This Week in New Haven (September 20 – 26)

F all into current affairs, live music, visual art and, you know, Fall.

Tuesday, September 21
The undeclared war in Afghanistan, America’s longest war ever, is finally over. At 4 p.m., a virtual panel organized by Yale’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs asks, “Where Do We Go From Here?” Jackson alumna Wazhma Sadat and senior fellows Anne Patterson and Rory Stewart—with moderation by Ted Wittenstein, the executive director of the institute’s forthcoming International Security Studies program—“will analyze the full array of challenges confronting Afghanistan in the aftermath of the U.S. military withdrawal.” Register here.

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Wednesday, September 22
At noon, Yale hosts Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and alum Chris Mooney—who recently took a sabbatical from the Washington Post to lecture at the Yale School for the Environment—for a virtual talk about “Environmental Data Science and Journalism.” Register here.

The HU, who “blend heavy metal and traditional Mongolian throat singing” and incorporate traditional Mongolian instrumentation as well as “old… war cries and poetry,” come to Toad’s Place (300 York St, New Haven; 203-624-8623) for a 7 p.m. bill with opener The Haunt. advance tickets cost $39.85 with fees.

Friday, September 24
[Ed. Note: For unknown reasons, this show has been cancelled.] Usually the headliner gets the lede, but for tonight’s 5 p.m. show at Westville Music Bowl, “special guest” and presumed opener Lotus, an electronic-leaning jam band with tens of millions of plays on Spotify, has my ear. That’s because they recently tapped Tim Palmieri, a top-notch local talent who’s spent years and years giving memorable performances on stages big and small—including, periodically, by himself in the corner of BAR’s brü room—as their new lead guitarist. The headliner, The Disco Biscuits, are worth noting too, of course, as “trailblazers of “trance-fusion’” who also “bridg[e] the gap between electronic music and jam bands.” $63.61-$75.60, including fees.

A “mystical evening with psychic medium Karen Kilmartin” benefits Hamden-based animal rescue Where the Love Is from 6 to 10 p.m. At the Foxon Company No. 3 fire station (1420 N High St, East Haven), “listen to messages from beyond while enjoying tasty treats and coffee, tea, soda & water. Try your luck at raffle prizes and a 50/50—all to help raise money for the mutts!” $35.

Also at 6 p.m., People Get Ready Books (119 Whalley Ave, New Haven; 203-954-6678) hosts an opening reception for Strong Ones. The exhibition of paintings and collages by local artist Shaunda Sekai Holloway, “a local artist of exceptional skill, spirit, depth, and grace,” will be up through the end of October.

Saturday, September 25
The Branford Arts & Cultural Alliance’s annual Fall Arts Market, open from 10 a.m. to 4 on the Branford Town Green (1011 Main St, Branford), pulls together pieces by “up to 50” artists working in “paint, fabric, wood, photography, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, glass, and multimedia” as well as “the Branford Community Garden annual fall sale, paint-and-sip sessions, fun children’s activities, and a dessert truck among other features.”

From 11 a.m. to 4, the 21st Brooksvale Fall Festival at Brooksvale Park (524 Brooksvale Ave, Hamden) promises live music and food; forest hayrides and a pickable pumpkin patch; birds of prey and police K-9 demos; “displays on time-honored crafts such as beekeeping and blacksmithing”; “environmental exhibitors and natural crafters”; and a climbing wall and “Kid’s Zone.” “Admission to the event and parking is free. Cash is required for ticket purchases for some activities with no activity costing more than $5.”

St. Basil Greek Orthodox Church (1 Tower Ln, New Haven; 203-777-8294) dishes out spanakopita, tyropita, moussaka, pastichio, souvlaki, gyro, baklava, “Greek salad,” traditional cookies and coffee from noon to 7 today and tomorrow during its 2021 Greek Cultural Fair.

Sunday, September 26
It’s the last day to catch a two-week pop-up show at City Gallery (994 State St, New Haven; 203-782-2489), where artists Oi Fortin, Mary Lesser and Liz Pagano “pack a big collaborative punch with monotype prints, collage, painting, mixed media work, and two animated films.” In fact, you can check it out Friday, Saturday or today, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Written and photographed by Dan Mims. Readers are encouraged to verify times, locations, prices and other details 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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