This Week in New Haven (June 13 – 19)

This Week in New Haven (June 13 – 19)

W hether in collective agony, as it begins, or shared joy, as it ends, this week in New Haven gives us chance after chance to come together. 

Monday, June 13
Grief and outrage meet solace and solidarity during “Speak Out for Safety, Rally for Hope” this afternoon at City Hall’s Amistad Memorial (165 Church St, New Haven). A response to the mass shooting yesterday at an Orlando, Florida, gay club, the event’s organizers implore us to “come together in community to honor those we are losing to horrifying violence,” and to “dare to dream and hope and work towards a future where we can be safe and free from fear.” 4 to 6 p.m.

Tuesday, June 14
In a nod to Father’s Day this Sunday, the New Haven Museum hosts author and psychiatry reporter Joshua Kendall to discuss the fathering styles of America’s presidents and the inner lives those styles may reveal. A natural extension of Kendall’s recently released book, First Dads: Parenting and Politics from George Washington to Barack Obama, the talk, beginning at 5:30 p.m., is followed by a reception and book signing. 114 Whitney Avenue, New Haven. (203) 562-4183.

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Wednesday, June 15
Can more than a hundred million Spotify plays be wrong? Yes, but not in the case of foursome The Wombats, which brings its bright, uncommonly danceable brand of indie rock—equal parts The Killers and Passion Pit, with a British accent—to College Street Music Hall tonight. The 8 p.m., $22 bill is opened by Coast Modern, a duo of Los Angelenos that boldly promises “the most refreshing, modern synth-pop you’ve ever heard.” 238 College Street, New Haven. (203) 867-2000.

Thursday, June 16
The Corsair apartment complex (1050 State St, New Haven), which extends the city’s luxury development building spree up to East Rock, is nearing completion. So is the new construction’s slate of commissioned works from local artists, which it’s unveiling during a “Made for Corsair” party from 6:30 to 8:30 tonight. Participating artists, about 20 of them, include Susan Clinard, Silas Finch, Laura Marsh, Jeff Mueller and Krikko Obbott.

Friday, June 17
“The Final Notes”—the last date in Firehouse 12’s spring concert series—get played during 8 and 9:45 sets tonight. The players are Tina Colón (vocals), Jocelyn Pleasant (drums), Julian Reid (piano/keyboard) and Doug Toussaint (bass), and the program includes original material and reconstituted covers of songs by contemporary artists like jazzy, funky bassist Thundercat and pop singer Alessia Cara. 45 Crown Street, New Haven. (203) 785-0468. $12.

Saturday, June 18
The Hindinger Farm Strawberry Festival, “held every June as the strawberries ripen,” promises hayrides, balloon characters, “lots of food” (including Glenwood Drive-In burgers and Kelly’s ice cream) “and, of course, beautiful, delicious, red, juicy strawberries.” Also featuring live music from Five in the Chamber—which self-describes as a “rollicking bluegrass and old-time string band with a rocking edge”—this year’s festival starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. 835 Dunbar Hill Road, Hamden. (203) 288-0700.

Sunday, June 19 – Father’s Day
If Dad wants to relax, check out the Pardee Rose Garden (180 Park Rd, Hamden; pictured above), replete with gazebo, greenhouse and more than 1,500 roses. Get there before 11 a.m. and you might even be able to join a special, IFAI-sponsored tour of the grounds.

If Dad wants to think, head to the Quinnipiack Club (221 Church St, New Haven) for The Money, an immersive theater experiment in which members of the audience must navigate personal differences and power dynamics to decide what to do with a pile of money. 5 p.m. $20-35.

Or, if Dad wants to groove, grab a spot on the New Haven Green before 7 p.m. That’s when the “explosive” Red Baraat, offering a “riveting brew of North Indian, funk, go-go, Latin, and jazz rhythms,” with blasting horns and irresistible world percussion, takes the stage for a free show.

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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