By the time Elison Jackson took the stage at Cafe Nine on Saturday, the crowd had reached near capacity. The evening should have been the night of a thousand shows, with abundant musical offerings from Three Sheets to Best Video. The winter’s first snowstorm forced a lot of cancellations elsewhere. But at Cafe Nine the Saturday night crowd, perhaps rallying from the other closed venues, filled with faces new and familiar as the snow piled up outside the windows.
Joey Batts, a hip hop artist and American literature teacher in a Hartford public high school, pays attention to what’s going on around him as well as what is going on inside his own mind.
“I never liked the holidays,” he said, “and back in 2014 I was feeling the need to give back to the community” around this time of year. He noticed there were teenagers and adults alike who were “displaced” and “struggling.”
“Everyone thinks of the archetype of the homeless person as an old man, but I had never thought about it affecting teenagers until then.”
He put “two and two together” and decided to organize Hip Hop for the Homeless, a series of shows in different Connecticut towns that would raise money for a specific homeless shelter or charity in that town.
Just minutes into Yale Repertory Theatre’s kinetic production of Native Son — adapted by Nambi E. Kelley from the novel by Richard Wright — a woman has been smothered in her bed and a man is on the run. And he never stops running.
Before the countdown, and before the tree was lit, thousands gathered on the New Haven Green Thursday evening for carnival rides, singing and dancing — and political protests large and small — that all added up to a full evening of holiday festivities.
A man in a gas mask thrusts a bayonet in your face. There’s an explosion behind him, and a soldier caught up in it. Behind him, as if through a veil, are what seem like memories, of a row of women, of a train steaming by the Eiffel Tower, of a zeppelin shot down over a city by a machine gun. Action and memory blur together.
It’s a comic book. It’s a document. It’s a bit of both. And it’s at the New Haven Museum as part of its most recent exhibit, “The Courier: Tales from the Great War,” on view now through autumn 2018.
The city’s new prospective start date for a pilot program that diverts prostitutes and low-level drug offenders from the criminal justice system and towards social services is this coming Wednesday, Nov. 29.
The night before Thanksgiving brings to mind two distinct scenarios — making a feast to share with others, and reconnecting and celebrating with old friends. These two mixed together at Pacific Standard Tavern on Wednesday as the New Haven-based band Phat Astronaut took to the stage along with two other acts, not only to celebrate the band’s one year anniversary, but to record a live album of the night’s set.