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First Thursday Block Party: Dreamland
May 7 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

FTAH-APR-MAY-2015[1]-2In conjunction with Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, join us outside on the Alfred E. Burr Memorial (aka Burr Mall) and enjoy live music by Howard Fishman and Biting Fish Brass Band, performances by the Coney Island Circus Sideshow—direct from Coney Island USA including a fire eater, snake charmer and sword swallower—boardwalk snacks, and more!

At 7 pm listen to a reading of the memoir All That and So Much More, by West Hartford native Bernice Schaefer, who grew up in Brooklyn.


Facebook event here.

Presented with Yelp Hartford and Kinetic Dreams.

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!


Film: The Devil and Miss Jones
May 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The Devil and Miss Jones: In this classic comedy, a reclusive tycoon joins the staff at his department stores to find out why his employees are so unhappy. 1941. 90 min. Not Rated. B&W. Directed by Sam Wood. Starring Jean Arthur and Robert Cummings.

Free with admission to First Thursday Block Party: Dreamland!


Film: Water for Elephants
May 7 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Water for Elephants: A veterinary student abandons his studies after his parents are killed and joins a traveling circus as their vet. 2011. 120 min. PG-13. Directed by Francis Lawrence. Starring Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon.

Free with admission to First Thursday Block Party: Dreamland!


Second Saturdays: A Coney Island Carnival
May 9 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Marie Roberts, A Congress of Curious Peoples, 2005, acrylic on unstretched canvas, Collection of Liz and Marc Hartzman

Surround yourself with the sights and sounds of Coney Island depicted in Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland as you meet magicians, fortune-tellers, glass-eaters and muscle men! Make a banner to take him with Coney Island’s artist-in-residence Marie Roberts.

Film screening in Aetna Theater: This Side of Dreamland (2014, 14 min.), co-directed by Josh Glick and Patrick Reagan. An evocative portrait of Coney Island banner painter Marie Roberts. The film follows Marie as she shares her unique artistic craft, her deep familial ties to the area, and her unceasing love for the cultural landscape.

Visit our neighbors at the Hartford Public Library to see more performers and pick up a FREE children’s book!

The Wadsworth Atheneum thanks the Ella Burr McManus Trust for the use of the Alfred E. Burr Mall as a location for today’s program. Presented with the Hartford Public Library.

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.


First Thursday: ¡Viva Peru!
Jun 4 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for an homage to the rich culture of Peru with folk music and dance by Inca Son, Peruvian-inspired food, and more!

Mark Bradford / MATRIX 172 opens, with talks by the artist in MATRIX’s Bunce Gallery at 6 pm and 7 pm.

Stay for an 8 pm film, El Elefante Desaparecido (The Vanished Elephant).

Presented in collaboration with APAPRO (Association of Peruvian American Professionals).

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