Hartford has a lot going for it during the fall from colorful foliage, to locally produced fruits and vegetables at the Farmer’s Market, and, of course, tons of arts events. Case in point? These highlights for the weekend which include EVITA (highly recommended!), a musical based on First Lady, Eva Peron in 1940s Argentina; ArtAround the West End featuring the works of Hartford artists; a boozy party at Mark Twain House and Museum; and a fall arts reception that consists of local bites and beer. Read on for more and tag us on Instagram at letsgoarts_org with your weekend ‘grams.
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When: Friday, September 26, 7:30PM
Where: Mortensen Hall, The Bushnell
Musical fans unite! Discover the story of how Eva Peron, adored by the people of Argentina as a champion for the poor, became one of the most powerful women in the world.
Admission: $21-$80. 860-987-5900. www.bushnell.org
Artist Reception: ArtAround the West End
When: Friday, September 26, 6:30-9:30PM
Where: Unitarian Society of Hartford, West End
Discover the latest artworks and meet the artists behind them at the ArtAround reception and silent auction. Exhibits will also be open on Saturday and Sunday.
Admission: Free. www.artaroundthewestend.com
4th Friday @ the Arts Café
When: Friday, September 26, 7:30PM-9:00PM
Where: Marlborough Arts Center, Marlborough
Enjoy traditional and contemporary folk music by John Johnson and Lyn Gagne of “Rusty Implements.” BYOWine; refreshments available.
Admission: $8. 860-295-9389. www.marlborougharts.org
Tapping Into Twain [UA]
When: Friday, September 26, 5:30PM-9:30PM
Where: Mark Twain House & Museum
Get an early start on Oktoberfest with Mark Twain House and Museum’s party of the year featuring twenty regional breweries, micro-breweries and home brewers plus over a dozen local restaurants and live music.
Admission: $45; $20 for designated drivers. 860-280-3130. www.marktwainhouse.org
Ether Dome [UA]
When: Saturday, September 27 (through October 29), 7:30PM
Where: Hartford Stage
Based on the true story of Hartford’s own Dr. Horace Wells who discovered ether as an anesthetic in 1846, Ether Dome is a psychological thriller that pits three men against each other on their quest for salvation, scientific prowess, and glory.
Admission: $25-$85. 860-527-5151. www.hartfordstage.org
The Streets of Hartford 2
When: Saturday, September 27, 10AM-11:30AM
Where: Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford
Take a street tour of Cedar Hill including capitol city streets, Hoadley Place and Seymour with guide, Patrick Haggerty.
Admission: $5 (free for members). 860-956-3311. www.cedarhillfoundation.org
When: Saturday, September 27, 8PM
Where: Asylum Hill Congregational Church
Enjoy a unique fusion of jazz, bossa nova, and classical music by Diego Figueiredo.
Admission: $30. 860-249-1132. www.ctguitar.org
Fall Exhibit Reception
When: Saturday, September 27, 5-8PM
Where: Maple and Main Gallery, Chester
Explore the latest artwork by Women Artists Collective and enjoy tastings of pesto and crackers by local brands, as well as fall beer.
Admission: 860-526-6065. www.mapleandmaingallery.com
11th Annual India Fair
When: Sunday, September 28, 10AM-5PM
Where: Bushnell Park
Featuring traditional food, music, dance and crafts of India, this all-day family-friendly festival benefits Hartford’s Camp Courant and My Sisters’ Place.
Admission: Free. 860-214-7180. www.milanusa.org
Executive Forum: Beyond the News Headlines with Peter Beinart
When: Tuesday, September 30, 6PM-8PM
Where: The Society Room of Hartford
Want exclusive insight on today’s most pressing foreign policy issues? Attend the Executive Forum with Peter Beinart, writer of the New York Times and The Daily Beast, who will discuss foreign policy in Washington, Israeli democracy, and the crisis of Zionism.
Admission: $40-$50. 860-241-6118. www.ctwac.org
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