Come celebrate New Haven and the 2017 International Festival of Arts and Ideas until Saturday, June 24. Every day in a dozen exciting ways, the Festival is offering a plethora of activities, 80% free for the taking, for the whole family to enjoy.
Think of the Festival as a giant gift box filled with surprises and goodies for your pleasure. Open it to see what jumps out. Attend the world premiere of "Whitman, Melville, Dickinson-Passions of Bloom" by Martin Bresnick, a literary exploration on Tuesday, June 20 at 8 p.m. at Sprague Hall, 470 College Street ($35-65). For some south of the border rhythms, go listen to "Afro Peruvian New Trends Orquestra " Monday, June 19 at 8:30 p.m. at Center Church, 250 Temple Street ($10).
How about a walking tour of Wooster Street to learn about the Immigrant Experience on Wednesday, June 21 at 5:30 p.m. (free) or a bike ride to the Ninth Square (free). Discover the tasty dish Rolie Polie Guacamole for a mash of funk, rock and folk music at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 14 at the United Church on the Green ($10) . Take a peek at the fascination of an Open Ring Circus on Thursday, June 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the New Haven Green (free).
For an intriguing conversation, come learn about playwright August Wilson with Constanza Romeso and Harry J. Elam Jr. at the Yale University Art Gallery (free) on Thursday, June 22 at 5:30 p.m. or one with Taylor Mac and Bassem Youssef at the Yale University Art Gallery on Saturday, June 24 at 3 p.m. (free).
If you enjoy music, the Yale Institute for Music Theatre at the Off Broadway Theatre is presenting a pair of new staged singings, "Gumbo" and "Cowboy Bob," on Friday and Saturday, June 24 and 25 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. both days ($25). Grab a lawn chair and the kiddies for some headline concerts on the New Haven Green on Saturday, June 17 at 6 p.m. with TROKER and Fulaso, on Sunday, June 18 at 7 p.m., with Jimmy Greene Quartet and the NHSO, and on Saturday, June 24 at 7 p.m. with The Wailers and Rusted Root (free).
Whether you're exclaiming over the Anti Gravity show LEO at the University Theatre on Friday, June 23 at 8 p.m. or Saturday, June 24 at noon and 3 p.m ($35-55) or the smooth samba sounds of the Bossa Nova Project on the New Haven Green on Friday, June 23 at noon (free), there are tons of treats courtesy of New Haven's International Festival of Arts and Ideas. Go online to www.artidea.org for a full schedule. The unique power packed fun begins now.