New Haven Gooners

This Week in New Haven (August 6 - 12)

American exclamations start the week. Then Puerto Rican and British ones finish it.

Monday, August 6
The Yale Student Salsa Society’s weekly Salsa Under the Stars event isn’t just for Yale students; it’s “an open practice for EVERYONE!” The next installment happens from 8 to 10 p.m. on Broadway Triangle—or in the ballroom at GPSCY, if it’s raining—and the soundtrack comes courtesy of DJ Christie, who “specializes in Latin, Hip Hop and Top 40.” Free.

Tuesday, August 7
The next reading in the Local Lit @ Lotta series—hosted by Lotta Studio (911 Whalley Ave, New Haven)—starts at 7 p.m. Curating a selection of “fiction, creative nonfiction and memoir,” organizers promise “spectacular local literature, snacks to share and insightful audience discussions!”

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The 2018 Connecticut Open

Wednesday, August 8
The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station is putting on its 108th Plant Science Day at Lockwood Farm (890 Evergreen Ave, Hamden). The gates open at 9:30 a.m. and the official family-friendly itinerary lasts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with expert presentations, “barn exhibits,” technical demos and bus tours around the farm. Free to attend.

Later, at College Street Music Hall (238 College St, New Haven; 203-867-2000), established dance rock group Franz Ferdinand headlines an 8 p.m. show opened by gritty, gothy synth-punk upstart POW!. $28-32.

Thursday, August 9
You can get to know Artspace’s new yearlong artists-in-residence—visual artist and milliner Erin Lee Antonak; technology artist Binwanka; and installation artist and ex-Yoko Ono guitarist Willie Stewart—from 5:30 to 7 p.m., when ​“each will share a presentation of their past and current work, and plans for working in New Haven.” Following a chance to ask questions, the evening will “end in a communal gathering.” 50 Orange St, New Haven. (203) 772-2709. Free.

Friday, August 10
Held in conjunction with Sea Change—an exhibit that “looks at the ways in which we are shaped by the sea and how we in turn shape it,” featuring works by young people who’ve participated in an accompanying program—Creative Arts Workshop (80 Audubon St, New Haven; 203-562-4927) is hosting a reception and ice cream social fueled by Ashley’s Ice Cream from 4 to 6 p.m. Free.

Up (2009), a fine example of an animated film that’s light enough for kids and weighty enough for adults, is the movie for tonight’s 8:30 installment of the city’s roving Friday Flicks series. This one’s happening at DeGale Field, whose southwest corner meets the intersection of Goffe Street and Sherman Avenue. Picnicking encouraged. Free.

Saturday, August 11
Peat Meadow Park, in New Haven’s Annex neighborhood, is hosting a weekend of competitive grass volleyball. Today, with check-in at 8 a.m. and the first match starting at 9:15 a.m., teams of three, a.k.a. triples, compete for “cash prizes” across various men’s, women’s and junior divisions. Tomorrow, co-ed doubles do the same. Registration for triples costs $60 in advance or $70 on site, while registration for doubles costs $10 less.

The 3rd Annual Festival Puertorriqueño de New Haven—that’s “Puerto Rican Festival of New Haven,” if your Spanish is rusty—hits the New Haven Green from 1 to 9 p.m., featuring food trucks, performing artists and arts and crafts activities. Free to attend.

Sunday, August 12
If something’s been missing from your life since the end of the World Cup, the New Haven Gooners—a loud and local superfan club for the English Premier League team Arsenal—might be able to fill the gap. As Arsenal opens its next season of soccer, the Gooners open their next season of cheering, heading to Christy’s Irish Pub (261 Orange St, New Haven; 203-624-0811) at 11 a.m. local time to catch the match against reigning league champion Manchester City.

Written by Dan Mims. Photographed by Sorrel Westbrook. Image depicts the New Haven Gooners in 2017. Readers are encouraged to verify times, locations and prices before attending events.

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