Everything You Need To Do In Hartford This Weekend

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First Thursday at the Wadsworth Atheneum

Hartford isn’t exactly known for having a booming fashion scene but this weekend the Wadsworth Atheneum is bringing the catwalk to our backyards starting with First Thursday: Fashion Frenzy, proving once again that #HartfordHasIt. The fashion show on First Thursday will showcase clothing from the Wadsworth’s upcoming POSH Sale going on this Friday through Sunday, featuring gently used designer clothing for women, children, and men to support the Costume & Textile Society. I got a sneak preview of the pieces and let’s just say the clothes are enough to bring your consignment shop obsessed friends in Boston and NYC to Hartford for the weekend (no joke).

Also on the agenda for the weekend is one of the best musicals (if not, the best) of all time – WICKED – playing at the Bushnell. If you’ve seen WICKED before, you’ll want to see it again for a new experience with a different cast, and – more importantly – to catch all the nuances you might have missed the first time.

Peruse the rest of the list below for more performances from Hartford Stage, SeaTea Improv and more. Have a wicked awesome weekend!

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. 


First Thursday: Fashion Frenzy  

When: Thursday, November 6, 5PM-8PM

Where: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Head to the Wadsworth after work for an evening of fashion dedicated to the museum’s Costume & Textile collection featuring live music by The Blue Cherry Band, cocktails, free food, a fashion show featuring items for sale from the POSH Sale, and more!

Admission: $5-$10 (free for members). www.thewadsworth.org 


Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Presents: Antigone

When: Friday, November 7, 7:30PM

Where: Theater of the Performing Arts, Hartford

Sophocles’ ancient play receives a modern twist when placed aboard the US Aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln in 2003; an English adaptation of the dramatic text by Judith Malina.

Admission: $5-$10. 860-757-6388. www.crec.org/theater

POSH Premiere Night  [UA]

When: Friday, November 7, 6PM-9PM

Where: The Design Center, 1429 Park Street, Hartford

Be the first to shop gently used designer vintage for women, men, and children to help benefit the Costume & Textile Society of the Wadsworth. Enjoy live music, small bites from NoRA Cupcake Company, a cash bar and more!

Admission: $25 in advance; $30 at the door. 860-838-4100. www.thewadsworth.org 


When: Friday, November 7, 8PM (through November 23)

Where: Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts

Back by popular demand, award-winning musical WICKED is flying back to Hartford! Follow the engrossing tale of two girls who meet in the land of Oz and grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.

Admission: $47.50-$142.50. www.bushnell.org


Hamlet [UA]

When: Saturday, November 8, 8PM (through November 16)

Where: Hartford Stage

Enjoy a performance of Shakespeare’s masterpiece, Hamlet, directed by Tony Award winner, Darko Tresnjak.

Admission: $25-$95. www.hartfordstage.org

The POSH Sale [UA]

When: Saturday, November 8, 10AM-5PM (and November 9, noon-5PM).

Where: The Design Center, 1429 Park Street, Hartford

Stock up on vintage winter clothes and holiday gifts while supporting the Costume & Textile Society of the Wadsworth. Open the public.

Admission: Free. 860-838-4100. www.thewadsworth.org

Ekphrasis: Poetry, Music & Dance inspired by Visual Art

When: Saturday, November 8, 2PM – 4PM

Where: Art Space

Explore visual art in the context of poetry, music and dance at this opening reception featuring artists covering an array of different art forms.

Admission: Free. www.artspacect.com


Musical: My Favorite Year 

When: Sunday, November 9, 2PM

Where: Simsbury High School

Take a trip to 1954 and watch a team of writers, actors, and producers create a weekly TV comedy in this “good old fashioned musical” featuring music by the award-winning team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens.

Admission: $18-$24. www.theatreguildsimsbury.org

FREE Show: SeaTea Improv at City Steam

When: Sunday, November 9, 7PM

Where: City Steam Brewery

End the weekend on a high note with Sea Tea Improv’s free improvised comedy show at City Steam Brewery.

Admission: 21+. Free. 860-525-1600. www.seateaimprov.com

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  1. Thanks, but once again I ask where is “South Pacific” at Little theatre of Manchester. If you are willing to mention Simsbury in an article about Hartford then why not your neighbor in Manchester?

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