Jennifer's Top Five - Sept. 20

Is it too soon to think of the weekend yet? 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

Corey Hudson Photo. 

Corey Hudson Photo. 

Old-School Ink: New Haven’s Tattoos Exhibit, Sept. 23, 2-6 p.m., New Haven Museum
Visit the museum this Saturday, opening day, for events featuring hands-on activities, temporary tattoos, professional photography of visitors and their tattoos, a storytelling booth with the New Haven Story Project, and a reception with the artists, 4-6 p.m. The free opening event marks Museum Day Live!, a national celebration sponsored each year by Smithsonian Magazine. More info here

Credit Kehler Liddell Gallery

Credit Kehler Liddell Gallery

Toto Kisaku's, "Le Petit Studio" Theater Workshop for Kids (8-12), Sept. 24, 2-4 p.m., Kehler Liddell Gallery.
Join Toto Kisaku, playwright, actor, director and producer from the Democratic Republic of Congo, for a free kid’s workshop to recreate an entire world on stage in just two hours. Participants will create costumes, scenery, sounds and music, rehearse, and perform a play from beginning to end. Registration is free but recommended, as space is limited. This event is sponsored by KLG and The ArtEcon Initiative. To RSVP, click here

Bus Trip to the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Sept. 26, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
If you’ve been itching to visit the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, take this opportunity to join the Connecticut Historical Society's Fashion & Textile Council’s trip, which is open to the community. Participants will enjoy a special tour of the Force of Nature exhibit that examines how the beauty and complexity of the natural world have inspired fashion designers for centuries, as well as a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum's costume collection of 50,000 garments and accessories from the 18th century to the present.      
This trip is free for subscribers to the CHS Fashion & Textiles Council, $85 for CHS members, $100 for non-members. Includes lunch. Space is limited and pre-registration is required: Jenny Steadman, (860) 236-5621 x289 or

Behind-the-Scenes Collections Tours, 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 4-5 p.m., Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
The 13 million objects in the Peabody's collections represent a world-class record of the history of Earth and its cultures. A mere fraction are on display in the public galleries. Celebrate their 150th anniversary with free behind-the-scenes tours now through Dec. 5 and see specimens and artifacts rarely seen by the public and the state-of-the art facilities in which they are stored and organized.

Tours leave the Museum lobby promptly at 4 p.m. and last one hour. Led by Yale students, each tour takes in two collections areas and is limited to 12 people. Free but advance registration is required. For more information click here.

New Haven Parklet Design Competition deadline extended to Sept 30.
NewHavengo, a coalition of local organizations that encourages sustainable transportation in New Haven, and MakeHaven are coordinating a contest to make a creative use out of parking spaces in the city. Submit a design idea that transforms two parking spaces (40' x 8') into a public space that can be used for relaxation and recreation. goNewHavengo’s leadership team will assess the submissions and New Haven Mayor Toni Harp will announce a winner at the awards ceremony for the Car Free Challenge in early October.

The winning design gets a cash prize between $1,000 and $3,000 dollars for an April construction of the parklet. More info, instructions, and guidelines here

Jennifer Gelband