Jun 9, 2014
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International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven Has Great Line-Up

 International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven Has Great Line-Up

Grammy nominated country songwriter Brandy Clark is on the bill for this year's festival.

It may sound like hype to call this year’s International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven the best yet, so we won’t go quite that far. But it promises to be a fun, heady and entertaining two weeks that begins June 14 and runs through June 28.

This city is arguably the state’s cultural capital, so the festival is something of a June exclamation point — an intense focus of talent and art arranged by festival executive director Mary Lou Aleskie and staff — as well as an early summer echo of yearlong pursuits in and out of the city’s prestigious institution of Yale.

So what’s on tap for starters? Well, if you like classy and proper, there’s the Governor’s Arts Awards presentation and opening ceremony and panel discussion at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Yale University Art Gallery on Chapel Street. This year’s recipients are Tim Prentice, kinetic sculptor of West Cornwall; Christopher Plummer, veteran actor of Weston; and Luanne Rice, best-selling author of Old Lyme, the festival has announced.

(Above, Traces combines traditional, high-flying acrobatic forms with movement from the streets, such as break-dancing, skateboarding and basketball.)

For goofy and fun, there’s the noon and 5 p.m. performance on the New Haven Green by circus theater group Compagnie Barolsolo with “Ile O” (also on Sunday), whose gig involves two clowns, a pool of water, some musical props and a climbing pole.

Many events during the festival are free (see calendar at artidea.org), including Saturday night’s opening night show on the Green with Lalah Hathaway and Ruben Studdard (where the guv’s arts awards will be recapped and arts patrons honored in front of thousands of people). Sunday night’s show includes Martha Redbone Roots Project with Cry You One on the Green (both shows begin at 7 p.m.)

But there are paid events kicking off the fest, too. Cellist Erik Friedlander will perform “Block Ice & Propane: Taking Trips to Amerca,” featuring his homey and haunting music to images taken by his photographer father Lee (1 p.m. Saturday at Iseman Theater on Chapel Street, $35-$55). Think Ken Burns film music, which he has done.

See the full story at the New Haven Register and the official site for the International Festival of Arts & Ideas.


International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven Has Great Line-Up

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