This Week in New Haven (November 30 – December 6)

T his holiday season, you can give (to local nonprofits) and receive (experimental arts experiences).

Monday, November 30
Virtually, but also live, Yale’s Women’s Leadership Initiative and South Asian Society present “A Conversation with Reshma Saujani.” Saujani, a Yale Law School grad, is the founder and chief executive of Girls Who Code, a nonprofit that works to “close the gender gap in technology and change the image of what a computer programmer looks like.” 5 p.m. Free.

sponsored by

United Way of Greater New Haven

Tuesday, December 1
On the heels of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, today is Giving Tuesday, which takes holiday-season generosity and directs it toward charities and nonprofits. A good way to give locally is through, a project of The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.

Lending its Giving Tuesday appeal some extra oomph, the regional environmental protection group Save the Sound is hosting a communal, environment-themed “multiple choice trivia game” at 7 p.m. over Zoom. Proceeds from tickets, which start at $10 per person, “will go toward fighting climate change, saving endangered lands, protecting the Sound and its rivers, and restoring local ecosystems.”

Wednesday, December 2
At 6:30 p.m., with a theme of “Resiliency,” the Arts Council of Greater New Haven’s 40th annual Arts Awards “will take place virtually, for the first time, to honor the essential role of artists and creative institutions in our community.” Hosted by Babz Rawls-Ivy and honoring a septet of local artists and arts administrators, the event promises “remarks from our awardees, the world premiere of newly commissioned collaborative projects from past Arts Awards recipients, a live closing address from Adriane Jefferson, and, of course, a few surprises.” Free to attend; donations welcome.

Friday, December 4
Yale Cabaret’s extra-experimental virtual season continues with A Voice in the Dark, an original audio play written by Maggie McCaffery. Here’s the setup: “Millions of people tune into Lavender-Rose’s YouTube channel to hear her whisper. Whether or not they listen to what she says isn’t the point—it’s all about the ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response). But what if we did listen? Turn off the lights, put on your headphones, close your eyes, and listen up. That voice in the dark might have something to tell you.” Streaming live at 8 p.m. today (with a talkback at 9:30) and 4 and 8 p.m. tomorrow, tickets cost $6—or $5 for Yale faculty/staff and $4.50 for students.

Saturday, December 5
Dovetailing with Time and Space, a group exhibition of its members’ work, Kehler Liddell Gallery (873 Whalley Ave, New Haven; 203-389-9555) is hosting two installments of something it’s calling “Do You Have a Minute?” Today and tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., visitors are invited to follow a path of spaces mapped onto the floor, shifting from one to the next “each time a chime plays.” Afterward, guests can “discuss, at a distance, how the art-viewing experience did, or did not, change.” Free.

Written 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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