Guitar mesmerist Mike Dawes hits the Garde Thursday along with Tommy Emmanuel

Mike Dawes (Courtesy

British acoustic guitarist Mike Dawes, routinely named one of the finest fingerpickers in the world, appears Thursday in New London's Garde Arts Center. He's touring with Tommy Emmanuel.

Plastic pollution is focus of works to be created by 2019 CT Sea Grant Arts awardee

Elizabeth Ellenwood is seen with a collage of her images of plastic trash found on beaches. (Courtesy of Elizabeth Ellenwood)

Utilizing historic and modern techniques, photographer Elizabeth Ellenwood will use a 2019 Connecticut Sea Grant Arts Support award grant to transform plastic beach trash and microplastics into images intended to call attention to global ocean pollution. “What has been a lifelong...

Review: Joyce Carol Oates's heartbreaking but buoying coming-of-age tale

“My Life as a Rat” by Joyce Carol Oates; Ecco (402 pages, $28.99) ——— Rarely has Joyce Carol Oates created a protagonist as compelling as Violet Rue Kerrigan, the young woman who painfully comes of age in “My Life as a Rat.” And...

Playwright Anna Ziegler returns to the O’Neill with ‘Antigones’

Anna Ziegler (Submitted)

In between her stints at the O’Neill, Ziegler has been impressively prolific and successful.

'Very Nice' is a good book to pack for your vacation. But maybe it's more than that.

Set in roughly the present moment, the story focuses on Rachel, an undergraduate, who goes home to Connecticut for summer vacation.

Review: Book 'Wild and Crazy Guys' stars '80s film funnymen

Book Review: 'Wild and Crazy Guys' pulls back the curtain on comic actors who made us laugh through the '80s

A high-voiced rising star at 25

This June 4, 2019 photo released by the  San Francisco Opera shows Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen during a production of “Orlando” at the San Francisco Opera. Cohen is one of a young generation of countertenors who are popularizing a once-obscure vocal register that lies above normal tenor range and requires them to sing in falsetto or “head voice.” (Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera via AP)

Countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen ready for stardom at 25




Rick's List — Naive Edition

The other evening at a dinner party, I made on offhand comment, something about, "Gosh, I don't see anything bad happening anywhere in this fine world of ours ever again." And one of the folks eating foie gras said,...

An Allagash River Adventure, Part I: Surviving squalls, wind and bugs on an exquisite, 90-mile wilderness river

Resplendent with churning rapids, sparkling lakes, dense forests and panoramic views of distant mountains, Maine’s Allagash Wilderness Waterway embodies a paddler’s paradise — except when you step ashore.


Upcoming concerts and shows

Buddy Guy — Nov. 15 at Garde; tickets on sale at noon today; $49-$79

Randy Rainbow — Nov. 9 at Garde; tickets on sale at noon today; $35-$55


Dwight Yoakam — Nov. 10 at Foxwoods' Fox Theater; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $55, $70

Darlene Love — Nov. 29 at Foxwoods' Fox Theater; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $45-$75

Pure Prairie League — Sept. 11 at Katharine Hepburn Center; tickets on sale now; $65-$100

Leslie Jones — Sept. 7 at College Street Music Hall, New Haven; tickets on sale now; $39-$59