Your ears will be blessed and your heart, full. Editor’s Warning: mentions of death and violence.

Happening In the World: Nagorno-Karabakh’s population has nearly halved following a lightning Azerbaijani offensive. More than 50,000 people—including 17,000 children have fled to Armenia within the span of the last week. Nagorno-Karabakh, an ethnic Armenian-majority breakaway region, has been the cause of two wars between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the past three decades. After three wars, the population has dwindled to the number we see today. (TIME)

Happening in the US: California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a law weaving to increase the minimum wage for healthcare workers to $25 per hour over the course of the next 10 years. The law Newsom signed Friday preempts local minimum wage increases. The $25 minimum wage had been a point of negotiations between Kaiser Permanente and labor unions representing about 75,000 workers. (AP News)

Happening in NYC: The city has gone on high alert following a series of widespread protests surrounding the conflict in the Middle East. Over the course of last night, nearly 100 law enforcement officials approached activists. Officers arrested 58 protesters and corralled them into two full MTA buses. An NYPD spokesperson claimed protestors could be charged, issued criminal summonses or released. Heavy police presence is to be expected with protests by both sides planned well into next week. (Gothamist)

Happening in Our Community: A chamber opera performance of The Hunt will be performed at 8 pm today at Miller Theatre. The Hunt reclaims a well-worn medieval legend to interrogate the contemporary obsession with regulating and restricting female sexuality, the consequences for gender deviance, the value of beauty, and the price of safety—all while captivating the audience with music that beguiles, provokes, and ultimately triumphs. Learn more about the event here.

Miller Theatre via Bwog Archives