This Week in New Haven (April 3 – 9)

T wo teams hunt national titles, while movies, music and literati chase hearts and minds.

Monday, April 3
Screening at 3:30 p.m. in the Yale Science Building, the 2022 documentary Pleistocene Park boasts perhaps the best tagline ever: “A Russian scientist—part genius, part madman, a vanished Ice Age ecosystem, a climatic time bomb, and a crazy plan to save the world.”

There’s more than one way to paint an egg. At 6 at Ives Main Library, “learn how to use the EggBot while decorating one-of-a-kind wooden Easter eggs to bring home with you!” Also at 6, at Mitchell Library, “discover the ancient art of making Pysanky—intricately decorated Ukrainian Easter eggs. … Learn a few of the traditional symbols and patterns, and experiment with some of your own!”

At 9:20 on CBS and Paramount+, the UConn men’s basketball team aim to cap off a dark horse national championship run against fellow dark horse San Diego State.

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Tuesday, April 4
Winter’s past, but Ingmar Bergman’s Winter Light, screening at 7 p.m. at Best Video and “explor[ing] the search for redemption” amid a seemingly “meaningless existence,” might just be timeless. “Small-town pastor Tomas Ericsson (Gunnar Björnstrand) performs his duties mechanically before a dwindling congregation, including his stubbornly devoted lover, Märta (Ingrid Thulin). When he is asked to assuage a troubled parishioner’s (Max von Sydow) debilitating fear of nuclear annihilation, Tomas is terrified to find that he can provide nothing but his own doubt. The beautifully photographed Winter Light is an unsettling look at the human craving for personal validation in a world seemingly abandoned by God.”

Wednesday, April 5
There’s a tough but seemingly no-lose choice today at Yale: between a 4 p.m. talk by “cultural critic, freelance journalist, author and novelist” Tara Isabella Burton discussing her work as “A Culture Critic Amidst the Culture Wars” and, also at 4, award-winning novelist, critic and Princeton lecturer Garth Greenwell discussing “Reading in an Age of Crisis” during the opening event of The Yale Review’s Spring Literary Festival.

Thursday, April 6
As of this writing, a few tickets remain for Barcelona UNCORKED at Barcelona Wine Bar downtown, where “thirty world-class, engaging, and dynamic wines will be poured enthusiastically for all ticket holders” from 5:30 to 8 p.m. “This immersive experience is a chance to find your new favorite and will also include a bounty of Chef’s incredible offerings.”

Crooklyn (1994), “a semi-autobiographical family tale written by siblings Spike, Joie, and Cinqué Lee,” screens at 7 in 35mm at Yale’s Humanities Quadrangle. “Set 50 years ago in Bed-Stuy, this ‘warmly nostalgic coming-of-age drama’ is ‘at once street smart and sweetly sentimental’ (Joe Leydon). The Staple Singers, Sly Stone, Curtis Mayfield, Smokey Robinson, and Stevie Wonder grace the soundtrack.”

The Quinnipiac men’s hockey team are also in the hunt for a national championship. Tonight at 8:30 on ESPN2, they face off against the University of Michigan in the Frozen Four, hopefully followed by a fight for the national title Saturday night at 8.

Friday, April 7
Combo Chimbita bring their instantly interesting “Afro-Caribbean transcendence, bewildering chants, booming drums and psychedelic distortion” to an 8 p.m. bill at Hamden’s Space Ballroom, with Connecticut band Zanders delightfully melding indie rock and musical theater in the opening slot.

Saturday, April 8
₦‡₲Ħ†’s next Goth Night at Partners Cafe promises dancing powered by darkwave, goth and industrial, as usual. Also as usual, the planners have written a sunny blurb for the party, which starts at 10 p.m.: “The dead world awakens. Flowers push through the soil like resurrected zombies clawing up from the grave. We join the thaw and prepare our Rites of Spring with elixirs from the earth and music from the deepest recesses of the abyss. Death cannot stop us now.”

Sunday, April 9 – Easter
Holiday brunches and meals happen downtown at the Omni and Jazzy’s; across the harbor at Amarante’s and Anthony’s; and back across the harbor at Il Gabbiano.

Written by Dan Mims. Image 1 features the EggBot. Image 2 features a still from Winter Light. Image 3, photographed by Camila Falquez, features Combo Chimbita. Readers are encouraged to verify times, locations, prices and other details 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.

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