Week 3 of 52

Monday, January 16th:

9:30am – 4:30pm: Free House Tours for Hartford Residents Hartford residents are invited to tour the Mark Twain House & Museum for free on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. For this special occasion, visitors will have the chance to chat with Katy Leary and George Griffin, treasured members of the Clemens family’s household staff. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford

9:30am – 5pm: Martin Luther King Day Open House The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center will hold an open house in honor of Martin Luther King Day. The event features tours of the Katharine Seymour Day House, hands-on family activities, a film screening and discussion, and bell ringing for nonviolence and peace. All activities are free. In the spirit of giving, visitors can bring new bath towels and feminine hygiene products for donation to emergency shelters – a project of the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut. Learn about King’s work through writing and craft activities, discuss historic documents from Stowe’s time in the “Conversation of a Nation”, and contribute ideas for “Words that Changed the World.” Noon: Ring bells for nonviolence and peace. 1 – 2:45pm: Watch a screening of 13th, director Ava Duvernay’s in-depth look at the U.S. prison system and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality. 2:45 – 4pm: Watch a screening of 13th , director Ava Duvernay’s in-depth look at the U.S. prison system and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality. Katharine Seymour Day House, Hartford

10am – 4pm: Snow Much Fun! Looking for some fun winter activities? Visit the Nature Center for a guided hike through the woods. Weather permitting, we will look for tracks or other signs of animals who spend the winter in Werner’s Woods. Make a winter animal craft. Guided hikes at 11am and 2pm. No need to pre-register. $6 adults, $4 children. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton

10am – 5pm: Community Day: What’s Your Story? Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with family-friendly music by the Funky Dawgz Brass Band and students from Charter Oak Cultural Center, hands-on art activities, and a theater performance about the Underground Railroad. Free admission and activities all day long. Docent guided tours at 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2:30pm. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

10am – 5pm: Martin Luther King Jr. Day The Connecticut Science Center has been busy building a new look for the new year. Join us when we re-open to the public on Monday, January 16 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day). Preview the all-new Science Alley and experience ten-stories of interactive and immersive exhibits from the depths of the deep sea to the far reaches of outer space. See the unseen and discover what lies beneath the skin of a life-size Sperm Whale or inside a Mercury-Redstone Rocket. Best of all, everyone pays kids price! $23.95 adults, $16.95 child. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford

11am – 12pm and 1 – 2pm: Sushi Making at Stew’s Join us at Stew’s while we learn how to roll our very own sushi. We will make avocado rolls, California rolls and sweet potato rolls! Ages 6-12. $25 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington

11am – 5pm: Community Day On our annual Community Day: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, guests can enjoy free admission to the Museum all day and participate in a variety of activities! Traditionally on this holiday, people from all over the country come together to clean up neighborhoods, donate their time to food banks and soup kitchens, and perform services for others. At the Museum, guests can examine and explore the relationship between art and social justice in activism-themed artworks in our permanent collection during a walk-in tour at noon and 2 pm, enjoy a story reading of Faith Ringgold’s Tar Beach in the Moser Library at 1 pm, and create art inspired by jazz (as M.L.K., Jr. once famously said “jazz speaks for life”) in the art studio from 3-4pm. Also, drop into the ArtLab anytime to illustrate your answer to M.L.K., Jr.’s question: “life’s most persistent and urgent question is: what are you doing for others?” Free admission for all. New Britain Museum of Art, New Britain

12pm: Wildest Weather in the Solar System Join National Geographic and The Children’s Museum on a spectacular journey to witness the most beautiful, powerful, and mysterious weather phenomena in the solar system. From a storm the size of a 100-megaton hydrogen bomb, to a 400-year-old hurricane, to a dust tempest that could engulf entire planets, you’ll be glad you live on Earth! Wildest Weather in the Solar System is packed with eye-popping visuals, high-end CGI and cutting-edge science. Admission: Adults $14.75, children $13.75 (under 2 years old are free). Planetarium fee: $2.50 per person. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

1pm: The Sky Tonight Using the planetarium’s digital projection system, astronomy educators take visitors on a live tour of the current night sky. Learn how to find visible planets and star patterns. This show changes with the current season! Admission: Adults $14.75, children $13.75 (under 2 years old are free). Planetarium fee: $2.50 per person. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

1pm: Disney on Ice Enter a world where adventure is awaiting and courage leads the way at Disney On Ice presents Dream Big. Through enchanted pixie-dust, Tinker Bell takes you on a journey of beloved Disney tales live on ice. Make a splash with the fearless dreamer Ariel as she yearns to explore life above the waves. Watch Rapunzel, Cinderella and Belle as they learn about the power to make their own magic. Travel to the wintry world of Arendelle with sisters Anna and Elsa, and the hilarious Olaf from Disney’s Frozen as they learn that true love is the greatest magic of all. Be there to discover a whole new world with the daring Jasmine, and join Snow White, Aurora and Tiana as they remind you to always be strong, kind and fearless. High-flying jumps, daring acrobatics, breathtaking skating and lovable Disney friends make this an experience your family will never forget. Tickets: $20-98. XL Center, Hartford

1 – 4pm: Martin Luther King Day As part of our Extended Museum Hours, Hill-Stead Museum will be open to tour at your leisure from 1 to 4 pm. $15 adults, $8 for children ages 6-12, free under 6. Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington

1:30 – 3:30pm: Family Day: Tree of Hearts Join us for a step-by-step painting class along with music, perfect for the whole family, ages 7 and up! We provide all of the paint and supplies you’ll need to make your 12×16 canvas masterpiece. Doors open at 12:30pm, instruction begins at 1pm. Price: $24.99 Scene Art Bar, Unionville

6:30 – 8:30pm: Painting Class Explore basic acrylic painting techniques, brushstrokes, color selection and more. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $28. Michaels Locations

7 – 10pm: Intermediate Improvisation This class continues work on the fundamental principles of improvisation while introducing more short-form improv games. We will focus on concepts such as status, tilt and re-incorporation and we will explore using the environment and non-linear narrative. The emphasis will be on character work, creating narratives and playing with commitment. Performance at the end of class. Prerequisite: Introduction to Improv or permission form the instructor. For ages 18 and up. Maximum 14 students. $200 for the semester, runs January 16th – March 6th. Class show on March 7th. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford

Monday, January 16th – Tuesday, January 31st:

Monday at 10:30am, Tuesday – Friday at 10am, Saturday at 10:30am and Saturday – Sunday at 3:30pm: Lars the Little Polar Bear is a story about a young polar bear who explores his arctic home, meeting friends along the way. Children will learn about the arctic climate, the animals that live here, and how to find the Big and Little Dipper in the night sky. Admission: Adults $14.75, children $13.75 (under 2 years old are free). Planetarium fee: $2.50 per person. Reoccurs until 1/31. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

Monday at 2:30pm, Tuesday – Friday at 12pm and Saturday – Sunday at 2:30pm: Oasis in Space: A Solar System Adventure Take a journey through the beautiful Solar System. Your exploration starts on Earth, with its vast oceans that make life possible. You’ll fly by the other planets and their moons, learning about their characteristics such as atmosphere, temperature, and composition. See why water is a key to life here. Oasis in Space is a production of Spitz Creative Media. Admission: Adults $14.75, children $13.75 (under 2 years old are free). Planetarium fee: $2.50 per person. Reoccurs until 1/31. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

Tuesday, January 17th:

10 – 11am: Learn to Skate Your 4 and 5 year olds can begin to learn the sport of skating. This fun based 4-session class will involve getting your children up and around on skates. The basics of forward and backward skating, turning, and stopping will be covered. Children must have their own skates or rent. (If you need to rent skates please call ahead to arrange for them.) Single blade skates only please, and don’t forget to have them sharpened! Helmets must be worn. Classes meet at Walton Pond warming hut. Weather permitting. $20 per child. Reoccurs on Tuesday and Thursday through 1/19 and again on Monday starting 1/23 through Wednesday through 2/1. Winding Trails, Farmington

4 – 5pm: Learn to Skate Clinic Your 6 thru 9 year olds can begin to learn the sport of skating. This fun based 4-session class will involve getting your children up and around on skates. The basics of forward and backward skating, turning, and stopping will be covered. Children must have their own skates or rent. (If you need to rent skates please call ahead to arrange for them.) Single blade skates only please, and don’t forget to have them sharpened! Helmets must be worn. Classes meet at Walton Pond warming hut. Weather permitting. $20 per child. Reoccurs on Tuesday and Thursday through 1/19 and again on Monday starting 1/23 through Wednesday through 2/1. Winding Trails, Farmington

6:30 – 8:30pm: Drawing Class Learn basic techniques, including how to use fine art drawing pencils and erasers. Supplies not included. Cost of supplies up to $18. Michaels locations

7pm: Complete Your Registry Event You received your registry completion coupon now have some fun putting it to good use! Join other local parents-to-be in getting some last-minute advice while adding some last-minute items to your registry. Babies R Us, West Hartford and Manchester

Tuesday, January 17th – Sunday, January 22nd:

Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 1pm and 6:30pm: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Before she was Carole King superstar she was a teenage songwriter, her music would become the soundtrack to a generation. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll. But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation. $38.50-122.50. The Bushnell, Hartford

Thursday, January 19th – Sunday, February 19th:

SUNSET BABY

Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday Matinee at 2:30pm: Sunset Baby A powerful and honest story of one woman’s journey from a hard existence to her own liberation. Sunset Baby is an energetic, daring look at the point where the personal and political collide. From one of the most exciting young voices in American theater, this dynamic new play about fathers and daughters sears with wit and wisdom and the politics of freedom. Seats $40-65, student rush $15. Theaterworks, Hartford

The Comedy of Errors

Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2pm: Comedy of Errors A Madcap, Midwinter, Musical Extravaganza! 22 actors. 2 pairs of twins. 1 crazy day. Shake the midwinter blues away with Shakespeare’s zaniest comedy, performed by a lively ensemble of actors, singers, dancers, musicians and acrobats. Opa! Tresnjak sets The Comedy of Errors on a sun-kissed island off the coast of Greece in 1965. The production will feature both international songs from the era and exotic dance numbers. The Bard’s zaniest comedy, in which two sets of twins separated at birth find themselves in the same city on the same day, leads to a string of mistaken identities, over-the-top slapstick and false accusations. Recommended for ages 12 and up. 90 minutes with no intermission. Ticket prices $25-90, students $20. Sunday: AfterWords Discussion immediately following the 2pm matinée.  Free for ticketholders. Hartford Stage, Hartford

Wednesday, January 18th:

10 – 10:45am and 12:30 – 1:15pm: Little Gliders Your 4 and 5 year olds can begin to learn the sport of cross-country skiing. This fun based 5-session class will be a group cross-country ski lesson specially designed for kids. Your child will learn the basics of cross-country skiing on level terrain and become familiar with the snow. Skis and boots will be provided. Helmets must be worn. Classes meet at Garmany Hall Ski Center. Weather permitting. Reoccurs until 1/23. Winding Trails, Farmington

4 – 6:15pm: Young Actors Students will participate in games, exercises, and scenes to allow them to gain comfort and technique in portraying a character onstage. Topics will include basic scene work, story telling, puppetry, and movement. Though the emphasis of the class will be on developing skills and not on a final performance, family and friends are invited to the last class to see students present poems, monologues, or scenes. 4-5pm: Grades 3-4. 5:15-6:15pm: Grades 4-5. Fee $120 for winter session, runs January 11 – March 8. $15 Annual registration fee.

6 – 8pm: Wednesday Night 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. Rentals will also be available. Registration is required by noon on Tuesday. Please pay at ski center. $12 per person. Reoccurs weekly until 2/22. Winding Trails, Farmington

6 – 8pm: Winter Writers Workshops with Hank Herman Is your New Year’s Resolution to wrap up that writing project you put on hold when the holidays hit? Have an idea you’ve been meaning to get started on, but haven’t gotten around to? Need a little push from a classroom structure to get you going? Appreciate feedback from other motivated writers, and from a professional instructor? Here’s your answer! Whether you’re working on memoir, essay, kids fiction, humor — or anything else; Winter Writers Workshop is perfect for you. Registration limited to 8. Six-week writing workshop – Wednesdays from January 18 – 22. $300. Mark Twain House & Museum

7pm: Maple Sugaring 101 Rob Lamothe of Lamothe’s Sugar House will present a hands-on program designed to help local residents who hope to make their own maple syrup this year. The program will include information on tree identification, necessary equipment, how to tap as well as “sugaring” anecdotes gleaned from years of making maple syrup in Burlington, Connecticut! Snowdate: 1/19. Cost: $6. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton

7 – 9pm: Seminar: Reclaim Your Professional Self Are you seeking to return to professional work after opting out as a care-giver? Let Untapped Potential’s esteemed Coaches guide you! With the help of our moderators, Kelley Biskupiak and Susan Rietano Davey, you will dig deep to begin clarifying where you are now and where you want to go. This Session includes Who Am I?, a strengths and values exercise to remind participants who they are beyond caregiver; and Stories of Hope, unique real-life returners’ stories from firsthand experience shared to inspire participants with confidence that ‘it can be done.’ Using leading industry evaluation tools, you’ll perform a personality assessment and discuss how personality influences the way you work. You’ll also complete an aptitude assessment and discuss why and how to play to your natural aptitudes when making career choices. This Stand-alone Session will kick-start your return-to-work journey! It also serves as a sampling of our full Prepare To Launch Program: Launch with Confidence in 2017! Participating will give you an overview of what to expect throughout. $50 per person. Canton Gateway Office Park, Building #5, Floor 2, Canton

7pm: Car Seats 101 All about Car Seats: Infant Carriers, Convertible, Boosters. Learn the features and benefits of each type with our Experts. Babies R Us, Manchester

Wednesday, January 18th – Sunday, January 29th:

Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: [title of show] Jeff and Hunter, two struggling writers, hear about a new musical theatre festival. However, the deadline for submissions is a mere three weeks away. With nothing to lose, the pair decides to try to create something new with the help of their friends Susan, Heidi and Larry on the eighty-eights. Eventually, Jeff suggests they write about what to write about. In the span of 90 minutes they write and perform their show at the festival. [title of show] is, above all, a love letter to the musical theatre and to the joy of collaboration. Opening Night, 1/13 Wine/Cheese reception before the show. Open Mic Saturday, 1/14 after the show. Talk back with the cast following the Sunday matinée. Previews on January 11 – 12; all seats $17.50. Tickets $35-50. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford

Thursday, January 19th:

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5pm: The Ghostlight Project Join the Wadsworth Atheneum and The Amistad Center for Art & Culture for The Ghostlight Project. Inspired by the tradition of leaving a “ghost light” on in a darkened theater, The Ghostlight Project is a nationwide event pledging to protect the values of inclusion, participation, and compassion for everyone regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, gender identity, or sexual orientation. Honoring the great tradition of performance at our own Aetna Theater, we will gather outside the museum to create a “light” for dark times ahead. Gather on the museum’s front steps (600 Main Street) at 5pm to enjoy good company, hot chocolate, and performances by Nzinga’s Daughters, CONNetic Dance, and Michael “CHIEF” Peterson. Dress for the weather, and bring a flashlight! At 5:30pm everyone will shine their lights together, in tribute to those who have fought for social justice and equity, and in renewed commitment to opening minds and changing lives through art and culture. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

5:15pm: The Ghostlight Project and the Bushnell Inspired by the theatrical tradition of keeping a “ghost light” on in a darkened theater, we create light for all in our community. Gather with us in The Bushnell Courtyard as we join the theatrical community across the country to celebrate and affirm our shared commitment to the values of inclusion, participation, and compassion. Bring a light, After sharing our pledge, we will all shine our lights in unison at 5:30pm. Meet us in our Courtyard with a light source (like your phone or flashlight) that is off when you arrive. When we are all gathered at 5:30 pm, you’ll be asked to participate by turning on your light to create one giant blaze up into the sky. The Bushnell, Hartford

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6 – 7:30pm: Teacher Programs Teachers and administrators are invited to a preview of the Museum’s featured exhibition Vistas del Sur: Traveler Artists’ Landscapes of Latin America from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection. Participants are encouraged to use this event as an opportunity to plan for upcoming student visits to the Museum, and gain information about special programming for schools. Light refreshments will be provided. Pre-registration required. $15 per person. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain

 

Friday, January 20th:

6:30 – 8:30pm: Ladies Night Out Join women of all ages on Ladies Night Out and explore a variety of fun fitness classes. Lite refreshments will be served. $15 per person. Pre-registration required. Mandell JCC, West Hartford

7 – 9pm: Wine & 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 person. Winding Trails, Farmington

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7:30pm: The MOuTH Do you have a story about the first time you did something? Or when you were there to see someone else give something a shot for once? Whatever experience the word “first” makes you think of, come hear & tell stories on the theme “First Things First” at The MOuTH at the Mark Twain House & Museum. Click here for more info on how to submit your story for consideration and rules. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford

Friday, January 20th – Saturday, January 21st:

8pm: Raw: a Musical Cabaret An original musical revue exploring our “Raw Emotions,” whether it’s feeling awkward, jilted, stalked, infatuated, desperate or in love! Raw is an “emotional” musical revue featuring a cast of 7 talented performers. RAW focuses on songs that convey emotion from “insecure” (What do you do with your arms?), to “smitten” (Taylor the Latte Boy), to “disheartened” (Where in the World is my Prince?), and “desperate” (He Ain’t Mr. Right), to name a few. We know that the songs in “RAW” will evoke emotions from humor to nostalgia in our audience as well. Ticket prices are $20 for adults and $18 for students if purchased online or $22 for adults and $20 for students at the door. Run time is 2 hours with an intermission. Farmington Valley Stage Company, Collinsville

Friday, January 20th – Sunday, January 22nd:

Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm: Beethoven and Ravel Come hear why a German critic described Beethoven’s Grosse Fuge as “incomprehensible, like Chinese” and “a confusion of Babel.” Today, the work is considered one of the composer’s greatest achievements! Ravel’s exuberant and soulful Piano Concerto in G Major was influenced by jazz, which he called “a very rich and vital source of inspiration.” Like Brahms’ final symphony, Franz Schubert’s thrilling magnum opus, Symphony No. 9, “The Great C Major,” pays tribute to Beethoven’s Ninth and is an extraordinarily complicated piece for its time period. Please join us for a pre-concert talk one hour prior to curtain each day. Tickets $33-67. Belding Theater at the Bushnell, Hartford

Friday, January 20th – Saturday, February 4th:

8pm: Miss Abigail’s Guide To Dating, Mating, & Marriage Dr. Ruth meets Emily Post in this raucous comedy! Miss Abigail’s Guide To Dating, Mating, & Marriage puts the audience in the middle of a live session with Miss Abigail, played by Julie Lemos, the most sought-after relationship expert to the stars. With the help from her sexy sidekick Paco, played by Jon Escobar, they’ll answer any and every one of your questions as they offer up Miss Abigail’s outrageously funny “how-to’s” on dating, mating and marriage including – how to perfect your kiss (it’s all about lip position), what you should and should not talk about on a date (don’t mention you’re a dungeon master until the third or fourth date) and much more. Kick back and relax as Miss Abigail provides the expertise she honed before booty calls and speed-dating ruled – before the divorce rate wasn’t 50% and when ‘fidelity’ was more than an investment firm! You’ll improve your love life and strengthen your relationships well beyond her session. Oh, and you’re sure to be laughing about love all night long – that’s the Miss Abigail guarantee! Runs until 2/4. Doors open at 7:15pm. CT Cabaret Theatre, Berlin

Friday, January 20th – Sunday, January 22nd:

Saturday, January 21st:

9am – 3pm: Inventions Find out what’s inside those busted devices at home. Bring in stuff for our take-apart lab, and while we can’t guarantee we can get it running, we will find out how it ticks. You’ll learn how to make simple machines and complex gadgets with LEGO and you can even earn a “PrimeTime Patent” for your invention! $200 for three weeks of classes. Talcott Mountain Science Center, Avon

9:30am – 3pm: C.A.R.E. 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. Ages 9 and up. Free. Winding Trails, Farmington

9:30am – 3pm: One Day Writing Workshop Whether characters have begun to whisper Hear me. Tell my story, or your own life has cracked wide open and the only way you can make sense of it is to let the words spill out on the page and order the chaos right before your eyes, this one-day workshop will help you identify the elements of story and shape story in your authentic voice. The day will include writing prompts and theory discussion about techniques to create strong voice on the page as author and through techniques of character, plot, dialogue, point of view and setting. Create a world on the page that makes people hungry to keep turning pages. This workshop is for both fiction and nonfiction writers.$60 per person. Registration limited to 20. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford

11am: Babies and Kids Winter Fashion Show Please join us for our Winter fashion show. It’s going to be the most adorable and fun event yet! Show off you winter style and win great prizes. Babies R Us, West Hartford

11am: Diaper Derby Sign up your little crawler to compete against other babies at our Diaper Derby! Prizes will be given to the first baby to cross the finish line! Share experiences with other parents. Babies R Us, Manchester

11am – 12:30pm: Messy Cooking – Brownie Sundaes Join us for a special weekend Messy Cooking event. Children and their caregivers will make brownies and ice cream and Ms. Suzanne will provide the whipped cream and sprinkles. Bring along a nut free picnic lunch to enjoy before your brownie ice cream sundaes! Suggested ages 1-6 with caregiver. $25 per child ($15 for each additional sibling). The Little Green Tambourine, Canton

12 – 3pm: Stage Combat and Fight Choreography Workshop In preparation for our spring production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, NBYT is offering a Stage Combat and Fight Choreography Workshop for ages 11 and up (adults are welcome if space allows). The workshop will cover some basic training of stage combat including safely fighting, falling, and using fake stage weapons. Connecticut actor and fight choreographer Rob Richnavsky will lead the workshop for NBYT. The cost is $20 per participant, and current and past NBYT actors and new participants are all welcome to register whether they intend to audition or participate in Romeo and Juliet or not. New Britain Youth Theater, Kensington

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1pm: Secret of the Cardboard Rocket Join two young space explorers and their talking astronomy book as they travel through the solar system in a magical cardboard rocket. Admission: Adults $14.75, children $13.75 (under 2 years old are free). Planetarium fee: $2.50 per person. Reoccurs until 1/31. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford


2 – 3pm: Artist Talk with William Butcher and Jacob Murphy The Windsor Art Center is excited to be hosting a photography show entitled The Human Condition: New York City Humanity. Join us on Saturday January 21st from 2:00 – 3:00 to meet the two photographers featured in this exhibition – William Butcher and Jacob Murphy. Both artists live and work in New York City and, combined, their work boldly illustrates the contrasts and perspectives of our humanity and individuality. Due to the social consciousness theme of this show the Windsor Art Center will be accepting non-perishable food donations at the opening, as well as throughout the exhibit, to be donated to the Windsor Food Bank in the artists’ honor. WIndsor Art Center, Windsor

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. 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. Austin House, 130 Scarborough Street, Hartford.  

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6 – 9pm: Wine, Jazz, & Song The Friends of Bach invite you to enjoy an evening of Wine, Jazz, & Song. Enjoy fine wines and plentiful, delectable hors d’oeuvres in a casually elegant atmosphere, with a silent wine auction and write-your-own song dedications. Snowdate: 1/22. Tickets: $50 per person. Porter Memorial, Amistad Hall, Farmington

6pm – Midnight: Children’s Charity Ball The Children’s Charity Ball is our signature fundraiser and supports critical programming for children and families, including mental health counseling and substance-abuse prevention efforts. This annual black-tie gala features a cocktail reception, sit-down dinner, live and silent auctions, and dancing for 375 guests to the popular Timmy Maia Band. Tickets range in price from $200-$400 per person. Hartford Golf Club, Hartford

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7 – 9:30pm: Couples Painting: Wine Pour! Relax and enjoy an instructor-led painting class, a bit of wine and a bite to eat while you discover your muse and unlock hidden talents. Classes are approximately 2 – 2.5 hours and we provide all of the paint and supplies you’ll need to make your masterpiece. Doors open at 6:30pm, instruction begins at 7pm. $35. Scene Art Bar, Unionville

Saturday, January 21st – Saturday, January 22nd:

10am: Hartford Home Show The event features a wide selection of home improvement professionals in a fun, interactive environment. The Home Show! At the Home Show, our goal is simple: to inspire, motivate and excite you for your upcoming home improvement – whether it’s a minor renovation or a major remodel. Free admission. XL Center, Hartford

2pm: Film & Speaker: Hunter Gatherer Join us for the first in a series of films and speakers on Shaping Social Change. In Hunter Gatherer (2016), Ashley Douglas thinks everything should fall into place when he’s released from prison. His friends should come to his welcome home party and his girlfriend should greet him warmly. When things don’t go as planned, Ashley, a 40-something African-American, restarts his life with next to nothing. Not Rated. Running Time: 85 minutes. Tickets available at the door: $9. Students: $8. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

Saturday, January 21st – Sunday January 29th:

12pm: Wildest Weather in the Solar System Join National Geographic and The Children’s Museum on a spectacular journey to witness the most beautiful, powerful, and mysterious weather phenomena in the solar system. From a storm the size of a 100-megaton hydrogen bomb, to a 400-year-old hurricane, to a dust tempest that could engulf entire planets, you’ll be glad you live on Earth! Wildest Weather in the Solar System is packed with eye-popping visuals, high-end CGI and cutting-edge science. Admission: Adults $14.75, children $13.75 (under 2 years old are free). Planetarium fee: $2.50 per person. Reoccurs until 1/31. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

Sunday, January 22nd:

10:30am – 2:30pm: Jazz Brunch: Jonathan Chatfield Trio Enjoy a delicious brunch in the Museum Café, set to the music of the Jonathan Chatfield Trio. After, explore the galleries on your own or take a tour with a docent. Tickets will be available online soon, and include museum admission, jazz, brunch, and one complimentary bloody mary or mimosa. There are two seatings, one at 10:30 am and one at 12:30 pm. The brunch buffet features the Chef’s egg dish of the day, homefries, root vegetable hash, bacon, sausage, bagels and assorted cream cheeses, Belgian waffles with fixins’, and assorted breakfast pastries. Please note that tickets do not include gratuity for brunch service. $25 – $35. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

11am: Sibling Event Do you have a child who is getting ready to be a big brother or a big sister? If so, join us with your future big brother or big sister at our Sibling event! Children will learn about baby care, helping at home, and the importance of becoming a big brother or sister. Activities will include a scavenger hunt, story time, and much more! Babies R Us, Manchester

12 – 3:30pm: Family Day Join the NBMAA for an exclusive opportunity to help “de-install” our site-specific work by Sanford Biggers and participate in the ultimate taboo experience of touching the artwork! Families are invited to take home a piece of the installation in an art activity. Break it down with JuS Hughes, a graduate of Berklee College of Music, in a dance workshop, emphasizing the movement of hip-hop. Help the Museum honor the artist’s vision to close this exhibition, while getting an exclusive chance to touch, dance, and bring a small piece home! New Britain Museum of Art, New Britain

1pm: From the Blue Planet to the Red Planet Journey to the year 2132 and follow a young woman named Carina as she studies geology on a future mars base. Her younger brother, Aidan, is back on earth preparing for an internship on the Lunar Base. Experience living on earth and Mars from the perspective of these siblings of the future. Admission: Adults $14.75, children $13.75 (under 2 years old are free). Planetarium fee: $2.50 per person. Reoccurs until 1/31. The Children’s Museum, West Hartford

2pm: Sunday: AfterWords Discussion immediately following the 2pm matinee. Comedy of Errors A Madcap, Midwinter, Musical Extravaganza! 22 actors. 2 pairs of twins. 1 crazy day. Shake the midwinter blues away with Shakespeare’s zaniest comedy, performed by a lively ensemble of actors, singers, dancers, musicians and acrobats. Opa! Tresnjak sets The Comedy of Errors on a sun-kissed island off the coast of Greece in 1965. The production will feature both international songs from the era and exotic dance numbers. The Bard’s zaniest comedy, in which two sets of twins separated at birth find themselves in the same city on the same day, leads to a string of mistaken identities, over-the-top slapstick and false accusations. Recommended for ages 12 and up. 90 minutes with no intermission. Ticket prices $25-90, students $20. Free for ticket holders. Hartford Stage, Hartford

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3pm: Reptiles and Amphibians, Oh My! Explore the wonderful world of reptiles and amphibians! Meet various examples of these similar, yet different, groups of animals. Learn about their natural history and the importance of their conservation. You will also have a chance to pet a lizard, stare into the eyes of a huge toad, and touch a giant python! $5 per child in advance or $8 day of. Mandell JCC, West Hartford

3:15-4:15pm: Live Eagles Ever wish you could experience the thrill of being up close to a magnificent live eagle? Come to RAW and meet a Golden eagle and a Bald eagle. Learn about their lives, their habits and ways to protect them. Mary-Beth Kaeser, President of Raptor Rehabilitation & Education organization, Horizon Wings, will be on hand with her large feathered friends. Stay after the 1:25 PM showing of The Eagle Huntress, come early for the 5:25 PM showing, or just come in to meet the eagles. The event is free and open to the public. Real Art Ways, Hartford

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