Jennifer's Top Five - May 16

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.  


You Are Invited to the Royal Wedding | May 19, 12-4 p.m. | Yale Center for British Art

The YCBA will host a screening of the landmark royal wedding of Prince Harry to the American actress Meghan Markle. Mark the occasion with souvenir royal photographs of you and yours and enjoy festive refreshments provided by Hen & Heifer bakery. Cheers!
More info at the center's website

Lecture: “Hot Dogs & the Great War” | May 19, 2 p.m. | The Knights of Columbus Museum

As U.S. soldiers and sailors deployed to Europe a century ago during World War I, they took with them their great American pastime--baseball. The game was not only a great source of morale for American Expeditionary Forces, but also served to develop rapport with allied troops

Commander David Kohnen of the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I. will recount the WWI-era efforts of Admiral William Sims to form the Anglo-American Baseball League and the popularity the game enjoyed “Over There.” 

The event is free and open to the public – and will include a hot dog lunch! The feature exhibition World War I: Beyond the Front Lines is on view until Dec. 30, 2018. More info here

Pink Martini | May 20, 6:30 p.m. | Shubert Theatre

Pink Martini serves up a delightful mix of new and classic songs – we’ll drink to that!

The fabulously eclectic ensemble’s polished and glamorous sound – jet set, vintage-chic, more than a little campy – is an intoxicating concoction of sultry Latin music, swinging jazz, cabaret, cinema scores and more. More information and tickets are available at the Shubert's website

The Deadline to Register as an Artist or Venue for Make Music New Haven is May 21! 

Celebrate the longest day of the year with concerts on streets, sidewalks, and parks across the city. Make Music New Haven welcomes rappers, rockers, beatboxers, spoken word artists, instrumentalists of all types, vocalists, and experimental musicians to join in and showcase New Haven’s vibrant and eclectic music scene. This celebration is open to all: professionals, amateurs, children, adults, choirs, soloists.

Make Music New Haven is currently seeking participants, venues, community groups, and arts organizations who want to be a part of this historic inaugural event. More info at: or or

Elijah! May 23, 7 p.m. | Bethesda Lutheran Church, 450 Whitney Avenue, New Haven

The Bethesda Music Series proudly present Mendelssohn’s famous and mighty oratorio Elijah, sung by the choirs of Bethesda Lutheran Church, First Presbyterian Church, and United Church on the Green.

Dr. Lars Gjerde, Director of Music at Bethesda, will direct this farewell concert with choirs, soloists, and orchestra to finish his eighth and final season with the Bethesda Music Series. Admission to the concert is free. There will be a freewill offering to support the next season of the series. A festive reception will follow the concert.