Escapade at Lyric Hall

This Week in New Haven (September 26 - October 2)

Talk isn’t cheap—though it is free—during a week begun by speech and ended by agreeably seasonal affairs.

Monday, September 26
Robert Smart, dean of Quinnipiac University’s College of Arts and Sciences, is also an English professor, making sense of his interest in the ways 20 years spent living in Cuba “profoundly affected” the famed writer Ernest Hemingway’s life and work. Today at 4 p.m. inside the Carl Hansen Student Center (275 Mount Carmel Ave, Hamden), Smart discusses Hemingway’s evolution from obsessing over his characters’ “bravado and machismo” to crafting more well-rounded figures—particularly in his Nobel- and Pulitzer-winning novel The Old Man and the Sea. Free.

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Tuesday, September 27
PEZ enthusiast—and employee—Shawn Peterson, who works out of the candy company’s factory and visitor center in Orange, comes to the New Haven Museum today to “discuss… his passion for all things PEZ, and the history of the company that makes it.” Afterward, in addition to signing copies of his new book, PEZ: From Austrian Invention to American Icon, Petersen will give attendees a preview look at two sets of not-yet-released PEZ dispensers, including a Rogue One: A Star Wars Story collection that’ll coincide with the release of the forthcoming movie. 6 p.m. Free. 114 Whitney Avenue, New Haven. (203) 562-4183.

Wednesday, September 28
Hosted by Whitneyville Cultural Commons (1247-53 Whitney Ave, Hamden; 203-780-8890), the first “Coffee with an Entrepreneur”—a series of caffeinated, early-morning talks co-organized by Quinnipiac’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship—happens today from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. The featured guest is Tariq Farid, founder and CEO of Edible Arrangements, which is based just over yonder in Wallingford. Free and open to the public, organizers promise complimentary refreshments—including coffee that “flows freely!”

Thursday, September 29
With an opening reception today at 4 p.m., a post-renovation Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library (121 Wall St, New Haven; 203-432-2977) unveils its first exhibition since reopening to the public earlier this month. The exhibit is Destined to Be Known: The James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection at 75, highlighting a collection of “African American arts and letters… including manuscripts of Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, and Richard Wright; photographs from the Randolph Linsly Simpson Collection; and artworks by Roy DeCarava.” Free.

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Meteor Shower at Long Wharf Theatre

Friday, September 30
Escapade: An Unusual Experience—“an adventure into the world of the spectacular, the bizarre and the curious”—returns to Lyric Hall for two shows tonight, two more tomorrow and still more next week. Compared with past Escapades, which featured live music, modern dance, aerialist acrobatics and drag shows enmeshed with captivating projections, this one’s surely got all of that—plus “new cast members, more acts and an expanded pre-show.” The latter gets started 45 minutes before all showtimes, which, in tonight’s case, happen at 7 and 10 p.m. $25. 827 Whalley Avenue, New Haven. (203) 389-8885.

Saturday, October 1
The countdown to Halloween begins today. Helping us get into the mood is Bow Tie Criterion Cinemas (86 Temple St, New Haven; 203-498-2500), whose respective “Movies & Mimosas” and “Insomnia Theater” offerings this weekend are Alfred Hitchcock’s horror-thriller The Birds (1963) and Tim Burton’s quirky-freaky Beetlejuice (1988). With tickets costing just $5 apiece, Beetlejuice plays yesterday and today at 11:30 p.m., while The Birds screens today and tomorrow at 11:30 a.m.

Sunday, October 2
CitySeed honors the arrival of autumn with special “Apple Fest” activities at both of its farmers’ markets this weekend. The Wooster Square market, held yesterday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the corner of Chapel Street and DePalma Court, features “live music and apple-themed face painting for kids.” The Edgewood market, happening today from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the corner of Whalley and West Rock Avenues, offers live music, contra dancing and a cooking demo of apple and cabbage slaw. Both have got apple tastings aplenty, plus relevant guest vendors, a diverse harvest of local apples—“Macs, Cortland, Macoun, Gala, Golden Delicious, Fuji, Jonagold, Mutsu”—and, of course, fresh apple cider for sale.

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

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