Week 9 of 52

Monday, February 27th


7 – 9pm: Auditions for Sons of the Prophet The Little Theatre of Manchester is hosting auditions for a June production of Stephen Karam’s Pulitzer nominee, Sons of the Prophet, directed by Debi Freund. From the author of The Humans comes the funniest play about human suffering, grief, and loss you’re likely to see. The New York Times calls this play an “…absolute wonderful new comedy-drama… exploring how people endure the unendurable… with sustaining measures of hope, love and good humor.” We are seeking five men: two who can pass as high school teens (one African-American, one white), two men in their late 20’s – early 30’s, and one 60-70; as well as three women (two in their 50’s-60’s and one in her 40’s (two of the women play multiple roles). Please be prepared to read from the script. Rehearsals begin in April. Sons of the Prophet contains adult language and mature themes. Cheney Hall, Manchester


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7:30pm: Panel Discussion Going Beyond the Nuclear: Raising Non-Traditional Families in Connecticut In the final scenes of Cloud 9, a contemporary masterpiece by Caryl Churchill, our protagonist Betty finds herself at a crossroads. The world of Victorian Britain that structured her former life with clearly defined societal roles has crumbled; the world that her children and grandchildren live in seems to lack clear, formal rules. In the intervening nearly four decades since this play was written, how has the definition of the word “family” shifted? Has it shifted at all? Has it shifted enough? The panel discussion is free and open to the public. It will be paired with a community vendor fair. Come early and learn how these organizations are assisting local families. RSVP Required. Hartford Stage


Monday, 2/27 – Monday, 3/3:


Hartford Restaurant Week Participating restaurants throughout Hartford will offer special multi-course, price-fixed menus.


Tuesday, February 28th


9:30-10:30am and 11:30am-12:30pm: Mardi Gras Party! Let’s celebrate Fat Tuesday with some flavorful recipes originating in the heart of Louisiana! On the menu: kid-friendly bourbon chicken and rice, homemade cornbread and mini-king cakes for dessert! Ages 2-5. $15 per child (adult must accompany child). Stew Leonard’s, Newington


6pm: Fat Tuesday comes to Hartford! Why should New Orleans have all the fun? Who cares if February in New England is a singularly bad time for outdoor parties? For the fourth year in a row, The Hartford Hot Several Brass Band are bringing honest-to-god carnival revelry to Hartford, with multiple stops in multiple places. There will be at least three brass bands, an army of dancers, a corps of drummers and steppers, giant puppets, delicious donuts, and more! From 6 to 10 PM, the Hartford Hot Several Brass Band, the Boycott Brass Band (from Somverville, Mass.) and the Expandable Brass Band (from Northampton, Mass.) are bringing their brassy Mardi Gras funk to Real Art Ways for a final blowout that will leave your toes tapping all the way to May. Free. Real Art Ways, Hartford


6:30 – 8:30pm: Make Spring Decorated Cupcakes Learn how to use buttercream icing and specialty tips to decorate delicious spring cupcakes. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $24. Michaels locations


7:30pm: The Telling and Re-Telling of Lucy and Owen by Mackenzie McBride Owen meets Lucy, they fall in love, they break up, they rewind and start all over. And over and over and over. A couple, forced to endlessly re-live their romance from beginning to end, wonders if the fate of their relationship is inevitable. They decide to go back and try it all again, this time without the lies or the fear. Could the truth make a difference? Could it release them both from their purgatory? A reading of a new play by professional actors; a talk back following the reading with the playwright, the cast and the director; and opportunity for audiences members to complete a response card pertaining to the play/musical. $5 per person. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford


Tuesday, 2/28 – Sunday, 3/19:


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Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2pm: Cloud 9 Unexpected trysts. Gender swaps. Role reversals. Power plays. Victorian repression clashes with liberal expression as we follow a British family from colonial Africa to London in the 1970s. Caryl Churchill’s provocative comedy explores the ever-changing world of sexual politics as it asks what it takes for each of us to reach our own Cloud 9. Cloud 9 was Caryl Churchill’s first international hit. Some of the British playwright’s other works include Top Girls, Mad Forest, Love and Information, A Number and Serious Money. The Guardian recently wrote that Churchill “now shares with Tom Stoppard the title of Britain’s most significant living dramatist.” Runs until Sunday, March 19th. Recommended for ages 17 and up. Wednesday, 3/1: LGBT Night Out Free pre-show nosh and complimentary wine, soda and coffee (plus drink specials at the cash bar) for our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patrons and allies. For tickets to the 7:30 p.m. show, use Promo Code LGBT25 and save 25% off seats for this special performance. Ticket Prices: $20-90. Hartford Stage


Wednesday, March 1st:


10 – 11am: Budding Naturalists Preschool children ages 1-4 are not too young to be aware and inspired by the world around them, so start your child on the right foot with a love of nature. Starting January 11, the Budding Naturalist Program will meet on seven Wednesdays to explore habitats in Earl Park. As a mom, dad, grandparent or caregiver, you can experience the joy of exploration with your child – a joy you can continue at home. Dress for the weather; we will spend about 30-45 minutes outdoors. Reoccurs on 3/15 and 3/29. Admission is $15 per child. Connecticut Audubon Society, Glastonbury


3:30 – 5pm: After School Nature Club for Junior Naturalists Nurture your child’s natural curiosity in our new After School Junior Naturalist Program. Students ages 5-9 will meet on seven Wednesdays. We will explore our natural world at Earle Park to entertain and educate your child. Activities will include making habitat and animal observations, journaling, drawing, photography and recording data. Dress them for the weather; they will spend about 30-45 minutes outdoors. Reoccurs on 15th and 29th: a total of 7 classes. Admission is $15 per child. The Connecticut Audubon Society, Glastonbury


5pm: 100 Things to Do in Hartford Before You Die – Launch Party & Comedy Show Take a peek at the book and get your copy signed by the author, Chip McCabe! Starting at 6PM, Sea Tea Improv will take the stage for an improv comedy show based on the book and your suggestions. And, you can check one of the things off the list just by coming as Sea Tea Comedy Theater is one of the 100! Sea Tea Comedy Theater, Hartford



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6 – 7:30pm: LGBT Night Out Free pre-show nosh and complimentary wine, soda and coffee (plus drink specials at the cash bar) for our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patrons and allies. For tickets to the 7:30pm show, use Promo Code LGBT25 and save 25% off seats for this special performance. Hartford Stage


Wednesday, 3/1 – Tuesday, 3/5:


Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm: A Moon for the Misbegotten Following the events of O’Neill’s classic Long Day’s Journey into Night, Moon for the Misbegotten brings James “Jamie” Tyrone, Jr., to the home of his tenant farmer, Phil Hogan, a salty Irish geezer. There he encounters, after years, Hogan’s daughter, Josie. During one moonlit night, as the lovestruck Josie seems to claim him as her own, the truculent, drunken Jamie drowns in a wave of self-pity and remorse. This Tony Award winning play by America’s greatest playwrights is considered one of the best plays of all time. Runs until March 5th. Sunday maintee followed by a talkback with the cast. Tickets: $25-40. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford


Thursday, March 2nd

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5pm: Twain as Public Intellectual: Laughs, Limits, and Lessons Prof. Benjamin Railton will speak on Mark Twain’s role as a public intellectual. This lecture will examine how the public Mark Twain, as both humorist and critic, can be used as a lens through which we can view all aspects of our society, both good and bad. This event is presented at no cost but reservations are highly suggested. Mark Twain House, Hartford


5:45 – 7:15pm: Taco Night Come learn how to make awesome guacamole as a family! Each family will get enough ingredients to make a nice sized bowl of guacamole to share with chips. We will supply beef, chicken, beans, cheese and more to make your own hard or soft-shelled tacos! Ms. Suzanne will make rice and beans side dish and a delicious dessert will! Families will help set up the table for dinner and enjoy dancing, play time, coloring and quality time together! $30 for a family of 2, $40 for a family of 3, $50 for a family of 4. All ages. The Little Green Tambourine, Canton


6:30 – 7:30pm: Museum After Hours Join us for an exciting new series held on the first Thursday of each month in 2017 with presentations and exhibition openings and workshops. The History of Lake Compounce with Museum Subject Specialist Cate Mahoney Discover the history behind the country’s oldest continually operating amusement park. Join scholars and experts as we learn about the art and history of carousels, their carvers, the artists, and your favorite carousels. Admission to this series is included with general admission and includes wine and cheese reception. The Carousel Museum, Bristol 


7pm: The Man Behind the Curtain: Steve Bannon, Fascism in America, and Where We Go From Here The white nationalist Steve Bannon is an unprecedented figure in mainstream presidential politics, but he didn’t come out of nowhere. Professor Christopher Vials will take a look at Bannon within the long history of fascist movements in the United States, while also examining the current status of antifascist currents in this country. After his talk, Professor Vials will lead the audience in an open discussion. Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford


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Friday, March 3rd




6 – 7pm: Poetry Night This fun event provides an opportunity for students to share original poetry or read something by a favorite author. If your child is between the ages of five and twelve and would like to appear on stage. Just provide his or her full name, age, the title, and the author of your poem. This event is free and open to the public. Please join us as a performer or as a member of the audience. Lutz Museum, Manchester


6 – 10pm: Liquid Lounge: Mardi Gras Break out your purple, green, and gold beads and get ready to party New Orleans style at Hartford’s hottest 21+ event, Liquid Lounge: Mardi Gras. Experience four floors of roaming street style performances like; magicians, jugglers, stilt walkers, and more. Get your groove on with two DJ’s and a LIVE Band. Step into the fun with our LIVE science shows. Plus, enjoy the entire Science Center, kid free, with bars on every floor featuring creative liquid delights. Don’t forget to dress for the occasion by wearing your hottest Mardi Gras attire for a chance to win some great prizes! Liquid Lounge: Mardi Gras is presented by the Hartford Yard Goats. This event is for ages 21 and up – ID is required at the door. Capacity is limited. Tickets: $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford


Friday, 3/3 – Saturday, 3/4:


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Friday, 3/3 – Sunday, 3/5:


Friday from 3-8pm Saturday from 10am–8pm and Sunday from 10am–5pm: CT Home Show Connecticut’s largest and longest running home and remodeling show offers residents of Connecticut and western Massachusetts a one-stop shopping experience in home products and services. You will be able to find a wide variety of home improvement, building, and remodeling exhibits from local and national vendors featuring thousands of ideas for your home and yard. Friday evening tickets are only $5. Stop by and enjoy the Show after work with your coworkers. Everyone entering the Show will get a ticket for a free drink and will receive two free tickets to return during the weekend. Saturday – Sunday: Admission: $12, children ages 16 and under are free. The Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford 



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Saturday, March 4th


8am and 9am: Green Eggs & Ham Breakfast You should not, will not want to miss A fun-filled breakfast quite like this Do you like Green Eggs and Ham? We think you will, oh Sam-I-Am. Scrambled eggs, ham, toast, juice and coffee. A Birthday Celebration of Dr. Seuss and a breakfast for the whole family. Adults $6, children (ages 8 and under) $4. Salmon Brook Park, Granby


9am – 3:30pm: Prime Time K-3: Dinosaurs From chicken-like “compys” to giants who could dwarf your house, dinosaurs are still some of the coolest creatures who have ever lived. We’ll cast tracks, see how they lived, uncover some “fossils” and you’ll get to take home some hand-crafted and decorated paper dinosaurs or dinosaur parts (warning – you may need a bigger refrigerator door!) Reoccurs on 3/11 and 3/25. $75 per child per day. Talcott Mountain Science Center, Avon


9:30 – 10:15am: Family Yoga Come do Yoga at Imagine Studio and bring the whole family! We will practice our breathing, do a basic yoga flow and stretch, play some games and have some fun! No previous yoga experience necessary! $12 for the whole family! Imagine Studio, West Hartford


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10am – 1pm: Family Program: Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss Come celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America at CHS! Join us for a reading of the Dr. Seuss book The Lorax at 10:45 and 11:45. After the story, make your own wacky Dr. Seuss-inspired invention to take home, and visit the Connecticut Innovates! exhibit to learn about inventions that have come out of Connecticut. This program is free and great for children ages 5 – 9. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford


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11am – 3pm: Winter WindsorLand Festival Enjoy carnival games, crafts, music, professional face painting, and a bounce-house! Food and snacks will be available for sale. This event is created and run by the high school youth of the Windsor Youth Services Bureau to provide a fun-filled, affordable evening for families to shake off the winter blues. A donation to the Windsor Food Bank serves as an admission fee. Community Center, Windsor


11:30am – 1pm: Intro to Melt Workshop Join us for a 90-minute Melt intro workshop with senior Melt Instructor, Shelly Pirroni, and experience immediate changes in how your body looks and feels. Learn simple self-treatments you can do at home to enhance your yoga, barre & fitness practices, relieve pain and stress, and live the healthy, active life you love! This all-levels class will use specialized soft body rollers and small Melt Hand and Foot Balls to simulate the results of manual therapy. Relieve aches and pains brought on by stuck stress caused by aging and active living, reduce inflammation, ease chronic neck and low back strain, improve alignment, and learn how to keep your whole body working better. Don’t miss your chance to experience this breakthrough self-care technique! All props and rollers needed for class will be provided to attendees. $45 per person. Hartford Sweat, Hartford

12 – 3pm: Board Game Day Come play traditional family style board games in the auditorium at Blueberry Sky. We have a large variety of different games, old & new. All ages are welcome, 2 years & up, kids, teens, adults, bring your grandparents! Build a town out of blocks & trains for the little ones, plus bean bag toss, and age appropriate games & puzzles. Take a break from it all, and celebrate the beauty of togetherness. Relax and enjoy a cup of Organic Tea. Smile, laugh, and have fun ! $ 5.00 per person, max $ 20.00 for a family over four. Reoccurs on 3/11. St. John’s Lutheran Church, New Britain


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6 – 8pm: Pop Up Vendor Fair Enjoy a fun evening of shopping and sampling from some of your favorite vendors! LuLaRoe, Jamberry, Perfectly Posh and much much more! Spotlight, Unionville


6 – 9pm: Taste of Windsor The evening will be filled with a wide variety of appetizers and main dish samplings donated by Windsor’s own unique restaurants. 2017 participants: Bart’s Beanery Restaurant and Catering, Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ, Dom’s Broad Street Eatery, Concorde’s Restaurant, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Nat Hayden’s Real Pit BBQ, Jim’s Pizza and Restaurant, Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, Moneta Moments, Union Street Tavern, Windsor High School Culinary, and Sweet Harmony Cafe & Bakery. You’ll also enjoy a wine tasting! Tickets are $40 in advance. $45 at the door. Loomis Chaffee’s Dining Hall, Windsor


Ovations 2017 Gala

7 – 11:30pm: The Bushnell’s Ovations Gala Proceeds will support our ongoing arts-in-education and community impact programs. This year’s event will transport us back to post-WWII Paris. An homage to the black and white costume party of the film/musical An American in Paris, guests are encouraged to wear their most elegant and creative black and white costumes or finery. Whether you come as a black and white, silk-clad French clown or you wear that gorgeous little black dress in your closet, you are sure to enjoy this glamorous, exciting and romantic evening. The soirée begins with cocktails and a silent auction and includes and decadent, plated dinner as well as a program, live auction and entertainment, and ends with a fabulous after-party on the Belding Stage. The Bushnell, Hartford 


8pm: Work is the Curse of the Drinking Class is a fully staged and costumed solo-show based on the life and work of Oscar Wilde. Johnson Flucker plays the poet, novelist, essayist, playwright, and truth-teller who–penniless and near friendless–sits in a Parisian café contemplating his past, present, and prospects for a not-too-promising future. Students $15, Adults $20. Hole in the Wall Theater, New Britain


Saturday, 3/5 – Sunday, 3/6

Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm: In the Name of As-salamu Alaykum The play’s title incorporates the Arabic phrase as-salamu alaykum, a common greeting among Muslims that means “Peace be upon you.” The YPI play follows the life of a Muslim teen affected by the travel ban and a reporter who questions the way Muslims are portrayed in the media. The interns, who come from Hartford, Canton, New Britain, Vernon and Windsor, interviewed Sami Aziz, director of the Bloomfield Muslim Community Center; Samia Hussein, president of the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut; and Peter Goselin, a Hartford civil rights lawyer who defends clients’ first amendment rights, among other experts. HartBeat’s Carriage House Theater, Hartford

Sunday, March 5th


1 – 2:30pm: Maple Sugaring Participate in one of the oldest New England traditions. This class will take you through the whole process of making maple syrup from beginning to end, so you can do it at home. We will identify maple trees, tap a tree, collect and boil sap, and even taste the finished product. Fee is per person. Outdoor Program; dress for the outdoors. Must be at least 5 to attend; all children must be pre-registered and accompanied by a pre-enrolled adult. $10 per person. Reoccurs on 3/18 from 10 – 11:30am. Westmoor Park, West Hartford


1 – 3pm: Make a Personalized Shadowbox Turn a basic shadow box into a colorful décor piece. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $43, Michaels locations


1 – 3:30pm: Maple Day! Celebrate the sugaring season – watch a tree being tapped, learn about how syrup is made, try your hand at activities and crafts, and tour the ca. 1720 historic house to see what Colonial folk did with maple syrup. Special guest Dennis Picard will demonstrate 19th-century sap boiling on an open-pit fire on the grounds of the museum. Admission is $3 per non-member.  No registration necessary. Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington


1 – 4pm: First Sundays for Families – Hartford Symphony Orchestra This month, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra Family Series brings their Instrument Petting Zoo to Hill-Stead! Kids will have a blast trying out dozens of musical instruments from the violin and the saxophone to the tuba and the glockenspiel. The Hartford Symphony String Quartet will perform from 2 to 3 pm inside the historic house, and kids can see and hear up-close the Zoo instruments played by the pros! This event is open to the public and all activities are included in the cost of admission to the Museum. $15 per adult, $8 for children ages 6-12, free for children under 6. Hill-stead Museum, Farmington


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