This Week in New Haven (February 14 - 20)

This Week in New Haven (February 14 - 20)

This Valentine’s week, Cupid’s arrow strikes watchers, listeners and both employers and job seekers.

Monday, February 14 – Valentine’s Day
This week’s virtual Mondays at Beinecke talk asks, “Will you be our Valentine? Join us as library staff and friends will share some lively selections of love letters and valentines from the collections for you.” 4 p.m.; register here.

If movies make you swoon, Best Video Film and Cultural Center (1842 Whitney Ave, Hamden; 203-287-9286) presents its next Secret Cinema, in which viewers don’t know what cult movie they’re going to watch until it begins. Before then, starting at 7:30, host Rob Harmon cues up “relevant film trailers and cranks up the Best Video popcorn machine.” Donations welcome.

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Tuesday, February 15
After a collaborative mural unveiling at 77 Audubon Street (and a nighttime “Roots of Opera” talk) yesterday, Yale-China’s 2022 Lunarfest unveils a Lam Tseun Wishing Tree at the New Haven Museum (114 Whitney Ave, New Haven; 203-562-4183). Such trees “are a big part of Chinese New Year festivities in Hong Kong. Every year, hundreds of people gather to toss their red ribbons up into the wishing trees with hopes that their ribbons will catch and their wishes for good fortune will come true in the New Year.”

Lightly relaxing its COVID policies, Yale Repertory Theatre (1120 Chapel St, New Haven; 203-432-1234; $10-45) is now “thrilled to welcome all audience members who are vaccinated and boosted” for the remaining six shows of its current production, Today Is My Birthday, “a wise and witty comedy about loneliness in the age of connectivity.” Tonight’s show kicks off at 8.

Thursday, February 17
Bringing together local and regional employers with “college students, soon-to-be graduates, postgraduates, and regional talent,” the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce hosts a free-to-attend Internship, Career & Job Fair from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Long Wharf Maritime Center (545 Long Wharf Dr, New Haven).

Friday, February 18
At 7:30 p.m., joined by guest piano soloist David Fung, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra presents Stravinsky’s Suite from The Firebird, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17, Jessie Montgomery’s Starburst and the world premiere of Michael Brown’s American Diaries at the Shubert Theatre (247 College St, New Haven; $15-74).

Compelling frontwomen take the stage at Space Ballroom (295 Treadwell St, Hamden; $21.54 with fees) starting at 8. First up are The Harmaleighs, who vascillate between indie rock and folk and somewhere “beyond the boundaries of any one genre.” Headlining is Lilly Hiatt with her “rough, rock and roll exterior and her tender, country roots.”

Saturday, February 19
In the wake of a scuttled show at the Westville Music Bowl last year, electronica-friendly jam band Lotus resurfaces in the midst of a national tour at 8 p.m. in College Street Music Hall (238 College St, New Haven; $42.13 with fees), giving its first New Haven performance since enlisting the talents of local axe man Tim Palmieri.

A 10 p.m. dance party in the Juicy Fruit series at 168 York Street Cafe (168 York St, New Haven; 203-789-1915; $5 before 11pm, $10 after) promises “Throwback R&B jams, Today’s Pop, Hip-hop hits, and much more” from DJ Edgewood, plus an appearance by drag queen Mz. October May Lay.

Written by Dan Mims. Image features William Hilton’s oil painting Cupid Armed (c. 1833), photographed by the Yale Center for British Art. Readers are encouraged to verify times, locations, prices and other details before attending events.

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