This Week in New Haven (July 30 – August 5)

3D forms and an unprecedented forum are just some of the things that are for us this week in New Haven. 

Monday, July 30
In the Tinker Lab at Ives Main Library (133 Elm St, New Haven; 203-946-8130)—part of the library’s new Ives Squared renovation—there’s a free adult-oriented 3D printing class from 3 to 4 p.m. “Come learn how to use a 3D printer”—such as the one pictured above—“in our brand new maker space!” organizers say.

Later, at another of the city’s libraries, there’s live music and a pie contest. It’s the fourth of five occasions in this summer’s Beecher Park Concert Series and Hi-Fi Pie Fest behind Mitchell Branch Library (37 Harrison St, New Haven; 203-946-8117). Starting at 6:30 p.m., the band on hand is the Mike Casey Trio, a smart jazz triangle from Hartford and an excellent complement to the evening’s pie category: “freestyle.” Free to attend.

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Tuesday, July 31
It’s only fitting that the cultural capital of Connecticut should host “the first ever statewide public gubernatorial candidate forum about arts, culture and the future of Connecticut’s economy.” Held at Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School (177 College St, New Haven) and moderated by WTNH anchor Ann Nyberg, the 90-minute forum begins at 5 p.m. following an hour of “networking, music and drinks.” Later, starting at 6:45, there’s a “post-event reception” at BAR (254 Crown St, New Haven), which lasts until 9 p.m. Free to attend.

Wednesday, August 1
Hosted by the Arts Council of Greater New Haven (70 Audubon St, 2nd Fl, New Haven), Stir the Pot, “an interactive cooking and food education series,” invites the public to a summer celebration from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Featuring “good singing, great (vegan-friendly) food, some drink and swell vibes”—plus a screening of Wooster Square-focused documentary The Village: Life in New Haven’s Little Italy—attendance is free, though organizers ask guests to bring a “non-perishable pantry item” to donate or “a dessert for sharing.”

Thursday, August 2
House of Waters, a trio-plus-one that “incorporate[s] elements of West African, jazz, psychedelic, indie rock, classical and world music into [its] astonishingly unique” and virtuosic sound, tops an 8:30 p.m. bill at Cafe Nine (250 State St, New Haven; 203-789-8281). Opening the show is the Bud Collins Trio, a mercurial decades-old act that’s apparently neither a trio nor a vehicle for anyone named Bud Collins. Anyway, the band says it performs “strange and beautiful pop music.” $15, or $12 in advance.

Friday, August 3
From 6 to 9 p.m. in the second-floor gallery space at Hull’s Art Supply (1144 Chapel St, New Haven; 203-865-4855), New Haven Photographs: A Future History gets an opening reception. The exhibition features more than 100 photos of the city as captured by local artist Daniel Eugene, who’s also produced a limited-edition photography book sharing the same title as the art show. Free to attend.

Saturday, August 4
Lucky Soul Tattoo (214 Amity Rd, Woodbridge; 203-397-5825), located just over the New Haven-Woodbridge border, is hosting a grand reopening party to celebrate the installation of a new on-premises barbershop plus a recent CTNow “best of” award. Featuring pierogies from Wolfski’s, beer from Lasting Brass and “acoustic jams” from local rock band Chaser Eight, the fun starts at 6 p.m. Free to attend.

Sunday, August 5
From 2 to 4 p.m. at the Ely Center for Contemporary Art (51 Trumbull St, New Haven), artist Benjamin Parker leads Basics of Origami Corrugations, a workshop focusing on “the construction of… interesting mountainous paper forms that capture shadows in an impressive manner and have several applications outside of the paper arts.” Lest that sound too advanced, organizers say “no origami background [is] needed, just an appreciation for paper and its many forms of manipulation.” $20; materials included.

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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