This Week in New Haven (January 22 – 28)

W eather reports say the city is set to thaw this week, just as a warm front of multigenerational nostalgia pushes in.

Monday, January 22
Not far over the Woodbridge line, New England Brewing Company heads to the bottom of the ocean for a SpongeBob SquarePants-themed trivia night starting at 6:30.

Tuesday, January 23
At 7 p.m. in Yale’s Humanities Quadrangle, catch a legendary legend-chaser at a scale appropriate to his adventures during a big-screen screening of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

Wednesday, January 24
At 5:30 in Woolsey Hall, Yale’s annual MLK Commemoration features a public (albeit registration-required) talk/Q&A with Ruby Bridges, the “Civil Rights icon, activist, author, and speaker who, at the age of six, was the first Black student to integrate an all-white elementary school in Louisiana.”

Friday, January 26
With hours from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., today marks the opening of Douglass, Baldwin, Harrington, a new exhibition at the Beinecke Library featuring objects and insights related to “three towering figures of Black history, art and culture: Frederick Douglass, James Baldwin, and Ollie Harrington.” An opening reception follows next Friday, February 2, at 4 p.m.

Starting at 10 a.m., a daylong web symposium hosted by Yale’s Institute of Sacred Music “explore[s] new perspectives on the impact of slavery and patterns of migration and displacement across the Indian Ocean on Afro-Asian communities”—starting with “the earliest surviving biography of an Ethiopian slave, Gabriel, a 16th-century Beta Israel Jew sold into slavery in the Arab world where he converted to Islam, and his woeful wanderings between faiths, love and persecution in Asia to his final encounters with the brutal Inquisition in Goa…” Learn more (and register) here, and learn a lot more here.

At 7, gaming lounge ThirdSpace hosts a Mario Kart tournament, though it’s not clear which Mario Kart is in play.

And at 8, Space Ballroom hosts “Gimme Gimme Disco,” a disco dance party starring, not exclusively, the music of ABBA.

Saturday, January 27
Introduction to Induction: Forging & Blacksmithing Basics, a “red-hot workshop” at MakeHaven, starts at 10 a.m. and offers the chance to “unlock the secrets of shaping steel with an induction forge, basic hammer techniques, and a touch of wizardry.”

“Legendary” NYC band The Pilfers, whose “infectious unique sound… blends pop, reggae, hardcore, dub, punk, and ska,” headline a 7 p.m. show at The Cellar on Treadwell in Hamden. Openers include New Haven pop punk band Zombii, Connecticut/Massachusetts punk/ska band The Agonizers and Providence-based rock band Structure Sounds.

For something softer, also at 7, Bethany’s Christ Episcopal Church hosts Joe Masulli and Christy Ellen for a concert aiming to conjure the sounds of James Taylor and Carole King.

Sunday, January 28
From 4 to 5 p.m., David Preston, a master’s candidate at the Yale School of Music and winner of the Charles Ives Organ Scholar Prize, performs on the Fisk Organ at Center Church on the Green. “The first half of the concert will be dedicated to composers of the Baroque and Classical eras, showcasing the repertoire this particular instrument was designed for. The latter half features works by 20th- and 21st-century French composers, whose works shine with a unique light on this instrument.”

Written by Dan Mims. 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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