This Week in New Haven (March 21 – 27)

B ooks, ballads and beers build to a Key limey, high-flying, catwalk-ing, fast-talking Saturday.

Monday, March 21
According to branch manager Diane Brown, the new Stetson Library, part of the new Q House (197 Dixwell Ave, New Haven), opens to the public at 10 a.m. Check it out if you can.

Tuesday, March 22
Madison-based bookstore RJ Julia presents two virtual book talks. The first, at 6:30 p.m., features best-selling novelist John Searles with celebrated actress Amy Ryan—who starred in a film adaptation of Searles’s Strange But True (and also played Holly on The Office, among many other roles)—discussing his new book Her Last Affair, a copy of which is included with the $27.99 ticket price and just might be signed (while supplies last). The second talk, which is free and starts at 7 p.m., features Yale business professor Barry Nalebuff discussing his new negotiation guide, Split the Pie: A Radical New Way to Negotiate.

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Dream Hou$e at Long Wharf Theatre

Wednesday, March 23
Black Flag frontman-turned-storyteller Henry Rollins rolls through Toad’s Place (300 York St, New Haven; 203-624-8623) for a 7 p.m. engagement, with tickets costing $34.18 including fees.

Thursday, March 24
Bumpin Uglies, tonight’s featured guest at Space Ballroom (295 Treadwell St, Hamden; $23.60 with fees), rides the edge of Sublime at the pace of Jack Johnson, while opener Joint Operation ranges over reggae, punk, ’90s rock, indie rock and even southern rock, promising an amped-up live show.

Hoax Brewing, part of collaborative brewery The Beeracks (250 Bradley St, East Haven), celebrates its four-year anniversary with four days of parties, starting with a Pre-Party Beer Dinner at 5 p.m. today ($80). Then it’s a live-music Emo Night CT party tomorrow at 5 ($10), a huge live music lineup Saturday at noon (free) and a Vendor Fair on Sunday, also at noon.

Friday, March 25
“Temerarious and very gregarious” local band Big Sigh (pictured above) promise a “90s lo-fi cassette tape summer jam” as they celebrate a record release at The State House (310 State St, New Haven; $11.50 with fees) tonight, joined by Them Airs, Psychic Newborns and Dr. Martino.

Saturday, March 26
At East Rock Brewing (285 Nicoll St, New Haven; 475-234-6176), a release party for a new Radler-style citrus lager called Key Lime Kicker will be available on draft and in six-packs from noon to 10. Helping keep things sunny is downtown plant shop Bark & Vine, which is popping up from noon to 6 at the brewery.

At 5 p.m. today and 1:30 tomorrow, aerial dance and circus school Air Temple Arts heads to Educational Center for the Arts (55 Audubon St, New Haven; $27.25, or $22 kids 12 and under) for powerful displays of “contortion, juggling, Chinese pole, aerial net, and more, all set to some of our favorite bops and jams!”

“An exquisite mask-on springwear fashion show extravaganza” enlists models and performance artists at Bregamos Community Theater (491 Blatchley Ave, New Haven; $20 advance, $25 door, $38 VIP). The occasion begins at 6 p.m., though VIPs enter an hour early and have their food and drink included.

At 8 p.m., the Banquet Hall at Congregation Or Shalom (205 Old Grassy Hill Rd, Orange) hosts The Ultimate Robin Williams Tribute Experience! starring Roger Kabler. Kabler channels Williams’s trademark mannerisms and wit in “a show that goes to great lengths to respect Robin’s memory and celebrate his legacy”—“hilarious and emotionally powerful at the same time.”

Written by Dan Mims. Image sourced from Big Sigh’s Facebook page. 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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