Top Five Picks | Mid-September

These top Arts Council picks come from some of our member organizations. From the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History to College Street Music Hall, there's a lot going on in this city. If you're looking for something to do in New Haven, chances are you might find something here!

Courtesy Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. 

Courtesy Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. 


Invisible Boundaries Family Day | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History   
In conjunction with Invisible Boundaries: Exploring Yellowstone’s Great Animal Migrations (Sept. 16-March 25), the Peabody hosts a fun event open to kids and families.  
The day has special hands-on science and art activities to introduce concepts of animal migration and wildlife ecology. The exhibition and activities are free with Museum admission, $6-13. Children under age 3 are free. More information at the Peabody's website

Courtesy Kehler Liddell Gallery.   

Courtesy Kehler Liddell Gallery.   


Let's Play! Stories + Songs | 10 a.m. | Kehler Liddell Gallery
The monthly family-friendly event regularly features a story, songs, and an art activity inspired by the exhibition on view. This month, KLG has chosen the book Mama Miti written by Donna Jo Napoli and illustrated by Kadir Nelson to correspond with the exhibition Vanishing by Penrhyn and Rod Cook. Taken in Kenya, the photographs depict wildlife in their natural element. 

The book is based on the true story of Wangari Muta Maathai, the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize for her work in starting The Green Belt Movement, a national grassroots organization to combat the deforestation of Kenya.

The morning includes light refreshments, and it is free and open to everyone.

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Whitney-Audubon Retail & Arts District Presents Fall Free For All: A Taste of the Arts | 12-4 p.m. | Audubon Street
The name says it all. It is Free, it is for all, and it is located in New Haven’s Arts District! Stroll down a blocked-to-traffic Audubon Street and take in classes, workshops, performances, demos, face painting, and enjoy discounts at local merchants and restaurant. This annual, festive, family-friendly event has it all, including free parking for the first 100 cars at the Audubon Garage, 78 Audubon St., 11am-5pm (Enter from Orange St.) 

Performances take place outside on Leeney Plaza, located in the middle of Audubon Street.
Participating organizations: Neighborhood Music School, Creative Arts Workshop, ACES Educational Center for the Arts, New Haven Museum, New Haven Ballet; The Ely Center of Contemporary Art. 
Restaurants and merchants exhibiting and providing free samples: Katalina’s Bakery, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, Phone & Computer Repair Center, Gilden’s Jewelers, Phil’s Hair & Spa, Yale Social & Cognitive Development Lab Yale and Yale China Association.
More info and a list of events and offers online.


Seu Jorge | 7 p.m. | College Street Music Hall
Seu Jorge is a superstar in Brazil. He’ll likely earn that status in America soon; for now, he is best known for his role in the Wes Anderson film A Life Aquatic, playing Pelé dos Santos, a singing sailor who performed several of David Bowie’s songs in Portuguese with just an acoustic guitar.

In commemoration of David Bowie’s recent passing, Jorge is touring the country, presenting The Life Aquatic, A Tribute to David Bowie, a musical performance that was designed by members of the film’s creative team. Expect the film’s set recreated on stage alongside screens crafted as boat sails that will display images from the film.

Tickets: $40-45. For more, visit College Street Music Hall's website

Courtesy Paul Mellon Centre. 

Courtesy Paul Mellon Centre. 


"Things of Beauty Growing” British Studio Pottery | Sept. 14-Dec. 3 | Yale Center for British Art
“A vessel exists to hold or contain – a purpose it may fulfill literally, metaphorically, or both.” This exhibit tells the story of the vessel by bringing together nearly 150 ceramic objects from Europe, Japan, and Korea – including jars, bowls, pots, chargers, vases, and monumental urns – to survey the array of forms that have defined the British studio pottery movement from the 1890s to the present by exploring the connections between form and function.

There’s a lot going on here, including panel discussions and an opportunity to observe ceramic artist and potter Tina Menchetti demonstrate a variety of studio pottery techniques (Sept. 23, 26, and Oct. 21, 2-4 p.m.)
More information here

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Jennifer Gelband