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New York Times ranks New Haven among best cities in world to visit in 2023

    Conn. (WTNH) — A new year means a new round of travel destinations.   The New York Times released a list of 52 places to visit in 2023. Among the historic, must-see places across the globe — like the artsy city filled with Roman ruins in Tarragona, Spain, and the orange-sand beaches of […]



sweet SMELL of SUCCESS Store owner Francia Fortune turns soap-making hobby into a new thriving business in New Haven By Chatwan Mongkol   NEW HAVEN — Julia Lewler has been a loyal customer of Soap-edi since the day it opened in Milford last year. Now, she said she kind of turned into an “adopted daughter” […]


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Appetizer & Dessert Crawl Fundraiser for the Robin I. Kroogman New Haven Animal Shelter

Join us on Sunday, May 7th for the 4th Annual Appetizer & Dessert Crawl with 14 appetizer and dessert stops in historic downtown New Haven. Tickets are available for just $20 each, plus fees. Also, come visit The Friends of The New Haven Animal Shelter on Broadway Island from 12-4pm. They will have several dogs for adoption, and information regarding other animals. FREE dog caricatures will be available from 12-4pm, as well as live jazz and animal-inspired art from local artists at the pop-up art market! Learn more about these events here!
Yale Campus Tours : Free & Open to the Public
Feb 1 – May 19 all-day

The Mead Visitor Center invites you to take a guided tour led by Yale College undergraduate students. Our student-led tours last approximately one hour and will depart rain or shine. Tours are free & open to the public.

Yale College students provide a glimpse into the history and architecture of the University. The tours start at the Yale Visitor Center at 149 Elm Street New Haven, CT 06511. Hear about Yale’s rich 300-year history and aspects of student life at several of Yale’s fourteen residential colleges. The tour also includes the Gothic Sterling Memorial Library, Yale’s largest, and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Constructed with more than one hundred panels of translucent marble, the Beinecke is home to one of the world’s preeminent collections of rare materials, including the Gutenberg Bible.

Tours depart from the Visitor Center (149 Elm Street), cover the central campus area, and last approximately 1 hour (registration is required).


Wednesday Night Jazz @ South Bay
Feb 1 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 29 @ 9:30 pm

Enjoy great local jazz while dining or enjoying casual apps and one of South Bay’s many signature cocktails. No cover and no minimum just great music every Wednesday!

Located at 228 College Street, New Haven.

Thursday Night Jazz @ Harvest Wine Bar & Restaurant
Feb 2 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 30 @ 9:30 pm

Enjoy apps, dinner and an impressive wine selection while listening to local jazz musicians in a contemporary setting at Harvest Wine Bar & Restaurant located in the lower level of the Yale Center for British Art at 1104 Chapel Street, New Haven.


Mother’s Day Gift Basket Giveaway
Mar 6 @ 9:00 am – May 12 @ 12:00 pm
Enter for a chance to win 1 of 3 Mother’s Day Gift Baskets! All 3 Gift Baskets include;


💝 A FREE overnight stay at The Study at Yale (including breakfast for 2 at Heirloom)

💝 $25 gift cards to Sneaker Junkies, idiom Boutique, Raggs for Men & Women, Atticus Bookstore Cafe, More Amour Boutique, and Derek Simpson Goldsmith

💝 Bath Salts from Soap-edi

💝 A Candle from dwell New Haven

💝 Facial Masks from Üni-Home Life

💝 Greeting Card from Atticus Bookstore Cafe


This contest runs March 6 through noon (12:00pm) on May 12. Winners will be chosen at random on May 12, 2023! All participants will be entered to receive The Shops at Yale e-newsletter. No purchase necessary. Winners will be contacted via email and/or phone and will be given 10 days to claim their prize. Must be 18 or older to enter. After 10 days if a winner does not respond a new winner will be selected.


Thank you for visiting The Shops at Yale for all of your Mother’s Day shopping! We appreciate your support.


This giveaway is sponsored by the Broadway-York and Chapel-College Merchants Associations, also known as The Shops at Yale



Mojada A Medea in Los Angeles @ University Theatre
Mar 10 – Apr 1 all-day



Medea, a Mexican seamstress of extraordinary skill, barely survived the perilous border crossing into the United States and lives uneasily in a borrowed Los Angeles house with her husband Hason and their young son Acan: the tension between their traditional values and assimilation is a matter of life and death. Blending wry humor, tragedy, and mysticism, Mojada unleashes the power of Euripides’ ancient tale through an unforgettable story of an undocumented family caught in the grip of the American immigration system.

Little Feat: Boogie Your Spring Away Tour ​‎‎‎‎‎with special guest Miko Marks @ College Street Music Hall
Apr 21 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm


Little Feat is the classic example of a fusion of many styles and musical genres made into something utterly distinctive. Their brilliant musicianship transcends boundaries, uniting California rock, funk, folk, jazz, country, rockabilly, and New Orleans swamp boogie into a rich gumbo, that has been leading people in joyful dance ever since.

It began in 1969 when Frank Zappa was smart enough to fire Lowell George from the Mothers of Invention and tell him to go start a band of his own. Soon after, Lowell connected with Bill Payne, which stirred up sparks. They then found drummer Richie Hayward.

They were quickly signed by Warner Bros. and began working on the first of twelve albums with that venerable company. The first album, Little Feat, featured the instant-classic tune “Willin’,” and the follow-up Sailin’ Shoes added “Easy to Slip,” “Trouble,” “Tripe Face Boogie,” “Cold Cold Cold” and the title track to their repertoire. Paul Barrére, Kenny Gradney (bass), and Sam Clayton (percussion), joined up, and the latter two remain rock-solid members of Little Feat’s rhythm section.

1973’s Dixie Chicken gave them the title track and “Fat Man in the Bathtub,” as good a blues as any rock band has ever written. Their career to that point was summed up with the live Waiting for Columbus, truly one of the best live albums rock has ever heard.

Fifty years on the road cost them Lowell George, then Richie Hayward and Paul Barrére, but the music has carried them forward. When you spend your life on the road you can get eaten up by the stresses, or you can hold on to your music and your friends and the joy of the people out front and keep the priorities straight the way the Featsters have.

Little Feat in 2021 is: Bill Payne, Keyboards and Vocals; Sam Clayton, Percussion and Vocals; Fred Tackett, Guitars and Vocals, Kenny Gradney, Bass; Scott Sharrard, Guitars and Vocals; and Tony Leone, drums.

Fifty years on, they’ve been up and they’ve been down and they know where they belong—standing or sitting behind their instruments, playing for you. And anything’s possible, because the end is not in sight.



After living what seems to be multiple lives over, Miko Marks has finally come into the life she was born to live. Her life as a Black woman in country and roots music is only a small part of the story. As she readies her latest album, Feel like Going Home, for release (October 14, 2022 via Redtone Records), it’s beyond time to dig deeper.

Miko was born in Flint, Michigan by a single mother who raised her to fight for equal rights for all. Her mother would protest on a local level in their town and would travel to Detroit for larger demonstrations. This impacted Miko greatly as she grew and was pivotal in Miko finding her own voice. Her mother would spend nights working 3rd shift at the automotive factory, while Miko’s grandmother would watch over her, helping raise her for most of her young life. For Miko, the women in her life were of utmost importance to her and their hopes and dreams for her were cautiously optimistic while being pragmatic due to the barriers they faced in their own lifetime.

Miko grew up traveling around in the family van to sing at various church conventions, but even with a show-stopping voice, it seemed singing was mostly just a hobby – not a career to pursue. She studied Political Science at Grambling State University and planned on becoming a criminal defense attorney, but her law degree was put on hold after she married young and gave birth to her son Justin. After some encouragement from her husband, she began to sing again and she released two country albums – “Freeway Bound (2005)” and “It Feels Good” (2007). She received great critical praise and was a regular participant at CMA Fest in Nashville, but the growth was stymied by industry gatekeepers.

After over a decade-long hiatus, with no grand vision of success, Miko recorded a few songs with some bandmates (Justin Phipps & Steve Wyreman). That collection of songs became “Our Country” & it was released on Justin’s small non-profit record label, Redtone Records. They enlisted the help of Brooklyn Basement Records to take it to market. Due to the success of “Our Country” they put out an EP of covers 6 months later called “Race Records” which shined a light on the arbitrary divisions forced upon artists and audiences in the early days of music marketing in the 1940s. Her unique sound deftly blends country, blues, southern rock and even gospel to create a sound and experience that has literally brought every audience to its feet. This new sound along with her warm and soulful spirit catapulted her into a community of change..

Feel Like Going Home is an amalgamation of where Miko has been and where she is going. What she has learned and what she wants to teach. It’s an innermost look at the ebb and flow of her past, present and future. It’s the stories she wants to tell but hasn’t been able to speak into existence ever before. The messages are profound: healing, restoration and distinctly individual. Feel Like Going Home released on October 14, 2022.



the ripple, the wave that carried me home @ Yale Repertory Theatre
Apr 28 – May 20 all-day

1992. Janice lives with her family in an Ohio suburb—a world away from her childhood in 1960s Kansas, where her activist parents fought to integrate public pools and taught Black children how to swim. When she is asked to return and speak at a ceremony honoring her father, she must decide whether she is ready to reckon with her political inheritance and a past she has tried to forget. the ripple, the wave that carried me home is a poignant, transporting, and quietly subversive story of justice, legacy, and forgiveness.

Appetizer & Dessert Crawl 2023 @ The Shops at Yale
May 7 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Join us on Sunday, May 7th for Downtown New Haven’s largest food crawl, the 4th Annual Appetizer & Dessert Crawl with 14 appetizer and dessert stops from downtown New Haven’s most popular restaurants. Tickets are available for just $20 each, plus processing fees.


  • Anchor Spa; specialty appetizer (to be announced soon)
  • Ashley’s Ice Cream; Scoop of all-natural ice cream, frozen yogurt or sorbet, including sugar-free and dairy-free options (cup or cone)
  • Donut Crazy; Minis including peach crumble, lemon meringue, apple crumb, morning buzz or cannoli
  • Heirloom at The Study at Yale; Mini flatbread with tomato jam, agrodolce & ricotta
  • Loose Leaf Boba Company; Banana foster with boba (dairy or almond milk)
  • Maison Mathis; House-made desserts, including caramel brownies, snickerdoodles, ginger molasses or chocolate chip cookies
  • Old Heidelberg at Graduate New Haven; Warm Bavarian pretzel bites with dip
  • Pacifico Restaurant; Mango shrimp ceviche, with pineapple, mango, red onions & cilantro citrus juice
  • Pedals Smoothie & Juice Bar; Mini smoothie bowls with homemade nut butters
  • Shake Shack; Vanilla & chocolate frozen custard
  • Sherkaan Indian Street Food; Mini punjabi samosas with aloo masala, peas, green & tamarind chutneys
  • Villa Lulu; Arancini with quattro formaggi & Calabrian aioli
  • Yamasaki Teriyaki; Teriyaki chicken, egg roll or chicken gyoza (choose one)
  • Yorkside Pizza and Restaurant; Greek rice pudding with whipped cream & cinnamon


🛍️ New, ticket holders will receive one-day only exclusive offers at select locally-owned boutiques and national retailers — perfect for Mother’s Day gifts!


💰All proceeds will benefit The Robin I. Kroogman New Haven Animal Shelter. To date The Shops at Yale has donated more than $10,000 from this event! Check-in times for the Appetizer & Dessert Crawl are 12pm and 1pm on Broadway Island, across from J.Crew. Purchase tickets on or before April 28, 2023 and you will automatically be entered to win gift a $100 card to lululemon or Villa Lulu Restaurant!


Guests and children of all ages are required to purchase tickets as quantities are based on ticket sales.


🐶 Our Annual Dog Adoption event is also on May 7 to allow ticket holders the opportunity to meet some of the beautiful dogs they are helping from The Robin I. Kroogman New Haven Animal Shelter — and maybe even apply to take one home 🙂 You don’t need to be a ticket holder to come to the dog adoption, which is open to the public. Come visit The Friends of The New Haven Animal Shelter on Broadway Island from 12-4pm. They will have several dogs for adoption, and information regarding other animals at the shelter. FREE dog caricatures will be available from 12-4pm, as well as animal-inspired art from local artists at the pop-up art market!


🅿️ Free Parking! Your Appetizer & Dessert Crawl ticket purchase includes free parking at the 150 York Street Garage aka Chapel-York Garage. Free parking is available to those who visit the Dog Adoption as well. Bring your parking ticket from the garage to check-in to be validated.