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Some ideas for the weekend

Here’s some ideas of things to do across Connecticut the weekend of January 16th and 17th, 2009.

There’s plenty to do across Connecticut this weekend. The Mystic Arts Center will feature the glassworks of Connecticut’s own Mundy Hepburn in the exhibit Mundy Hepburn and the Art of Glass, Sunday from 11-5. Showing concurrently with the MAC Member Exhibition.  More information can be found here.  Hepburn’s work can also be found across the street from Louie’s Lunch in New Haven in a parking garage, and for sale at the Westport River Gallery in Westport.

On Saturday, Jan. 16, 2–3 pm, The Pequot Museum will hold Two Old Women Reading Circle & Discussion. Trudie Lamb Richmond (Schaghticoke), storyteller and director of public programs, leads a discussion of Two Old Women: An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage and Survival, a tale told with suspense and wisdom by Velma Wallis (Athabaskan). Participants may borrow copies of the book from the Research Library or purchase one in the Museum gift shop. Limited to 20 participants, ages 16 and older. Call (860) 396-6897 by Jan. 6 to register. Regular museum admission.

In New Haven, the Long Wharf Theater is running performances of Lil’s 90th now through February 7 . Lillian and her family are putting the finishing touches on a much anticipated party at which she will make her singing début. However, a secret gets out that may tear lives apart. For times and info, click here.

The Spirit of Broadway Theater in Norwich is running The Great American Trailer Park Musical now through February 7 is . There’s a new tenant at Armadillo Acres and she’s wreaking havoc all over Florida’s most exclusive trailer park.  Details here.

The Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam holds their Fifth Annual Goodspeed Festival of New Artists this weekend. The event features staged readings of brand new works in this creative gathering of authors, actors, artists and musical theatre lovers. The Festival began Friday night and runs through Sunday.  For more information click here.

The Hartford Stage, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hill-Stead Museum are participating in a city-wide special exhibition of the Community Threads & Gee’s Bend Quilts.  On exhibit at Harriet Beecher Stowe Center will be four contemporary quilts on loan from Miller’s private collection.  Details here.  The Hill-Stead Museum will open a special exhibition of Gee’s Bend quilts, its very first exhibition in the Pope Riddle house of artworks not from the founding family’s original collection. Quilts will be on display through February 28.  For more info, click here.  The Hartford Stage, an award-winning non-profit professional theater and performing arts center in Hartford will be performing “Gee’s Bend”. Meet the women of Gee’s Bend, Alabama who, with simple scraps of fabric, quilt magnificent works of art that transformed their community.  Saturday and Sunday. For more information click here.

In Windsor Locks, the New England Air Museum will hold Open Cockpit Sunday. Kids can climb into the cockpit of 10 aircraft including the Corsair, the F-100 Super Sabre, the Huey helicopter and more. There will be a special presentation at 1 p.m. by Ed Buckbee who has been involved with America’s Space Program since 1959. He will talk about NASA’s programs – past, present and future. There are additional craft activities for children on site all day. Details can be found by clicking here or by calling (860) 623-3305.

The Stamford Symphony Orchestra will be performing Breathtaking Mozart, a concert at the Palace Theatre on Saturday 8 p.m. and Sunday 3 p.m.  Experience the extraordinary at the Orchestral Classic Series. This all-Mozart performance will feature Lucio Silla, Symphony No. 36 “Linz”, Violin Concerto No. 5 with Elena Urloste, violin. For tickets, click here.

Performing at The Palace Theater in Waterbury will be Cirque Dreams Illumination. Remaining shows this weekend include Saturday at 2p.m. and 8 p.m.  An international cast of world-class acrobats, athletes, musicians and one of a kind artist populate this imaginative, colorful metropolis and over 100 inventive costumes, original musical score and magical sights that transform the landscape of a city into thrills and disbelief. The blog Connecticut Arts Connection has a review here.  Ticket info here.

And last but not least, Etherea Vocal Ensemble: Trebles in Paradise takes place at Yale’s Marquand Chapel in New Haven Saturday night from 9pm-10:30pm.  Heavenly music for treble voices by Holst, Mendelssohn, Rheinberger, and Rossini, with Grace Cloutier, harp, Alan Murchie, piano, and Leslie C. Smith, organ. Free and open to the public.  Details can be found here.

About the author

Sean Henri

Sean is the founder and editor of The Connecticut Weekender, and CEO and Founder of Pepperland Marketing. He's a lifelong CT resident and frequently blogs about the outdoors, beer, food, family life and small business in CT. Follow him on Twitter at @SeanHenri.

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