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Night at the Auction - Oxford, CT

Mar 25, 2017 - Mar 25, 2017 Colonial Tavern, 24 Hawley rd Oxford, CT
Night at the Auction is a charity auction to benefit the children of Oxford. Adults have a great night and a little time for themselves, all while raising money for children. Items up for auction include Caribbean vacations, Walt Disney World Tickets, sports memorabilia, local attractions and more.
Time: 6-10 p.m.
Admission: $25 in advance

Children & Families

"Little Red Riding Hood" - Bridgeport, CT

Feb 25, 2017 - Apr 2, 2017 Downtown Cabaret Theatre, 263 Golden Hill Street Bridgeport, CT
Downtown Cabaret Theatre Children’s Company continues its 2016/17 season with "Little Red Riding Hood." It’s a case of mistaken identity in this brand new comedy of errors adaptation of the classic tale. Come along as we travel through the woods to grandmother’s house where we discover fun, excitement and more than a few surprises along the way.
Time: February 25 & 26, noon; March 4, noon; March 5 - April 2, Saturdays & Sundays ONLY, noon and 2:30 p.m.
Telephone: 203-576-1636

Plymouth Maple Festival - Plymouth, CT

Mar 4, 2017 - Mar 4, 2017 Plymouth Green, 10 Park Street Plymouth, CT
Kids will get a chance to tap in the spouts, hang the buckets, and collect sap. Watch maple syrup boiling on an outdoor fire. Sample sugar on snow and maple sugar candy. Fiddling by Down Home Frolic. Crafts for kids at the Plymouth Library. Horse-drawn hay rides from 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Email: plymouth.historical@yahoo.com
Time: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Admission: Free.
Telephone: 860-921-6118

Maple Sugaring Festival - Washington, CT

Mar 4, 2017 - Mar 4, 2017 The Institute for American Indian Studies, 38 Curtis Road Washington, CT
Enjoy pancakes, local maple syrup, coffee and juice and learn how Native Americans traditionally made maple syrup. Learn about the technique of collecting sap and boiling it down into syrup. Connecticut Valley Siberian Husky Club's dog sledding and mushing demonstration from 1-3 p.m. Email: general@iaismuseum.org
Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $15; children, $10
Telephone: 860-868-0518

Maple Sugar Festival Weekend 2017 - Stamford, CT

Mar 4, 2017 - Mar 5, 2017 Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road Stamford, CT
Visit the little red sugar house on Heckscher Farm during the Maple Sugar Festival to see how sap is turned into maple syrup. Learn how trees are tapped, find out how sap is collected, and make a maple-themed craft. There are also demonstrations of how Native Americans of the area made maple sugar using vessels of bark and wood and cooking the sap with the hot-rock method. On Sunday, enjoy the pancake brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Admission: $10 per person; children 3 and younger, free. ThePancake Brunch on Sunday is $6 per person.
Telephone: 203-977-6548

Second Saturdays for Families: "Warrior Women!" - Hartford, CT

Mar 11, 2017 - Mar 11, 2017 Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street Hartford, CT
Celebrate Women's History Month and learn about powerful women in art and history. Create a warrior accessory to wear to the St. Patrick's Day Parade. Museum admission is free during Second Saturdays activities.
Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Admission: Free admission


Stars of American Ballet - New London, CT

Mar 11, 2017 - Mar 11, 2017 The Garde, 325 State Street New London, CT
See a breathtaking performance by a cast of stellar dancers from New York City Ballet, including principals Daniel Ulbricht and Sara Mearns. Stars of American Ballet brings the best dancers to America’s front door. With music by all American composers, the program reflects the brilliance of legendary choreographer George Balanchine, including Stars and Stripes, Tarantella and Who Cares, his exuberant tribute to the music of George Gershwin.  
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $22-$60
Telephone: 860-443-7373


Reenactment of Battle of Ridgefield - Ridgefield, CT

Apr 29, 2017 - Apr 30, 2017 Various locations Ridgefield, CT
Saturday events:
American Encampment at Keeler Tavern. Mingle through the camp of the 5th CT Regiment; see the original cannonball lodged in the Tavern during the battle; enjoy period music, meet artisans. 9 a.m.
British Encampment at Ballard Park. Mingle through the camp of His Majesty’s 54th Regiment of foot, witness live musket ball smelting, drills of the British soldiers, and lifestyles of the encampment. Each soldier will be in full character. 9 a.m.
Meet Benedict Arnold and Sybil Ludington at Keeler Tavern. Meet Benedict Arnold and other notable characters who will share their perspective on the Battle of Ridgefield. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Walking Tours. Free hourly tours will be guided by local historians. Along the way participants will learn about the actual battle, historic homes, churches and other landmarks. 9, 19, 11 a.m.; 3 and 4 p.m.
Colonial Music at the Library. Musicians clad in colonial garb will entertain with period tunes while spectators gather for the beginning of the Battle. 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Black Tie Gala. 6 pm.
Time: All day, see event website


The Trouble Begins at 5:30: Mark Twain as Public Intellectual - Hartford, CT

Mar 2, 2017 - Mar 2, 2017 Mark Twain House & Museum, 351 Farmington Avenue Hartford, CT
Professor Benjamin Railton will speak about Mark Twain's role as a public intellectual. His lecture will examine the ways in which the public Mark Twain, as both humorist and critic, can be used as a lens through which we can view all aspects of our society, both good and bad. Ben Railton is professor of English & American Studies at Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg, MA.This event is presented at no cost, but reservations are highly suggested. Call to reserve tickets.
Time: Reception at 5 p.m.; lecture at 5:30 p.m.
Admission: Free
Telephone: 860-247-0998


Sea Change Exhibit at Mystic Seaport - Mystic, CT

Jan 24, 2017 - Mar 31, 2017 Thompson Exhibition Building at Mystic Seaport, Greenmanville Avenue Mystic, CT
SeaChange exhibit uses large, free-standing abstract structures evocative of sails or icebergs to frame each central artifact.  Interactive technology allows people to peer inside a 1740s English ship model, test the principles of  ship camouflage, and zoom in to see the tiny carved cuts on miniature figureheads. The exhibit is open through fall 2017.
Time: Through March 26, open Thursday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; March 27-October 29, daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Adult, $28.95; seniors over age 64, $26.95; youth ages 4-14, $18.95

Space Expo - Windsor Locks, CT

Apr 1, 2017 - Apr 1, 2017 New England Air Museum, 35 Perimeter Road Windsor Locks, CT
Visitors can try on a space suit, see aerospace exhibitors, meet intergalactic droids, see planetarium shows, fly a Space Shuttle simulator, touch a space rock, participate in science demonstrations, build and launch straw rockets. Special guest is NASA Astronaut Rick Mastracchio.
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $12.50; seniors age 65 and older, $11.50; youth ages 4 to 11, $7


The Temptations and The Four Tops - Torrington, CT

Mar 3, 2017 - Mar 3, 2017 Warner Theatre, 68 Main Street Torrington, CT
The combined repertoire from which these acts can choose is nothing short of staggering. Fans of this music can expect to be treated to some of the best of Motown soul, and to be delighted by its performance. 
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $49.50, $69.50, $79.50
Telephone: 860-489-7180

Jay & The Americans - Ridgefield, CT

Mar 4, 2017 - Mar 4, 2017 The Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Road Ridgefield, CT
With three original band members, Sandy Deanne, Howie Kane, Marty Sanders, and the powerhouse lead of Jay Reincke, the Americans will perform all their hits: “This Magic Moment,“ “Cara Mia,” and more. 
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $50
Telephone: 203-438-5795

Modern Riffs - Middletown, CT

Mar 4, 2017 - Mar 4, 2017 Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center, 605 Main Street Middletown, CT
Straight ahead jazz, in combination with 70’s and 80’s classic rock and funk. The group has four horns, a singer, and a powerhouse rhythm section. Talented high school musicians perform alongside experienced musicians.
Time: 8-10 p.m.
Admission: $5-$10
Telephone: 860-347-4957

Choral Evensong - Southport, CT

Mar 5, 2017 - Mar 5, 2017 Trinity Episcopal Church, 651 Pequot Avenue Southport, CT
The combined choirs of Christ and Holy Trinity Church and Trinity Episcopal Church sing Evensong.
Time: 5 p.m.
Admission: free
Telephone: 203-227-0827

Yale Jazz Ensemble Spring Concert - New Haven, CT

Mar 6, 2017 - Mar 6, 2017 470 College Street New Haven, CT
The concert features the premiere of the Yale Jazz Ensemble’s latest commission, "Dale Pa’lante" -- a contemporary Latin jazz stunner by New Haven bassist Jeff Fuller. Hear big band blues, straight-ahead swing, jazz ballads and soulful post-bop music.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: Free
Telephone: 203-432-4111

"We Banjo 3" - Hartford, CT

Mar 8, 2017 - Mar 8, 2017 Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street Hartford, CT
From Galway, Ireland, the band--composed of two sets of brothers--plays a blend of traditional Irish music, old time, and bluegrass music that they call Celt Grass. Cash bar opens at 6:30 p.m. Tickets available at thewadsworth.org.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $30

The Kennedy Center's Magic Moments LIVE! - Fairfield, CT

Mar 18, 2017 - Mar 18, 2017 The Quick Center for the Arts, 1073 North Benson Road Fairfield, CT
The evening will feature a concert by renowned musicians and performers: Steve Scales, formerly with The Talking Heads; Grammy nominated Nona Hendryx, formerly with Labelle and Talking Heads;Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz of the Tom Tom Club. 

Mix and Mingle with open bar and food at 6:30P.M.; Concert in Kelley Theatre AT 8 P.M.; Black Box After Party with dessert, drinks, and meet and greet with the band, 10 p.m. Proceeds benefit The Kennedy Center's Autism Project. 

Time: 6:30-11:00pm
Admission: $40 for concert; $125 for entire event

My Fair Lady in Concert - Shelton, CT

Mar 19, 2017 - Mar 19, 2017 Shelton High School, 120 Meadow Street, Shelton, CT Shelton, CT
I could have danced all night! The NHSO performs its first musical, Lerner and Lowe’s My Fair Lady, with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra onstage. Enjoy “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly,” “On the Street Where You Live,” “I’m Getting Married in the Morning,” in this concertized production.
Time: 3-5 p.m.
Admission: $35 or $49

Buddy Guy - Ridgefield, CT

Apr 25, 2017 - Apr 25, 2017 Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Road Ridgefield, CT
is a living blues legend. At age 80, Buddy Guy is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a major influence on rock titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, a pioneer of Chicago’s fabled West Side sound, and a living link to that city’s halcyon days of electric blues.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: Orchestra, $110; mezzanine and balcony, $95
Telephone: 203-438-5795


St. Patrick's Day Parade 2017 - Stamford, CT

Mar 4, 2017 - Mar 4, 2017 Summer and North streets Stamford, CT
Parade features more than 80 marching units from the tri-state area. A celebration of Irish history and culture, the parade is an annual treat. Email: stamfordspdp@gmail.com
Time: Begins at noon.

St. Patrick's Parade & Festival - Norwich, CT

Mar 5, 2017 - Mar 5, 2017 Downtown and Main Street Norwich, CT
Parade kicks off at 1 p.m. After the parade join the street festival on Main Street with live music, food trucks, beer, face painting, balloon animals and crafts. Email: norwichstpatricksdayparade@gmail.com
Time: 1-4 p.m.
Telephone: 860-887-6964

Greater Hartford St. Patrick's Day Parade - Hartford, CT

Mar 11, 2017 - Mar 11, 2017 Capitol Avenue to Bushnell Park Hartford, CT
Traditionally this event brings together many different communities from the Greater Hartford area to celebrate the Celtic culture. Email: info@irishamericanparade.com
Time: 11 a.m.

Essex Go Bragh Parade - Essex, CT

Mar 11, 2017 - Mar 11, 2017 Essex Main Street and 29 West Avenue Essex, CT
A great day for a horse drawn wagon ride, face painting, music and more at the annual Essex Go Bragh Irish Parade. The parade begins at the Essex Town Hall at 10:30 a.m. Decorate your car, bike or tractor and come march. Email: recreation@essexct.gov
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Telephone: 860-767-4340

St. Patrick's Day Parade - New London, CT

Mar 12, 2017 - Mar 12, 2017 Main Street New London, CT
Join in the celebration by wearing green. Email: stpatricksnewlondon@gmail.com
Time: 1 p.m.
Telephone: 860-443-3786

St. Patrick's Day Parade 2017 - New Haven, CT

Mar 12, 2017 - Mar 12, 2017 Downtown New Haven New Haven, CT
The Parade route travels Southeast on Chapel Street, to the end of the Green, where it turns left onto Church Street. It follows Church Street to Grove Street, where it turns right, and end at Orange Street. The Parade Route is 1.5 miles.
Time: 1:30 p.m.

Mystic Irish Parade - Mystic, CT

Mar 19, 2017 - Mar 19, 2017 Starts on Greenmanville Avenue near Mystic Seaport Mystic, CT
The Mystic Irish Parade Starts on Greenmanville Avenue near Mystic Seaport and marches into the downtown. Downtown parking can be found at the Mystic Arts Center Parking lot, 9 Water Street, where the parade ends. Many more smaller parking lots can be found along the parade route or on the many side streets along the Route.
Time: Parade kicks off at 1 p.m.

Performing Arts, Theater, Dance

Shanghai Acrobats: The New Shanghai Circus - Ridgefield, CT

Mar 3, 2017 - Mar 3, 2017 Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Road Ridgefield, CT 06877
In acts that often trace their origin to the harvest festivals of more than 2,000 years ago, this youthful and graceful company enthralls audiences with a range of demanding performances, most of them typifying Chinese circus and constituting a refreshing alternative to the Western tradition. 
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $40; children, $30

Urban Bush Women: Walking with ’Trane - Middletown, CT

Mar 3, 2017 - Mar 3, 2017 CFA Theater at Wesleyan University, CFA Theater is 271 Washington Terrace Middletown, CT
Urban Bush Women performs Walking with 'Trane (2015), an ethereal investigation conjuring the essence of John Coltrane, inspired by the musical life and spiritual journey of the famed jazz saxophonist.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $28; seniors, $26; Wesleyan students, youth under 18, $6

Riverdance: The 20th Anniversary World Tour - New Haven, CT

Mar 3, 2017 - Mar 5, 2017 Shubert Theatre, 247 College St. New Haven, CT
Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day. Of all the performances to emerge from Ireland none has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance.
Time: Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Admission: Call for ticket information.
Telephone: 203-562-5666

Cirque Du Soleil- Toruk - Hartford, CT

Mar 15, 2017 - Mar 19, 2017 XL Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza Hartford, CT
Inspired by James Cameron’s Avatar, Cirque du Soleil transports you to the world of Pandora in a visually stunning live setting. Experience a storytelling odyssey through a new world of imagination, discovery and possibility.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website

Shen Yun – Experience a Divine Culture - Waterbury, CT

Mar 18, 2017 - Mar 19, 2017 Palace Theater, 100 East Main Street Waterbury, CT
Shen Yun dance combines ancient legends with technological innovations, and historically authentic costumes with breathtaking animated backdrops. Chinese dance does the storytelling. With an enchanting orchestral sound, this is a mesmerizing experience.
Time: Saturday, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2:30 p.m.
Admission: $70-$125
Telephone: 888-974-3698

Science & Nature

Land-Based Eagle Watches on the Connecticut River - Madison, CT

Feb 4, 2017 - Mar 4, 2017 The Audubon Shop, 907 Boston Post Road Madison, CT
Winter brings dozens of Bald Eagles down the Connecticut River. In recent years, over 50 eagles have wintered on the lower Connecticut River. Participants will either meet at The Audubon Shop at 7:45 a.m. or at the first location on the river at 8:30 a.m. Then carpool with Jerry Connolly of The Audubon Shop to five viewing spots along the river. (This is not a boat trip). Call for tickets and information.
Time: Various departure times from 7:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Admission: $25
Telephone: 203-245-9056


Story City Troupe - Middletown, CT

Mar 3, 2017 - Mar 3, 2017 Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center, 605 Main Street Middletown, CT
Story City is a troupe of storytellers based in the Hartford, CT area and trained by Matt Dicks, one of The Moth’s champion storytellers. Story City Troupe uses The Moth Formula: all are true, personal stories, often funny, sometimes amazing, poignant or ironic and based on a single theme for the evening. 
Time: 8-10 p.m.
Admission: $10
Telephone: 860-347-4957


"Peter and the Starcatcher" - New Milford, CT

Feb 17, 2017 - Mar 11, 2017 TheatreWorks New Milford, 5 Brookside Avenue New Milford, CT
This musical play is billed as a grownup's prequel to Peter Pan and is based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlike heros, “Peter and the Starcatcher” explores the bonds of friendship, duty and love. 860-350-6863
Time: Friday and Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday matinee (March 5) 2 p.m.
Admission: $28

Festival of Women’s Plays - Ivoryton, CT

Mar 3, 2017 - Mar 4, 2017 Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street Ivoryton, CT
Two evenings of staged readings will take place on March 3 and March 4.
March 3 – “Guenevere” --Guenevere and Arthur are teenagers and best friends. What will be the outcome when they confront with Excalibur? “Apple Season” -- To make arrangements for her father’s funeral, Lissie returns to the family farm she and her brother fled 26 years earlier. 7 p.m.
March 4 – “Buck Naked” -- Two daughters are thrown into a tizzy when they discover their 60-year-old mother has decided to spice up life by tending her back yard garden in the nude. “Intake” -- An arrogant young psychiatrist meets an 80-year-old woman and comes to realize how doctor and patient learn about life, love, and hope.
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $20; seniors, $15; students, $10
Telephone: 860-767-7318

"Jesus Christ Superstar" - The Rock Opera - Ridgefield, CT

Mar 25, 2017 - Mar 25, 2017 The Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Road Ridgefield, CT
A global phenomenon that has wowed audiences for over 40 years, "Jesus Christ Superstar" is a timeless musical set against the backdrop of an extraordinary and universally known series of events. This special event features a cast of Broadway stars alongside Broadway’s finest rock band. Two shows only! 
Time: 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Admission: $75
Telephone: 203-438-5795