This Week in New Haven (March 25 - 31)

This Week in New Haven (March 25 - 31)

Yale follows its March Madness loss last night with the best revenge: living well, in this case by experiencing “new dimensions of connection,” a “guided compassion meditation” and the story of someone who “resisted the language of victimization.”

Monday, March 25
The Easter Bunny’s here all week at the Connecticut Post Mall in Milford—and today from 4 to 8 p.m., you can grab a registration-encouraged photo with your pet(s), who “must be leashed or crated when entering the mall.”

Tuesday, March 26
Today through Thursday in The Dome at Yale’s Schwarzman Center, you can be “transported to a beautiful digital dream world” via Slumberland, a “live virtual reality experience” billed as an “unparalleled hybrid of documentary audio, theater, game design, and immersive art.” Interacting with fellow participants as well as a live actor inside the virtual space, participants will “bear witness to stars containing the stories of Earth’s sleepless youth, created from interviews with young adults about insomnia. They are free to wander through the subjects’ bedrooms, catch astral voices falling from the heavens, and explore new dimensions of connection that can only exist in virtual space.”

Wednesday, March 27
At 7 p.m., four monks from Gaden Monastery—founded in 1409, according to its website, as “the first monastery of the Gelugpa School of Tibetan Buddhism”—come to Yale’s Linsly-Chittenden Hall to lead a “guided compassion meditation” and “talk on the cultivation of compassion in today’s world.”

Thursday, March 28
At 5:30 p.m. at the Yale University Art Gallery, Annette Richards, Cornell’s university organist, discusses an obscure but fascinating historical figure: “the young Viennese virtuosa Maria Theresia von Paradis, who during the 1780s made blindness visible, even audible, in concerts across Europe. Her performances invited listeners and viewers—primed by horror ballads and literary romance—to experience her story of trauma and misfortune within the framework of fictional narratives of doomed innocence and victimized Gothic heroines. Even as she sold pity for profit, her outspoken views on blindness, informed by her own experience as well as by the contemporary philosophical discourse of Diderot, Condillac, Herder, and many others, explicitly resisted the language of victimization.”

At 6 at RJ Julia in Madison, Rachel Slade discusses her recent book, Making It in America: The Almost Impossible Quest to Manufacture in America (and How It Got That Way). “Discover the gripping tale of Ben and Whitney Waxman’s relentless pursuit to revive ethical manufacturing in the heart of Maine. From battling personal demons to confronting global economic challenges, their story illuminates the intricate web of American industry, labor, and resilience.”

Friday, March 29
Around 10 a.m., a local hiker named Amy Marie Alford plans to spread Easter joy by hiding 60 Easter eggs throughout Hamden’s Sleeping Giant State Park. “I have 30 eggs filled with a scratch ticket, and the remainder with a pocket compass coin and some contain both items,” she writes. Also: “Please DO NOT monopolize the Easter Eggs, and be kind enough to leave some behind for others!!”

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and tomorrow, the Easter Bunny joins East Haven’s Shore Line Trolley Museum for family-oriented trolley rides, scavenger hunts, photo ops and gifts for the kids.

A Good Friday gospel concert hosted by comedian Will Johnson and presented by New Haven’s Youth and Recreation Department features Hezekiah Walker & Love Fellowship Choir, Todd Dulaney Tyreese Hall & the Golden Stars.

Saturday, March 30
If you time it right, you can hit at least two local Easter egg hunts: an 8 a.m. hunt in a New Haven park to be announced and a 10 a.m. hunt in Branford’s Pardee Park.

You might also make it to an Easter/Spring Shop & Stroll at ReRead Books & More in Cheshire from 11 to 3. The event promises “Easter flowers, Easter bunny visits, vendors, Easter train exhibit” plus live music (from noon to 2), a food truck and a mobile bar.

At 8, Space Ballroom in Hamden hosts Broadway Rave, “a musical theater dance party.” “Come sing along to all of your favorite broadway hits while dressed up as your favorite character. We’ll have surprise guests from some of your favorite Broadway stars!”

At 10, Indian “restobar” Pura Barosa hosts a Bollywood dance party and Holi celebration. “Experience the vibrant joy of the festival of colors! Join us for a colorful Neon Holi DJ Night featuring… DJ Siddu spinning the top hits from Bollywood, Tollywood, and Punjabi!”

Sunday, March 31 – Easter
Formal Easter meals include a “grand buffet” at Anthony’s Ocean View, a “buffet-style brunch” at The Vue in Hamden and lunch-to-dinner three-course prix fixe seatings at the Madison Beach Hotel.

Written by Dan Mims. Readers are encouraged to verify times, locations, prices and other details before attending events.

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