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As the editorially independent arm of The Arts Council of Greater New Haven, the Arts Paper seeks to celebrate, explore, and investigate the fine, visual, performing and culinary arts in and around New Haven.

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A New Opera Takes On The Tulsa Race Massacre

Adam Matlock. Lucy Gellman Photo.

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How Winfred Rembert's Generous Spirit Lives On

Mitchell Rembert with the in-progress carving of his parents. Lucy Gellman Photos.

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With Music Flowing, Rehabbed Environmental Center Opens In East Rock Park

Marcella Monk Flake, executive director of the Monk Youth Jazz & STEAM Collective. Abiba Biao Photos. 

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Comic & Collectible Spectacular Grows Its Footprint

Mike DeCarlo traced his blue pencil over the page. Stroke by stroke, the pointy hair and wicked scowl of Sideshow Bob, the high-cultured villain from The Simpsons, began to manifest under his pencil tip. First the light blue pencil for sketching the general shape, then a charcoal one for the defined linework he’s so known for.

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An Artist Finds The Trash You Left Behind

Installation view, To Dissolve into the Hydrocommons, One Drop at a Time. The exhibition, from New York based artist sTo Len, runs in the Seton Gallery at the at the University of New Haven through December 9. Photos by Jessica Smolinski courtesy of Seton Gallery.

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West Haven Brightens The Holiday Season

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Spring Glen Launches Its First Art Walk

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Hillhouse Marching Band Rebuilds For Game Day

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From The Archives: Articles For Today

Joan Henry, DeLanna Studi, and Allison Hudson Hicks in a reading of Flying Bird's Diary at Long Wharf Theatre. Jeremy Daniel Photos.

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Possible Futures' Thanksgiving Reads

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Hillhouse Cheer Alumni Rally The Troops For Game Day

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Columbus Replacement Clears Final Hurdle. Now What?

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Writing As Care: Five Poets Bring Craft And Custom To West Haven

Breakout sessions from each of the panelists were also part of the afternoon. Here. poets José B. González and Frederick-Douglass Knowles II talk to attendees. Asher Duke Photos. 

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ConnCAT Serves Up Thanks At Inaugural Gratitude Dinner

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TDOR Altar Makes Space To Mourn, Remember On Orange Street

Jahnice Cajigas in front of the altar Monday. Lucy Gellman Photos. 

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An Artist-Educator Takes Creative Helm At Betsy Ross

Tavares Bussey: “When I tell you, I am excited to get up in the morning and come to work, because I get to have a hands-on impact on the thing that gets them [students] up in the morning. That makes them want to be creative." Lucy Gellman Photo.

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Pride Center Photo Show Brings Trans Life Into Focus

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"Descendants" Stirs Up Magic At The Shubert

From left to right: Matthew Cabahug as Carlos, Emily Hortillo as Cruella De Vil, Imani Okech as Maleficent, and Natalia Frangipane as Grimhilde. Lucy Gellman Photos.

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PeerPride Takes Trans Day Of Remembrance Statewide

Webb at a TDOR vigil on the New Haven Green last year. Eliot Olson is pictured to her right. Lucy Gellman File Photo.

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Branford Poets, Artists Celebrate The Land

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FUSE Theatre Steps Into A New World

Tiessa Hills carries the vocals for "On The Deck of a Spanish Sailing Ship." FUSE's performance of Songs for a New World runs at Bregamos Community Theatre, 491 Blatchley Ave. in New Haven, on Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 19 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m. Lucy Gellman Photos. 

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"Abolition Transmission" Hits The Airwaves

Luis Luna, one of the co-producers on "Abolition Transmission," speaking at a recent launch event for the show at Possible Futures bookspace. A, who also works on the show, asked not to be photographed. Lucy Gellman Photos.

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Pride Center Gala Lifts Up LGBTQ+ Youth

Ricky Mestre performs. Lucy Gellman Photos.

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Semilla Weaves Music & Memory Into Resistance

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In "Our Red Book," The Period Starts A Conversation

Readers Saturday. Miranda Jeyaretnam Photos.

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Food Rescue Effort Fuels Democracy

Inez Alvarez and Lorrice Grant on Tuesday morning. Lucy Gellman Photos.

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Sunflowers Sprout Over Grand Avenue

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New Haven Links Ring In Half A Century

Stilts performer Melissa Craig creating a grand display of beauty during the cocktail hour. Danielle Campbell Photos. 

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On Election Day, A First-Time Voter Turns 18, & Finds Her Voice

“The argument now is like, human rights are debatable. I just don’t think that’s the case," Biao said. Lucy Gellman.

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Viva las Memorias! Día de Muertos Captures The Night On Mill Street

A giant puppet celebrating Art Perlo, who passed last year at 74 years old. Saturday, his wife Joelle Fishman honored his legacy. Idalys Torres Photos.

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Co-Op Dancers Take A Page From Ailey II

Ailey II dancer Maya Finman-Palmer, who is originally from Madison, Wisc. “When you guys dance, I want you to feel something," she said. Lucy Gellman Photos. 

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In Year 13, LIFFY Speaks Truth To Power

A still from Anaïs Taracena's El silencio del Topo (The Silence of the Mole), a 2021 film from Guatemala. 

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Tinaliah Designs Creates A World On Chapel Street

“I created a world that belongs to me and then I invited people in,” said Cazes-Wiley. Olivia Charis Photos. 

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Día de Muertos Comes To The Green

Lucy Gellman Photos.

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"Death By 1,000 Cuts" Lands In New York

Gold (Sharmont "Influence" Little) with Red (Stephen King) and Green (Jason Phenix Hall). Photo courtesy of the West Side YMCA and M.A.D. Content. 

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Co-Op Teacher Tapped For Grammy Shortlist

Patrick Smith, who has taught at Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School since 1998. Pictured in the background is student Paris Bland. Lucy Gellman Photos.

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“Our Doors Will Remain Open:" Pride Center Grapples With Loss Of Nonprofit Status

Emcees Sparkle Diamond and Dolores Dégagé Hopkins at a 25th anniversary celebration for the New Haven Pride Center in November 2021. Tuesday, Hopkins said that board member Kishorn Henry-Walker, Diamond's alter ego, has been incredibly supportive. Lucy Gellman File Photo.

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Community Ofrenda Springs Up At Possible Futures

Ayla Jeddy Photos.

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Two Neighborhood Anchors Jump Into The Halloween Spirit

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Climathon Folds Arts Into Call For Grassroots Change

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The Metro Monthly Roars Back To Life

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"Băng Qua Nước: Across Land, Across Water" Centers Vietnamese Voices At CAW

Antonius-Tín Bui's installation becomes the centerpiece of Băng Qua Nước: Across Land, Across Water, which runs at Creative Arts Workshop through Nov. 23.  The show is curated by Yale University fourth year Ivy Vuong. Miranda Jeyaretnam Photos.

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On West Street, Dancers Tap Into Collaboration

Lynn Peterson, Kate Sutter and Rivkins Christopher, who are members of of SYREN Modern Dance. Lucy Gellman Photos. 

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At Long Wharf, "Flying Bird's Diary" Marks A Beginning

Joan Henry, DeLanna Studi, and Allison Hudson Hicks in a reading of Flying Bird's Diary at Long Wharf Theatre. Jeremy Daniel Photos.

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Prosecutor’s Pride Center Visit Reveals A History Of Hurt

U.S. Attorney Vanessa Avery. In the background, from left to right, are Director of Youth Services Ala Ochumare, Deputy Director Juancarlos Soto, and Marketing and Development Manager Laura Boccadoro. Lucy Gellman Photos.

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At LIT Fest, The Future Is Black

Author Rosamond White, reading from her book Home: Where Is Home? Lucy Gellman Photos. 

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"Lady Steelers" Chart A Course To National Cheer Championship

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CPEN Crew Lays Groundwork For New Arts Collective

Michael Peterson and Jason Friedes. Lucy Gellman Photos.

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"Super" Design OK’d For “Super” John’s Basketball Court

The final design from artist Tschabalala Self. Image courtesy John Dennis. 

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The Bitsie Fund Names 2022 Recepients

Isaac Bloodworth in June 2020, at the installation of his work Black Kid Joy at City Hill in New Haven. Lucy Gellman File Photo.

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At NHDocs, A Peek Into “The Oystering Life”

Image Courtesy Steve Hamm.

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Mauro-Sheridan Dances Out Hispanic Heritage Month

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Two Poets Build Community at the Mic

Ayla Jeddy Photos. 

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Eight Students, One School Tapped For ARTE Scholarships

Natalie Quiroz-Duran and Chaplain, a Connecticut State Police Comfort K9 Dog. Contributed Photo. 

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Symphony Gets Hamden Singing Nat King Cole

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A Composer Finds The Music In James Baldwin’s Words

Judge Clifton Graves and composer Joel Thompson. Lucy Gellman Photos.

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Long Wharf Theatre Bids Adieu To Long Wharf Stage

Top: LWT Associate Artistic Director Rachel Alderman and Assistant to Artistic and Managing Directors Jessica Durdock Moreno. Carter Marberry and Mistina Hanscom Photos. Bottom: Members of artistic leadership and the artistic ensemble on the Claire Tow Stage. Lucy Gellman Photo.  

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Hank Willis Thomas’ Community Truth Telling

Installation shot of the exhibition. Chris Gardner Photos Courtesy of NXTHVN.

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Indigenous Peoples' Day Gathers Community

Rachel Massaro (in purple) with her kids and Clement during a ritual smudging. Danielle Campbell Photos.

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Madame Thalia Opens A Portal To History

  Adam Parisi, Zohra Rawling, Sarah LeMieux, and Bob Scrofani. Lucy Gellman Photos.

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“Miscast” Cabaret Finds Its Voice at Bregamos

Lenny Adams. Lucy Gellman Photos.

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At Jazzy's, Beyoncé Brunch Starts A Dialogue Around Reentry

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Creative "Exchange" Brings The Art Outside

Detail, Susan Clinard's Wishing Tree. Lucy Gellman Photo. 

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Whitney Avenue Gets Witchy

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With Bonding Funds Secured, Institute Library Looks Ahead

IL Executive Director Jan Swiatek and architect Joe Banks, who has long supported the IL and is also a former board member at the New Haven Preservation Trust. Lucy Gellman Photo.

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Ro Godwynn Takes Form

Ro Godwynn. Jeremy Grier Photo.

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Bookspace Dreams Spring To Life On Edgewood Avenue

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Lives “Interrupted” Find Space To Heal

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At Arts & Ideas, A Longtime Champion Passes The Baton

 

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Long Wharf Makes The Move To Audubon Street

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Ely Center Block Party Rules The Road

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Freddy Fixer Focuses On Its Future

Arnold Hunter, one of about two dozen participants at an Elm City Freddy Fixer Parade Committee Meeting last week. Lucy Gellman Photos. 

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With New Music, Ionne Takes Center Stage At NXTHVN

Olivia Charis Photos.

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Rhythm Exchange Brings Tap, Bachata To The Green

Jason Ramos and Amanda Duvall of Baila Con Gusto CT. Lucy Gellman Photos.

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Black-Owned Wellness “Royalty” Opens Shop In Milford

Danielle Campbell Photos.

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At Q House, Food Business Alumni Take Flight

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"Watch Out Brooklyn:" MINIPNG Breathes Life Into Audubon Street Storefront

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Plastic, Paint Become A Form Of Protest

All artwork by students; Lucy Gellman Photos.

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Trailblazer Gala Fêtes The Breadth Of A Diaspora

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A "Climate Revolution" Rocks New Haven

Strike participants marching. Abiba Biao Photos.

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Dixwell UCC Celebrates Two Centuries And Counting

Tracey Twitty-Philpot and Michael Twitty. Lucy Gellman Photos.

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Threads By Tea Feels The ETHOS

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New "Marsh" Mural Brightens Ninth Square

The artist in the Ninth Square on a recent Wednesday. Lucy Gellman Photos. 

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Second Floor Hardware School Transforms Havenly Into An Art Sanctuary

Lucy Gellman Photos; all artwork by Jisu Sheen, Kulimushi Barongozi, and Sita Sunil. 

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Gather New Haven Convenes, Celebrates Community In Inaugural Fest

Members of Movimiento Cultural Afro-Continental (MCAC). To watch attendee Veronica Conde's entrance, check out the videos below. Lucy Gellman Photos.

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After Fiona, CT Puerto Rican Day Parades Put Out A Call For Help

A moment from New Haven's Puerto Rican Festival in August of this year. Lucy Gellman File Photo. 

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At Long Wharf, An Intimate Invitation To Jelly's Judgment Day

Bryan Terrell Clark as Jack the Bear and Sydney James Harcourt as Jelly Roll Morton. Jeremy Daniel Photo.

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PRIDE Makes A Joyful Return To The Green

Jehloni, La'Nece Onassis, and Xiomarie LaBeija. Lucy Gellman Photos.

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For Students, "SIX" Opens A Tech Theater Window To Broadway

Anniya Taylor-Beam, Yamilet Ramirez Rosas and Matthew Judd. All of them are seniors at Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School. Lucy Gellman Photos. 

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In Photos: Burlesque Extravaganza

Dot Mitzvah welcomes attendees. Linda-Cristal Young Photos. 

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At Bregamos, A Puerto Rican LGBTQ+ Activist Gives New Haven A Blueprint

Members of New Haven Pride Center staff with Pedro Julio Serrano. From left to right: Erycka Ortiz, Pedro Julio Serrano, Juancarlos Soto, Jahnice Cajigas, and Patrick Dunn. Lucy Gellman Photos. 

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Marc Quinn Retells Other Peoples’ Stories At YCBA

Marc Quinn: History Painting +, fourth-floor gallery installation, courtesy of the artist and Yale Center for British Art. Richard Caspole Photo.

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"The Mayor Of Westville:" New Haven Mourns, Remembers Semi Semi-Dikoko

Semi-Semi Dikoko with David Sepulveda and Aleta Staton at the Arts Awards in December 2012. Judy Sirota Rosenthal Photo with permission from the Arts Council of Greater New Haven. 

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CT Folk Dazzles In Return To Edgerton Park

Valerie June. Danielle Campbell Photos.

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At First Summit, KIDS Put Public Health Center Stage

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PRIDE Kicks Off On A High, Bright Note

  Staff of the New Haven Pride Center. Very back row: Joseph DiMaggio and Val Ruby-Omen. Middle row: Erycka Ortiz, Ta'LannaMonique Miller, Jahnice Cajigas, Ala Ochumare, Aron Alber, Suyane Oliveira, and Azula. Bottom: Laura Boccadoro, Juancarlos Soto, and Patrick Dunn. Lucy Gellman Photos. Gilbert Baker's rainbow flag made its way slowly up the Green's flagpole, its stripes flapping against a smear of blue sky. At the mic, Rashawn Lee leaned in, his voice cutting through a thick humidity that had settled over the crowd. We are a family! Like a giant tree! Branching out toward the sky! he belted. As the words sailed over the grass, ears seemed to perk up across the space, hanging onto each word.  As they watched the flag rise from below, attendees and New Haven Pride Center staff saw both the beginning of a celebration, and a moment that might save someone's life. That belief in queer visibility defined PRIDE New Haven's now-annual flag raising, held Monday afternoon on the New Haven Green. As roughly two dozen gathered for the event, it doubled as a kickoff to the week-long celebration, which features 25 events over eight days. They include keynote conversations, justice-focused panels, culinary tutorials and tastings, multiple drag and burlesque performances, a concert at the State House, and day long celebration on the New Haven Green. The festivities run through Sunday Sept. 18; read more about them here and get a full schedule here. Throughout, both speakers and NHPC staff have woven in reminders that PRIDE started as a riot, from panels on Black queer feminism, disability, fatphobia, and rainbow capitalism to performances of drag artists at the margins of their own form. For the first time ever this year, a "fringe fest" will be running parallel to PRIDE, with participants including Strange Ways, 80 Proof Kitchen & Bar, Artspace New Haven and the New Haven Free Public Library. 

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Courtland S. Wilson Remembered In The Hill

Olivia Charis Photos.

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Listen: Gather New Haven Festival

Work at the Armory Community Garden in summer 2020. Allison Hadley File Photo.

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A Yahrzeit For Paul Hammer

Chris Randall Photo. 

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At Co-Op, Photo Class Shifts Students' Focus

The class on College Street. Lucy Gellman Photos.

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Pandemic School Diaries: A Rollercoaster Transition

Research papers on deadline. Running up against the clock while holding a part-time job. Rapid levels of anger boiling over as my anxiety reaches its stress limit.

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As The Elements, Three Mothers Grow Community

Arden Santana (at center): “We knew immediately who we were,” she said of the night the three became "The Elements of Abundance." Lucy Gellman Photos.

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"Decoys & Mimics" Fakes Out New Haven

Work by the artist Scott Schuldt in Decoys & Mimics. The show, curated by artist Martha Lewis, runs at the Institute Library in downtown New Haven through Sept. 22. Lucy Gellman Photos.

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Black Lives Matter Spreads Back To School Joy

BLMNH co-founders Sy Frasier and Sun Queen standing besides volunteer members from Mu Sigma Upsilon, Sigma Lambda Upsilon, Lambda Alpha Upsilon and Lambda Upsilon Lambda. Abiba Biao Photos.

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PRIDE Announces A Triumphant Return To The Green

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At HSC, Peer Ambassadors Build A Bridge To The New School Year

Ashanti Troutman, who will be a sophomore at the school, and incoming freshman Ava Newton. Lucy Gellman Photos.

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Fashion Show Brings Black Excellence In Style

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In Photos: Beaver Hills Comes Out To Celebrate Community

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Temple Plaza To Transform Into A Black Wall Street

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New Shoes Mark Priceless Start To The School Year

Seven-year-old Latae Hammie, who wants to be a firefighter when she grows up. Lucy Gellman Photos.

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Two Years In, Fashionista Makes Its Mark On MarlinWorks

Lily Sutton Photos.

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In "The Tempest," Elm Shakespeare Finds The Magic

L. Peter Callender as Prospero and Sarah Bowles as Ariel in Elm Shakespeare Company's The Tempest. The performance runs in Edgerton Park through Sept. 4. Lucy Gellman Photos.

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"It's About Us:" Ecuadorian Parade Returns To New Haven

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Two Artists Find The Light At Mitchell

Larry Morse and Jane Gilman Fleischner. Their joint exhibition,“In Need of More Light," runs at the Mitchell Branch Library through August 30. Abiba Biao Photos.

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Rhythm Exchange Connects Dance And Diaspora

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At Stetson, Long Wharf & Big Dog Put Their Spin On Jazz History

Chris "Big Dog" Davis with Ace Livingston and Dexter Pettaway, Sr. Lucy Gellman Photos. 

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Orchids Bloom Over Sylvan Avenue

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In Branford, Climate Panel Looks To Local Solutions

Mauro Diaz-Hernandez. Amelia Stefanovics Photos.

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Student Artists Take Center Stage At ConnCAT Summer Showcases

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Steel Band Keeps Summer Spirit Strong At St. Luke's

Lisa Yarbor and members of St. Luke's Steel Band. Kimberly Wipfler Photos.

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"Boricua All Day:" Puerto Rican Fest Turns The Green Into A Heartbeat

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One Year After Taliban Takeover, Afghan Women Issue A Call To Remember

Hossna Samadi. Screenshot via Zoom.

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Mobile Market Provides Produce To The Public

Kae Vargas. Alisha Martindale Photos.

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Puerto Rican Festival Charts Its Return To The Green

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With Lebon Studio, A Refugee Artist Seeks Out The Good

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