Everything To Do This Weekend In Hartford


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Romare Bearden’s Cattle of the Sun God, 1977

Happy Friday! Whether you’re still procrastinating on your weekend plans or have a full agenda ahead, you’ll want to make room for these arts and cultural happenings. If you haven’t yet, catch the heartwarming production of Dancing Lessons at TheaterWorks before it closes this weekend, and squeeze in a goose bump inducing ghost tour at the Mark Twain House. Wake up bright and early on Saturday for the Wadsworth’s symposium on the intersection of art and identity in Coney Island, or pop in for a public discussion on the influential works of fine artist Romare Bearden at the Hartford Public Library. Peruse the rest of the list for more! Read More

Everything To Do In Hartford This Weekend 2/20 – 2/22


Dining Room at Playhouse on Park

If you’ve ever wanted to fill your weekend with just theater, this is the time to do it. From the opening productions of the emotionally heavy, Reverberation, to the lighthearted and hilarious, Dining Room, there’s plenty of opportunity for soul searching and inspiration.  There’s even something for the kids. Bring your artsy little ones to New Britain Youth Theater for The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, a production for youth by youth. Scroll down for must-see events. Happy Weekend! Read More

Everything to do During Valentine’s Day Weekend in Hartford

valentines day in hartford

Some people have a love-hate relationship with Valentine’s Day, and other people just hate it. But whether you’re single or taken on this day, we think there’s one thing you could really fall in love with – you guessed it, the arts! Start your weekend right and dance the night away on Valentine’s Day eve at New Britian Museum of American Art’s Museum after Dark then wake up bright and early for Second Saturday to discover the new Romare Bearden exhibit at the Wadsworth’s Amistad Center free of charge. Mark Twain fans will want to check out the production of Is He Dead at Little Theatre of Manchester and the Diaries of Adam and Eve at the Mark Twain House. Scroll down to find out what else is going on. Happy weekend! Read More

Everything To Do In Hartford This Weekend


Hartford is taking a trip down memory lane lately with exhibits, productions, performances paying homage to the Roaring Twenties and Turbulent Thirties. Case in point: the Wadsworth’s latest exhibit, Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, where you can explore the lure of Coney Island between 1861-2008, and a special performance by CONNetic Dance on Saturday inspired by Coney Island romanticism. Other must-sees include the hilarious 1920’s themed musical, Nice Work If You Can Get It at The Bushnell, and the 1930’s comedy, Private Lives at Hartford Stage.

Plus don’t forget to mark your calendars for our Rising Star Breakfast with guest speaker Henry Timms, Executive Director of 92nd Street Y and founder of #GivingTuesday, for a discussion on culture, innovation and civic engagement. And later that day, join us to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Big Red for the Arts at The Society Room of Hartford at 6:30PM (VIP: 5:30PM), where you can indulge in food and wine all while supporting our local arts community. Read More

8 Awesome Things Happening in Hartford This Weekend


After Tuesday’s Nor’easter and the impending snowstorm of doom on Monday, we’re overdue for some arts entertainment this weekend. Luckily, there’s a lot to choose from starting with the opening of the Coney Island exhibit in the new renovated galleries at the Wadsworth Atheneum on Saturday (members get a first look Friday night) for some much needed theme park nostalgia. Live vicariously through the heartwarming tale of two dancers in the production of Dancing Lessons playing at TheaterWorks and pay a final visit to Winterfest before it closes for the season on Sunday. Also on the list is Taste of Hartford, which continues through Sunday where you can get deep discounts on three course meals at 30 amazing restaurants including local favorites Salute, Sorella, On20, Firebox. Plus, don’t forget to buy tickets to the 10th anniversary of Big Red for the Arts, where you can sample some of the best wines and local dishes all while helping support the arts! Read More

5 Exciting Things to Look Forward to at Big Red for the Arts 2015

Big Red Turns 10

Big Red for the Arts. Photo by Roger Castonguay.

If you follow us on Facebook or Twitter, you’ve probably heard about the 10th anniversary of Big Red for the Arts, a fundraising party with fabulous food, signature wines, and one purpose: to raise funding for the arts. The event, held in The Society Room of Hartford on March 5, kicks off our 2015 United Arts Campaign, which supports over 150 arts, culture, and heritage organizations – both big and small – that you know and love in Greater Hartford. Organizations such as the Wadsworth Atheneum, The Bushnell, Mark Twain House & Museum, Little Theatre of Manchester, Judy Dworin Performance Project, Real Art Ways, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Hartford Symphony, New Britain Museum of American Art, Hartbeat Ensemble, TheaterWorks, and many more. And by attending Big Red, you can help support all of these organizations. Intrigued, yet? Here are five awesome things you’ll see at Big Red’s 10th anniversary: Read More

Kicking Off the New Year with Mintz + Hoke


Only two weeks into the New Year, we kicked off the first employee giving event of the 2015 United Arts Campaign with one of New England’s largest advertising and public relations agencies.   For Mintz + Hoke, an early morning “Arts Break” at the Farmington Valley Arts Center proved to be a catalyst for creativity and inspiration. Stepped outside the comforts of the office, a group of more than 30 employees showed up on a chilly Wednesday morning for a United Arts Campaign breakfast and Arts Break.  As they warmed themselves with coffee and found a table to sit, they learned about the value of the arts for the community, the economy, and the quality of life in the Greater Hartford area.  Read More