Temporary Autonomous Zone

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Temporary Autonomous Zone (T>A>Z) was a non-profit multi-disciplined arts space run by Rich Martin and Brooks Townsend around the turn of the century at 18 Bank Street in Downtown New London. The space housed an art gallery, coffee shop, rehearsal space, puppet workshop and a small white shag rug stage. Many national bands of note played the stage early in their careers including Bright Eyes, Elf Power, Danielson, Dalek, Mary Lou Lord, Bevis Frond, One AM Radio, Wheat, Retsin, Ted Leo, The Lapse and more (including the Velvet Underground's Moe Tucker). Local bands of note during the time included Grand Passion, $3 Depth Charge, Groove Blender, Gulab Jamun, Eli Treatment among others. Secret Theatre also got its start at the space with productions of Edward Albee's 'The Zoo Story' and Eric Bogosian's 'Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll'.