William Boughton, artistic director of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra

This Week in New Haven (April 29 - May 5)

Say hello to talks, shows and gatherings, one of which is a goodbye.

Monday, April 29
Get a change of pace from the already active 2020 US election with a 4:30 p.m. panel discussion about “What’s at Stake in the 2019 Indian Elections.” Happening in Yale’s Luce Hall (34 Hillhouse Ave, New Haven), panelists include five academics from four institutions: Yale, Harvard, Connecticut College and Ashoka University. Free.

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World War I: Beyond the Front Lines at Knights of Columbus Museum

Tuesday, April 30
“A linguist and a paleontologist walk into BAR,” and that is the punchline, describing tonight’s installment of the Peabody Science Cafe series, which “invites members of the public to join a conversation with scholars from different disciplines as they share their thoughts on a natural history topic.” Kicking off at 7 p.m. in BAR (254 Crown St, New Haven), the linguist is Claire Bowern, the paleontologist is Daniel Gaskell and the theme is “Environmental Adaptation”—or, as the event blurb suggests, “trial, error, triumph.” Free to attend.

Wednesday, May 1
Jazz is served for lunch, dinner and dessert. From noon to 2 p.m., Ives Main Library (133 Elm St, New Haven; 203-946-8130) hosts the Airborne Jazz Duo, whose repertoire includes “smooth jazz, straight-ahead jazz, standards, Latin jazz, R&B, blues pop.” From 7 to 9:30, South Bay (228 College St, New Haven; 475-241-3996), a restaurant whose website says it “offers a new and elegant twist on Mediterranean cuisine,” hosts the Andy Daps Jazz Duo, specializing in “straight-ahead jazz cool jazz.” Meanwhile, from 9 to midnight, the Hawkins Jazz Collective proceeds with its longtime Wednesday residency at the Owl Shop (268 College St, New Haven; 203-624-3250). No cover.

Thursday, May 2
Tonight at 7:30, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra’s venerable music director William Boughton conducts the finale performance of his 12-year tenure, leading the orchestra through Mahler’s Symphony No. 3, “often considered the most monumental work in the orchestral repertoire.” Joined by the Yale Philharmonia, Elm City Girls’ Choir, Trinity Girls’ Choir and featured vocalist Anne Maguire, the orchestra promises “an immersive, surround-sound experience of breathtaking music” inside its home venue, Woolsey Hall (500 College St, New Haven). $15-74.

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A Doll's House, Part 2 at Long Wharf Theatre

Friday, May 3
At 7:30 p.m. in First Presbyterian Church (704 Whitney Ave, New Haven), CT Folk presents “Deeper than the Skin,” a musical storytelling performance that aims for unity through duality. The stars of the show are Reggie Harris and Greg Greenway: “Two friends… one black, one white… one from the North… one from the South! Musicians, storytellers, students of history and world travelers… born 3 days apart! Two separate narratives forged into one powerful friendship aimed at finding common ground and helping others to do the same.” Promoters describe the experience as “interactive engaging,” extending an “invitation to take a step into a new reality. It’s an affirmation of the notion that a more perfect union begins… with us!” Opening the show is Kompozure, a local youth a cappella group. $20 in advance ($10 for students), or $25 at the door.

Saturday, May 4
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the 9th annual Fair Haven Family Stroll, “a festival and fundraiser” that aims to “increase awareness about the importance of quality early childhood education while highlighting family-friendly resources in the Fair Haven community,” animates normally tranquil Quinnipiac River Park (Front St south of Grand Ave, New Haven). After a 1.5-mile community walk around that stretch of the river from about 10:30 to 11, “activities begin, including drums, parachute play, face painting, food vendors, bubbles, yoga, arts and crafts and a whole lot of door prizes.” Meanwhile, “over 35 local community partners” will offer information about family resources “from health clinics and healthy food to literacy to safety to enrichment activities.” Suggested donation of $10 per family.

May 4 is also known as May the Fourth, a riff on the familiar Star Wars invocation “May the Force be with you.” Three Sheets (372 Elm St, New Haven; 475-202-6909) is celebrating with a Star Wars-themed night of “local art, live music, burlesque, costume contest and a tap takeover” by New England Brewing Company, with the live music provided by “cantina bands” like the ones in Mos Eisley or maybe Jabba’s palace and the burlesque provided by Dot Mitzvah and Vivienne LaFlamme. 9 p.m. to midnight. No cover.

Sunday, May 5
CitySeed’s Edgewood Park Farmers’ Market, located near the intersection of Whalley Avenue and West Rock Avenue, opens for the 2019 season from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It joins the Wooster Square Market, which has already kicking for weeks and is open on Saturdays from 9 to 1, meaning New Haven’s weekends will be well-stocked with fresh produce and lots of other pantry staples and delicacies for the foreseeable future.

Written by Dan Mims. Image, featuring William Boughton, provided courtesy of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. Readers are encouraged to verify times, locations and prices before attending events.

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