The Best Things to do in Hartford this Weekend

‘Dancing Lessons’ at TheaterWorks in Hartford

It’s no secret that some of the best arts and cultural venues are hole-in the-walls. Case in point: Hole in the Wall Theater in New Britain, known for original, creative works of theater. Catch their production of the Swedish psychological drama Through a Glass Darkly based on Ingmar Bergman’s 1961 award-winning film by the same name. Other must-see productions include Dancing Lessons at TheaterWorks and Private Lives at Hartford Stage. And after your dose of theater, head over to one of 30 participating Taste of Hartford restaurants for a three-course meal starting at $20.15.

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Through a Glass Darkly

When: Friday, January 23, 8PM (through Feb. 14)

Where: Hole in the Wall Theater

Watch the New England premiere of “Through a Glass Darkly,” adapted by acclaimed Swedish director Ingmar Bergman. In this poignant psychological drama, Karin—a young wife, older sister and only daughter—finds herself in a kaleidoscopic internal world where the boundaries between different realities blur and shift.

Admission: $15-$20. 860-229-3049.

Dancing Lessons [UA]

When: Friday, January 23, 8PM (through March 1)

Where: TheaterWorks

A man with Asperger’s seeks the instruction of a Broadway dancer, now sidelined with injuries. As their relationship unfolds, they’re caught off-guard by surprising discoveries – both hilarious and heartwarming.

Admission: To purchase tickets call: 860.527.7838.


Behind-the-Scenes Tour: The Downton Abbey Era in Connecticut

When: Saturday, January 24, 2PM-3PM

Where: Connecticut Historical Society

Calling all Downton Abbey fans! Add an episode to your Downton season with a special tour of costumes and artifacts that will show what was happening in real-life Connecticut when the fictional residents of Downton Abbey were embroiled in scandal and Edwardian era intrigue.

Admission: $10-$15. 860-236-5621 x 289.

Romeo & Juliet

When: Saturday, January 24, 7:30PM

Where: Theater of the Performing Arts

Romeo and Juliet is Shakespeare’s most famous and tragic love story. Two families hate each other so completely and so blindly, that they simply cannot accept that their children have fallen in love. In this modern production, Romeo and Juliet will both be women.

Admission: $5-$10.

Free Ice Skating Lessons at Winterfest

When: Saturday, January 24, 10AM-11AM

Where: Bushnell Park

Don’t let winter pass before learning how to ice skate! Head to the Winterfest rink for FREE ice-skating lessons taught by Champions Skating Center instructors. Lessons are open to future skaters of all ages, and the skates are free too.

Admission: Free.


Private Lives [UA]

When: Sunday, January 25, 2PM; 7:30PM (through February 8)

Where: Hartford Stage

Follow the story of Amanda: vivacious, sexy, sophisticated, and Elyot: virile, charming, and seductive; the epitome of a 1930′s cosmopolitan couple. Until the divorce. Five years later, they are horrified — yet intrigued — to bump into each other while honeymooning in a French hotel with their new spouses. With its stinging barbs and clever wit, Private Lives is Noel Coward’s finest and funniest comedy.

Admission: $20-$85.  

Taste of Hartford

When:Through February 1

Where: 30 restaurants across Hartford

Calling all foodies! Discover the diverse culinary flavors of Hartford at steep discounts, featuring 30 restaurants including Agave Grill, bin228, Capital Grille, Max Downtown, and more. See the full list of participating restaurants on the website below.

Admission: $20.15 or $30.15. Reservations recommended.

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