A partial still from The Thin Red Line (1998)

This Week in New Haven (January 7 - 13)

War is hell, but as one event this week demonstrates, war onscreen can be heavenly.

Monday, January 7
At Best Video (1842 Whitney Ave, Hamden; 203-287-9286), the next installment of the monthly Trivia 237 series—a team event “named after the infamous Hotel Stanley room in The Shining”—begins at 7:30 p.m. “Questions cover a wide range of cinema-related (and ‘cinema-adjacent’) material” including “film facts, box office statistics, store facts, film score, television reviews.” $5 suggested donation.

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Yale Philharmonia

Tuesday, January 8
The rotating members of tribute band ’member? choose a different act or theme to honor at each of their biweekly shows at Pacific Standard Tavern (212 Crown St, New Haven). Tonight’s honoree is Daft Punk, an unusually contemporary choice in light of ’member?’s retro vibes. DJ Doey Joey starts at 9 p.m. and the band starts at 10, with drink specials before then. No cover.

Wednesday, January 9
Previews for Miller, Mississippi—“a Southern Gothic tale” about a family with potentially ruinous secrets during the civil rights era—begin at 7 p.m. at Long Wharf Theatre (222 Sargent Dr, New Haven; 203-787-4282). The play runs through February 3, with tickets priced between $35.50 and $75.50.

Thursday, January 10
The title of Yale Cabaret’s first show of a new semester is somewhat self-explanatory, but here’s some more detail about School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play: “Paulina, the reigning queen bee at Ghana’s most exclusive boarding school, has her sights set on the Miss Universe pageant. But the arrival of Ericka, a new student with undeniable talent and beauty, captures the attention of the pageant recruiter—and Paulina’s hive-minded friends. This buoyant and biting comedy explores the universal similarities (and glaring differences) facing teenage girls across the globe.” Showtimes are 8 p.m. today and 8 and 11 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, with pre-show dinner reservations available. Tickets cost $25, or $15 for Yale faculty/staff and $12 for students. 217 Park Street, New Haven. (203) 432-1566.

Friday, January 11
At Koffee? (104 Audubon St, New Haven; 203-465-6244), Inferior Planet—a live-performed “radio-style sci-fi comedy-drama” series—is as hyphenated as it is caffeinated. Led by Ken Carlson, tonight’s show begins at 8.

Saturday, January 12
The next Treasures from the Yale Film Archive screening happens at 7 p.m. in the Whitney Humanities Center (53 Wall St, New Haven). Showing in 35-millimeter film, the movie is director Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line (1998; partial still pictured above), an unconventional, cinephile-beloved World War II drama with a star-studded cast led by Sean Penn, Adrien Brody and Jim Caviezel. Free.

Recalling its very first show back in 2015, College Street Music Hall (238 College St, New Haven; 203-867-2000) presents another psychedelic Pink Floyd tribute, this time featuring live music from seminal album The Wall (1979). The Wall Live Extravaganza starts at 8 p.m. and features “sets, costumes and visual effects inspired by The Wall thematics.” $30-45.

Sunday, January 13
The Rough Draft (295 Treadwell St Bldg H, Hamden) is hosting a movie brunch featuring Gen-X nostalgia conduit The Goonies (1985). The movie starts at noon and a themed food and drink menu lasts from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. No cover.

From 1 to 3 p.m., the Ely Center of Contemporary Art (51 Trumbull St, New Haven), or ECoCA, is holding an opening reception for Ear to the ground, a wide-ranging show of 73 works from 73 visual artists. Free.

And from 2:30 to 3:30, the Knights of Columbus Museum (1 State St, New Haven; 203-865-0400) adds a sonic dimension to its ongoing Christmas in Poland exhibition by hosting the Poland-based Moniuszko Choir for a performance of “traditional Polish music for the Christmas season.” Free.

Written by Dan Mims. Image depicts a partial still from The Thin Red Line. Readers are encouraged to verify times, locations and prices before attending events.

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