Culture

Conn. man among detained activists
9:42 am
Sun October 27, 2013

Friends, family show support for activist held in Russia

Signs showing support at Saturday's vigil for Greenpeace activists being held in Russia
Credit Tarice L.S. Gray

Nearly 70 people gathered in Norwalk, Connecticut on Saturday night to hold a candle-light vigil in support of a local man who is being held by the Russian government.

Environmental activist Peter Willcox is the captain of a Greenpeace ship. He and his crew were apprehended when they tried to put a banner on a Russian oil platform to protest drilling in the Arctic.

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pianist Haskell Small
10:41 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Haskell Small Makes a Journey in Silence

pianist Haskell Small

Over the next couple of years, pianist and composer Haskell Small will be exploring music that is quiet, spacious and mystical.  His current concert program explores the thoughtful "Musica Callada", or "Silent Music" of Spanish Composer Federico Mompou.  Small will be at the Benedictine Grange in West Redding on Saturday, Oct 26th at 7:30pm.  Kate Remington spoke with Small about Mompou's rarely-heard music.

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Male Breast Cancer Awareness
9:05 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Documentary highlights struggle for men with breast cancer

Bob DeVito and Bill Becker
Times Like These film project

This month is unofficially known as Pinktober as organizations raise awareness and money for women with breast cancer. But the pink image doesn't show the full picture.

Breast Cancer is not a gender specific disease.  The American Cancer Society estimates that over 2,200 men across the country will be diagnosed this year. And because typically men are diagnosed at a later stage, men succumb to the disease at a higher rate than women.

In an effort to save lives, two men with breast cancer in Connecticut are advocating for more  awareness and research. 

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Book Review
8:15 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Revolution & the Making of a Choreographer

Balanchine & the Lost Muse: Revolution & the Making of a Choreographer by Elizabeth Kendall

Many books have been written about choreographer George Balanchine. Arts critic Joan Baum has this review of a new book that focuses in on a unique aspect of the artist's life.

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A "treasure box" at Yale
6:38 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Once controversial, now beloved: Yale's Beinecke Library celebrates 50 years

Six stories of rare books and manuscripts behind glass at Beinecke Library
Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

This week marks the 50th anniversary of Yale University’s Beinecke library. It’s a world-renowned repository of rare books and manuscripts. WSHU’s Mark Herz toured the now-beloved library with its director, E. C. Shroeder. Schroeder said the modernist cube made up of large marble squares—and surrounded by gothic and neo-classical buildings—was once controversial.

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