This Week in New Haven (October 29 - November 4)

This Week in New Haven (October 29 - November 4)

After weeks of buildup, Halloween’s here, and so is something scarier: the end of Daylight Saving Time, when, in a blink, our receding afternoons lose a whole hour of light.

Monday, October 29
If today’s 11:40 a.m. talk in room 4430 of the Yale School of Management is half as illuminating as it’s billed—“an insider’s groundbreaking investigation of how the global elite’s efforts to ‘change the world’ preserve the status quo and obscure their role in causing the problems they later seek to solve”—than it’s well worth attending. In the talk, titled “Winners Take All” after his book of the same name and moderated by Maurice R. Greenberg Fellow Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi, “former New York Times columnist Anand Giridharadas takes us into the inner sanctums of a new gilded age, where the rich and powerful fight for equality and justice any way they can—except ways that threaten the social order and their position atop it. We see how they rebrand themselves as saviors of the poor; how they lavishly reward “thought leaders” who redefine “change” in winner-friendly ways; and how they constantly seek to do more good, but never less harm.” Free.

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New Haven Symphony Orchestra presents Carmina Burana

Tuesday, October 30
’member?—a tribute band with a rotating lineup and a new retro theme for each of its free biweekly shows at Pacific Standard Tavern (212 Crown St, New Haven)—is performing “an array of handpicked spooky songs and jams” in honor of Halloween tomorrow. The live music starts at 10 p.m. while DJ Doey Joey hits the decks at 8.

Wednesday, October 31 – Halloween
From 4 p.m. to closing time at 1 a.m., Ordinary (990 Chapel St, New Haven; 203-907-0238) presents a Mario Kart Halloween party featuring themed cocktails and, it seems, old-school matches of Mario Kart 64. No cover.

At 5:30, the Ely Center of Contemporary Art (51 Trumbull St, New Haven) hosts a Halloween Sound Performance, with “food, candy and drinks… provided” and costumes encouraged. Free.

At Coogan Pavilion, whose driveway is basically an extension of Fitch Street that enters Edgewood Park, a family-friendly Trunk or Treat—a free and “safe event where your kids can come and get candy”—lasts from 6 to 8. “There will be a haunted trail put together by the park rangers, movies… playing at the skate park, arts and crafts with our activity bus, music by a DJ, costume contest and all of the decorated trunks!”

At 9, The State House (310 State St, New Haven) is throwing a “goth dance party for All Hallows’ Eve” powered by DJs Mordecai and F.Esther with their “grim gothic and post-punk classics” and the “newest of tenebrous darkwave grooves.” No cover.

Thursday, November 1
White House reporter for American Urban Radio Networks April Ryan—who’s also a CNN analyst and a multi-book author—is “the only black female reporter covering urban issues from the White House,” which she’s done since Bill Clinton was president. You can hear her speak at 4 p.m. in Linsly-Chittenden Hall (63 High St, New Haven), where she’s conversing with Yale’s secretary and vice president for student life Kimberly Goff-Crews before “join students in a panel discussion.” Free.

Friday, November 2
Wine On9 invites attendees to “explore downtown New Haven’s historic 9th Square neighborhood” with a wine and food crawl traversing “bars, shops, libraries and more” from 6 to 8 p.m. Part of that “more” is Baobab Tree Studios (71 Orange St, New Haven), a multimedia production hub where registrants—tickets cost $15 in advance or $18 at the door, with a $5 designated driver option—check in to get a wine glass and a map.

Saturday, November 3
Two radically different visions of the guitar arrive on the same day. First, at 2 p.m., Tariq Harb, “one of the leading classical guitarists of his generation,” performs a solo show at the Palestine Museum US (1764 Litchfield Tpke, Woodbridge). $30.

Later, topping a bill at The State House (310 State St, New Haven) that starts at 8 p.m., “Sonic Youth founder Thurston Moore”—along with trio-mates James Sedwards and Steve Shelley—“will present new extended instrumental compositions focusing on the 12-string electric guitar,” hoping to “incinerate and levitate” via themes of “noise, beauty, action, fire and love.” $18.

Sunday, November 4 – End of Daylight Saving Time
Our clocks turn back at 2 a.m. Meanwhile, like an archetypal horror villain, Halloween 2018 just refuses to die. Extending the fun—and the shelf life of your costume—is the Edgewood Skatepark Fall Halloween Jam. Located behind Coogan Pavilion at Fitch and Whalley, organizers promise BMX, skate and costume contests, plus a live DJ, raffle prizes and food vendors. The timing is a bit uncertain; the event page says 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., while the flyer says noon to 4.

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

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