Category Archives: Art and Music

All the Restaurants in New York

A never-ending visual exploration of New York City’s culinary offerings People are compelled to do all kinds of things in their lives. John Donohue is an artist and writer who has decided to draw all the eateries in New York City. John Donohue of Brooklyn, New York… a former editor at The New Yorker, recently launched his Read more…

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Gianni Leito Is Headed For The Berklee College Of Music

  The state of Connecticut is full of talented musicians. Nineteen-year old Gianni Leito of Bridgeport was rejected from every music school he applied to one year ago, but now he’s headed to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. The 19-year old Fairfield Prep graduate learned a lesson from the rejection and persevered. Read more…

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Victoria Negri’s “Gold Star” Film

Victoria Negri is a 30-year old filmmaker from New Haven. She wrote, directed, produced, and acted in her first feature-length movie called “Gold Star.” Even though she was a novice, she managed to cast Oscar-nominated actor, Robert Vaughn as the star. Negri’s movie would be Vaughn’s last screen appearance, he passed shortly after it was made. The film Read more…

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Record Your Music at Danbury’s Library For Free!

Need a recording studio for free? Well guess what, the Danbury Library just put one in and as long as you have a library card you can use it. You can do up to two, three hour sessions a month. For all of you who dream of one day becoming a national recording artist and Read more…

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Two Orchestral Maestros Conducting Beautiful Music

Two orchestral maestroes started working together 15 years ago. James Sinclair, widely known in the New Haven area and beyond as the founder and musical director of Orchestra New England, saw something in Perry So. Originally from Hong Kong, So was a sophomore at Yale University when Sinclair took him under his wing and helped him Read more…

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Connecticut’s American Mural Project

Launched in 2002 by artist Ellen Griesedieck, the American Mural Project (AMP) is creating the largest indoor collaborative artwork in the world—a mural 120 feet long, 48 feet high, and up to ten feet deep. The mural is a tribute to American workers and highlights what has defined the country over the last century. Nothing Read more…

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Americana Memories ~ College Pennants

Where did you go to college? Chances are Steven Melillo has a vintage pennant for your school. He is passionate about pennants and has named his company Americana Memories because he says “a lot of people consider college to be the best time of their lives. When people see a pennant from where they were in Read more…

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Put A Little Free Library In Your Town

Do you know about the Little Free Libraries that have been established around the world? There are about 50-thousand of them and counting. Rose Buckens of Morris and Jo Ann Jaacks of Litchfield are busy putting these mini cabinet-like libraries all over their community and soon there will be more than 30 of them. They’re in front Read more…

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The New Yorker Magazine Cartoonist, Liza Donnelly

Liza Donnelly has been a staff cartoonist at The New Yorker Magazine since 1982. She tells stories thru her drawings, some political, some not. Donnelly, who married at UCONN graduate, and who herself has an honorary doctorate from UCONN, is also now the resident CBS News cartoonist where she captures images for the network. Recently, she began Read more…

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Vintage-Inspired Watches Inspired By A Purple Heart Recipient From World War II

For more than a year, Brian Dunnigan has been working in secret with his business partner on a business, and now he’s going public with it in December 2016. It’s called Hawthorne Watch Company. The UCONN grad’s late Grandfather, Bernard Brown, with whom he was very close, was a watchmaker. He’s the catalyst for the company. “Bernie” Read more…

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