Curator’s Talk: “Whaling Logbooks: Records of a Maritime Industry”

Sterling Memorial Library 120 High Street, New Haven

Please join us to celebrate the opening of Whaling Logbooks: Records of a Maritime Industry, on view in the Sterling Library Exhibition Corridor from April 29 to October 6, 2024. Curator AJ Laird ’24 will provide a tour of this exciting exhibition and will be available for questions and conversation over light refreshments afterwards. No registration is necessary. For more information

YQI/Franke Nontechnical Talk: Nicholas Milkovich – Art and Material Science

Linsly-Chittenden Hall 63 High Street, New Haven

Your cells are leaking! - The uncanny biomechnical world of polyethylene art Sculptor Nicholas Milkovich studied Mechanical Engineering and Studio Art at the University of Virginia, and doubled down with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University and an MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Truly at the intersection of art and science, engineering has played a critical role in his arts education and permeates almost every aspect of his art-making process, without never becoming the focus. For more information  

Book Talk with Manisha Sinha: The Rise and Fall of the Second American Republic

Connecticut Museum of Culture and History 1 Elizabeth Street, Hartford

Join us as acclaimed historian Manisha Sinha discusses her new book, The Rise and Fall of the Second American Republic: Reconstruction, 1860-1920. The book is a groundbreaking, expansive new account of Reconstruction that fundamentally alters our view of this formative period in American history. After the Civil War, the victorious North attempted to create an interracial democracy in the unrepentant South, but that effort failed—and that failure serves as a warning today about violent backlash to the mere idea of black equality. For more information

$10 – $15

Author Talk: Finding Margaret Fuller: A Novel

Darien Library 1441 Post Road, Darien

Join us in welcoming acclaimed author Allison Pataki to the Darien Library to discuss her new book, Finding Margaret Fuller.  Allison, in conversation with author Lee Woodruff, will discuss her latest book, an epic reimagining of the life of Margaret Fuller – America’s forgotten leading lady and the central figure of a movement that defined a nation. Allison Pataki is the New York Times bestselling author of The Magnificent Lives of Marjorie Post, The Queen's Fortune, The Traitor's Wife, The Accidental Empress, Sisi: Empress on her Own, Where the Light Falls, as well as the nonfiction memoir, Beauty in the Broken Places. She has also written two children’s books, Nelly Takes New York, and Poppy takes Paris. Allison’s novels have been translated into twenty languages. For more information

Serving The Whole Child A Focus on Safe Housing at The Garde

Garde Arts Center 325 State Street, New London

Connecticut Public and CT Black & Brown Student Union co-host a series about the factors contributing to a child’s success in life. While educational success is often tied to well-resourced school districts, other factors impact a child’s trajectory like their access to affordable healthcare and healthy food. Connecticut Public and the CT Black and Brown Student Union (CT BBSU) are partnering to host a series of one-hour conversations that explore what communities and policymakers can do to serve the whole child. This conversation on May 8 will focus on the importance of safe housing. The community is invited to attend! There will be refreshments starting at 6:30 pm in the Garde’s Oasis Room on the second floor. The panel discussion starts at 7 pm with panelists: Sabrina Buckwalter, Story Producer/Reporter at Connecticut Public Margaret Lancaster, Health Program Coordinator at Ledge Light Health District Shanda Easley, Program Manager, Thames River Community Service, Inc. Errol Maurice, Housing Counseling Agency Coordinator at New London’s Homeless Hospitality Center For more information

$48 – $125

French Canadian Jam at Connecticut Museum of Culture and History

Connecticut Museum of Culture and History 1 Elizabeth Street, Hartford

Get acquainted with French Canadian traditional tunes at this monthly jam session at the CMCH,  happening Saturday afternoons on First Free Weekends! New players and new listeners are always welcome! If you would like to join in, please get in touch with jam organizer, Joe Lavariere, at joesondra@juno.com. Please note: the French Canadian Jam will take a break during July, November, and December. For more information

Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour

Clinton Town Hall 54 East Main Street, Clinton

Wild & Scenic is a film festival with a purpose, bringing together storytellers and stories that reflect a love and appreciation of the natural world. The evening will feature a series of short award-winning environmental and adventure films from around the world. Festival-goers will see 11 short films about nature, community activism, adventure, conservation, water, energy and climate change, wildlife, environmental justice, indigenous cultures, and more. These films illustrate the Earth’s beauty, yet show the challenges facing our planet and the communities working to protect it. The evening’s emcee is Bill Lucey, the Long Island Soundkeeper with Save the Sound. Join us at 6:00 pm for an opening reception. Films start at 7:00. Intermission with refreshments. For more information

$35

Author Talk: Kaliane Bradley (The Ministry of Time) in Conversation with Lara Ehrlich at Bank Square Books

Bank Square Books 53 West Main Street, Mystic, CT

You won't want to miss this event with debut author Kaliane Bradley. She's coming from the UK and is doing a limited number of US tour stops. We're thrilled to be hosting her for an event. Our booksellers LOVED this book!! It's part science-fiction, part comedy, part romance, and part spy thriller and is a genre-bending reading experience unlike anything else! "The Ministry of Time is as electric, charming, whimsical, and strange as its ripped-from-history cast. (Extremely.) I loved every second I spent wrapped up in Kaliane Bradley's stunning prose, the moments that made me laugh and those that made my heart ache. This is a book that surprises as much as it delights, and I'm already impatiently waiting for whatever Bradley concocts next." --Emily Henry, author of Happy Place For more information

Virtual Artist Talk: Loie Hollowell and Amy Smith-Stewart

Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum 258 Main Street, Ridgefield

Please join artist Loie Hollowell for a virtual conversation with Chief Curator Amy Smith-Stewart on the work and ideas behind Loie Hollowell: Space Between, A Survey of Ten Years. This exhibition is the artist’s first museum survey and first museum presentation on the East Coast including paintings and works on paper made over a decade and new pastel drawings and paintings that incorporate life casts of pregnant breasts and bellies as well as never before exhibited works on paper from her archive. This virtual talk, hosted on Zoom, will be accompanied by images of the works on view and a Q&A with the artist and curator. A Zoom link will be emailed upon registration. Purchase Tickets  

$10

Oysters 101 at Precious Oysters in Norwalk

Precious Oysters 230 East Avenue, Norwalk

Join us for the first of our Oysters 101 series at our new location! In this interactive, hands-on class, we'll begin with a lecture on how they grow, what they eat, where pearls come from, and so much more. Then we'll try our hand at shucking - you'll even get to take home your very own oyster knife! Whether you're a seasoned connoisseur or a curious newcomer, everyone will leave having learned something new. Each ticket includes: 6 local oysters Oyster shucking knife Lecture and personal shucking lesson BYOB - Feel free to bring your favorite wine or beer to pair with your oysters! (byoglasses too) Tickets

$55.20

Author Talk: Anna Noyes (The Blue Maiden) at Bank Square Books

Bank Square Books 53 West Main Street, Mystic, CT

From the author of Indie Next Pick and New York Times Editor's Choice Goodnight, Beautiful Women comes a transportive and chilling debut novel of two sisters growing up on an isolated Northern European island in the shadow of their late mother and the Devil It's 1825, four generations after Berggrund Island's women stood accused of witchcraft under the eye of their priest, now long dead. In his place is Pastor Silas, a widower with two wild young daughters, Beata and Ulrika. The sisters are outcasts: imaginative, oppositional, increasingly obsessed with the lore and legend of the island's dark past and their absent mother, whom their father refuses to speak of. For more information

Author Talk: Angie Kim (Happiness Falls) in Conversation with Deborah Goodrich Royce

United Theater 5 Canal St, Westerly, RI

The UNITED and Bank Square Books host Angie Kim, New York Times best-selling author for an author talk and signing discussing her latest book, Happiness Falls, which was a Good Morning America Book Club Pick! Angie will be in conversation with bestselling author and Ocean House Author Series host Deborah Goodrich Royce. NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK  When a father goes missing, his family's desperate search leads them to question everything they know about him and one another in this thrilling page-turner, a deeply moving portrait of a family in crisis from the award-winning author of Miracle Creek.   For more information

$10 – $28