Haul those pages out of your desk drawer, dust them off and sharpen your prose — Green Street offers writers a night to share works-in-progress, socialize and seek out constructive comments at the Writers-Out-Loud Literary Open Mic. Readings are limited to prose short stories or excerpts shorter than ten minutes in length. Open mic signup begins at 7 p.m., readings begin 30 minutes later. Each evening will be limited to six readings, with time for one-on-one feedback and sharing afterward. 8 p.m. November 6 at Green Street Arts Center, 51 Green St., Middletown. $3 (free for members). 860-685-7871, greenstreetartscenter.org.
The Writers Group of the Milford Fine Arts Council, which includes writers of fiction and poetry, meets monthly. Bring work in progress or completed manuscripts. Come and enjoy an evening of fun.Â 7:30 p.m. November 13 at the Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave., Milford. 203-878-6647, milfordarts.org.
Magdalena Gomez gives an extra flair to the recital of her poems. Experience Jaguar Dreams: Each Day a Lifetime.
While on an Arts International residency in southeast Mexico, Magdalena Gomez met with indigenous theater, literary and visual artists and underground revolutionaries. The poems of Jaguar Dreams: Each Day a Lifetime reflect her experiences in a world unseen by tourists, and the passion of oppressed people who use art-making as a form of resistance. 8 p.m. November 21 at Green Street Arts Center, 51 Green St., Middletown. $8 ($5 members, seniors, & students). 860-685-7871, greenstreetartscenter.org.
Swing Into Awareness is the benefit thatÂ’s got it all. Â“AllÂ” includes a huge raffle, a swing-dance lesson taught by Noelle Gray and a swing dance featuring the musical stylings of the O-Tones, a hot swing, R&B and Motown band from western Massachusetts. Local students and teachers from VinnieÂ’s Jump & Jive will perform dance pieces including break-dancing, belly dancing, swing, salsa, tap and more. All profits will go to the Connecticut Breast Cancer Coalition and the Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program outreach fund. 6 p.m. November 1 at 54 Washington St., Middletown (check-in table at VinnieÂ’s Jump & Jive, 424 Main St.). $20. 860-347-6971 ext. 3513, vinniesjumpandjive.com.
Enjoy a variety of specially selected wines and light hors d'oeuvres at this casual walk-around Wine Tasting event to benefit Amity Cares Habitat for Humanity. In addition, Scoozzi will extend a 15-percent discount to attendees dining following the event. 6-8 p.m. November 12 at Scoozzi Trattoria & Wine Bar, 1104 Chapel St., New Haven. $45. 203-785-0794, AmityCares.org.
Over the Moon
Get a blast from the past with Moondance, a marvelous night of magic, music and movinÂ’ to the sounds of the Â’70s. The gala evening will include cocktails at 6 p.m., entertainment, followed by dinner at 8:15 p.m. and dancing. Event benefits the Neighborhood Music SchoolÂ’s financial aid/scholarship program for its full range of music, dance and drama programs for students of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.Â Musicians include: the band Those Â’70s Sensations, some of NMSÂ’ celebrated jazz and rock faculty, and members of Shades (the acclaimed Yale undergraduate a cappella group), who will perform a special set of Abba songs with coaching from NMS faculty member and cabaret singer Anne Tofflemire.
PHOTO CREDIT: Anne Tubis
6 p.m. November 15 at the Omni Hotel, 155 Temple St., New Haven. $175. 203-624-5189, nmsmusicschool.org.
Â— Elvira J. Duran
Usher in the holiday season at Pilgrim Furniture City's first ever Holidays in the Mansion Gala, an evening of sumptuous food, fine wine and live entertainment. Live and silent auction of exquisite holiday and one-of- a-kind items to benefit PFC Charitable Foundation and United Way. Black tie optional. 6 p.m. November 16 at Pilgrim Furniture City, 55 Graham Place, Southington. $35. 866-907-0030.
Goodspeed Musicals holds its annual Thanksgiving Week Food Drive to benefit theÂ East Haddam Food Bank. Goodspeed offers $10 off the regular ticket price to patrons who bring a non-perishable food item to the 7:30 p.m. performance ofÂ BigÂ River on November 24. November 24-30 at the Goodspeed Opera House, 6 Main St., East Haddam. 860-873-8668, goodspeed.org.
Lisa Lampanelli is comedy's Lovable Queen of Mean. A cross between Don Rickles, Archie Bunker and a 55-gallon drum of estrogen, she won accolades from even the King of All Media, Howard Stern, who described her as Â“a real funny broad.Â” 8 p.m.Â November 8 at Shubert Performing Arts Center, 247 College St., New Haven. $55-$45. 203-562-5666 or 888-736-2663, shubert.com.
An avid reader (including to her three kids) and frequent library visitor,Â Paula Poundstone is big on books.Â She's hard at work on her second book for Random House. Her first, ThereÂ’s Nothing in This Book That I Meant To Say, with a foreword by her friend Mary Tyler Moore, is out in paperback after a year of successful hardcover sales. PoundstoneÂ’s also the national spokesperson for Friends of Libraries USA. Poundstone was the first female to be invited to entertain at the prestigious White House Correspondents Dinner, and the first woman to win the CableACE Award for Best Standup Comedy Special.Â She is also an Emmy winner for Best Program Interviewer, and American Comedy Award winner for Funniest Comedienne. 8 p.m.Â November 22 at Lyman Center at Southern Conn. State U, 501 Crescent St., New Haven. $22 ($15 SCSU faculty/staff, active alumni; $10 SCSU students).Â 203-392-6154, southernct.edu.
Test your knowledge and have fun doing it at Anna LiffeyÂ’s Trivia Night. Teams of one to five people compete for prize money. Topics range from music to movies, politics to Shakespeare, geology to sports and everywhere in between. Age 21 and older. Arrive early to get a table. 9 p.m. November 4, 11, 18, & 25 at Anna LiffeyÂ’s, 17 Whitney Ave., New Haven. $10 per team. 203-773-1776, annaliffeys.com.
A comedy show for ages 30 to 60, the Thanksgiving Eve Comedy Festival features two hours of non-stop laughs with three comedians hand-picked by Dave Reilly, including comedians Carl Yard, Â“The RaginÂ’ Bajan,Â” and Joseph (The Truth) Anthony. 7:30 p.m. November 26 at Palace Theater, 100 East Main St., Waterbury. $45-$35. 203-755-4700, palacetheaterct.org.
While New Haven has long been lauded for its academic reputation, the city is also receiving accolades as a growing Â“foodieÂ” destination.Â Ranging from diners and bistros to gourmet cafÃ©s and award-winning restaurants, there are more than 130 dining establishments in New Haven.Â Many top-rated restaurateurs have opened not one, but two restaurants in the downtown area alone. In celebration of the destinationÂ’s rich and varied restaurant scene, New Haven will host its first-ever Restaurant Week.Â November 9-14 at several top-rated restaurants in downtown New Haven including Zinc, Bentara, Central Steakhouse, Basta and Barcelona. Fixed-price lunch ($16.38) and dinner ($30) menus. buy valium.com, infonewhaven.com.
Enjoy local food including organic and pesticide-free salad greens, herbs, all-natural meat, eggs, honey, handcrafted bread and more. City FarmersÂ’ Markets are Connecticut-grown, producer-only marketplaces featuring organic and pesticide-free food. City FarmersÂ’ Market at Edgewood Park takes place Sundays through November 23. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Edgewood Park, corner Whalley and West Rock Ave., New Haven. 203-773-3736, cityseed.org.
City FarmersÂ’ Market at Wooster Square. Enjoy food from local farms including seafood, meat, milk, cheese, organic greens, root vegetables, handcrafted bread and baked goods, honey and more. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday in November at Russo Park, corner Chapel St. and DePalma Ct., New Haven. 203-773-3736, cityseed.org.
City FarmersÂ’ Market Downtown boasts food from local farms, including organic and pesticide-free salad greens, herbs, flowers, honey, artisan bread and more. Open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. every Wednesday through November 26 at 165 Church St., New Haven. 203-773-3736, cityseed.org.
Born of passion and desire, Noche Flamenca was founded in Madrid in 1993 by artistic director Martin Santangelo and his wife, Soledad Barrio.Â The company played in New York this summer and Tobi TobiasÂ’s Voice of Dance review gave this haunting description: Â“The cast members of Noche Flamenca work as a team to provide mounting excitement, but Soledad Barrio is still the one who takes you to places you might never have reached without her, emotional states that bare the toughest truths about human existence.Â” 10 a.m. (ARTSBound program for grades 4-12) & 8 p.m. November 7 at Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield University, 1073 North Benson Rd., Fairfield. $45-$35 (ARTSBound $7). quickcenter.com.
In the hyper-informed, self-conscious world of Â“look at me,Â” how can we ever have a subjective experience, a deep connection to sensation? In Yasmeen GodderÂ’s Singular Sensation, five individuals explore the range of sensation Â— from the artificial to the authentic Â— and push the boundaries of their own numbness to provoke a singular sensation in one another and themselves. Israeli-born Godder studied American modern and postmodern dance, performance art and performance theory in New York before returning to her home country. For nearly a decade, she has transformed these principles to comment incisively on the politics and culture of Israel. Part of the Festival of International Dance at Yale. 7 p.m. November 11-12 at New Theater, 1156 Chapel St., New Haven. $15 ($10 students). 203-432-1234, yalerep.org.
Making his U.S. debut, Opiyo Okach exemplifies the cosmopolitanism of contemporary African choreographers. Traveling between his home country of Kenya and France, Okach absorbs and reprocesses the cultures of both environments in his subtle poems-in-motion. Feeding on the character of the space in which it is performed, No Man's Gone Now, created with choreographer Julyen Hamilton for Festival Avignon 2003, evokes the transience of experience Â— the ephemeral nature of time, place, objects and choices. Territories in Transgression, which premieres in France only days before arriving in New Haven, explores the body as the site of transgression Â— personal, social, cultural and political Â— and its attempts to negotiate and construct its own identity. Part of the Festival of International Dance at Yale. 9 p.m. November 11-12 at New Theater, 1156 Chapel St., New Haven. $15 ($10 students). 203-432-1234, yalerep.org.
American choreographer, filmmaker and writer Yvonne Rainer is credited as a pioneer of postmodern dance. Her work, which draws on a variety of disciplines and media, has influenced generations of performance and visual artists. RoS Indexical is Rainer's radical re-visioning of The Rite of Spring, the brilliant and controversial collaboration between choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky and composer Igor Stravinsky which shocked Paris audiences in 1913 with its Â“primitiveÂ” movement vocabulary and dissonant musical score. Also enjoy Spiraling Down, a work commissioned by the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Research Institute and World Performance Project at Yale that draws its inspiration from a variety of sources Â— newspaper photos, soccer moves, old movies, classic modern dance, ballet, Steve Martin, Sarah Bernhardt and Rainer's own disinterred dances from the 1960s Â— all of which contribute to the melancholic and contradictory subtext of Rainer's new dance. Part of the Festival of International Dance at Yale. 7 p.m. November 14-15 at New Theater, 1156 Chapel St., New Haven. $15 ($10 students). 203-432-1234, yalerep.org.
This yearÂ’s Corn Maze takes the form of a ladybug carved into a four-acre cornfield. Walk through the maze just for fun, use the map to plot your route or answer a series of trivia questions along the way that point you in the right direction. LymanÂ’s corny Corn Cops can also guide you through the maze. Portion of the proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Through November 2 at Lyman Orchards, 32 Reeds Gap Rd., Middlefield. Open 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. $9 ($5 children ages 4-12). 860-349-1793, lymanorchards.com.
CultureKids: Symbols and Self. Create a personal symbol for yourself or your family. Examine your cultural traits and explore those of others through a variety of art-making methods and materials. Japanese Sumi-e painting, West African Adinkra Wisdom practices and Native American environmental symbolism will be part of the cultural discovery for this workshop. 1-2:30 p.m. November 8 at Green Street Arts Center, 51 Green St., Middletown. Free. Advance registration required. 860-685-7871, greenstreetartscenter.org.
Small Things Considered. From a nutmeg to a strand of George WashingtonÂ’s hair to the classic Wiffle Ball, discover the big impact small objects have made on history and our lives. Through November 29 at the Connecticut Historical Society, 1 Elizabeth St., Hartford. Open noon-5 p.m. Tues-Sat. $6 ($3 seniors, students). 860-236-5621, CHS.org.
Sanford (Sandy) I. Weill, who was instrumental in making Citigroup Inc. the diversified global financial services titan it is today, will be interviewed by his daughter, Jessica M. Bibliowicz, chairman, president and CEO of National Financial Partners, as part of the Charles F. Dolan Lecture Series. It is anticipated to be a dynamic dialogue, titled Leadership, Markets and Globalization. In the 20 years before his retirement in 2003, he was chairman and CEO of several major investment corporations including Travelers, and was president of American Express. Previously he co-founded a firm that became Shearson Loeb Rhoades Â— then the countryÂ’s second-largest securities brokerage firm. 8 p.m. November 3 at Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield University, 1073 North Benson Rd., Fairfield. Free. Reservation required. 203-254-4010 or 877-ARTS-396, quickcenter.com.
Eugene B. Kogan, senior political analyst at Americans for Informed Democracy in New Haven speaks on Peace, Congress and Foreign Policy in the New Administration. Kogan is Eskind Fellow in Democracy and Public Policy at Brandeis University. He is a former adjunct professor of political science at the University of Connecticut and a former deputy editor of Millennium: Journal of International Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science. 12:30 p.m. November 4 in the Mancheski Executive Seminar Room at Quinnipiac University, 275 Mount Carmel Ave., Hamden. Free. 203-582-3144, quinnipiac.edu.
Wesleyan earth and environmental sciences professor Martha Gilmore is a planetary geologist who is looking for evidence of water on Mars. In Martha Gilmore: Life on Mars? Gilmore leads an informal discussion about the role of technology in her research and will display many of the Mars mission images she uses to examine the surface of the Red Planet. 2-4 p.m. November 9 at Green Street Arts Center, 51 Green St., Middletown. $5 ($3 members, seniors, & students). 860-685-7871, greenstreetartscenter.org.
Author and political activist Sister Souljah will present a lecture, Student Activism vs. Student Apathy. Born in the Bronx, Souljah earned a bachelorÂ’s degree in American history and African studies from Rutgers. As a student activist, she created, financed and implemented the African Youth Survival Camp, a six-week academic and cultural summer camp for 200 children of homeless families. As a community activist, Souljah has organized rallies and concerts in Harlem against racially motivated crimes, police brutality and the miseducation of urban youth. She was executive director of Daddy's House Social Programs, the charitable wing of Bad Boy Entertainment, from 1995 to 2007. 7 p.m. November 11 in Alumni Hall at Quinnipiac University, 275 Mount Carmel Ave., Hamden. Free. quinnipiac.edu.
The Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies presents Ruth Langer, associate professor of Jewish Studies in Theology and academic director of the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College.Â Langer will speak on People of the Book:Â The Bible in Jewish Life and Liturgy. 7:30 p.m. November 18 at Fairfield University, 1073 North Benson Rd., Fairfield. Free. 203-254-4000 ext. 2066.
MIND, BODY & SOUL
Nia is a blend of many movement forms from the worlds of martial arts, dance and body-integration therapies Â— specifically tai chi, tae kwon do, aikido, jazz, ballet, modern dance, ethnic dance, funk, hip-hop, primal dance, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, somatics and yoga. Awaken the sensation of pleasure from movement and stillness. In Nia Guided Moving Meditation Playshop with Nia brown-belt teacher Nancy Hammett, you will experience a unusual sensory journey, guided by the healing resonance and vibration of the Crystal Bowls, by Nia Sounds. Awaken your energy system by stimulating and integrating all seven chakras through sound, movement and stillness. 7-9 p.m. November 14 at Sound Mind & Body andÂ Fitness & Yoga for Women, 213 Cherry St., Milford. $15. 203-878-YOGA, soundmindandbodyllc.com.
This Yoga for Adults and Seniors class includes physical practices in combination with breath awareness. Students are led through the session, receiving individual attention and using simple props (chairs, straps, walls) to create a safe, joyful, enlivening practice. Wear comfy clothes, come with food digested and bring a large towel or blanket. Movements will be performed in bare feet. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays through November 18 at Green Street Arts Center, 51 Green St., Middletown. $5 ($3 for members, seniors and students). Advance registration required. 860-685-7871, greenstreetartscenter.org.
Elm City Cycling organizes LuluÂ’s Ride, weekly two- to four-hour rides for all levels (17-19 mph average). Cyclists leave 10 a.m. from LuluÂ’s European CafÃ© as a single group; no one is dropped. 10 a.m. every Sunday in November at LuluÂ’s European CafÃ©, 49 Cottage St., New Haven. Free. 203-773-9288, elmcitycycling.org.
Critical Mass. Participants meet at the flagpole on the New Haven Green at 5:30 p.m. on the last Friday of each month for a slow-paced ride through New Haven streets. The ride ranges from 30 minutes to over an hour depending on weather. Critical Mass is not an organization; itÂ’s an Â“unorganized coincidenceÂ” Â— a movement of bicycles in the streets as traffic. After the event, everyone is invited to a potluck dinner at the DevilÂ’s Gear Bike Shop. 5:30 p.m. November 28 at Temple and Chapel streets, New Haven. Free. elmcitycycling.org.
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