English Station Power Plant - New Haven, CT

This Week in New Haven (March 11 - 17)

As holidays ancient (the Ides of March), old (St. Patrick’s Day) and new (Pi Day) are celebrated, so too are civic engagement, beer science, string instruments, puppet mastery and vinyl records.

Monday, March 11
Alder Aaron Greenberg is hosting a public meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. at John S. Martinez School (100 James St, New Haven), where United Illuminating “will offer an update on remediation efforts at the English Station power plant”—the vast, abandoned, polluted industrial complex rising from the middle of the Mill River.

Tuesday, March 12
The bar room at Elm City Social (266 College St, New Haven; 475-441-7436) is becoming “an Irish pub for a week” in the lead-up to St. Patrick’s Day on Sunday. Yesterday there was a 2 p.m. Middleton Irish Whiskey educational session; today there’s a 5 p.m. educational session featuring Roe & Co. Irish Whiskey; tomorrow is a “Guinness retro pint glass giveaway day”; and on Sunday, the holiday itself, there’s a special Irish brunch menu starting at 10 a.m.

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Bibliomania at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Wednesday, March 13
You could say science is about questions, and a lot of those are flying ahead of tonight’s beer science presentation at East Rock Brewing Company (285 Nicoll St, New Haven; 475-234-6176): “Love beer and want to learn more about fermentation? Always been curious if there are other species that drink? Want to know how alcohol actually makes you feel drunk? Worried about whether your hangover cures work? Excited to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early?” The event, the first in what appears to be the Yale Science Diplomats’ new Science @ Brewery series, starts at 7 p.m. and is free to attend.

Thursday, March 14
Yalie haven Mory’s (306 York St, New Haven) is hosting a mixer for young professionals from 5 to 7 p.m. To honor Pi Day—you know, 3/14—organizers Connecticut Young Professionals and Future Leaders of Yale promise “specials on (Pi)nts and (Pi)not, plus free appetizers like (Pi)zza and (Pi)e.” Free; register here.

At 7:30 p.m. in Woolsey Hall (500 College St, New Haven), the New Haven Symphony Orchestra presents Mozart’s Paris, whose program “showcas the string family of the orchestra” via Mozart’s “Paris” Symphony No. 31 as well as works by Prokofiev, Barber and Haydn. “Internationally and critically acclaimed violin soloist” Tai Murray joins as a featured guest, with NHSO’s venerable music director William Boughton holding the conductor’s baton. $15-74.

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An Iliad at Long Wharf Theatre

Friday, March 15
Starting at 10 p.m. inside The State House (310 State St, New Haven), an Ides of March Burlesque Show—followed by a ’90s Dance Party—takes several good stabs at entertaining us, with “burlesque, aerial art, hoops and games”; a “costume contest with prizes for the best toga or most accurate gladiator outfits”; and, of course, that ’90s dance party. $13.

Saturday, March 16
Pinned & Sewtured—a.k.a. the excellent and idiosyncratic puppetmaker Anatol Marmol-Gagne, who writes of her work, “I make puppets…. and then I play with them”—presents a Puppet Cabaret & Variety Show at Cafe Nine (250 State St, New Haven; 203-789-8281), where live music is promised and guests are encouraged to “expect the unexpected.” The show starts at 9 p.m., with tickets going for $10.

Sunday, March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day
You can party the holiday away at the new Regal Beagle (in the old Anna Liffey’s), Cask Republic, Jack’s Bar and Steakhouse, The State House and Cafe Nine.

And while you can’t find stout and whiskey, you can probably find music about stout and whiskey at the latest New Haven Record Riot, which opens at 9 a.m. for $3 or 7 a.m. for shoppers who want early access and are willing to pay a $7 cover for it. Happening in the Annex YMA Club (554 Woodward Ave, New Haven) and lasting until 4 p.m., organizers promise “another mad round of vinyl digging” through “over 45 tables of LPs, CDs, 45s and memorabilia… from the most common to the rarest.”

Written and photographed by Dan Mims. Image depicts the English Station plant. Readers are encouraged to verify times, locations and prices before attending events.

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