Jennifer's Top Five — January 10

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.  

The Reluctant Dragon Puppet Show | Saturday, Jan. 13 | 2:30-3:15 p.m. | Artsplace, Cheshire   

What happens when Harold, a young village boy, discovers a dragon in the mountains? Can Harold convince the villagers that the dragon just wants to be friends? Based on the story by Kenneth Grahame, the show, performed with puppets, introduces children to literary adaptations. Suitable for ages 4-11.

Free but pre-registration is required. More information available here. To register call (203) 272-2787, or email

Free Ballroom dance classes at Bethesda Lutheran Church | Tuesdays 6:30-7:30 p.m | Bethesda Lutheran Church, New Haven |  305 St Ronan St, New Haven, CT 06511

Singles or couples welcome, beginners to advanced. Christina Castaneda teaches fun, easy, causal lessons starting in January with Tango.  More info: 

JUXTAPOSITION | Jan. 4-28 | City Gallery, New Haven | 994 State St.

This group show features Jennifer Davies, Nancy Eisenfeld, Sheila Kaczmarek, and Kathy Kane. The show presents four distinct points of view in variations of media including painting, ceramics, fiber art, and assemblages.

Check out the opening reception Jan. 14, 3-5 p.m. Free and open to the public (with refreshments!) 

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State of Connecticut seeks State Troubadour Honorary Position

 Warwick Public Library Photo.

Warwick Public Library Photo.

This is your chance to nominate the musician to represent the state! Individuals interested in serving as the State Troubadour must first be nominated by a Connecticut resident. Nominations must be emailed to no later than 12 p.m. Jan. 15. 

More info:

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 Peabody Photo. 

Peabody Photo. 

Storytelling for Peabody Museum MLK Celebration, Jan. 15, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., New Haven Museum. 

Storytelling and activity tables are part of the Yale Peabody Museum’s 22nd Annual "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Legacy of Environmental and Social Justice." Held in honor of Dr. King and his efforts to ensure environmental and social justice among all people, activities planned by the Peabody Museum include world-class performances, a teen summit, a poetry slam, and educational activities for visitors of all ages. More than two dozen community organizations participate with activity or information tables.  

The storytelling sessions at the New Haven Museum include engaging tales by Clifton Graves, Waltrina Kirkland Mullins, and Joy W. Donaldson.  

"Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Legacy of Environmental and Social Justice" is a two-day celebration organized by the Yale Peabody Museum each year. Admission is free.

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