This Week in New Haven (September 9 – 15)

S eptember is a time of plenty in New Haven, and that’s clearly reflected in this week’s diverse happenings. Check out a hyperlocal photo exhibit on Monday and a star-studded global warming panel on Friday. Catch American jazz tunes Thursday and English folk music Sunday. See a hometown hero on Tuesday and a Dutch champion of the Congolese people on Wednesday.

Diversify this week in New Haven.

Monday, September 9
Tonight,’s photography exhibition “A Year in Loving New Haven” is the subject of an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Mitchell Branch Library (37 Harrison St, New Haven; 203-946-8117). The arresting images, including some taken by ILNH co-founders Jeffrey Kerekes and Chris Randall, have been hanging since last week, but tonight’s your chance to get your picture taken with the picture-takers.

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Tuesday, September 10
Polls for today’s Democratic and Republican mayoral primaries are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Find your polling place here.

After performing your noble civic duty, get potty-mouthed at the New Haven Museum (114 Whitney Ave, New Haven; 203-562-4183) with artisan/historian Guy Wolff’s talk on “Traditional Horticultural Pottery in America and England in the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries.” During the lecture, Wolff (pictured above) will be at his potter’s wheel, crafting away. 6 p.m. Free.

“How am I supposed to live without you?” New Haven native Michael Bolton famously sang back in 1989, and now it’s Connecticut Public Radio host Colin McEnroe’s turn to ask the questions. At 7:30 p.m. in the Vine Auditorium of the Greater New Haven Jewish Community Center (360 Amity Rd, Woodbridge; 203-387-2522), McEnroe interviews the crooner, who’s out supporting his recently published memoir The Soul of it All. Tickets are $27 for the general public and $25 for JCC members.

Wednesday, September 11
Dutch artist and 2013 Yale World Fellow Renzo Martens went into the Democratic Republic of Congo and came out with the well-received Enjoy Poverty, a 2008 documentary depicting his oddball, on-the-ground effort to define poverty itself as a commodity that could be exported to enrich the nation’s impoverished masses. Enjoy Enjoy Poverty with Martens himself tonight at the Whitney Humanities Center (53 Wall St, New Haven, 203-432-0670). 7 p.m. Free.

Thursday, September 12
Jazz Haven holds the first of its monthly fall concerts at Shoreline Piano (50 Shaw Rd, North Branford; 203-484-7300) tonight at 7:30 p.m. Über-accomplished pianist Rick Germanson and bassist Nat Reeves bring the jazz, you bring the wine and Jazz Haven brings the cheese and crackers. Tickets are $12.50 in advance or $15 at the door.

Friday, September 13
The Yale Climate & Energy Institute has organized a hot climate change panel today from 2 to 4 p.m. featuring Senator Chris Murphy and experts from academia and government, including Marion McFadden, the Acting Executive Director of the federal Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force. The free forum takes place in Burke Auditorium at Yale’s Kroon Hall (195 Prospect St, New Haven).

Saturday, September 14
No spoilers! Especially if you take the free Fall Food Preserving Class put on by Neighborhood Housing Services today from 10 a.m. to noon. “Techniques for canning, freezing, dehydration and more” are the lessons of the workshop taught by New Haven Land Trust Garden Committee member and “master gardener” Rachel Ziesk in Building #3 at 333 Sherman Ave, New Haven. Register by phone (203-562-0598 x26) or online.

Sunday, September 15
Sunday in the Park is what it sounds like, and more—a family-friendly “English country fair,” as its organizer, the Edgerton Park Conservancy, describes it. The event brings ponies and other fair creatures, plus live music, English folk dancing and a host of bake, book and other sales, to Edgerton Park (75 Cliff St, New Haven) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. Free admission.

The opening reception for the venerable New Haven Paint & Clay Club’s 2013 Active Members Exhibit happens today at John Slade Ely House (51 Trumbull St, New Haven; 203-624-8055) from 2 to 5 p.m. More than 100 works, from oil paintings to mixed media to sculpture, will be on display. The exhibition runs through October 6.

Written by Dan Mims. Photograph courtesy of the New Haven Museum.

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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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