Akkadian prof. likes his few, exceptional students

October 14, 2011 • 1
Back in the day, the PamAm Guide to America described the Yale Babylonian Collection as the only thing worth seeing in New Haven (no, not Sally’s). WEEKEND catches up with Benjamin Foster GRD ’75, the Laffan Professor of Assyriology and Babylonian Literature and Curator of the Yale Babylonian Collection to talk about extinct languages, the »

Of hitchhiking and gypsies: a trip to the Faire

September 30, 2011 • 0
Every year the The Connecticut Renaissance Faire (a.k.a. King Arthur’s Fall Harvest Faire) is held on the “Lions Fairground” in this place called “Hebron,” Conn., which is 20 miles outside of Hartford and doesn’t even have a public transportation system. You might be wondering how this is relevant. Why would anyone ever dare leave our »

Q&A: Eager Beaver shows off his Strad

September 23, 2011 • 0
WEEKEND catches up with Tokyo String Quartet’s first violinist Martin Beaver and discusses the joys of playing a Stradivarius, Japanese (the language) and Sesame Street a year before his diamond anniversary (which means 10 years?) with the group. Q. O.K., so what’s the group’s philosophy? A. We try to get to the essence of the »

Big Gigantic: Loud, Boring

April 28, 2011 • 2
When I bought my first CD player (you know, back in the day), I was seduced by one seemingly trivial function: I could listen to Aqua’s “Barbie Girl” again, and again, and again — with minimum effort on my part. It beautifully complemented my perpetual laziness and made me feel like the pudgy Augustus Gloop; »

WEEKEND | Examining the ordinary through performance art

April 18, 2011 • 1
Inside 36 Edgewood, Charlie Kelly ’14 steps into a bathtub full of milk à la Claudette Colbert in “The Sign of the Cross.” The lights are dimmed and a semicircle of onlookers gathers around the spectacle. Food coloring drips from a bunch of hollow eggs that hang above the tub as Kelly watches television, washes »

Powerful performances keep the ‘Circle’ rolling

April 15, 2011 • 0
“Caucasian Chalk Circle” by the German playwright Bertolt Brecht has a wonderfully alliterative name that rolls off the tongue (at least, in its translated English form). The production of the play up at the Whitney Theater this weekend, however, flows even more smoothly with remarkable elegance and style. “CCC” narrates the misfortunate life of Grusha »

Perks (and a few pitfalls) of love off-book

April 7, 2011 • 0
Everything in this review is subject to change. Or at least some of it is, because while “Romeo and Juliet,” the latest production by the Original Shakespeare Company, is not radical in it’s acting, costumes or direction, it distinguishes itself from your run-of-the-mill Bard experience with its unorthodox (read: Elizabethan) manner of rehearsing. In a »

Dee Asian Kitchen, another stereotypically greasy joint

March 25, 2011 • 0
Hors d’oeuvres are the indecisive diner’s menu entry of choice. They are cheap, so you don’t feel bad for not finishing them; they are versatile, allowing for elaborate combinations that enhance your culinary experience; and they are small — their bite-size nature is not only convenient, but also safe, as they lower the number of »

WEEKEND | Surviving America: I say “tomato,” you hear “potato”

March 11, 2011 • 0
I want to be nice — I really do. I might swear sometimes (nobody is perfect), but I try my best not to deliberately insult people. And I was pretty good at it, until I got to New Haven. The culture is different here; I get that. People drink eggnog instead of eating Christmas cake, »

Hold the Fauna: Patrick Sweeney

March 3, 2011 • 0
Botany expert and nature aficionado Patrick Sweeney is the Collections Manager of the Yale Herbarium, a collection of preserved plant specimens at the Peabody Museum. The herbarium is home to approximately 350,000 specimens from all over the world, ranging from mosses and fungi to vascular plants. Sweeney took WEEKEND on a tour of the herbarium »

WEEKEND | Red Hot Fashion Show Live Blog

February 12, 2011 • 0
WEEKEND live blogs tonight’s Red Hot Fashion Show sponsored by YCouture, AIDS Walk New Haven, and Sex Weekend at Yale. Red Hot Fashion Show Live Blog

WEEKEND | Yalies get lingerie

February 12, 2011 • 2
With Valentine’s day fast approaching, female Yalies (failies? fem-Yalies?) were able to stock up on the more intimate parts of their wardrobe at Seychelles, courtesy of the Yale Event Management Association on Wednesday night. The “girls-only” event, featured desserts and special discounts in an attempt to promote the shop’s new line of lingerie. Attendants could »