This Week in New Haven (March 8 - 14)

This Week in New Haven (March 8 - 14)

New Haven’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade isn’t happening this Sunday, but the city’s interest in scholarship, culture and recreation marches on.

Tuesday, March 9
On the heels of International Women’s Day yesterday, Yale Law School’s Gruber Program for Global Justice and Women’s Rights presents a virtual panel discussion about “Reproductive Justice in the Post-Trump Moment.” Starting at noon and moderated by Yale Law professor Reva Siegel, panelists include Fatima Goss Graves, president and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center; Linda Greenhouse, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and senior research scholar at Yale Law; and Priscilla Smith, a lecturer, researcher and fellow at the law school. Serving as a “respondent” for the panel event is Cecile Richards, who was president of Planned Parenthood for 12 years and recently co-founded Supermajority, “a new organization fighting for gender equity.” Free. Registration required.

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Wednesday, March 10
At 3:30 p.m., as part of Yale’s Poynter Fellowship talk series, award-winning “verité-style” documentary filmmaker Jehane Noujaim, who “tackl large issues through the individuals experiencing them,” and frequent collaborator and producer Karim Amer discuss “Making Documentaries Today” with Yale professors Zareena Grewal and Charles Musser. Free. Registration required.

“Hurston’s Law, or a Philosophy of Decor” is the enigmatic title of the 2021 James Weldon Johnson Memorial Lecture co-sponsored by Yale’s Beinecke Library and African American Studies department. The speaker is Duke professor and book author Richard J. Powell, who specializes in “American art, the arts of the African Diaspora, and contemporary visual studies” and most recently authored Going There: Black Visual Satire (2020). 4 p.m. Free. Registration required.

Thursday, March 11
The next installment of Mind the Hang, a free digital jazz concert series organized by New Haven Jazz Underground, starts broadcasting at 6:30 p.m. via NHVJU’s Facebook page. The band this time? The Schmidt Brothers.

Tomorrow and Saturday at 8 p.m., Yale Cabaret presents its annual Dragaret show—this time called Quarantine Queens—with the first show starring local drag queens and the second starring Yalies. But the opening salvo is fired tonight at 8, when “The Art of Drag,” “a special conversation with Connecticut drag artists,” explores the craft and meaning of drag from the perspective of “Kirshorn / Sparkle A. Diamond, Miles / Ray Decorazón, and Tim / Loosey LaDuca” as moderated by local scene fixture Patrick Dunn a.k.a. Kiki Lucia. The talk tonight is free, while tickets to the Friday and Saturday performances start at $12.

Friday, March 12
“A special Women’s History Month edition” of the New Haven Free Public Library’s Books Sandwiched In noontime book talk series features Karen Karbo, author of 14 “award-winning novels, memoirs and works of non-fiction” including today’s discussion subject, In Praise of Difficult Women: Life Lessons from 29 Heroines who Dared to Break the Rules (2018). “From Frida Kahlo and Elizabeth Taylor to Nora Ephron, Carrie Fisher, and Lena Dunham, this witty narrative explores what we can learn from the imperfect and extraordinary legacies of 29 iconic women who forged their own unique paths in the world.” Free.

Sunday, March 14
In a normal year, marching bands, dance crews, cosplayers, jugglers, fire breathers, beauty queens, radio personalities and top-hatted, sash-clad officials would be parading through downtown today between throngs of spectators donning green, orange and white. But even though COVID has claimed the 2021 Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade, you can still buy a 2021 parade button to help fundraise—fingers crossed—for next year’s affair. Buttons cost $2 apiece or $2.50 with shipping.

Written and photographed by Dan Mims. Image features a scene from the 2017 parade. Readers are encouraged to verify times, locations and prices before attending events.

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