The Week Ender: Happenings April 27-29

The Week Ender appears every Thursday in Yale News and offers highlights of the many activities taking place at the university.


A man and a woman sampling maple syrup.

MapleFest at West Campus

Stop by the third annual Maplefest, featuring tours of the campus sugar bush, workshops on syrup making, and the opportunity to chat with experts on forestry and the syrup-making process. Campus-made syrup will be available in many different forms for tasting. Free. West Campus Barn, 250 West Campus Drive, Orange. 2-6 p.m.

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Five female tap dancers.

The Great British Tap Off

Enjoy Taps at Yale, the university’s only all-tap dance group, peforming its Spring showcase. The company will dance to classic British hits, as well as to jazz, R&B, EDM, disco, and pop songs. Free. Stiles-Morse Crescent Theater, 304 York St. 6 p.m. & 9 p.m.

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Composer J. Rosamond Johnson.

Black Sound and the Archive

Visit the exhibit at the Irving S. Gilmore Music Library that features an array of rare and unusual items from the library’s collections, including an arrangement written by Mary Lou Williams and a document in Duke Ellington’s hand. Exhibit continues through July 30. Free. 120 High St. 8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m.

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A graphic of the sun.

Touched with Fire

View a screening of the film that was inspired by director Paul Dalio’s struggle to overcome bipolar disorder. Part of the Neuroscience 2018 conference “Envisioning a Future of Recovery.” Free. Mary S. Harkness Memorial Auditorium, 333 Cedar St. 8:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m.

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Circular logo for World Tai Chi Day/

World Tai Chi Day

Take part in a global event that brings together people across racial, economic, religious, and geo-political boundaries for the purpose of health and healing through tai chi and qigong. The event will feature tai chi demonstrations by local tai chi schools and instructors, tai chi and qigong workshops, and a raffle for prizes. Free. Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Ave. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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Planets in the solar system.

Surprises from the Outer Solar System

Listen to Matthew Holman of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics discuss the mysteries of outer space. Free. Burke Auditorium, Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect St. 2 p.m.

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A statue of J. S. Bach.

Bach in Time

Savor the sounds of the baroque ensemble Flux et Veritas performing works by Bach, Handel. Telemann, and Vivaldi. Free. Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, 170 Whitney Ave. 3:30 p.m.

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Pressed plants from the Yale Herbarium.

The Yale University Herbarium: Its People, Specimens, and Contributions

Explore the Yale Herbarium, an internationally recognized repository of approximately 350,000 specimens from around the world. The collection is particularly rich in ferns, bryophytes, grasses, and historically important materials from early botanical collectors. Exhibit continues through Oct. 1. Free. Kline Biology Tower, 219 Prospect St. 1-11 p.m.

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Organist David von Behren

Student Recital

Follow organist David von Behren in a performance that starts at one venue and ends at another. Some walking will be required. Free. United Church on the Green, 270 Temple St. and Trinity Church on the Green, 230 Temple St. 2 p.m.

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