3 Kitchens, 3 Recipes For Paying Bills

by Lucy Gellman | Apr 21, 2017 2:21 pm

Allan Appel, Lucy Gellman, Markeshia Ricks Photos Jason Sobocinski was struggling with the toughest financial quarter Caseus has had yet. Downtown at Zinc New Haven, Donna Curran was applying lessons learned from the 2008 recession. Half a mile away at Ninth Square Caribbean Style, Elisha Hazel and her partner Qulen Wright were planning new recipes with vegan macaroni and cheese, jerk tofu, and tender jackfruit — and wondering if running a restaurant would get any easier. 

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Miracle Legion Takes Final Bow

by Brian Slattery | Apr 21, 2017 7:53 am

“Country Boy,” the first song off Miracle Legion’s latest and probably last release, Annulment, starts with a single note from an electric guitar. It was recorded live in July 2016 at Codfish Hollow, a stage in Maquoketa, Ia., where Miracle Legion was on tour.

On the studio version of “Country Boy” — released in 1987 — that single note from the guitar is followed by a note from a harmonica and then a third note from a piano. Together they count off what the rhythm of the song would be. On the live 2016 recording, the only thing that follows that note for the rest of the measure is silence. The rhythm doesn’t need to be counted off anymore. It’s the guitarist, Ray Neal, who sets the pace, who decides how fast the song goes. Both band and longtime fans know where the beat is anyway.

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Reborn Ely House Stages “A Funeral”

by Allan Appel | Apr 20, 2017 12:01 pm | Comments (1)

Allan Appel Photo Onnie Chan’s father was a very well-known business and media personality when he died in Hong Kong more than two decades ago.

Chan, only ten years old at the time, was rushed from one public funeral to another with paparazzi trailing her. For further protection, she and her mother left the home she knew for good and Chan became something of a world traveler. She never really connected to what had happened at that turning point in her life.

Until she came to New Haven.

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Decemberists Give A Great Show — And Sore Feet

by Mark Oppenheimer | Apr 20, 2017 7:52 am | Comments (7)

Mark Oppenheimer Photo (Opinion) The Decemberists gave a great show Saturday night at College Street Music Hall: tight, bouncy, and just the right length, like a yo-yo wielded by a master. I was a safe bet to love the show, since there is no band currently active — at least, no band currently very active — whose studio recordings I dig more. If you don’t know their sound, try to imagine The Jayhawks crossed with The Chieftains. Or, if that doesn’t work, Bob Mould fronting Oasis. Or just watch some clips on YouTube. Maybe then you can explain to me why I always think they are somehow Irish or British, even though they’re from Portland, Oregon.

Anyway, the show was great, yet I did not have a great time.

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A Trenchant World War One Exhibit at K of C Museum

by Allan Appel | Apr 20, 2017 7:48 am | Comments (1)

Allan Appel Photo Jack Ryon’s great-great-grandfather earned a silver star taking out a German machine gun nest during World War I. The 11-year-old had known about machine guns and some other things about the war that was to have ended all wars.

Yet he had no idea about how narrow, dark, and scary were the trenches in which his great-great-grandfather had served until he entered one, right here in New Haven.

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“Modern Art From The Middle East” Cuts Through The Noise

by Andrew Koenig | Apr 19, 2017 7:42 am

Yale University Art Gallery Photo The sprawling canvas of Marwan Kassab Bachi’s “The Three Palestinian Boys,” featured in the “Modern Art from the Middle East” exhibition at the Yale University Art Gallery until July 16, shows three young boys who seem palpably scarred by the Arab-Israeli War of 1967. They look almost like burn victims, whose taut, pink skin has been grafted on. Their eyes have shrunk down to small black holes. One of the boys’ faces is cut out of the frame entirely. These children do not look like children: They appear in their baggy clothes to be at once oversized and emaciated.

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