International Festival of Arts & Ideas Kick-Off Gala
Friday, June 13, 2014 - 5:00pm
Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
121 Wall St., New Haven, CT 06511
(Location is wheelchair accessible)
The 2014 International Festival of Arts & Ideas launches on Friday, June 13 with a private cocktail hour and dinner at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. The Kick-Off Gala dinner will feature as special guests 2014 Festival artists including spoken word artist Lemon Andersen (County of Kings), dancer and choreographer Adele Myers (Einstein’s Happiest Thought) and Reggie Wilson whose work Moses(es) is inspired by Zora Neale Hurston’s 1939 novel Moses: Man of the Mountain. The Beinecke Library’s archive includes the Zora Neale Hurston Collection, which will be on display for Gala attendees viewing.
Immediately following dinner, guests will attend a special performance in the Iseman Theater of Erik Friedlander’s Block Ice & Propane, an Americana-inspired evening of music about his travels across the US. Inspired by family road trips across America with his famous MacArthur Award winning father Lee Friedlander, Erik devised this evening as a reflection on the sounds of our country. Photographs of Lee Friedlander and Milt Hinton are on display in an extraordinary exhibit at the Yale University Art Gallery.
The evening will conclude with a post-performance desert reception and toast with Erik Friedlander and other Festival artists. For sponsors and table buyers there will be a private curator lead tour of the exhibition before the celebration kicks off.
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the Festival's website.