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Game Makers’ Guild Makes New Rules

by Emmett McMullan | Jun 1, 2018 8:16 am

Emmett McMullan PhotoThe game was poker — with a twist. I had just been dealt into a hand of five-card draw. My cards were the king of hearts, nine of diamonds, three of clubs, four of hearts, and six of spades.

Terrific.

I was about to discard everything but the king when I noticed something off about the cards themselves. I turned my nine a half-turn in my hand, and suddenly I was looking at a two of diamonds.

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Hull’s Opens A New Chapter

by Brian Slattery | May 29, 2018 12:03 pm | Comments (1)

Brian Slattery PhotosThere’s a new space for arts events on Chapel Street. Is it an art gallery? A place for workshops? A pop-up record store and small concert space?

All of the above, according to Shawn Szirbik and Allen Camp of Hull’s Art Supply and Framing, who have turned over a second-floor space above the store to be a space for New Haven’s arts community to use — for free.

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Paint & Clay Club Makes A Buzz

by Brian Slattery | May 23, 2018 1:01 pm

Alfonsina BetancourtHe sits in the kind of light that a nobleman might sit for in a 17th century portrait. Or it could be the light from a naked bulb over his head. The light sets his shoulder ablaze, deepens the shadows below his knees. It obscures his face a little, too, but not the tattoos on his arms. He’s defined by his occupation here, or maybe his vocation — a drummer — and you get the sense that’s how he wants it, to be valued not by what he has, but by what he does, what he brings into the world.

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SIDS Fundraiser Graces Pacific Standard Tavern

by Karen Ponzio | May 21, 2018 8:56 am

Karen Ponzio Photos“I love everyone in this room, even if I don’t know you, because this is a room full of love,” Ben Mikula of the Alpaca Gnomes told the crowd right before the last song of the set he was playing with two other members of his band at Pacific Standard Tavern on Sunday afternoon. “I’m so glad to see people helping each other.”

Mikula was there along with a long roster of others to help raise money for the American SIDS Institute at the fifth annual Graceland benefit, held in loving memory of Grace Margaret Pimenta Fernandez, daughter of Hannah Pimenta, the founder and organizer of this event.

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Artist Climbs Over The “Walls”

by Brian Slattery | May 16, 2018 7:35 am

Liz Antle-O'DonnellA row of red houses, all the same. Beyond that, another row of houses, same as the red houses, but white. A third row of houses, same as the first two except in blue. Everything’s neat and tidy, in primary colors. Safe behind a stockade of popsicle sticks. The wall looks solid. But one stiff breath, and you might be able to blow it down.

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