Virtual offerings from West Hartford area venues

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

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 an online-only live-streamed recital series. The half-hour performances, featuring local musicians, continue each Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. via St. John’s YouTube channel and St. John’s Facebook page.

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

The Wednesday recitals will be streamed at St. John’s YouTube channel and St. John’s Facebook page.

May 13: Pi-Hsun Shih, piano

May 20: Scott Lamlein, organ

May 27: Christa Rakich, clavichord

More events will be announced as they are added to the series.

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Since we closed our doors in March, an art show featuring Conard and Hall High School students has been sitting in the dark with no one to appreciate it. We decided to change that. For the first time ever we created a virtual gallery show. Go to to take a virtual tour of the show featuring 50 works of art by local students — including paintings, sculptures, ceramics and drawings.

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

May 13: Qwes - Hartford’s own singer/songwriter

May 20: Leenya Rideout fiddle included (Woody Sez, 2014)

*Sponsored by the Greater Hartford Arts Council

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

May 7: Christianne Noll (“Next to Normal” 2017)

May 14, 20, 21: Season Announcement with Taneisha Duggan and Eric Ort

May 21: Melia Bensussen from Hartford Stage and Donna Lynn Hilton from Goodspeed Musicals

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Connecticut presents Joel Spector, via webinar, on Sunday, May 17, 2020, at 1:30 pm. The topic is The Growth of the Jewish Population in Russia Through the 1897 All-Russia Census. This presentation will first describe patterns of Jewish population growth in Russia, beginning with early historical data, then trace the creation and changing designations of the Russian gubernias. Early population data from Russian revision lists (revisie skazki) will also be incorporated. There will be some discussion of Russian laws affecting Jews in the Pale of Jewish Settlement and the legal restrictions on Jewish movement there. The presentation will conclude with a description of Jewish population data from the 1897 All-Russia Census, both for the Pale and for all of Russia.

Joel Spector has been a genealogist for over 30 years. He has been president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Philadelphia, where he has also been chairperson of its Russian Special Interest Group.

The program is free and open to the public. Register at

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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 to enjoy submitted videos. Check back often to catch new submissions!

Want to sing? We encourage 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

Dance with Darlene: Playhouse on Park’s Co-Founder/Co-Artistic Director, Darlene Zoller, is teaching dance and exercise classes daily on Facebook Live. “Like” Playhouse on Park Theatre on Facebook, and tune in at 12 p.m. every day to get moving!

Shoot the Sh*t with Sean: Join Sean Harris, Playhouse on Park’s Co-Founder/Co-Artistic Director, for a weekly chat via Facebook Live. Hang out, ask questions, and learn more about the role of an Artistic Director and Casting Director. Sean will be live every Saturday at 11 a.m.

Virtual Open Mic: Playhouse on Park has had some pretty incredible open mic nights over the years, and the talent has always been mind-blowing. Now, you can enjoy Open Mic Night from the comfort of your own home! Subscribe to Playhouse on Park’s Open Mic YouTube channel to stay updated as new videos are posted:

Where Are They Now?: A weekly series of video interviews, hosted by Sean Harris and Darlene Zoller. They chat with cast members from favorite Playhouse on Park productions. Additionally, Playwrights on Park Curator Sasha Brätt interviews playwrights from past readings. Find out what everyone is up to, what they are working on, where they are working, what’s happened with the plays, and enjoy their casual conversations. Check out and subscribe to Playhouse on Park’s “Where Are They Now?” YouTube channel:

For more information on Playhouse on Park’s online events, visit the Plan Your Visit page on

With the announcement that COVID-19 is expected to peak in Connecticut in late April and 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

We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to continue learning in a personalized, 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

Please note: In wake of this virus, as a small nonprofit 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, or by mail.

WEST HARTFORD — West Hartford Yoga is live streaming yoga classes, free of charge, from our West Hartford studio. Maintaining 6-feet 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 (, 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!

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Archived videos: and

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