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Art Life Culture Gallery opens on Torrington’s Main Street ‘be part of this community’ | News

TORRINGTON — The sounds of guitar and singing filled the air when Art Life Culture Gallery opened, introducing busking to the downtown community by performer Adelaide Punkin.

“We want to be part of this community and what’s happening down here,” said the singer’s dad and gallery owner Alex Datzek. “Busking is part of what we do. We also promote art for everyone, all kinds of art and creative work.”

The gallery, tucked into a Main Street space next door to Sasso Wood Fired Pizza, is also a retail store, art studio and music promotion venue. The music side of the business is overseen by daughter Adelaide, a 13-year-old Har-Bur Middle School student and a budding singer-songwriter and musician. Her stage name is Adelaide Punkin, and she has already gained a following on Facebook and performs live concerts. Most recently, she was invited to perform at the upcoming iHeartRadio music festival

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LeVar Burton pushes back against Meghan McCain on cancel culture on ‘The View’

“I think we have a consequence culture,” Burton said, and “consequences are finally encompassing everybody.”

In the thoughtful yet firm way that only he can, LeVar Burton pushed back against conservative commentator Meghan McCain, who asked him about “cancel culture” in American society.

“What do you think of that decision and about the cancel culture surrounding works of art or artists that are controversial?” McCain asked when Burton appeared on The View Monday via video link.

In his own unique manner, LeVar Burton (above) pushed back against conservative “The View” hostess Meghan McCain, asking him about what’s being called “cancel culture.” (Photo by Kimberly White/Getty Images for Breakthrough Prize)

In his own unique manner, LeVar Burton (above) pushed back against conservative “The View” hostess Meghan McCain, asking him about what’s being called “cancel culture.” (Photo by Kimberly White/Getty Images for Breakthrough Prize)

Burton, who appeared in a recent video from the Dr. Seuss Foundation, first spoke about all the good things about the author.

“Dr. Seuss is more than a company that decided to put a couple of books on the

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LeVar Burton defends cancel culture as ‘consequence culture’: ‘I think it’s misnamed’

Reading Rainbow” host and actor LeVar Burton said Monday that he has no qualms with the cancel culture mentality but believes the movement would be better represented by the term “consequence culture” so it can continue holding people accountable for past errors.

In an interview with “The View” co-host Meghan McCain, Burton was asked about the Dr. Seuss controversy and the decision to discontinue several popular children’s books over claims of racist imagery.

“What do you think of that decision and about the cancel culture surrounding works of art or artists that are controversial?” McCain asked.

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“That man, Theodor Geisel, is responsible for generations of wholesome, healthy, wonderful, creative content for children of all ages. So, I think we need to put things in perspective,” Burton said.

But, he continued, “In terms of cancel culture, I think it’s

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World War I art and culture exhibit opens in Irving

A new art exhibit in Irving explores a transformational period in U.S. history, World War I, and how the struggles of those days shape the country even today.

The exhibit, “WW1 America,” examines the years between 1914 and 1919, the war and the battles that raged in the U.S., including a racial firestorm, the women’s suffrage movement and sharp disagreements about immigration.

“Although it was fought thousands of miles away, the war transformed the United States from a relatively provincial power on the world stage to a full-fledged global, military-industrial leader,” a description of the exhibit reads. “The American stage during and just after World War I witnessed sharp challenges to virtually every familiar boundary — those of citizenship, gender, race, class, nationality, generation, culture, not to mention traditional assumptions about foreign entanglements.”

Part of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ On the Road program, the exhibit includes large-scale

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