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Public Tours at Yale University
Hear about Yale’s rich 300-year history and aspects of student life at several of Yale’s fourteen residential colleges. The tour also includes the Gothic Sterling Memorial Library, Yale’s largest, and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Free and open to the public. View tour dates and RSVP here!
Feb
1
Wed
Yale Campus Tours : Free & Open to the Public
Feb 1 – May 19 all-day

The Mead Visitor Center invites you to take a guided tour led by Yale College undergraduate students. Our student-led tours last approximately one hour and will depart rain or shine. Tours are free & open to the public.

Yale College students provide a glimpse into the history and architecture of the University. The tours start at the Yale Visitor Center at 149 Elm Street New Haven, CT 06511. Hear about Yale’s rich 300-year history and aspects of student life at several of Yale’s fourteen residential colleges. The tour also includes the Gothic Sterling Memorial Library, Yale’s largest, and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Constructed with more than one hundred panels of translucent marble, the Beinecke is home to one of the world’s preeminent collections of rare materials, including the Gutenberg Bible.

Tours depart from the Visitor Center (149 Elm Street), cover the central campus area, and last approximately 1 hour (registration is required). https://visitorcenter.yale.edu/tours

 

Wednesday Night Jazz @ South Bay
Feb 1 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 29 @ 9:30 pm

Enjoy great local jazz while dining or enjoying casual apps and one of South Bay’s many signature cocktails. No cover and no minimum just great music every Wednesday!

Located at 228 College Street, New Haven.

Feb
2
Thu
Thursday Night Jazz @ Harvest Wine Bar & Restaurant
Feb 2 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 30 @ 9:30 pm

Enjoy apps, dinner and an impressive wine selection while listening to local jazz musicians in a contemporary setting at Harvest Wine Bar & Restaurant located in the lower level of the Yale Center for British Art at 1104 Chapel Street, New Haven.

 

Feb
7
Tue
POWER: The Rise of Black Women in America. Charity C. Elder Author Event. @ The Yale Bookstore
Feb 7 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

 

Join us to hear award-winning journalist and digital media executive Charity C. Elder in conversation with former Mayor of New Haven Toni Harp discussing her recent book, POWER: The Rise of Black Women in America. In POWER, Elder posits that there has never been a better time to be a Black woman in the United States.

 

ABOUT THE BOOK:
POWER is an incisive disquisition on Black womanhood weaving theoretical frameworks of history and sociology with poignant interviews, ethnographic observation, and anecdotes gleaned from history, social media, pop culture, and the author’s lived experiences.

 

 

Using data, the author substantiates the triumph of Black women. Original analysis of eighty years of US census data, prepared by the University of Minnesota and analyzed by Dr. Constance F. Citro, documents the remarkable ascension of Black women since the early twentieth century. An exclusive national survey conducted in partnership with the Marist Poll in 2021 not only reveals that 70 percent of Black women say they have been successful in life, but also that most believe they have the power to succeed.

 

 

POWER does not shy away from the realities of structural oppression identified by the late Black feminist scholar bell hooks; rather it illuminates how Black women exercise agency to create meaningful lives. Success is not an anomaly, but a defining characteristic. Black women have amassed power–now, Elder posits, they need to acknowledge it and then wield the hell out of it.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Charity C. Elder is an award-winning journalist and media executive with twenty-plus years working and leading in broadcast and digital newsrooms. Selected and profiled in 2017 for NYC Media’s Vanguard: Women in Media, in 2016 she was named on Folio magazine’s list of top women in media. An instructor at Fordham University in New York City, Elder frequently writes and speaks on Black women in the United States.

 

 

In 2020, Elder served as a senior adviser to the Mike Bloomberg presidential campaign–– advising and strategizing ways to engage the Black community. Prior to joining the Bloomberg campaign, Elder was the Head of Video and Podcasts for Yahoo News, leading an award-winning team of innovative producers redefining news in the era of immersive journalism. Elder worked for more than a decade, as a television news producer, on Emmy award winning morning shows at both CBS News and NBC News.

 

 

A Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Trinity College and a Master of Arts in Mass Communication and Journalism from New York University, Elder serves as a Trinity College Board of Fellows and on the Jeremiah Program’s National Governing Board of Directors, a nonprofit that aims to break the cycle of poverty for single mothers and their children two generations at a time.

 

 

Mar
3
Fri
The Book of Mormon @ Shubert Theatre
Mar 3 @ 8:00 pm – Mar 5 @ 6:30 pm

 

This outrageous musical comedy follows the adventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. With standing room only productions in London, on Broadway, and across North America, THE BOOK OF MORMON has truly become an international sensation.

Mar
10
Fri
Mojada A Medea in Los Angeles @ University Theatre
Mar 10 – Apr 1 all-day

 

 

Medea, a Mexican seamstress of extraordinary skill, barely survived the perilous border crossing into the United States and lives uneasily in a borrowed Los Angeles house with her husband Hason and their young son Acan: the tension between their traditional values and assimilation is a matter of life and death. Blending wry humor, tragedy, and mysticism, Mojada unleashes the power of Euripides’ ancient tale through an unforgettable story of an undocumented family caught in the grip of the American immigration system.

Mar
12
Sun
2023 Saint Patrick’s Day Parade @ Downtown New Haven
Mar 12 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

 

 

The Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade is held on Sunday, March 12, 2023.
The Parade begins on Chapel Street at Sherman Avenue, and continues on Chapel Street toward the Green. The route turns left onto Church Street, down to Elm Street, and disburses by Orange Street.

 

Céad Míle Fáilte — A Hundred Thousand Welcomes — from the Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade tradition was born in New Haven on March 17, 1842, when about 90 members of the Hibernian Provident Society, a mutual aid organization formed the previous year, marched through the city streets behind a banner made especially for the occasion.

 

Lovingly sewn into the banner were traditional Irish depictions: St. Patrick in his bishop’s robes, an Irish wolfhound, a harp, shamrocks, and a portrait of Gen. Richard Montgomery, the Irish-born hero of the American Revolution. As Joan Moynihan and Neil Hogan, authors of “Images of America: New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade” explained, the banner had two mottos which bespoke the dual loyalties of the marchers: “e pluribus unum” (“out of many, one”) and “Erin go bragh”.

 

Since the mid-1950’s the St. Patrick’s Day Parade of Greater New Haven has become one of New England’s premier Irish events. It is the largest, single-day spectator event in the State of Connecticut. As the 6th oldest parade in the nation, its fame was recognized by the Library of Congress in 1999. This keepsake of New Haven’s Irish community became a national keepsake when the Library of Congress selected the Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade as an outstanding example of American folk life. (Moynihan and Hogan)

 

Thank you to all who participate, attend and support the Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade. We are looking forward to the 2023 parade which will take place on Sunday, March 12, 2023. We are very proud of this great tradition and we invite you to enjoy the information and history of our great parade in the pages of this web site!

 

The Family Fun Zone is presented in partnership with the Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Town Green District and their ambassadors. Free family friendly entertainment is offered along with activities that will involve children of all ages! The NH Town Green Ambassadors will monitor the FFZ area while you enjoy food from the food trucks located conveniently on Elm St. We also offer family friendly bathrooms with a changing table, tables & chairs, and a Stroller Viewing Zone at Church Street.

Apr
21
Fri
Little Feat: Boogie Your Spring Away Tour ​‎‎‎‎‎with special guest Miko Marks @ College Street Music Hall
Apr 21 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

 

Little Feat is the classic example of a fusion of many styles and musical genres made into something utterly distinctive. Their brilliant musicianship transcends boundaries, uniting California rock, funk, folk, jazz, country, rockabilly, and New Orleans swamp boogie into a rich gumbo, that has been leading people in joyful dance ever since.

It began in 1969 when Frank Zappa was smart enough to fire Lowell George from the Mothers of Invention and tell him to go start a band of his own. Soon after, Lowell connected with Bill Payne, which stirred up sparks. They then found drummer Richie Hayward.

They were quickly signed by Warner Bros. and began working on the first of twelve albums with that venerable company. The first album, Little Feat, featured the instant-classic tune “Willin’,” and the follow-up Sailin’ Shoes added “Easy to Slip,” “Trouble,” “Tripe Face Boogie,” “Cold Cold Cold” and the title track to their repertoire. Paul Barrére, Kenny Gradney (bass), and Sam Clayton (percussion), joined up, and the latter two remain rock-solid members of Little Feat’s rhythm section.

1973’s Dixie Chicken gave them the title track and “Fat Man in the Bathtub,” as good a blues as any rock band has ever written. Their career to that point was summed up with the live Waiting for Columbus, truly one of the best live albums rock has ever heard.

Fifty years on the road cost them Lowell George, then Richie Hayward and Paul Barrére, but the music has carried them forward. When you spend your life on the road you can get eaten up by the stresses, or you can hold on to your music and your friends and the joy of the people out front and keep the priorities straight the way the Featsters have.

Little Feat in 2021 is: Bill Payne, Keyboards and Vocals; Sam Clayton, Percussion and Vocals; Fred Tackett, Guitars and Vocals, Kenny Gradney, Bass; Scott Sharrard, Guitars and Vocals; and Tony Leone, drums.

Fifty years on, they’ve been up and they’ve been down and they know where they belong—standing or sitting behind their instruments, playing for you. And anything’s possible, because the end is not in sight.

 

MIKO MARKS

After living what seems to be multiple lives over, Miko Marks has finally come into the life she was born to live. Her life as a Black woman in country and roots music is only a small part of the story. As she readies her latest album, Feel like Going Home, for release (October 14, 2022 via Redtone Records), it’s beyond time to dig deeper.

Miko was born in Flint, Michigan by a single mother who raised her to fight for equal rights for all. Her mother would protest on a local level in their town and would travel to Detroit for larger demonstrations. This impacted Miko greatly as she grew and was pivotal in Miko finding her own voice. Her mother would spend nights working 3rd shift at the automotive factory, while Miko’s grandmother would watch over her, helping raise her for most of her young life. For Miko, the women in her life were of utmost importance to her and their hopes and dreams for her were cautiously optimistic while being pragmatic due to the barriers they faced in their own lifetime.

Miko grew up traveling around in the family van to sing at various church conventions, but even with a show-stopping voice, it seemed singing was mostly just a hobby – not a career to pursue. She studied Political Science at Grambling State University and planned on becoming a criminal defense attorney, but her law degree was put on hold after she married young and gave birth to her son Justin. After some encouragement from her husband, she began to sing again and she released two country albums – “Freeway Bound (2005)” and “It Feels Good” (2007). She received great critical praise and was a regular participant at CMA Fest in Nashville, but the growth was stymied by industry gatekeepers.

After over a decade-long hiatus, with no grand vision of success, Miko recorded a few songs with some bandmates (Justin Phipps & Steve Wyreman). That collection of songs became “Our Country” & it was released on Justin’s small non-profit record label, Redtone Records. They enlisted the help of Brooklyn Basement Records to take it to market. Due to the success of “Our Country” they put out an EP of covers 6 months later called “Race Records” which shined a light on the arbitrary divisions forced upon artists and audiences in the early days of music marketing in the 1940s. Her unique sound deftly blends country, blues, southern rock and even gospel to create a sound and experience that has literally brought every audience to its feet. This new sound along with her warm and soulful spirit catapulted her into a community of change..

Feel Like Going Home is an amalgamation of where Miko has been and where she is going. What she has learned and what she wants to teach. It’s an innermost look at the ebb and flow of her past, present and future. It’s the stories she wants to tell but hasn’t been able to speak into existence ever before. The messages are profound: healing, restoration and distinctly individual. Feel Like Going Home released on October 14, 2022.