Author: mchaiken

Music listings, starting Oct. 26

SUNDAY, OCT. 28 BRISTOL ACOUSTIC AFTER DARK BENEFIT CONCERT FOR PHILIPPINES MISSION FUND. 5 to 7 p.m. With Ray & Victoria & Friends, featuring bassist Jack Tucker. T-Salon Café House, 255 Main St., Bristol. $20 donation. Cash bar, Complimentary hors…

Meeting listings, starting Oct. 26

THURSDAY, NOV. 1 OTHER THE WOMAN’S CLUB OF NEW BRITAIN. 2 p.m. Program will feature comedian Jane Condon, who has appeared on ABC’s “The View,” Lifetime’s “Girls Night Out,” Fox’s ” 24,” and NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” First Church of…

Health listings, starting Oct. 26

THURSDAY, NOV. 1 SOUTHINGTON FREE BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS. Sponsored by Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging. Calendar House, 388 Pleasant St., Southington. Hhcseniorservices.org   OTHER SEASONAL FLU CLINIC. Sponsored by the Bristol-Burlington Health District. 10 a.m. to noon. Proof of…

Dining listings, starting Oct. 26

FRIDAY, OCT. 26 BRISTOL SAUERKRAUT SUPPER. Sittings, 4:30 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 6 p.m., and 6:45 p.m. Brats, pork, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, hot dogs, bread, butter, green beans, beets, and apple pie. Students and alumni will serve you. Immanuel Lutheran School…

Support group listings, starting Oct. 26

OCT. 30, NOV. 13, 27, DEC. 4, 18 SOUTHINGTON PEN TO PAPER. 6 to 8 p.m. Bloom Yoga and Fitness, North Summit Street, Southington. Register. BSAVLPC@gmail.com, turningleavescounseling@yahoo.com   ONGOING SOUTHINGTON TWILIGHT TOPICS. For wellness professions, second Monday, 7 to 8…

Inspired by comic book characters and inspiring as a comic book’s Black Panther

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Josh Williams was inspired by comic books to become a performer. And now, he gets to inspire others to perform by becoming a superhero as part of Marvel Universe Live, which comes to Hartford from…

Obituaries: Stanislaw Kulak

Stanislaw (Stanley) Kulak, 91, of Bristol, beloved husband of Maria (Ugolik) Kulak, passed away on Monday (October 22, 2018) at Bristol Hospital.  Stanislaw was born in Poland on October 4, 1927 and was a son of the late Domienik and Bronislawa…

Obituaries: Louise Boulanger

Louise Boulanger, 93, formerly of Waterbury, passed peacefully with her family at her side Wednesday evening, Oct. 17, 2018, at Ingraham Manor, Bristol.   She was the wife of the late Emile “Pete” Boulanger. Louise was born Lucy Louise Gum…

Morissette’s message still resonates with her audience

by MIKE CHAIKEN

EDITIONS EDITOR

The ’90s were the worst of times and best of times for women.

It was the worst of times if the #MeToo movement is any indication. As we are made aware of the hardships women face in 2018, we can only imagine what went on behind closed doors and enforced silence in the final decade of the old millennium.

But for women musicians, the 1990s were the best of times. Individuality and artistry flourished. Music that seemed a bit oddball for traditional Top 40 radio in years past (and now years present) zipped into the ears and hearts of music fans.

Singer-songwriters like Sarah McLachlan, Natalie Merchant, Fiona Apple, and Jewel soared to the top of the sales rankings. Although they shared a gender, they all approached music sans the corporate cookie cutter.

Simply put, Alanis Morissette is damn fortunate she released “Jagged Little Pill” in 1995 rather than today. It’s an album whose songs are about women standing up for themselves against the patronizing attitudes of men in relationships and career. And although we talk about #MeToo in 2018, women musicians are forced to abdicate songwriting to teams and record company market over-the-top sexuality as individuality.

I remember when “Jagged Little Pill” came out and there were tons of comments—particularly from men—asking why Morissette was so angry. But the question was akin to men telling women they would be “prettier if you would only smile” and patting them on the head like a child if they tried to protest.

In hindsight, Morissette wasn’t angry; she was frustrated at being dismissed because of her gender.

But in the #MeToo zeitgeist of the moment, if the Oct. 20 show at the Mohegan Sun Arena is any indication, Morissette and her point of view still resonate with listeners especially women from their 20s to her peers in their late 40s.

The house was jam-packed with fans catching this one-off concert in New England.

Although #MeToo was in the air, Morissette never addressed the state of the world and tried to hijack the concert into a rally. She let the music and words—and her own person— do the talking.

And Morissette and her band were clearly on top of their game. There was no indication that Morissette’s inevitable fade from the spotlight in the 2000s had dulled her skills as a performer.

Morissette’s voice was as strong as ever—maybe even stronger. The energy level also was crackling.

Her set list, which included the inevitable “Ironic” (in which the audience hijacked the song as they recited the words by heart), “You Oughta Know,” “Hand in My Pocket,” “Mary Jane,” and the encore “Thank U,” also demonstrated the many textures in Morissette’s music possessed over the years. Although “You Oughta Know” initially roared through the speakers with the typical force of grunge, Morissette’s songwriting was all about exploration. Electronics, Eastern instrumentation, and folk all found their way into her music. The diversity, however, is all held together by the strand of Morissette’s own particular point of view.

Interestingly, Morissette never took on the role of “rock star” in the Mohegan Sun. There was no posturing at the microphone. Oftentimes, although she was the reason for the crowd, Morissette was more at home at being a part of an ensemble with her band. This was one of those shows that was less “performance” and less “show” and more about music.

Morissette also was clearly having fun. Her smile as she reached into her songwriting bag of tricks, which always was greeted with applause, indicated she was energized by the amount of love in the room for her.

For a moment, Morissette was the biggest star of the world. But the show at the Mohegan Sun demonstrated Morissette is fine with letting others fill the pages of paparazzi photographs. She is more at home as a songwriter who has the opportunity to share her artistry and thoughts with the world.

I give Alanis Morissette at the Mohegan Sun Arena on Oct. 20 four out of four stars.

Comments? Email mchaiken@BristolObserver.com.

PHOTOS by MIKE CHAIKEN

Fire report for Oct. 19

The Bristol Fire Department reported the following incidents: Oct. 5 33 Welch Dr., detector activation, no fire—unintentional. 24 Fireside Lane, power line down. 1200 Farmington Ave., motor vehicle/ pedestrian accident. Oct. 6 44 Josephine Terrace, CO detector activation due to…

Club presents its Humanitarian Awards

By TAYLOR MURCHISON- GALLAGHER STAFF WRITER The Boys and Girls Club of Bristol Family Center celebrated its 34th annual Humanitarian Awards and Dinner, presenting five awards to seven individuals and one company, including the first ever presentation of the Lifetime…

Police blotter for Oct. 19

The Bristol police reported the following incidents: Shawna Leigh Capolupo-Brooks, 25, of 102 Leigh Ave., Thomaston, was arrested on Friday, Oct. 5, and charged with sale of narcotic substances, conspiracy to commit the sale of narcotic substances, and sale of…

Gridiron preview for Oct. 19

It’s time for another weekend of scholastic football and without a shadow of a doubt, the Bristol Central football squad has the momentum going into its clash again Newington. Off a 29-22 upset of Maloney, will it be back-to-back triumphs…

Obituaries: Joan Plawecki

Joan Plawecki (Robertson) 79, passed away on October 12, 2018 with family and friends by her side.  The daughter of the late John and Dorothy Robertson (Ronaghan).   She graduated from Bristol High in 1958, raised her family and went on…