New Haven Pride Block Party 2015

This Week in New Haven (September 11 - 17)

Memorial, literary and other reflections mingle with unvarnished fun this week in New Haven.

Monday, September 11
From 8:30 to 9 a.m., Yale is hosting a public 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony in Hewitt Quadrangle—the plaza extending between Beinecke Library and Woolsey Hall—“to honor the memory of Yale alumni and other loved ones lost on September 11, 2001.”

Tuesday, September 12
To benefit this year’s upcoming East Rock Festival, P&M Market (721 Orange St, New Haven) and neighbor East Rock Coffee are hosting a 6 p.m. trivia night outside on the patio, with teams of six or less competing for a complimentary session at Escape New Haven and other East Rock-ish prizes. Admission/registration costs $10 per person, and as for vittles, you can bring them, buy them or both.

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Wednesday, September 13
The 2017 Windham-Campbell Festival celebrates and showcases the winners of this year’s Windham-Campbell Prizes—unrestricted grants of $165,000 given to writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and drama who’ve published “a body of significant work” or demonstrated “outstanding promise.” It commences this evening in Sprague Hall (470 College St, New Haven), when novelist/autobiographer Karl Ove Knausgård, whose celebrity in his native Norway has now radiated all the way to the US, gives the keynote talk at 5 p.m. Then, starting at noon tomorrow and finishing Friday night, the festival’s entirely free and public schedule begins to whirl, incorporating various Yale venues across a tornado of talks, panels and other engagements led by the prizewinners, whose topics range from “The Future of the Past: Myth-making in the Modern World” to “Buccaneers and Buried Gold: André Alexis on Robert Louis Stevenson.”

Thursday, September 14
Most of us know the late Jack Lemmon through his many acclaimed film roles. At 7:30 p.m. in the University of New Haven’s Bucknall Theater (300 Boston Post Rd, West Haven), Jack’s son, pianist and actor Chris Lemmon, offers some insight into his legendary dad’s private life with Twist of Lemmon, a one-man show “told entirely in Jack’s voice.” Replicating his father’s “fast-paced speech coupled with his iconic stutter and laugh,” the younger Lemmon “explores unique yet universal father/son journey, and the impact of worldwide superstardom on a family,” while sprinkling in “some of the greatest music of Jack’s era, along with a few of his own compositions.” $45.

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Small Mouth Sounds at Long Wharf Theatre

Friday, September 15
It’s PRIDE New Haven Weekend. At 5:30 p.m., there’s a free Opening Reception and Queer Art Show at City Hall (165 Church St, New Haven), which also features live music and “light hors d’oeuvres.” At 8 and 10:30, two Queer Queens of Comedy shows aim to get people laughing inside Lyric Hall (827 Whalley Ave, New Haven; $30). At 11, the official kick-off party features drag performances and dancing at Partners Cafe (365 Crown St, New Haven; free; 21+). And that truly is just a kick-off, before tomorrow’s 10 a.m. fundraising march, 4 p.m. block party and 10 p.m. after-party, then Sunday’s 10 a.m. queer history walking tour, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. drag brunches and 4 p.m. tea dance that isn’t as proper as it sounds.

Saturday, September 16
Recovering from last night’s comedy shows, Lyric Hall (827 Whalley Ave, New Haven; 203-389-8885) hosts its next Flair Fair starting at noon. Organized by Strange Ways, a wearable oddity shop located nearby, the fair features some 13 vendors selling “collectible pieces of art” and self-expression—namely, “pins, patches, buttons and more.”

Fairhaven Furniture’s River Street Gallery (72 Blatchley Ave, New Haven; 203-776-3099)—where the furniture is also art—has a free opening reception for its latest exhibition: Threefold. Featuring soothing nature-inspired encaustic and oil paintings by Amy Arledge; provocative avian-inspired mixed-media works by Paulette Rosen; and bombastic mixed-media drawings by Karen Wheeler, whose lines occasionally jump off the paper with the help of wires, the reception lasts from 5 to 8 p.m.

Sunday, September 17
The Lighthouse Point Migration Festival birds, butterflies and dragonflies”—and “the spectacle and mystery of migration at one of the best places to see migrating wild hawks in New England.” Lasting from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., the itinerary includes live bird demos featuring owls, hawks and falcons; carousel rides; historic lighthouse tours; live bluegrass music; butterfly tagging; “and more!” $5 suggested donation per car. 2 Lighthouse Rd, New Haven.

Written and photographed by Dan Mims. Image depicts a moment from the 2015 Pride Weekend block party. Readers are encouraged to verify times, locations and prices before attending events.

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