Everything You Need To Do In Hartford By August 26

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Images by Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein

At the Arts Council we’re always trying to come up with ways to engage the Greater Hartford community with the arts. One way we’re going to do that is with our first-ever pop-up art mixer complete with screen printing and pop art painting over food and drinks. Read below for more on the event, which takes places on September 3. For now, take a look at the headliners for this week, including Creative Cocktail Hour at Real Art Ways, the MAS costume exhibition, ghost tours at Mark Twain House, and the final free outdoor movie of the season from the City of Hartford. Summer may be coming to an abrupt close, but we’ve got a chock full of events coming up this fall. Stay up to date on our Facebook page.

Want a spot on our list? Submit your arts and cultural 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.

Art Block: Screen Printing @ City Steam Brewery
When: Wednesday, September 3, 5:30PM – 7:30PM
Where: City Steam Brewery, Hartford     
Something’s popping up in Hartford! Head to City Steam Brewery after work for the Arts Council’s first pop-up event, and get your Warholian creativity flowing for an evening of mingling and pop art screen printing with local artists, Nina Salazar and Rachel DeCavage. Create your own colorful screen prints to brighten up your home or office. We’ll provide the paper, screens, paint, and food. All you have to do is bring yourself and a friend. As always, proceeds support the United Arts Campaign. Ready to paint? RSVP.

Admission: $10. https://LetsGoArts.org/ArtBlock


Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie [UA]

When: Wednesday, August 20, 7:30PM – 9:30PM

Where: TheaterWorks, Hartford

Catch the performance of four amazingly talented actor-musicians as they recreate folk hero Woody Guthrie’s heartfelt and empowering songs in this soul stirring musical.

Admission: $15-$65. 860-527-7838. www.theaterworkshartford.org


Creative Cocktail Hour [UA]

When: Thursday, August 21, 6-10PM

Where: Real Art Ways

Mingle with creatives over art and music, and hone your dancing skills with the help of swing dance, square dance, hip hop, and Zumba teachers.

Admission: $5-$10. www.realartways.org

MAS: Caribbean Costumes from Hartford’s West Indian Community

When: Thursday, August 21, 5-7PM

Where: The Institute for Community Research

Discover the rich Trinidad-style carnival costumes on exhibit designed by Hartford teens during summer MAS Camp.

Admission: Free. 860-278-2044 x251. www.incommunityresearch.org


Free Movies after Dark: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (PG-13)

When: Friday, August 22, 6:30PM

Where: Bushnell Park

Bring your blanket and relax under the stars for a free screening (and last one of the season) of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off starting at sundown.

Admission: Free. www.hartford.com

Movies & Music: Desire [UA]

When: Friday, August 22, 5:30PM – 9:45PM

Where: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Enjoy a classic date night of dinner and a movie with the 1936 film, Desire, starring Marlena Dietrich and Gary Cooper.

Admission: $9. www.thewadsworth.org

Tap & Jazz at Playhouse on Park [UA]

When: Friday, August 22, 8PM

Where: Playhouse on Park

Love tap and jazz? Now is your chance to watch these two American art forms come together on stage, featuring internationally accomplished tap dancer, Tyler Knowlin, and award-winning jazz vocalist Alita Moses.

Admission: $15-$25. 860-523-5900 x10. www.playhouseonpark.org


Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours

When: Saturday, August 23, 7PM, 8PM, and 9PM

Where: Mark Twain House and Museum

Back for a limited time, take a goosebump-inducing tour of Mark Twain’s haunted house and learn the dark tales and Victorian traditions surrounding séances and spiritualism.

Admission: $22. 860-280-3130. www.marktwainhouse.org

Foreign Film: The Great Passage

When: Saturday, August 23, 7PM – 8:30PM

Where: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Follow an introverted and unsuccessful salesman as he attempts to finish a new modern dictionary while dealing with his newfound love for a young chef. Subtitles.

Admission: $9. www.thewadsworth.org

Brazil & Beyond – Music from Brazil, Latin America, and Spain

When: Saturday, August 23, 7:30 – 9:30PM

Where: Asylum Hill Congregational Church

Hear the captivating music of Leo Snow, Mark Levesque, Judy Handler, and more with lively Spanish dances.

Admission: Free. 860-871-1815. www.judyandmark.com


Sea Tea Improv’s Free Comedy Show at City Steam Brewery

When: Sunday, August 24, 7PM

Where: City Steam Brewery Café

You can’t have improv comedy without an audience. Enjoy a performance by the talented Sea Tea Improv team over food and drinks from City Steam Brewery.

Admission: Free. 860-525-1600. www.citysteambrewerycafe.com

Open Studio Drawing

When: Sunday, August 24, 12:00PM – 1:30PM

Where: Studio N11

Brush up on your artistic skills with this weekly course that covers different drawing techniques and methods.

Admission: $15. www.studion111.com


Art Start (Ages 3-5) [UA]

When: Tuesday, August 26, 1-1:45PM

Where: New Britain Museum of American Art

Expose your young one to the arts with this short workshop taught by teaching artist Margaret Freedman, consisting of storytelling, colors, and shapes.

Admission: $5-$7. www.nbmaa.org