Happy Weekend! If you’re lucky you’ve got a three day weekend ahead of you, and if you’re really lucky, you’ll have time to explore what arts and cultural events Hartford has to offer. Starting with a CANvas meetup at the Fire & Ice party at Bushnell Park tonight for an evening of networking, ice skating, and photography by local artist, Ray Lamoureux (you can also check out his photography portrait exhibition at 100 Pearl Street Gallery). Catch a production of Romeo and Juliet at the Theater of Performing Arts and Private Lives at Hartford Stage. Enjoy a free comedy show by Sea Tea Improv at City Steam on Sunday. And end your weekend with a museum crawl on Martin Luther King Jr. Day by taking advantage of free admission at Mark Twain House & Museum, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Wadsworth Atheneum, and Imagine Nation (for the kids). Peruse the full list below and add any suggestions in the comments.
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.
CANvas Fire & Ice Meetup
When: Friday, January 16, 5:30PM
Where: Pump House, Bushnell Park
Mix, mingle, ice skate, and discover artwork by Ray Lamoureux at January’s CANvas meetup at Winterfest’s Fire & Ice party.
Admission: Suggested donation: $10. www.bushnellpark.org/events/fire-ice-party.
Not a member? Join CANvas to network with fellow professionals and receive exclusive discounts on arts and cultural events.
Private Lives [UA]
When: Friday, January 16, 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: $20-$85. www.hartfordstage.org
Romeo & Juliet
When: Friday, January 16, 7:30PM (through January 24)
Where: Theater of the Performing Arts
Romeo and Juliet is Shakespeare’s most famous and tragic love story. Two families hate each other so completely and so blindly, that they simply cannot accept that their children have fallen in love. In this modern production, Romeo and Juliet will both be women.
Admission: $5-$10. www.crec.org/theater
HartBeat Ensemble Presents: SUGAR [UA]
When: Saturday, January 17, 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
CONCORA: Wine, Jazz & Song [UA]
When: Saturday, January 17, 6PM-9PM
Where: First Church, Farmington
Enjoy live jazz and classic songs by CONCORA singers over delectable wine tastings by sommelier Raymond Petke.
Admission: $60. 860-293-0567. www.concora.org
Sea Tea Improv’s Free Monthly Show
When: Sunday, January 18, 7PM
Where: City Steam Brewery
End your weekend on a hilarious note with Sea Tea Improv’s free comedy show at City Steam’s Brew Ha Ha Comedy Club.
Admission: Free. www.seateaimprov.com
Taste of Hartford
When: Monday, January 19 (through February 1)
Where: 30 restaurants throughout Hartford
Calling all foodies! Discover the diverse culinary flavors of Hartford at steep discounts, featuring 30 restaurants including Agave Grill, bin228, Capital Grille, Max Downtown, and more. See the full list of participating restaurants on the website below.
Admission: $20.15 or $30.15. Reservations recommended. www.connecticutrestaurantweek.com
MLK Community Day: Spread the Word [UA]
When: Monday, January 19, 10AM-5PM
Where: Wadsworth Atheneum
Celebrate the powerful message of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with Ice Cream for a Dream, spoken word poetry, an art activity, and much more!
Admission: Free. www.thewadsworth.org
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
When: Monday, January 19, 9:30AM – 5PM
Where: Imagine Nation Museum
Bring your little one to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King and add words of inspiration to the Museum’s banner of hopes and dreams.
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