This Week in New Haven (September 3 – 9)

A ction levels pick up in the bars, galleries and outdoor spaces of a city that’s always active, even on a day of rest. 

Monday, September 3 – Labor Day
Some people see a holiday as a chance to run miles and miles. Starting at 8:30 a.m., it’s the annual Faxon Law New Haven Road Race, whose thousands of 5K, 20K and half-marathon runners will begin and end at the New Haven Green. After crossing the finish line, many racers will stick around for an after-party and awards ceremony lasting from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Tuesday, September 4
’member?, a tribute band that constantly learns new old material to perform during its biweekly shows at Pacific Standard Tavern (212 Crown St, New Haven), is ’membering the Fugees and their massive, influential album The Score (1996) starting at 10 p.m., with doors opening at 9. Free.

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Ran Dank and Soyeon Kate Lee at the Yale School of Music

Wednesday, September 5
Just down Crown, at BAR (254 Crown St, New Haven), the next installment of Astronomy on Tap combines expert talks by Yale astronomers with pizza, beer, trivia challenges and prizes. Free to attend.

Thursday, September 6
Overlapping with its usual extended Thursday hours, the Yale University Art Gallery (1111 Chapel St, New Haven; 203-432-0601) is hosting a 5:30 p.m. open house to introduce the public to its new director, Stephanie Wiles, with “student- and fellow-led studio activities, talks and performances.” Free.

The Yale School of Architecture (180 York St, New Haven; 203-432-2288) is the scene of “other worlds” starting at 6:30, when Anab Jain, award-winning cofounder of “London- and India-based speculative design practice” Superflux, delivers a futurist lecture titled “Other Worlds are Possible.” Free.

Friday, September 7
Brew On9, “a beer crawl featuring beer sips, food tastings and other activities throughout the Ninth Square neighborhood,” happens from 6 to 8 p.m. Going for $15 apiece, tickets get you a map of tasting locations—a baker’s dozen’s worth—and a novelty beer mug to use on your rounds.

Saturday, September 8
The 2018 CT Folk Fest and Green Expo promises a leisurely day in the park—Edgerton Park (75 Cliff St, New Haven), that is, where nine featured folk acts entertain, 10 vendors feed and refresh and more than 40 exhibitors engage and enlighten. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Free to attend; suggested $10 donation.

At City Gallery (994 State St, New Haven; 203-782-2489), a reception for new “sculptural installation” Within These Walls, a collaboration by fiber artist Meg Bloom and conceptual artist Howard el-Yasin, happens from 2 to 5 p.m. The exhibition is “an extended meditation on walls as boundaries, structures, barriers, surfaces and globalization, to name a few,” as Bloom puts it. Free.

Local folk and contra dance act Wry BrEd is putting on a free Shakespeare-guided “tipsy troubadours” show at The Rough Draft (295 Treadwell St, Hamden; 475-224-5179). “Watch as Wry BrEd tries to navigate through the Bard’s sacred texts while under the influence of sweet nectar,” organizers say. “We’ll be cross-eyed and cross-garter’d by eve’s end.” Doors open at 7 p.m.

Sunday, September 9
Westville beckons two ways. Starting at noon, skaters, BMXers and appreciators thereof celebrate the grand reopening of the Edgewood Skatepark (740 Whalley Ave, New Haven), where renovations have taken place and hopefully some of the excellent graffiti has been retained. Organizers promise “food trucks, skate and bmx competitions, live music and entertainment, raffles, prizes and more!” Free.

At 2, an artist’s talk followed by an opening reception ushers in the latest exhibitions at Kehler Liddell Gallery (873 Whalley Ave, New Haven; 203-389-9555): Sven Martson’s TAKING SIDES – Berlin and the Wall 1974, which features “moments of familiarity on opposite sides of the wall” via “his photographs of the divided Berlin,” and Gar Waterman’s Canaries in a Blue Coal Mine, which presents “marine-inspired sculpture” in order to “address our abuse of the ocean environment.” Free.

Written and photographed by Dan Mims. Image depicts a skater in Edgewood Skatepark in 2014. 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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