This Week in New Haven (March 7 – 13)

S eriousness and sobriety rule—until the parade weekend.

Monday, March 7
At 4:30 p.m., Jocelyn Samuels, vice chair of the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, discusses “Fighting Workplace Discrimination: Lessons Learned, Challenges Ahead” during the 2022 Distinguished Lecture in Women’s Rights. After the virtual lecture, organized by Yale’s Gruber Foundation, Samuels will be joined for a conversation with Yale law professors Doug NeJaime and Vicki Schultz.

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Dream Hou$e at Long Wharf Theatre

Tuesday, March 8
A three-part film series, Portrait of a Camera on Fire: Feminist Filmmaking, coincides with Women’s History Month and starts rolling at Best Video (1842 Whitney Ave, Hamden; 203-287-9286; $5) at 7:30 p.m. Curated by staffers Raizine Bruton and Jules Larson, first up is “Céline Sciamma’s modern feminist classic” Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019), to be introduced by Yale film studies lecturer Leana Hirschfeld-Kroen.

Wednesday, March 9
At 7 p.m., it’s back to Best Video for Words Against the Whirlwind: A Benefit for Ukraine, for which Allan Appel, Stephen Kobasa and Michelle Zacks “will read from poetry and prose by Ukrainian and Ukrainian-American writers including Lyuba Yakimchuk, Semyon Olender, and Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach.” There may be a cover charge, or perhaps organizers will pass around a proverbial hat.

At 7:30, the technical and ambitious Yale Percussion Group performs live in Morse Recital Hall (470 College St, New Haven). The free in-person program features works by four composers, including Yale School of Music alumni Garth Neustadter and Kevin Zetina.

Thursday, March 10
In a 6 p.m. virtual talk organized by the New Haven Museum, Tanya Pohrt, curator at New London’s Lyman Allyn Art Museum, discusses two of “the earliest independent women artists working in the United States”: Mary Way and Elizabeth Way Champlain, who “in the decades after the American Revolution… produced unique ‘dressed’ fabric and paper portrait miniatures in the New London area.”

Yale Cabaret (217 Park St, New Haven; 203-432-1566; $12-26), once more hosting the general public in its black box theater, presents the first of four performances this week at 7:30. Written and directed, respectively, by current Cab members Doug Robinson and Gabrielle Hoyt, the show is called Soft Apples, and it sounds like it might be interactive. “In Soft Apples, you take on the role of a patron of the arts, generously supporting the best of causes. After all, this is theatre! No dream is too big. No ask is too ambitious. No sacrifice is too costly…right?”

Saturday, March 12
From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Stony Creek Brewery (5 Indian Neck Ave, Branford; 203-433-4545; $20 in advance) hosts its next annual Shenanigans Irish Festival, promising “live music, food, fun, friends and of course delicious BEER!”

A St. Patrick’s Bar Crawl spans a handful of bars downtown from 1 to 9 p.m. and promises drink and food specials, DJs, a costume contest and festive vibes. $21.99 in advance.

At Volume Two/Never Ending Books (810 State St, New Haven), the Mad Goat Band—“the most spirited Irish-American trad-punk family band”—leads a Paddy’s Day Singalong featuring “rousing rants of rebellion and ribaldry” starting at 7 p.m. Donations encouraged; BYO.

Sunday, March 13
After missing a couple of years due to the pandemic, the Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade is back. The 2022 parade steps off at 1:30 p.m. at Sherman and Chapel, traveling down the latter before turning up Church and hanging a right at Elm—thus passing by the Family Fun Zone, which offers “delicious food trucks, a petting zoo, games, giveaways, crafts, live entertainment, raffles, photo opportunities, and [a] family-friendly parade viewing area.”

Written and photographed by Dan Mims. Image features the Emerald Society contingent at the 2017 parade. 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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