May 16 – 22

Monday, May 16th:

5 – 6:30pm: Cookout for Kids Celebrate summer vacation with our collection of easy grilling recipes. Our best recipes for warm weather include refreshing drinks, mini burgers and a colorful salad. Menu: Celebrate summer vacation with our collection of easy grilling recipes. Our best recipes for warm weather include refreshing drinks, mini burgers and a colorful salad. Menu: watermelon slushie, mini turkey burgers and strawberry salad. •Discover fundamental cooking skills to gain confidence in the kitchen. Work side-by-side with chefs and dietitians to prepare an entire menu. Learn how to read a recipe, and take home a packet with all of the recipes form the class. Class fee: $20 ($10 for parent and $10 for child). ~ ShopRite, West Hartford

6:30 – 8:30pm:  Join us for a Mother’s Day celebration with local holistic healers, a simple DIY craft to take home, and light refreshments. Come for the whole time or just drop by. ~ Noah Webster Library, West Hartford

7:30pm: The Secret Life of the American Musical Darko Tresnjak, Artistic Director of Hartford Stage, will lead a discussion with Jack Viertel, Artistic Director of New York City Center Encores and Senior Vice President of Jujamcyn Theaters at Hartford Stage. Viertel will talk about his career and book, The Secret Life of the American Musical, which will be available for sale at the event. Viertel is currently the Senior Vice President of Jujamcyn Theaters, which owns and operates five Broadway theatres. He is also the Artistic Director of New York City Center’s Encores series, which presents three lesser-known musicals in concert productions every season. He is an adjunct professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, teaching musical theater structure, and began his career playing national steel-body guitar behind Bonnie Raitt, Son House and the Pointer Sisters. Viertel’s discussion is free to the public, but registration is strongly encouraged. ~ Hartford Stage, Hartford

Tuesday, May 17th:

11:30am – 1:30pm: Art on the Streets Try on a wearable camera and view Hartford through the lens of photographer, Justin O’Brien. ~ Phoenix Gateway, Hartford

11:30am – 1:30pm: Art on the Streets Rearrange Velcro pieces of art to create a scene within the environment with local artist Hong Hong. ~ State House Square, Hartford

11:30am – 1:30pm: Art on the Streets Help create a piece of clothing out of trash items with Trashion Fashion designer, Amy Merli. ~ Church & Main, Hartford

5:30 – 8:30pm: 6th Annual Garden Gala Enjoy early summer fare by Pond House Café, signature cocktails by Waypoint Spirits, wine from Ibéria Wines & Spirits and beer from The Olde Burnside Brewing Company. The evening will also include a silent auction and music by The Professors of Sweet Sweet Music. Raindate is Wednesday, May 18th. ~ Butler-McCook Garden, Hartford.

7pm: Catapult As seen on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, Catapult Entertainment presents an evening of moving and funny stories created through the magic of their incredible shadow transformations. It is theater, dance and magic in an amazing bravura demonstration of what the human body and imagination can accomplish. Proceeds benefit the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Hartford. ~ The Bushnell, Hartford

Tuesday, May 17th – Sunday, May 22nd:

Anastasia

Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2pm: Anastasia From the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, the new musical Anastasia is the romantic and rousing story of a 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. Runs until June 19th. ~ Hartford Stage, Hartford

Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Saturday – Sunday at 2:30pm: The Call Annie and Peter have decided to adopt a baby from Africa. When they receive surprising news from the adoption agency, an unexpected choice puts their marriage to the test as they struggle with their fears and understanding of parenthood. A startling account of cultural divide, casting global issues into the heart of an American home. Runs until June 19th. ~ TheaterWorks, Hartford

Wednesday, May 18th:

8 – 10am: Bird Walk Join us for an early spring bird walk. All ability levels are welcome. Wear appropriate clothing and bring binoculars, if you have them. If not, we have a few loaner binoculars available. Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center, Bristol.

11am – 5pm: Art Museum Day In honor of the Association of Art Museum Directors‘ annual Art Museum Day, which coincides with International Museum Day each year, enjoy free museum admission. ~ Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

6pm: Author Event with Christina Heatherton and Jordan T. Camp Policing has become one of the urgent issues of our time, the target of dramatic movements and front-page coverage from coast to coast in the United States and across the world. In Policing the Planet, a wide-ranging collection of writers and activists offers a global response, describing ongoing struggles from New York to Ferguson to Los Angeles, as well as London, San Juan, San Salvador, and beyond. The probing collection of essays and interviews includes contributions from #BlackLivesMatter co-founder Patrisse Cullors, Ferguson activist and St. Louis University law professor Justin Hansford, poet Martín Espada, scholars Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Robin D.G. Kelley, Naomi Murakawa and Vijay Prashad. Free. ~ Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford

6 – 8pm: Natural Lawn Care Workshop Aimee Petras, Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Farmington River Watershed Association wants you to get your lawn in shape without using chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Aimee Petras, Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Farmington River Watershed Association wants you to get your lawn in shape without using chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center, Bristol

7:30pm: Pay What You Can Night This special performance of The Call means you decide the price! Call the box office to reserve your seats and see a great show on any budget. Student prices are normally: $15 and adults are $40-65. ~ TheaterWorks, Hartford

7:30pm: An Evening with Sandra Bernhard Actress, comedienne and host of the SiriusXM Radio show Sandyland, Sandra Bernhard began her career at L.A.’s famed Comedy Store in the ‘70s, and since then has written and starred in numerous one-woman shows, acted in movies and on television, recorded albums and authored books. Tickets are $40. Additional cost to attend reception at 6pm. ~ Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford

Wednesday, May 18th – Saturday, May 21:

6 – 11pm: 50th Annual Jamboree Rides, games, fireworks on Friday night and parade on Saturday. Rides are $1 per ticket or $22 for bracelets. Parking on Friday night only is $5 and the fireworks begins at 9:30pm. ~ Collinsville Volunteer Fire Department, Collinsville

Thursday, May 19th:

{Last Call} 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. Registration is required at least 3 days to the start of the session. $30 per child. ~ Winding Trails, Farmington

11:30am – 1:30pm: Art on the Streets Paint a mini canvas with local artist Lindsey Fyfe. ~ Phoenix Gateway, Hartford

11:30am – 1:30pm: Art on the Streets Enjoy colorful spring paper flowers created by local artist Katherine Tolve. ~ State House Square, Hartford

5:30 – 7pm: The Case for Reparations 2015 Stowe Prize winner Ta-Nehisi Coates’s landmark article The Case for Reparations created a national conversation about the possibility of compensation for African-American slavery and subsequent racial inequities. Tonight’s Salon focuses on the question of reparation, its potential form, and its role in addressing inequity. Join the conversation with featured guests: Woody Doane, University of Hartford; Stacey Queen, Amistad Center for Art & Culture; and Shawn Salvant, University of Connecticut. ~ Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford

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6 – 10pm: May Creative Cocktail Hour The theme this month is Springtime Market, in partnership with the West End Farmers’ Market. Weather permitting, this will be the first outdoor creative cocktail hour of 2016. We will have vendors, gardening demos and more. Music by Them Damn Hamiltons and food by the Kitchen at Billings Forge. On view in the Main Gallery will be the amazing collection of 12″ x 12″ canvases destined for the Art Grab. Artists from across the nation have graciously donated the work in support of Real Art Ways. Real Arts Ways, Hartford

6:30 – 9pm: A Taste of Italy Fundraiser Italian Wines, Spirit Tastings & Hors d’ oeuvres. All proceeds will be go to Farmington UNICO & Amy’s Angels. Wine will be kindly provided by the WINE CELLAR. Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased either at Franklin Jewelers or at the door. ~ Farmington Gardens, Farmington

7pm: Off Script Join Author Josh King for a discussion on Off Script: An Advance Man’s Guide to White House Stagecraft, Campaign Spectacle, and Political Suicide” In Off Script, King leads readers through an entertaining and illuminating journey through the Hall of Infamy of some of the most catastrophic examples of political theater of the last quarter century. Readers might remember these cringe worthy moments as simple cases of bad luck. King argues, instead, that they were symptomatic of something larger: our broad appetite for public embarrassment, the media’s business imperatives in satiating that craving, and the propensity of politicians to serve it up on a platter, often by pretending to be someone they’re not while strutting on the public stage. Free. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford

7pm: Jewish Beginnings – Resource for New Parents If you are an expectant parent about to welcome a Jewish child into the community, come learn about options concerning Brit Milah (Bris) and Simchat Bat (naming ceremonies) and Jewish community resources with Rabbi Yitzchok Adler. Free and open to the community. RSVP. ~ Mandell JCC, West Hartford

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Thursday, May 19th – Saturday, May 21st:

Wednesday 5 -8pm, Thursday from 9am – 2pm, Friday from 2 – 7pm and Saturday from 8am – 12pm: Cute Kids Consignment Sale New and gently used items for infants, young children, tweens, teens, and expectant moms. If you need it, we have it! ~ Westminster Presbyterian Church, West Hartford

{Hop, Skip + A Jump} 7pm: The Wiz This fantastic Broadway musical sets Dorothy’s adventures in the Land of Oz to a dazzling, lively mixture of rock, gospel, and soul music. For its spring production, Oddfellows Playhouse presents “The Wiz.” This fantastic Broadway musical sets Dorothy’s adventures in the Land of Oz to a dazzling, lively mixture of rock, gospel, and soul music. The Junior and Teen Company actors performing in “The Wiz” range in age from 12 to 19. The cast includes youth from Middletown, Portland, Meriden, West Hartford, Glastonbury, Rocky Hill, East Hampton, and East Windsor. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students.  Opening night, Thursday, May 19, is a Pay What You Will performance. ~ Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater, Middletown

Friday, May 20th:

7:30 – 8:30am: Friday Morning Bird & Nature Walk Bring your binoculars if you have some; otherwise, come 15 minutes early to borrow a pair. $10 per person. ~ Earle Park, Glastonbury

9am at Nevers Road Park, South Windsor

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Inspired Recipes! This class will be based off of the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory! Stew Leonard’s Oompla Loompas will teach our guests how to make some of their favorite, top-secret recipes! We will create twirly wirly sugar cookie lollipops, toadstool cupcakes and we will wash everything down with milk from the chocolate river served in edible chocolate cups! Also occurs on Saturday from 9-10am. Ages 2-5. $15 per child, must be accompanied by an adult. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

12:45pm: Challah Making with PJ Library Bake a rainbow challah for Shabbat. PJ Library stories will be read to welcome in Shabbat. ~ Mandell JCC, West Hartford

5:30 – 7:30pm: Cookout for Kids Celebrate summer vacation with our collection of easy grilling recipes. Our best recipes for warm weather include refreshing drinks, mini burgers and a colorful salad. Menu: Celebrate summer vacation with our collection of easy grilling recipes. Our best recipes for warm weather include refreshing drinks, mini burgers and a colorful salad. Menu: watermelon slushie, mini turkey burgers and strawberry salad. Discover fundamental cooking skills to gain confidence in the kitchen. Work side-by-side with chefs and dietitians to prepare an entire menu. Learn how to read a recipe, and take home a packet with all of the recipes form the class. Class fee: $20 ($10 for parent & $10 for child). ~ ShopRite, Manchester

6 – 8pm: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Inspired Recipes! This evening’s class will be based off of the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory! Stew Leonard’s Oompla Loompas will teach our guests how to make some of their favorite, top-secret recipes! We will create twirly wirly sugar cookie lollipops, whipple scrumptious marshmallow delights, toadstool cupcakes and we will wash everything down with milk from the chocolate river served in edible chocolate cups! Ages 6-12. $25 per child. ~ Stew Leonard’s. Newington.

8pm: Cage Match A no holds barred competition where two improv teams compete head-to-head for a cash prize – and you decide the winner!  Only one team will be victorious and your vote counts! The winner returns to defend their title at the next show of the series. Bring your friends and come vote for the best improv team in this one to one matchup. Doors open 30 minute prior to show. $10 general admission seating. BYOB. ~ Playhouse on Park, West Hartford

Friday, May 20th – Sunday, May 22nd:

Friday from 11am – Midnight, Saturday from 11am – 1am and Sunday from 12 – 10pm: Dionysos Festival Homemade pastitsio, moussaka,spanakopita, tiropita, gyros, souvlaki, dolmades, loukoumades,baklava, kataifi and more. 301 West Main Street, New Britain

Friday – Saturday at 6:35pm and Sunday at 1:35pm: York Revolution at New Britain Bees Saturday: Military Appreciation Night and Fireworks Show. ~ New Britain Stadium, New Britain

Saturday, May 21st:

7 – 9am: Weekend Bird Walk An early morning walk through Werner’s Woods provides welcome sights and sounds for beginning birders as well as those with more experience in the field. Bird walks are not geared for younger children. Bring binoculars and dress for wet ground underfoot. $5 per person. Pre-registration is not required. ~ Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton

8am – 4pm: Whitney Museum of American Art in NYC The Whitney newly reopened last spring along the Hudson River and specializes in 20th and 21st century art. You can view the museum, walk the parks and explore Chelsea Market. The price is $80 which includes the museum ticket and bus ride. ~ Windsor

8am – 5pm: Girls-only Hackathon If Leonardo da Vinci were alive today, what kind of apps would he create? Why don’t you tell us! Girls in middle and high school are invited to invent new apps or games that speak to da Vinci’s work as a genius inventor and artist. Come ready to code and to collaborate with other coding superstars! No coding experience necessary. $35 per participant (includes breakfast, lunch, snacks and t-shirt). ~ Connecticut Science Center, Hartford

9 – 10am: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Inspired Recipes! This class will be based off of the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory! Stew Leonard’s Oompla Loompas will teach our guests how to make some of their favorite, top-secret recipes! We will create twirly wirly sugar cookie lollipops, toadstool cupcakes and we will wash everything down with milk from the chocolate river served in edible chocolate cups! Ages 2-5. $15 per child, must be accompanied by an adult. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

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9 – 11am: Westmoor Park Annual Flowering Basket Make your own flowering basket! In this class you and your child will learn how to select and plant annuals to give you blooming color from spring to summer! We will also cover the care of your annual basket that you will take home to enjoy. Fee is per parent/child pair. One basket per pair. Age 7 and up. ~ Westmoor Park, West Hartford

10am – 1pm: A Celebration of Music & Dance Imagine Nation invites families to join us for a day revolved around appreciating the sounds of music, and expressing yourself through dance.  Experience live performances derived from a variety of different genres and get inspired to create your very own moves. A few of our guests include, Garden of Beats from 10am-12pm, Reach for the Stars Academy of Dance from 11-11:30am, Disney Sing Along with Maria Salice from 12-1pm, and a Sing Along with Tammi Naudus and Hailee and Casidee Knapik from 11:30am-12pm. There will also be a variety of hands-on activities throughout each of our twelve studios such as creating water instruments, learning how to make instruments at home, and practicing bird calls in our Wildlife Studio. Imagine Nation, Bristol

11:45am – 12:30pm: Dance with Your Doll Your doll will be part of the class and participate like everyone else! $10 per child. Ages 4 and up. Registration is required. ~ Spotlight Dance Studio, Unionville

1 – 2:30pm: Healing Herbs Join ELCCT staff member, Nyree Hodges for an educational afternoon about natural herbs and how they help people. Learn about whole herbs to grow and use to their full potential. A sampling of herbal teas will also be available. $8 per person. Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center, Bristol

3 – 4pm: Austin House Visit Located two miles from the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford’s West End, the Austin House, a National Historic Landmark, is the largest object in the Wadsworth Atheneum’s collection and is the former home of A. Everett “Chick” Austin, Jr., the museum’s director from 1927–1944. With a $25 contribution to the Sarah Goodwin Austin Memorial Fund, guests are invited to visit the Austin House and also receive same-day admission to the Wadsworth Atheneum. Advance reservations are required and groups are limited to 12 visitors. Austin House, Hartford.

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4 – 7pm: Master Your Makeup by Tainted Does your makeup bag need a makeover? Join Tainted Inc. for a deep dive into a makeup masters class including exclusive tip and tricks of the trade. Bring your own makeup bag, brushes and bottle of wine! Tainted’s Master Makeup workshop teaches participants how to overhaul their makeup bags. What to trash, what to add and how to have that perfect arsenal. Beauty Director will step you through makeup essentials and tips for the best you in under 10 minutes. You’ll practice makeup techniques while the Tainted team assists and answers any questions. This is workshop is great for DIY brides! Grab a friend and get tainted. You’ll be thanking us all summer with flawless selfies! This is a BYOB Event with light snacks included. ~ Hartford Prints, Hartford

6 – 8pm: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Inspired Recipes! This evening’s class will be based off of the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory! Stew Leonard’s Oompla Loompas will teach our guests how to make some of their favorite, top-secret recipes! We will create twirly wirly sugar cookie lollipops, whipple scrumptious marshmallow delights, toadstool cupcakes and we will wash everything down with milk from the chocolate river served in edible chocolate cups! Ages 6-12. $25 per child. ~ Stew Leonard’s. Newington.

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6 – 10:30pm: 40th Anniversary Real Party Join us under a large and stylish tent for cocktails, diner, music, dancing and fun! We will present Realie Awards to six extraordinary patrons who have contributed in unique and significant ways to Real Art Ways’ longevity and success. The climax of the event will be the Art Grab, where each guest will get to take home a work of art. Artists from across the nation have graciously donated the work in support of Real Art Ways. Real Art Ways, Hartford

7pm and 10pm: Comedy Night Champlin is one of the quickest witted comedians working either coast today. She has a wild and roaming spontaneity, which makes each show actually feel like one of a kind. She is a powerful performer who can glide between practiced patter and off the cuff insightful improvisations. Poppy’s experience with classic standup and improv, gives her a double-barreled flexibility that works particularly well with her subjects of choice. Besides Poppy’s deep comedic chops, she actually has a seriously good voice that she puts to use during her performance making sure to end every show on a good note. Mike has more than twenty-five years of stage experience and has made his mark from coast to coast and beyond. You can catch him regularly in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. He spent years as the emcee/host/creative director of famed New York City hot spots like Catch A Rising Star and Dangerfield’s. He has also enjoyed a stellar career in radio where his quick wit and ability to ad-lib earned him the coveted morning show for a number of different stations in the New York metropolitan area. ~ Playhouse on Park, West Hartford

7:30pm: Playing with Food 4 The Hartford Syphony Orchestra’s rave-reviewed, foodie fan-favorite event returns for a fourth season! Take a mix of great music, add some fabulous food, and blend! Special guest chefs representing a variety of global cuisines will share entertaining stories and demonstrate the cooking techniques behind their unique dishes, while Carolyn Kuan and the orchestra perform a delectable menu of music that inspires culinary creativity. Watch the whisks and the baton fly, as we whet your appetite for food tastings at intermission and after the show. Then…enjoy…mangia…bon appétit! ~ The Bushnell, Hartford.

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Saturday, May 21st – Sunday, May 22nd:

Saturday – Sunday at 1pm and 4pm: Junie B. Jones It’s Junie B.’s first day of first grade and a lot of things have changed for her: Junie’s friend Lucille doesn’t want to be her best pal anymore, and on the bus, Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. Also, Junie has trouble reading the blackboard and her teacher Mr. Scary thinks she may need glasses. Throw in a friendly cafeteria lady, a kickball tournament and a “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal”, and first grade has never been more exciting.   Featuring a tremendously loveable character and fun-filled songs, Junie B. Jones will capture your  heart just as the books captivated an entire generation of students. 1-hour run time.  Recommended for students in grades K – 5 but offers fun for the entire family. Runs on Wednesday, May 25th at 10am and 2:30pm and Saturday – Sunday at 1pm and 4pm. ~ Playhouse on Park, West Hartford

Sunday, May 22nd:

Starts at 9am at Nevers Road Park in South Windsor

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10am – 12pm: CFPA Ramble: Invasive Plants along the CT River Ramble with us along the river and see an area full of invasive plants. You can get an idea of how invasive plants can really take over an area. We’ll see how many we can identify. As a bonus, there are likely to be warblers and other migrating birds in the area. This is a gentle walk along paved or cleared paths. There may be an opportunity to do a bit of “bushwhacking” depending on participant interest. Heavy Rain will cancel. ~ Windsor Meadows State Park, Windsor

1 – 2pm: Butterfly Gardens are for the Birds Butterfly gardens may attract a host of beautiful winged creatures to your yard, not just butterflies. Find out what makes a successful butterfly habitat and how you can improve your butterfly habitat. A 45-minute talk will be followed by a walk through the Nature Center’s native plant gardens. $6 per person. Register in advance. ~ Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton.

1pm: Romantic Realms Explore the Romantic Era in music and in the exhibition Gothic to Goth: Romantic Era Fashion and Its Legacy. William Bolcom’s Introduzione e Rondo: Haydn Go Seek, Camille Saint Saëns’ Fantaisie, Op. 24 and Johannes Brahms’ Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25 demonstrate how both art and music moved away from the order and rationality of the previous half century to embrace imagination and emotion, originality and vision. ~ The Bushnell, Hartford

1pm: Romantic Realms Explore the Romantic era in music, including William Bolcom’s Introduzione e Rondo: Haydn Go Seek, and Johannes Brahms’ Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25. Presented in collaboration with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, featuring Concertmaster Leonid Sigal. ~ Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford

2pm: Mel Brooks: Back in the Saddle Again Join the incomparable Mel Brooks for an exclusive, inside look at his storied career, and the making of the legendary and groundbreaking movie Blazing Saddles. This outrageous masterpiece, considered one of the top comedy films of all time, will be presented on the big screen followed by a live 90 minute conversation and audience Q&A with Mel Brooks himself. Somebody give the governor a harrumpp! Memorable and monumental, Mel Brooks and Blazing Saddles…back in the saddle again. ~ The Bushnell, Hartford

2:15 – 3pm: Snack Smart: An Introduction to Kids’ Nutrition Led by certified Health Coach Colby Wyckoff, this class focuses on exposing healthy foods to children in a creative and engaging way. $10 per family in advance, $15 day of. ~ Mandell JCC, West Hartford

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