Enjoy a performance of Christopher Gabriel Núñez’s new play, which depicts a group of friends who experience a mystery that reveals “a disturbing truth that tests their ideas of justice, morality, and resolve.” Part of the Carlotta Festival of New Plays. Tickets: $15-$25. Frederick Iseman Theater, 1156 Chapel St. 8-9 p.m.
Attend a conference that traces a history of graphic design pedagogy in the United States from the late 1950s to the mid-1990s. Speakers will include renowned designers Gui Bonsiepe, Sheila de Bretteville, and Katherine McCoy, among others. The conference will continue on Saturday. Free; register in advance. Loria Center for the History of Art, 190 York St. 2-6 p.m.
Browse the brains, view the videos, open the drawers, and light up the vitrines on a guided tour of the Cushing Center. Dedicated to the work of Dr. Harvey Cushing, regarded as the father of modern neurosurgery, the center includes more than 400 specimen jars of patients’ brains and tumors, photographs, memorabilia, and historical anatomical and medical materials. Free. Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, 333 Cedar St. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Listen to Yale’s only a cappella group composed of students from the graduate and professional schools. The group’s repertoire includes Abba’s “Take a Chance on Me,” Walk the Moon’s “Shut Up and Dance,” and James Taylor’s “That Lonesome Road.” Tickets: $5. Sudler Hall
100 Wall St. 8-10 p.m.
View a screening of Matthew Barney’s experimental film, which traces the story of a wolf hunt, intertwining the theme of the hunt with those of mythology and artistic creation. Free. Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St. 1:30 p.m.
Experience Tori Sampson’s new play, which dramatizes “the stories of the forgotten leaders who blazed the trail for desegregation and women’s rights.” The production will run through May 18. Tickets: $12-$98. 1120 Chapel St. 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.
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.
Experience Jeremy O. Harris’ new play, which he describes as “the culmination of a playwright’s training at YSD, a graduate professional school within YELL University, located in New Haven, Connecticut.” Part of the Carlotta Festival of New Plays. Tickets: $15-$25. Frederick Iseman Theater, 1156 Chapel St. 8-9 p.m.
Join a docent-led tour of the special exhibition that celebrates the recent gift of 18th- and 19th-century children’s games and books by Ellen and Arthur Liman ’57 J.D. Free. Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel St. 1-2 p.m.