It’s an excellent week for small art galleries in New Haven. The jazz ain’t too shabby either. What’s it all mean? Spring is in the air.
Monday, March 17
Today is the first day of the timely exhibit Equinox at Elm City Artists Gallery (55 Whitney Ave.; 203-922-2359, www.elmcityartists.com). Visiting hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, through April 26. The works are in a plethora of media, from collages to pottery. Apparently some of it will be created on the premises.
You’d think you could find an Irish band in town tonight—it’s St. Patrick’s Day—but you’d be hard pressed. Everyone either played in yesterday’s parade or at one of the many after-parties. Tonight it’s the usual Monday housebands—Rohn Lawrence at Toad’s (300 York St.), his brother Rocky Lawrence at Anna Liffey’s (17 Whitney Ave.)… plus an intriguing organ-based soul/jazz trio from Philadelphia called Hambone Relay at Stella Luna (204 Crown St., 203-752-9764).
Tuesday, March 18:
The Once In a Lifetime exhibit at the Sumner McKnight Crosby Jr. Gallery space within the Arts Council of Greater New Haven’s office suite at 70 Audubon St. ends this Friday. One of the artists in that show, Nick Robinson, is in a band, Wess Meets West, which is holding an “album release panel discussion” in the gallery today at 5:30 p.m. (203) 772-2788. Wess Meets West proper club-bound album release party is tomorrow, 9 p.m. March 19 at BAR (245 Crown St.), a free show with Ports of Spain and Breakthrough Frequencies opening. The album, by the way, is titled When The Structures Fail Us. Seems like WMW is responding by creating some new ones.
Wednesday, March 19
T Mills and the Floss
The young white rapper T. Mills has built up an impressive resume of both recordings and tattoos. His new EP, All I Wanna Do, was released less than a month ago. Tonight T. Mills is at Toad’s Place (300 York St.; 203-624-TOAD). Mod Sun opens the 8:30 p.m. show. $20, $15 in advance.
Thursday, March 20
Happy Spring! The Vernal Equinox occurs 12:57 p.m. today, New Haven time. That’s the minute when the sun crosses the celestial equator from south to north. So go outside. Lots of daylight today.
The Original Twitter
Bird watchers the world over owe a debt to Alexander Wilson, a Scottish immigrant who became the first major ornithologist in America, back in the early 1800s. Wilson is discussed 5:30 p.m. at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History (170 Whitney Ave.; 203-432-5050). Free.
Off Off Broadway
After a few weeks off, the Yale Cabaret returns tonight with The Crazy Shepherds of Rebellion, an intriguing ensemble project which attempts to depict the conceptual collaborations and genre-bending explorations of the Greenwich Village arts scene in the 1960s. See the youth of today emulate their elders. Performances are tonight at 8 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday at 8 & 11 p.m. at 217 Park St. $20; discount passbooks are available. Food and drink are available for purchase. (203) 432-1566.
Friday, March 21
Jim and Jimmy Jazz
The Firehouse 12 spring jazz series opens tonight with local-boy-made-good Ben Allison, the supreme jazz bassist last seen hereabouts trading licks with poet Robert Pinsky at the 2012 International Festival of Arts & Ideas. Allison plays two sets, at 8:30 p.m. ($18) and 10 p.m. ($12). He, trumpeter Ron Horton and guitarist Steve Cardenas plan to perform works by 20th century jazz composers Jim Hall (1930-2013), Jimmy Guiffre (1921-2008) and others. 45 Crown St., (203) 785-0468.
Speaking of firehouses, Anna Liffey’s Irish pub hosts a “Firefighter Fundraiser” tonight at 6 p.m. to benefit the Leary Firefighters Foundation and the Connecticut State Firefighters Association. Among the incentives: free T-shirts and complimentary pints of Guinness. 17 Whitney Ave. (203) 773-1776.
Saturday, March 22
The Russian National Ballet Theatre brings Prokofiev’s version of Cinderella to the Shubert (247 College St., 203-562-5666) today for two performances, at 2 & 8 p.m. But how can anyone dance in one glass slipper? $15-$58.
Diplomacy in Swing Time
The Jazz Ambassadors, the uniformed 19-piece official touring band of the United States Army, have played all 50 states and numerous countries overseas. The Ambassadors have five concerts in Connecticut this week, including a 7 p.m. show in New Haven tonight at Southern Connecticut State University’s Lyman Center for the Performing Arts (on the school’s Crescent Street campus). The band’s known for its diversity; the program for the concert doesn’t list specific songs, only a long list of nearly 30 composers ranging from Jelly Roll Morton to Cole Porter to Hoagy Carmichael to Glenn Miller to Leonard Bernstein to Neil Hefti to Herbie Hancock to Wayne Shorter. The military pedigree may seem odd, but the Jazz Ambassadors have been around since 1969, and why would you talk yourself out of passing up any live jazz band these days that boasts five trumpets, five saxes and four trombones in its brass section? Anyway, the show’s free—tickets are required, and available at http://tickets.southernct.edu/eventperformances.asp?evt=632
The All I’ve Got Is A Photograph concert series invites musicians to create a song about a photo—preferably an old photo from a flea market or antique shop. The fantasy images are shown to the audience while the musicians play. Tonight, Elisa Flynn, Lys Guillorn, Brother Burnet, Dave Hogan, The Sawtelles, George Hakkila, Grimm Generation, Mercy Choir, Steve Assetta and others rise to the illustrative challenge. 9 p.m. at Café Nine (250 State St.). $6.
Sunday, March 23
The New Haven Paint & Clay Club has been holding annual juried art exhibitions in town since 1901. For the past several decades they’ve been at the John Slade Ely House (51 Trumbull St.; 203-624-8055). This year’s edition opens today with a reception from 2 to 5 p.m. and runs through April 13. The range of work can be dizzying: something for everyone, and often something not for everyone. Several dozen artists are involved. It’s the very model of a well-coordinated community-based art show.
Linda Lindroth, a longtime New Haven resident who teaches at Quinnipiac University, has always been captivated by large images. She once created a wall-sized camera obscura for the John Slade Ely House, and got a grant to use the world’s largest Polaroid camera. Her latest show at Giampietro Gallery (the newer branch location, 91 Orange St.) finds Lindroth taking details of packaging art and other ephemera and blowing them up so the old context is unrecognizable and a new context emerges. The exhibit, Recent Disturbances, opened Friday, has its opening reception today from 6 to 8 p.m., and continues through April 19.
Words and Pictures
It’s a full day of art gallery openings. The new exhibit at Kehler Liddell Gallery in Westville (873 Whalley Ave.) is called Silent Poem, Spoken Light, so the reception (3 to 5 p.m.) features a real live poet, Judith Vollmer of the University of Pittsburgh. Vollmer will read from her own work and lead a discussion with Silent Poem, Spoken Light artists Maureen Squires and Sarah Beth Goncarova.