GALLERY TALK: Giorgione’s La Vecchia in Context. Thursday, May 23; Noon. Portrait? Allegory? Homage? Critique? Learn more about Giorgione’s bewildering and extraordinary painting La Vecchia with curator Oliver Tostmann. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford. www.thewadsworth.org/
FINANCIAL SEMINAR: Putting off planning for your future? It’s closer than you think. Join us to learn about securing your legacy through proper estate and financial planning. Thursday, May 23, 2019, 6:00 pm. Max’s Oyster Bar, 964 Farmington Ave., West Hartford. Complimentary dinner will be served. RSVP to Gayle Klim, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 860-730-2151 by May 20.
FILM: “Be Natural: The Untold Story Of Alice Guy-Blaché” about the first female filmmaker, narrated by Jodie Foster, is opening at Real Art Ways on May 24. Trailer https://benaturalthemovie.com Synopsis When Alice Guy-Blaché completed her first film in 1896 Paris, she was not only the first female filmmaker, but one of the first directors ever to make a narrative film. Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché follows her rise from Gaumont secretary to her appointment as head of production a year later, and her subsequent illustrious 20-year career in France and in the United States, as the founder of her own studio and as writer, director, and/or producer of 1,000 films, after which she was veritably erased from history. Until now. Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor Street, Hartford.
CT LYRIC OPERA: Verdi’s Don Carlo. Sunday, May 26; 2pm. This opera tells the story of the real-life figure Don Carlo, prince of Spain. Themes of secret love, heroic friendships, religious fanaticism, and ultimate sacrifices combine to make Don Carlo one of Verdi’s most monumental operas. For information and tickets, visit thevirtuosi.ticketleap.com. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford. www.thewadsworth.org/
FILM: The Old Man and the Gun on Tuesday, May 28, 1:30 P.M. Sissy Spacek and Robert Redford share a late-in-life romance in this movie based on a true story of a man who escapes from prison at age 70. (2018 ; 1 hr. and 33min ; PG-13) Avon Public Library, 281 Country Club Road in Avon. For more information call 860-673-9712 or visit www.avonctlibrary.info.
TALK: Helping Children Cope with Trauma. Join us for a parenting workshop on Helping Children Cope with Trauma with Dr. Lang, Clinical Psychologist at the Child Health and Development Institute. Many children are exposed to potentially traumatic events and experiences as they grow up. These can include violence, abuse, loss of or separation from loved ones, accidents, natural disasters, and many other types of events. Tuesday, May 28, 6:45PM. Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main Street, West Hartford. www.westhartford.library.com . 860-561-6950
PERENNIAL GARDEN TOUR: 10 to 11 am on May 29. Elizabeth Park, 1561 Asylum Ave.,West Hartford. Join us for a tour of the Perennial Garden led by Horticulturist Rosemary Aldridge. Tour is FREE and begins at the flagpole outside the green Cottage. Registration is not required. After your tour, enjoy lunch at the Pond House Cafe! Every purchase made at the Pond House supports the Elizabeth Park Conservancy and the beautiful gardens
TALK: Is Estrogen the Answer? Menopause and its symptoms affect all women in different ways. Some women may suffer with hot flashes, depression, weight gain and other symptoms while others will breeze through this phase with almost no impact. Join us on Tuesday, May 29 at 6:30PM at Bishops Corner to hear more. 15 Starkel Road, West Hartford. 860-561-8210
ALL ABOUT TREES: Which varieties of Connecticut’s native trees work best in your surroundings? Master Gardener and educator Dr. Carl Salsedo will help you choose on Thursday, May 30 at 7PM. The names of everyone registered will be included in a drawing to win a copy of the beautiful book, “The Hidden Life of Trees” — you must be present to win. Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main Street, West Hartford. www.westhartford.library.com . 860-561-6950
CONCERT SERIES: “Mahler 5” May 31-June 2. Beethoven Concerto for Violin, Violoncello & Piano in C Major, Op. 56, “Triple Concerto” Mahler Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor. Featuring: Carolyn Kuan conductor; Leonid Sigal HSO concertmaster; Eric Dahlin HSO assistant principal cello; Margreet Francis HSO piano. We conclude our 75th season with Mahler’s epic Symphony No. 5! This pivotal work moves from tragedy to celebration, and its fourth movement, a declaration of love for his wife Alma, is his most renowned composition. Beethoven’s rich “Triple Concerto” features a dynamic interplay between soloists and orchestra, and showcases three of the HSO’s gifted musicians. Visit www.hartfordsymphony.org for tickets and information.
CONCERT: Grand Organ Music of Great Britain 7 to 9 pm on May 31. St James Episcopal Church 1018 Farmington Ave., West Hartford. After many months of anticipation, the extensive re-building and enlargement of the three-manual Austin Organ at St James’s is complete! Please join us for a very special recital to re-dedicate this marvelous instrument. Vaughn Mauren, Organist and Choirmaster at St James’s, has chosen a program of “Grand Organ Music of Great Britain,” with selections by Elgar, Stanford, Howells, Bairstow, Whitlock, and Walton. For more information visit https://bit.ly/2Uic3Nw.
WEST HARTFORD ART LEAGUE FUNDRAISER: Friday, May 31, 6 p.m The Town and County Club, Hartford. 85th Anniversary Fundraiser Gala Dinner, live & silent auction. Open bar. $85 per person. This event supports the many programs, exhibits, classes and scholarships we offer throughout the year. Visit www.whal.org for more information.
TREE WALK: Join arborist John Kehoe on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 10:00 am for a guided walk featuring Cedar Hill Cemetery’s rare and notable trees. The tour, through the ornamental foreground and historic memorial sections, will highlight trees such as the beautiful European Weeping Beech, the unusual (for the Northeast) Umbrella Magnolia, and the Huss Hemlock named for a resident of Cedar Hill. Admission is free. Cedar Hill Cemetery, 453 Fairfield Ave. in Hartford. The walk begins near the bridge along the entrance drive. For more information contact Beverly Lucas at email@example.com or (860) 956-3311. Visit the Foundation’s website, https://bit.ly/2VOUiaa, for information.
CT VIRTUOSI CHAMBER ORCHESTRA: Music of Revelations. Sunday, June 2; 2pm. An exploration of music reflecting milestone events of social change. Virtuosi presents pieces that inspired or expressed progress, equality, human rights, and all human values we now take for granted, including Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 (Eroica) and Shostakovich’s String Symphony No. 8. For information and tickets, visit www.thevirtuosi.ticketleap.com. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.
GARDEN SERIES: at the Avon Free Public Library. Programs are free and open to all, no need to register. The library is at 281 Country Club Road in Avon. Thursday, June 6, 1:30 pm. Container Gardening: Ornamentals and Vegetables. Presented by Thomas Rathier, The CT Agricultural Station. For more information, please call the library at 860.673.9712 or visit www.avonctlibrary.info.
BLOOD SUGAR, BLOOD PRESSURE TESTING: Free Blood Sugar Testing (New!) and Blood Pressure Screening Dates at the Avon Public Library Thursday, June 6, 12:15 to 1:45 pm. Free and all welcome. Registration not necessary, just drop-in. For more information contact Patrice Celli at 860-673-9712 ext. 234. The Avon Public Library is located at 281 Country Club Road, Avon.
UFO PROGRAM: Dyke Spear, Attorney, Evaluates the UFO Evidence. Thursday, June 6, 6:30 PM. As a spokesman and field investigator for the CT Chapter of MUFON (Mutual UFO Network), Attorney Dyke Spear is highly qualified to give an insightful analysis of the UFO phenomenon. For the past 35 years, Attorney Spear has interacted, researched and conferenced with the leading UFO researchers in the world. Occasionally controversial—but always colorful—Attorney Spear presents an informative and entertaining analysis of the UFO mystery. Registration in advance: Manross Library, 860-584-7790, 260 Central Street, Forestville. Free.
ART AFTER DARK: Hot to Trot. Thursday, June 6; 5-8pm. Let’s Tango. Listen to music by June Bisantz and Alex Nakhimovsky from their newly released CD, Love’s Tango. Watch a tango demonstration then try the sensual dance yourself. Indulge in an Argentinean Malbec wine tasting. At 6:30pm MATRIX artist Tom Burr leads a gallery talk. The night also includes free food, cash bar, art activity, and museum tour. $5; free for members. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.
GALLERY TALK: Arthur Dove’s Creativity in Color. Friday, June 7; Noon. Investigate Arthur Dove’s hypnotizing hues and surprising color studies with Rachael DeLue, professor of art history at Princeton University. Learn more about Dove’s connections to avant-garde literature, popular music and more. Free with museum admission. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.
TELL ME ANOTHER: The Ten Commandments — A Shavuot Storytelling Event Saturday, June 8 at 7:00 p.m. at B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom, 180 Still Road, Bloomfield. Join storyteller Terry Wolfish Cole who will tell a story and host a show of tales centered around learning, keeping and breaking the Ten Commandments. Free and open to the public but please RSVP by calling BTS at 860-243-3576 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in telling a story of your own, please email Terry at email@example.com.
JUNETEENTH COMMUNITY DAY: Hacking History. Saturday, June 8; 10am-5pm. Challenge yourself to reinterpret and reimagine objects from the Wadsworth’s collection. Enjoy family-friendly performances, art making, and tours. Free. Presented in partnership with The Amistad Center for Art & Culture. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.
CONCERT: The Music of John Williams - On the Lawn, June 9: The FVSO season will conclude with its Lawn Concert, Sunday, June 9, 6:00 p.m. on the grounds of First Church, Farmington. The program will feature favorites from the movie music of John Williams including “Jurassic Park,” “ET,” “Star Wars,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and more. Bring your picnic basket and lawn chair. Picnicking begins at 5:00 p.m. Children and young people age 17 and younger are admitted free to all performances. For more information with links to order tickets, please go to the FVSO web site: www.fvso.org or call 800-975-FVSO.
GALLERY TALK: Nature Through Their Eyes. Wednesday, June 12; Noon. Out of nature and onto paper. Curator Erin Monroe shares how modern artists breathed new life into otherwise traditional subjects in Nature Through Their Eyes: American Moderns on Paper. Free with museum admission. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.
OUTSTANDING FILM SERIES: Film intro & post film discussion will be led by local film expert, Bob Kagan, Professor of Communication at CCSU and University of Hartford. Snacks to share are welcome. The films are free and open to the public, registration is not required. For more information call the Avon Public Library 860-673-9712 or visit www.avonctlibrary.info. The Avon Public Library is at 281 Country Club Road., Avon. Thursday, June 13, @ 6:30 pm “Paper Clips,” 2004, directed by Elliot Berlin, Joe Fab. This life-affirming documentary follows students from a middle school in Tennessee as they try to grasp the magnitude of the 6 million Jews murdered in the Holocaust. Deciding to collect one paper clip for each victim, their project takes on an international scope and magnificently demonstrates the range of human behavior and emotions. Rated G, 1 hr 22 minutes.
ROSE WEEKEND: America’s oldest public rose garden celebrates its 115th anniversary Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16 with a wide range of free educational and family-friendly activities during Rose Weekend. The annual event showcases Elizabeth Park’s stunning gardens at the peak of their seasonal beauty, featuring thousands of rose bushes and arches in bloom. SATURDAY: Painters in the Park, Poetry in the Park. SUNDAY: Community, Cultural, Garden, & Arts Organizations, USJ School of Pharmacy Medicine Garden Tour, Connecticut Iris Society Rhizomes Sale, Scavenger Hunt for the Whole Family, Pond House Cafe Food Court, Connecticut Rose Society’s 38th Annual Rose Show at the Pond House. ON BOTH DAYS: The Bonsai Society Annual Show, Demo and Sale, Free Rose Garden Tours by Rosarian Stephen Scanniello. Event Is Free And Open To The Public. For a more detailed description of the Rose Weekend schedule, visit https://bit.ly/2HDsADj.
FATHER’S DAY JAZZ BRUNCH: Sarah Rose Nunes and Joe Carter. Sunday, June 16; 10:30am & 12:30pm. Bring Dad to a buffet brunch in the Untitled Bistro with live jazz by Sarah Rose Nunes and Joe Carter. After, enjoy the galleries on your own or take a tour with a docent. Tickets include museum admission, jazz, brunch, and one complementary bloody mary or mimosa. There are two seatings, one at 10:30am & one at 12:30pm. $38; $28 members. Purchase at www.thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford.
TALK: Avon Free Public Library presents: Acadia National Park: a History with Ronald Epp, Ph.D. Monday, June 17, 2019, 2:00 PM Acadia National Park is a highly prized environmental asset. As the first national park established east of the Mississippi River, its origins and early history were neglected until the 2016 centennials of the park and the National Park Service. Learn more about the unique circumstances that made this coastal Maine sanctuary on Mount Desert Island an enduring national treasure from the author of Creating Acadia National Park: The Biography of George B. Dorr. For more information, contact Cyndi Larsen firstname.lastname@example.org 860-673-9712. Free and open to the public. No registration. Avon Public Library is at 281 Country Club Road., Avon.
MORNING BOOK CLUB: Avon Public Library, 281 Country Club Road in Avon. For further information, please call the library at 860-673-9712 ext. 4 or visit www.avonctlibrary.info. Wednesday, June 19 @ 10:30 a.m. The Wife by Meg Wolitzer. A woman confronts the sacrifices she’s made in order to achieve the life she thought she wanted.
GARDEN SERIES: at the Avon Free Public Library. Programs are free and open to all, no need to register. The library is at 281 Country Club Road in Avon. Thursday, June 20, 6:30 pm. Thieves, Charlatans, and James Bond: The Shady History of Ten Plants that Gave Us Health and Happiness. Presented by Prof. Richard Benfield, CCSU. For more information, please call the library at 860.673.9712 or visit www.avonctlibrary.info.
BLOOD SUGAR, BLOOD PRESSURE TESTING: Free Blood Sugar Testing (New!) and Blood Pressure Screening Dates at the Avon Public Library Thursday, June 20, 12:15 to 1:45 pm. Free and all welcome. Registration not necessary, just drop-in. For more information contact Patrice Celli at 860-673-9712 ext. 234. The Avon Public Library is located at 281 Country Club Road, Avon.
FILM: Friday, June 21 at 1:30 pm “Mary Cassatt: A Brush With Independence” Celebrate the 175th anniversary of Mary Cassatt’s birth with a viewing of the film “Mary Cassatt: A Brush with Independence.” The film tells the story of one of the foremost 19th century Impressionist painters. (2003; 57 min.; Not rated) All movies are free and open to the public. No need to register. Movie munchie snacks will be served. The Avon Free Public Library is at 281 Country Club Road, Avon. For more information call the library at 860-673-9712 or visit www.avonctlibrary.info.
YOGA: 3 weekly classes on an ongoing basis: Monday evenings, 6:00 - 7:15 PM, All Levels Yoga; Wednesday and Friday mornings, 9:30 - 10:45 AM, Gentle Yoga. Beginners welcome. These classes are ongoing and the suggested donation is $15 - $18 and any amount is welcome. All classes take place in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Universalist Church of West Hartford, 433 Fern Street. Ample off-street parking is available behind the church. If you have questions, please email Cynthia at
CALLING FOR ARTISTS: An opportunity to show and sell your work. Art Fair, June 22 at West Hartford Art League, 37 Buena Vista Road, West Hartford. For more info visit https://bit.ly/2VgYo5v. Rain date: Sunday, June 23. Placement is outside on our grounds (blacktop). Iron and Grain food truck will be on site from 11-3 p.m. Categories of artwork to be displayed include: Paintings, Pastel, Mixed Media Art, Sculpture, Prints, Photography, Graphics, Ceramics, Fiber, Wood, Glass, Mixed Media Craft, Jewelry. Artists are solely responsible for their art and display. We assume no responsibility for loss or damage to any art work, display or personal injury. All work must be original fine art or hand-made craft created by the exhibiting artist.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: Registration is open for Vacation Bible School (VBS), Summer 2019. Held at First Church, 12 South Main Street, West Hartford Center, VBS is a town-wide ecumenical program open to children and youth from any denomination. The morning will be filled with games, songs, snacks and opportunities to learn. Open to children entering Kindergarten through 5th grade, the program will be held June 24-July 28, 9:00 am until 12:00 pm. Middle school and high school students are welcome to register as crew or assistant leaders. Learn more about this exciting summer program and register at the church website, whfirstchurch.org or call Lauren Dube, 860-233-9605 x 106.
THE FERN STREET COMMUNITY KITCHEN: has upcoming dates for Free Community Breakfasts, Food Pantry and Mobile Foodshare Distribution for neighbors in need. The Mobile Foodshare will be distributing food in the back parking lot of the Community Kitchen at the Universalist Church at 433 Fern Street in West Hartford from 9:15 — 9:45 a.m. Breakfast is served from 9:15 — 10:00 a.m. The Fern Street Food Pantry date and hours are 10:00 a.m. — 11:30 a.m. For more information about the Fern Street Food Ministry, contact: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, FoodPantry@westhartforduu.org or 860-233-3669 x109.
ANXIETY WORKSHOP: Do you, or someone you love, suffer with anxiety? Would you like to learn more about how to handle it? The Franciscan Life Center is offering a six-week educational program under the direction of Dr. Thomas Finn, a clinical psychologist on staff. Wednesdays, April 25 — May 30, 7 - 8:30 pm. Franciscan Life Center Campus, Chiara Center Seminar Room, 275 Finch Ave., Meriden. Cost: $40.00 per session. 203-237-8084
PLAY: “Actually” By Anna Ziegler Directed by Taneisha Duggan. May 23 - June 23. At a raucous party during their freshman year at Princeton, Tom and Amber connect in ways that seem innocent enough at first. But as things progress, they find themselves in murky territory, with ramifications that could affect the rest of their lives. What actually happened between them? Tackling the highly charged topic of sexual consent, this play explores the intersection of gender and race on campus today. This deeply felt, funny and thought-provoking play comes from fast-rising playwright Anna Ziegler. TheaterWorks, 233 Pearl Street, Hartford. For stage times, tickets and more information, visit https://bit.ly/2nDK7Dq