This Week in New Haven (May 13 - 19)

This Week in New Haven (May 13 - 19)

The week begins and ends with beautiful voices, as Saturday spans city and country fun.

Monday, May 13
A smattering of concert-only tickets remain for Long Wharf Theatre’s gala celebration tonight at SCSU’s Lyman Center. The star of the show is former Glee favorite and Golden Globe/Emmy award winner Darren Criss, who will take the stage at 7.

From 6 to 9, an all-cars-welcome cruise night at New England Brewing in Woodbridge also includes a “vynyl pop-up and so much more.” 

Tuesday, May 14
At 7 p.m., Best Video screens a work of incomparable genius: Dumb and Dumber (1994).

Wednesday, May 15
At 12:30 p.m. at the Yale University Art Gallery, “join Elizabeth Fox, the Marcia Brady Tucker Fellow, American Decorative Arts, for a discussion of furniture pieces in the collection that epitomize Connecticut’s role as an important early American colony and its growth into a center of industry by the 19th century.”

In Yale’s Humanities Quadrangle, a 6 p.m. screening of Ghost Mountain: The Second Killing Fields of Cambodia (2020) “follow[s] the incredible story of Bunseng Taing, a resilient Cambodian refugee who triumphed over unimaginable horrors to find sanctuary in Connecticut.” After the film, which is a very manageable 37 minutes long, “stick around for a captivating Q&A session with Mae Bunseng Taing and James Taing, authors of Under the Naga Tail.”

Thursday, May 16
The Eli Whitney Museum’s 2024 Leonardo Challenge, in which artists donate a wide range of work for a benefit auction inspired by a theme from Da Vinci’s work—this time, “Light”—shines from 5:30 to 9 p.m. In addition to the art, partygoers will find “live music and a delicious spread of treats from local vendors.”

Chapter 1 of a weekly three-session bookbinding workshop starts at 6 p.m. at MakeHaven.

On an 8 p.m. bill at Space Ballroom, locally rooted Frank Zappa tribute band The Z3 put their own spin on things (like Frank would) after “eccentric prog-punk” opener Kimono Draggin’ do the same.

Friday, May 17
Constructed Worlds, a promising exhibition of works by sculptor Seth Callander, painter Cynthia Cooper, painter Rosemary Cotnoir, photographer David Ottenstein and painter Shilo Ratner, enjoys an opening reception from 3 to 5 p.m. at Perspectives Gallery @ Whitney Center in Hamden, with an artist talk by Ottenstein and Ratner at 2:30.

From 5 to 10, the next New Haven Night Market turns the Ninth Square into an inside/outside (but mostly outside) bazaar with a festival vibe, convening nearly 100 food, arts and other retail vendors along with several live music acts, a flash tattoo station, an outdoor dance floor and more.

Saturday, May 18
At 10:30 a.m., Fort Nathan Hale Restoration Projects “host[s] its 55th annual opening of Fort Nathan Hale… The ceremony includes [a] raising of the flags of the colonies and the United States. A short history of the fort will be given. There will be a display of Penobscot war clubs and other native artifacts. The Civil War bunkers will be open, and there will be arts and crafts for children. Participants include the West Haven Veterans Museum, Milford Marine Institute, Boy Scouts, and US WWI Centennial Commission. Refreshments will be available for purchase.”

A neighborhood festival in The Hill under the auspices of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas goes from noon to 6 in Trowbridge Square Park and promises “an epic afternoon extravaganza packed with performers, DJs, and delicious food” plus “vendors, children's activities, and live music galore.”

Also from noon to 6, the Arts Council’s Audubon Street Arts Festival offers “live music, dance, face painting, local vendors, and food trucks—fun for all ages and family-friendly!”

At 7 in Hamden’s Unitarian Society of New Haven, Another Octave: CT Women’s Chorus presents “a musical journey from Georgia to Marrakesh.”

An English Country Dance led by dance master Paul McGuire and powered by live music from The Paramount Ramblers fills Mount Carmel Congregational’s parish hall from 7:30 to 10:30. “Light refreshments will be served but dancers are encouraged to bring food to share that does not require any significant preparation.”

Sunday, May 19
A Community Boating Day at the Canal Dock Boathouse floats from 8 a.m. to noon for ages 9 and up, offering free access to kayaks, dragon boats and maybe more.

Recent Grammy-winning jazz singer Nicole Zuraitis gives an intimate 4 p.m. performance at Jazzy’s Cabaret.

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

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