the dish was the highlight with its lightly fried crispy exterior and a tender flakey inside.

The Terrace (203) 230-2077 1559 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden Chef Amy Wongwiwat at The Terrace in Hamden is well known for her French culinary training in Lyons, which is probably why the dishes have such crisply distinct flavors. No mushy noodles in a heavy sauce here. An appetizer, a basic noodle dish and a seafood special plate later, it’s easy to say she is very careful with flavors. I began by treating myself to a Thai iced tea, it was in a tall thin glass, not overwhelmingly sweet or too milky or filling—just right and very refreshing. The Steamed Mussels ($8) were not what I was expecting when they arrived at the table and instead of a steamy, broth-filled bowl of partially opened little shells, it was six two-inch long muscles with a faint vinegary smell on a small plate with crumpled basil leaves and an accompanying cup of clear sauce with red chili bits and a dash of greens. The giant mussels,

specially imported from New Zealand to as closely as possible replicate native Thai mussels, were tender, tangy and sweet all at once and so perfectly juicy. I was inspired to order more seafood.

fresh and flavorful noodles, which are lightly sauced such that not a single bite dripped. The chicken wasn’t dry, the broccoli wasn’t mushy, and overall, it was a satisfying bowl of comfort noodles.

An order of chicken and broccoli padsee-ewe ($11.95) helped set a baseline to compare The Terrace with the region’s other great Thai restaurants. What sets them apart is that they make their own noodles in-house. There is a nice al dente quality to the

On the fancier side, I asked for a

The dessert menu goes beyond the traditional mango sticky rice, although that is available, with a few highly regarded options, like the French brownie. My inner child had to order the spaghetti and meatballs— spaghetti shaped vanilla ice cream topped with a light strawberry sauce and for the meatballs? Two nutty chocolate truffles sit on top. There is no spectacular flavor involved, but I did feel like a happy 6-year-old in a very good way while eating it. It was a “treat” in the purest sense of the word.

The Great Pumpkin . . . Seed Company North Haven food company Superseedz is making tasty and healthy treats out of fresh roasted pumpkin seeds. Founded by Kathie Pelliccio when her roasted pumpkin seeds straight out of her own cast iron skillet became a hit with kids, friends of kids, neighbors, and eventually buyers at local fairs and farmer’s markets, distribution is now coast to coast. Flavors range from a variety of sweet choices like cinnamon and sugar to savory options like sea salt and even super spicy. Superseedz are sold in the chips & nuts aisles at grocery stores like Stop & Shop and make for a perfect salad topping or healthy snack on the go—as endorsed by none other than Dr. Oz, and according to Prevention magazine, help fight PMS symptoms.

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FARM TO TABLE RESTAURANTS Tired of out-of-season fruits and vegetables flown in fresh from Chile while you look to reduce your carbon footprint? Well, there are plenty of restaurants in the region ready to support that mission with you. The farm to fork movement inspires shopping at farmer’s markets, eating dessert and thinking it’s healthy because it’s organic, and most importantly, supporting local food businesses. Oak Haven Table & Bar (203) 915-9413 932 State Street, New Haven Oak Haven offers freshly pressed juice for cocktails, small delicate arrangements of beets in salad, local farm-fresh cheeses and enough room on the small patio for at least 6 people. This Upper State St. eatery is not a new kid on the block, but it remains unique in the approach to preparing small shareable plates of very fresh food.

Red Clover Café (203) 828-6442 16 Bank Street, Seymour

Stone Hearth (203) 691-1456 838 Whalley Ave., New Haven

South Lane Bistro (203) 533-5845 63 Whitfield Street, Guilford

The sister restaurant to the sadly deceased Delaney’s, Stone Hearth still uses the Delaney’s recipe for wings, just in case you still woke up in a cold sweat wondering if you’d ever again taste the Delaney’s recipe. The varied menu offers small plates, healthy options, vegetarian and some comfort food options like penne a la vodka and pizzas.

With most ingredients sourced from local farms, shoreline seafood purveyors and as many Guilfordbased businesses as possible. The tavern-style ambiance provides the backdrop for a hearty menu of tavernstyle specialties like burgers and fries, but also regional favorites like potato cheddar pierogies—with kale and shitake mushrooms.

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Less a restaurant and more a local farm that serves delicious food on a limited schedule, Red Clover Café is still worth mentioning because the menu is thoughtful, delicious, and worth the advanced scheduling of reservations for dinner service. The Saturday night Farmer’s Feast doesn’t have a set menu, but rather, dishes are created based on what’s in season and available, call for reservations. The Café serves lunch and dinner from Wednesday to Sunday as well as brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.

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My N ew H a v e n By Bruce Ditman

Share it away…share it away share it away, now.


one time we paid a fortune for them, but we never plug them in again. Should they collect dust for a decade or two just because they were very valuable to us many “uses” ago? I’m asking, like an HGTV host who once read half a book on Zen Buddhism: what is the value of a stereo that plays no music?

et’s take a trip.

Imagine that your house isn’t anchored to the earth, not bound by gravity or a concrete foundation. Picture it, instead, floating through the air above your neighborhood, over the cul-de-sacs and parks, over schools and police stations. Up in the sky you soar, captain of your house-y hot-air balloon. For our purposes, tethered above you is one of those giant Jules Verne type balloons with the burner-thingy blazing, or maybe it’s dozens upon dozens of individual balloons. Doesn’t matter because you and everything you own, in any case, are comfortably floating through the air. Picture yourself looking out the window, seeing the horizon, enjoying the broad vistas. Look down and look up. Feel the pride of the heights you and your house have reached. But all of a sudden, something’s gone wrong. Inch by inch, moment by moment, the tiny train-track model trees below are getting... larger. Now, the clouds among which you bobbed so easily are pulling up and away from the roof. You and your house are losing altitude and there is only one way to fix it. You are going to have to have to cut weight. Now, think of your house again. Walk through it in your mind and see it all: the closets, the attic, the basement, the garage, old toy chests, the under-beds, the over-heads, the

junk drawers and the sheds. So off you go to the open window and jettison all of the bits and pieces, the broken frames, the broken mirrors, the junk. Bombs away. Every pound helps, you think correctly but, alas, the junk was not enough—still you fall. So you must take another pass. What do you have in your house that, despite being in perfect or near perfect working condition, you could sacrifice? And what would change if you did? Here is my wager and my general point: in your house, there are more than enough fully functioning and potentially useful things stowed away that, should they just up and disappear one day (imagine an attic rapture), the quality of your life would not be harmed at all— not one tiny bit. There would be, at worst, a net zero effect on your well-being.

But what of this stuff we keep? These are the things we tell ourselves we’re saving but really we’re just storing.These things— once treasures—are now ballast; dead weight, which, if thoughtfully ejected (that is to say in the direction of need or utility) may be reborn as treasures once again to someone else. So do it. You’re sinking under the weight of your inventory. Share them. Share them overboard, share them to a collection box on the side of the road, share them to a friend or an acquaintance. Share them away where ever they can be used and, in the process, lighten your burden and feel your ship rise. Now, sure, we’ve all been ebaying and auctioning our junk for years. And, there’s a place for that in our households. But for most of us, auctioning all of our stuff online is too much work for too little return and so we just stash it, just store it. We hang onto old stereos because

I’m lucky to live in a place and be a part of a community in which people seem to be happy to share. Outgrown bikes and unused tools change from ballast to blessings as they shift around households where their lives can begin again. Seriously, other people’s stuff has changed my life. I hope some of my stuff has changed the lives of others for the better as well. Used is the new “new”. Need another reason to give away your old things? What is the price of your generosity? You’ll have a cleaner garage, an emptier attic and an all-around happy feeling. So chuck the junk and share the good stuff. Everything (you don’t want anymore) must go. Share it away, now. If you feel any guilt about not paying at all or enough for someone else’s wares, should you have bought them shiny and new in a store, send what you think you would have spent to New Haven Farms (or any one of the many great New Haven charities that could use it).

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