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Arts Paper

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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An Atomic Blast from the Past at Ordinary

Ordinary Manager Ben Zemke and Owner Tim Cabral under the glow of vintage Christmas lights that are part of the Atomic Era vibes. Mindi Rose Englart photos.

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Love N’Co Gives Tiny Desk a Shot

New Haven-based band Love N'Co. Photo courtesy Love N'Co.

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Collection Takes Books Beyond the Binding

Destination Moon by Karen Hammer. Photos Kapp Singer.

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Jazz Greats Pass the Torch at NXTHVN

New Haven and Hartford jazz icons and future musical legends unite at NXTHVN for Black History Month. Mindi Rose Englart photos.

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Lunarfest 2024: The Year of the Dragon

Lions and dragons, oh my, at Lunarfest 2024. Linda-Cristal Young Photos.

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Little Free Library Helps Reading Stay Fresh & Clean

Lauren Canalori's third grade class at L.W. Beecher with LaundroMax's Chris Walker. Photos Kapp Singer.

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The Juncture of Sorrow & Delight with Ross Gay

Ross Gay in conversation with Yale University Chaplain Maytal Saltiel at Battell Chapel. Dominic Warshaw photos.

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Network Launches for Survivors of Violence

Leaders of the Network Without Borders for Survivors of Violence from left to right: Ana Hernandez, Camila Guiza-Chavez, Caterina Passoni and Denisse Cruz-Contreras at the organization's launch. Lisa Reisman Photos.

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NHFPL Fundraiser Gets Festive

Andy Rubenoff, who managed the design for the Mardi Gras event. Photos Kapp Singer.

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Exhibit Shines Truth on the HBCU That Wasn’t

"Shining Light on Truth" at the New Haven Museum. Photos Kapp Singer.

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Betsy Ross Students Bring Black History to the Stage

Melanie Tohom Cruz sings Sam Cook's "A Change is Gonna Come." Kapp Singer photos.

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Branford's Legacy Theatre Gets ARPA Boost

Beauty and the Beast being performed at Legacy Theatre in Branford last year. Photo courtesy Legacy Theatre.

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Couples Say 'I Do' at Hamden City Hall

Marlene Johnson places a ring on Donovan Johnson's finger while Hamden Mayor Lauren Garrett officiates. Photos Kapp Singer.

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Protesters Call for Ceasefire at IRIS Run for Refugees

Protesters criticize U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro before IRIS's Run for Refugees 5K. Photos Kapp Singer.

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Local Zine Gets Dancey

People dance at a Club C*nt in December. Photos courtesy Zoe Jensen.

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Long Wharf Embraces A View from the Harbor

The set of Long Wharf Theater's forthcoming production of A View from the Bridge. Photos Kapp Singer.

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SWANA Keeps the Flame Burning for Black History

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‘Science Evangelist’ Brings The Good News of Black Inventors

Kids at the “Black Inventors Who Made the Stuff Around Us” workshop at the Ives Main Library on Saturday. Photos Kapp Singer.

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Weston Makes Belonging Visible at CAW

Top photo: Kim West0n. Bottom photo: Fethi Meghelli and Weston in front of “Man with Oud” by Palestinian artist, Mohamed Saleh Khalil, during the opening reception of "Made Visible: Origins in Belonging at Creative Arts Workshop. Mindi Englart Photos.

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Farayi Quartet Kicks Off MAC Jazz Series

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Dixwell Celebrates 'Forever' Constance Baker Motley

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A Decade of Impact for ‘African American Connecticut Explored’

Frank Mitchell, Fiona Vernal, and Camesha Scruggs (from left to right) discuss the impact of African American Connecticut Explored at the New Haven Museum on Thursday. Photos Kapp Singer.

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Church Merger Leaves Community Art Space With No Home

The former Saint Aedan’s Parish school building, where the Westville Performing Arts Center was located until last month. File photos Lucy Gellman.

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Local Women Leaders Talk Taking Charge

From left to right: Arati Pandit, Julie Greenwood, Randi Rubin Rodriguez, Linda Lindroth, Ilona Somogyi, and Hope Chávez at the Yale University School of Management for the "Women in Charge: A Conversation about Leadership." Mindi Englart Photos.

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Pride Center Hosts 1st Dinner in New Home

Diana Henderson singing "Happy Birthday." Photos Kapp Singer. Diana Henderson carried a big chocolate cake covered with sparklers. With gusto, she sang “Happy Birthday” to all those born in January in the room.

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Kultrally Lit Launches Baldwin Centennial Celebration

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Cozy Tea Party & Chill on Edgewood Ave.

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Bridges Captivates at Yale MLK Commemoration

Civil rights icon Ruby Bridges with William Johnson, director of educational strategy for the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, and Yale senior, Stephanie Owusu, at the 2024 Yale MLK Commemoration event. Lisa Reisman Photos.

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Hamden DIY Venue Gains New Life as Studio

Austin Traver in The Shop's recording studio. Photos Kapp Singer.

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A Feast of Senses at The Table & Gallery

From left: Frank Brady, IfeMichelle Gardin, Royale Jamison, and Tea Montgomery (on the far right) with The Table & Gallery owner, Sonal Soveni, for the Chapel Street gallery's first immersive art and fine dining event of 2024. Mindi Rose Englart photos.

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Poet Chapman Grapples with History in New Memoir

Danielle Chapman (right) and the Rev. Jack Perkins Davidson at Best Video Film & Cultural Center.

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Zines Make A Scene

Zinesters of all ages gathered at Possible Futures for the most recent New Haven Zine Scene meetup . Danielle Campbell Photos.

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Confronting the Everyday with Bananas and Buttons

Bananas, Bananas, Bananas by Howard el-Yasin. Photos Kapp Singer.

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The Way We Gather

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NHA Students Shine in Winter Arts Showcase

New Haven Academy dance students perform at the Winter Arts Showcase. Photos Kapp Singer.

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Latincolors Magazine Illuminates, Connects

Recent editions of Latincolors Magazine. The 27th edition launched in late December. Lisa Reisman photos.

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Defending Slam Champ Reigns Supreme

Victor Rodgers (aka Slangston Hughes). Photos Kapp Singer.

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In Hamden, MLK Celebrated Through Song and Sermon

Penelope Stewart. Photos Kapp Singer.

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Stetson Readies for MLK Keynote

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Little Lion Collective is Ready to Roar

Cara Santino is the founder of the Little Lion Collective. Mindi Rose Englart Photo.

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Día de Los Reyes Closes Out Holidays in the Hill

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West Haven Arts Advocates Press for Funding

Lara Morton, co-founder of Fuse Theatre of CT, leads a chant outside West Haven City Hall. Photos Kapp Singer.

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Three New Commissioners Report for Duty

IfeMichelle Gardin. Photo Lucy Gellman.

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Poetry On Palestine Envisions A Freer World

Adrian Huq Photos.

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Three Kings Deliver for Zulay

Zulay Rodriguez at the Wilson Branch Library. Photos Lisa Reisman.

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Downtown, Artists Paint Outside the Box

A traffic box on Chapel Street painted by Elizabeth Taylor. Photos Kapp Singer.

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A Lamp-Side Stroll Around Spain

The following photoessay comes from Youth Arts Journalism Initiative (YAJI) alum Emma MartinMooney, who graduated from Wilbur Cross High School last year. For the first time this year, a generous grant from the City of New Haven's Department of Arts, Culture & Tourism allowed the Arts Council to offer a series of fall mentorship classes, including a six-week photo class with Chris Randall. Here is Emma's final project from that class, using the framing devices that she learned in New Haven while on a trip abroad.

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How Mi Lupita Sweetened Up Grand Avenue

In Mi Lupita’s warm Grand Avenue kitchen, 54-year-old Yolanda Guzman Elias and her sister Batriz Guzman Elias were making culinary magic, cutting fresh strawberries and slicing thin meat before a morning rush. The smell of dough hung low and thick in the air, wafting from the storefront to its street-facing front door and windows. The bakery was ready for another day.

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Orchestra New England Plays Into Its 50th Year

Photo courtesy of Orchestra New England.

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Conceivable Abandon

The following photoessay comes from Youth Arts Journalism Initiative (YAJI) alum Jayla Anderson, who is currently a senior studying dance at Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School. For the first time this year, a generous grant from the City of New Haven's Department of Arts, Culture & Tourism allowed the Arts Council to offer a series of fall mentorship classes, including a six-week photo class with Chris Randall. Here is Jayla's final project from that class.

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Stetson, Q House Transform Into A Winter Wonderland

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Changes Coming To The Arts Paper In 2024

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Our 2023 Top 10: They Bounced Back

Harmony The Valkyrie at Pride New Haven, a block party in the Ninth Square that took place in October. Lucy Gellman File Photo.

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At 101, A Peace Activist Passes On

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Artists of the Year: They Spoke Out And Called In

Some of the artists who made waves this year. Top row: Martha Lewis, Semilla Collective, Eric March. Middlr Row: Vanesa Suarez, Ruby Gonzalez Hernandez, Alasdair Neale and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. Bottom: Black Lives Matter New Haven's Ala Ochumare-Harris, MiAsia Harris, and Sun Queen, Roya Mohammadi, Destiny White, Erin Michaud and Jeremy Thanes. Lucy Gellman Photos.

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Shubert Director Outlines $5M Transformation

Anthony McDonald: Let's make sure the Shubert is here to stay. Lucy Gellman File Photo.

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Delicias El Paisa Brings Medellín To Hamden

Juliette Lao Photos.

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Young Musicians Take A Page From The Pros

American Modern Opera Company musicians Jonny Allen, Doug Balliett, and and Miranda Cuckson (left to right) in Danielle Storey's chorus class at Wilbur Cross High School. Photos Kapp Singer.

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Collab Cohort Centers Creativity In Fall Showcase

Maya McFadden, founder of The Kids Newsroom. Lucy Gellman Photos.

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At Wexler-Grant, "The Christmas Lesson" Gives A Master Class In Grace

The cast during intermission at a recent performance. The school's next show, a junior performance of The Wiz, is set for May 2024. Lucy Gellman Photos.

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NHSO Plays On, Even As Strike Threat Looms

Maestro Alasdair Neale and musicians of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra at the organization's opening concert earlier this year. Lucy Gellman File Photo.

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Elm City Montessori Sings In The Solstice

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Winterfest Finds Joy In The Coldest, Darkest Season

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Indie Artists Shine At New Holiday Maker Market

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BACA Opens A Satellite In Downtown New Haven

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Westville Ushers In A Sweet Hanukkah Light

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Mediation & Allusion in Doron Wolf's "My Family & Other Animals"

Doron Wolf with his painting Vanitas (2018). Photos Kapp Singer. All work by Doron Wolf.

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With “Heart,” New Haven Academy Rings In A Season Of Miracles

Ale Cruz and Jaylah Jones in the world premiere of Heart. Lucy Gellman Photos.

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Artists Raise Their Voices For A Ceasefire

Miriam Elhajli. Lucy Gellman Photos.

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On Edgewood Avenue, A Hanukkah Light In The Darkness

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Arts Champions Boost Buying Local For The Holidays

Artist Kwadwo Adae: “There is gold in each neighborhood. This city is full of kindness. So whatever your favorite thing is, whatever type of organization speaks to you, please patronize those businesses.” Lucy Gellman Photos.

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Nu Haven Kapelye Plays Into Its 25th Year

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Tyshawn Sorey Trio Brings The Fire To Firehouse

The Tyshawn Sorey Trio. Photo courtesy Firehouse 12.

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Audubon Arts Hero Remembered In New Exhibition

A picture of Lehman welding mounted next to her artwork. All work by Ann Lehman. Photos Kapp Singer.

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On World AIDS Day, Faith Meets Art At St. Mary's

Pastor Sampson Denny, who is a faith leader in Stratford. Lucy Gellman Photos.

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A Return to HSC: Leadership In Action

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The Past Is Reworked In "Indefinite Histories"

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“More Blood Than Gold” Spills From Wooster Square Studio

Tony Kosloski's "Equation of Death" at 51 Chestnut St. Lucy Gellman Photos.

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"It's Not Enough:" NHPS Youth & Parents Call For A More LGBTQ+ Inclusive District

HSC teacher Amy Brazauski and her foster son, Alex Lopes. Lucy Gellman Photos.

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At Palestine Museum, Thobes Stitch A Story Of Cultural Preservation

The Art of the Palestinian Thobe runs through the end of this year. Pictured is a thobe from the collection of artist Renate Ghannam, who first encountered the garments through her husband's family. Lucy Gellman Photos.

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At Co-Op, A Young Playwright Takes Flight

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“Artist Night” Yokes Culinary & Visual Arts In The Hill

Jamiah Green Photos. The words crawl in every direction across the figure’s coffee-colored skin, marking her arms and exposed torso in neat black lettering. It’s not a big deal, reads a phrase that stretches up her shoulder. You are the kind of woman your father would have thrown away, state three lines of text by her right breast, hovering just over the nipple. Which lifetime hurt you so bad? asks a sentence on her left arm.

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Semilla Collective Centers Joy As Resistance

Members of the Tapacamino Colectivo include Fernando Guadarrama, Gregorio Quiros, Sinuhé Padilla-Isunza, Maria Puente, and Ik' Balam. Lucy Gellman Photos.

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The Stories Within The Story

T. Charles Erickson Photo.

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A Night of Gratitude: Celebrating the LEAP Community With Thankful Dinners

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Trans Lives Remembered On The Green

Cayetana Navarro, who now works as the inaugural program manager in the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at the Yale School of Medicine. Lucy Gellman Photos.

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In Hamden, Artists Keep Breonna Taylor's Legacy Alive

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The Institute Library, Shrouded in Mystery

A page from Vie Privée et Criminelle d'Antoine-François Derues. Kapp Singer Photos.

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Co-Op Students Dance Through Works In Progress

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On Grand Avenue, “Las Flores De Esperanza” Spread A Mental Health Message

Artist Kwadwo Adae. Anna Fountain Photos.

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"Shadowlands" Tour Takes Firehouse 12 On A Journey

Alisha Brabham Photos.

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A Case For Carceral Reform EMERGES On The Stage

Tabari "Ra" Hashim.

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New Haven's Jazz Legends Get Their Flowers

James "Dinky" Johnson, who owned and ran Dinkie's Jazz Club, with a new bust celebrating his imprint on New Haven jazz history. Coral Ortiz Photos.

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Pride Center Makes Moves Down Orange Street

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Hispanic Heritage Shines At Fair Haven School

Abiba Biao Photos.

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Artists Prepare To March For A Fallen Sister

Vanesa Suarez with one of the posters from artist Jisu Sheen.

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On Henry Street, Dispatches From Another Universe

Chris Gardner Photos.

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Co-Op Grad Becomes Next Downtown Alder

Kiana Flores on Election Day, outside of the Ward 1 polling place. Lucy Gellman Photos.

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On Hotchkiss Street, Ruthie Wilson Gilmore Gets Her Proper Due

Danielle Campbell Photos.

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A Sound Artist Takes Co-Op Students On A Listening Odyssey

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Giant Puppets Fill The Streets Of Westville

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Happy Birthday, Bitsie Clark

Frances "Bitsie" Clark, who turned 92 on Oct. 30. Lucy Gellman Photo.

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At ULA's Día de los Muertos, Lost Loved Ones Honored In Fair Haven

Silvana Deigan, an artist and activist who has participated in ULA's Día de los Muertos parade for the last four years. In January, her work was featured in El Arte/El sueño/La Realidad de Migrar (The Art/The Dream/The Reality of Migration) at the New Haven Peoples' Center. Elena Unger Photos.

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Students Rally For The Right To Read

Destiny White, Erin Michaud and Jeremy Thanes. Lucy Gellman Photos.

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At CCT, "Fairview" Digs Deep

Jamie Guite as Beverly Frasier. Fairview runs at CCT through Nov. 19. Lucy Gellman Photos.

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Marjorie Wolfe Hedges Her Bets

Cone Hedge and Cloud. Photo Courtesy Marjorie Wolfe.

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With "Calling Puerto Rico," Pa'lante Brings The Story Of Maria Home

Fior Rodriguez as Melosa. Behind her are Rafael Feliciano-Roman (filling in for Joel) and as Gentile as Debra. Lucy Gellman Photos.

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Young New Haveners LEAP Into Halloween

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In Palestine, Two Artists Bring History Into Focus

From the blog post "Balagan in Twaneh, July 15, 2023." Text and Photographs by Margaret Olin.

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Family Fun Day Brings The Costume Party To The Shubert

Shawn and Charlie Lockett. Lucy Gellman Photos.

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Eastern Woodland Cultures Honored On The Green

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LIFFY Rolls Back Into New Haven

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In Fair Haven, Delight & Connection At Bilingual Story Hour

Nohra Bernal, a children's author, reads from "Que Viene El Lobo.” Elena Unger Photos.

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New Haven Reads Bee Buzzes Back Into Action

Grant Liam Harris. Lucy Gellman Photos.

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“Into The Afroverse” Lifts Off At NXTHVN

Chef Keem Hughley and Babz Rawls-Ivy. Danielle Campbell Photos.

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Open Studios Shines As Artist-Led Effort

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Ninth Square Block Party Returns Pride To Its Roots

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Amplify The Arts Brings Whitney Barn To Life

The artist Darnell “Sain’t” Phifer. Abiba Biao Photos.

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“Vital” & “Enlightening:” Arts Advocates Champion New Economic Prosperity Data

A performer from the Braata Folk Singers at the 2022 Caribbean Heritage Fest. Lucy Gellman File Photo.

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Our World Of Sound, Uncovered At NHDocs

The Last of the Nightingales Photo.

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NHA Drama Hits Its Stride In "Paradise Blue"

Christopher Samuels as Blue. Lucy Gellman Photos.

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At ECA, A Theater Alum Brings Peace Of Mind

Dramaturg Amy Boratko and Director Sivan Battat (ECA Drama Chair Ingrid Schaeffer is to their right). Lucy Gellman Photos.

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NHDocs Reimagines LGBTQIA+ Inclusion In Christianity

Elena Unger Photos.

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Poets Celebrate A Year Of Community On State Street

Photo courtesy Brian Ember.

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Call Your Girlfriend: The Joy & Toil Of Friendship In "Wish You Were Here"

Anita Abdinezhad, Bahar Beihaghi, Shadee Vossoughi, Vaneh Assadourian, and Ava Lalezarzadeh in a scene from Wish You Were Here by Sanaz Toossi, directed by Sivan Battat. Yale Repertory Theatre, October 5–28, 2023. Photo © Joan Marcus.

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At NHDocs, An Old Video Store Becomes A Mafia-Entangled Mystery

Graphics and animation by Carla Costanza.

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John S. Martinez Students Bring Salsa To School

Alisa Bowens-Mercado: "If you can get a kid up and they're dancing, that gives you an opening to have fun and embrace different cultures." Lucy Gellman Photos.

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At Possible Futures, The Necessity Of Killing Joy

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A Student Association Dances Into The School Year

From left to right: ASA Member Joné Mwape, AfroMixer attendee Jeana Noel, and ASA Member Danielle Addy.

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Wine, Camera, Action

Ashleigh Huckabey Photos.

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The Light Is Here

Percussionist Ches Smith and members of We All Break stood before the audience, conjuring that sweet spot where Haitian Vodou drumming and jazz come together. Looking out onto the space, the group began with a melodic a cappella, combining vocal chants from Daniel Brevil with the trio of vocalists at the center.

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