The Week Ender appears every Thursday in Yale News and offers highlights of the many activities taking place at the university Friday-Sunday.
Browse the brains, view the videos, open the drawers, and light up the vitrines on a Guided Tour of the Cushing Center. Dedicated to the work of Dr. Harvey Cushing, regarded as the father of modern neurosurgery, the center includes more than 400 specimen jars of patients’ brains and tumors, Cushing’s surgical illustrations and personal diaries, patient photographs, memorabilia, and historical anatomical and medical materials. Free. Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, 333 Cedar St. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Go behind the scenes at the American Decorative Arts Furniture Study,Yale University Art Gallery’s working library of American furniture and wooden objects, which features more than 1,000 works from the 17th to the 21st century. Space is limited. Free (space is limited). 1111 Chapel St. 12:30 p.m.
Enjoy the Yale Rep musical, Assassins, by John Weidman, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, directed by James Bundy. According to the producers, this “Tony Award-winning musical masterpiece is a bone-chilling thrill ride through U.S. history.” University Theatre, 222 York St. Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.
Watch the first Ivy League lacrosse game of the season as the Yale men’s lacrosse team hosts Cornell at home. Reese Stadium, 75 Central Ave. 1 p.m.
Join an undergraduate guide to tour the exhibit Gather Out of Star-Dust: The Harlem Renaissance & The Beinecke Library. Explore the Harlem renaissance through documents, photographs, artworks, and interactive touchscreens that allow visitors to hear sound recordings of the era. The exhibition features more than 300 artifacts from the library’s James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection of African American Arts and Letters. Free. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 121 Wall St. 1:30 p.m.
Take a royal tour and learn about the legacies of three German princesses who married into the British royal family in the 18th century. The exhibition “Enlightened Princesses: Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte, and the Shaping of the Modern World” shows how each of the women shaped the nation’s society and culture during a time of significant political and social transformation. Free. Yale Center for British Art, 108 Chapel St. 1 p.m.