Week 30

Monday, July 25th:

9:30 – 11:30am: What to Say and How to Say It: Crafting Effective Email Messages Learn to create, curate, and extend email content that will help you achieve your business goals. This seminar will teach you time-saving tips, techniques, and apps that will help your content – and the way you share it – succeed! We’ll cover tidbits like how many links create the most engagement; how to turn questions into high-open subject lines; tips on using graphics, photos and videos; re-purposing content across multiple platforms; and more. Free. Register online.

1pm: Fur, Feathers & Scales What makes bats different from birds? What do all mammals have in common? Why do birds hatch out of eggs? Learn the answers to these mysteries of nature in Fur, Feathers, & Scales! In this interactive program, we will learn to differentiate between mammals, birds, and reptiles!

1 – 10pm: Auditions for Season Eight Auditions are by appointment only. If you would like to be considered for an appointment, please submit your headshot and resume as well as the show(s) and role(s) you would like to be considered for via email to Sean Harris, Artistic/Casting Director at Sharris@playhousetheatregroup.org. If you are considered, Sean will then email you back and give you an audition time. Little Shop of Horrors, Unnecessary Farce, Pinkalicious, Mama D’s  Christmas Stocking, [Title of Show], A Moon for the Misbegotten, Last Train to Nibroc, Dr. Suess’s The Cat in the Hat, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare.

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6:30 – 8:30pm: Yarn Class Transform a canvas with a bold feather design. Supplies not included. Cost of supplies up to $20.

Monday, July 25 – Sunday, July 31st:

Tuesday, July 26th:

1 – 3pm: A Bug’s Life: Growing Up at the Movies For Millennials, the winner was A Bug’s Life (1998). It is just like you remember it –the story focuses on a colony of ants who seasonally gather food for themselves and a wild gang of rowdy grasshoppers. When bumbling worker ant Flik (David Foley) destroys the food supply, the angry grasshoppers, lead by the maniacally warped Hopper (Kevin Spacey), threaten to kill the ants if they don’t produce a new supply of food by the time they return — an impossible feat. Flik leaves the anthill in search of help in the form of bigger bugs, and to wage war against the grasshoppers. What he doesn’t know is he has actually discovered a group of down-on-their-luck traveling circus insects in need of a job. When the ants realize that their heroes are really circus performers (and the circus bugs realize these grasshoppers are really big and mean), the situation goes from bad to worse. Watch it again! Rated G.

5:30 – 7pm: Emotional Health and Essential Oils In this free workshop, taught by TFC’s Dr Allie Mendelson, learn the science behind these powerful natural products and how to incorporate them into your life and gain more control over your emotional health. RSVP

6 – 8pm: Kid’s Entertainment Series Chick Kelman (Magic) and Motion Man. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy an evening of free entertainment. All ages are welcome! Rain location. Reoccurs until 8/16.

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6:30pm: Keeney Kooler Concerts: Latanya Farrell Bring your lawn chair, blanket and a snack to enjoy live music on a summer evening. In case of rain, concerts will be held in the Keeney Ballroom.

7 – 8:30pm: Outdoor Concerts: The Future Heavies (80’s Dance Party) Bristol Parks and Recreation invite families and people of all ages to come out and enjoy the wide variety of music offered each week! There are plenty of seats at the amphitheater but we encourage you to bring lawn chairs, a blanket and snacks to enjoy a picnic in the park to the backdrop of amazing bands. Reoccurs until 8/16.

7:30pm: Talkback Tuesdays Stick around for a post-show chat with the cast of MIDSUMMER (a play with songs).

8 – 10pm: Eddie Izzard Join comedy legend Eddie Izzard at the Bushnell for his recent stand-up special, Force Majeure. Eddie’s stand up is digressive, surreal and free-associative. His live performances, one of a kind. A defining aspect of his shows is their distinctive visual aesthetic, with each tour – and subsequent DVD or video release – given a striking, unique look.

Tuesday, July 26th – Sunday, August 21st:

Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2:30pm: Midsummer (a play with songs) Midsummer in Edinburgh turns into a weekend of abandon when Bob, a small-time crook and Helena, a high-powered divorce lawyer meet in a basement wine bar. With a wad of ill-gotten cash in hand and a local gangster on their heels, the unlikely pair goes on an alcohol and adventure-filled romp, discovering that there are second chances at life—and love. Runs until August 21st. Theaterworks, Hartford

Wednesday, July 27th:

5 – 8pm: Princess Character Night With a purchase of ticket, you will be able to meet Anna and Elsa from Frozen. You must pre-purchase your ticket online. 100 Jumpers max! $20 – 1 person includes 2 hour jump, 1 slice pizza and soda. $60 – 4 people and includes 2 hour jump plus a large pizza and pitcher of soda. Wear your favorite costume and a camera! Our staff will be taking the picture with Anna & Elsa.

5:30 – 7pm: Preservation at Stowe Learn about the $3.3 million Stowe House preservation project with Project Curator Cindy Cormier and Collections Manager Beth Burgess. What kind of planning goes into a $3.3 million preservation project in a National Historic Landmark that is open to the public? How do you safely pack up and move Stowe’s furniture, paintings and decorative arts? What does research show about carpet, wallpaper and paint during Stowe’s residence? Join us to discover answers to these questions and more! Click here for more info.

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7:30pm: Night OUT In Edinburgh (a TheaterWorksOUT event) This could be your story – a Midsummer tale that begins at the theater and picks up in the cool evening air with a glass of wine, live music, and great brews in our outdoor pop-up wine bar. Gay or straight, all are welcome. See an awesome show and then let loose on a Night OUT in Edinburgh.

Wednesday, July 27th – Sunday, July 31st:

Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: A Chorus Line The musical for everyone who’s ever had a dream and put it all on the line. Winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this singular sensation is one of the longest running Broadway musicals ever. A Chorus Line is a stunning musical-vérité about the achingly poignant ambitions of professional Broadway chorus dancers to land a job in the show, and is a powerful metaphor for all human aspiration. Memorable musical numbers include I Can Do That, At the Ballet, Dance: Ten; Looks: Three, The Music and the Mirror, What I Did for Love, One (Singular Sensation) and I Hope I Get It. It is a brilliantly complex fusion of dance, song and compellingly authentic drama. Parental Discretion advised due to language, recommended for ages 13 and up. Runs until Sunday, July 31st. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford

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Thursday, July 28th:

3pm: 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. Click here for a complete description and photos of the house. 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. Guests will meet their docent at the Austin House, located at 130 Scarborough Street, Hartford.

5 – 7pm: 8th Annual Ice Cream Social The Mark Twain House & Museum invites everyone back for our 8th Annual free Ice Cream Social on the Nook Farm Nook patio! Come on down and enjoy delicious UCONN Ice Cream provided by BEAR’S BBQ Smokehouse, and finish it off with your favorite toppings! In addition, music will be provided by Horizon Blue! 102.9 The Whale will also be here with games and giveaways! And for the little ones we have face painting, games and arts and crafts! In addition, there will be discounted tours of the first floor of the Mark Twain House ($5 for adults and children; under age 6 free).

5:30 – 7:30pm: ¡Fiestas Patrias Celebration! Join us to celebrate Fiestas Patrias, the Peruvian Independence Day! Inside the museum, explore Peruvian artworks in the Wadsworth Atheneum’s collection with a docent. Outside in Gengras Court, enjoy festive live music including guitarists Carlos Revolledo and Oscar Silva, traditional Peruvian dancers, complimentary Peruvian snacks, and a cash bar. Free and open to the public.

6pm: East Hartford Sounds of Summer Concerts: Al Fenton Big Band The Sounds of Summer concert series brings four free, family-friendly concerts to Great River Park this summer! Performances begin at 6 pm. The lineup for 2016 is: The Sounds of Summer Concert Series is presented by East Hartford Mayor Marcia A. Leclerc and Pratt & Whitney. Concerts will be held rain or shine; the rain location is the East Hartford Community Cultural Center.

6 – 7pm: Storyteller: Tom Lee Winding Trails is pleased to present Tom Lee, a professional storyteller with twenty years of experience, for an evening of traditional stories, folktales, and myths that will get the entire family sitting on the edge of their seats. His repertoire is a rich trove of over 500 stories from cultures around the world; some are centuries old with a few that originated thousands of years ago. Tom Lee has told stories professionally for twenty years. His interest in traditional stories began while he was working as a cook in a tiny fishing village in Scotland. Tom’s first storytelling performances were tales from Grimm, told in the London pub theater, appropriately called “The Man In the Moon. “In the United States, Tom has worked with children and adults of all ages. “When it comes to stories,” he says, “children have taught me everything I know.” Tom is roster artist with The Connecticut Commission on Culture and was the featured storyteller at the 2014 National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee. His stories during this performance will focus on animals and nature. This is a free program provided by donations made to the Trails Fund.

6:30 – 8:30pm: Summer Concerts The Windsor Chamber of Commerce and First Town Downtown invite you to the summer concert series Thursday evenings. Reoccurs until 8/18.

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7pm: 2 for 1 Films: In Harmony & The Measure of a Man Part of The Human Touch Film Series, presenting films from around the world exploring the human condition in celebration of the exhibition The Human Touch: Selections from the RBC Wealth Management Art Collection. In Harmony: A sought-after and talented horse stuntman in films has a bad fall, becoming paraplegic. The insurance company sends a seductive woman to “encourage” him to settle for a small sum of money, but they begin to fall for each other. 2015. France. 95 min. Not Rated. Subtitles. Directed by Denis Dercourt. The Measure of a Man: An unemployed factory worker tries to make ends meet in working-class France. 2016. France. 93 min. Not Rated. Subtitles. Directed by Stéphane Brizé.

7pm: CLUE Tours of the Mark Twain House 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/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.

Friday, July 29th:

10am – 2pm: Railroad Day Hop aboard the Roaming Railroad, “New England’s Nicest Trackless Train” and take a spin around our parking lot (additional fee). There will be many railroad inspired activities indoors. We are happy that the Railroad Museum of New England will be collaborating with us and participating in a Story Time!

7pm: Acoustic Night Come and enjoy some great music at Winding Trails in the tranquil forest around Walton Pond. This series will highlight some of the great local musical talent we have in the area. Each evening will showcase three performers. Food and refreshments will be available for sale or feel free to bring you own. These programs will be held rain or shine. Registration is not required.

7:30pm: Faithfully – A Symphonic Tribute to the Music of Journey Don’t Stop Believing! Faithfully-A Symphonic Tribute to the Music of Journey celebrates the music of Journey like never before.  Journey is one of the most popular American rock bands of all time with 25 gold and platinum albums and 19 top 40 singles and has performed around the world for four decades. Now for the first time, audiences can hear hits like “Faithfully,” “Any Way You Want It,” “Open Arms,” “Wheel in the Sky,” and many more, all with the fantastic Hartford Symphony Orchestra! Conducted by HSO Assistant Conductor, Adam Kerry Boyles.

7:30pm: Schism Get down to the Hall and get ready to Rock!! For over 15 years, Schism has been delivering stunning multi-media performances of all of your favorite Tool songs all of the World.  As members of Tool have simply put it, “Tool is currently not on tour. If you’d like to see Tool, go see Schism.”  Facelift has been respectfully pays tribute to Alice in Chains founding member Mike Starr for over 20 years. Both bands put on an incredible show that is not to be missed!

8pm: Sarah McLachlan is one of the most celebrated singer songwriters in entertainment with over 40 million albums sold worldwide. She is an eight-time Juno Award winner and a three-time Grammy Award winner. McLachlan’s landmark fifth album, the 10x-platinum Surfacing, contained two Grammy Award-winning tracks, “Building a Mystery” and “Last Dance.” In addition to her personal artistic efforts, she founded the Lilith Fair tour, which showcased female musicians and raised over $7 million for local and national charities. In 2002 McLachlan founded her non-profit organization, the Sarah McLachlan School of Music, which provides top quality music instruction at no cost, in a safe and nurturing environment, for at-risk and underserved children and youth. From an early age, music provided McLachlan with the tools she needed to navigate the challenges she faced in her life, so she recognizes how important it is for every child to have those same opportunities. Her most recent album, Shine On, explores her personal journey over the last three years navigating love, loss and change. Shine On celebrates the human ability to grow from our experiences, thrive and shine on.

8:30pm: Free Movies in the Park: Zootopia Come and find a spot at Bushnell Park starting at 7:30pm. Raindate: Sunday, July 31st.

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Friday, July 29th – Saturday, July 30th:

Friday at 2pm and 7pm and Saturday at 1pm: The Pirates of Penzance Jr. This swashbuckling musical comedy was first performed in 1879, and has remained popular for over 130 years! The Pirates of Penzance Jr. focuses on the story of young Frederic, a young man accidentally apprenticed as a child to a band of overly-sentimental pirates until his twenty-first birthday. After turning 21, Frederic sets off on his own with the hope of becoming an upstanding citizen – and even intends to bring his former companions to justice. However, Frederic may really not be as free from the pirates as he thinks he is, when a loophole in the original contract threatens to take Frederic away from his new life. The Pirates of Penzance Jr. is full of fun characters, clever lyrics, and slapstick physical comedy. It’s a great introduction to the classic work of Gilbert and Sullivan, with modern twists along the way. This production presents new challenges and opportunities for our Summer Project performers to conquer in the two-week rehearsal period, and opens up a whole new world of musical theater that we’ve never done before!

Friday – Saturday from 6 – 10pm: Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours We reprise our popular Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours for some summer fun. The Mark Twain House has been featured on Syfy Channel’s Ghost Hunters and the Biography Channel’s My Ghost Story. On these tours participants will hear all these creepy tales — and learn about Mark Twain’s own interest in the supernatural. Filled with haunted history, dark tales and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spiritualism, these nighttime tours are as educational as they are goosebump-inducing. Prior to the tour, we’ll be showing the short film Ghost Tour, which was filmed in The Mark Twain House. The tours are tsponsored by Tsunami Tsolutions. Tickets are $22 for adults; $17 for members; and $15 for children 16 and under (recommended ages 10 and up.)

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Friday, July 29th – Saturday, August 6th:

8pm: The Foreigner Arriving in a foreign country where you cannot speak the language can be an unsettling experience. Pretending to be a foreigner in your own country, well, that can be hilarious. And pretending not to speak English at a remote fishing lodge, well, that can lead to problems with some unwanted guests. Shy Charlie Baker finds himself in a rural Georgia fishing lodge where everyone comes to believe he doesn’t speak English and we are off on one wild sudden adventure! Runs until August 6th.

Friday, July 29th – Sunday, July 31st:

9pm: Illuminate the Night Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays July 1st through August 21st Lake Compounce will “illuminate the night” with our laser light show. Produced by Lasertainment in Minnesota, a 50-foot water wall will veil across the lake with simultaneous synchronized music, projections and lasers.

Saturday, July 30th:

10am: Freedom Trail Tour The Farmington Historical Society offers an introductory lecture followed by a guided walking tour to the various sites throughout the village which were part of the Mendis stay in Farmington, as well as several sites which were part of the Underground Railroad. The introduction is presented by historical interpreter, Kim A. Silva, in English and American Sign Language. Adults $5, children $1. Tours will be canceled in case of rain or heat advisory.

10 – 11:30am: Countdown to Rio Come join us for a special free activity in celebration for the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio De Janerio. The Gymnastics Training Center Countdown to RIO! Come join us for a special free activity in celebration for the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio De Janerio. Come celebrate and participate in obstacle course style activities for ages 3-5 years old. Older gymnasts, ages 6-10 can come for a structured gymnastics and fitness related activity including our 40 foot Tumble Track, Olympic uneven bars, or the challenging still rings! Register in advance.

10:30am and 1pm: Da Vinci Saturday Youth Workshop Join us for Leonardo da Vinci-inspired hands-on youth workshops in our Da Vinci Workshop space inside the Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion traveling exhibit!  Inside the Eye: Channel your inner Leonardo da Vinci as we figure out how the eye works by going inside one. Participants will have an opportunity to dissect a cow’s eyeball as we explore and learn about how the eye works! $12 per session. $10 in addition to general admission.

1 – 3pm: Cheney Railroad History Walk Join us for an easy walk along this former railroad, built in 1869 to connect the Cheney silk mills to the main rail line in the North End. This was the shortest private freight-and-passenger railroad in the United States. We will meet at 146 Hartford Road, Manchester. Enjoy a tour and commentary of the former Cheney Railroad from the South End north to Center Springs Park and maybe further, depending on weather and interest. We will walk along streets in the National Historic District at the beginning of the walk, tracing the route of the old railroad; then we’ll cross into an unpaved areas where the tracks were located. Terrain is somewhat steep and uneven at times. Starts out slow with commentary and vintage photos to see, and then proceeds at a moderate pace, with additional commentary. Covers about 3 miles. No dogs, please! Extreme weather cancels.

1 – 3pm: Raptor Day Get an up close and personal look at these majestic creatures. Meet our Red Tailed Hawk, Barred Owl, and Eastern Screech Owl!

3 – 3:45 and 4:15- 5pm: Pee Wee Pro’s is an instructional program designed to introduce golf to young children 3-6 years of age. The primary objective is to instill a message that golf is fun and share with parents and care-givers how they can best support this objective. No golf equipment is necessary…we provide all children with SNAG golf equipment to use during the clinics. SNAG (Start New At Golf) equipment is designed to make learning golf easy. The clubs and balls are oversized and brightly colored to increase the likelihood that our Pee Wee Pro’s will meet with success. The only thing we ask is that each child be accompanied by an adult to share in the fun and help with safety. $20 per clinic.

8pm: Harry Potter Countdown to Midnight Party Join us for a special Countdown to Midnight Party leading up to the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One & Two, a special rehearsal edition script book, which goes on sale 7/31 at midnight. The party will feature a special Muggle Wall where customers can share their favorite memories of Harry Potter as well as amazing giveaways and fun activities!

Saturday, July 30th – Sunday, July 31st:

Thursday and Saturday at 7pm, Sunday 2 pm: 2 for 1 Films: In Harmony & The Measure of a Man Part of The Human Touch Film Series, presenting films from around the world exploring the human condition in celebration of the exhibition The Human Touch: Selections from the RBC Wealth Management Art Collection. In Harmony: A sought-after and talented horse stuntman in films has a bad fall, becoming paraplegic. The insurance company sends a seductive woman to “encourage” him to settle for a small sum of money, but they begin to fall for each other. 2015. France. 95 min. Not Rated. Subtitles. Directed by Denis Dercourt. The Measure of a Man: An unemployed factory worker tries to make ends meet in working-class France. 2016. France. 93 min. Not Rated. Subtitles. Directed by Stéphane Brizé.

Sunday, July 31st:

9am: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Celebration If you missed our midnight party, or if you read the book and now want to talk about it, join us all day for events and activities as we celebrate the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

7pm: Sea Tea Improv’s Free Comedy Show Eat, drink, laugh, and shout suggestions as Sea Tea Improv’s professional comedians host an evening of completely improvised comedy at City Steam Brewery’s Brew Ha Ha Comedy Club at 942 Main Street in Downtown Hartford, CT. Sea Tea Improv has been voted “Best Local Comic” 3 times in the Advocate’s Best of Hartford Readers’ Poll, and has been featured on ESPN News, The Travel Channel, NPR, WFSB, and more! The Hartford Advocate called Sea Tea Improv’s monthly show as one of the top things to do in Hartford. Admission is free!

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