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Mar
7
Sat
SPLENDOR VIII Gala
Mar 7 @ 6:00 pm
David Levinthal, Untitled, from the series Barbie, 1998/2003; Pigment Print; Unframed Size: 24 x 20 inches

David Levinthal, Untitled, from the series Barbie, 1998/2003; Pigment Print; Unframed Size: 24 x 20 inches

The museum’s eighth annual SPLENDOR Gala takes place Saturday, March 7, 6 pm at the Connecticut Convention Center and celebrates Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland.

 

 

 

Mar
14
Sat
Second Saturdays: Circus Dreams
Mar 14 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Charles Carmel, Carousel Horse with Raised Head, Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York, c. 1914, paint on wood, jewels, glass eyes, horsehair tail, Collection American Folk Art Museum, New York, Gift of Laura Harding, 1978.18.2

Charles Carmel, Carousel Horse with Raised Head, Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York, c. 1914, paint on wood, jewels, glass eyes, horsehair tail, Collection American Folk Art Museum, New York, Gift of Laura Harding, 1978.18.2

Second Saturdays: Circus Dreams: Inspired by Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, step right up and take a “ride” on a carousel animal and decorate your own!

Listen to hand-cranked organs playing authentic Coney tunes, catch the short film Rube and Mandy at Coney Island in the theater, enjoy a magic show by Professor Phineas Feelgood’s World of Magic, and a Balloonathon!

Free Family Tours

  • 10:30 – 11 am, ABCs: Art, Books, Connections
  • 11 am – noon, Ask About Art
  • 11:30 am – noon, Eyes on Art Family Tour

This program is presented with the New England Carousel Museum.

Second Saturdays for Families
Explore art with your family, encourage creativity, and expand your imagination through conversation and discovery. Each program is free and includes hands-on art projects, tours for families, live music, and engaging fun through film, theater and dance. Join us the second Saturday of every month year-round!

Second Saturdays for Families is funded by Aetna. Additional support provided by the J. Walton Bissell Foundation, Inc., The Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, the George A. & Grace L. Long Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., and Alan S. Parker, Esq., Trustees. Program supplies are generously donated by S&S Worldwide.

Mar
15
Sun
Jazz Brunch: Goza Latin Jazz
Mar 15 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join us for a brunch buffet while listening to some of Hartford’s best live jazz music during our Sunday Jazz Brunch with Goza Latin Jazz! Afterwards, explore the galleries on your own or take a tour with a docent. Tickets include museum admission, jazz, brunch, and one complimentary bloody mary or mimosa.

The brunch buffet features a carving station, the chef’s “special of the day,” bacon, sausage, home fries, fresh fruit, a waffle station with whipped cream and assorted toppings, pastries and breads, assorted juices, tea and coffee. Vegetarian options available by request.

Purchase tickets online or call 860-838-4100, Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am to 4:30 pm.

 

Mar
22
Sun
Sunday Serenades: On Angels’ Wings: Beethoven, Tchaikovsky & Beyond
Mar 22 @ 2:00 pm
Workshop of Niccolò di Buonaccorso, The Annunciation, 1370–88, The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund

Workshop of Niccolò di Buonaccorso, The Annunciation, 1370–88, The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund

Traffic Alert! Please note road closures for the Max’s O’Hartford 5K & Wee Mile taking place the same day. For more info visit hartfordmarathon.com.

Join us in the galleries for a chamber music concert by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra as they highlight Heaven and Earth through a performance of Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No. 5 Spring, Schoenfield’s Café Music, and Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence. Featuring Concertmaster Leonid Sigal.

Purchase tickets online or call 860-244-2999.

Presented with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

 

 

Mar
27
Fri
Teen Night & Open Mic
Mar 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

teen-night-and-open-mic-flyer-FINAL2Join us on Friday, March 27 from 6 to 9 pm for a Teen Night and Open Mic at the Wadsworth Atheneum! Admission is FREE for all high school students with ID. Make art, play a game, eat free food, and enjoy performances by teen musicians, poets, actors, and more.

Explore our new Contemporary Art galleries and MATRIX 171: SIDESHOW, as well as our special exhibition Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland.

Want to perform?
Register here or sign up at the door!

 

Apr
4
Sat
James Rich in Concert
Apr 4 @ 7:00 pm

Following a sold-out performance at the Metropolitan Room in New York City, Hartford’s own James Rich brings his romantic concert, When I Think About Love, home.

For tickets and more information click here.

Doors open 6 pm. Music starts 7 pm.

 

Apr
5
Sun
Jazz Brunch: Carol Daggs Trio
Apr 5 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join us for a brunch buffet while listening to some of Hartford’s best live jazz music during our Sunday Jazz Brunch with the Carol Daggs Trio! Afterwards, explore the galleries on your own or take a tour with a docent. Tickets include museum admission, jazz, brunch, and one complimentary bloody mary or mimosa.

The brunch buffet features a carving station, the chef’s “special of the day,” bacon, sausage, home fries, fresh fruit, a waffle station with whipped cream and assorted toppings, pastries and breads, assorted juices, tea and coffee. Vegetarian options available by request.

Purchase tickets online or call 860-838-4100, Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am to 4:30 pm.

 

Apr
10
Fri
The MOuTH: Thrown for a Loop
Apr 10 @ 7:30 pm

This event takes place at the Mark Twain House & Museum, located at 351 Farmington Avenue, Hartford.

In conjunction with Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, this live storytelling event will take you for a wild ride with a variety of community-submitted tales and artist Lynn H. Butler will reveal the stories behind her captivating Coney Island photographs.

To submit a story or purchase tickets visit marktwainhouse.org.

 

Apr
12
Sun
Jazz Brunch: Carol Lipnik & Spookarama
Apr 12 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
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Carol Lipnik by Stefan Killen

Join us for a special Coney Island themed Jazz Brunch buffet with Carol Lipnik and Spookarama, straight from Coney Island! Afterwards, explore the galleries on your own or take a tour with a docent. Tickets include museum admission, jazz, brunch, and one complimentary bloody mary or mimosa.

The brunch buffet features a carving station, the chef’s “special of the day,” bacon, sausage, home fries, fresh fruit, a waffle station with whipped cream and assorted toppings, pastries and breads, assorted juices, tea and coffee. Vegetarian options available by request.

Purchase tickets online or call 860-838-4100, Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am to 4:30 pm.

About Carol Lipnik and Spookarama
Coney Island born Carol Lipnik’s music does more than evoke a shadow world of mysterious, often misunderstood creatures, from sideshow freaks and B-movie monsters to love’s obsessive victims. It creates that world, bringing it into audible being through her stunningly versatile four-octave voice and expressive, impeccably crafted songs. Her live shows draw audiences in with an intimacy and intensity that is both theatrical and deeply musical.

Performing as a duo with longtime pianist/musical director Dred Scott, the repertoire – ranging from mad, carnival-ride tangos and waltzes to dramatic Bowie-esque rock and intricate, semi-acoustic art songs – is unified by the singer’s visionary commitment to the beauty of strangeness and the strangeness of beauty.

Carol is the recipient of the 2014 Peter S. Reed Foundation grant for music and has six recordings available on her Mermaid Alley Music label. Visit mermaidalley.com for more info.

 

Apr
16
Thu
Talk, Sideshow & Film: Freaks
Apr 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Henry Koerner, The Barker’s Booth, 1948–49, oil on Masonite, Collection of Alice A. Grossman

Henry Koerner, The Barker’s Booth, 1948–49, oil on Masonite, Collection of Alice A. Grossman

In conjunction with Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, listen to an onstage conversation between Rachel Adams, Columbia University Professor of English and American Studies and author of Sideshow U.S.A.: Freaks and the American Cultural Imagination, and Jennifer Miller, Professor of Performance at Pratt Institute, Coney Island Circus Sideshow’s Bearded Lady, and Director of Circus Amok. After a knife juggling performance, Adams and Miller will introduce the 1932 film Freaks.

Arrive early between 5 and 6 pm to view the Coney Island exhibition galleries and attend a reception in Loctite Lobby.

This program is free and open to the public.