This Week in New Haven (March 12 – 18)

Y ale is on spring break, but many more of us are making a break for spring, emboldened by provocative live music, culinary delights and newly sunlit evenings. 

Monday, March 12
Headliner Zachary Cale, a singer-songwriter who plunks some of Bob Dylan’s loopiness into a stew of more contemporary alt-folk sensibilities, softens the implied mania of tonight’s Manic Mondays show at Cafe Nine (250 State St, New Haven; 203-789-8281). Meanwhile, second-billed act Snake Oil mines a particularly irresistible vein of psychedelia, and opener ZZZwalk sculpts soundscapes that aren’t always as sleepy as you’d think. Free with RSVP by 2 p.m. today, or $5 at the door.

Tuesday, March 13
Yale is on spring break, but a trio of grad students—marine micropaleontology specialist Daniel Gaskell, chemistry grad student Jason Ray and chemical/environmental engineer Andrew Sumner—are still on duty, serving as Yale Science Diplomats. Leading the latest “Science in the News” session, starting at 6:30 p.m. at Ives Main Library (133 Elm St, New Haven; 203-946-8130), they’ll be discussing “From Fieldwork to Facebook: Climate Change, Public Health and Misinformation in the Media.”

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Baskerville at Long Wharf Theatre

Wednesday, March 14
Charitable indulgences are served two ways. From 4 to 10 p.m., Elm City Social (266 College St, New Haven; 475-441-7436; free to enter) is hosting a “Save the Cats Happy Hour,” when 10% of all proceeds benefit the Greater New Haven Cat Project, an organization “dedicated to improving the lives of stray, abandoned and feral cats.”

A few blocks away, from 6 to 8 p.m., Patagonia (1 Broadway, New Haven; 203-691-1845; $5) is hosting a Pint Night to benefit the Rock to Rock Earth Day Ride. Doubling as a local Green Drinks meetup, organizers promise “beer from Blue Point Brewery, wine from Mionetto Prosecco, refreshments, live music from Andrew Biagiarelli and our ever-popular raffle.”

Thursday, March 15
From 6 to 8 p.m., the Institute Library (847 Chapel St, New Haven; 203-562-4045) hosts the next installment of its monthly “storysharing” series. “Open to all levels of experience in a friendly, supportive atmosphere,” the library invites people to tell “stories of any kind—personal experience stories, folk tales and more… at any stage from first stabs to polished pieces.” $10 suggested donation.

Friday, March 16
A three-act 8 p.m. bill at College Street Music Hall (238 College St, New Haven; 203-867-2000) is topped by superstar Miguel, who’s not just “a Grammy-winning specialist in carnal pop-R&B ballads,” as Spotify puts it. His style is more restless, bouncing from hi-fi to lo-, unfiltered to auto-tuned, upbeat to downtempo. Second act SiR also keeps listeners on their toes, with jazzy, or motown-ish, or otherwise exceptionally musical takes on R&B. But opener Nonchalant Savant might be the most experimental of the bunch, opening his debut LP with a grooveless puff of smoke, later exploring interesting combinations like sitar with flute and 8-bit effects with fat, wide open drums. $43.50-53.50.

Saturday, March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day
Like last week’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the actual holiday offers midafternoon fun for both adults and kids.

Mustering in Wooster Square at 1:30 p.m., New Haven Bike Party’s next creative and wacky gathering invites cyclists of all speeds to join a free 2 p.m. “slow ride” through the city, with an after-party to follow. Pinging the Ides of March, the theme this time is ancient Rome, which means you may want to toga up or something.

Also at 2 p.m., the Shubert Theatre (247 College St, New Haven; 203-562-5666) hosts Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live. An educational show directed at young families, it reanimates dinosaurs as large, life-like, scientifically sound puppets. $29-54.

Sunday, March 18
Southern Connecticut State University’s Lyman Center (501 Crescent St, New Haven; 203-392-6154) hosts a 3 p.m. “St Patrick’s celebration” featuring singing trio The Celtic Tenors, whose repertoire ranges “from classical and folk to Irish and pop.” Tickets cost $30 or $35, with discounts available for SCSU students, faculty, staff and “active alumni.”

From 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., Wolfski’s—a local maker of nontraditional pierogi—is putting on a pop-up dining experience at Three Sheets (372 Elm St, New Haven; 475-202-6909). Promising “more than just pierogi,” Wolfski’s says it’ll be “serving up some seriously unique, creative Pol-‘ish’ food that you won’t find anywhere else (including an option for our vegan friends).”

Written by Dan Mims. Image depicts Wolfski’s Buffalo Chicken Pierogi. 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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