This Week in New Haven (August 1 – 7)

Organic Vegetarian Chili In Iron Pot Served With Rosemary On Distressed Wood Country Table. Organic Vegetarian Chili In Iron Pot Served With Rosemary On Distressed Wood Country Table.

B lack and white photos from 1978 aren’t the only things balancing light and dark.

Monday, August 1
Is tonight the night? Rain is expected for a third straight Monday, but if things dry up early enough, the Beecher Park Summer Concert Series might get its first go of the season starting at 6 behind Mitchell Library.

Tuesday, August 2
Creed Bratton’s not just a hilariously sociopathic, unexpectedly musical character on the American version of The Office. He’s also a musically talented and, attendees of his 8 p.m. music and comedy show at Toad’s Place will hope, hilarious real person.

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Twilight Concerts at the Pardee-Morris House

Wednesday, August 3
With a sadism as maddening and inexhaustible as Ramsay Bolton’s, the last four seasons of HBO’s Game of Thrones tortured and murdered my interest in George R. R. Martin’s cutthroat fantasy world. But I know there are plenty of you Thronies still out there. So this one’s for you: a night of GoT trivia at East Rock Brewing starting at 6:30.

Death is more whimsical and family-friendly at Bishop’s Orchards’ Little Red Barn, where an outdoor screening of Coco, a Pixar film about an aspiring young musician who stumbles into a rather lively Land of the Dead, begins around 8 p.m.

Thursday, August 4
The four-day Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival, on the Orange Fairgrounds at 525 Orange Center Road, promises “rides, games and GREAT FOOD” along with a fireworks show Saturday. Daily hours of operation aren’t clear, although an event page on Facebook indicates a 5 p.m. start today and a 5 p.m. finish Sunday.

Friday, August 5
“… captur[ing] the funky Old Country atmosphere of Upper State Street in 1978 when most of the businesses were antique stores and self-described junk shops” is the allure of Upper State Street 1978: At the Height of Its Decline, an exhibition of black and white photos by Karen Klugman opening at 1 p.m. today at City Gallery. And today is an especially good day to visit, since Krugman herself will be receiving viewers and signing copies of her accompanying book from 4 to 7.

Meanwhile, a game of “Murder Trivia” at The Trinity plays on the recent surge in popularity of true crime programming. Check-in starts at 6, with the competition stalking—er, following 30 minutes later.

Also at 6, cover band Skyway “welcome[s] the sunset with great RnB classic[s] outdoors” at Amarante’s Sea Cliff.

Saturday, August 6
Community Action Agency of New Haven’s 28th Annual ChiliFest fundraiser promises “food, live entertainment, fun for kids, several food trucks, arts and crafts, beer and of course, chili sampling” from 11 to 6 in East Shore Park.

Sunday, August 7
From 9 a.m. to 2 at Two Roads Brewing in Stratford, a Cruise-In Car Show offers the chance to display and/or drink in classic and maybe not-so-classic cars while sipping coffee or beer.

Picking up at 2 is the next installment of Folk at the Edge, a concert series by CT Folk in Edgewood Park. The performer (and workshop leader) this time is Jake Blount, specializing in “African American string music and repertoire.”

Written by Dan Mims. Image 1, featuring a photo from Upper State Street 1978: At the Height of Its Decline, photographed by Karen Klugman. Image 3 photographed by Dan Mims. Image five, featuring Jake Blount, photographed by Tadin Brown. 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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