This Week in New Haven (June 18 – 24)

N ew Haven feels bigger and the world feels smaller as locality and internationality coalesce nearly every day. 

Monday, June 18
“They bridge the gap between England’s 2-Tone movement and the American ska explosion of the ’90s, which they are rightfully credited with starting,” and you can see them—The Toasters, that is—for free with an RSVP or $5 at the door tonight in the intimate climes of Cafe Nine (250 State St, New Haven; 203-789-8281). Opening the 8 p.m. show is Micah Schnabel, a guitarist and vocalist for “heart-wrenching yet ferocious” rock band Two Cow Garage when he isn’t appearing solo.

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Tuesday, June 19
A Juneteenth edition of Stir the Pot, a monthly “interactive cooking and food education series curated by Nadine Nelson… in collaboration with the New Haven Food Policy Council,” happens from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Yale Farm (345 Edwards St, New Haven). The cooking this time involves collard green rolls and pizza, which is why, instead of a more traditional potluck offering, organizers ask attendees to “bring [their] favorite pre-prepared pizza toppings.” Free.

With a 7 o’clock performance, Menopause: The Musical, featuring four women bonding over “memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more,” continues tonight at Long Wharf Theatre (222 Sargent Dr, New Haven; 203-787-4282). “Set to classic tunes from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s,” the comedy is playing through July 1, with tickets costing between $50.50 and $65.50.

Wednesday, June 20
Hitting one of many strides during its second and final week, the 2018 International Festival of Arts & Ideas has a lot going on this evening, with two guided canoe tours of the West River; a critical analysis of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by an “expert Beatlesologist”; an outdoor, potentially interactive take on “one of Shakespeare’s most well-known and controversial plays”; and an acclaimed guitarist “[exploring] the creation myth and [celebrating] the guitar through an audiovisual feast that is not to be missed.”

Thursday, June 21
Timed to coincide with the summer solstice, Make Music New Haven—“an all-ages, all-inclusive celebration of music” featuring live shows “at locations around Greater New Haven” including gardens, front porches, sidewalks, a plaza, a church and a museum—happens today, starting as early as 10 a.m. and lasting into the wee hours of tomorrow. Among all the many performances are five “signature events,” including a flash mob on the New Haven Green, a site-specific coffeeshop musical and a Guinness World Record attempt (for most vocal solos in a single song recording) on the roof of the Temple Street Garage.

Friday, June 22
From 5 to 10 p.m. yesterday and today, 4 to 10 p.m. tomorrow and 2:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday, the St. Andrew the Apostle Society (515 Chapel St, New Haven) throws its 118th Annual Italian Festa. Selling Italian fare from pizza to subs to broccoli rabe to pastries to espresso, as well as beer on tap and peaches in wine, visitors can enjoy live music like tonight’s “strolling Italian accordionist” from 6 to 7 as well as an opening parade (6 p.m. Thursday through Wooster Square) and a “traditional procession” (10 a.m. Sunday, also through Wooster Square).

Saturday, June 23
From 2 to 4 p.m., Turkey-based Brazilian American photographer Monique Jaques comes to Mitchell Library (37 Harrison St, New Haven; 203-946-8117) to discuss and sign copies of her photo book Gaza Girls: Growing Up in the Gaza Strip. Featuring intimate and resonant images, Jaques herself best describes what the book documents: “When you’re a young girl in Gaza, your existence is defined by its boundaries—literal and metaphorical, defined by both regional and cultural politics. Families are tight-knit and watchful over their daughters. Privacy and mobility are both scarce. Many women say that in a place as small as Gaza, it is impossible to be truly free. Yet, there are moments of joy found in laughs at school, shared secrets with friends and moments alone to dream.”

Sunday, June 24
The fifth annual New Haven Caribbean Heritage Festival hits De Gale Field, a.k.a. Goffe Street Park, from 1 to 7 p.m., offering “delicious Caribbean cuisine, beautiful displays of islands and colorful costumes,” plus “family time, music, dancing” and, at some point, a parade.

Written by Dan Mims. Photographed by Anne Ewbank. 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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