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. www.hitw.org
Dancing Lessons [UA]
When: Friday, January 23, 8PM (through March 1)
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. www.theaterworkshartford.org
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. www.chs.org
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. www.crec.org/theater
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. www.hartford.com
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. www.hartfordstage.org
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. www.connecticutrestaurantweek.com
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