The Week Ender: Happenings Sept. 14-16

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


Staged Readings by Windham-Campbell Drama Prize Recipients

Enjoy the final event of this year’s Windham-Campbell Literary Festival: a staged reading of new works by Lucas Hnath and Suzan-Lori Parks. Hnath will direct scenes from his play “The Thin Place.” Oskar Eustis, artistic director of the Public Theater, will direct scenes from Lori-Parks’ drama “White Noise.” Free. Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St. 7:30 p.m.

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Stepwells of Ahmedabad

Explore an exhibit representing a collective initiative of a group of architects from Ahmedabad, India, that highlights the historical and architectural response to the problem of providing drinking water while touching upon the tangential social, ecological, and cultural aspects of stepwells. Exhibition continues through Oct. 6. Free. Paul Rudolph Hall, 180 York St. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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The Artist’s Eye

Tour an exhibition featuring sculptures by Cornelia Kubler Kavanagh that pay homage to some of the first three-dimensional representations of the female form ever discovered: figures created by Upper Paleolithic hunters and gatherers between 40,000 and 15,000 BCE. Exhibition continues through March 17. Tickets: $6-$13. Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, 170 Whitney Ave. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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INSPIRE: A Choir for Unity

Experience an a cappella concert that commemorates all those lost to gun violence, in particular the children and adults from Sandy Hook Elementary School. Free; donation welcome. Marquand Chapel, 409 Prospect St. 7:30 p.m.

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The Purple Flower

Attend a performance of a play originally published in 1928 and credited as the first known experimental work written by a black American woman. It combines biblical imagery and political allegory to disrupt what the author called “the thin-skin-of-civilization.” Tickets: $12-$25. Yale Cabaret, 217 Park St. 11 p.m.

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Introductory Tour of Beinecke Library

Take a tour of the one of the world’s largest libraries devoted entirely to rare books and manuscripts, and see treasures such as a Gutenberg Bible and John James Audubon’s “Birds of America.” Free. 121 Wall St. 1:30 p.m.

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Myths and Folktales from Great Britain: Dragons, Kings, and Standing Stones

Learn about the myths and folktale traditions of the British Isles with the professional storyteller Tom Lee. This program will highlight one painting from the center’s collection, using it as a touchstone to connect listeners with the ancient oral traditions of England, Scotland, or Wales. Appropriate for children ages 6 and older. Free. Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel St. 3 p.m.

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In Memory of the Late Yale Professor Allen Forte: International Piano Festival

Savor the sounds of Madeleine Forte and friends performing piano solos, duets, and chamber music. Free. Sudler Hall, 100 Wall St. 2 p.m.

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