Let the festivities begin!
The 2014 International Festival of Arts & Ideas kicks off with a weekend of music, film, tours, family-friendly activities, and a tribute to three Connecticut artists.
Actor Christopher Plummer, sculptor Tim Prentice, and author Luanne Rice — recipients of the Connecticut Governor’s Arts Awards — will take part in a panel discussion about the state of the arts in the state at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 14 in the Yale University Arts Gallery. Admission is free.
The opening weekend will also feature two free concerts on the New Haven Green. Grammy-winning vocalist and pianist Lalah Hathaway and American Idol winner Ruben Stoddard will present an evening of R&B and jazz at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 14, and Martha Redbone Roots Project and Cry You One will present the music of Appalachia and the Louisiana coast, respectively, at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 15.
The French comic duo Compagnie Baralosolo will make a splash — literally — when they bring their aquatic antics to the New Haven Green at noon and 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Reserved seats are $35; standing room is free.
The International Festival of Arts & Ideas will continue through June 28. For more information, visit the festival website.