The Week Ender: Happenings Jan. 17-19

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


Catherine Russell

Catherine Russell, jazz vocalist

Enjoy a concert by an artist who has been described as “one of jazz’s most celebrated vocalists, an incandescent performer who can make a century-old blues song as fresh and bracing as tomorrow’s bad news.” Tickets: $10-$22. Morse Recital Hall, 470 College St. 7:30 p.m.

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Colonial furniture in a warehouse.

Joining and Cabinetmaking: Colonial Case Furniture at the Turn of the 18th Century

Explore the style and construction of New England case furniture made in the late 17th and early 18th centuries, with Eric Litke from the Department of American Decorative Arts. Free. 900 West Campus Drive, West Haven. 12:20 p.m.

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Harold Bloom

Memorial Service for Harold Bloom

Celebrate the life and work of Harold Bloom, world-renowned literary critic and Sterling Professor of Humanities. Battell Chapel, 400 College St. 2-3:30 p.m.

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A stylized photo of the heads of two women, one colored blue and one colored red.

‘Talk to Her’

View a screening of a 35mm print of director Pedro Almodóvar’s 2002 film, which follows two men who form an unlikely friendship as they care for two women who are both in comas. Free. Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St. 7 p.m.

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Hamid Al-Saadi

‘Journey to the Heart of the Iraqi Maqam’

Savor the sounds of Hamid Al-Saadi, one of the last living masters of Iraqi maqam, a genre of Arabic music that is at least 400 years old. Al-Saadi will be accompanied by Saafafir, featuring Amir El Saffar, Dena El Saffar, and Tim Moore. Free. Henry R. Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Ave. 4:30 p.m.

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A young black woman holding an animal skull in front of a group of children at the Peabody Museum of Natural History.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy of Environmental and Social Justice

Join the celebration as the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History once again honors Martin Luther King Jr. and his efforts to ensure environmental and social justice among all people. Activities will include performances, community open mics, and educational activities for visitors of all ages. The event will continue on Monday. Free. 170 Whitney Ave. Noon-4 p.m. (Photo by Rachel Liu, courtesy of Yale Peabody Museum)

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A man and a woman viewing sculpture in an art museum.

Highlights Tour

Take an interactive tour of the Yale University Art Gallery’s history, architecture, and encyclopedic collection. The 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.

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