Catch the former New York Yankees center fielder and guitarist as he leads his group in performance as part of the Ellington Jazz Series. Williams, a classically trained musician, was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award for the album “Moving Forward.” Tickets: $10-$22. Morse Recital Hall, 470 College St. 7:30 p.m.
Experience the Yale Cabaret’s adaptation of the children’s novel by Cynthia Rylant. The play will explore “loss, absence, love, and the particular pains of growing up.” Additional performances will be held on Saturday. Tickets: $12-$25. 217 Park St. 8 p.m. & 11 p.m.
Join curatorial staff in the James E. Duffy Study Room for Prints, Drawings, and Photographs for a discussion on a selection of the Yale University Art Gallery’s 66,000 works on paper. Tour themes draw from new acquisitions, recent class and scholar visits, art-world current events, and other curatorial interests. Free. 1111 Chapel St. 3:30 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, the center includes more than 400 specimen jars of patients’ brains and tumors, personal diaries, patient photographs, and historical anatomical and medical materials. Free. Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, 333 Cedar St. 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Take a tour of the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, and discover its mission, history, architecture, collections, and services. The library holds more than one million books, many millions of manuscript pages, and tens of thousands of papyri, photographs, maps, posters, paintings, and art objects. Free. 121 Wall St. 1:30 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. Free. 1111 Chapel St. 1 p.m.