Sound of Music (1965) Julie Andrews Credit: 20th Century Fox

This Week in New Haven (August 28 - September 3)

Between three outdoor parties and a downtown beer crawl, it’s clear New Haven’s not letting summer go without a fight.

Monday, August 28
Mondays mean two casual customs at The Outer Space (295 Treadwell St, Hamden; 203-288-6400): Trivia Night and Open Mic Night. The one starts at 7 p.m., while the other starts at 7:30. Free.

Tuesday, August 29
At 6 p.m., the fromagerie and bistro Caseus (93 Whitney Ave, New Haven; 203-624-3373) is hosting a class “devoted to the art of the champagne cocktail along with cheese pairings that are bound to pop your cork!” Tickets, which are limited—eight remain as of this writing—cost $45.

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Wednesday, August 30
Elm Shakespeare Company’s annual summer production—this year it’s The Tragedy of Romeo & Juliet—has now entered its final week in Edgerton Park (75 Cliff St, New Haven). Sunday’s the last day to watch the Capulets feud with the Montagues, but, weather permitting, you can catch it tonight or any evening between, always at 8 p.m. and always free.

If you’re in a mood to give—and to get a decadent VIP experience in return, while supporting Elm Shakespeare’s year-round educational and performative activities—you can attend tomorrow’s pre-show gala and auction, aptly titled “An Evening Under the Stars.” Featuring a large spread of food, including dinner and dessert, and drinks, including beer, wine and cocktails, provided by some 18 local restaurants and shops, standard tickets cost $125 apiece, with a $50 option to “bring a friend who’s never been” to a past Elm Shakespeare gala event. 5 p.m.

Thursday, August 31
From 5 to 11 p.m., Elm City Social (266 College St, New Haven) is using its rooftop bar to honor a decade that’s increasingly in vogue: the 1990s. Framed as a “summer sendoff,” it’s an “I Love the ’90s Rooftop Blowout,” featuring live music and a DJ plus “items you never thought you’d see again!” No cover.

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Friday, September 1
Brew On9, happening from 5:45 to 8 p.m. in downtown New Haven’s 9th Square, offers “over a dozen local and rare beers to sample in the local bars, restaurants and businesses that make the 9th Square such a unique place.” $18 in advance or $20 at the door gets you a beer mug and a map, collected when you check in at Baobab Tree Studios (71 Orange St, New Haven), so you can find your way to participating locations and taste what they’ve got, which includes “beer snacks” to boot.

Along the 9th Square’s northern edge, the Institute Library (847 Chapel St, New Haven; 203-562-4045) hosts the 20th installment in its Amateur Hour series, which aims to “ the passions and pursuits of America’s most inspiring fanatics, obsessives, tinkerers and collectors.” The special guest this time is Robert A. Leonard, a professor and practitioner of forensic linguistics who “spent years solving famous murders through the analysis of language,” going on to consult with various law enforcement and intelligence agencies. 7 p.m. $15, or $10 for members.

Saturday, September 2
WestFest, an annual carnivalesque party conceived to create a deeper sense of shared community between West Haven residents and University of New Haven students—and anyone else who wants to join in—happens today from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with a five-kilometer Unity Run happening just before. The run, which steps off at 10 a.m., begins and ends at the school’s Maxcy Hall (300 Boston Post Rd, West Haven; $20, or $15 for students), where check-in begins at 9. The festival, meanwhile, happens at the West Haven Green, where, in addition to “live entertainment, food trucks, a pie-eating contest, dunk tank, hot shot contest, inflatables, tug of war contest and dozens of local businesses and student organizations,” a “powdered paint party” appears set to echo the rowdy, messy fun of Holi, India’s famous “Festival of Colors.” Free to attend.

Sunday, September 3
The Movies & Mimosas series at Criterion Cinemas (86 Temple St, New Haven; 203-498-2500), which is pretty much just what it sounds like, proceeds this weekend with a classic you’ve probably seen on a much smaller screen: The Sound of Music (1965). Despite the presence of bubbly, tickets cost just $5.

Written by Dan Mims. Image depicts Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music (20th Century Fox). Readers are encouraged to verify times, locations and prices before attending events.

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