Sandwiched between the kickoff of the national holiday gift-buying frenzy that has come to be known as Black Friday (the Friday after Thanksgiving) and the following Monday, called Cyber Monday (online shopping), was Small Business Saturday — when an effort to support and boost small businesses in New Haven was in full swing.
Indie hip hop artist Sammus had a cannon for an arm. Earlier in her set, she’d mentioned that she realized she was dressed like video game character Firepower Mario. But the real firepower came from her words, her mind, from the minute she took the stage at Cafe Nine on Saturday night. In the wake of a divisive presidential campaign that created a divisive president-elect, she was the headliner of a night that brought people together.
After bothering at least one correctional worker and one police officer, Gordon Skinner’s depiction of a pig cop provoked a different kind of complaint at a Ninth Square gathering Thursday night: Why was the work moved from its original perch?
That led to a broader set of questions: Whose voices matter, how much, and why?
Those questions were raised at Artspace’s Orange Street gallery Thursday night as close to 50 artists, students, activists and community members gathered to discuss the social value of controversial public art, and how both an institution and a city should respond to calls for that art to be altered or taken down.
Dressed head to toe in medieval garb and playing instruments from the days of yore, frontman Alieś Čumakoŭ and his band Stary Olsa weren’t auditioning for Game of Thrones or showing up for a new “Tunic Tuesday” event in New Haven.
The last of the old Ninth Square merchants, ACME Furniture, is in the process of closing to make way for new apartments — while a third-generation member of the family is scurrying to preserve much of the New Haven history inside the building.