Everything You Need to Do in Hartford By July 22


If there’s one thing Hartford is best known for it’s live jazz, and this week we’ve got a chock-full of smooth sounds from Monday Night Jazz to the 23rd annual Greater Hartford Jazz Festival, which kicks off this weekend. 

Hartfordians love jazz, and for a good reason: the rhythmic blues have long been an inspiration to musicians and artists, such as Ed Johnetta Miller.

Other notable events include Sea Tea’s improv show, a cocktail hour for mingling with artsy creatives, a lecture on marginalization and resistance by Amy Goodman, and the ArtWalk opening reception at the Hartford Public Library for Young @ Art. With a lineup like this you won’t want to leave town this week (staycation, anyone?).

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.



Painting, Sipping, & Chocolate Tasting

When: Wednesday, July 16, 5PM- 6:30PM

Where: Wine ETC. 8 Mill Pond Lane, Granby

Treat yourself to a midweek party with the Art Truck, featuring specialty wines, wine glass decorating, and Munson chocolates.

Admission: $25. 860-278-6864. www.thearttruck.com



ArtWalk Opening Reception: Young @ Art

When: Thursday, July 17, 5:30PM – 7:30PM

Where: ArtWalk at Hartford Public Library

Check out the latest exhibition featuring the work of Joe Young, cartoonist and community activist, whose work provokes messages on AIDS, drugs, prejudice, and violence.

Admission: Free. 860-695-6300. http://artwalk.hplct.org/


July Creative Cocktail Hour – Maker Faire! [UA]

When: Thursday, July 17, 6PM – 10PM

Where: Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor Street, Hartford

Network with other industry creatives and enjoy a night of live music from the Science Music Road Show.

Admission: $5-$10. 860-232-1006. www.realartways.org



Sea Tea Improv’s Longform Showcase 

When: Friday, July 18, 8PM – 9:30PM

Where: The Studio at Billings Forge, 563 Broad St. Hartford

Kick off your Friday night with laughs from Sea Tea Improv, feauturing “longform” improv comedy by Franklin’s Peaches and other area comedians.

Admission: $10. www.seateaimprov.com


Movies & Music: Song of the Thin Man [UA]

When: Friday, July 18, 5:30PM

Where: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 600 Main Street, Hartford

Enjoy a classic dinner and a movie with this week’s showing of Song of the Thin and music by Mary Corso Trio.

Admission: $9 (free for members). 860-838-4100. www.thewadsworth.org


The 23rd Annual Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz 

When:  Friday, July 18, 5PM (through July 20)

Where: Bushnell Park

Jazz never stops in Hartford. Head over to Bushnell Park for the 23rd annual jazz festival going on all weekend.

Admission: Free. www.hartfordjazz.org


Free Movies after Dark: Annie 

When: Friday, July 18, 6:30PM

Where: Elizabeth Park

Relax under the stars and watch a free screening of “Annie” (PG) at Elizabeth Park beginning at sundown.

Admission: Free.  www.Hartford.com



Mark Twain’s Companions & Cohorts 

When: Saturday, July 19, 10AM

Where: Cedar Hill Cemetery, 453 Fairfield Avenue, Hartford

Learn the details of Mark Twain’s life, including his closest friends, neighbors, and colleagues on this tour led by popular guide, Steve Courtney.

Admission: $5 (free for members).  860-956-3311. www.cedarhillfoundation.org

Let’s GO Arts! Member Discount: Free


Connecticut Ballet Summer Dance Caravan: Celebration of Latin Choreographers

When: Saturday, July 19, 7:30PM

Where: Riverfront Recapture, Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford

Enjoy three world premieres by choreographers from Puerto Rico, Colombia, and Brazil, as well as a revival of ‘Carmen Suite’ by Cuban choreographer, Alberto Alonso.

Admission: Free.  860-293-1039. www.connecticutballet.com


Living with Art: Selected Works from the Margaret Penn Collection 

When: Saturday, July 19, 5PM – 7PM

Where: Windsor Art Center, 40 Mechanic St. Windsor

Discover the works of outstanding artists of African descent in Haiti and the United States at this opening reception.

Admission: Free. 860-688-2528.  www.windsorartcenter.org

Music from Monticello 

When: Sunday, July 20, 4PM – 5PM

Where: Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Avenue, Hartford

Don’t miss this special, one-time performance by the Rosewood Chamber Ensemble with music from the Baroque era.

Admission: Free. 860-870-9922. www.barbarahopkins.com


Afternoon Critiques with Terrance Regan [UA]

When: Sunday, July 20, 1PM – 3PM

Where: New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington Street, New Britain

Bring your latest artwork to this afternoon critique and learn how to discuss your artwork with others, as well as engage in the critiquing process.

Admission: 860-229-0257. www.nbmaa.org



The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance, and Hope [UA]

When: Monday, July 21, 7PM

Where: The Mark Twain House & Museum

Hear a lecture from host and producer of “Democracy Now!” Amy Goodman, followed by a book sale and signing.

Admission: $15-$20. 860-280-3130. www.marktwainhouse.org


Monday Night Jazz 

When: Monday, July 21, 6PM

Where: Bushnell Park (rain venue: Asylum Hill Congregational Church)

Monday Night Jazz continues with featured headliner Ralph Peterson Fo’tet – Fo’ n Mo’.

Admission: Free. 860-768-4701. www.hartfordmondaynightjazz.com


Taste [UA]

When: Monday, Jul 21, 6PM

Where: Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor St. Hartford

Watch en episode of the French series “Inventing Cuisine” and nibble on samples prepared by a top area chef.

Admission: $22-$25. 860-232-1006. www.realartways.org



Summer Art Adventures: Session 3: Digital Photography Workshop [UA]

When: Tuesday, July 22, 10:30AM – 12PM

Where: New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington Street, New Britain

Bring your own camera (tablets and smartphones welcome) and learn the basics of photography. Ages 6+.

Admission: $12 – $18. 860-229-0257. www.nbmaa.org


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