This Week in New Haven (March 27 – April 2)

This Week in New Haven (March 27 – April 2)

T his week is for collectors—of hot wins, of frozen plasma and of fresh produce, among other things. 

Monday, March 27
Squaring off with Oregon, the UConn women’s basketball team goes for its record-extending 111th straight win—and a spot in its 10th straight Final Four—at 7 p.m. Catch the game at home on ESPN, or ask your local bartender to put it on, or see it live in Webster Bank Arena (600 Main St, Bridgeport), though you’ll have to try your luck on the secondary ticket market because it’s technically sold out.

Tuesday, March 28
“After the atomic bombing at the end of World War II, anxieties about survival in the nuclear age led scientists to begin stockpiling and freezing hundreds of thousands of blood samples from indigenous communities around the world.” That’s the jump-off point for historian of medicine and Yale assistant professor Joanna Radin’s Life on Ice: A History of New Uses for Old Blood, a book she’ll be discussing at 4:30 p.m. in Sterling Memorial Library. 120 High Street, New Haven. Free.

Later, the high-registered rockish band Portugal. The Man headlines an 8 p.m. bill at College Street Music Hall (238 College St, New Haven; 203-867-2000) with openers emcee Black Daniels and hip-hop artist HDBeenDope. $25-27.

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Wednesday, March 29
Tonight at 9, Yale’s Digital Media Center for the Arts (149 York St, New Haven) hosts Bauhaus Boogie—a free “dance/movement workshop for architects, artists and dancers of any ilk,” including among the general public. “Come to a new understanding of our architectural environment through a series of dance exercises,” organizers say, while also reminding us to “wear comfortable clothes and come prepared to move.”

Thursday, March 30
At 6:30 p.m., the Ives Main Library (133 Elm St, New Haven; 203-946-8835) hosts the Yale Science Diplomats for “This is Your Brain on Gaming: The Realities of the Virtual World.” Part of the group’s “Science in the News” discussion series, this installment’s featured speakers plan to explain “the overall impact of video games on our physical health as well as our cognitive, emotional and social states,” among other things.

Friday, March 31
Tonight at Lyric Hall (827 Whalley Ave, New Haven; 203-389-8885), Elm City Dance Collective premieres If You Knew You Then, a tongue- and body-twisting original show choreographed by ECDC artistic director Kellie Lynch. “Inspired by memories of the dancers’ younger selves”—whose older selves are pictured above—Lynch says “the audience can expect highly physical movement, humor, pop culture references and some storytelling.” Showtimes are 7 and 9 p.m. today, tomorrow, next Friday and next Saturday, with tickets costing $25 in advance or $30 at the door.

“It is Annie Desmond’s 16th birthday and her friends have decided to help her celebrate in style, complete with a brand new tattoo. Before her special night is over, however, Annie and her friends enter into a life-altering pact.” That’s how Collective Consciousness Theatre sets the stage for its production of Milk Like Sugar, an OBIE Award-winning play currently getting its Connecticut premiere inside Erector Square (315 Peck St, Bldg 6 W, Fl 2, Studio D). Opening a two-weekend run tonight at 8—after a preview last night, also at 8—tickets cost $20, or $10 for students.

Saturday, April 1 – April Fools’ Day
It’s the first Saturday of the season for CitySeed’s Wooster Square Farmers’ Market. Happening from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. along DePalma Court between Chapel and Wooster Streets—and continuing weekly into the foreseeable future—organizers say you can expect to find “fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, seafood, artisan breads, homemade pies, honey, milk and cheese, native plants, herbs and specialty food items.”

Sunday, April 2
The latest New Haven Restaurant Week, conceived to deliver an unusually good value at 31 of the city’s finer restaurants—like 116 Crown, Barcelona, Harvest, L’Orcio, Miya’s, Olea, Soul de Cuba and Union League Cafe—begins today and ends next Friday. Built around special prix fixe menus, the week’s two-course lunches cost $17 and three-course dinners go for $34, not including taxes, tips or drinks.

Written by Dan Mims. Photo, taken by James Lastowski, provided courtesy of Elm City Dance Collective. Readers are encouraged to verify times, locations and prices before attending events.

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Dan has worked for a couple of major media companies, but he likes Daily Nutmeg best. As DN’s editor, he writes, photographs, edits and otherwise shepherds ideas into fully realized feature stories, helped in no small part by a small team of dedicated contributors.

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