This Week in New Haven (October 19 - 25)

This Week in New Haven (October 19 - 25)

Wisdom this week is psychological, ecological, etiological and, as usual, chronological.

Tuesday, October 20
With political and social animosity rising every day, pastor/author/professor Kirk Byron Jones offers a wise thesis during a Yale Divinity School convocation lecture: “Just Because You’re in the Storm, Doesn’t Mean the Storm Has to Be in You.” 10 a.m. Free; registration required.

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Wednesday, October 21
Propelled by the conversion of habitat to farmland as well as water pollution and overfishing—but really by humanity’s habit of eating other animals, which is the primary cause of all three phenomena—the past 50 years have seen massive declines across the animal kingdom, including among the much-maligned yet ecologically crucial animals we call bugs. That’s why, at 12:15 p.m., a virtual, Yale-organized panel featuring entomologist David Wagner, journalist Brooke Jarvis and ecologists Deanna Beasley and Rob Dunn convenes to discuss “Why Insects Urgently Need Human Empathy & Action.” Free; registration required.

Thursday, October 22
The Canal Dock Boathouse hosts a virtual screening and Q&A fundraiser starring Arshay Cooper and “America’s first all-Black high school rowing team,” which Cooper captained and then wrote a book about. That book was then adapted into a documentary film of the same name, A Most Beautiful Thing (2020), which should begin screening soon after the 6:30 p.m. start time. $25.

Friday, October 23
At 12:30 p.m., Patricia Kane, the head curator of American decorative arts at the Yale University Art Gallery, “leads a virtual close-looking session in the Hume Furniture Study Center on three high chests made in Newport, R.I., about 1760. See how they are the same, how they are different, and what they disclose about the joiner’s trade at the foremost center of furniture-making in colonial America.” Joining her for the demonstration is Gary R. Sullivan, “an independent scholar and art dealer in Sharon, Mass.” Free; registration required.

At 8 p.m. today and 4 and 8 p.m. tomorrow, Yale Cabaret presents Love Songs, a virtual “multimedia experience” cryptically described as “a 34-part response to a poem. It is the impact of lighted bodies knocking sparks off each other in chaos. It is a green-lit glow worm. It is uninterpretable cryptonyms. It is insolent isolation. It is NOTHING. It is something shiny… something only for you.” $6, or $5 for Yale faculty/staff and $4.50 for students.

Saturday, October 24
As part of City-Wide Open Studios, Africanus Okokon, Artspace’s current artist in residence—who works in “painting, performance, film, video, animation, sound, assemblage, and collage” in order to examine “how cultural, familial, ancestral, and personal memory is remembered”—performs “sonic-visual experience” IMMST from 5 to 7 p.m. inside the gallery (50 Orange St, New Haven; 203-772-2709). Free.

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

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