This Week in New Haven (November 29 - December 5)

This Week in New Haven (November 29 - December 5)

Yesterday’s first snow of the season heralded this week’s holiday festivities, including the lighting of the city tree.

Monday, November 29
At 4 p.m., during the next virtual Mondays at Beinecke event, Yale Divinity School graduate student Claire Barnes presents “Rachel Carson: Notecards on Climate Change.” Drawing on the Beinecke’s collections, Barnes highlights notecards Carson created while producing her first popular book, The Sea Around Us (1951). Registration required.

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Tuesday, November 30
In a 4 p.m. conversation organized by Yale’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Ryan Crocker, “one of America’s most distinguished former diplomats,” with stints as US Ambassador to Lebanon, Kuwait, Syria, Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan between 1990 and 2012, discusses “Assessing US Diplomacy Two Decades After 9/11.” Registration required.

Wednesday, December 1
A Winter Job Fair at Ives Main Library (133 Elm St, New Haven; 203-946-8130) invites job seekers to “meet eight local employers who are NOW HIRING,” including Amazon, Whole Foods, IKEA and Walgreens. “Some will be interviewing in person, on-site. Others will be hiring on the spot” during five overlapping waves between 10:30 and 4:45. Bring your resume and primary ID, with business or business casual attire recommended. Registration required.

On the fourth night of Hanukkah, Chabad of Hamden hosts its second annual Night of Lights, held at the Marketplace at Hamden (2335 Dixwell Ave, Hamden), where a “Fire on Ice” theme means a five-foot ice Menorah and a fire show plus a DJ and refreshments.

Thursday, December 2
A pared-down celebration (albeit scaled-up compared to a virtual mid-pandemic event last year) culminating in the lighting of the city’s official Christmas tree happens on the New Haven Green from 5:30 to 7:30. Festivities include a petting zoo and “live performances by Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School Choir, Wexler Grant School Choir, Alliance Theatre Choir, and more,” plus a “Holiday Village” for gift shopping and a visit from Santa.

Friday, December 3
Jazzy’s Cabaret (4 Orange St, New Haven) hosts Grammy-winning jazz saxophonist and hometown hero Wayne Escoffery for a doubleheader at 7 and 9:30 p.m., with one of eight dinner options included in the $54.67 ticket price. At the time of this writing, tickets still remain for six-person tables at 7 and two- and six-person tables at 9:30.

Saturday, December 4
The 32nd Annual Trees of Hope, a benefit for Ronald McDonald House Charities, opens for the first of two consecutive weekends, from 10 a.m. to 5 each day, at the Maritime Center (555 Long Wharf Dr, New Haven). Buy raffle tickets for a chance to win one or more of “over 150 beautiful holiday displays donated and sponsored by individuals, local businesses and community organizations,” each decorated with its own prizes.

Hard-partying holiday pub crawls overlap in both time and space. A Bad Santa Block Party runs from 11 to 9 and encompasses six local bars, promising DJs, drink specials/discounts, costume prizes and Santa hats for all for $28.14. An Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl runs from 2 to 9 and spans four bars—three of which are pulling double duty—and also promises DJs, specials/discounts and costume prizes, for $21.98.

From 3 to 5, the Yale University Bookstore (77 Broadway, New Haven) hosts sportswriter Pat Pickens, who’s signing copies of his new book The Whalers: The Rise, Fall, and Enduring Mystique of New England’s (Second) Greatest NHL Franchise.

The Tines, a cool and collected local indie band that impressed during the Arts & Ideas mini-festival this past Labor Day Weekend, lead an 8 p.m., $11.50 bill at The State House (310 State St, New Haven). Joining them are Personal Space (“indie without a scene, prog disdaining complexity, a dad band without dads”) and Glambat (“lyrical riddles and rambling hooks”).

Sunday, December 5
Chanukah’s eight nights close out at James Blackstone Library (758 Main St, Branford) with a show by Israeli trio Simply Tsfat, offering “a vibrant musical blend of powerful lyrics and soulful tunes in the Chassidic mystical tradition” at 5 p.m. “Refreshments will be served, and a menorah lighting will take place outside on the library terrace following the concert.”

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

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