Experience María Irene Fornés’ new play, which explores how state violence can invade the home. In an unknown Latin American city, Orlando, a low-ranking military officer, satisfies his desire for status by subjugating others. Performances will also be held on Saturday and Sunday. $16-$29. Yale Cabaret, 217 Park St. 8 p.m. & 11 p.m.
Join Yale-China arts fellows Sarah Xiao (dance) and Nicole Pun (visual art) as they share how their residency in New Haven has shaped their work. International Festival of Arts & Ideas. Free. Alexion Pharmaceuticals, 100 College St. 5:30-7 p.m.
Celebrate the emancipation of African Americans through dance performances, live music, a mini-dance party with a live DJ, line dances and soul train line, spoken word, storytelling, historical theatrical reenactments, singers, steppers, bands, an enslavement exhibition, and more. International Festival of Arts & Ideas. Free. New Haven Green. 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Enjoy a lecture-performance by Ian Leung, who will share how far a cup of Chinese tea “can take us to where stories are told, exchange are made, and ideas are born.” Free. International Festival of Arts & Ideas. Free. New Haven Green. Noon-1 p.m.
Listen to poets and other creative writers from the Northeast — including Keona-Marie, Duke Porter, and Paul Hudson — as they share poems and conversation about the shifting relationship between identity and place. International Festival of Arts & Ideas. Free. Alexion Pharmaceuticals, 100 College St. 1-2:30 p.m.
Join a docent-led tour of the special exhibition that features the work of British artist Tony Foster which he completed while traveling down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. Free. Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel St. 1-2 p.m.
Explore an exhibition that celebrates “the Land Between the Rivers” — the birthplace of writing, urban culture, the state, and many other concepts and institutions that shape the world to this day. Tickets: $6-$13; free for members of the Yale community. Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, 170 Whitney Ave. Noon-5 p.m.