This Week in New Haven (October 2 – 8)

This Week in New Haven (October 2 – 8)

T his week it’s culture high and wide, finished with a splash—or is it a slash?—of Halloween. 

Monday, October 2
At 4 p.m., Silliman College (505 College St, New Haven) is hosting a free, open-to-the-public College Tea with Bailey Spaulding. Co-founder, CEO and head brewmaster of the Nashville-based Jackalope Brewing Company, “one of the first U.S. breweries founded solely by women,” Spaulding might talk about following your passion, which she did when she set aside a law school education to start Jackalope.

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Yale Center for British Art

Tuesday, October 3
Today (8 p.m.) through Saturday (2 and 8 p.m.) at the Yale Repertory Theatre (1120 Chapel St, New Haven; 203-432-1234), the Yale School of Drama presents Pentecost, whose producers tease it thusly: “In a church on Europe’s final frontier, a painting is uncovered that could rewrite history. It contains an image of grief so profound that it peels away the barriers between the cultures, religions, and languages of those who encounter it. When the church becomes a battleground, bitter adversaries must choose whether this icon of trauma will divide or unite them.” Be warned: the play “contains graphic violence and nudity.” $25, or $15 for students.

Wednesday, October 4
As part of its series Red Century: The Russian Revolution on Film, the Whitney Humanities Center (53 Wall St, New Haven) is screening “a work of unique historical importance:” October (1928). Billed as “the most controversial of all film commemorations of the 1917 revolution” and “one of the most formally elaborate, conceptually rich and emotionally charged films of the entire silent era,” attendees of this screening get a special treat: live accompaniment from silent film pianist Peter Krasinski. 7 p.m. Free.

Thursday, October 5
According to producer Yheti, his live shows—like tonight’s 7 p.m. multi-opener bill at Toad’s Place (300 York St, New Haven; 203-624-8623)—“[play] with the souls of those open to the more experimental, surreal, low-end heavy side of electronic music,” “with the intention of creating a champion dance environment through high-energy bass, deep rhythms and soul-driven melodies.” Live or not, it’s music that gets weird, in a way that makes you curious about the other stuff you might be missing as you make your normal listening rounds. $20-30.

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Fireflies at Long Wharf Theatre

Friday, October 6
From 5 to 8 p.m., City-Wide Open Studios, the massive monthlong, multi-weekend showcase of local and regional artists in venues throughout New Haven, enjoys a free opening reception at the home of its organizer, Artspace (50 Orange St, New Haven; 203-772-2709). Coinciding with Noodles On9, a free-to-attend street festival outside on Orange Street from 6 to 8, the CWOS party offers a chance to mingle among a display of pieces from the hundreds of artists showing their work throughout the course of the month. It also promises a mighty tantalizing bar experience, The Elaboratory Presents: Xperimental Libations, “a performative art project involving the senses, and science, both fake and real.” “Answer a simple questionnaire,” organizers say, “and our skilled Lab technicians will select from a rainbow of colors, aromas, tastes and textures to concoct a unique drink, just for you…”

Saturday, October 7
The long, delicious chaser—aside from last night’s 8 p.m. after-party at Cafe Nine (250 State St, New Haven)—is CWOS’s Westville Weekend, happening today and tomorrow from noon to 6, when the neighborhood’s artists—including Gar Waterman, who crafted the sculpture pictured above—open up their studios and other available spaces to the public for free viewings and performances. The latter include A Broken Umbrella Theatre’s Exchange, Toto Kisaku’s Requiem for an Electric Chair and #NHVDrag, where “drag artists create an immersive experience in a stage-less environment, allowing performer and audience to intermingle on the same field.” Finally—today anyway—there’s a beer garden starting at 5:30, with tickets costing $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Located outside on Central Avenue between Whalley and Fountain, the spread features New England Brewing Company beverages and live music from singer-songwriter Mike Gennarini.

Sunday, October 8
An 11:30 a.m. screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s proto-slasher Psycho (1960) might not seem like the best way to usher in a Sunday, but it’s a great way to welcome the month of Halloween. Playing at Criterion Cinemas (86 Temple St, New Haven; 203-498-2500) as part of the theater’s long-running Movies & Mimosas series, you can pair it with an 11:30 p.m. screening of the likewise unsettling The Shining (1980), which played last night as part of the dueling Insomnia Theater series. $5.

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 very much by a small team of dedicated contributors.

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