7-DAY ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT FORECAST
Wed 05/15 – Tue 05/21
**We apologize, but given other projects currently in progress, there will be no 7-Day A&E Forecast for May 21st. We will return with a fresh new look on Tuesday May 28th**
CELEBRATE CULTURE IN AND AROUND HARTFORD
Take pART in the arts in our community with free and low-cost events sure to get your ART beating--all thanks to your generous donations toward our United Arts Campaign. Get your ART beating at these two Arts Week Events:
Sun May 19, 10am, Butler-McCook House & Garden, 396 Main St, Hartford. Get your ART beating at Sunday Strolls. Travel down Main Street in Hartford and view the historic buildings as the tour guide recounts stories about the street’s development over time. Keep an eye out for sites adorned with yarn as part of “Knit-Hit Hartford,” our temporary public art project. $10. $7 w/ Let’s GO Arts! 860-247-8996x11, ctlandmarks.org.
KICK-OFF HAPPY HOUR
Mon May 20, 5pm, The Russian Lady, 191 Ann Uccello St, Hartford. Let’s get the pARTy started! Grab a drink and an app with the Arts Council as you satiate your inner artist by coloring in some sketches of notable Hartford landmarks. Enjoy $4 Taps, Teas and ‘Tinis while you’re there! Free. 860-525-8629, FeelYourArtBeat.com.
When you see [UA] in the heading, it means the organization is supported by the contributions made to the Arts Council's Annual United Arts Campaign.
JACKIE MCLEAN FESTIVAL [UA]
Thu May 16, 5pm. Additional events through Sat May 18, Artists Collective, 1200 Albany Ave, Hartford. Artists Collective kicks off its sixth annual Jackie McLean International Arts Festival Memorial Celebration with an opening reception. This weekend long festival features performances from students from the Artists Collective and the Jackle McLean Institute Hartt School. Check out the website for a complete schedule. Free. 860-527-3205, artistscollective.org.
CREATIVE COCKTAIL HOUR [UA]
Thu May 16, 6pm, Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor St, Hartford. Gather your zanier of friends for an evening of conversation, art and music at Creative Cocktail Hour. This month’s event includes live music by People’s Champs, who mix experimental rock and soul with African and Latin beats. $10. 860-232-1006, realartways.org.
CARAVAGGISM AND THE SHOCK OF THE NEW [UA]
Fri May 17, noon, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 600 Main St, Hartford. Unravel the mind of Caravaggio as Charlene Shang Miller, Docent and Tour Programs Manager, discusses how he distinctly conveyed emotion and narrative in powerful ways, as well as the manner in which his dramatic visual language indelibly influenced his generation and the next. $8-$10. 2-for-1 w/ Let’s GO Arts! 860-278-2670, thewadsworth.org.
HARRY POTTER PARODY [UA]
Fri May 17, 7pm. Additional performances through May 26, The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, 166 Capitol Ave, Hartford. The Olivier Award-nominated Potted Potter – The Unauthorized Harry Experience takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books into seventy hilarious minutes. Even if you don’t know the difference between a horcrux and a Hufflepuff, Potted Potter will make you roar with laughter. $49.75. $15 off w/ Let’s GO Arts (Code: SCIENCE). 860-987-5900, thebushnell.org.
UNDER THE SEA
Fri May 17, 7pm, NCTC Performing Arts Theatre, 743 North Mountain Rd, Newington. Bring your entire family to dive into The Little Mermaid, Jr. The Disney classic features a cast of over thirty area children as they bring some of your favorite characters like Aerial and Sebastian to life on the stage. $10-$15. 860-666-6282, nctcarts.org.
LIFE IS GAY
Fri May 17 & Sat May 18, 8pm, Unitarian Society of Hartford, 50 Bloomfield Ave, Hartford. The Hartford Gay Men’s Chorus presents “Life is Gay,” a tribute to gay poets, composers, icons, idols and anthems through the years. The repertoire includes selections from Copland, Barber, Elton John, Queen and more. $23. 860-527-5151, hartfordstage.org.
Fri May 17, 8pm, Playhouse on Park, 244 Park Rd, West Hartford. Two improv groups battle it out for your uproar at the Connecticut Cage Match Series. In this installment, watch and laugh as Sea Tea Improv and Tick, Tick Boom duke it out in this no holds barred competition to decide which team dominates the funny bone. $10. 860-523-5900x10, playhouseonpark.org.
Sat May 18, 1pm, American Clock & Watch Museum, 100 Maple St, Bristol. Do you have an old clock that you would like to learn more about? Bring it to Clock Identification Day. Clock experts guide you to discover information about your special American-made clock. $10/clock. 860-583-6070, clockandwatchmuseum.org.
WATCH THE WHISKS AND THE BATON FLY [UA]
Sat May 18, 7:30pm, The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, 166 Capitol Ave, Hartford. If spaghetti were a symphony, what would that sound like? Find out with Carolyn Kuan and Hartford’s great chefs at Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s “Playing with Food.” Learn cooking tips, the secrets behind great dishes and the exciting music that inspired them. Bon appétit! $20-$67.50. 2-for-1 adult tickets w/ Let’s GO Arts! 860-244-2999, hartfordsymphony.org.
TWELFTH NIGHT [UA]
Sat May 18, 8pm. Additional performances through Jun 14, Hartford Stage, 50 Church St, Hartford. Shakespeare’s finest comedy is a paean to the restorative power of love. Viola, the shipwrecked heroine, lands on the shore of Illyria and searches for her lost brother disguised as a page. Countess Olivia mourns the loss of her own brother. When the lovely Countess meets Viola, desire banishes grief in this intoxicating comedy. $26.50-$83.50. 2-for-1 from May 18-May 24 w/ Let’s GO Arts! 860-527-5151, hartfordstage.org.
MARVEL AND WONDER
Sat May 18, 8pm & Sun May 19, 2pm, The Newington Town Hall Auditorium, 131 Cedar St, Newington. The girls are back in town! Take a musical trip down memory lane at “The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps & Gowns,” featuring all your favorite hits from the ‘50s and ‘60s. $18-$22. $4 off w/ code “LETSGO” w/ Let’s GO Arts! 860-595-2350, newingtonmainstage.com.
Sun May 19, 3:30pm, United Congregational Church of Tolland, Sanctuary 45, Tolland Green, Tolland. The Merrimack Valley Ringers, an auditioned community handbell ensemble, entertain in the heart of Tolland. Presented by Music on the Green, the Ringer’s members delight audiences with infectious joy, gusto and warmth. A reception follows the event. Free. 860-875-4160, ucctolland.org/musiconthegreen.htm.
Sun May 19, 4pm, Bethany Covenant Church, 785 Mill St, Berlin. The harmonious voices of CONCORA coincide as they present the music of Charles Fussell at “In Delightful Company,” conducted by Nathan Zullinger. A reception follows the event. $25-$45. $22.50-$12.50 w/ Let’s GO Arts! 860-293-0567, concora.org.
LET'S GO ARTS! DISCOUNT PACKAGE OF THE WEEK:
Celebrate culture for less during Aetna Arts Week with your Let’s GO Arts! card. As always, these discounts are our way of saying “Thank you!” for your contribution to our United Arts Campaign.
See Potted Potter before meeting the cast during Aetna Arts Week's Cast Talk on Tues May 21 at 12:30pm. Let’s GO Arts! members receive $15 off (Use Code: SCIENCE).
You Save: ~$15-$30.
Come pARTy with the Arts Council to kick-off Aetna Arts Week at The Russian Lady on Mon May 20 at 5pm. All attendees receive $4 off Taps, Teas and ’Tinis.
You Save: ~$4.
Break into the bard at Twelfth Night before enjoying an open tech rehearsal and discussion of the play on Wed May 23 at noon. Let’s GO Arts! members receive 2-for-1 admission from May 18-24.
You Save: ~$26.50-$83.50.
TOTAL WEEK’S SAVINGS: ~$47-$118!
DON'T STOP HERE!
There are a lot of events we can't fit into the "7 Day A&E Forecast" each week. But there is a place you can find them all: the Arts Council's fully searchable online cultural calendar at LetsGoArts.org/Calendar
It's the region's most comprehensive cultural calendar, with no advertising or log-on procedures—just thousands of performances, exhibitions, sporting events, workshops, galas and other activities. You can search by date, venue, event type, town and keyword. You'll find all the event information you need, plus some helpful links and money-saving ideas.
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