Upper State Street
by Brian Slattery | Apr 16, 2018 12:11 pm | Comments (1)
We’re on a sunlit stretch of a city block. From the architecture it could be any city center south of the United States, or someplace in Europe. That the building in the foreground is worn down helps narrow it down. But not as much as the subjects. There’s a policeman on the corner, looking vigilant. To his left, a group of musicians, guitars, shakers, an upright.
It’s Havana, and this image, for photographer Hank Paper, encapsulates his experience of Cuba as much as any picture he took.
Make no mistake, he said — Cuba is a dictatorship, and “when you have police on every corner, you’re not going to have crime.” But then “there are these musicians who convey a whole different spirit about the place.” The repressive politics and widespread poverty; the deep and vibrant culture that fascinates the world. “These are the two forces that we’re contending with.”
Continue reading ‘“Cuba Adrift,” Seen Three Ways’
by Markeshia Ricks | Feb 21, 2018 3:07 pm | Comments (2)
When Chef Francesco D’Amuri and Alison DeRenzi opened their restaurant L’Orcio on State Street 15 years ago, the winter months made them wonder what they had done moving away from Florence, Italy.
Continue reading ‘L’Orcio Turns 15’
by Allan Appel | Feb 20, 2018 3:01 pm | Comments (32)
Science teacher Intisar Khan challenged her first-graders to build a dome, the way Roman engineers combined the arch and the circle and the way Bucky Fuller built his geodesic version two millennia later.
Continue reading ‘How Booker T Beat The Burbs’
by Brian Slattery | Feb 14, 2018 8:12 am
At first glance, maybe it’s an island on a clear day, reflected in still water. But then you see that no water is that still. The line between the halves is a little too sharp. Then you see that the bottom half isn’t the same as the top half. They’re not halves at all. It’s a land mass floating in midair.
The image is arresting, stunning, fascinating. What is going on?
Continue reading ‘Photographer Suspends Disbelief’
by Karen Ponzio | Feb 12, 2018 8:33 am
“It’s uncertain what the name of this series is going to be,” joked Conor Perreault as he discussed taking over the second Saturday of the month time slot at Never Ending Books that used to belong to the Uncertainty Music Series — which had come to the end of its run this past August. The Uncertainty Music Series had been devoted to experimental music.
So, it seems, will Perreault’s series. It doesn’t have a name. But it does have a mission.
Continue reading ‘Experimental Music Flourishes Again’
by Markeshia Ricks | Dec 21, 2017 8:42 am | Comments (2)
This information was submitted by the Rev. Kelcy G.L.Steele.
Varick Memorial A.M.E. Zion congregation on Dixwell Avenue donated over 300 toys to the students of Booker T. Washington Academy.
Continue reading ‘Varick Delivers For Booker T Kids’
by Markeshia Ricks | Dec 13, 2017 3:38 pm | Comments (2)
An Upper State Street coffee shop’s quest for a tavern license will move forward, while a proposed City Point restaurant’s application for a full liquor license will not.
Continue reading ‘Two Booze Bids, Two Different Outcomes’
by Allan Appel | Dec 1, 2017 8:53 am
The only time in her life Mary Lesser did not make art was was during a four-year-period she was at the Yale Law School and, simultaneously, raising two small boys.
Continue reading ‘Mary Lesser Rediscovers Color Joy’
by Thomas Breen | Nov 28, 2017 9:12 am | Comments (12)
The city is planning to clear a large Mill River homeless encampment near the Ralph Walker Skating Rink sometime before the beginning of the new year.
Continue reading ‘City Prepares To Clear Mill River Homeless Camp’
by Christopher Peak | Oct 25, 2017 9:26 am | Comments (24)
Upper State Street neighbors Tuesday night embraced a coffee shop’s proposed liquor license as a draw for museum curators and young families attending wine tastings. City Pointers blasted a separate proposed liquor license as a magnet for drunks and teens seeking cheap drinks.
Continue reading ‘Two Booze Bids, Two Reactions’