New Haven’s 375th birthday is today. The area was settled on April 24, 1638. A lot has happened since.
The city is celebrating the milestone in a number of ways, none of them as lavish or as hyped as, say, its 350th anniversary celebration, but still a grand old time in honor of a very old city. Tonight (Wednesday, April 24) at around 7 p.m. they’re unveiling, or rather switching on, a laser-lighting public artwork titled Night Rainbow/Global Rainbow New Haven by artist Yvette Mattern. The sculpture sends streams of colored lights into the night sky, and should be visible for miles around East Rock, where the work is erected.
There are a bunch of gatherings around town to view Night Rainbow/Global Rainbow New Haven. The official gala, with a $150 admission fee, has been moved from the penthouse floor of Crown Street garage to indoors at Roia restaurant at 261 College Street. Apparently it’s going to be really windy tonight.
On Saturday April 27, the city provides three hours of celebratory activities on New Haven Green. Here’s the latest revised schedule from the city department of Arts, Culture and Tourism (http://www.cityofnewhaven.com/artsculturetourism), edited and rearranged by us for typos and clarity:
1 p.m. Future Project’s Duck Bloated Quackers (Stage One)
1:15 p.m.: New Haven Public Schools student performers (Stage Two)
2:05 p.m.: Ukrainian Society (Stage One)
2:15 p.m.: Kenneth Reveiz reciting his poetry (Stage Two)
2:20 p.m.: Contemporary Classical Ballet Theater (Stage One)
2:30 p.m.: Kristen Graves, folksinger (Stage Two)
2:45 p.m.: Esther Golton, folksinger (Stage Two)
3 p.m.: Elm City Dance Collective (Stage One)
3:10 p.m.: Instrumentally Native Taking on the Classics, aka INTAKE (Stage Two)
3:30 p.m.: Music Haven’s All Honors Orchestra (Stage One)
3:40 p.m.: Music Haven’s Harmony in Action (Stage One)
3:50 p.m.: TRN Gospel (Stage Two)
4 p.m.: Lancraft Fife and Drum Corps (Stage One)
Demonstrations and Activities
(at various areas around the Green for the whole time of the festival)
• Alisa’s House of Salsa dance demonstrations
• The Future Project (which “transforms” high schools by encouraging students’ dreams)
Long Wharf Theatre Education Tent, with storytelling and craft activities at 1 p.m. (“Origin of Fishes”), 2 p.m. (“How Spider Obtained the Sky”) and 3 p.m. (“Bear and the Fox”)
• New Haven Museum (tricorn hatmaking fun)
• Project Storefronts’ butterfly-themed Metamorphosis Project
• Schooner Inc.’s educational Touch Tank
• Zumba fitness routines
Speeches and Ceremonies
• Mayor DeStefano, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro and former U.S. Solicitor General Drew Days of the Yale Law School present opening remarks at 1:10 p.m. on Stage One.
• The infamous “Lincoln Oak,” under which a skeleton was found when the tree was uprooted last October by Hurricane Sandy, will be replanted in a special ceremony at 1:30 p.m.
Rides and Other Events
• Horse-drawn carriage rides around New Haven Green
• Center Church on the Green will be open to visitors
• Trinity Church on the Green is showing two short documentaries, The New Haven Green: Heart of a City (narrated by Paul Giamatti) and Grove Street Cemetery: City of the Dead, City of the Living.
• United Church on the Green will screen the documentary Amistad Revolt: All We Want Is Make Us Free
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