This Week in New Haven (June 12 - 18)

This Week in New Haven (June 12 - 18)

Festivals, celebrations, holidays and occasions fill some of the longest days of the year.

Monday, June 12
At 4 p.m., a Mondays at Beinecke virtual talk hones in on the “life legacy” of Mary A. Goodman, “the first person of color to make a gift to Yale University.” Goodman bequeathed her “life savings—nearly $5,000 in 1872 dollars—to… support Black students of divinity.”

At 9 at Atelier Florian, it’s a new (and I think recurring) open mic night promising “cocktail specials, good vibes and good music.”

Tuesday, June 13
After a first full weekend, it’s the first full week of this year’s Arts & Ideas festival. On the schedule: a catwalk through Ghanaian history and fashion; an experimental Macbeth; dance and cocktail classes; concerts on the Green including Friday night’s starring a native New Havener; and an indoor show led by a 22-year-old jazz prodigy.

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Ten Years presented by Yale-China

Wednesday, June 14
Featuring “fresh locally grown and produced foods, live music, artisanal soap, and family-friendly activities,” CitySeed’s weekly Dixwell Q House farmers’ market, co-presented with L.E.A.P., opens for the season from 3 to 6 p.m. Here’s something worth asking about when you arrive: According to a Facebook listing, “THIS YEAR—CitySeed will be doubling ALL cash, credit, and debit purchases at the Dixwell Q House market!”

Succession fans may want to jockey for success at East Rock Brewing, where a trivia night rewarding knowledge of the show starts at 6:30.

Thursday, June 15
CT Folk’s Folk on the Edge concert series returns from 5 to 10, this time at Bear’s Smokehouse. The headliner, Gaslight Tinkers, promise “African, Caribbean, Funk, Reggae, and Latin grooves meet traditional fiddle music.” Also looking outward, second (and local) act The Moon Shells “draw from the traditional music of Appalachia, Louisiana, West Africa and elsewhere to try to make something new.” Finally, during an opening set by Amber Anchor, “fiddle, mandolin, guitar, dobro, banjo with solid vocal harmonies mixed in will make you want to sing along…”

Friday, June 16
Starting at 5 p.m., the annual Branford Festival, centered on the Town Green and lasting three days, offers live music including from Linda Ronstadt and Heart tribute acts; carnivalesque and bakerly treats; American and global cuisine; games, rides and kids’ activities; an artisan marketplace; and a road race on Sunday.

At 7 in the Hamden High pool, artistic swim team the Hamden Heronettes present a “Swimmers Just Wanna Have Fun” water show featuring “spectacular aquatic routines performed in glittering swimsuits to uptempo music.”

Gathering at 7:30 and leaving at 8 from the New Haven Green, the New Haven Bike Party kicks off its next “costume-friendly, SLOW social ride,” this time with a theme of “Rainbow Cows in Outer Space.”

Saturday, June 17
Cars & Coffee, a “vintage car social,” parks outside Best Video from 9 a.m. to 11. “Cars 20 years or older are welcome to take part.”

Several towns mark Juneteenth today. In New Haven, a parade steps off from Stetson Library at 11 a.m. and finishes at noon on the Green, where vendors and entertainers muster for a Juneteenth Celebration. In West Haven’s Brent Watt Park, an 11 a.m. event promises “vendors, music, food and a talent showcase.” And in Hamden, an MLK mural unveiling ceremony at noon outside Miller Memorial Library leads to a wider celebration at 1 in nearby Town Center Park. (It looks like something’s going on in Milford, too, but details are thin.)

From 1 to 4 p.m. outside New Haven’s First Presbyterian Church, Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services presents a craft fair ahead of World Refugee Day next week. “Enjoy international food, handmade gifts & eco-friendly home items. Crafts are sold by immigrant women from Afghanistan, Sudan, Syria & all over the world. Proceeds go directly to the artisans, cash only please.”

“12hrs of Techno,” from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m., is the promise of Euphoria, a 10-DJ dance party at The Beeracks in East Haven.

Starting at 10 p.m. at Nolo, an elaborate party concept combines paint ’n’ sip elements with a “glow art dance party” to ’90s music. Highlights include 300 black lights and a photo booth.

Sunday, June 18 – Father’s Day
It’s Dad’s day. But if he (or you) needs ideas, we may be pulling some together later this week.

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

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