This Week in New Haven (July 10 – 16)

This Week in New Haven (July 10 – 16)

I nformation is the lifeblood of democracy—and of planning out your week. 

Monday, July 10
Even if you’re familiar with the nationally legislated Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which helps journalists and other citizens gather information related to the activities of the federal government, you might not realize there are state-level versions as well. At 6 p.m. in the Ives Main Library (133 Elm St, New Haven; 203-946-8835), “an introductory workshop with Tom Hennick of the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission” covers the basics of using our state’s version, including “legal resources for tough” information requests. “Food and refreshments will be served.”

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Tuesday, July 11
At 12:30 p.m. in the Yale Center for British Art’s aptly named Long Gallery, located on the fourth floor, postdoctoral researcher David Lewis is giving a half-hour “art in context” talk related to Art in Focus: The British Castle—A Symbol in Stone. A special exhibit curated by participants of YCBA’s Student Guide Program, its contents, from noble portraits to eerie ruins, “give insight into castles, both real and imagined, and summarize their symbolic role in British life.” 1080 Chapel Street, New Haven. (203) 432-2800.

Wednesday, July 12
Though there are some scattered entrants left, the free 9:30 shows in BAR’s back room each Wednesday have been discontinued. But the free 9:30 shows in its left front room, generally featuring solo performers strumming guitars and singing into mics, proceed. Tonight’s artist is the über-talented workhorse Tim Palmieri, a BAR regular and local favorite who uses his encyclopedic knowledge of popular music history to come up with clever sets of cover songs. 254 Crown Street, New Haven.

Thursday, July 13
Today at Barcade (56 Orange St, New Haven; 203-889-2966; pictured above), nighttime starts as early as noontime, when the vintage video game bar’s “Connecticut Beer Night” begins. Filling the draft lines with over 20 selections from in-state breweries—like Back East’s Ice Cream Man, a “Citra-hopped India Pale Ale” brewed in Bloomfield; Broad Brook’s Pink Dragon Wit, a “witbier brewed with hibiscus flowers” in East Windsor; and Kent Falls’s Alternate World, a “dry-hopped German-style Gose” brewed in Kent—it’s a chance to get a sense of the constitution of the Constitution State’s growing craft beer industry. Free to attend.

Friday, July 14
Gathering “180 nationally recognized craft artists” to the Guilford Green to show and sell their handmade wares—including “ceramics, wearable and non-wearable fiber, metal and non-metal jewelry, glass, leather, metal, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and wood”—the Guilford Art Center’s annual juried Craft Expo happens from noon to 9 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow and noon to 5 on Sunday. Also featuring demonstrations, a silent auction, live music, a “family art tent” and “food, beer and wine,” regular single-day tickets cost $9, with discounts for seniors ($7), kids under 12 (free) and active-duty military (also free).

Saturday, July 15
Sleepy Morris Cove gets loud this evening, when a Wonder Woman-themed edition of BingoMania!, emceed by regular host Joan Crawford—the local drag queen, not the screen legend—begins at 7 p.m. at the Annex Club (554 Woodward Ave, New Haven). The main event is “bingo that’s fast, fun and fabulous,” with cash prizes totaling $2,500. But there are also “wacky games and contests all night long,” made wackier by the call to “wear your sexiest and most heroic costumes!” Admission costs $20, with “snacks, desserts and beverages available,” including the adult kind.

Sunday, July 16
At 2 p.m. at Lyric Hall (827 Whalley Ave, New Haven; 203-389-8885), local playwright Starry Krueger’s family-friendly Dream Train, presented by the very real Imaginary Theater Company and featuring “original music, local actors and New Haven elementary school students,” enjoys the third performance of its two-weekend, six-show world premiere. Following “Scout, a young girl growing up in the City, and Honor, a young girl growing up in the Forest,” whose domains rarely if ever interact, one night the girls both find themselves “aboard the Dream Train, where they discover they have more in common than they thought.” $15, or $10 for children ages 5 and up.

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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