Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

This Week in New Haven (February 5 - 11)

Between a sober history talk and a good-vibes dance party, or a theater geek-out and a hockey showdown, or a popular fantasy thriller and a thrilling vocal display, there’s something for everyone this week in New Haven.

Monday, February 5
The next Manic Mondays show at Cafe Nine (250 State St, New Haven; 203-789-8281) starts at 8 p.m. with opener Sun Parade, whose brand of rock music, like the band’s home base (Western Massachusetts), splits the difference between the UK and California, and finishes with Jounce, a “post-punk and ’90s rock hybrid” fronted by Danny Tamborelli, who a generation of Nickelodeon viewers may remember as the little Pete on The Adventures of Pete & Pete. Free with RSVP by 2 p.m. today, or $5 at the door.

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Tuesday, February 6
Sara Holdren, the co-founder and artistic director of Brooklyn theater company Tiltyard, a theater critic for New York Magazine, an undergraduate and graduate alum of Yale and a past Daily Nutmeg interviewee, returns to campus for a pair of free and public back-to-back talks. The first, at 11:30 a.m., is a “craft talk” in room 205 of Yale’s Linsley-Chittenden Hall (63 High St, New Haven), while the second, at 1 p.m., is a “lunch discussion” in the Blair Room of Yale’s Pierson College (261 Park St, New Haven). Prospective attendees of one or both events must email margaret.spillane@yale.edu by the end of Monday, February 5, to secure a spot.

Wednesday, February 7
At 7:30 p.m., Freemasons based in the Masonic temple at 285 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, are hosting a public talk about “Freemasonry Under the Nazis” both before and during World War II. “Freemasons have for centuries suffered persecution because of their membership in the fraternity,” organizers say, but “Hitler’s Germany was its ultimate indignity.” Free, we think.

Thursday, February 8
Organized by Future Leaders of Yale and local volunteers, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)—easily, in this writer’s opinion, the best Harry Potter movie, whose source material is also commonly considered the best of the books—gets a 7:30 p.m. screening inside a Yale-owned building at 205 Park Street, New Haven. Proceeds from the event’s $10 tickets are going to the youth literacy nonprofit New Haven Reads, and along with “your own favorite snacks or beverages,” audience members are encouraged to bring new or lightly used picture and chapter books to donate.

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Marc-André Hamelin at Yale School of Music

Friday, February 9
Yale beat Quinnipiac to win the 2013 Division I men’s hockey championship. But even this season, when both the Bulldogs (11-11-1) and the Bobcats (11-13-4) are struggling, they’ve managed to remain rivals, respectively ranked eighth and ninth in the Eastern College Athletic Conference at the time of this writing. Their next matchup happens at 7 p.m. at Ingalls Rink (73 Sachem St, New Haven), a.k.a. The Whale, where standing room tickets cost $12.

Saturday, February 10
The next Sunken Disco, a feel-good monthly dance party at Stella Blues (204 Crown St, New Haven; 203-752-9764), gets rolling at 9 p.m. Regular DJs Peludo and Blackeye are “throwing down their typical atypical… blend of funk, disco, house, breaks and mashups,” while “DJ Boxxy Brown from NYC doing a very special opening set with spINFLUENCEit, a new app he’s been developing that will let you influence his music selection.” Meanwhile, attendees are encouraged, as per a light-handed Valentine’s Day theme, to wear costumes that reflect “stuff you love.” $5.

Sunday, February 11
Ahead of Valentine’s Day, LoRicco Tower (216 Crown St, 3rd Fl, New Haven) is hosting a free-to-attend “Valentine Gift Show” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. “Soaps, food, candles, jewelry, etc.” will be on sale, with an emphasis on Connecticut-made products.

At 4 p.m. in Yale Divinity School’s Marquand Chapel (409 Prospect St, New Haven), Lorelei Ensemble, a nine-member choral group out of Boston, MA, performs “Impermanence/Reconstructed,” a free concert drawing from the group’s innovative blend of new—some commissioned by the ensemble itself—and historic—including Medieval—works either written or reinvented for women’s voices. And these women have really good voices.

Written by Dan Mims. Image is a still from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Readers are encouraged to verify times, locations and prices before attending events.

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