This Week in New Haven (March 5 – 11)

This Week in New Haven (March 5 – 11)

R ights and wrongs and a revelrous ritual round out this week in New Haven. 

Monday, March 5
Facing the Virus, “an exploration of HIV through artist Jonathan Joseph Ganjian’s ‘Spirit Motifs,’” gets an opening reception at the New Haven Pride Center (84 Orange St, New Haven; 203-387-2252) from 6 to 8 p.m. Themes include “medication-induced jaundice, HIV and the trans experience, mother to-child transmission, hook-up app culture, HIV-induced depression and others,” with the aim of “understanding the world through the lens of those with HIV and AIDS.” Free.

Tuesday, March 6
At RJ Julia Booksellers (768 Boston Post Rd, Madison; 203-245-3959), 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. author events bookend American history. The first talk features Chessy Prout, the young co-author of I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor’s Story of Sexual Assault, Justice and Hope (2018). The second features Joel Richard Paul, professor of constitutional and international law, who is discussing his book Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times (2018), about the man who, in America’s fledgling decades, “established the independence of the judiciary and the supremacy of the federal Constitution and courts.” Free to attend.

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Baskerville at Long Wharf Theatre

Wednesday, March 7
The Chefs of Our Kitchen (COOK) series, hosted and presented by the hospitality management program at Gateway Community College (20 Church St, New Haven; 203-285-2617), proceeds this evening with not one but three special culinary guests: “siblings Elena Fusco, owner/founder of Bin 100 (Milford), and Gennaro ‘Gerry’ Iannaccone, owner/chef at Goodfellas, and their nephew, Paul Iannaccone, co-owner/chef at Ristorante Lucé (Hamden).” Beginning with a 6 p.m. reception featuring wine, beer, soft drinks and hors d’oeuvres, attendees then sit down for a 6:45 three-course meal paired with wine or beer, when they can also observe and query the chefs. Tickets cost $85, with validated parking at Temple Street Garage.

Thursday, March 8
Beginning at noon at the Omni New Haven Hotel (155 Temple St, New Haven), the annual Visionary Leadership Award Luncheon of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas honors “New York Times-bestselling poet, MacArthur ‘Genius’ and National Book Critics Circle award winner” Claudia Rankine—who, if custom holds, will address the luncheon’s attendees. Ticket sales, which support “the Festival’s diverse roster of programming presented in June each year,” include a $150 regular option and a $250 premium option, offering “preferred seating, a pre-luncheon reception with the recipient, and recognition of your support in the luncheon program.”

“Has Liberalism Failed?” asks a panel convening at 3:30 p.m. at Yale’s Whitney Humanities Center (53 Wall St, New Haven). Moderated by New York Times opinion columnist Ross Douthat, the panel’s main provocateur is Patrick J. Deneen, whose book Why Liberalism Failed (2018) contends that “liberalism is built on a foundation of contradictions: it trumpets equal rights while fostering incomparable material inequality; its legitimacy rests on consent, yet it discourages civic commitments in favor of privatism; and in its pursuit of individual autonomy, it has given rise to the most far-reaching, comprehensive state system in human history.” Offering responses to Deneen’s thinking are Washington Post op-ed writer Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig, Yale political science professor Bryan Garsten and Yale law and history professor Samuel Moyn. Free.

Friday, March 9
At 7 p.m., Neighborhood Music School (100 Audubon St, New Haven; 203-624-5189) presents A Raft of Wings: The NMS Concert for Human Rights. “Artists from the NMS faculty, from the Hartford/New Haven Arts Communities and from Cape Verde and Tanzania (via Skype) will perform separately and together, to honor our shared humanity,” organizers say, through music, dance, spoken word poetry and visual arts. Free.

Saturday, March 10
“Nonstopnoiseneverending” is what organizers are calling an all-ages, BYO concert tonight at Neverending Books (810 State St, New Haven), where at least eight musicians, some of whom have never played together, are serving up exactly three straight hours of “overlapping improv noise sets.” The music starts at “7:30 sharp” and ends at “10:30 sharp,” with attendees encouraged to offer $5 or $10 donations and, as always, to take home whatever books they like.

Sunday, March 11
One of the biggest, loudest events of the year feels like it’s been sneaking up on us: the 2018 Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade, stepping off at 1:30 p.m. Assuming no changes from last year, the route—followed by various local organizations and marching bands and lined by equally colorful spectators—will head east on Chapel Street starting at Sherman Parkway, eventually turning left onto Church and right onto Grove, ending a block later at Orange. Free to attend.

Written and photographed by Dan Mims. Image features the Celtic Cross Pipes and Drums at the 2017 Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Readers are encouraged to verify times, locations and prices before attending events.

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