Max, from Mary and Max (2009)

This Week in New Haven (March 19 - 25)

A wet and wild winter officially meets its end, outlived by New Haven’s unique blend of thinking, giving and pleasure-seeking.

Monday, March 19
As part of the disability-focused film festival ReelAbilities, which first screens its juried selections in New York City and then expands to venues around the country, Southern Connecticut State University’s Adanti Student Center (345 Fitch St, New Haven) is hosting a free 5 p.m. screening of Mary and Max (2009) followed by a talkback. Stop-motion animated but featuring “mature content… not appropriate for children,” the movie tells “a tale of friendship between two unlikely penpals”: “Mary, a lonely eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, an obese middle-aged Jewish man with Asperger’s living in New York.”

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Tuesday, March 20
From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., New England Brewing Company (175 Amity Rd, Woodbridge; 203-387-2222) is hosting Donkeys, Dogs ’n’ Drafts, a fundraiser for mobile education programming by Bethany-based animal-assisted therapy practice Red Skye. Offering beer, appetizers, food truck victuals, raffle prizes “and more,” tickets cost $20 in advance or $30 at the door.

Wednesday, March 21
At noon in room 128 of the Sterling Law Building (127 Wall St, New Haven), science journalist and NYU professor Charles Seife is discussing “Fake News, Bogus Science and Bad Math: A Journalist’s Advice for Cutting Through BS.”

Later, Mitchell Branch Library (37 Harrison St, New Haven; 203-946-8117) is hosting an hourlong kid-friendly class titled “Pop: The Science of Bubbles.” Starting at 4 p.m., “we’ll take a closer look at the science of bubbles and experimenting with bubbles,” organizers say. Free.

Thursday, March 22
At 4 p.m., Tim White, director of collections and research at Yale’s Peabody Museum of Natural History, is giving a free talk with a great title: “He Mapped the Ancient Seas and Fathomed the Geologic Past.” Referring to Charles Schuchert, the Peabody’s director from 1904 to 1923 who was also “one of Yale’s earliest paleontologists,” White plans to “use material from the museum’s collections… to illustrate the scientific legacy of groundbreaking research in paleogeography and discuss his connections to the ‘Monuments Men’ of World War II and Admiral Peary’s trips to the North Pole.” 170 Whitney Avenue, New Haven. (203) 432-8987. “Refreshments to follow.”

In the woody, glassy, stony, gilded vastness of Woolsey Hall (500 College St, New Haven), the New Haven Symphony Orchestra is trying out one of the finalists in its search for a new musical director: Rebecca Miller, who’s conducting the orchestra through a program of “Russian masterpieces” by Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich and Borodin. $15-74.

Friday, March 23
At Lyric Hall (827 Whalley Ave, New Haven; 203-389-8885), all eight comics performing 7 and 9 p.m. comedy shows have something else in common: they’re women. Headlined by Kathryn Gironimi and costing $12 per ticket, Not Your Average Girl: A Women’s Comedy Showcase “features some of Connecticut’s best comedians all in one night!”

Saturday, March 24
Examining an unusual facet of World War I history from 2 to 3 p.m., Rick Spencer and Dawn Indermuehle present “To End All Wars: Songs of the First World War” at the Knights of Columbus Museum (1 State St, New Haven; 203-865-0400). Whether tragic or humorous, “music tied the soldiers on the battlefield to their families at home and inspired them in their patriotism,” organizers say. Free.

Sunday, March 25
From 3 to 6 p.m., Kehler Liddell Gallery (873 Whalley Ave, New Haven; 203-389-9555) is hosting an opening reception for two contemporaneous art shows: Marjorie Gillette Wolfe’s Far and Wide, featuring panoramic and composite photography, and Tom Edwards’s Extended Visions, featuring “ever-evolving multimedia works.”

As part of the ongoing campaign to raise funds for a new Stetson Branch Library, trumpeter Mo Pleasure and four musical compatriots are leading “an evening of live jazz and complimentary hors d’oeuvres” at the Elks Club (87 Webster St, New Haven) from 5 to 9 p.m. $25.

Written by Dan Mims. Image features a still from Mary and Max (2009). Readers are encouraged to verify times, locations and prices before attending events.

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