Hartford is taking a trip down memory lane lately with exhibits, productions, performances paying homage to the Roaring Twenties and Turbulent Thirties. Case in point: the Wadsworth’s latest exhibit, Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, where you can explore the lure of Coney Island between 1861-2008, and a special performance by CONNetic Dance on Saturday inspired by Coney Island romanticism. Other must-sees include the hilarious 1920’s themed musical, Nice Work If You Can Get It at The Bushnell, and the 1930’s comedy, Private Lives at Hartford Stage.
Plus don’t forget to mark your calendars for our Rising Star Breakfast with guest speaker Henry Timms, Executive Director of 92nd Street Y and founder of #GivingTuesday, for a discussion on culture, innovation and civic engagement. And later that day, join us to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Big Red for the Arts at The Society Room of Hartford at 6:30PM (VIP: 5:30PM), where you can indulge in food and wine all while supporting our local arts community.
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.
Mark Twain’s ‘Is He Dead?’ [UA]
When: Friday, February 6, 8PM (through February 22)
Where: Little Theatre of Manchester
Focusing on a fictional story of the great French painter, Jean-Francois Millet, who, with the help of his colleagues, fakes his death in order to increase the value of his paintings. The result is a great farce, skillfully adapted by Ives. This will be the first major Connecticut production of this play and is being produced in conjunction with the Mark Twain House and Museum’s Festival of Twain on Stage.
Admission: $19-$24. www.littletheatreofmanchester.org
Dancing Lessons [UA]
When: Friday, February 6, 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
CONNetic Dance’s Coney Island: Love Under the Boardwalk
When: Saturday, February 7, 8PM
Where: Wadsworth Atheneum
In conjunction with Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861-2008, Hartford-based professional contemporary ballet company CONNetic Dance presents Coney Island: Love Under the Boardwalk, a performance inspired by Coney Island love stories.
Admission: $15-$20. www.thewadsworth.org
Jazz: Freddie Bryant
When: Saturday, February 7, 2015, 8PM
Where: Asylum Hill Congregational Church, Hartford
Known for his jazz career which has covered the gamut from straight-ahead to Brazilian and World styles, Freddie has distinguished himself an eclectic nylon string guitar wizard.
Admission: $30; $25 for CGS and Let’s Go Arts members.
Musical: Nice Work If You Can Get It [UA]
When: Saturday, February 7, 2PM; 8PM (through February 8)
Where: The Bushnell
It’s the Roaring Twenties and a cast of outrageous characters gather in New York to celebrate the wedding of wealthy playboy Jimmy Winter. But things don’t go as planned when the playboy meets Billie Bendix, a bubbly and feisty bootlegger who melts his heart.
Admission: $21-$65. www.bushnell.org
Private Lives [UA]
When: Sunday, February 8, 2PM (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
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