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October/November 2015 Editor & Publisher: Mitchell Young Design Consultant Terry Wells Editorial Assistant Rachel Bergman Publisher’s Assistant Amy Kulikowski Graphics Manager Matthew Ford Contributing Writers Rachel Bergman Jason Bogdan Bruce Ditman Jessica Giannone Amy Kulikowski Emili Lanno Lesley Roy Derek Torellas Photographers Steve Blazo Lesley Roy Derek Torellas Chris Volpe Publisher’s Representative Robin Kroopnick Robin Ungaro New Haven is published 8 times annually by Second Wind Media Ltd., which also publishes Business New Haven, with offices at 458 Grand Avenue, New Haven, CT 06513. 203-781-3480 (voice), 203-781-3482 (fax). Subscriptions $24.95/year, $39.95/two years. Send name, address & zip code with payment. Second Wind Media Ltd. d/b/a New Haven shall not be held liable for failure to publish an advertisement or for typographical errors or errors in publication. For more information NewHaven@Conntact.com. Please send CALENDAR information to CALENDAR@conntact.com no later than six weeks preceding calendar month of event. Please include date, time, location, event description, cost and contact information. Photographs must be at least 300 dpi resolution and are published at discretion of NEW HAVEN magazine.

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DREAMERS & DOERS Janna Wagner, townie turned Yalie and the first to use the phrase “Dreamers & Doers,” in our sister publication Business New Haven is co-founder and Executive Director at All Our Kin, a support agency for homebased daycares, and founder of TGWNN, The Group With No Name—the ultimate New Haven civic and social outlet famous for Cluefest. Meanwhile, All Our Kin will soon offer a listing of approved childcare providers as a “quality showcase” so families looking childcare will have access to a directory. Mohamad Hafez, architect by day at Pickard Chilton and by night—an artist rebuilding Syria in miniature. Years ago in a fit of homesickness, he created shadowbox Old City Damascus streetscapes, and even completed a 6’ installation to resemble a neighborhood street with balconies and arches. After the Arab Spring, he felt the need to express the new reality. Hafez recreates the destruction and warscape of the region in dramatic handheld pieces and exhibits to a soundtrack he recorded walking the streets of a peaceful Damascus in 2011.

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Places To See The Pigskin Fly On Turkey Day

On Thanksgiving, there are a plethora of traditions: cornucopias, turkey (real or tofurkey), hours of giant parade floats to watch drift across your television while you drool out pumpkin pie bits, but for fans of the ol’ pigskin, the national holiday and American football have gone hand-in-hand since the sport was first created in the late 19th century. Here are just three of the local Thanksgiving match-ups between high schools that take place each year. Branford v. East Haven – It’s a battle between two angry wasps along the shoreline. The Branford Hornets have set their stingers against the East Haven Yellow Jackets since 1958. According

Christopher Kostopoulos is a hero in the traditional sense. A member of DEEP Forestry Department and volunteer EMT in Stratford, Kostopoulos fulfills DEEP’s firefighter duties and recently returned from an 18-day deployment to Montana. Assigned to Glacier National Park, it was quickly apparent that the team was needed in Idaho, where they climbed a mountain each day from base camp to fight back a type 1 fire with very little water. He’s responded to many disasters, including Katrina and Sandy, which left him stranded in Lordship for three days in rescue efforts.

Landon Osborn played football for Wilbur Cross, then SCSU before going to social work school at UCONN, but now back and organizing to end mass incarceration and provide support and services to inmates returning to family and community. He’s a program associate with CLICC (Connecting through Literacy: Incarcerated Parents, their Children, and Caregivers) running groups in prisons with incarcerated parents and overseeing most of the youth mentoring in New Haven, Bridgeport and Norwalk.

to locals, neither team has had much success in recent years, yet their rivalry still creates “a lot of buzz.” Ansonia vs. Naugatuck – Ever since 1900, the two valley high schools have

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At Gozzi’s Turkey Farm in Guilford, located at 2443 Boston Post Road, you can purchase a turkey for the traditional Thanksgiving dinner at 10lbs to 28-lbs at about $2.59 a pound, orders should be placed a week in advance. However, you can also expect a neon bird surprise every November and December. Enjoy the view of these animals in a wide variety of colors including orange, green, blue, yellow, pink, and even a few white ones. Gozzi’s has been releasing their colorful turkeys for over 50 years. The birds are dyed in 100% natural dye.

played a Thanksgiving match against each other. Last year, the Ansonia Chargers have mopped the floor with their century-old foe with a score of 4212. “We tried to control it a lot better than we did, but they’re an excellent football team,” Naugatuck Greyhounds coach Craig Bruno admitted after the defeat. Still, it’s in the air if Bruno will be singing a different tune this year. Hamden vs. Notre Dame West Haven – The yearly match on Thanksgiving between these two is actually referred to as the “Green Bowl” due to the similarity in team colors. The private all-male Catholic Notre Dame and their Green Knights have been set against the Hamden public high school’s Green Dragons since 1951. Hamden has not beaten Notre Dame since 2005. Will this be the year when the “Dragon” manages to best the “Knight?”

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“The airport represents a very viable location because of its significant levels of passenger traffic, and the CAA believes a casino can be incorporated into improvements that are being advanced for the terminal campus area,” said Kevin Dillon, the airport authority’s executive director.

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Save The Growler Save The World The Plastic Forming Company of Woodbridge has a new product on the market for beer lovers who prefer to purchase 64 ounces at a time. The Growler Getter is a plastic molded carrier for up to two growlers and an ice pack that can be buckled in with a seatbelt for a bumpy car ride home.

First In Flight? An air war campaign continues between Ohio ? ? ? ? ? and Connecticut as the Ohio Legislature recently held hearings to shoot down the Nutmeg state’s contention that the first in motorized powered flight was our own Gustave Whitehead. Whitehead is said to have taken flight in 1901 two years before the Wright Brothers famed take off at Kittyhawk on the North Carolina coast.

96,000 Connecticut residents have moved out of the state, according to U.S Census Bureau estimates. This is more than those that have moved into the state, which totaled 82,000 people in 2014.

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This total loss is about 13,285 CT residents, Nutmeggers, which is about .37 percent of the state’s population compared to other states. The data shows this is one of the 10 highest rates in the nation, According to the Bureau estimates, most of these individuals are leaving for New York, Massachusetts, Florida, and also 10,000 of those heading to California and North Carolina.

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The two tribes that operate Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods are working together to open a casino that would compete with the MGM casino opening in Massachusetts.

The Growler Getter will be available at select microbreweries and retail outlets as well as amazon.com, eBay, and the PFC Website, pfccases.com. If you’re thinking what we’re thinking, this changes everything.

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Since worrying about the financial crisis can lead to clenching of the teeth, this can cause symptoms like headaches or earaches, trouble with sleeping, jaw pain or soreness, sensitive teeth while eating or drinking hot, cold, or sweet items, or muscle tenderness, mainly in the mornings.

Buckeyes cite a new biography by David McCullough that says the Wrights were “meticulous” in their record keeping, of experiments, patents and of course did make a film of their first flight.

Charita Goshay counter Connecticut, Schlenoff says there is no definitive proof of Whitehead’s claims.

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Citing an Whitehead with his airplane article by 1902 and daughter Scientific American editor Daniel C. Schlenoff in 2014, Ohio blogger

According to Delta Dental some strategies to mitigate dental stress are to relax the muscles in the jaw and face as much as possible, decrease stress by improving diet, sleeping well, or surrounding oneself with loving people.

The Connecticut legislature disagreed and fired the first missile in 2013 with a law stating that Whitehead was first in powered flight. Schlenoff called that action “misguided”. North Carolina of course has sold millions of license plates that circulate “First In Flight”.

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ndrew Greenawalt is a Connecticut native who at 48 is CEO of Continuity Control, the fastest growing tech company in the state as measured by the Connecticut Technology’s Council with Marcum the national accounting firm that sponsors the state’s Tech Top Forty. Continuity grew at a rate of 1142% over the past five years by selling a software service to help community banks handle their regulatory requirements. Greenawalt had done this once before, building another very fast growing and successful tech company A Linguistics and Philosophy major, he navigated through a host of colleges, and finally ducked out at UMASS when he couldn’t meet the language requirement (French). His childhood sweetheart and eventual wife helped him make that decision after four times failing French. New Haven magazine publisher Mitchell Young interviewed Greenawalt about, tech, entrepreneurship, and the Connecticut economy for One To One. What in your background as a philosophy major got you to a career in technology? Were you a “geek” growing up? Born in sixty seven, technology was just starting to happen. I was also smart and into science. My next door neighbor was a biology teacher, we would dissect animals all summer. Then computers came along and my best friend’s dad was a physics teacher, he had one of the original Apples made of wood. I found myself at ten yeas old with access to technology, it was all in just a state of becoming – you didn’t think about it. What was your first job? I got out of school with all the job opportunities of a philosophy major, I worked at the mall, and then someone said do you know computers? My first (tech) job was at Shoreline Computers in

Branford, selling computers and then to the help desk at Norwalk Hospital. I was a lowly help desk guy, but managed to convince the head of nursing, who was doing a project to automate the nursing stations, to create a network. At the time, they were going to put in six separate networks, there was no single Internet based network (1992), and for some reason he believed me. We commandeered a six hundred thousand dollar budget and did it as a nights and weekends project for under three hundred thousand.

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that ten X effect, where you’re a radically better way of doing things. If you get that right, but if you screw things together wrong, then it is really hard to deliver on the market’s demand. Isn’t that easier said than done? In the past five years with software as a service, the whole idea is multi-tenancy [multiple companies using essentially the same software and infrastructure at the host company]. You have effectively one instance of your software and turning on the next client is literally “turning” on the next client.You don’t need new servers and networks. In traditional environments, every new client needed new tech, new software and lots of operations. It was literally receiving boxes, configuring boxes. Now you have something like Amazon Web Services, which stripped off their web services from their retail business and rented it. They are now up to probably six million servers. How does that affect your business? When a new regulatory instance comes out for us that may drive the demand on our resources up five X. We can deploy twenty new servers in two and half minutes, but also dial it back out, it let’s you buy the capacity you need per minute. Amazon’s infrastructure is used by Netflix, AirBnB, Uber. All the fastest growing businesses are using their service or something just like it. So then how do you handle the growth of your hat size, all of a sudden you’re on stage, the fastest grower etc., we’re too cool for school etc.? [Laughs], I went through a little bit of that with the first business. But doing this over time humbles you.Ted Williams hit 408, you still lose sixty percent of the time. The practical reality is that while you win more than others, you still lose more than you win. How did you become a start-up entrepreneur in the first place? It was a business that sold used high-end stereo equipment. We started in college, me and someone out of the University of Maryland. I was up at UMASS. We connected our systems over the Internet, we didn’t know it was the internet at the time. It was near the end of the stereo business, and we headed into the recession of the early nineties. When it was good it was good, we always had the coolest stereos in school. We realized when the high-end consumer dies up, it’s gone. 8 October/November 2015

Greenawalt: If you screw things together wrong, then it is really hard to deliver on the market’s demand.

That’s when my head turned to I want to be in a business selling something businesses need to make more money.

I was trying to get the consulting firm to try out this model, they wouldn’t. It was going to cost a couple hundred thousand dollars in equipment.

How did it feel to fail?

So how did you afford it on your own?

It sucked, you’re used to the phone ringing and then it doesn’t.You’re high on the endorphins. My dad owned a construction company, he passed when I was sixteen, so I grew up with an entrepreneurial father, and my mom was a competitive tennis player.

Went over to Norwalk Rehabilitation Center [sold them], they paid the first check and I ran up a bunch of credit cards, and ran it incrementally out of my basement.

Mom is as idealistic as a human being can be screwed together to be, so whatever I wanted to be was the greatest thing in the world.The experience of growing up in that environment and always having those conversations, how does this work, who would buy this, helps. How did you get to the next start-up and why? I was working as a consultant and everything was getting old.You had a project to install it, and then when it broke they’d call you again. I said “what if we just let them subscribe to it,” that was around 1995. If we just look at what they pay us over time and break that up into monthly increments, that way we can build an infrastructure where we can be monitoring things proactively.

My partner from the stereo business was now selling accounting software. He brought me into two deals. One was with Fuji Color Film, and the other with Mediacom, which would become the eighth largest cable company in the country. We sat down with [Fuji] and they didn’t have a network at the time. We said you can use mine [Cybernostic Network] and it’s turn key. I remember sitting down with the CFO of Fuji and he said “I need to see the financials,” he’s looking at them and he asks “are these in thousands or millions?” [Laughing] I said “they’re in dollars.” But he didn’t kick you out the door at that point? I said I understand this looks like a lemonade stand, but the numbers are all going in the right direction. Why was he willing to go forward?

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They needed to put in this accounting system, the system needed the network. Actually being conversant in this stuff was rare, I had screwed stuff together since I was ten yeas old.There was a confidence, this is how it’s going to work. Where you sitting there thinking what am I getting myself into, I’m about to screw Fuji? As it turned out, we needed about a million dollars worth of equipment to pull this whole thing off. I filled out the lease paperwork and I get the call a week later that it was approved. I am shocked, it is still just me in my basement with all my credit card bills, there is no way… I get all the equipment, we get it deployed all over the country, about thirty locations for the two businesses. At the time, it was about two hundred and fifty thousand dollars a month of revenue, it was a very good deal. I got the paperwork back from the lease company as it turned out they had misspelled Cybernostic to a Cybergenetics, which was a billion dollar company, so they ran the credit under the wrong company. I sent them the first check and corrected the name.They said send me back the equipment. I said I can’t, it’s deployed, I don’t have the money to get it. So the company that is now the security arm of British Aerospace, is due to a clerical error. Those were giant companies, is that who became your customers? The telecommunications companies were getting better at this, we never found a way to replicate [Fuji and MediaCom]. We wandered into New Haven Savings Bank, told them our story, they said we like the “security” part. We were selling security, network infrastructure, and email. We said we have to explain that we do the security remotely. They said that’s fine. We were always having to explain for hours about how this was okay, but [community] banks had been outsourcing their data centers forever. They wanted some enhancements, and they said if you do it for us, there are twenty thousand more community financial institutions that need it exactly the way we’re asking for it. Was that really the case? With them on board, we said let’s go get the next, two weeks later we had them and diverted the energies [of the company] to banking. We ended up with three thousand community financial institutions. I stayed until 2007, we did a transaction with Goldman Sachs and raised $150 million. With my dad dying at fifty, I said I wanted to be officially retired at forty. I retired for six weeks.

That company [now renamed EPerimeter] was sold to British Aerospace last December.They wanted the security operation. Defending three thousand banks, EPerimeter would see a lot of security issues very early on.They had three thousand financial institutions, but they also had another five thousand non-bank customers. Your new company helps banks manage their regulations, how did that idea come about? All the while we were securing banks we came under regulatory scrutiny. Every year it would get harder, they would ask more questions, and we’re doing it the same way everyone is doing it with Word, Excel and cocktail napkins. I started to ask our banking clients how do you do this? As a technologist I thought there has to be a better way. At that point there weren’t that many successful tech companies in Connecticut, was there a push by investors to relocate? We were doing everything we needed to do. There is a lot of talent in the state that you can pick off and capture their imagination. It takes a little work. We also had operations in Raleigh, Salt Lake City, [eventually] seventy million in revenue, 350 employees. We didn’t get any pressure about leaving and we were satisfying our staffing needs. Why do some feel they need to go?

There was a company out of Yale, Adapt, that moved to Boston.Theirs was a business that for it to work, it needed fifty elite database engineers. Buy the office next to Progress [Boston data software company] up in Boston and filter off of that. Connecticut doesn’t have that many [elite database engineers] period. When did you start Continuity Control? In 2008, right into the jaws of the Great Recession. Now it looks like it was brilliant, we were maturing through that entire period. Looking at it the other way, we were clinging to the rocks.

So where did you start up and how did you get to New Haven? First in the basement [at home] then in the incubator at Science Park, incubating for three or four years there. You went from this successful company to an incubator and start up, was this a knock on the ego? It felt great, anything but. If you’re a problem solver, the more businesses you have around you the less capable you are of solving problems.You have too many structural impediments. The way people were trying to solve the regulatory problems was with consultants. Each regulation was another gravy train. What allowed these conservative customers to make this leap of faith? It was very incremental, because of past successes, the team we built, and we always played really strong in the [trade] press. The bankers saw it as a very complex problem so they couldn’t really grasp that our [simple solution] could really solve their problem. One of the entrepreneurial lessons is you need to understand what the value of the problem is. You can be a cost effective solution, thirty percent off what they pay today and they’re happy, half off or worse then they’re [potential customer] skeptical. What do you do to get your employees comfortable with creating rapid change, with pushing a new idea without fear? Permeate the environment with “there is always a better way,” establish that as a fact. Now the question is how are we doing everything better. Your staff doesn’t look too much like millennials, many times I see at the Start-Up events more boomers than young people? We see ourselves as X [generation], the millennials that are hell bent on shock and awe leave quick, they are in Palo Alto, Austin,Texas. Our job is to try to slow a handful of them down.

Many community banks have been around for more than a hundred years. In their DNA they see ’29, so they go into turtle mode and they just don’t buy anything. It was 2011 the first time the frost thawed.

A lot of the millennials we generally encounter are not career-minded.They are looking for work life balance [whispers] “before they’ve worked.”

Continuity helps small to medium financial institutions manage their government regulatory obligations. It keeps the data safe, makes sure terrorist don’t get funded, makes sure the bank is solvent, that it’s investing in its local community. There are about 13,000 regulations that apply to that.They don’t even know what applies to them.

You grow at a thousand percent, people can’t work normal. Not only is the market demand, but the organization has to change, everything is shifting. It’s great because you can create something awesome to look back on.

You’ve not been working, now you need to work, that’s the balance [laughs].

That switch has to flip,“yea, I’m here to kick ass, not to do a job.” •

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The Connecticut Chinese Cultural Association in New Haven promotes cultural exchange and brings together Chinese communities in the region whether from (mainland) China, Taiwan, or Hong Kong. Founded in 2002, the center used to host lavish Chinese New Year celebrations to unite the community, until they met the Shen Yun artists of New York City. Shen Yun begins traveling around the world for shows exhibiting traditional Chinese art, music and dance in December of each year. Shen Yun Performing Arts, a nonprofit organization with a mission to revive 5,000 years of Chinese history, is known for their elaborate costume and set designs, acrobatic dance routines and dazzling synchronized movements on stage. NEWHAVENMAGAZINE.COM


path that Zhu knew that she needed to leave China. Four months after her January arrival in New Haven, President George H.W. Bush issued an executive order in April of 1990 granting work authorization through 1994 and stays of deportations to Chinese nationals and their dependents in the U.S. Dr. Zhu was here to stay.

Each year is a new performance. Shen Yun has been reviewed by everyone from Donna Karan to Cate Blanchett, although they are not able to hold performances in China.The new 2016 performances will be held February 13-14 at the Palace Theater in Waterbury.

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Dr. Tracey Zhu of Bethany is a volunteer from the Association that serves as a spokesperson, making presentations to groups interested in hearing more about Chinese Culture and religion—an evolved history over thousands of years of civilization. She says the importance of promoting the dance, culture and music of Shen Yun is in the historical context of the art and its relation to good health—the traditional Chinese character for medicine is very similar to the Chinese character for music with only a slight variation in the symbol for “herbs.” Music possesses healing qualities.The simplified character used by “Communist” scholars removed this likeness.

Dr. Zhu’s family had already endured many hardships under the Communist regime. Both of her grandfathers had been jailed at one point.

Dr. Zhu’s family had already endured many hardships under the Communist regime. Both of her grandfathers had been jailed at one point, one as an intellectual, and the other after a fight with his wife. Her paternal grandfather, who had studied textile technology as an exchange student at The University of Iowa, was a teacher in Beijing and married to Zhu’s grandmother, a native of Hunan Province. Mao Zedong, or Chairman Mao as he’s commonly known in the West, also hails from Hunan. In a heated argument, Zhu’s grandfather had exclaimed,“None of the people from Hunan are good!” It was his daughter that turned him in.

Dr. Zhu left China in January of 1990, seven months after she watched military tanks roll through her neighborhood in Beijing en route to Tiananmen Square to repress the student rebellion. It was as she sat on her bicycle watching the tanks destroy everything in their

According to Zhu, that was what Communism did: families turned on one another frequently. The initial draw to New Haven was her boyfriend, studying as a PhD student in Physiology at Yale. He encouraged her to leave China and to join him in Connecticut. Both eventually completed medical residencies at St. Raphael’s Hospital and New Haven became the couple’s permanent home. At the time, Zhu thought there were maybe 100 or so other Chinese living nearby in the early 90s. Now, she believes the number is probably in the thousands.The census says more than 30,000 Asians currently live in the county. In kindergarten, Zhu was sent to join the Young Pioneers like all other young children, to be instilled with the notion of the glorious

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the Communist Party founded and the merits of good and dutiful citizenship. She had learned an altered history of her own heritage: thousands of years of a civilization had been “interpreted” by Communist scholars for a specific type of meaning. For instance, according to her history books, the Tibetans were slaves before the Communist government freed them. In New Haven, surrounded by a free press, access to the news, and a bevy of Yale scholars familiar with a “true” Chinese history possessing books about China that were banned or unavailable at home—Zhu recognized that she had been brainwashed her entire life. She began an intense study of thousands of years of her own history and was particularly taken by Confucian teachings and their emphasis on moral values. It was in comparing these teachings to what she had learned in her home country that she began to see how her own culture and religion had been destroyed—and that Communism had taught her to be a selfish person. She was selfish, she explains, in her inability to understand the sacrifices that her parents made on her behalf.They were not permitted to live and work in Beijing, but Dr. Zhu’s grandparents did, and so Zhu lived with her grandparents to attend Beijing schools.“I had hate in my heart for my parents,” she admits now,“I felt abandoned,” but adopting a Confucian moral code changed this. She was able to understand and appreciate the sacrifice on her behalf—that ultimately led to a better education and more opportunity. Her mother lives in the U.S. today, her father is still in China. Adding this spiritual component to her life cultivated not only moral values, but acceptance of others and a peaceful state of mind. Once she undertook this study of Chinese history and culture, she was no longer a Communist or an atheist, no longer judging the difficult choices of her parents or anyone else. There were some “low-level” customs that hadn’t changed much. When her husband’s father passed away recently, his family burned special paper money for the dead in U.S. currency, Chinese currency, and gold—to be sure he had enough to spend wherever he ended up. Zhu’s mother bought solid colored cotton fabric in blue and white, and made Zhu’s

father-in-law two sets of clothes, a winter set and a warm weather outfit. The transition to the “old ways” was slow and it started with a few of her friends who had learned about the teachings of Falun Gong, a spiritual meditative practice combined with qi gong (qi pronounced chee) exercises, based on Confucian teachings that encourages a healthy lifestyle and high moral standards of truth, forbearance and compassion. It incorporates elements of Buddhism and Taoism. Qi Gong is a Chinese system of healing and cultivation from which herbal medicine and acupuncture find their roots.

Emotionally and mentally, it was the belief in reincarnation that was of particular significance for Zhu in coping with difficult personal

no longer seemed to care u They about money and a successful future, desires they’d all previously shared, but instead they were worried about maintaining their virtues.

Zhu’s childhood friends, people she’d known since kindergarten, were suddenly different after reading about Falun Gong.They no longer seemed to care about money and a successful future, desires they’d all previously shared, but instead they were worried about maintaining their virtues. When Zhu finally agreed to study the Falun Gong teachings for herself, she couldn’t help but agree. It was very much in line with the “old ways” she had been reading about since coming to New Haven.

Initially, the Falun Gong were embraced by the Chinese government and practitioners and teachers could expect to receive awards and accolades at its height of early popularity around 1994. However, in 1999, the Chinese government banned the practice and its books and teachings. Practitioners of Falun Gong in China can expect to be arrested and persecuted, websites related to the group are blocked from inside China via “The Great Firewall,” and it was branded a cult.The persecution of practitioners is one of the main reasons Zhu states for not returning to China to visit. Embracing Qi Gong helped Dr. Zhu with her health and medical practice. A moral and virtuous daily life had a positive impact on her health and happiness. Understanding Qi Gong’s foundational ideas that organ systems are connected to emotions, and to the universe, led to a renewed sense of how to diagnose and treat symptoms and illnesses with patients. Anger issues manifest in the liver. Stress can cause a cold. Chronic diseases are believed to be rooted in the spiritual life and its imbalances. Zhu believes our modern medical system is only profitable if you see as many patients as possible in

was selfish in her inability u She to understand the sacrifices that her parents made on her behalf.

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the shortest period of time, and doctors don’t have time to delve deeper into the personal issues that could be causing physical maladies. Live a moral life, doctors should be telling their patients. Colleagues and friends in the medical field share case studies with one another in which qi gong approaches have helped patients in ways that Western medicine could not.

situations. She accepted the idea not only of a world in the afterlife, but that each individual had many lives to live—and lessons to learn in each of those lives. Dr. Zhu’s teenaged son was born with a chromosomal abnormality that rendered him disabled.Years ago, she had difficulty accepting the situation. She grew angry watching healthy children play, and angry and frustrated with her own situation. Looking inward at the situation, and wondering what lesson she had to learn, why couldn’t she feel happy, is what helped turn her thinking around. She accepted that she had a lesson to learn. She needed to get rid of her jealousy and selfishness, realize that there is no harm to her son in being this way, and that the problem was with her own thinking. She loves her son. Acceptance and peace came. At one point, Zhu and her husband considered moving to California.They visited the West Coast and began to make plans, until they realized they had a good life here, good jobs, and a move like that would be a tremendous upheaval, something unnatural. She admits that many leave New Haven if they want to go back to school somewhere else, or if they can’t find a job, but they were settled and doing well, and there is something to be said for what’s called “The Middle Way,” in Confucian teachings. She agrees that “New Haven is nice, in the summer you can feel like you’re in Europe with all of the outdoor cafés, and we have everything here that New York City has except maybe in miniature. It’s a city that welcomes diversity.”

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The Medicine The art of Chinese herbal medicine and cultivation was passed down directly from the Heavenly Kingdom. Practitioners who could undertake the knowledge were able to see the healing techniques because their third eye, the eye that looks inward, was open, making them receptive. The art of acupuncture dates back to Doctor Sun Simiao, born in 581 A.D., whose third eye was open and able to see very clearly a “map” of points on the body to use for needle therapy. His map of the body is very close to the body map that most practitioners use today. There are five organ systems in Chinese medicine, along with five elements of the universe, water, fire, wood, earth, and metal—and they are connected to one another. Good health is a harmonious balance of all the elements. The book Many Lives Many Masters by Dr. Brian Weiss is about the use of past life therapy in psychiatry and is a common reference point for dealing with emotional and spiritual issues. According to Zhu, the fundamental split dividing the sciences and the humanities occurred in the 1800s, but the two are connected. Traditional Chinese music, she says, also has five tones, mimicking the body and universe structures, and she is a proponent of art therapy, which can show things about diagnosis that an exam cannot. It takes a thorough approach to healing; a moral life feeds a healthy body.

Case Study Dr. Zhu references many doctors using the ideas of traditional Chinese religion and Falun Gong in their medical practice who share their experiences with her in the form of written case studies.

Case : Psychosis and Depression Uncontrollable by Meds (Provided by Psychiatric MD) New patient. 20 y.o. Caucasian male discharged from the hospital a few weeks after having first break of psychosis and depression. After treatment for both conditions, the depressive symptoms resolved but the auditory hallucinations remained.  At first he was hearing the voices of his future in-laws telling him to kill himself, putting him down and calling him names. He was fearful, depressed and in a short time had become suicidal. He left the hospital hearing voices and still having thoughts of suicide.  Antidepressant medications seemed to work, but not the antipsychotic medications. The voices changed in characteristics, as he stopped hearing the voices of his future in laws. In a few weeks he started to hear 2 voices, a man called John and a woman who does not want to tell him her name. They talk to each other and also put him down and cursed at him, calling him all kinds of bad names. They are quiet when he comes to my office but they talk to him even when he keeps conversations with others.  His medical leave from work was going to expire and all trials of medications had made no difference.

We discussed the nature of the voices. I asked him how real these voices sounded. He said they were as real as talking to me right there and then. I told him it is because they are real. I told him that he had to learn to ignore them and not “freak out” when he hears them because it seemed that it may take some time until we could find a medication that would help him with the voices. The conversation ended up in a discussion about dimensions, realities, and his fear of having Schizophrenia.  On the last visit, he asked if this doctor believed in ESP. I asked him if the voices were telling him they had ESP because they could read his thoughts. He said “yes”, and was surprised this doctor knew about this.  I told him it is a common occurrence since they are in his head. It made sense to him and he said, “I am getting good at ignoring them”. At work he can do a good job because it is fast paced and it is noisy, he said. He has also worked on his fear about “losing my mind.” His mood has been stable and good, no depression. We continue to do other medications trials and to address this new reality instead of psychosis. 
 Dx made at spiritual level - Soul can’t distinguish human dimension and other coexisting dimension. 
Tx – counseling 
Rx – Acknowledge that these voices are “real,” but they are an interference in this material dimension. Understanding the voices at a spiritual level helped him to be able to ignore them and be able to go back to work and continue with his life and plans. 
Outcomes – Pt. can control himself now and learn to ignore the voices. The symptom improved and Pt. returned to work.

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obally celebrated artist and architect Gregory “Krikko” Obbott proudly opened The Hill Museum of Arts in New Haven during the summer of 2013 to house his monumental pencil drawings. He calls them “mega drawings” and that’s no exaggeration.

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The size, scale and scope of the aerial skylines take on a larger than life perspective when one is standing face to face with his Stonehenge-sized works of art. Familiar details pop with surprising clarity: taxis, buses and billboards, pedestrians in Times Square—all visible. It is hard to grasp the hours, months and even years of dedication that go into the making

of these beautifully complex cityscapes. The most notable among the mega drawings is the 20 foot by 15 foot wide view of New York City,“The Super Big Apple” that took Krikko four years to draw and over 2,496 pencils, all worn to nub, in the hands of one man— in the act of creating art.

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The architect as well as artist is on display in the creation of this unlikely museum.

Archival paper panels purchased from Hull’s Art Supply, a local favorite, supplies the substrate for the epic creations, along with an untold number of spray cans of Workable Fixative to seal and protect from smudges during the process. Just a few of Krikko’s other epic works, either commissioned or created for the sheer challenge of it, include the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, United Nations Building, Chrysler Building,The U.S.S. Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum,Yankee Stadium, Sears Tower and Chicago Tribune, not to mention his own home town of Lagos, Nigeria. The affable 63 year old native of S.E. Nigeria traces his creative skills back to encouragement received while attending an all boys Catholic high school—“that’s where I got my arts.” The Irish Reverend Fathers taught him Christianity and Art. Krikko laughs with a devilish grin, “I didn’t really like the religion as much as the arts. They had mass every morning and I never went—I got punished for it—I was painting instead.They encouraged me, saying ‘you’re so

good’ and they took me out and bought me watercolors.” He remembers with deep gratitude like it was just yesterday,“Father Rabbit went the extra mile, and drove me to the art supply store, the long drive over dirt roads— a distance from New Haven to Hartford, just to buy me art supplies.” In 1974, Krikko’s artistic talents came to the attention of the Nigerian government and he was afforded a full scholarship to attend the University of Louisiana, Lafayette School of Architecture. “That was great that they paid for everything: airfare, housing and tuition and in 1981, I got my BA.” The struggle to succeed as an architect during the 1970s was particularly challenging in that region given racial tensions, however, the humble Krikko would rather not discuss it, just saying,“it was a difficult time and I went back to Nigeria in 1983.” Working as an architect, designing and building houses paid the bills and afforded the freedom to not have to worry about money. He recalls, “music was always an important part of my life.”

Krikko enjoys playing the saxophone and laughs as he keeps bouncing back to high school as a bright spot in his life,“I was the Mayor in the marching band, the commander who throws the sticks with bagpipes and trumpets. It was a great school.” During that period of great creative freedom, Krikko embarked on his first,“mega drawing” of Lagos, Nigeria. He designed a light box with a coat of arms and presented the finished assemblage to the President. He smiles wide,“they were all very excited” and more commissions from the local government, airports, and banks ensued. Those first few reproduction prints sold to banks for a staggering amount. For the next ten years, Krikko traveled back and forth to the states,“I always wanted to draw New York City.” Once there, he began collecting maps, aerial photographs, magazine clippings, postcards, old photos, even taking hundreds of photos himself, from atop the Empire State Building. In 1990, a friend invited him to move to New Haven. He started the four-year, NYC meganew haven

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their pencil packaging, reaching an international audience and making the Krikko Obbott name synonymous with masterful pencil drawing. A giant perk for the king of the pencil: Staedtler premium pencils, erasers, and supplies kept arriving by the case-full. Creating digital fine art prints in the early 90s opened up a whole new world of possibilities and expanded Krikko’s audience across the globe. Selling thousands of prints to tourists in NYC has over the years provided a great living. Large framed and signed copies now sell for a modest $450.00 for the largest all the way down to postcards.The iconic image of Manhattan has spread far and wide, and many will remember when it hung in the New Haven Train Station for over a decade, removed for renovation, but not replaced. It’s in the works to remedy that. Certainly one of Krikko Obbott’s most ambitious undertakings is The Hill Museum of Arts, located off the beaten (arts) path. It’s a destination well worth the visit. The museum stands to house Krikko’s life-long passion, a collection of his mega drawings that honor his journey and celebrate the world at large. The three-story building, re-designed and renovated by Krikko himself, seems even more extraordinary when one learns that the walls, staircase and most internal structures were built by his own hand. From the carved woodwork to hand hewn staircases, the massive white Ionic columns frame a light fixture he crafted from found objects —this building is truly the embodiment of one man’s creative life. Krikko Obbott is a visionary artist of epic proportion. This building also serves as his studio where he works and creates daily. Well appointed for his needs, he engineered and built an enormous drafting table. The innovative design allows the paper to pass through a long, narrow slot in the table and coil below, while providing room to reaching the center of the paper without smudging any of the surrounding artwork. Innovation is everywhere you look.

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drawing project, but decided to stay long after it was finished to complete his biggest dream to date—building his own museum. During that time, Krikko’s work came to the attention of Staedtler Mars, an iconic German/US pencil and fine writing instrument manufacturer. Krikko signed a seven year endorsement contract 16 October/November 2015

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Next steps involve an animation studio. In an adjacent building, Krikko dreams of hosting imagination workshops to inspire the next generation of young creative minds through art and technology. The genius of Krikko Obbott is everywhere, in everything he touches. Feel free to explore his world and be inspired. ### The Hill Museum of Arts, New Haven 210 West Street, New Haven, CT www.krikkoproductions.com

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anny and Melissa Miller purchased their East Rock home about two years ago, and it wasn’t easy.The 4-bedroom 3-bathroom house never quite went on the market; realtors were notified that the owners, who inhabited the property for over forty years, were opening the home for a week to interested parties and would sell to the “right” buyer. Not only would the bid have to be accepted, but bidders would have to pass an “interview” process to show their intent to stay in the house for a while, raise a family, treat it like a home and not just an investment to flip for a quick profit.

The small third-floor turret room allowed enough space for a Jacuzzi tub.

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The dining room, tucked into a hexagonal space, provides a commanding view of the outdoors.

Avenue.Their three children, Sierra, Holden and Nora, would be in the “neighborhood” school district. Danny & Melissa admit that the school district was a priority in choosing their next home, so they took care in waiting for the right property to come on the market. It’s a bit rare, you often have to wait for a situation like theirs: aging owners ready to downsize. Melissa is an ESL teacher at the Hooker School and Danny is the owner of Plumbing Solutions, an industrial plumbing company. With his background and expertise, Danny was the general contractor on their project. Melissa says that’s why it took so long.The truth is, the house was built in 1892, the previous owners of 40 years modified the first floor for a single elderly inhabitant to live exclusively on the first floor, and it needed a lot of work.The house was gutted and they spent a year and a half putting it back together exactly the way they wanted 24 October/November 2015

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a piece from their Orange Street project that they chose not to leave behind. Besides the kitchen, there is interesting tile work all over the house, even in Holden’s bedroom on the second floor. Melissa did some local shopping at Tiles America in New Haven, Tile Designs by Laura in North Haven, and Ceramic Tile in Westport and had the pieces installed by M.A. Tile & Marble Works of East Haven. Refinishing the woodwork inside was laborious and Maple Carpentry of New Haven spent a lot of time on trim, banisters and framework in the house. Knocking down walls and recreating spaces became a theme, particularly with the master bedroom on the third floor. Prior to the renovation, it was comprised of five smaller rooms and seemed that at one time, it was servants’ quarters. Danny took walls down and put in steel beams for support, leaving beautiful columns to accent the center of the room and serve

as a natural divide.The master bedroom was Danny’s favorite project, and Melissa admits that coming up to her room for the night is one of her favorite parts of the day.The master bath is in two sections, a shower/sink combo on one side, built to take the shape of the angled roof line, and a garden tub on the other side of the bed. The colors in most rooms are from a cooler palette, lots of blues in dark and light tones, and all of the painting was done by MacDonald & Co. The decorating team on the project consisted of Melissa Miller and her computer. She used Pinterest for ideas, shopped online for every little detail right down to the door knobs, and artfully put together her dream home. She’s even inspired to do another house now, contends that it might be fun to decorate as a “side job.”

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New Haven Has A Dark Past Judge’s Tell-All Reveals A Little Known History of the New Haven Colony BY RACHEL BERGMAN

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oking around the Connecticut State Library, local “library rat” Superior Court Judge Jon C. Blue came across copies of transcripts from The New Haven Trials, a record of New Haven colony’s judicial proceedings dating from 1639 to 1663. During this period of time, New Haven was an independent colony still separate from Connecticut, and maintained its own government and judicial system. What interested Judge Blue in the records was the vivid and colorful transcription of the trials—the level of almost literary writing that each New Haven Secretary utilized in recording these community events. The title case of Judge Blue’s new book, The Case of the Piglet’s Paternity, is a tragi-comic instance of misguided locals misunderstanding nature. When a sow gave birth to a still-born deformed piglet in February of 1642, townies gathered around and couldn’t help but notice,“hey, this deformed piglet looks just like George Spencer.” It was downhill from there. 26 October/November 2015

The man in question, a servant to a former owner of the pig, was accused of bestiality—a serious crime with serious consequences according to Leviticus 20:15-16.The “defendant” was held and tortured until he confessed and then held again for a year, such was the level of shock the Puritan community felt. Before Spencer was finally put to death, the sow was killed while he watched, according to the consequences commanded by the bible. Judge Blue admits that prior to DNA evidence, judges could very well adjudicate paternity suits based on how much the child looked like the supposed parent, but the paternity of the pig was an extreme case. Justice was harsh in New Haven. Judge Blue believes that may be the first documented case of a false confession in North America. Spencer wasn’t the only individual convicted and hanged on charges of bestiality. A 15-yearold Milford boy named Walter Robinson was accused and examined by Milford Deputy Robert Treat on charges of bestiality with a dog. It’s unclear whether these instances stood out because the colonists were particularly fond of animals and wished to protect their wellbeing, but the Bible was once again invoked in sentencing. Some of the pettiest of offenses were also brought before the magistrates in New Haven— things that would not today be considered a crime—like criticizing the local minister where tattletale servants might overhear. Hearsay was perfectly admissible evidence against an individual who stood accused, unfortunately. Many issues were brought to the court from consumer rights to sexual assault, accusations of witchcraft and instances of corruption amongst officials—even maritime law was dealt with in the New Haven court system. No lawyers were invoked, citizens brought their cases directly to magistrates, or written statements from witnesses, and cases were argued by those directly involved. Judge Blue’s translation is not the first for The New Haven Trials.The State Library released a censored version in 1850 with the removal of many of the juicier cases, to protect the public, of course.

The Author’s Perspective Superior Court Judge Jon C. Blue, appointed to the bench in 1989 by Governor Bill O’Neill, spent three years translating the detailed compilation found in The Case of the Piglet’s Paternity, based on the carefully preserved court transcripts kept in a copper box for hundreds of years at the State Library. He worked from copies and admits he’s only seen NEWHAVENMAGAZINE.COM


be shocked by little, but the title case was a bit shocking, as well as the treatment of children of that era.There was no slavery in Connecticut, but cases involving child apprentices and servants were fairly close.

the original once, after he finished the book.

In Judge Blue’s view, there are two important things for the modern reader to absorb: 1) There are a tremendously wide variety of cases that judges must undertake— then, and now. 2) Put away any romantic view of life in the American colonies. Life was hard, those without power were brutally treated and Hobbes said it best in Leviathan that “Life in the State of Natures if nasty, poor, brutish and short.”

To Judge Blue, the book is largely about judging. Sitting judges are not allowed to talk about cases, but these are well over 400 years old, everyone involved is dead— and the Judge admits that he’s seen enough on the bench to

The Case of the Piglet’s Paternity was published by Wesleyan University Press and is available in bookstores now. No new projects are on the horizon for Judge Blue, who remains very busy with his “day” job.

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TO SEE OR NOT TO SEE ... Emili Lanno Peers into The Unknown with Two Local Psychics

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iss Patty was in kindergarten, about five or six-years-old, when the spirit came “The spirit uses my body,” said Miss Patty,“comes through with to visit her, but at that age, she thought everybody went through that. 40 what I need to say. I don’t remember what I say and I don’t years later, she continues to serve as a psychic healer and advisor for many keep a record of what the spirit said to me.” and lets the spirit take over to help clients find their way. Miss Patty’s gift comes in many forms and she offers many “The spirit visits me,” said Miss Patty.“For [what] to do and how to help people.To shed options to her clients including psychic readings, palm light on a dim situation.” readings, tarot cards, and tea leaves. According to Miss Patty, psychic readings are very spiritual, describing who a person is. When people come to visit Miss Patty, whether it is out of state, in state, or she is The tarot cards serve as an image of what she is seeing about reading people on the phone, the spirit manifests and she sees what each person is another individual. Palm readings are a spiritual contact and going through. the leaves are completely the person, or the inner self; when “I get people who are addicted, have addictions,” said Miss Patty.“I show them that no one else is around. Other services that Miss Patty provides that is not the answer. I let them know that there is a higher power and they can work are the Chakra readings, 7 Colors of Life readings, Wheel of through it.” Life readings, crystal stone readings, Aura charts, and Energy Since the spirit goes through her body, most of the time, she doesn’t remember what Readings. she says or tells the person she is guiding. She recalls instances when many people will While not only reading peoples’ lives and situations, Miss Patty come back and say,“Miss Patty you said this” or “you said this would happen.” also recalled a time when she predicted something that was going to happen in a town—the results of an election. 28 October/November 2015

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“I remember someone called me and said ‘Miss Patty you were right’ and I was like well yes of course.” In the many years of being a psychic advisor, Miss Patty has gotten a variety of questions like ‘Who will win the world series’ or ‘who will win in the next election,’ but sometimes she can’t answer those questions. “It’s what the spirit wants me to say,” said Miss Patty. If the spirit doesn’t know or can’t answer, Missy Patty can’t answer. Not only does this happen with questions from others, it also happens with people who come to see Miss Patty as clients.

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She offers many options including psychic readings, palm readings, tarot cards, and tea leaves.

“If there is nothing that I can do for that person,” said Miss Patty,“I don’t let them see me. I won’t tell them I can’t help them, I will just tell them that I am not available at that time.”

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ttila always knew that he had intuitive thoughts and the first major experience happened at around eight or nine-yearsold with the passing of his father.

His sister was in high school at the time, and he just had a feeling something was wrong. He knew that at anytime his sister was going to pick him up and just remembers saying “Pop’s dead.” He knew that things were different and people wondered how he would know. “No one really understood what it meant to be intuitive; what it meant to be a psychic,” said Attila. When he finally came to terms with his gift, he did everything that he could to research and gain the knowledge of what his gift really meant and how he could use it. “I read about religion, different types of witchcraft, I draw from all aspects of life. I don’t conform,” said Attila. Many other areas of his study include astrology, numerology, and cards.

Miss Patty is here to offer guidance to anyone that is willing, whether someone wants to know of a soulmate or needs reassurance about their life choices.“The spirit just lets me know,” said Miss Patty.“Everyone has a soulmate, they just need that confirmation.”

She knows that peoples’ lives are at stake and she takes her gift very seriously. She recalls many times when she would even leave family functions to go help another individual. If the spirit wants to help, she will go work on that problem. “I have been gifted this for 40 years,” said Miss Patty.“I have the power and ability to help people. I love it because I help people find a way to happiness.” Miss Patty can be contacted at: 203-932-9150. Address: 733 Saw Mill Road, West Haven, 59 Amity Road New Haven.

He adapts himself to speaking with different individuals and has always been fond of conversation. He has always been a social butterfly, which has stuck with him and he attributes that to being able to read so many people that he comes across. He recalls even as a younger person, how his friends would “take him under their wing” and he was always mature, letting friends bring out the “old soul in him.” “I enjoy doing it. I don’t find it to be work,” said Attila.“You have to put up with taking people’s burdens and problems and find out the reasons behind what’s going on.”

Attila shares an example of a time he took a trip to the grocery store. While in line, there was a lady in front of him and at some point she smiled directly at him. When Attila proceeded to comment,‘This is a special day for you and a family member’s special day as well.’The woman soon admitted that it was her son’s 18th birthday.

Seeing others finding a solution to their problems and choosing the right road for themselves gives her pure joy.“I’m so proud to be put on earth to do [this].”

“I don’t say I do it,” said Miss Patty.“This is something that I have always had. I was put on this earth to make a difference for whoever crosses my path.”

“I take what I do,” said Attila,“and listen to people’s problems.You get other perspectives than they see themselves, a different way to tackle it.”

According to Attila, visions and feelings about others is always with you, but “some more than others.”

She also believes that everyone has the ability to do what she does, however not everyone knows how to use it.

Miss Patty never refers to her psychic abilities as a “job” and she never wants to take her gift for granted.

Attila always makes sure that he is fully connecting with each and every person that he comes in contact with that seeks his visions. At almost 35-years old and with close to 20 years of experience, he feels that as he is getting older, he is having even stronger physically intuitive responses.

“For the cards I will say to someone,‘ok basically I want you to shuffle the cards don’t tell me anything. Whenever you feel comfortable put them down for me.’ It’s always right on point.” Attila said that when a person comes to him for assistance, he makes sure that he never prods or pokes them for information about themselves. He doesn’t want them to cloud him with any bias or information before a reading. He also knows that people come back to him for one important part of the experience: his compassion. “I think I have more compassion than other people, especially in this profession,” said Attila. “Sometimes a reading can be associated with a bad connotation,” said Attila.“I never let anyone leave with a bad feeling. Some are scared of psychics. I’m not going to tell you you’re going to die.”

Attila also uses the term “flooding,” which means getting multiple feelings and visions at once from people around him. Whether they are a waiter at the bar or restaurant or driving in the car,“I can almost tune into everything.” Many people around Attila that experience this with him don’t always understand how he is able to tune in to different people at once. “People tend to get annoyed and tend to not view it as a gift of mine,” said Attila. He is aware that he is on this earth to help others in any way that he can; he didn’t choose this gift, but it “chose him.” “I always try to focus in on the person,” said Attila.“I am always loyal to my clients. I think that is why they still remain loyal to me. I am a spiritual therapist.” Attila The Psychic Advisor can be contacted at: 203-668-0278. 439 Cove Ave., East Haven

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Beyond Halloween Living With Ghouls, Ghosts and Haunted Hotspots – EVERYDAY in Greater New Haven

Photo: Steve Blazo

New Haven’s Grove Street Cemetery, proclaims “The Dead Shall Be Raised”

By Amy Kulikowski Connecticut is filled with history; from witch trials to old settlements, there’s bound to be some ghosts lingering around our old New England state. These are just a few haunted hotspots nearby that have been discovered—the hard way. You may be tempted to blame those brats down the lane for your missing lawn ornaments, rearranged kitchen chairs or late night rattlings, but could it be something else? Does Toys “R” Us still sell ouija boards?

Center Church, New Haven If you haven’t already been to Center Church to check out the crypt built beneath it, it’s definitely an interesting and historical background to the city of New Haven. In 1812, when the church was being built, the New Haven Green was already covered in graves. Instead of moving the bodies, the builders of the church decided to just build the church above them. That church is one of the few religious edifices anywhere to be built over a cemetery. The church was built on stilts and the ground around it was then built up to look natural. Looking at Center Church today there is no indication that the remains of 137 people lay beneath it. The markers date back to 1687, including Margaret Arnold (Benedict 30 October/November 2015

Arnold’s first wife), President Rutherford B. Hayes’ family and a founder of Yale University. Church officials believe that there are actually closer to 1,000 remains in the crypt. The New Haven Green is, in fact, a former burying ground. When Grove Street cemetery opened in the 19th century, it was intended to ease the overcrowding on the green. Oddly enough, headstones were moved to Grove Street, but the bodies were not. If that doesn’t add to the spookiness of New Haven, I’m not sure what else will.

Downs Road, Hamden Originally a road stretching from Hamden to Bethany, Downs Road now has an unpaved section that is surrounded by woods. The woods are purported to be filled with phantom creatures and to provoke feelings of terror. Adding to the creepster level of the area, there is evidence of a once inhabited space, which is where the hauntings theories came from. According to DamnedCT, a website dedicated to paranormal activity in the state, people visiting Downs Road have seen apparitions of children and other spirits. They are said to have encountered the creatures before they returned to their parked cars to see claw marks running down the side.

Back in my teenage years, I was fortunate enough to avoid any creatures, but I did come across a very creepy, old and abandoned cabin. This is where the feelings of terror came in. I turned around after that point, but I can absolutely agree with the Downs Road creepy vibe.

Skull and Bones, New Haven This private club at Yale University goes back 175 years and has had many elite members. Some of these members include George W. Bush, William Howard Taft and John Kerry. Yale senior, William Russell, founded it in 1832 after he became upset with the rules of Phi Beta Kappa and wanted to form a new organization. So far, this seems like a pretty normal story-- college students form new clubs every day. However, not every college club meets in “The Tomb,” as it’s called. Besides the lack of windows to brighten the atmosphere a little, those who have been inside claim that there are skulls and bones (obviously), odd décor and special chambers. We will never know if any of these claims are true, since the society remains a secret and all, but it does seem odd that two other organizations were formed on the Yale campus after members and students became dissatisfied with Skull and Bones. See a pattern here? NEWHAVENMAGAZINE.COM


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The mysteries of the Skull & Bones “Tomb” is mostly man made, but then there is the case of Geronimo’s bones....

Midnight Mary The spirit of Midnight Mary is based on a woman by the name of Mary Hart that died in 1872 on Winthrop Avenue in New Haven. Hart didn’t live an extraordinary life that gave her a legacy—it was her death that was memorable. There are many legends

involving Mary, however, it might be her giant, pink, block-shaped headstone that attracts attention for ghost stories. The passage on the top of the headstone reads, “The people shall be troubled at midnight and pass away.” It’s actually part of a verse in the bible,

Center Church, New Haven – Let’s face it – how many places have cyrpts running under their town green?

but the many legends surrounding Midnight Mary say otherwise. One of the legends is that Mary was a witch and that her grave is cursed. Anyone that was near her grave at midnight would see her rise from the grave and “see a terrible end,” according to Damnedct. Part of the legend is that some daring college

students decided to challenge Mary and stay the night at the cemetery— and their dead bodies were discovered the next day. Mary’s demise is explained in the legend that says that her family had found her dead at midnight from a stroke. She was buried immediately, until her aunt had a dream that Mary

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The Cushing Center’s display of brains is at the Whitney Medical Library at Yale.

Cushing Center, New Haven This “brain museum” was stored in a sub-basement of Yale Medical School for decades following the death of Dr. Harvey Cushing in 1939. Cushing was acclaimed as the “Father of Modern Neurosurgery” and studied brains—a lot of brains. More than 400 of these brains have some sort of abnormality, which is why Cushing kept them. He also kept masses and tumors he removed and had everything in leaded glass jars, all labeled. Every specimen is in their original jar and is now on display at the Cushing Center at Yale’s Whitney Medical Library since their rediscovery in the mid- 1990s. After a couple medical students wanted to do a thesis on the collection of brains and had been sneaking in to try and communicate with Cushing’s spirit, the school decided to make it available to the public.

The Sterling Opera House in Derby awaits resurrection.

Along with the brains, Cushing also kept photographs of the patients to which they belonged. Personal items of his are also on display, including his lab coats, family photographs and journals.

Sterling Opera House Home to visitors Harry Houdini, Amelia Earhart and Lionel Barrymore, the Sterling Opera House in Derby has had many historical figures to make it worthy of the National Register of Historical Places. Usually in Connecticut, where there is history, there is a haunting.

For your own sake, please – just stay clear of Midnight Mary

was still alive. The family decided to dig her up, and discovered claw marks inside her coffin and her fingernails bloodied, as if she was trying to dig her way out. The next legend follows Mary’s tragic death, as her restless spirit would wander around her former home on Winthrop Avenue and occasionally take rides with unsuspecting people.

A “disappearing hitchhiker” tale fit Mary’s description, and when the people that gave her rides returned to see if she had gotten home all right, they had discovered it was the spirit of Midnight Mary they had picked up. Anyone care to pick up a lost hitchhiker?

While no tragic history is associated with the opera house, voices of children have been heard, spirits and orbs have been seen, shadow figures and apparitions, and some have claimed seeing hand prints of a child appear in places. A picture has also been taken, according to Damnedct, which shows the spirits of a woman in a Victorian-era dress and a child. Some believe that Charles Sterling, the man whom the building is named after yet died before it was completed, is the cause for the hauntings. Others believe it could be his widow, or a young boy’s spirit that is trapped there.

Sterling Opera House has even been featured on SyFy’s “Ghost Hunters” to be investigated. That pretty much makes it officially haunted, if you ask me.

“The Haunting in Connecticut” If you have ever seen “The Haunting in Connecticut,” you may have noticed the flashing note on the screen that says “based on true events.” This haunting-turned-movie is told from claims by the Snedeker family, who moved into the Southington house in 1986. While Hollywood dramatized the movie, the basement of the house was in fact previously a mortuary. One of the Snedeker family’s sons, who was treated for cancer at Yale New Haven Hospital, reported seeing a shadow of a man where the mortuary once existed, as well as other apparitions there. Later on, lights began to go on and off by themselves, objects started to move, foul smells were encountered, forces began to physically assault the family and the son became possessed by demonic spirits. It was after these events that Ed and Lorraine Warren were called in to investigate, and deemed that the house had an evil presence. An exorcism was performed on the boy and the house, which apparently cured the haunting. The Snedeker family stayed in the house for two more years before moving out, and it has new owners (which we ask everyone to respect their privacy) who claim all stories about their house are not true. Of course, speculations have circulated; one being that the son was struggling from drug addictions, which was proven untrue as a family member confirmed he did have cancer, according to Damnedct. Another speculation is that the boy was hallucinating as an effect from the drugs for his treatment. Nevertheless, “The Haunting in Connecticut” has gained Hollywood attention for being another creepy Connecticut story. Embrace your creepiness, Connecticut.

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Karen Olson, “Hidden” Nicole Jones – if that is her real name - lives off the grid. She hasn’t left her refuge, Block Island, in fifteen years. When the last person Nicole wants to see suddenly reappears, using a name he knows will draw her out, Nicole realizes that her time hidden is now ending. 7p.m. Nov.3 at R.J. Julia, 768 Boston Post Rd., Madison. FREE. Free. 203-245-3959, rjjulia.com.

The Beatles Hard Days Night & The Beatles HELP “Double Feature” A Hard Day’s Night (87 mins) is a 1964 British comedy film directed by Richard Lester and starring the Beatles—John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr— during the height of Beatlemania. Directed by Richard Lester, who also directed the band’s debut feature film, 1964’s A Hard Day’s Night, Help! (96 mins) follows The Beatles as they become passive recipients of an outside plot that revolves around Ringo’s possession of a sacrificial ring, which he cannot remove from his finger. As a result, he and his bandmates John, Paul and George are chased from London to the Austrian Alps and the Bahamas by religious cult members, a mad scientist and the London police. 7p.m. Nov.18 at The Bijou Theatre, 275 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport. $15. 203-332-3228, bijoutheatre.com.

Beatriz Williams, “Along the Infinite Sea” In the autumn of 1966, Pepper Schuyler fixes up a beautiful and rare vintage Mercedes and sells it at auction, and she thinks she’s finally found a way to take care of herself and the baby she carries, the result of an affair with a married, legendary politician. But the car’s new owner turns out to have secrets of her own, and as the glamorous and mysterious Annabelle Dommerich takes pregnant Pepper under her wing, the startling provenance of this car comes to light: a Nazi husband, a Jewish lover, a flight from Europe, and a love so profound it transcends decades. 7p.m. Nov. 10 at R.J. Julia Booksellers, 768 Boston Post Rd., Madison. FREE. 203-245-3959, rjjulia.com. Deepak Chopra, “Super Genes” The authors of the New York Times bestseller Super Brain present a bold new understanding of our genes and how simple changes in lifestyle can boost genetic activity. 7p.m. Nov.12 at Omni New Haven, 155 Temple St., New Haven. $35. 203-245-3959, rjjulia.com. B.A. Shaprio, “The Muralist” Alizée Benoit, an American painter working for the Works Progress Administration (WPA), vanishes in New York City in 1940 amid personal and political turmoil. No one knows what happened to her. Not her Jewish family living in German-occupied France. Not her artistic patron and political compatriot, Eleanor Roosevelt. Not her close-knit group of friends, including Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and Lee Krasner. And, some seventy years later, not her greatniece, Danielle Abrams, who while working at an auction house uncovers enigmatic paintings hidden behind recently found works by those now famous Abstract Expressionist artists. 7p.m. Nov.17 at R.J. Julia Booksellers, 768 Boston Post Rd., Madison. FREE. 203245-3959, rjjulia.com. Book Talk: “Nathan Hale The Life & Death of America’s First Spy” by M. William Phelps M. William Phelps charts Hale’s rural childhood, his education at Yale, and his work as a schoolteacher. Like many young Americans, he was soon drawn into the colonies’ war for independence and became a captain in Washington’s army. When the general was in need of a spy, Hale willingly rose to the challenge, gathering intelligence behind British lines on Long Island, and in the end bravely sacrificing his life for the sake of American liberty. 5:30-7:30p.m. Nov.17 at Amos Bull House, 59 South Prospect St., Hartford. FREE. 860-247-8996, ctlandmarks.org.

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FAMILY EVENTS Kate’s Camp for Kids presents, “The Nutcracker Suite for Young Voices” Join Miss Nancy for this minimusical experience based on Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet, “The Nutcracker”. Multiple narrators tell the story of little Clara’s dreamlike adventure to the magical land of the Nutcracker. Performed in concert style. 4-5p.m. Thurs. Oct.22-Dec.3 at Community Music School, 90 Main St., Centerbrook. $100. Grades K-5. 860-767-0026, community-music-school.org.

the world around you, doing sun salutations along with the rising sun. Getting up and moving can help increase circulation, help you find balance both physically and mentally and you might just find that your morning practice energizes you more than that first cup of coffee. All levels welcome. 6:30-7:30a.m. Oct.20-23 at Balanced Yoga Studio, 1079 Whalley Ave., New Haven. Drop Ins are $18 regular, and $15 for students. 203-980-1356, balancedyoga.us. For a full list of Early Risers classes go to their website. Restorative Yoga Workshop Retreat from your everyday life, journey into tranquility and well-being. In this workshop you will gently remind your nervous system to relax, your adrenals to restore, your organs to be nurtured, and build Ojas. Class includes deep relaxation, healing breathing, and meditation. 2-4p.m. Nov.8 at Your Community Yoga Center LLC, 39 Putnam Ave., Hamden. $27-$33. 203-287-2277, yourcommunityyoga.com.

NATURAL HISTORY Trot off your Turkey Enjoy a hike through the beautiful Larsen Sanctuary and walk off your Thanksgiving indulgences. You’ll discover a temperate deciduous forest, ponds, garden marsh and swamp. Wear comfortable walking shoes. 10-11a.m. Nov.28 at Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr St., Fairfield. $2/person. 203-259-6305, ctaudubon.org.

The Tessa Marie Memorial 5K and Fun Run The road race will benefit the Tessa Marie Fund. The Tessa Marie memorial fund helps underprivileged children, and children in need of medical care and attention. 8a.m. Nov.8 at North Haven High School, 221 Elm St., North Haven. $12-$30. 617-827-1317, runningintheusa. com. Hot COCO 5K The flat certified 5K course passes stately homes and runs on a portion of the Farmington Canal Trail. After the race unwind and enjoy a post-race celebration with live music, hot cocoa, food, clowns, face painting, vendor giveaways and much more. 10a.m. Nov.21 at Norton Elementary School, 414 North Brooksvale Rd., Cheshire. 203-4815933, runningintheusa.com. Run Turkey Run The race will take place on the paved Farmington Canal Heritage Trail. The 5k course is mostly flat with a few rolling hills. There will be 1 aid station stocked with UCAN Hydrate and water. Snacks and refreshments will be provided for post-race festivities. 6:30a.m. Nov.26 at Multisports Academy, 109 Sanford St., Hamden. $20-$30. 203-6917349, runningintheusa.com.

MIND, BODY & SOUL Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program Kate Mitcheom is a registered Yoga teacher in the Anusara style and is certified as an Energy Medicine Practitioner. Her classes, seminars and workshops have been given to people of all ages and backgrounds. Whether you are 5 or 105, Kate finds a way to connect to you as a student. 6-8:30p.m. Oct.12-Nov.30 at Lyme Art Association, 90 Lyme St., Old Lyme. $525 for 26-hour course. 860-434-1792, lymeartassociation.org. Full Moon Gong with Barbara Cox and Steve Chillemi. Once a month deep sound healing and relaxation. After preparing for an extended deep relaxation with stimulating Kundalini yoga, lay on the floor (or relax in a chair), and experience therapeutic meditative gong vibrations as they wash over you. Gong vibrations can elevate awareness and rebalance your physical, emotional and spiritual bodies. 7-9p.m. Oct. 30 and Nov. 27 at Your Community Yoga Center LLC, 39 Putnam Ave., Hamden. 203-287-2277, yourcommunityyoga.com. BY Power This is a challenging, vigorous flow integrating breath and movement. You will work your body, building endurance and strength. All levels welcome with modifications for new students. 9-10a.m. Oct.19-23 at Balanced Yoga Studio, 1079 Whalley Ave., New Haven. Drop Ins are $18 regular, and $15 for students. 203-980-1356, balancedyoga.us. For a full list of BY Power classes go to their website. Early Risers Open your body, mind and soul to new haven

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STAGE A Wonderful Life In a tuneful reimagining of the classic film “It’s a Wonderful Life,” a would-be angel swoops to the rescue of desperate banker George Bailey on Christmas Eve. From the Tony-winning cocreator of Fiddler on the Roof, it’s a heartwarming family musical that celebrates the power of love and the goodness in all of us. 2p.m. & 6:30p.m. Sun., 2p.m. & 7:30p.m. Wed. & Thurs., 8p.m. Fri., 3p.m. & 8p.m. Sat., Sept.18Nov.29 at Goodspeed Opera House, 6 Main St., East Haddam. $36.50-$80.50. 860-873-8668, goodspeed.org.

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Tony Award winner Alice Ripley returns debuts at The Bijou Theatre for the first time in over a year with a brand new show! In Alice Ripley: All Sondheim, the multi-talented star of Broadway’s Next to Normal, Sunset Boulevard, The Who’s Tommy, Side Show, andThe Rocky Horror Show explores the provocative lyrics and enduring melodies of songs written by the legendary Stephen Sondheim. Ms. Ripley has gathered some of her favorites — and will even revisit classic Sondheim characters she’s

played, remembering anecdotes along the way. From “Worst Pies In London” to “Getting Married Today”… from “Losing My Mind” to “Rose’s Turn”… from “Being Alive” to “The Ladies Who Lunch”… this is a show you do NOT want to miss. Spend a night celebrating Sondheim with one of the Great White Way’s favorite stars. November 7, 8:00 pm. The Bijou Theatre, 275 Fairfield avenue, Bridgeport thebijoutheatre.com

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Indian Joe Inspired by true events, this brand-new musical tells the unlikely story of a homeless Native American and a Texas beauty queen who never should have been friends. As they stumble toward friendship, both ultimately overcome fear and prejudice to discover that there’s more to family than what you see. 2p.m. & 6p.m. Sun., 2p.m. & 7:30p.m. Wed., 7:30p.m. Thurs., 8p.m. Fri., 3p.m. & 8p.m. Sat. Oct.22-Nov.15 at Goodspeed Opera House, 6 Main St., East Haddam. $46. 860-873-8668, goodspeed.org.

Goodspeed’s Audition Masterclass A dynamic one-day workshop with Brent Wagner, the Chair of the acclaimed Musical Theatre Department at the University of Michigan, designed to prepare the next generation of aspiring musical theatre college students for the allimportant college entrance audition process. Professor Wagner will guide high school students in all aspects of song performance, including analyzing music and lyrics, acting the song, selecting and preparing the music, and understanding audition techniques. 9:30a.m.-6p.m. Oct.24 at Goodspeed Opera House, 6 East Main St., East Haddam. $250. 860-873-8668, goodspeed.org.

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MUSIC A Flight of Fancy, part of the Neighborhood Music Schools Faculty Concert Series Featuring Julie Asuma Levene, clarinet; Bethany Wilder, viola and Sara Kohane, piano, playing “Black Birds, Red Hills” by Libby Larsen, as well as works by Mozart and Bruch. 12:00 Pm November 8 Neighborhood Music School, 100 Audubon Street. New Haven Free Edgar Winter Band, Winter is rock, jazz and blues legend that created some of the best known hits of the 1970s. Winter was an early adopter of synthesizers and was among the first to wear a keyboard. November 9, 7:00 pm at the Fairfield Theater, Stage One 70 Sanford Street Fairfield. fairfieldtheatre.org Boomer favorite singer songwriter Gordon Lightfoot will bring his folk rock and country to the Ridgefield Playhouse on November 11. 80 East Ridge Road, Ridgefield. www.ridgefieldplayhouse.com Jim Sinclair and Orchestra New England will perform and celebrate for its thirty sixth year, the Colonial Concert – a New Haven region family tradition. United Church on The Green, 270 Temple Street, New Haven. A colonial dinner is avaialbe preceeding the concert at the Graduate Club, see website for more information. Concert tickets are $35 for reserved seats, $20 general admission. 800-595-4849 www.orchestranewengland.org

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Legg’s’s solo performances are marked by their technical skill, evocative melodies and adventurous spirit. Adrian has won awards including “Guitarist of the Decade” by Guitarist Magazine (UK). Legg is a frequent contributor to the NPR program “All Things Considered”. In early 2015, Adrian Legg released a new album “Dead Bankers”. Outer Space Ballroom 7:00 pm, November 21. 295 Treadwell Street, Hamden. www.theouterspace.net Dead Heads will come to life as the Dark Star Orchestra light ups New Haven with their interpretations of Dead favorites. November 20, College Street Music Hall, 238 College Street New Haven. www.collegestreetmusichall.com

Afro-Semitic Experience combines an eclectic array of styles, musicianship, songwriting, deep grooves, and years of friendship with a the message: Unity in the Community. 5:00 pm November 11. The Outer Space 295 Treadwell Street, Hamden www.theouterspace.net Gerry Beaudoin’s Trio, featuring Beaudoin a composer and award winning jazz and blues guitarist with more than 60 recorded compositions. Waterbury Palace Theater, two shows November 13 at 7:00 and 9:00.100 East Main Street, Waterbury. www. palacetheaterct.org The Hit Men former stars from Franki Valli and the Four Seasons at the Ridgefield Playhouse on November 13. 80 east Ridge Road, Ridgefield.www. ridgefieldplayhouse.org New Haven Symphony Artist-in-Residence Chris Brubeck returns for Brothers in Arts, a WWII-inspired musical journey featuring jazz, classical, and cabaret vocals. Celebrate Veterans Day with music honoring our veterans and military. The concert is part of the NHSO 2015 Gala, featuring dinner, dancing and the concert, check website for details. November 12, 7:30 pm at the Shubert Theater, xxx College Street New Haven. The program will repeat on Sunday November 15 at 3:00 at Clune Auditorium at Wilton High School. www. newhavensymphony.org Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys have for three decades kept up criss-crossed the states, bounded out to Europe and beyond. They bring their American music that has earned them an induction into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame to Café Nine. November 17 9:00 pm. 250 State street, New Haven cafenine.com Lock up the young ladies, as All Time Low team up with their “metalcore hunks” Sleeping With Sirens on November 20 at the Oakdale Theater 95 South Turnpike Road, Wallingford. Livenation.com Guitarist Adrian Legg “has been called impossible to categorize” at 67 the English born fingerstyle picker plays a hybrid of electric and acoustic guitars.

With a new album The Other Side of Desire Rickie Lee Jones the rock, rhythm and blues singer that Rolling Stone Magazine once called “the dutchess of coolsville” will light up the Fairfield Theatre’s Stage One on November 21 at 7:00. 70 Sanford Street Fairfield fairfieldtheatre.org A bargain bag of great music to rev up your holiday includes, Wise Old Moon, an alternative folk rock band based in Hartford is joined by New England favorite Meadows Brothers, Ian and Dustin who combine Folk, blues County and Rock. The Boston globe said iwis an “engaging sibling sound all their own”. Finally The Proud Flesh’s Americana sound is another east coast favorite. Café Nine November 28, 9:00 pm. 250 State Street, New Haven cafenine.com

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ART Opening “I Just Can’t Tell It All” Painting Exhibition Marcelino Herrera Vegas is an oil painter with a classical background and is deeply committed to mankind and its circumstances. His artistic expression seeks to bring to the present scenes from the past, describing human fate over time. His scenes evoke immigrants, fishermen, children working or hordes of unemployed workers. Oct.15-Nov.15 at Greene Art Gallery, 29 Whitfield St., Guilford. 203-4534162, greeneartgallery.com. Keith Johnson: New work. Johnson chooses to present his work in extended photographic documents—collections of images that show series and sequence, the passage of time, and visual narratives. Oct.15-Nov.15 at Kehler Liddell Gallery, 873 Whalley Ave., New Haven. Open 11a.m.-4p.m. Thurs.Fri., 10a.m.-4p.m. Sat.-Sun. 203-389-9555, kehlerliddell. com. Edith Borax-Morrison: Time Capsule Within her meticulous abstract pen and ink drawings, BoraxMorrison captures the surreal and mystical elements of our past—delicately weaving fairy tales, myths and primitive cultures. Oct.15-Nov.15 at Kehler Liddell Gallery, 873 Whalley Ave., New Haven. 11a.m.-4p.m. Thurs.-Fri., 10a.m.-4p.m. Sat.-Sun. 203-389-9555, kehlerliddell.com. New Work by Margot Nimiroski & Mary Black Oct.2-Nov.28 at Reynolds Fine Art, 96 Orange St., New Haven. Open 11a.m.-5p.m. Tues.-Thurs., 11a.m.-6p.m. Fri., 11a.m.-5p.m. Sat. 203-498-2200, reynoldsfineart. com.

Artist Robert Friedman shows his new work at City Gallery in New Haven trhough November 29.

hands-on no-nonsense work ethic was important to the artist and is evident in the powerful raw nature of this body of work, implemented with off-theshelf marine black paint. The quick decisiveness hands-off approach captures what Ferguson called, “beauty through the back door”. Waters has exhibited extensively throughout the Northeast. Recent large- scale projects include new work at the Governors’ Residence and Bushnell Plaza in Hartford, Connecticut and The Daniel Chester French Estate in Stockbridge, Mass. Oct.23-Nov.21 at Fred Giampietro Gallery, 1064 Chapel St., New Haven. Open 11a.m.-

6p.m. Mon.-Sat. 203-777-7760, giampietrogallery.com. New Work by Roberta Friedman “Break: in / through / out” New work on paper and canvas: exploration and experimentation: transition/looking back / looking forward. Nov. 5-29, artist’s Reception on November 8, 2-5 pm, closing reception on November 29, 2-4pm at City Gallery, 994 State Street, New Haven Open noon-4:00 pm and by appointment Thursday to Sunday, 203-782-2489 City-gallery.org. FREE

The Artist in the Connecticut Landscape The exhibition shines a light on the state’s role in the development of American landscape painting and draws from the collections of the ten partner institutions to present highlights that include some of the most renowned depictions of Connecticut from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. Oct.2-Jan.31 at Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme St., Old Lyme. Open 10a.m.-5p.m. Tues.-Sat., 1p.m.-5p.m. Sun. $8-$10. 860-434-5542, florencegriswoldmuseum. org. Stone Roberts: Street Scenes, Still Lifes, and Figures Artist Stone Roberts approaches all of his paintings with intense realism. Throughout his street scenes, still lifes, and figure paintings, his admiration for the often-overlooked details of life are evident. Nine of Roberts’ oil paintings exploring human encounters with everyday life will be on display. Oct.2-Jan.17 at New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., New Britain. Open 11a.m.-5p.m. Mon.Wed., Fri., 11a.m.-8p.m. Thurs., 10a.m.-5p.m. Sat., noon5p.m. Sun. $10-$15. 860-229-0257, nbmaa.org. Work by Gerald Ferguson & Jonathan Waters The body of work being shown represents the frottage work of Ferguson for which he is best known. The 40 October/November 2015

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Ongoing Envisioning the Future Featuring artifacts that belonged to P.T. Barnum, Tom Thumb and others. Open for viewing and touring 11a.m.-3p.m. Thurs. & Fri. Year round at The Barnum Museum, 820 Main St., Bridgeport. Exhibit is located in the People’s United Bank Gallery behind the Museum. 203-331-1104, barnum-museum.org. Ivory Alive Leonor Fini and 10 other artists featured. Through Jan.1 at Faust Harrison Pianos, 322 Black Rock Turnpike, Fairfield. Open 10a.m.-6p.m. Tues.Sat.860-581-8332, sixsummitgallery.com. Nature’s Grace Landscape paintings by Kathleen Jacobs plus 20 additional artists. Through Nov.25 at Chamard Vineyards, 115 Cow Hill Rd., Clinton. 860-5818332, sixsummitgallery.com. New England Landscape Invitational Exhibition & Society of Connecticut Sculptors This exhibition brings together the strongest work by our member artists, along with exceptional paintings by our invited guest artists. Through Nov.20 at Lyme Art Association, 90 Lyme St., Old Lyme. Open 12a.m.-5p.m. Wed.-Sun. 860-434-7802, lymeartassociation.org. An American Place: The Art Colony at Old Lyme During the first two decades of the 20th century, the village of Old Lyme was the setting for one of the largest and most significant art colonies in America. The colony attracted many leading artists – Henry Ward Ranger, Childe Hassam, and Willard Metcalf among them – who were in the vanguard of the Tonalist and Impressionist movements. Ongoing at Florence Griswold Museum, second floor, 96 Lyme St., Old Lyme. Open 10a.m.-5p.m. Tues.-Sat., 1p.m.-5p.m. Sun. $8-$10. 860-434-5542, florencegriswoldmuseum. org. The Ceramic Presence in Modern Art: Selections from the Linda Leonard Schlenger Collection and the Yale University Art Gallery This exhibition features over 80 objects from the Schlenger collection by leading 20th-century ceramicists– including John Mason, Jim Melchert, Kenneth Price, Lucie Rie, and Peter Voulkos–alongside works in other media from the Yale University Art Gallery’s permanent collection by artists such as Hans Hofmann, Willem de Kooning, Isamu Noguchi, Mark Rothko, and Edward Ruscha. Through Jan.3 at Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St., New Haven. Open 10a.m.-5p.m. Tues., Wed., Fri., Sat., 10a.m.-8p.m. Thurs., 1-6p.m. Sun. 203-432-0600, artgallery.yale.edu. Art Today: 2000-Present Through Dec.13 at New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., New Britain. Open 11a.m.-5p.m. Mon.-Wed., Fri., 11a.m.8p.m. Thurs., 10a.m.-5p.m. Sat., noon-5p.m. Sun. $10$15. 860-229-0257, nbmaa.org. The Shakers: Focus On: Enfield, Connecticut Through Nov.20 at New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., New Britain. Open 11a.m.-5p.m.

Mon.-Wed., Fri., 11a.m.-8p.m. Thurs., 10a.m.-5p.m. Sat., noon-5p.m. Sun. $10-$15. 860-229-0257, nbmaa.org. New Media: Julie Orser Inaugurating the new, larger New Media & Digital Art space in the McKernan Gallery will be Los Angeles-based contemporary video artist Julie Orser, who will screen Always Green, Ever-Living. Through Jan.3 at New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., New Britain. Open 11a.m.-5p.m. Mon.-Wed., Fri., 11a.m.8p.m. Thurs., 10a.m.-5p.m. Sat., noon-5p.m. Sun. $10$15. 860-229-0257, nbmaa.org.

carpet (which is strictly a custom-made item), theatre seating, playbills and photos from some of the Shubert’s greatest triumphs. Through Feb.27 at New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Ave., New Haven. Open 10a.m.-5p.m. Tues.-Fri., noon-5p.m. Sat. 203-562-4183, newhavemuseum.org.

All Time Favorites of the Low Illustration Collection Action and adventure, love and romance, humor and cartoons, all will be found in this exhibition of the “best of the best” illustration art. Works by the leading 19th and 20th century illustrators the likes of Stevan Dohanos, James Montgomery Flagg, J.C. Leyendecker, Howard Pyle, and Norman Rockwell. Through Feb.21 at New Britain Museum of American Art., 56 Lexington St., New Britain. Open 11a.m.-5p.m. Mon-Wed., Fri., 11a.m.-8p.m. Thurs., 10a.m.-5p.m. Sat., noon-5p.m. Sun. $10-$15. 860-2290257, nbmaa.org. NEW/NOW: Katja Loher: How can we cool down the gilded sunbeams? Loher is regarded as a leader amongst the next generality of video artists, exploring and questioning the consequences of living in a globalized world. Through her wallmounted video portals and hand-blown glass bubbles, the viewer enters a parallel universe. Through Nov.1 at New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., New Britain. Open 11a.m.-5p.m. Mon.Wed., Fri., 11a.m.-8p.m. Thurs., 10a.m.-5p.m. Sat., noon5p.m. Sun. $10-$15. 860-229-0257, nbmaa.org. Boundary Conditions The unveiling of the LeWitt Family Staircase where undulating, effervescent abstract forms seemingly float above the staircase landing. The artist, Soo Sunny Park, is known for creating otherworldly, immersive installations that transform their environments into seas of dancing light, reflection and shadow. Through March 9 2016 at New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., New Britain. Open 11a.m.-5p.m. Mon.-Wed., Fri., 11a.m.8p.m. Thurs., 10a.m.-5p.m. Sat., noon-5p.m. Sun. $10$15. 860-229-0257, nbmaa.org. The Nation’s Greatest Hits: 100 Years of New Haven’s Shubert Theatre One of the Elm City’s most celebrated cultural institutions, the Shubert Theatre has been a performing arts center presenting plays, musicals, opera, dance, classical music recitals and concerts, vaudeville, jazz artists, big bands, burlesque, and a variety of solo performances since 1914. This exhibition spotlights both the fully polished and the merely promising stars, composers, playwrights, and others who brought glamour, drama, music, and laughter to the Shubert Theatre, and New Haven, for an entire century. Two galleries, designed around aspects of the theatre’s “front of house” and “back of house” operations, feature vintage usher uniforms, special lighting effects, a red

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Tweak And Work Like A Pro Working from home is a rare treat for some, and a way of life for others. You know the type— they have a “fancy” pair of sweatpants for wearing outside the home and you don’t have the heart to tell them there is no such thing. If you don’t want to forget what it’s like to be around other people, consider heading to a local coffee shop for some shared space, strong brew, and homey ambiance.

Koffee? offers snacks, meals, creative coffeethemed complicated beverages, and even an after dark menu with wine and craft beer. Sink into a cushy sofa and hog it all day long, or play it straight and pick a table and chair to finish those TPS reports.

Meat Or No Meat, That Is The Question Any trip to a Brazilian steakhouse is a serious affair. You don’t go for a quick bite, you never show up just “a little hungry” – it’s a place to really explore your innate desire to consume mass quantities of food like the salivating carnivore you are. There are two ways to enjoy your experience: load your own plate at the salad and hot bar and then get choosy with your meats at the grill station and pay by the pound—or get crazy and order rodizio style where they continuously bring food to your table until you are satisfied at a fixed price. Either way, wear a breathable fabric. The sides are fresh, the meat is delicious and grilled to perfection, but try to make room on your plate for the grilled pineapple, a tangy juicy slightly sweet perfect accompaniment to sausages or short ribs or brisket or chicken wings or, or, or, so many choices.

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Where Have All The Bagels Gone? You didn’t know? We still have them! Thanks to Christine and Rob Cohen who moved to Madison from the New York Metro area and asked, “what do these people eat for breakfast?” Agreeing to focus on bagel-making, they left their corporate jobs one at a time to perfect the recipe: Rob first. For two years, Christine would come home to a batch of freshly baked bagels each night to confer: was it chewy, doughy, tasty enough? They even brought in consultants. In 2003, Cohen’s Bagels of Madison opened their doors to the public. They now distribute widely around the state, as well, and you can find them in grocery stores and restaurants. They recently launched a bacon habanero bagel, a bananas foster bagel, and they tried a peanut butter and jelly (meh). While they do play around a lot to try new flavors, hands down the standards are the winners – the most popular is a plain bagel. Their cream cheeses are also like buttah. Except it’s cream cheese.

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sunlight to make you feel like an executive with a corner office—if you always dreamed of an office with the sounds of a hissing espresso machine as the backdrop. Café Atlantique also hosts live music and wine tastings.

Locally sourced food, fair trade coffee, recyclable containers, food waste converted to mulch, and save a quarter if you bring your travel mug for your caffeine fix. Related to Perk On Main in Durham, Perk on Church is just off the Guilford green and aims to produce the same amount of trash as a single family home, such is their dedication to environmentalism. The coffee would still taste good if you were sitting on top of a landfill, though, so that’s good.

I Like My Cider Like I like My SAT Vocabulary. Hard. New England Cider Company is going to get on the map. Soon. They’re opening a tasting room at their location in Wallingford. In the meantime, they travel all over the state pairing up with cheese makers, restaurants, farmer’s markets, and any other delicious food item pairing excellently with blends like a barrelaged whiskey cider, fresh blend, or a summer berry blend. Initially, the two founding cider makers Miguel Galarraga and Seth Hart built their own press and chopper. They worked up to producing as much as 60 gallons every fall. About two years ago, they moved the operation out of the backyard and into a professional facility, giving up their homemade apple press and upgrading to a hydraulic press and mechanical industrial grade chopper. The apples in their ciders are mostly from Blue Hills Orchard in Wallingford. The do not distribute yet, but have contracts with area restaurants like Mikro in Hamden, Prime 16 in New Haven and Jake’s in Wallingford, but the ciders are not yet available in stores.

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“Sage was great,” the waiter admits, “but the food could be hit or miss at times. But not here.” He made a few recommendations about what truly stood out on the menu – pointing to about a third of the entrée choices and half of the appetizers offered by Shell & Bones Oyster Bar & Grill in City Point, located at 100 Water Street. We settled on ceviche (seasonal), some raw bar selections and calamari to start, requested wine recommendations for the table— which were successful choices, and spent another fifteen minutes trying to decide what to order. Shell & Bones, from the owners of Geronimo’s and the chef from Bespoke and Roomba, playing on the

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We can’t all afford to knock out a wall and install a beautiful stone fireplace brimming with leftover newspapers and chunks of treated wood purchased from the grocery store—but we can get toasty and have a nice nibble on something delicious at someone else’s fireside, can’t we? Plenty of local establishments know their audience: damp and cranky New Englanders looking to stay warm. Cozy up to those flames and scope out some new menus—and cheer up will ya?

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Mediterranean cuisine with its lemony flavors and crisp spices is best served this fall in a dining room glowing with orange embers. Ladies night involves a complimentary glass of wine with an entrée order on Thursday nights. Or try an appetizer—like the Saganaki, a baked Kefalograviera cheese with olive oil and pita bread served in a flaming lemon sauce. Flaming.

Kelly’s Gastropub Kellysgastropub.com 203-776-1111 196 Crown Street, New Haven What better atmosphere to hunker down in front of the fire avoiding eye contact with others than in an Irish pub? Kelly’s offers a traditional pub menu of hearty favorites like burgers, fish & chips or beef & Guiness hot pot, but they also offer entrees like lobster ravioli and pork roulades. Friends & Company Restaurant Friendsandcompanyrestaurant.com 203-245-0462 11 Boston Post Road, Madison Located along the East River on Rt 1 on the shoreline, they bake their own bread and serve up everything from buffalo chicken tenders to Asian-glazed

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By Bruce Ditman

Crisp Air! Apple Cider! Leaf peeping! Yale Bowl! Autumn in New Haven is overstuffed with rewarding and enriching seasonal activities.

1.10 Seek out the snack bar and buy a hot cup of Sanka in a styro cup as prophylaxis to inappropriate nudity. Try to enjoy it simply for its heat.

“Bruce, where do I begin?” you ask.

1.11 Panic as you look for the field house restroom, post Sanka.

“How do I start and, once started, how will I know I’ve finished” you reasonably inquire. My friends, I understand. It can be an intimidating time for the inexperienced or uninitiated, indeed. So, in the timehonored, Yankee spirit of wanting you to fit in (with us), allow me to guide you through this trying but exciting time. Thus, I present to you this guide, which I am calling with all proper Yankee modesty:

1.12 Your core temperature returned to dangerously low levels thanks to a 50 degree toilet seat, down vest notwithstanding, shiver and stomp your feet. 1.13 Become fleetingly aware that there are people around you, everyday, that lack not only down vests but homes and heat, as well, and are always cold.

2. Make a fire. 2.1 Sit around that fire with your friends and family.

How to enjoy November in New Haven, the definitive list: 1. Wear a down vest. 1.1 Take your down vest to a high school football game. 1.2 Shiver and stomp your feet. 1.3 Comment to friends and stranger, alike, that your down vest keeps you surprisingly warm and explain that as it covers your core, you really retain most of your body heat. 1.4 It’s too soon for wool hats so don’t engage in any conversation about what percentage of heat from your body is lost from where. It’s entirely bro-science, anyway. 1.5 If they persist, remind them that people don t put their icecold hands on their head to warm up but rather in their crotch. 1.6 Make a mental note (as they slowly back away from you) that you deserve a new pair of pants, warm ones. Maybe wide-wale corduroys, if they are back in style. 1.7 Alone at last but increasingly concerned that you have underdressed for the weather in your down vest but no cords, shiver and stomp your feet. 1.8 Wonder (to yourself) about hypothermia, but hold the line. Recall an article you read one time about a symptom of extreme hypothermia called “paradoxical undressing” and assure yourself that should that happen to you, at a high school, it would be very bad. 1.9 Confront the fragility of your existence. Know you are a tiny thing whose life is every so barely sustainable thanks entirely to the remnant heat of an unimaginably hot star which is impossibly far away. Doubly so today, you imagine.

2.2 Connect with the continuity of your biological history and the ancient traditions of your species as you imagine your prehistoric cousins enjoying the exact same feeling of community and safety, as they, wrapped in mammoth hides or saber-toothed tiger skins, warmed themselves by a fire on a cool Fall evening. 2.3 Note, aloud, that with the fire you really only need a down vest to be perfectly comfortable. 2.4 Enjoy the smell of woodsmoke on your down vest and your clothes as you hang them up before bed. 2.5 Lament the smell of woodsmoke on everything you own as you dress for work the next day. 2.6 Reconsider your entire lifestyle and career and wonder if there isn’t a job out there where a wood smoke smell wouldn’t be an issue; something that involves a more outdoor, rugged, wood-smokey aesthetic. It would be more meaningful, less materialistic. Something authentic. 2.7 Go to J. Crew. 3. Buy a wool hat.


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