7.12.19: Strong & Modern

Day 5 of The Sound We See: New Haven and the action is really starting to rev up! We hop on a couple of Bike New Haven’s green machines just after 5 am and glide through the quiet streets to meet Pablo at his favorite childhood haunt: the Strong School in the Fair Haven neighborhood. Shuttered for years, the Grand Street building is covered with bright community murals outside and filled with dozens of dim classrooms in various states of disarray, mounds of broken glass and one super creepy clown painting inside. For the 10 am hour, we manage to convince a string of gallery guards that the Super 8 is “just a still camera that takes a lot of pictures really fast,” so Natalie can capture a few of her favorite nooks and crannies at Yale University Art Gallery. Phew! Back at Artspace, we’ve got rock star games to play, meeting places to settle, and eco-processing to do with a steller trio of collectively-mixed brews–Ricardo Leite’s never-fail caffenol recipe, Dagie Brundert’s fabulous flower power recipe using a fragrant array of local blooms, and a Seaweed Surprise mixture based on another Dagie “soup,” featuring locally grown sugar kelp generously donated by GreenWaveplus sound recording technology to learn and exhibition flyers to make. Pablo and Natalie stay late to process their film: Van Gogh + Van Halen = AWESOME! At 4 pm, Anthony makes portraits of pals at The Cut; Sofia celebrates sisterhood on Audubon Street two hours later. What else can we sneak into this day of wonders? How about an 11 pm visit to another one of “the Holy Trinity of New Haven-style pizza” establishments? Big thanks to Georgii (the first SWS filmmaker to eat and film at the same time!) for introducing us to the tantalizing taste of Modern’s thin-crust crab pie… Now that’s a fine piece apizza!

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