This Week in New Haven (December 20 - 26)

This Week in New Haven (December 20 - 26)

’Twas the week before Christmas, and all through the town, lots of creatures were stirring, albeit at a reduced volume and pace.

Monday, December 20
During today’s virtual Mondays at Beinecke talk at 4 p.m., Yale Divinity School professor Willie Jennings and Beinecke Library project manager Tubyez Cropper leaf through holiday objects—cards, letters, lists, and columns—from the library’s collections, all united by a connection to the poet Langston Hughes. Register here.

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Blessed Michael McGivney Pilgrimage Center

Tuesday, December 21
At noon on Zoom, “join Ives Community Health Librarian Rory Martorana in conversation with Prof. Heidi J. Larson, Founding Director of The Vaccine Confidence Project, about vaccine hesitancy and misinformation.” Register here. (And if you’ve been putting off that vaccination or booster, find out where and when to get one.)

Dive Bar and Restaurant (24 Ocean Ave, West Haven; 203-933-3483) hosts a straight-up holiday party and unwrapped toy drive starting at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, December 22
A game of Holiday Movie Trivia starts at 6:30 p.m. sharp at East Rock Brewing Company (285 Nicoll St, New Haven; 475-234-6176).

And an “A Guy Walks into a Bar” comedy open mic hosted by Dan Kalwhite at Cafe Nine (250 State St, New Haven; 203-789-8281) starts at 8 p.m.—unless you want to tell some jokes, in which case you should get there by 7:30 to sign up.

Friday, December 24
A “Service of Lessons and Carols” at 4 p.m. inside Center Church on the Green (250 Temple St, New Haven; 203-787-0121) is followed by a 5 p.m. carol sing around the lovely city tree not far from the church’s front doors. For the service and sing, “children are invited to dress as Nativity characters,” with a limited number of costumes available from the church starting at 3:30.

Saturday, December 25 – Christmas
online-only.> As it has in past years, klezmer big band Nu Haven Kepelye pierces the surrounding quiet of the day with a 5 p.m. concert at Congregation Mishkan Israel (785 Ridge Rd, Hamden; 203-288-3877). “Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors & children under 13, and $20 for families of 4 or more, payable at the door. Please also bring non-perishable food items for donation to the Jewish Family Services food pantry…”

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

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