This Week in New Haven (October 11 – 17)

S tep outside, inside, up and around, and not just while learning a few new moves.

Monday, October 11
At 1 p.m., an Indigenous Peoples’ Day event celebrates “indigenous peoples from Turtle Island and beyond” outside City Hall (165 Church St, New Haven).

Tuesday, October 12
The Yale Latino Networking Group closes out Hispanic Heritage Month with two dance lessons and a chance to apply them, all from home. First, from 5:30 to 6:30 tonight, is “An Evening of Argentine Tango” with “a slide show, performances, and a virtual class.” Second, at 5 p.m. tomorrow, is “Marinera: The History of Peru’s National Dance,” involving a talk and workshop. Finally, on Thursday, a party invites you to “grab your dancing shoes.” All sessions are free, though registration is required for each.

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Wednesday, October 13
Have your lunch with a side of classical music courtesy of the Yale School of Music’s virtual Lunchtime Chamber Music series, streaming live from Morse Recital Hall at 12:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 14
In-theater theater returns this week to Long Wharf Theatre (222 Sargent Dr, New Haven; 222 Sargent Dr, New Haven) with The Chinese Lady, which would have staged 17 months ago but for the pandemic. The play follows the life story of Afong Moy, “allegedly the first Chinese woman to set foot on US soil.” Brought here in 1834 at age 14, “for the next half-century, she performs for curious white people, showing them how she eats, what she wears, and the highlight of the event: how she walks with bound feet. As the decades wear on, her celebrated sideshow comes to define and challenge her very sense of identity.” After a couple of previews Tuesday and Wednesday, the opening night performance happens at 7 p.m. tonight, with tickets going for $59.

Friday, October 15
Following the end of the war in Afghanistan, some 450 Afghan refugees are coming to live in Connecticut. A noon virtual panel talk, “Community Building: Welcoming Afghanistan Families”—featuring IRIS community engagement director Ann O’Brien, Afghan graduate student Alaaddin Ibrahimi and Afghan refugee/IRIS ambassador Hossna Samadi—aims to explain “the many [related] efforts underway and how you can help.” Registration required.

City-Wide Open Studios is now called Open Source, but the purpose of the annual festival is essentially the same: to give locals and visitors unrivaled access to New Haven’s visual artists and the art they produce. This year’s two-weekend schedule begins tonight with “Arts Window projections” from 6 to 9 at Artspace (50 Orange St, New Haven; 203-772-2709), then blooms into a weekend of open studios and galleries in Erector Square and Westville from noon to 5 each day. Fingers crossed that a full, detailed listing of participating artists and locations will be published soon, probably at the link above.

Fans of artsy, experimental pop have a difficult choice: St. Vincent at cavernous College Street Music Hall (238 College St, New Haven; $48.29 with fees) or TV Girl at intimate Spaceland Ballroom (295 Treadwell St, Hamden; $15-18), both starting at 8 p.m.

Saturday, October 16
Set in Connecticut (though filmed in Vermont), the totally strange but somehow classic haunting movie Beetlejuice (1988) gets a one-night-only screening at the Strand Theater (165 Main St, Seymour; $9.58 including fees) at 7 p.m. Hijinks beyond what’s on the screen are apparently in store, as the Strand’s Facebook page emphatically suggests: “GREAT MOVIE, TRIVIA, PRIZES. HOSTED BY BEETLEJUICE and LYDIA…..LIVE……well sort of!” $7.50 plus a $2.08 processing fee.

The finale of Massaro Community Farm’s seasonal concert series starts outside on the farm (41 Ford Rd, Woodbridge) at 7 p.m. and features the laid-back yet impressively technical jam rock of Hubinger St. Sliding scale tickets cost between $10 and $20 plus a few bucks in fees. “Picnics welcome.”

Sunday, October 17
The New Haven Comic & Collectible Spectacular returns to the Annex YMA Club (554 Woodward Ave, New Haven) from 10 a.m. to 3, with $5 admission (free for kids 10 and under). Vendors will be selling old and new action figures and comics as well as books, magazines and statues, according to a flyer.

Written by Dan Mims. Image by Julian Herrera Loaiza/Shutterstock. 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.

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