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Finding the balance as a ‘servant of the music’

New Haven Chorale director Edward Bolkovac sees music as a vehicle for transcendence For Edward Bolkovac, music director of the New Haven Chorale and a professor at the Hartt School, performing music isn’t about ego. Musicians must each be “the servant of the music.” And if they can master that, then perhaps they can communicate […]

July August 2013: Letter from the Editor

While it might seem impossible to chronicle New Haven’s rich cultural history in one 20-page publication, we have taken the opportunity, with this summer edition of The Arts Paper, to explore at least a bit of the city’s fascinating past. First things first: You’ve likely noticed that this issue of The Arts Paper has a […]

A freewheeling way with history

New Haven’s a stage for Rachel Alderman and A Broken Umbrella Theatre By Hank Hoffman Bicycles and corsets: history’s gift to A Broken Umbrella Theatre. Or so says Rachel Alderman, the not-for-profit theater group’s president, who speaks with palpable enthusiasm about the genesis of the troupe’s new work Freewheelers. The play, a drama with comic […]

Fashion designer Neville Wisdom’s move downtown pays off

New ad-dress for success Story Hank Hoffman Photos by Harold Shapiro “I love looking good. I always did,” says designer Neville Wisdom, chuckling, when asked how he became interested in fashion. Interviewed in his eponymous Orange Street boutique and design studio, Wisdom is suave in a bulky maroon sweater over a white shirt and skinny […]

The Best Of… Best Video’s music DVDs

By Hank Hoffman For those of us at Best Video in Hamden, where I have worked since 1994, music is as much a passion as movies. The store is well known for its non-stop soundtrack of browsing music — jazz, classical, world music, roots, reggae, and underground rock. These days Best Video also promotes music […]

Jim Martin: Broken Unbowed

Artists Next Door Camaraderie and anger fuel punk singer Jim Martin By Hank Hoffman Jim Martin has a quick answer for why he was attracted to punk: “I was an angry young boy!” It was the late 1970s and the “time was right. I came from a broken home and I was acting out.” For […]

Shari Caldwell: Reaching for the Open Sky

Shari Caldwell lives, learns, and teaches dance By Hank Hoffman For Shari Caldwell, dance is more than an art form she practices and teaches. It is the way she experiences the world. “I’m so immersed in dancing that it is the way I do things,” Caldwell says. “I go to the bus stop like I’m […]

Artists Next Door: Sculpture as Storytelling

By Hank Hoffman If there is such a thing as love at first sight, might there also be love at first touch? Susan Clinard took a sculpture class in college and can still recall, according to the bio on her website, “the immediate sensory connection she made” with the clay. But it wasn’t just sculpture […]

Multiple exposure

Photographer Keith Johnson sees more than double By Hank Hoffman Images courtesy of Keith Johnson Traveling with a friend by truck from New Haven to Texas in 1982, photographer Keith Johnson stopped at a rest area to gas up. Johnson’s attention was snagged by a display of tires. He photographed the tires looking east and […]

Singing the praises

Festival director touts music programming as “serious fun” By Hank Hoffman Smart can be fun. That’s a point Mary Lou Aleskie, executive director of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, keeps returning to as she describes this year’s music schedule in an interview in her office. Intellectual challenge? Check. Cross-cultural uplift? Of course. But […]