This Week in New Haven (January 23 - 29)

This Week in New Haven (January 23 - 29)

Historic moments and traditions meet unconventional wisdom and a new New Year.

Monday, January 23
A week after MLK Day, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s visits to Yale and New Haven in 1959, ’62 and ’64 are the subject of this week’s virtual Mondays at Beinecke talk, examined through related objects in Beinecke Library’s collections.

Wednesday, January 25
At 7 p.m., RJ Julia in Madison hosts “Reclaiming Your Healthcare: An Evening with Dr. F. Perry Wilson.” Wilson, a nephrologist, epidemiologist, researcher and professor at the Yale School of Medicine, is the author of How Medicine Works and When It Doesn’t: Learning Who to Trust to Get and Stay Healthy, which aims to give readers “the tools they need to make informed decisions, from evaluating the validity of medical information online to helping caregivers advocate for their loved ones, in the doctor’s office and with the insurance company.”

In a 7:30 performance at the Shubert, dance company Step Afrika! “blends percussive dance styles practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities; traditional West and Southern African dances; and an array of contemporary dance and art forms into a cohesive, compelling artistic experience. Performances are much more than dance shows; they integrate songs, storytelling, humor and audience participation.”

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Thursday, January 26
Ever seen The Wizard of Oz (1939) on the big screen? Or in 35mm? You can do both tonight in Yale’s Humanities Quadrangle, starting at 7.

Over at Stella Blues, DJs Sev, Sonavision Deluxe and V4NGOE lead a New Wave Rave, conjuring an artistic moment four decades after Oz and four decades before ours.

Friday, January 27
Unapologetically hilarious comedian Nikki Glaser performs a 7 p.m. standup set at College Street Music Hall.

At 7:30 in Woolsey Hall, six-time Grammy winner Leonard Slatkin conducts the Yale Philharmonia “in a performance of Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, Prokofiev’s Sinfonia concertante, Op. 125, with cellist and Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition winner Jakob Taylor, and Yale School of Music alum Cindy McTee’s Circuits,” Yale School of Music’s David Brensilver says, “which the American Academy of Arts and Letters ha said ‘bursts forth with energy and orchestrational flair.’”

Saturday, January 28
Six days after Lunar New Year, it’s Lunarfest 2023, “our first year back fully in person since 2020!” Spearheaded by the Yale-China Association, this celebration of the start of the Year of the Rabbit begins on Whitney Avenue between Grove and Trumbull with a 10 a.m. lion dance parade, followed by an impressive itinerary of performances, workshops and other activities spanning the New Haven Museum, New Haven Free Public Library, Office of International Students & Scholars at Yale, Creative Arts Workshop, Affinity Federal Credit Union and other businesses in the Whitney-Audubon Retain & Arts District.

The State House has a busy Saturday. First up, from noon to 5, is the next Forgotten Flea, a monthly market selling vintage and secondhand goods. Then, at 9, it’s the next Sanctuary party, whose theme is “New Year: Old Me.” “DJs R.I.C.H.A.R.D and Azrael will be digging down to the roots for a night of unfettered, old-school goth, industrial and more” with new addition DJ Omegatelik.

Meanwhile, at 5:30 at Dwight Hall, the Yale Voxtet, a “select group of eight singers specializes in early music, oratorio, and chamber ensemble” studying at the Institute of Sacred Music, performs a concert of Latin Vespers “taken from the First Vespers for the feast of the Purification (Candlemas) in plainchant, according to the Solesmes Antiphonale of 1912, with thirteenth-century polyphony from Las Huelgas Codex.”

Sunday, January 29
From 2:30 to 5 p.m., Junzi Kitchen celebrates the Lunar New Year with a popup serving freshly made tanghulu, a “quintessential northern Chinese winter street dessert” comprising “candied fruits on skewers.”

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

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