2014 Run for Refugees. Photographed by Uma Ramiah.

This Week in New Have (January 29 - February 4)

Two substantive panel discussions, two hard-hitting rock shows, two marquee sporting events and two very confused hitmen share the spotlight this week in New Haven.

Monday, January 29
Field Guide, the new production at Yale Repertory Theatre (1120 Chapel St, New Haven; 203-432-1234)—which is also new in the sense that it’s a world premiere—is based on something old: Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov. “A physical meditation on Dostoevsky’s masterpiece, Field Guide enlists stand-up comedy, a dancing monk and some old-school magic to explore faith, meaning and morality,” producers say—and because it’s currently in previews, tickets to tonight’s 8 o’clock show cost just $20.

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Tuesday, January 30
Between lunchtime and dinnertime, greater political understanding is served two ways. At noon, Yale’s Kroon Hall (195 Prospect St, New Haven) hosts “Climate Change & Justice in the Trump Era,” a panel featuring three journalists: Stuart Leavenworth of McClatchy, Tony Barboza of the Los Angeles Times and Debra Kahn of E&E News, a publication focused entirely on issues of energy and the environment. At 6:10 p.m., Yale’s Sterling Law Building (127 Wall St, New Haven) hosts “Drug Laws and Incarceration in Latin America,” a panel featuring a mix of four academics and activists moderated by Catalina Perez Correa, a “visiting human rights fellow” at the law school. Free.

Wednesday, January 31
At 12:30 this afternoon in the Yale University Art Gallery (1111 Chapel St, New Haven; 203-432-0601; meet in the gallery’s lobby), assistant curator of numismatics Benjamin Dieter R. Hellings is discussing “Monumental Ancient Coins”—or ancient coins featuring historically important architectural depictions. Such coins “occasionally provide the only evidence for structures that have disappeared from history without a trace, while also informing us about aspects of ancient life,” organizers say of the interactive talk, in which “participants will be allowed to handle ancient gold, silver and bronze coins to appreciate their artistic qualities up close.” Free.

Thursday, February 1
“It was supposed to be a routine hit,” producers say. “But as hired gunmen Gus and Ben wait in a windowless basement for their orders, strange messages appear in the rickety old dumbwaiter, confounding Gus and feeding Ben’s dangerous frustration… Where are they, exactly, and just who is it who’s giving the orders?” Directed by John Watson and starring Erich Greene and Trevor Williams, New Haven Theater Company (839 Chapel St, New Haven) presents Harold Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter for a two-weekend, six-show run starting tonight at 8. $20.

Friday, February 2
At 8 p.m., the newly christened Space Ballroom (295 Treadwell St, New Haven)—formerly known as The Outer Space and The Ballroom at the Outer Space—gets its first live music bill. Headlined by Model Decoy, which features leveled-up vocal and guitar work in songs inspired by comics and other staples of alternative pop culture, the show also features “power trio” Long Time, singer-songwriter Paul Bryant Hudson and “intergalactic, psychedelic soul machine” Phat A$tronaut. $12, or $10 in advance.

Also at 8 p.m., College Street Music Hall (238 College St, New Haven; 877-987-6487) hosts Get the Led Out, a Led Zeppelin tribute act that performs the legendary rock band’s songs “in all their depth and glory”—including “the studio overdubs that Zeppelin themselves never performed” live. $25-40.

Saturday, February 3
Lotta Studio (911 Whalley Ave, New Haven; 475-355-7654) hosts Miss/Chief—a “DJ/arts collective” of women of color that’s put together some really strong mixes—for a live podcast at 7:30 p.m. followed by an after-party with live mixing from 8:30 to midnight. Admission costs $5, with “light refreshments… provided.”

Sunday, February 4
Firing the starter’s pistol at 10 a.m. and finishing sometime later with “a warm, indoor party with live music, international food, an awards ceremony and a celebration of our mission,” local resettlement agency Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services, a.k.a. IRIS, hosts its annual Run for Refugees. Race registration costs $32 for adults and $22 for students (18 and under), with the starting and finishing lines at Wilbur Cross High School (181 Mitchell Dr, New Haven).

Later, of course, it’s the Super Bowl, airing on NBC and kicking off at 6:30 p.m. EST. Join viewing parties with food and drink specials at local spots like Bull and Swine, Christy’s Irish Pub and Jack’s Steakhouse.

Written by Dan Mims. Image, depicting a scene from the 2014 Run for Refugees, photographed by Uma Ramiah. Readers are encouraged to verify times, locations and prices before attending events.

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