December 2014 – March 2015

Dec
4
Thu
First Thursday: Night of Illumination!
Dec 4 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

first thursday festival of trees and traditions_thursday_webFirst Thursday: Night of Illumination: Be the first to purchase a tree or wreath at the 41st Annual Festival of Trees & Traditions with music by DJ Jon Eastman, a holiday-inspired art activity, a sneak peek of CONNetic Dance’s The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy and more! Cocktails and treats provided by Onyx Moonshine, Olde Burnside Brewing Company, NoRA Cupcakes, Infinity Music Hall & Bistro and Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ. Film at 8pm: The Shop Around the Corner.

*$8; $3 for members and students with ID (includes film).

Facebook event here.

View photos from last year’s December First Thursday!

First Thursday After Hours: Join us the first Thursday of every month for extended exhibition hours, music, cocktails, food, art activities, a film & more!

*As a museum fundraiser $3 is added to all admissions during Festival of Trees & Traditions.

Film: The Shop Around the Corner
Dec 4 @ 8:00 pm – 9:15 pm

ShopAroundCorner_webFilm: The Shop Around the Corner: In this comedic holiday classic, two employees at a gift shop can barely stand one another, without realizing that they’re falling in love through the mail as each other’s anonymous pen pal. 1942. USA. 99 min. Not Rated. B&W. Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Starring Margaret Sullavan and James Stewart.

Free with admission to First Thursday: Night of Illumination!

Presented by Data-Mail, Inc. and the Mandell Family.

Dec
12
Fri
CONNetic Dance’s The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy
Dec 12 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy_clarice_webCONNetic Dance’s The Nutcracker Suite & SpicyHartford-based professional contemporary ballet company CONNetic Dance is best known for its annual production of The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy, an original and entertaining take on the beloved holiday classic. 2014 marks the 5th annual performance of the production, which has fast become a Hartford holiday tradition and draws dance-loving audiences from NYC and Boston.

The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy features the CONNetic Dance’s signature style of choreography by Director Carolyn Paine. Using a fusion of athletic dance forms including tap, jazz, and hip hop, the production is seasoned with a signature sense of humor. The curtain opens on an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party, featuring a break dancing doll brought by suave Drosselmeyer, and an athletic and dizzying snow ball scene with acrobatic dancing using pearly white exercise balls.

In Act II, the audience meets sexy hip hop Sugar Rum and CONNetic Dance’s signature Florettes in a high kicking, Rockettes-inspired Waltz of the Flowers, followed by a battle between Club Rat and the Nutcracker in the Club of Sweet Temptations. It is all set to a fun compilation of diverse music inspired by Tchaikovsky’s classic score.

The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy has a great sense of humor, creative choreography, and is accessible and enjoyable for all. It is a show as truly diverse as the city from which it hails, with talented professional dancers from varied backgrounds performing choreography from all forms of dance. Hartford.com said of last year’s performance, “If you’re not into the classic version of The Nutcracker, this version will tickle your Sugar Plums.”

The production’s backdrop features a magical winter Hartford skyline painting by Connecticut artist Nina Salazar, also the museum’s Teaching Artist.

Purchase tickets online or call 860-251-9194 (group rates available).

ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCES
Saturday, December 13 at 8pm
Sunday, December 14 at 2pm

Dec
13
Sat
CONNetic Dance’s The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy
Dec 13 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy_clarice_webCONNetic Dance’s The Nutcracker Suite & SpicyHartford-based professional contemporary ballet company CONNetic Dance is best known for its annual production of The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy, an original and entertaining take on the beloved holiday classic. 2014 marks the 5th annual performance of the production, which has fast become a Hartford holiday tradition and draws dance-loving audiences from NYC and Boston.

The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy features the CONNetic Dance’s signature style of choreography by Director Carolyn Paine. Using a fusion of athletic dance forms including tap, jazz, and hip hop, the production is seasoned with a signature sense of humor. The curtain opens on an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party, featuring a break dancing doll brought by suave Drosselmeyer, and an athletic and dizzying snow ball scene with acrobatic dancing using pearly white exercise balls.

In Act II, the audience meets sexy hip hop Sugar Rum and CONNetic Dance’s signature Florettes in a high kicking, Rockettes-inspired Waltz of the Flowers, followed by a battle between Club Rat and the Nutcracker in the Club of Sweet Temptations. It is all set to a fun compilation of diverse music inspired by Tchaikovsky’s classic score.

The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy has a great sense of humor, creative choreography, and is accessible and enjoyable for all. It is a show as truly diverse as the city from which it hails, with talented professional dancers from varied backgrounds performing choreography from all forms of dance. Hartford.com said of last year’s performance, “If you’re not into the classic version of The Nutcracker, this version will tickle your Sugar Plums.”

The production’s backdrop features a magical winter Hartford skyline painting by Connecticut artist Nina Salazar, also the museum’s Teaching Artist.

Purchase tickets online or call 860-251-9194 (group rates available).

ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCES
Friday, December 12 at 8pm
Sunday, December 14 at 2pm

Dec
14
Sun
CONNetic Dance’s The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy
Dec 14 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy_clarice_webCONNetic Dance’s The Nutcracker Suite & SpicyHartford-based professional contemporary ballet company CONNetic Dance is best known for its annual production of The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy, an original and entertaining take on the beloved holiday classic. 2014 marks the 5th annual performance of the production, which has fast become a Hartford holiday tradition and draws dance-loving audiences from NYC and Boston.

The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy features the CONNetic Dance’s signature style of choreography by Director Carolyn Paine. Using a fusion of athletic dance forms including tap, jazz, and hip hop, the production is seasoned with a signature sense of humor. The curtain opens on an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party, featuring a break dancing doll brought by suave Drosselmeyer, and an athletic and dizzying snow ball scene with acrobatic dancing using pearly white exercise balls.

In Act II, the audience meets sexy hip hop Sugar Rum and CONNetic Dance’s signature Florettes in a high kicking, Rockettes-inspired Waltz of the Flowers, followed by a battle between Club Rat and the Nutcracker in the Club of Sweet Temptations. It is all set to a fun compilation of diverse music inspired by Tchaikovsky’s classic score.

The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy has a great sense of humor, creative choreography, and is accessible and enjoyable for all. It is a show as truly diverse as the city from which it hails, with talented professional dancers from varied backgrounds performing choreography from all forms of dance. Hartford.com said of last year’s performance, “If you’re not into the classic version of The Nutcracker, this version will tickle your Sugar Plums.”

The production’s backdrop features a magical winter Hartford skyline painting by Connecticut artist Nina Salazar, also the museum’s Teaching Artist.

Purchase tickets online or call 860-251-9194 (group rates available).

ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCES
Friday, December 12 at 8pm
Saturday, December 13 at 8pm

Dec
19
Fri
Gallery Talk: Rembrandt Peale’s Portrait of Raja Ram Mohun Roy
Dec 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Rembrandt Peale, Raja Ram Mohun Roy, 1833, Courtesy of the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts

Rembrandt Peale, Raja Ram Mohun Roy, 1833, Courtesy of the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA

Gallery Talk: Rembrandt Peale’s Portrait of Raja Ram Mohun Roy: Erin Monroe, The Robert H. Schutz, Jr., Assistant Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, discusses Rembrandt Peale’s rare portrait of Raja Ram Mohun Roy—an important 19th-century Indian intellectual—on loan from the Peabody Essex Museum until March 2015.

Free with admission; meet at the Information Desk by The Museum Shop.

Dec
20
Sat
Hartford City Ballet’s The Nutcracker Suite
Dec 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Hartford City Ballet’s The Nutcracker Suite: The Hartford City Ballet performs its popular annual holiday classic The Nutcracker Suite.

For tickets and more info visit hartfordcityballet.org or call 860-233-8552.

ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCE
Saturday, December 20 at 4pm

Hartford City Ballet’s The Nutcracker Suite
Dec 20 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Hartford City Ballet’s The Nutcracker Suite: The Hartford City Ballet performs its popular annual holiday classic The Nutcracker Suite.

For tickets and more info visit hartfordcityballet.org or call 860-233-8552.

ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCE
Saturday, December 20 at 1pm

Dec
27
Sat
Film: Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation
Dec 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

sagrada_WEBFilm: Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation: This documentary explores the fascinating story of the Sagrada Familia, a church in Barcelona that has been under construction since 1882, when Antoni Gaudí imagined a structure unlike anything else ever seen. Only half completed, the film looks at the history of the church, as well as the various artists, architects, and workers who have continued the work that Antoni Gaudí started over 120 years ago. 2012. Switzerland. 89 min. Not Rated. Subtitles. Directed by Stefan Haupt.

ADDITIONAL SCREENING
Sunday, Dec. 28 at 2pm

Presented by Data-Mail, Inc. and the Mandell Family.

Dec
28
Sun
Film: Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation
Dec 28 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

sagrada_WEBFilm: Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation: This documentary explores the fascinating story of the Sagrada Familia, a church in Barcelona that has been under construction since 1882, when Antoni Gaudí imagined a structure unlike anything else ever seen. Only half completed, the film looks at the history of the church, as well as the various artists, architects, and workers who have continued the work that Antoni Gaudí started over 120 years ago. 2012. Switzerland. 89 min. Not Rated. Subtitles. Directed by Stefan Haupt.

ADDITIONAL SCREENING
Saturday, Dec. 27 at 2pm

Presented by Data-Mail, Inc. and the Mandell Family.

Jan
1
Thu
First Thursday
Jan 1 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

First Thursday: Join us the first Thursday of every month for extended exhibition hours, music, cocktails, food, art activities, a film & more!

Jan
19
Mon
MLK Community Day: Spread the Word
Jan 19 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

MLK2013-113_WEBMartin Luther King, Jr. Community Day: Spread the WordSpread the word! Join us in celebrating the powerful message of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at this free, family-friendly event. Dream big and receive an ice cream from Ice Cream for a Dream, explore the power of poetry at a spoken word jam, create your own work of art to send in the mail, and much more! FREE ADMISSION 10 AM – 5 PM!

Check back soon for a complete schedule of activities and performances!

Supported in part by the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign.

Feb
5
Thu
First Thursday
Feb 5 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

First Thursday: Join us the first Thursday of every month for extended exhibition hours, music, cocktails, food, art activities, a film & more!

Mar
5
Thu
First Thursday
Mar 5 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

First Thursday: Join us the first Thursday of every month for extended exhibition hours, music, cocktails, food, art activities, a film & more!

From Our Collection

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Hours & Admission

Hours:
Wednesday – Friday: 11 am – 5 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm
First Thursdays: 11 am – 8 pm

Admission:
Members: Free
Adults: $10
Seniors (age 62+): $8
Students (age 13 & over or with college ID): $5
Children (age 12 & under): Free
First Thursdays (from 5-8 pm): $5