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Wednesday July 31 - Tuesday August 6

Welcome to the 7-Day, your weekly resource for great cultural happenings throughout Greater Hartford. Click on the red date boxes to jump to the events occurring on that day. To see a more complete list of artsy activities this week, check out our online calendar

        

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.

NEIGHBORHOOD STUDIOS SHOWCASES
When: Wed Jul 31 – Thu Aug 15

Where: Arts Organizations throughout Hartford

Neighborhood Studios develops emerging artists and teaches teens the value of creativity and fundamental career skills they need to succeed in today’s workforce. See the one-of-a-kind work created by student apprentices over six weeks of hands-on professional arts training.

Free-$5. 860-525-8629, LetsGoArts.org/NeighborhoodStudios.

           

SUMMER IN THE CITY: WEDNESDAY BLUES
When: Wed Jul 31, noon

Where: Hartford Public Library, 500 Main St, Hartford

Chris D'Amato, aka Smokin' Opey, adds some blues to your lunch in the center of Hartford. Equally adept in acoustic or electric band settings, Amato performs a variety of blues for your enjoyment, from electric swing to Chicago blues and more.

Free. 860-695-6300, hplct.org

SWEET HARLEM SUITE [UA]
When: Wed Jul 31, 6:30pm

Where: Artists Collective, 1200 Albany Ave, Hartford

Teen apprentices from the Arts Council’s Neighborhood Studios program, Youth Jazz Orchestra, perform selections from the Harlem Renaissance.

Free. 860-527-3205, artistscollective.org

           

COMMUNITY MURAL RESCHEDULED [UA]
When: Thu Aug 1, 10am

Where: Connecticut’s Old State House, 800 Main St, Hartford

Help create a masterpiece outside the Old State House. Tao LaBossiere designs a line drawing on the bricks in the front of the building and the public is invited to help color it in. Paintbrushes/pain provided.

Free. 860-522-6766, ctoldstatehouse.org

 

FIRST THURSDAY: EMANCIPATION! CARIBBEAN BLOCK PARTY [UA]
When: Thu Aug 1, 5pm

Where: Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main St, Hartford

Enjoy reggae music by Anthem band, dancing by The Cultural Dance Troupe of the West Indies, Caribbean vendors and more. The night also presents Free Style!, photography by the Arts Council’s Neighborhood Studios program at The Amistad Center for Art & Culture.

$5. 860-278-2670, thewadsworth.org

1950S SOCK HOP
When: Thu Aug 1, 6pm

Where: Main Street in Downtown Manchester

Step out in your 1950’s attire and enjoy a vintage Sock Hop as part of Imagine Main Street’s August First Thursday Happenings. Continue down Main Street to Center Park where you can also enjoy the Beller’s Music Summer concert series. 

Free. 860-512-3000, imaginemainstreet.com

SEUSSIFICATION OF A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
When: Thu Aug 1 & Fri Aug 2, 7pm

Where: Classical Magnet School, 85 Woodland St, Hartford

The Bard's most beloved comedy gets the full Seuss treatment in this playful adaptation. Two madcap Narrators chronicle the tale of the mixed-up lovers as they wander through a forest full of whoosh bush tush beasts and fairies dueling with bumballoon swords.

$10. 860-527-5151, hartfordstage.org

           

FIRST FRIDAY FAMILY FESTIVAL
When: Fri Aug 2, 5pm

Where: Imagine Nation Museum, 1 Pleasant St, Bristol

The 8th Annual Touch-a-Truck Festival is a fun-filled family event where children can enjoy the evening exploring trucks of all shapes and size. 

$7. 860-314-1400, imaginemuseum.org

FIRST FRIDAY [UA]
When: Fri Aug 2, 5:30pm

Where: New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St, New Britain

Cool down at Hot Summer in the City, featuring “The Art of Tiffany: Gift of Verse,” original poems motivated by the themes of light, color, and nature as seen in works of Louis Comfort Tiffany. Explore the open galleries while enjoying drinks and snacks and music by the Carol August Reminisce Jazz Combo.

$15. 860-229-0257, nbmaa.org

24-HOUR PLAY FESTIVAL
When: Fri Aug 2, 8pm. Performances: Sat Aug 3, 8pm

Where: Playhouse on Park, 244 Park Rd, West Hartford

If you love theatre and love the rush of working hard in a short period of time, there is no better place for you than this festival. Participants camp out at the theater overnight to put together a one-act play to be performed the following night.

To Participate: Free; Performances: $10. 860-523-5900x10, playhouseonpark.org

LIVE ON MAIN: JEN LOWE
When: Fri Aug 2, 8pm

Where: MCC on Main, 903 Main St, Manchester

Armed with a beaten-up backpack stuffed with sentimental keep-sakes of a woman both beloved and scorned, Jen Lowe performs an assortment of instruments from djembe to guitar in the Dehn Gallery. Wine and beer available from bin228.

$5. $2.50 w/ Let’s GO Arts! 860-647-6030, manchestercc.edu/mcc-on-main

           

FAMILY PROGRAM: DECORATE YOUR OWN BANDAGES
When: Sat Aug 3, 10am

Where: Connecticut Historical Society,1 Elizabeth St, Hartford

Kids explore the "This Won't Hurt a Bit! A History of Pain Relief" exhibit, which unravels how CT residents and companies help people manage their pain, and then make their own set of fashion fabric adhesive bandages.

Free. 860-236-5621x222, chs.org

TASTE OF THE CARIBBEAN & JERK FESTIVAL
When: Sat Aug 3, 1pm

Where: Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, 300 Columbus Blvd, Hartford

Authentic Caribbean cuisine, cool island beverages, spectacular costumes and dance, and island rhythms bring a festive Caribbean atmosphere to downtown Hartford. 

Free. 860-713-3131, riverfront.org

WHITE NIGHT BRISTOL
When: Sat Aug 3, 6pm

Where: A Secret Location in Bristol

Wear white to celebration art, culture, music and food in the heart of Bristol. Join the Facebook page to see the secret location revealed the day of the event.

Free. facebook.com/whitenightbristol

BIG AL ANDERSON
When: Sat Aug 3, 7pm

Where: SS&C SummerWind Performing Arts Center, 40 Griffin Rd North, Windsor

Over his three decade career, Big Al's prolific songwriting and innovative arrangements have produced upbeat country hits that many artists have consistently recorded. 

$15-$25. $11-$15 w/ Let’s GO Arts! 800-317-7140x1, sscsummerwind.org

           

HARTFORD JAZZ SOCIETY’S MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ [UA]
When: Mon Jul 22, 6pm
Where: Bushnell Park, Hartford

Sponsored by Prudential Financial, the nation’s oldest free, continuously-run jazz concert series, returns for its 46thconsecutive season. Opening Act: Orice Jenkins Septet; Headliner: Will Calhoun Trio.

Free. hartfordmondaynightjazz.com

           

WORLD SOUNDS IN THE GARDEN
When: Tue Aug 6, 6pm

Where: Butler-McCook House & Garden,396 Main St,Hartford

Bring your chair and picnic dinner to sample the sounds of our globe on the grounds of the historic Butler-McCook House, featuring the Brandee Younger Jazz Harp Trio.

Free. 860-522-1806, ctlandmarks.org

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The 7-Day Arts & Entertainment Forecast is produced by the Greater Hartford Arts Council. For more information about arts, events and entertainment throughout the Greater Hartford Area, stop by the Greater Hartford Welcome Center, 100 Pearl Street, call 860-244-0253, or check us out online at LetsGoArts.org.

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