Thursday Feb 22 @ 9:00 AM
Coffee & Conversation with Senator Richard Blumenthal
Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven – Begin your day with Connecticut Senior Senator Richard Blumenthal in the JCC's brand new Café 360. Senator Blumenthal will share an update and provide an opportunity to ask questions. Purchase coffee and breakfast in the cafe and join us in the new Terrace Room for the conversation. RSVP here: https://jewishnewhaven.org/events/
 
    Thursday Feb 22 @ 11:00 AM
Mobile Food Pantry
Gateway Community College, New Haven – Location: George St., between the North & South Buildings (next to the ELC Playground) GCC Student ID card is required. Employees and students without IDs will be able to make use of the Mobile Food Pantry AFTER 12:30pm. Individuals must fill out a Foodbank Declaration Form available in N213 prior to use of the Mobile Food Pantry. For more information contact DAlbert@GatewayCT.edu Hosted by Gateway Community College (GCC), in partnership with the Milford Food Pantry
 
    Thursday Feb 22 @ 3:00 PM
Europa League: Arsenal v. Ostersunds
New Haven Gooners – The Gunners did the job in Sweden but there's work to be done and drinks to be drank. Let's warm up the livers for the cup final. See you there!
 
    Thursday Feb 22 @ 5:30 PM
Greater Hartford Naacp: The next 100 years
Connecticut Historical Society Museum and Library – The Greater Hartford NAACP celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2017. What does its future hold? In this panel discussion, moderated by Dr. Stacey Close, Associate Vice President for Equity and Diversity at Eastern Connecticut State University, leaders and members of the Greater Hartford Branch will ponder the past, present and future of the organization. Connecticut authors Lorna Little , LaToya B. McPherson, Thirman L. Milner, Dr. Gary Rhule, William “Rab” Smith, and Barbara Beeching will be available during and after the event to discuss and sign copies of their work. Copies of their work will be available for sale. In addition, Connecticut Historical Society Museum and Library will host a pop-up exhibit featuring The Costen Cultural Exhibition, curated by photojournalist and collector Bill Costen. The Costen Cultural Exhibit is a vibrant showcase of #memorabilia documenting the #AfricanAmerican experience. Selections from this fantastic collection will remain on view at the CHS through March 3. This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP by Feb. 19 at rsvp@chs.org or by calling (860) 236-5621 x238. Questions? Contact Adult Programs Manager @Natalie Belanger at natalie_belanger@chs.org or call 860-236-5621 ext. 289. About the Panelists Imam Abdul-Shahid Ansari, currently the President of the Greater Hartford Branch of the NAACP. Donna Campbell, Commissioner, @Connecticut Commission on Equity and Opportunity (CEO) and Membership chair of the Greater Hartford Branch of the NAACP. Dr. Benjamin Foster, Adjunct Professor of African American Studies Center for Africana Studies at Central Connecticut State University at Central Connecticut State University and Convener, Institute for Cross-Cultural Awareness and Transformative Education, and educational consultant. Joan Harrison Gibson, former Branch President, First Vice President-CT NAACP State Conference, and Connecticut Secretary of the State #Elections Officer. Pastor A.J. Johnson, pastor of Hartford’s Urban Hope Refuge Church, community educator, and founder of AJ & Friends Small Business Night Out. Thirman L. Milner, three-term mayor of Hartford, Connecticut State Representative, State Senator, Connecticut State Capitol, Past President of the Greater Hartford Branch of the NAACP.
 
    Thursday Feb 22 @ 5:30 PM
The Greater Hartford Naacp: The Next 100 Years
Connecticut Historical Society Museum and Library – The Greater Hartford Branch of the NAACP celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2017. What does its future hold? This multi-faceted event co-hosted by the Greater Hartford Branch and CHS will explore this question. In a panel discussion, moderated by Dr. Stacey Close, Associate Vice President for Equity and Diversity at Eastern Connecticut State University, leaders and members of the Greater Hartford Branch will ponder the past, present and future of the organization. Connecticut authors Lorna Little, LaToya B. McPherson, The Honorable Thirman L. Milner, Dr. Gary Rhule, William “Rab” Smith, Dr. Gloria F. Perry, and Barbara Beeching will be available during the event to discuss and sign copies of their work. Copies of their work will be available for sale. In addition, the evening will feature selections from The Costen Cultural Exhibit, curated by photojournalist and collector Bill Costen. The Costen Cultural Exhibit is a vibrant showcase of memorabilia documenting the African American experience. This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP by Feb. 19 at rsvp@chs.org or by calling (860) 236-5621 x238. Questions? Contact Adult Programs Manager Natalie Belanger at natalie_belanger@chs.org or call 860-236-5621 ext. 289. About the Panelists Imam Abdul-Shahid Muhammad Ansari, currently the President of the Greater Hartford Branch of the NAACP, Treasurer of the Greater Hartford African American Alliance, and former Executive Director of the Open Hearth Association. Donna Campbell, CT State Commissioner for Equity and Opportunity (CEO) and Membership chair of the Greater Hartford Branch of the NAACP. Dr. Benjamin Foster Jr., Adjunct Professor of African American Studies at Central Connecticut State University and Convener, Institute for Cross-Cultural Awareness and Transformative Education, and educational consultant. Joan Harrison Gibson, CT Secretary of the State Elections Officer, former Greater Hartford Branch President, and former First Vice President of the CT NAACP State Conference. Pastor A.J. Johnson, pastor of Hartford’s Urban Hope Refuge Church, community educator, and founder of Small Business Night Out. The Honorable Thirman L. Milner, three-term mayor of Hartford, State Representative, State Senator, Past President of the Greater Hartford Branch of the NAACP. See more: https://chs.org/event/greater-hartford-naacp-next-100-years/
 
    Thursday Feb 22 @ 5:30 PM
Wicked Hartford - Only a few seats left
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center – Author Steve Thornton regales us with tales from his book "Wicked Hartford". Free event. Buy the book in the Stowe Museum Store. One of the oldest cities in America, Hartford holds plenty of sinful stories. Thornton takes us on an exciting journey through the seedy underbelly of Hartford's past. Thornton is the creator of The Shoeleather History Project which documents and explores stories from Hartford's grass roots. He maintains a website, leads workshops and conducts interactive walking tours that feature ordinary people who are the real makers of history.
 
    Thursday Feb 22 @ 6:00 PM
Barry Zaret Poetry Reading
The Yale Bookstore – The title poem of Barry Zaret's exquisite new volume of poetry is maddeningly modest and full of unconscious irony. Purporting to describe a physician's feeling of helplessness toward the end of a patient's life (Zaret is a renowned cardiologist), it actually reveals a human being of almost unimaginable warmth, generosity and largeness of spirit, a man who, thinking he does little, does it all. And so does the rest of this wonderful collection, which eloquently celebrates the author's devotion to his Jewish heritage, mourns the loss of patients, dear friends and a beloved wife, and celebrates the dawning of new love and renewed hope. All this is rendered in language of simple and lyrical beauty. About the Author When You Can't Do Any More is the second published poetry collection of Dr. Barry L. Zaret. The first, Journeys, was published in 2012. His poems have appeared in Caduceus, Pharos, Long River Run, and Journal of Nuclear Cardiology. Several of his poems have been set to music and have been performed in concert. In his other life, Dr. Zaret is a cardiologist who has been on the faculty of Yale University School of Medicine since 1973. For 27 years he served as Chief of Cardiology there and at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Currently he is the Robert W. Berliner Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Senior Research Scientist, and continues to see patients, teach, write and mentor. He is recognized for his pioneer research in the development of nuclear cardiology, and has written or edited five medical texts, one of which is in its fourth edition, as well as several hundred scientific papers and book chapters. He was the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Nuclear Cardiology. He has received many awards for his scientific work and is a member of several honorific societies. He is an invited blogger for the Huffington Post, where he writes on humanistic aspects of medicine. Dr. Zaret is also an accomplished painter whose oils appear in numerous private collections. He has exhibited in New Haven and Hartford, Connecticut as well as in the Berkshires. He and his wife Renee live in Woodbridge, Connecticut and East Otis, Massachusetts.
 
    Thursday Feb 22 @ 6:15 PM
Teen Takeover Night!
Hartford Stage – Tickets are specifically intended for teens, and this is a teen-driven event. Before the show, come hang out with other theatre-loving teens and play a rousing game of our own “Murder on the Orient Express” Murder Mystery while munching on Turkish baklava, French éclairs, and Ice Cream from A.C. Petersen’s! 6:15PM Arrival 6:30PM Murder on the Orient Express Murder Mystery Game begins (Don’t be late!) 7:00PM Baklava, Éclairs, & Ice Cream 7:30PM Performance 9:45 End of Performance $18 Student Tickets Available. Call the Box Office at 860-527-5151 and mention you are buying a Teen Night Performance Ticket. Parking is available at the MAT Garage for $6.50 (you can buy a voucher at the box office) or on the street for free after 6PM. Contact TeenCouncil@harfordstage.org with questions.
 
    Thursday Feb 22 @ 6:30 PM
13 Moons - A Women's Healing Circle
Twin Star Herbal Education – Since the dawn of our existence women have been gathering together as daughters, sisters, mothers and as healers. Powerful stories have been shared, tears have been shed and many magical moments of healing, strength and love have occurred. It is in honor of this ancient tradition that the 13 Moons - A Women’s Healing Circle has been created. The circle will begin in June and will meet one evening a month, the fourth Tuesday night (exception in December), 6:30-8:30. Under these 13 moons we will come together as women and healers. Each moon we will explore a variety of topics including: sacred healing, women’s plant allies and the wise woman tradition. We will also create rituals for honoring our moon cycle, birth, death, divorce and more and will focus on positive manifestations, cutting cords and fully explore our role as women, sisters and community healers. The circle will be a private and sacred group, open to women or those who identify as women. If you are interested in sharing in this experience and would like more information please send contact Bekah at bekahtwinstar@gmail.com 2017 Dates: June 27, July 25, Aug 22, Sept 26, Oct 24, Nov 28, Dec 19th $25.00 http://www.twinstartribe.com/#/13-moons-a-womans-healing-circle/
 
    Thursday Feb 22 @ 6:30 PM
Exclusive Dinner with Chef Christopher Prosperi
Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society – On Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 6:30 p.m., Metro Bis will host a pop up restaurant at the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society, 227 South Main Street in West Hartford. The evening will feature five courses of food, each paired with a wine specifically picked to enhance the culinary experience. All proceeds from this dinner will benefit the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society. Prepare your taste buds! Celebrated Chef Christopher Prosperi is mindfully crafting each course with ingredients Noah Webster would have used. Smoked salmon with beet salad and dill crème fraiche, rigatoni with roasted winter vegetables, coq au vin, and braised beef brisket with roasted pumpkin will be topped off with lemon posset with berry sauce. Are you hungry yet? Chef Christopher Prosperi is chef owner of Metro Bis restaurant in Simsbury, Connecticut, a Hartford Courant recipe columnist, an international cooking teacher from Mexico to Italy, a weekly chef on NBC 30, television host of “New England Cuisine” and weekly senior contributor on “The Faith Middleton Food Schmooze” on WNPR. The New York Times declares “…Prosperi is a technical master, an original American chef whose restaurant is worth traveling for” and the Zagat Survey has ranked Metro Bis in the top five in the state for American food. Tickets are $100, and the price includes all food and drink during the evening. Tickets are on sale at noahwebster.yapsody.com. Seating is extremely limited for this one-night-only event. You must be 21 years or older to participate in the event. A valid ID will be required.
 
    Thursday Feb 22 @ 6:30 PM
Spirits & Spirits
Hunt Hill Farm – Join us for an evening of wine tasting and readings that will open your heart to receive healing messages from your loved ones and can assist you in moving through current challenges you are experiencing in life. We will open your energy for receiving blessings in the New Year. Medium Jeanne Street-Connecting people to their loved ones in heaven. The Owl-A modern wine bar in New Preston, Connecticut. $80 per person
 
    Thursday Feb 22 @ 7:00 PM
Yoga Teacher Training Info Session
Breathing Room Yoga Center – On February 22 at 7pm, join our info session on the 200HR Living Yoga Teacher Training that will run October-March! Asana, creative sequencing, philosophy & anatomy are just a few subjects that will be covered in this inspiring teacher training. October 5-7 Orientation & Weekend 1 October 20-21 Weekend 2 November 3-4 Weekend 3 November 17-18 Weekend 4 December 1-2 Weekend 5 December 15-6 Weekend 6 January 5-6 Weekend 7 January 19-20 Weekend 8 February 2-3 Weekend 9 February 16-17 Weekend 10 March 2-3 Weekend 11 March 15-17 Weekend 12 & Graduation Learn more at breathingroomct.com/training
 
    Thursday Feb 22 @ 7:00 PM
The Jewish Play Writing Contest: Hartford
Charter Oak Cultural Center – An international search for the best unpublished Jewish plays.Part of the 13th Annual Celebration of Jewish Arts and Culture, and produced in collaboration with the UCONN Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life. Enjoy – and judge – this year’s top three. This year all plays are special "best of" selections from previous years' winners and finalists! Watch a cast of stellar actors read 20-minute sections from three plays, hear JPP Founder David Winitsky share the latest trends, and then use your cell phone to vote for the play that should continue on. The ultimate winner gets a workshop production in NYC as part of JPP’s OPEN: Festival of New Jewish Theater.
 
    Thursday Feb 22 @ 8:00 PM
The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler
Sea Tea Comedy Theater – SEA TEA IMPROV JOINS THE GLOBAL MOVEMENT TO STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS The comedy theater will present a benefit Production of Eve Ensler’s THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES, featuring women from through the Connecticut comedy community. Directed by Julia Pistell, the production will highlight the joy, pain, and experience of having a vagina. If you've never seen the Vagina Monologues, this is a great way to see it for the first time: listen to the testimony of women across the world, performed by the women in your community. If you've seen the play many times, this production promises to carry the lively, electric energy of seasoned improvisers. The play will be presented traditionally (not improvised, sorry, improv superfans!), but please do stay after the production for an audience-inclusive discussion and performance of issues surrounding violence against women in the workplace. Proceeds Benefit YWCA New Britain's Sexual Assault Crisis Service (SACS). In their words, SACS "covers a 46-town region - all of Hartford County, part of Tolland County and the town of Plymouth. We offer assistance to sexual assault survivors and their loved ones. These services are critical after such trauma, helping victims and their families regain feelings of independence, optimism and hope. The advocates on staff are trained to work with hospital staff, the court system, public safety officers and other counselors assisting their clients." About the Director: Julia Pistell is the Managing Director of the Sea Tea Comedy Theater, and one of the founding members of Sea Tea Improv. Currently a freelance writer, and formerly the Director of Writing Programs at the Mark Twain House & Museum, she is a passionate leader and advocate for women's rights and intersectional feminism. Her writing can be found on Book Riot, Northend Agents, the Hartford Courant, and beyond. “Probably the most important piece of political theater of the last decade…” - The New York Times “Spellbinding, funny, and almost unbearably moving . . . it is both a work of art and an incisive piece of cultural history, a poem and a polemic, a performance and a balm and a benediction." —Variety V-Day is a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls. Further information about V-Day can be found at: www.vday.org www.onebillionrising.org facebook.com/vday @VDAY on Twitter
 
    Thursday Feb 22 @ 8:00 PM
The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler
Sea Tea Comedy Theater – SEA TEA IMPROV JOINS THE GLOBAL MOVEMENT TO STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS The comedy theater will present a benefit Production of Eve Ensler’s THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES, featuring women from through the Connecticut comedy community. Directed by Julia Pistell, the production will highlight the joy, pain, and experience of having a vagina. If you've never seen the Vagina Monologues, this is a great way to see it for the first time: listen to the testimony of women across the world, performed by the women in your community. If you've seen the play many times, this production promises to carry the lively, electric energy of seasoned improvisers. The play will be presented traditionally (not improvised, sorry, improv superfans!), but please do stay after the production for an audience-inclusive discussion and performance of issues surrounding violence against women in the workplace. Proceeds Benefit YWCA New Britain's Sexual Assault Crisis Service (SACS). In their words, SACS "covers a 46-town region - all of Hartford County, part of Tolland County and the town of Plymouth. We offer assistance to sexual assault survivors and their loved ones. These services are critical after such trauma, helping victims and their families regain feelings of independence, optimism and hope. The advocates on staff are trained to work with hospital staff, the court system, public safety officers and other counselors assisting their clients." About the Director: Julia Pistell is the Managing Director of the Sea Tea Comedy Theater, and one of the founding members of Sea Tea Improv. Currently a freelance writer, and formerly the Director of Writing Programs at the Mark Twain House & Museum, she is a passionate leader and advocate for women's rights and intersectional feminism. Her writing can be found on Book Riot, Northend Agents, the Hartford Courant, and beyond. “Probably the most important piece of political theater of the last decade…” - The New York Times “Spellbinding, funny, and almost unbearably moving . . . it is both a work of art and an incisive piece of cultural history, a poem and a polemic, a performance and a balm and a benediction." —Variety V-Day is a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls. Further information about V-Day can be found at: www.vday.org www.onebillionrising.org facebook.com/vday @VDAY on Twitter
 
    Thursday Feb 22 @ 9:00 PM
Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts // Candy Boys // Dust Hat
cafe nine – Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts Candy Boys Dust Hat Thursday February 22 Doors 8:00 | Show 9:00 $12 - $10 adv. Tickets: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1635013 JEFFREY LEWIS & LOS BOLTS http://www.thejeffreylewissite.com/ Born and raised New Yorker Jeffrey Lewis leads a double-life, as both a comic book artist and an indie-rock musician. Beginning with homemade cassettes in the late 90s, and moving on to touring the world and releasing "proper" albums since 2001, Jeffrey's now 15-year career has included sharing bills and tours with the likes of The Vaselines, The Fall, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Roky Erickson, The Mountain Goats, Daniel Johnston, Devo, Pulp and many other luminaries. In between his contemplative folk narratives and bashed-out indie-punk songs Jeffrey is known for often including a couple of his illustrated songs in each concert (what he calls "low budget videos") sometimes covering historical topics (like "The History of Communism"), biographies (like "The Life of Barack Obama") or strange flights of fancy (like "The Creeping Brain"). Appearing in the past as Jeffrey Lewis & The Jitters (featuring his brother Jack and David Beauchamp), Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard and other touring ensembles, his newest band incarnation is Jeffrey Lewis & The Jrams (pronounced "drams") featuring Mem Pahl on bass and Heather Wagner on drums. Rough Trade Records (label of The Smiths, The Strokes, etc.) has released six Jeffrey Lewis albums to date; Jeffrey has self-published eleven issues of his comic book series Fuff, and Jeffrey's writing, illustrations, comic books and music have been featured by The Guardian, The History Channel and The New York Times (among other places). CANDY BOYS If Pee Wee Herman and Tim & Eric had twin babies at an NSyNC show, you'd have Candy Boys. The sweetest boy band ever! Though their origins are hazy, it's rumored D'arick and A'rick met at a home for wayward boys after being caught taking candy from a jar that wasn't their own. It's during that time the boys met DJ Cleric online. He sent them beats and together they celebrate the energy and diversity of all candies. "How many licks?" video http://bit.ly/1i1JVme DUST HAT https://dusthat.bandcamp.com/releases The men don't know, and the little girls don't understand either. FEATURING: Robin Woerner: Vox, Maracas, Vibes Brendan Toller: Vox, Guitar, Tambourine Man Jeff Slocum: Guitar, Fire Extinguisher Dan Soto: Thunderstick Rob Ruby: Beat of The Traps New Haven, CT
 
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    Thursday Feb 22 - Feb 23 @ 10:00 PM
DJ WuChon (Craig Brodhead of Turkuaz) - New Haven, CT
Pacific Standard Tavern – Come out to Pacific Standard Tavern on February 22nd and get down to a night of nu-disco techno funk with DJ WuChon, aka Craig Brodhead (Turkuaz)! 9pm $5
 
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    Friday Feb 23 - Feb 24 @ 8:00 AM
5th Annual Yale Food Systems Symposium
Yale School of Management – We are excited to present the Fifth Annual Yale Food Systems Symposium (YFSS): Centering Resilience. The symposium will bring together experts from across the general food community, and across Yale's community to discuss the importance of sustainability and resiliency in food systems. This conference grows out of graduate student organization from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, a graduate school that prioritizes both academic research and applied professional development. As such, the aim of the YFSS is to provide a space where researchers, practitioners, theorists, and eaters can come together to answer the pragmatic question: what is the optimal approach path to a just, sustainable food system? This is an effort by students, and for students, in the broadest sense of the word. The YFSS privileges new ideas that push the conventional boundaries of food systems thinking, and as such seeks to highlight emerging research, innovative projects, non-traditional collaboration, and truly interdisciplinary thinking. The symposium will take place on Friday, February 23 and Saturday, February 24. Hey Everyone! We’ll also need volunteers for the event. Taking on a volunteer role means guaranteed access to both days of the symposium AND all the food. Fill out the following form, and look out for a follow-up email! Deadline for signup is February 12th. https://goo.gl/forms/2hNdwp9rmyiWBDt72 For more information, visit our website: https://yalefoodsymposium.org/about2017/
 
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    Friday Feb 23 @ 8:30 AM
Yale Philanthropy Conference 2018
Yale School of Management – YALE PHILANTHROPY CONFERENCE 2018: ADAPTIVE PHILANTHROPY, RESILIENT SECTOR We are thrilled to announce that the 2018 Yale Philanthropy Conference will be held on Friday, February 23! Register now to reserve your spot! http://event-reg.som.yale.edu/signup/YPC_2018 Our exciting lineup features keynote speakers Andrea Levere, President and CEO of Prosperity Now and Aaron Dorfman, President and CEO of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP). Come join a like-minded, engaged community that is redefining how organizations can effectively adapt and build resiliency in the philanthropic sector. Please visit our website for details on keynote speakers, discussion panels, and interactive workshops! https://www.yalephilanthropyconference.org
 
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    Friday Feb 23 @ 10:00 AM
Act Submissions - How the Light Gets in
Air Temple Arts – Join Cirqularity/Air Temple Arts in creating our newest circus show! We are accepting submissions for aerial and ground acts in all circus disciplines for our new show ‘How the Light Gets In*’ All are welcome to submit acts. Submission are due on Friday, February 23rd! *tentative working title About the show: 'How the Light Gets In' is a show made up of interlocking personal vignettes exploring triumphs and failures on a human scale, with a focus on healing, moving up, and moving on. Show Dates: June 15th and 16th at Air Temple Arts Planned group rehearsal dates: May 5 + 6 May 20 June 2 + 3 To submit an act, please fill out the following google form: https://goo.gl/forms/JIDlVFTufyZtoXsT2 To complete the submission you will need to provide a description of the concept and character for your act. All submitted acts must be about overcoming an obstacle, taking on a challenge, personal growth, or dealing with failure. All acts must involve a story-telling component either via personal monologue, video, acting, voice-over etc. Acts need not be serious in nature. The challenge or event in question can be large or small, silly or serious. Acts should be based on events that you, the performer have experienced. More detail is always better than less! Email info@airtemple.com with any questions! For more info about past productions visit www.cirqularity.com. Circularity is the professional performance department of Air Temple Arts (www.airtemple.com)