This Week in New Haven (July 16 – 22)

W omen of special note open and close a week filled with insights into both nature and humanity. 

Monday, July 16
The 2018 Head of Summer Colleges Tea, about “Women in Media: Reporting in the #MeToo Movement,” happens at 4:30 p.m. in William L. Harkness Hall (100 Wall St, New Haven), featuring NBC News/MSNBC correspondent Kasie Hunt and TIME/NBC News contributor Elise Jordan. Moderated by Yale’s communications VP, Eileen O’Connor, Hunt and Jordan are set to “discuss their career paths, covering politics under the Trump administration and their experiences as women in news rooms, particularly in the #MeToo movement.” Free, with hors d’oeuvres.

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Tuesday, July 17
[Editor’s note: Due to threat of rain, this event has been rescheduled for Tuesday, July 31.] “Curious about new ways to identify and use wild foods? Ever wondered if you could eat that weed?” If your answer to either question is “yes,” then the New Haven Land Trust’s 6 p.m. foraging expedition into its Long Wharf Nature Preserve, convening at the south end of Long Wharf Drive, might be for you. Led by Justin Freiberg, director of the Yale Landscape Lab, attendees will “explore the rich variety of edible plants on the New Haven shoreline.” Free.

Wednesday, July 18
The NHLT is moving across town for a less tasty but no less educational session in its new Pond Lily Preserve (42 E Ramsdell St, New Haven). At 6 p.m., Yale biophysicist Jonathon Howard is discussing “The Secret Math of Leaves,” specifically their veins—what they do, how they do it and the role their physical arrangement plays in the process. Free.

At 7 p.m., Encounters at the End of the World, a 2007 documentary by Werner Herzog, screens for free in 35mm at the Whitney Humanities Center (53 Wall St, New Haven). Capturing oddities, both natural and otherwise, on the frigid and remote continent of Antarctica, critics note the film’s hospitability to hostile surroundings, expressed partly via stunning cinematography.

Thursday, July 19
Flights of Fancy, the semiannual wine, food and shopping crawl downtown, flies again from 4:30 to 8 p.m. It starts with a “welcome party” at the Study at Yale Hotel (1157 Chapel St, New Haven), where attendees can get a map, a glass and—courtesy of a photo booth—a memento. Then it goes wherever you like among any of 24 announced tasting locations geographically bookended by the Wine Thief (181 Crown St, New Haven), which usually curates the wine for the whole event, and the Yale Bookstore (77 Broadway, New Haven). Tickets cost $20.

Friday, July 20
At Lyric Hall (827 Whalley Ave, New Haven; 203-389-8885), local playwright Starry Krueger’s Canary, Cockroach, Phoenix—which “follows the story of Ariadne, a young girl caught between her grandmother’s wisdom and the rapidly changing world around her”—gets a world premiere and an opening night gala at 6:30 p.m. The fun, which includes “hors d’oeuvres, a champagne/sparkling cider toast and additional musical guests,” costs $20 per ticket.

Saturday, July 21
The fourth annual Compassionfest, a vegan festival held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Whitneyville Cultural Commons (1253 Whitney Ave, Hamden), features 17 announced food vendors, nearly 40 other product vendors, a dozen nonprofit vendors and several featured speakers “to unite like-minded people that believe in the values of [justice], kindness, equality and compassion.” Free to attend.

Also, the first of this summer’s two free Music on the Green concerts starts at 7:30 p.m. The headliner is Ronnie Spector and the Ronettes, best known for the 1963 hit “Be My Baby.”

Sunday, July 22
At 6:30 p.m., Melanie, a.k.a. Melanie Safka, owner of “one of folk rock’s all-time greatest voices,” gives her latest performance in “a legendary career that spans more than 40 years, including the #1 hit song ‘Brand New Key.’” The venue is mActivity (285 Nicoll St, New Haven), a beautiful and dynamic fitness club that sometimes hosts arts events like this one. $35 in advance, or $45 at the door.

Written and photographed by Dan Mims. Image depicts a possibly foragable plant at the Long Wharf Nature Preserve. 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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