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Annie Dorsen, an award-winning expert on artificial intelligence and experimental theater, will talk about the intersection of her specialties on Nov. 14. Photo submitted​

Is AI Our Friend, Enemy or Entertainment?

Annie Dorsen, recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, an Alpert Award in the Arts and a Guggenheim Fellowship,  will give a talk for the Cornwall Library on Saturday, Nov. 14, at 5 p.m. via Zoom. 

New Yorker writer and author Adam Gopnik is the Salisbury Forum speaker on Friday, Nov. 20. Photo by Brigitte Lacombe​

Adam Gopnik, Seeking Sanity, in A Forum Talk

Adam Gopnik, a veteran contributor to The New Yorker magazine, reprises his 2016 appearance at the Salisbury Forum in a Zoom webinar on Friday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m., with a timely and critical look at liberal democracy, its strategies for survival, and its risks of extinction. 

Carl Chaiet’s new work, inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s “The Bedroom,” is being sold in a limited edition with a portion of funds benefiting The Lakeville Journal. Photo submitted

Have a Seat and Help Your Local Newspaper

Carl Chaiet of Sharon, Conn., is a sculptor and a painter and, in many ways, a comic. Those three artistic disciplines come together in his new work, a whimsical recreation of an iconic chair featured in Vincent Van Gogh’s painting, “The Bedroom.”

Divide and Conquer (and Hire a Caterer) To Get More Joy from Your Holiday Meals

This is it, folks, the year when you actually have a legitimate excuse to stay home for Thanksgiving and the winter holidays and cook whatever you want. There is no pressure this year to include all the main and side dishes that your sister and your mother and your Aunt Suzanne consider an irreplaceable part of the season.

Brandee Younger’s graceful, gentle harp enhances and entices listeners into an appreciation of modern jazz music. She and her trio perform with the Hudson Jazz Festival on Nov. 14. Photo by Erin Patrice O’Brien​

The Harp as a Portal to Complex Jazz

On Nov. 4, the Hudson Jazz Festival decided to postpone its online concerts until the spring of 2021.

The harp isn’t an instrument you normally associate with improvisational jazz, free jazz, avant garde jazz, bebop or … well, you get the idea. 

Jim Laurino of Litchfield took his mask off only for a moment as he accepted  an “Award of Excellence” from Kent Art Association President Connie Horton (also only briefly unmasked) for his oil painting “Nonnewaug Barns.” Photo submitted​

The Show Goes on for KAA

One of the pleasures of the annual art calendar is the juried show of the Kent Art Association in Kent, Conn. Happily, the association was able to host its show this autumn, as always, with prizes awarded in October.

There are 36 artists in the show, from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, New York and New Jersey. 


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