A string of cymbals reverberated through Firehouse 12, spreading a euphoric haze over the room. It began with a crescendo, rising softly into a boom! Beneath them, drums tap-tapped like raindrops and thunder during a heavy storm. The audience may have been inside, but suddenly the air was alive and electric.
Zaneta and Aaron Nicholson.
Yale College sophomore Amelia Lee. Abiba Biao Photos.
Soferet Stephanie Breitsman. Lucy Gellman Photos.
Alyssa Marie Cajigas Rivera Ortiz, development coordinator at the Center and Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of the Children of Marsha P. Johnson. Musician, organizer and fellow CMPJ Co-Director Erycka Ortiz is to her right. Lucy Gellman Photos.
Top: Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School juniors Giada Thomas, Willie Smokes, and Aniannalis Rivas. Bottom: Lugo's strings students in their first performance of the year. Lucy Gellman Photos.
Sylvia Rifkin and Isidor "Izzy" Juda at the Towers in 2021. Lucy Gellman Photos. The last photo in the story is from Lisa Reisman, courtesy of the New Haven Independent.
Lotta Studio Photo.
Sara Armstrong Photo.
Kristal Marquis and Margo Hendricks ("I'm a badge thief!" she joked of wearing author Nicole Jackson's badge during the presentation). Lucy Gellman Photos.
Demeree Douglas, Jade Streater, Nox Amore, Alana Ladson, Akosua Aidoo and Kaelynne Hernandez. Lucy Gellman Photos.
Barongozi last year at the Folk Fest he and Jisu Sheen mounted at Havenly. Lucy Gellman File Photo.
Brennan at Café Flora at BLOOM. "Investing in the arts in schools needs to be something of a priority," he said. Lucy Gellman Photos.
Dishaun Harris, who also goes by "Farmer D." Danielle Campbell Photos.
Santana Brightly, who later took first place in the "Afro Future, Afro Chic" fashion show. Lucy Gellman Photos.
Joe Rodriguez, president of Puerto Ricans United. The organization, which is run by an all-volunteer board, received funding for its annual day-long festival on the New Haven Green. "When you invest in the arts, when you invest in arts organizations, when you invest in the community, when you invest in people, we all thrive," he said Friday. Lucy Gellman Photos.
Nzima Hutchings reading Hampton's words. Lucy Gellman Photos.
Ana Reyes, the Green Jobs Corps Coordinator at Common Ground High School. Lucy Gellman Photos.
31-year-old Elysia McMullen as Granny Frieda. Stamos and Maxine are to her left. Lucy Gellman Photos.
Cecelia Bellomy Parker and Will Parker.
Stewart at Tuesday's dinner. She had high praise for the program, which will begin its second cycle in October. Lucy Gellman Photos.
As Christopher Rodriguez peered through his viewfinder, he held all of Broadway Island in the palm of his hand. He could capture the magic of small moments, from the sign-adorned light posts to the strolling pedestrians. With a click of the shutter, he froze moments in time, the afternoon sun bringing each photo to life.
Isabel Chenoweth for Elm Shakespeare Company Photos.
DJ Dooley-O Jackson and Ch'Varda. Lucy Gellman Photos.
Ross Kirshenbaum, Maia Brown and Stefanie Brendler of Brivele. Kapp Singer Photos.
Edmund “B*Wak” Comfort in his studio at 300 Whalley Ave. Lucy Gellman Photos.
Tracie Ormond: "You know, not all people believe servitude has its place, but it does." Juliette Lao Photo.
The evening also included embodied practice. Danielle Campbell Photos.
Parents and kids waiting in line to receive school supplies. Abiba Biao Photos.
Abdul Wahab. Lucy Gellman Photos.
Javier Villatoro, who also performs music under the moniker Ene de Nadie. Kamini Purushothaman Photos.
Ian Alderman, Rachel Alderman, Ryan Gardner, and Ruben Ortiz.
Noah Brown as Snoopy and Maria Hatje Faggion as Woodstock in Wilbur Cross High School's production of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. Lucy Gellman File Photo.
Elm City Freddy Fixer Parade Committee Photos.
Harmony the Valkyrie. Doaa Ouf Photos.
Frankie Douglass (center stage, with flowers) at the end of the show. David Judd Photos.
Ricardo Gutiérrez, "Metanoia Phase 2, Acrylic on canvas. The artist installed the pieces at Olive & Wooster to display the new series, entitled Through My Eyes, for this reporter. Lucy Gellman Photos.
Shaunda Holloway Photos.
"This is a very emotional song, so it might get a little loud in here,” BODHI said to a cheer from the audience before diving into their 2022 song "Pretty Lies.” Their voice floated over the swirling, groovy melodies of the keyboards, creating an infectious sound that absorbed the audience. All throughout Cafe Nine, people danced and nodded their heads to the rhythm, drawn in by the sound.
Ward 14 (Fair Haven) Alder Sarah Miller with the artist Perez, Wanda Vargas, and her son Mateo. Danielle Campbell Photos.
Artists Elizabeth (Liz) Scott, Rosemary Serfilippi, Brenda Burt and Sharon Morgio, who formed a planning committee to make the show happen. Not pictured is Jeannette Wimmer, who was unable to be present Thursday but helped bring the show into being. Lucy Gellman Photos.
Most of the ensemble is on and around the stage for "Kiss The Girl." Lucy Gellman Photos.
From left to right: Charlie Rich, Rania Das, IfeMichelle Gardin, Thabisa Rich, Dr. Hanan Hameen-Diop, Kim Weston and Malakhi Eason. Lisa Kaston Photos.
Angel Ramos (at far left) with coaches and members of CABA. Lucy Gellman Photos.
Nicole and Amber Bartholomew-Gordon are the super wife-duo behind Denim Designs. “I’ve always been a DIY person. I like to do things myself. I love creativity and I kind of dragged her into it and it happened by accident,” said Nicole. “We do a lot. So, anything in the name of creativity, basically, is what we do.” Danielle Campbell Photos.
Detail, Susan Clinard, Holding Memory. Lucy Gellman Photo; all work is by artists in the show.
Lucy Gellman Photos.
A still from Dutch Elm Disease's 2022 film, Katinowit, with Matthew Ford and Kenneth Murray.. Image contributed by Ben Hecht of Dutch Elm Disease.
A detail of Adae's mural. Lucy Gellman Photos.
Yvonne Alston and Joseph W. Williams Jr. Lucy Gellman Photo.
Hip-Hop artist Ana Tijoux. Kamini Purushothaman Photos.
Kapp Singer Photos.
Mosa Sadat and Laila Mohammadi with their daughter, Lea. Lucy Gellman Photos.
Maria Teniza Photos.
Adrian Huq Photos.
Amir Glenn Jr.: Contemplative and melancholic. Kamini Purushothaman Photos.
“I started this show as a way to stay in practice. But there’s also much talent between Connecticut, Boston, Providence, and New York, it’s also a way to cultivate that talent.” Jonathan Crystal Photos.
City Librarian Maria Bernhey. Lucy Gellman Photos.
Nehway and band members performing a little past 2 p.m. on Saturday. The festival in full ran for over eight hours, with over a dozen musical acts. Lucy Gellman Photos.
Jessen's sons, William and Jack, unveiling the portrait of their dad, the late City Librarian John Jessen. Lucy Gellman Photos.
Photo Courtesy Daniel Sai Velez.
comfort ifeoma katchy (in antlers) and Ida Cuttler in Zhanée Goins' The Prank. Lucy Gellman Photos.
Photo courtesy of Kristina Wong.
Vanesa Suarez and Camila Güiza-Chavez. Lucy Gellman Photos.
The company in Heidi Latsky Dance: D.I.S.P.L.A.Y.E.D. The work ran last Wednesday and Thursday at the Iseman Theatre as part of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas. Kamini Purushotham Photos.
Walker Perry, a.k.a. Le Saint. Lucy Gellman Photos.
Mark Griffin and Al Gamble in Times Like These at NXTHVN. Lucy Gellman Photos. A man is in too much pain to sleep, but the doctor won't see him because his insurance doesn't cover a consultation. In an office across town, a woman has requested a female physician, and listens slack-jawed as she’s denied care. An angel and a devil bicker above her head. In a nearby neighborhood, a woman has just gotten out of prison, and doesn't know where she'll be able to sleep for the night. Who steps in to help? And who leaves them behind? All of these are real-life anecdotes in Times Like These, an interactive, immersive new play from Survivors of Society Rising Theater Company that premiered at NXTHVN last Friday. A collaboration among the Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC), Yale Program for Recovery & Community Health (PRCH), and Theatre of the Oppressed NYC, the work interrogates systems that are not working, from mental and physical healthcare to reentry and the carceral state. Over five dozen attended the opening, held in the 169 Henry St. incubator space. The show, which includes audience participation and discussion, will have an encore performance at Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown at 2 p.m. on Friday June 23. Tickets are free; more information is available here. Youins.
ConnCORP's Juneteenth & 5 Year Anniversary Committee. Jayla Anderson Photos.
Dancer Reina Pelle. Lucy Gellman Photos.
Cast, crew and members of Long Wharf Theatre staff. Nevaeh Lugo Photos.
Photography by rising Hamden High School senior Maria Ashe. An exhibition of work by students in Wàbi Gallery's Focus Fellowship Program runs at the Mitchell Branch Library, 37 Harrison St., through June 30.
The Village Drill Team & Drum Corps, helmed by Tayvon Berryman. Lucy Gellman Photos.
Charliece Salters. Lucy Gellman Photos.
Photo Courtesy of the New Haven Independent.
Rapunzel Jonae Hill doing story time. Abiba Biao Photos.
David Judd Photos.
Photos Courtesy of the Shubert Theatre.
Divider of ocean facts and messages created by NHCM members. Adrian Huq Photos.
Newly minted grad Paris Whitaker, a rising Howard Bison, with her friends Alexa Smith, Kadin Wooten, and Tiara Walters. All four are headed to HBCUs in the fall. Lucy Gellman Photos.
La Fille du Latier Photo.
Edie Stoehr and Nadia Bellamy. Lucy Gellman.
The high school graduates and parents and family members in the back. Abiba Biao Photos.
Top: Cousins Jazmine and Nijonn Williamson. Bottom: Games unfolded all afternoon. Lucy Gellman Photos.
Angélique Kidjo and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra (NHSO). Lucy Gellman Photos.
Danielle Campbell Photos.
Artist Joe St. Pierre. Kiomi Rincon Photos.
A still from "Survivor," choreographed by Hannah Healey and danced by her eighth grade class. Lucy Gellman Photos.