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Mar
1
Sun
Music & Movies with Alloy Orchestra
Mar 1 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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Speedy, 1928

In conjunction with Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, watch the classic Coney Island silent films, Lonesome and Speedy, with live musical accompaniment by Alloy Orchestra.

Lonesome: Two lonely people meet and enjoy the thrills of Coney Island. 1928. USA. 69 min. Not Rated. B&W. Silent. Directed by Pal Fajos. Starring Barbara Kent, Glenn Tryon.

Speedy: After losing his job, Speedy spends the day with his girlfriend at Coney Island. 1928. USA. 85 min. Not Rated. B&W. Silent. Directed by Ted Wilde. Starring Harold Lloyd, Ann Christy.

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

Doors open 1 pm. Open seating.

 

Mar
5
Thu
First Thursday: Wadsworth Abbey
Mar 5 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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Thomas Wilmer Dewing, The Days, 1884-86, Oil on canvas

Join us to celebrate the TV period drama Downton Abbey and come dressed as your favorite character! Enjoy a 3 in 30 tour of the permanent collection, parlor games, cigars with The Tobacco Shop of Hartford, a sherry and brandy tasking, complimentary snacks, cash bar and more!

At 8 pm view and vote on the Feature Film Project (regular film admission applies).

Facebook event here.

First Thursday After Hours
Join us the first Thursday of every month for extended exhibition hours, music, cocktails, food, art activities, a film & more!

 

Mar
7
Sat
SPLENDOR Gala
Mar 7 @ 6:00 pm

The museum’s annual SPLENDOR Gala takes place on Saturday, March 7, 6 pm at the Connecticut Convention Center, located at 100 Columbus Boulevard in Hartford.

This year we celebrate the museum’s special exhibition Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861-2008.

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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

Join us in the galleries for a chamber music concert by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra as they highlight Heaven and Earth: Masterworks from the Permanent Collection 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.

Apr
2
Thu
First Thursday: Call of the Wild
Apr 2 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Enjoy the folk/rock/Americana music of The Ken Morr Band, follow a 3 in 30 talk about nature in works of art, and listen to a reading of poems from Daniel Wolff’s The Names of Birds. Film at 8pm: Wild.

Presented with Riverwood Poetry.

First Thursday After Hours
Join us the first Thursday of every month for extended exhibition hours, music, cocktails, food, art activities, a film and more!

 

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
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.