Remember the fun you had as a kid, maybe early in the morning before your parents got up, and you grabbed that colorful cardboard tube, ran to the window, pointed it up toward the sky, and turned and turned the end piece, making sparkly pieces of glass, plastic, or crystal rearrange themselves, reflecting light and making new patterns?
Give it a shake or another turn, and the pieces would flow again?
Brian Robinson of The New Chastity stood in front of the packed house at Never Ending Books on Friday night, his phone in his hand. He joked that he had told his therapist he was going to write more songs about sex. He hit a button on his phone, which was hooked up to the PA, and voices — Robinson’s own, in rich harmony — flowed out.
“Wait. Not this one,” he said. He hit a button on his phone again, and another series of harmonies flowed out. This time Robinson took his position in front of the microphone as the other members of The New Chastity — Rob Breychak on guitar and Jason Sirianni on drums — dropped into a slow jam. The effect was luscious and unexpected, sexy and fun, the beginning of a night that felt like a long kiss-off to 2016 and a hopeful turn toward the future.
Blend Foxon Park White Birch soda and maple syrup together with smoked shallots, smoked jalapeños, and tart cherry juice. Add a little brown sugar and some salt and pepper. Simmer it down and you have the makings of the house, signature New Haven-style barbecue sauce at Bull & Swine.
Clambering off school buses just after 7:30 a.m., some students were excited to walk into Booker T. Washington Academy for the first day of school Tuesday. Others dragged their feet and rubbed sleepy eyes.
Either way, they got a high-five — and in some cases a bit of help regulating their emotions.
Proclaiming that “this isn’t just another project,” Andy Montelli, Post Road Residential founder and developer of Corsair, a new luxury residential complex at 1050 State St., has not only embraced a slice of New Haven manufacturing history in the project’s creation, but commissioned some of New Haven’s best-known artists and artisans for site-specific installations at Corsair that highlight local manufacturing and the spirit of a people building a nation.
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.