L ong Wharf conjures the outside, inside; other stages host bands indoors and out-; and a movie follows a group of outsiders as they try to break in.
Monday, July 11
Most exhibition spaces aren’t open Mondays, but the galleries at Creative Arts Workshop are. Visitable on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., they have two exhibits at the moment: the four-artist Concrete & Shadows, playing with “reality and illusion, physicality and transience, form and space, containment and expansion,” and the one-artist Retrospective, showcasing “paintings and prints by longtime Drawing + Painting Department faculty member Graziella Patrucco de Solodow.” 80 Audubon Street, New Haven. (203) 562-4927.
Tuesday, July 12
Prefacing a sold-out headlining gig Saturday at College Street Music Hall (238 College St, New Haven; 203-867-2000), local indie rock royalty Miracle Legion (whose frontman, Mark Mulcahy, is pictured above) opens for national indie rock royalty Guided By Voices tonight on the very same stage. Shorthanded by its fans—among them many professional music critics—to “GBV,” Guided by Voices’s current lineup features original lead songwriter Robert Pollard and a characteristically reconstituted version of the remainder. 8 p.m. $25-35.
Wednesday, July 13
It’s two-piece season at Long Wharf Theatre, where The Bikinis—“a ’60s musical beach party”—returns for another summer of nostalgic songs like Betty Everett’s “It’s in His Kiss,” Martha and the Vandellas’ “Heatwave” and The Drifters’ “Under the Boardwalk.” These and 27 other golden oldies spring forth during a plot line involving members of a long-dispersed girl group who band together again to save the boardwalk they once ruled. The show, which opens tonight at 7 p.m., runs through July 31. 222 Sargent Drive, New Haven. (203) 787-4282. $41.50-$61.50.
Thursday, July 14
At 4:45 p.m. in Yale’s William L. Harkness Hall (100 Wall Street, New Haven), cultural preservation leader Bertrand Lavedrine, a professor at France’s National Museum of Natural History and the director of the Research Center for Conservation, gives a talk titled “Conservation: A Fight Against Time? Durability, Changes, Risks, and Values.”
Later in the evening, FoodWorks in Guilford (450 Boston Post Rd; 203-458-9778) is hosting a free “Wine & Cheese Night,” offering “tasting selections of organic wine and cheese” from 7 to 8 p.m.
Friday, July 15
Tonight, the roving “Friday Flicks” series of free outdoor movie screenings offers a comedy that’s got more sweat than we’ve had all summer and more ice than we had all winter. It’s Cool Runnings (1993), a lightly factual, heavily funny telling of the formation of summery Jamaica’s bobsled program for the 1988 Winter Olympics, and it screens in Middletown Avenue Park (at Bernhard Road), just inside New Haven’s northeast-most limit.
Saturday, July 16
You can do some volunteer gardening at the Yale Farm (345 Edwards St, New Haven) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.—with parking available at 355 Prospect Street—or you can enjoy the gardening results of others at the New Haven County Wedding Floral Show, held on Broadway Triangle from noon to 3 p.m., where something like 17 area florists will be showing off their arranging abilities to a soundtrack pumped out by a bonafide wedding DJ.
At 3 p.m., the Yale Center for British Art (1080 Chapel St, New Haven; 203-432-2800) hosts “one of the foremost interpreters of Cole Porter, legendary cabaret singer Steve Ross,” who’s set to “perform many of Porter’s greatest songs, as well as other music from the American Songbook.” Free.
Sunday, July 17
The free Sounds of Summer festival—offering “music for the people” to “people for the music”—happens in Hamden Town Center Park today from 2 to 9 p.m. A lineup of some nine local acts includes “space funk/spirit rock” band Off the Dome, lo-fi alt-rock/pop The Foresters, earnest singer/songwriter ArleneWow! and bluesy bands Parker’s Tangent and Off the Trax. 2761 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden.
Written and photographed by Dan Mims.