This Week in New Haven (November 18 – 24)

T ravel back in time on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, across an ocean on Wednesday, up the shoreline starting on Saturday and to outer space on Sunday. Whenever and wherever you go, have a pleasant trip this week in New Haven.

Monday, November 18
Late on a Monday afternoon is a good moment to drink some tea, and the Beinecke Library (121 Wall St, New Haven; 203-432-2977) is a good place to drink it. Tea accompanies each edition of the “Mondays at Beinecke” series, which pulls in a Yale researcher, lecturer or professor for an “object talk” about something on display in the library’s current exhibition. In this case, John Faragher, a professor of History and American Studies, talks about “Western expeditionary art” with inspiration coming from works by 19th-century frontiersmen Alfred Jacob Miller and Karl Bodmer. 4 p.m. Free.

Tuesday, November 19
At 5 p.m., the New Haven Museum (114 Whitney Ave, New Haven; 203-5620-4183) is hosting its members-only annual meeting to discuss museum business. Then, at 5:30 p.m., the room opens up to the general public for “The Gettysburg Address in Deed and Context: A Reading on the 150th Anniversary.” Lincoln reenactor Howard Wright handles the “deed” part, while Central Connecticut State history professor Matthew Warshauer provides the “context.” Appropriately, the museum dates back to the year before the Gettysburg Address was given, having been founded in 1862 as the New Haven Colony Historical Society.

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Wednesday, November 20
Philomena, starring Judi Dench, recounts an Irish mother’s trans-Atlantic search for her son nearly fifty years after he was taken and sent to America for adoption. But it’s actually a comedy. The film will have a limited theatrical release starting this Friday with a wider release to come the following Friday, but you can see it tonight at the Whitney Humanities Center (53 Wall St, New Haven; 203-432-0670) during a free sneak preview at 7 p.m.

Thursday, November 21
The Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce orchestrates a hospitable takeover of the Oakdale Theatre (95 S. Turnpike Rd, Wallingford) today for The Big Connect, its annual business expo. The exhibitor list is long and the special events schedule is packed, including “The Big Taste,” two hours of food-tasting and networking starting at 11:30 a.m., and a “CEO Power Panel with Innovators” including New Haven’s own Ben Berkowitz, co-founder and CEO of SeeClickFix. The expo floor is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with the first special event beginning at 9:30 and the last one, “WNPR’s Small Business After Hours: Small Business, Big Tech” offering food, drink and more networking opportunities, running from 4 to 6 p.m. When you register to attend, you can choose which of the events to request a spot for; most, like the expo itself, are free.

Stage Designs by Ming Cho Lee, a retrospective displaying 65 intricate stage models and various photographs and sketches from the theater, opera and dance productions of the much-awarded stage designer’s long career, opens today in the Yale School of Architecture Gallery (180 York St, New Haven). To mark the opening, Columbia University professor Arnold Aronson is giving a talk on Lee and his outsized influence, titled “Ming Cho Lee and the Transformation of American Set Design,” at 6:30 p.m. in the basement level of the YSA. Free.

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Friday, November 22
A vibraphone is pretty much like a xylophone, but the keys are made of metal, not wood, and there’s a foot-pedal that releases a muffler at will, allowing tones to ring out smooth and warm and haunting. Despite many merits, it’s not an instrument you see every day. Tonight, Firehouse 12 (45 Crown St, New Haven; 203-785-0468) brings it front and center, with composer/vibraphonist Chris Dingman and company performing The Subliminal and the Sublime, his “new suite of music,” at 8:30 p.m. ($18) and 10 p.m. ($12). Dingman’s past compositions have been technical and alternately atmospheric and bombastic, and he has a knack for putting a stellar cast of supporting musicians together.

Saturday, November 23
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and tomorrow, the 2013 Shoreline Arts Trail opens up artist studios and galleries, both traditional and non-, in Branford, Guilford and Madison. Jewelry designs by metalsmith Sid Werthan (at Tabar Designs in Guilford), nature-themed paintings by Melissa Imossi (at All the Colors of Bianca in Madison) and stained glasswork by Jayne Crowley (at The Glass Hut in Branford) are just a few of the highlights. Download your trail map here.

Tonight at 7 p.m., Milford-based rock/pop band After Autumn is celebrating the release of its upbeat and uplifting new EP Wake the Day at RVP Studios (221 Bull Hill La, West Haven; 203-934-7579). It’s a party with a purpose: raffle proceeds as well as a portion of album sales is heading to the Tommy Fund for Childhood Cancer, which provides financial assistance to families of children with cancer at Yale-New Haven’s Smilow Cancer Hospital. The all-ages show offers free admission, and even free food.

Sunday, November 24
Today, the Greater New Haven Jewish Community Center (360 Amity Rd, Woodbridge; 203-387-2522) is a good place to find gifts for whatever holidays you celebrate this season. Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., sellers of jewelry, home decorations and plenty more converge for the center’s 10th Annual Arts & Crafts Fair. Free to attend.

Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (screen-capped above) is one of those movies that just belongs on the big screen, and Lyric Hall obliges with a showing of the hi-fi sci-fi flick at 1:30 p.m. today. Really launching things into orbit, Odyssey star Keir Dullea is going to be on hand to answer questions afterward, along with the prominent film scholar and author Foster Hirsch, who was just starting his academic career when the movie premiered in 1968. Tickets are $20. 827 Whalley Ave, New Haven; (203) 389-8885.

Written by Dan Mims.

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