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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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Ritual Variety

Outside, the wind throws silver drops of rain against the window panes and combs the fir trees. Inside, all is still except for one voice rising to the vaulted ceiling…

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All Together Now

Lillian and Russell Hoban aren’t exactly household names. “But even if you don’t know who they are, you know the books,” says Elizabeth Frengel, head of research services at the Beinecke Library. …

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Shape Shift

Fred Giampietro Gallery

Bottle cap bracelets, craft projects stitched with yarn, braided rugs, Colorforms, ribbon candy, filmstrips, analog TV, a party game called Blockhead. …

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Keeping It Reel

As the Oscars approach, opinions abound on actors, directors, screenplays, special effects and more. But few of us give any thought to the physical film itself. …

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Unburied Treasure

Unknown artist (Dutch School), The Paston Treasure, ca. 1663, oil on canvas, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Norwich, UK, courtesy of Norfolk Museums Service

The Paston Treasure, the enormous centerpiece of the Yale Center for British Art’s new exhibition The Paston Treasure: Microcosm of the Known World, is bursting at the seams…

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Unsafe Space

Danger lurks in Artspace’s exhibition Between Beauty and Decay, and the dangerous thing is us. …

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By Oil Means

Kenneth Joseph and the St. Luke's Steel Band

They’re “just not like anything else,” Debby Teason says. “They’re really magical.” …

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