Virtual entertainment from West Hartford venues

TheaterWorks will be holding virtual entertainment with “Living Room” and “Get Sauced” every Wednesday and Thursday through April.

TheaterWorks streams weekly for spring season

HARTFORD — TheaterWorks announced recently that its virtual series “Living Room” and “Get Sauced” will stream weekly on Wednesdays and Thursdays through the spring season.

“Living Room” is an intimate music series, where you’re invited to kick back and put your feet up in YOUR living room (or kitchen or bathtub?) every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. as our artists keep the vibe kicking. Artists from around town and/or plucked from our stage play a set live, streaming live on Instagram and Facebook.

“Get Sauced” is a new addition to our programming. Spend a happy hour, Thursdays at 5 p.m., with Artistic Director Rob Ruggiero, as he welcomes us into his kitchen and a couple of friends (digitally) stop by for a chat. Memories, good times, and the sauce all served up featuring special guests and familiar faces from our stage.

Stream live on FaceBook (TheaterWorks Hartford) and Instagram (@twhartford.org)

“Living Room”* Wednesdays @ 7:30 p.m., an intimate music performance set in ‘your’ living room

4-29: John Cardoza, from “Next to Norma”l 2017

5-6 “Bandits on the Run” straight outta Brooklyn

*Sponsored by the Greater Hartford Arts Council

“Get Sauced” with Rob Ruggiero Thursdays at 5 p.m.on Instagram (@twhartford.org)

Producing Artistic Director Rob Ruggiero welcomes us into his kitchen as he serves up juicy TheaterWorks memories, good times, and the sauce. Featuring special guests and familiar faces.

4-23: Jenn Harris from “Christmas on the Rocks”

Helpful insights: Facebook Live videos remain on the page indefinitely so you can watch anytime! Instagram Live videos can be viewed for 24 hours after the event ends. Look in the “stories” section to replay.

Music at the Red Door launches series of online concerts

WEST HARTFORD — In order to provide musical enrichment to the community and encourage donations to help the homeless and hungry, Music at the Red Door, the music series at St. John’s Episcopal Church in West Hartford, has launched a new online-only live-streamed recital series. The half-hour performances, featuring local musicians, are offered each Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. via St. John’s YouTube channel and on the St. John’s Facebook page.

“These online recitals are offered as a benefit for people in Greater Hartford who are deeply affected by COVID-19: the homeless and the hungry,” said Scott Lamlein, artistic director of Music at the Red Door and director of music and organist for St. John’s. “We encourage our online listeners to thank our performers by donating generously to organizations that help these vulnerable people, but are stretched to the limit in this time of special need.”

Listeners are invited to donate to Loaves & Fishes, Journey Home, and/or Food Share.

The “Pop-Up!” recital series is an offshoot of the “Pipes Alive!” series of free organ recitals that has been offered at St. John’s since 2015.

“Since we are not able to welcome music-lovers to the beautiful St. John’s building for live concerts during this time of social isolation, we invite everyone to join us online for some much-needed musical refreshment,” explained Lamlein.

The “Pop-Up!” recitals will be streamed at St. John's YouTube channel and St. John's Facebook page.

Unlike the “Pipes Alive!” series in which local organists come to St. John’s to perform on the renowned Austin pipe organ there, the “Pop Up!” series will take listeners to the home studios of the performing artists, where viewers may watch up-close performances on the variety of keyboard instruments that reside in performers’ home studios.

“Though these informal recitals can’t offer the grand acoustic experience of a live recital in a resonant space such as we have at St. John’s, the technology allows for close-up views of each performer playing harpsichords, clavichord, virtual organ, lautenwork, and other keyboard instruments,” added Lamlein. “Each performer will share insights on the music and instruments. Music-lovers of all ages will enjoy these programs, and we hope that when we are able to resume live performances at St. John's, we will welcome many new listeners."

On April 29, concert and recording artist Christa Rakich, Organ Artist in Residence at St. John’s, will play Bach’s French Suite No. 5 on an instrument well-known to music lovers in the area, a French double-manual harpsichord made by Willard Martin whose lid bears an impressive original painting by Andre Boulanger. More information about this instrument, including a photo, may be found at https://christarakich.com/instruments/#.

More “Pop-Up!” events will be announced as they are added to the series.

For more information visit www.reddoormusic.org/events/ or concerts@reddoormusic.org. Those interested in learning about upcoming events may subscribe to the Music at the Red Door email newsletter.

Playhouse on Park’s Virtual Open Mic

This is for both participants and spectators!

We've had some pretty incredible open mic nights at Playhouse on Park. During any open mic night you may catch actors from the current show, actors from a past production, students from The Hartt School, our staff, audience members, band members, and/or folks from the community jumping up to sing a song. The talent is always mind-blowing. Since we cannot host an open mic night any time soon, we thought we'd host one online. Our very first "Virtual" Open Mic!

Join us as a participator or spectator!

Just want to watch? Please do! If you enjoy a particular video, feel free to leave a comment and/or share the video. Visit https://bit.ly/2Rcf2UK to enjoy submitted videos. Check back often to catch new submissions!

Want to sing? We encourage YOU — anyone who is interested — to send us a video of you singing your favorite song. Make sure you include your name, where you are from and if you are connected the Playhouse in any way - how! Actors - if you've performed here before include what show/s! Send your video via a filing sharing site like Google Drive, WeTransfer, Dropbox, etc to info@PlayhouseOnPark.org

West Hartford Art League holds online classes

With the announcement that COVID-19 is expected to peak in CT in late April & late May, West Hartford Art League has made the following changes to its schedule.

SPRING CLASSES: Our Spring session has been canceled due to recent reports about Covid-19.

You have the option of turning your class fee into a voucher that can be used at a future date, or of requesting a full refund. Please be patent if requesting a refund.

In the meantime, we are offering some of our spring classes ONLINE at http://westhartfordart.org/summer-camp.

We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to continue learning in a personailzed, safe, online environment,

SUMMER CAMP: Summer ART camp is scheduled to begin the week of June 22. As of now, we expect to hold classes on schedule. We will make adjustments if things change.

Class registration can be completed online at http://westhartfordart.org/summer-camp

PLEASE NOTE: In wake of this virus, as a small non-profit we are extremely vulnerable. Class and camp revenue make up a majority of our operating income. We have also had to cancel our spring fundraiser scheduled for May 29th,

If you are not able to take a class at this time, please consider turning your class refund into a voucher for future class use, supporting our organization with a gift card, or by making a tax deductible donation.

Either can be done by online at www.westhartfordart.org/donate-now, or by mail.

West Hartford Yoga streaming yoga classes

WEST HARTFORD — West Hartford Yoga is live streaming yoga classes, free of charge, from our West Hartford studio. Maintaining 6’ social distancing, and carefully cleaning the facility, equipment, and hands before and after each class, our teachers and staff are bringing yoga to hundreds via live streaming and thousands via archived videos during this challenging period.

We’ll keep this going as long as we’re still able, dependent upon state / legal mandates for quarantine or shelter in place. We’ll keep the schedule posted on our website (www.westhartfordyoga.com/), as well as on our Facebook story / page.

We’re looking forward to a time when we can come together as a community to practice - but until then, please enjoy these videos, and stay safe!

Live stream: www.facebook.com/westhartfordyoga/

Archived videos: www.facebook.com/pg/westhartfordyoga/videos/ and www.youtube.com/user/westhartfordyoga

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