Category: Good Times

A song of hope for Newtown

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR When a reporter interviews an artist—musical, visual, theatrical, literature—invariably the question will arise… What inspired you? When the artist replies, just as invariably, he/she has to reach back in time several months, even years, to…

The creative people look back and look ahead

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR As most artists, musicians, actors, and other creative individuals hunker down for time with the family as the winter holidays commence, the Observer thought it would be appropriate to ask those individuals who graced the…

Hey, hey, they’re Munnys

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Munny, Munny, who’s got the Munny? Paris in Plantsville has the Munny. Several Munnys, in fact. This past weekend, the local gallery opened Munny Madness II, where a slew of Munnys made their public debut.…

Time to be transported by Kate Callahan

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Listen to Kate Callahan’s latest album, “Two Doors,” you’re transported in two ways. Musically, Kate’s soft voice and peaceful guitar strumming lulls you into a tranquil place. Listen to her words, you’re then taken away…

Musical tackles angst of growing up

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR “Spring Awakening” is not your typical happy, happy, joy, joy musicals about teens. The show—with music from Duncan Sheik and lyrics/ book from Steven Sater— includes tales of sexual abuse, stifled sexuality, unwanted pregnancies, suicide,…