This Week in New Haven (November 16 – 22)

This Week in New Haven (November 16 – 22)

A fter getting informed, getting entertained, getting literary and getting unapologetic, New Haven turns to giving. 

Monday, November 16
Despite occasional leaks along the way, the specifics of the Trans-Pacific Partnership—a proposed trade-facilitating agreement between America and 11 other nations raising alarm bells among economic, environmental, intellectual property and good-governance experts—have been kept secret during seven and a half years of negotiations. And though it was finally released earlier this month, the final text is basically inscrutable, thanks to prohibitive length, specialized content and unlinked references up the wazoo.

But maybe Yale can help. At 4 p.m. in Horchow Hall (55 Hillhouse Ave, New Haven), “The Case (or not) for the TPP” offers perspectives, in panel format, from former U.S. Treasury official and current think-tanker Gary Clyde Hufbauer; Peter Schott, professor of international economics at Yale; and Ernesto Zedillo, director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization, board member of Citigroup and former president of Mexico, one of the countries involved in the TPP. Free.

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Tuesday, November 17
“Diarrhea Planet” might be a shorthand way to describe what some fear will result from the TPP. That’s also the name of tonight’s headliner at The Space (295 Treadwell St, Hamden; 203-288-6400), whose irregular four-guitarist lineup and more-eclectic-the-more-you-listen depth makes for a mashup of rock sounds from the Ramones to Weezer. The second of tonight’s three acts is Music Band, a southern rock, occasionally southern gothic band with a level of abandon rivaling DP’s. The opening act, Dan Soto & the High Doses, is rock music, too, but loopier—all over the map, really, making lo-fi stops in surf rock, punk, psychedelia and grunge. 8 p.m. $12.

Wednesday, November 18
Tonight at 6 p.m., New Haven-based plumber-turned-poet/novelist Sarah Pemberton Strong is the guest of the latest in the “Get Lit” series at the Ives Main Library (133 Elm St, New Haven; 203-946-8138), which “[brings] locally rooted literature to life” via “book-based discussions, lectures and readings.” This one’s a discussion—of Strong’s most recent novel, The Fainting Room, a mystery Publishers Weekly called “a masterful exploration of longing and its consequences.” Free.

Thursday, November 19
After its annual meeting at 5:30, the New Haven Museum (114 Whitney Ave, New Haven; 203-562-4183) hosts longtime local reporter Paul Bass, founder and editor of the New Haven Independent, for a talk titled “New Haven, With No Apologies.” The museum says Bass is bringing his “35 years reporting the good, the bad and the ugly in the Elm City” to bear in a 6 p.m. presentation that’s really about “what he believes is good in the city.” Free.

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Measure for Measure at Long Wharf Theatre

Friday, November 20
Yesterday through Sunday, the 23rd annual Holiday Bazaar at Trinity Church on the Green (pictured above), on the northwest corner of Chapel and Temple Streets, promises to stuff the church’s basement with gifts “for everyone”—“from wonderful handmade ornaments to the best food court in town, from a well-stocked tag sale to lovingly knitted scarves, from an indescribable cookie walk and bake sale to a silent auction.” Aside from items donated by local businesses, particularly for the silent auction, nearly everything—and there’s a lot—comes from parishioners, some of whom work “year-round” to help fill the bazaar. Proceeds fund the maintenance of the church’s iconic architecture, including this year’s target: the front steps. Hours run noon to 8 p.m. yesterday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and tomorrow and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

Saturday, November 21
A second yearly Christmastime tradition gets going today at the Knights of Columbus Museum (1 State St, New Haven; 203-865-0400). Joy to the World: Crèches of Central Europe is the museum’s 11th annual globetrotting crèche exhibit, this time giving us insights into the arts and traditions of “seven nations: Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Slovak Republic and Slovenia.” In addition, the museum’s displaying seven scenes from its private collection, like “a 120-square-foot Baroque Neapolitan diorama.” Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas. Free.

Sunday, November 22
Creative Arts Workshop’s pottery residents, faculty and students enjoy rolling up their sleeves and doing some good works. That’s especially true in the lead-up to CAW’s annual Bowl-A-Thon, the 19th of which occurs today. Lasting from 1:30 to 5 p.m., visitors donating $15 get to fill a bowl or large mug with “hearty soup donated by local restaurants,” then slurp the chow, then take their dish home. The pottery—which also includes smaller and larger works at other price points—was made by those residents, faculty and students, with the donated money going to the Christ Church New Haven’s Community Soup Kitchen program.

Before or after getting souped up, visitors can digest works in a separate exhibition, also at CAW. Showing new art by five members of the New Haven Paint & Clay Club—Barbara Groff, William Meddick, Ralph Schwartz, Peter Seltzer and Cheryl Weymann—the show’s opening reception happens today from 2 to 5 p.m. 80 Audubon St, New Haven. (203) 562-4927.

Written and photographed by Dan Mims. Readers are encouraged to verify times, locations and prices before attending events.

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Dan has worked for a couple of major media companies, but he likes Daily Nutmeg best. As DN’s editor, he writes, photographs, edits and otherwise shepherds ideas into fully realized feature stories, helped in no small part by a small team of dedicated contributors.

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