This Week in New Haven (June 24 - 30)

This Week in New Haven (June 24 - 30)

Good things begin as others come to an end.

Tuesday, June 25
After a day off, Arts & Ideas picks up with a busy and varied schedule for its final five days and nights, including tentpole concerts by at least two Grammy winners, Samara Joy (Wednesday night at 8 at College Street Music Hall) and Dobet Gnahoré (Friday night at 8 on the New Haven Green).

Ciao, Bella: Classic Italian Cinema, “a short summer film series” at The Institute Library, begins tonight with a 7:30 screening of Fellini’s surreal and theatrical La città della donne (City of Women, 1980). “Italian ices provided to enrich your movie-going experience.”

Wednesday, June 26
The New Haven Museum’s 2024 Twilight Concert Series at the Pardee-Morris House “kick[s] off with a powerhouse blend of classic Motown hits, funk, and rock by Locomotion” at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 27
The first Summer @ The Well event, part of “a series of monthly chill nights in our onsite pub, complete with live music, beer, wine, and our signature fare,” runs from 5 to 11 p.m. at The Well inside the Yale Schwarzman Center. The music this time—“jazz fusion with calypso and reggae selections”—comes courtesy of the Alyssa Chetrick Quartet, and advance registrants can unlock a special combo deal.

The first in what appears to be a series of hourlong “Gallery+Playlist” events at the Yale University Art Gallery begins at 5:30. “Spend a summer evening in the Gallery’s Margaret and Angus Wurtele Sculpture Garden listening to a series of short playlists curated to accompany five works of outdoor sculpture. Bring your own set of headphones to participate.”

At 8 p.m., Yale Summer Cabaret offers the first of five readings of The Horrors by Naomi Park and Jonah Spear. “A necromantic comedy! In the small, cursed New England town of Rottingham, the streets are dark, and the people are miserable and pox-ridden. That is until the mayor’s son suddenly vanishes. Now, with their town in chaos, the three Horror sisters seize the opportunity to get exactly what—and who—they’ve always wanted.”

The Madison Beach Hotel’s 2024 Grassy Strip Music Series leads off at 7:30 with locally rooted crooner Christine Ohlman, of SNL Band fame, and her own band, Rebel Montez.

Friday, June 28
Hamden’s annual Fourth of July fireworks show begins at 9:20 p.m., but the festivities begin at 6 in Town Center Park, featuring food trucks, a DJ and a performance by the Hamden Symphony Orchestra.

Saturday, June 29
At 10 a.m. in Hamden (at a location to be disclosed to registrants), “forager and chef Vinny Crotta and CT Foraging Club founder Amy Demers will be co-teaching a class on foraging and cooking with foraged ingredients. You will learn how to identify and utilize edible and medicinal plants and mushrooms that can be found this time of year. Chef Vinny will discuss how to utilize these wild ingredients in the kitchen.” The class consists of a 45-minute lecture and a chance to put that knowledge to use during a 45-minute walk.

It’s the final weekend of the 15th Annual Robin Hood’s Medieval Faire. Open today and tomorrow from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 150 Locust Road in Harwinton—with “after-hours” festivities for adults until 9—the festival promises “awe-inspiring performances, scrumptious delicacies, and a vast selection of artisan goods… perfect for history buffs, cosplay enthusiasts, or those seeking a unique adventure.”

East Haven’s annual Fireworks Beach Party at East Haven Town Beach starts at noon and finishes with a fireworks show “closer to 9:30.”

From 2 to 6 p.m. on the New Haven Green, the 10th annual New Haven Caribbean Heritage Festival, integrated with the final day of Arts & Ideas, offers “performances, delicious Caribbean cuisine, beautiful displays of islands and colorful costumes.”

Sunday, June 30
Kehler Liddell Gallery hosts an opening reception for Artist As Curator, a show of works by regional artists curated by the gallery’s member artists, from 3 to 6 p.m. “This invitational show features accomplished New England artists working in a variety of media including ceramic, coding, collage, digital media, drawing, encaustic wax, found objects, glass, handmade paper, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.”

In the course of a big national tour, Connecticut “indie groove” band Goose, “known for their exuberant grooves and incendiary bursts of musical exploration,” come home to Westville Music Bowl for a 6:30 concert—apparently Westville Music Bowl’s final show of the summer.

Written by Dan Mims. Image by Jennifer Knaus and provided courtesy of Kehler Liddell Gallery. Readers are encouraged to verify times, locations, prices and other details before attending events.

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