Mark Simon "Einstein Was Right"

This Week in New Haven (April 25 - May 1)

This week’s about thinking things through. It’s also about going with the flow.

Monday, April 25
Two films and a TV series named Containment have been released since 2015. Two out of the three are disease outbreak thrillers, whose reviews suggest they cover well-worn territory. The other one? Not so much. Screening today at 3:30 p.m. at the Whitney Humanities Center (53 Wall St, New Haven), this Containment, a documentary focused on nuclear waste management and presented partly in graphic novel format, asks, “Can we contain some of the deadliest, most long-lasting substances ever produced?” The directors of the film, Peter Galison and Rob Moss, will be on hand for a discussion afterward.

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Mission of Faith at Knights of Columbus Museum

Tuesday, April 26
In case you’ve been living under a rock, there’s a presidential election underway, and today it’s Connecticut’s chance to choose. Look up your polling place here, then get out there and vote.

Wednesday, April 27
Barrel-voiced Sean Rowe’s a man on a mission—to “show up, play music, drink their beer and eat their food,” in a gracious way. Those “their”s refer to Rowe’s many unconventional hosts over the past year, who’ve been lending him “+ His Band” their homes as places to play. No such accommodation is needed tonight, as Rowe headlines tonight’s free 9:30 show at BAR (254 Crown St, New Haven), where the opener is “indie folk-pop duo” The Sea The Sea.

Thursday, April 28
From 5:30 to 9 p.m., the Eli Whitney Museum & Workshop (915 Whitney Ave, Hamden; 203-777-1833) hosts the reception for this year’s Leonardo Challenge exhibit, titled Imagination in Focus. Challenging local artists, designers and makers to submit creative responses to an open-ended problem, those responses—works of art, usually, like Mark Simon’s Einstein Was Right, pictured above—are then auctioned for EWMW’s benefit. As is the custom, this year’s theme, “The Lens,” undergirds this year’s challenge: “The Lens shapes perception. The Challenge: shape the perception of the Lens.” Sold at the door or by phone, tickets to the event—which includes a truly remarkable all-you-can-eat smorgasbord donated by local eateries—start at $75.

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My Paris at Long Wharf Theatre

Friday, April 29
Rhyme and reason (and heart) are sure to be found at Neighborhood Music School (100 Audubon St, New Haven) starting at 6 p.m. That’s when the 4th Annual The Word Citywide High School Poetry Jam commences, bringing together tens of New Haven high schoolers “to share their passion, creativity and poetry.” Free.

Saturday, April 30
The 8th Annual Rock to Rock Earth Day Ride brings hundreds of local cyclists together to raise funds for various local environmental organizations. (Last year the ride’s total ridership was about 1,300, raising about $186,000.) With routes of different lengths and paces (and thus different start times) originating from Common Ground High School (358 Springside Ave, New Haven), all rides finish in East Rock Park’s College Woods, where awards and recognitions are given, musical entertainment is heard and “lunch from local vendors” is gobbled up. Registration for most adults costs $35; exceptions include those with at least 60 years under their helmets, who pay $25, and youth between 6 and 18, who pay $15. “Kids in tow”—riders aged 5 and under—cycle for free.

Sunday, May 1
Riverfest, Fair Haven’s annual celebration of the Quinnipiac River, happens today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Making it a party are vittles from Anastasio’s Boat House Cafe, Sugar Bakery and Green Wave; beer tastings from Stony Creek Brewery and Two Roads Brewing Co.; live music from a handful of bands; and a dedicated dance floor. You can also take canoe rides in the river for $5 a pop, or browse among several exhibiting artisans for a Mother’s Day present, with “arts, crafts and educational activities” to keep the kids occupied, too. FYI, this event is BYOC: “Bring your own chair. The wackier the better!” 309 Front Street, New Haven.

Written by Dan Mims. Photo provided courtesy of the Eli Whitney Museum and Workshop. Readers are encouraged to verify times, locations and prices before attending events.

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