| Jan 12, 2012
| 6:35 AM
• Thursday: Stephen Haynes and Joe Morris present Improvisations IV, 7 p.m., $12-$15, Real Art Ways, Hartford; Zach Birdcall Yost, The Benedicks, Mandrake Mechanism and Details, Sully's, Hartford.
• Friday: An Indie Good Time ft. Departures,...
| Jan 9, 2012
| 11:20 AM
Opens Friday, Jan. 13, Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor St., Hartford, realartways.org
The Finnish filmmaker/screenwriter Aki Kaurismaki can be sort of brutal in the way he puts you through a movie.
They're beautiful things, his films. Slow and...
| Jan 19, 2012
Connecticut artist Mark Williams takes toy soldiers, the kind you'd give to your kid, and poses them in playful ways, smothering some with Play-Doh and turning others into carrot-toting bunnies (as in "Untitled (Yellow Bunny)," pictured). It's all about...
| Mar 13, 2012
| 8:10 AM
Elastic Aspects, the new release by the Matthew Shipp Trio, rumbles to life with a bowed bass and some nebulous percussion; you don't hear Shipp's distinctive piano clusters and slinky lines until two minutes or so into the album. This is ideal music...
| Mar 20, 2012
| 12:35 PM
The good news: Connecticut's "hate group" index appears to be holding fairly steady. The bad news: the number of far-right wing, anti-federal-government-conspiracy "Patriot groups" in Connecticut more than doubled last year.
That's the word from the...
| Mar 20, 2012
| 1:05 PM
Douglas Tirola's All In: The Poker Movie, makes the case that nothing is more American than poker. The game involves risk, skill, chance, luck, a competitive edge, a desire to win, the ability to bluff, and, yes, money. Also, as numerous clips attest,...
| Mar 27, 2012
| 7:55 AM
Storytelling and shenanigans take center stage at Real Art Ways on Saturday, with writers Aimee Bender, Yoni Brenner, Ellen Ferguson, William Giraldi, Ben Greenman, Dan Kennedy, Daniel Nester and others reading their humorous contributions to Kugelmass, a...
| Oct 22, 2012
| 4:00 AM
Nov. 16, Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor St., Hartford, (860) 232-1006, realartways.org
Ross McElwee's documentaries aren't always easy to watch. There are painful silences, awkward blank stares into the camera, and moments where people...
| Oct 15, 2012
| 8:40 AM
A 17-members rock "arkestra," led by writer/guitarist/producer Greg Tate. Special guests, including Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid. The awesomeness of Real Art Ways. And the music of ... Steely Dan? Mind-blowing, really. We're so used to hearing...
| Oct 22, 2012
| 11:30 AM
Picture this: A site-specific theatrical work by the Hartford-based Bated Breath Theatre Company will be presented Thursday Nov. 1 at 6:30 and 7:30 p,.m. and Friday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Wadsworth Atheneum of Hartford in connection with the museum&...
| Nov 9, 2012
From his sixth-floor studio in the Colt Building, Richard Hawley may have the best city view in Hartford, with the blue-and-gold onion dome in the foreground. Hawley still lives in New York. However, the Farmington native — a descendant of 19th...