This Week in New Haven (September 4 - 10)

This Week in New Haven (September 4 - 10)

As the school year gets going all around the city, so do the adult versions of art kids, band kids, history nerds and jocks.

Monday, September 4 – Labor Day
Following a fun run for kids at 8:10, the Faxon Law New Haven Road Race starts in earnest at 8:30 a.m. with 20K, half marathon and 5K routes leaving from (and finishing at) the New Haven Green.

Tuesday, September 5
A September series of Scorsese screenings starts with Taxi Driver (1976) at Best Video in Hamden.

Wednesday, September 6
If you don’t have tickets to the sold-out Postal Service/Death Cab for Cutie show at Westville Music Bowl this week, you can still secure your quirky yet polished indie rock fix at Hamden’s much more intimate Space Ballroom, where Quasi, a.k.a. “Pacific Northwest icons” Sam Coomes and Janet Weiss, headline an 8 p.m. show.

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Thursday, September 7
At 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church New Haven, the all-welcoming Greater New Haven Community Chorus opens its 60th season with an open rehearsal “celebrating compositions by African-American women.”

Friday, September 8
When the Yale University Art Gallery opens at 10 a.m., it will have a new exhibition: Mickalene Thomas / Portrait of an Unlikely Space. Thomas, a contemporary Yale-graduated painter who makes “dazzling paintings and photographs of Black women posed in lushly decorated interiors, as well as for her similarly styled, immersive installations,” has, for the show, “design an entirely new multigallery installation, imagining domestic surroundings reminiscent of a moment in U.S. history that has never before been so explicitly represented in her work: the pre-Emancipation era.” The show draws from the YUAG’s collections by incorporating “a selection of early American portraits of Black women, men, and children—from miniatures and daguerreotypes to silhouettes on paper and engravings in books—hanging on walls, standing within cases, and resting atop furniture.”

From 5:30 to 10 p.m., a swanky gala thrown by the International Festival of Arts & Ideas serves up cocktails, dinner, a live auction, dessert, dancing and, most of all, a huge trove of artifacts at the forthcoming local history museum Lost in New Haven.

Meanwhile, at 7 o’clock in St. John’s Episcopal Church, the Elm City Consort, a chamber ensemble who’ve “presented free concerts of early music (written before 1750) to New Haven audiences for over fifteen years,” joins with New York-based vocal ensemble The New Consort for a concert of works by the 16th- and 17th-century English composer William Byrd.

Saturday, September 9
The 2023 Closer to Free Ride to benefit Yale’s Smilow Cancer Hospital gets a bright and early start with a 6:45 opening ceremony at the Yale Bowl. Then it’s time for 10-, 25-, 40-, 65- and 100-mile rides and, afterward, a “finish festival” at the Bowl.

From 11 to 10 in Edgerton Park, this year’s CT Folk Fest & Green Expo offers “live music from local acts to national headliners, delicious food trucks and a Green Expo highlighting artisan vendors, non-profits, workshops, and a jam-packed day of activities and experiences in the Green Kids Zone.”

Also starting at 11, Community Action Agency of New Haven puts on its 29th Annual Chili vs. Gumbo Fest in East Shore Park. Along with the chili and gumbo (and beer), expect live music, arts and crafts vendors and children’s activities.

Speaking of beer and (“dozens” of) vendors, Armada Brewing hosts an outdoor market starting at noon.

From 7:30 to 9 p.m., Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae discusses and then performs her forthcoming album, Black Rainbows, in the rarefied climes of the Commons at the Yale Schwarzman Center.

Sunday, September 10
The New Haven Preservation Trust’s 2023 Celebration of Preservation happens from 2 to 5 p.m. at “The Estate,” a.k.a. Raynham, a.k.a. 709 Townshend Avenue. The itinerary includes food, drinks, a silent auction, a raffle, expert talks and, perhaps best of all, time to explore the Victorian Gothic house and the wider grounds where the prominent Townshend family presided for roughly two centuries.

Also starting at 2, Kehler Liddell Gallery hosts a joint opening reception for Adjusted Intentions featuring digital collage work by Brian Flinn and Forces of Attraction featuring a “Whitman’s sampler” from a lifetime of photography by R.F. Wilton.

Another opening reception starts an hour later at the Ely Center of Contemporary Art. The 30-artist show, called eMOTION, “offers a fresh take on sequential art, with work by rising illustrators and recent graduates and current students from regional fine art programs.”

And the art goes on at Three Sheets, where, from 3 to 6, an Art Tag Sale is set to gather a dozen artists “selling their art at slashed prices!”

Written by Dan Mims. Image 1 features a scene from a past New Haven Road Race. Image 2, photographed by Harold Shapiro, features the Elm City Consort. Image 3, photographed by Ulrike Rindermann, features Corinne Bailey Rae. Image 4 features The Estate, a.k.a. Raynham. Image 5 features work by Lindsie Gero showing as part of eMOTION. Readers are encouraged to verify times, locations, prices and other details before attending events.

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