Monday, June 9, 2014


Get ready, get set and go to the amazing International Festival of Arts and Ideas, a unique two week long series of events for the family in New Haven that celebrate artistic endeavors, from Saturday, June 14 to Saturday, June 28.

Start your adventure with Free Concerts on the New Haven Green that welcome such performances as Lalah Hathaway with Ruben Studdard (Saturday, 6/14, 7 p.m.), Martha Redbone Roots Project with Cry You One (Sunday, 6/15 , 7 p.m.) or jazz legend Dianne Reeves with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra (Saturday, 6/21, 7 p.m.) to name drop a few.  All you need is a blanket or lawn chair, a cold drink and some enthusiasm.

For the more active minded, there are walking tours of the architecture of Fair Haven (Sunday, 6/22, 1 p.m.), East Rock Park's historic landscape (Saturday, 6/21, 10:30 a.m.)  a stroll through the Grove Street Cemetery (Wednesday, 6/25, 1:30 p.m.)  the Marsh Botanical Garden (Wednesday, 6/18, 5:30 p.m.), or the Yale Beinecke Library (Saturday, 6/21 at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.), among many others.

Hop on your bike and tool around parks and gardens in East Rock all the way to a Strawberry Festival at Hamden's Hindinger Farms (Saturday, 6/14, 2 p.m.).  For the kids, there are clowns to amuse, the Acrobuffs (New Haven Green), a water gladiator show, a Box City (Saturday 6/14 and Sunday 6/15, New Haven Green) for craft fun, a Film Festival and a String Quartet Truck (Saturday, 6/14-19, New Haven Green) for pop-up concerts as well as family events featuring the Mikata Drum Tales from Africa (Tuesday, 6/17. 1:15 p.m., New Haven Green)), dancing Hawaiian style with Kahuna Hula (Thursday, 6/19, 1:15 p.m., New Haven Green) or take a cosmopolitan twist with Tangolando for a Latin-American beat (Wednesday, 6/18, 1:15 p.m , New Haven Green). The possibilities are endless.

Interested in learning about Buildings That Can Save the Planet (Saturday, 6/21. 10:30 a.m., Yale School of Forestry), discovering how  a dance performance of Moses(es) was inspired by a novel by Nora Neale Hurston (Thursday, 6/19. 12:30 p.m., Beinecke Library) or how innovative circus techniques are changing and influencing the art (Wednesday, 6/25, 6:30 p.m., University Theatre).

Groups like the US Coast Guard Dixieland Band will give us jazz, blues and ragtime tunes (Thursday, 6/26, 6 p.m., New Haven Green), the Ashberry Boys (Tuesday, 6/17, noon, New Haven Green) with their amazing harmonies and the Roosevelt Dime (Wednesday, 6/18, noon, New Haven Green) will travel through America's musical roots.  In other corners of New Haven, find films of Alan Berliner as well as Master Classes with Adele Myers and Reggie Wilson (SCSU) in contemporary dance. 

For theater lovers, catch Arguendo, a witty look at a Supreme Court case involving exotic dancers (Yale Rep, 6/18-6/22, $35 and up), or the Yale's Off-Broadway Theater's new musicals (Saturday, 6/14 and Sunday, 6/15 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.), The Events, a new musical show about forgiveness
(Yale Rep, 6/24-28, 8 p.m., $35 and up) or Yale's University Theatre where Traces will be flying high with a memorable circus experience (Tuesday, 6/24-Saturday, 6/28, $35 and up). Tickets for theater events may be purchased at the Shubert Theatre at their box office or by calling 203-562-5666 or 888-736-2663.

Check the newspaper and website at for specific dates, times and locations.  Please note that 80% of the offerings are free.  Planning is necessary so you don't miss any of the astounding performances and events being offered. This is just a sampling of the fine programs.

Let New Haven's grand parade of entertainment and enlightenment be your destination from Saturday, June 14 to Saturday, June 28, for 15 days and nights of specials you won't want to miss!

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