Calendar for Dec. 6, 2018 | Entertainment

Calendar for Dec. 6, 2018 | Entertainment


FREE BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING: 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. Thursday, December 6, 2018, 12:15 to 1:45 pm

FREE LECTURE, DISCUSSION: Tunxis Community College, 600 Building, Room 6-127. Light refreshments will be served. During inclement weather, please check the Tunxis website for updates at tunxis.edu, since events will be canceled or postponed if the college is closed. For more information, email rfierro@tunxis.edu. Dec. 6, 1:15 p.m. A discussion on “Gun Violence and School Shootings, a Cultural Explanation.”

ONE WORLD LECTURE SERIES: Noah Webster Library Meeting Room, 20 S. Main Street, West Hartford. Eminent university professors from around Connecticut visit the Noah Webster Library to talk on some of their favorite topics. Dec. 6, Thur., 7PM – Prof. Okey Ndibe “Seduction of Silence: Five Reasons Not to Surrender!” Register at www.westhartfordlibrary.org. Questions? Call 860-561-6990.

PLAY: ActUp Theater’s “Ebony Annie” comes alive on the stage this holiday season with their highly anticipated 3rd annual production. Mother-daughter duo, Faithlyn and Tyler, direct a multicultural cast of over 50 inner-city youth and community members with extraordinary talent. We invite you to join us for Ebony Annie’s four performances at Annie Fisher Montessori Magnet School, 280 Plainfield Street, Hartford, on Dec. 6, 7, & 8 at 7 PM and a matinee performance on Dec. 8 at 3 PM. https://bit.ly/2Qbc2JW for tickets.

BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP: Thursday, December 6, 1:30PM Faxon Branch, Lower Level, 1073 New Britain Ave, West Hartford. “The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead. No registration necessary. All are welcome to attend any library sponsored book group meeting.

HANUKKAH SERVICE: Celebrate Hanukkah. Friday, December 7 following 6:00 p.m. Shabbat Services at B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom, 180 Still Road, Bloomfield with a dairy potluck supper – Call for details and please RSVP by calling 860-243-3576 or office@btsonline.org.

HOLIDAY CONCERT: “And To All a Good Night” Friday, Dec. 7 – Saturday, Dec. 8, 8pm & Sunday, Dec. 9, 3pm. Hartford Gay Men’s Chorus perform their annual Holiday Concert “And To All a Good Night.” For more information and tickets, visit hartfordgaymenschorus.com Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford. www.thewadsworth.org.

CAFE NIGHT AND SALE: On December 7, we hear the music of the Sawtelles, a married duo performing with alternate-tuned guitar, various drum kit configurations and two voices. Sale hours are Saturday thru Thursday 10-6, Friday 10-9. Wesleyan Potters is located at 350 South Main Street, Middletown. For more info, call our office 860-347-5925, visit us at https://bit.ly/2DY4ZwY or find us on Facebook, Istagram, Twitter and YouTube.

WEEKEND RETREAT: An Advent contemplative weekend retreat, “Centering Prayer and the Heart of Mysticism,” takes place Dec 7-9. Therese Saulnier will explore how mysticism can deepen one’s relationship with God and transform everyday lives. $375, includes meals. Holy Family Retreat Center is located at 303 Tunxis Road, West Hartford. For more information, call 860-760-9705 or visit www.holyfamilyretreat.org.

FAMILY HOLIDAY POPS: FVSO Dec. 8 & 15: Due to popular demand, there will be two performances of the FVSO Holiday Pops Concerts in the Farmington Valley this season. Featuring Soprano Elizabeth Miller, the performances will be on Saturday, Dec. 8, 3 pm at Simsbury’s Eno Memorial Hall and on Saturday, Dec. 15, 3 pm at Porter Memorial Hall, Farmington. The hour-long program of familiar holiday music, presented without intermission, will be perfect for family members of all ages. www.fvso.org for tickets.

SECOND SATURDAYS FOR FAMILIES: “Winter Forest” Saturday, Dec. 8, 10am-1pm. Celebrate winter at the 45th Annual Festival of Trees & Traditions. Explore the trees on display, then create your own wintery artwork to take home or give as a gift to a friend. Museum admission is free during Second Saturdays activities. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford. www.thewadsworth.org.

FREE COMMUNITY HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIR: Saturday, December 8th; 10:30 AM – 4 PM. Hartford Mindfulness Center; 645 Farmington Ave, Hartford. with FREE refreshments. For more info: hartfordmindfulnesscenter.org or 860.231.8263.

5TH ANNUAL ARTISAN MARKET + FUNDRAISER: at Hartford Artspace Gallery on Sunday, December 9. For the past four years, Art+Soul Hartford has hosted a successful benefit artisan market in the heart of the Hartford arts scene, the Hartford Artspace Gallery, 555 Asylum Avenue in Hartford. A $5 suggested donation will be collected at the door. On Sunday, from 11am-4pm, the organizers are excited to, once again, support a local organization dedicated to helping at-risk animals.

ADVENT RETREAT: An Advent retreat for young adults will be held Sunday, Dec. 9, from 1-8 p.m. “A Young Adult’s Call to Holiness” is presented by Liza Peters and Colin Petramale of Holy Family and Patrick Laorden from the Archdiocese of Hartford’s Office for Catholic Social Justice Ministry. $30, includes meal. Holy Family Retreat Center is located at 303 Tunxis Road, West Hartford. For more information, call 860-760-9705 or visit www.holyfamilyretreat.org.

PRESIDENTS AND BROADWAY: To celebrate the arrival of the national tour of Hamilton at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts (December 11 – 30), the Broadway music radio program, “On Broadway,” will feature an all-Presidential themed show on Sunday, December 9 from 5:30-6:30pm on WRTC-FM, 89.3. The program can also be heard online at www.wrtcfm.com.

PROGRAM: Monday, December 10, 2018, 6:30 pm Avon Library Community Room, Avon Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, Avon. Adopted by the United Nations in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights set out a global standard of human rights, witness to the humanitarian devastation and tragedy of two World Wars. They affirm that fundamental human rights are to be universally protected. At the heart of this document is the recognition that health and access to adequate care, is central to the well being of all human beings. This is a sentiment also echoed in the 1948 Constitution of the World Health Organization. Joining us for a discussion on access to health as a human right will be United Nations Foundation Vice President, Kate Dodson.

PERFORMANCE, DINNER: Charter Oak Cultural Center’s free Youth Arts Winter Showcase and will be held on Monday, December 10 at 6:30 PM. The performance will be proceeded by a free community dinner at 5:30 PM. The event takes places at 21 Charter Oak Avenue in downtown Hartford. Via Charter Oak Cultural Center’s Youth Arts Initiative, children from the Hartford community are able to participate in private music lessons, group classes, as well as instrumental and vocal ensembles, all at no charge whatsoever. The Youth Arts Winter Showcase allows our student musicians to share all that they have learned and accomplished this fall with family, friends, and the general public. Charter Oak Cultural Center will provide a free community dinner at 5:30pm. As with the performance, the dinner is open to all. For more information, visit www.charteroakcenter.org.

FILM: “Inspired by True Stories” is the theme for a new film series at the Avon Free Public Library. Tuesday, December 11 @ 1:30 p.m. “Maudie” Resilient self-taught folk artist Maude Lewis finds beauty in her difficult life through her love of painting. Starring Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke. (2017, 1 hr. and 55 min., Rated PG-13.) All films will begin at 1:30 p.m. and will be shown in the Community Room at the Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, Avon, CT 06001. Free, no registration required, and snacks will be provided. For more information, please call the library at 860.673.9712 or visit online at www.avonctlibrary.info

AUTHOR VISIT: Julie Dobrow “After Emily: Two Remarkable Women and the Legacy of America’s Greatest Poet” Tuesday, December 11, 7PM Noah Webster Library Meeting Room, 20 South Main Street, West Hartford. When Emily Dickinson died in 1886, she was unknown outside of a small circle of family and friends. Two women changed that. In her new book, author Julie Dobrow chronicles the lives of Mabel Loomis Todd and daughter Millicent, who worked tirelessly to edit and publicize Dickinson’s work and eventually build her extraordinary literary legacy. Register at https://bit.ly/2BN7uRi Questions? Call 860-561-6990.

PROGRAM: Essays for the Ear: Recording Jewish Memories — Tema Silk, Commentary Editor for WFCR, New England Public Radio, will help you craft and record your own audio piece to keep and share with your family and friends – Wednesdays, December 12 from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford $60; $50 for JCC/BTS Members; free for Neshama Patrons — Please RSVP to B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom at 860-243-3576 or office@btsonline.org

TALK: “Reinventing Power: America’s Renewable Energy Boom” Wednesday, December 12, 6:30PM Noah Webster Library Meeting Room, 20 S. Main Street, West Hartford. “Reinventing Power: America’s Renewable Energy Boom” is a 50 minute documentary produced by the Sierra Club. The film focuses on people in 8 states whose lives were changed by the renewable energy industry. It explores various aspects of clean energy and underscores the notion that jobs, economic growth, and innovation don’t have to be sacrificed for a clean environment. Register at www.westhartfordlibrary.org. Questions? Call 860-561-6990.

OUTSTANDING FILM SERIES: 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 Rd. Avon. Thursday, December 13 @ 6:30 “My Left Foot,” 1989, Rated R – This film features Daniel Day-Lewis who gives an incredible performance as an individual born with cerebral palsy and thought to be intellectually challenged. Through grit and determination his character defies expectations and becomes a brilliant writer and artist. This uplifting and inspirational film was written and directed by Jim Sheridan, of last season’s popular film In America. This film will be shown with subtitles. Two hours.

OPERA TALKS: with Jeffrey Engel. Noah Webster Library Meeting Room, 20 S. Main Street, West Hartford. Music historian Jeffrey Engel will explore five operas of the Metropolitan Opera’s fall season in this interactive discussion series. Dec. 13 – Thursday, 1:30PM – Giuseppe Verdi / La Traviata. Register at www.westhartfordlibrary.org. Questions? Call 860-561-6990.

GALLERY TALK: “Surrealism in Exile” Thursday, Dec. 13, Noon. Join curators Oliver Tostmann and Frauke Josenhans of Yale University Art Gallery for an exploration of the loss and disruption faced by Surrealist artists during tenuous political situations. In conjunction with the special exhibition Monsters & Myths. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford. www.thewadsworth.org.

SIERRA CLUB MEETING: Sierra Club-Greater Hartford Group Holiday Potluck and Presentation Thursday Dec. 13th at 6:30 pm Westmoor Park, 119 Flagg Rd., West Hartford. Hiking in the Northeast Dolomite Region of Italy by Steve Olshewski. 6:30pm: Potluck supper (please bring own place setting plus salad, side, entrée or dessert to share for 8 persons), 7:30pm Program Refreshments provided. ($4 donation requested to defray hall rental) Questions: Renee at mchawigirl@yahoo.com

MYSTERY TOURS: Get a Clue Murder Mystery House Tours, December 14, 7-8 pm. Hour-long tours leave every 15 minutes. $25. Play our live-action version of the classic board game CLUE in an hour-long tour featuring the famed comedy troupe SEA TEA IMPROV portraying Twains beloved characters/suspects. CLUE Tours provide all the murder, mayhem, and merriment you expect in a whodunit. The December tour has a holiday spin. Information at https://bit.ly/2AJwPK8. Mark Twain House, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford.

CONCERT: “Monsters & Myths” by The Haven String Quartet Sunday, Dec. 16, 2pm. The Haven String Quartet focuses on Bela Bartok’s Sixth String Quartet and also features works by his contemporaries who explored Surrealism and folklorist through their music. Tickets $38/$28 members; includes museum admission. Purchase tickets at thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford. www.thewadsworth.org.

TALK: It Really Happened In Connecticut Sunday, December 16, 2PM Noah Webster Library Meeting Room, 20 S. Main Street, West Hartford, Witchcraft trials, serial killers and other fascinating yet true stories from the Nutmeg state. A presentation by historian Diana Ross McCain, author of It Happened in Connecticut & Mysteries and Legends of New England. Register at www.westhartfordlibrary.org. Questions? Call 860-561-6990.

MEETING: Jewish Genealogical Society of CT. Please join the Jewish Genealogical Society of Connecticut on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 1:30 pm when Alan Shucat presents “History of Jewish Migration, the Diaspora, and Changing National Borders.” The presentation will be held at Temple Sinai, 41 West Hartford Rd, Newington. The program is free and open to the public. For additional information, visit www.jgsct.org.

FILM: “Inspired by True Stories” is the theme for a new film series at the Avon Free Public Library. Tuesday, December 18 @ 1:30 pm. Victoria & Abdul. The unlikely friendship between Queen Victoria and a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim. Starring Judi Dench and Ali Fazal. (2017, 1 hr. and 51 min., Rated PG-13.) All films will begin at 1:30 p.m. and will be shown in the Community Room at the Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, Avon, CT 06001. Free, no registration required, and snacks will be provided. For more information, please call the library at 860.673.9712 or visit online at www.avonctlibrary.info

MORNING BOOK CLUB: The informal group meets once a month on Wednesday mornings at the Avon Free Public Library. Everyone is welcome, no registration required. Books are available ahead of time at the Reference Desk. Wednesday, December 19 @ 10:30 a.m. “Educated, A Memoir” by Tara Westover. A testament to perseverance and the life-changing power of education. The library is at 281 Country Club Road in Avon. For further information, please call the library at 860.673.9712 ext. 4 or visit us online at www.avonctlibrary.info.

FREE BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING: 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. Thursday, Dec. 20, 12:15 to 1:45 pm

WINTER SOLSTICE CANDLELIGHT YIN YOGA: Friday evening, December 21, Cynthia will lead her favorite class of the year, Winter Solstice Candlelight Yin Yoga from 6:00 – 7:15. PM Yin Yoga is a very slow-moving, deeply meditative style of yoga that stems from the Taoist tradition and is extraordinarily grounding. Beginners welcome. Suggested donation for this class is $20 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 cjwolcott@hotmail.com.

CONNETIC DANCE: The Nutcracker Suite and Spicy. Friday, Dec. 21 – Saturday, Dec. 22, 8pm & Sunday, Dec. 23, 2pm. CONNetic Dance puts a contemporary twist on this holiday classic, featuring a fusion of athletic dance forms including tap, jazz, and hip hop, and a sense of humor!For information and tickets, visit www.conneticdance.com or call (860) 251-9194. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford. www.thewadsworth.org.

DRAG BRUNCH: Babs for the Holiday. Sunday, Dec. 23, 10:30am & 12:30pm. Join us for this holiday-inspired Drag Brunch in the Untitled Bistro with “Barbra Streetsand,” starring Tony Di Pietro. After, explore the galleries on your own or take a tour with a docent. Tickets include museum admission, brunch, and one complimentary Bloody Mary or Mimosa. There are two seatings, one at 10:30 am and one at 12:30 pm; tickets are $38/$28 members. Purchase tickets at https://bit.ly/2PfWzTE. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford. www.thewadsworth.org.

JAZZ BRUNCH: Sarah Hanahan Quartet. Sunday, Dec. 30, 10:30am & 12:30pm An a la carte brunch in the Untitled Bistro featuring live music by the Sarah Hanahan Quartet. Tickets $38/$28 members; includes museum admission. Purchase tickets at thewadsworth.org. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford. www.thewadsworth.org.

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 cjwolcott@hotmail.com.

BOOK DRIVE: Greater Hartford Holiday Book Drive provides new and gently used books to at-risk elementary school students across our region. The book drive will run through December 21, with three drop-off locations in West Hartford, and an online donation option. All new book donations are presented to at-risk students and all used book donations are given to libraries at Children’s Reading Partners’ participating schools and partner organizations. Donated books should be appropriate for grades pre-K through 4. They may be hardcover or paperback, new or very lightly used. Drop-off locations include: Beth El Temple, 2626 Albany Avenue, West Hartford, 860.233.9696; Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford, 860.233.8215; Keller Williams Realty, 29 South Main Street, West Hartford, 860.977.3176. Financial contributions are also welcome at bit.ly/GHBookDrive2018; all proceeds are used to purchase new books for at-risk students.

PLAY: “Christmas On The Rocks.” TheaterWorks Hartford through December 23. An offbeat collection of twisted holiday tales by John Cariani, Jeffrey Hatcher, Jenn Harris & Matthew Wilkas, Jacques Lamarre, Theresa Rebeck, and Edwin Sanchez. www.theaterworkshartford.org for tickets and information.

DONATE YOUR CAR: Donate your car, truck or van and help raise funds for a local private school. Free, Fast, Tow Away. Running or Not Running. Can be used for a charitable tax deduction. Call Charter Oak Education dba Sterling Education at 860-643-1100.

OPEN ENROLLMENT: Find us on Mondays – Fridays, 10:30AM-5:30PM at health centers and libraries across the state during Open Enrollment. We’re here to answer your questions and help you enroll. Open Enrollment Ends December 15. We are happy to offer 20% off Lyft rides to all enrollment fairs and enrollment locations. Use LYFT CODE: WESTHARTFORDOE for West Hartford. Noah Webster Library, 20 S Main Street, West Hartford.

ATLANTIC MAGAZINE DISCUSSION: Tuesdays 7 PM. Noah Webster Library Board Room, 20 S. Main Street, West Hartford. Grab your free copy of The Atlantic magazine (at the Information Desk) and join the library-sponsored discussion at 7:00pm on the third Tuesday of most months in the Noah Webster Library Board Room, 20 South Main Street. All you need is a penchant for current affairs and thirst for lively discussion. Visit www.westhartfordlibrary.org for more information.

MEDICARE CHOICES: Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging is holding free CHOICES counseling sessions during Medicare’s Annual Open Enrollment Period. Individuals will meet one on one with a CHOICES counselor to discuss Medicare benefit options. CHOICES is Connecticut’s program for Health insurance assistance, Outreach, Information and referral, Counseling, and Eligibility Screening. CHOICES counselors advise, educate and empower individuals to navigate the increasingly complex Medicare program and help beneficiaries make choices among a vast array of options to best meet their needs. The sessions will be held Wednesdays, Nov. 28, and Dec. 5, 9:30 a.m. to noon, at Elmwood Senior Center, 1106 New Britain Ave. Spaces are limited and appointments must be made. To register, call Elmwood Senior Center, 860.561.8180.

DEMENTIA SUPPORT GROUP: Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging is presenting a free dementia support group at the West Hartford Senior Center. The group meets on the first Tuesday of every month, from 10 to 11 a.m., at the senior center located at 15 Starkel Road, West Hartford. Those who care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia will be able to learn useful skills while voicing their concerns. Topics include communication techniques, caregiver support, safety issues, benefits of activities and daily routine, family dynamics, stages of the disease process, behavior management and more. Facilitators are Michelle Wyman, LSW, CDP, dementia specialist, Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging, and Elaine Reid, CDP, director of client services, Companions for Living. For more information or to register for the dementia support group, call Wyman at 860.666.7258, email Michelle.Wyman@hhchealth.org; or Reid at 860.712.4614, email Ereid@companionsforliving.com.

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 9:00 — 10:00 a.m.. The dates are December 17 & 31; January 14 & 28; and February 11 & 25. The Fern Street Food Pantry dates and hours are 10:00 a.m. — 11:30 a.m., December 15, January 19, and February 16. For more information about the Fern Street Food Ministry, contact: communitybreakfast@westhartforduu.org, foodsharemobile@westhartforduu.org, FoodPantry@westhartforduu.org or 860-233-3669 x109.

FRIDAY NIGHT LECTURES: Friday Night Lectures with Gen Khyenwang of Odiyana Buddhist Center. Develop mental peace through meditation.Held at Popover Bistro, 928 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury. Lecture: 7:00 — 8:15 pm | Social 8:15 — 9:00pm. Sept 21 — Living Fearlessly in Modern Life; Oct 19 ~ Diffusing Conflict with Patient Acceptance and Nov 30 ~ The Art of Harmonious Relationships.$12 per class. No one turned away for lack of funds. For info, visit our website at: www.meditationinconnecticut.org or call 860-266-6041.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE SUPPORT GROUP: A free open support group for parents concerned about substance abuse will begin weekly meetings on Wednesday evenings. The group will meet every Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. at the offices of The Next Right Thing. LLC, 345 North Main St., Suite 306, West Hartford. Any parent concerned about their late teens’ marijuana or other substance use may join and participate in one or more sessions. The group is free and open. Walk-ins are welcome, but pre-registration is advised. To register, or for information contact: The Next Right Thing at (860) 233-8803 or info@TheNextRightThing.net.

INTRODUCTION TO JUDAISM: Wednesday evenings at 7 pm. Held at Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford. www.cbict.org / bethisrael@cbict.org / 860-233-8215 Presented by the Reform rabbis of the greater Hartford area. Curriculum offers comprehensive study including basic Hebrew, Jewish history, liturgy, holidays, lifecycle events and the Jewish perspective on spirituality, values and community. $180 per person / $230 per couple. Contact Cheryl Goldberg, cgoldberg@cbict.org or 860-233-8215 ext. 2230 to obtain more information or to register.





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