Everything You Need To Do In Hartford By July 1st

Wednesdays get a lot of flack. Between the start of the week and one-too-many days before the weekend, there’s not a whole lot of mid-week love to go around.  But here’s one thing to look forward to — our much-coveted weekly arts and entertainment newsletter now has a weekly presence on our blog.  

Tune in every Wednesday for the latest in live music, film, exhibitions, art workshops, or anything else in the arts that tickles your fancy, going on in the Greater Hartford area. Whether you’re looking for a happy hour, or a family-friendly event, there’s something here for everyone.

So, what are you waiting for? It’s summertime – go out and have fun!  Want a spot on our list? Submit your arts events to our calendar and we may just feature it.


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.




jazz tones“Jazz Tones” Opening Reception
When: Thursday, June 26, 5PM – 7PM
Where: 100 Pearl Street Gallery, Hartford                                                  
The members of the Connecticut Fiber Arts Collective come together for a special show where traditional quilt art and American music intersect to create ornate mixed media pieces. Join us for the opening reception on June 26 where you can meet the members of the collective, including award-winning fiber artist, Ed Johnetta Miller who will be signing copies of the book Textural Rhythms:  Quilting in the Jazz Tradition by an African-American by Carolyn Mazloomi. Wine and light hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Admission: Free. 860-525-8269. https://letsgoarts.org/Gallery




Concert: Approaching the Garden [UA]

When: Wednesday, June 25, 7:30 – 9PM

Where: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 600 Main St. Hartford

Multimedia music never sounded so cool. Hear the work of American jazz drummer and composer, William Hooker, as he fuses percussion, vocals, electronica, alto sax, piano, and 3D animation with guitarist, Edward Kasparek and alto sax player, Richard McGhee III. The performance is followed by a Q&A session.

Admission: $20 – $25. 860-838-4100. www.thewadsworth.org




Film Screening: Glass Masters at Work: Lino Tagliapietra [UA]

When: Thursday, June 26, 1PM and 4PM

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

Discover the art of glassmaking in this documentary by award-winning filmmaker, Robin Lechman, as he captures the drama and intensity of glassmaking during a private workshop.

Admission: $12 (general); Free to members. 860-229-0257. www.nbmaa.org




Artists Supporting Artists Summer Showcase

When: Friday, June 27, 7PM – Midnight

Where: Jazzmen Music and Gallery, 776 Farmington Ave, West Hartford

Come out and show your support for local artists at this opening party featuring works from across the state. Food and wine included.

Admission: Suggested donation $5. 413-250-2855. www.JazzmenMusicAndGallery.com


Fiddler on the Roof

When: Friday, June 27, 8PM – 10:30PM

Where: Goodspeed Opera House, 6 Main St. East Haddam

For the first time ever, the international smash hit musical, Fiddler on the Roof, will make its debut at Goodspeed. Watch as characters struggle with love, tradition, God, freedom, and wealth.

Admission: $28 – $75. 860-873-8668. www.goodspeed.org


Film Screening: 20 Centimeters [UA]

When: Friday, June 27, 7PM

Where: Hartbeat Ensemble, 360 Farmington Ave. Hartford

Follow a narcoleptic transgender woman as she undergoes surgery in this 2005 film.

Admission: Free. 860-548-9144. www.hartbeatensemble.org



Film & Dinner: Of Love & Lemons [UA]

When: Saturday, June 28, 5:30PM – 8PM

Where: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 600 Main St. Hartford

Love foreign films? You’ll especially adore this one based on the hit novel by Swede author Kajsa Ingemarsson about a young female chef. Swedish not required; subtitles provided, as well as a complimentary glass of wine with the themed dinner in the Museum Cafe.

Admission: $35 – $45. 860-838-4100. www.thewadsworth.org


Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours  [UA]

When: Saturday, June 28, 6PM, 7PM, 8PM, & 9PM

Where: Mark Twain House

Get ready for goosebumps on this ghost tour of the Mark Twain House filled with creepy tales of haunted history. Back for a limited time. Reservations required.

Admission: $22 (adults); $17 (members); $15 (children). 860-280-3130. www.marktwainhouse.org


Festival Readings & Party [UA]

When: Saturday, June 28, 2PM – 9PM

Where: Hartbeat Ensemble, 360 Farmington Ave. Hartford

Celebrate and honor the diversity of the Greater Hartford community with a play reading of the works of local and national Latina/o playwrights, and stay for the closing reception featuring samba, dance, and a live DJ.

Admission: $30 (full-day); $10 (single play or closing party); $15 (single play & party). 860-548-9144. www.hartbeatensemble.org


Before Stonewall  [UA]

When: Saturday, June 28, 6PM

Where: Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor St. Hartford

Join us as we commemorate the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and watch a screening of True Colors.

Admission: $5 (adults); free (students). 860-232-1006. www.realartways.org



Colonial Jewelry Workshop 

When: Sunday, June 29, 1:30 – 3:30PM

Where: Stanley-Whitman House, 37 High St. Farmington

Get your Etsy store ready! Learn how to create pendant necklaces and drop earrings from the Colonial era in this 2-hour workshop. Registration required.

Admission: $25. 860-677-9222. www.stanleywhitman.org


The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee  [UA]

When: Sunday, June 29, 2PM (through July 27th)

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

Follow this hilarious tale of six adolescent overachievers as they chronicle their experience for the spelling bee championship.

Admission: $32.50 – $42.50. 860-523-5900 x 10. www.playhouseonpark.org

Let’s GO Arts! Members: $2.50 off tickets




Master Class Led by Broadway Actress on Acting a Song [UA]

When: Tuesday, July 1, 7PM – 9PM

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

Looking to hone your musical theater skills? Sign up for this 2-hour workshop taught by Broadway actress, Janelle Robinson, where you will practice musical theater songs and learn how to take your performance to the next level.

Admission: $40. 860-523-5900 x 10. www.playhouseonpark.org


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