Jennifer's Top 5 - Oct. 11

Is it too soon to think about the weekend? Arts Council Marketing Director Jennifer Gelband offers her top five arts picks for this week, going into next. These come from our member organizations and are also featured in The Arts Council's weekly newsletter. To subscribe to that, click here.  

Credit New Haven Farms.

Credit New Haven Farms.

New Haven Farms 4th Annual Harvest Celebration & Contra Dance | Friday, Oct. 13 | 7-10 p.m. | Whitneyville Cultural Commons, Hamden. 

What is contra dance, you ask? It is a 300-year-old New England folk tradition, similar to a square dance, to celebrate the harvest season. The caller orates the moves as participants dance in lines. This annual event features renowned contra caller Billy Fischer, as well as beer, wine, a signature cocktail called Turn up the Beet, hors d'oeuvres, and a silent auction. There will be dancing, promenading, and do-si-do-ing to celebrate another successful growing season.

Tickets are $28 for adults; $24 students with ID; free under 18. For more imformation and to purchase tickets, click here

Fall Dance Social, Oct 14, 6:30 p.m., Bethesda Lutheran Church.  

If you miss the contra dance (or have so much fun you want to keep dancing), here's a bonus dance opportunity. A fun, causal night of dancing with a variety of music from waltz to swing, rumba to salsa. Christina Castaneda will give a short Merengue lesson to start the night. Enjoy punch and finger foods, and guests are welcome to bring food and wine to share.  

Suggested donation: $10 or $15 per couple. Please RSVP to

Doubt | Oct. 12-14 | 2 & 7:30 p.m. | Theatre Arts Center at Quinnipiac University.

Students will perform Doubt, the first-ever play staged at the new QU theater and the winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award. Doubt is a story of suspicion cast on a priest's behavior that is less about scandal than about questions of moral certainty.

Quinnipiac’s new 1,300 square-foot theater features 100 seats, ample parking, LED lighting, a box office, dressing rooms, classrooms, a scene shop, a design studio, and a costume storage area. Tickets are $15; $10 students, seniors, Quinnipiac faculty and staff. Tickets and more information available at or 

¡Fiesta Latina!, Saturday, Oct. 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Yale Peabody Museum

Time to fiesta at the 15th annual celebration of Latin American cultures! Enjoy performances of traditional and contemporary Latin American music and dance along with live animals, crafts, face painting, demonstrations, and other activities for the whole family. Free.
More info:,, or (203) 432-6646.

Guilford Poets Guild | Second Thursday Poetry Series with Connecticut Poets Laureate |  Thursday Oct. 12 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Guilford Free Library

Murder, gaggle, convoy, flock – what does one call a gathering of poets? Perhaps you'll find out at when the Guilford Poets Guild welcomes six of Connecticut's Poets Laureate for a special evening of poetry. Featuring: Susan Allison, Middletown, founder of the Buttonwood Tree Performance Arts & Cultural Center; Tarn Granucci, Wallingford, community leader and businessman; Joan Hofmann, Canton, Professor Emritus, Education, University of Saint Joseph; Patricia O'Brien, Old Saybrook, retired social worker, art museum docent; Laurel Peterson, Norwalk, English professor at Norwalk Community College; and Gordy Whiteman, Guilford, president of the Guilford Poets Guild. 

This event includes refreshments, books for sale, and open mic – so bring a poem to share. Free and open to all. More info and to register: or (203) 453-8282.


The Second Movement | Friday, Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m. | First Presbyterian Church.

Titled At The Edge Of Society, The Second Movement’s 2017-18 season will approach the many ways in which people are made to feel separate, apart, at a distance from one another. This season brings to New Haven four programs featuring audience favorites alongside composers whose work speaks to the present time and the forces that have shaped it. 

Next to Shostakovich, for example, listeners will hear Stamford-native David Bruce’s stirring Gumboots, written on behalf of South African miners enslaved during Apartheid, as well as Beethoven complimented by Polish composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s musical account of his time in exile during World War II.  Performances will feature the core members of the Second Movement (David Perry, clarinet; Yevgeny Yontov, piano; and Samuel Bobinski, double bass) in addition to many of New Haven’s finest musicians. Concerts will be held at numerous locations, beginning at First Presbyterian Church on Oct. 20

Through its work, The Second Movement aims to enhance the approachability and expand the audience of classical music. Tickets are $20 and up for adults; $10 for students and seniors, includes light refreshments.

Jennifer Gelband