Co-Op High Reaches Great “Heights”

by Brian Slattery | Mar 19, 2019 12:18 pm

Brian Slattery PhotosUsnavi runs a bodega in his neighborhood. He keeps giving free coffee to Vanessa, the woman he has a crush on and can’t bring himself to ask out. Everyone in the neighborhood buys lottery tickets at his spot. One day he realizes someone in the neighborhood has bought a winning ticket. He looks up the amount. How much could it be for? $1,000? $2,000?

He stops short. It’s for $96,000, the kind of money that goes a long way. It can change the course of someone’s life. Who won the money? And what are they going to do with it?

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Unplugged Series Launches At Three Sheets

by Karen Ponzio | Mar 18, 2019 7:53 am

Karen Ponzio Photos“Happy Halloween” Ceschi Ramos yelled to the growing crowd gathering at Three Sheets on Elm Street this Sunday, the afternoon of St. Patrick’s Day. Ceschi was playing the inaugural show of the bar’s newest series of music called “Unplugged,” set to feature one to two acts on the fourth Sunday of each month playing acoustic versions of their songs and talking about them, themselves, and their influences and inspirations.

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A Voice Rises: Lauren McQuistin’s Triumph

by Lary Bloom | Mar 15, 2019 12:12 pm

Matt Fried Photo(Note to Reader: If, generally, you don’t make it a point to attend student concerts, I hope what follows lures you to Yale’s Morse Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday March 27, not only because the price is right —  free —  but because what you’ll hear may put you in the lilting mood I have enjoyed since first experiencing the work of the scheduled performer.)

Question: What chance would a girl have who grows up on her family’s sheep farm in Scotland to become an opera singer who dazzles audiences in, among other places, Moscow, Sulmona, Italy, and New Haven, U.S.A.?

Answer: No chance. That is, unless she not only grows into a young woman of natural talent, but along the way demonstrates iron will, embraces risk as necessity, and is open to life-affirming surprise.

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