SHANTALA SHIVALINGAPPA, an Indian dancer who specializes in the traditional South Indian dance form of Kuchipudi, will present the U.S. premiere of the solo work "Akasha" at the Co-Op High School , 177 College St. Wednesday, June 26 to Friday, June 28, all at 8 p.m. (Entrance on College and Crown Streets). Running time is 90 minutes. Tickets are $35 and $45. General admission.
Jazzman Christian McBride & Inside Straight (including New Haven native Christian Sands in the acoustic quintet), plays Thursday, June 20 at 8 p.m. at Morese Recital Hall at Sprague Hall., 470 College St. Tickets are $35 and $45. General admission.
Yale Choral Artists, play Friday. June 21 at 8 p.m. at the Church of St. Mary, 5 Hillhouse Ave. Tickets are $35 and $45. Running time is one hour. General admission.
Italy's Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, plays Monday, June 24 at 8 p.m. at University Theatre, 222 York St. Running time is 90 minutes. Tickets are $35 and $45. General admission.
The new music ensemble Le Train Bleu will perform John Luther Adams' "songbirdsongs" at the Marsh Botanical Gardens, 222 Mansfield St. on Sunday, June 23 at 5 p.m. Running time is one hour. Tickets are $35 for standing and roaming; $45 with lawn chair. General; admission.
Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir will perform "The Words of Painted Sounds" on Wednesday, June 26 at 8 p.m. at the Church of St. Mary, 5 Hillhouse Ave. Running time is 90 minutes. Tickets are $35 and $45. General admission.
Documentaries by Spike Lee and Sam Pollard will be screened free at the Yale Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St. along with in person talks by Lee and Pollard. Lee's "4 Little Girls" (1997), Friday, June 14 at 7 p.m." followed by a question and answer with producer Pollard; Lee's "If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise" (2010) on Saturday, June 15 at noon, followed by a 4:15 p.m. panel discussion; and Lee's "Bad 25" (2012) on Sunday, June 16 at noon, followed by a 2:30 p.m. question and answer with Lee; and Sam Pollard's "Slavery By Another Name" (2012) on Sunday, June 16 at 3:30 p.m., followed by a question and answer at 5 p.m. by Pollard.
There is a free Children's Film Festival Saturday, June 15 from 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel St.
All ideas events are free.
Festival artists will be part of the iodeas side of the festival, too.: Aaron Neville will speak on the artistic home and creativity Saturday, June 15 at 3 p.m; the Governor's Arts Awards recipients at 3 p.m,. on June 15; Kronos Quartet's David Harrington and Wu Man will speak Sunday, June 23 at 1 p.m.; and a performer from a past festival, Rosanne Cash on Saturday, June 29 at 1 p.m.; all at the Yale University Art Gallery. Shantala Shivalingappa, Byron Au Yong and Danny Mekonnen speak Tuesday, June 25 at 5:30 p.m. at the Yale Center for British Art.
"Preparing for 2050: The Changing Face of Race in America" with Rev. Dr. Frederick "Jerry" Streets, Sunday, June 16 at 1 p.m. at Yale University Art Gallery.
"Richard Sennett: Together — The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation" with Sennett ("The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation"), Sunday, June 16 at 3 p.m. at the Yale University Art Gallery.
"Joshua Foer: Revisiting the Hunter-Gatherer Life" with Foer ("Moonwalking with Einstein"), on Tuesday, June 18 at 5:30 p.m. with the Yale Center for British Art.
"Reintegrate: Enhancing Collaborations in the Arts and Sciences" on Wednesday, June 19 at 5:30 p.m. at the Yale Center for British Art.
"Global Innovators: From Recession to Prosperity" on Thursday, June 20 at 5:30 p.m. at the Yale University Art Gallery.
"Simon Critchley and Jamieson Webster: Shakespeare, a Difference — Reinterpreting 'Hamlet' and Other Plays" on Saturday, June 22 at 1 p.m. at Yale University Art Gallery.
"Benjamin Barber: If Mayors Ruled the World" on Saturday, June 22 at 3 p.m. at Yale University Art Gallery.
"Demographics and the U.S. Workforce" on Wednesday, June 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the Yale Center for Brtitish Art.
"Marion Nestle: The Politics of Food" on Thursday, June 27 at 5:30 p.m. at Yale Art Gallery.
There are also free master classes by some of the festival's artists: Sunday, June 16 at 10 a.m. with Broken Umbrella; Tuesday, June 18 at 10 a.m. with David Dimitri of L'Homme Cirque; Thursday, June 20 at 10 a.m. with puppeteers with the Bristol Old Vic production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream;" Sunday, June 23 at 2 p.m. with artists of Compagnie Kafig and a performance by Guinga Brasileria; Sunday, June 23 at 6 p.m. with the Bhangra Dance Party with Funkadesi; Friday, June 29 at 10 a.m. with Shantala Shivalingappa.
There's also a "Play-In" for string musicians on June 22 at 6 p.m.; walking tours, exhibition tours and gallery talks, bike tours and food tours and experiences. See the festival's web site for more details.
INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF ARTS & IDEAS: Tickets are available at www.artidea.org and through the Shubert Theater box office, 247 College St. Discounted parking for festival available on the website.