You Thought I Was Real

By Robert Rae

by Mother Brother The first in a series of four EPs from the one-of-a-kind Bridgeport noise rock band. Enjoy. by Mother BrotherAdditional words and photos of “The B” by Amanda Bloom     {vsig}youthoughtiwasreal{/vsig} PEOPLE HAVE A HARD TIME DESCRIBING MOTHER BROTHER.   “I can’t… Read more »

Previews & Reviews

Why You Should Visit Austin Anytime but During SXSW

Joseph Benedict

  If you haven’t been to Austin, you probably have the wrong impression of Texas’ capital city.  If you imagine it as a hipster mecca and foodie paradise, you have the definition right, but the picture in your head needs some adjustment.  And, if you’re… Read more »

Watermelon Slim’s 12th Blues Record Debuts Today

Mike Farley

  Legendary Mississippli singer-songwriter Watermelon Slim’s 12th album Bull Goose Rooster, set for release on NorthernBlues Music on June 25, is an expansive masterpiece that stretches his deep blues-based roots in a multitude of directions. The disc’s 16 songs, most buoyed by the powerful sound of… Read more »

Vegan Bacon Pancakes: An Interview with Jenny Owen Youngs

Amanda Bloom

  An incredible girl rock extravaganza will be taking place at The Space in Hamden this Sunday, November 11.  Mirah, Jenny Owen Youngs, and Jaymay are on the bill, all big-names in the world of female singer-songwriters.  Mirah, a West Coast-hailing folk musician well-known for… Read more »


WestConn MFA Thesis Exhibition Opens April 4

Sherri Hill

  The Western Connecticut State University Department of Art will host the annual Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition from April 4 through 15 in The Gallery at Higgins Hall on the WCSU Midtown campus, located at 181 White Street in Danbury. The exhibition will… Read more »

WestConn Creates Music Scholarship in Memory of Sandy Hook Victim


  Western Connecticut State University has created a music scholarship to honor the memory of 6-year-old Ana Grace Márquez-Greene, one of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.   The Ana Grace Márquez-Greene Music Scholarship Fund was established to pay tribute to Márquez-Greene’s… Read more »

Uncensored Success

Amanda Bloom

by Amanda Bloom THERE SURE WAS A LOT OF PUSSY at the “Uncensored: Women in the Arts” show this weekend. Artist Jennifer Byrne featured an intimate photo series of her cats, Charlie and Toulouse, along with a bright yellow and orange painted portrait of one… Read more »

Two-Dimensional Art Sought for Bridgewater Fair

Mercurial Staff

  Are you an artist who wants to exhibit your work but can’t seem to find the right place? Look no further!   The 2013 Bridgewater Fair art show is the place for you. You will have an opportunity to exhibit your work in a… Read more »

Digital Gallery

Photo Students Steal the WestConn Senior Thesis Show

Amanda Bloom

  Ghostly, heavenly self-portraits, abandoned buildings captured at night, stop motion projection, an installation of transparencies: True talent and innovation is showcased in the photography room at the Department of Art’s Bachelor of Arts Senior Thesis Exhibition at Western Connecticut State University (WestConn), on display through… Read more »

Photo Gallery: The Danbury Mini Maker Faire

Lenny Hankins

  This past Saturday, June 8, Danbury, Connecticut was home to its first ever Mini Maker Faire, a “science fair meets country fair meets music festival” right on the downtown CityCenter Green.   Local hackerspaces (creative work space for makers of all kinds) set up… Read more »

Digital Gallery: Lena Reznikoff

Lena Reznikoff

  “Photography is my passion.   I always have a camera near me, there’s always an internal urge to shoot. My photography is inspired by the nature surrounding me . I love the beauty of organic objects and my goal is to display them using different… Read more »

Digital Gallery: Henry Caserotti

Henry Caserotti

  In my recent work I’ve come to recognize the importance of narrative. Although I’m not interested in making illustrations, I am interested in telling stories through images. After all, stories are how mankind has attempted to explain and come to terms with the most… Read more »

Lit'rature & Poetry

Word(s) of the Monday: “surveillance state”

Joshua L. Durkin

  surveillance: close observation, especially of a suspected spy or criminal state: 1 the particular condition that someone or something is in at a specific time; [in singular] (a state) an agitated or anxious condition. 2 a nation or territory considered as an organized political… Read more »

Word(s) of the Monday (on Tuesday): “White Noise”

Joshua L. Durkin

  White 1 resembling a surface reflecting sunlight without absorbing any of the visible rays; of the color of milk or fresh snow. 2 approaching such a color; pale esp. in the face. 3 less dark than other things of the same kind. Noise 1… Read more »

Word of the Wednesday, May 1, 2013: “Real”

Amanda Bloom

    real adjective actually existing as a thing or occurring in fact; not imagined or supposed : Julius Caesar was a real person | a story drawing on real events | her many illnesses, real and imaginary. • used to emphasize the significance or… Read more »

Word of the Monday: “Ullage”

Amanda Bloom

  ullage |ˈəlij| noun the amount by which a container falls short of being full.     -loss of liquid by evaporation or leakage. ORIGIN late Middle English : from Anglo-Norman French ulliage, from Old French euillier ‘fill up,’ based on Latin oculus ‘eye’ (with… Read more »

Word of the Monday, April 8. 2013: “Sequester”

Joshua L. Durkin

  sequester  verb [ trans. ] 1 isolate or hide away (someone or something) : Tiberius was sequestered on an island | the artist sequestered himself in his studio for two years. •2 take legal possession of (assets) until a debt has been paid or… Read more »

Word of the Monday, April 15, 2013: “small beer”

Amanda Bloom

  small beer noun 1 chiefly Brit. a thing that is considered unimportant : even with $10,000 to invest, you are still small beer for most stockbrokers. 2 archaic weak beer.   Small beer – another way to say no big deal, small potatoes, mole… Read more »