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Tobira Quartet Riffs On Season Changes

by Adam Matlock | Nov 24, 2015 6:46 am

Adam Matlock Photo“We’ve been on tour for three weeks — coming from Brazil and Argentina to here — from summer to winter,” said pianist Satoko Fujii, closing the first set by her Tobira quartet at Firehouse 12. “I even got a little influence in the music,” she added, referring to a quote from ‎Antônio Carlos Jobim’s classic “The Girl From Ipanema” that made its way into a thunderous piano and drum duet.

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Spirits 101 Is In Session

by Lucy Gellman | Oct 15, 2015 11:33 am | Comments (1)

Lucy Gellman PhotosAmid high-pitched giggles and whispers, John Ginnetti reached for “The Devil Himself,” a splash of green chartreuse lapping at the edges of the glass. He smiled, exchanging glances with Paul Tortora and Michael Knipp, who held out the long-necked bottle like an offering. It caught the low light, sending a row of shimmers down the table.   

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Ramen Paradise “Pops Up” In 9th Square

by Lucy Gellman | Oct 13, 2015 12:57 pm | Comments (7)

Jimi Patterson PhotosJordan Waters remembers the first time he ate ramen. It wasn’t at Blue Ginger, where acclaimed Chef Ming Tsai has proclaimed it his favorite midnight snack. Or New York’s Ippudo or Momofuku, where glimmering designer bowls fetch a small fortune. Or even Hamden’s decidedly lukewarm Sono Bana, perhaps the only place around New Haven where one can pick up ramen for a quick dinner.

Nope. It was at home, it was from a package, and it wasn’t to be underestimated.

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Tornado Stelling Arrives At Cafe Nine

by Lucy Gellman | Oct 9, 2015 5:22 am

Christopher Paul Stelling has a story he’s gotten fond of telling. Just weeks after returning from a rambling, finger-picking, hoarse-voice-making tour of Europe, he did “what every musician in New York City would do”: he got a job bagging groceries at a store that sold upscale salami and designer cheeses alongside salted butter, organic yogurt, and four-dollar bottles of still water. 

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