Graceful as it is in parts, "Castor et Pollux" can grate on you as well.

At Co-op Theater, ‘Castor et Pollux’ showcases Yale larks

February 22, 2013
Opera: that classically entwined genre that shrieks at you from a high, high pedestal. One hundred-and-twenty DS’ers bursting into song. Harold Bloom on acid. Opera lumbers towards you from five centuries’ distance, chasing after extinct categories of love and tragedy. If you’ve ever heard diplomats talk about borders, that’s how opera talks about love: Endless quibbles, a neurotic push-and-shove. How gracefully, then, “Castor et Pollux” annoys you.
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REBECCA DANA ’04: Carrie Bradshaw was not the only prophet of New York City’

February 15, 2013
Somewhere in the family tree of Carrie Bradshaw and Lena Dunham sits Rebecca Dana ’04, the author of the recently released “Jujitsu Rabbi and the Godless Blonde,” former senior correspondent for The Daily Beast and former editor in chief of the Yale Daily News.
Only die-hard theater junkies take the trek down to Long Wharf.

At Long Wharf, a funny but disjointed show

February 8, 2013
Satires were meant to be written with knives. Is it surprising, then — or troublingly unsurprising — that the device of a knife (long, stainless steel, serrated edge) acts as the central support of “January Joiner,” the self-styled “weight loss horror comedy” now playing at the Long Wharf Theatre?
The Yale Women’s Organization scholarships might come in handy for some Yale female employees looking to balance work and studies.

Funding an education, finding an audience

January 25, 2013
The application process for the Yale Women's Organization scholarship is not especially arduous. But first, Yale employees need to be aware of its existence
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Paul Goldberger ’72: Scully student, Scully-Award-winning architecture critic

November 30, 2012
Last week, Paul Goldberger ’72 won the National Building Museum’s 14th annual Vincent Scully Prize — as good as it gets in his field — for his life-long work as an architecture critic, first at The New York Times (where he won a Pulitzer in 1984) and, until last year, at The New Yorker, where he wrote the magazine’s “Sky Line” column. These days, he serves as a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and lectures at The New School in New York, where he holds the Joseph Urban Chair in Design and Architecture. Goldberger’s most recent book, “Why Architecture Matters,” was released by Yale University Press in 2009. Goldberger caught up with WEEKEND and riffed on his former pro- fessor, campus buildings and the contemporary constituency for architecture.

‘Body Politic’ engages mind too

November 9, 2012
It’s a good thing I had my ID at the theater last night because an usher asked me for it at the door. It took me a good long while to figure out that this little bureaucratic trip-up was an extension of the performance — not exactly street art, but foyer art, if you will »
Innovative lighting and elaborate set design give the cast of "Spring Awakening" an exciting stage to work on, but the show's script cramps their style.

“Spring Awakening” shines — intermittently

October 19, 2012
There’s a number in “Spring Awakening” called “Totally Fucked,” and though this production isn’t totally fucked — no, not totally — it bears some resemblance to the song’s lyrics, which go, “Blah blah blah blah.” Don’t get me wrong; this is a thrilling musical. It’s also just one damn thing after another. Instead of “The »
The first rule of the Computer Science Zoo: You do not talk about the Computer Science Zoo.

Where the wild things are

October 12, 2012
Here are the animals I saw last night at the Zoo: penguin piñatas, a caterpillar doll, some stuffed quadrupeds I couldn’t quite identify and — yes, even though they wouldn’t they like me to say it — some beastly computer science students, communing with the animal spirits of the 38 multiprocessors with names like “ladybug” »
“Lost in Yonkers” — Neil Simon's 1991 Pulitzer Prize winning play — takes a circumcision-scalpel to the pathologies of a Jewish-American family.

Lost in Yonkers, Found in New Haven

October 5, 2012
A few years back, when I hit puberty, my dad put a copy of “Portnoy’s Complaint” in my hands. That’s the Philip Roth book, you’ll remember, that “put the id back in yid.” Neil Simon took that project seriously, and “Lost in Yonkers” — his 1991 Pulitzer Prize winning play — takes a circumcision-scalpel to »

Tomatillo: Chipotle’s lime-y cousin

September 28, 2012
Tomatillo Taco Joint is the culinary equivalent of elevator music. I’m not just saying my meal wasn’t memorable — it wasn’t, but who’s expecting that? — but that it had no personality. To the postmodernist in me, it was a hyper-realistic, Play-Doh diorama kind of meal. At Tomatillo, one gets the sense that the cultural »

1 Church St.

September 21, 2012
We couldn’t find an Ecuadorian flag outside the consulate. Which was funny, seeing as this was the Ecuadorian consulate. You wouldn’t know it by looking at the concrete and glass high-rises — drab cousins to the United Nations Headquarters in New York — on the corner of Church and George streets, right across from the »