This Week in New Haven (September 13 - 19)

This Week in New Haven (September 13 - 19)

The last full week of summer encourages being out and about.

Monday, September 13
PRIDE New Haven began yesterday and continues all week, “highlight the culture, art, and history of New Haven and Connecticut’s LGBTQ+ community” via talks, performances and social events. The busy schedule culminates in PRIDEfest on Saturday at the North Haven Fairgrounds (290 Washington Ave, North Haven), promising “family-fun activities, food vendors, artist booths, information booths, and a whole lot of LGBTQ+ performers” from noon to 7, with no cost of admission.

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Tuesday, September 14
Wilson Library (303 Washington Ave, New Haven; 203-946-2228) gets a 15th birthday party with “refreshments, music, and fun for the whole community” from 4 to 6 p.m. in its rear parking lot.

Inviting in-person listeners for the first time in 18 months, the Kallos Chamber Music Series presents “When Beauty Triumphs” at the First Presbyterian Church (704 Whitney Ave, New Haven). “Hope and comfort” are on the program, whose pieces were “conceived in a space of immense struggle and hardship, tak us on a revelatory journey through sound, structure, and harmony, conveying the composer’s utmost intimate voyage to joy, beauty, and triumph.” In-person tickets start at $25 (free for students ages 12 and up), with a $15 virtual option.

Wednesday, September 15
At 7 p.m., the New Haven Free Public Library hosts a virtual discussion with “one of the most important public intellectuals alive”: Noam Chomsky, whose “work is widely credited with revolutionizing the field of linguistics as well as helping to originate the academic study of cognitive science.” Among other things, Chomsky will discuss his most recent book, Consequences of Capitalism: Manufacturing Discontent and Resistance (2020). Free; register here.

A bleak yet wild vision of the future appears during the next Movies in the Plaza screening in Pitkin Plaza (off Orange Street north of Chapel), featuring the kinetic post-apocalyptic chase film Mad Max: Fury Road (2016) at 8 p.m. Free.

Friday, September 17
For the last time this year, Ping Pong in the Plaza invites you to “challenge your friends, family and foes to games of ping pong, corn hole, big Jenga & more” from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Temple Plaza (west of Temple Street and south of Chapel). Free; BYO food.

Saturday, September 18
From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Town Center Park (2761 Dixwell Ave, Hamden), Hamden Fest offers an “extravaganza of events and activities”: food trucks and vendors, live entertainment, a business and community expo, an arts and crafts fair and a kids and sports zone. There’s also an associated Hamden Library Book Sale featuring “thousands” of used “books, CDs, DVDs, audio books, and puzzles at great bargain prices” as well as the Hamden Road Race earlier in the morning.

Meanwhile, from noon to 7 on the West Haven Green (at Main Street and Campbell Avenue), WestFest, an annual event aimed fostering cooperation and goodwill “between the University of New Haven and West Haven communities,” promises “food trucks, live music, inflatables, games, a dunk tank” and the presence of clubs, businesses and artists from both town and gown.

Written and photographed by Dan Mims. Image features a scene from a PRIDE New Haven past. Readers are encouraged to verify times, locations, prices and other details before attending events.

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