Jennifer's Top Five - Oct. 4

Is it too soon to think of 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.  

2nd Annual Noodles On9 | Oct. 6, 6-8 p.m | Orange Street between Center and Crown Streets in Downtown New Haven. 

City-Wide Open Studios (CWOS) at Artspace starts this week, and accompanying events like this noodlefest will ring in the artsy fanfare. Stroll 9th Square and enjoy dishes and drinks provided by local restaurants. Check out work by 400-plus artists while 9th Square merchants set up shop on Orange Street and restaurants feature noodle dishes ranging from ravioli to rice vermicelli, craft cocktails, hand selected wines and beer.

Noodles On9, a free and public event appropriate for all ages, is part of Town Green Special Services District’s On9 Event Series that takes place on the first Friday of the month. Noodle dishes will be available for purchase with cash. Tickets for adult beverages will be sold from the Town Green District tent and are for guests 21+. More info here

Exchange by A Broken Umbrella Theatre | 12:30 & 4:30 p.m. | Oct. 7 & 8 | 446A Blake St.

In 1880, just after the end of the Civil War, New Haven was home to the first telephone exchange and switchboard. Taking inspiration from this nugget of history, A Broken Umbrella Theatre (ABUT) proudly presents its 12th original work, Exchange. Read about it in The Arts Paper here

An exploration of the physical as well as the figurative, Exchange is an interactive theatrical experience taking place in different locations across New Haven – also in conjunction with CWOS. The show is all ages and admission is free. Repeat performances will follow throughout City-Wide Open Studios, on Oct. 14 & 15, 290 Goffe St. (in the Muster Hall) and Oct. 28 & 29, 315 Peck St.


Designers’ Circus Pop-Up Fashion and Accessories Sale | Oct. 6-8 | Guilford Art Center

This Boston-based fashion event will hold a “pop-up” sale in the gallery at the Guilford Art Center with new boutique women’s clothing. Expect 50-90 percent below regular retail prices. Shoppers will find creative fashions and accessories from more than 70 domestic and international craftswomen and small-scale designers.

The Shop at Guilford Art Center will also be open, with handmade American accessories, jewelry, and more to complement purchases. And no, no buckets of confetti here either.
A portion of proceeds from sales at the Designers Circus event will benefit Guilford Art Center’s educational programs. Admission is free. More at the center's website or (203) 453- 5947.


Fall Community Record Fair | Oct. 8 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Wesleyan University’s Beckham Hall

Who doesn’t love a good record fest! The all-ages event features dozens of vendors selling music and records, new and old, concert T-shirts and memorabilia, exclusive and discounted WESU swag, and discount $1 records. Live WESU DJs spinning records and tunes all day to get you in the spirit.

The event is free and open to the public. $5 early bird special gets you in at 10 a.m.
More info: or (860) 685-7707. 

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Brian Flinn presents “Digital Collage | Oct. 10 | 7 p.m. | Miller Memorial Library, Hamden

The Hamden Art League will host mixed media and digital artist Flinn to demonstrate how his fine artworks evolve from the initial idea to the finished product by layering/collaging scanned mixed media with digital imagery.

The Six | Oct. 10- Nov. 2 | Opening reception Oct. 12 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Clark Memorial Library, Bethany

The exhibit features the works of six New Haven-area artists: Peggy Bekeny, Hamden; Rosemary Benivegna, North Haven; Martha K. German, Woodbridge; Georgia Jennings, Hamden; Sharon R. Morgio, West Haven; and Elizabeth Hundt Scott, Bethany.

The reception will feature talks from the artists.  The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.