Culture

Why the "dropped stitch" reveals, intrigues
10:13 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Dani Shapiro on the "perils and pleasures" of creating

Novelist and memoirist Dani Shapiro. She says what keeps us alive, and able to create, is what choreographer Martha Graham called "a queer divine dissatisfaction."
Credit Kate Uhry

All of us may love when a feeling of inspiration infuses our work. Best-selling novelist and memoirist Dani Shapiro looks back on 20 years of facing the blank page—and teaching others about her craft—and says she's learned that for us all it's really about showing up, and following a trail of "breadcrumbs through a forest," as it were.

WSHU's Mark Herz talks to Shapiro about her latest book, Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life.

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Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival
10:14 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Howard Shore travels from Hobbiton to Bridgehampton

Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival

The Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival has a mission to present works by living composers, including pieces that have been specially commissioned to perform during their summer season.  On Sunday, Aug 10, the BCMF will present the premier of a work written for them by Howard Shore, composer of the scores for all of the Lord of the Rings films.  Kate Remington talked with the BCMF's founder, Marya Martin about the thrill for performers and audiences to hear brand-new music.  

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Culture
9:33 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Stratfords of the world bond over shared name, culture

Visitors from Stratford, Connecticut's sister cities gather on the lawn outside the Connecticut Shakespeare Theatre.
Credit Davis Dunavin

About 100 travelers from the U.K., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are in Connecticut for the Stratfords of the World Reunion. They all have one thing in common: they’re from towns called Stratford.

Stratford is a name made famous as the hometown of the world’s greatest playwright. And Shakespeare is never far from the minds of those at the reunion, like Hilary Rash of Stratford, Australia. 

“We all have a Shakespeare connection. We don’t even all have a River Avon. Some do, some don’t,” she said.

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Culture
5:38 pm
Sat August 2, 2014

Tens of thousands gather for vibes in Bridgeport

Credit Cooper McKim

Organizers for the Gathering of the Vibes festival in Bridgeport, Connecticut this weekend say about 20,000 people per day have been attending. Some festival goers describe the event as a throwback to the 1960's with lots of tie die and a "hippy" mentality. There has also been an effort to make the event family friendly.

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Foraging in Connecticut
5:57 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

In your back yard and on a hike, delicious plants are everywhere

Michelle Spinei and Steve Conaway, standing with Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica), which is a spring cooking vegetable. Click photo for a slideshow of other foraging plants
Craig LeMoult

If you’re in your back yard or going for a hike in the woods this weekend, you might not pay that much attention to some of the plants you see. But some of those weeds could be delicious. WSHU’s Craig LeMoult went for a hike in Greenwich with Michelle Spinei and Steve Conaway  of the Greenwich Land Trust, both of whom are devoted foragers.

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