The Week Ender: Happenings Dec. 6-8

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


Customers broswing at a book fair.

Odds and Ends Art Book Fair

Browse the bargains at a fair that will include books from small publishers who focus on art, architecture, photography, and design; rare and limited-edition books and zines that showcase a range of publishing endeavors; and 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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Yale Band musicians in WWII army uniforms in performance.

1940s Holiday Re-Enactment

Enjoy reenactments of 1940s-era musical performances by the Yale Bands and Rosie’s Riveters Big Band, an all-women ensemble. The program will commemorate three significant landmarks: the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landing, the 50th year of women in Yale College, and the 150th year of women at Yale. Tickets: $15-$28. Woolsey Hall, 500 College St. 7:30 p.m.

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Russian pianist Vyacheslav Gryaznov

Vyacheslav Gryaznov, Solo Piano Recital

Listen to the acclaimed Russian pianist and composer in a performance of works by Grieg, J.S. Bach, Debussy, and Ravel. Free. Whitney Humanties Center, 53 Wall St. 7 p.m.

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Detail from a painting depicting men of different races confronting the Devil with swords.

‘Voices from Prison’

Experience a staging by Yale students of prison inmates’ theatrical adaptations of Dante’s “Divine Comedy.” According to director Ron Jenkins, visiting professor of religion and literature, prisoners see the medieval poem as “a story of renewal that parallels their own life journeys.” Free. Marquand Chapel, 409 Prospect St. 4 p.m.

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A still from the film "Orpheus," showing a man holding up his right hand in front of his face.


View a 35mm screening of director Jean Cocteau’s classic drama about a celebrated poet’s journey through the underworld. The film will be followed by a discussion with members of the Yale Film Society. Free. Whitney Humanties Center, 53 Wall St. 7 p.m.

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A scene from the play "The Plot," showing a man laying down on his burial plot looking up at a blonde woman.

‘The Plot’

Catch a performance of Will Eno’s latest play, described as a “moving, mysterious, at times hilarious story of a tiny plot of land and some people with grand and incompatible designs on it.” The play will continue until Dec. 21. Tickets: $12-$99. Yale Repertory Theatre, 1120 Chapel St. 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.

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Musicians performing Handel’s “Messiah.”

‘Messiah’ Sing-In

Sing along with soloists from Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music in a program of highlights from G.F. Handel’s “Messiah.” Free; $10 suggested donation. Battell Chapel, 400 College St. 1:30-3:30 p.m.

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Visitors to an art gallery listening to a guide.

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. Free. 1111 Chapel St. 1 p.m.

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A poster depicting Vladimir Putin dressed as Santa Claus.

‘I’m Dreaming of a White Russian’

Celebrate the season with the Yale Russian Chorus’ annual winter concert, “a festive evening of music and mirth.” Free. Dwight Hall, 67 High St. 8-9:30 p.m.

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