T he city’s tracklist this week is a zany assortment of local, legendary and liturgical. Its album art adds even more dimension, ranging from sunny to subterranean, with a skip from realism to surrealism over the weekend.
All you have to do is hit “play” this week in New Haven.
Monday, May 26 – Memorial Day
Here’s to fine weather and good company today. However you spend it, enjoy the time off.
Tuesday, May 27
The Yale Science Diplomats give talks aimed at making science topics palatable to non-scientists, and they’ve got their hands full with the next one: quantum computing, which has been talked about for decades but, last we checked, is still largely theoretical. The talk is called “Entangled Information: How the Quantum World Can Shape Our Future,” and it’s happening at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Program Room of the New Haven Free Public Library’s Ives branch (133 Elm St, New Haven; 203-946-8835). Claudia De Grandi, a Postdoc in Physics, and Julia Salevan, who’s getting her PhD in Engineering, lead the attempt to untangle the idea. Free.
Wednesday, May 28
Local booker and promoter Manic Productions does a good job giving spots to local and regional bands, but for tonight’s weekly free show at BAR (254 Crown St, New Haven; 203-495-8924), Manic’s outdone itself. The headliner, José Oyola & the Astronauts, delivers sparse, guitar-driven love and other songs from New Haven; the preceding act is Violent Mae, bringing us bittersweet and savory lamentations and fat grooves from Hartford; and the opener is Lion’s Teeth, navigating the “indie pop” paradox with bright, upbeat rock inclinations but a mind of its own, also from New Haven. 9:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 29
Take part of your lunch hour and give it to the crypt at the Center Church on the Green, a.k.a. the First Church of Christ in New Haven (250 Temple St, New Haven), where 130+ gravestones dating back to 1687, marking the final resting places of some of “New Haven’s founders and earliest citizens,” remain preserved. Visiting hours are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursdays and Saturdays between April and October. Free.
Friday, May 30
Figurative painter William Bailey’s had a long and luminous run. Much of his six-decade career has been intertwined with Yale, earning a B.F.A., M.F.A. and 26-year professorship of art there along the way. But he’s gotten around; his work’s been exhibited at the MoMA in New York, the National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C., and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, to name a few. Now add Giampietro Gallery on Orange Street to the list. The show, unshowily titled Paintings and Drawings, features exquisite still lifes and sketches, which get a proper airing during an opening reception tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. 91 Orange St, New Haven. (203) 777-7707. Free.
Saturday, May 31
Tonight on Stage II at Long Wharf Theatre (222 Sargent Dr, New Haven; 203-787-4282), the Suzanne Sheridan Band performs “The Music of Joni Mitchell & Leonard Cohen.” The show benefits the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut, and it also takes the opportunity to honor the late civil rights activist/attorney Manny Margolis, who was deeply involved in the ACLU-CT from its get-go. 8 p.m. $43.75.
Sunday, June 1
From 3 to 6 p.m., Kehler Liddell Gallery (873 Whalley Ave, New Haven; 203-389-9555) hosts a free opening reception for Fragments: Tragedy and Hope, which dabbles in “magic realism” through the mixed-media and sculpture work of Fethi Meghelli (whose “One Day” is pictured above) and Joseph Saccio. The show opened to the public on Thursday, May 29, and lasts ’til June 29. By the way, if you can’t get enough of Meghelli and Saccio, each also has a presence in the Doll-Like exhibit over at the John Slade Ely House.
At 4 p.m., the Bethesda Music Series, which has been putting on “concerts to raise funds for social outreach” for more than 20 years, has its final show of the 2013-14 season at Bethesda Lutheran Church (450 Whitney Ave, New Haven; 203-787-2346). The centerpiece of the performance is the “immensely popular” Requiem by John Rutter, for which the Bethesda Choir is joined by singers from the United Church on the Green, plus “soloists and chamber orchestra, under the direction of Caesar Storlazzi and Lars Gjerde.” Attendance is free, with a chance to contribute a freewill offering.
Written by Dan Mims. Image features “One Day” by Fethi Meghelli, courtesy of Kehler Liddell Gallery. Readers are encouraged to verify times, locations and prices before attending events.