This Week in New Haven (November 15 - 21)

This Week in New Haven (November 15 - 21)

Annual occasions for early holiday shopping and late-fall competition are right on time.

Monday, November 15
At 6 p.m. in Mitchell Library (37 Harrison St, New Haven; 203-946-8117), author and former Yale mechanical engineering prof Ainissa Ramirez discusses “how inventions—clocks, steel rails, copper communication cables, film, light bulbs, hard disks, scientific labware, and silicon chips—shaped the human experience.”

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Wednesday, November 17
Tonight at Space Ballroom (295 Treadwell St, Hamden), the headliner is Letters to Cleo, a buoyant ’90s rock band millions of us have enjoyed without necessarily knowing it (because Hollywood likes to put them and their music into things, from Melrose Place to 10 Things I Hate About You to Parks and Rec). Tickets cost $32.74 (with fees) in advance or $25 at the door, if there are any left, and include an opening set by Charly Bliss, who are like a messier, femme-fronted Weezer.

A Books and Brews benefit for Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven pops up at Bear’s Smokehouse (470 James St, New Haven) from 5 to 8 p.m. “Buy a book and get a discount on food and drink!”

Thursday, November 18
The Big Connect, the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce’s annual B2B expo, began yesterday with a virtual itinerary. It proceeds today with a free in-person convening at the Omni (155 Temple St, New Haven), where the schedule starts with a nonprofit-oriented awards breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m., then moves to a series of business-oriented talks and panels alongside exhibitor booths. Registration required.

An “all-you-can-eat-and-drink” Pizza, Pups & Pints fundraiser for Hamden animal rescue Where The Love Is hits The Spot—the little annex behind Pepe’s (157 Wooster St, New Haven)— from 5:30 to 8:30. Along with “all the pizza, salad, soda, wine and beer you can consume,” each $75 ticket includes a raffle ticket.

Friday, November 19
The annual Christmas Market at Trinity on the Green (230 Temple St, New Haven; 203-624-3101) fills the undercroft with “handmade crafts, plants/bulbs, cookies, jams and preserves, soup to-go limited tag sale” from noon to 6 today and 10 to 6 tomorrow. Proceeds benefit the church’s work to preserve its previous-turn-of-the-century Tiffany Company stained glass windows.

At 7:30, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, with guest violinist Alexi Kenney, performs Johannes Brahms’s Symphony No. 1, Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto and Joan Tower’s Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman No. 1 at the Shubert Theatre (247 College St, New Haven). $15-74.

Saturday, November 20
The New Haven Gooners, united in fandom for the London-based soccer club Arsenal, are trying to help a few of their members raise funds to open The Cannon, a public-facing bar that will also be the Gooners’ “future forever home.” The event begins at 11:30 a.m. in The State House (310 State St, New Haven) with “a cocktail hour where you can meet and chat with owners Kevin, Tessa, and Skyller, sample some delicious menu items, and enter a 50/50 raffle with all proceeds helping to get The Cannon’s doors open as soon as possible.” Then it’s a projection-sized screening of that day’s Arsenal v. Liverpool match, starting at 12:30.

“The Game” returns to the Yale Bowl (81 Central Ave, New Haven). This 137th edition of the annual Yale-Harvard football matchup kicks off at noon, with tickets running between $20 and $100.

Starting at 7 p.m., the Strand Theater (165 Main St, Seymour) presents a double feature targeting late Gen X and early Millennial nostalgia with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) and Masters of the Universe (1987). Tickets cost $14.89 with fees, or just about $7.50 per flick.

Sunday, November 21
The 17th annual Craft & Gift Fair at the Jewish Community Center (360 Amity Rd, Woodbridge; 203-387-2424) opens for shopping from 10 to 3, promising wares from local and regional artists and “a fun-filled day of activity for all ages.”

Written by Dan Mims. Image, featuring New Haven Gooners at their former home of Christy’s Irish Pub in 2017, photographed by Sorrel Westbrook. Readers are encouraged to verify times, locations and prices before attending events.

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