May – October 2014
Film: Lagaan: The people of a small village in Victorian India stake their future on a game of cricket against their ruthless British rulers in this musical drama. 2001. India. 224 min. Rated PG. Directed by Ashutosh Gowariker. This film has won 44 awards and garnered 19 nominations, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.
Free with admission to First Thursday: Indian Tandoori.
Sunday Serenades Chamber Music Concert: Whistler & Ives: This concert is presented in collaboration with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and features Concertmaster Leonid Sigal.
Horatio Parker (1863-1919): Suite, Op. 35
Ingolf Dahl (1912-1970): Concerto a Tre
Charles Ives (1874-1954): Violin Sonata No. 2
Peter Schickele (1935-): Quartet
Purchase tickets online or call 860-244-2999.
The Sunday Serenades Chamber Music Series is made possible, in part, by the Helen M. Saunders Charitable Foundation Music Endowment at the Wadsworth Atheneum.
ABOVE: James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Coast of Brittany (Alone with the Tide), 1861, Oil on canvas, In Memory of William Arnold Healy, Given by his daughter, Susie Healy Camp, 1925.393
Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch: Mel Nelson Trio with vocals by Nikki Armstrong: Join us for a brunch buffet while listening to some of Hartford’s best live jazz music during our Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch with the Mel Nelson Trio with vocals by Nikki Armstrong! Seatings at 11 am and 12:30 pm. Afterwards, take a tour with a docent or explore the galleries on your own.
$35, $25 Members. Purchase tickets online or call (860) 838-4076, Wednesday – Sunday, 10 am – 4:30 pm. Tickets include museum admission, jazz, brunch & complimentary Bloody Mary or Mimosa.
Film: American Hustle: A con man — along with his seductive partner/lover — is forced to work for a wild FBI agent who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and the Mafia. 10 Academy Award nominations! 2013. USA. 138 min. Rated R. Directed by David O. Russell. Starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Bradley Cooper.
Free with admission to First Thursday Block Party: Thursday Night Fever!
Presented By Data-Mail, Inc. and The Mandell Family.
Father’s Day Jazz Brunch: June Bisantz with Alex Nakhimovsky & Norman Johnson: Join us for a brunch buffet while listening to some of Hartford’s best live jazz music during our Father’s Day Jazz Brunch with June Bisantz with Alex Nakhimovsky and Norman Johnson! Seatings at 11 am and 12:30 pm. Afterwards, take a tour with a docent or explore the galleries on your own.
$35, $25 Members. Purchase tickets online or call (860) 838-4076, Wednesday – Sunday, 10 am – 4:30 pm. Tickets include museum admission, jazz, brunch & complimentary Bloody Mary or Mimosa
Concert: Approaching the Garden: Approaching the Garden is a multimedia musical work by American jazz drummer and composer William Hooker that fuses percussion, spoken word, electronics, alto sax, piano, and 3D animation.
This performance features guitarist Ed Kasparek and alto sax player Richard McGhee III. Stay for a Q&A session with the musicians after the show.
Doors open 6:30pm; music starts 7:30pm.
Purchase tickets online or call 860-838-4100, Wed. through Sun., 10am – 4:30pm. Online sales end June 24. Tickets also available at the door.
William Hooker: A native of New Britain, CT, William Hooker is one of the most innovative composers and drummers of his generation. His disciplined, visionary, and energetic approach to his work distinguishes him as an important contemporary musician.
Ed Kasparek: Ed Kasparek is a multi-instrumentalist and experimental composer with an interest in exploring the inner self and mystical aspects of creativity through music, sound, and integrated digital media. His work is diverse and includes the utilization of unconventional systemic graphic notation, interactive video scores, the use of performance art and installation within musical contexts, and most recently 3D animation, “with music and as music, which establishes a new dimension in creative experience and the realization of a new hybrid art music for the 21st century.”
Richard McGhee III: With over 30 years experience, Richard McGhee III has worked with many world class musicians including Anthony Braxton, Jay Hoggard, and Sabir Mateen. He has performed in the Pork Pie Hat concert series, the Hartford Jazz Society’s Monday Night Jazz series, and the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz. In 2010 the U.S. Department of State sponsored Richard to travel as a musical ambassador to Capetown, South Africa.
IN THE NEWS
CTNow, June 16, Sounds in Bloom: Drummer William Hooker At The Atheneum by Mike Hamad
Approaching the Garden premiered at the 2013 Vancouver Jazz Festival.
CANCELED: First Thursday: July’s First Thursday After Hours is canceled in observance of Independence Day.
Join us August 7 for First Thursday Caribbean Block Party!
Movies & Music: The Thin Man Goes Home: Nick and Nora go on holiday, and end up involved in a murder. 1945. USA. 100 min. Not Rated. B&W. Directed by Richard Thorpe. Starring William Powell and Myrna Loy.
Members receive FREE admission and one free drink.
Regular film admission prices apply to non-members.
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MOVIES & MUSIC UNDER THE STARS: On Friday evenings in July and August join us for live music, food, and a classic film under the stars outside in Gengras Court!
Presented by Data-Mail, Inc. and the Mandell Family.
First Thursday Block Party: Caribbean Festival: Don’t miss our final block party of the summer!
- De 4 AhWee Steel Band from 5 – 6 pm
- Amandla Reggae Band from 6 – 9 pm
- Stilt walkers – Mike Mohammed & Son
- Performances by the Caribbean American Dance Company at 5:30 and 6:30 pm
- Body art by Amazing Face Art
- Costume parade at 7 pm by the Connecticut International Culture Carnival Association
- Hands on art activity outside from 5 – 8 pm: make your own costume pieces
- Complimentary food and cash bar
- Film at 8 pm, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Facebook event here.
Wear the color YELLOW for free admission!
First Thursday After Hours
Join us the first Thursday of every month for extended exhibition hours, music, cocktails, food, art activities, a film & more! View photos from our previous First Thursday Block Party, which took place June 5, 2014.
Film: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom: A chronicle of Nelson Mandela’s life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa. 2013. UK/South African. 141 min. Rated PG-13. English and Subtitles. Directed by Justin Chadwick. Starring Idris Elba.
Free with admission to First Thursday Block Party: Caribbean Festival!
First Thursday: Sing the Blues: End the summer on a high note! Enjoy live music by XY Eli Blues Band, a 3 in 30 tour of artworks with the color blue, a pop up shop by Hartford Denim Company, a landscape painting demo and workshop, performances by Hartford-based improv and sketch comedy group Tick Tick BOOM!, cash bar, and more! Stay for an 8pm screening of Le Week-End.
$5, free for members. Wear the color BLUE for free admission!
Facebook event here
First Thursday After Hours: Join us the first Thursday of every month for extended exhibition hours, music, cocktails, food, art activities, a film & more!
Presented with support from the Connecticut Office of Tourism.
First Thursday: Frohawk Two Feathers / MATRIX 170: Join us for the opening of Frohawk Two Feathers / MATRIX 170, featuring an Artist Talk at 6pm, a satirical hip-hop performance by SUPERDELUXE (Frohawk Two Feathers & Micah James) at 7pm, complimentary food and cash bar, an art-making activity sponsored by The Hartford Courant and Trashion Fashion, and more! Stay for an 8pm screening of the Manhattan Short Film Festival (regular film admission applies).
Members receive 20% off in The Museum Shop during Member Shopping Days!
Facebook event here.
First Thursday After Hours: Visit us the first Thursday of every month for extended exhibition hours, music, cocktails, food, art activities, a film & more!
Manhattan Short Film Festival: Back by popular demand! Unite with film lovers throughout the world to view and vote on your favorite short film during the 17th annual Manhattan Short Film Festival.
For more information and this year’s lineup of shorts visit The Manhattan Short website at ManhattanShort.com.
$9; $8 Seniors (62+) & Students with ID; $7 Members; Free for Insider Access Members.
The program features Henry Purcell’s Golden Sonata, François Couperin’s Les Nations: L’Impériale, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Quintet, K. 452. Presented with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, featuring Concertmaster Leonid Sigal.
Purchase tickets online or call (860) 244-2999.