Jennifer's Top Five - February 7th

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.  

This week the Yale Center for British Art is on fire with activity. Check out this stacked calendar of interesting offerings:  

Family Program: Exploring Artism | Feb. 10, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
This is a free program for families with children ages 5-12 on the autism spectrum. Participants look at artwork in the Center’s galleries, followed by an activity in a museum classroom. While the needs of individuals with autism are considered in the design of this program, it is also intended to be fun for parents, siblings, caregivers, and other relatives too! 
Preregistration is required or (203) 432 2858. 
Opening Conversation, The Paston Treasure: Microcosm of the Known World | Feb. 14, 5:30 p.m.
In conjunction with the exhibition Feb. 15-May 27, a panel consisting of exhibition curators will discuss the exhibition, the painting, and the Paston family. This conversation will be followed by a special film preview of The Paston Treasure: A Painting Like No Other. This event will be live streamed.
Family Day: Poets and Painters | Feb. 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Find an artwork that lets your imagination run wild! Build a poem, dance a song. Bring all of your family and friends along! Free. Costumes encouraged! More info:


Health, Wellness, and Craft Valentine Gift Show | Feb, 11, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | The Ballroom at LoRicco Towers | New Haven
Valentines that are made In Connecticut! Show your support for local craft and manufacturers. Free.  More info:


The Toni Awards: A Gala Celebrating The NHSO, Feb. 9, 7 p.m., Anthony’s Ocean View. 
The NHSO celebrates 124 Seasons of world-class artistry and education! The Symphony also honors two community leaders for their support of the arts and education: the Honorable Toni Harp, Mayor of New Haven, and Connecticut Representative Toni Walker. This special fundraising event will feature live music, an auction, a VIP chocolate tasting, and more, and the romantic setting of Anthony’s Ocean View creates the perfect date night for Valentine’s weekend. More info:

X Lines Yale Cab.jpg

 Crossing Lines, Mimi Lines, Feb. 9, 8 p.m., Yale Cabaret. 

Direct from two sold-out performances in Manhattan, a brand new Crossing Lines will have its Connecticut premiere at the Yale Cabaret! An evening of standards, surprises and stories from New Haven's own Mimi Lines.

lincoln bday.jpg

A Reading on Lincoln's Birthday | Feb. 12, 5:30 p.m. | The Institute Library, New Haven

At least three local organizations (The Institute Library, the New Haven Museum, and Quinnipiac University) are taking note: February 12, 2018 is the 200th anniversary of Douglass’ birth (no one appears to know the exact date). Join the Institute Library for a joint birthday party with readings and discussion, as well as cake. 

Before meeting Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass had vigorously, and impatiently challenged and distrusted the government’s commitment to what we, today, would call gradualism (slow change vs. immediate revolution). 
Both Douglass and Lincoln spoke in New Haven well before their fateful meetings. Come celebrate this local history downtown, half a block from the New Haven Green.
More info: or (203) 562-4045


Jennifer Gelband