This Week in New Haven (September 5 – 11)

I solated downpours of physical and mental sweat culminate in a weekend of maxed-out and relaxed-out things to do.

Monday, September 5 – Labor Day
If you’re not sleeping in, you could be running in or cheering on the 45th annual Faxon Law New Haven Road Race, which sports half-marathon, 20K, 5K and Kids Fun Run routes starting from and finishing at the New Haven Green, on this schedule.

Wednesday, September 7
“Logic is the beginning of wisdom, Valeris, not the end.” Another beginning of wisdom is factual knowledge, which you’ll need starting at 6:30 sharp during a Star Trek-themed trivia night at East Rock Brewing.

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Thursday, September 8
All-levels open-air dancing returns to the Orange Street Promenade (north of Crown) for the latest Salsa in Ninth Square, starting at 5 p.m.

Friday, September 9
Opening receptions across town invoke photography and, in one case, video. From 4 to 8 at City Gallery in East Rock, “Joy Bush’s photographs tell a story…without telling a story” in Waiting for Something to Happen. From 5 to 7 at Kehler Liddell Gallery in Westville, “Kim Weston and JLS Gangwisch employ abstracted figurative imagery to reimagine anima and experiment with the boundaries of empathy in digital reproduction” in Cadence.

Hamden High School’s swimming pool hosts this year’s USA Underwater Rugby National Championship today through Sunday. The first match in the schedule begins at 5:30 p.m., with the CT Makos, the home team, taking to the water at 8:30.

At 7 p.m. on the lower level of Yale’s Humanities Quadrangle, the Treasures from the Yale Film Archive series begins the semester with Rebel Without a Cause, in which “James Dean, Natalie Wood, and Sal Mineo give career-defining performances, roaming the teenage wasteland of Eisenhower-era Southern California.”

Saturday, September 10
The 2022 Closer to Free Ride, a bicycling fundraiser for Yale New Haven Health’s Smilow Cancer Hospital, starts bright and early with an opening ceremony at 6:45 a.m. today. Aside from a remote option, 10-, 25-, 40-, 65- and 100-mile routes “filled with rest stops, food and drink, bike tech, SAG and more” begin and finish at the Yale Bowl, where a Finish Line Festival promises “a beer garden, food trucks and live music.”

The CT Folk Festival and its attendant Green Expo in Edgerton Park return for the first time since the pandemic—and, as if making up for lost time, the schedule has expanded to two days. Today from 11am to 10pm and tomorrow from noon to 6, a lineup of 18 folk acts is complemented by “75+ exhibitors” from artisans to food trucks to a farm stand and an activity-filled “green kids village.” Organizers advise bringing “your friends, the kids, a poncho in case of rain,  chairs, blankets, water bottles, cash for food trucks, and a love for great music.”

With two performances today at 2 and 8 p.m. and a special benefit-style show tomorrow afternoon, Long Wharf Theatre opens its 2022-23 season with an “early reading” of “work-in-process comedy” Dignity, Always Dignity, which offers a rather intriguing premise: “A former Broadway star washes up on a deserted island. Stranded and alone (except for a piano), he sets his sights on performing one last show before the rising waters swallow him up.”

Also at 2 today, Cuban UN ambassador and minister Pedro Luis Pedroso Cuesta comes to Ives Main Library to discuss “New Horizons for US-Cuba Relations.”

A Cupcakes & Cocktails fundraiser for Army’s Legacy Animal Rescue and Sanctuary runs (and jumps and barks and meows) from 5 to 8 p.m. “Booze-infused” and regular cupcakes plus “drinks, raffles and fun” are on the menu.

At Lisman Landing in Milford starting at 6 p.m., the Milford Arts Council’s 50th-anniversary fundraising gala promises “4 hours of live entertainment,” including from live bands and the town’s poet laureate; “delicious artisanal bites” and beer, wine and cocktails from local businesses; and an “amazing silent and live auction,” all at a transformed venue offering “one-of-a-kind” photo ops.

Two “high-energy rock” bands with copacetically crotchety names—The Problem With Kids Today and Keep Off the Grass—play an indoor show at Best Video starting at 7.

French indie-gone-mainstream rockers Phoenix, known for refined visuals and dancey audio, come to College Street Music Hall for an 8:30 bill.

Sunday, September 11
From 11 to 5, Three Sheets hosts an Art Tag Sale featuring a dozen “local artist[s] selling their art at slashed prices.”

PRIDE New Haven, “an 8-day festival celebrating the culture, art, and history of New Haven and Connecticut’s LGBTQ+ community,” commences in earnest today with a PRIDE Kick-off Party starting at 3:30 p.m. in the Ninth Square, presumably centered on Orange Street north of Crown. “Enjoy sets by the fabulous DJ Chris Gallo and the genre-defying rock band Semaphora” as well as “special deals on drinks, food, and games” at Barcade.

Written by Dan Mims. Image 1, featuring a moment from a past PRIDE New Haven festival, photographed by Dan Mims. Image 2, featuring Screw Loose by Joy Bush, provided courtesy of City Gallery. Image 3, of a mashup of work by Kim Weston and JLS Gangwisch, provided courtesy of Kehler Liddell Gallery. Image 4 features Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo and James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause. Image 5, featuring Phoenix, photographed by Maxime Le Cerf. 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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