This Week in New Haven (March 15 - 21)

This Week in New Haven (March 15 - 21)

As days trend warmer, evenings lengthen, vaccinations proceed and restrictions lighten, our social reality remains still mostly, sensibly virtual—for now.

Monday, March 15
The fifth and sixth entrants in Transpositions: Dance Poems for an Online World, an extended, ongoing video series co-presented by the Yale Dance Lab and Schwarzman Center, premiere today at 9 a.m. Part 5 features choreography by Aki Sasamoto, who “works in sculpture, performance, video, and more” and has exhibited all around the world. Part 6 features choreography by hometown heroes Kellie Ann Lynch and Lindsey Bauer, co-artistic directors of the Elm City Dance Collective.

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Tuesday, March 16
Starting at noon, the next installment of Ives Squared’s Artrepreneur series—in which Eric Rey “interviews New Haven locals who are both artists and entrepreneurs, talking about their journeys and lives”—features musician and producer Stephen “Gritz” King, who records and performs as the “keyboardist for Phat A$tronaut and alto saxophonist everywhere else.” Free; registration required.

Wednesday, March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day
Oak Haven Table & Bar (932 State St, New Haven; 203-915-6806) is marking the holiday from 6:30 to 9:30 p..m. with a Rare Irish Whiskey Dinner featuring five traditional-with-a-twist courses paired with the “oldest and most sought-after Irish whiskies” the restaurant could find—which is why the price tag is $175.

For a more relaxed and casual St. Patrick’s Day, The Playwright (1232 Whitney Ave, Hamden; 203-287-2401) is offering its normal down-home mid-pandemic Irish pub experience—plus live music courtesy of Jeff Conlon from 3 to 7 p.m. and Bobby Morrill from 7 to 10.

Thursday, March 18
In a 6 p.m. talk sponsored by the New Haven Museum, environmental scientist Peter LeTourneau “explore the beauty, history and culture of the traprock landscapes” of New England and, of course, New Haven, with an assist from the “spectacular photography of Robert Pagini.” Free; registration required.

Spring officially begins Saturday, but you can get there a little early with a Hop into Spring Trivia Night at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $60 for teams of up to four, with proceeds benefiting Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven.

Yale Cabaret’s season continues with Expats Anonymous, a Zoom play written by Rachel Chin and performed in collaboration with artists in Singapore. The pitch: “In the midst of a pandemic, thousands of unemployed expatriates in Singapore face deportation. A young Malaysian-Chinese woman must compete with other ‘foreigners’ for a single job opening and the chance to stay.” The point: examining “what it means to belong… and what it costs to survive.” Tickets for all four performances—at 8 p.m. today through Saturday and also 5 p.m. on Saturday—cost $6, with discounts for Yale faculty/staff and students.

Friday, March 19
The second and final weekend of the 2021 Yale Playwrights Festival, which offers “virtual readings of 13 new, student-written plays” read by “casts of Yale actors,” begins at 4 p.m. with Kevin Tang’s Retracing Echoes. Ella Attell and Daniel Blokh’s Nomad Genes follows at 7 p.m., followed in turn by four more plays spread throughout the day tomorrow. Free; registration required.

Written by Dan Mims. Image, featuring Lindsey Bauer and Kellie Ann Lynch, photographed by Lotta Studio. Readers are encouraged to verify times, locations and prices before attending events.

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