Jennifer's Top Five - February 14

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

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The Commons, Feb. 22, 5-9 p.m., Bregamos Community Theater.
The Arts Council of Greater New Haven is hosting a new event series in partnership with creative firm Breakfast Lunch & Dinner. The series, free and open to the public, will be a monthly collision of arts, culture, and community at rotating venues throughout Greater New Haven. Each event will bring Greater New Haven’s various creative communities together to create new friendships, bonds and spark future creative collaborations. 

All events in the series will feature various forms of local music, artistic demonstrations, and the chance to share a fantastic evening of drink and food with other members of the New Haven community. More info:


The William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund Presents: The Rise and Fail of the N-Word: Implicit Bias and the N-Word Living in our Subconscious, by Rhinold Ponder, Feb. 15-Mar. 18, Kehler Liddell Gallery. 

This provocative exhibition challenges the lack of a common language in  efforts to understand and communicate across perspectives about racism and seeks to engage viewers in an emotional and often redemptive dialogue. A free and open reception Feb. 21, 6-9 p.m., will feature a discussion with the artist moderated by Enroue Halfkenny. Reservations are required. 
Notice: This exhibition contains sensitive material. Parental discretion is advised for guests under 18. More info:


New Haven Symphony Orchestra Performs The Tortoise and the Hare
Feb. 17, 2 p.m., Davis Street School, New Haven;
Feb. 18, 2 p.m., Shelton Intermediate School

The NHSO’s Brass Quintet joins forces with Bridgeport’s Beardsley Zoo for an afternoon of animals and music, including Carnival of the Animals, Flight of the Bumblebee, and The Race. This concert is part of the NHSO’s free Family Concert Series, which is tailored specifically for kids ages 3-9, with interactive performances and an instrument petting zoo. 
More info: (203) 865-0831 x20 or

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Matching Wine, Music & Friends, Featuring Cellist Rebecca Patterson, Feb. 18, 4-6 p.m., Neighborhood Music School. 

Raise a glass in support of the school’s one-of-a-kind After-School Arts Academy (ASAA) while enjoying a performance by internationally acclaimed cellist and NMS faculty member Rebecca Patterson. This unique wine tasting event will feature a musical program inspired by folk traditions from around the world,paired with wine, cheese and charcuterie provided by The Wine Thief and Caseus. Rebecca Patterson, principal cellist for the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, will be joined by cellist Ravenna Michalsen and pianist Alexis Zingale, also NMS faculty members. 
Tickets start at $60 and will help raise funds for financial aid students participating in the school’s After-School Arts Academy.  

More info: or (203) 624-5189 x14.

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Chinese New Year activities this weekend, which include both:

Lunarfest: Celebrate the Year of the Dog, Feb. 17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., New Haven Museum. 
The New Haven Museum teams with the Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University and the Yale-China Association, to co-host Lunarfest 2018. The event offers fascinating hands-on workshops, talks, and performances for all ages. All activities are free and open to the public, but space is limited for some activities. is a day-long event offering educational and cultural programs for adults and children of all ages in celebration of the Lunar New Year in New Haven, Connecticut. This year’s theme of “People-to-People” highlights aspects of Chinese daily lives, and celebrates the new Sister City relationship between New Haven and Changsha, capital city of Hunan.
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Li Liu and the Traditions of Chinese Acrobats, Feb. 17, 1 p.m., Thornton Wilder Hall in the Miller Cultural Complex, Hamden.  
The Arts Commission’s event includes hand balancing, plate spinning, trick cycling, foot juggling, ribbon dancing, and Chinese water bowl manipulation. Li also touches on various aspects of Chinese language, geography and culture while sharing her work and travel experiences with the audience. 
Tickets: $2 for children, $3 for adults, available at the door only and cash only. 
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Lucy Gellman