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Wilbur Cross Goes ... Back To High School?

by Brian Slattery | Mar 2, 2018 8:50 am

Brian Slattery PhotosTwo people go to their high school reunion. Could be 15 years, 20 years, since they saw each other last. They strike up a conversation. Start to hit it off. They share a dance. A connection is forming. But they never dated in high school. Didn’t have a crush on each other. As it turns out, they didn’t know each other well at all. Which is why, when they sing to each other, they don’t sing to each other about the good old days.

“I’m glad you didn’t know me in high school,” they sing.

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Art Quivers From Cupid’s Arrow

by Brian Slattery | Feb 7, 2018 8:52 am

Laura MarshThe lips are just graphite on paper, but maybe because of the cigarette dangling from between them, they convey a sense of iconic allure and danger. You want to draw the rest of the face. Maybe it’s a classic dame from a film noir movie. But maybe it’s nothing so stylized as that, just a woman on her lunch break, or waiting for the bus. Or maybe she’s sneaking a smoke after dinner. Whatever it is, neither the allure nor the danger can be shaken.

That kind of forthrightness — and ambiguity — permeate “Lovestruck,” an art exhibition up on the walls of mActivity on Nicoll Street from now until Feb. 28.

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Blumenthal To Refugee Kids: “We’re Proud Of You”

by Allan Appel | Feb 2, 2018 3:50 pm | Comments (1)

Omar Moussa and his parents arrived from Syria two years ago after spending four years in a Jordanian refugee camp. He was 17 — the same age as U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal’s father in 1935 when he arrived from Frankfort, Germany, then in the initial throes of the Nazi takeover.

However, Blumenthal’s father in 1935 did not face the heart-breaking political and bureaucratic obstacles to bring over the rest of his family, which are now being confronted by Omar’s remaining siblings in Jordan and Lebanon.

That’s thanks to Donald Trump’s Executive Order(s) 13769/13780, known as “the Muslim” ban.

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Trump Inspires Love March

by Allan Appel | Jan 16, 2018 8:35 am | Comments (2)

Allan Appel PhotoPresident Donald Trump’s policies and especially his recent “shithole” statements about Africa and Haiti inspired the 150 people who prayed and hit the streets for New Haven’s 48th annual Martin Luther King Day “Love March.”

No, they didn’t agree with Trump’s statements. They statements gave them renewed energy to carry on King’s fight for racial and social justice.

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