This Week in New Haven (May 2 - 8)

This Week in New Haven (May 2 - 8)

Like the Temptations meant it, we’ve got the month of May, with dancing, movies, shows, talks and special occasions.

Monday, May 2
In-person registration is closed, but you can still watch the Community Foundation’s 2022 Annual Meeting online, via Youtube or Facebook. The proceedings start at 4:15 p.m. and “featur reflections on the question: Is our community meeting the moment?” Speaking of which, the foundation’s annual Great Give, a 36-hour charitable giving spree boosted by matching funds and additional prizes for local nonprofits, starts this Wednesday at 8 a.m.

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Long Wharf Theatre presents Queen

Tuesday, May 3
A four-week Contemporary Classics of International Film series, screening recent “acclaimed movies from Belgium, Mauritania, Japan, and Iran” introduced and then discussed by Yale film and media professors, opens tonight at 7 at Best Video. First up is Two Days, One Night (2014), “a riveting Belgium/French/Italian social drama” in which a factory worker played by Marion Cotillard works desperately to save her job.

Wednesday, May 4
Celebrate May the Fourth with a free Star Wars trivia night at East Rock Brewing. The game begins at 6:30 sharp, with a costume contest held at the start and “Star Wars goodies… throughout the evening.”

The free Movies in the Plaza series, which screens popular films of past and present outside in Pitkin Plaza, kicks off with an 8:30 showing of the Tina Fey-written teen classic Mean Girls (2004).

Thursday, May 5
In a virtual 4 p.m. talk presented under the auspices of the Peabody Museum, Yale PhD candidate Corey Herrmann discusses “Disaster, Resistance, Community: Reflections of 4,000 Years in Manabí, Ecuador.” Here’s the preamble: “Our modern, globalized world shudders from political, social, pandemic, and ecological catastrophes. What lessons can we learn from Indigenous communities for whom the world has ended many times, in disasters both natural and colonial, only to flourish afterward?”

Salsa in Ninth Square is back in action for 2022, starting with a perfectly timed Cinco de Mayo “salsa social” from 6 to 9 outside on the Orange Street Promenade just north of Crown Street.

Also at 6, a virtual New Haven Museum talk by Yale historian Jay Gitlin, part of the ongoing celebrations of New Havener Donald Grant Mitchell’s 200th birthday, is a great opportunity to figure out just who Donald Grant Mitchell was and why his legacy is still relevant today.

Friday, May 6
At 7:30 in the hallowed hall of the Shubert Theatre, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra performs Debussy’s La Mer, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto (with guest soloist Vadim Gluzman), Higdon’s Blue Cathedral and Boulanger’s D’un Matin de Printemps. $15-74.

Meanwhile, a weekend with the Yale School of Music starts and finishes with Yale Opera’s “sweet,” “silly” and locally set production of L’elisir d’amore (The Elixir of Love). Performed for free tonight at 7:30 and Sunday at 2 in Morse Recital Hall, the show bookends a free Saturday performance by Yale Philharmonia, featuring works by Takemitsu, Britten and Dvořák, at 7:30 in Woolsey Hall.

Saturday, May 7
After five days of ramp-up—from a pizza party to an art opening to an outdoor concert to a beer garden/fashion show/dance party—this year’s Westville Artwalk peaks today from 11 to 7. The day’s many activities and attractions, centered around the heart of Westville, include a pet parade, live music, live visual arts, open studios, a rubber duck race and, of course, the “artwalk” itself: an outdoor artist, artisan and crafts market.

A Mother’s Day Weekend Vendor Market brings things back to East Rock Brewing, where, from noon to five, artisanal soaps, candles, jewelry and more, including fine art and fresh flowers, will be available for purchase—along with drink specials.

Sunday, May 8 – Mother’s Day
Following brunch or preceding dinner at her favorite restaurant, you and Mom can feast your eyes during a 1:30 p.m. Highlights Tour at the Yale University Art Gallery, “focusing on a handful of objects chosen to showcase both the permanent collection and special exhibitions currently on view.”

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

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