The Week Ender: Happenings Oct. 5-7

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


A still image from a film depicting an asian female in a boat on a river.

The Auteur with the Camera: The Image in Recent Art Cinema

Explore the world of avant-garde filmmaking in a festival that will feature lectures as well as screenings of works by innovative directors. Festival continues through Saturday. Free. Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St. 9:30 a.m.-8:45 p.m.

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Nicholas Conard of the University of Tübingen

The Evolutionary Origins of Art and Music: Where, When, and Why

Listen to Nicholas Conard of the University of Tübingen deliver the Franke Visiting Fellow Lecture. Free. Anthropology Building, 10 Sachem St. Noon.

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Vincent van Gogh’s painting titled "The Potato Eaters," depicting a family eating dinner.

Vincent van Gogh’s Turning Points: Van Gogh in the Netherlands

Learn about the artist’s drawings and paintings that depict life in the rural fringes of the Netherlands, his sojourn in The Hague, and his brief time as an art student in Belgium, before he moved to Paris. The first of six lectures. Free. Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St. 1:30 p.m.

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A stylized poster depicting three sets of hands doing menial chores.

Filling Basins

Experience a Yale Dramat production that depicts the 1881 Washerwomen Strike in Atlanta, Georgia. Six black women tell their stories collectively and in small vignettes, bringing to life themes of camaraderie, womanhood, the Jim Crow South, and the will to fight back in the face of stratified institutions and conditions. Tickets: $3-$12. Yale Repertory Theatre, 1120 Chapel St. 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.

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Yale Symphony Orchestra

Yale Family Weekend Gala Concert

Celebrate Family Weekend at a concert featuring Yale College’s three official undergraduate performing ensembles: the Yale Glee Club, the Yale Concert Band, and the Yale Symphony Orchestra. Free. Woolsey Hall, 500 College St. 7:30 p.m.

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Anton Chekhov

The Seagull

View a School of Drama production of Anton Chekhov’s classic play that explores the range and capacity of human behavior, particularly when a group of individuals — each self-absorbed but charming — finds themselves suffocated by stifling heat and family drama. Free; seating is limited. Frederick Iseman Theater, 1156 Chapel St. 4 p.m.

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A painting depicting a deer sitting on a floor inside a room suffused with red light.

City-Wide Open Studios Erector Square Weekend

Visit Erector Square, a hub of artistic activity in Fair Haven, that features a high concentration of artist studios. Explore the personal studios of hundreds of local artists. Artspace volunteers will be on hand with maps, schedules of demonstrations, and directions for visitors. Free. Erector Square, 315 Peck St. Noon-6 p.m.

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Native American indian in traditional costume dancing on grass.

7th Annual Yale Powwow

Immerse yourself in Native American culture during a celebration of dancing, singing, and socializing on the traditional homeland of the Quinnipiac people. Free. 257 Derby Ave. Noon-1 p.m.

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Visitors perusing a painting at the Yale Art Gallery.

Highlights Tour of the Yale University Art Gallery

Join educators and student guides for an interactive tour of the gallery’s history, architecture, and encyclopedic collection. Focusing on a handful of objects chosen to showcase both the permanent collection and special exhibitions currently on view, no two tours are the same. Free. 1111 Chapel St. 1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.

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