This Week in New Haven (January 18 - 24)

This Week in New Haven (January 18 - 24)

With a daylong festival, an entrepreneurship series, a trivia night for a cause, an art history talk and not one but two Italian cooking classes, this week offers a glimpse of a pre- or maybe post-pandemic New Haven.

Monday, January 18 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
The Peabody Museum’s 25th annual “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy of Social and Environmental Justice” festival culminates today. The all-virtual, all-day schedule begins at 10 a.m. with a New Haven Museum-hosted storytelling event and ends with a 5 p.m. panel discussion of “community activation, collective awakening, and arts as social change,” with other events between. See the full itinerary and register for specific events here.

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Tuesday, January 19
“It’s literally impossible to be an entrepreneur without failing at times. In reality, if you fail as an entrepreneur, that might mean you’re on the right track.” Failure as a cost of doing business is the premise behind #EntrepreneurFAILS, a series of noontime Zoom chats with “local New Haven entrepreneurs… about their experience with failure and how they’ve practiced resilience to overcome it.” Today through Friday; free.

Local historian and apizza buff Colin Caplan’s Pizza in America series of virtual tours and classes begins at 8 p.m. with a “Basics” class. Led by Jimmy Ormrod, a “4th-generation master pizzaiolo” at West Haven favorite Zuppardi’s Apizza, this session “helps get you started with the basics of making a pizza at home.” $50 per household.

Thursday, January 21
From 7 to 9 p.m., a “How Much Do You Snow?” virtual trivia night benefiting Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven invites teams of up to five to compete for points and prizes, with winter-themed costumes encouraged. $60 per team.

Friday, January 22
At 12:30 p.m., Yale University Art Gallery fellows Jenna Marvin (photography) and Elissa Watters (prints and drawings) lead a virtual “discussion about conceptions of utopia and dystopia in modern European art” and offer a primer in advance: “During the early 20th century, many European artists responded to significant political and cultural shifts by exploring new modes of representation and redefining the role of art and the artist. The utopian beliefs and aspirations of artists associated with Italian Futurism and Russian Constructivism, for example, would soon cede to more somber visions of emerging fascist regimes, destructive technologies, and imminent war.” Free; registration required.

Saturday, January 23
Local Italian restaurant Consiglio’s is offering a 4 p.m., four-course cooking class where you can prepare the menu—fried mozzarella with marinara; baby arugula salad with shallot lemon vinaigrette; shrimp pomodoro or fra diavolo; and strawberry zabaione—right along with the chef. Tickets with meal kits provided cost $75 per person ($55 after the first two), with an optional wine pairing add-on for $20 more. Or you can opt for a $35 no-kit option.

At 9 p.m., the Shubert Theatre co-hosts a “worldwide watch party” featuring the influential, not-so-cult classic horror movie The Evil Dead (1981) and special guest Bruce Campbell himself. As he was for the film that launched his career, Campbell will be mic’d up, sharing “movie memories, behind-the-scenes stories, and anecdotes from the film” in real time. Also, “for a few lucky viewers, Bruce will even answer questions from the chat!” Household tickets cost $25, with a VIP option (offering an exclusive limited-edition poster) going for $50.

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

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