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Events Calendar 2018

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Art Shows

Art After Dark at Mystic Art Museum

May 15, 2018 - Aug 14, 2018 Mystic Art Museum, 9 Water Street Mystic, CT

Art After Dark presents fine art, music, and children’s activities on the MMoA patio.
May 15 -- Music by The Troublemakers and live art by Liz Lomax
July 17 -- Music by the Carleans; live art Lief Nilsson
August 14 -- Music by Green Tea; live art by Russ Kramer

Westport Fine Arts Festival 2018

Jul 14, 2018 - Jul 15, 2018 Main Street Westport, CT

The Westport Fine Arts Festival presents top-caliber national and international fine artists across 10 categories and includes 170 juried artists. The festival will feature artist demonstrations, and a Create area for all-age art activities. Respite areas offer places to relax and enjoy edibles and drinks. Live entertainment will brighten the day, The Westport Library's Book Sale happens adjacent to the festival.

Children & Families

Open Cockpit Day - Windsor Locks, CT

Jun 17, 2018 - Jun 17, 2018 New England Air Museum, 35 Perimeter Road Windsor Locks, CT

Special activities include climb aboard experiences in historic aircraft; flight simulators; hands-on Build & Fly Challenges, and much more! A variety of aircraft will be open for visitors including the WWII era Republic P-47D. Food and beverage will be available for purchase (cash only), and all activities are included with museum admission.

Midsummer's Fairy Tea Party

Jun 22, 2018 - Jun 22, 2018 Roseland Cottage, 556 Route 169 Woodstock, CT

Join us for a special Fairy Tea Party on Midsummer's Eve, when Victorian children believed the Fairy Realm held its annual merriments. After tea, stroll around the garden, where little fairies have left traces of their revelry. Make your own fairy garden in a teacup or other container you have brought. Advance tickets required.

Classes

Visual Arts Workshops at Hollister House Garden

May 23, 2018 - Jun 23, 2018 Hollister House Garden, 300 Nettleton Hollow Road Washington, CT

These popular, artist-led classes are being expanded from last year’s offerings because of their popularity. Detailed information including dates, times and reservation options for each workshop can be found on the garden website. Email: office@hollisterhousegarden.org
A Garden Sketchbook: Using Graphite Pencil with botanical artist Carol Ann Morley. June 11-12.
A Garden Sketchbook: The Colors of June with botanical artist Carol Ann Morley. June 13-14.
Introduction to Botanical Watercolor with Betsy Rogers-Knox. July 19-20.
The Camera as a Garden Tool with Rich Pomerantz. August 10-11.
Plein Air Painting in the Garden on July 11, 18, and July 25. Reservations are required by calling the office at 860-868-2200.

Comedy

Mark My Words: An Evening with Larry Wilmore

Jun 6, 2018 - Jun 6, 2018 Immanuel Congregational Church Hartford, CT

Emmy Award winner Larry Wilmore, host of Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air and former host of Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, brings his unique mix of humor and wit as he weighs in on the issues of the day

Historic

Revolutionary War Encampment 2018

May 26, 2018 - May 26, 2018 Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, 211 Main Street Wethersfield, CT

Meet the 5th Connecticut Regiment in full colonial dress and see demonstrations of 18th-century medicine, open-fire cookery, camp life, marching and musket firing and music. At 1 p.m. there will be a skirmish with a band of British redcoats. Children are invited to learn to march and perform drills with wooden muskets. This event begins after the Wethersfield Memorial Day parade.

Home & Studio Tours

Historic & Farms Open House Day 2018 at Roseland Cottage

Jun 2, 2018 - Jun 2, 2018 Roseland Cottage, 556 Route 169 Woodstock, CT

From Maine to Rhode Island, learn about the people who lived in stone-enders, urban mansions, rural estates, and working farms during free guided tours at Historic New England’s house museums. Roseland Cottage in Connecticut is open this day.

Museums

Exhibit: Tails of Twain: How Animals Shaped the Man and His Work

Mar 22, 2018 - Jun 22, 2018 Mark Twain House & Museum, 351 Farmington Avenue Hartford, CT

Mark Twain’s affection for all creatures, whether they had paws or claws, wings or whiskers, was one that he shared with his readers. The exhibition is rich with items from the museum’s collections, including the Clemens family’s horse-drawn sleigh, a book called "The Rubaiyat of a Persian Kitten," an extraordinary drawing of a dachshund going around a corner drawn by Twain; a cement lion’s head from Twain’s final home ; and many other rarely displayed treasures. The exhibit is on display through January 21, 2019.

Music

Irish Poetry & Music at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival

May 27, 2018 - May 27, 2018 35 Mountain Road Farmington, CT

Featuring Eamon Grennon with David McLoghlin; music by Daymark; Irish Step Dancing by Scoil Rince Luimni. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating in and around the garden. Food, wine and other beverages may also be purchased on site from gourmet food vendors. 

Connecticut House Music Festival

May 27, 2018 - May 27, 2018 Bushnell Park, Jewell Street Hartford, CT

Head to Bushnell Park in Hartford and celebrate Memorial Day Weekend with DJs from around Connecticut and surrounding areas. You can find the full list of musical performers on the event website.

A Night With Janis Joplin

May 30, 2018 - Jun 24, 2018 Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street Ivoryton, CT

Come spend an evening with the Queen of Rock and Roll and hear unforgettable songs like “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Piece of My Heart,” “Mercedes Benz,” “Cry Baby” and “Summertime.” A night with Janis Joplin is a musical journey celebrating Janis and her biggest musical influences—Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith.

Festival of Arts & Ideas 2018 Concerts on the New Haven Green

Jun 9, 2018 - Jun 17, 2018 New Haven Green. Chapel, Church, College, and Elm streets New Haven, CT

This multi-day festival consists of tickets events (see Events page) and free concerts on the New Haven Green.
June 9. Elan Trotman with Rohn Lawrence and the Rahsaan Langley Project. 6 p.m.
June 10. Flor de Toloache & Las Cafeteras. 6 p.m.
June 16. Ruth B. 7 p.m.
June 17. Amir ElSaffar with members of the Rivers of Sound Orchestra and New Haven Symphony Orchestra. 4 p.m.

Yale International Choral Festival 2018

Jun 13, 2018 - Jun 16, 2018 Sprague Hall,470 College Street New Haven, CT

Choirs from Germany, Sri Lanka, Mexico, and the U.S. gather for a four-day celebration the of the variety of choral traditions around the world and our universal language of music. Separate daily performances; see event website. Fest ends with a Gala Concert by the Yale Alumni Chorus on June 16, 6 p.m. and Woolsey Hall, 168 Grove Street. This is a ticketed event of the Festival of Arts & Ideas.

Concert: "An Evening with Shemekia Copeland"

Jun 14, 2018 - Jun 14, 2018 Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street Hartford, CT

Shemekia Copeland returns to the Wadsworth Atheneum with her wide-open vision of contemporary blues, roots and soul music.

Father's Day Jazz Brunch

Jun 17, 2018 - Jun 17, 2018 Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street Hartford, CT

Treat dad to brunch in the Untitled Bistro, with live music by the Orice Jenkins Trio. After, explore the galleries on your own or take a tour with a docent. Tickets include museum admission, jazz, brunch and one bloody Mary or mimosa.

Twilight Lawn Concert with Beck 'n' Call

Jun 22, 2018 - Jun 22, 2018 Roseland Cottage, 556 Route 169, Woodstock, CT

Bring a blanket and picnic supper and join us as we continue the tradition of open-air concerts on the grounds of Roseland Cottage. Kick off the season listening to the eclectic Americana, bluegrass, celtic, blues, gospel, retro pop, and originals of Beck N’ Call. Rain date is June 30

Barry Manilow at Mohegan Sun

Jul 10, 2018 - Jul 10, 2018 Mohegan Sun Arena, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd. Uncasville, CT

Barry Manilow's unparalleled career encompasses virtually every area of music. Manilow will perform his greatest hits such as “Copacabana,” “Weekend In New England” and “Mandy” plus many more. Tickets go on sale May 11.

Christina Aguilera’s Liberation Tour

Oct 6, 2018 - Oct 6, 2018 Mohegan Sun Arena, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd. Uncasville, CT

Aguilera has achieved five # 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart making her the fourth female artist to top the chart over three consecutive decades. She holds the honor of being the only artist under the age of 30 included in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Singers Of All Time.

Josh Groban and Idina Menzel

Nov 10, 2018 - Nov 10, 2018 Mohegan Sun Arena, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd. Uncasville, CT

Singer, songwriter, superstar Josh Groban tours form the first time since his sold-out Stages Tour on 2015/2016. Joining him is recording artist and actress Idina Menzel. Tickets on sale starting March 16 through Ticketmaster and starting March 17 at the Mohegan Sun box Office.

Parties, Dances, Balls

Art After Dark: "Rock the Kasbah"

Jun 7, 2018 - Jun 7, 2018 Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street Hartford, CT

A celebration of the special exhibition "Frederic Church: A Painter's Pilgrimage" featuring live music, belly dancing, a bazaar and an 8 p.m. screening of the film "Caramel." Complimentary snacks and cash bar.

Storytelling

Radicals In Miniature

Jun 12, 2018 - Jun 13, 2018 Iseman Theater, 1156 Chapel Street New Haven, CT

Award-winning playwright Ain Gordon and percussionist Josh Quillen team up to tell stories of people who left an indelible impression on the world. This is a ticketed event of the Festival of Arts & Ideas.

Theater

The Will Rogers Follies

Apr 13, 2018 - Jun 21, 2018 Goodspeed Opera House, 6 Main Street East Haddam, CT

This Tony Award-winning Best Musical tells the spirited rags-to-riches story of the beloved stage, screen and radio star in an exuberant Ziegfeld Follies-style extravaganza.

“You Art Here”

May 18, 2018 - Jun 10, 2018 Terris Theatre, 33 North Main Street Chester, CT

July 20, 1969... a man walks on the moon... and Diana, a Chicago housewife, walks out of her comfortable suburban life. This hilarious and heart-breakingmusical will leave you cheering for the resilience of the human spirit.