Let 2014 be a year of simple pleasures! This week starts with quaint board games played in a library, works its way through some bumps and grinds and dance moves, then actually includes a set from the delirious local band Simple Pleasure.
We get last words regarding mystery artist Believe in People and the Egypt exhibit at the Peabody.
Monday, Dec. 30
Board to New Year’s
Mitchell Branch Library in Westville (37 Harrison St.) is playing games. The “Bored-to-Board” event, for “children for all ages” is designed to combat ennui during the winter break.
A lot of galleries are closed Mondays, but not the one on the second floor of the Yale Art & Architecture building (180 York St.). The exhibit honors the work of Ming Cho Lee, the award-setting theatrical set designer and legendary Yale School of Drama professor. On a cold January day in New Haven, this array of scenic models will carry your mind away to exotic land and captivating stories. Lee’s watercolor paintings, of balmy summer days, will warm you as well.
Tuesday, Dec. 31
Dot’s All, Folks!
Ring-a-ding-ding in the new year with some jiggling belles, namely striptease artiste Dot Mitzvah and the Bombshells of Burlesque at Cafe Nine. 250 State St. 8 p.m. $15. Mitzvah, a trained opera singer with a flair for the exotic, does pasties-tasteful routines, with big smiles and flourishes.
A Wild Last Few Hours of 2013
Joker’s Wild, the comedy club at 232 Wooster St., has its own New Year’s Eve shindig at 10 p.m., with a midnight champagne toast, hot and cold antipasto, an open bar, party favors, door prizes and a performance by ventriloquist Gemini. $75 for the whole package, $55 without the food, $35 for just the show, party favors and the champagne toast.
New Year’s Shakin’ Eve
Toad’s Place’s New Year’s Eve Extravaganza, meanwhile, stars Grateful Dead worshippers Shakedown, plus Full Spectrum and Supertrance. Distinctions here include a balloon drop and a complimentary continental breakfast. 9 p.m. 300 York St. (203) 624-TOAD.
Russian Into 2014
The Russian Lady, 144 Temple St., does the open bar thing (with a $60 “dance pass” or an $80 “Glow Pass”; buy in advance and get a discount) and the champagne toast thing, and adds glow sticks and black lights.
Wednesday, Jan. 1: Hold That Tiger
The free Wednesday rock show at BAR is Brothertiger, from Brooklyn. It’s basically a one-man synth-pop operation that’s sprung from the fertile mind of John Jagos, who supplements live shows with other musicians. The funky groove act Norrin is also on the bill. 254 Crown St. 9 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 2
Visions of Revisions
City Gallery (994 State St.) has a new exhibit, Revisions, textile and paper works by Freddi Elton and Myra Serrins. The show is up from today through Jan. 26 and the opening reception is Saturday, Jan. 4, from 1 to 4 p.m.
Out of Jerky Chaos some Pleasure
On Tuesday, Café Nine was all frilly and burlesque. Tonight, it’s down and dirty with the New York post-punk combo Cellular Chaos, New Haven dance pop superstars Simple Pleasure (featuring Chad Raines from Amanda Palmer’s band Grand Theft Orchestra) and the arch local duo Jerkagram. 250 State St. 8 p.m. $6.
Monday, local pop singer/songwriter/graphic designer Seth Adam could be found at Café Nine (250 State St.). Tonight he’s at Stella Blues, where he’s regularly led open mic nights for the past few years (and in fact is hosting one next Tuesday). You know this is a comfortable room for him. 204 Crown St. (203) 752-9764.
Friday, Jan. 3
Between Thursday, Jan. 2, and today, Toad’s Place is hosting over 25 different rock bands. The Thursday show, kicking off at 7:15 p.m. is a local rock showcase with (in alphabetical order) Agenda 21, Banana Bread, The Berkshires, Chasing Cooper, Civil Pilots, Cold Pizza, Common Ground, Haris Shah, House Silbor, Pangalactic, Royal Din and Walking Contradiction. Tonight, it’s a slightly earlier start time—6:30 p.m.—for a local rock and metal revue titled “Hair of the New Year Dog,” with an even longer list of bands: 1.21 Gigawatts, Angry Reaction, Benders, Big Ed, Big Moon, Double The Dial, Feed The Pigs, Hollow, Idiot Excuse, Karmic Justice, Killin Cupid, SNAP, Velcro Buddha and Zombii.
Saturday, Jan. 4
Mummy, Will You Read to Us?
The Echoes of Egypt exhibit at Yale’s Peabody Museum of Natural History (170 Whitney Ave.) wraps up today (excuse the mummy pun). There’s a concluding 3 p.m. gallery talk by Colleen Manassa, author of Imagining the Past: Historical Fiction in Ancient Egypt. Manassa will be signing copies of the book, which was published by Oxford University Press.
Perhaps the most famous anonymous person in New Haven, Believe in People has been decorating the city with his brazenly updates street murals of youth and wonderment for several years. BiP did the Anne Frank portrait on the wall near Partner’s on Crown Street, and the SupaThug musing on the back of the old Hallock’s building viewable from State St. near Chapel, and the guy leaping over the horizon in the alley beside Hull’s Art Supply on Chapel near York, to name a few of his acclaimed public art projects. Believe in People left the city for months last year, leaving his mark in Europe and elsewhere. He’s resurfacing in the city tonight via a “Mixtape” he’s devised because he feels “I owed some words to the city.” The self-described “raw, crudely put together, sometimes painful, sometimes celebratory” video document will be screened once and only once, tonight at 8 p.m. at Channel One, 1175 State St. Then it will reportedly be destroyed.
Sunday, Jan. 5
Battell of the Bands
The Neighborhood Music School’s Greater New Haven Youth Ensemble holds its Winter Concert this afternoon at Yale’s Battell Chapel (400 College St.). It’s a long, windy concert, with four NMS bands performing. The Concert Band and the Symphonic Wind Ensemble fill the first half of the show, starting at 2 p.m. At 4 p.m., there’s the Concert Orchestra followed by the Youth Orchestra.