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This Week in New Haven (November 7 - 13)

Delivering the conclusion to a blockbuster anti-thriller—as one of the two least liked, least trusted candidates since the advent of those polling metrics becomes America’s president-elect—and ending with a fairy tale, this week is already guaranteed to be a storied one.

Monday, November 7
Eight people, three exclamation points, one band. !!!—pronounced “Chk Chk Chk,” or with any repeating syllable you like—come to The Ballroom at The Outer Space (295 Treadwell St, Hamden; 203-288-6400; $15) for a dance-y, all-ages show at 9 p.m. If you’re 21+ and want to make a longer night of it, you can start next door, at The Outer Space proper, where the bar’s free weekly trivia night begins asking questions at 7 p.m.

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Free First Lesson at Neighborhood Music School

Tuesday, November 8 – Election Day
Assuming no pivotal recounts marred by misplaced ballot boxes or hanging chads, the end of this peculiarly vexing election is at hand. Between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m., you can head to your polling place and select your choices for president/vice president, senator, representative, state senator, state rep and registrar of voters. To familiarize yourself with the ballot itself, click here.

Wednesday, November 9
Perhaps a year and a half too late, Yale’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism presents a symposium about “Truth in the Internet Age,” contending with “the blurring of facts and opinion, the rise of hate and conspiracy theories in the media and its effect on our democracy.” Featuring several speakers you normally see on cable news channels, in magazines and, of course, on the internet—like Kurt Eichenwald (Newsweek), Bret Stephens (Wall Street Journal), Glenn Thrush (Politico) and Graeme Wood (The Atlantic), with erstwhile Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren emceeing—the event runs from 6 p.m. to 8:30 inside the Sterling Law Building (127 Wall St, New Haven). Free.

Thursday, November 10
F*cking Decent, a senior project by Yale theater major Eliana Kwartler, “restage the works of the NEA 4”—a.k.a. “four performance artists had their federal funding revoked by the National Endowment for the Arts on the grounds that their work was obscene”—as a solo performance. Directed by Kwartler and starring Emma Speer, showtimes are tonight, tomorrow and Saturday at 8 p.m., with a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m., inside the Whitney Humanities Center (53 Wall St, New Haven). Tickets are free, but be sure to reserve them in advance.

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Other People's Money at Long Wharf Theatre

Friday, November 11
Ben Ehrenreich’s book The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine is gleaned from three years spent living in Israel’s West Bank, where “how it would feel to be free,” as one of the book’s reviewers has put it, outranks “Islam, or even nationalism” in the minds of the Palestinian families that hosted him. (The photo above, featuring a girl named Lin, was taken by Ehrenreich in the village of Umm al-Kheir.) Tonight at 7:30, presented by Jewish Voice for Peace New Haven and Shalom United Church of Christ, Ehrenreich offers his unique perspective during a free book talk at the First Presbyterian Church of New Haven (704 Whitney Ave, New Haven).

Saturday, November 12
The Institute Library’s marking of Tellabration!, “an international celebration of story,” began Thursday at 7:30 p.m., when five storytellers “wander from a backyard in Brooklyn to a beach town in Delaware to a courtyard in Poland and beyond, and that a chicken dinner, a bit of graffiti and other prosaic objects can connect to much larger things.” It continues today at 2 p.m., when five more storytellers “take us to an elementary school in Providence, a street in Manhattan, a children’s theater in Virginia and other places where we find that people may or may not be what they first appear.” Both occasions are free to attend, with a $5 suggested donation. 847 Chapel Street, New Haven. (203) 562-4045.

Sunday, November 13
The Rodgers & Hammerstein version of Cinderella comes to the Shubert Theater (247 College St, New Haven; 800-745-3000) this weekend for a four-show run, with its final performances happening today at 1 and 6 p.m. Offering a “hilarious and romantic Broadway<-style> experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream… or a really great pair of shoes,” this staging “features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists!” Tickets cost between $39 and $126, with a four-for-the-price-of-three promotion available on select seats during evening shows.

Written by Dan Mims. Photo courtesy of Ben Ehrenreich. Readers are encouraged to verify times, locations and prices before attending events.

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