Everything To Do In Hartford This Weekend: 3/27-3/29

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Stop/Time Dance Theater – Playhouse on Park

TGIF! Here are 11 awesome arts and cultural events you don’t want to miss this weekend including Italian Film Weekend at the Wadsworth, The Pianist of Willesden Lane at Hartford Stage, and Playhouse on Park’s Stop/Time Dance Theater. Scroll through for more! And don’t forget to tag your weekend adventures with #LetsGoArts on Twitter and Instagram

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. 


The Unwanted Crisis [UA]

When: Friday, March 27, 7:30PM (through March 29)

Where: Hartbeat Ensemble

Presented by Hartbeat Ensemble Youth Play Institute. When a white police officer, a black youth and American racial histories collide, can we draw a line and define who is the enemy?

Admission: $5. 860-548-9144. www.hartbeatensemble.org


4th Friday @ the Arts Café

When: Friday, March 27, 7:30PM

Where: Marlborough Arts Center

Featuring Handler and Levesque, award-winning guitarists who play various guitars and mandolin during their concerts that range from Classical Swing and Folk, to Gypsy, Brazilian, and Latin American music. Their audiences say their music brings “uplifted spirits” to all as they talk very openly about their international experiences. BYOWine. Other refreshments available.

Admission: $10. 860-295-9389. www.marlborougharts.org


Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours [UA]

When: Friday, March 27, 6PM, 7PM, 8PM, 9PM

Where: Mark Twain House and Museum

Filled with haunted history, dark tales and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spiritualism, these nighttime tours are as educational as they are goosebump-inducing.

Admission: $13-$20. Reservations required. 860-280-3130. www.marktwainhouse.org



Playing the Assassin [UA]

When: Saturday, March 28, 7:30PM

Where: TheaterWorks

Decades ago, NFL star Frank Baker was dubbed “The Assassin” for his brutal tackles. Inspired by a true story, this new play tackles the NFL’s thorniest issues: race, hero worship, violence and its repercussions.

Admission: www.theaterworkshartford.org


DancEnlight Presents “Lines Beyond Form”

When: Saturday, March 28, 7:30PM (through March 29)

Where Herbert Gilman Theater, Mandell JCC

The newest work by international artists and twins Lorelei Chang and Mai Nakanishi is a creative exploration of lines inspired, in part, by Paul Klee’s whimsical definition “A line is a dot that went for a walk”. Unlike many of Mondrian’s stark line paintings, dancEnlight uses lines as a springboard for invention, pushing the limits of movement in ways that will fascinate and delight viewers.

Admission: $15-$25. www.dancenlight.org


Captain and Mrs. Howard are at Home and Request the Honor of Your Presence!

When: Saturday, March 28, 1PM, 2PM, 3PM

Where: Windsor Historical Society

History truly comes alive as you visit Windsor Historical Society’s Strong-Howard house museum and meet Captain and Mrs. Howard in their 1810 home. Costumed actors portraying this historic couple will welcome you into their newly renovated historic house, where yes, you CAN touch everything!

Admission: $10. 860-688-3813. www.windsorhistoricalsociety.org


The Pianist of Willesden Lane [UA]

When: Saturday, March 28, 7:30PM

Where: Hartford Stage

An expression of hope and the life-affirming power of music, The Pianist of Willesden Lane tells the true story of a young Jewish musician, who was sent from Nazi-ruled Vienna to the relative safety of London during the Blitzkrieg. Based on the book, The Children of Willesden Lane.

Admission: $20-$85. 860-527-5151. www.hartfordstage.org


Italian Film Weekend [UA]

When: Saturday, March 28, 1PM, 3PM, 7:30PM

Where” Wadsworth Atheneum

1 pm, Film: The Mafia Only Kills in Summer
3 pm, Food & Film: Big Night
7:30 pm, Film: Long Live Freedom

Admission: $7-$9. www.thewadsworth.org   



Stop/Time Dance Theater

When: Sunday, March 29, 2PM

Where: Playhouse on Park

The show consists of a variety of music—including original arrangements—dancing, and a live band, so audiences can “count” on a night of entertainment!

Admission: www.playhouseonpark.org


CONCORA Bach Concert [UA]

When: Sunday, March 29, 4PM

Where: Immanuel Congregational Church, Hartford

This concert includes two motets,“Lobet den Herrn” and “Jesu, meine Freude,” and Cantata #147, “Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben” (Heart and Mind and Deed and Life), which contains Bach’s much-beloved choral-orchestral movement, the chorus “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.”

Admission: $10-$50. www.concora.org

Let’s Go Arts card member discount: 2-for-1 general seating


Improv’d Cinema: Sea Tea Improv Fixes a Movie

When: Sunday, March 29, 2PM

Where: Real Art Ways

Here’s how it works: an outside source will secretly pick 5 of the worst flicks they can find, and the audience will vote on which one to play. Then Sea Tea Improv will dramatically improve this terrible film by voicing over the entire movie — with original score and sound effects — on the spot!

Admission: $5-$11.

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