Lyric Hall in New Haven, CT

This Week in New Haven (March 20 - 26)

As of 6:28 this morning, winter is gone, and spring is here. Other dualities this week include the spiritual and corporeal, opposite sides of the street and a pair of Westville collaborators.

Monday, March 20
From 7 to 9 p.m., the Spring Equinox and the Wiccan holiday of Ostara get a curious celebration at Curious Goods New Age Shop (417 Campbell Ave, West Haven; 203-932-1193). The schedule includes “two rituals to celebrate the coming of spring,” plus “a meditation, aura cleansing in a crystal grid, gifts, seeds to plant and a feast.” Along with a $10 admission fee, attendees are asked to bring a potluck-style dish or drink to contribute to the meal

Tuesday, March 21
Two back-to-back occasions bridge different sides of Chapel Street. From 5 to 7 p.m., The Grove (760 Chapel St, New Haven; free) hosts an opening reception for Sheroes, an exhibition of art “by and about” female military veterans. Then, from 7 to 9, the Institute Library (847 Chapel St, New Haven; 203-562-4045; $5 suggested donation) hosts its next “Listen Here,” where members of the New Haven Review curate a set of short works to be read by members of the New Haven Theater Company, this time with the theme “shock and awe.”

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Wednesday, March 22
Nationally touring spanner of rock and folk Laura Stevenson tops the free 9:30 show at BAR tonight. Before that comes Adult Mom, “an exploration into the darker subjects of life” via “clever pop songs,” and before that comes twangy, garage-y New Year’s Revolution, a.k.a. NYR. 254 Crown Street, New Haven.

Thursday, March 23
“No ropes can hold them. No power can stop them. No arousal can satisfy them!” So intones the narrator of the (NSFW, but Google-able) trailer for Nightmare Sisters, a 1988 B-movie—“outrageous ’80s trash,” organizers clarify—that starts with a seance gone very wrong. Showing at 8 p.m. during this evening’s Strange Cinema, “a bi-monthly shopping and screening event brought to you by Strange Ways and Lyric Hall” (827 Whalley Ave, New Haven; 203-389-8885), doors open at 6 p.m. for “mingling” and “a themed preshow.” $5.

Friday, March 24
Following a wildly successful opening a couple of weeks ago, the Nasty Women exhibit at the Institute Library (847 Chapel St, New Haven; 203-562-4045) inspires another gathering at 6 p.m. tonight. Dubbed “The Nasty Performance Salon,” it features “poetry, music and performance” from a dozen listed artists and carries a suggested donation of $10.

Saturday, March 25
Winter’s technically over, but CitySeed’s indoor Winter Market isn’t—until 1 p.m. today, that is. Opening at 10 a.m. inside the Metropolitan Business Academy (115 Water Street, New Haven), it’s the last session of the 2017 season, featuring, as always, an abundance of “farm fresh food items” plus “a variety of ‘Saturday brunch’” goodies. (Planning to drive? Get the low-down on the parking situation.)

“A Night at the Peabody Museum” happens tonight at the—well, you know. Lasting from 6 to 9 p.m., the family-friendly itinerary includes a scavenger hunt, face-painting, a fossil dig, a “mystery specimen corner,” behind-the-scenes tours, “live hawks and owls” and some mysterious surprises. “Watch out!” organizers warn. “You never know who (or what) might be awake and wandering around the museum.” $18, or $12 for museum members and Yale employees. 170 Whitney Avenue, New Haven. (203) 432-8987.

Sunday, March 26
From 1 to 3:30 this afternoon at The Grove (760 Chapel St, New Haven), Ann Neumann, author of The Good Death: An Exploration of Dying in America (2016) and currently a visiting scholar at NYU, discusses “How to Approach Death.” Organized by the Yale Humanist Community, the talk covers topics like “the current end-of-life landscape” and “ways to look at our own and other’s deaths directly.” Free.

Written by Dan Mims. Image depicts the reflection of a chandelier inside Lyric Hall. Readers are encouraged to verify times, locations and prices before attending events.

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