Aeolid Sea Slug (Flabellina exoptata) photographed by Bernard DuPont

This Week in New Haven (September 24 - 30)

Last week’s watery wave hasn’t crashed yet, with a moonlit journey into the Sound, centuries-old songs of water and a talk about the “tiny, sublimely colorful and biodiverse creatures” known as sea slugs still to come.

Monday, September 24
The New Haven Parks, Recreation & Trees department is leading a full moon kayak from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Lighthouse Point Park (2 Lighthouse Rd, New Haven). “The trip will leave just before sunset and continue as the moon rises,” but here are the catches: “This is an advanced trip for participants with previous sit-inside kayak experience,” and participation costs $50 for city residents or $75 for non-residents.

Tuesday, September 25
At 4:30 p.m. inside the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library (121 Wall St, New Haven; 203-432-2977), the Yale Collegium Musicum—along with guest ensemble the Renaissance Band from Philadelphia—presents “Water, Wind and Waves,” a historically informed performance of “Medieval and Renaissance music exploring the Watery Element.” Free.

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The Soldier's Tale presented by Yale School of Music

Wednesday, September 26
“Can we make a human being? That question has been asked for many centuries, and has produced recipes ranging from the homunculus of the medieval alchemists and the clay golem of Jewish legend to the cadaverous mosaic of Frankenstein’s monster and the mass-produced test-tube babies of Brave New World’s Hatcheries.” Now it’s being asked by Philip Ball, a science writer who worked as an editor for Nature for 20 years and has written several books, as he discusses “The Heretical Idea of Making People: History of the Creation of Artificial People” in Yale’s Luce Hall (34 Hillhouse Ave, New Haven). Organized by the Yale Quantum Institute as part of a “series of nontechnical talks aiming to bring a new regard to quantum physics and STEM by having experts cast new light on often-overlooked aspects of scientific work,” Ball begins his talk at 7:30 p.m. Free.

Thursday, September 27
The Commons—a mixer organized around “arts, culture and community” presented by the Arts Council of Greater New Haven and Breakfast Lunch & Dinner—happens at 5 p.m. at Long Wharf Theatre (222 Sargent Dr, New Haven). RSVP requested; food and drink provided.

The film Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution—“a colorful personal journey into the dawn of the clean energy era as it creates jobs, turns profits and makes communities stronger and healthier across the US”—screens at 5:30 p.m. in Yale’s Kroon Hall (195 Prospect St, New Haven). Dinner is served, though you’ll need to “bring your own cups/plates/tupperware and utensils.” Free; RSVP requested.

At 7 p.m., Gar Waterman, in conjunction with his current sculpture exhibition Canaries in a Blue Coal Mine at Kehler Liddell Gallery (873 Whalley Ave, New Haven; 203-389-9555), presents “Nudibranch: Art, Ocean Acidification and the Sea Slug.” “Discover the fascinating world of these tiny, sublimely colorful and biodiverse creatures” (like the one pictured above)—and how their species is a proverbial canary in an ocean wracked by climate change.

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The Roommate at Long Wharf Theatre

Friday, September 28
The next fashion show by local couturier Neville Wisdom happens from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Yale Center for British Art (1080 Chapel St, New Haven). Organizers promise “high energy, great music with DJ Dooley-O, … wine from The Wine Thief, food and drinks from delicious New Haven local favorites and a first look at the newest Neville Wisdom collection!” Regular tickets range from $15 to $25, with a private-table VIP option for $50.

Saturday, September 29
The Institute Library (847 Chapel St, New Haven; 203-562-4045) hosts a reception for Shelf Life, a show featuring art and “books from the Institute Library biography collection… about historic individuals…” The reception lasts from 4 to 6 p.m., with exhibiting artists speaking briefly at 5 p.m. Free.

Sunday, September 30
Cafe Nine (250 State St, New Haven; 203-789-8281) hosts a 4 p.m. matinee headlined by The Suitcase Junket and opened by Belle of the Fall. The former is a one-man band whose repertoire includes “original rock anthems, mountain ballads, blues manifestos and dance-hall festivity, played on instruments built of broken bottles, twisted forks, dried bones, gas cans, shoes, saw blades, a toy keyboard, and an overhead compartment’s worth of luggage.” The latter is a duo of artists who toured together as solo acts and decided to come together, forming a polished but folksy union of voices, guitar and upright bass. $12, or $10 in advance.

Written by Dan Mims. Sea slug image, used here by way of a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license, photographed by Bernard DuPont. Readers are encouraged to verify times, locations and prices before attending events.

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