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Swinging for the Fences

When Neighborhood Music School’s Premier Jazz Ensemble opened for up-and-coming jazz pianist Christian Sands at the 2016 New Haven Jazz Festival, the group’s tenor saxophonist, Ryan Griffiths, was starstruck. …

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Pretty Pleas

Kehler Liddell Gallery

I sit in front of Hong Hong’s 8×12-foot work on paper with Shakespeare on my mind. …

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Open to Interpretation

The cast of KISS by Guillermo Calderón, directed by Evan Yionoulis. Photo by Joan Marcus, 2018.

From the first moments of Yale Repertory Theatre’s production of Kiss, there are clues that boundaries will be broken. …

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Connected Four

As a little girl, Mae Gibson Brown used to open a compartment at the top of her mother’s chifforobe just so she could peek at the Sunday hat stored there. …

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Story Structures

The protagonist of Shy (2016), one of Deborah Freedman’s children’s books, is in hiding for most of the story. He “was happiest between the pages of a book,” we’re told. …

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Art Work

Lisa Furman and Ragaa Mazen at Albertus Magnus College

Are you a colored pencils kind of person? Maybe paint is more your thing, or clay, something that requires you to get your hands dirty. …

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Sing State

Johnny King

Johnny King is a storyteller. He tells a few when we meet…

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Glass Action

A cold draft runs from the wide open garage door at the back of Ray Mathews’s glassblowing studio through the door in the front shop. But closer to the 2,000-degree gas-fired furnace, it’s plenty warm. …

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Doctors’ Notes

Yale Medical Symphony Orchestra

Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 has “thick orchestration,” conductor Robert Smith says. “The brass parts are really high up. They go fast and you have to double tongue and triple tongue. The strings are up in seventh position… The woodwinds have …

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New Girls

Chandra Prasad

Chandra Prasad knows how to start a story: with a plane crash and a glass eye. …

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