The weather is warming and the snow is thawing. For many, that means a chance to do some exploring again, get great gardening ideas, and finally make some much needed plans with friends that don’t involve snow. A great way to do a bit of all three and try something new is to visit a historic home or site. The Greater Hartford region is steeped in New England history and that means lots of historic homes are in the area. Don’t just think of them as homes though. Visiting one can land you in anything from spring garden tours to murder mystery parties or just great intellectual discussions. You really haven’t enjoyed a good home tour until you’ve dressed up in an 18th century waist coat, baked your own hardtack biscuits, or seen the places where some of Americas greatest classics were written. Read More
TGIF! Here are 11 awesome arts and cultural events you don’t want to miss this weekend including Italian Film Weekend at the Wadsworth, The Pianist of Willesden Lane at Hartford Stage, and Playhouse on Park’s Stop/Time Dance Theater. Scroll through for more! And don’t forget to tag your weekend adventures with #LetsGoArts on Twitter and Instagram. Read More
I’m going to say something that my cat has been trying to tell me for years: yarn is wonderful. Judging from their beautiful array of colored yarn spools and finished woven pieces, I’m willing to bet that The Hartford Artisans Weaving Center agrees with me.
A recent recipient of our Artscape Grant, The Hartford Artisans Weaving Center is presently working on a project that includes hand-dyed warps (a set of lengthwise yarns that are held in tension on a frame or loom.) to create woven pieces. Each year, Executive Director, Fran Curan aims to introduce a new skill or technique to their weavers. This year’s project will culminate in an exhibition of the Artisan’s work on the third floor of the Hartford Public Library, which will run May―August.
Happy first day of spring! Sure, it still feels like winter outside but rest assured brighter, greener days are ahead starting as early as Saturday with the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Downtown Hartford. And just in case you need a wake up call, be sure to stop by Hartford Prints for free coffee and Irish soda bread just for wearing green. After partying in the streets in your best green outfit, head over to Theaterworks for the emotionally provocative production of Playing the Assassin based on the true story of NFL star Frank Baker. Or get a taste of food and music at Playing with Food 3! at the Bushnell with the musicians of Hartford Symphony Orchestra. After Sunday brunch, enjoy more classical music from the Hartford Symphony Orchestra at the Wadsworth or head over to Playhouse on Park for tap dancing and live entertainment. Peruse the list below and tag your weekend adventures with #LetsGoArts on Instagram and Twitter. Read More
Recycled art is a pretty big deal in Hartford. A few months ago, we featured recyclable clothing designed by Trashion Fashion at ARTini, and back in December the Hartford Public Library held an exhibition featuring the works of local artist, Anita Gangi Balkun. I had the opportunity to talk with Anita about her visual process and specifically her commitment to sustainability. Read on for more and be sure to check out Anita’s portfolio for inspiration. Read More
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
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