T his week aims to move us—through time, around downtown, about the country and across the dance floor.
Monday, January 23
Dovetailing with new exhibit Gather Out of Star-Dust: The Harlem Renaissance & The Beinecke Library—which gets an opening party this Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.—today’s installment of the free “Mondays at Beinecke” speaker series features University of Vermont professor Emily Bernard, who was once a research fellow here. Starting at 4 p.m., she’ll be discussing Carl Van Vechten—who’s both the founder of the library’s James Weldon Johnson collection, from which Star-Dust is gleaned, and a subject of one of Bernard’s various published books. 121 Wall Street, New Haven. (203) 432-2977.
Tuesday, January 24
In previews since last Friday and officially opening this Thursday, Yale Repertory Theatre’s world premiere production of Imogen Says Nothing, which gets an 8 p.m. show tonight, brings us back to Shakespearean times, when “all the world’s a stage, but in Elizabethan England, all the roles are given to men.” Imagining a more meaningful contribution for Imogen, a silent bit character mentioned in Much Ado About Nothing, its producers describe it as a “subversively funny tale of an unforgettable creature refusing to let history erase her part.” 1120 Chapel Street, New Haven. (203) 432-1234.
Wednesday, January 25
A “co-founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)” who is “widely recognized for her leadership in the first successful campaign to integrate lunch counters in Nashville;” a “[coordinator of] the Nashville Student Movement Ride, a critical branch of the Freedom Rides, which sought to desegregate interstate travel;” a “liaison between the student movement, the press and the United States Department of Justice;” and an “integral in the Birmingham desegregation campaign of 1963 and the Selma voting rights campaign of 1965, which led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965,” speaks tonight at 5:30 in Battell Chapel (400 College St, New Haven). Her name is Diane Nash, and the topic is “Courage, Conflict and Creative Maladjustment: Speaking Truth to Power Across Generations.”
Thursday, January 26
Semi-annual downtown wine and food crawl Flights of Fancy returns for its winter occasion this evening, with the crawling lasting from 5 to 8 p.m. A $25 ticket gets you a wine glass and a map of participating local businesses, including 19 “wine stops”—where various bottles curated by The Wine Thief are pouring—and eight “food stops.” Check-in, which lasts from 4:30 to 6:30, happens at the Shubert Theater (247 College St, New Haven).
The New Haven Museum (114 Whitney Ave, New Haven; 203-562-4183) debuts Capitol America, a dazzling, cross-country exhibit of state capitol building photos by Robert Lisak and David Ottenstein, with an opening party tonight at 5:30 p.m. Organizers call it “a show of contrasts—black and white, light and dark, workaday function and Gilded-Age splendor, with large-format photographs encircling the New Haven Museum’s own elegant rotunda.” Free to attend.
Friday, January 27
Sunken Disco, a recurring all-about-the-dance party at Stella Blues (204 Crown St, New Haven; 203-752-9764), kicks off its next night of non-Top 40 electro, hip hop, funk and house music at 9 p.m. “Created to provide a more authentic/less commercial club experience in New Haven,” the cover is $5.
Saturday, January 28
Hosted by Neighborhood Housing Services (333 Sherman Ave, Bldg 3, New Haven) in partnership with Common Ground High School, advanced master gardener Rachel Ziesk is leading the first in a six-part Winter Gardening Series. Today’s session, held from 10 a.m. to noon, is focused on underlying fundamentals—“how to make and keep your soil healthy, as well as how to use row covers and other techniques to extend your growing season.” Individual sessions cost $20—or $30 if you want to help defray someone else’s fee—while a six-class bundle costs $100.
Sunday, January 29
Kaleidoscope, the current exhibit at City Gallery (994 State St, New Haven; 203-782-2489), gets an artist talk today from 2 to 4 p.m. It’ll presumably include all four of the show’s contributors: painter/drawer/collagist Judy Atlas, fiber artist Meg Bloom, photographer Phyllis Crowley and painter/drawer/sculptor Nancy Eisenfeld. Free.
Written and photographed by Dan Mims. Readers are encouraged to verify times, locations and prices before attending events.