First 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.
Festival of Trees & Traditions: Join us for the 41st Annual Festival of Trees & Traditions and delight in dozens of holiday trees and festive music in the galleries.
Please note: As a museum fundraiser a $3 surcharge is added to all museum admissions during Festival of Trees & Traditions.
The 41st Annual Festival of Trees & Traditions is presented by the Women’s Committee.
Concert: Hartford Gay Men’s Chorus: Winter Wonderland featuring Nutcracker: Men in Tights: The Hartford Gay Men’s Chorus presents its holiday concert, Winter Wonderland featuring Nutcracker: Men in Tights!
Visit hartfordgaymenschorus.org for tickets and more information.
Saturday, December 6 at 8pm
CONNetic Dance’s The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy: Hartford-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).
Second Saturdays: Festive Days: Celebrate world holiday traditions during the 41st Annual Festival of Trees & Traditions! Make ornaments inspired by Kwanzaa, Christmas, Winter Solstice, Hanukkah, and Three Kings Day.
FREE ADMISSION 10 AM – 1 PM.
Facebook event here.
View photos from last year’s Second Saturdays program during Festival of Trees & Traditions!
Second Saturdays for Families: Explore art with your family, encourage creativity, and expand your imagination through conversation and discovery. Each program is free and includes hands-on art projects, tours for families, live music, and engaging fun through film, theater and dance. Join us the second Saturday of every month year-round!
Second Saturdays for Families is funded by Aetna. Additional support provided by the J. Walton Bissell Foundation, Inc., The Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, the George A. & Grace L. Long Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., and Alan S. Parker, Esq., Trustees. Program supplies are generously donated by S&S Worldwide.