This weekend at Arts & Ideas

Here is a look at what is happening Friday-Sunday, June 21-23 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 27–28, noon.) Info.

The International Silat Federation of Indonesia and America will present a performance on the Green on June 21 showcasing the traditional dance and theater of the Minangkabau people of West Sumatra.

Kronos Quartet on the Green, a concert of works especially created for the Grammy Award-winning group, who will be joined by Chinese pipa player Wu Man, recently named Musical America’s musician of the year. Saturday, 7 p.m. Free. Info.

International Silat Federation of Indonesia and America o the Green, showcasing the traditional movements, dance, arts, and theater of the Minangkabau people of West Sumatra. Friday, noon. Free. Info.

“songbirdsongs,” a presentation of John Luther Adams’ “songbirdsongs” by Train Bleu, a new ensemble led by flutist Ransom Wilson. Sunday, 5 p.m. Info.

“Compagnie Käfig,” a group of Brazilian dancers presenting their fusion of hip hop, copoeira, and acrobatics. Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m. Info.

Yale Choral Artists, a professional ensemble of leading singers from around the country performing Rachmaninoff’s “All-Night Vigil.” Friday, 8 p.m. Info.

Funkadesi on the Green, featuring the group’s blend of Indian music with reggae, funk, and Afro-Caribbean grooves. Sunday, 7 p.m. Free. Info.

Washboard Slim and the Bluelights on the Green,

The Kronos Quartet will be joined by Chinese pipa player Wu Man for its Saturday night concert on the Green.
performing original songs and interpretations of traditional blues, jugband, early jazz, Appalachian music, and rockabilly. Friday, 6 p.m. Free. Info.

“String Musicians Play-in” on the Green, an open invitation for all string musicians to bring their instruments and perform prior to the Kronos Quartet concert. Saturday, 6 p.m. Free. Info.

“The Quiet Volume,” an intimate theatrical experience about books, reading, and the communal experience of the library. Friday, 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m., with new shows beginning each half hour. (Also: 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. Friday, noon & 2:30 p.m. Free. Info.

“Weekend Showcase” on the Green, an afternoon of performances by community artists. Begins Saturday at noon; Sunday at 1 p.m. Info: Saturday, Sunday.

“L’homme Cirque,” a one-man circus featuring everything from a human cannon ball to a climactic high-wire act. Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 1 p.m. & 5 p.m. (Also: 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.

“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. Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. (Also: 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.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” a new adaptation from Bristol Old Vic in association with Handspring Puppet Company. Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sunday, 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. Saturday, 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. & 7 p.m. (Also: 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.

“New Haven and Yale: Dreaming New Worlds Together,”

Mayor John DeStefano and President Richard C. Levin will discuss their 20-year tow-gown partnership in “New Haven and Yale: Dreaming New Works Together” on Friday.
a conversation between Mayor John DeStefano Jr. and President Richard C. Levin reflecting on their 20-year partnership to knit together the city and university. Friday, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info.

“Shakespeare, a Difference: Reinterpreting ‘Hamlet’ and Other Plays,” philosopher Simon Critchley and psychoanalyst Jamieson Webster, authors of “Stay, Illusion! The ‘Hamlet’ Doctrine”; presented in conjunction with “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Saturday, 1 p.m. Free. Info.

“If Mayors Ruled the World,” a talk by Benjamin Barber, author of a book by the same name that suggests cities represent a new paradigm of global governance. Saturday, 3 p.m. Free. Info.

“Inspiration, Collaboration, and Making New Music,” featuring David Harrinton of the Kronos Quartet and Wu Man, a celebrated Chinese pipa player, talking about their collaboration and the transcendent possibilities of music. Sunday, 1 p.m. Free. Info.

Storyteller and mime Antonio Rocha will present “Jungle Tales” on the Green on Friday.

“Jungle Tales” on the Green, animal tales with an ecological theme presented by award-winning storyteller and mime Antonio Rocha. Friday, 1:15 p.m. Free. Info.

“Eli Whitney Museum: Puppet-Making & Spirit Dancing,” in which children can first make their own puppets and then use them while learning a Spiral Dance, used to greet the solstice for centuries. Saturday, 1 p.m. Free. Info.

 “Bhangra Dance Party with Funkadesi” on the Green, featuring actress, dancer, and choreographer Reena Shah teaching Bhangra dance moves to the crowd in preparation for Funkadesi’s 7 p.m. performance. Sunday, 6 p.m. Free. Info.


Bike Tours:

“Discover the East Coast Greenway, Part 1 and the Farmington Canal Trail.” Saturday, 9 a.m. Free. Info.

“Gardens & Green Spaces: Towards a Sustainable Community.” Saturday, 2 p.m. Free. Info.

“Labor History Bike Tour.” Sunday, 9 a.m. Free. Info.

Walking Tours:

“Old Harbor Forts.” Friday, 1 p.m. Free. Info.

“The Architects & Artists of the New Haven Green.” Saturday, 10 a.m. Free. Info.

“Rediscovering Chatham Square” in Fair Haven. Sunday, 11 a.m. Free. Info.

“Orchard Street Shul at 100 Years.” Sunday, 1 p.m. Free. Info.

“Lyric Hall (Westville): Restoration and Preservation with John Cavaliere.” Sunday, 1 p.m. Info.

Exhibition Tour:

“Société Anonyme: Modernism for America,” at the Yale Art Gallery. Friday, 1:30 p.m. Free. Info.

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

Food Tour:

“Crown Street Royalty: Cask Republic, BAR, Soul de Cuba.” Saturday, 1: 30 p.m. Info.

At a workshop on Sunday, Company Käfig will teach an outdoor class where participants can practice some of their signature moves.

“Discovering the Higgs Through Physics, Dance, and Photography,” an interactive lecture-workshop by physicist Sarah Demers and theater studies lecturer Emily Coates, both of Yale, exploring the trope of discovery in science and art. Friday, 10 a.m. Free. Info.

“Master Class with Artists of Compagnie Käfig, and Performance from Ginga Brasileira” on the Green, a demonstration and lesson in the group’s hip-hop fusion style, as featured in its Saturday and Sunday performances. Sunday, 2 p.m. Free. Info.

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