Jennifer's Top 5 - November 1

Is it too soon to think about the weekend? How about the second half of the week? 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.  


Topdog/Underdog, Nov. 2-19, 8 & 3 p.m., Collective Consciousness Theatre.

A darkly comic fable of brotherly love and family identity is Suzan-Lori Parks’ riff on the way history defines people. The play tells the story of Lincoln and Booth, two brothers who received their names as a joke, foretelling a lifetime of sibling rivalry and resentment. Haunted by the past, the brothers are forced to confront the shattering reality of their future.

Performances Nov 2-19. No children younger than 12 admitted. For ticket information and showtimes visit CCT's website

Wine On9, Nov. 3, 6-9 p.m., Downtown New Haven.

Kick off the holiday season with Town Green’s annual 9th Square wine crawl. This year's theme: The Holidays -- with 15 wines thoughtfully picked for food pairing, gifting, and enjoying throughout the entire season.

After the tour, head to The Wine Thief for a raffle and discounts. This event sells out every year so advance tickets are suggested. More info here

Up In Arms, now through Dec. 10, Wesleyan University’s Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Middletown. 

Up In Arms, a multi-media group exhibition that explores the historic and social issues surrounding the divisive nature of gun ownership in the United States, features 14 artists and their perspectives on the image and impact of guns in contemporary culture – though none endorses them as a means to an end. The artists visualize the power of the gun as icon and instrument, the damage it can do, and how weapons might be rejected, subverted, or silenced. 

New extended gallery hours are Tuesday, 12-7 p.m., and Wednesday-Sunday, 12-5 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. The exhibition will be closed Nov. 20-27.

No handguns or other firearms (even if all permits, licenses, and registrations are up to date and available), explosives, or weapons of any kind are allowed on the Wesleyan campus at any time and for any reason whatsoever. More information at the gallery's website

A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney, Nov. 8-9, 11, 15-18, 8 p.m., New Haven Theater Company Stage in the English Building Markets.  

NHTC starts its 2017-18 season with A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney, by Lucas Hnath, directed by Drew Gray. 

Tonight, Walt is going to read a screenplay he wrote. It's about his last days on earth. It's about a city he's going to build that's going to change the world. It's about his brother. And it's about everyone who loves him so much and how sad they're going to be when he's gone. Right? I mean, how can they live without him? How can anyone live without him? “A blackly comic inversion of the public Disney persona, in the form of a stylized screenplay being read in an anonymous-looking corporate conference room…Walt would be doing cartoonish gyrations in his grave if he were to see how thoroughly Mr. Hnath has subverted the popular image of Disney” – The New York Times.

Tickets are $20. The performance on Nov. 8 will be pay what you wish. More information and tickets here

Picture Yourself at GAC Week, Nov. 6-11.

Every wanted the unofficial title Shoreline Artist? Now’s your chance: The public is invited to Guilford Art Center to see the studios, meet instructors and fellow students, and experience the class environment for free. GAC has classes for adults and children in a range of mediums, including blacksmithing, ceramics, fiber arts, metalsmithing, painting, drawing, and more. 

More info: (203) 453-5947 or

Jennifer Gelband