Bid the Yalies goodbye, and welcome visitors from the waterfront, hockey rinks, Scottish gardens, Oz and Erector Square as it was a century ago.
Monday, May 19
Boola Boola Goodbye
The streets downtown will be crowded this afternoon since it’s Yale Commencement Day, with the traditional march of graduating students across New Haven Green and various ceremonies at the residential colleges and graduate schools. Then suddenly Yale empties out and it gets pretty darn quiet around here.
Hobo Congress is an all-star local jam band featuring the saxophonist from The Dickey Betts Band, the drummer from Cosmic Dust Bunnies, the bassist from Deep Banana Blackout, the keyboardist from The Breakfast, the guitarist from Hot Chaos and the trumpeter from the Curtis Fuller Sextet. That gets this congress much higher ratings than the one in Washington D.C. At Stella Blues, 204 Crown St. (203) 752-97664.
Tuesday, May 20
Three graduating seniors from the Department of Photography and Digital Imaging at the Paier College of Art are showing their works in the NewAlliance Foundation Art Gallery at Gateway Community College (20 Church St., 203-285-2000) today through June 29. The artists are Christopher Kiely, Jaymie Ryan and Erica San Soucie.
Wednesday, May 21
Stephen Bann, an art history professor from England’s University of Bristol, has written a new book about the late 20th century poet Ian Hamilton Finlay, who created a wondrous sculpture garden called Little Sparta at his home in Scotland. Forty years ago, Bann made a documentary about Finlay’s Little Sparta, and he’ll be screening that short film during this talk. 5:30 p.m. Yale Center for British Art (1080 Chapel St.; 203-432-2800). Free.
Woggle It Up
The Woggles are right up there with The Fleshtones and The Chesterfield Kings in the forefront of the garage-rock movement. The Woggles exude the ‘60s, from their Paul Revere & the Raiders-style guitar licks to their psychedelic swirls and delirious handclaps. Lead vocalist Mighty Manfred, known as “The Professor” for his retro-rock omniscience, hosts shows on Sirius Radio’s Underground Garage channel. He also wears cool shirts and bangs a tambourine. The 509ers open The Woggles’ 9 p.m. show at Café Nine (250 State St.; 203-789-8281).
Puck and Pete
The Zambonis, from Fairfield, are the premiere hockey-rock band in the world. Guitarist/vocalist Dave Schneider is also a huge fan of New Haven pop legend Mark Mulcahy, which means he must be a fan of The Adventures of Pete and Pete, the Nickelodeon TV show that Mulcahy wrote music for in the mid-‘90s. Mulcahy’s not on hand, but one of the stars of Pete and Pete, Danny “Little Pete” Tamberelli is opening the Zambonis gig at BAR (254 Crown St.) tonight with his band Jounce. Free.
Thursday, May 22
Shipwright Philip Shelton, who built the Quinnipiack schooner that sails on Long Island Sound, discusses the process 6 p.m. at New Haven Museum (114 Whitney Ave., 203-562-4183). Shelton handcrafted the boat in the backwoods of Maine, in a workplace that had no electricity.
Wild, Young and Clueless
Comedian Giulio Gallarotti, from MTV’s Totally Clueless and the winner of a 2011 Young Guns of Comedy competition, does a set tonight at Joker’s Wild Comedy Club (232 Wooster St.; 203-773-0733).
Friday, May 23
Gilbert the Great is the latest historically based original theater creation from A Broken Umbrella Theatre. The Gilbert in question is A.C. Gilbert, who manufactured Erector sets, magic kits and other enlightening toys at his factory on Peck Street. That building, now known as Erector Square (315 Peck St.) and packed with artist studios, is where A Broken Umbrella is presenting its play. It’s a family-friendly piece, suggested for ages 7 and older. Performances are Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 & 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m., through June 8. (203) 823-7988. $20, $10 children.
Test Your Memory
Toad’s Place is getting into the long-weekend spirit early with a 17-band Memorial Day Meltdown presented by Gorilla Music tonight from 6 p.m. to closing time. Two stages, no waiting. The acts: Speed, Neilo, Stikpin, Banana Bread, Chasing Cooper, Dissonant Serenity, Public Replacement, ALKE, Artful Soul, Nate Moore Band, Skychase, Salitter, Runamuk, Shiffley, Ellen Degenerate, Vintage Farewell and Not As Planned. $15.
Saturday, May 24
The summer movie season has arrived in earnest with the potential blockbuster X-Men: Days of Future Past at Criterion Cinemas (86 Temple St.; 203-498-2500). The same cinema has selected a Hollywood spectacular from a kinder, gentler, more magical era for its weekly Cine Classics matinee series. It’s The Wizard of Oz, screening today and tomorrow at 11:30 a.m.
Wooster Square Meal
Taste of New Haven is giving a tour of the food and history of Wooster Square. With Pepe’s and Sally’s both in the news lately, such a stroll is particularly timely. The tour includes slices at Pepe’s and visits to the City Seed Farmer’s Market, Sweet Mary’s pastry shop, Elm City Market, Fuel Café, Abate restaurant and Libby’s Italian Ice. 11 a.m. Registration required; spaces are limited. $55 includes the food you’ll be eating. (203) 710-03710.
Sunday, May 25
Am I Blue?
Dobro virtuoso Stacy Phillips hosts a bluegrass jam 4 p.m. at Café Nine (250 State St.; 203-789-8281). No cover charge.
Café Nine doesn’t have a lock on the burlesque shows in Ninth Square. The classy new hang-out The Ninth Note (56 Orange St.) offer the Boom Boom Revue, “New Haven’s only free weekly burlesque show!” Kitty Katastrophe is among the featured acts. 9 p.m. No cover, and you can interpret that expression a couple of different ways.
The longlived hip-hop duo Mobb Deep (aka Havoc and Prodigy) has been around for over 20 years now. A recent hiatus turned out to be exactly that, and not the total break-up some were certain it would be. What would springtime at Toad’s Place be without a Mobb Deep show. 9 p.m., with Opium Black, Political Animals, Highlife Gully (with Ru Williams) and The Shift opening. $30.