No plans this weekend? No worries! Hartford has enough shows to keep you entertained and satiate your artsy appetite. If exploring the arts and culture was one of your New Year’s resolutions (and if it’s not, it ought to be!), then you’ll want to start with this guide. Peruse the list and use #LetGoArts on Twitter and Instagram to share your art explorations. Want a spot on our blog or 7-day newsletter? Submit all Greater Hartford area arts and cultural events to Events@LetsGoArts.org for consideration. Happy Weekend!
When you see [UA] in the heading, it means the organization is supported by the contributions made to the Arts Council’s Annual United Arts Campaign.
When: Friday, January 9, 8PM (Jan 6 – Jan 11)
Where: The Bushnell
PIPPIN tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life? Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory? The show is noted for many Broadway standards including “Magic To Do,” “Corner of the Sky,” “Glory,” “No Time at All,” “Morning Glow,” and “Love Song.”
Admission: $23-$76. www.bushnell.org
HartBeat Ensemble Presents: SUGAR
When: Friday, January 9, 7:30PM (through January 18)
Where: Carriage House Theater
SUGAR is Robbie McCauley’s autobiographical solo show about living with diabetes, it cracks open the silence about the diabetes epidemic in the U.S. that affects approximately 20 percent of adult African-Americans and is the fourth leading cause of death among African-Americans.
Admission: $20-$25. www.hartbeatensemble.org
Private Lives [UA]
When: Saturday, January 10, 8PM (through February 8)
Where: Hartford Stage
Follow the story of Amanda: vivacious, sexy, sophisticated, and Elyot: virile, charming, and seductive; the epitome of a 1930′s cosmopolitan couple. Until the divorce. Five years later, they are horrified — yet intrigued — to bump into each other while honeymooning in a French hotel with their new spouses. With its stinging barbs and clever wit, Private Lives is Noel Coward’s finest and funniest comedy.
Admission: $25-$85. www.hartfordstage.org
Film: Antarctica: A Year on Ice [UA]
When: Saturday, January 10, 3:35PM, 7:25PM (through Jan. 15)\
Where: Real Art Ways
Antarctica: A Year on Ice tells the story of devoted scientists, technicians, and craftsmen who live there year-round. Isolated from the rest of the world, enduring months of unending darkness followed by periods when the sun never sets, Antarctic residents experience firsthand the beauty and brutality of the most severe environment on Earth.
Second Saturdays for Families [UA]
When: Every Saturday, 10AM-1PM
Where: Wadsworth Atheneum
Explore art with your family, encourage creativity, and expand your imagination through conversation and discovery. Each program is free and includes hands-on art projects, tours for families, live music, and engaging fun through film, theater and dance.
Admission: Free admission 10AM-1PM. www.thewadsworth.org
Opening Reception: Nor’Easter
When: Sunday, January 11, 1PM
Where: New Britain Museum of American Art
Discover the exceptional work of emerging contemporary artists in all media.