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Arts and Ideas Flood New Haven at International Festival

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If you're looking for a quick family outing from Boston or New York between now and June 30th, hop a train to New Haven, Connecticut, and visit the International Festival of Arts and Ideas.

The two-week festival, which brought in $20 million, and more than 100,000 visitors last year, has a diverse program of concerts, dance performances, plays, art installations and culinary tours this year, taking place at more than two dozen venues around the city. Eighty percent of the festival events are free.

Don't miss the Mark Morris Dance Group's performances of A Lake; Jesu, Mein Freude (pictured above) and Gloria accompanied by a full live orchestra and choir, in the form of the Yale Collegium Players and Choral Artists (whom Morris will be conducting). Taiwan's Contemporary Legend Theater director, Wu Hsing-Kuo will be putting on a solo show of King Lear, Peking Opera style, and will be joined by traditional Chinese musicians to bring the show home. Or to bring you to Taiwan. You know what I mean.
 
I've got my eye on the 34 Puñaladas concert: the Argentine guitar quartet will strum classic tangos from the 1920's and '30s, inspired by the seedy underbelly of Porteño street life that characterized Buenos Aires in the early 20th century.
 
And there will be some thought-provoking panel discussions to attend as well, like the dialogue between award winning author Ha Jin, and Tony Award winner David Henry Hwang, on the U.S.-China literary landscape. Slate's Political Gabfest will be podcasting live at the Yale Center for British Art, which happens to hold the largest collection of British art outside the United Kingdom.
 
The entire festival will close on June 30th with a concert by music royalty in the form of Roseanne Cash (daughter of Johnny), who will perform country music standards from her album The List on the New Haven Green.

Grab a white clam pizza to go beforehand at the nearby Frank Pepe's Pizzeria Napoletana (157 Wooster St.; 203/865-5762) a Connecticut institution credited with inventing the city’s very own style of pizza. It's a must try for any newbie to New Haven.
 
For a full list of events visit the festival website.

 

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Marguerite A. Suozzi is an Assistant Research Editor at Travel + Leisure.


Photo courtesy of Nan Melville

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