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NEW HAVEN — It might be common pedestrian etiquette for most of us always to use the crosswalk when crossing the street.
Meanwhile, a live-streaming web camera was installed at the site of the actual Abbey Road in London, where you can see countless pedestrians perilously trying to recreate the album cover every day.
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AT H O M ETHREE’S COMPANYOU T D OOR S NEW HAVEN — Yale, we get it: You’re good. It’s doubtful any national ranking of the best colleges would leave out Yale, and so it goes with U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 “Best Colleges” National Universities Rankings, which placed Yale at No. 3, behind Harvard at No. 2 and Princeton taking the top honors.
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Connecticut artists represented in the exhibition include Regan Avery, Marion Belanger, David Borawski, Maria Lara-Whelpley, Richard Rose (original designer of New Haven Magazine), Alison Safford, Rita Valley and Jo Yarrington.
Researchers at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven say that unless we get too much rain, the fall foliage cycle is on target in the state, with the third week of October the peak leaf-peeping time for the shoreline area. If you’re traveling elsewhere, the first week of October is peak peeping time for the northwest area (Litchfield County), while the second week is ideal for central Connecticut.
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In other Yale news, actor James Franco is back on campus to continue his Ph.D. studies in English literature. According to the
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Connecticut (un) Bound will feature eight Connecticut artists creating in response to the Allan Chasanoff Book Arts Collection at the Yale gallery (a collection of works using books as the prominent medium). Books will also be a theme at (un) Bound, though with elements including other books, papers, maps, materials and photographs to represent personal narratives, historical events, politics, industry, technology, ecology and local issues.
Signs have sprung up around town urging pedestrians to “Please Use the Crosswalk” with the silhouetted image of the Beatle’s iconic Abbey Road album cover.
NEW HAVEN — A new exhibit in conjunction with the Artspace and Yale University art galleries puts the book front and center.
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But in case you’re one of those renegade jaywalkers, Yale’s Office of Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) wants to set you straight, with a little help from the Beatles.
To take it one further, the university’s campaign also involves a poster featuring Yale officials recreating the album cover on College Street, in costume. University President Peter Salovey (an upright bass player in his spare time) is shoeless for the Paul McCartney role, while Yale Police Chief Ronnell Higgins is denimclad as George Harrison, associate professor Kirsten Bechtel (chair of the Traffic Safety Committee) is Ringo Starr, and provost Benjamin Polak leads the pack as John Lennon.
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Helen Kauder is executive director of Artspace. She co-founded City-Wide Open Studios (CWOS) in 1998. Artspace was founded in the mid-1980s by a group of local artists, and the two groups later merged. Today Artspace occupies a storefront gallery space at Orange and Crown streets downtown. Kauder left Artspace in 2007 to become deputy director of the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, but returned to New Haven three years ago. This year’s CWOS, whose theme is ‘Transported/Illuminated’ features works by more than 300 artists exhibited in venues throughout the city for the duration of October (see CWOS.org for particulars). Coincidentally (or perhaps not) the University of Chicago graduate is married to Yale School of Management Professor Barry Nalebuff, who was previously featured in ONE2ONE.
You founded City-Wide Open Studios in 1998. Later that project came under the umbrella of Artspace. How did that come about?
gallery space, at the last minute hat plan was changed [due to] budget limits and the gallery space was removed. So a group of artists took it upon themselves to figure out [an alternative]. So they got a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and created Artspace. Initially Artspace was in the Whitney Winery on Audubon Street. Eventually they moved into the Community Foundation building [at 70 Audubon Street]. Artspace [originally] was a multidisciplinary organization that included
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Artspace was founded by a group of people that included Christina Spiesel and Karyn Gilvarg and a group of artists who were angry about the fact that the Shubert Theater [which reopened in 1983 after having been dark for seven years], which was originally conceived to include a
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Tell me about your own artistic background as a young person. I grew up with art in various forms around me. My grandfather [Hugo Kauder, 1888-1972] was a composer. I grew up studying the violin and was exposed to a lot of dance, and also [exposed to art] galleries and museums.
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Where did you grow up? New York City. I never was involved in making visual art, but I was exposed to a lot of it. I had an aunt who worked in the Metropolitan Museum [of Art] in the Thomas Watson Library, so I went often. In my days post-college and before having a family I spent a lot of time going to museums and galleries. So it was always something that I loved. In my professional life I was a banker for a whole bunch of years. I have come to Artspace more as an organizer; I was initially on the board of Artspace.
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Neuroscientists divide humans into visuals, auditories and kinesthetics. Which are you? I am totally an omnivore [laughs] when it comes to art in all forms. For a long time I told myself I didn’t care for opera — that was the one art form I didn’t like — but lately I have come to be more appreciative of opera. So I consider myself an omnivore. But my connection to the visual arts and to what Artspace does came about because I was in the audience. And a lot of the work I do here [involves] the connection between the artists and the audience.
dance, that included poetry and jazz and [occupied] two floors of [70 Audubon Street].
‘Part of what I do and what is fun for me is I go around New Haven and look for spaces that are in transition,’ says Kauder.
How did you get involved? I got involved just as Artspace was leaving that space. By 1998, when I got involved, that initial conception of what the organization could do or could be was facing some challenges. Artspace had let go of its executive director, had run out of money and was trying to figure out how they would go on. They were thinking about shutting down. So two artists and I got together and said, ‘Hey, what if we did this [City-Wide Open Studios] project?’ I had experienced Open Studios in the audience in San Francisco — that was really where the idea came from. I had really enjoyed what that experience offered: a chance to get to know a city, a chance to get to know artists, a chance to explore, to get to buy art directly
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How did CWOS and Artspace become one? The second year we [CWOS] approached the Artspace board and said, ‘This [collaboration] is clearly a good thing.’ The first year 200 artists signed up [to participate], and people were shocked — ‘We had no idea there were so many artists in New Haven!’ It was just one weekend in May 1998, and it was seen as a great success. At that point Artspace felt as though this could be their way forward. By the second year we [CWOS] were part of Artspace and I joined the Artspace board at that point. And we grew it.
In the early years what did you use as exhibition spaces? Because most artists don’t have large enough studio spaces to accommodate the public. I was working at Yale at the time, for Linda Lorimer in the Office of the Secretary, and Yale was starting to think about its tercentennial [commemorated in 2001] and more broadly about how to be a more welcoming campus to the public. Linda was very supportive of using [Yale] spaces that might be empty [for exhibition space]. So in the first years we were able to use empty storefronts on Broadway.
How did you get from Audubon Street to this space at 50 Orange Street? We originally made an arrangement with the Ninth Square to borrow this space for a month. Artspace at that point was a kind of nomadic storefront organization. After it left Audubon Street, we spent a few months at various empty storefronts that were largely Yale properties.
So from year to year the CWOS venues change, depending on availability. Right. Open Studios features some fixed spaces like Erector Square, where there are about 100 artists who are there permanently. From that first year there were fixed spaces like Erector Square, and also some temporary spaces like the Yale spaces. And that continues to be part of the interest there. Part of what I do and what is fun for me is I go around New Haven and look for spaces that are in transition. For example, this year we’re going to be in the Goffe Street Armory [290 Goffe Street]; we were there last year as well. Even before the National Guard moved out we were aware of that space — a large and very interesting architectural space. It’s amazing.
You’ve been doing this long enough to be a keen observer of the New Haven art community. To some people it appears to include two types of artists: those who consider themselves to be New Haven
artists, and others who see themselves as fringe New York artists who happen to live 90 minutes from the city by train. I ask this because many smart people here think that to be successful in the long run, New Haven must position itself as part of Metro New York.
New York. But they choose for various reasons — economic, primarily — to live and work in New Haven. We [in New Haven] are also able to foster that to some degree. An artist will feel that [he or she] is close enough to New York, but there’s enough going on here that it’s still interesting to be here and have access to an inexpensive studio.
It seems to me that there is a growing number of artists [here] who are successful in the New York market. They have gallery representation in New York; they are involved in either a collective gallery in New York or they are [exhibiting] in
Do you think there are artists in New York that move here for reasons like that? I think there are choices, for example, for students coming out of MFA programs. There are
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Is there significant competition in Connecticut to attract artists? We have more competition in the area [than previously]. Bridgeport was not as attractive an alternative 15 years ago. Now Bridgeport has done a number of good things and one big space has been renovated into artists studios, so we do see more artists choosing Bridgeport. And there are artists who used to be in New Haven who have chosen Bridgeport as their landing spot for various reasons.
How could New Haven be a more attractive destination for artists? One thing New Haven doesn’t have a lot of is live-work space — space where you can both live and also have studio space. There are a lot of studios, but not ‘live’ spaces.
How did the Mobile Museum of American Artifacts, a tiny trailer filled with artifacts, come about? That came about from Artspace’s perspective in that every summer we do a project that is suitable and enticing for young people — specifically New Haven public-school students — to get involved with. Our first such arrangement was with Sol LeWitt [1928-2007], who is one of Connecticut’s most esteemed artists. He adapted a series of wall drawings so that young people could carry out
his instructions under his guidance. That was in 2000. A year ago Laurelin Kruse, who had been an American studies major at Yale, approached us looking for advice for this project that she had. She wanted to created a museum that focused not on rare or fine art, but on a way to ‘tease out’ heartfelt stories from everyday objects. As she described it, we thought, ‘This is such a creative idea — why not do it here?’ So it was shaped into the summer project [for 2014].
‘The first year [of CWOS] 200 artists signed up [to participate], and people were shocked — “We had no idea there were so many artists in New Haven!”’ It’s mobile, obviously. Where will it go? She’s been invited to go to Freeport, N.Y. and a place in California, and I think Colorado. It’s a whole tour now.
Tell us about the CT (un) Bound collaboration with the Yale University Art Gallery opening November 7.
collaboration with the Yale Art Gallery. This is the first time when objects from the [Yale] museum will come here [to Artspace] and where we’ve been able to — thanks to some outside funding — commission artists to create work that is inspired by work at the Yale Art Gallery. We have [YUAG director] Jock Reynolds to thank for the initial conception. But Allan Chasanoff is a big collector of many things, donated his collection of 300-plus book works — these are books that have been turned into sculptural objects — donated those to Yale. He was open to having the art gallery find ways of having some of that collection be seen by a broader public and for some of that work to be out in a community space [such as Artspace]. So Jock approached us about the idea of doing some sort of collaborative show, and we came up with this idea that some of the work would be up at Yale, and some of the collection will be here. And here we will have [eight] local artists responding [to works from the Chasanoff collection].
You’re married to one of the most creative minds in New Haven — Yale SOM professor Barry Nalebuff. And so is he. Who wins at chess? [Laughs] Barry is an amazing negotiator — I learn from him every day. So that certainly keeps it interesting. So I’m not entirely answering your question. But one of the things that’s great about bringing in the visual element is that has this absolutely fabulous curiosity about everything. So to encounter that certainly makes most everything I do more exciting.
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CORE Competency Area public-school districts are far from united about federal Common Core curriculum standards By CARA ROSNER
abor Day has come and gone. The days are getting shorter and school buses are back on the roads. It’s back-to-school season and, in greater New Haven, that means back to Common Core. In the several years since Connecticut adopted the controversial Common Core state standards for public education, school districts have been revising curricula, offering teachers training and support, and implementing new standardized tests.
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Four years in, there still are some “growing pains” and lingering questions.
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“Not all districts embraced it right from the start,” says Patti Fusco, who teaches gifted fifth- and sixthgraders at Carrigan Intermediate School in West Haven.
Connecticut is among the more than 40 states that have adopted Common Core state standards, a set of benchmarks in English/language arts and math that all students are expected to master in kindergarten through 12th grade to ensure they are ready to enter college or the workforce.
Teachers “have a lot of mixed feelings about it,” acknowledges Fusco, who has taught for 35 years, 26 of them in West Haven. In addition to her teaching job she is the pre-K-12 jurisdictional vice president of
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the first year it was fully implemented, though some districts got a head start on enacting parts earlier. The standards are consistent from school to school and state to state, and align with international education standards, according to the Common Core State Standards Initiative, which is spearheading the effort. The goal is to ensure that a public school student in New Haven is hitting the same educational milestones — at the same time — as a student of the same age in Guilford or St. Louis or San Francisco. In the past, according to Common Core advocates, there was no reliable way to compare students’ performance from state to state since each state used its own standardized tests to assess achievement and there was no common “measuring stick.” With the advent of Common Core, the Connecticut Mastery Test and Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) are being replaced in all schools by a new Smarter Balanced Test, which all Common Core states will administer, in spring 2015. Advocates say Common Core gives students, parents and teachers a better of idea of where students are excelling, where they need help and how they stack up against their peers.
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“It’s not a huge shift [from the previous way of teaching] in math,” he says. “We’re focusing less on procedure and more on problem-solving and content-mastering. We’re all enjoying it. There are growing pains, of course,” but the overarching goal is worthwhile, he adds. In New Haven — by far the region’s largest school system — teachers are very involved and “such an integral part of writing the curriculum,” says Mathews. The city’s language-arts teachers also are adapting well, says Elaine Parsons, the district’s K-12 literacy supervisor. Previously, the curriculum was “a mile wide and an inch deep,” covering many topics but none very in-depth, she adds. Now, classes cover fewer topics but delve deeper into subjects. “I think teachers like it,” she says of the new approach. “They’re getting the standards across.”
New Haven schools began piloting certain parts of Common Core, including the new standardized test, over the past few years. The 2014-15 school year, however, will be the first time students take the full test, says Canelli. Nearby, West Haven fully implemented the new test district-wide last year. “There were mixed reviews,” reports Fusco. “Some of the kids were overwhelmed and frustrated by the test,” especially those who have difficulty paying attention. Many
students excelled, but some really struggled, she adds. Schools throughout the region have had to ensure their technology is upto-date before giving the test, which is administered on a computer. Not only does that take additional instruction time for teachers to explain how to use the technology, but it places certain students at an innate disadvantage, says Fusco. “It’s a test of technology skills” as much as other skills, says Fusco. “It’s really unfair. A lot of our families don’t own computers.” Common Core poses other hurdles as well, says Canelli. “The problem comes in with the assessments,” she says, adding that’s where many Common Core opponents take the standards to task. Students are expected to meet certain benchmarks at certain times, but one question looming large, she says, is: “What’s going to happen to the kids who haven’t met the standards?” In West Haven, Fusco says some teachers worry that Common Core isn’t always focused on the right material. “There continue to be concerns about the developmental appropriateness in certain areas,” particularly among teachers of kindergarten through third
grade, she says. Some math concepts, for instance, are being introduced to students before they are able to comprehend them, she says. Teachers in West Haven have been actively involved in tweaking their former curricula to incorporate Common Core. One of the resulting changes is that teachers now are covering material at different grade levels than they used to, she says. State officials have acknowledged some of the challenges Common Core presents. Amid various concerns, and under pressure from teachers unions in the state, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in June launched the “Connecticut Core Initiative,” an effort to ease the burden on teachers. Among its key components, the initiative earmarked $10 million in the 2015 fiscal year’s budget for technology upgrades at schools to help transition to Common Core. Malloy also directed the state Department of Education to allocate $2 million to fund at least 1,000 professional training days for teachers, and another $2 million for professional development for K-12 teachers to focus on “enhancing and adjusting” curricula. Connecticut Core was the Malloy administration’s response to a report issued by the Educators’ Common Core Implementation Task Force, which the governor created. The 25-member task force included teachers (Fusco among them), education professionals and parents. The group was tasked with identifying any challenges and gaps in Common Core preparation and drafted recommendations to address them. In announcing the effort, Malloy vowed to offer continued support to schools.
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n an era where the iPad rules, Blue Ray replaces the DVD, CDs have given way to the MP3 and even the 4G has trumped the 3G, you can’t help but wonder about the future of the written word. Will it even exist in another 25 to 30 years? In a small corner of the world, a handful of bibliophiles argue yes. They continue to believe that the book will beat the odds. This small corner includes folks like David Duda, Norm Pattis and Ron Knox, owners of Book Trader Café, Whitlock’s Book Barn and Books by the Falls, respectively.
As proprietors of some of the last remaining bricksand-mortar book shops that have continued to exist in Connecticut in the heyday of the Kindle and Amazon, they have learned to adapt in a niche market, whether that has meant offering food, selling bookcases or offering collectable antique maps. Still, they share the common belief that people have an intrinsic love of books. For the binding and ink, cover and content. One of Connecticut’s best-kept secrets, Whitlock’s Book Barn, a hidden gem even your GPS can’t find, is nestled on centuries-old farmland in the backwoods of Bethany. The property is flanked by two white wooden posts that support a swing gate with a small sign that reads Whitlock Book Barn. A gravel driveway snakes
around to the lower barn housing 25,000 books. The roof sags slightly with age. The weathered red barn, chipped in paint and faded in color, offers the message “Set Yourself Free” above the entrance. And that’s exactly what you’ll do inside. This is no Barnes & Noble. Neither is it your local used bookstore-turned-coffee shop. It’s more like the personal library of a friend. It’s well loved and cared for by a knowledgeable staff who all share the desire to keep the shop alive. Whitlock Book Barn is soaked in Elm City history, with roots dating back to the 1800s. Inside, the air is tinged with the smell of timeworn books and coffee. You can hear the chatter of passionate visitors, swapping stories of recent acquisitions.
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Norm Pattis, the current owner who spends his days as a high-profile trial lawyer, acknowledges he probably had no business buying a bookstore. But, when he saw the property was for sale nearly a decade ago, he couldn’t pass at the opportunity to own his own bookstore. “I couldn’t let this property become another garish McMansion,” he says. Nine and a half years later, the Whitlock Book Barn remains an institution for area bibliophiles. Pattis says he has found the business to be endlessly fascinating. He says his staff has come across a copy of Commodore Perry’s report on the opening of trade in Japan with the United States from the 1850s and 1860s including lithographic drawings of the geishas Perry encountered on his travels. Pattis says the copy sold within 48 hours of Whitlock’s acquiring it. “Books are food for the soul,” Pattis exclaims. “You don’t know what you’ll find here. Browsing is a lost art.” Whitlock’s Book Barn offers more than three dozen categories of books on subjects from witchcraft to gardening, with a large selection of local history. Whitlock’s also offers a large selection of antique maps produced for Beers Atlases commissioned in years immediately following the Civil War. Pattis acquires books the same way Mr. Whitlock did back in the 19th century — at estate sales. Lore has it that Whitlock would buy huge lots of books at estate sales, hold on to the handful of books he was interested in and dump the rest in the sheep and turkey barns. Around World War II, the barn operated on an honor system placing a coffee can in the corner of the room for visitors to leave their cash in exchange for the books they purchased. Since then, Pattis has brought the store up to speed with a cash register — even a credit card machine. But it is the love for books that has transcended the generations of Whitlock’s visitors, keeping the business open. “This kind of business is a labor of
love, it’s not a science,” explains Whitlock’s shop manager Meg Turner. “We’re in it for the long haul.” The serendipitous experience itself of selecting a book off the shelves of a used book store keeps many coming back for more. It can be like finding buried treasure.
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In Ansonia, a venerable factory building tucked in the Roosevelt Drive antiques corridor has been home to Books by the Falls for three decades. A treasure trove for both readers and collectors, owner Ron Knox keeps around 30,000 books in stock, ranging from treasures to what he calls “tossaways.” Books range in price from 75 cents to thousands of dollars, depending on age and value. Over the years, Knox has added records, antiques and collectables, which he says now account for about 20 percent of his business. “I think people that like books, like music,” Knox observes. “And [vinyl] records — LPs and 45s — have been making a comeback. Young people are listening to things their father is looking for. That stuff flies out” the door, he adds. Knox says the average customer is coming in for children’s books, paperback classics or newer releases from authors like James Patterson. He adds that many customers are interested in specialized categories such as aviation, fishing books and books on antiques. “Coming in here feels like stepping back in time — going back into another age,” Knox says. “It’s not like a Barnes & Noble. It’s the smells, the people, the conversations that are going on. The music wafting in the background on the old record player.” Formerly a manufacturing facility that produced buttons from cattle horns, the building is soaked in character and history, with beautiful hand-hewn beams supporting the weight of the factory floor above. Books are stacked in piles, in boxes, lining shelves and bookcases wrapping around the space in a maze-like fashion. Hidden rooms house coveted ephemera, like sought-after speeches, photographs and maps, first editions and books with illustrated pastedown hardcovers.
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“Books are under attack by the Kindle, but books that are antiquarian you can’t get on Kindle, and people buy those. Beautiful books are a work of art,” he says. “It’s the cover, the letter binding, the gold filt, the illustration, the paper, who printed it — everything.” Generally speaking, the independent bookstore, Knox says, is irreversibly on the decline, with 65 surviving stores just a few short years ago declining to just 28 in Connecticut. “The reason that I’ve stayed in business is because I’ve adapted,” says Knox. “If we have to sell a bookcase, we will sell a bookcase. We brought in vinyl records and antiques. After 33 years that’s what happens — you adapt.”
Many antiquarian booksellers have given up their bricks-and-mortar storefronts and regular store hours all together and currently sell merchandise out of their homes or offices by appointment. David Lesser, owners of David M. Lesser Fine Antiquarian books, began specializing in the social, political and cultural history of the Americas in the late 1980s. Lesser’s concentrations include Colonial America, the American Revolution and Federal period, American imprints of the 18th century; Afro-Americana, slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction, the American South; law and economics, commerce, banking, trade, industry, canals, railroads, agriculture, urbanization; the American West; political campaigns and issues, presidential politics. Lesser operates his Woodbridge business by appointment, at fairs and through catalogues.
He agrees that independent booksellers are becoming a thing of the past, another “disruption” casualty of the Internet.
the Internet, [buyers] needed specialists to help them find books but now they have that one book in mind they go online and look it up.”
“Whereas [in years past] you could always count on a number of antiquarian shops to carry rare-ish or very scarce items,” says Lesser, “you can’t count on that anymore. The Internet has also resulted in a devaluation of very many books because it creates more of a market than there used to be. They can go online and call up a particular book or a particular subject and see five or six or ten comparable items for sale. A lot of people have seen their stock decline in value.”
McBlain says books have a way of drawing one in, even when it doesn’t always make financial sense.
He says the cost of maintaining a bricks-and-mortar bookshop doesn’t help matters. “People are opening little places in their houses, or they have an office where people can come by appointment because it’s just too expensive for a lot of people to compete with the low overhead of the Internet and have a shop where they have to pay rent,” Lesser says. “You can sell 100 books a day and not have any overhead expense.” Developing a niche in the used-book industry can give sellers a leg up, he adds.
“Once you’re in it you kind of get hooked,” he says. “But used bookstores require quite a bit of [physical] space, and they don’t produce the same turnaround [revenue] per square foot. That’s why you see bookstores that are also cafés. Book Trader Café on Chapel Street, near the heart of the Yale campus, is owned by Dave Duda. The establishment is known for its idiosyncratic selection of used books and the signature vegetarian menu of its award-winning café. Perhaps in one of the best locations in Connecticut for ensuring a bookstore’s survival, Book Trader offers more than paper and ink: it serves as an institution for the community and hub for the arts. Book Trader has reinvented itself as a café, a meeting place for book clubs and venue for poetry, short-story and screenplay readings.
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Two shops in New Haven are overflowing with free books: New Haven Reads, a literacy center based at 45 Bristol Street, and Neverending Books at 810 State Street, a freespirited watering hole for private concerts and workshops. The goal of both places: getting free books into the hands of passionate readers. While many are trading out their current device for the latest threeletter acronym, many simply will not part with their books. Maybe it’s the texture. Perhaps it’s the smell. But there are certainly plenty for the reading on the shelves of many notable New Haven shops, eager for the next generation of bibliophiles to walk through their door.
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o pain, no gain” has been a timeworn bromide for countless generations of exercise buffs. The idea that one must “feel the burn” to truly experience the benefits of our trials has undoubtedly resonated with us over the years. Our accomplishments, of course, feel better to us after they are earned. When it comes to exercise, however, what if we had another option, or a ticket out of the “pain” component? We may wonder if we actually need to “feel the burn” of our trials. That’s to say, can we work just as hard, but sidestep the suffering and accomplish the same, gratifying results? Enter the beauty of aqua; the very component that keeps us going every day, which we can’t live without. “You get a constant shower while you’re working your butt off,” as Rich Spencer, aqua kickboxing instructor for the New England Athletic Club in Cromwell, puts it. The beauty of exercising in water is that practitioners are capable of doing much more than they might otherwise attempt on land. Because the water provides buoyancy and resistance which help one balance, manipulation and control of the body becomes easier. While you are no longer bound by the limitations of gravity, you are actually working harder against
the water to build muscle and bone strength. Moreover, there is significantly less stress on joints and bones. So where do we experience this new, “magical” sense of flexibility, balance, strength and coordination? Luckily, through a number of different kinds of water fitness classes in Connecticut…
Moving On “Diving” into an aqua class with the expectation of being too fit or too young to get a decent workout along with the older (and presumably less conditioned) ladies whom I assumed to be in the class was my first mistake. Not tying my swimsuit bottom tight enough was my second. When it comes to WATERinMOTION, don’t underestimate the power of the routine — or yourself. WATERinMOTION is a low-impact, highenergy, licensed aquatic fitness program designed to tone your entire body through aqua-specific choreography and cardio work — all to non-stop, upbeat music. “In our facility, aqua [fitness] has always been an old-lady workout,” says Lori Price, managing director of sports, fitness and aquatics at the Jewish Community Center in Stamford. “I’m trying to make a change.” From jogging in place, kicks, lunges, twists, knee tuck jumps, and about 30 minutes of cardio to
intense arm-windmilling motions back and forth under the water, the class doesn’t fall short of being a “more complete, total body workout,” as Price explains. I was out of breath after the warmup track. This was before Price’s cue to march forward to the pool wall and backward to the buoys (without swimming) in a matter of about ten seconds. I thought she was kidding. In addition to the leg, arm and cardio tracks, there is also a suspension track where you can keep yourself afloat to do crunches (or use a flotation device to help). But after seeing women in their 70s remain suspended and pull off nonstop ab thrusts while simultaneously kicking their legs from side to side, I figured I’d better let go of the noodle. Nevertheless, Price says anyone can jump into most any class because there is always customization. In any aqua class, participants can choose high- or lowintensity workouts. A higher intensity workout, for example, would involve jumping rather than stepping high or turning with your feet on the ground for some of the exercise. “If you do high energy, you get a kick-butt workout,” says Price. “If you’re not comfortable, you can take it lower. It’s a workout for everyone.” Her advice? “I will tell anyone [this]: Abdominals in, and that is the way it is for anything that you do.” If you keep her rule in mind during this refreshing, fun-paced class, everything should go “swimmingly.”
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I Wanna Dance with Somebody Probably one of the most popular and trending forms of exercises right now is Zumba. The high-energy fitness craze boasts the catchphrase: “Ditch the workout, join the party.” Zumba is all about the rhythm. By mixing simple highand low-intensity moves, cardio and muscle conditioning to the beat of Latin rhythms and dance, participants get a fitness experience that makes you almost forget you are actually working out. Zumba, meet water. All the same twists, turns, lunges, kicks, jumps, funky arm movements and body-shaking motions are brought to the pool. The difference is, they create less impact on your joints, but still tone your muscles through automatic water resistance. The workout is not as exhausting as terrestrial Zumba, but I found I was expending just as much energy as I would in a hot classroom — minus the sticky sweat. As Julienne Camhi, director of group fitness at Sarner Health & Fitness Institute at Stamford Hospital, explains, your heart rate can be greatly elevated by jumps and moves in the pool that may be too challenging on land. The other perk is that people won’t feel overheated in the pool when they’re chest-deep in refreshing water.A typical class incorporates rhythmic moves that are a part of the certified Zumba dance program, but with a twist (or ten).
According to Linda Roy, group exercise director for Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness in North Haven, instructors use about 30 percent of their own moves, so they are free to choreograph a bit of their workout. “You’re working as hard or harder as you would on land,” Roy explains. Camhi says Zumba is easy to learn, and it allows you to be free under the water, without worrying about how you look. You can find a variety of local classes throughout Connecticut on the official Zumba website. “Who doesn’t love a dance party?” says Camhi.
Go with the Flow It’s already a given that we need optimum energy to benefit from workouts, whether in water or on land. This one, however, requires manipulation of our energy in a different sense. Enter Ai Chi, whose meaning literally is: water energy. This class is a mind-body balancing class incorporating both Eastern and Western philosophies, as Tamara Sharp, private group and fitness instructor at the Sarner Health & Fitness Institute, explains. It is like meditative movement through water. Ai Chi is a set practice involving two levels of designated postures in sequence, done in about 94-degree (therapy temperature) water. All moves involve gentle
motion of the arms and palms swaying back and forth or up and down in correspondence with your body movements, which can include lunging (side to side or front to back), twisting (torso and shoulders), turning and bending, all to meditative music. But don’t let the low-key moves fool you. Exerting to use every muscle in my body to align myself properly, hold my center and keep my balance (even with shoulders completely submerged underwater) was surprisingly difficult. Though you are not getting that cardio, the movements are challenging. The mental focus and physical control it takes to master each of the motions can be an ongoing challenge until you are sufficiently aware of your body. The motions are so graceful and fluid, however, that you do not realize you are using every joint in your body — even your toes. Other than leaving you feeling calm, regenerated and relaxed, the idea is to increase your flexibility, help repair the shoulders and neck (through the turning up of the palms and rotating of the shoulders), and improve core strength and balance, as well help your body burn calories faster. Regular class attendance also helps with stress or sleeping issues and joint mobility. Definitely my cup of Chi.
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With a Kick in It When I prepared for a morning full of highintensity arm and leg workouts, I didn’t expect it to be accompanied by a chorus line as well — a crowd of enthusiastic aqua kick-boxers, that is, who like to occasionally sing along to the upbeat songs Rich Spencer chooses for his energetic classes. Spencer’s aqua kickboxing class is literally a workout with an extra kick in it. “I think the water adds to the spirit,” says Spencer, who incorporates his extensive athletic and karate background into his workouts. “There’s a psychological advantage there [that] ‘I’m going to feel good.’ Water feels good.” Spencer’s classes are comprised of a series of leg movements, kicks, (fast!) linear and lateral full-body travel, and a ton of continuous arm motions with Styrofoam “weights.” I remember questioning how many more sets of “weightlifting” and arm-rotating movements we had left before the next rounds approached. Similar to the linear motion in Price’s WATERinMOTION class, the feeling of the forward-backward, left-right body movements in Spencer’s class can be compared to one of those dreams where you are struggling to move forward faster, but are held back by some unidentifiable force, succumbing to struggling in slow motion. In this case, we know the force. And the trick is to work with it, not against it.
not going to come in here today and suddenly be superman or superwoman,” Spencer explains, “but you’re going to have those small things and say, ‘Wow.’” Contrary to what some may assume, anyone can take the class. “We’re there to tone bodies, build confidence, build strength, and try to help circulation and build your core,” says Spencer. “We’re not in there to fight people.”
Salutations A different type of water exercise leaves participants walking away not fatigued, but relaxed and at peace. Water yoga, taught by Suzy Graf of the Plainfield Recreation Department, gives practitioners a good excuse to float around. For people who are seeking joint therapy, or just an alternate, low-impact exercise to clear the mind, water yoga is a great way of learning how to stretch and move with little or no injury risk. Graf practices Hatha yoga postures, which she incorporates into her classes. On land, yoga is supposed to be about breathing, Graf explains. But in the water, it is all about the gentle current of the surrounding fluid. “You just get that heartbeat of the flow of the water,” says Graf, “and in water you don’t need to focus on the breath to get the same sensation. The water brings you there.”
Spencer’s main goals are to build confidence and help enhance muscle and bone density. He points out that confidence comes naturally once people realize what they are capable of in the water (and after they become accustomed to the sense of extra balance and flexibility). Spencer explains why in regular kickboxing participants’ heart rate and body temperature go up much faster because you have no cooling mechanism except for your breathing. In water, you can keep your temperature at a more controlled level, as well as add more repetitions, thus work as hard as you want. Your heart rate is still elevated, so you will burn more calories because of an extra 15-percent water resistance. “If you forget form in kickboxing and hit a bag, you’re going to pay for it,” Spencer explains. “In the water, it’s a little more forgiving.” The reason one’s movements don’t “beat up” on your bones in the water is because you are able to control that exerted energy and bring the water back. The bag or “road block,” as Spencer puts it, is not present in aqua kickboxing because there is no solid object that absorbs all of your energy.
Exercises in Graf’s class include basic Hatha yoga poses (using the wall rather than the ground for different posture and stretches) with a bit of Tai Chi, and even Pilates. As a substitute for touching their toes, for example, students may walk their feet to their hands on the pool wall. The advantage of the water is many can achieve postures they couldn’t acquire balance for on land, and they can stretch parts of their body they were never able to stretch. Graf speaks for her students: “It feels wonderful not to be in pain.”
Aqua kickboxing is a “head-to-toe” class incorporating participants’ shoulders, back, calves, wrists, ankles and all. Spencer takes advantage of interval training, prompting students to alternate between slow and rapid motions. “You get your heart rate up when it thinks it’s going to take a break, [then] it’s time to challenge it again,” Spencer explains. “You’re
Shirley Leverton, cardio aqua instructor at the New England Athletic Club, refers to cardio aqua as “physical activity with a purpose.” Take your typical levers, jumping jacks, rocking horses and cross-country skiing motions (mild jumping motions where you alternate opposing arms and legs while switching forward and backward), and just add water. It of course requires more
Aside from lowering blood pressure, water yoga also allows those with anxiety simply to leave happy. At the end of the class, accompanied by meditative music, is a warm-down, where students use flotation belts and can lie flat on the surface of the pool for five minutes while experiencing the peaceful sensation of weightlessness. “You’d be surprised at how good you are in water,” says Graf. “Once they get into the water, they don’t want to leave.”
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energy to actually walk in the water than on land. We end up working with friction, inertia and buoyancy altogether. In these classes, you can burn anywhere from 300 to 600 calories an hour as you build endurance and strength. “Sometimes people don’t realize the strength they can get,” Leverton explains. Students can expect to work in deep or shallow water with traditional cardio exercises — working on biceps, triceps and even adding a touch of yoga and Pilates. They may also throw in suspended ab twists, which help strengthen and stabilize the core. The warmups vary depending on the class, which the instructor can make more or less intense. The main rules to focus on are to know your level and work at your own pace, maintain correct speed and posture, and maintain neutral positions with proper body alignment, an open chest and a tight stomach. The greatest perk is that the water work complements your land activity. The benefits, of course, last after the initial splash.
Survival of the Fittest After sampling a broad range of aquatic training, some of us may want to settle for a more traditional form of exercise. Aqua Fitness classes at North Haven’s Healthtrax involve multilevel aqua fitness training, focusing on strength training and cardiovascular conditioning. Styrofoam dumbbells, kickboards and noodles are among the “toys” participants will employ, as Roy explains. Many come to work on strengthening their joints. Roy points out in any aquatic class, the most important thing is to keep your chest up, work on getting heels down, and move at your own pace. “Sometimes it’s amazing, the benefits you can get out of the water,” Roy notes. Whether you’re looking to tone up, build strength or balance, improve the heart, joints, bones — or even your state of mind — all types of aqua fitness can benefit a person of any age, health status and fitness level. While many classes are perfect for exercise therapy, the benefits are limitless for everyone. Once you figure out what suits you, you can find your local aqua class (some of the above classes are offered at multiple spots), and possibly check out others such as aqua boot camp, barre, aerobics, arthritis, Silver Sneakers and regular water exercise classes. So you could say the obvious gain here is “no pain.” That, and a kick-butt bod. As Spencer reminds us of his “small saying: Small steps lead to big accomplishments.” In this case, we can take it literally — in the water.v new haven
Cool and Collected A pristine 1740 Stratford saltbox houses a lifetime of memories
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“I didn’t want to live in a museum,” Patricia Jensen tells me over glasses of iced green tea as we sit in the modern addition to the saltbox home she shares with her husband, Jeffrey.
Built in 1740 by Thomas Wells, the home, named the Shelton Homestead after a family that spent three generations in the house, is located on Elm Street in Stratford’s historic district. The addition, built in 2010, is down a little hallway past the cortile and powder room in what the Jensen’s refer to as “the old house.” The open floor plan consists of a bright modern kitchen and a space that, when a set of sliding doors is closed, becomes a private bedroom complete with a Murphy bed and
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RIDGE ROAD, NORTH HAVEN Spectacular brick & stucco Tudor-style home with tiled roof, originally constructed by A.C. Gilbert for his brother, sits majestically on a 1.5 acre lot. Formal living room features cathedral ceilings, a handsome stone carved fireplace, and French doors leading onto a partially covered 50’ terrace which boasts dramatic views of property and incredible sunsets. Formal dining room, 4 bedrooms including master bedroom suite, and a full & partially finished lower level. Offered at $720,000.
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full bathroom. The “new house” was completed in five months, and that quick turnaround meant that Patty Jensen’s parents, both in their 90s, would have a comfortable place to stay during their granddaughter’s wedding celebration. Patty admits to spending most of her time in the addition, while Jeffrey enjoys the coziness of the main living space, known as the keeping room, in the old house. When asked what drew them to the house when they bought it in 1997, Patty Jensen says she and Jeffrey have always been interested in colonial homes. The colonial aesthetic and a love of antiques is something the couple has shared since meeting while attending the College of William and Mary, the second oldest college in the nation, in Williamsburg, Va. “There’s something about antique houses that we both find very attractive and like to preserve that, so that was the main thing,” she explains. “[The house] was so beautifully maintained; once we had the inspection done and were assured that every possible measure had been taken to shore it up and it was really in good structural condition, [buying] it was a no-brainer. We bought it sight unseen and it was like walking into the 18th century.” Before relocating to Stratford, the couple raised their family in a colonial home they had built in Easton. As we begin our tour, Jeffrey stops to show me the cortile, an enclosed outdoor space that serves as an oasis during the warmer months. The couple’s pair of Burmese mountain dogs stand on the other side of the door, eager to make my acquaintance. Patty explains that although Burmese mountain dogs have been part of their family forever and never been ones to bark, these particular dogs ignore the tradition. Crossing the threshold into the keeping room from the new space, it is amazing how easily one steps back into antiquity from modernity. The couple share stories about every room, from pointing out the narrow floorboards that served as an indicator of a having a well-appointed home, to taking me into the attic to see the smokers built into the side of the chimney and used to cure meat. They take pleasure in how the floorboards squeak, how all of the doors are not necessarily plumb, and how closets were built into unlikely spaces. The tiniest rooms on the second floor, once “Lilliputian” bedrooms, are where Patty Jensen now does her sewing and ironing. There is a collection of trinkets, totems and tokens for good luck placed in the walls of the house by the original builders and discovered by contractors who prepped the house prior to the couple moving in for good. The items, now kept in a glass cabinet at the bottom of the main stairs,
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include a child’s shoe, which was said to keep the old wooden house from burning down. When we return to the keeping room, which is made brighter by a collection of light-reflecting mirrors strewn throughout, I ask the Jensens how they came to have such incredible collections. They tell me that most of their possessions are family heirlooms, including Jeffrey Jensen’s grandfather’s camera, and a hand stamp seal from the family business founded in 1910 by Jeffrey’s grandfather that sit atop the main fireplace mantle. The artwork throughout the house is a mixture of family treasures (both of Patty Jensen’s grandmothers were accomplished artists) and artwork gifted to them by friends. “Speaking of collections,” says Patty Jensen, leading me to an antique glass bookcase, located between the coffin door and the fireplace. She opens the case to reveal a set of handmade dolls made in Ecuador, where she was born into an Air Force family. Also featured in the case are ivory miniatures from Asia, a “Wendell Willkie for President” campaign button, and a piece of the Berlin Wall covered in green and yellow graffiti. Although an eclectic mix, these items have not been thrown together in a haphazard fashion. When asked how they decide what goes where, Jeffrey Jensen refers to his wife’s skills as, “the putterer and tinkerer. [She] puts things the way she likes them.”
A baby grand piano dominates the keeping room, which was the center or family life two centuries ago — and today.
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Above the bookcase is a smaller cabinet housing tiny vintage cars that prompts me to ask Jeffrey Jensen about his longtime passion for cars, specifically Jaguars. He tells me about his love of cars, and how he eagerly awaited his issues of Automotive News. We walk through the garden, past buckets overflowing with pale hydrangea and out to the garage where Jeffrey keeps a 1958 MK 1, and a 1970 Jaguar XKE roadster. He takes them out as often as possible, although the MK1 does not have power steering.
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NEW HAVEN - East Rock! Elegant 5 BR, 3.5 bath slate roof col. Beautiful foyer w/arches, moldings & leaded glass. Huge LR, remod. gourmet kit. w/pantry. Newer FR addition w/lots of glass OL priv. gardens. $796,000. John x124
HAMDEN -Circa 1769. The Justus Humiston house in the heart of Spring Glen beautifully set on .62 acre w/brick terrace, lg. outbldg., 4 FPs. Kit. w/pantry, library, lg. FR, 5 BRs, 3 baths. $549,000. John x124
BRANFORD -Gorgeous direct water views! Completely reno. 2/3 BR, 2 bath home! LR w/FP, DR, cust. EIK w/granite & SS. Spacious rear yard OL marsh. Enjoy beaches, playgrounds, much more. Owner-agent. $629,000. Susan T. x198
NO. HAVEN - Special 5 BR, 3.5 bath 1-owner home on 6 acres. Priv. gorgeous natural setting. EIK w/bay win., 1st flr. FR w/FP & access to patio. First flr. MBR & bath. Many BIs, special feats. Outer Ridge loc. $450,000. Fred x141
HAMDEN - Dramatic, like new, light-filled 4 BR contemp. cape on 2.45 acres boasts gourmet kit. opening to great rm. w/FP & DR. First flr. MBR suite. Bonus rm. w/custom BIs. Fin. above grade LL w/half bath. $750,000. John x124
HAMDEN - Quality built in 1929 & meticulously maint. 6 BR, 3.5 bath brick Georgian col. majestically set on 2 acres. Elegant rm. proportions, archways, moldings, Mt. Sanford views. Additional acreage avail. $699,000. John x124/Betsy x144
NO. HAVEN - Expansive cape w/open flr. plan. Kit. w/isle, LR w/FP & BIs, DR, FR w/FP. Two BRs on 1st flr., lg. MBR suite & 4th BR on 2nd flr. Slider to wooded yard. Newer roof. $450,000. Susan C. x143/Dave x196
NO. HAVEN -Spectacular 4 BR, 4.5 bath contemp. col. on lushly landscaped 1.13 acre. Top of the line EIK opens to dramatic FR. Cath. ceils., 2 FPs. Property abuts 11 acre land trust. $595,000. Roberta x136
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MILFORD - First time offered! Direct waterfront 3 BR col. w/priv. sandy beach & unobstructed views of L.I. Sound. Over a half acre of lawn. The value is in the land. Incredible opportunity! $1,400,000. Susan S. x126
BRANFORD - Direct waterfront! Pine Orchard 8 BR, 3.5 bath col. w/south facing front porch & gently sloping lawn to rocks & water’s edge. Fantastic views! Three car gar. Elevation of house about 24 feet. $1,200,000. John x124
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MADISON - Circa 1920 6 BR, 3.5 bath col. on 3.17 acres. Being sold w/adjoin. 1.04 acre lot. Sunrm. off LR. Master suite w/adjoin. solarium. IG pool & pool house. Walk to town or to beach! $850,000. Judy x147
GUILFORD - Custom 4/5 BR col. on 2+ acres at end of cul de sac boasts 9’ ceils. & the finest finishes. Beautiful kit., FR w/FP & BIs, heated sunrm., LR, DR, library w/ bookshelves. WO LL, patio, 3 car gar. $979,000. Susan S. x126
WOODBRIDGE - Elegant estate on over 6 acres of manicured grounds! 5 BRs, 7.5 baths, indoor heated pool rm. & guest house/cabana. Paddle tennis court, heated Gunite pool, Jacuzzi waterfall, much more. $1,595,000. Susan S. x126
HAMDEN - Meticulous 3 BR, 3 full & 2 half bath col. w/custom in - law apt. Gourmet kit., LR/library, MBR w/clawfoot tub & WI shower. LL w/media/game/gym areas & full bath. Much more! $550,000. Debbie x197
HAMDEN - Spectacular 5 BR, 2.5 bath midcentury modern home designed & built by noted architect John Dinkeloo as his own residence. An extraordinary house on 5.78 acres in the foothills of Sleeping Giant. $549,000. John x124
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East Haven - 1835 Greek revival home completely rebuilt in 2010, all systems, wiring, windows, insulation, roof, from top to bottom. 3 beds, 1.1 baths, over 2600 sq ft, garage/barn with loft, columned court yard accessible from kitchen, 16x37 family space and den, a designers home, truly one of a kind! Priced to sell. 445,000. Jeff x210
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Street Smart, Street Style Where fashion, art and music intersect is a New Haven aesthetic that’s all its own By JAMIE TAYLOR
ew Haven is known for its eclectic energy, extraordinary art scene, and of course being in so many ways a quintessential college town. All of these qualities, as well as its location just a 90-minute train ride from New York City, makes New Haven a staple for architecture, local designers and music. Many New Haveners old and new have discovered that even though their small city is pinned between the major metropolitan areas of New York and Boston, New Haven really does have a character all its own. The fashion, arts and music scene in New Haven is undoubtedly influenced by the City of Elms’ distinctive spirit. Walking down Chapel Street, for example, one could end up reading a book and sipping delightful coffee at Atticus Bookstore Café, then shopping for hand-crafted designer clothing at a chic boutique just off the Green then ending the adventure enjoying an “original” hamburger at Louis Lunch. One needn’t travel far to shop for one-of-a-kind pieces from around the world, eat organic vegetables and grab authentic Thai food within just steps of one another. There is no doubt that the streets of New Haven have their own style.
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In the fashion industry, there is a global fashion term characterization known as “street style.” Street style is a loosely used term referring to
personal style of “normal” urbandwellers, rather than one-off creations for the fashion runway. In many instances, the street is your very own runway, a way to express your own culture and style. Walking about the College/Chapel retail district, you will see very few big brands, and instead be surrounded by locally New Havenowned boutiques such as Hello Boutique, idiom, Celtica and many more. Each boutique exudes its own personal charisma and carries handcrafted designs from around the world. You might find traditional Irish wedding bands (made in Ireland) at Celtica, a wool poncho from Europe at Hello Boutique, and then visit one of the many famous theaters or art galleries right around the corner. The interconnection of the fashionable pieces sold at these local boutiques and New Haven’s art scene is remarkable and not likely to be found elsewhere between Manhattan and Boston’s Newbury Street. Local designers show their art in the form of jewelry and communicate their distinctive styles through the pieces sold at many of these boutiques. Students, New Haven professionals and visiting suburbanites are similarly enthused by the surrounding culture they pass through regularly. We asked Yale sophomore Whitney Northan about her own signature “street style.” Wearing distressed shorts, a fringe cross-body bag and sipping a Starbucks latte, Northan hails originally from California. She explains that New Haven’s vibe is very different from that of the West Coast. “We love fashion, of course, being so close to L.A.,” Northan explains. “But my style has definitely become more vintage and classic since I have lived in New Haven. Since there is a ton of art and history in this city within the confines of New Haven architecture, I prefer a lot of vintage classic pieces with fresh new design. “There are so many awesome local designers,” she adds. “New Haven artists and local designers support each other. The authenticity of this city is incredible.”
Northan is hardly alone in explaining how the culture and architecture has influenced her style since arriving in the Elm City. Jose Oyola is a local musician and event planner at Lyric Hall Theater on Whalley Avenue in Westville. He is lead singer and songwriter for Jose Oyola & the Astronauts. Having lived in New Haven for eight years, he observes, “New Haven has inspired me in the sense that it has the small-town feel along with the city feel. It’s unlike any other place I have visited or performed. “Places such as Lyric Hall are so unique to New Haven that it inspires me to keep certain uniqueness about myself, my band, and life,” he adds. Oyola explains that music and art interconnect daily and he works with many local New Haven artists to create fliers and promotions for upcoming performances. Oyola also contributes some of the lyrics in his songs to the energy and influences of the people, art, and daily adventures living in New Haven. Many people living outside of New Haven make the daily commute into the city for their careers. You cannot miss the several business men and women walking at a fast pace to get to their destination. Lajeune Hollis, an account executive at WTNHTV for 13 years, drives downtown from her North
Haven home each weekday. She describes her style as “eclectic and always changing.” When asked how working in New Haven has influenced her personal style, Lajuene explains: “It has a vibe of its own and that inspires my dynamic style. I like to dress in seasonal colors since I love how the seasons change. Since I am a professional working in New Haven, I like to dress professional while still looking classy. My favorite thing to wear to work is a nice dress and bold accessories.” Alice Korzinski, a local dental hygienist, describes New Haven’s nightlife as “fun and not too stuffy.” She says a classy shirt and black pants or shorts is comfortable and acceptable for a night out in the Elm City. “I love to go out to dinner in New Haven with friends.” Korzinski says. There is little doubt that New Haven’s creative community has done an incredible job maintaining authenticity and supporting local businesses. The transmission of that culture to local designers and musicians is evident when you walk through the historic streets of downtown New Haven, or Westville, or Broadway. Next time you wait for your white clam pie at Frank Pepe’s, or grab a margarita at Geronimo’s, take a look at the streets (roots) of New Haven — you cannot miss the street style of the patrons, at once proud and emblematic of their little city.
Korzinski characterizes Elm City nightlife as ‘fun and not stuffy. It’s a fun city and since people walk a lot, you do not have to dress to the nines to go out,’ she says.
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Life Is Just a Bowl A new coffee-table ‘time capsule’ celebrates centennial of one of the most revered sports venues in America A Bowl Full of Memories by Rich Marazzi. Sports Publishing, August 2014, 412 pps. $50 hard (also available as ebook) ISBN: 978-1-613216606.
By MICHAEL C. BINGHAM
he first-ever game played at the Yale Bowl took place on November 21, 1914. The opponent, fittingly, was Harvard. (As it was then and has been ever since, the Yale-Harvard game is contested on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.) When unveiled to the public for the first time, the Bowl was the largest stadium in the world
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and the first with seating that completely encircled the field of play. Its sheer scale alone (the man-made crater covers 12.5 acres) made it profoundly influential to facilities architects elsewhere: Pasadena’s Myron Hunt-designed Rose Bowl (opened 1922) was nearly a carbon copy of the Yale facility (it has since been extensively modified). The original design of Michigan Stadium (a/k/a the Big House, dedicated in 1927) was likewise based on the Yale Bowl (the Ann Arbor facility has since been expanded to seat 110,000). Meanwhile, the capacity of Yale Bowl has diminished over the course of its long history, from 70,896 from 1914 to 1993, to its present 61,446. This was partly to accommodate the addition of a vastly expanded press box in 1986, but also reflects the diminished interest in Yale football in recent decades. (In 1978 the NCAA split Division I football into two subdivisions, then known as Division I-A and I-AA. Four years later the Ivy League, which does not award athletic scholarships and thus found it increasingly difficult to compete with larger I-A programs, bowed to reality and moved down to Division I-AA. Today the two tiers are known as the Football Bowl Subdivision
and smaller-school brethren, the Football Championship Subdivision.) Rich Marazzi, who in his day job is a rules consultant for the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays, conducted more than 150 interviews in penning A Bowl Full of Memories, a handsome, large-scale (13 NEWHAVENMAGAZINE.COM
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by 10.5 inches) coffee-table volume commemorating the centennial of one of the most famous venues in American sporting history. More than 100 of Marazzi’s interviews were with former players, including Calvin Hill, Brian Dowling (immortalized as the meat-headed B.D. in Gary Trudeau’s comic strip Doonesbury) and members of the historic 1960 team — the last unbeaten, untied Yale 11 and the gold standard of post-World War II Bulldog football. (As end John Stocking ’61 told the Yale Daily News on the occasion of that club’s golden anniversary in 2010, “Our team’s motto: ‘The older we get, the better we were.’” The final Associated Press poll that year ranked Yale No. 14 in the country. You are approaching geezerhood if you can personally recall when the Bowl played host to an unlikely tenant — the NFL’s New York Giants. The Jints called New Haven home in 1973-74 as their former home field of Yankee Stadium was being renovated but their new home of Giants Stadium was still being built in New Jersey’s Meadowlands (it opened in 1976). The mid-1970s Giants weren’t very good, and they failed to sell out all seven of their home games in the Bowl in 1974. Because they weren’t sold out (the last Giants game at the Bowl, on December 8, 1974 against the Philadelphia Eagles, drew just 21,000), they were blacked out on New York television and fans revolted. So ten days after the last home game, the Giants announced they would be playing their 1975 home games in the New York Mets’ Shea Stadium. Quipped New Haven Register Bill Guthrie, “The fastest the New York Giants moved all year was out of town.” Marazzi’s time capsule of a book is chockablock from players, coaches, fans and even opponents. Some of the most memorable involve not-sofamous characters who over the last century have been thrust — willingly or otherwise — into the glare of the bright light that shone on Yale football for so much of the 20th century. Among the least probable of these was Charlie Yeager, who wasn’t even a football player but a 5-foot-5, 145-pound student manager of the 1952 Bulldogs. On a lark some of the coaches promised Yeager that if Yale had a comfortable 44 O C TOBER 2014
In one of the oddest coincidences in the history of the storied series, a Yale student manager wearing No. 99 (see game-day program) was inserted into a Yale blowout over Harvard in 1952 to catch a fake-kick extra point. But before Charlie Yeager entered the game in the fourth quarter, there was no No. 99 on the Yale roster. IMAGE COURTESY VIC JOHNSON/HARVARD UNIVERSITY
attempt. The pass came to him and fell softly into his arms for the conversion. “There’s no doubt that my appearance in the game was strange, almost fictional,” Yeager recalled. “I find it bizarre that the cover of the game-day Yale-Harvard program had a portrait by artist Vic Johnson of three imaginary Yale players coming onto the field at the open end of the stadium, led by No. 99, which is the number I wore. It was incredibly prophetic. The following day someone wrote in the Boston Herald, ‘Program foretells surprise Yale score.’” There’s even a chapter on Handsome Dan, the famed English bulldog mascot, who when he made his first appearance in 1889 (Yale undergrad Andrew B. Graves purchased a white bulldog from a New Haven blacksmith for $65) was considered to be the first live mascot in the land.
The game-day program from the very first contest played at Yale Bowl on November 21, 1914.
lead in the final game against Harvard, they would insert him into the game to catch the extra point on a fake kick. With the Bulldogs comfortably up 27-7 at halftime, Yeager got out of civilian clothes and
donned for the first time a Yale football uniform, No. 99 (it was the smallest jersey available). After two more scores to make the score 40-7, Yeager was inserted into the game for the extra point
Today that original canine’s lineage is up to Handsome Dan XVII (offstage name: Sherman). Three of the last four Handsome Dans have been owned and operated by Christopher Getman (Yale ’64), a New Haven financial advisor (he is principal of Soundview Capital). “Over the years Harvard students have come to my home, posing as Yale students,” Getman told Marazzi. “Their goal is to kidnap Handsome Dan. They get nowhere. Handsome Dan and I can sniff a Cantab a mile away.”
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Screen Gems An under-the-radar film fest celebrates the best in IberoAmerican cinema By MICHAEL C. BINGHAM Area film-lovers will have an opportunity to sample some little-seen cinematic gems when the fifth annual New England Festival of Ibero-American Cinema (NEFIAC) returns to New Haven October 21-26. The event is a showcase of the latest and most noteworthy Hispanic, Portuguese and Latino feature films, documentaries, shorts and animations. It incorporates the seventh edition of a program highlighting Cuban filmmakers in New England, called, “From Cuba/Desde Cuba.” The festival also includes a juried competition in three categories: Best Feature Film, Best Documentary and Best Short Film. Most of the screenings, panel discussions and related events will take place at the Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street. All events are free and open to the public.
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Opening night (October 21) film Behavior/Conducta may be the most popular film made in Cuba in two decades.
According to the festival’s Jane Mills, NEFIAC was first organized in Providence in 2010 with the support of Brown University, and featured satellite festivals at other universities, including one in New Haven, at Yale. Today Yale stands at the epicenter of the event. NEFIAC’s mission is “to enrich and enliven the cultural resources of New England and to foster the understanding of Ibero-America by facilitating academic exchanges, conferences and direct access to IberoAmerican filmmakers.” Of which there are many exemplars. Among the festival’s most compelling offerings, according to Mills: “Our opening-night (October 21) film, Behavior/Conducta, is probably the most popular film to come out in Cuba in the last 20 years. It really hit a chord there and is a good mix of engrossing drama and probing social commentary,” she explains. “It often surprises audiences here that films like this are made in Cuba because of censorship.” In addition, “We are very lucky to have the director Ernesto Daranas with us opening night,” Mills says. “He will be here with his son, Juan Pablo, whose short film Yunaisy will be screening at NEFIAC. Juan Pablo’s film is about a young documentary filmmaker facing censorship for the first time.” One of the festival’s most attractive offerings isn’t a simply a film, but a panel discussion scheduled for 6 p.m. October 22. “The Legacy of Raul Julia and Behind the Scenes of The Penitent” features Merel Poloway Julia, widow of the Puerto Rican actor who was among the most respected practitioners of stagecraft of his generation and much admired for his humanitarian work. Films of Julia, who died in 1994 at the age of 54, include Kiss of the Spider
Women, The Burning Season, Romero and director Cliff Osmond’s much-admired 1988 drama The Penitent, which will be screened following the panel discussion. Among other juicy offerings, according to Mills, “Our closing night film [8 p.m. October 26], Gospel of the Flesh/El Evengelio de la Carne , is another dramatic feature film and is Peru’s official submission to the 2015 Oscars. “It’s a suspenseful story about three intersecting lives in Lima Peru: an undercover cop, Gamarra, who gets in trouble while desperately trying to save his wife from a terminal illness; Felix, a bus driver who joins a religious sect after getting into a traffic accident; and Narciso, the leader of a soccer club who is trying to get his brother out of prison,” Mills explains. “Director Eduardo Mendoza will be attending and a catered closing reception after the film is also free and open to the public.” Colombia is represented by Jose Antonio Dorado’s 2013 drama Dangerous Love/ Amores Peligrosos (6 p.m. October 26). The second chapter in the director’s “Ambition Destroys” trilogy, Dangerous Love is set in Cali in 1989, during the height of Colombia’s violent drug wars. The story centers on Sofia, a savvy and beautiful teenager who understands the power of sex as a tool to achieve her ambitions Director Dorado will be on hand for a questionand-answer session following the screening of Dangerous Love (which is recommended for adult audiences). Standing out among the documentary offerings is the U.S. premier of Venezuelan director Tatiana Rojas’ 2013 Girls/Las Muchachas (4 NEWHAVENMAGAZINE.COM
Lest you get the idea Iberian cinema is dominated by overserious themes, check out Brazilian director Marcelo Galvao’s 2102 comedy Buddies/Colegas (5 p.m. October 25). The feature illustrates the simple things in life in a poetic way through the eyes of three young people afflicted with Down Syndrome. Shot in Brazil and Argentina with a cast including both well-known Brazilian actors and 60 young people with Down Syndrome, Galvao made the film as a tribute to his uncle Marcio, who had Down Syndrome. Moving, but also funny. Peruvian director Eduardo Mendoza’s The Gospel of the Flesh/El Evangelio de la Carne tells the story of three lives in search of redemption that intersect in the streets of Lima.
p.m. October 23). The “Union of Venezuelan Girls” was a clandestine organization that was formed in the 1950s to resist the rule of military dictator Gen. Marcos Perez Jimenez. Girls recounts the reunion of four women, 60 years after their participation in the fight for democracy.
Director Rojas will be on hand for a Q&A following the screening. She will also participate in a panel discussion on “Women Who Make Films” (6 p.m. October 23), moderated by journalist and four-tine Suncoast Emmy Awardwinner Caridad Sorondo, host of the popular Puerto Rican talk show En la punta de la lengua (“On the Tip of the Tongue”). Not surprisingly,
Sorondo is also a filmmaker whose documentary Dona Ines Maria de Mendoza: Word as Destiny will be screened at 7 p.m. October 23. The film tells the story of the first First Lady of Puerto Rico from her childhood to her work as a teacher, defender of the Spanish language and fierce champion of her people. Sorondo will participate in a Q&A following the screening.
Peruvian director Eduardo Mendoza will be on hand for a questionand-answer session following the screening of his 2013 drama The Gospel of the Flesh/El Evangelio de la Carne (8 p.m. October 26). The feature tells the story of three lives in search of redemption that intersect in the streets of Lima. More information about the screenings and related events may be found at nefiac.com.
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In Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia at the Yale Rep, Felicity Jones takes her character’s temperature By BROOKS APPELBAUM
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Audiences don’t have to walk into the theater with any knowledge of these subjects in order to enjoy Sir Tom Stoppard’s brilliant, witty and heartstopping play, Arcadia, opening at Yale Repertory Theatre October 9,, directed by artistic director James Bundy. At the 24th annual Maynard Mack Lecture, Stoppard gently but firmly rejected the notion of himself as a “difficult” playwright and assured his listeners that his plays told audiences what they needed to know. “Theater is recreation,” Stoppard said. “My plays are about what they appear to be about.” However, as Arcadia’s redoubtable Lady Croom — mother to the young genius Thomasina and head of a complicated household — Felicity Jones has already mapped onto her character an astonishing number of the themes inherent in Arcadia. When I spoke with her on September 4 she emphasized that the company was still early in their rehearsal process, but one might not have guessed this by her incisive thoughts. For example, Jones has drawn numerous parallels between Lady Croom and the second law of thermodynamics. Valentine, a character who shows up periodically in the “present day” sections of the script, defines this law for the audience: “Your tea gets cold by itself, it doesn’t get hot by itself. Heat goes to cold. It’s a one-way street.” For Jones, this notion of heat going to cold provides one of the many keys to Lady Croom’s emotions and actions. “ She is aging throughout the play,” says Jones. “She is losing heat, and she doesn’t like it.” Jones speculates that Lady Croom’s aging (heat loss) prompts her to move from lover to lover throughout the play, until finally “she is chasing after the pianist, Count Zelinsky,” about whom a fairly reliable character says, “He is a Count in Poland. In Derbyshire he is a piano-tuner.” Additionally, Jones points out, Lady Croom, who at first appears so filled with heated determination to preserve her beloved and classically designed Sidley Park, ultimately “loses the battle over her garden.” At Lady Croom’s entrance, it seems unthinkable that she would acquiesce to having Sidley Park transformed into the Romantic garden that her husband, Lord Croom, fancies. (Lady Croom’s daughter, Thomasina, observes that Lord Croom lives to hunt, and Jones views the “tortured NEWHAVENMAGAZINE.COM
of the qualities that led to her being awarded one of regional theater’s most prestigious honors: the Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship. This yearly fellowship awards eight to ten actors with a weeklong retreat, where they stay in a hotel but work at Ten Chimneys, the Wisconsin estate of the legendary theater couple Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne. At Ten Chimneys, the actors take master classes with a master teacher and become acquainted with colleagues from across the country.
’I’m a mother,’ Jones says, ‘and I love the depths and complexities of emotion between mothers and their children.’
garden” as “a place in which to shoot things.”) However, not only does Sidley Park eventually become the artificially created Gothic ruin that Lady Croom has been fighting against, but for Jones, Lady Croom herself “devolves into a Gothic figure as the play goes on; her demeanor becomes increasingly fraught.” In charting Lady Croom’s gradual transformation from young to old and from confident to anxious, Jones mentions that many of her colleagues “hate playing mothers,” but that she loves these roles. “I’m a mother, and I love the depths and complexities of emotion between mothers and their children.” Jones points out that, while Lady Croom doesn’t have a “tender relationship” with Thomasina, she does recognize that her daughter has a superior intellect. Unlike most mothers of the period, Lady Croom not only allows Thomasina to be educated by a private tutor, but also encourages Thomasina’s education, largely by staying out of the way. However, Jones also sees the complexity in Lady Croom’s understanding that her child’s intellect far surpasses her own. We first meet Thomasina when she is 13 and then again when she is 17. At that later point, Lady Croom puts an end to the tutoring and announces that it’s time for Thomasina to marry. Jones notes that she is still working out Lady Croom’s motives and feelings concerning Thomasina as a young woman. Jones’ deep thinking, curiosity and unmistakable fearlessness in pursuing every aspect of a role are only a few
The idea of the award, says Jones, is to “mentor the mentors,” giving regional theater actors who have been working for 20 years or longer the chance to “become re-inspired and re-invigorated.” Regional theater in America was Lunt’s and Fontanne’s legacy, Jones points out. “They would have loved to develop a national theater here,” she notes, “but they were completely committed to touring.” During Jones’ time as a fellow, David Hyde Pierce was the master teacher. However, says Jones, “He didn’t come in with the idea of being a ‘master.’ Instead, he took on the role of guiding and leading a group of colleagues. He was hilarious and delightful, and his method was to ask us to do scene work, with the only rule being that we chose scripts that Lunt and Fontanne had worked on themselves.” Jones notes that, in addition to the masterpieces in their repertoire, Lunt and Fontanne did many second-rate scripts, and what we now consider old chestnuts, as well as forgotten or hardto-find plays. “The coolest thing about being there was that everyone who knows anything at all about theater knows about Lunt and Fontanne, but almost no one really knows about them deeply,” she explains. “I read a huge biography, and just touring their house gave me such a sense that they are actually there. Alfred painted all over the walls, and their sense of humor is everywhere. I came away feeling that they were my friends.” From her words about exploring the character of Lady Croom, and her pleasure in being mentored, it’s clear that learning forms the core of Jones’ joy as an actress. Yale Rep has been graced by Jones’ presence in a half-dozen productions, and I for one — who has seen five of those six — am eager to see the next of her transformations in Arcadia.
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born child of Holocaust survivors. From the streets of Brooklyn and struggle with his family’s past, to the laughter and rebirth of Catskills summers, to his mother and sisters heartbreaking early Alzheimer’s disease. 7:30 p.m. October 25 at Shubert Theater, 247 College St., New Haven. $200-$50. 203-562-5666, shubert. com. Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn. The worldpremiere musical about a Connecticut farmhouse transformed into a jubilant nightspot — but only on holidays. From Valentine’s Day to the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving to Christmas, featuring hit songs by Irving Berlin such as “Happy Holidays,” “Easter Parade,” and “Be Careful, It’s My Heart.” Adaptation of 1943 Hollywood classic starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. Through November 30 at Goodspeed Opera House, 6 Main St., East Haddam. $79-$60. 860873-8668, goodspeed.org.
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Classical Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month with the Haven String Quartet. Interactive program features the music of Ástor Piazzolla (Tanguedia III); Javier Álvarez (Metro Chabacano) and Paquito D’Rivera (Wapango). 2 p.m. October 11 at Fair Haven Library, 182 Grand Ave., New Haven. Free. 203-745-9030, musichavenct.org. Guest conductor John Adams leads the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale in concert. STRAVINSKY Orpheus; ADAMS Absolute Jest for string quartet and orchestra (with Brentano String Quartet); BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Major. 7:30 p.m. October 17 at Woolsey Hall, 400 College St., New Haven. $15 ($13 faculty/staff, $10 students). 203-432-4158, music.yale.edu. Yale’s Horowitz Piano Series presents Peter Serkin in a performance of Renaissance music. MOZART Rondo in A minor, K. 511, .SCHOENBERG Suite, Op. 25. 7:30 p.m. October 22 at Sprague Hall, 470 College St., New Haven. $31-$21. 203-432-4158, music.yale.edu. Yale’s Oneppo Chamber Music Series presents the Orion String Quartet and Windscape in a performance of Bach’s Art
Eclectic singer/songwriter David Gray is taking his ever-expanding songbook on the road again, this time in support of Mutineers, his seventh studio album. 7:30 p.m. October 5 at Oakdale Theatre, 95 South Turnpike Rd., Wallingford. $150-$55. 203-265-1501, oakdale. com. The whiskey-drenched sounds of Gaelic Storm have been world music charttoppers for years, thanks to their melding of Celtic tradition with rock, indie-folk and ethnic grooves. 7:30 p.m. October 8 at Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $45. 877-503-1286, katharinehepburntheater.org. Prolific indie rock songwriter Matt Pond has accomplished the now-rare feat of selling more than 100,000 albums and writing songs for movies and commercials, all while maintaining a growing fan base. He and Vermont songwriter Anais Mitchell team up for a co-headline tour this fall. 8:30 p.m. October 9 at the Ballroom at Outer Space, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden. $15. 203-288-6400, theouterspace.net. The last time Kim Shattuck performed in New Haven, it was at the Shubert during her short
stint as bassist for the Pixies. Now she gets to come back with her own band while on a reunion tour of ‘90s indie rockers The Muffs, playing a much more intimate stage at the Nine. 9 p.m. October 9 at Café Nine, 250 State St., New Haven. $14. 203-789-8281, cafenine. com. Polaris is the house band that provided music for cult Nickelodeon show The Adventures of Pete & Pete, its soundtrack being the oneoff group’s only album. But now the band, which features New Haven-native Mark Mulcahy, is touring for the first time. 8:30 p.m. October 10 at the Ballroom at Outer Space, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden. $22. 203-288-6400, theouterspace.net. Electronic dance music (EDM for short) is catching on in the way rock bands can only dream, with deejays getting out of the clubs and into giant venues. Bassnectar, for example, is bringing the noise to the Oakdale, just days after playing Madison Square Garden. 8 p.m. October 10 at Oakdale Theatre, 95 South Turnpike Rd., Wallingford. $50-$45.50. 203-265-1501, oakdale.com. Gary Wright helped to establish the synthesizer as a principal instrument in rock and pop music. His long career includes collaborations with rock legends and an embrace of world music styles. But let’s face it: you just want to hear “Dream Weaver,” right? 8 p.m. October 10 at Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $50. 877-503-1286, katharinehepburntheater.org. Pianist Manuel Valera provides a fresh take on Cuban music and interpretations of jazz standards. His trio also will perform Valera’s own compositions. 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. October 10 at Firehouse 12, 45 Crown St., New Haven. $20 (early), $15 (late) 203-785-0468. firehouse12.com. Some critics might say notoriously hooliganish nu-metal band Limp Bizkit embody everything that was bone-headedly awful about late-‘90s/early-2000s rock. Yet, they keep rollin’, rollin’… 7:30 p.m. October 11 at Oakdale Theatre, 95 South Turnpike Rd., Wallingford. $52.49. 203-265-1501, oakdale.com. Ann Hampton Callaway is a champion of the Great American Songbook and has been a mainstay both on stage (the Broadway musical Swing!) and in film and television (the TV series The Nanny), but she’s also no stranger to the Kate’s stage, to which she now returns. 8 p.m. October 11 at Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $40. 877-503-1286, katharinehepburntheater.org. Country-pop crossover artist Martina McBride has performed for audiences far and wide, and new brings her show to Waterbury on the latest leg of her “Everlasting” tour. 7:30 p.m. October 11 at Palace Theatre, 100 E. Main St., Waterbury. 203-346-2000, $65-$45. palacetheatrect.com. The Ballroom Thieves use folk music as a starting point before throwing in the attitude of rock and the soul of blues to take it somewhere else, using guitar, percussion, cello and vocals as a palette. 9 p.m. October 11 at Café Nine, 250 State St., New Haven. $10. 203-789-8281, cafenine.com.
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Experimental rock trio Il Sogno del Marinaio features punk-rock heavyweight Mike Watt, former Minuteman bassist (and briefly of Iggy
and the Stooges). The group’s debut album mixes punk with noise and jazz influences. 9 p.m. October 13 at the Ballroom at Outer Space, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden. $15. 203-288-6400, theouterspace.net. Pop-punk rockers New Found Glory are back on the road in support of the band’s upcoming new album, Resurrection. 8:30 p.m. October 17 at Toad’s Place, 300 York St., New Haven. $24. 203-624-8623, toadsplace.com. New Haven brother-and-sister duo Mission 0 is a one-of-a-kind in the local music landscape, crafting darkly groovy electronic pop. The group opens for avant garde synth-rock outfit Hudson K. 8 p.m. October 18 at the Outer Space, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden. $5. 203-2886400, theouterspace.net. Austin rocker Jon Dee Graham has enjoyed a long and productive solo career, including being inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame three times, and even surviving a terrible car crash that ruptures his spleen and wrecked his back. But since when does that stop the music? 9 p.m. October 21 at Café Nine, 250 State St., New Haven. $10. 203-789-8281, cafenine.com. Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas are nothing if not eclectic. The Detroit band delivers a hybrid of rockabilly and surf pop, cabaret jazz tinged with ethnic flair. The band stops in New Haven for a free Wednesday show on Crown Street. 9 p.m. October 22 at Bar, 254 Crown St., New Haven. Free. 203-495-8924. barnightclub.com. Hawaiian-born artist Kawehi is a onewoman band who crafts soulful electronic pop by sampling layers upon layers of voice, synthesizers and guitar, all live and in real time. She’s gotten a lot of attention thanks to some viral performance videos of her covering such artists as Nirvana and Nine Inch Nails. 7:30 p.m. October 22 at Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $25. 877-503-1286, katharinehepburntheater.org. Thurston Moore barely needs an introduction as former front man of the pioneering noisy no-wavers Sonic Youth. He’s been going it solo since that group’s dissolution, making a return stop in Connecticut along the way with his new band that features members of his old band and My Bloody Valentine. 9 p.m. October 23 at the Ballroom at Outer Space, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden. $20. 203-288-6400, theouterspace.net. The Wee Trio performs contemporary jazz with drums, bass and vibes. Its discography even includes a record of interpretations of David Bowie songs. 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. October 24 at Firehouse 12, 45 Crown St., New Haven. $20 (early), $15 (late) 203-785-0468. firehouse12.com. New Haven native Akua Naru draws upon her experiences traveling the world to color the words and musical stylings of her own breed of hip-hop. 9 p.m. October 24 at Café Nine, 250 State St., New Haven. $18. 203-7898281, cafenine.com. Blaze of Glory pays tribute to the apparently timeless hair-rock of Bon Jovi, particularly the dead ringer lead singer Ted Moore. The five-man band draws on 30 years of hits and live performances for an authentic concert performance. 8 p.m. October 24 at Katharine
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Saturday, October 18 5:30 p.m. Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $32. 877-503-1286, katharinehepburntheater.org. Willimantic indie band The World Is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die is as known for its atmospheric emo-rock sound as they are for their exceptionally long and oh-so-emo band name. 7:30 p.m. October 25 at the Space, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden. $14. 203-288-6400, thespacect.com. The jazz stylings of Four80East incorporate R&B, club-inspired beats and exotic rhythms that bring the music closer to soul territory. The group plays at SCSU with jazz-blues-funk star
Nick Colionne. 8 p.m. October 25 at Lyman Center for the Performing Arts, 501 Crescent St., New Haven. $32-$20. 203-3926154. tickets.southernct.edu. And now for someone who can tell you what it was like to work with Rod Stewart when he was still cool. Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer Ian McLagan is beloved as a member of the Faces (and the Small Faces before that) and as a solo artist. He makes a rare stop at the Nine for a duo performance with Jon Notarthomas. 9:30 p.m. October 25 at Café Nine, 250 State St., New Haven. $18. 203-789-8281, cafenine.com.
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Openings Joshua Gold features new works of pottery. October 1-November 1 (opening reception 5-7 p.m. October 2) at Wesleyan Potters, 350 S. Main St., Middletown. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun. Free 860-344-0039, wesleyanpotters.com. Picture Talking: James Northcote and the Fables presents a set of fables written and illustrated by James Northcote (1746-1831). October 2-December 14 at Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel St., New Haven. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except Mon., noon-5 p.m. Sun. Free. 877-274-8278, britishart.yale.edu. Figures of Empire: Slavery & Portraiture in 18th-Century Atlantic Britain. This exhibition explores the complex relationship between slavery and portraiture in 18th-century British art, as represented in the collections of the Center and neighboring Yale institutions. October 2-December 14 at Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel St., New Haven. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except Mon., noon-5 p.m. Sun. Free. 877-274-8278, britishart.yale.edu. Exposed: Works By Grant Frost. Photographs that evoke minimalist qualities and focus their attention on the geometries of light and shadow. October 3-31 (opening reception 5-8
New England Light & Seasons features paintings that take as their subject sandy beaches, seaside cottages, verdant farmland, marshes and open seas. Participating artists: Kathy Anderson, Del-Bourree Bach, Harley Bartlett, Peter Bergeron, Stephanie Birdsall, David Dunlop, Sandy Garvin, Susan Jositas, James Magner, Leonard Mizerek, Cora Ogden, Kimberly Ruggiero, Polly Seip, Dennis Sheehan and George Van Hook. October 3-November 1 (opening reception 5-8 p.m. October 3) at Susan Powell Fine Art, 679 Boston Post Rd., Madison. Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Fri., noon-6 p.m. Sat., noon-3 p.m. Sun. Free. 203-318-0616, susanpowellfineart.com. The Connecticut Senior Juried Art Show at Pomperaug Woods. Works by Connecticut artists all created after the artists’ 70th birthday. October 5-November 2 (opening reception 2-4 p.m. October 5) at Mattatuck Museum Arts & History Center, 144 W. Main St., Waterbury. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except Mon., noon-5 p.m. Sun. $5 ($4 seniors, children under 16 free). 203-753-0381, mattatuckmuseum.org. Arts Festival Group Show. An exhibit of various works from artists and artisans participating in the Killingworth Art Center Autumn Arts Festival. October 10-November 9 (opening reception 6:30 p.m. October 10) at Spectrum Gallery, 61 Main St., Centerbrook.
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John Harris and Edith Borax-Morrison. October 16-November 9 at Kehler Liddell Gallery, 873 Whalley Ave., New Haven. Open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thurs.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Free. 203-389-9555, kehlerliddell.com.
Figurative Show. Through November 1 (opening reception 5-8 p.m. September 19) at Susan Powell Fine Art, 679 Boston Post Rd., Madison. Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Fri., noon-6 p.m. Sat., noon-3 p.m. Sun. Free. 203-318-0616, susanpowellfineart.com.
Vida y Drama de Mexico: Prints from the Monroe E. Price and Aimee Brown Price Collection presents a selection of some 50 Mexican prints and posters. Most of the works in the exhibition were made at the Taller de Gráfica Popular (People’s Graphic Workshop), a collective printmaking workshop in Mexico City founded in 1937 by Leopoldo Méndez, Luis Arenal and Pablo O’Higgins. The collective’s aim was to create art to improve the lives of peasants and laborers and to support social justice — goals not fully realized by the Mexican Revolution (1910–20). To reach the broadest possible audience, the Taller artists created works that could be widely distributed and that employed a clear, representational style and inexpensive techniques, such as lithography and linocut. The subjects of these powerful prints and posters include antiwar messages; support for workers and their unions; protests of government-sanctioned violence against demonstrators; political heroes and villains; U.S.-Mexican relations; and indigenous Indians. October 17-February 1, 2015 at Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St., New Haven. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except Mon. (until 8 p.m. Thurs.) 1-6 p.m. Sun. Free. 203-432-0600, artgallery.yale.edu. “be me I’ll be you.” Works by Becca Lowry, Oriane Stender and Sol LeWitt. October 17-November 15 (opening reception 6-8 p.m. October 17) at Fred Giampietro Gallery, 315 Peck St., New Haven. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 1-4 p.m. Sat.) Free. 203-777-7760, giampietrogallery.com.
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Nathaniel Donnett Recent Works. October 23-December 7 (opening reception 5:30 p.m. October 23) at Mattatuck Museum Arts & History Center, 144 W. Main St., Waterbury. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. $5 ($4 seniors, children under 16 free). 203753-0381, mattatuckmuseum.org
Continuing Animal Dignity and an Ethics of Sight: Photography by Isa Leshko and Frank Noelker. In contrast to the viral images of “cute” animals that fill digital spaces, photographers Isa Leshko and Frank Noelker sensitively portray captive animals in an evocative exhibition that asks viewers to reflect on our complicated relationships with other species. Through October 10 at Ezra & Cecile Zilkha Gallery, 283 Washington Ave., Middletown. Open noon-5 p.m. daily except Mon. Free. 860-685-3355, wesleyan.edu/cfa. Creative Arts Workshop Faculty Show. An exhibition of new work from CAW faculty in the book arts, design, drawing, painting, fiber, jewelry, photography, pottery, printmaking, sculpture and young people’s departments. Through October 17 at Creative Arts Workshop, 80 Audubon St., New Haven. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily Free. 203-562-4927, birdabode2014. org.
Chinese Ink and Wash Painting: Intricate and impressionistic landscape, bird-andflower and figurative work of four mid-career brush painters from Central China: Hui Min, Wang Bao’an, Li Yunji, and Yang Jiahuan. Through November 4 at Silk Road Art Gallery, 83 Audubon St., New Haven. Open 10 a.m.6 p.m. daily except Sun. Free. 203-772-8928, silkroadartnewhaven.com. New England Landscape Invitational Exhibition. Through November 7 at Lyme Art Association, 90 Lyme St., Lyme. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 1-5 p.m. Sun. Free. 860-434-7802, lymeartassociation.org. Rosemary Benivegna: Watercolor exhibit. Through November 9 at Atticus Bookstore Café, 1082 Chapel St., New Haven. Open 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 7 a.m.-10 p.m. FriSat, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun. Free. 203-776-4040, atticusbookstorecafe.com. World of Dreams: New Landscape Paintings by Tula Telfair. Includes new large-scale landscape paintings. Through December 5 (opening reception 5-6:30 p.m. September 16) at Ezra & Cecile Zilkha Gallery, 283 Washington Ave., Middletown. Open noon-5 p.m. daily except Mon. Free. 860-685-3355, wesleyan.edu/cfa. Roman in the Provinces: Art on the Periphery of Empire examines the interaction between local traditions and Roman imperial culture through artifacts of daily life, politics, technology and religion. The juxtaposition of mosaics, ceramics, sculpture, glass, textiles, coins, and jewelry presents a rich image of life in the Roman provinces. Exhibition features objects from across the empire, including works from Yale excavations at Gerasa and Dura-Europos, many of which have rarely or never been exhibited. Through January 4 at Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St., New Haven. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except Mon. (until 8 p.m. Thurs.) 1-6 p.m. Sun. Free. 203-4320600, artgallery.yale.edu. East of the Wallace Line: Monumental Art from Indonesia and New Guinea explores the cultural characteristics of eastern Indonesia and coastal western New Guinea. Taking as its jumping-off point the “Wallace Line,” an ecological demarcation first recognized by British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace that runs through Indonesia between Bali and Lombok and west of Sulawesi, the exhibition presents intricately decorated, large-scale sculptures and textiles, as well as more intimate personal and domestic objects. Through February 1 at Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St., New Haven. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except Mon. (until 8 p.m. Thurs.) 1-6 p.m. Sun. Free. 203-432-0600, artgallery.yale. edu.
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Continued from Music page 53 Primus has occupied a strange space in the rock sphere since the 1990s, with decidedly odd lyrics and arrangements and of course the atypical always interesting bass playing of Les Claypool. 8 p.m. October 28 at Palace Theatre, 100 E. Main St., Waterbury. 203-346-2000, $45-$39.50. palacetheatrect.com. Former Helium singer and solo artist Mary Timony returns to the Space with new band Ex Hex for a Halloween show along with Connecticut indie rockers Loom and Ovlov. 7:30 p.m. October 31 at the Space, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden. $12. 203-2886400, thespacect.com. Skinsman Chris Corsano performs an intimate Halloween show at the Firehouse in a trio with cellist Daniel Levin and saxophonist Joe McPhee for a night of avant-garde jazz. 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. October 31 at Firehouse 12, 45 Crown St., New Haven. $20 (early), $15 (late) 203-785-0468. firehouse12.com. The Brothers McCann lays swaths of three-part harmonies over simple acoustic-based folk rock for a decidedly rustic New England vibe. The group is joined by Barefoot Truth singer Will Evans for its fall tour. 8 p.m. November 1 at Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $20. 877-5031286, katharinehepburntheater.org. From the big stage to the small stage — a good or bad thing, depending on your point-of-view. Pop singer and Backstreet Boys-brother Aaron Carter was a teen idol in the late ‘90s and early 2000s, and performs an intimate New Haven show on his latest tour. 9 p.m. November 6 at Toad’s Place, 300 York St., New Haven. $20. 203-624-8623, toadsplace.com.
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BELLES LETTRES The Mystery Book Club meets the first Wednesday to discuss a pre-selected book. Books are available for check out prior to the meeting. 3-4 p.m. October 1 at Blackstone Library, 758 Main St., Branford. Free. 203-4836653, blackstone.lioninc.org/booktalk.htm. Fiction writer and memoirist Tim Parrish reads from his work. A professor in the creative-writing program at Southern Connecticut State University, Parrish is the author of the memoir Fear and What Follows: The Violent Education of a Christian Racist, the novel The Jumper (winner of Texas Review Press’s 2013 George Garrett Prize for Fiction), and the story collection Red Stick Men, set in his hometown of Baton Rouge. 2 p.m. October 14 in Rm. 120, Carl Hansen Student Center, Quinnipiac University, 275 Mt. Carmel Ave., Hamden. Free. 203-582-8652, quinnipiac.edu. New members are welcomed to the Blackstone Library Second Tuesday Book Club. The group meets on the second Tuesday to discuss a pre-selected book. Books available for loan in advance of discussion. 6:45-8 p.m. October 14 at Blackstone Library, 758 Main St., Branford. Free. 203-488-1441, ext. 318, blackstone.lioninc.org/booktalk.htm. Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute and the Arnold Bernhard Library at Quinnipiac University present The Lady Sligo Letters: Westport House and Ireland’s Great Hunger. Hester Catherine Browne (1800-78), also known as Lady Sligo, was part of the Anglo-Irish elite that had governed Ireland for centuries. Despite her wealth and social position, she repeatedly demonstrated her concern for the poor who lived on her estate in County Mayo. Lady Sligo lived from 1800-78. Her collection includes more than 200 letters covering the period of the Great Hunger and adds an important new dimension to scholarly understanding of the tragedy. Through April 30, 2015 at Arnold Bernhard Library, Quinnipiac University, 275 Mt. Carmel Ave., Hamden. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, noon-5 p.m. Sun. Free. 203582-8633, quinnipiac.edu. Release your inner poet. Time Out for Poetry meets third Thursdays and welcomes those who wish to share an original short poem, recite a stanza or simply to listen. Ogden Nash, Robert Frost, William Shakespeare, Dr. Seuss and even the Burma Shave signs live again. 12:30-2 p.m. October 16 at Scranton Library, 801 Boston Post Rd., Madison. Free. 203-245-7365. The Poetry Institute of New Haven hosts Poetry Open Mics each third Thursday. Come hear an eclectic mix of poetic voices. 7 p.m. October 16 at Young Men’s Institute Library, 847 Chapel St., New Haven. Free. thepoetryinstitute. com.
CINEMA Gorge Cukor directed the timeless romantic comedy Love Among the Ruins (1975, 100
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min., USA). Katharine Hepburn plays an aging actress being sued for breach of promise, while Laurence Olivier plays a blunt barrister (and her onetime lover) who must destroy her reputation to safeguard her fortune. Awkward! 2, 4 & 7 p.m. October 15 at Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $8. 877-503-1286, katharinehepburntheater.org. Vincent Price and Frank Lovejoy star in House of Wax (1953, 88 min., USA). An associate burns down a wax museum with the owner inside, but the latter survives only to turn vengeful and murderous. André de Toth directs. Free pizza! 5 p.m. October 30 at Hagaman Memorial Library, 227 Main St., East Haven. Free. Registration. 203-468-3890, hagamanlibrary.info.
COMEDY Every Wednesday evening Joker’s Wild opens its stage to anyone who wants to try standup comedy — from brand-new comics to amateurs to seasoned pros. As Forrest Gump might say, each Open-Mic Night is kind of like a box of chocolates. 9 p.m. Wednesdays at Joker’s Wild, 232 Wooster St., New Haven. $5. 203-773-0733, jokerswildclub.com. SCSU hosts Homecoming 20124 Comedy Night starring funnypersons Nicole Byer (MTV’s Girl Code), Pete Davidson (MTV’s Guy Code, Wild ‘n’ Out and Failosophy) and Jermaine Fowler (soon to be seen on Fox’s reboot of In Living Colour. 8 p.m. October 18 at Lyman Center for Performing Arts, Southern Connecticut State University, 501 Crescent St., New Haven. $15 ($5 faculty/staff, students free). 2930392-6154, southernct.edu/lyman. For much of his adult life, when Mark DeMayo wasn’t making people laugh he was fighting crime as a New York City police detective. His tales about his days on the NYPD are insightful, interesting — and hilarious. They are also soon to be included in his one-man show, 20 and Out. 8 p.m. October 17, 8 & 10:30 p.m. October 18 at Joker’s Wild, 232 Wooster St., New Haven. $15. 203-773-0733, jokerswildclub.com.
CULINARY Consiglio’s Cooking Class Club. Chef Maureen Nuzzo explains and demonstrates how to prepare mouth-watering southern Italian dishes that have been passed down from generation to generation. October’s menu: clams casino bruschetta, arugula salad with apples, walnuts and gorgonzola, risotto Milanese with shrimp and cannoli Napoleon. 6:30 p.m. October 2, 9, 23 at Consiglio’s Restaurant, 165 Wooster St., New Haven. $65. Reservations. 203-865-4489, consiglios.com. City Farmers Markets New Haven. Eat local! Enjoy seasonal fruits, vegetables, and herbs from local farms including seafood, meat, milk, cheese, handcrafted bread and baked goods, honey, more. WOOSTER SQUARE 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays through December 20 at Russo Park, corner Chapel St. and DePalma Ct. EDGEWOOD PARK 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays through December 21 at Whalley and West Rock Aves. DOWNTOWN: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays through October 29 on the Green at Temple & Chapel Sts. FAIR HAVEN: 2:305:30 p.m. Thursdays through October 30 at Front St. & Grand Ave. THE HILL: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays through October 31 at Connecticut
As part of the Quinnipiac creative writing program’s “Yawp!” series, an open dialogue on creativity and the arts, fiction writer and memoirist Tim Parrish Mental Health Center, 34 Park St. 203-773-3736, cityseed.org.
DANCE Moroccan choreographer/dancer Hind Benali presents a studio showing and talks about her dramatic movement work Fleur d’Orange exploring culture and religion. 4:30 p.m. October 14 at Cross Street Dance Studio, 160 Cross St., Middletown. Free. 860-685-3355, wesleyan.edu/cfa. It’s a Yiddish Dance Extravaganza at Wesleyan. An evening of live klezmer music by Veeblefetzer and Yiddish dancing led by Steve Weintraub. 5:30 p.m. October 24 at the Bayot, 157 Church St., Middletown. Free. 860-685-3355, wesleyan.edu/cfa.
FAMILY EVENTS With more than two miles of twisting and winding pathways carved within four acres of towering cornstalks, 100 decision points and just one way out, getting lost in Lyman Orchards’ 15th annual Corn Maze is not only great fun — it’s also for a great cause: A portion of the proceeds benefits the American Cancer Society. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. through
November 2 at Lyman Orchards, 7 Lyman Rd., Middlefield. $9 ($5 children ages 4-12). 860-3491793, lymanorchards.com. Each Tuesday the Yale Astronomy Department hosts a Planetarium Show. Weather permitting there is also public viewing of planets, nebulae, star clusters and whatever happens to be interesting in the sky. Viewable celestial objects change seasonally. 7 & 8 p.m. Tuesdays at Leitner Family Observatory, 355 Prospect St., New Haven. Free. cobb@astro. yale.edu, astro.yale.edu. Philatelists unite! Young people ages eight to 15 are invited to join the Hagaman Library’s monthly (first Saturdays) Stamp Club. In addition to learning about stamps, attendees learn a lot of history and many other fascinating things from club leader and World War II veteran Judge Anthony DeMayo. 10 a.m. October 4 at Hagaman Memorial Library, 227 Main St., East Haven. Free. Registration. 203468-3890, hagamanlibrary.info. Creating Readers Saturdays at 2 Program. A fun, interactive program that engages young readers by bringing books to life using theater, dance and music. Each family that attends receives a copy of that week’s book to take home. 2 p.m. Saturdays at Connecticut
Children’s Museum, 22 Wall St., New Haven. $5. 203-562-5437, childrensbuilding.org.
LECTURES Mary Kelly, professor of history at Franklin Pierce University, will lecture and discuss her newly-published book, Ireland’s Great Famine in Irish-American History. A graduate of National University of Ireland, Galway and Syracuse University, Kelly’s research interests include Irish Famine remembrance and the Boston Irish in the mid-19th century. Kelly teaches widely in American cultural, ethnic, intellectual, immigrant and gender history, in addition to foundational offerings in Modern Ireland and Europe. Kelly is also the author of 2005’s The Shamrock & the Lily: The New York Irish and the Creation of a Transatlantic Identity. 5:30 p.m. October 2 at Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University, 3011 Whitney Ave., Hamden. Free. Registration. 203-582-6500, firstname.lastname@example.org.
MIND, BODY & SOUL The Ives library hosts weekly Library Yoga classes suitable for all levels. Walkins welcome. Bring a yoga mat. 1-2 p.m. Wednesdays at New Haven Free Public Library, 133 Elm St., New Haven. $5. 203-946-8835. Led by Nelie Doak, Yoga promotes a deep sense of physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Classes are designed to help cultivate breath and body awareness, improve flexibility, strengthen and tone muscles, detoxify the body and soothe the spirit. All levels welcome. Bring a yoga mat. 5-6:30 p.m. Fridays at Blackstone Library, 758 Main St., Branford. $10. 203-488-1441, ext. 313, yogidoakie@earthlink. net or email@example.com, blackstone.lioninc.org. Franciscan Life Center clinical psychologist Thomas Finn leads a six-session educational and psychological workshop on Overcoming Anxiety. Attendees will learn to identify, understand and better manage their anxiety. 7-8:30 p.m. October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11 at Chiara Center (San Damiano Room), 275 Finch Ave., Meriden. $40/session. 203-237-8084, flcenter.org.
NATURAL HISTORY Farmers, Warriors, Builders: The Hidden Life of Ants. Ants. The word is small — and so are they — but their world is enormous. With complex and wildly diverse lifestyles, ants are everywhere, living lives mostly hidden from plain sight. Featuring the photography of ant expert Mark Moffett, this exhibition highlights the fascinating lives of ants — communicating, dealing with disease and agriculture — and chronicles the work of entomologists in the field today. Organized by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and circulated by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. Through January 4 at Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, 170 Whitney Ave., New Haven. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, noon-5 p.m. Sun. $9 ($8 seniors, $5 children). 203-4325050, peabody.yale.edu.
SPORTS/RECREATION Spectator Sports NHL preseason action returns to the Park City: New York Islanders vs. Boston Bruins
in the home of the Islanders’ AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. 7:30 p.m. October 3 at Webster Bank Arena, 600 Main St., Bridgeport. $92.90-$60.45. 800-745-3000, soundtigers.com.
Cycling Elm City Cycling organizes Lulu’s Ride, weekly two- to four-hour rides for all levels (17-19 mph average). Cyclists leave at 10 a.m. from Lulu’s European Café as a single group; no one is dropped. 10 a.m. Sundays at Lulu’s European Café, 49 Cottage St., New Haven. Free. 203-773-9288, elmcitycycling.org. The Little Lulu (LL) is an alternative to the long-standing Sunday morning training ride. The route is usually 20-30 miles in length and the ride is no-drop, meaning that the group waits at hilltops and turns so that no rider is left behind. The LL is an opportunity for cyclists to get accustomed to riding in groups. Riders should come prepared with materials (tubes, tools, pumps and/or CO2 inflators) to repair flats. 10 a.m. Sundays at Lulu’s European Café, 49 Cottage St., New Haven. Free. 203-773-9288, firstname.lastname@example.org, elmcitycycling.org. Tuesday Night Canal Rides. Medium-paced rides up the Farmington Canal into New Haven. May split into two groups based on riders’ speed but no one will be left behind to ride alone. Lights are a must. 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Café Romeo, 534 Orange St., New Haven. Free. email@example.com. Elm City Cycling monthly meeting occurs on the second Monday. ECC is a nonprofit organization of cycling advocates who meet to discuss biking issues in New Haven. Dedicated to making New Haven friendlier and more accessible to cyclists and pedestrians. 7 p.m. October 13 at City Hall Meeting Rm. 2, 165 Church St., New Haven. Free. elmcitycycling.org.
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to outstanding effect. Baby carrots, asparagus and potatoes on the side were cooked to al dente perfection, dressed lightly with vinegar and Dijon mustard. The interplay between the unctuous pork and the tangy vegetables was reminiscent of German cuisine at its best. A glass of musky Casa Mariol red ($12) from Spain provided the perfect counterpoint and was recommended by a server.
The menu spans the Mediterranean but focuses on Spain as befits the background of Chef Manuel Romero, longtime chef at Olea’s predecessor, Ibiza. Attentive servers, although a bit distractible on our visit, add to the feeling that you’re being pampered and welcomed into rarefied circles. We sat down to a welcome choice: Mineral or tap water. We then paged through a lengthy menu of drink options, including a dozen or so wines by the glass. A rosy Olea cocktail ($12) got my meal off to a refreshing start, blending tart strawberry notes with a whiskey punch. A pour of craft ale ($6.50), however, arrived in the wrong glassware and was distinctly undersized for the price. A more generous hand ruled in the kitchen, with appetizer plates bearing ample portions of food. First came a complimentary amuse-bouche of Spanish tortilla, the potato-and-egg pie that serves as soul food in that country. Olea’s version brought out onion and garlic notes in a meltingly tender quiche-like mélange. Our palates awakened, we dove into sizeable portion of
“This might be the best fish dish I’ve ever had,” declared my dining companion, completely won over after his beer disappointment by the Bacalao salt-cod entrée ($27). Barely briny, the fish was silky and sauced perfectly with a light emulsion flecked with red pepper and herbs. Simmered buttery white beans added an earthy note. chipirones ($13), squid bathed in a rich sauce of ink and white wine. Each night-black bite of seafood released briny, intoxicating flavor, accented by a garlicky bean purée. Delivered straight from the kitchen, fresh-baked bread helped sop up the remnants when it wasn’t being slathered in fine olive oil. Tasty but less memorable was a salad ($12) of beets infused with fruity pomegranate vinegar and studded with balls of fried goat cheese. Main dishes arrived with synchronized flourish and were worth the ceremony: My meal of cochinillo roasted pork ($33) married crispcrunchy skin, creamy fat and flavorful meat
It seemed fitting to stay in Spain for dessert, so we opted for torrija, a Lenten treat something like bread pudding. This version came as a nugget of milk-soaked brioche, carmelized to crispness and fragrant with vanilla. Rosemary ice cream on the side provided an icy counterpoint to the richness. So in summation, Mr. Batali, no need to unpack your Crocs and resolve those plumbing issues on Park Street. We’re doing just fine here in New Haven with local talent like Olea’s Manuel Romero. But thanks for thinking of us! Olea, 39 High Street, New Haven (203-780-8925), oleanewhaven.com.
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Tasting Room at OEC Brewing By Liese Klein
he town of Oxford is about as remote as you can get in New Haven County: A rural redoubt known (if it’s known at all) for its airport and a historic gristmill. Now, at a location nestled amid industrial parks and gravel pits, Oxford has welcomed an outpost of world-class beverages and European ambience. “Wow” is the only response possible after opening the door to the tasting room at OEC Brewing, tucked at the back of an industrial complex on Fox Hollow Road. You’ll walk in to the sight of a fire-engine red brewing kettle and vaulted ceilings that could be a steampunk take on a Swiss chalet. Check out the open metal tank on the left as you walk in: It’s a “coolship,” a Belgian brewing device that allows wild yeasts to interact with beer in the making. OEC’s is one of only a handful in the U.S. You’ll also exclaim “wow” when tasting the beers — custom-tweaked
OEC’s Mash Kettle during brewing.
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variations on European styles that earn OEC a “world-class” ranking from suds arbiter Beer Advocate. Brewing was the next step for owner Benjamin Neidhart, who worked in the beer business for nine years before opening OEC with his dad, a nationally known importer. “We’re a tiny brewery…we only sell out of the tasting room,” he explains. Your best bet is to order a range of beers in tasting portions. Our favorites on a recent visit were Novale ($1.50 for a taste), a complex farmhouse ale with a soft finish, and Exilis, a Berlin-style wheat beer so tart it’s served with raspberry syrup. The many sour and rare European-style brews at OEC appeal to the more discerning beer lover seeking to range beyond IPAs. “It’s a very specialized market,” Neidhart said. “We’re happy with the reception so far.”
Brewing, which has a hipster-chic tasting room of its own. A project of the omnipresent Jason Sobocinski of Caseus and his brother Tom, Black Hog has brought out some well-respected craft beers since it opened this summer. The brothers riff on traditional styles with quaffs like Nitro coffee milk stout and a red IPA brewed with fresh ginger. Raw wood pallets make up the furniture and grain bags paper the bathroom at Black Hog, which offers a no-frills tasting experience but lots of youthful energy – and a packed house on a recent Saturday. Best on our visit was that milk stout and a gose wheat beer with a whiff of strawberry. Black Hog’s tasting room is open Wednesday and Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.; OEC is open 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday from noon to 7 p.m.
As a bonus, OEC also offers some carefully curated bottles in the tasting room, including French ciders and a rare South African mead for the gluten-phobic in your life. Nonalcoholic beers are also available, along with pretzels and chips.
Even on a balmy early autumn day, dozens of drinkers had taken to winding rural roads to make the trek to Oxford for Black Hog and OEC. Gas up your car this weekend and join them.
If you’re still thirsty after a trip to OEC, drive about seven minutes across town to Black Hog
OEC Brewing, Unit B, 7 Fox Hollow Road, Oxford (203-295-2831).
OECs gtrows many of their own fruits like these rasperries ( above ) nd lemons in their fields and greenhouse.
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OUT DO O RS B OD NY & S O U L
ineteen years after the Pilgrims disembarked at Plymouth Rock and 32 years after Jamestown was founded, a group of English Puritans set sail across the treacherous North Atlantic. Their goal: to establish a community in the New World free from religious persecution. Their minister: the Rev. Henry Whitfield, who led them in forming a new community on the shores of Long Island Sound.
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The group’s new home, built in Guilford in 1639 (now the Henry Whitfield State Museum), is where Whitfield resided with his wife and children and is associated with the forming of the community. Among the museum’s claims to fame are that this is Connecticut’s oldest house. It’s also the oldest stone house in New England, and it’s a national historic landmark. Plus, this year marks the 375th anniversary of both the house and the town of Guilford. The “Old Stone House” sits between Long Island Sound and one of the most beautiful and lively town greens in New England. The architecture of the home, which also served as a fortress for the community, is medieval. In fact, outside of northern England, this is the only example of this type of structure. While Whitfield, who became one of Guilford’s founders, was an important historic figure, the Whitfield House was spared because it offers a 62 O C TOBER 2014
window on a world long past. Here you can see life as it was lived nearly four centuries ago — from cooking utensils to rope beds to oddities such as a diary containing the names of those in Guilford who had crossed the Great Divide. One particularly noteworthy piece is 1726 Ebenezer Parmelee steeple clock, the first steeple clock in the colonies. Visitors come from all over the world to see the wooden-works clock. The tour is self-guided, which means that “It’s tailored to whatever the visitor is interested in,” points out Museum Curator Michael McBride, also noting that all employees are full-time (not seasonal) and up-to-date on their history. “We’re also very friendly!” McBride notes.
Although the home and site have undergone changes over the centuries, the museum is a great place to ponder times often forgotten and sacrifices made for future generations. The Henry Whitfield State Museum, at 248 Old Whitfield Street in Guilford, is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays from May 1 through December 14. The last tickets are sold at 4 p.m. each day. Admission is $8, $6 seniors (60 and older), $6 college students, $5 ages 6-17, five and under free. Phone 203-453-2457.
Fun Facts • Connecticut’s oldest house, built in 1639
Visitor may tour three buildings on the site: the Visitor Center, the Whitfield House and the Education Building. The grounds feature a bronze statue of Henry Whitfield, classic stone walls, and a ship’s cannon from the War of 1812. Plan on an hour for the visit.
• New England’s oldest stone house
Group tours can be arranged and generally run under two hours. Groups might have a particular focus — such as Whitfield’s descendants, pewter enthusiasts or antique collectors.
• One of only three surviving First Period (early 17 th century) English masonry houses in the United States
Special events and programs take place frequently, including Connecticut Open House Day in June, “Halloween Hysterics at Henry’s” in October, Harvesting History on Thanksgiving Weekend, and Firelight Festival on the Friday night one week after Thanksgiving Friday.
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