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Best Cup Races For The Last 10 or So Years...Depending On How This Whole Thing Shakes Out
I'll try this again as I forgot to include the relevant info in the title. For background, I came up with this list last year. After I attended the Atlanta race after a 10-year absence from the sport (a move overseas and increasing the size of my family by 4 caused issues with time), I was curious what I had missed since I had been gone. I asked everybody here what they thought were the best races going back a decade and this list represents their votes. This is just up through 2018 so if you have any suggestions for races from last year, just let me know and I'll include them here. Enjoy!
edit: Hi all. I've updated the list to include the below suggestions. If you have any more, just let me know and I'll include them. And thanks for the suggestions. I'm still going through these little by little.
"Pride and Prejudice", February 19 - March 8This isn’t your grandmother’s Austen! Bold, surprising, boisterous, and timely, this Pride and Prejudice for a new era explores the absurdities and thrills of finding your perfect (or imperfect) match in life. The outspoken Lizzy Bennet is determined to never marry, despite mounting pressure from society. But can she resist love, especially when that vaguely handsome, mildly amusing, and impossibly aggravating Mr. Darcy keeps popping up at every turn? Literature’s greatest tale of latent love has never felt so theatrical, or so full of life than it does in this effervescent adaptation. Thu. 7:30 p.m., Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 2 p.m. & 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. $17.50-$40. Playhouse on Park, 244 Park Rd. West Hartford, CT
39th Annual Connecticut Flower & Garden Show, February 20 - 23The colorful, fragrant show covers almost three acres with the 2020 theme, "Connecticut Springs into Earth Day, " with creative and practical ideas for house, apartment and condo dwellers alike. Highlights include: Over an acre of gardens in full bloom, created by professional landscape designers and nonprofit organizations, and include naturalistic, low maintenance, native, organic, herb and pollinator gardens. The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut's 2020 Advance Standard Flower Show: more than 12,000 square feet of a design, horticulture and photography competition with more than 500 judged entries, all with the "Spring into Connecticut" theme. Over 300 booths of displays, activities, and shopping. More than 80 hours of seminars. Thu. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Adults $18, seniors (Thu. and Fri. only) $16, children (5-12) $5, under 5 free. Connecticut Convention Center, 100 Columbus Blvd. Hartford, CT
Friday, February 21st, 2020:
39th Annual Southeastern Connecticut Home Show February 21 - 23Offers a diverse array of home products and services by local, state, and national vendors, presenting innovative and imaginative displays. Local crafts on display as well in a Home Show that combines high tech with hometown flair. Fri. 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.. Adults $10, seniors $8, children (12 and under) free. Earth Expo & Convention Center, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd. Uncasville, CT
"Looped" February 21 - March 21Looped by Matthew Lombardo depicts an actual 1965 recording session in which an intoxicated Tallulah Bankhead, played by Kelly Boucher, required eight hours to dub a single line from her final movie Die! Die! My Darling! While antagonizing the film editor, Danny Miller, assigned to the job. Fri. & Sat. 8 p.m. $37, Connecticut Cabaret Theatre, 31 Webster Square Rd. Berlin, CT
"Daisies on Harlem's Doorstep", February 21 - 23The lights and glitter of the Harlem Renaissance attract an innocent young woman searching for her sister. Daisy finds herself with the help of four very different women. An award-winning play by Sharece M. Sellem. Fri.-Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. Adults $20; seniors, military, students $18; member $17. Donald L. Oat Theater at Norwich Arts Center, 62 Broadway, Norwich, CT
Atlantic Broadband Garde Cinema Series: "Us"Director: Jordan Peele Writer: Jordan Peele Stars: Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss Studio: Universal Nominations: Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by Female Actor; Four Critics Choice Award nominations Awards: Critics Choice Award: Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie; New York Film Critics Circle Awards: Best Actress A mother and father take their kids for an idyllic summer getaway. Haunted by an unexplainable and unresolved trauma from her past and compounded by a string of eerie coincidences, Adelaide feels her paranoia elevate to high-alert as she grows increasingly certain that something bad is going to befall her family. After spending a tense beach day with their friends, Adelaide and her family return to their vacation home. When darkness falls, the Wilsons discover the silhouette of four figures holding hands as they stand in the driveway. Us pits an endearing American family against a terrifying and uncanny opponent: doppelgängers of themselves. Rated R. Presented in association with the Black Engineering Council of Electric Boat. The 2020 Atlantic Broadband Garde Winter Cinema Series Pass brings you – for one package price – twenty or more critically acclaimed and Oscar and Golden Globe nominated films with state-of-the-art 4K digital projection and full surround sound. Passes can be used by other than the purchaser. Limited availability so buy today! 7:30 p.m $12; series pass $62. Garde Arts Center, 325 State St. New London, CT
Ice Cube, February 21Widely regarded as one of the most important figures in Rap history, Ice Cube began his career two decades ago with N.W.A — aka the World’s Most Dangerous Group. After penning some of the most memorable lyrics on N.W.A’s groundbreaking tracks “Straight Outta Compton” and “Fuck Tha Police,” Ice Cube broke away at the height of the group’s success. As he moved on to launch his solo career, his debut studio album AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted (Priority, 1990) sold more than a million copies. A concept album about the fall and rise of the black man, Ice Cube’s solo sophomore effort Death Certificate (Priority, 1991) debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200, eventually selling over two million copies. His impressive musical career also includes the multi-platinum success of his two-part album War & Peace, as well as the hit albums Lethal Injection, Bootlegs & B-Sides, The Predator, the gold-certified and independently released Laugh Now, Cry Later, Raw Footage, and I Am The West (a 2010 release that debuted at #22 on the Billboard 200 and proved to be one of the most successful independent releases in Hip Hop that year). 7:30 p.m. $29-$39, Mohegan Sun Arena, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd. Uncasville, CT
"Sex N' the City - A Musical Parody"This “Super” Unauthorized Musical Parody follows your favorite single gals looking for love in the big city. The show tackles serious questions like "will I ever find the one," "can you ever really be over your ex," and "for the third time, it’s a neck massager!" Come join Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, and Samantha on a hilarious trip through New York in the 1990s. 8pm, $35-$40, Shubert Theatre, 247 College St. New Haven, CT
Fitz & the Tantrums, February 21There came a point, in the time following the release of HandClap, the biggest song of Fitz and the Tantrums’ career, when its ascent crossed the threshold of successful, zoomed past game-changer, to just plain, WTF?! The double-platinum, Top 5 smash, which racked up 1.5 billion streams in China alone, was synched on countless shows from American Idol to The Oscars. Fitz and the Tantrums were invited to perform for the masses on primetime television and such cultural institutions as Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and FOX’s Super Bowl preshow after “HandClap” become something of an unofficial theme song for the NFL. 8 p.m. $35-$55, Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 350 Trolley Line Blvd. Mashantucket, CT
"Constellations", February 21 - March 7How might the smallest change in our life dramatically alter its course? Playwright Nick Payne's brilliant love story explores Marianne and Roland relationship and all of its infinite possibilities. This exploration of love, science, heartbreak and hope raises the question, what is the difference between destiny and choice? Due to subject matter and language, this is not recommended for children. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. (March 1) 2 p.m, $20-$25, TheatreWorks New Milford, 5 Brookside Ave. New Milford, CT
Champions of Magic, February 21The five world-class illusionists that make up this mind-bending theatrical production are back on tour in 2020, following sell out shows across the globe, rave reviews and a run in London’s West End. Don’t miss this incredible show to entertain the entire family. With more than 30 million online views between them, this cast of top magicians includes international award-winners presenting incredible mind reading, stunning close-up magic and daring large-scale illusions. Their skills have been seen on screen around the world with appearances on The CW’s Penn & Teller: Fool Us, NBC’s Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon, The Today Show and Access Hollywood Live. Champions Of Magic has been seen by tens of thousands around the world, now’s your chance to see why fans return to see one of the world’s biggest touring illusion shows time and time again. 8 p.m., $41-$76, Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 350 Trolley Line Blvd. Mashantucket, CT
Saturday, February 22nd, 2020:
Special Olympics Winter Games, February 22 - 23Powder Ridge is proud to host Special Olympics Connecticut 2020 Winter Games. Over 900 athletes of all abilities from across the state are expected to participate. Events are free and open to the public. Spectators are encouraged to attend. Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing, Figure Skating and Speed Skating, Unified Floor Hockey and Skills, & Gymnastics. Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., FREE, Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort, 99 Powder Hill Rd. Middlefield, CT
From the Heart Racing, February 22Join us for a Prize-Drawing Giveaway, 50/50, and fundraiser. All proceeds will help support causes such as school sports programs and diabetes relief. 1 p.m.-6 p.m., FREE, Witchdoctor Brewing, 168 Center St. Southington, CT
A Tribute to Cher and Lady Gaga, February 22Lisa Carter and Nicole Fuller bring the voices of Cher and Lady Gaga for a fantastic cabaret style tribute performance. 6 p.m., $55 (plus tax and service charge). Waters Edge Resort and Spa, 1525 Boston Post Rd. Westbrook, CT
Disney's "Frozen Jr.", February 22 - 23The students of the Warner Theatre Center for Arts Education will present the enchanting musical on the Warner's Main Stage! Based on the 2018 Broadway musical, Disney's Frozen Jr. brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life, onstage. The show features all the memorable songs from the animated film. A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Frozen Jr. expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. With a cast of beloved characters and load with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, Frozen Jr. is sure to thaw event the coldest heart. Sat. 2 p.m. & 7 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m., $15, Warner Theatre, 68 Main Street, Torrington, CT
Sunday, February 23rd, 2020:
The Bolshoi Ballet in HD: "Swan Lake" February 23Prince Siegfried is summoned by his parents to choose a bride. However, he encounters a mysterious and magnetic swan-woman, Odette, by the lake and is captivated. His vow of eternal love to her will have irreversible consequences. Tchaikovsky’s essential masterpiece returns for a live broadcast of the most-beloved ballet in the classical canon. Technically challenging and filled with vibrant emotion, with a stunning and world-famous corps de ballet in perfect unison, the legendary love story between Prince Siegfried and the dual personalities Odette/Odile, born at the Bolshoi Theatre, is a must-see. 12:55 p.m., $15-$25., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd. Ridgefield, CT
"Pete the Cat", February 23Everyone’s favorite rockin’ blue cat takes the stage in this musical performance. When the unsuspecting Biddle family takes in the fantastic feline, Pete the Cat rocks the family’s world with his strumming and strutting. Everybody loves Pete the Cat, well, everyone except Jimmy, the planet’s most organized second-grader. That all changes, of course, when Pete the Cat takes Jimmy on a once-in-a-lifetime road trip. Based on the New York Times #1 best-selling children’s books by authors Kimberly and James Dean, Pete the Cat is also a popular animated series on Amazon Prime Video. A Theaterworks USA production. Recommended for ages 5 and up. 2 p.m. $18-$22, Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, 2132 Hillside Rd. Storrs, CT
Atlantic Broadband Garde Cinema Series: "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood", February 23Director: Marielle Heller, Writers: Micah Fitzerman-Blue, Noah Harpster, Stars: Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Chris Cooper, Studio: Sony, Nominations: Oscar for Best Performance (Tom Hanks); One Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards; Two Critics Choice Awards, Lloyd Vogel is an investigative journalist who receives an assignment to profile Fred Rogers, aka Mr. Rogers. He approaches the interview with skepticism, as he finds it hard to believe that anyone can have such a good nature. But Roger’s empathy, kindness and decency soon chips away at Vogel’s jaded outlook on life, forcing the reporter to reconcile with his own painful past. Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about empathy, kindness, and decency from America’s most beloved neighbor. Rated PG. 3pm, $12, Garde Arts Center, 325 State St. New London, CT
Harwinton Halloween FestivalDarkside Entertainment Presents: “The Rise of The Green Lady” A haunting, legendary, family experience this October 18-20th & 25th-27th @ The Harwinton Fairgrounds! This fall, as the nights draw longer and the cool damp fog settles over the grounds, discover the excitement, fear, and surprises which await. Step on our grounds (if you dare!) for nothing with free parking included. Experience free Hayride shuttles, free admission, the Largest Fall Food Truck Festival in New England, carnival rides, and of course, The Green Lady's Haunted House of Horror$5.00-$15.00, Fri, Oct 18 – Sun, Oct 20, 9pmHarwinton Fairgrounds, 150 Locust Rd, Harwinton, CT
Haunted Trail at Harrybrooke*Be prepared to be scared! Follow a self-guided trail that winds through darkness and woods by the Still River, and through the haunted basement of the museum. Wear comfortable shoes. This is a scary event, and may not be appropriate for younger children (under 8 years old), or individuals with physical restrictions. Enter at your own risk. Concessions available.*$10, 6:00PM-10:00PM64 Lanesville Road, New Milford, CT 06776
Science Straight UP! & Spooktacular Science Weekend @ The CT Science Center*Join us for Hartford’s Smartest Happy Hour as we explore Climate Change. Whether you are a climate change expert, curious, or somewhere in between, you will love the fun entertainment, refreshing cocktails, and peer-networking with an environmental twist. See how local organizations are making a difference on a global level and explore our NEW permanent exhibition “Our Changing Earth” after-hours in a kid-free environment.The Connecticut Science Center will get a little spooky and a little kooky for our annual Spooktacular Science Weekend! Have a ball at the ultimate Halloween party. Meet Mal and Evie from the Descendants, join the Baby Shark Bubble Dance Party, and see our stunning new exhibition, Our Changing Earth. Enjoy a Hocus Pocus sing along with the Sanderson Sisters and spooky surprises throughout the day.*Oct 18-20, $5 -$23.95250 Columbus Blvd. Hartford, CT 06103
Haunted: Victorian Ghost Stories at the Mansion – Halloween Tours*Victorians were known for their riveting ghost stories and Gothic horror. From Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Body Snatcher to Oscar Wilde’s The Canterville Ghost, readers in the 19th century were deeply engrossed in dark tales from the other side. In keeping with this Victorian fascination with unexplained phenomena, the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum’s Halloween tours will focus on ghost sightings as they relate to the house during the 19th century as well as its more recent history, and the compelling ghost stories that are part of Connecticut’s legends.*Oct 18-27, $10295 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06850
11th Annual Cove Side Carnival*Rides, food, games and more, right in the heart of one of the largest historic district and location of the famously inspired Witch of Blackbird Pond. Come for the history, stay for the fun! See flyer for more! High-energy thrill rides and rides just for children Also, food, games, and entertainment. A portion of the proceeds will go to support the Wethersfield Food Bank.*Oct 18-20, FREEWethersfield Cove Park, 176 Hartford Ave. Wethersfield, CT 06109
Jurassic Quest!*Jurassic Quest is America’s largest and most realistic Dinosaur event. Our guests will walk through the Cretaceous period, the Jurassic Period and The Triassic period and experience for themselves what it was like to be among dinosaurs of all kinds. Jurassic Quest is the only dinosaur event that has true to life size dinosaurs. From the very small, to the gigantic, sky-scraping dinosaurs that can only be seen at our events, Jurassic Quest has over 80 true-to-life size dinosaurs in each of its two touring shows. In collaboration with leading paleontologists, each dinosaur was painstakingly replicated in every detail. Whether their prehistoric counterpart had skin that was scaly, had feathers or fur, Jurassic Quest has spared no expense in bringing this realism to life.*Oct 18-20, $25-$41Connecticut Convention Center, 100 Columbus Blvd, Hartford, CT 06103
Museum Children Free Week*The White Memorial Foundation and Conservation Center is located in the Towns of Litchfield and Morris in northwestern Connecticut. Created in 1913 by Alain C. White and his sister, May W. White, the Foundation and Center today comprise 4,000 acres of forest, fields and wetlands. Visitors will find: 40 miles of trails, a nature museum, the Bantam river and shoreline, & more!*Oct 1 - Nov 5, FREE, 9am-5pmWhite Memorial Conservation Center, 80 Whitehall Rd. Litchfield, CT 06759
Yale Mineral & Gem Symposium 2019*The main session, on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., will feature eight talks by prominent mineral experts. Michael T. Bycroft of the University of Warwick (England) will present the keynote address on the topic of “Gems and the Scientific Revolution.” Friday night’s session will feature a talk at 5 p.m., followed by a reception from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.*Oct 18-20, $75-$100Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, 170 Whitney Ave, New Haven CT, 06511
Glastonbury Apple Fest 2019The Glastonbury Apple Harvest & Music Festival features two stages of live music with 28+ local & touring artists, a full midway of amusement rides, 100+ craft vendors, 25+ food trucks/purveyors, a fully stocked Harvest Pub, and the Angry Orchard 5K Road Race on the festival’s closing day. The festival is proudly presented by the CT River Valley Chamber of Commerce. Located at a bend of the Connecticut River, the Apple Harvest Festival and 5K Race has continually been ranked as one of the state’s most popular events. It’s an all-around experience that generations revisit year after yearOct 18-20, FREERiverfront Park, 300 Welles St, Glastonbury, CT
4th Annual Chalk Art Festival*Enjoy a day of art and entertainment in celebration of the local community in the heart of downtown New Haven and Yale University. The Shops at Yale invites all professional and amateur artists, students, and artist groups to participate in the 4th Annual New Haven Chalk Art Festival on Saturday, October 19. The Shops at Yale will provide exclusive offers to retailers and restaurants, raffles, giveaways and more! This event is free and open to the public. Rain date, October 20.*12pm - 4pm, FREEThe Shops at Yale, Chapel Street and Broadway, New Haven, Connecticut 06511
Manchester Beer Festival*This event is being hosted by the MMNT Foundation and is open to the public. The Manchester Beer Fest will raise money for local veteran organizations, the Curtis D. Robinson Center for Health Equity, and scholarships to local graduating seniors. The Manchester Beer Fest will feature food trucks, unlimited samples (with a ticket) and a wide variety of beers from local CT breweries.*12pm - 5pm, $2515 Purnell Pl, Manchester, CT 06040
CT Pet Expo 2019*The Family Pet Shows are designed to educate and entertain the public about the wonderful World of pets. It promotes responsible pet ownership and care in a fun filled family event. There are demonstrations and special attractions such as high flying Frisbee dogs, Reptile and bird shows, and much more. Attractions might vary by the venue. There is an outstanding venue of pet products and services for you to buy as well as pet adoptions.*10am - 4pm, $4-$11XL Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Hartford, Connecticut, 06103
Harvest Market & Dog Costume Parade*The Fairfield Harvest Market features 80 vendors offering artwork, crafts, pet products, jewelry, upcycled and rustic furniture, home décor items, and beauty products. Food trucks and vendors from the weekly Fairfield Farmer’s Market will be there too.*10am-4pm, FREEHistoric Old Town Hall Green in Fairfield, 611 Old Post Road, Fairfield, CT 06824
Let's Go Birding Together*Fall migration is upon us and it’s beautiful outside! Join us for a special celebration of inclusion and take a leisurely walk through the fields and woods of Greenwich Audubon Center to learn about the many colorful birds that live here. We will also spend time watching for migrating hawks, eagles and falcons at the center's Quaker Ridge Hawk Watch. Our “Let's Go Birding Together” (LGBT) walk is for anyone who enjoys community, adventure, and wants to get outdoors! We welcome those who identify as LGBTQ, allies, families, and anyone who wants to enjoy an outdoor experience that is fun and inclusive.*9am-12pm, $5-$8Greenwich Audubon Center, Greenwich, 06831
Dinner in the Dark*Our primary fundraiser for the year, this event is a true culinary adventure! You will enjoy a gourmet dinner while wearing a blindfold, and we keep the menu secret. Come learn about the exciting ways we are working to transform the lives of those without sight. Be prepared for a unique sensory adventure, good food, fun, and dancing to live music!*5:30pm, $150 - $2,020Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa, 625 North Road, Groton, CT 06340
Goats N' PajamasOct 19 & 26, Every Sat of the month*Come with your family to put the herd to bed, cuddle with your favorite goat, and experience pure silliness together. You will be brushing the goats, feeding them, and putting pajamas, tutus, and other costumes on the goats. We will take some of the goats on a walk in the good weather, or will have a coloring contest for all ages if the weather is cold or rainy. We will end the night with a goat cuddle session and feeding the whole herd hay as their Good Night snack. We will be available to take digital pictures from your camera or ours. All ages are welcome!*6pm, $15Bradley Mountain Farm, 537 Shuttle Meadow Road, Southington, CT 06489
The Great Pumpkin Festival*This fun, family annual event is scheduled for Saturday, October 19th from 12pm - 4pm. The popular festival will take place on Stratford’s historic Boothe Memorial Park. This celebration of autumn and Halloween will include a traditional costume parade and contest, a pumpkin carving contest, horse-driven hay rides, a roaming railroad, inflatables and more. The many historic and unique buildings on the Boothe park property will be open to the public.*12pm-4pm, FREEBoothe Memorial Park, 5800 Main St, Stratford, CT
Sunday, October 20th, 2019:
So You Think You Can Dance LIVE!*SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE is is bringing it's best dancers to Foxwoods Resort Casino on October 20! Following the continued success of the hit summer competition series and 16 Emmy® wins, Sytycd is packing up its best dancers of 2019 and touring the country this Fall with Sytycd LIVE! 2019. Sytycd LIVE! 2019 will feature the show’s Top 10 Finalists including Season 16’s winner, America’s Favorite Dancer plus soon to be announced All Star guests.*7:30pm, $40-$60The Grand Theater at Foxwoods Casino
Llama Walk*Have you ever wanted to take a walk with a llama? You can! There are many beautiful places in and around Cornwall, Connecticut where this can take place. White Memorial Conservation Center in Litchfield is working together with Country Quilt Llama Farm to offer llama walks on any one of their 35 miles of walking trails.*2pm-3pm, $20White Memorial Conservation Center Museum, 80 Whitehall Rd. Litchfield, CT 06759
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Friday, December 20th 2019:
Holiday Shoppe, November 30 - December 21Kick off your holiday season with a visit to the Danbury Museum's 11th annual Holiday Shoppe. In addition to items from local artisans, we've got you covered for great Danbury themed tees, totes, mugs, and more. On December 6th and 7th, the Arion Singing Society will be hosting their Christ-kindle-market in our Marian Anderson studio--cookies, wreaths, and all of the German holiday specialties will be on hand for purchase. On December 14th, drop in for a cup of tea and some treats! We'll have the kettle on all day and you can have a sweet treat before or after you visit our Holiday Shoppe.Tue.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., FREE,Danbury Museum, 42 Main St. Danbury, CT
"Christmas Cocktails", December 13 - 20Award-winning Pantochino Productions presents its holiday musical revue, Christmas Cocktails, for two performances December 13 and 20. Featuring four talented singers, the cabaret-style performance features favorite holiday songs, comedy, audiences participation and surprises. Audiences are induced to bring their own 'cocktails' and snacks to enjoy during the 90-minute performance.8pm, $30Milford Arts Council, The MAC, 40 Railroad Avenue, South, Milford, CT
A Frightmare Before Christmas, December 20 - 21You've never seen Santa like this before. This holiday season, join Fright Haven for a haunted house experience like no other. Frightmare Before Christmas includes brand new attractions, all decked out for the holidays and ready to make you scream 'til the New Year. First you will make your way through Dead End Manor: No Home for the Holidays - a horrific look into one family's not-so picture perfect Christmas Eve. Ornaments smashed, stockings torn, and is that blood in the chimney? Who...or what...could have done this? Next, take a tour of Santa's infamous toy workshop in The Factory. But don't expect to find any happy elves; they've been overworked this season, and Santa's demanding schedule has caused them all to lose their minds. Will you survive this terrifying tour, escape the angry elves and reject toys? Or will you become just another piece on the assembly line? On Saturday, from noon until 2 p.m., a lot less scary holiday event for the younger crowd and their families will be "Holiday Lights On" Family Dun Day matinee. Special guides will escort young children and their families through the indoor maze, completely renovated and decorated for the Christmas season.Fri. 7 p.m.-10 p.m., Sat. noon-2 p.m. & 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Fri. & Sat. evening show: $20, Sat. matinee $10.Fright Haven, 411 Barnum Ave. Cutoff Stratford, CT
The Illusionists Magic of the Holidays, December 20 - 22Ring in the holidays with the mind-blowing spectacular, The Illusionists – Magic of the Holidays, showcasing the jaw-dropping talents of the most incredible illusionists on earth. The Illusionists has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 2 p.m. & 8 p.m., Sun. 1 p.m., $44-$126Shubert Theatre, 247 College St. New Haven, CT
Special Evening Vintage Train Ride to Visit Santa Claus, December 20After the devastating flood in the basement of the Danbury Railway Museum which caused cancellation of the first weekend of Santa Train rides, additional Friday evening trains have been scheduled. Reservations are suggested. The short train ride in a fully-restored 1953 New Haven Railroad Rail Diesel Car (RDC) will take you through the railyard, past the only powered turntable in Connecticut, listed on the National Historic Register and currently undergoing a substantial restoration, and over 70 vintage railroad cars, locomotives and many unique pieces of railroad history. The train ride will terminate at Santa's own private railcar where you'll be greeted by Santa and Mrs. Claus and Santa's helpers in Toyland in Santa's private car. Of course, the exhibits and multiple operating model train layouts inside the restored 1903 Danbury station will also be open as will the be the well-stocked gift shop. Also inside the station, you’ll find free hot chocolate, a coloring station, temporary tattoos and other activities for the little ones.Departs: 4:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m. $12, children (under 24 months) free.Danbury Railway Museum, 120 White St. Danbury, CT
Straight No Chaser, December 20Straight No Chaser’s latest studio album, One Shot sees SNC doing what they do best with distinctive takes on classic pop and soul favorites, including Ricky Martin’s “Livin La Vida Loca,” Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way,” James Brown’s “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag,” and the LP’s first single, an energetic mash-up of Boyz II Men and Montell Jordan entitled “Motownphilly/This Is How We Do It.” The track is joined by an official lyric video, streaming now at the official SNC YouTube channel. 8pm, $30 Mohegan Sun Arena, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd., Uncasville, CT
Virtual Reality Beat Saber Tournament, December 20Beat Saber is a unique VR rhythm game where your goal is to slash the beats as they are coming at you. Every beat indicates which saber you need to use and also the direction you need to match. All the music is composed to perfectly fit the hand made levels. The goal is to cut the cubes and avoid the obstacles. Each cut is supported by great sounds and visual effects that emphasize the rhythm. Players of all levels are welcome to participate. You may enter up to four times but only your best score gets put on "the board," this prevents one person from having multiple top spots. Here's how it will go down: There will be two songs chosen and you will pick one practice song. You will then play both songs and add your scores together for the high score. 7pm-9pm, $10 to enter, free for spectators Xperiment Virtual Reality, 100 Hawley Lane, Trumbull, CT
Saturday, December 21st, 2019:
Science Saturday, December 21Create a river of cascading colors during this exciting frozen rainbow eruption activity. This fun drop-in program encourages participants to explore the intersections between art and science. Each month features a different gallery learning session, mini-experiment and hands-on art project. STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics)-integrated fun at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum! All programs are free with Museum admission 11:00 am – 1:00 pm., Museum admission: Adults: $12, Students: $5, Children under 12: Free, Members: Free, New London residents: Free
Hartford Symphony Orchestra: Holiday Cirque Spectacular, December 21Holiday Cirque Spectacular returns! There is no better way to celebrate the season than with the magical music of the holidays performed by the HSO, set to astonishing acrobatic feats by members of the renowned Cirque de la Symphonie. Watch these amazing aerialists, contortionists, and gymnasts tumble, soar and dance on and above the stage all while the HSO plays your festive favorites! Tickets are on sale now! Visithartfordsymphony.orgor call 860-987-5900 for tickets. 2019-2020 subscriptions are available now. For subscription information, please call 860-244-2999. 2 p.m. & 7 p.m., $27-$78 The Bushnell, 166 Capitol Ave. Hartford, CT
Winter Solstice Starry Sky, December 21Lean night sky rangers Kim and Geoff will point out the constellations and share constellation stories of the First Americans. You will also have the chance to view deep sky objects, such as the Dumbbell Nebula, Andromeda Galaxy and Owl Cluster, with telescopes. And look for shooting stars. Dress warmly and in multiple layers. This is a family friendly event and a great way to celebrate the season.6 6pm, FREE West Thompson Dam, Overlook Shelter, 162 West Thompson Rd., North Grovesnor, Dale, CT
The Clairvoyants, December 21Thommy Ten and Amelie Van Tass (The Clairvoyants) were born and raised in Austria and now reside both there and in America. When they met in 2011, they began to develop their “second sight” act, and two months later brought it to the stage for the first time. In 2014, they received their first long-term contract in America when they performed in the show The Illusionarium by Jeff Hobson. They were subsequently offered a featured spot in The Illusionists, the largest touring magic show in the world, produced by Simon Painter. With The Illusionists they toured Australia, Mexico and the Middle East and since that time have also appeared in The Illusionists 2.0, The Illusionists — Live From Broadway and The Illusionists — Turn of the Century on Broadway. In 2016, they were finalists on America’s Got Talent, chosen from more than 100,000 contestants. Van Tass and Ten were awarded the “German Champions of Mentalism,” “Magicians of the Year,” 2015 and, were enthusiastically chosen as the “World Champions of Mentalism, 2015,” a prize that hadn’t been awarded in 30 years. They are currently touring America and Europe with continued sold out shows and standing ovations. 7pm, $45-$85 Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 350 Trolley Line Blvd., Mashantucket, CT
Sunday, December 22nd, 2019:
Winter Solstice Celebrations, December 22The Winter Solstice arrives Saturday night at 11:10 p.m. Gather on the shortest day of the year and learn how people have celebrated this special day and season over the millennia. The take a hike and celebrate the upcoming lengthening of the days. Crafts and hot chocolate provided. Pre-registration required. 1pm-4pm, $7 per person, $25 for family Roaring Brook Nature Center, 70 Gracy Rd.,Canton, CT
Goodwill of Southern New England Fantasy of Lights, November 15 - December 31Fantasy of Lights, presented by Goodwill of Southern New England has become a holiday tradition for thousands of families. This bright and colorful light display illuminates Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven, Connecticut for the 25th year this holiday season. Fantasy of Lights opens on Friday, November 15, and runs through Tuesday, December 31st. The park opens nightly at 5:00 pm and is open until 9:00 pm Sundays through Thursdays and until 10:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays. $10, Lighthouse Point Park, 2 Lighthouse Road New Haven, CT
Holiday Exhibit Tour: "Toys, Trains, and Magnificent Trees: Illuminating Christmas at the Mansion" November 20, 2019 - January 5, 2020The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum kicks off the holiday season with a new exhibition entitled, Toys, Trains and Magnificent Trees: Illuminating Christmas at the Mansion. The exhibit, curated by Trustee Mimi Findlay and the LMMM Curatorial Committee will capture the enchantment of the holiday season, with glamorous tree displays, while paying special tribute to the sesquicentennial of the Transcontinental Railroad. Toy trains will be displayed under the tree in the Museum’s Library to mark the railroad’s anniversary and highlight LeGrand Lockwood‘s invention known as the Palace Car. Vintage toy trains on display are from the LMMM Permanent Collection as well as on loan from the Wilton Historical Society.T Times vary, $15 Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, 295 West Ave. Norwalk, CT
The Price is Right Live hosted by Todd Newton, November 20th through November 23rd.The Price Is Right Live™ is the hit interactive stage show that gives eligible individuals the chance to hear their names called and “Come On Down” to win. Prizes may include appliances, vacations and possibly a new car! Play classic games just like on television’s longest running and most popular game show…from Plinko™ to Cliffhangers™ to The Big Wheel™ and even the fabulous Showcase. Playing to near sold-out audiences for more than 14 years, the Price Is Right Live™ has entertained millions of guests and given away more than 12 million dollars in cash and prizes.T Times vary, $30 Fox Theater at Foxwoods, Mashantucket CT
"Don Juan", November 5 - 23A world premiere translation and adaptation Don Juan by Molière. Meet the legendary Don Juan as you’ve never seen him in this darkly comic take on a classic tale. Wherever he goes, the notorious seducer and antihero leaves behind a trail of broken hearts and society scandals, relying on his trusty sidekick, Sganarelle, to clean up his unruly messes. When an unearthly visitor arrives, Don Juan may finally be forced to confront his wicked ways. Sex, politics, religion — nothing is sacred in Molière’s brilliant comedy. Times Vary, tickets start at $30 Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court Westport, CT
17th Annual Festival of Trees, November 22 - 24Come one, come all! Meet us under the Dome! Catch the excitement at the 17th annual Festival of Trees to benefit Ann’s Place at the Danbury Sports Dome for a weekend filled with live events. Start your weekend on a high note! Don’t miss the Mistletoe and Martinis party from 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. on Friday night. Sip delicious specialty drinks and join us in a tribute toast to Waterworks and The Benefactors Society, our amazing 2019 honorees. Groove to Rob Fried and Band Central’s Rock and Soul Review with some celebrated musicians while sampling savory dishes from Some Things Fishy. Don’t miss the stunning hand-crafted mahogany bar and elegant footed tub on auction and raffles too! 10am-4pm, General admission $10, seniors $5, children (under 3) free. Danbury Sports Dome, 25 Shelter Rock Lane Danbury, CT
"A Good Old Fashioned Redneck Country Christmas", November 22 - December 21What if the three wise men weren’t really all that wise? What if they were just three ordinary guys, avoiding conflicts at home, who happened upon the greatest story ever told? It’s gonna take a Christmas miracle to get these redneck families back together! Thank God one just came to town! Sprinkle in a little redneck humor, and you have a smash hit! 8:00pm, $35 Connecticut Cabaret Theatre, 31 Webster Square Rd. Berlin, CT
Rent, November 22 - November 24Rent: The Musical will be held at the Shubert Theater in New Haven from November 22nd through November 24th Want to go behind the scenes and meet the cast of RENT? On November 22nd, the Shubert is offering a free preview behind the scenes. RSVP Now! In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway… and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning masterpiece continues its vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. Time vary, $44-114 Shubert Theater, 247 College Street New Haven, CT
Jay Leno, November 22ndAcclaimed TV late night show host, admired stand-up comedian, best-selling children’s book author, much-in-demand corporate speaker, lovable TV and movie voice-over artist, pioneering car builder and mechanic, and philanthropist…it’s no wonder that Jay Leno is widely characterized as “the hardest working man in show business.” Jay Leno’s late night television ratings domination included more than two decades of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” winning every consecutive quarter of his hosting over the past 19 years.. After resuming hosting the 11:35 PM program following its one-time interruption,, he made it once again the consistent and uninterrupted ratings leader for late night, once again leading all of the ensuing quarters handily, under the supervision throughout of executive producer Debbie Vickers. the process, he has been honored by the Television Academy with an Emmy for “Outstanding Comedy, Variety or Music Series.” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” has also taken home the trophy for “Favorite Late Night Show” in the annual TV Guide Awards determined by voting viewers, and he was recently installed in the Television Academy's Broadcast Hall of Fame.8pm, $42-85 Grand Theater at Foxwoods, Mashantucket CT
National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, November 22One of the finest symphony orchestras in Eastern Europe, the Grammy-nominated National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine (NSOU) will perform American Rhapsody, composed by UConn 2019 Grammy Award-winner Kenneth Fuchs, the Brahms Double Concerto and Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6. Joining the over 100 musician-ensemble will be UConn soloists Solomiya Ivakhiv on violin and Sophie Shao on cello. The audience will delight in this celebratory showcase of UConn music faculty. 7pm, $15-45 Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, 2132 Hillside Rd. Storrs, CT
Saturday, November 23rd, 2020
Beerfest: Battle of the Brews, November 23How about a beer? Beerfest is back at Foxwoods Resort Casino and we want you to come and have fun with us! This year we're upping the ante and naming the Beerfest Champion decided by YOU! Enjoy live music, games and food available for purchase. 21+ Upgrade to VIP admission to get in at 3 p.m., access to the Game Day Lounge, $5 food vouchers, and a T-Shirt! Game day Lounge, VIP only: cigars for purchase, premium beer flights for purchase, table seating, and college football. 4pm, $20-60 Foxwood Resort Casino, 350 Trolley Line Blvd., Mashantucket, CT
"Sleigh Bells Ring" Christmas Fair, November 23This much anticipated holiday event features a Country Store with homemade jams, pickles, salsa and many unique gifts for family and friends! Shop early for handmade Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls, hand knit items, fresh evergreen baskets, clothes for American Girl dolls, Christmas tree skirts, and homemade apple pies and holiday baked goods. A "Take-A-Chance" booth features great prizes; beautiful quilt raffle! Photos with Santa. Lunch includes homemade clam chowder, baked potatoes, hearty stew and chili! Over 40 talented crafters on the premises. Handicapped accessible. 9am-3pm, $FREE St. Maurice Church, 32 Hebron Rd. Bolton, CT
ELM CITY BREW FEST, November 23rdAmerica boasts more than 6000 craft breweries today, including more than 60 right here in Connecticut, producing renowned ales, lagers, porters and stouts... in fact, every style of beer known to the world. College Street Music Hall presents the 5th annual Elm City Brew Festival, bringing together nearly 65 of these talented artisans on November 23rd to showcase their talents. Craft beer aficionados will be able to sample many of the nearly 225 brews showcased, while discussing beer with the brewers and reps. Popular, casual food offerings will be available. 1pm - 5pm, $45 Advance; $50 door; $10 designated driver; $60 VIP College Street Music Hall, 238 College St. New Haven, CT
Festival of Silver Lights, November 26, 2019 - January 1, 2020Illumination of more than 350,000 twinkling, white lights. There are over 200 figures and buildings that are decorated with the lights in this spectacular display. A lighting ceremony takes place on November 20 at 5:30 p.m. FREE, Hubbard Park, 1000 West Main St. Meriden, CT
26th Annual Holiday Train Show, November 27, 2019 - February 23, 2020The magic returns to CRM with the 25th Annual Holiday Train Show. This family-friendly exhibit, created by train artist Steve Cryan, features more trains, new scenery, and lots of surprises to be found in the fully operational 26-foot model train layout. Visitors can also challenge themselves with the I-SPY scavenger hunt for objects hidden with the displays and throughout the exhibit gallery. Smaller visitors set can get hands-on at an American Flyer and Lionel Train layout designed for toddler size viewing. The exhibit is a true locomotive extravaganza and a perfect outing for train fans and all who are young at heart. Tue.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Adults $10, seniors $8, students $7, children (6-12) $6, under 6 free. Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main St.Essex, CT
Holiday Light Fantasia, November 28, 2019 - January 1, 2020Holiday Light Fantasia is a much loved Greater Hartford tradition and this season's destination. The two-mile show transforms Goodwin Park into a drive-through wonderland of holiday spirit with a beautiful collection of over 1 million lights. Whimsical holiday scenes, familiar characters and local tributes shine bright in larger-than-life lighted scenes and 200 individual displays. Lighted animations celebrate not only Christmas, but Hanukkah, New Years and Three Kings Day. Benefiting the Channel 3 Kids Camp, the Hartford Holiday tradition welcomed over 100,000 visitors last year! We look forward to welcoming even more supporters throughout the lighted celebration. Sun.-Thu. 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 5 p.m.-10 p.m., $15 Car (up to 10 passengers), $25 Limousine, $50 Mini Bus (up to 30 passengers), $100 Full Size Bus (31 passengers +) Goodwin Park, 1130 Maple Ave. Hartford, CT
Friday November 29th, 2019:
Magic of Christmas, November 29, 2019 - January 5, 2020What a special year this is for the Magic of Christmas celebration! We try to make every Christmas magical because it was Miss Florence’s birthday, but this year, we think our namesake would be especially pleased. Every year since 2004, artists from all over the country have added to the palettes on Miss Florence’s Artist Trees which are displayed in the Krieble Gallery. This year we finally reached over 200 palettes—212 to be exact—so many that we will need four delightfully-decorated trees to present all of them. To commemorate the event, we have published Miss Florence’s Artist Trees: Celebrating a Tradition of Painted Palettes, which showcases each of the works of art on its own page. Look for it online here and in The Shop. Tue.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Closed Dec. 25., Adults $10, seniors $9, students $8, children (12 and under) free. Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme St. Old Lyme, CT
46th Annual Festival of Trees & Traditions, November 29 - December 8A holiday custom for the past 46 years, features musical entertainment and festive family activities in the midst of decorative trees and wreaths created by community organizations and local artists, on view in the museum's galleries for a limited time. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $3 surcharge is added to all regular admission prices. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 600 Main St. Hartford, CT
Santa's Trolley, November 29 - December 22Take a ride into the past at The Shore Line Trolley Museum and have your children visit with Santa! Inspect our antique trolleys decorated for the holidays. Enjoy a complimentary cookie and hot chocolate. Check out the model train layout. Bring the whole family and the camera! All children receive a small gift from Santa. You don’t want to miss getting a picture of your little ones with Santa. Start a new tradition your family will never forget! 11 a.m.-5 p.m., $10 The Shore Line Trolley Museum, 17 River St. East Haven, CT
Ice Carving Demonstration, November 29 - 30Watch as professional ice carvers create a themed ice sculpture in front of Wave Gallery at 1046 Chapel Street. The skilled ice carvers, from Ice Matters in Cheshire, CT, will begin with two 300 pound solid blocks of clear ice, each measuring 40" tall x 20" wide and transform them into a reindeer on Friday, the Elm City Elf on Small Business Saturday, Snowflake Selfie Frame (12/1), Bulldog (12/8), Train (12/15) and a Santa on a Chimney (12/22). The ice carvings will be accessible for photo opportunities. 1 p.m.-3 p.m., FREE Wave Gallery at The Shops at Yale, 1046 Chapel St. New Haven, CT
11th Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Village, November 29 - December 24Santa and his live reindeer - Dancer, Dasher and Prancer - are coming back and return to “the North Pole on North Street.” The cherished town tradition continues for the tenth consecutive year at this expansive nursery where visitors can have their photo taken with Santa, meet the reindeer and also enjoy the new Santa’s Village, North Pole on North Street, all just minutes from downtown Greenwich. Parking is free. The community is invited to Sam Bridge for a “We’re Back Party” on Friday, November 29, from noon to 6 pm, when Santa’s Workshop is officially open for photos with Santa. While waiting for the reindeer to arrive in the afternoon, everyone can enjoy special refreshments, face painting and balloon art, and dance demonstrations. Throughout the five weeks, the reindeer will make Sam Bridge their home. Children, adults, corporate groups and even pets (on leashes) can have their photo taken with Santa at Santa’s Workshop. Photo packages include a gift bag filled with promotions redeemable at participating downtown Greenwich stores. Hours for the Photos with Santa are Monday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sam Bridge is closed on Sundays. Mon.-Fri. noon-6 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., FREE Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses, 437 North St. Greenwich, CT
Saturday November 30th, 2019:
Joan Osborne's Dylan-ologySeven-time Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum-selling singer and songwriter, Joan Osborne, joined by powerhouse rock vets Anders Osborne and Jackie Greene (Phil Lesh & Friends, Black Crowes) and backed by a full band, unleashes her sizable gifts as a vocalist and interpreter upon Bob Dylan’s celebrated canon. 8:0pm, $67 Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge, Ridgefield, CT
Tree Lighting and Holiday Festival on the GreenHayrides and fire trucks, free crafts for kids; free hot chocolate, food trucks, music and entertainments for all. Browse craft vendors, decorate a fresh holiday wreath. Write a letter to Santa and say hello to the jolly old elf himself at 6 p.m. Fun for all! 2 p.m.-8 p.m., free West Haven Green, Main Street West Haven, CT
Murder Mystery Dinner Dance, by Thames River Family ProgramJOIN US FOR THIS KILLER FUNDRAISER, In the theme of a High School Homecoming Dinner Dance Benefiting Thames River Family Program and their work stabilizing and housing homeless youth. Because Young Adults Deserve a Home…Coming! Dress to Impress Whether it’s 90s attire, your high school class homecoming style or your own design! 6pm-9pm, $65-$120 Groton Inn and Suites, 99 Gold Star Hwy, Groton, CT
A North Pole Experience, November 30 - December 30Explore the North Pole, like never before, where the magic of the holidays is unwrapped before your eyes, as Sonny’s Place is transformed into Santa’s Place! The North Pole comes to life around you, as Santa’s elves create a winter wonderland that dazzles and dances to the sounds of the season! Santa’s Candy Cane Cabin. Enjoy the new twist and swirls of the holidays, on Peppermint Pathway! Come visit Santa in his Candy Cane Cabin. Gather around the Christmas Tree and meet Santa himself in this truly one–of–a–kind experience that celebrates old and new traditions. O’ Christmas Tee’s Tee’s the Season in this forest of fun. Frolic and play, as you “putter” there for a Merry Christmas! Look out for some fun moments of surprise as you capture a selfie with one of Santa’s Elfie’s photo opportunities. Reindeer Games. Warm up where the reindeer play! All video games are included with your admission (redemption & merchandise games additional fee)! Carol-sel Oh what fun it is tonight, to ride on the carousel tonight! Walk through Santa’s stables and enjoy an interactive Carol-sel. Sing some of your favorite holiday carols as you enjoy this beautiful site on a wonderful night, riding on the Christmas Carol-sel. Santa’s Flight Soar like Santa high over Sonny’s Place! This thrilling adventure whisks you forward and in reverse at 30mph! Christmas Blizzard Spin, flip, and experience weightlessness, just like flying through a blizzard! Hologate VR- Cold Crush Experience, a snowball fight like never before. Maneuver your hovercraft on a frozen lake to collect golden coins, but watch out for your opponents and the crazy yeti as they both shoot icy snowballs at you. Seek out the power-ups to give your snowball shooting, super powers. This family friendly game will entice you with it´s cute and unique look and is a guaranteed virtual reality party smash. Oh, one last thing…beware of the yellow snowballs. A Black Light Christmas (Laser Tag). The holidays are all a-glow in this lumino-city. Your mission is to defend Christmas and stay on the nice list this year. Make your way through laser fields of red and green, as you try to take down the naughty and save Christmas forever! \Additional fee required for this attraction. Elf Workshop The North Pole Experience wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the Toy Shoppe! This fun interactive stop will have you tinkering all day long. Create your own holiday craft, decorate a cookie or even enjoy story time with Mrs. Claus, as you try to solve the Elve’s riddles! *Additional fee for some experiences in this attraction. Dancer’s Disco. Welcome to the coolest place in town… Dancer’s Disco. Here, you can enjoy make memories with several photo ops, both inside and out, AND enjoy the Holiday Dance Party! Food & Beverage: Christmas Café. Serving up all your favorites from the grill, plus some holiday specialties! Adults can even grab a holiday beverage at the bar (21+ with a valid ID required) Shows: Winter Wonderlights: A Holiday Show Light up the night. This holiday season, lights will dazzle and dance to a festive soundtrack, creating a holiday show that will leave you amazed and mesmerized. Elves! A trip to the North Pole, wouldn’t be complete without Santa’s elves! Be on the look – out for Holly, Jolly, Jingle and Jangle as they spread holiday cheer to all who are near! Our troupe of elves will stroll throughout the North Pole, creating fun moments of entertainment, games and even pose for a sELFie! You won’t want to miss your chance to hashtag yourself at thenorthepoleexperience. Storytime with Mrs. Claus. Join Mrs. Claus as she reads everyone’s favorite Christmas stories! Photo opportunities will be available after the show as well! Holiday Dance Party! Join the Merry Makers as they dance the night away to some of your favorite holiday music in this interactive dance party!* Nov. 29-Dec. 24, Fri.-Sun. 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 26-20, daily 5 p.m.-9 p.m., $15-$30, children (under 4) free. Sonnys Place, 349 Main St., Somers, CT
A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage, November 30 - December 1Good Grief! Get into the holiday spirit with A Charlie Brown Christmas Live at Foxwoods Resort Casino Everyone’s favorite holiday classic comes to life in the all-new touring production A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on stage! Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the whole Peanuts gang as they produce their own Christmas play and ultimately learn the true meaning of the season. A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS LIVE ON STAGE is a present the whole family can enjoy! Adapted from Charles M. Schulz’s timeless story of the spirit of Christmas, A Charlie Brown Christmas Live features the unforgettable music of Vince Guaraldi, as well as a concert of beloved holiday carols performed by the Peanuts characters. There’s no better way to discover the magic of the season! 1 p.m. & 5 p.m., $45-$65 Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 350 Trolley Line Blvd. Mashantucket, CT
"The Polar Express", November 30 - December 22Renew a family tradition by securing your tickets for a magical ride to the North Pole. Based on the Caldecott Award winning book by Chris Van Allsburg, The Polar Express follows a young boy who doubts the existence of Santa Claus. On Christmas Eve, a magical locomotive arrives to take him and other doubting children to on a magical Christmas Eve trip to the North Pole. Sat. & Sun. only, times vary., General admission $11.50, seniors $10.50, children (3-12) $9.50. The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 10 North Water St. Norwalk, CT
Sunday December 1st, 2019:
Met Opera Encore in HD: "Akhhnaten"Phelim McDermott, whose productions include the hugely successful Satyagraha by Philip Glass, returns to the Met with a new staging of Glass’s Akhnaten, conducted by Karen Kamensek in her Met debut. Anthony Roth Costanzo sings the title role of the Egyptian pharaoh who attempted to inspire his people to adopt a new religion, abandoning the worship of the old gods for that of a single deity. In her Met debut, J’Nai Bridges sings the role of Nefertiti, Akhnaten’s bride, and Dísella Lárusdóttir is Queen Tye, the pharaoh’s mother. One of the staging’s distinctive visual features is provided by the Gandini Juggling Company, whose movements are perfectly choreographed with the orchestral score. This production of Akhnaten was originally created by LA Opera, Improbable, and English National Opera, where it premiered, winning the 2017 Olivier Award for Best New Opera Production. 12:55 p.m.-5 p.m., $15-$25 Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd.Ridgefield, CT
Chocolate and Wine Pairing, December 12 - 13Come in anytime between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. and taste five award winning estate red wines paired to perfection with five specialty chocolates. Reservations are only required for groups of six or more. 11am-4pm, $20 Sunset Meadow Vineyards, 599 Old Middle St. Goshen, CT
Northern Lights, December 12 - 14Mystic Aquarium lights up during Northern Lights… A sea of lights leads the way through a mesmerizing journey along the Aquarium’s outdoor pathways. See Arctic animals in a whole new light – quite literally – as you stroll to theatric music in search of hand-crafted lanterns that bring Arctic animals to life! Snap selfies and meet the Snow Sisters every Thursday, Father Christmas on Fridays and Petey the Penguin each Saturday. Plus, stop by our Send a Wish Upon a Star station to write notes and wishes to the men and women serving overseas this holiday season. An alfresco experience unlike any other, Northern Lights is sure to be a new family tradition, a truly romantic date night and Mystic Aquarium’s biggest holiday event yet. Pulling inspiration from the most spectacular natural light display there is – the aurora borealis – Northern Lights is sure to be just as magical and inspiring. 6pm-9pm, General admission $15, members $12, children (2 and under) free. Mystic Aquarium, 55 Coogan Blvd. Mystic, CT
An Improvised Christmas Carol, December 12 - 22Come see a hilarious retelling of Charles Dickens's Christmas classic twist! This show combines your suggestions with the improvisers’ imaginations to create a performance of A Christmas Carol like nothing you have ever seen. What if Scrooge owned a pet store? What if the Ghost of Christmas Past was a Film Noir detective? What if Tiny Tim wasn't so tiny? Come find out and see how your suggestions tell an all new tale of how Christmas can (or can't!) change Ebenezer Scrooge's life. Thu.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m., Adults $15, children $10 Sea Tea Comedy Theater, 15 Asylum St. Hartford, CT
38th Annual Santa's Workshop, December 13 - 23Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, elves making toys, set in a log cabin with decorations and music, and a fire in the great stone fireplace. 3pm-5pm, FREE Wickham Park, 1329 West Middle Tpke. Manchester, CT
Polar Pajama Party, December 13 - 14Start or continue your holiday tradition here at the Connecticut Science Center. Put on your PJs and join us for a wintery-themed evening of entertainment for the whole family in celebration of the Season of Science! There will be games, prizes, holiday crafts, cookie decorating for the kids, and special appearances by the Gingerbread Man, Rudolph, Anna, Elsa, and Olaf. Visitors can also join Jack Frost for the annual “Elf Drop.” Plus, don’t forget your tickets to see the Polar Express in 3D, showing at two different times during the party. Everyone can enjoy a free child size Froyo or Hot Chocolate. Members Ticket Sales Open on Monday, November 4. Non-Member Ticket Sales Open on Monday, November 11. 5pm-9pm, Members $5, Non-members $18, Movie: $5 Connecticut Science Center, 250 Columbus Blvd. Hartford, CT
"The Treasure of Christmas Island", December 13 - 22A comedy-adventure of pirates, heroes, mermaids and dames in the tradition of an English Panto! Panto: A traditional fairy-tale farce for both adults and kids, with broad characters, jokes, local references, audience participation, songs and more! Performances: December 13-15, 20-22. Fri.-Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m., Adults $20; seniors, military $18; members $15; children (12 and under) $8. Donald L. Oat Theater at Norwich Arts Center, 62 Broadway, Norwich, CT
Festival of Lights, December 13Come and stroll through walkways brilliantly lit by thousands of luminaries. With live entertainment and complimentary treats, there's something for the entire family to enjoy. 5pm-9pm, FREE Olde Mistick Village, 27 Coogan Blvd. Mystic, CT
27th Annual Plainville Tree Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Stroll, December 13The Plainville Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 27th Annual Plainville Tree Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Stroll. The event includes holiday caroling, the lighting of the Town tree, visits from Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and horse and buggy rides through downtown. Refreshments will be made available. Please also visit our local downtown merchants as they will be hosting special offers and raffles throughout the night and weekend. 5pm-8pm, FREE Plainville Fire Department, 77 West Main St. Plainville, CT
Kids VR Night, December 13Drop the kids off at Xperiment Virtual Reality and enjoy a night off. We provide the snacks, drinks and the fun as well as some education into the mix. The kids have a fun Friday night playing VR as well as robots, and other STEM activities while you get time to yourselves. Your kids are guaranteed at least an hour of VR gaming time (more depending on availability). Limited spaces available so reserve now. Payment is required to hold your reservation. 6pm-8pm, $40 advanced, $45 at door. Xperiment VR, 100 Hawley Lane, Trumbull, CT
All Star Christmas Show, December 13Artists appearing in the show include Goo Goo Dolls, Hanson, Andy Grammer and Dean Lewis. 7:30pm, $35-$65 Mohegan Sun Arena, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd. Uncasville, CT
Nickelodeon's Double Dare Live!, December 13Double Dare Live Standard VIP Experience ticket includes a special photo opportunity with the iconic Double Dare Pick-it “Nose” obstacle prop presented in a private space at the venue with the Double Dare Live backdrop, and a VIP tour laminate. Double Dare Live Deluxe VIP Experience ticket includes a special photo opportunity with hosts Marc Summers and Robin Russo in a private space at the venue with the Double Dare Live backdrop, a VIP laminate, and a unique souvenir. A photographer will be available if the purchaser does not have a personal camera / cell-phone camera. The DD VIP Experience (both Standard AND VIP) purchasers must arrive at the theatre at 6:30pm.90 minutes in advance of the 8pm show start time. Proceed to the check-in table and pick up the DD VIP packet. Each adult and child in a group must have a DD VIP Ticket. Patrons will be directed to the photo opportunity which ends 30 minutes prior to show start time. Latecomers risk missing the opportunity, and no refunds will be issued if the purchasers are late. Must have separate ticket for the show. On your mark, get set, GO! The messiest game show on television is now the messiest game show on the road. Double Dare Live is coming to your town and will bring all the action and excitement of Nickelodeon’s hugely popular television show to the stage. All the Slime soaking, pie plastering, and booger busting will be hosted by the Double Dare legend himself Marc Summers! Bring your whole family to the show you loved as a child. You might even get chosen to compete to win by answering brain-bending trivia questions, complete messy physical stunts and even run the legendary obstacle course! 8pm, $32-$69 Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 350 Trolley Line Blvd. Mashantucket, CT
"The Nutcracker", December 14 - 15It would not feel like the holidays without the timeless joy of The Nutcracker, and as part of The Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory’s 50th anniversary season, the prestigious Torrington institution will unveil an exciting new production of The Nutcracker this year. Audiences will be dazzled by this reimagined full-length ballet, complete with new sets, costumes and choreography. All dance roles features trainees of The Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory, along with cameo roles performed by children from The Torrington School of Ballet. These aspiring artists come from all over the country to hone their craft and develop their artistry at The Nutmeg. The mysterious Dr. Drosselmeyer will once again be played by accomplished European stage actor Thomas Evertz. Originally conceived by Sharon Dante, this production features choreography by The Nutmeg's faculty, led by Artistic Director Victoria Mazzarelli, and is set to Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s musical masterpiece. Additional coaching is provided by Timothy Melady, Susan Szabo, Eleanor D’Antuono, Denise Warner Limoli, Joan Kunsch, and Alexei Tchernichov. Melady, The Nutmeg's Ballet Master, has led the production team responsible for bringing to reality the vision of Mazzarelli and scenic designer Roger LaVoie. Additional members of the design team include costume designers Susan Fazzino, Janessa Urwin and Susan Aziz; lighting designer Brian Sciarra; set construction by American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA; and painting by Roger LaVoie Designs/TSDesigns. Performances of The Nutcracker at Warner Theatre in Torrington are December 7 and December 8. Call The Warner Box Office at (860) 489-7180.Sat. & Sun. 12:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m., $46-$71 The Bushnell, 166 Capitol Ave. Hartford, CT
Happy Hole-A-Days, December 14Mayor Erin E. Stewart, Parks and Recreation Commission Chairman Patrick Dorsey, and Stanley Golf Course are pleased to announce that the driving range at Stanley Golf Course will be open seven days a week throughout the winter months of December, January and February from 9 a.m.-5 p.m In addition to the driving range being open all winter, Stanley will also see the return of two popular special events from previous years. Happy Hole-A-Days will return to Stanley Golf Course on Saturday, December 14, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The event will be hosted by ESPN radio personality Rob Dibble and will include free buckets of balls, complimentary appetizers and beverage specials by Back Nine Tavern. Prizes will include restaurant, retail and pro shop gift cards along with the chance to win a 2020 season golf pass valued over $1,300. Back by popular demand, buckets of luck will also be returning to Stanley Golf Course in January and February where golfers can purchase buckets of balls on Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays between the hours of 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and enter themselves in a raffle to win lots of great prizes including a drawing for a 2020 season golf pass. 11:30am-1:30pm, FREE, Stanley Golf Course, 245 Hartford Rd. New Britain, CT
Jerry Seinfeld, December 14Entertainment icon Jerry Seinfeld’s comedy career took off after his first appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1981. Eight years later, he teamed up with fellow comedian Larry David to create what was to become the most successful comedy series in the history of television: Seinfeld. The show ran on NBC for nine seasons, winning numerous Emmy, Golden Globe and People’s Choice awards, and was named the greatest television show of all time in 2009 by TV Guide, and in 2012 was identified as the best sitcom ever in a 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll. Seinfeld has also starred in, written and produced movies (Comedian, Bee Movie), directed and produced a Broadway hit (Colin Quinn Long Story Short), and even wrote a best-selling book (Seinlanguage) and a children’s book (Halloween). Seinfeld directed the off-Broadway production of Colin Quinn: The New York Story and the Netflix stand-up special. Seinfeld’s latest project is the Emmy nominated and critically-acclaimed web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee which has garnered over 100 million views, and which the New York Times describes as "impressively complex and artful" and Variety calls "a game changer." Most recently, Seinfeld has been performing at the Beacon Theatre as part of his residency entitled, Jerry Seinfeld: The Homestand. He recently made his Netflix debut with the original stand-up special Jerry Before Seinfeld. 8pm, $82.50-$150 Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 350 Trolley Line Blvd. Mashantucket, CT
Sunday, December 15th, 2019:
Miss America 2020, December 15 - 19 The competition follows 51 compelling candidates as they compete for life-changing scholarships to be used to continue their efforts towards community service and education. The show will continue to highlight a diverse group of young students and professionals who are advancing the message of female strength, independence, and empowerment through their efforts in the areas of scholarship, talent and social impact. The Miss America Organization has ushered in a new era of progressiveness and inclusiveness, led by an all-female leadership team. Times vary, $75-$100 Mohegan Sun, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd. Uncasville, CT
So the story started on Saturday when my parents took me out to Foxwoods casino and resort where we would spend the night. When we got there we when to our room and put our stuff away and then we were going to go to dinner. Once I figured out what restaurant we were going to I was so pissed bc of there service and food and I let my parents know it too! So as I suspected once my food came it was crap as usual and I was pissed. I told them it was bad and I said we should go somewhere else to what my mom responded to with, "Are you paying?" to what I responded to her with "are you?" because the dinner was free and she was pissed so that ended my night. Sunday/mothers day So the morning was crap because my mom did not get breakfast for us so we did not eat till after 12. When we were about to leave my dad saw a free 100$ gift card to the hotel spa and my mom was like GET IT and I was like aye look at the line for 100$ when the spa is expensive af what is the few more dollars gonna do? She said shut up idiot so I did and said nothing much till later. At around 2 she told me I had to go shop for my sister close and I what like fuck that and I ask may I please not go then I was why do I need to come then I said I hate shopping especially if its not for me I don't want to go on your 2 hour shopping spree. She did the usual guilt trip me into coming of ohh u wanna ruin mothers day how about I ruin ur birthday why don't u give me ur phone and pc and I leave u here and I shut the power off. So I had to come and I spent over 3 hours at one store and it was horrible and I was miserable so when she said ill drop u guys of at home as like a punishment for not being happy I was as good and she was like with no food or power. So we got to dinner and my sister started a problem on fortnite and how good it is and I combated it and I easily won but she kept going and my mom lost it and said u ruined mothers day for me I don't want you anywhere near me leave right now. But I could not bc im 14 so ya I just sat there so then she said I'm not paying for my gym and lunch. Now I need help on how to fix it I'm sure plenty of you screw ups have some experience.
This is the sixth of my “Missing in Connecticut Series.” I will be introducing you to the missing people of Connecticut every Wednesday (according to this list on CharleyProject: http://www.charleyproject.org/geo/eastern.html ). Please see my history for the previous submissions and share your thoughts about this case below! Kevin John Belknap was born on May 24, 1950. He was 5’10 and between 185 and 190 pounds. He was white. His brown hair was going gray. Some sources state he had brown eyes, others state they were hazel. The only identification information on file in this case is dental records. Kevin was a blackjack dealer at Foxwoods Resort Casino. The casino is located on the Mashantucket Pequot Indian Reservation. 25% of the casino’s revenue goes to the state; as of 2007 that amounted to $200 million. Foxwoods is much more than a casino - it also has hotels, fine dining, and shopping. There is another popular casino nearby, Mohegan Sun. If this sounds like an advertisement, I’ll admit that I am one of the many people who enjoys going occasionally (although I am in no way affiliated!). The Pequot Museum is nearby, it’s the largest Native American museum in the world, and it rocks. If you are ever in the area, you should definitely check the area out! 83 current or past employees rated Foxwoods on GlassDoor and gave it a 2.9 out of 5 for overall work environment. One common complaint listed is that there is not a lot of upward mobility at the casino and that tribal members are preferred for positions over other people. Was Kevin unhappy with his job? Kevin had just gotten off of work on April 8, 2001. He was last seen at his residence at 20 Cutler Street in Stonington, Connecticut at 5:00 pm that day. The house can be seen here to give context to his case: http://bit.ly/2deWNJT. Stonington is a small coastal tone. It serves as the backdrop to the 2012 film Hope Springs if you are interested in getting a visual of the area! Kevin has never been seen or heard from again. His wife reported him missing four days later on April 12, 2001. What was the state of Kevin’s marriage like? Was there some marital unhappiness? Why did she take so long to report the man as missing? Or, was it that he ‘disappeared’ often? Or did the police give her difficulty in reporting him missing? (Some jurisdictions seem to make people wait for long periods before making official reports.) His blue 1998 Buick LeSabre was later found abandoned in the vicinity of Watch Hill in Rhode Island. According to google maps, this trip would take about 12 to 20 minutes during 5:00 traffic on a weekday (this assumes that he left right after he was supposedly last seen.) Watch Hill is an exclusive, wealthy coastal village located in Westerly, Rhode Island. The village is filled with sprawling Victorian-style cottages which may look modest, but are extremely expensive. Taylor Swift, Conan O’Brien, Henry Ford (of Ford Motors,) and Clark Gable are only some of the town’s past and present residents. Kevin’s car was unlocked and his work uniform was left in it. There was no other sign of him at the scene. A search was conducted of the surrounding land and sea but nothing was located. Bolleswoods commented stating that despite the wealth of the area, the beaches are public. Due to the fact that it was April, they may not have been populated heavily at the time. This is especially true when you consider the fact that it was cold and windy on the day he went missing (thanks deeperintomovies for looking it up.) She states that one beach in particular, Napatree Point is long and isolated. It has an abandoned fort from the 1900s with underground tunnels. She posits that if Kevin wanted to take his life, it may have been a good place to do so. Did Kevin run away from an unhappy life? Did he have a mental break which prompted his leaving? Did he take his own life? Did Kevin’s disappearance have to do with his job at the casino? Did he anger a wealthy client and get lured back to Watch Hill to face the consequences? If that was the case, why was his uniform located in his car? Why was there no other evidence? Could a murderer’s financial or social status make it easier to do away with a body? Does Watch Hill keep secrets for its residents? Hopefully this secret will be leaked someday. http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/b/belknap_kevin.html Bolleswoods commented that [s]he used to live in Stonington and has family and friends who still do. According to their dad community belief is that Kevin ran away from a girlfriend and is no longer considered missing. He is still listed as actively missing on some sites including the Charleyproject (hence my post,) NamUs, etc. I am not sure how frequently the sites are updated, though. Perhaps that is the informal, popular belief and police haven't found evidence so they have to keep the case open.
Ahoy. UConn alum and life-long Hartford area resident here to talk about things to do in Hartford before and after basketball. I'm sure there are going to be literally dozens of tourney attendees going to Hartford for the first time. So if you're one of them, read on. Note: I fucking love Hartford, but that's perhaps because it's easier than hating the place you're from. Note: I can update this throughout the day, and am welcome to suggestions. Note: I'm making a few assumptions: First, that you don't have access to a car, and second, that you're somewhere around 30, have a little cash to spend, and don't have kids. 1) Drinking. Downtown Hartford has a lot of bars. They are, for the most part, totally regular. Here are some places that might be the same place, I dunno. I'm only gonna highlight some favorites. But there are plenty. Walkable from the XL Center
Vaughans: A gastropub. Some big TVs, some heavily carved wood ornaments, some good food and a decent draft list.
Pig's Eye Pub: Depending on the time and day, this place can get rowdy with the under 25 crowd. But most of the time it's a pleasant, large, faux-dive with a few pool tables, a rooftop patio, and a larger than average draft list.
City Steam. They brew their own beer and have lots of pool tables. Also TVs. Also a comedy club in the basement?? I don't go here much.
Dish/Salute/Trumbull Kitchen: The holy troika of the world's most regular bars. Do you like grilled salmon? A place to get a cocktail or wine or a beer? Wearing a sport jacket with jeans? Than these places are for you.
Allyn Street Bars: Are you trying to make out with a stranger? Get ready! Sorta dirty, sorta trashy, but also sorta fun if you're in the right mood. A string of bars to which some, in the words of Louis CK, wear their stripey goin' out to get laid shirts.
Maybe snag an uber but worth it
Hog River Brewery. It's a brewery in an old tire factory. Board games, food trucks, draft cider. It's delightful.
Little River Restoratives. Creative cocktails and small snacks. Really a wonderful place to which I hope you all give all your money.
Bin 228. Popular with theater goers. Quiet spot for sandwiches and salads and some other entrees. Real good food for not that much. A personal favorite so it's getting a plug.
Dish/Salute/Trumbull Kitchen: The holy troika of the world's most regular restaurants. Do you like grilled salmon? A place to get a cocktail or wine or a beer? Wearing a sport jacket with jeans? Than these places are for you.
Max's Downtown: It's a real nice place to which I've never been but about which I've heard good things.
The Capital Grille: Another real nice place. Real good steak.
Bear's Smokehouse: The best largest barbecue place in Hartford. Consistently good food served cafeteria style.
Black Eyed Sally's: It's under the Pig's Eye and does southern-inspired cuisine. Gumbo, barbecue, chicken + waffles, that kind of thing. I imagine that if you're here from Memphis or Tulane it might be a little weird. But I bet you're not coming to Hartford from there.
an Uber-ish ride away
Republic at the Linden. Americanish cuisine, a nice bar. Really nice space. At the edge of what constitutes reasonable walk from the XL.
First and Last Tavern. Institution. Pizza. Italian Food. Large tables for a group of 6 to talk loudly with one another.
Mozziacato di Pasquale. Italian bakery and cafe. Get a few pignoli and some lemon ice.
A lot of other places that serve various things.
3) To Do
Go for a walk in Bushnell Park. Do it! It's a nice place. Olmsted-designed with lots of statues and paths and views of the skyline.
The Wadsworth Atheneum: America's oldest public art museum. Worth the $15 admission. Or just go take a photo with the Stegosaurus sculpture to the left.
Connecticut Science Center: It mostly targets the youngins, but it's a fun place to go.
Live Music: Lol jk. What live music happens in Hartford is, for lack of a better term, a bit underground. We don't really have a "go here to listen to live music!" scene. Black Eyed Sally's will have jazz or blues fairly often, though.
Shopping: Lol jk. But Hartford Prints has some nice stuff re: stationary/gifts/things to put on your wall or shelf. Stackpole Moore and Tryon is a high-ish end store for people over 40. Hartford Denim Co. is an uber ride away but they make and sell jeans if you're into that sorta thing.
4) To not do.
West Hartford Center. It's cool I guess? But also super boring offers several bars in close proximity to one another. If you can get there and back easily, then go ahead. It's a fun time. There's a Joseph A Bank, a Whole Foods, and a West Elm. There's an Ann Taylor I think.
New Haven. Way cooler than West Hartford Center, but it's a 45 minute drive. Do you really want to see Yale that badly? They have a museum with dinosaur fossils though :-/
Foxwoods/Mohegan. Yes, they're the biggest casinos in America. But aside from that, you can only play one game at a time. For a weekend in Hartford, not worth the side trip.
What I want to emphasize, above all else, is that Hartford is a wonderful place. In terms of downtown size, it's roughly comparable to Louisville, Raleigh, Memphis, and Richmond. There really is a lot to do. And it's as safe as comparably sized cities. By which I mean, don't go wandering around strange residential streets outside of the downtown at 3am. You don't need to get a ride from one side of downtown to the other, though. Most of all, tell your friends you had a good time, okay? We deal with a lot of shit-talk, some of it justified, but if you can't enjoy a weekend in Hartford it's because you didn't put any effort in. Put some effort in, and Hartford will show you a nice time.
"Mel Brooks" - Young Frankenstein (May 4-Jun 2): TheatreWorks, 20 Elm Street Ext, New Milford, Various dates & times, $25-30, - Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced "Fronk-en-steen") inherits his family's estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked sidekick, Igor (pronounced "Eye-gore"), and a leggy lab assistant, Inga (pronounced normally), Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. "It's alive!" he exclaims as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather's. Eventually, of course, the monster escapes and hilarity continuously abounds. May not be suitable for children under 12.
THE ILLUSIONISTS (May 4-6): The Bushnell, 166 Capitol Ave, Hartford, Various times, $22.50-103.50, - Direct from Broadway, the world’s best selling magic show is coming to Hartford! This mind blowing spectacular showcases the jaw dropping talents of five of the most incredible Illusionists on earth. THE ILLUSIONISTS™ – LIVE FROM BROADWAY™ has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.
Connecticut Spring Boat Show (May 4-6): Town of Essex, Brewer Essex Island Marina, 11 Ferry St., Essex, Various times, $5 donation for ages 13 & up, - A boutique in-water boat show, located on the scenic Connecticut River, features both sail and power boats. See over 60 boats of all sizes and talk directly with dealers and manufacturers. Visitors attending the show will enjoy seeing a wide range of new and brokerage, power and sail models. In addition to boats on the docks, gear, accessories and service companies will be on site.
Fantasticon (May 4-6): Elm City Games, 760 Chapel Street, New Haven, Various times and dates, 0-$40, - Fantasticon brings together game designers, publishers, artists, and game enthusiasts for a weekend of playtesting, networking, and having fun! Our primary focus is on designers connecting with each other for high level playtesting and in depth discussions about theory and practice, but we welcome anyone with an interest in games and how they're made. We've got 6,000sq/ft of prototype gaming taking over Elm City Games' historic building right in downtown New Haven. Our open gaming style schedule means playtesting can happen whenever, wherever, and with whoever throughout the weekend. But don't worry if you don't know anyone, we'll be working hard to connect players with designers.
HAYLEY JANE & THE PRIMATES: Friday, May 4, Infinity Music Hall, 20 Greenwoods Rd W, Norfolk, 8:00PM, $19-34, - We are so excited to announce Hayley Jane and the Primates. You’ll absolutely love her onstage energy and the Primates bring some serious chops and theatrics with their Jazz-Funk-Blues-Indie fusion. Opening up for them is the ever talented James Maddock who is bringing his solo performance for an intimate and unique performance!
Night at the Cantina - Star Wars Trivia: Friday, May 4, The River's Edge Pub & Grille, 29 North Main Street, Beacon Falls, 6:30PM-8:30PM, FREE (Suggested donation of $40 per team), - Think you know more about Star Wars than anyone? Harness your inner Force and join us in celebrating May the Fourth down at The Mos Eisley Cantina (aka- The River's Edge) with a night of Trivia and fun to benefit the Beacon Falls Youth Theater Group. Trivia will consists of 6 Rounds (with Bonus Round in case of a tie). Costumes are encouraged, so break out your best Wookie and Sith Lord outfits.
Chive Rocks - May the Fourth be With You: Friday, May 4, Hard Rock Cafe, Foxwoods Casino, Mashantucket, 9:00PM, $35-300, - Please join Chive New England in our 4th Chive Rocks as we raise money and awareness for the Childhood Apraxia walk in June! This year will be more epic than ever before. We will have the honour of partying hard with New England’s premiere DJ JD! We are also partnering with Patron for some awesome drink specials to keep you partying all night long. (Sing that last part in your Lionel Richie voice)
Reality Fighting: Friday, May 4, Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, 7:00PM, $40-75, - Reality Fighting heats up Mohegan Sun Arena with all the mixed martial arts action you can handle! Check back soon for bout details.
Saturday, May 5th:
The Full Monty (May 5-13): Warner Theater, 68 Main Street, Torrington, Various dates and times, $19-27, -* Based on the cult hit film of the same name, The Full Monty, a ten-time Tony Award nominee, is filled with honest affection, engaging melodies and the most highly anticipated closing number of any show. The powerhouse team of Terrence McNally (Ragtime) and David Yazbek (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) cooks up an aggressive crowd-pleaser that both entertains and grabs your heart.*
Cinderella (May 5-6): Warner Theater, Nancy Marine Studio Theatre, 82 Main Street, Torrington, Various times and dates, $12.50, - The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance. Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium. Its recreation in 1965 starring Lesley Ann Warren was no less successful in transporting a new generation to the miraculous kingdom of dreams-come-true, and so was a second remake in 1997, which starred Brandy as Cinderella and Whitney Houston as her Fairy Godmother. As adapted for the stage, with great warmth and more than a touch of hilarity, the hearts of children and adults alike still soar when the slipper fits.
Spring on the Farm Festival Weekend (May 5-6): Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Rd., Stamford, 11:00AM-3:00PM, $10, children under 3 free, - Join us for this fun family weekend on the farm and meet the newest additions to the Heckscher Farm family. There will be activities for all ages including face painting, crafts, a plant sale, bee demonstrations, farm tool demonstrations, animal tours, seed planting and oxen demos. On Sunday, watch as our flock of sheep gets its annual shearing and learn about what happens with their woolly coats. Additionally, an assortment of local food trucks will be on site and our Museum Galleries will be open, featuring the Birds in Art 2017 fine art exhibition.
Walking Tour - Architecture-Homes and Histories: Saturday, May 5, Litchfield History Museum, 7 South St., Litchfield, 10:00AM-11:00AM, $5, - Why does the center of Litchfield have so many white homes? Learn how the history and stories of old Litchfield are preserved in the architecture of the town. The walk will cover North and South Streets. The tour last about an hour, be sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring a bottle of water. Registration is required and payment is required with registration.
Derby de Mayo: Saturday, May 5, The IRONS Restaurant & Bar at Hilton Mystic, 20 Coogan Blvd., Mystic, 2:00PM-11:00PM, $15, - Party all day and night in the heart of Mystic. Only once in every seven years or so, does the Kentucky Derby fall on Cinco de Mayo. We're combining the two and throwing a Derby de Mayo Bash. Mint Juleps to Margaritas and Tacos to Fried Chicken. Plenty of cold local craft cervezas on tap and in bottles.
5th Annual Hats & Horses Derby Party: Saturday, May 5, Henry Carter Hull Library, 10 Killingworth Hwy., Clinton, 5:00PM, 7:00PM, $25, - Watch the Kentucky Derby live on the big screen and enjoy light refreshments. Dapper attire encourages, including fancy hats. Wear your best and you could win a prize. Enjoy a wine and bourbon tasting, and a silent auction featuring gift baskets and items from local shops and artisans.
NICK DI PAOLO: THE NICK IS RIGHT TOUR: Saturday, May 5, Shubert Theater, 247 College Street, New Haven, 8:00PM, $25-30, - Nick Di Paolo, one of the sharpest minds (and tongues) in stand-up comedy over the past 20 years, is coming to the Shubert for one big night of comedy with “The Nick is Right Tour.” Prepare for a night of hilarious, brutally honest, unapologetic comedy!
Bon Jovi: Saturday, May 5, Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, 7:30PM, $130-200, - Do I need to explain Bon Jovi?
Pomfret Town Wide Tag Sale: Saturday, May 5, 7:00AM, Maps are sold for $1 at 7 a.m. in the Pomfret Community School (20 Pomfret Street) and will lead to approximately 50 tag sale locations throughout town.
MIKE BIRBIGLIA: "THE NEW ONE": Saturday, May 5, College Street Music Hall, 238 College Street, New Haven, 6:00PM, $27.50-49, - MIKE BIRBIGLIA is a comedian and storyteller who has performed in front of audiences worldwide, from the Sydney Opera House to Carnegie Hall. His most recent shows, My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend and Thank God for Jokes, were both filmed for Netflix. Mike has released four albums for Comedy Central Records, including My Secret Public Journal Live, which was named one of the “Best Comedy Albums of the Decade” by The Onion AV Club. In addition to performing live, Birbiglia is an author and filmmaker who wrote, directed, and starred in the acclaimed films Sleepwalk with Me and Don’t Think Twice. His book, Sleepwalk With Me and Other Painfully True Stories, was a New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the Thurber Prize For American Humor. As an actor, Birbiglia has appeared on Orange is the New Black, Inside Amy Schumer, and Girls as well as in the films Trainwreck, The Fault in Our Stars, and Popstar. Birbiglia currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife Jen
Griswold's Night Light Festival: Saturday, May 5, Griswold Parks and Recreation, Veterans' Memorial Park, 68 Ashland St., Jewett City, 5:00PM-10:00PM, Free, -* Let's light up Jewett City with a parade of floats & a festival in Veteran's Memorial Park. Food Trucks will be offering all different types of treats, foods and unique meals PLUS Wolverine Radio will be holding a DISCO PARTY! All are welcome to join the parade!*
Cinco de Mayo Zip & Sip Adventure: Saturday, May 5, EMPOWER Leadership Sports & Adventure Center, 2011 South Main St., Middletown, 9:00AM-6:00PM, $45, - Thrilling and exciting tree-top zip lines and aerial adventure challenges, all led by energetic guides, followed by "rehydration" at the Inn at Middletown's Tavern. All zip line participants, ages 21+, receive a drink voucher for a house margarita or local draft beer at the Tavern at the Armory. Drink voucher valid on May 5, 2018 only.
Northeast PEZ Collectors Gathering: Saturday, May 5, Sheraton Stamford Hotel, 700 East Main St., Stamford, 10:00AM-2:00PM, Adults $5, Children 8 and under free, - Do you have a "Sweet" spot for candy? Well, why not come to the "sweetest" place in Stamford, The Northeast PEZ Collectors gathering. Bring the entire family to see the largest PEZ gathering on the east coast. It's a fun event for collectors of all ages. You will see the newest PEZ, vintage PEZ, United States PEZ and even PEZ from Europe. You will see regular sized PEZ dispensers to "Giant PEZ." You might even see "The Worlds Smallest PEZ" on display. PEZ collectors from all over the United States converge on Stamford for this annual gathering. Come be part of the fun. It only happens once a year in Connecticut.
Cinco de Mayo Cruise: Saturday, May 5, Departs from Eagle Landing State Park, 14 Little Meadow Rd., Haddam, 5:00PM-7:00PM, $30, - Take a relaxing late Saturday afternoon cruise as we celebrate Cinco De Mayo and the beautiful spring foliage on the lower Connecticut River. Cinco De Mayo is a Mexican holiday that has become quite popular in the United States as a fun, festive day! On this cruise, as we celebrate Cinco De Mayo, we will see a nesting Osprey and other wildlife, and enjoy the beautiful scenic river views. There will be soft Mexican music. Bring your favorite “Mexican” or any beverage and a picnic if you’d like. And Captain Mark will be making his famous Key Lime Pie. No one under 12 years old please.
Tom Jones: Saturday, May 5, Grand Theater, Foxwoods Casino, Mashantucket, 8:00PM, $65-105, - Tom Jones' 50-year career has remarkably gone from strength to strength. Along with sustaining his popularity as a live performer and recording artist for five decades, he has garnered - at the age of 77 - the best reviews of his career for his most recent albums, Long Lost Suitcase, Spirit In The Room and Praise & Blame (Island/Universal). Critics across the world are unanimous in their approval and admiration for both the recorded work and the performance of it in concert.
Sunday, May 6:
5th Annual Run the Gauntlet Obstacle: Sunday, May 6, East Rock Park, 41 Cold Spring St., New Haven, 9:00AM-12:00PM, Adults $50, Students $35, Spectators Free, - A spring race in the Denali Gauntlet Race Series. Run the Gauntlet at East Rock Park features a 5K obstacle course with 15-20 man-made and natural obstacles. After the race, participants are invited to enjoy a post-race party with pizza from Old World Pizza Trucks, beer from Thimble Island Brewing Company, and live entertainment. Proceeds from Run the Gauntlet at East Rock Park support The Denali Foundation Scholarship Fund for children attending the New Haven Parks and Recreation ECO Adventure Camp.
9th Annual Girls Just Wanna Run 5k Race: Sunday, May 6, Town of Litchfield, North Shore Road, Litchfield, Registration 10:30AM-11:30AM, Race begins 12:00PM, $35, Free for spectators, -* A 5K race which focuses on health and wellness in girls and women. Walkers, joggers, runners, girls and women of all ages and abilities are welcome to participate. Prizes will be awarded to the Overall First Female Finisher, the first female finisher in each age division and to the Most Glamorous Runner(s).*
The Dance Collective at Hog River Brewing Co.: Sunday, May 6, 1429 Park Street, Hartford, 6:30PM, $25, - The Dance Collective is back at Hog River Brewing Co. on Sunday, May 6th at 6:30pm. We had so much fun last November, we decided to do it again! Keeping the evening casual and cool, come join us and grab a pint while you sit back and enjoy professional contemporary dance performance! The Dance Collective brings you cultural & art performances outside a formal, traditional setting. This performance highlights the work of various female choreographers and dancers from across the United States. A bill consisting of solos, duets, and group performances; dancers will surround the brewery, conveying themes of empowerment, strength, and more. The choreographic artists that will be presenting are Dot Armstrong, Emory Campbell, Meghan Dodd, Fran Fuller, Alice Halter, Sheila Huggins, Rosanna Karabetsos, Betsy McMillan, and Kirsten Schranze. Your ticket comes with 1 free drink.
TYLER BRYANT & THE SHAKEDOWN: Sunday, May 6, Webster Theater Underground, 7:00PM, $13-15, - After relocating to Nashville at the age of 17 from Honey Grove, Texas, Tyler Bryant met drummer Caleb Crosby. After only a week, the two formed "The Shakedown" and began performing as a group with Calvin Webster on bass. Bryant was later introduced to Boston guitarist Graham Whitford (son of Aerosmith's Brad Whitford) and immediately asked Whitford to relocate to Nashville to join the group. Noah Denney was the final addition to the group, cementing the current lineup
It would be cool if NASCAR gave each race a traditional name to go along with its title sponsor. Some tracks already do this, like the Daytona 500, Southern 500, and Brickyard. So I thought, what would each race's traditional name be? Some of these are historically accurate, some I came up with. It was just a fun little exercise.
Folds of Honor QuikTrip Atlanta 500
Nevada 400 presented by Pennzoil
TicketGuardian Arizona 500
Auto Club 400 (Could be California 400 but Auto Club does have the naming rights to the track so I'll give them a pass)
STP Virginia 500
O'Reilly Auto Parts Texas 500
Food City Thunder Valley 500
Toyota Owners Richmond 400
Alabama 500 presented by GEICO
AAA Monster 400 Drive for Autism
KC Masterpiece Sunflower 400
World 600 presented by Coca-Cola (Memorial 600 would be a great name too I think)
History Hikers (New Haven, April 26-Jun 30): New Haven, New Haven Green-Church and Chapel, $25, - Hike through History in New Haven, CT. This walking tour takes you through time around the heart of New Haven with the legend and lore of four centuries.
Bright Star (April 26 - 29): Shubert Theatre, 247 College St., New Haven, Various times, $39-126, -* From Grammy, Emmy and Academy Award-winning Steve Martin and Grammy Award winning Edie Brickell comes Bright Star, the five-time Tony-nominated new Broadway musical. Inspired by a real event, this original musical tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American south in the 1920s and 1940s. Propelled by an ensemble of onstage musicians and dancers, the story unfolds as rich tapestry of deep emotion, beautiful melodies and powerfully moving performances.*
KISS (April 27 - May 19): Yale Repertory Theatre, University Theatre, 1120 Chapel Street, New Haven, Various times, $30-90, -* A standing double date in Damascus quickly escalates into farce as four friends unburden their hearts and reveal their secret passions. But as civil war wages outside, nothing is really what it seems to be. Kiss is a politically charged and emotionally resonant exploration of what gets lost in translation: the unfathomable human toll of a nation in chaos.*
John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous: Friday, April 27, Grand Theater, Foxwoods Casino, Mashantucket, 8:00PM, & 11:00PM, $40-55, - JOHN MULANEY is an Emmy Award winning writer and comedian. He most recently starred in the Broadway hit, “Oh, Hello on Broadway” alongside Nick Kroll. In 2015 Mulaney released his 3rd hour stand up special a Netflix Original titled THE COMEBACK KID which the AV Club called his best hour of his career. He began his career in New York’s East Village and has since toured around the world. In 2008, he began writing at Saturday Night Live where he appeared as a Weekend Update correspondent and co-created characters such as Stefon with Bill Hader. He currently writes for IFC’s Documentary Now and for Netflix’s Big Mouth on which he voices the character of Andrew. Mulaney’s first comedy album, The Top Part, was released in 2009. He released his second Comedy Central special and album New In Town in 2012, and upon review Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly hailed Mulaney as one of the best stand-up comics alive.
Let's Have a Kiki: Winter is Ova!: Friday, April 27, Partners Cafe, 365 Crown St, New Haven, No Cover, - Join us at Partners Cafe for this months' glorious show, incredible performances, fabulous drinks, and plenty of sexy guys and girls to flirt with. All hosted by one of your favourite New Haven girls Kiki Lucia! With performances by: Lotus - qween Pastiche Benson Hazel Berry AND A SURPRISE SPECIAL GUEST making her return, Cocktails at 10:30 p.m. Shows at Midnight and 1:00 a.m.| 21+ Drink Specials till 11:00 p.m.
WHO'S BAD: THE WORLD'S ONLY SANCTIONED TRIBUTE TO MICHAEL JACKSON: Infinity Music Hall Hartford, 32 Front St, Hartford, 8:30PM, $34-49, - The World’s #1 Michael Jackson Tribute, and the only one sanctioned by his family and friends, Who’s Bad is coming back to Hartford!! The King of Pop left an enormous catalog of anthems and chart-topping hits, as well as the cherished memories of his innovated performances, and nobody, but nobody delivers a more powerful tribute. This is a must see concert experience!!
Moments & Minutes Festival: Friday, April 27, Longwharf Theater, New Haven, 222 Sargent St., New Haven, 7:00PM, Free, - Long Wharf Theatre wrestly with big ideas, both on its stages and through its educational program. A great example of the theater's impact can be found through the 4th annual Moments & Minutes Festival, an evening of student created work. For the past four years, the Education department has posed a question inspired by the season's themes and invited students in grades K-12 to respond by writing poems, raps, monologues, or other performance pieces. This year students were invited to reflect on what it means to truly be seen and to see others. Over 80 students submitted original pieces for consideration. A small group was selected to perform as part of the festival.
Matt & Kim: Friday, April 27, College Street Music Hall, 238 College St, New Haven, 7:00PM, $25-30, - Matt and Kim, the duo known for infectious, beat-driven anthems and explosive live shows, are back with their sixth studio album ALMOST EVERYDAY, due out this spring on FADER Label. Work on the new music began soon after Kim suffered a torn ACL while performing on stage at Mexico’s Vaiven Festival in 2017. The year-long break from touring allowed Matt and Kim the time to focus on songwriting and complete this album, which is one of the band’s most personal releases to date.
Saturday, April 28:
109th Annual Connecticut Sheep, Wool, & Fiber Festival: Saturday, April 28, Tolland Agricultural Center, 24 Hyde Ave., Route 30, Vernon, 9:00AM-4:00PM, $5 Parking, - Events include ongoing demonstrations and featuring fiber of all types, fiber tools, dyes, finished goods, soaps, herbals, local Connecticut cheese, and a variety of other quality items produced by small farms and businesses. This festival began in 1909 by the Connecticut Sheep Breeders Association as a program "to promote the keeping of sheep in Connecticut," and has evolved and expanded into a premier sheep and fiber festival. The even is a delightful agricultural and learning experience for the general public as well as shepherds and fiber enthusiasts.
Harry Potter Pop-Up Festival: Saturday, April 28, Lyric Hall Theater, 827 Whalley Avenue, New Haven, 12:00PM, Free-$15, -* Inside are all manner of magical wares, creative, handmade items touching your whimsy and delighting your childlike sense of wonder. Musicians strum their original wizard rock tunes in the other room to a gathering of wizard people. Day turns into night, and anticipation builds for a rocking concert from touring wizard rockers from all over the country. The butterbeer is pouring, friendly faces abound, and the night ends in a dance explosion that you’ll remember for a long time to come….*
Sleeping Beauty: Saturday, April 28, Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, Westport, 1:00PM, & 4:00PM, $45, - Ballet Etudes Company is proud to celebrate its 30th anniversary with two performances of its magnificent production of Sleeping Beauty.
Anthony Jeselnik: Funny Games: Saturday, April 28, Fox Theater, Foxwoods Casino, Mashantucket, 8:00PM, $35, - Anthony Jeselnik is a stand-up comedian from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Anthony starred in and created THE JESELNIK OFFENSIVE, which ran for two seasons on Comedy Central. Anthony has written for and appeared on several roasts for Comedy Central, most notably THE ROAST OF DONALD TRUMP and THE ROAST OF CHARLIE SHEEN. Anthony has performed on CONAN, THE TONIGHT SHOW, JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE and was the first ever stand-up comic to appear on LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON. He has also written for LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON and received an Emmy Nomination for his work on A NIGHT OF TOO MANY STARS: AN OVERBOOKED CONCERT FOR AUTISM EDUCATION. Anthony was named one of Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch in 2008 and one of Comedy Central’s Hot Comics in 2009. In 2010, Anthony released his debut comedy album, SHAKESPEARE, through Comedy Central Records. In 2013, he released CALIGULA, his first hour long special, to critical acclaim. Anthony hosted season nine of NBC’s LAST COMIC STANDING alongside judges Norm Macdonald, Roseanne Barr and Keenen Ivory Wayans. Anthony received praise for his hour long special THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS, which was released by Netflix in 2015.
Sunday, April 29:
5th Annual Thread City Hop Fest: Sunday, April 29, Town of Windham, Jillson Square, 645 Main St., Willimantic, 1:00PM-5:00PM, $10-50, - Attendees will enjoy samples from more than 45 breweries from throughout New England. The Thread City Hop Fest is organized by the Willimantic Brewing Company on behalf of Willimantic Renaissance, Inc. Proceeds from the Hop Fest benefit The No Freeze Project, Willimantic Renaissance, Inc. Vulturetown Arts, Windham Area Interfaith Ministry, Covenant Soup Kitchen, Horizons - Camp Horizons, and The Mill Museum.The Hop Fest is rain or shine. Buy tickets online or at Willibrew (967 Main Street, Willimantic)
STEEL PANTHER SUNSET STRIP LIVE: Sunday, April 29, Webster Theater, 31 Webster St., Hartford, 8:00PM, $25-30, - Hair / Glam Metal (Heavy Metal) band formed Los Angeles, CA The band has formerly been known as Danger Kitty, Metal Shop and Metal Skool. Line-up: Michael Starr (Ralph Saenz) - singer Satchel (Russ Parrish) - lead guitar Lexxi Foxxx (Travis Haley) - bass Stix Zadinia (Darren Leader) - drums
Guided 90 Minute Tour of Lockwood-Matthews Mansion Museum (April 13-15): Saturday, April 14, Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, 295 West Avenue, Norwalk, $0-20, - Enjoy a memorable experience at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum on the Extended Tour. At 90 minutes, the Extended Tour includes the majestic first floor of the Mansion and the award-winning Servants’ Quarters in addition to the Mansion’s second floor bedroom suites and family room.
Rent 20th Anniversary Tour @ Palace Theater (April 13-15): 100 East Main Street, Waterbury, Different times depending on days, $57.50-97.50 - In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway…and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert: (April 13-15) Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, 166 Capitol Ave., Hartford, $65.50-95.50 - Audiences will be able to relive the magical adventure of Harry Potter’s second year at school like never before. This concert features Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in high-definition while The Hartford Symphony performs John Williams’ otherworldly score. Experience the wonder of talking spiders, scolding letters, and giant snakes all over again!
Grit 'n Wit: Friday, April 13, University of Bridgeport, 126 Park Ave., Bridgeport, 1:30PM, - Grit 'N Wit is New England's first mental and physical obstacle course. The course runs on the back field where you will take on 16 different physical and mental obstacles together.
Buckethead: Friday, April 13. $35, 7:00PM, Fairfield Theatre
The Piano Guys: Friday, April 13. $20-65, 8:00PM, Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, Storrs
Saturday, April 14th:
Vintage Collectors & Antiques Aficionados, Tags & Treasures Sale (April 14-15): Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, 211 Main St., Wethersfield, 9:00AM-3:00PM, Adults $6, Children $3, - Collectors of vintage oddities, artifacts and antiques will be rummaging for this year’s hottest collectibles. For more than 40 years, this sale has been organized by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in The State of Connecticut. The bi-annual event features hundreds of household items, including furniture, vintage pieces, and historic estate items from some of Connecticut’s oldest families. Other treasures at this year’s sale: glass, sterling silver, china, linens, fine jewelry and books, all donated by the Colonial Dames, who maintain the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum. On Sunday, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., attendees may fill a bag for a small price.
Community Yard Sale (April 14-15): Griswold Parks and Recreation, Veterans' Memorial Park, 68 Ashland St., Jewett City, 7:00AM-3:00PM, - Looking for bargains? There's bound to plenty at our Community Yard Sale! And if you come with your children or grandchildren on April 14th, they can participate in our massive egg hunt.
CT Piecemakers Spring Quilt Show (April 14-15): Wyndham Southbury, 1284 Strongtown Rd., Southport, Various times, Free, -* A judged quilt show, bursting with traditional and artistic quilts. Enjoy the quilts, shop the vendors and participate in the* raffle.
35th Annual CT Cactus and Succulent Society Show & Sale (April 14-15): Bristol Senior Community Center, 240 Stafford Ave., Bristol, Various times, Free, - The Connecticut Cactus and Succulent Society celebrates its 35th annual Cactus and Succulent Show and Sale. This is one of the largest show of its kind in the East, with over one thousand visitors each year. The judged show has more than 100 categories with over 500 entries. In addition, there will be at least 15 vendors with a huge selection of cactus and succulent plants, pots, soils, and books. A free plants will be given to the first 50 families entering the show on both days. There will also be a series of free lectures (a schedule of lectures will be posted on the below website) and auctions of larger plants.
Eggtopia & Griswold Community Yard Sale: Saturday, April 14, Griswold Parks and Recreation, Veterans Memorial Park, 68 Ashland St., Griswold, 11:00AM-12:30PM, - Easter egg hunt of over 6,000 eggs; meet the Easter Bunny, have your face painted, and color and make egg decorations.
Suds of the Season - A Limited Release Beer Fest: Saturday, April 14, SportsCenter of CT, 784 River Rd., Shelton, 12:00PM-4:00PM, $10 (designated driver)-45, - Every pass includes a pass to the sports center, This beer festival features limited release and seasonal beers from craft breweries in Connecticut, New England (and beyond) as well as national brewers. To add to the festivities we will feature food trucks, vendors, and one of Connecticut's most popular cover band, The Rum Runners, where the party never ends.
AIDS Walk New Haven: Saturday, April 14, 250 Temple St, New Haven, 10:30AM-1:30PM, - AIDS Walk New Haven is a 5K walk to raise money to provide support services to individuals and families infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in the greater New Haven community. Our goals are to raise money, increase public awareness, promote prevention through advocacy, and unite the Yale-New Haven community against stigma, apathy and infection.
Sunday, April 15
How I Became a Pirate: Sunday, April 15, Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, Westport, 1:00PM, & 4:00PM, $20, - A rollicking musical adventure about young Jeremy Jacob who joins Captain Braid Beard's band of comical pirates on a quest for the perfect spot to bury their treasure. While Jeremy finds fun and adventure on the high seas, he soon learns that home and family are treasures that can't be found on any map. Based on the bestselling book by Melinda Long and produced by Dallas Children's Theatre, the musical is recommended for grades K through 5.
The Mallet Bros. Band (With Special Guest Jon Fishman from PHISH): Infinity Music Hall, 20 Greenwoods Rd W, Norfolk, 7:30PM, $24-44, The Mallett Brothers Band will be joined by Jon Fishman of Phish for 2 weeks of their 2018 spring tour. This tour marks the first extended series of dates with the Phish drummer and the fourth overall appearance with the band. Fishman will be playing a 2nd Drum kit during the sets comprised mostly of The Mallett Brothers Band original music
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