This Week in New Haven (October 18 - 24)

This Week in New Haven (October 18 - 24)

Witchcraft, costumes and pumpkins arrive a week early.

Monday, October 18
The Greater New Haven Green Fund is putting on an evening of “grassroots project presentations” at Whitneyville Cultural Commons (1253 Whitney Ave, Hamden). “Come and meet some of our community partners that will tell about their projects,” including Booker T. Washington Academy, the New Haven Climate Movement and Massaro Community Farm. “Light food and drink will be served outside before the presentations,” which start at 6 p.m.

Tuesday, October 19
Wilson Library (303 Washington Ave, New Haven; 203-946-2228) celebrates Italian Heritage Month with a vinyl listening session showcasing “the musical and cultural diversity of Italy and its diaspora through field recordings, folk songs, popular music and more.”

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Wednesday, October 20
During an “Ask-A-Witch” session, Wicca practitioner Michelle Piercey, founder of the Black Hat Society of Connecticut and a “proponent of free religious expression,” discusses “the history of Witchcraft, the modern manifestations of Witchcraft, religious holidays and practices, and the debunking of typical Witchcraft myths” at 6 p.m. at Ives Main Library (133 Elm St, New Haven; 203-946-8130).

Meanwhile, at 6:30 p.m., East Rock Brewing Company (285 Nicoll St, New Haven; 475-234-6176) hosts a Halloween movie-themed trivia night. “First come-first play.”

Thursday, October 21
Local comedian Josh Levinson “brings comics from all around New England”—this time Dave Sheehan, Rob Santos, Kathy Lynch, D-Rummz, Brooke Kelley and Cody Marino—to his next monthly comedy night at The Trinity Bar & Restaurant (157 Orange St, New Haven), starting at 8 p.m. $10.

Friday, October 22
At 7:30 p.m. in SCSU’s Lyman Center for the Performing Arts (501 Crescent St, New Haven), the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, led by principal Pops conductor Chelsea Tipton, presents Get Happy! A Judy Garland Tribute. Backed by the orchestra, guest vocalist Joan Ellison conjures Garland’s look and sound through a “hit parade includ ‘The Trolley Song,’ ‘Get Happy,’ ‘Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart,’ ‘Almost Like Being in Love,’ ‘Stormy Weather,’ ‘Chicago,’ and, of course, ‘Over the Rainbow.’” $35-$49.

“Inspired by the beloved movies,” a stage adaptation of Anastasia gets five showtimes at the Shubert (247 College St, New Haven; 203-624-1825) this weekend, starting tonight at 8. “From the Tony Award-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat.” $44-$126, plus fees.

Saturday, October 23
Open Source’s second and final weekend opens private artist studios to the public “in Dixwell, Hamden, and alternative sites”—though specifics are hard to come by—and a popup skate park event in Edgewood Park from noon to 5 today and tomorrow.

A Halloween Bar Crawl promising food and drink deals, “spooky themed drinks,” a costume contest, DJs at some locations and a photographer and videographer to flaunt for starts at 3 p.m. and spans eight hours at four venues within a square city block: Jack’s Bar and Steakhouse, Elm City Tap House, Temple Grill and Rize Nightclub. And if you can’t make this one or won’t yet have your costume ready, there’s a sequel crawl next Saturday, on Halloween weekend. Tickets cost $22.99 plus a $2.14 fee.

Sunday, October 24
From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. yesterday and today, the annual family-oriented Pumpkin Patch event at the Shore Line Trolley Museum (17 River St, East Haven) rests at the end of a vintage trolley car ride teeming with views of “glorious fall foliage.” Admission costs $12 for adults, $8 for kids and $10 for seniors and includes a puzzle book and pumpkin for each child.

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

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