This Week in New Haven (August 21 – 27)

Y outh is served, as are tennis balls and craft beers. 

Monday, August 21
At 7 p.m., Curious Goods New Age Shop (417 Campbell Ave, West Haven) is hosting a curious workshop: “Hindu Magic by Lisa.” That’s Lisa Davis, who’s teaching about “the Hindu gods and goddesses, magic and mudras,” as well as “rituals, spellwork… chakras, prayer and meditation.” Admission costs $15, which includes a complimentary Hindu charm to take home.

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World War I: Beyond the Front Lines at Knights of Columbus Museum

Tuesday, August 22
The Shore Line Trolley Museum’s Trolley Reading Program, happening today at 11 a.m., “provides an opportunity for children 4 to 8 years of age”—and their parents—“to listen to a story in a real trolley car.” During a ride through the surrounding salt marsh ecosystem, while “possibly seeing osprey, herons, egrets, swans and other wildlife,” a volunteer educator reads a story, “followed by time to explore the other trolley cars” kept at the museum. “Each child will receive a snack and a drink,” and families are encouraged to “bring your own lunch to enjoy at our picnic area.” Admission costs $10 for regular adults, $9 for seniors and $7 for kids ages 3 and up, with younger tots getting a free pass. 17 River Street, East Haven. (203) 467-6927.

Wednesday, August 23
At Milford City Hall (110 River St, New Haven), the area’s only photography shop, Milford Photo, is organizing a Pet Portrait Session, which is just what it sounds like. “We’ll have a portrait session setup right in front of Milford City Hall to take pics of your pet,” organizers say. Either the photographer stationed there or the pet owner—or both—can snap a couple pictures, with owners getting a certificate for a free 8×10 print “so you can print your favorite shot!” Free.

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Small Mouth Sounds at Long Wharf Theatre

Thursday, August 24
Held at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale (45 Yale Ave, New Haven; 855-464-8366), the field at the 2017 Connecticut Open women’s pro tennis tourney narrows to the quarterfinals today, beginning with a 1 p.m. session starting at $44 per ticket. In addition to a quarterfinals match or two of its own, the 7 p.m. evening session boasts something extra: a “Men’s Legends” match between retired tennis stars Michael Chang and James Blake, with the victor set to square off tomorrow night against the winner of a match between John McEnroe and Mark Philippoussis. Regular tickets to this evening’s session start at $63 apiece, while tomorrow night’s start at $74.

Friday, August 25
A night of hip hop and many variations thereof is what’s in store at Cafe Nine (250 State St, New Haven; 203-789-8281). From the headliner on down, the 9:30 bill includes hometown hero and kinetic live performer Ceschi; “satirical indie hip-hop, prophetic-poetic talk” artist Spoken Nerd; “electronic, hip hop, ambient music producer” Quiet Entertainer; “post-rap artist” Brzowski; “freestyle rapper extraordinaire” Dope Knife; and “hip hop, DIY, punk folk” artist Paulie Think. $10 suggested cover.

Saturday, August 26
The New Haven Craft Beer Festival, featuring “unique and limited offerings” from a host of local and regional breweries, happens from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Temple Plaza (160 Temple St, New Haven). Broken up into sessions—a longer, $40 VIP session from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., plus $30 sessions from noon to 2 and 3 to 5—admission includes “unlimited [beer] samples with food, music and games available.” Rain or shine.

Sunday, August 27
From noon, when the “prelims” begin, to 6 p.m., when the awards are handed out, the 2017 Savin Rock Skate and BMX Festival brings “live music, food trucks and of course skate and BMX competitions” to the beachside West Haven Skate Park, located near the intersection of Beach Street and Morse Avenue. Free to attend.

Written and photographed by Dan Mims. Image depicts 2017 competitor Aga Radwanska returning a shot at the 2016 Connecticut Open. 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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