Happy Friday! Whether you’re still procrastinating on your weekend plans or have a full agenda ahead, you’ll want to make room for these arts and cultural happenings. If you haven’t yet, catch the heartwarming production of Dancing Lessons at TheaterWorks before it closes this weekend, and squeeze in a goose bump inducing ghost tour at the Mark Twain House. Wake up bright and early on Saturday for the Wadsworth’s symposium on the intersection of art and identity in Coney Island, or pop in for a public discussion on the influential works of fine artist Romare Bearden at the Hartford Public Library. Peruse the rest of the list for more!
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.
Dancing Lessons [UA]
When: Friday, February 27, 8PM
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
75° – An Urban Greenhouse Party
When: Friday, February 27, 7PM-11PM
Where: KNOX Greenhouse, 75 Laurel St., Hartford, CT 06106
On the darkest, coldest night in Hartford… there stands one stronghold of hope and heat. One place you can wear shorts and be reminded that YES, SPRING WILL COME. That place? 75°, An Urban Greenhouse Party. All are welcome. Tickets are limited. High heels discouraged. Jungle theme encouraged. Safari menu. Beer. Wine. Dancing. DJ JOE E.
Admission: $35 in advance, $40 at the door. www.knoxhartford.org
Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours [UA]
When: Friday, February 27, 6PM, 7PM, 8PM, 9PM
Where: Mark Twain House and Museum
Filled with haunted history, dark tales and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spiritualism, these nighttime tours are as educational as they are goosebump-inducing.
Admission: $13-$20. Reservations required. 860-280-3130. www.marktwainhouse.org
When: Saturday, February 28, 7:30PM (through March 15)
Where: Hartford Stage
After a personal tragedy, Jonathan has withdrawn from the world, with little social life beyond the men he meets online. When charming, flighty Claire moves into the apartment upstairs, she tries to coax him out of his shell. They forge a tenuous connection, but the past reverberates into the present, threatening what happiness they’ve found. (Adult themes, language, violence).
Admission: $25-$85. 860-527-5151. www.hartfordstage.org
Hartford Renaissance: Celebrating the Art of Romare Bearden
When: Saturday, February 28, 9AM-12PM
Where: Hartford Public Library
This talk will honor artist Romare Bearden provide a forum for public dialogue about his importance as an influential fine artist and his relationship to Hartford. Program includes a panel discussion with local artists and arts administrators, small discussion groups with event attendees, and a performance by The Iron Poets.
Admission: Free. Breakfast and lunch provided. http://www.hplct.org/
Coney Island Symposium: An Intersection of Art & Identity [UA]
When: Saturday, February 28, 9AM-5PM
Where: Wadsworth Atheneum
This interdisciplinary symposium will investigate major themes and questions central to the exhibition Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland. Continental breakfast and lunch included.
Admission: $15-$30. 860-838-4100. www.thewadsworth.org
Hartford Symphony Orchestra Pops! Series [UA]
When: Saturday, February 28, 7:30PM
Where: The Bushnell
Join guest artist James Delisco, conductor Brent Havens and the HSO for an evening filled with fabulous music spanning 40 years of Michael Jackson’s influential and celebrated career. Get ready to sing and moonwalk along to the hits, from the Jackson 5 to Thriller and beyond, including ABC, I’ll Be There, Beat It, Rock with You, The Way You Make Me Feel, and more.
Admission: $10-$20. 860-987-5900. www.hartfordsymphony.org
Opening Reception: Angry Robots [UA]
When: Sunday, March 1, 2PM
Where: New Britain Museum of American Art
Lund’s exhibition, Angry Robots Liquefied My Brain, features narrative paintings that depict a world where robots fight giant squids and exterminate countless enemies with powerful laser beams.
Admission: Free. www.nbmaa.org
The Dining Room
When: Sunday, March 1, 2PM (through March 8)
Where: Playhouse on Park
Watch the hilarious off-Broadway theatrical tour de force in which six performers portray a wide array of diverse characters as they delineate the dying lifestyle of wealthy WASPdom, and the now neglected room that was once a vital center of family life. This performance includes a talk back with the cast.
Admission: $25-$35. 860-523-5900 x10. www.playhouseonpark.org
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