Goffe Street Armory

This Week in New Haven (October 5 - 11)

Appreciate this: every last listed event this week amounts to some kind of remembrance, recognition or tribute—to deserving people past and present, plus a local street.

Monday, October 5
Broadway in New Haven stars on Whitney in Hamden this evening. At 8 p.m., Best Video (1842 Whitney Ave, Hamden) is screening the short documentary On Broadway: A New Haven Streetscape (2000), which takes a “a close look at the redevelopment” of the row where Cutler’s Records and York Square Cinema, still kicking at the time of the doc’s release, once held court. On hand to discuss the film is one of its directors, Elihu Rubin, now an associate professor at Yale. $5 suggested donation. (203) 287-9286.

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Tuesday, October 6
The funkier-than-Frank Frank Zappa tribute act The Z3, which over the summer headlined a whole Zappa-inspired music festival in Germany, is making Tuesday a serious going-out night this month. The band’s “October Tuesday Night Frankover” of Pacific Standard Tavern (212 Crown St, New Haven) starts tonight at 9:30 with a special guest: trombonist/singer Natalie Cressman, who’s toured with the Trey Anastasio Band and records compelling, jazzy material of her own. Cressman’s the first in an “all-female lineup of shredders” joining The Z3 during its monthlong residency. $10.

Wednesday, October 7
Speaking of female shredders, Suffragette (2015), a feature film starring Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter, “tracks the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement”—“working women who had seen peaceful protest achieve nothing,” eventually “turning to violence as the only route to change,” according to the studio summary. Ahead of the movie’s October 23 release date, New Haven gets a free sneak preview tonight at 7:30 inside the Whitney Humanities Center (53 Wall St, New Haven). “First come, first seated.”

Thursday, October 8
A dramatic trifecta happens across Yale this evening. At 5 p.m., with a reception to follow, the Whitney Humanities Center hosts a free Beinecke Library-sponsored reading of texts&beheadings/ElizabethR, a performance piece with musical accompaniment that presents “Elizabethan drama in its most literal sense,” “dissecting the persona of Elizabeth I through Joycean deconstructions of her letters, speeches, poems and prayers.” At 8 p.m., the University Theatre (222 York St, New Haven; $86, or $78 for Yale employees and $30 for college students) hosts the opening-night performance of Pulitzer-winner Paula Vogel’s world-premiering Indecent, “inspired by the true events surrounding the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s The God of Vengeance—a play seen by some as a seminal work of Jewish culture, and by others as an act of traitorous libel.” Also at 8 p.m., Yale Cabaret (217 Park St, New Haven; $20, or $15 for Yale employees and $12 for students) presents its latest three-day run of experimental dinner theater, this time surrounding I’m With You in Rockland, a “kaleidoscopic montage” “inspired by the life and work of Allen Ginsberg” using “song, image and theater to ask: what is the value of the artist today?”

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Friday, October 9
Two very different sorts of tribute concerts to choose between tonight. The first, starting at 5 p.m. and bringing a long list of acts to The Outer Space (295 Treadwell St, Hamden; 203-288-6400; $10), is a benefit for Becky Houle Apuzzo, a local who returned from her honeymoon late last spring only to find herself in the hospital with acute liver failure. The second, starting at 7 p.m. inside College Street Music Hall (238 College St, New Haven; 877-987-6487; $35-75), is “Remember Lennon: Imagine 75,” promising “one of the greatest John Lennon impersonators in existence, a world-class backing band and audiovisual accompaniment” to mark what would’ve been the Beatles co-founder’s 75th birthday today.

Saturday, October 10
Following a ticketed “giant house party” last night at the same location, City-Wide Open Studios’s “Alternative Space Weekend” fills the huge, normally vacant Goffe Street Armory building with local fine art and fine local artists. You can see the whole showcase—spanning the structure’s many wings, floors, rooms and nooks surrounding a cavernous main hall—today and tomorrow between noon and 6 p.m. Free. 290 Goffe Street, New Haven.

Sunday, October 11
From noon to 4 p.m. today, the New Haven Museum’s Pardee-Morris House (325 Lighthouse Rd, New Haven) presents “early-American fun for all ages,” including demonstrations of colonial-era arts like campsite-cooking, cloth-weaving, musket-firing, candle-dipping, chair-caning and wool-dying and -spinning. There’ll also be children’s craft activities involving pumpkin-painting and corn-husk doll-making—two more signs that fall is really here.

Written and photographed by Dan Mims.

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