Two celebrate Jewish entertainers: Kinky Friedman (at Cafe Nine) and Shuli Egar (at Jokers Wild). A slew of local jazz greats. Brand new one-acts at Yale Summer Cabaret. Psychedelic Brazilian indie rock at BAR. A lot of cities could not sustain such festivities with most of its collegiate population gone on vacation. Not us. It’s like this year-round.
(Please note: Arnott’s Arts Happenings will be on hiatus for the next two weeks. See you in September.)
Monday, Aug. 11
The Billies are the band at the fourth of five shows in the Beecher Park Summer Concert Series & Pie Contest, 6 p.m. at the Mitchell Branch library (37 Harrison St., 203-946-8117). But hungry minds want to know: What’s the featured food truck? (The Grilled Cheese Truck). And what’s being served in the Hi-Fi Pie Fest? (Cream and “freestyle” recipes).
Get to the Point! is on hiatus, but Café Nine (250 State St., 203-789-8281) has a whole other literary-and-more performance series that returns tonight. Words & Music is billed as “a collective of local musicians and writers, different every month.” Tonight, the line-up includes the eclectic Tim Parrish (who’s published both fiction and non-fiction and teaches at SCSU), memoirist/screenwriter Saul Fussiner and comic versifier Craig Gilbert. 8 p.m. $4.
Tuesday, Aug. 12
Kinky Friedman’s on a “Victory Tour.” The self-described Texas Jewboy (whose hit records include “They Ain’t Making Jews Like Jesus Anymore”) hasn’t actually been victorious in anything—he lost his 2006 bid to become governor of Texas and more recently was not elected agricultural commissioner of the same state. But he has raised awareness of marijuana legalization and LGBT rights through his varied campaigns, and raised a lot of smiles as a mystery novelist, songwriter and raconteur. He performs tonight at Café Nine (250 State St.; 203-789-8281). 8 p.m. $25.
Wednesday, Aug. 13
The Brazilian psychedelic band Boogarins is the free new-rock experience at BAR (247 Crown St.) tonight. It’s a rare three-band bill for the weekly series produced by Manic Productions. The other bands are Wild Ones (from Portland, Oregon) and Zanders (from Connecticut). 9 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 14
Ending in the Middle
Hot on the heels of its production of Will Eno’s Middletown, which ended Sunday, the Yale Summer Cabaret presents a season-ending four-night run of Summer Shorts: A Festival of New Voices. These new one-acts were penned by playwriting students at the Yale School of Drama and are directed by the 2014 Summer Cabaret’s co-artistic directors, Luke Harlan and Jessica Holt. 217 Park St. (203) 432-1567.
Friday, Aug. 15
Open, Bounce Me!
The Connecticut Open opens today, and runs through Aug. 23. The match schedule can be found here, http://www.ctopen.org/ScheduleAndDraws/MatchSchedule/?intloc=headernavsub
but this annual summer tournament is not just about tennis. There are special themed nights and giveaways, an entertainment stage, a Food Court featuring the Caseus and La Petite France food trucks, autograph signings with WTA players and other reasons to walk around wearing white in the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale (279 Derby Ave.).
All Week Jazz
Jazz Week, an offshoot of the New Haven Jazz Festival that features club shows by a variety of local and regional acts, begins tonight with an 8 p.m. set by the Kris Jensen Quintet at Café Nine (250 State St.). Besides Jensen on sax, the band includes Mark Templeton on piano, Phil Bowler on bass, Tom Melito on drums and Jason Anick on violin. $10.
You know Shuli Egar from his regular appearances on Howard Stern’s show. Shuli’s doing stand-up tonight at Joker’s Wild (232 Wooster St.; 203-773-0733), with Geno Bisconte and the evening’s emcee Jonny Benson. $20.
Saturday, Aug. 16
Leather Art Film
Kehler Liddell Gallery (873 Whalley Ave.) is screening All of Me: The Life & Times of Winfred Rembert at 7 p.m. tonight, in conjunction with its current exhibit of the singular dyed-and-tooled-leather artist’s work. Rembert, as well as the film’s director Vivian Ducat, will participate in a post-show discussion. (An Independent story by Melissa Bailey about Rembert’s tour promoting the film is here.)
Aye, There’s DiRubbo
The second, and biggest, of three Saturday New Haven Jazz Festival concerts on New Haven Green, starts today at 4:30 p.m. with the High School in the Community Jazz Band, followed by the Mike DiRubbo Quintet at 5:30 p.m., Ali Bello & the Sweet Wire Band at 6:45 p.m. and finally the Nat Reeves Quartet featuring Harold Mabern at 8 p.m. After watching three and a half hours of jazz on the Green, you can go see the Ben Wolfe Trio play until midnight at The Owl Shop (268 College St.). All the events are free.
Sunday, Aug. 17
Getting a Grippo
Today’s Jazz Week concert is a brunchtime show by guitarist Gary Grippo at Kelly’s Gastro Pub (196 Crown St.).
Brock on Through to the Other Side
Dave Brock is such a good Jim Morrison impersonator that The Doors’ founding keyboardist and guitarist, Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger, enlisted him for their own nostalgia tour. Brock’s now back with his own Doors tribute, Wild Child, which plays Toad’s Place (300 York St.) tonight at 9 p.m., just a couple of weeks after another Doors act, Riders on the Storm, played the same club right here in ol’ “blood on the streets in the town of New Haven.” $20, $15 in advance.