Across Roads Center for the Arts brings Strife & Joy, with live-looping artist Emma Back, to the Grange Hall Cultural Center, 317 Howard Ave., Waterbury Center, for an evening of music on Friday, Dec. 13, at 7:30 p.m. Back is a classically and jazz-trained violinist and vocalist. She use…

The blast of a gunshot: A deep bass roar she feels in her chest, followed by a treble ringing in her ears. The buck drops. The hunter remains in her crouch, watching the animal’s last breaths through her scope. When he is still she rises, trembling from the cold and the moment, and approaches.

British soldier lichens are among the first wild things I remember being able to identify as a child. I loved spotting this lichen during forays into the woods – on a giant boulder or atop a decaying stump – its tiny, bright red caps seemed whimsical and somehow happy. I still love to find B…