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Between East Rock and West Rock, New Haven rocks

By Hank Hoffman It may be cold and snow-covered outside the first weekend of February, but things are heating up in the basement of Bespoke restaurant on College Street in New Haven. Just shy of midnight, the smallish room is packed front to back with local underground rock habitués, here for the record-release party of […]

In Memoriam: Angels never die

By Ronald Ebrecht The community has suffered a terrible loss, and many mourn this Ruthless event. Ruth Lapides entered the cultural scene in Waterbury c. 1937. The young Miss Rosenberg, a boarding student at the Episcopal School, Saint Margaret’s, was considered to play the part of Mary for the Nativity. But someone decided that a […]

Skiffledog is an Animal: Guitarist Hilton Valentine rocks his roots on new CD

By Hank Hoffman Hilton Valentine, former guitarist for British Invasion hitmakers The Animals, has been to the pop summit. His fretwork keyed such mid-1960s Top 40 classics as “House of the Rising Sun,” “It’s My Life,” and “We Gotta Get Out of This Place.” Across Vietnam War-era suburbia, teen combos in garages grappled with trying […]

Creating the creative economy

By Molly McKenna When Helena Fruscio graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2007 with a bachelor of fine arts degree – with a concentration in ceramics – she started a business that had nothing to do with glazed breakfast bowls. Berkshire Creative is an immensely successful organization, run primarily from Fruscio’s sunny Pittsfield, […]

The capture of immigrant experience: IRIS, Collective Consciousness Theatre explores Stories of a New America

By Hank Hoffman   For those of us who are comfortable and living in the United States, we might lose our awareness of the struggles of the refugees who come to our country. They come from faraway lands, and heartbreak, loneliness, fear, success, and joy are all part of their experiential package. And yet, through […]

Blue plate special: Why food service and the arts is combo that can’t be 86’d

By Alexis Zanghi When Detritus opened this past August, I heard a lot of questions. Some of the most common ones included: “What is this place?” and “Where are all the books?” But a more interesting question was: “How did you get into this?” Usually, I just explained that I was a writer, and that […]