This Week in New Haven (April 18 - 24)

This Week in New Haven (April 18 - 24)

Gardens spring up around Earth Day as dazzling spectacles provide Tax Day relief.

Monday, April 18 – Tax Day
The Beinecke Library (121 Wall St, New Haven; 203-432-2977) is now open to the public seven days a week, but its Mondays at Beinecke lecture series soldiers on virtually. Today’s installment from 4 to 4:30 p.m. features Tubyez Cropper, Charles Warner, Jr. and Alvin Ashiatey—who’ve collaborated on a documentary about the subject—“considering the story of the 1831 proposal for a college in New Haven that would have been America’s first HBCU.”

Also, if you’ve put off filing your taxes, today’s the day.

Tuesday, April 19
Wilson Library (303 Washington Ave, New Haven; 203-946-2228) hosts a Spring Gardening Workshop. “Looking to get a garden going this spring but don’t know where to start? Want advice on what went wrong last year? Stop by for a workshop and Q&A for all of your gardening questions.”

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New Haven Symphony Orchestra presents La Mer

Thursday, April 21
At the Shubert Theatre (247 College St, New Haven; $15-74), two one-shots two days apart aim to amaze and delight. The first, tonight at 7:30, is VIVA MOMIX ($47-$98 with fees), “a collection of the most iconic pieces” in the repertoire of the Connecticut-based dance company MOMIX, which specializes in “work of exceptional inventiveness and physical beauty.” The second, on Saturday at 6 p.m., is B—The Underwater Bubble Show ($34-$58 with fees), an all-ages, zero-dialogue, “visually spectacular show incorporat the latest in stage technology including massive LED screens, soap bubble tornadoes, optical illusions, and other surprises.”

Friday, April 22 – Earth Day
Yale Cabaret’s annual Dragaret weekend—this time themed after Studio 54, nodding to the Cab’s 54th season—is here. With almost all remaining tickets at the $60 VIP level, tonight’s drag revues at 7 and 10 feature Connecticut performers, while tomorrow’s at 8 and 11 star students from the School of Drama. 217 Park Street, New Haven. (203) 432-1566.

New Haven Bike Party’s next earth-friendly social ride—emphatically “costume-friendly,” “SLOW” and masked—is dubbed Bananapolis, which is a fancy way of saying the theme is bananas. Meet at the New Haven Green at 7:30 p.m., then ride “8-10ish miles.”

Saturday, April 23
Common Ground High School (358 Springside Ave, New Haven) hosts a Composting 101 “workshop mixed with classroom learning and hands-on compost processing” from 10 a.m. to noon. “Come prepared to have your boots in the mud. Bringing your food scraps from home is strongly encouraged!” Register here.

A garden concert sounds like just the thing, doesn’t it? At 6:30, a guided tour of Yale’s Marsh Botanical Garden (265 Mansfield St, New Haven) precedes a performance of new music by the Yale Symphony Orchestra Contemporary Ensemble “in a celebration of art and nature.”

From 8 to 11, Three Sheets (372 Elm St, New Haven) kicks its pandemic-suspended Art in the Back series back into gear with an opening reception featuring both art and artisanal products.

Sunday, April 24
A fun-time kickball league is starting off its season with an Open Play session from 11 to 1 at Blake Field (Willow St and Mitchell Dr, New Haven). “All are welcome (21+) to come out and check out the setup we have, meet some new people, and enjoy some kickball games. All we ask is that you RSVP so we have a headcount.”

From noon to 4:30, this year’s Cherry Blossom Festival in Wooster Square Park is actually a Cherry Blossom Celebration—a less elaborate version with “no vendors or exhibitors.” The idea is to respect the lingering dangers of the pandemic and “return with a safe and successful gathering” while still offering live music, food trucks and the quintessential draw: “an afternoon in the park.” BYO chairs and blankets.

Written by Dan Mims. Readers are encouraged to verify times, locations, prices and other details before attending events.

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