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"Stuck Elevator," a comic-rap-scrap musical, is based on the true story of a Chinese restaurant delivery man who has stuck in an elevator for 81 hours.

Here is a look at what is happening on Thursday, June 20 at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, which runs through June 29. For more information, visit the festival’s website.



Pizza Fest on the Green, featuring pies from pizzerias all around town; proceeds benefi New Haven’s Connection Fund. Noon-2 p.m. (Also: June 21 and June 27–28, noon.) Info.



Christian McBride & Inside Straight, featuring the jazz bassist and his acoustic jazz quintet, and featuring a guest appearance by New Haven native and pianist Christian Sand. 8 p.m. Info.

“Goza Latin Jazz” on the Green, music and dance rhythms from Latin America, Brazil, and Spain. Noon. Free. Info.

Sambeleza on the Green, featuring a wide variety of Brazilian songs. 6 p.m. 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 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 21, noon & 2:30 p.m.) Free. Info.

“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. Info.

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

“Stuck Elevator,” a comic-rap-scrap metal musical prompted by the real life experience of a Chinese restaurant delivery man trapped in a Bronx elevator for 81 hours. 8 p.m. (Also: June 21, 8 p.m.; June 22, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; June 23, 2 p.m.; June 25, 8 p.m.; June 26, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; June 27 & 28, 8 p.m.; June 29, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.) Info.


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

“Global Innovators: From Recession to Prosperity,” a panel discussion focusing on the direct correlation between innovation and economic prosperity. 5:30 p.m. Free. Info.


Ginga Brasileira on the Green, presenting Afro-Brazilian dances fusing rhythmic music with high-energy gymnastics. 1:15 p.m. Free. Info.


Walking Tours:

“Gardens and Gargoyles” of Yale. 12:30 p.m. Free. Info.

 “Tighten Up on New Haven’s Corset History.” 5:30 p.m. Free.

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

Food Tour:

“Food & Philosophy from My Grandmother’s Kitchen (Claire’s Corner Copia).” 5:30 p.m. Info.


Puppetry Master Class with Bristol Old Vic of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Free. Info.