Week 37

Monday, September 12th:

7:30pm: Women in the Combat Zone: What it Means to be a Woman in the Military Join us for an engaging moderated discussion surrounding the issues raised in T.D. Mitchell’s Queens for a Year and what it means to be a woman serving in the military. Mitchell wrote Queens for a Year when she realized that the stories of women who have served in the military were missing from public understanding. From World War II through Operation Iraqi Freedom, Mitchell’s play lifts the veil on the struggles women face in the armed forces, both during and post-deployment – including the response to veterans returning from Vietnam, PTSD, the repercussions of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, military sexual assault, and servicewomen on their tours of duty in Iraq.

Tuesday, September 13th:

8am – 9pm: 5% Community Giving Day Whole Foods Markets at Bishops Corner in West Hartford is hosting a 5% Community Giving Day to benefit Real Art Ways! Save your weekly shopping till that day and help RAW while you fill your fridge. RAW staff will be on site between 11 AM and 6 PM to thank shoppers and talk about the history, programs and impact of Real Art Ways. Thanks to Whole Foods Market for this generous program!

1 – 1:45pm: Baby & Me Yoga Kara Simard is your guide as you explore fun ways to interact and bond with your baby! This series class is designed for any caregiver and their baby ages 6 weeks to pre-crawling. We will focus on infant developmental techniques and poses as well as ways for us caregivers to squeeze some precious yoga into our baby-filled days. Reoccurs on 9/20 and 9/27.

7pm: Evenings@7 offers free presentations of intimate script-in-hand play readings. Open to the public, these one-night only performances are part of Little Theatre’s mission to develop art and artists.  This series, featuring both established plays and musicals and new works, enables local talent to grow in their craft by performing for live audiences in a casual atmosphere with minimal production elements. The Normal Heart, Larry Kramer’s semi-autobiographical groundbreaking drama, was one of the first pieces of theater to address the subject of the HIV-AIDS epidemic when it premiered Off-Broadway in 1985.

Tuesday, September 13th – Sunday, September 18th:

Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm and 7:30pm: Queens for a Year Molly Solinas, a young Marine Corps Officer, unexpectedly returns to her family home in Virginia, bringing with her an even younger female Private. Four generations of women who’ve served their country in the Marines clash during what at first appears to be a post-deployment vacation – but is revealed to be much more. An arresting new play from one of the writers of the TV series ‘Army Wives.’ Recommended for ages 14 and up. Approximate Running Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes, plus intermission. Tickets $25-90. All Regular Season Student Seats $20. Includes all fees. Prices subject to change without notice. Student tickets by phone only, please. Please call for Student Matinee Rates. Runs until October 2nd. Special Events: Thursday at 6pm: LGBT Night Out Free pre-show nosh and complimentary wine, soda and coffee (plus drink specials at a cash bar) for our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patrons and allies. Sunday after the 2pm matinee: Sunday Afternoon Discussion Best known as a writer and story editor for the acclaimed TV series “Army Wives,” Mitchell’s award-winning play scripts include A Gray Matter, In Dog Years, and Beyond the 17th Parallel (being adapted as a feature film). A prominent speech writer for non-profit and philanthropic organizations (US Fund for UNICEF, Feminist Majority, the Rolex Institute, ex.), her travelogue essays for Verbal Supply Company and, next year, a nonfiction book, exemplify her multi-format, cross-genre passion for storytelling.

Wednesday, September 14th:

10:30am – 12pm: Open Play is designed to supplement your child’s day with some good old fashioned play time in a fun, friendly and super clean environment. Caregivers and children ages 1 to 5 will enjoy exploring art with our sticky paint and “Fundough.” You and your child will also engage in unstructured activities such as dramatic play, puzzles, doll house, cars, train table, tunnels, dress up, bubbles, dancing and more! $15 per child. Reoccurs until October 19th.

Wednesday, September 14th – Thursday, September 15th:

Wednesday, September 14th – Sunday, September 21st:

Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Little Shop of Horrors From the creators of hit Broadway musicals Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid, comes Little Shop of Horrors, a mad cap, delightfully scary and quirky joy of a musical, that’s a treat for the whole family. Seymour is a nerdy floral clerk with a knack for plants, but not much else. However, one peculiar plant he’s tending might just be his ticket to fame, fortune – and the girl of his dreams. Little Shop of Horrors is the screamingly funny, gleefully twisted, out-of-this-world hit musical. Runs until October 16th.

Thursday, September 15th:

5:30pm: The Trouble Begins Noted Twain Scholar Karen Lystra, formerly Professor of American Studies at California State University, Fullerton, will speak about Mark Twain’s youngest daughter, Jean Clemens, in this season’s inaugural edition of our popular lecture series The Trouble Begins at 5:30. In conjunction with our current exhibit In Their Father’s Image: Susy, Clara, and Jean Clemens, Dr. Lystra will explore how Jean’s epilepsy affected Twain and his family. Jean played a pivotal role in Twain’s late years. His last major autobiographical writing involved his realization of how much he had misunderstood and neglected her. The virulent prejudice against people with epilepsy in this era will also be examined. The lecture will be preceded by a light reception with wine and appetizers. Free event but reservations are highly suggested.

6pm: LGBT Night Out Free pre-show nosh and complimentary wine, soda and coffee (plus drink specials at a cash bar) for our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patrons and allies.

6 – 10pm: September Creative Cocktail Hour Live Music by Mission Zero. Munchies by Camilla’s Latin Restaurant. Join in a Lantern Construction Workshop with Night Fall – the lanterns will be used at this year’s Night Fall event on October 8 at Elizabeth Park.“Greekin’ Out” food truck will be on site. Held on the third Thursday of every month, CCH represents the best of everything Real Art Ways has to give: innovative art, invigorating music and hundreds of the most interesting and open-minded people to share the experience!

Friday, September 16th:

Run for the Riverfront

7:30pm: The MOuTH: Marked for Life: Stories of How You Got That Scar Here’s how to submit your story for consideration: Speakers are selected one week before the event, so email your name and a short description of what your story is about. Submissions close once we get overwhelmed with submissions, so overwhelm us! Your story must last fewer than 10 minutes. Stories are told without notes. You just get up there and tell the tale off the top of your head. Stories are real. Not that we’ll be doing any fact-checking, but this event features true stories. If you don’t get on the list, don’t take it personally! It’s our loss, and hopefully we can hear from you at a future MOuTH event. There is also a “Wild Card.” After the fifth speaker finishes, Chion asks volunteers to raise their hands and holler out a number. Those numbers are put into a hat and the chosen one has a 5-minute limit to tell his or her story on that night’s theme before the final speaker goes on. Only $5 to get in, speakers get in free. These events are recorded , well audio only! Profanity is allowed.

Friday, September 16th – Saturday, September 17th:

Saturday, September 17th:

8 – 11am: Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser Come enjoy pancakes and support a good local cause! Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under here at Bart’s Drive In Restaurant.

10am – 4pm: The 34th Annual Country Fair Come enjoy some good old fashioned fun for the entire family including entertainment, hay rides, pony rides and games galore. Decorate a pumpkin, build a scarecrow. Take a riding tour of the park. Enter the crafts, flower and kitchen & garden competitions. Visit the food court for a variety of items presented by local civic organizations. New this year will be a Silent Auction, proceeds from the auction will be dedicated to the upgrade and expansion of the sugar shack. Rounding out the day will be many demonstrations by local organizations and students as well as the popular “Child Identification Program” CTChip. Rain Date: Sunday, September 18th from 12 noon-4pm.

1 – 4pm: Curiosity Day with Curious George In the spirit of literacy, the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society is hosting free fun Curious George themed kid’s activities. At 1, 2 and 3pm, there will be a Curious George story time, followed by fun crafts, a snack, and Curious George videos on a big movie screen! Free Curious George books will be available to 100 families (books handed out at each time slot, first come, first served; one book per family), courtesy of Reach Out and Read Connecticut and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. This program is made possible through the generous support of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and the Greater Hartford Arts Council. Curiosity Day is free and open to the public; no registration required.

2pm: The Great Mark Twain Look-Alike Contest! Do people say you look like Albert Einstein? And do you counter with, “No! I look like Mark Twain!” If so, you’re a great candidate for The Great Mark Twain Look-Alike Contest to be held in Mark Twain’s hometown of Hartford, Connecticut. You can show up with a wig or without, with a real mustache or fake, in a white suit, ivory suit, or birthday suit (just kidding – you need clothes!), strut on the stage, deliver one Mark Twain quote (verified! – not attributed!), and our panel of distinctive, ornery, and un-bribable judges will determine if YOU are the winner of The Great Mark Twain Look-Alike Contest! Yes, there will be prizes!

Tickets for SMALL STATE GREAT BEER in Hartford from BeerFests.com

5:30 – 9pm: Parent’s Night Out Big fun on the Big Screen. Inflatables, Zany Games, Gymnastics, Pizza and a Movie on our 9 foot screen keep your children entertained while you enjoy an evening out! Don’t forget to bring your pillow and blanket to cuddle up in for the movie! Children ages 4 years and up are welcome.

6:30pm: Riverfront Swing Night is part of the Farmington Bank Community Concert Mini Series featuring Simply Swing. The series includes three riverfront performances, June 4 & July 16 in Great River Park, and September 17 at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza for Unforgettable, Simply Swing’s salute to Natalie & Nat “King” Cole.

2nd Annual 'KICK OFF' Party

Sunday, September 18th:

9:30 – 11am: Sketching the Nude Visitors are invited to set-up their drawing boards in the galleries for the rare opportunity to draw from live nude models posing among masterworks by such artists as Graydon Parrish, Christopher Gallego, and Julie Heffernan. Beginners and seasoned artists alike are welcome to join this studio class. This class will be moderated by Museum staff. This is not an instructed class, but gentle suggestions will be offered. Learn new skills and techniques on your own, all within the inspirational setting of the Museum. Sketching the Nude takes place in the Museum galleries; permissible art materials are limited to: Graphite pencils or colored pencils Erasers Drawing Boards (23 x 26 in. or smaller).

Animals the whole family will enjoy at our annual farm festival

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