This Week in New Haven (April 8 – 14)

S ocial struggles offer purpose, while social occasions offer pleasure. 

Monday, April 8
New Haven Restaurant Week, which arranges prix fixe meals at special prices—two-course lunches for $17 and three-course dinners for $31—at 29 of the city’s favorite restaurants, began yesterday and continues through Friday.

The Yale Science Diplomats, which tasks itself with communicating science topics to lay audiences, presents “Bodybuilding and Building Bodies: Upgrades from Nature & Technology.” It’s the latest installment of YSD’s Science in the News series, starting at 6:30 p.m. in Mitchell Library (37 Harrison St, New Haven; 203-946-8117). Free.

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Tuesday, April 9
Anuradha Bhagwati discusses her newly released memoir, Unbecoming, at 6:30 p.m. at the Yale Bookstore (77 Broadway, New Haven; 203-777-8440). “After abandoning grad school at Yale to join the Marines, Bhagwati, a bisexual woman of color, faced challenges and injustice throughout her journey. Once her service concluded she vowed to take on the leaders and traditions that cast a dark cloud over her time in the Marines; her efforts result in historic change, including the lifting of the ban on women from pursuing combat roles in the military.” Free to attend.

Wednesday, April 10
Local bar trivia isn’t trivial tonight. Three Sheets (372 Elm St, New Haven; 475-202-6909) hosts a game at 7:30 p.m. (signups at 7). East Rock Brewing Company (285 Nicoll St, New Haven; 475-234-6176) hosts a session of The Office-themed trivia, also starting at 7:30. Tonight’s game at The Playwright (1232 Whitney Ave, New Haven) starts at 7:30 too, while trivia at Wood-n-Tap (2100 Dixwell Ave, Hamden; 203-248-9663) starts at 8.

Thursday, April 11
“Celebrating nearly 60 years of producing cutting-edge satirical revues and launching the careers of generation after generation of comedy’s best and brightest,” The Second City, “Chicago’s legendary sketch and improv comedy” troupe, comes to Long Wharf Theatre (222 Sargent Dr, New Haven; 203-787-4282) for “The Best of The Second City,” a three-night engagement “featur[ing] the best sketches and songs from The Second City’s history.” Each show, which also includes some improv, begins at 8 p.m., with tickets going for $44.50.

Friday, April 12
The Royale enters its second and final weekend at Collective Consciousness Theatre (319 Peck St, Bldg 6S, New Haven). Here’s the teaser: “Jay ‘The Sport’ Jackson dreams of being the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. But it’s 1905, and in the racially segregated world of boxing, his journey to the title is fraught with obstacles. When a crooked promoter hatches a plan for ‘the fight if the century,’ ‘The Sport’ just might land a place in the ring with the reigning white heavyweight champion.” Tonight’s show starts at 8, with $25 regular tickets and a hefty discount available for students.

From 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., The State House (310 State St, New Haven) hosts a Lust for Life Dance Party featuring DJs Wave, Fernando and R.I.C.H.A.R.D. spinning “the best of ’80s/’90s alternative, new wave and post-punk music.” $5.

Saturday, April 13
Organized by Strange Ways, the Flair Fair—“a recurring vendor fair focusing on small pieces of wearable and collectible art,” which “celebrate[s] the modern resurgence of pins, patches, buttons and more”—is back from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., this time at Lotta Studio (911 Whalley Ave, New Haven). From 5 to 8, there’s an afterparty in a place that matches Flair Fair’s flair for nostalgic pop and geek culture: craft beer and vintage arcade hall Barcade (56 Orange St, New Haven; 203-889-2966).

At 6 p.m., First and Summerfield United Methodist Church (425 College St, New Haven; 203-624-2521; pictured above) is inviting the public to view photo exhibit Sanctuary: Communities Fighting for Freedom. The photos aim to offer “a glimpse into the lives of Nelson Pinos and Sujitno Sajuti,” undocumented immigrants who, after leading normal American lives for decades, “have been living in sanctuary for over a year to avoid being forcefully removed from their community and their loved ones” by US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. First and Summerfield is the very church where Pinos has taken sanctuary, by the way.

Sunday, April 14
The 2019 Jazz Festival at Yale began Friday with an 8 p.m. performance by the Jane Ira Bloom Quartet in the Loria Center (190 York St, New Haven). It continued yesterday with an 8 p.m. show by pianist David Virelles and percussionist Román Díaz in Morse College Head of College House (304 York St, New Haven). And it finishes today with a 2 p.m. performance by quintet Nate Smith + KINFOLK inside the Yale University Art Gallery (1111 Chapel St, New Haven; 203-432-0600). Free.

Written and photographed by Dan Mims. Image features detail of First and Summerfield United Methodist Church. 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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