The unseasonable cold and threat of rain couldn’t keep teachers, administrators, students, and supporters away from celebrating the grand opening of East Street Arts and the 45th anniversary of Marrakech, the statewide nonprofit of which East Street Arts is a part.
The Board of Alders gave final approval to a deal to transform the defunct CT Transit bus garage on James Street, and it gave the OK for the city to accept a $1.2 million grant to advance bike ridership on the west side of town.
Developers looking to transform the former CT Transit bus depot into a multimillion-dollar tech and innovation campus can start moving dirt this month — to demolish a huge piece of the existing building and to cart away contaminated dirt.
Musicians Paul Belbusti (a.k.a. Mercy Choir) and Lys Guillorn have split a lot of bills together. They even did an EP in 2013 called Trouble, in which Belbusti wrote the music and Guillorn wrote the words for the first song; then, for the second song, they switched roles. So in November, when Belbusti asked Guillorn if she wanted to collaborate in putting together a month-long Friday-night residency at Never Ending Books on State Street — a “variety show,” according to Belbusti — she agreed.
The result is the Wobbling Roof Revue, which features 28 acts performing 20-minute sets each across four Fridays in March, in a lineup that ranges from musicians and storytellers to a tarot reader, a comedian, and a trivia meister.
New York Times food reviewer Sarah Gold knows so much about food that she is sure no one would ever enjoy eating the blackened tofu salad at New Haven’s Da Legna restaurant — even though she didn’t bother trying it before saying so.
(Update Friday 5:05 p.m.: The bridge is open!) A hole in the fresh blacktop of the rebuilt State Street Bridge gave celebrants an understandable moment of pause Thursday, one day before the long-closed span reopened to the public.
Upper State Street restaurateur Allison DeRenzi struck an informal agreement for her employees to use empty spots in a neighbor’s parking lot across the street. She wants the city to be just as creative in finding long-term solutions.