Amalfitani Hit The Streets

by Allan Appel | Jun 22, 2018 10:49 am | Comments (1)

Allan Appel PhotoSome came for the memories and to see old friends.

Others came to introduce a fourth and even fifth generation of local Italian-Americans to enduring traditions.

Almost everyone came to taste the sausage and peppers, the pasta e fagioli, and the fried mozzarella

Yet others come to plumb the mysteries of the secret sauce.

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Punk Night Says Hello To Summer

by Karen Ponzio | Jun 22, 2018 8:29 am

Karen Ponzio PhotosThe summer solstice, the longest day of the year, was just ending as Jeffrey Thunders sat in the back of Three Sheets.

“All I want to do is make music and have a good time with my friends” he said. The day had been celebrated as Make Music Day throughout the city, and many cities throughout the country as well. Thunders said he had no idea it was going on when he booked the show.

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Return To The Scene Of The Infraction

by Markeshia Ricks | Jun 21, 2018 7:58 am | Comments (22)

Markeshia Ricks PhotosSix years ago, nearly to the day, New Haven cop Betsy Segui arrested artist and Ideat Village festival co-founder Bill Saunders at Pitkin Plaza on charges of interfering with a police officer, disorderly conduct, and inciting a riot.

On Wednesday, they both returned to the scene of that arrest — along with jurors who will decide whether Segui was wrong to arrest Saunders that day, violated his First Amendment rights, and used excessive force.

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Institute Library Takes Long, Strange Trip

by Brian Slattery | Jun 20, 2018 12:50 pm

Brian Slattery PhotosThe first sign that you’re heading somewhere when you walk into the Institute Library might be the cluster of oars hanging from each skylight, seemingly floating in space. The oars have souvenirs from the trips they’ve taken. A map of a river mouth. Fishing lures. Abstract designs. A ribbon that reads “invasive spirits.”

We’re being encouraged to travel ourselves. We’re also being encouraged to think about it.

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DJ Makes New Haven Shake

by Karen Ponzio | Jun 20, 2018 12:47 pm

Nicki ChavoyaBrendan Toller — whose inaugural dance night at Cafe Nine, “Shake ‘N’ Vibrate,” happens this Sunday, June 24 — recalled the first time he walked into Cafe Nine on a Sunday evening for the monthly Sex Beat Dance Party with Kid Congo Powers.

“I remember going the first night and being super thrilled because I could already tell it was my aesthetic, my taste and there it was right in front of me. It created this rock ‘n’ roll realm ... this small tight knit group where you get to know everybody, like it or not, because it was on the dance floor. Even if you didn’t know them by name you knew what kind of moves they were doing. It was a real open space — all of his flyers said ‘All Stripes Welcomed’ — and it was just free and magical, the best elements of rock ‘n’ roll as an art form and as a political force coming together. It made for a really fun night.”

Toller never missed another one. When he found out that Kid would be ending his run due to moving, he was worried that the community that had been built would vanish. Thus Shake ‘N’ Vibrate, with DJ B the T Jr., was born.

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Refugees Unite One Dish At A Time

by Allison Park | Jun 19, 2018 4:50 pm | Comments (4)

Allison Park PhotoZainab Al-Qaderi had a satisfied smile on her face as she presented her guests with her sweet Iraqi specialty called kanafa. The guests dug in, with their forks gently cracking the crispy outer layer of shredded phyllo dough, to reveal creamy layers of baked goodness: a filling of sweet cheese and clotted cream, with a dainty pistachio garnish. She motioned her guests towards a small jar full of syrup and urged them to drizzle the sugar-water concoction over the dish to enhance the flavor.

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