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This Week in New Haven (August 8 - 14)

We’re now in that mentally peaceful part of the season when embracing the heat makes more sense than beating it, with classic summer moments gained in the exchange.

Monday, August 8
What do peaches, apricots, plums and cherries have in common? They’re summer fruits. They’re also stone fruits, and that means they’re in play for tonight’s Hi-Fi Pie Contest behind Mitchell Library (37 Harrison St, New Haven). Part of the ongoing Beecher Park Summer Concert Series, stone fruit pie’ll be paired with live music from Chilean-born New Havener Catalina and Vietnamese food from Chief Brody’s Bahn Mi truck. 6 p.m. Free to attend.

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2016 New Haven Jazz Festival

Tuesday, August 9
Championing an earnest, enduring sort of country music that resists the genre’s contemporary braggadocio, Lyle Lovett & His Large Band—some 14 musicians bridging folk, gospel and blues, among other styles—fill College Street Music Hall’s stage at 8 p.m. Unlike many of CSMH’s presentations, all seating—which costs between $55 and $85 a pop—is reserved, making it better to pull the trigger sooner than later. 238 College Street, New Haven. (203) 867-2000.

Wednesday, August 10
If you like, you can spend the whole afternoon surrounded by things that grow and the people who grow them. CitySeed’s downtown farmers’ market on the green—“selling everything from berries to flowers to soup and baked goods”—lasts from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Then, over at 358 Springside Avenue, Common Ground High School’s summer farm stand sets up shop from 2:30 to 5:30, selling stuff like tomatoes, peas, leafy greens “and more!”

Thursday, August 11
Even before you get to the disclaimer about “adult language, nudity, simulated sex acts, graphic violence and violence of a sexual nature,” you can tell Yale Summer Cabaret’s production of Phaedra’s Love, now playing as part of the company’s sin-themed season, is not for everyone. In Love, “the rotting carcass of a royal family is caught in a tangled web of sex and suffering” in “a brutal black comedy: a violent, visceral, erotic, merciless examination of love and desire,” its producers say. But if you’re interested in theatrical risk-taking, this show may very well be for you. See tonight’s performance, starting at 8 p.m., for $30—or $25 if you’re Yale faculty/staff, or $15 if you’re a full-time college student anywhere. 217 Park Street, New Haven. (203) 432-1567.

Friday, August 12
Tonight, boomerang back to Common Ground High (358 Springside Ave, New Haven; 203-389-4333) for a “family-friendly, evening adventure in West Rock Park.” Starting at 6 p.m., the free event involves “a campfire open to all ages and a night hike and exploration starting at 7:15.”

Saturday, August 13
From 9 p.m. to 11:30, the New Haven Land Trust (203-562-6655) hosts a free “night of stargazing in our Long Wharf Nature Preserve,” located off Long Wharf Drive next to Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park. Telescopes will be provided by the Astronomical Society of New Haven, whose members will also help guide the ’scoping.

Sunday, August 14
Brighten up a lazy Sunday with this week’s “Sunday Buzz” matinee at Cafe Nine (250 State St, New Haven; 203-789-8281), where the Shari Puorto Band, a rollicking, bluesy party act from California, holds court with a $10 cover. 4 p.m.

Written and photographed by Dan Mims. Readers are encouraged to verify times, locations and prices before attending events.

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