Maverick rock mogul Danny Fields, whose archives are now at Yale’s Beinecke Library, is the subject of a film screening at the New Haven Documentary Film Festival and also of a covers-band concert at Cafe Nine. So thank Danny Fields for this week in New Haven culture, which represents many other fields of endeavor as well.
Monday, June 1
Stars and BAR
The Astronomy on Tap event at BAR (254 Crown St.) offers talks on “The (not-so) Turbulent Life of Planet Forming Disks” (by Kevin Flaherty), “Living Inside the Bubble: Magnetic Fields and Planetary Atmospheres” (by Wilson Cauley) and “Hubble: The Little Telescope That Could” (by Ivelina Momcheva), plus “prize giveaways and astronomy-themed drinks.”
Tuesday, June 2
The revered young Jamaican reggae-revival star Chronixx, with his Zincfence Redemption band, is at Toad’s Place (300 York St.) tonight for a 9 p.m. show opened by Federation Sound. $30; $25 in advance.
Wednesday, June 3
Painting With Music
The Haven String Quartet presents another of its “Playing Images” shows at 12:30 p.m., where they play live classical music to accompany the viewing of art at the Yale Art Gallery. The performance will be repeated Sunday, June 7, at 3 p.m. 1111 Chapel St., New Haven. (203) 432-0600.
Lloyd Cole, the ‘90s British pop-rock cult figure, has burst back into the club-rock consciousness of late with a well-received new album, Standards — which, despite what its title may make you think, is made up of 10 Cole originals and just one cover, of John Hartford’s “California Earthquake” — and now this lengthy U.S. tour. He’s at Cafe Nine (250 State St.) at 8:30 p.m. for “an intimate solo show,” for which the club will set out chairs and eschew the usual open-floor set-up. $25. (203) 789-8281.
Thursday, June 4
Cleanliness is Next to Banditry
British electroniclasts Clean Bandit are at Toad’s Place (300 York St.) with Roman GianArthur. 9 p.m. $25, $20 in advance.
Friday, June 5
What’s Up? Docs!
The New Haven Documentary Film Festival — a mix of national and local efforts, the majority of them produced this year — opens tonight and runs all weekend at the Whitney Humanities Center (53 Wall St.). Tonight’s screenings are Rebecca Wexler’s We Break Things at 7 p.m. and Richard Wormser’s American Reds: What Must We Dream Of? at 8:30. Free.
Saturday, June 6
If the Creek Ain’t Live
Creek Cave Live, the touring troupe of the Long Island comedy club The Creek & The Cave, comes to Joker’s Wild for a 10:30 show tonight featuring Peggy O’Leary, Doug Smith, J.P. McDade, Keele Howard-Stone, and Rebecca Rush. 232 Wooster St. (203) 773-0733. $10.
There are two groupings of New Haven Documentary Film Festival screenings this afternoon at New Haven Free Public Library (the main, Ives, one at 133 Elm St.). Starting at 12:30, there’s Masha Shpolberg’s A Few More Mistakes: Noel at 90, Audrey Appleby’s Tiny Miracles—Awakening Memory and Emotion in an Alzheimer’s World, and the hour-long Lutah: A Passion for Architecture by Kum-Kum Bhavani. At 3 p.m., the slate is Michael Finnegan’s To Touch a Nerve, Joshua Glick & Patrick Reagan’s This Side of Dreamland, Gretchen Berland & Willie Ruff’s A Conjoining of Ancient Song and Tim Malloy & Rebecca Abbott’s Aeromedical. In the evening, at a different location — the Whitney Humanities Center (53 Wall St.) — there are two feature-length docs: Scott Crawford’s Salad Days at 6:30 p.m. and the Danny Fields bio Danny Says, directed by Brendan Toller, at 8:30 p.m. Free.
Since one of the films being screened at the New Haven Documentary Film Festival tonight (see above) is Danny Says, Brendan Toller’s portrait of record industry maverick Danny Fields (who worked with everyone from the Doors to July Collins to The Ramones), there’s an after-screening party at Cafe Nine (250 State St., 203-789-8281) with local musicians paying tribute to some of the bands Fields has worked with. This includes Live Mike Cooper’s Ramones tribute band The Hymans, Jacques Le Cocque doing Velvet Underground songs, and “Dave Richman and the Modern Covers,” a one-off Jonathan Richman tribute act led by Dave Schneider of The Zambonis. 9 p.m. Free.
Sunday, June 7
The Kehler Liddell Gallery (873 Whalley Ave.) opens its new exhibits—photographer Hank Paper’s Hello, I Must Be Going: American Pastoral and multimedia artist Liz Antle-O’Donnell’s Momentary Landscapes—with a reception from 3 to 6 p.m. (203) 389-9555.
End of Docs
The final day of the second annual New Haven Documentary Film Festival brings a twofer of Karyl Evans’ A History of the New Haven Green and Jamie Almadovar’s Here: One Small Blue State’s Struggle With Immigration at 1 p.m., then a recent opus from the local teen Youth Rights Media group, Labeled: Explore What Life is Like for LGBT at 2:45 p.m. At 3:45 p.m., there’s a couple of hours of shorts made by local high school and college students. The festival ends at 7 p.m. with Gorman Bechard’s new one, A Dog Named Gucci, about an abused puppy who “became the face of animal cruelty in Alabama” and forced changes in state laws. At the Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St.