Today at Arts & Ideas

Here is a look at what is happening on Wednesday, June 19 at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, which runs through June 29. For more information, visit the festival’s website.

The Handspring Puppet Company has joined forces with Bristol Old Vic to present a new adaptation of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”



“My Friend’s Story,” preview of a new opera by Yale faculty members Martin Bresnik (music), J.D. McClatchy (libretto), and David Chambers (director), inspired by Chekhov’s short story, “Terror.” 8 p.m. (Also: June 20, 8 p.m.) Info.

AS220 Criss Cross Orchestra on the Green, an ensemble that plays an eclectic style of original dance music. Noon. Free. Info.

After Autumn on the Green, a rock/pop acoustic quartet. 6 p.m. Free. Info.

“The Quiet Volume,” an intimate theatrical experience about books, reading, and the communal experience of the library. 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m., with new shows beginning each half hour. (Also: June 20-21 and June 25-28, 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.) Info.

“String Quartet Truck,” the New Haven String Quartet will perform on a flatbed truck at locations throughout the city. Noon & 2:30 p.m. (Also: June 20–21, noon & 2:30 p.m.) Free. Info.

“L’homme Cirque,”

Three Yale faculty members collaborated on the premiere of the new opera “My Friend’s Story,” based on Checkhov’s short story “Terror.”
a one-man circus featuring everything from a human cannon ball to a climactic high-wire act. 5 p.m.  & 7:30 p.m. (Also: June 21, 7:30 p.m.; June 22 & 23, 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.; June 25: 7:30 p.m.; June 26, 5 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; June 27, 7:30 p.m.; June 29, 1 p.m.; June 29, 5 p.m.) Info.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” a new adaptation from Bristol Old Vic in association with Handspring Puppet Company. 8 p.m. (Also: June 19, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; June 20 & 21, 8 p.m.; June 22, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; June 23, 2 p.m.) Info.

“Freewheelers,” about the effect of two coinciding events in New Haven: the patenting of the bicycling and the opening of the country’s first corset factory. 8 p.m. (Also: June 22, 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.; June 23, 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.; June 26, 8 p.m.; June 29, 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.) Info.


Note: The Ideas Fast Pass offers ensured seating at these events.

“Reintegrate: Enhancing Collaborations in the Arts and Sciences,” a look at what happens when artists and scientists come together to truly collaborate and learn from each other. 5:30 p.m. Free. Info.



“The Little Farm Show” on the Green, a look at agriculture’s history, organic farming, and sustainability with original music. 1:15 p.m. Free. Info.


Exhibition Tours:

“Outdoor Sculpture and the Yale University Art Gallery.” 12:30 p.m. Free. Info.

“Yale University Art Gallery Welcome Walkthrough.” 3 p.m. (Also: June 20 & 21 and June 27 & 28, 3 p.m.) Free. Info.

Bike Tour:

“West Rock — Ride the Ridge.” 5:30 p.m. Free. Info.

Walking Tour:

“4000 Years of Architecture in New Haven.” 5 p.m. Free. Info.

Food Tour:

“Dim Sum & Chinese Market Tour (Great Wall Restaurant).” 5:30 p.m. Info.

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