Whalie Awards, Zydeco, and Ocean Beach Opening

This Week in New London, May 23 to 29

Incredible amounts of music! Just about every upcoming event picked for recognition by comes from the category that brings you some sweet tunes. We’ll get to them all, but first we’ll address the event coming up on Thursday: the El Sol poetry open mic. This regular event kicks off at 8 p.m. at and runs for two hours.

It’s perhaps no surprise that music is the kingpin this week, what with the 2012 Whalie Awards on Saturday. This third annual event at highlights local bands and includes a number of live performances; it all starts at 6 p.m. You can get an early start on Friday with a 10 p.m. “pre-Whalie celebration” at celebrating Daphne Martin’s birthday; admission is $5, and the party is open to those 21 and over. As for the after-party, you can catch Riki Rocksteady at the at 6:30 p.m. (21+ with an $8 cover) and The Thor Jensen Group with DJ Sir Round Sound at 10 p.m. at .

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The other performances are all centered on Friday evening. At 6 p.m., Terrence Simien and the Zydeco Experience visits the Hygienic Art Park. has a live jazz guitar performance starting at 8 p.m., while DJ Frank Lo starts spinning at at 9 p.m. Finally, Darik and the Funbags visits the at 10 p.m.

If you want to get outside in the coming week, why not head to to check out the finish of the ? The park celebration, hosted by the Friends of Riverside Conservancy, starts at noon while the first races start upstream at 3 p.m. helps reinforce Memorial Day weekend as the unofficial start of summer by kicking off its summer season on Saturday. You can also catch the regular classic cruise night at the beach at 6 p.m. on Monday.

Also happening this week:

  • specials, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday at TDP Art Studio
  • “Step in Time” dance performance, 6 p.m. on Sunday at the ; $24
  • Memorial Day vinyasa yoga, 9:30 a.m. on Monday at ; $16
  • Chess Knight, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the


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