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This Week in New Haven (June 26 - July 2)

The Fourth of July extends backward into June this year, thanks to high-flying things like fireworks and fine arts.

Monday, June 26
From 6 to 7:30 p.m., Ives Main Library (133 Elm St, New Haven) celebrates the opening of a new exhibition in its Ives Gallery. Starring work by Clay Fried, Abbie Rabinowitz, Laura Levine and Mark Patnode, who met each other in college about 40 years ago, Nature Calls for CALM—an acronym of the artists’ first names—features “compositions reflect their hearts and minds as lifelong painters of nature.”

Tuesday, June 27
At 6:30 p.m., Breathing Room Yoga Center (817 Chapel St, New Haven; 203-562-5683) is hosting an hourlong “mash-up”-style yoga session led by regular instructors Margot and Tobie, and here’s the thing: it’s on the roof. Pricing isn’t clear, so we recommend contacting BRYC in advance.

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Wednesday, June 28
When it comes to the music, the free Wednesday shows at BAR, always starting at 9:30 p.m., are known for ranging. Tonight’s is particularly quiet. Topping a bill of solo performers, headliner Daniel Bachman lets his “6-string and lap steel” guitars do all the singing, via traditional songs that evolve “the same way… clouds roll through blue skies, the same way brooks babble down rocky fronts carving their paths in the land.” Middle act Ava Mendoza also rewards attention and patience but ventures further afield, playing experimental electric guitar music, while opener American Elm, a.k.a. singer-songwriter Chris Bousquet, tends to play slow but straight-ahead folk or, if you like, alt-country.

Thursday, June 29
Just in time for Independence Day next week, Broad Stripes and Bright Stars, a massive 70-contributor art show curated by Dave Coon and Aicha Woods, highlights independent takes on the American flag (including the one pictured above). Raised at the Ely Center of Contemporary Art (51 Trumbull St, New Haven), the exhibition gets an opening reception tonight from 6 to 8, replete with “DJs, live performances and the ‘Flag Swag’ pop-up shop,” which is selling “an array of limited-edition flag-themed multiples,” presumably of some of the works on display. Free to attend.

Friday, June 30
Speaking of the Fourth of July, free area fireworks shows begin tonight at Hamden’s Town Center Park (2761 Dixwell Ave), where the US Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus performs at 7:15 and colorful explosions of light begin at about 9:20.

Milford’s fireworks, meanwhile, happen tomorrow night at Lisman Landing, near the intersection of Helwig and High Streets, at 9:15 p.m. Before the ’works, Sapphire (4 p.m.) and the RumRunners (7:30) perform live music, with food trucks filling stomachs and Wines and More wetting whistles.

The next day, from about 6:30 to 10 p.m., it’s the 2017 Orange Independence Day Concert and Fireworks Spectacular on the Orange Fairgrounds (525 Orange Center Rd), where Electric Light Orchestra tribute band Strange Magic performs before the fireworks.

Saturday, July 1
Exercising one of the rights that make America worth celebrating, the reducers, reusers and recyclers at EcoWorks (262 State St, New Haven; 203-498-0710) are hosting a free “Art Cards to Congress” event from 1 to 3 p.m., where participants can “collage, draw and design art cards pre-addressed to our state representatives” with the aim of “showing our support for the arts and the environment.”

Sunday, July 2
Elm City Market (777 Chapel St, New Haven; 203-624-0441) hosts its weekly Jazz Brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Featuring brunch and jazz, naturally, the food ranges from Baked French Toast to Egg White Frittatas to Acai Berry Bowls with Granola, while the jazz, performed by Morris Trent and Friends, dabbles in both swing and Latin grooves.

Written by Dan Mims. Image features a work by Price Harrison, to be displayed in Broad Stripes and Bright Stars. Readers are encouraged to verify times, locations and prices before attending events.

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