This Week in New Haven (August 2 - 8)

This Week in New Haven (August 2 - 8)

This first week in August musters national and local pride as well as live music both outside the box and just plain outside.

It also signals the beginning of Daily Nutmeg’s annual Summer Reading Month. Once a week, we’ll highlight authors with strong local ties, so keep an eye out!

Monday, August 2
The Olympics end Sunday. Cheer on Team USA and others all week in Pitkin Plaza, across events spanning artistic swimming, badminton, baseball, basketball, beach volleyball, boxing, canoeing, cycling and 23 more letters of the alphabet.

Meanwhile, during the whole month of August, The Shops at Yale have arranged for a cool, complimentary cone of ice cream from Arethusa or Ashley’s if you spend $50 or more at one of 21 participating retailers listed here.

sponsored by

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven

Wednesday, August 4
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station hosts the 111th Plant Science Day at its 75-acre Lockwood Farm (890 Evergreen Ave, Hamden). Along with kids’ stations and activities, a schedule of presentations and demonstrations for adults and older youth touch on home and urban gardening, industrial and entrepreneurial agriculture and environmental threats and opportunities. Free.

The 2021 Twilight Concert Series at the historic Pardee-Morris House (325 Lighthouse Rd, New Haven) closes out its summer with “unique, soulful originals and creatively arranged jazz standards” by Ed Fast and Conga Bop on the lawn at 7 p.m. “Bring blankets and chairs, seating is limited. Masks are required when walking around the property and in the house.” Free.

Thursday, August 5
The sensibilities, technicalities and theatricalities of The Mars Volta, Incubus and Dream Theater have converged into a more recent proprietary blend called Moon Tooth, who top a three-act bill costing just $15 per ticket at Space Ballroom (295 Treadwell St, Hamden) tonight. The middle act is the powerful, high-voltage metalcore group Loss Becomes, and the opener is Head With Wings (pictured above), a local prog band who balance the bill with more restrained and spectral but still technical songs that give you space to reflect. 8 p.m.

Saturday, August 6
Three volunteer opportunities to beautify local parks offer a reason to start your Saturday and some community pride in the process. Rainbow Park (near 76 Edgewood Ave, New Haven) is first on the docket at 8 a.m., with Scantlebury Park (139 Ashmun St, New Haven) and Long Wharf Park (Long Wharf Dr, New Haven) getting cleanups at 10 a.m. Check each link for guidance on how to prepare.

At 7 p.m., the Road Less Traveled Music Series unwinds at Two Roads Brewing (170 Stratford Ave, Stratford), starting with a performance by Drop Party, who promise “a little bit of jazz, a little bit of ska, a little bit of funk, a little bit of drop and a whole lot of party.” Two shows by Christopher Cavaliere and The Alpaca Gnomes follow tomorrow, at 1:30 and 3:30. Free.

Sunday, August 7
“Dressed as a continental soldier, Robert Geake will present a story of courage and tenacity in ‘CT Militia: The Defense of New Haven’” at 2 p.m. at the Pardee-Morris House, highlighting a handful of the overlooked “ordinary citizen soldiers who united in the cause for freedom and struggled to balance their loyalty to their home state, their property, and families.” Free.

Written and photographed by Dan Mims. Image features Head With Wings at Toad’s Place in 2016. Readers are encouraged to verify times, locations and prices before attending events.

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