The Week Ender: Happenings Dec. 7-9

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


Customers browsing at a table of books at a book fair.

Odds and Ends Art Book Fair

Browse books by artists and art-book makers at a fair that will include works from independent publishers who focus on art, architecture, photography, and design; rare and limited-edition books and zines showcasing a range of publishing endeavors; and artists’ books by students and alumni of the Yale School of Art and the Rhode Island School of Design. Free. Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St. 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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A poster for the film "Boycott" depiciting two black males and a black female.


See director Clark Johnson’s film that tells the story of the 1955-1956 Montgomery bus boycott. The film, starring Jeffrey Wright and Terrence Howard, is part of the “Democracy in America” series. Free. Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St. 7:30 p.m.

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Male and female members of the group Danceworks, Yale’s largest and most diverse dance group.

Agent DW 007

Catch the moves of Danceworks, Yale’s largest and most diverse dance group, as more than 200 members perform in a spy-themed show. Tickets: $4. Off Broadway Theater, 41 Broadway. 6 p.m. & 9 p.m.

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A painting of a sailing ship near a shore full of multicolored foliage.

Façade — An Entertainment

Enjoy the music of Britain’s Jazz Age as members of the Yale Undergraduate Chamber Orchestra perform William Walton’s musical setting of 21 poems by Edith Sitwell. Professor Tim Barringer will introduce the program. Free. Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel St. 2 p.m.

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A painting depicting a futuristic Moorish-type city.

Mechanical Horses, Galactic Sinbads, and Other Unexpected Tales

Explore the history of science fiction in classic Middle Eastern literature. Abdul-Rehman Malik of the Council on Middle East Studies will look at some of these stories by investigating primary sources, making connections to more modern narratives, and discussing the historical roots of today’s fantasy and science fiction. Free. Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St. 11 a.m.

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Two male percussion players at an instrument.

Yale Percussion Group

Listen to the ensemble, composed of students at the School of Music, perform Kagel’s “Dressur,” Xenakis’s “Rebonds B,” Jarrett’s “The Köln Concert,” and Wood’s “Village Burial with Fire.” Free. Morse Recital Hall, 470 College St. 7:30 p.m.

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Members of the Yale Glee Club in performance.

‘Messiah’ Audience Singalong

Join the Yale Glee Club and the Yale Symphony Orchestra in the annual audience singalong of Handel’s celebrated oratorio. Free; $10 suggested donation, a portion of which goes to help New Haven’s homeless. Scores will be available for purchase. Battell Chapel, 400 College St. 1:30 p.m.

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Children listening to an adult delivering a lecture at an 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 folk tales, 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. Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St. 1 p.m.

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A stylized poster for the film "I am a Seagull," depicting a woman with birds' wings for arms.

I am a Seagull

View a screening of the film by directors Brian Mertes and Alex Harvey, which depicts a community of actors attempting to stage a Chekhov play in their front yard. Followed by a talk-back with the filmmakers and members of the cast. Free. Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St. 2 p.m.

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