This Week in New Haven (September 27 – October 3)

Y ou don’t have to navigate boobytrapped temples or obscure historical arcana to find this week’s treasures.

Monday, September 27
A CT Food Launchpad pitch night from 4 to 7 p.m. at Atticus Market (771 Orange St, New Haven)—with the pitches delivered from 5 to 6—gives budding local food businesses a chance to connect with and woo potential distributors and retailers. But it’s also a chance for local consumers to get to know what’s cooking in their own backyard. Free.

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Wednesday, September 29
From 6:30 to 7:30, a virtual talk “mark[s] the 60th anniversary of the New Haven Preservation Trust,” as does a parallel online fundraising auction covering “more than 50 items focusing on New Haven objects and experiences.”

At 8 p.m. in Pitkin Plaza (Orange Street north of Chapel), the free Movies in the Plaza series screens one of the most entertaining action/adventure flicks ever made: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).

Thursday, September 30
As part of Yale’s Poynter Fellowship series, award-winning photographer Jo-Anne McArthur, who specializes in capturing moments in the lives of animals used and abused by our own species, gives a free, virtual talk on “the power of photojournalism in animal advocacy” at 12:15 p.m. Free; register here.

Friday, October 1
At 8 p.m. at the Shubert Theatre (247 College St, New Haven; 203-562-5666), The Best of The Second City sees The Second City comedy troupe’s current class performing “all-time favorite sketches and songs made famous by superstars like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray and more, as well as their trademark improvisation.” Seats cost $29 to $49, plus fees.

At 8:30, Ideat Village and its gonzo “rock lottery” format return with “a few dozen fearless musicians” for two nights of aural surprises at Cafe Nine (250 State St, New Haven; 203-789-8281). “Come out and see what happens when random musicians are thrown together by serendipity, are given challenging and confounding musical tasks to master, and (just to add a little more pressure) are ‘judged’ by an esteemed panel of Rock Lottery participants from previous years.” No cover.

Saturday, October 2
From 1 to 5 p.m., East Rock Brewing Company (285 Nicoll St, New Haven; 475-234-6176), “the only German-inspired brewery in CT,” hosts its second annual Oktoberfest party, featuring live German oompah music; “German-inspired food”; games including a “dunk tank, corn hole, pretzel toss and more”; and contests and prizes. Regular tickets, which include a commemorative beer stein and your first beer, cost $30 in advance, with a designated driver option available for $20.

Hosted by Kiki Lucia and Moana Cash, the “fifth edition of Dragapalooza—Connecticut’s largest charity drag show”—fills 168 York Street Cafe (168 York St, New Haven; 203-789-1915) with a statewide slate of seasoned performers and “as many styles of drag as possible” from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. $5 donation.

Sunday, October 3
From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Bethany Harvest Festival (696 Amity Rd, Bethany) promises “food trucks, $5 buzz cuts, Jaws of Life demo, live music, crafters, photo booth, Eagle One helicopter, … face painting, pony rides, moon bounce, magician, petting zoo, duck race, birds of prey show, karate demo, and a clown,” plus “much, much more.” Free to attend.

Written by Dan Mims. Image features a cropped still from Raiders of the Lost Ark. 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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