After Tuesday’s Nor’easter and the impending snowstorm of doom on Monday, we’re overdue for some arts entertainment this weekend. Luckily, there’s a lot to choose from starting with the opening of the Coney Island exhibit in the new renovated galleries at the Wadsworth Atheneum on Saturday (members get a first look Friday night) for some much needed theme park nostalgia. Live vicariously through the heartwarming tale of two dancers in the production of Dancing Lessons playing at TheaterWorks and pay a final visit to Winterfest before it closes for the season on Sunday. Also on the list is Taste of Hartford, which continues through Sunday where you can get deep discounts on three course meals at 30 amazing restaurants including local favorites Salute, Sorella, On20, Firebox. Plus, don’t forget to buy tickets to the 10th anniversary of Big Red for the Arts, where you can sample some of the best wines and local dishes all while helping support the arts!
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.
Member Preview & Reception: Coney Island & Contemporary Art [UA]
When: Friday, January 30, 5PM-7:30PM
Where: Wadsworth Atheneum
Be the first to experience Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland and at the reinstalled Contemporary Art galleries with live entertainment, food, drinks, and more!
Admission: Wadsworth members only. RSVP: 860-838-4171. www.thewadsworth.org
Through a Glass Darkly
When: Friday, January 30, 8PM (through Feb. 14)
Where: Hole in the Wall Theater
Watch the New England premiere of “Through a Glass Darkly,” adapted by acclaimed Swedish director Ingmar Bergman. In this poignant psychological drama, Karin—a young wife, older sister and only daughter—finds herself in a kaleidoscopic internal world where the boundaries between different realities blur and shift.
Admission: Pay what you can night on 1/30. 860-229-3049. www.hitw.org
Dancing Lessons [UA]
When: Friday, January 30, 8PM (through March 1)
A man with Asperger’s seeks the instruction of a Broadway dancer, now sidelined with injuries. As their relationship unfolds, they’re caught off-guard by surprising discoveries – both hilarious and heartwarming.
Admission: To purchase tickets call: 860.527.7838. www.theaterworkshartford.org
Free Ice Skating Lessons at Winterfest
When: Saturday, January 31, 10AM-11AM
Where: Bushnell Park
Don’t let winter pass before learning how to ice skate! Head to the Winterfest rink for FREE ice-skating lessons taught by Champions Skating Center instructors. Lessons are open to future skaters of all ages, and the skates are free too.
Admission: Free. www.hartford.com
Private Lives [UA]
When: Saturday, January 31, 7:30PM (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
Public Opening: Coney Island & Contemporary Art [UA]
When: Saturday, January 31, all day
Where: Wadsworth Atheneum
Celebrate the opening of the Wadsworth’s newly restored galleries, featuring Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland. Enjoy special tours, films, art-making activities, and more!
Admission: Free admission to Hartford residents with valid ID. www.thewadsworth.org
CONCORA: “The Dream Concert” [UA]
When: Sunday, February 1, 4PM
Where: Immanuel Congregational Church, Hartford
CONCORA performs with Dr. Steven Sametz; the concert features a new composition by Dr. Sametz, “Un Bacio (A Kiss).”
Film: The Other Son [UA]
When: Sunday, February 1, 2PM
Where: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Two young men, one Israeli and one Palestinian, discover they were accidentally switched at birth. 2012. France. 105 min. Rated PG-13. Subtitles.
Admission: $7-$9; free to members. www.thewadsworth.org
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