This Week in New Haven (July 15 – 21)

F rom carnival-ing with Catholics to cartooning with Corsillo, from comedy on College Street to compassion on a Commons, from collections of clippings to the cuisine of Connecticut, there are copious Cs worth seeing this week in New Haven.

Monday, July 15
From 6 to 8 p.m., Artspace (50 Orange St, New Haven; 203-772-2709) is having a meet-and-greet featuring Lisa Marr and Paolo Davanzo, “the spirited analog film-loving Lead Artists” of Artspace’s Summer Apprenticeship Program this year. The duo—who work most of the year at the Echo Park Film Center in Los Angeles, which aims to provide “equal and affordable community access to film/video resources”—are screening two of their previous community-driven projects: The Sound We See: A Rotterdam City Symphony (2012) and Free Time & Sunshine: Home Movies in Southern California (2013). Free.

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

Tuesday, July 16
Our Lady of Victory, a Catholic church at 600 Jones Hill Road in West Haven, kicks off its annual fundraising carnival featuring “rides, food, games, 50/50 raffles and family fun for all ages.” The event, running from 6 to 10 p.m. each day through Saturday, appears to be free to attend, though partaking in the attractions, the food or of course the raffle will take some money. Regarding the rides, one option is a “value wristband,” which offers unlimited go-arounds for $25.

Wednesday, July 17
At 11:30 a.m. at the Ives Main Library (133 Elm St, New Haven; 203-946-8130), a guided introductory tour takes visitors through the local reading room, where the library keeps a collection of “books, documents, clippings, files, maps and photographs” that help preserve New Haven’s history and keep it accessible to boot. Free; registration required.

Thursday, July 18
In conjunction with More Is More, his show at Kehler Liddell Gallery (873 Whalley Ave, New Haven; 203-389-9555), locally and nationally prominent graphic artist George Corsillo is joined by cartoonist/historian Brian Walker and editor David Stanford for a discussion about “Cartooning in General and Specifically.” Moderated by Fred Newman—whose career “creat[ing] sounds, voices and music” in film, television and radio is quite impressive in its own right—the panel commences at 7 p.m., with tickets going for $15 apiece.

Comedian Nick Kroll—who’s made a very funny mark in about a million ways but is perhaps best-known for TV shows The League and Kroll Show—headlines an 8 p.m., one-two gut-buster at College Street Music Hall (238 College St, New Haven; 877-987-6487). His partner on the bill is SNL writer/performer and actress Sam Jay, who got her own Comedy Central standup special in 2017 and had a recurring role on TV Land’s Nobodies. $39-49.

Friday, July 19
At 7 p.m. today and tomorrow and 1 p.m. Sunday, the family-friendly Imaginary Theater Company presents The Boat at Lyric Hall (827 Whalley Ave, New Haven). Producers say the play “follows the story of two young girls, Marina and Ida, whose mother has disappeared at sea. Everyone, including Marina, believes their mother has drowned. But Ida believes her mother has become a mermaid. Through original music, poetry and whimsy, The Boat tells a tale of grief, healing and resilience.” $12 in advance, or $15 at the door.

Saturday, July 20
The fifth annual Compassionfest at Whitneyville Cultural Commons (1253 Whitney Ave, Hamden) aims to “unite like-minded people that believe in the values of [justice], kindness, equality and compassion” with more than 20 vendors of “delicious vegan food” as well as cruelty-free product providers, nonprofits, local artisans, inspiring performers, speakers, musical acts and healing workshops for all ages.” Lasting from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine, the event is free to attend.

New Haven’s annual Music on the Green concert series counts off tonight at 7:30, when Lisa Lisa—one third of Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, which had two platinum records, two chart-topping singles and several other hits until they broke up in 1991—takes the stage. Free.

Sunday, July 21
Eric D. Lehman and Amy Nawrocki, co-authors of the books A History of Connecticut Food (2012) and A History of Connecticut Wine (2011), discuss “the history of Connecticut food” at the Pardee-Morris House (325 Lighthouse Dr, New Haven), recounting some of the reasons and choices behind our “distinctive Connecticut cuisine.” Free.

Written and photographed by Dan Mims. 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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