This Week in New Haven (June 24 - 30)

This Week in New Haven (June 24 - 30)

National, local and fictionalized athletes—all women, as it happens—get us cheering.

Monday, June 24
The round of 16 at the 2019 Women’s World Cup proceeds at noon with a match between Spain and the US of A. Catch it at any number of local bars including The Trinity (157 Orange St, New Haven; 203-495-7736), which just reopened after a nearly two-year closure (caused by a fire in the apartments above) and has an awful lot of screens showing the game.

Tuesday, June 25
At 3 p.m. in City Hall (165 Church St, New Haven), joined by Mayor Toni Harp and radio station 94.3 WYBC “The Rhythm of the City,” the IMatter project—“a multimedia youth empowerment program that celebrates the sanctity and self-worth of teens and young adults”—unveils an installation of 10 large photographic portraits featuring some of those teens and young adults. The person behind the camera is the accomplished photographer Rob Goldman, who’s also IMatter’s founder and director.

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World War I: Beyond the Front Lines at Knights of Columbus Museum

Wednesday, June 26
The first installment of this summer’s Twilight Concert Series at Pardee-Morris House (325 Lighthouse Rd, New Haven) begins at 6 p.m. with tours of the historic homestead and 7 p.m. with an outdoor performance by Too Blue, which “freely travel between the genres of bluegrass, swing, Celtic and jazz.” “Please bring your own blankets and chairs and enjoy a picnic on the lawn. Food trucks to be announced.” Free to attend; rain date Thursday.

An irreverent evening of 1990s/2000s nostalgia awaits at College Street Music Hall (238 College St, New Haven; 877-987-6487), where seminal ska band Reel Big Fish (“Sell Out,” “Life Sucks… Let’s Dance!” and various covers, including of a-ha’s “Take On Me”) and fun-loving workhorse pop punkers Bowling for Soup (“1985,” “High School Never Ends” and a popular cover of “Stacy’s Mom”) co-headline a 7:30 show. Opening it up are The Zambonis, who play “hockey songs… about hockey, life, love and hockey.” $27-32.

Thursday, June 27
“A civil, respectful dialogue and exchange of ideas among the candidates for mayor” is the vision behind a moderated discussion focused on the city’s financial situation at 6 p.m. in Ives Main Library (133 Elm St, New Haven; 203-946-8130). The event’s organizer, citizen advocacy group Our New Haven, says the four announced challengers to incumbent Toni Harp—Justin Elicker, Wendy Hamilton, Urn Pendragon and Seth Poole—have committed to participate. Free.

Friday, June 28
At 8 p.m. today and 1 and 7 p.m. tomorrow inside Educational Center for the Arts (55 Audubon St, New Haven), Woodbridge-based “circus and aerial arts” school Air Temple Arts presents LOOM, “an intimate, feature-length production which seamlessly blends contemporary circus, theater, dance and more as it explores themes of narrative and female power.” $25, with a $20 option for young students and college students and a $45 premium option.

Weather permitting, the city’s annual Friday Flicks series, a summertime tradition that plunks an outdoor screen in a city park and projects a movie after the sun goes down, is up and running. Tonight at 8:30 in Trowbridge Square (Cedar St and Carlisle St, New Haven), so are the peachy heroes of the 1992 classic A League of Their Own. Funny and moving, it’s a fictionalization of events surrounding the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, which sprouted up during World War II in response to a vacuum left by the enlistment of more than 500 Major Leaguers. Free.

Saturday, June 29
Between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., as the Branford Arts & Cultural Alliance puts it, “the Branford Armory will be open to the public for the first time in almost 20 years.” The occasion? A celebration of Branford’s 375 years, featuring tours of the armory; an art show; performances by the Stony Creek Drum & Fife Corps, the Governors Foot Guard Band and the Legacy Theatre; a strawberry market in “reference to the time when Branford supplied strawberries to much of the northeast”; and a “Bran-tiques Roadshow” stand, where professionals will appraise objects for $10 a pop (or $20 for three). 87 Montowese Street, Branford. Free to attend.

Utopia Descending—a seven-hour “fully immersive interactive party” where participants, who can costume up to get more fully into character, will engage “in a simulated occult auction murder mystery complete with interactive puzzles, magnificent props, roleplaying challenges, story-driven whimsy and all the coffee you can drink!”—happens at Lotta Studio (911 Whalley Ave, New Haven) starting at 1 p.m. $40.

Sunday, June 30
Probably better known for the 1993 movie of the same name, A Bronx Tale, a 1960s-set tale about “a young man… caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be,” actually started as a musical. And a musical it is this week at the Shubert Theatre (247 College St, New Haven), where, across seven performances from 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and 1 p.m. today, producers promise a “crowd-pleaser” full of “high-energy dance numbers and original doo-wop tunes.” $39-126.

Written by Dan Mims. Image features Dottie Hinson (Geena Davis) at bat in A League of Their Own (1992). Readers are encouraged to verify times, locations and prices before attending events.

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