The Week Ender: Happenings May 11-13

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


Male and female students sketching in a studio from an earlier era.

Sketching in the Galleries

Explore your artistic side in a centuries-old practice of guided sketching at the Yale University Art Gallery. Inaugurated in 1867, the gallery’s Street Hall housed the first school of art in the country. Its curriculum permitted students from a variety of disciplines to sketch from live models and original works of art. Materials are provided. Free. 1111 Chapel St. 1:30 p.m.

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Playwright Josh Wilder

Marty and the Hands That Could

Experience Josh Wilder’s new play, in which the protagonist returns home from prison to his family “equipped with a handwritten manuscript and big dreams to turn his life around.” The play will also be performed on Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets: $15-$25. Frederick Iseman Theater, 1156 Chapel St. 8 p.m.

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Display cases of human brains in the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library.

Cushing Center Tour

Browse the brains, view the videos, open the drawers, and light up the vitrines on a guided tour of the Cushing Center. The center includes more than 400 specimen jars of patients’ brains and tumors, surgical illustrations and personal diaries, patient photographs, and historical materials. Free. Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, 333 Cedar St. 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.

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Playwright Majkin Holmquist

Tent Revival

Attend a performance of a play in which Ida, a young woman on the road with her family, wrestles with doubt, questions her father’s “gift,” and struggles to find her own voice on the midwestern plains. A second performance will be held on Sunday at 8 p.m. Tickets: $15-$25. Frederick Iseman Theater, 1156 Chapel St. 2 p.m.

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A gallery in the Yale Center for British Art.

Introductory Tour

Take a docent-led tour of the permanent collection of the Yale Center for British Art, which houses the most comprehensive collection of British art outside of the United Kingdom. Free. 1080 Chapel St. 11 a.m.

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A poster depicting the stylized word "Kiss" against a blue sky.


View Guillermo Calderón’s drama in which a standing double date in Damascus “quickly escalates into farce as four friends unburden their hearts and reveal their secret passions.” Play continues through May 19. Tickets: $12-$90. Yale Repertory Theatre, 1120 Chapel St. 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.

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The Haven String Quartet

Playing Images: An Exploration of Art and Music

Enjoy a performance that connects close listening to music with close looking at art, featuring the Haven String Quartet and Jessica Sack, the Jan and Frederick Mayer Senior Associate Curator of Public Education. Free. Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St. 3 p.m.

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Playwright Genne Murphy

The Girl Is Chained

Take in Genne Murphy’s new play, which tells the story of two women and the night that both divides and connects them. Tickets: $15-$25. Frederick Iseman Theater, 1156 Chapel St. 8 p.m.

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Children attending a class at the Yale Art Gallery.

Family Program: Stories and Art

Travel with children of all ages to distant times and faraway lands through artworks at the Yale University Art Gallery. Teaching staff will tell folktales, myths, and stories from around the world that highlight unique features of selected objects in the collection. Drawing materials are available for older children. Free. 1111 Chapel St. 1 p.m.

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