This Week in New Haven (January 24 – 30)

A s each of us makes the choice to clench up or carry on in the face of omicron, both virtual and reality are viable options this week.

Monday, January 24
Beinecke Library’s next Mondays at Beinecke talk is devoted to the institution’s forthcoming exhibit, BRAVA! Women Make American Theater—“a celebration of women in every aspect of American theater making.” Melissa Barton, the exhibition’s lead curator, will talk for about half an hour starting at 4 p.m., then invite audience questions.

At 6, Roxanne Coady, founder/CEO of Madison-based bookseller RJ Julia, hosts a live-Zoomed podcast interview with Connecticut’s youngest-ever state senator, Will Haskell, who was first elected in 2018 and is now a published author. Released last week, Haskell’s book, 100,000 First Bosses: My Unlikely Path as a 22-Year-Old Lawmaker, is billed as “the story of how one twentysomething candidate waged the campaign of his young life, fought for change at the state capitol, and proved that his generation is ready to claim a seat at the table.”

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Wednesday, January 26
At 7 p.m., the Branford Land Trust presents a free virtual cooking lesson led by 46-year local instructor and cookbook author Betty Ann Donegan. “With climate change one of the most important issues of our time, let’s start at home and think about how we can lower our carbon footprint right here. Using locally sourced ingredients, local food phenom Betty Ann Donegan will teach us how to make a Vegetarian Chile and Cheese Casserole, Cornbread with Manchego Cheese, and a Berry Tart.” To register, email Martha Rice at [email protected]

Saturday, January 29
A virtual School Choice Expo from 9 a.m. to noon helps parents and students between pre-K and 12th grade explore and choose from among New Haven’s vast system of interdistrict magnet and traditional magnet schools. Register here.

The Branford Land Trust is back in action from 9:30 to 11, as naturalists Tom Cleveland and Chris Woerner lead a free in-person animal tracking class. Their classroom is the beautiful Lake Saltonstall Recreation Area (100 Hosley Avenue, Branford).

The James Blackstone Memorial Library (758 Main St, Branford; 203-488-1441) rolls tape on its monthly Saturday Cinema screening starting at 1 p.m. The movie this time is Respect (2021), starring Jennifer Hudson as the late musical icon Aretha Franklin. Register here.

A Boozin’ In Your Onesie Bar Crawl from 2 to 9 is exactly what it sounds like. Spanning four downtown bars—Rize Nightclub, Elm City Taphouse, Temple Grille and newcomer Vibes on Orange—$30 tickets include drink specials/discounts, a onesie contest and DJs each spinning through a decade—the 80s, the ’90s or the ’00s.

Sunday, January 30
Jazzy’s Cabaret (4 Orange St, New Haven) hosts two “Harlem Renaissance-inspired” burlesque performances. The 8 p.m. show, including dinner, costs $40 and is “Rated R,” while the 10 p.m. “late” show costs $20 and is “NC-17.”

Written by Dan Mims. Image, featuring a scene from a past tracking class, provided courtesy of the Branford Land Trust. 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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