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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Whatever you do, don't watch this video

I am sure this video has made the rounds of vegetarian and vegan folks. It's really too awful to watch. (Consider yourself warned - and this is NOT for children)

But in deciding how we decide food policy in this country - no matter what we eat - should everyone watch it? It's food for thought.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Neighborhood Music School Presents Free Faculty Concerts

This is a press release - posted here because it looks like fun and what's not to like about free music in downtown New Haven? All information is pretty much posted here just as they sent it (why not let folks share their message in their own voice?)
So pull up a chair and enjoy.
Neighborhood Music School invites you to its free faculty concert series, which includes Friday lunchtime concerts and several Sunday concerts. All concerts take place at the NMS Recital Hall, 100 Audubon St.,  in New Haven.

In celebration of Neighborhood Music School's Centennial, many of the concerts focus on music from the past century. For the most current concert information, please visit the NMS website at


Sunday, February 19, 12:10 p.m.
Bach's Brunch
"100 Years of Popular and Classical Song (1911-2011)"
Tiffany Jackson, voice; David DeLucia, piano
Bach's Lunch
Friday, March 2, 12:10 p.m.
 "Something Old, New, Borrowed & Blue: Music for Piano, Four Hands"
 Erica Mueller and Laura Richling, pianists
Bach's Lunch
Friday, March 9, 12:10 p.m.
"Shakespeare and Contemporaries"
Marshall Barron, violin; Phoebe M. Barron, violin & viola da gamba; Grace Feldman, violin & viola da gamba; Margaret Ann Martin, keyboards; Julia Blue Raspe, voice & recorder; Lawrence Zukof, recorder.
Faculty Friday
Friday, March 9, 7:30 p.m.
"Works for Violin and Piano"
Netta Hadari, violin; Erika Schroth, piano
Faculty Sunday
Sunday, March 11, 4:30 p.m.
"Dreaming Away" – CD pre-release concert. Beth Patella, voice, guitar, piano; band members: Gary Maus, electric & acoustic guitar;
Pete Magnoti, drums; Peter Boccarrelli, bass; Pete DiGennaro, piano

Bach's Lunch
Friday, March 16, 12:10 p.m.
"The Clock Witness"
Pete DiGennaro, piano, sound design, poetry.
A multimedia concert addressing the spatial relationship of time
and the temporal relationship of space and grace.
Bach's Lunch
Friday, March 23, 12:10 p.m.
"Bach and the Cello"
Suite No. 4 and Suite No. 6
Alvin Wong, cello
Bach's Lunch
Friday, April 13, 12:10 p.m.
"Sonatas for Violin and Piano"
Xilin Jordan, violin; guest Mei Tsen, piano

Faculty Friday
Friday, April 13, 7:30 p.m.
"Ragtime Treasures by Joseph Lamb and Scott Joplin"
Art Hovey, tuba, arranger and leader; Viara Albonetti, violin; Reesa Gringorten, clarinet; Yun-Yang Lin, cello;
Chris Radawiec, flute; Margaret Ann Martin, piano; Lawrence Zukof, recorder

Faculty Sunday
Sunday, April 15, 7 p.m.
"The Modern Recorder," a program celebrating the NMS Centennial
Phoebe Barron, Sarah Jane Chelminski, Grace Feldman, Julia Blue Raspe, Naomi Senzer, Susan Thompson,
Lawrence Zukof, NMS recorder students

Visit for concert details and to learn about future concerts.
To arrange for a large group to attend, call 203-624-5189.

Neighborhood Music School, established in 1911, is one of the 10 largest community arts schools in the country. The school offers private music lessons on more than 30 instruments; group music classes; classical, rock and jazz ensembles; and a Suzuki program. The school's dance program offers classes for adults and children in ballet, modern, tap, jazz, hip-hop and yoga. NMS also offers a state-licensed, arts-based preschool for two, three and four year olds. For more information please call Neighborhood Music School at 203-624-5189 or visit

Friday, February 3, 2012

Snowy owls! Thanks Weather Channel!