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Amy Chua of New Haven is the John M. Duff Jr. Professor of Law at Yale Law School, where she has been a member of the faculty since 2001. The 51-yearold graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School began her legal career as a corporate law associate with the powerhouse NYC law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton before leaving to teach law at Duke Law School for seven years before coming to New Haven. Notwithstanding that formidable C.V., Chua is best known as an author, and not of legal textbooks. In 2010 she penned a parenting memoir, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother (Penguin Books), a New York Times bestseller that extolled the super-strict parenting of Chinese immigrants (Chua herself is a U.S. native; her parents were ethnic Chinese who emigrated to the U.S. from the Philippines). The book, which Chua describes as a ‘memoir’ but which many reviews characterized as a parenting how-to, ignited a firestorm of debate over the relative efficacy of strict Asian parenting vs. the lassitude of 21st-century American parenting. Earlier this year Chua teamed up with her husband, fellow Yale Law School professor Jed Rubenfeld, to write the provocative The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise & Fall of Cultural Groups in America (Penguin Books). The three ‘unlikely’ traits: a cultural superiority complex, insecurity, and impulse control. Among the successful ethnic/cultural groups that exhibit those traits: American Jews, East and South Asians, Cuban emigrés, Nigerians and (bet you didn’t see this one coming) Mormons. NHM Editor Michael C. Bingham interviewed Chua for ONE2ONE.

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How did it work? With my first daughter [Sophia, now a junior at Harvard], everything went smoothly — she was an easy kid. But my second daughter came along, and we locked horns from day one. Battle Hymn is actually supposed to be a funny memoir, [albeit] poignant at times. It’s filled with these zany showdowns in which my daughters always win — they have all the best lines. But everything changed when Lulu turned 13 and suddenly became very angry


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science and reading, while the U.S. came in 28th and 35th. So I think I tapped into two of America’s greatest anxieties — fear of parenting, and fear of China — simultaneously.

How did you react?

I remember getting a B-plus on an algebra test. You can’t believe how strict my parents were. My father just took away all privileges. There were very high expectations, and we were expected to meet them.

I decided to pull back, cold turkey. So the book is actually about my own journey as a mother. It is not intended as a parenting guide or manifesto. In some ways it’s about my own struggle to find the right balance between Eastern and Western parenting.

Much of the media coverage of the book portrayed it not as a memoir, which is how you describe it, but as a manifesto. The trouble really started with the [January 7, 2011] Wall Street Journal headline, “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior.” I was horrified when I opened the newspaper and saw it. That just cast the entire debate. I’ve had so many people over the last three years write to me to say, ‘I’m so sorry — I was one of the haters. But I read the book and it was nothing like what I imagined.’ This is just about mothers and daughters, and mothers trying to get it right.

On the other hand, that mischaracterization, if you will, is part of what generated so much publicity and controversy over the book — and no doubt sold a lot of books. I think that’s probably right. Just before the book was published, my daughters said to me, ‘You know, Mommy, no one is going to read this book. You’re not a famous person, and no one is going to care about it.’ Also, the PISA international tests had come out just before my book was published. Shanghai kids tested No. 1 in math,

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What attracted you to the law? In my parents’ generation, Chinese immigrant parents tended to have very narrow hopes for their kids. Almost stereotypically, my parents wanted me to be an MD, Ph.D., to major in math or physics and to go to medical school. I started off majoring in applied math at Harvard, going pre-med. I was horrible; I almost [flunked] out. I switched to economics hoping that I could persuade my dad that it was actually a science. I went to law school purely by default because I didn’t want to go to medical school. So it was a long journey for my trying to find what I really wanted to do in my life. I got incredibly lucky. I somehow found my way into writing about law and development, law and globalization, law and culture — things that naturally interest me. Law school was just an incredibly generous and stimulating place for me, and I feel very lucky to have found a niche in the law where I can use a little bit of my comparative advantage.

After law school you entered the corporate world in New York, and then switched gears to enter academia. Why? My father’s an academic, so I always wanted to be a professor. But it was the judge [Chief Judge Patricia M. Wald of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit] I clerked for

who said, ‘Amy, how can you possibly go into academics immediately? You need to go out and do something.’ So I went and did international privatization [legal] work. It was that experience that got me thinking about markets and democracy in the developing world.

Tiger Mother made not just you a public figure, but also your entire family. How did your daughters feel about their newfound fame? My daughters were amazing. I did clear every single page with them before [publication], and my husband, too. So this wasn’t an exposé by one member of the family. It was more of a joint effort. Nevertheless, when the firestorm broke out, there were moments when I was sitting alone in a hotel room [on the book publicity tour] wondering, ‘Oh, my God — is my family going to fall apart because of my hubris?’ Because we were so exposed, and they were hearing terrible things about their mother on the Internet. But I was just so lucky: Sophia wrote the piece in the New York Post defending me, and Lulu — always my rebel — in an NBC Today Show interview, they took her into a room without us and asked her, ‘You’ve had troubles with your mother — what kind of a parent do you think you are going to be?’ To my surprise, she said, ‘My mother and I don’t always agree, but if she hadn’t raised me the way she did, I wouldn’t be who I am. And I wouldn’t like that. So I think I’m probably going to be a strict parent, too.’ So the girls were very lucky: the schools, their friends, my students, my colleagues — everybody was very supportive, and we somehow made it through that period.

Do you think it’s true that by overprotecting — coddling, if you will — their children, many 21st century American parents are cheating their children of opportunities to learn how to overcome adversity?

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I do. True self-esteem and true confidence and inner strength has to be earned. It’s very hard — we all want to protect our children. But at some point your children will have to go out into the real world. You can tell them, ‘You’re amazing, you’re perfect’ all you want, but when they [confront adversity], that’s when they really start to feel bad. I think we should assume strength rather than weakness in our children. There is nothing better for building confidence than persevering and discovering that, with hard work, you were able to do something that you were sure you couldn’t.

Your daughters were channeled into piano and violin, which you wrote are the only two ‘acceptable’ instruments Chinese parents allow their children to study. But what if one of them had some uncanny athletic gift? Would you have allowed her to pursue that sport, or is athletics a waste of time?

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Why just piano and violin? Why not French horn, or flute? That’s one of the lessons of the book is that, at the end, Lulu said, ‘I don’t want to play the violin; I want to do tennis instead.’ And I did let her. Actually, Asian and immigrant parents are very different today, and sports is a very competitive arena. But whatever my children’s passions are — even if it’s to be a photographer or a writer — I would support it — but on the condition that they give it 100 percent. There’s a sense of joy and fulfillment that comes with doing something extremely well.

Cultural advantages are definitely contributing to inequality in this country,’ says Chua. ‘And if we are really serious about trying to address inequality, we can’t be afraid to look at these cultural questions and to debate them publicly.’

One of my regrets — and I think this is a shortcoming of strict immigrant parenting — is that there is a very narrow view of what

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Where did the idea for The Triple Package come from? Back in 2008 I taught a seminar on why some [cultural] groups and nations prospered disproportionately. I have been writing about successful minorities in developing countries for almost 20 years. My husband is a constitutional law professor, and much of his work is focused on this concept of living in the present and also the fear that modern society is moving toward an immediate-gratification mentality.

That collides head-on with one of three core principles of the Triple Package: impulse control. In the book we describe the U.S. Constitution as an [exemplar] of national impulse control. We talk about the tension between America’s two founding documents: The Declaration of Independence is an act of rebellion. It represents living in the moment. By contrast, the Constitution is about reining in the passions of the majority — law, in effect, is impulse control writ large. So America is a hybrid of these two documents but also these two impulses.

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Did you anticipate the controversy the book would generate? We knew it would be provocative. Any time you talk about groups and culture, it’s a sensitive topic. But I think it’s really unfortunate that these issues are so difficult to talk about. We are very clear that The Triple Package is not about ‘explaining’ the achievement gap or the poverty of our very poorest groups. Of course the answer is history and slavery and systematic discrimination and exclusion. But we also shouldn’t be afraid to say there are certain kinds of behaviors and attitudes and skills that help some groups achieve more academically and professionally. To take this entire subject of culture and say you cannot talk about it — everything is discrimination, and to make it taboo — is to lose an incredibly important opportunity. Cultural advantages are definitely contributing to inequality in this country. And if we are really serious

about trying to address inequality, trying to fix poverty, trying to improve our education systems — we can’t be afraid to look at these cultural questions and to debate them publicly.

Many of the negative reviews seemed to be coming from a place of political correctness, where attributing characteristics to ethnic or cultural groups rather than individuals simply can’t be tolerated.

hours, discipline, more respect for teachers, they have Saturday school. Insecurity — they don’t call it that, but the idea is higher expectations — ‘No, you are not good enough yet. We know you can do better. You have to keep striving — no excuses.’

What are the core elements of The Triple Package? First is a sense of exceptionality. Secondly, a sense of insecurity — paradoxically — and third, impulse control. What these inner-city charter schools are trying to do is to instill in these underprivileged children a sense of exceptionality that is not based on group membership or religious membership, but an exceptionality based on the pride one can take in overcoming adversity.

That’s definitely part of it. But things are starting to change. One really exciting thing is that educators have been reaching out to us from charter schools, innercity public schools, because they all realize that certain groups have cultural advantages. Two of the largest inner-city charter-school As a word person, I wonder networks — KIPP and Democracy what is the difference between Prep — have said that what [they] ‘impulse control’ and ‘self are trying to do is to instill the discipline.’ Are they the same  Triple Package [in their students]. thing? These schools are all about longer

It often comes under the name ‘grit’ or perseverance. We use impulse control as an umbrella term that covers self-discipline, but also the ability to resist temptation. When we looked at the groups that are most disproportionately successful in America today, all of these groups have a very different view of childhood than the rest of the country. Instead of viewing childhood as just fun and carefree, they see it more as a training period — preparation for the future. And they all instill practices of selfdiscipline and focus at a much earlier age than the rest of the population.

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You wrote that the Triple Package characteristics are most manifest among immigrants and their offspring, but that by the third generation it begins to become diluted. What happens then? [Ethnic/cultural] groups rise and fall over time in a very predictable arc. Groups that are successful today are different from the ones that were successful 20 years ago or that will be successful 30 years from now. Often you get this firstgeneration phenomenon where they have come from frequently terrible institutions — countries that are corrupt or poor or [affording] very little opportunity. They believe in the American system — sometimes more than the system deserves. That generation tends to work very hard, they have very high expectations for their children, tend to be very strict with their children and demand a lot from them. As a result, the second generation tends to prosper disproportionately. So of the groups that are far outperforming the national median, the vast majority are recent immigrant groups. [But] when you finally achieve success, that undermines two elements of the Triple Package: Success undermines insecurity — you don’t need to be afraid [as though] you don’t know where your next meal is coming from. And it also erodes impulse control: Once you start to feel a little comfortable — you have a decent-sized house, you have two comfortable cars — why should you get up at six in the morning? Why should you drill homework for the extra two hours?

You also wrote that groups that have been in America for a long time — WASPs, for instance — can grow complacent and stop striving. Does that mean it’s too easy to live comfortably here without working very hard?

The first immigrant group tends to be incredibly hard-working, but they have very narrow views about what success is. They want their kids to go into very safe and respectable careers — ‘Be a doctor; get a Ph.D.’ Their children are a little less afraid — they’re less insecure, so maybe they don’t work quite as hard. But that frees them up to say, ‘I want to be a jazz musician,’ or ‘I want to be a writer.’ And then their children can afford to be even more creative. So the success of America is the result of these changing generational dynamics and the conflict between generations that can generate enormous amounts of creativity and dynamism.

What’s your next book? I was joking with some friends that I could probably write a cookbook and it would be enormously controversial — ‘She said to use sugar!’ So for the moment I’m just going around, giving talks and trying to clarify misunderstandings about The Triple Package. At the end of the day, the book is about individuals, not groups. [Supreme Court Associate Justice] Sonia Sotomayor, who did not come from a Triple Package culture — she came from a struggling Puerto Rican background, she was the daughter of an alcoholic father — she is very much a Triple Package person. It was her grandmother who instilled in her that she was destined for great things. In any culture a particularly strong parent or grandparent can instill all three of these qualities in children. She writes in her memoir that she wasn’t always a good student. ‘But then in fifth grade I went up to the best student in the class, and I said, ‘How are you a good student? How do you study?’ And she basically just followed that formula. And ended up going to Princeton, and the rest is history. That shows that we shouldn’t be afraid to talk about these cultural issues. v

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These activities are all nature play: unstructured childhood play in wild areas, whether it’s the vacant lot next door, the local neighborhood park, or the tidal marsh at the state park. Fast-forward to 2014. And although for some, childhood still means spending time hiking in the woods or the building sandcastles at the beach, for many it’s rare. According to the Green Hearts Institute for Nature in Childhood, children now spend an average of just 30 minutes per week in unstructured outdoor play. The institute attributes the decreased access to unregulated green spaces where children can freely play to growing parental fears of letting children play outdoors without close supervision; the growing allure and availability of plugged-in play; longer school

days and more homework; and the trend to over-schedule children in structured, adult-led activities to the detriment of natural, unstructured play. Green Hearts points to studies asserting that frequent nature play is more powerful than formal education, participation in youth groups, or even the influence of parents and other mentors. The group is committed to developing

and implementing structured ways of bringing unstructured nature play back to childhood. As a result, dozens of nature preschools have opened across the United States, with about 30 affiliated to community nature centers, and many other private preschools using nature-based play as the central component of their curriculum.


The Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center Preschool in Mystic, the Westbrook Nature Preschool, and the New Canaan Nature Center Preschool are a few that have opened throughout the state. Located in Hamden’s North End neighborhood, Carrot Patch is an early-learning center providing preschoolers with an inquiry-based curriculum centered around natural science.



The center is run by administrative director Suzanne Miller, a former Connecticut assistant attorney general and mother of two with a background in law, non-profit management and child welfare.


She says when she initially purchased the property, she was uncertain what she would do with the space that had previously operated as a day-care center for over 40 years. “I was flipping through a nature explorer catalogue and I had such a strong gut reaction to the idea of kids in nature and it really just brought back all of my childhood memories of roaming through the woods all day long and made me realize that we had the opportunity to make it all available for kids,” she says. Miller says in developing Carrot Patch curriculum, she began with the expertise of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, an architect, two biologists, a builder, and a long-time early childhood educator. Since opening Carrot Patch in 2005, Miller has tapped area resources, including a botanist from UConn’s Agricultural Experiment Station and a retired forester to increase the knowledge base for the school’s studies. “We have always had the kids outdoors twice a day in every weather, but we started having a much more intentional approach to what we were doing in 2011,” she says. “We started planting gardens with the kids, focusing on life cycles of plants, set up science centers in each of the classrooms, started nature journals — more focus.” The preschool’s goal, Miller says, is to imbue kids with the sense of importance of nature that hopefully will continue into their futures as active environmentalists.

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“Nature impacts them in every imaginable way,” notes Miller. “Physically, it’s very helpful to be spending time out in the fresh air, it improves kids’ coordination, they learn to take reasonable risks and become more confident and more able to conquer physical tasks as they get older.” Miller says the students at Carrot Patch spend about three hours outside exploring the outdoor classroom each day. “Kids can be nervous at first about stepping in the mud, but before you know it they are catching salamanders and picking up bark to determine which tree it came off,” she says.

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Miller adds that the children are out of doors in rain, snow and sunshine. “There’s no bad weather,” she says, “only bad clothing.” Whether they are jumping into a giant mulch pile, building a fort with sticks and stones or following the trail that winds through the forest down to the stream, children at Carrot Patch develop an innate connection with nature and respond with a sense of wonder and awe in their natural surroundings, Miller says. “You see this natural sense of kids feeling free and immersing themselves, coming out of their own heads, and really tending to what’s around them,” she says. “It gives them endless ways to test themselves and explore, it triggers creativity and opening up their perspective.” Miller says the human race has always gravitated toward the outdoors, but in an age dominated by technology, the amount of time actually spent outside has steadily declined. “Suburban kids that come here have manicured backyards and visit public parks,” she notes. “Everything is kind of controlled. Society has restricted everything for safety reasons. It’s a gift for kids to be able to go and have that untamed experience when you don’t know what you’re going to see — today’s going to be different from tomorrow.

“It’s really stimulating and calming at the same time,” she adds.

daughter, now two and a half, started attending the preschool at just eight weeks old.

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“What I’m really pleased to see is that being outside even in the winter months is still as much of a focus as being indoors,” Crocker says. “Exposing our children to nature as early as possible will foster an appreciation in them for the outside environment. The more that we do that with our young people, the better chance we have that their generation will be committed to preserving the environment, wildlife and open spaces.” Crocker says there are important sensory benefits to discovering and learning in a natural environment that children simply cannot experience from television or video games.

natural world, unlike most traditional preschool experiences. “We provide a high quality early-childhood program that meets the developmental needs of preschoolers while inspiring them to love and appreciate the world of nature in a safe and nurturing environment,” she explains. “Our curriculum encourages our students to engage all of their senses and fosters compassion and empathy for our surroundings and all those we share it with.” Though the curriculum is nominally segmented into monthly themes like pumpkins and gourds

in October or hibernation in November, it is also determined by the children’s interests and discoveries. “We were on a hike in the woods one day and the children found an owl pellet and it turned into a four week project culminating in a live owl visiting the classroom,” Lema says. “The kids wanted to know what the small grey thing was and what was in it. What the owl ate, how it pooped. We discussed food charts and digestion cycles — everything about an owl.” She says her goal as an educator is to teach children to perform their own research, and

“You can watch a video of an inchworm, but it’s not the same as watching one in action,” she says. “Carrot Patch had some marvelous pictures last fall of the children crowding around a grasshopper on a leaf and their faces said it better than I can — sheer wonder, curiosity, excitement, priceless.” Crocker says nature offers stimulation to multiple senses simultaneously in a way that is just not possible indoors. And, she adds, because children are innately curious, nature is something that provides an outlet for that curiosity. “I’m not an expert in childhood development, but I know from my experience as a parent that toddlers love exploring their senses — sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell,” says Crocker. “Nature encourages them to discover and explore, not just passively observe.” Pointing to the widely popular Last Child in the Woods written by Richard Louv, Crocker says she agrees with the author’s “nature-deficit disorder” take on a world in which children are overly dependent on activities that require a power source. “Never before in history have children been so plugged-in and so out of touch with the natural world,” she says. “[It’s] Louv’s main point and I agree with him wholeheartedly. Society is getting addicted to the bombardment of images on the screens of televisions and now smart phones, video games, iPods and tablets at an earlier and earlier age, and as a result, children are spending less time engaging in physical activities and less time outdoors.”

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For example, “Patients with a view of nature from their windows recovered faster than patients with no views of nature,” she says. “There was also a study that randomly assigned children to either play in the forest or continue using their kindergarten playground every day for one to two hours over the course of a year. At the end of that period, the researchers found that the children who played in the forest had better balance and coordination skills than children who played in the regular playground.”

“Even when someone doesn’t sit you down to literally teach you something, you can learn on your own. Curiosity can guide your life,” says Lema. “We want our kids to want to explore always.” She says the daily hikes and exploration of the school’s natural playground helps develop creativity, social skills and a connection to the natural world. “The natural playground is a large open area where the kids can explore safely and create their own play space made of rock borders and paths and a natural bridge and oversized nest,” Lema explains. “Whether they are creating a tiny delicate fairy house or a campfire, the natural playground is made of loose parts that the children can move and build.”

Reyes says in another study, investigators randomly assigned children with ADHD to one of three experiences: a 20-minute walk in the park, a 20-minute walk in a well-kept downtown setting, or a 20-minute walk in a well-kept neighborhood setting. They found that children’s attention improved only in the park setting but not in either of the urban settings. She says investigators found the size of the effects was similar to the effects of typical ADHD medications.

Lema says the time spent outside, though nominally “play” time, is a time where teamwork and social skills are being developed.

“We are also discovering that even interior spaces of preschool classrooms containing features that replicate elements of nature are correlated strongly with children’s creative thinking,” says Reyes. “What these studies point to is that it is human nature to connect with nature. From an evolutionary perspective, humans have depended heavily on the natural environment to survive and thrive.”

“It’s not just playing outside. It’s ‘Let me help you move this log’ or ‘Can you help me lift this rock?’” she says.

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Wild Kingdom From birds of a feather to snakes that slither, Connecticut is home to some surprising wildlife species

Sandhill Cranes can be seen foraging in farms fields in Nothern Connecticut.


Outside of its centuryold stonewalls, meandering evergreenlined roads and white church spires, Connecticut is home to a bounty of diverse wildlife. From the forested hills of Litchfield and Windham counties to the pristine coastline, the Nutmeg State has reportedly been visited by mountain lions, is home to a growing coyote population and has even hosted a python in recent years. And many species, rare and in some cases endangered, have made the Nutmeg State their permanent home.

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With more than 400 different species of birds identified in Connecticut, the state has been visited by birds ranging from the American white pelican, with a wingspan of up to ten feet, to the ruby-throated hummingbirdowl that is no bigger than a half-dollar and travels across the Gulf of Mexico.

to learn they are nesting right over the border and regularly sighted in the state.

“There have been 431 species of birds recorded here, which is really an impressive number considering we are such a small and highly developed state and don’t directly face the ocean,” says Patrick Comins, director of bird conservation for the Connecticut Audubon.

Typically found in Florida or South America, the black and white swallow-tailed kites are a tropical-to-subtropical species that has nevertheless made its way to Connecticut.

The sandhill crane, a large, heron-like bird about three to four feet tall with a wingspan of five to seven feet, nests right over the Massachusetts border and can often be seen foraging in farm fields in the northern part of our state. “You usually think of them as a bird of the Prairie Pothole region of the Midwest, but we do get to see them in Connecticut,” Comins adds. Normally uncommon to even rare in Connecticut, Comins said it was a major surprise

“They’re occasionally seen in migration in Connecticut as well, usually only passing overhead,” he explains, “but last fall there was one that was hanging out in a yard in Manchester.”

“They can be found just about anywhere in the state, but it is really hit or miss as they always seem to be on the move,” Comins says. “It is rare for one to hang around at a given location, but that did happen in 2009 when one stuck around for a few days in Haddam. It is the warm weather that brings them in with strong southerly winds ahead of a cold front in spring.” Typically a bird of the tundra, there have been dozens of reports of snowy owl sightings in the state this year, according to Comins.


“This year was an exceptional invasion though, with dozens reported in the state, including a bird that stayed for many weeks at Long Wharf and birds sighted in Hartford,” he says. “I bet we may still get a few more passing through on their way back to the arctic.” Considering the state’s recent cold winters, it is odd but true that the birds fly south to southern New England in the winter to get warm. The large owl popularized by Harry Potter movies, the snowy owl is more than two feet tall with about a five-foot wingspan and is mostly white with a varying degree of black barring on them. Most often they are found in open habitats of the state such as marshes and farmland, Comins says. “Their striking appearance and amazing flight skills are impressive enough, but the fact that they have flown here from the high Arctic to spend the winter here makes their appearance here even more amazing,” he says. “We don’t have lions or tigers, but we do have such amazing variety of birds and some spectacular birds. It’s sort of our wildlife.”


Perhaps the species most in danger of extinction in the coming decades is the saltmarsh sparrow, according to Comins. “When most people think of important conservation issues they think of the tropical rainforest or Great Barrier Reef, but are surprised to learn that there are important global conservation issues in which we play a big role right on our shores,” he says. Saltmarsh sparrows “have a very limited nesting range, however, and there total amount of nesting habitat available in the world is smaller than the area of the state of Connecticut.” The small and inconspicuous brown sparrow of the state’s coastal marshes can be often seen on the state boat launch on Neck Road in Madison and at Hammonasset Beach State Park. Likewise endangered if less beloved, Eastern timber rattlesnakes are found in the Portland and Glastonbury area, with an additional area around Sharon. “Habitat fragmentation is a big issue for them, as they need large areas of forest with rocky terrain,” explains Comin. “They gather in traditional winter dens, but spread out quite a ways in search of food and sunning locations. Thus they are quite vulnerable to being struck by cars.”

During the 19th and early 20th centuries terrapins — a medium-sized turtle with a brownish-grey shell, were hunted nearly to extinction because they were in such high demand as a food source, according to Dennis Quinn, a herpetologist and owner of CTHerpConsultant, which specializes in the research, conservation and preservation of Connecticut’s reptiles and amphibians. “They have since recovered, but now face a new set of conservation challenges resulting from continued development pressures within coastal areas that females rely on as nesting grounds,” Quinn explains. Terrapins are Connecticut’s only turtle species found exclusively in brackish waters within intertidal coastal zones. They are typically found in coastal Atlantic waters stretching from Massachusetts to the Florida Keys as well as into the coastal areas on the Gulf of Mexico. In Connecticut, terrapins are found within intertidal zones, establishing habitats in creeks, bays and estuaries along Connecticut’s coastal waters. Terrapins thrive in the network of coastal waterways within Connecticut, which offer a vast area of habitat where they forage for food. Similarly, the Eastern spadefoot, a mediumsized burrowing frog, historically native to New

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Making sure your parents have their legal affairs in order should be another priority. “Things sort of divide out between crisis and non-crisis,” says elder law attorney Whitney Lewendon of Coan, Lewendon, Gulliver & Miltenberger, LLC in New Haven. Lewendon sometimes works with children in their 20s, whose parents die unexpectedly or have an early-onset illness. “It’s more common for me to hear from people in their 40s or 50s about parents who are in their 70s or 80s,” he says, adding he also has clients in their 90s.

you love as they become debilitated,” says Family dynamics are an integral part of are Adult more than 5,000are different Laura Kaplan, a geriatric care manager for While the there picture. siblings “oftenspecies not of lizards worldwide, Connecticut’s only lizard Connecticut EldercarePhoto: Solutions, LLC in on the same page” because of different Mark Szantyr species is the five-linked skink. The skink is Woodbridge. experiences with their parents,” says widely distributed in isolated habitats consisting Kaplan, whooutcrops also offers of rocky slopes, and therapy ledges. for clients. Along with ferreting out resources to Snowy owl sightings have been in great abundance “There’s just so much you can do. Dignity assist their parents, adult children are Skink populations aresafety found and in four widely in Connecticut this year. and comfort and quality of life grappling with “all the psychological separated areas in western Connecticut including can be economically challenging.” issues around watching a parent become

“If I’m called by an adult child who wants a consult with the parents, it’s my practice to meet the parents privately. If the Photo: Mark Szantyr parents are incapacitated and we’re doing work to help the parent, then the work is with the child. If there’s a grey area, when The Fork tail Flycatcher is an elusive visitor to the parents feel they’re still in charge but Connecticut. there’s some question, then I make it clear linedI’m skink’s northeastern range limit, which that counseling the parents.”

become apparent,” adds Kaplan. “Losing “Due to extensive development pressures within a parent is probably ofofthe most the historic and now current one range this species, challenging tasks of adulthood. It’s of Connecticut no longer harbors large amounts on a—primal suitableexquisitely habitat for painful this species a trendlevel. that It’s

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TIME BOMB Although best known, Lyme disease is far from the only disease borne by the nasty little creatures By LIESE KLEIN

First you might feel feverish, with a headache and a fuzzy head. In a matter of hours, you may stop making sense, lose your coordination and suffer seizures. Only days after the first symptoms of illness caused by the Powassan virus, Marilyn Ruth Snow died in a hospital. Her death last year in Maine was one of a flurry across the Northeast blamed on Powassan, an emerging type of viral encephalitis with a familiar vector: deer ticks. Snow was 73, a vibrant artist who first visited the

doctor last November when she couldn’t dislodge a tick buried in the skin of her shoulder, according to the Bangor Daily News. She died two days later after a swift decline. A New Jersey woman’s death last May was also blamed on Powassan. Powassan is one of a handful of emerging tick diseases attracting attention in recent years even as the Lyme epidemic continues to rage in Connecticut. Although no cases of Powassan in humans had yet been diagnosed here as of midApril, several cases were reported last year in New York counties bordering our state. “So far we haven’t had any known positives, but we won’t be surprised if we do get a report,” says Randall Nelson, MD, an epidemiologist with the state’s Department of Public Health. “We do have the vector that is present. That’s another tickborne potential danger out there.”

About ten percent of Powassan encephalitis cases are fatal, and half of survivors suffer permanent neurological damage. Powassan and Lyme disease are found in the same species of tick that feeds on the same hosts, says Kirby Stafford, an entomologist and tick expert at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven. About 1.5 percent of ticks tested at the station last year were infected with Powassan, named for the Canadian town where the virus was first identified. While relatively rare in our state’s tick population, Powassan is notable in that the virus can be transmitted from tick to host in as little as 15 minutes, Stafford explains. The Lyme bacterium, by contrast, takes at least 24 hours to make its way from tick to host, studies have shown.

State scientists are also keeping an eye on babesiosis, a malaria-like disease typically spread by immature ticks the size of a poppy seed.

attention, Lyme remains by far the most prevalent tick disease in the state and the number of reported cases dwarfs any other illness.

Originally identified on Long Island and Cape Cod, the disease is now spreading inland and can be carried by the same species of deer tick that carries Lyme.

In 2012, the most recent year’s data available, doctors confirmed 1,656 cases of Lyme statewide, along with 1,004 probable cases. By contrast, 107 cases of babesiosis were confirmed that year in Connecticut, and only 44 cases of anaplasmosis.

Data for 2013, yet to be finalized, shows an increase in reports of babesiosis in Connecticut, Nelson says. “We’re going to see more babesiosis cases as it becomes more widespread,” he adds. Deer ticks also carry the bacterium that causes human granulocytic anaplasmosis (previously known as ehrlichiosis), a nasty illness that causes symptoms similar to the flu. Deer populations across the region are carrying infected ticks to new areas and reports of the disease are steadily on the rise. “Anamplasmosis is generally on the increase, at least nationally,” Stafford says. “It’s always been there — it’s moved along with Lyme with the spread of the tick itself.”

 Although the emerging diseases are attracting

“We do mention other diseases, but the main focus is Lyme,” Stafford explains. “That’s where the real risk is.” This year may be an especially bad year for Lyme, judging by the percentage of ticks found positive for the bacterium at the Agricultural Experiment Station before winter hit. Nearly 31 percent of ticks tested in 2013 showed evidence of Lyme infection, compared to 16 percent in 2012. Diagnosed cases of Lyme in humans have shown a steady increase nationwide. In addition, a recent CDC study estimated that actual numbers of Lyme cases could be as much as ten times higher than reported. Based on the CDC estimate, more than 30,000 people in Connecticut may be infected with Lyme in any given year, Stafford explains.

Despite increased awareness about Lyme, many residents don’t know to take proper precautions to prevent infection, according to Stafford. “The wake-up call is finding a tick and having someone diagnosed,” he says. “There’s a limit to how far awareness will take us,” adds Nelson, the state epidemiologist. People may know about the risk of Lyme and other diseases but may not be careful enough or vigilant during the entire “tick season” in our area – which stretches from February through December. The best hope for disease prevention may be infection control in host populations such as mice and deer, Nelson says. Scientists are currently studying a Lyme vaccine for mice in the hopes of disrupting the infection cycle. The best people can do for now is to recognize that they share Connecticut’s environment with lots of other creatures and take precautions, according to Nelson. “I like trees and birds,” he says. “And I recognize that comes with mosquitoes and ticks.” 

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Although an effective vaccine for Lyme is on the horizon, your best bet for avoiding infection from tick diseases right now is prevention. Start with a thorough tick check for you, your children and your pets after every trip outside. Some tips:

• Make sure to check and protect your legs, feet and ankles, the most likely tick hitchhiking spots.

No Home for Ticks Will this year be especially bad for ticks due to the snowy winter? Experts say it’s hard to say, since tick populations vary due to many factors. But you can make your yard less hospitable to the eight-legged critters with a few simple steps: • Remove leaf litter and ground cover that can shelter ticks. • Use wood chips or mulch at the edge of wooded areas and stone walls — ticks don’t like to travel across these surfaces. • Remove Japanese barberry, an invasive shrub that attracts mice and the ticks that feed on them. • Use insecticides in infested areas, or try the fungus metarhizium anisopliae, a “biopesticide” found effective against ticks.

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• Wear tick repellent on skin and clothes, especially formulations containing DEET. It’s nasty, but it works. • Look for clothing pre-treated with tick-killing permethrin. The chemical is odorless and lasts through 70 washings. One source is insectshield.com. — L.K.

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Like many other antiques, the Field House has had its share of near-death experiences, but was in 2008 heroically saved years after having been abandoned, in no small part thanks to the Madison Historic Society, which sought to preserve and restore the home.

Like many homes, the Field House is the product of its inhabitants — in this case, three centuries’ worth. Many Field family members were in the military, some were entrepreneurs, lawyers, editors and one, Stephen J. Field, was a Supreme Court justice (1863-97). Succeeding non-Field owners of the home were equally distinguished. Eventually, in the 20th century the home came back temporarily into the family, followed by a succession of families that saw the home suffer sustained periods of “deferred maintenance” — becoming severely compromised

One of the many non-human denizens of Field House Farm, where farm animals always outnumber the permanent residents--just as they have for centuries.

— so much so that the home was scheduled to be burned down in 2003 as a Madison Fire Department training exercise. But its exquisite old bones were just too precious for the fire chief to sign off on the controlled burn, so the house was saved — though for all practical purposes abandoned. In 2007 Brooklyn entrepreneurs John and Diana Herzog (who have ties to Madison) responded to the Madison Historic Society’s active search for owners who could preserve the structure. The Herzogs have a passion for restoring antique

homes, and often use the firm of Gulick & Co. to meticulously renovate homes that embody history, saving historic houses for resale to those who want an antique but not the ordeal of renovation. The core renovation crew of the Field House included Peter Gulick and John Spradlin — both master craftsmen with a long list of restoration projects decorating their résumés. They approached this project with characteristic zeal, removing and replacing virtually all the exterior surfaces, heating, plumbing and electrical systems,


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allowed to look at it. I knew we would love it, but probably could not afford it. So, being one to wear my heart on my sleeve, I wrote a letter to Mr. and Mrs. Herzog. In this letter I explained to them who we were and what we hoped and dreamed for our family. I wrote: “We have written to you with an offer for purchase of this property. We feel that there are few families who would cherish this home and the land upon which it sits, as we would. We envision it as a working farm with sheep, chickens and, one day, a cow named Babe. We read in an article on the restoration process that you had hopes of this home being opened annually for a historic tour. We feel that it would be a shame for people to not be able to see the care has gone into this home. We would welcome an annual historic tour. We would also welcome you and your family to come for fresh eggs, vegetables, and to revisit the bit of history that will remain because of you and your generosity.” The letter worked: The Herzogs worked out a plan of purchase with the young family that made Field House Farm possible.

 Their desire to grow their own food came out of their shared medical careers (Stephanie is a nurse and Greg is an ear, nose and throat specialist) as well as a rejection of what they saw their children eating. With twins plus two other children all born within a decade, the rush to microwave-processed easy answers repelled the Lesniks.

The Lesnik family on the farm that has become the center of their devotion to a sustainable life where food is created close to home - left to right : Kasimir (front), Ally, Greg, Stephanie, Aniella (front), Maggie

“Something had to change,” recounts Stephanie. “We decided then to grow more of our own vegetables and begin to can vegetables and sauces for use year-round. We also got our first flock of backyard chickens for egg production. When we arrived at the Field House, there were six of us, plus four chickens and two dogs. Currently, our barnyard is home to one llama, one donkey, five goats, seven sheep, two cows, many chickens, turkeys and ducks, and intermittently pigs.” Of course, the home’s original 18thcentury inhabitants, David Field

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and his wife Ann, always used this homestead’s acreage to provide food, and the Lesnik family has embraced a 21st century version of farm-to-table that matches the home’s architectural revival with a renewed commitment to the land. Beyond selling the home to make economic sense of saving an iconic building, the Herzogs had subdivided the Field House property’s ten acres into four lots in order to sell three of them to potential homebuilders. Now, the Lesniks have reacquired those lots back into the original site’s full recombined acreage. This reconstitution is all part of Stephanie’s vision: making the Field House into Field House Farm. Stephanie Lesnik has meticulously researched the history of her home, documenting every owner across three centuries. “People often ask us about the ghosts and spirits that belong to our house,” she says. “There are many tales of the spirits of people and animals inhabiting this house. “Most memorable and relatable to me is the story of the ghost of [Revolutionary War] Captain Timothy Field who is said to walk the fields in his Army dress uniform. The ghost will pace the fields assessing his crops, all the while maintaining his strong and powerful stature of a high-ranking Army captain.”

The family dining room takes over a rebuilt “ell” sharing open space with the kitchen. The expressed timbers and period furniture make the open plan feel at home in an antique home.

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for educators to bring classes, while Stephanie Lesnik has created educational camps for kids. The family also hosts dinners that are open to the public and bring in celebrated chefs and wine purveyors to prepare the food they grow. There are bourbon tastings, harvesting of meat and eggs for sale, and any number of agricultural spinoffs to take full advantage of what it means to use the land in the life of our families. Goats are milked, llamas are used for yarn, maple trees yield maple syrup, beehives create honey, mushrooms grow in their basement. This is in addition to all the vegetables grown in their greenhouse and fields. Stephanie Lesnik describes the farm’s economic model: “The majority of our produce is sold through the farm’s Community Sponsored Agriculture program — a commonly used format for delivery of a product from a farm to a local community. People purchase a “share” of the farm and commit financially to the farm in the winter or off season, in return for which they receive weekly allotments of the product from the farm during the harvest time.

The Lesniks walk the talk of living close to the land: Wool from their sheep becomes yarn in-house.

“We use this program on a very small scale, providing produce to 30 local families each summer season,” she adds. “This financial support allows us to secure our organic seeds and prepare our greenhouse and equipment for the upcoming busy season.”


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One of the many fireboxes off of the massive central chimney. When there is no TV (now, as when the home was built), places for play become celebrated as focal points within a crafted interior.

A larder and back stairway serve the same function now as they did almost 300 years ago: servicing the rest of the more public house.

The Lesniks hope to expand Field House Farm’s mission of connecting the land to family beyond its ten acres. “Our chicken flock rental program allows families to adopt four laying hens,” Stephanie Lesnik explains. ‘We loan them a small secure coop, and all necessary equipment for the fair-weather seasons, and ultimately the chickens and all equipment are returned to Field House Farm. We also hire handcrafters to sew repurposed bags made from the grain bags from animal feed and knitters to create unique hats and scarves from our fiber and wool yarn.” Much of what this young family does fulfills a mission to convey the reality of how our lives can be fundamentally enriched by regaining the control of what we consume. In so doing the Lesnik children have had their childhoods become a journey of discovery rather than distraction. The previously buried chimney was revealed and a simple timber stair to the loft attic make raw materials expressively abstract in an otherwise traditional farmhouse.

The post-World War II growth of American suburbia has been predicated on the separation of the homestead from the workplace. Towns like Madison are “bedroom

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s America marks the sesquicentennial of the War Between the States (which many Southerners, with utter absence of irony, still refer to as the War of Northern Oppression) comes this volume documenting the Constitution State’s role — economic, intellectual and

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In addition, Brown writes that “so many more suffered horrible wounds and psychological trauma” (what today we would identify as post-traumatic stress disorder).

On a national scale, no financial infrastructure existed to finance the war — no federal banks, no centralized banking infrastructure, no federal income tax on individuals or businesses. “There were essentially three possible sources of funds to meet war-related expenditures,” writes Brown, “taxing, borrowing, issuing new money. The Union utilized all three, by borrowing about 65 percent of the amount needed, looking to taxes for 20 percent, and to the issuance of new money for 15 percent.”

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But it does lay out the scope of Connecticut’s participation in the conflict and its costs — both economic and human. Of the more than 50,000 soldiers who fought for the Union, James E. Brown writes, fully ten percent died as battle casualties or, indirectly, of disease. (The quality of medical care on both sides was abominable — though far worse for the rebels. For most wounds to limbs the only practical treatment was amputation — typically without anesthetic.)

virtually from whole cloth (the Civil War was the first U.S. conflict to introduce conscription), the mind boggles. For the fiscal year ending March 31, 1861 (13 days before the bombardment of Fort Sumter, which set off the chain reaction that would make the conflict inevitable), total expenditures from the Connecticut General Fund totaled $220,000. By the end of the war the state had expended more than $20 million, including more than $5 million spent by individual Connecticut towns.


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wounded, and another 17,000 wounded. Despite their inexperience and lack of training, the 14th performed remarkably well. Batch quotes the official report of the battle by Lt. Col. Sanford H. Perkins: “Our men, hastily raised and without drill, behaved like veterans, and fully maintained the honor of the Union and our native state.” The same could not be said for every Connecticut unit. When Union Gen. Ambrose Burnside’s left flank came under attack by Confederate Gen. A.P. Hill, the 16th Regiment, mustered into service at the same time as the 14th, broke ranks and fled in disarray. On February 5, 1864, Hartford’s Patent Firearms Co. complex — a/k/a the Colt Armory — was razed in what Chapter 5 essayist Luke G. Boyd characterizes as “a leviathan of fire.” Less than two hours after the first factory workers smelled smoke, the sprawling arms works was

engulfed, the trademark blue onion dome collapsed into the flames, and the armory was left a smoking ruin. The damage was assessed at $2 million — a king’s ransom in 1864 dollars — and one worker lost his life. As Samuel Colt’s armory (whose namesake had died just two years earlier) was the largest private manufacturer of Union weaponry — indeed, to many in Connecticut Colt represented Northern military superiority — conspiracy theories about the origins of the conflagration abounded. “The spirit of the age was one of paranoia and ever-present fear of Confederate invasion and sabotage,” writes Boyd. (Never mind that the farthest north the rebel armies ever penetrated was Gettysburg, Pa. seven months earlier, where they suffered a calamitous defeat.) Even so, Connecticut was a hotbed of Copperheads (northern Confederate sympathizers) and anti-war groups, thus “Allegations of Confederate arson and conspiracy ran wild in the heated climate of the

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Olive and the Bitter Herbs, a comedy by Charles Busch, centers on an elderly actress, Olive, whose claim to fame were the iconic “Gimme the Sausage” commercials of the 1980s. She’s a classic New York curmudgeon, at war with the world, and in particular her next-door neighbor. Her life is suddenly shaken by a spectral male figure viewed through her living room mirror. A series of outrageous coincidences reveals that the man in the mirror has links to everyone in Olive’s world, encouraging her that it’s never too late to change one’s life. 8 p.m. Fri., 4 & 8 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. May 16-31 at Square One Theatre Co., 2422 Main St., Stratford. $20. 203-375-8788, squareonetheatre.com. Pippin tells the story of a young prince on his search for life’s meaning and significance. Will he choose a happy but simple life? Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory? 8 p.m. May 29-30, 8 p.m. June 5-7 at Paul Mellon Arts Center, 332 Christian St., Wallingford. $20. 203-697-2398, choate.edu/boxoffice. Logan Medland’s Fingers & Toes is a backstage musical set in 1939 about tap dancer Dustin (Toes) MacGrath and pianist Tristan (Fingers) St. Claire who have managed to talk a major Broadway producer into coming to see their show in two weeks: a boymeets-girl tap-dance spectacular. But there’s a problem or two: they haven’t written it yet, they don’t have a girl, and they know nothing whatsoever about love. 7:30 p.m. Wed.-Thurs., 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Wed. & Sun. June 4-22 at Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main St., Ivoryton. $42 ($37 seniors, $20 students, $15 12 & under). 860767-7318, ivorytonplayhouse.com.

The quintessential ‘tribal rock’ musical, Hair comes to Waterbury’s Palace Theatre May 2-4. Million Dollar Quartet is the Tony awardwinning Broadway musical, inspired by the electrifying true story of the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll royalty Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. On December 4, 1956, these four young musicians were gathered together by Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ’n’ Roll” at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions of all time. Featuring timeless hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Matchbox,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Hound Dog” and more. 8 p.m. June 6, 2 & 8 p.m. June 7, 1 p.m. June 8 at Palace Theater, 100 E. Main St., Waterbury. $70-$50. 203-346-2000, palacetheaterct.org. The Underpants a wild satire adapted from the classic German play about Louise and

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Cantorum presents a program of works by Haydn, Mozart and Mendelssohn collectively titled Harmoniemesse. 5 p.m. May 3 at Woolsey Hall, 500 College St., New Haven. Free. 203-432-4158, music. yale.edu.

Classical The Yale Baroque Opera Project presents a production of L’Incoronazione di Poppea. Executive director is Ellen Rosand; artistic/ music director is Grant Herreid. 5 p.m. May 2-3 at University Theatre, 222 York St., New Haven. Free. 203-432-4158, music.yale.edu. Under the stage direction of Ted Huffman and the music direction of Douglas Dickson, Yale Opera’s production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola retells the story of Cinderella. 8 p.m. May 2-3 at Sprague Hall, 470 College St., New Haven. $15-$10. 203-432-4158, music.yale.edu. Under the direction of David Hill, the Yale Institute of Sacred Music vocal ensemble Schola

A celebration of early music from the Yale Baroque Ensemble. TELEMANN Quartet in G major, TWV 43:g2 from Musique de Table; BACH Concerto in F minor for Harpsichord and Strings, BWV 1056; VIVALDI La Follia, Op. 1, No. 12, RV 63 from Suonate da camera a 3; HANDEL Sonata in G minor, Op. 2, No. 5; GEMINIANI Sonata IV in B-flat from Sonates pour le Violoncelle, Op. 5; VIVALDI Chamber concerto in D major, RV 94. 8 p.m. May 5 at Sprague Hall, 470 College St., New Haven. Free. 203-432-4158, music.yale.edu. The New Haven Symphony Orchestra presents two colossal works: RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18 and BERLIOZ Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 14. “Rach 2”, featuring piano soloist Ilya Yakushev, marries musical subtlety and piano pyrotechnics. Symphonie

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fantastique was fueled by Berlioz’s obsession with an Irish actress and hurtles from moments of tenderness to tantrums, from visions of suicide to ecstasy. 7:30 p.m. May 15 at Woolsey Hall, 500 College St., New Haven. $69-$15. 203-865-0831, newhavensymphony.org. The Yale Symphony Orchestra concludes the 2013-14 academic year with a Commencement Concert featuring a wide-ranging program of many shorter works as well as movements of larger works intended to showcase soloists from the graduating Class of 2014. VIVALDI Allegro from Concerto for Four Violins; FAURÉ Après un rêve; KROMMER Adagio and Alla Polacca from Concerto for Two Clarinets; MOZART Allegro from Concerto for flute and harp; POPPER Hungarian Rhapsody; RAMAGE Primordial from The Cherry Orchard; ELGAR Romance; STRAUSS Allegro from Horn Concerto No. 1; BRAHMS Allegro from Concerto for Violin and Cello. 6 p.m. May 16 at Battell Chapel, 400 College St., New Haven. Free. 203-432-4158, music.yale.edu. Under the music direction of Jeffrey Douma, the college’s oldest musical ensemble, the Yale Glee Club, presents its annual Commencement Concert. 8 p.m. May 17 at Sprague Hall, 470 College St., New Haven. Free. 203-432-4158, music.yale.edu. Hear some of the most accomplished young musicians in the world at the graduate Yale School of Music’s Commencement Concert. 4 p.m. May 18 at Sprague Hall, 470 College St., New Haven. Free. 203432-4158, music.yale.edu. Orchestra New England (ONE) hosts its third annual Silent Movie Gala. Classic silent films from Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd — all accompanied live by ONE. 8 p.m. May 17 at Co-Op Arts & Humanities High School, New Haven. $35 ($99 family of four; $5 students. 203-7774690, orchestranewengland.org.

Popular Maryland pop-punkers All Time Low have been a band for more than a decade and are touring behind a re-released version of their 2012 album Don’t Panic. 8 p.m. April 30 at Toad’s Place, 300 York St., New Haven. $26 ($23.50 advance). 203-624-8623, toadsplace.com. It’s hard to narrow Deerhoof down to one category – the band’s music is a chaotic swirl of progressive rock, psychedelic rock and pop into something that almost still doesn’t make sense but works. 7 p.m. May 1 at the Space, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden. $15. 203-288-6400, thespacect.com.

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Connecticut’s answer to California’s bonkers Coachella festival, the Fauxchella Music & Arts Festival, will feature an ungodly number of bands – including Kung Fu, Pissed Jeans, the McLovinsi and Fake Babies – performing at the collective venues of the Space complex for a full spring day and night of music and art. 2 p.m. May 3 at the Space, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden. $18. 203-288-6400, thespacect.com.


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Georgia-based garage rockers The Woggles invade Café Nine May 21.

For having been one of pop music’s more mysterious and divisive recent singers, Lana Del Rey hasn’t really toured much, but that’s set to change, as the “gangsta Nancy Sinatra” hits the road with a stop in Wallingford. 8 p.m. May 8 at Oakdale Theatre, 95 S. Turnpike Rd., Wallingford. $59.60. 203265-1501, oakdale.com.

English electronic band VNV Nation have been mainstays of the industrial scene since the early 1990s. Expect pounding drum machines, pulsating synthesizers and lots of leather when the group pulls into the Elm City. 8 p.m. May 6 at Toad’s Place, 300 York St.,

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Experimental psychedelic jazz rockers The Breakfast have played more than 1,000 shows since forming 11 years ago and don’t show any sign of slowing down. They roll into town supported by the appropriately named Eggy. 7:30 p.m. May 9 at the Ballroom at the Outer Space, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden. $15 ($12 advance). 203-288-6400, theouterspace. net.

Steve Lippia’s “Simply Sinatra” show features a night of classics that will keep the music of Frank Sinatra alive and well. So what if Lippia doesn’t have old blue eyes? 7:30 p.m.

Singer/songwriter Angel Olsen’s music can either intensely chug along or slowly drift into ethereal spaces, but it’s her deep and yearning voice that has a tendency to cast

spells. She wields it during an intimate Elm City show while on a successful U.S. tour. 9:30 p.m. May 10 at Café Nine, 250 State St., New Haven. $12 ($10 advance). 203-789-8281, cafenine.com.

The Honey Dewdrops are the Virginia-based husband-and-wife duo of Kagey Parrish (guitar) and Laura Wortman (banjo), singing original mountain songs with emotive harmonies. 8 p.m. May 10 at the Outer Space, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden. $25 ($20 advance). 203-2886400, theouterspace.net. Singer/songwriter Sharon Van Etten mines some deep lyrical territory, including desire, emptiness, fear, violence and emptiness, and her new album Are We There? goes even deeper. She makes a return to the area in support of it, with She Keeps Bees opening. 8:30 p.m. May 11 at the Ballroom at the Outer Space, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden. $15 ($12 advance). 203-288-6400, theouterspace.net.

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checklist of cities played. 7 p.m. May 16 at the Space, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden. $15 ($12 advance). 203-2886400, thespacect.com. The Russ Nolan Quartet, featuring saxophonist Nolan, performs music from its new album Relentless. Nolan is augmented with drums, bass and piano for these performances. 8:30 and 10 p.m. at Firehouse 12, 45 Crown St., New Haven. $18 (early show), $12 (late show) 203-785-0468, firehouse12.com. As the name suggest, Early Elton are big into Elton John’s early years. So much so, this tribute group tours the tri-state area performing music from John’s tours of 1970-72, which also featured Dee Murray and Nigel Olsson. 8 p.m. May 17 at Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $37. 877-503-1286, katharinehepburntheater.org.

The Deadly Gentlemen are a five-piece bluegrass band that ventures outside the lines of traditional bluegrass. What would you expect with members who have studied at Berklee, toured with Bruce Springsteen, or reared themselves on heavy metal? Local pop-folkers Goodnight Blue Moon open the show. 9:30 p.m. May 17 at Café Nine, 250 State St., New Haven. $10. $15 ($12 advance). 203-789-8281, cafenine.com.

Barry Altschul and the 3dom Factor features legendary percussionist Altschul, Joe Fonda on bass and Jon Irabagon on alto sax for a jazz powertrio at the Firehouse. 8:30 and 10 p.m. May 23 at Firehouse 12, 45 Crown St., New Haven. $18 (early show), $12 (late show) 203-785-0468, firehouse12.com. It’s time to get trippin’, as monstrously heavy Japanese psychedelic stoner rockers Acid Mother’s Temple return to the area to melt eardrums and make consciousnesses fuzzy. 9:30 p.m. May 24 at Café Nine, 250 State St., New Haven. $15 ($13 advance). 203-789-8281, cafenine.com.

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Longtime jazz pianist and vocalist Debra Mann and her quintet celebrate the music of Joni Mitchell during a special performance that translates the folk singer’s music from a jazz perspective. 8 p.m. May 23 at Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $25. 877-503-1286, katharinehepburntheater.org.

Roots rocker Webb Wilder has been described as a ‘50s film noir character who’s part “high school principal, tent preacher and private detective,” and has combined a British influence with a Southern rock predilection for grungy, groovy rockers that’s been going on 30 years now. 8 p.m. May 29 at Café Nine, 250 State St., New Haven. $12 ($10 advance). 203-789-8281, cafenine.com.

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The Irish among us – there are many – and the non-Irish alike can celebrate the music of the Emerald Isle when Celtic Woman’s “Emerald Tour” stops in Waterbury for a night of traditional anthems, pop standards and originals by Emmynominated producer David Downes. 3 p.m. June 1 at Palace Theatre, 100 E. Main St., Waterbury. $75.50-$55. 203-346-2000, palacetheatrect.com.

Ray LaMontagne keeps a relatively low profile offstage, but on is another story. The singer/ songwriter is touring in support of his fifth album, Supernova, with a stop at the Oakdale. 7:30 p.m. June 3 at Oakdale Theatre, 95 S. Turnpike Rd., Wallingford. $84.25-$47. 203-265-1501, oakdale.com. The sharply dressed Interpol helped launch the still-ongoing resurgence of post-punkinspired indie rock more than a decade ago. The quintessential New York band are no strangers to the Nutmeg State: Its excellent first two albums were recorded in Bridgeport. 9 p.m. June 3 at Toad’s Place, 300 York St., New Haven. $25 ($20 advance). 203-624-8623, toadsplace.com.

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The Smithereens’ fuzzed-out 1960s-inspired pop-rock has made them one of New Jersey’s finest, with hits like “Blood and Roses” and “A Girl Like You.” The band makes a return visit to the Kate on its current tour. 8 p.m. June 6 at Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $45-$40. 877503-1286, katharinehepburntheater. org. Peter Murphy is rightly hailed as the “godfather of Goth,” having been the lead singer of Bauhaus (the first post-punk band to be given the “Goth” moniker) and maintaining a successful solo career since the ‘80s. Weird avant-rock band Xiu Xiu will open the show. Expect the dress code to fall somewhere between black and none-more-black. 9 p.m. June 11 at the Ballroom at the Outer Space, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden. $25 ($20 advance), $100 VIP. 203-288-6400, theouterspace.net. Do you remember their name? Perhaps the look of Goo Goo Dolls has remained on your iris? Either way, the radio-friendly alternative

pop/rock band is hitting the road with the American Idol finalistled Daughtry. 6:45 p.m. June 12 at Oakdale Theatre, 95 S. Turnpike Rd., Wallingford. $81.75-$61. 203-265-1501, oakdale.com.

Daryl Hall and John Oates were a hit machine in their late-‘70s/ early ‘80s heyday, churning out No. 1 hits like “Rich Girl” and “Private Eyes.” The two maintain active solo careers as well, but are hitting the road together this spring, so uh, don’t stay out of touch. 8 p.m. June 13 at Oakdale Theatre, 95 S. Turnpike Rd., Wallingford. $101.50-$47. 203-265-1501, oakdale.com. Ringo Starr needs no introduction. But he and his All-Starr Band (which includes guitarist Todd Rundgren) stops in Wallingford, where you’ll hear a bunch of hits from his solo career and — what exactly was the name of that band he was in? 8 p.m. June 14 at Oakdale Theatre, 95 S. Turnpike Rd., Wallingford. $89.75-$58. 203-265-1501, oakdale.com.

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Opening Meg Bloom: Mixing Memory with Desire is an exhibition of new sculptural works by Meg Bloom. Bloom has developed her own method of making and then assembling paper from abaca and flax pulps into large sculptural forms and smaller collages. May 1-June 1 (opening reception 2-5 p.m. May 3) at City Gallery, 994 State St., New Haven. Open noon-4 p.m. Thurs.-Sun. Free. 203-782-2489, city-gallery.org. Oil and Water is a group show presenting diverse interpretations of these icons of opposites — oil and water — by gallery member artists. May 1-25 (opening reception 6-9 p.m. May 9) at Kehler Liddell Gallery, 873 Whalley Ave., New Haven. Open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thurs.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. S at.-Sun. Free. 203-389-9555, kehlerliddell.com. Box Pot: The Contained Container. A juried exhibition featuring work that is sculptural and comprises a pot in a box. May 2-June 6 at Creative Arts Workshop, 80 Audubon St., New Haven. Open 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.-noon Sat. Free. 203-562-4927, creativeartsworkshop.org. Sphere of Influence features works by Ira Barkoff and the Washington Art Association. May 4-June 8 (opening reception 2-4 p.m. May 4) at Mattatuck Museum Arts & History Center, 144 W. Main St., Waterbury. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. $5 ($4 seniors, children under 16 free). 203-753-0381, mattatuckmuseum.org. Gallery One Group Show. Works by artist members and associates of this eastern Shoreline co-operative gallery, which features the work of mid-career artists in a wide variety of media and styles, from representational to abstract, in photography, printmaking, painting, sculpture and ceramics. May 8-24 at Guilford Arts Center, 411 Church St., Guilford.

Contemporary Art/South Africa features more than 30 artworks produced in South Africa or by South Africans from the late 1960s to the present day, a period of immense political and social upheaval. The artists in this exhibition — including Gavin Jantjes, William Kentridge, Santu Mofokeng, Zanele Muholi, Robin Rhode, and Sue Williamson — address key aspects of the experiences of South Africans, offering multiple perspectives on their lives, their society, and their world. May 9-September 14 at Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St., New Haven. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except Mon. (until 8 p.m. Thurs.); 1-6 p.m. Sun. Free. 203-432-0600, artgallery.yale.edu. Paintings by Sue Nally. May 9-31 (opening reception 6-8 p.m. May 9) at DaSilva Gallery, 897-899 Whalley Ave., New Haven. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. Free. 203-387-2539, dasilva-gallery. com. Forced Collaboration II. This unusual exhibition pairs 12 artists (six collaborations) with wildly different practices. The artists are strangers to each other; selected by the curator (Jacob Rhodes) to exchange a finished work and to re-create that work by forcing themselves on it in any way they please. Each artist will display his/her unmolested work on a single wall with the space between them displaying the two adulterated products of the Forced Collaboration. May 10-June 28 at Artspace New Haven, 50 Orange St., New Haven. Open noon-6 p.m. Wed.Thurs., noon-8 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Free. 203-772-2709, artspacenh.org. Claudia Cron. The guest-curated flat file show features selected works from the Artspace flat files. May 10-June 28 The Project Room, May 10-June 28 at Artspace New Haven, 50 Orange St., New Haven. Open noon-6 p.m. Wed.-Thurs., noon-8 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Free. 203-772-2709, artspacenh.org. New Work by Peter Ramon and Michael Angelis. May 16June 14 (opening reception 6-8 p.m. May 16) at Fred Giampietro Gallery, 315 Peck St., New Haven. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. Free. 203-777-7760, giampietrogallery.com. Fragments: Tragedy and Hope features works by mixed-media artist Fethi Meghelli and sculptor Joseph Saccio. May 29-June

29 (opening reception 3-6 p.m. June 1) at Kehler Liddell Gallery, 873 Whalley Ave., New Haven. Open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thurs.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Free. 203-389-9555, kehlerliddell.com. Illuminating the Word: The Saint John’s Bible presents 68 original pages from all seven volumes of the Saint John’s Bible along with tools, sketches, materials and rare books. June 1-October 31 at Knights of Columbus Museum, One State St., New Haven. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Free. 203-865-0400, kofcmuseum.org. Soulcology: Juried Metals Exhibit. An exhibit of works made of metal, expressively displaying the many techniques used to conform metal into items from the organic to the angular, from jewelry to sculpture, to functional art and beyond. June 6-27 Guilford Arts Center, 411 Church St., Guilford. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily except Sun. Free. 203-453-5947, guilfordartcenter.org. Art of the Everyman: American Folk Art from the Fenimore Art Museum. Drawn from the renowned collections at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., this exhibition highlights the ways that both aspects of this character drove important collectors to pursue objects for their historical resonance —painted portraits, genre scenes, and political emblems offering insight into bygone ways of life . June 6-September 21 at Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme St., Old Lyme. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except Mon., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $9 ($8 seniors, $7 students, 12 & under free). 860-434-5542, flogris.com Thistles & Crown: The Painted Chests of the Connecticut Shore. Richly decorated painted chests made along the Connecticut shoreline in the early 18th century. June 6-September 21 at Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme St., Old Lyme. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except Mon., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $9 ($8 seniors, $7 students, 12 & under free). 860-434-5542, flogris.com

Continuing Fame and Friendship: Pope, Roubiliac, and the Portrait Bust in Eighteenth-Century Britain. The focus of the exhibition will be a series of busts of poet Alexander Pope made by the French émigré sculptor Louis François Roubiliac, which span

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the years from 1738 to 1760. Through May 19 at Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel St., New Haven. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except Mon., noon-5 p.m. Sun. Free. 877-274-8278, britishart. yale.edu. Will Lustenader: Approximating Continuity. Through May 23 at Fred Giampietro Gallery, 315 Peck St., New Haven. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. Free. 203-777-7760, giampietrogallery.com. Oral Fixations, Drawings by Julia Randall. The exhibition is a ten-year retrospective of the meticulous, hyperrealist drawings by Julia Randall. Through May 24 at Davison Art Center, 301 High St., Middletown. Open noon-4 p.m. daily except Mon. Free. 860-685-2966, welselyan.edu./dac. The Art of War is a display of reproductions of World War I posters to document both the popularity and effectiveness of propaganda in support of the American war effort. Through May 31 at Knights of Columbus Museum, One State St., New Haven. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Free. 203-865-0400, kofcmuseum.org. Lyme Artists Abroad. The cosmopolitan artists who came to Old Lyme to paint brought with them a wealth of experiences and influences gathered during travels across the globe. This focused exhibition looks at the eclectic styles and techniques cultivated abroad by American artists such as Harry Hoffman, William Henry Howe and Willard Metcalf. Through June 1 at Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme St., Old Lyme. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except Mon., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $9 ($8 seniors, $7 students, 12 & under free). 860-434-5542, flogris.com. Richard Wilson and the Transformation of European Landscape Painting. The exhibition explores Richard Wilson’s (1714–82) work in its broader European contexts, focusing on his transformative experience in Rome, where he spent nearly seven years in the 1750s. Many of Wilson’s greatest paintings and drawings are featured, along with key paintings by the earlier masters Claude Lorrain and Gaspard Dughet, as well as by Wilson’s contemporaries such as Pompeo Batoni, Anton Raphael Mengs, Francesco Zuccarelli, Charles Joseph Natoire, Joseph Vernet, Louis Gabriel Blanchet, and other artists associated with the Académie de France. Through June 1 at Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel St., New Haven. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except Mon., noon-5 p.m. Sun. Free. 877-274-8278, britishart. yale.edu. Lucien Abrams: A Cosmopolitan in Connecticut. Organized by the Old Jail Art Center in Albany, Tex., this exhibition is the first to examine Abrams’ work. Algerian watering holes, New England circus tents, and shady plazas of the American Southwest are just a few of his diverse subjects. Through June 1 at Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme St., Old Lyme. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except Mon., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $9 ($8 seniors, $7 students, 12 & under free). 860-434-5542, flogris.com. Stories and Journeys: The Art of Faith Ringgold and Aminah Robinson. Featuring works that incorporate and address the cultural legacy that black Americans inherited from their African ancestors. Their subjects, however, are contemporary or investigations of the recent past. Through June 8 at Mattatuck Museum Arts & History Center, 144 W. Main St., Waterbury. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except Mon., noon-5 p.m. Sun. $5 ($4 seniors, children under 16 free). 203-753-0381, mattatuckmuseum.org

Self Ease: Contemporary Portraiture brings together seven artists who work within the tradition of portraiture. Through June 17 (opening reception 3-5 p.m. May 10) at Perspectives, Gallery at Whitney Center, 200 Leeder Hill Rd., Hamden. Open 4-7 p.m. Tues. & Thurs., 1-4 p.m. Sat. Free. 203-772-2788, newhavenarts.org. Black and White: A Members Show. Through June 22 at Wesleyan Potters, 350 S. Main St., Middletown. Open Wed., Thurs. & Fri. 10 a.m.6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. noon-4 p.m. Free. 860-344-0039, wesleyanpotters.com.

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New Haven and Beyond. Works by Sharon R Morgio, Ralph R. Schwartz, Regina M. Thomas, Margaret Ulecka Wilson and Laura Wilk. Paintings in various media in and around New Haven and Fairfield counties, the New England coastline and more. Unique collage/mixed media as well as decorative and functional pottery. Through June 28 Elm City Artist Gallery, 55 Whitney Ave., New Haven. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily except Sun. Free. 203922-2359, elmcityartists.com. Pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI. Artifacts from the historic pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI. The Knights of Columbus has received from the pope emeritus a white cassock and zucchetto (skullcap) worn during his pontificate. Through June 30 at Knights of Columbus Museum, One State St., New Haven. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Free. 203-865-0400, kofcmuseum.org. Byobu: The Grandeur of Japanese Screens. Japanese folding screens, or byobu, were originally constructed to mark spatial divisions within a room. Sometimes monumental in scale and sumptuously decorated, byobu have been created by some of Japan’s most prominent artists. This exhibition features screens dating from the 16th century to the present, representing diverse themes painted by most of the predominant schools of the period, particularly from the 17th and 18th centuries. Through July 6 at Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St., New Haven. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except Mon. (until 8 p.m. Thurs.); 1-6 p.m. Sun. Free. 203-432-0600, artgallery.yale.edu. Five West Coast Artists: Bischoff, Diebenkorn, Neri, Park, and Thiebaud. The exhibition presents the work of five artists central to the Abstract Expressionism movement—David Park, Elmer Bischoff, Richard Diebenkorn, Wayne Thiebaud, and Manuel Neri. Through July 13 at Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St., New Haven. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except Mon. (until 8 p.m. Thurs.) 1-6 p.m. Sun. Free. 203-432-0600, artgallery.yale.edu. Art in Focus: Wales explores the history of interest in Welsh landscape, ruins, and the bardic tradition through oil paintings, finished watercolors, and plein-air sketches in the BAC’s collections by artists such as Richard Wilson, Thomas Rowlandson, James Ward, J. M. W. Turner, David Cox, Thomas Girtin, John Martin, John Linnell, William Blake and Samuel Palmer. Through August 10 at Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel St., New Haven. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except Mon. (until 8 p.m. Thurs.) 1-6 p.m. Sun. Free. 877-2748278, britishart.yale.edu. Beauty & Wonder of Nature features works by Quinnipiac faculty, staff and students and is dedicated to the beauty and wonder of animals and the environment. Through August 29 at Quinnipiac University’s Albert Schweitzer Institute, 660 New Road, Hamden. Open by appt. Free. 203-582-3144.

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BELLES LETTRES The Mystery Book Club meets the first Wednesday to discuss a pre-selected book. Books are available for check out prior to the meeting. 3-4 p.m. May 7 at Blackstone Library, 758 Main St., Branford. Free. 203-483-6653, blackstone.lioninc.org/booktalk. htm. Under the Covers: A Visual History of Decorated Endpapers. Slipped discreetly between a book’s binding and text block, endpapers are easy to overlook. Endpapers developed from a practical need: to protect illuminations from the wear of hardwood boards that served for the covers of medieval books. Early endpapers were made from materials that binders had at hand, such as manuscript waste or blank sheets of parchment. Over time, binders and publishers began to experiment with these sheets, using marbled and decorated papers for artistic effect and later putting advertisements, elaborate designs, genealogies and landscapes on endpapers. Through May 28 at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, 121 Wall St., New Haven. Free. Open 9 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri., noon-5 p.m. Sat. 203-432-2977, beineckelibrary@yale.edu. Stephen Tennant: Work in Progress. Tennant (1906-87) is remembered mainly as one of the “Bright Young People,” a group of upper-class British artists, writers, and bon vivants. While Tennant’s friends and peers, including Cecil Beaton and Rex Whistler, are much better known, Tennant can be seen as a connecting thread in several artistic and social circles of the

CINEMA One of the most successful translations from stage to screen of a musical is Carousel (1956, 128 Min., USA), starring Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones. Henry King directs. 5 p.m. May 29 at Hagaman Memorial Library, 227 Main St., East Haven. Free. Registration. 203-468-3890, hagamanlibrary.info.

COMEDY Every Wednesday evening Joker’s Wild opens its stage to anyone who wants to try standup comedy — from brand-new comics to amateurs to seasoned pros. As Forrest Gump might say, each Open-Mic Night is kind of like a box of chocolates. 9 p.m. Wednesdays at Joker’s Wild, 232 Wooster St., New Haven. $5. 203-773-0733, jokerswildclub.com.

More than 200 letters from Lady Sligo (née Hester Catherine Browne), a member of the Anglo-Irish elite that ruled Ireland for centuries who demonstrated her concern for the poor during the Great Hunger, are on view at Quinnipiac’s Bernhard Library beginning May 1. 20th century. This exhibition showcases the potential found in his documentary legacy. While fragmentary, the individual drafts, drawings, and correspondences show a highly inventive mind and a supremely creative hand. Through May 31 at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, 121 Wall St., New Haven. Free. Open 9 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri., noon-5 p.m. Sat. 203-432-2977, beineckelibrary@yale.edu. New members are welcomed to the Blackstone Library Second Tuesday Book Club. The group meets on the second Tuesday to discuss a pre-selected book. Books available for loan in advance of discussion. 6:45-8 p.m. May 13 at Blackstone Library, 758 Main St., Branford. Free. 203-488-1441, ext. 318, blackstone. lioninc.org/booktalk.htm. Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute and the Arnold Bernhard Library at Quinnipiac University present The Lady Sligo Letters: Westport House and Ireland’s Great Hunger. Hester Catherine Browne (1800-78), also known as Lady Sligo, was part of the Anglo-Irish elite that had governed Ireland for centuries. Despite her wealth and social position, she repeatedly demonstrated her concern for the poor who lived on her estate in County Mayo. Lady Sligo lived from 1800-1878. Her collection includes more than 200 letters covering the period of the Great Hunger and adds an important new dimension to scholarly understanding of the tragedy. May 1-April 30, 2015 at Arnold Bernhard Library, Quinnipiac University, 275 Mt. Carmel Ave., Hamden. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, noon-5 p.m. Sun. Free. 203-582-8633, quinnipiac.edu. Release your inner poet. Time Out for Poetry meets third Thursdays and welcomes those who wish to share an , recite a stanza or simply to listen. Ogden Nash, Robert Frost, William Shakespeare, Dr. Seuss and even the Burma Shave signs live again. 12:30-2 p.m. May 15 at Scranton Library, 801 Boston Post Rd., Madison. Free. 203-245-7365. The Poetry Institute of New Haven hosts Poetry Open Mics each third Thursday. Come hear an eclectic mix of poetic voices. 7 p.m. May 15 at Young Men’s Institute Library, 847 Chapel St., New Haven. Free. thepoetryinstitute.com.

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Subtitled “A Kentucky Derby Celebration” is the SARAH Gala 2014, a benefit for the SARAH Foundation, which provides programs and services to people with intellectual and other disabilities. Emceed by WTIC-TV meteorologist Matt Scott, event features silent and live auctions (auctioneer Tom

Jay Leno: An Evening of Laughter. Enjoy a Tonight Showstyle monologue at an evening of standup comedy with the legendary late-night talk-show host. 7 p.m. May 9 at Lyman Performing Arts Center, Southern Connecticut State University, 501 Crescent St., New Haven. $55-$45 ($40 staff, $30 students. 203392-6154, tickets.southernct.edu. Ranked by Comedy Central as one of the top 100 standup comedians of all time, Sinbad has built a loyal following by making jokes about the trials or embarrassing tribulations of day-by-day life. 8 p.m. May 10 at Lyman Performing Arts Center, Southern Connecticut State University, 501 Crescent St., New Haven. $35 ($25 staff; $10 students). 203-392-6154, tickets. southernct.edu. Funnyman Ted Alexandro comes to Wooster Street. The 20-year standup vet has made appearances on Conan, David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, Craig Ferguson and starred in two half-hour specials on Comedy Central. 8 p.m. May 15 at Joker’s Wild, 232 Wooster St., New Haven. $20. 203-773-0733, jokerswildclub.com.

CULINARY Consiglio’s Cooking Class Club. Chef Maureen Nuzzo explains and demonstrates how to prepare mouth-watering southern Italian dishes that have been passed down from generation to generation. May’s menu: stuffed artichoke, linguine with shrimp and arugula, stuffed pork loin (with mozzarella, spinach and sundried tomato) and strawberry tiramisu. 6:30 p.m. May 1, 8, 29 at Consiglio’s Restaurant, 165 Wooster St., New Haven. $65. Reservations. 203-865-4489, consiglios.com. City Farmers Markets New Haven. Eat local! Enjoy seasonal fruits, vegetables, and herbs from local farms including seafood, meat, milk, cheese, handcrafted bread and baked goods, honey, more. WOOSTER SQUARE 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays May 3-December 20 at Russo Park, corner Chapel St. and DePalma Ct. EDGEWOOD PARK 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays May 4-December 21 at Whalley and West Rock Aves. 203-773-3736, cityseed.org.

EXHIBITIONS Two years in the making, the exhibition Beyond the New Township: Wooster Square, curated by Elizabeth Pratt Fox and William Frank Mitchell, is a lively, in-depth exploration of everything Wooster Square, from history to architecture to sociology — to even “Dogs of Wooster Square.” A mustsee (see review, 8/13 NHM). Through May 10 at New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Ave., New Haven. $4 ($3 seniors, $2 students). 203-562-4183, newhavenmuseum.org.



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Easter Seals Goodwill Industries presents the 19th annual Fantasy Each Tuesday the Yale Astronomy Department hosts a Planetarium Show. Weather permitting there is also public viewing of planets, nebulae, star clusters and whatever happens to be interesting in the sky. Viewable celestial objects change seasonally. 7 & 8 p.m. Tuesdays at Leitner Family Observatory, 355 Prospect St., New Haven. Free. cobb@astro.yale. edu, astro.yale.edu. Philatelists unite! Young people ages eight to 15 are invited to join the Hagaman Library’s monthly (first Saturdays) Stamp Club. In addition to learning about stamps, attendees learn a lot of history and many other fascinating things from club leader and World War II veteran Judge Anthony DeMayo. 10 a.m. May 3 at Hagaman Memorial Library, 227 Main St., East Haven. Free. Registration. 203-468-3890, hagamanlibrary.info. Creating Readers Saturdays at 2 Program. A fun, interactive program that engages young readers by bringing books to life using theater, dance and music. Each family that attends receives a copy of that week’s book to take home. 2 p.m. Saturdays at Connecticut Children’s Museum, 22 Wall St., New Haven. $5. 203-562-5437, childrensbuilding.org.

MIND, BODY & SOUL The Ives library hosts weekly Library Yoga classes suitable for all levels. Walk-ins welcome. Bring a yoga mat. 1-2 p.m. Wednesdays at New Haven Free Public Library, 133 Elm St., New Haven. $5. 203-946-8835. Led by Nelie Doak, Yoga promotes a deep sense of physical, mental and emotional well-being. Classes are designed to help cultivate breath and body awareness, improve flexibility, strengthen and tone muscles, detoxify the body and soothe the spirit. All levels welcome. Bring a yoga mat. 5-6:30 p.m. Fridays at Blackstone Library, 758 Main St., Branford. $10. 203-488-1441,

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

NATURE Celebrate spring at a Fete and Plant Sale. This annual sale of organic vegetable seedlings and flowering plants is a joint venture of Massaro Community Farm and the Garden Club of Woodbridge. Events include workshops on garden planning, school gardens and seed saving. Activities will conclude with a traditional Maypole dance. Food, too! 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 10 at Massaro Community Farm, 41 Ford Rd., Woodbridge. 203-7368618, massarofarm.org.

The Little Lulu (LL) is an alternative to the long-standing Sunday morning training ride. The route is usually 20-30 miles in length and the ride is no-drop, meaning that the group waits at hilltops and turns so that no rider is left behind. The LL is an opportunity for cyclists to get accustomed to riding in groups. Riders should come prepared with materials (tubes, tools, pumps and/or CO2 inflators) to repair flats. 10 a.m. Sundays at Lulu’s European Café, 49 Cottage St., New Haven. Free. 203-7739288, paulproulx@sbcglobal.net, elmcitycycling.org. Tuesday Night Canal Rides. Medium-paced rides up the Farmington Canal into New Haven. May split into two groups based on riders’ speed but no one will be left behind to ride alone. Lights are a must. 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Café Romeo, 534 Orange St., New Haven. Free. william.v.kurtz@gmail.com. Elm City Cycling monthly meeting occurs on the second Monday. ECC is a non-profit organization of cycling advocates who meet to discuss biking issues in New Haven. Dedicated to making New Haven friendlier and more accessible to cyclists and pedestrians. 7 p.m. May 12 at City Hall Meeting Rm. 2, 165 Church St., New Haven. Free. elmcitycycling.org.

Road Races/Triathlons The 27th annual North Haven Road Race benefits the North Haven High School PTSA. It’s a fast and flat 5K, plus one-mile fun run and fitness walk. 9 a.m. May 4 at North Haven Middle School, 55 Bailey Rd., North Haven. $20 ($10 16 and under). teammossman.com. If it’s Memorial Day weekend, it must be time for the sixth annual Oxford 5K Freedom Run, plus two-mile fitness walk. 8 a.m. May 26 at Oxford Town Library, Oxford. $25 ($10 kids). 5kfreedomrun.com.

SPORTS/RECREATION Cycling Elm City Cycling organizes Lulu’s Ride, weekly two- to four-hour rides for all levels (17-19 mph average). Cyclists leave at 10 a.m. from Lulu’s European Café as a single group; no one is dropped. 10 a.m. Sundays at Lulu’s European Café, 49 Cottage St., New Haven. Free. 203-773-9288, elmcitycycling.org.

Step up your running game by running the Hamden Hills Half-Marathon, which also includes a 5K. Picturesque but challenging course that bills itself as one of the two toughest 13.1-mile races in Connecticut. 8 a.m. (5K 8:15) May 31 at 245 Sherman Ave., Hamden. $65 ($70 race day; $33/$35 5K). shorelinesharks.com.

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The Green Teahouse By LIESE KLEIN


he concept of “mindfulness” is all the rage in pop culture these days, with its quasiBuddhist emphasis on being in the moment and fully appreciating life. The new Green Teahouse restaurant on Chapel Street has set itself up as a good place to put mindfulness into action. West Hartford restaurateurs Ting Chaponis and Wei Luo opened the New Haven location in late January next to Basta Trattoria. The Chapel eatery functions as restaurant, teahouse and tea

shop in one. The calming mood starts with the entryway, set up at a slight remove from the dining and retail areas. The layout gives you a much-needed minute to adjust to the hushed atmosphere and dimly lit setting after stepping off bustling Chapel Street. While you wait for a table you can sample tea blends or eye a range of upscale teapots and accoutrements. First, for the main event — the tea. Green Teahouse has dozens of selections described in a comprehensive menu. Selections may seem pricey at around $10 per pot, but you get unlimited hot-water refills to your pot and several snacks with your beverage. Knowledgeable servers are also on hand to discourse on where your tea is from and how it is prepared. My $12 order of Jasmine Pearls green came with a nugget of shortbread and rice crackers and retained its herbal edge even after several hot-water refills. Jasmine flowers imparted a delicate floral note to the fully flavored leaves and provided a welcome contrast to the sweet snacks. A less traditional blend of fermented oolong tea, mango and pineapple flavors worked

somehow, offering complexity and fruity elements without being overly sweet. Herbal teas on the menu include caramel and gingerlime red teas featuring the Rooibos herb. Matcha powered green tea, Silver Needle white tea and lapsang souchong, with its pungent smokiness, are on hand for the traditionalists. Adding to enjoyment of the tea were interesting décor elements like the beautiful bowl on our table, a reproduction sporting the intricate “hare’s fur” glaze of Chinese porcelain. The bottomless teapots encourage lingering, but the food seems more of an afterthought at Green Teahouse. Although tea-infused eggs were satisfying, tofu puffs barely registered and had an almost synthetic texture. Curry noodles were mild in the Japanese style, although green tea soba noodles arrived in an appealing black tea broth. More engaging Asian fare can be found not far away, but Green Teahouse scores with its flavorful tea and mindful setting. Lingering is encouraged. Green Teahouse, 1008 Chapel St., New Haven (203-562-6000).

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he cooks sport tattoos. The chatter at the next table is about a history symposium. The menu features words like “grass-fed” and “hand-cut.” No, you’re not in downtown New Haven, you’re in downtown Hamden. The new Smoke Box BBQ brings mid-sized-city flavors and ambience to a town better known for its affordable Asian spots and classic greasy spoons like the Glenwood Drive-In. But Hamden is also home to Mikro, the popular beer bar with a sophisticated menu. That’s not a coincidence: Mikro owner Mike Farber and Jason Sobocinski of New Haven’s Caseus teamed up earlier this year to create Smoke Box. The new eatery at Dixwell and Whitney avenues opens at lunchtime as a BBQ joint even

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were the smoked tomatoes, bland and a bit watery in the off season.

With its handmade décor and out-front storage, this is a BBQ joint of the old school. No napkins here, just rolls of paper towels hanging over each table. What does take some effort is the ordering process, still under refinement when I visited. A busy menu board in hard-toread red print above the counter doesn’t help matters.

Drizzled on it all was a bright apple-cider vinegar sauce, perfect to cut the richness of the barbecue. On another visit, smoked pulled chicken showcased the kitchen’s skill with brining, seasoning and smoking, accentuated by quality poultry for added flavor and texture.

Basically, you pick from chicken, beef or pork barbecue, decide if you want it on a sandwich or salad, pick a sauce and then some sides. It sounds easy, but the many options and descriptors require some time and thought. All but the most birdlike of eaters will want the “full box” portion for $12, enough meat for a hearty salad or midsize sandwich. I chose brisket over a Caesar salad, the crunchy greens highlighting flavorful, well-seasoned beef, so tender it cut easily with a fork. A side of pickled red onions brought a welcome tang and fresh slaw added more crunch. Less successful

Also outstanding was a serving of the glutenfree cornbread, slathered in butter and dense with real corn and pickled jalapeno. This isn’t the cakey, sweet cornbread we’ve come to expect, and that’s a good thing. For now sodas and tea are the only beverages, and desserts are limited to cupcakes from Nora in Middletown. But if those treats haven’t sold out by the time you get there, splurge on a $5 banana cream pie cupcake for the perfect ending to a barbecue lunch. Creamy marshmallow frosting tops and fills the intense banana cake for a dessert so satisfying you won’t want to share.

Come to think of it, you won’t want to share much of what you order at Smoke Box. And that’s a good thing. Smoke Box BBQ, 2323 Whitney Ave., Hamden (203-909-6545).


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scratch and claw in graves; they pray, groan and sing. They are the ghosts of New Haven, and you can learn about them, and perhaps feel their energy and photograph an orb or two, yearround by participating in a New Haven Ghost Walk. Over the years, ghostly activity has been reported at Yale’s Skull & Bones Secret Society, Sterling Memorial Library, Grove Street Cemetery, Woolsey Hall, John Pierpont House, the New Haven Free Public Library, Wells Fargo Bank (the former Union Trust at Elm and Church streets), the Amistad Memorial, City Hall, the New Haven Green/ Center Church, the Roger Sherman Mansion, and Vanderbilt Hall. The New Haven Ghost Walk takes you to all these places — if you dare. A 90-minute tour led by, in our case, a guide who is a psychic, medium, Reiki master and dowser 62 M AY 2014

(i.e., wicked qualified), explores paranormal phenomena in the Elm City. There’s also a Ghost Tour of Wallingford, thought to be Connecticut’s most haunted suburb, operated by the same outfit, Ghost Walks USA. The walk is entertaining, educational (there’s so much history!) and, naturally, a bit spooky, particularly going on a dark and stormy night as we did. While searching for specters, we learned stories not only of ghosts but scandalous tales, antique sites and mysterious sightings. Even if you’re not a big believer in the paranormal, the mile-long walk filled with stories is great for a history buff of any age. Among the most prominent figures are Cornelius Vanderbilt, Rev. Timothy Dwight (Yale’s eighth president), Rev. John Davenport (co-founder of New Haven Colony), Benedict Arnold, Joseph Cinqué (the informal leader of the captives on the slave ship Amistad), Sarah Pardee Winchester, Midnight Mary, Roger Sherman, and members of Skull & Bones, a/k/a “Bonesmen.” There’s also the immigrant who haunts the City Hall staircase, and the embezzling bank clerk who was asphyxiated in

the vault of the New Haven Trust, which is now on the list of the world’s most haunted skyscrapers! While I admit we didn’t actually hear Jimi Hendrix rocking out in Woolsey Hall, or see Roger Sherman strolling through Grove Street Cemetery, and Geronimo didn’t answer when we knocked at the door of Skull & Bones, I did feel a bit weirded out, or nauseous, standing upon a particular spot at the sight where the enormous oak had fallen on New Haven Green causing coffins to rise from graves after Superstorm Sandy. That one point, explained our tour guide, was definitely a vortex felt by many. Didn’t exactly scare the #%@& out of me, but there is something to be said for not messing with the spirit world. Ghost Walks USA operates ghost walking tours in other cities, too, including Ghosts of New York, Ghosts of Palm Beach, and “Scary DC” (Ghost Tours of Washington). In New Haven, tours are offered Fridays and Saturdays and cost $25 person. For more information and to make reservations for “A Haunting in Connecticut: The New Haven Ghost Walk” and “The Wallingford Ghost Tour,” visit ghostsofnewhaven.com. NEWHAVENMAGAZINE.COM

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