11 Awesome Things to do in Hartford this Weekend 4/24-4/26

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Happy Friday! If you received our 7-day newsletter earlier this week, you may have noticed that we’ve launched our new Events Calendar! With summer around the corner, there are plenty of arts, cultural, and entertainment activities you’ll want to explore, so be sure to check in regularly. For now, here’s our curated list of musicals, exhibitions, plays, and concerts to enjoy this weekend from Oscar Wilde’s hilarious play, The Importance of Being Earnest, at Playhouse on Park to student films at the Reel Youth Hartford Film Festival. Peruse the list below for more. Have a great 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. 


Opening Reception: “The Enchanting Jewels of Elizabeth Gage” [UA]

When: Friday, April 24, 5:30PM-7PM,

Where: New Britain Museum of American Art

The New Britain Museum of American Art will showcase its first ever exhibition to examine contemporary jewelry as an art form. The Enchanting Jewels of Elizabeth Gagewill showcase approximately 250 pieces of fine jewelry, and span 50 years of Gage’s superb craftsmanship and bold design. Learn more.

Admission: Free with museum admission. www.nbmaa.org


The Importance of Being Earnest

When: Friday, April 24, 8PM (through May 3)

Where: Playhouse on Park

Effervescent romantic exploits meet scintillating social satire in one of the most celebrated comedies of all time by Oscar Wilde.

Admission: www.playhouseonpark.org


The Absurdity of Race

When: Friday, April 24, 5:30PM-7:30PM

Where: Charter Oak Cultural Center

Join HartBeat Ensemble as they perform unfiltered experiences of implicit bias, racism and policing in communities of color.  Stay and participate in the conversation. Learn more.

Admission: Free. www.charteroakcenter.org  



Reel Youth Hartford Film Festival

When: Saturday, April 25, 5:30PM

Where: Cinestudio at Trinity College

The festival provides an opportunity for the youth of Hartford to make movies and share stories of their city. A reception will follow in Mather Hall featuring special guest performances, refreshments, a photo booth, raffle prizes, and an awards ceremony.

Admission: Free. www.reelyouthhartford.org/


UnFrozen Family Festival

When: Saturday, April 25, 10AM-4PM

Where: Imagine Nation Museum

Meet Elsa and Anna and have your picture taken with an image of Olaf. You can skate on our indoor pond, have a spring snowball fight, play in Elsa’s ice castle and help decorate our tree with leaves and colorful flowers. Learn more.

Admission: $10. www.imaginemuseum.org


Opening Reception: Flight of the Mystics

When: Saturday, April 25, 6PM-9PM

Where: ArtSpace Gallery

Discover this group exhibition celebrating the new intuitive and subconscious artworks of established artists. Plus mix and mingle over cupcakes and appetizers.

Admission: Free. Learn more.


Playing the Assassin [UA]

When: Saturday, April 25, 8PM (through April 26)

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



Connecticut Ballet presents ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

When: Sunday, April 26, 2PM-4PM

Where: The Bushnell

Brett Raphael’s new production brings to life Shakespeare’s classic tale of comic mismatches, lovers quarrels, and fairy dust in a delightful two-act ballet. Join Titania, Oberon, and Puck in a breathtaking spectacle. Suitable for all ages. Meet the dancers in the lobby following the performance!

Admission: $48-$63. Kids under 12 go free. Learn more.

Let’s Go Arts! members receive 10% off. Not an LGA member? Join now.


The Pianist of Willesden Lane [UA]

When: Sunday, April 26, 2PM

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. Learn more.

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


The Main Street Singers Annual Spring Choir Concert

When: Sunday, April 26, 4PM-5PM

Where: South Church, New Britain

The Main Street Singers, New Britain’s own youth choir performs their annual spring concert. Learn more.

Admission: Free. www.mainstreetsingers.org


Gross Domestic Product: A Musical Look at Motherhood 

When: Sunday, April 26, 2PM

Where: Carriage House Theater

When a trailblazing senator holds a public forum to unveil her new economic agenda for mothers in America, she is slapped with realities that are far more harsh than she could have imagined.

Admission: $15. www.hartbeatensemble.org

Let’s Go Arts! members get in for $10. Not an LGA member? Join now.


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