Jennifer's Top Five - Oct. 25

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.  

2017 Haunted Hall Crawl & Costume Ball, Oct. 26 | 7-10 p.m. | Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

What’s spookier than natural history?! After the lights go down and the doors lock behind you, the spirits of the Peabody Museum come alive. Experience the Museum as you never have before at the third annual haunted costume ball. Dance with the dinosaurs, slither with snakes and other creepy crawlies, imbibe special witch's brew, and take tours of terror through the haunted halls. Costumes are not mandatory but encouraged -- the evening's best will be handsomely rewarded.

Tickets: are $17.50-27.50, and $10 for students. The price includes spookily delicious snacks and two drinks. No tickets sold at door. Must be 18 or older. More info here. 

Whither Thou Goest: Great Films About Immigration and Refugees |Oct. 30, 7:15 p.m. | Temple Beth Shalom, Hamden. 

Best Video Film and Cultural Center is host to this powerful film series. With each showing, Best Video founder Hank Paper will offer a brief intro and optional post-film discussion. This week, Oct. 30, is A Better Life. In this Oscar-nominated film (for Best Actor), a gardener in East L.A. struggles to keep his son away from gangs and immigration agents while trying to give him the opportunities he never had. “This remarkable, riveting family drama puts a human face on immigration in such effective and emotional terms that you may never look at the subject in the same way again.” (Pete Hammond)

Upcoming films in the series include Into the Arms of Strangers (Nov. 6) and What’s Cooking? (Nov. 13). Tickets are $7; admission is free for members of Temple Beth Shalom. More info:

New Haven Chorale’s 5th Annual Halloween Concert | Oct. 28, 2 p.m. | Trinity Church on the Green

This annual performance is one of the New Haven Chorale’s gifts to the greater New Haven area, and a wholesome celebration of Halloween for the entire family with music that is fun, engaging, and educational. 

The program will include Whitacre’s Animal Crackers, volume 1 and 2, madrigals, choruses by Handel and Vivaldi, and lively selections by youthful singers from Trinity Church led by Walden Moore.

Also, kids will enjoy the music demos and may even get a chance to conduct the Chorale.

Admission is free for children -- includes goody bags and a party after the concert -- and for all families who bring a child in costume. More info:

Dopapod and The Motet | Oct. 28, 7 p.m. | College Street Music Hall. 
Get ready for the jam: Boston's electro/jam rock band visits New Haven. While they maintain to be as grassroots as their humble beginnings, the group has earned praise from taste-making critics like Huffington Post, Jambase, and Relix – at the same time tending to their ever-expanding community of devoted listeners. Joining the fun: Colorado's The Motet, which bridges the gap between retro funk and soul. All ages. $23-25 plus service fees.
Watch Dopapod's performance at the Aura Music and Arts Festival and The Motet perform on Second Story Garage

The Second City – The Cure for The Common Comedy | Oct. 29, 6:30 p.m. | Shubert Theatre

Are you sick and tired of jokes that make you feel sick and tired? The famous Chicago-based comedy troupe has the fix with their new show, The Cure for The Common Comedy. Edgy, thought provoking and always spectacularly funny, the Second City is known for nearly 60 years of political and social satire.

This Touring Company show features the best sketches and songs from The Second City’s history made famous by lots of well-known funny people, plus their trademark improvisation. 

More info: (203) 562-5666 or at the Shubert's website

Jennifer Gelband