January 22 – 28

Welcome to your 7-day Momecast™ – an event forecast for Moms (and Dads) of what to do and where to go throughout Hartford County; with the kids, without the kids and for the whole family! For those of you who are new to our site, PTO refers to Parental Time Out. It’s our prescription for all you amazing parents out there – take some time to break from the rigors of parenting and enjoy an afternoon or night out. Go to see a play, laugh out loud at a comedy show or make your partner happy and go and watch a game. Either way, we list plenty of options, including some ideas for those without a sitter. Ice fishing, polar bear plunge and a RV and Camping Expo are some extra notably worthy events to mention this week, scroll below for details.

Announcement: 3rd Annual Haiku Contest Write a haiku about love by February 12th for a chance to win a free 1-hr massage from Massage Envy in Canton for your sweetie. Need a haiku refresher? It’s a 17 syllable poem in three lines of 5, 7 and 5 syllables, like this: “Love is in the air Even the chill of winter Can’t lessen the warmth.” Visit Massage Envy’s Facebook fanpage to enter!

Friday, January 22:

7 – 8:30am: Friday Morning Bird & Nature Walk All experience levels welcome!  Bring your binoculars if you have some; otherwise, come 15 minutes early to borrow a pair.  Important: please call to let us know you are coming, since walks with insufficient registrants may be canceled. Non-members $10 (cash only) at the door. The Connecticut Audubon Society, Glastonbury.

{Teachers Only} 9am – 12pm: Exploring Environmental Issues: Places We Live Use ArcGIS Online to bring your high school students into the forest and the forest into your classroom! Are you looking for activities in which your students apply cooperative learning, hands-on experiences, and relevant, real-world problem solving? Project Learning Tree (PLT) is a wonderful tool to address these and many other demands of today’s classroom and the 21st century learner. For Educators 9th-12 grade. Register online. $40. DEEP Headquarters, Hartford.

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Around the World: Italy First country on the list: Italy! Kids will whip up some homemade ravioli and tomato sauce. We will also make mini cannoli cups for dessert! Ages 2-5. $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult). Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

10am: Freedom Train Harriet Tubman was born a slave, but when she was 25 she made her perilous escape from a Maryland plantation, leaving her family behind. Pursued by dogs and relentless slave catchers, she followed an escape route laid out by Quakers – secret hiding places in churches, barns, cellars and homes. The escape route that Harriet followed soon became known as the Underground Railroad, and she quickly became one of its most celebrated ‘conductors.’ Up creek beds, through swamps, over hills in the dark of night, on 19 secret trips Harriet Tubman guided more than 300 slaves, including her aged parents, to freedom. “I never run my train off the track,” she said, “and I never lost a passenger.” Freedom Train tells the thrilling story of Harriet Tubman, the Moses of her people, in a fascinating series of highly theatrical scenes that use dance, dialogue, and music of the period. Songs include “Follow the Drinking Gourd,” “Steal Away,” “Wade in the Water,” “Good News, the Chariot’s A-comin’,” and many others still sung today. Freedom Train is the story of self-sacrifice, dedication and survival, laced with warmth and a sense of humor that celebrates the human spirit – a universal story for all. One hour in length, recommended for grades 3 – 9. $14 per person. Lincoln Theater, West Hartford.

5:30 – 8pm: Fire & Ice Party It is winter in New England, and we are giving you a great way to enjoy it in Bushnell Park with ice skating, drinks and appetizers by the fire. You can bring your own skates or grab a pair provided by Winterfest, free of charge. After being out in the cold, you will enjoy the warmth of the Pump House and the delicious fare provided by our friends at Salute. Non-skaters who just want the warmth of the fire are most welcome, too! Invite friends and family to join you and purchase your tickets today. Suggested donation – $10 in advance, $13 at the door. Pump House Gallery, Hartford.

5:30 – 8:30pm: Parent’s Night Out! Need an evening without the kids? My Gym’s Parents’ Night Out gives our parents the opportunity to take a well-deserved break. Go out for a night on the town feeling confident that your little ones are safe and having the time of their lives with their favorite My Gym teachers. This incredible evening for your children is filled with a variety of fun games, rides and activities, and they won’t want the night to end! And don’t worry about food – we’ll take care of that too! Ages 2.5 and up. $40 per non-member. My Gym, West Hartford.

6 – 8pm: Around the World: Italy First country on the list: Italy! Kids will whip up some homemade meatballs and tomato sauce to enjoy over pasta. We will also make fresh bruschetta, garlic bread, and mini cannoli cups for dessert! Ages 6-12. $25 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

{PTO} 7 – 9pm: Wine and Waxing Have you ever wished that you could wax you own skis? Did you know that all skis needed to be waxed, even waxless skis? In this program our staff will walk you through the process of waxing your skis while enjoying some wine and a fire. We will talk about glide wax and kick wax as well as answer any questions that you may have about general upkeep of your skis. $15 per non-member. Winding Trails, Farmington.

{PTO} 8pm: Brain’s Song Laugh with Sea Tea Improv, a special guest group or performer, and a mixed group of area improvisers as they all perform different kinds of long form improv comedy! What’s long form improv comedy? It’s the styles of improv comedy made popular in Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, New York and other big cities where a single suggestion or story from the audience can become a 15-30 minute improvised comedy, created right before your eyes! Tickets are just $10! The Studio at Billings Forge Community Works, Hartford.

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Friday, January 22 – Saturday, January 23:

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{PTO} 7:30pm: Violet On a cross-country bus trip in search of a minister to heal her disfigured face, Violet discovers the true meaning of beauty, courage, and love. Tickets: $15 for adults, $10 for students. Black Box Theater, Hartford.

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8pm: Lint! The Musical Phoebe’s got a problem… No matter where she goes, no matter what she does, she is constantly finding herself in a musical. While this wouldn’t be a problem to some folks, Phoebe tries to escape by taking a job in a laundromat. Everything is fine until one day Phoebe looks up and sees the audience, the lights, everything. Biz, Fab, and Cheer; three muses rise up out of the washers and explain to Phoebe that there is no escaping this musical until she finishes the show and follows the rules to get there. Reluctantly, and with more than a little sarcasm, Phoebe enlists the help of Gary, a pathetic cuckold who was just minding his own business. Jack and Jill enter and the race to finish the musical begins. Along the way, they encounter Heinrich von Baddie, Phoebe’s boss and the representation of villainy in the play. Faced with impending doom (and marriage) Phoebe and her new friends sing themselves through many different emotions and stories, culminating in the classic confrontation of good and evil: a landlord wearing lederhosen and a government agent wearing a jet-pack. Reoccurs on 1/29-30 at 8pm and 1/31 at 2pm, and 2/5-6 and 2/12-13. The 1/29 performance is our Pay What You Can Night. Free parking is available in the Chestnut Street garage next to the new police station. Hole in the Wall Theater, New Britain.

{PTO} Friday at 8pm and Saturday at 7pm and 10pm: Kerri Louise High-energy, commanding and versatile-but enough about her sex life-Kerri Louise can entertain any audience with her warmth and razor-edge wit. She just filmed the hit, new, stand-up show “Gotham Live” on AXS-TV. Kerri was a regular correspondent on the Oprah Winfrey Show and that lead her to be a guest on the very first episode of The Dr. Oz Show. NBC took Kerri all the way to the finals in the show, Last Comic Standing. Her performance on that show prompted The Women’s Entertainment Network to make her the star of her own reality show called “Two Funny.” Howard Stern said, “She needs a sitcom!” Other guest appearances include: TV Guide’s “Stand-Up In Stilettos,” NBC’s “The Apprentice,” The Montel Show, Nickelodeon’s “Nick Mom Night Out,” Comedy Central, NBC’s “Access Hollywood,” ABC’s “The View” among many more. Part generation-X, part girl-next-door, Kerri Louise is a pleasure to watch. Her movie debut in The Next Karate Kid addicted her to show-biz, hence her move from her hometown of Boston to New York City. This is where she quickly established herself as a player in the top comedy clubs and festivals like Montreal, HBO Aspen Comedy Festival and most recently the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival. These credits plus her popular webisode on youtube has made Kerri Louise an attraction. Working throughout the country and leaving her audiences applauding, Kerri Louise is the comic to watch. City Steam, Hartford.

Friday, January 22 – Sunday, January 24:

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{Last Call} 11am – 8pm: Winterfest Hartford Free ice skating and skate rentals return to Bushnell Park. Learn to skate program on Saturdays at 10-11am. Children under the age of sixteen must be accompanied by an adult. The Bushnell Carousel from Friday – Sunday from 11am – 5pm. Runs through Sunday, January 24. Bushnell Park, Hartford.

Friday 12 – 9pm, Saturday from 10am – 8pm and Sunday from 10am – 5pm: Northeast RV and Camping Show The show will feature over 140,000 square feet of the latest in recreation vehicles, travel trailers, pop-up campers, camping supplies, accessories, campgrounds and travel information centers. It is the ideal place for camping families who are looking to purchase their first RV, looking to upgrade their present RV or for the veteran camper to explore new camping adventures. Tickets $11. Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford.

{PTO} Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: A Trio of Short Plays A Connecticut resident, Geoffrey Craig’s fiction, poetry and drama have appeared in numerous literary journals, Four of his full-length plays (one co-authored) and nine of his one-acts have been produced. Join us for three of his one-act plays, followed by a discussion with Geoffrey and the cast. Divorce First Class: Channing and Seth are in the midst of an amicable divorce. Their respective lawyers, however, turn up the heat; and the notion of amicable goes out the window. Hoax: The play is set in an America that has been divided into two areas: the putative nation called the Eastern Coalition and the barren, burned-up Western Territory. In the Western Territory, global warming has destroyed agriculture and industry; the population is on the verge of starvation. The Eastern Coalition has fared better; but climate change has still wrought tremendous damage. The Eastern Coalition has blocked immigration from the Western Territory by mining the Mississippi River, erecting an electrified fence along its border and shooting on sight anyone who attempts to enter. Mother and Daughter: Portia and her daughter, Cassandra have lived alone for twenty-two years in the house in which Portia grew up. Portia’s father, , had deeded her the house sometime ago. He had died a few months before the action of the play, having rewritten his will to leave the eighty acres adjacent to the house to the young woman who took care of him – in more ways than one – in his final years. $16-18 per person. Farmington Valley Stage Company, Canton.

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Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm: Battle of the Batons Three finalists will conduct the HSO as part of the selection process for the new Assistant Conductor position! The Bushnell, Hartford.

Friday, January 22 – Sunday, January 24 & Tuesday, January 26 – Thursday, January 28:

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{PTO} Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2:30pm and Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm: Buyer & Cellar An outrageous comedy about the price of fame, the cost of things and the oddest of odd jobs. An under-employed Los Angeles actor goes to work in Barbra Streisand’s Malibu basement. Hilarity ensues as we puzzle over the solitude of celebrity and the melancholy that lurks beneath it. Runs until Sunday, February 14. TheaterWorks, Hartford.

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{PTO} Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2pm and Tuesday and Thursday at 7:30pm: The Body of an American “If you do this, I will own you forever.” Canadian photojournalist Paul Watson is haunted by the words he heard a dead soldier say as he took the photo that would win him the Pulitzer Prize and reshape American foreign policy. Playwright Dan O’Brien, struggling with ghosts of his own, reaches out to Watson, and the two forge a friendship as they reckon with the traumas that have shaped their lives. The Body of an American is a bold, radically theatrical and poetic true story that ranges from Afghanistan and Iraq to the Canadian High Arctic. Runs through Sunday, January 31. Hartford Stage, Hartford.

Saturday, January 23:

7am – 2pm: Eagle Scout Project Fundraising Event Dom’s has graciously offered to donate a portion of their profitsfrom Breakfast and lunch to benefit Jonathan Elkins’ Eagle ScoutService Project, which will benefit the Poquonock CommunityChurch. Enjoy a great meal and support a Boy Scout in earningthe highest rank of Eagle! Dom’s Broad Street Eatery, Windsor.

9:30am – 3pm: Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education (CARE) Ice Fishing Class The Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education (CARE) Program offers a free in-depth ice fishing class that introduces you to the wonders of water, fish and fishing during the winter. Miss Judy and other state certified volunteer instructors will pass along the knowledge they have learned through years of angling. The morning class includes a video, hands-on demonstrations, and activities that will teach and entertain youths and adults alike. If ice conditions are safe, outside ice fishing practice will be offered and all equipment is provided for your use. It is very important to dress in layers for the weather conditions and to wear boots for the afternoon practice; no sneakers are allowed. Free. Space is limited. RSVP. Winding Trails, Farmington.

10 – 11:30am: Feeding Winter Birds Workshop You’ll enjoy a short, guided winter birding walk and instruction on the best techniques for winter bird feeding and bird identification. Using our “bird view cam,” you’ll be able to observe birds feeding while you stay cozy in the Nature Center. Create your very own bird feed assortment to bring home. Ages 8 and above. Registration is required. The cost is $8 per person (Windsor Resident), $10 per person (non-resident). Northwest Park, Windsor.

10am – 2pm: Winter Wonderland Come and indulge your senses in the wonders of the winter season, and learn about places that are cold all year long. Participate in creating snow inspired art and homemade ice cream. We will have many hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) activities. Dress warm for a variety of hands-on outdoor activities in our Outdoor Learning Park. Wear black and white and waddle in our penguin parade at 11am. Admission is $10 per person; Imagine Nation members and children under one are free. Imagine Nation Musuem, Bristol.

10am – 5pm: Community Day: Newington, Wethersfield, and Glastonbury This month, residents of Newington, Wethersfield, and Glastonbury enjoy an admission free day of gallery viewing and art activities. Visitors can now explore more artwork throughout our recently completed expansion and view works that have been hidden in our collection. You can also bring the family and create your own work of art by joining one of the hands-on art activities taking place in our new studio classrooms. Open Studio: 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. Let our volunteer educators tap into your creative side and create self-portraits with your children inspired by a variety of artists. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain.

11am: The Wonderful Things You Will Be Storytime From brave and bold to creative and clever, the rhythmic rhyme expresses all the loving things that parents think of when they look at their children. With beautiful and sometimes humorous illustrations, this is a book grown-ups will love reading over and over to kids. Barnes & Noble locations.

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7pm: Clue Tours of the Mark Twain House Tours step off every 15 minutes starting at 7pm. Clue Tours will be offered in a special, one-night-only edition at The Mark Twain House & Museum, using the various rooms (secret passageway, conservatory, billiards room, and more) of the Twain house – and some of the author’s favorite literary characters – as part of the game. Who killed that varmint Pap Finn? Was it Tom Sawyer in the Library with the Wrench? Merlin in the Billiard Room with the Knife? The Pauper in the Kitchen with the Rope? Play our live-action version of the classic board game Clue in an hour-long tour featuring the famed comedy troupe  Sea Tea Improv as Twain’s beloved characters and suspects. Clue Tours provide all the murder, mayhem and merriment you expect in a whodunit. Our Clue Tours were featured on an episode of the Travel Channel show Wackiest Tours! Reservations are required, and tours sell out, so please book early. Tickets are $22; museum members are $17; children 6 to 17 are $15. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford.

Saturday, January 23 – Sunday, January 24:

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{PTO} 8pm: The Last 5 Years This modern emotionally, powerful and intimate musical chronicles the five-year life of a young couple who fall in and out of love, from meeting to break-up and from break-up to meeting. The Last Five Years uses a unique form of storytelling; Cathy, the woman, tells her story at the end of the relationship and works backwards while Jamie, the man, tells his side of the story from the beginning of the relationship and goes forward. The two characters only meet once, at their wedding in the middle of the show. It ask the questions can time heal or does healing take time? Runs through 2/13. Connecticut Cabaret Theatre, Berlin.

Sunday, January 24:

10am: Tu B’Shevat Brunch Celebrate the birthday of the trees with a Tu B’Shevat seder and brunch. The meal includes many varieties of fruits, each kind representing different ways that trees give to us. Each family will create one wooden mezuzah to take home. $18 per family. Mandell JCC, Zacks Campus, West Hartford.

10am – 5pm: Sensory Friendly Day The Science Center is an exciting place, bustling with loud sounds and bright lights…but we’re lowering the volume and dimming the lights for Sensory Friendly Day! Groups with special needs programs and families with children on the autism spectrum or with other developmental disabilities can enjoy special sensory friendly programs, hands-on activities, and so much more! Families with special needs can purchase in advance for the discounted rate of $12 per person. Tickets will be available at the door for $14.95 each. 1:1 aides are always free. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford.

12:30 – 3:30pm: Hearthside Afternoon Warm yourself by the fire, play a board game or read a book, and enjoy a warm winter beverage. Games and toys will be on hand for adults and children, including our pint-sized Colonial fireplace and Tunxis wigwam. Self-guided tours of the 1720 historic house will be available. Admission is free. Reoccurs on 1/31. Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington.

1 – 3pm: St. Gabriel School Open House St. Gabriel School of Windsor will be holding an Open House for prospective families and students interested in our Pre-K Program (ages 3 & 4), Elementary School (grades K-5) and/or Middle School (grades 6-8). A formal presentation will take place at 1:15 for the Elementary School and 2:15 for the Middle School. You will have the opportunity to meet faculty and current families, tour the school and learn about our mission and all we have to offer, including a strong curriculum, state of the art technology programs, and extracurricular activities. St. Gabriel School, Windsor.

2pm: Tu B’Shevat Family Yoga Join certified Yoga instructor Colby Wyckoff and make your own best tree pose. Breathe, stretch, meditate, and shake the stress away with activities such as Hip Hop Yoga Bop and Yoga Nagila. Free and open to the community. RSVP. Simsbury Library, Simsbury.

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3:30 – 4:30pm: Family Yoga Enjoy an opportunity to bond physically and emotionally through yoga. Family Yoga includes postures for the whole family, including age and intensity level-appropriate variations to accommodate all of the students in the class and make sure that everyone has fun. Journey of Yoga loves families of all sorts – your family can only be defined by you. Bring anyone you love and have fun! Adults of all ages and young yogis age 4 and up are welcome. $10 per adult or child in advance online. $12 per adult or child at the desk. Journey of Yoga, Simsbury.

Monday, January 25:

8am – 1pm and 3 – 5pm: Taste of Tu B’Shevat Stop by the lobby for a taste of the many fruits eaten on Tu B’Shevat. Mandell JCC, Zacks Campus, West Hartford.

10 – 11:15am: Open Play! We will have gross motor toys, play dough, sensory, dancing and bubbles!  Perfect for little ones age 8 months and up! Drop in!  No need to register, $8 per child, $10 for siblings. Cash only please. Reoccurs on 2/8. Imagine Studio, West Hartford.

7pm: The True Story of Caballo Blanco Join The Shenipsit Striders for the premiere of Run Free – The True Story of Caballo Blanco, a feature-length documentary about the ultra-running legend Micah True. Better known as Caballo Blanco – the White Horse – True, was the focal character of Christopher McDougall’s 2009 best-selling book “Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen” about the Tarahumara Indians of northern Mexico. Advance tickets are $12 and can be purchased online; or $15 at the door. Rain or shine. All are welcome. Spotlight Theatres, Hartford.

6:30 – 8:30pm: Arm Knitting Class Create a cozy cowl using just your arms and some yarn. Supplies not included. Cost of supplies up to $15. Michael’s locations.

Monday, January 26 – Sunday, February 7:

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Taste of Hartford’s winter edition returns January 25 through February 7, with prix-fixe menus at several city restaurants. Participating restaurants will serve multi-course meals (lunch, dinner, or both) for $20.16 to $30.16, depending on the offering. Click here for a list of participating restauraunts.

Tuesday, January 26:

4:30 – 6pm: School Age Cookie Baking Budding Chefs will bake our famous chocolate chip cookies from scratch! Ages 6-12. Drop off. $30 per child. The Little Green Tambourine, North Canton.

6:30 – 8:30pm: Floral Class Create a gorgeous floral arrangement featuring magnolia, lotus pods and berries. Supplies not included. Cost of supplies up to $61. Michael’s locations.

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Wednesday, January 27:

9 – 10am: Story Time at Theodate’s At Hill-Stead’s new Story Time, your child will be introduced to stories related to art, museums, nature, and much more. Each session includes music, movement, and an art project to take home—all in Hill-Stead’s historic setting. Afterward, romp around Hill-Stead’s natural playground of walking trails, gardens and sheep farm. For children ages 2 to 6 and their caregivers. Story Time takes place on the last Wednesday of every month. $8 per child (caregivers are free) or free with museum membership. Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington.

12 – 1pm: LTM Lunchtime Lectures Join local theater historian, writer and Little Theatre member David Garnes and members of the Boeing company for our Lunchtime Lecture. The program is free and no reservations are needed. Guests are invited to bring a lunch; beverages will be served. Free. Cheney Hall, Manchester.

5:45pm: No Excuse Moms Workout Class Join us for a free Mommy and Me (baby, child, kid, teen) workout class. Dads are welcome if with their spouse/partner. YMCA, Plainville.

{PTO} 6pm: Canvas As a young professional you know how important it is to build connections, and being a Canvas member brings you one step closer to establishing relationships and creating an impact on our local arts community. Check out our upcoming meetups below and make your mark. Not a Canvas member? It’s never too late to join. Mix and mingle with us over great beer in the artsy town of Bristol! Plus, hear from Bristol Art Squad on their recent innovative projects. Firefly Hollow Brewing, Bristol.

{PTO} 6 – 8pm: Cross Country Skiing for Adults Novice to expert, young or old, all ski enthusiasts are encouraged to join us on Wednesday evenings, weather permitting, for an evening of skiing. You have the option of racing others, racing for personal time, or simply skiing for your own fitness. The ski center will be open for your convenience. Rentals will also be available. Registration is required by noon on Tuesday. Runs until 2/24. $12 per non-member. Winding Trails, Farmington.

6 – 8pm: Triathlon Night It is never too early to start preparing for your Triathlon races! Join us for a great evening of Triathlon talks, training, equipment, and nutrition & hydration tips. Light refreshments will be served. How to ride, run and swim with training zones – Presented by CCNS. Prepare to have to your best Triathlon yet with the help of CCNS Head Coach Aidan Charles! Essential gear and new product presentation. Brought to you by Sponsors of the Winding Trails Tri-Series. Learn about must-have tech, nutrition, and gear from the supporters of the Winding Trails Tri Series and all multi-sport athletes. Free. Winding Trails, Farmington.

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7pm: My Train to Freedom Ivan Backer, one of Nicky’s Family Kindertransport rescued children, will launch his new memoir at an author talk and signing. Mandell JCC, Zacks Campus, West Hartford.

7pm: The Art of the Con: The Most Notorious Fakes, Frauds, and Forgeries in the Art World Art scams are today so numerous that the specter of a lawsuit arising from a mistaken attribution has scared a number of experts away from the business of authentication and forgery, and with good reason. Art scams are increasingly convincing and involve incredible sums of money. The cons perpetrated by unscrupulous art dealers and their accomplices are proportionately elaborate. Anthony M. Amore’s The Art of the Con tells the stories of some of history’s most notorious yet untold cons. They involve stolen art hidden for decades; elaborate ruses that involve the Nazis and allegedly plundered art; the theft of a conceptual prototype from a well-known artist by his assistant to be used later to create copies; the use of online and television auction sites to scam buyers out of millions; and other confidence scams incredible not only for their boldness but more so because they actually worked. Using interviews and newly released court documents, The Art of the Con will also take the reader into the investigations that led to the capture of the con men, who oftentimes return back to the world of crime. For some, it’s an irresistible urge because their innocent dupes all share something in common: they want to believe. This is a free event and is followed by a book sale and signing. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford.

Wednesday, January 28 – Thursday, January 28:

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{PTO} 7:30pm: The Chosen A standing-room-only hit wherever it has played, this award-winning adaptation from the award-winning novel is the story of two boys, two fathers and two very different Jewish communities—”five blocks and a world apart”—in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in the 1940s. Set against the backdrop of WW II, the revelation of the Holocaust, and the desperate struggle of Zionism, The Chosen remains not essentially political or religious but deeply human. This is a story of friendship, family and difficult choices that we must all make on the path to understanding, respect and reconciliation. Previews on January 27th and 28th; all seats $15. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford.

Thursday, January 28:

7:15 – 9:45am: West Hartford Women in Networking Meeting This morning, we will have a workshop on building your personal brand with the fabulous presenter Kathy McAfee. She has a whole workshop planned for us with a lot of worthwhile exercises. So, our Introductions will begin at 7:30am sharp! At this bright-and-early meeting, you will be surrounded by energized, motivated women who are passionate about what they do and what they can learn from one another. Meeting cost: $2. RSVP. Brookdale Chatfield, West Hartford.

8:45 – 10:30am: Open House Our Open House events showcase how Renbrook brings Learning to Life. Parents are invited to join tours of the school, meet teachers, current parents, and hear from our Head of School and educational leaders.  Members of the Admission Office will be available to answer questions about the application process and financial assistance. RSVP online. Renbrook School, West Hartford.

{PTO} 10am – 1pm: Learn, Ski Lunch Come for a cross-country ski program and stay for lunch. If you have never cross-country skied or need a refresher this is a great program for you. This program includes rental equipment, a lesson, and lunch. Space is limited and program is held weather permitting. Lunch will be provided from our snack bar. $20 for non-members. Winding Trails, Farmington.

11 – 11:45am: Arts & Crafts for Preschoolers Come join us for a fun-filled creative class that will stir your preschooler’s imaginations. Every week your child will enjoy an hour of creative arts and crafts projects that they will be able to take home and show off to the entire family. Ages 3-5. Non-members $30 per child. Reoccurs until 2/4. Winding Trails, Farmington.

3 – 6pm: Audition for Anya (Age 7) for the Musical Anastasia Hartford Stage will hold auditions for girls, ages 7-13 years old, for the role of Anya at age 7 in the Tony Award-winning theatre’s new musical Anastasia. From Darko Tresnjak—the new musical Anastasia is the romantic and rousing story of one brave young woman attempting to discover the mystery of her past while finding a place for herself in the rapidly changing world of a new century. Callbacks will be held on Saturday, January 30 from 10-11am. Girls must be between the ages of 7 and 13; they may not turn 14 until after June 19, 2016. Girls will be auditioning for the role of Anya at age 7 – a sweet and impressionable young Russian girl with a beautiful soprano voice. (No belting, please.) Auditions are by appointment only, and there are a limited number of appointments available. To schedule an audition, email auditions@hartfordstage.org. Girls must prepare a monologue, poem or speech that is under one minute long and sing 16 bars of a song (accompanist will be provided). Please bring sheet music in the appropriate key, as well as a headshot and resume. Please wear something casual and comfortable to the audition. Rehearsals begin Tuesday, April 5, with performance dates from Friday, May 12 through Sunday, June 19. Please note that participating in this production will result in missed classes. Hartford Stage, Hartford.

4 – 4:45pm: Young Scientists Join us to explore the mysteries of biology! We are about to dive into science and ask questions about the world around us. Using the steps of the scientific method we will answer questions like: how do plants grow? How do animals stay warm outside in winter months? We will explore these questions and many more in Young Scientists! Ages 5-10. Reoccurs until 2/4. Lutz Children’s Museum, Manchester.

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6 – 8:30pm: The Human Microbiome: A New Frontier that Might Just Affect Everything The human microbiome is the collection of microorganisms that live on and in the body, affecting everything from digestion to defense against disease. Through the presentation of cutting edge research and discoveries in the field of microbial genomics, Dr. Hanson will discuss how the human microbiome plays a big role in both healthy and disease states for everyone. Dr. Hanson’s talk will be followed by an open discussion and meet-the-scientist session. Dr. Hanson holds a PhD in Epidemiology from The University of Iowa and is interested in transmission and colonization of infectious diseases. He currently utilizes advanced technologies to study microbial genomics. Advanced tickets are available online here at $8 for the general public and $5 for college students (with student ID). Tickets will be $10 at the door. Limited seating is available. In case of inclement weather, Dr. Hanson’s talk and discussion will be held on Thursday, February 4, at 6pm. The New Children’s Museum, West Hartford.

7pm: Projector 1.4 is the final installment of a series that has incorporated the manipulation of light, sound, space, and the human form into performances across the city and state. Using projected images and original scores, the interaction between the dancers, the projected image, and the audience blurs the boundary between performer and viewer. Blending original music, fashion, visual media, light and sound installation with contemporary dance, Hartford-based performance group TNMOT AZTRO‘s Projector series is an utterly unique mix of elements that originate with local artists. $10 per person, $5 students. Reoccurs on Friday at 7pm and Sunday at 5pm. Real Arts Ways, Hartford.

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{PTO} 7:30pm: PostSecret: The Show is an immersive, poignant journey through the humor and humanity of the personal stories we keep to ourselves, and on rare occasions, share with others. Projected images, videos, three actors and a guitarist guide the audience through crowd-sourced narratives revealing the true stories behind the secrets. See the hopeful, shocking, painful and sexual secrets that brought hundreds of millions to the PostSecret blog, became six best-selling books and are currently in a Smithsonian art exhibition. The Bushnell, Hartford.

Thursday, January 28 – Sunday, January 31:

Thursday 4 – 9pm, Friday 12 – 9pm, Saturday 10am – 9pm and Sunday 10am – 5pm: Hartford Boat Show Boats to Fish, Ski, Cruise, Sail and Paddle are all under one roof on two levels. From Center Consoles to Cruisers, Personal Watercraft to Pontoons Find the latest in power options, service centers and marinas, and accessories to take home! Experience a weekend of special events and special characters. Meet authors who share their best in nautical adventures. Let the Annapolis School of Seamanship broaden your boating skills and enter contests that test your boating trivia or your fishing prowess. Fish against your friends and other Show guests to hook Sailfish, Mahi, Salmon, Bass & Trout! Adults and Kids categories. Like to be powered by your own strength? Check out the great selection of paddle sports – new to the Hartford Boat Show! Watch how they work in the new Paddler’s Paradise Demo Pool. Yoga demonstrations, Stand Up Paddling techniques and more. Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford.

Be sure to check out more fun things to on our activities page. These are usually fun activities that reoccur each week or month – we just don’t want to inundate up this page with redundancy – but these are some fun things to do too!

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