This Week in New Haven (April 24 – 30)

T hings start quietly with a 385th anniversary and finish loudly with a 10th.

Monday, April 24
Happy Birthday, New Haven.

Tuesday, April 25
At 7 p.m., Air Temple Arts in Woodbridge picks up One Man’s Trash, a kid-oriented circus show by Cirque Us. “Grab your garbage bags, pick up the recycling, and get ready to laugh and cheer as this repurposed circus turns trash into treasure! Featuring a variety of unique and daring circus acts, the show is a testament to the power of community and teamwork.”

Also at 7, BAR hosts the next installment of Astronomy on Tap. “Come grab some beer and pizza, hear… Yale astronomers talk about awesome new discoveries, and compete for astronomy-themed trivia prizes!”

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Long Wharf Theatre

Wednesday, April 26
At East Rock Brewing, a 6:30 trivia night benefits the Greater New Haven Cat Project, which is “dedicated to improving the lives of stray, abandoned, and feral cats.”

At 7, the New Haven Lawn Club hosts the fifth-season finale of the Kallos Chamber Music Series. Dubbed “The Roots of Our Culture,” the concert “reflects on the relationship of music and humanity through chamber music deeply rooted in folk traditions. We showcase Copland’s take on the Wild West, Suk’s deeply embedded flavors of Bohemia, and Brahms’s homage to the Roma peoples.”

Thursday, April 27
Promising “over 35 types” of the traditional Italian cookie, the Rotary Club of East Haven’s 2023 Anginette Wars commence at 6 p.m. at East Haven High. The “bakers’ tables” are full, but you can still buy a ticket to observe the battle—and, I assume, to taste and vote on what those bakers are baking. It also looks like dinner is included.

Friday, April 28
You don’t hear a lot of American-style indie folk coming out of Mexico, or sung in Spanish, or sung in a voice as rich as Kevin Kaarl’s, which you can hear at Toad’s Place tonight on an 8 o’clock bill. Here’s a music video or two to get acquainted.

Saturday, April 29
To “help people explore local natural beauty, build community, have fun, and support environmental/climate projects,” the group bike rides for this year’s Rock to Rock Earth Day Ride span 60, 40, 20, 12, 5 and 1 miles, with a hiking option as well. The staggered rides begin at 8 a.m. and leave from College Woods along the southern base of East Rock Park, where a Green Fair “with food trucks, live music (Gammy Moses and Nu Haven Kapelye All Stars) and partner tables” welcomes riders whence they came from 11 to 2.

From 10 to 4 today and 1 to 4 tomorrow—with an adults-only tee time at 7 tonight, featuring drinks, food and a silent auction—Blackstone Library will be converted into an 18-hole mini golf course. I’m told the annual event typically sells out, so consider buying tickets sooner than later.

All day starting at noon, East Rock Brewing hosts its first Spring Fest. “Join us for a day of games, local vendors, and our LARGEST concert yet in our factory ft. JULAI and the Serotones. Our seasonal Maibock will also hit our taps and coolers that afternoon!”

From 1 to 5, Carmelina’s Garden in Hamden hosts a Mad Hatter Formal Tea Party, though the invitation, while eccentric in content, doesn’t read very madly: “You are hereby cordially invited to formal tea at Carmelina’s Garden. We will have Best Costume and Most Original Hat contests. We will be serving a variety of teas and tea cakes. There will be prizes, raffles, games, music and more.”

At 4 in Yale’s O.C. Marsh Lecture Hall, Ohio University professor Lawrence Witmer shows how “high-tech imaging and 3D computer modeling, combined with old-school anatomy, allow us to ‘flesh out’ dinosaurs in unprecedented ways and shed new light on their biology”—with a nod to Yale’s John Ostrom, who was apparently a pioneer in this area.

Sunday, April 30
From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. yesterday and 10 to 5 today, the Meriden Daffodil Festival invites the region to Hubbard Park to enjoy a parade yesterday, a run today and, on both days, food, live music, kids’ activities, a business expo and a juried craft fair.

Host Armada Brewing and tattoo shop Hope Gallery present the first in a duo of Dungeons & Dragons-themed events from noon to 7, promising a beer collaboration release, a flash tattoo popup and, managed by Elm City Games, a live D&D campaign.

At 2, Patricia E. Kane, a curator of American decorative arts at the Yale University Art Gallery, discusses “Mary Fish Silliman: A Woman in Revolutionary America” at the New Haven Museum. “During the lecture, Kane will illustrate a high chest of drawers on view at the New Haven Museum that was once owned by Mary Silliman and discuss its decorative features. Kane will also explore the life of Mary Silliman, whose determination and perseverance sustained her family’s business through the American Revolution and beyond.”

Finally, at 5, Ordinary celebrates its 10th anniversary with an “old-school,” no-reservations affair serving the bar’s first cocktail menu from 2013. Also expect “food by Caseus Crispy Melty, some guest appearances behind the bar and good friends spinning vinyl throughout the night!”

Written by Dan Mims. Image 1, of Kevin Kaarl, sourced from Kevin Kaarl. Image 2 by Acquilano Photography and provided courtesy of Cirque Us. Image 3, of anginetti cookies, sourced from Cucina by Elena. Image 4, of past Rock to Rock riders, sourced from Rock to Rock. Image 5, of Hope Gallery owner and artist Joe Capobianco, photographed by Sorrel Westbrook. 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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