This Week in New Haven (January 30 - February 5)

This Week in New Haven (January 30 - February 5)

Perspective is gained—and maybe even changed.

Monday, January 30
François Dallegret: Beyond the Bubble 2023, a funky- and fabulous-looking new exhibition at the Yale School of Architecture, gets a 6:30 reception and talk featuring the architect/artist/designer himself.

Tuesday, January 31
At 7 p.m., Best Video screens Lucrecia Martel’s La Ciénaga (2001), the last in a monthlong series of films by women directors. In a contemporaneous review, Roger Ebert called the movie “a dank, humid meditation on rotting families. By its end we are glad to see the last of most of its characters, but we will not quickly forget them.”

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Wednesday, February 1
Fans of White Lotus can demonstrate and maybe profit from their knowledge of the show during a themed trivia night at East Rock Brewing at 6:30 “sharp.”

At 7:30 in Morse Recital Hall, “baritone Roderick Williams, whose ‘brilliantly projected’ voice Gramophone has said is ‘simply majestic,’ joins Masaaki Suzuki and the Bach Collegium Japan for a performance of music by J.S. Bach and Telemann.”

Thursday, February 2
You know about New Year’s and probably the Lunar New Year. But what about the “New Year for the Trees,” a.k.a. Tu BiShvat? In concert with Chabad of Westville, Mitchell Library celebrates the Jewish holiday with a youth-focused “special story time” and arts and crafts project.

In Yale’s Humanities Quadrangle, the Treasures from the Yale Film Archive series presents Wadjda (2012), in which “dreams of buying a prized green bicycle lead an entrepreneurial young girl to enter a Quran recitation competition.” Directed by Haifaa al-Mansour, the movie is “the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, and the first feature by a Saudi woman.”

Friday, February 3
In a 7 p.m. talk organized by CitySeed, local author and Iranian immigrant Roya Hakakian virtually discusses her book A Beginner’s Guide to America: For the Immigrant and the Curious (2021), which “exemplifies how one immigrant wishes to do her part to heal our national wounds and enable the native-born to see what they can’t see.”

Also at 7, a Cuddle Party led by Amanda Ananda at Centered PLLC promises a platonic “playshop where you can practice boundaries, conscious communication and consent”—or, put another way, “an EMPOWERING communication workshop cleverly disguised as a pajama party,” fostering “skills that can be taken back into your personal life and can drastically improve ALL of your relationships.”

Meanwhile at 7:30, an Ecstatic Dance session at Raven’s Wing Yoga in Branford aims to “help shake off stagnant energy and cultivate inner joy” by “gathering in community to move our bodies intuitively to beats that make our soul sing.”

Saturday, February 4
At 10 a.m., organizers behind the Shoreline Greenway Trail project lead a Winter Walk through Madison’s beautiful Hammonasset State Park. “2.5 miles roundtrip. Modest hills. Wear comfortable shoes. The REI water station will not be open so bring your own water. Dogs on leashes are welcome.”

You’ve Got Maille, says the organizer of an 11 a.m. workshop at MakeHaven “teach the basic concepts of chainmail weaving as foundation for creating armor and jewelry.”

At 1:30 at Branford’s Blackstone Library, local author Kimberly Behre Kenna is celebrating the release of Artemis Sparke and the Sound Seekers Brigade, her new middle grade book set on Connecticut’s shoreline—“a heartfelt and humorous story of a group of underdogs who conjure up the ghosts of historic ecologists to help save a salt marsh and appease Mother Nature.”

From 8 to close at Stella Blues, a five-act concept concert led from the rear by Tomiie Aldo takes inspiration from taiko (Japanese for “drums”). “The history of Taiko is interwoven in the fabric of Japanese history,” Aldo explains. “Regarded as sacred since ancient times, the drum was first used to drive away evil spirits and pests harmful to crops. It was believed that by imitating the sound of thunder, the spirit of rain would be forced into action.”

Sunday, February 5
Urban Sketchers of New Haven invites drawers of all stripes to “meet outside in front of Yale University Art Gallery at 1 p.m. and sketch inside or out until 3 p.m. Meet back at the gallery to share sketches and observations.”

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

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