Tomeka Reid, jazz cellist.

This Week in New Haven (March 14 - 20)

No matter how you spent parade day yesterday, you lost an hour of potential leisure to Daylight Saving Time. Regain it and then some on Thursday, when the actual St. Patrick’s Day is being celebrated by at least a couple of area bars. Or regain it before or after, as music, literature, art and paleobiology, plus a dose of job-hunting how-to, help us make the most of the week ahead.

Monday, March 14
DJ N.E.B., a member of the Middletown-based Connectbeats—a collective of “misfit DJs and producers” specializing in hip-hop and electronic music—is celebrating the release of hip-hop EP Hands Through the Sourglass tonight at Cafe Nine (250 State St, New Haven; 203-789-8281). Joining him are DJ Dooley-O “on the 1s & 2s” and sculptor/mixed-media artist Michael J. Clocks, who’ll be contributing “live art” to the occasion. Free.

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Lewiston at Long Wharf Theatre

Tuesday, March 15
The next “Listen Here” happens from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Institute Library (847 Chapel St, New Haven; 203-562-4045), wherein members of the New Haven Theater Company perform readings of short stories curated by folks from the literary journal New Haven Review. Themed around the phrase “Say It Again,” tonight’s selections include Brian Evenson’s Mudder Tongue, about a professor suffering from an increasing inability to communicate, and Jonathan Lethem’s The King of Sentences, about a pair of lovers and prose-lovers who seek out their writerly idol. “Donations accepted; registration encouraged.”

Wednesday, March 16
At 6:15 p.m., Scott Bennett, author of The Elements of Résumé Style, which the NHFPL says is “’s best-selling résumé-writing book,” stops by the Ives Main Library (133 Elm St, New Haven; 203-946-8130) for a seminar, Q&A and book signing. Assuming the session touches on the major topics covered in the book, attendees can expect to get résumé-formatting tips, insights about language to avoid and methods for dealing with “job-hopping, employment gaps and other touchy subjects honestly and effectively.”

Thursday, March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day
The parade was last Sunday. But the holiday is today, and at least a couple of Irish bars are still in a mood to party. The Trinity Bar & Restaurant (157 Orange St, New Haven; 203-495-7736) is throwing a “Saint Patrick’s Day Party,” with DJ Mike Lapitino of vintage rock radio station 99.1 PLR broadcasting live from 2 to 7 p.m. before cover band The Strangers takes the spotlight at 9. The Playwright (1232 Whitney Ave, Hamden; 203-287-2401), meanwhile, is open from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. and promises Irish dancers and “live Irish music.”

If, on the other hand, solitude and contemplation are what you’re after, the Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum (3011 Whitney Ave, Hamden; 203-582-6500) at Quinnipiac University keeps its longest hours of the week today, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday, March 18
Firehouse 12’s spring series of Friday jazz shows kicks off tonight with performances by the Tomeka Reid Quartet, whose 8:30 and 10 p.m. sets cost $20 and $15, respectively. Spanning standard and non-standard styles and arrangements, band leader Reid (pictured above), the rare pro cellist who’s opted to specialize in jazz, adds a strange, elastic and welcome voice to the quartet’s otherwise traditional appointments (electric guitar, upright bass and drums). 45 Crown Street, New Haven. (203) 785-0468.

Saturday, March 19
Like the Night at the Museum movie series, tonight’s “A Night at the Peabody Museum” promises family-friendly hijinks. Unlike in those movies, none of the Peabody’s long-dead specimens will be coming to life. But there will be live hawks, owls and other birds to experience, alongside a scavenger hunt, mineral dig, “animal photo booth” and many other activities intended to both delight and enlighten the kids. Tickets, which must be reserved in advance, cost $18 for the general public, or $12 for museum members and Yale employees. 6 to 9 p.m. 170 Whitney Avenue, New Haven. (203) 432-8987.

Sunday, March 20
Exhibiting artwork from young art students to established professionals, Creative Arts Workshop’s latest “Student Show” gets an opening reception today from 2 to 4 p.m. Intended to “ the diversity of styles and breadth of creativity” among the school’s student body, and to “provide a glimpse into CAW’s curriculum, the type of work that comes out of our courses and the quality of instruction CAW students receive,” the show encompasses painting, sculpture, photography, fiber and much more. 80 Audubon St, New Haven. (203) 562-4927.

Written by Dan Mims. Image depicts Tomeka Reid. Readers are encouraged to verify times, locations and prices before attending events.

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