The arts scene is growing calmer now that the newly minted college grads have fled for the real world and the public school year winds down. Don’t worry; things get hopping again in just a week or two. For now, enjoy the transcendent sounds of choirs and jazz.
Monday, May 26
Happy Memorial Day
It’s Memorial Day, but the veterans being honored at Café Nine are veterans of old New York and Connecticut punk rock bands. The local supergroup 3rd Generation Rip-Offs (Rachael Pixie Kruczynski, Matt Mullarkey, Byron Brewer and Steve Clifford) headline the Nine’s annual Memorial Day BBQ, along with horror punks Death Church, Sean Conlon (of the Alehounds and Occupy New Haven) and American’t. 7 p.m. 250 State St. (203) 789-8281. No cover.
Tuesday, May 27
Blinded by Science
Yale Science Diplomats is bringing another of its “Science in the News” discussions to New Haven Free Public Library (133 Elm St.) at 6:30 p.m. The topic this time is “Quantum Computing,” explained in a simpler and more diplomatic manner. Free.
Wednesday, May 28
The dance department at the Educational Center for the Arts is doing their annual “Senior Choreography” spectacle, with work choreographed by the school’s teen students as well as faculty members. 55 Audubon St. (203) 777-5451.
Urban design specialist John Massengale discusses the book he co-authored, Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns, and comments on the future look of New Haven, 6 p.m. at The Bourse (839 Chapel St., second floor). $5.
Le Racquet Bleu
Stella Blues is bringing in the Brooklyn-based jazz/roots rock trio Les Racquet, who’ve been touring for months and will be at the Coventry (Ct.) Calling Music Festival on Saturday. Find them first on Stella Blue’s intimate stage. 204 Crown St. (203) 752-9764.
Thursday, May 29
If a Tree Falls on the Green…
The Nothing is Set in Stone exhibit has been rocking the New Haven Museum for a few weeks now. Tonight at 6 p.m., some of the artists who participated in the show—creating art from actual pieces of the historic Lincoln Oak which was felled by a hurricane on New Haven Green in 2012—will discuss their inspirations and processes. City Bench’s Zeb Esselstyn is the moderator. Free. 114 Whitney Ave. (203) 562-4183.
Friday, May 30
Duck! Jazz Attack!
Southern Connecticut State University’s Lyman Center (on the school’s 501 Crescent St. campus) is experiencing a Jazz Attack. That’s the name of a jammy tour involving flugelhornist Rick Braun, saxophone smoothie Euge Groove and acoustic guitarist Peter White. The trio’s playing New Haven two days before they’re featured at the Newport Beach Jazz Festival. 8 p.m. $34. (203) 392-6154.
Another type of jazz interactivity tonight is provided by guitarist/banjo player Brandon Ross and bassist Stomu Takeishi, who bring their “moving musical dialogue” For Living Lovers to Firehouse 12 for two sets, at 8:30 p.m. ($18) and 10 p.m. ($12). 45 Crown St. (203) 785-0468.
Saturday, May 31
The Sky is Falling
Common Ground High School is bringing a chicken to New Haven Free Public Library (Main Ives building, 133 Elm St.) at 2 p.m. for a story event in the Children’s Section. (203) 946-2282.
Cirque du Cafe
Circus Delecti, the local subterranean sideshow troupe, celebrates its twelfth year of curious, highly compelling ensemble entertainments with a special show at Café Nine (250 State St.; 203-789-8281). The Circus Delecti artistes will be out in full force, plus there are special guests Dot Mitzvah & Harley Foxx the burlesque stars, and Craig Taylor the stand-up comedian. $5.
Singing Happy Birthday to Themselves
The Greater New Haven Community Chorus is 50 years old. They’ve commissioned a new work for the occasion, from Jake Runestad. When writing “Voices of One,” the composer took inspiration from the winning entries in poetry and photography contest the GNHCC had also arranged for its anniversary. Besides the new Runestad, the chorus will sing some Benjamin Britten, Gwyneth Walker, Moses Hogan, Gerald Finzi and Frank Ticheli. 8 p.m., with a “pre-concert Composer’s Presentation at 7 p.m.” Battell Chapel, corner of Elm and College streets. $15, $10 students and seniors.
T-Painting the Town
T-Pain, famous for taking the Auto-Tune pitch correction effect to illogical extremes, does in fact perform live. He also occasionally acts. His vocal stylings have been turned into an “I Am T-Pain” iPhone app. He’s been profiled in the New Yorker magazine. He’s had dozens of hit singles. His latest project is Stoicville, which is like it sounds, a concept album about a town where “everybody is stoic.” With wicked distorted voices. T-Pain brings the T-Pain to Toad’s Place (300 York St.; 203-624-TOAD) for a 9 p.m. show tonight. $30, $25 in advance.
Sunday, June 1
Opening reception today from 3 to 6 p.m. for the new “Fragments: Tragedy and Hope” exhibit at Kehler Liddell Gallery (873 Whalley Ave.; 203-389-9555). Thank goodness for the “and Hope” part. Fragments features paintings by Fehti Meghelli and sculptures by Joseph Saccio. Regular visiting hours are Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Two downtown church choirs unite for the tricky Requiem by John Rutter. It’s something of an interfaith soundtrack: Rutter used the Roman Catholic Church’s Requiem Mass (including stuff in Latin from the Tridentine Missal) as his main text, but also drew from Anglican sources. The piece was premiered in 1985 by a Methodist church in Texas, after parts of it had first been done at a Presbyterian church in California. Today, it’s performed by the combined choirs of United Church on the Green and Bethesda Lutheran Church, at the latter’s home base (450 Whitney Ave.; 203-787-2346). Free; donations accepted.
Wild for Antrum
Joker’s Wild Comedy Club (232 Wooster St.: 203-773-0733) is holding a benefit for Camp Antrum, which does after-school and summer camp programs for kids in New Haven and Hamden. Comedian Pat Oates is the host. $20.