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not your average nursery rhyme

Nick D'Angelo, Josiah Rowe and Scott MacDonald in Babes in Toyland

Need a festive break from holiday shopping and wrapping? Check out the Hartford Children’s Theatre production of BABES IN TOYLAND, the 2009-2010 Family MainStage Holiday Show.  BABES IN TOYLAND is a holiday classic that follows “Tom” and “Mary” on an incredible journey through Toyland.  Featuring the original Victor Herbert and Glen MacDonough score, this old-fashioned family musical is sure to delight audiences of all ages.

All performances take place at HCT’s Carriage House Theatre (360 Farmington Avenue):

Friday, December 18 at 7:00 pm
Saturday, December 19 at 10:00 am & 2:00 pm
Sunday, December 20 at 2:00 pm

Ticket info here.


tunes with twain at twilight

Twain At TwilightWho doesn’t love a free outdoor concert? And after all the rain we’ve been getting, any time there is an opportunity to sit outside and enjoy it not raining is a good excuse to do just that.

The folks at the Mark Twain House host outdoor concerts on select Tuesdays in the summer.  Bring your own chairs or blankets to their expansive lawn in the shadow of the crazy-brick home of one of America’s greatest writers. (If it rains, the event moves into the museum’s Great Hall.) Picnicking is encouraged, and there’s lots of room for the kids to run around. Performances, which run from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., are as follows:

–Tuesday, July 14: Girl Howdy, a high-energy, retro-twang, honky-tonk group of four musicians add tight vocal harmonies for a genuine jukebox sound. Their influences include Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, George Jones and other country-western legends.

–Tuesday, July 28: Carolyn Adams Band, a Caribbean-Gospel style group, is fronted by a mellow vocalist born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago who now resides in Hartford. Adams cites influences Patsy Kline, Kenny Rogers and Shirley Caesar to produce a smooth, tropical groove for easy summer listening.

The concerts are funded by the Evelyn W. Preston Memorial Trust Fund, Bank of America, Trustee, and the Knox Foundation; and supported in part by the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts campaign.

this week with the hartfordians: 12.04.08

Our apologies, these Hartfordians were too busy stuffing themselves with good, local, free-range turkey last week to post. 

We weren’t however, too busy to be out and about around town.  So were our good local bloggers.  Sam at Weekend Party Update shared a steak and a tipple at Trumbull Kitchen on Thanksgiving Eve, before heading to Barca.  On Tuesday, Mira Hartford attended the LoRes Fest ’08 at La Paloma Sabanera Coffeehouse, and provides a photo from Bluegrass Sundays at Firebox, one of our favorite restaurants in the city.

Actually, Lyrical Uncertainty was way out of town for the holiday — in China, he did, however, leave instructions for the care and feeding of his wife and dogs in his absence.  (We know it’s not about Hartford, but he blogged extensively about China while he was there, and his missives are well worth reading.)

By the way, Tomorrow Weekend Party Update heads to Ross Fredell’s Debut at the Hartford Art School.  The opening reception runs from 7:30 until 10:00.

Live in Hartford, clearly a heartier soul than we are, took the time to post a pretty darn comprehensive list of everything to do around town between now and New Year’s.  We were also happy to read that she’s just as excited as we are about the redevelopment of the broadcast house.  (Although we don’t consider it a monstrosity.  “Monstrosity” is a term we reserve, Constitution Plaza-ly speaking, for the abandoned Clarion.) 

If you do the impossible and burn through Live in Hartford’s activities, Real Hartford reminds us that, among many other fabulous things happening all month at the downtown library, they are making gingerbread houses.   We’ve always wanted to do that.  We’re so deprived.

Speaking of sweets, scary bunnies has pictures of the cutest doughnuts we’ve ever seen from Tastease on New Park Avenue.  We’ve never been there and must immediately add the joint to our list.  In Hartford, it turn out, even our doughnuts are adorable.  They should be served at every lesbian wedding Ladies in Waiting hopes will come to town.

Until next week!

this week with the hartfordians: 11.20.08

Welcome to our inaugural summary of what Hartfordish things Hartfordy people are blogging about this week.  Well, except Robin at A Bird in the Hand, who was too busy watching the West Wing to experience anything of the city.

Over at Two Ladies in Waiting, Meg quoted Twain on Hartford, recapped the Join the Impact Proposition 8 protests at Hartford City Hall, and weighed into the greater Hartford pizza debate.  Perhaps the interest in pizza was inspired by Emily from Live in Hartford, who provided a rundown on this latest iteration of Hartford Restaurant Week.

In Hartford arts and culture not served steaming and out of a brick oven, Mira Hartford broke the news that Amy Zed is leaving the HartBeat, The 40-Year Plan gave us a Connecticut history lesson, and Sam at Weekend Party Update got cozy with the Hartford Art School kiddos.

Oh, yeah, and just when we thought we had forgotten that damn “Come to Hartford. I swear, it’s fun” billboard, Real Hartford managed to remind us.