Jennifer's Top Five - March 28

Is it too soon to think about the weekend? What about the end of the week? 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 Commons, March 29, 5-9 p.m., Lotta Studio. 
Finally, The Commons arrives this week! This is a superfun, don’t-miss monthly event series hosted by The Arts Council and creative firm Breakfast Lunch & Dinner. It is a free, open-to-the-public collision of arts, culture, and community at rotating venues throughout Greater New Haven. Each event brings 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. Free! More info on Facebook

Paved With Good Intentions: White Saviorism & the Non-Profit Industrial Complex, March 28, Afro American Cultural Center at Yale , 6:30-8 p.m.

This event aims to explore themes of power, privilege, and financial incentive within the non-profit industry that inhibit the achievement of equity and structural reform in the United States. Panelists will speak to their efforts confronting these challenges in our community. In addition to raising awareness about these critical issues, the event aims to highlight strategies for dismantling white saviorism and supremacy in our work moving forward. 

Panelists include Kerry Ellington, Grassroots Community Organizer For People Against Police Brutality and Social Justice/Anti-racist Educator, Youth Worker; Jordan Flaherty: Critically acclaimed journalist and author of No More Heroes: Grassroots Challenges to the Savior Mentality; Erin Livensparger: Clinical Services Applications Manager, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England; Kica Matos: Director of Immigrant Rights and Racial Justice, Center for Community Change, and Barbara Tinney: Executive Director at the New Haven Family Alliance. The event is free and open to the public. 

Wesleyan University has several upcoming events featuring artists from areas affected by 2017 Hurricanes, including:

Residency by Sarah Welch and James Beard, March 31-April 8, Olin Memorial Library.
A residency by Houston, Texas-based artists Sarah Welch and James Beard, who had their studio heavily damaged due to flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey in August 2017. The duo self-publishes zines, comics, and prints, and will create a reading room installation. Admission to the installation is free and open to the public.

Arnaldo Rodríguez Bagué's "Islxlsl: The Last Island on Earth,” April 5, 5:30 p.m., Ring Family Performing Arts Hall. 
Interdisciplinary artist and curator Arnaldo Rodríguez Bagué from San Juan, Puerto Rico, impacted by Hurricanes Irma and María, will present an artist talk and screening of his recent film, which considers the colonial Caribbean archipelago through, and in reaction to, the colonial sense of futurity in Roger Corman’s science-fiction B-movie “The Last Woman on Earth” (1960), which was filmed in Puerto Rico. More info at

ArtEcon Initiative Presents Open Jam, March 31, 4-6 p.m., Kehler Liddell Gallery.
Bring your instruments and a song or two for an open jam session hosted by three guys on guitars. Join in the jam or sit back and enjoy the grooves. Light refreshments provided. Free and open to all. For more info, check out the gallery's website

Local Lit @ Lotta, April 3, 7-9 p.m., Lotta Studio. 

Greater New Haven area authors will have a new home to share their work with the general public starting with this first installment of a bi-monthly event. Organizers Rebekah Fraser and Erin Townsend are seeking submissions from local authors for the first event.  
Each event will feature the work of two or three authors and will include a brief talk-back with a moderator.  More info at Local Lit's brand new website