“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.
Neville Wisdom had done it hundreds of times, the steps running on loop through his head. A clean cut through skin and muscle would expose the skull. Four tiny burr holes would come next, helping to create a white window of bone.
Amid 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.
Jordan 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.
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.
For one rainy night, the forlorn shell at the corner of Orange and Center Streets, once home to Bentara and now a display of stacked tables and chairs and a tiki bar collecting dust, was no longer so conspicuously vacant.
Underneath gyrating arches of pride-colored balloons, Pride New Haven’s annual block party was in full swing Saturday afternoon, the second of three days celebrating queer life and diversity in Connecticut during New Haven’s Pride Weekend.