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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East Rock Concert Series Comes Full Circle

by Brian Slattery | Jun 19, 2018 12:09 pm

To introduce her first song, “Sweet to Me,” Caroline Doctorow told a quick, acerbic story that was the genesis for the song’s title. She knew a man once who practiced singing and playing the guitar all the time, to the irritation of his wife.

“What is the point of all this?” Doctorow related her saying. “You’re never going to be Elvis.”

‘His reply: “I may not ever be Elvis, but it doesn’t cost you anything to be sweet to me.”

“That couple isn’t together anymore,” Doctorow added.

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The Rough Draft Begins Its First Chapter

by Karen Ponzio | Jun 18, 2018 7:47 am

Karen Ponzio PhotosRight before his final song of the first set of the first singer songwriter night in the round at The Rough Draft Saturday night, Chris Q. Murphy said he was “immediately impressed as both a musician and a Brooklynite” with the venue opening at the site of the former Space. He said the Rough Draft had actually carried out what similar places in his town are trying to accomplish.

“I can’t wait to go back and tell everyone I played at a place in an office park, and it was incredible!” he told the audience, who responded with laughter and cheers.

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