Attend a festival that highlights forward-thinking films from the African continent and its diaspora. Films to be screened include Sippy Chadha’s “Subira,” Kenya’s official nomination for the 92nd Academy Awards; “Peau de Chagrin,” directed by Baloji; “To Be Free,” directed by Adepero Oduye; and “White Colour Black,” directed by Joseph Adesunloye, among others. The festival continues on Saturday. Free. 149 York St. 5:30-10:30 p.m.
Enjoy Georg Philipp Telemann’s Overture in D major and “The Day of Judgment,” performed by the Yale Schola Cantorum and the period-instrument ensemble Juilliard415, conducted by Masaaki Suzuki. Markus Rathey, the Robert S. Tangeman Professor of Musicology and Theory, will deliver a pre-concert lecture at 6:30 p.m. at the Whitney Humanties Center, 53 Wall St. Free. Trinity Lutheran Church, 292 Orange St. 7:30 p.m.
Experience Yale Opera’s fully staged performances of excerpts from beloved comic and tragic operas by Mozart, Bellini, Berlioz, and Rachmaninoff. A performance will also be held on Saturday night. Tickets: $5-$12. Morse Recital Hall, 470 College St. 7:30 p.m.
Immerse yourself in the artworks of more than 230 artists, collectives, art departments, and more, when City-Wide Open Studios takes place at the West Campus for the weekend. Food vendors Crazy Taco-Mex and Golden Spoon Jamaican will be onsite, and free coffee and pastries will be available (while supples last). The program continues on Sunday. Free. Building 410, 100 West Campus Drive, Orange. Noon-6 p.m.
Explore the fun of improv storytelling with shadow puppeteers Becky Eyre and Garrett Sendlewski. Children of all ages can make their own puppets to introduce into the Shadow Tellers game. Free. Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel St. 10 a.m.-noon.
Celebrate the opening of the exhibition “Place, Nations, Generations, Beings: 200 Years of Indigenous North American Art” by attending a lecture by Marie Watt ’96 M.F.A., who is a citizen of the Seneca Nation. Watt is a cross-disciplinary artist working in sculpture, printmaking, and textiles, and collaborating with other artists. She will discuss her work and practice, her time at Yale, and the exhibition. Free. Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St. 3 p.m.
View a screening of a film co-written by Holocaust historian Rokhl Oyerbakh. A member of the Oyneg Shabes group that documented daily life in the Warsaw Ghetto, Oyerbakh served as the first director of Yad Vashem’s Department for the Collection of Witness Testimony. A talkback session with a panel of scholars will follow the film. Part of the conference “Rokhl Oyerbakh: The Bridge Between Wartime and Postwar Testimony.” Free. Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St. 7-9:30 p.m.
Hear faculty violinist Wendy Sharp perform music by Roy Harris, Charles Ives, and Clara Schumann, in addition to the Connecticut premiere of Caroline Shaw’s “Broad and Free.” Sharp will be joined by Janna Baty, mezzo-soprano, and Hannah Lash on harp in presenting the world premiere of Lash’s “2 Songs.” Free. Morse Recital Hall, 470 College St. 3 p.m.
Take an interactive tour, led by educators and student guides, of the Yale University Art Gallery’s history, architecture, and encyclopedic collection. Tours focus 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.