October 21 - 28, 1998

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Through November 7
Shona, a premier exhibition of contemporary art and sculpture from Zimbabwe. Largest and most comprehensive exhibit ever presented in America. OLD STATE HOUSE, 800 Main St. Free. Hours are M-F 10-4, S 11-4. Handicapped accessible.

Through November 15
Key developments in contemporary Italian art will be explored in Recent Art From Italy: Selections From the LeWitt Collection at the Wadsworth Atheneum.

Through December
"Designing Women:American Style 1940-1960," a Wadsworth Atheneum exhibition by the Costume & Textile Society of the Wadsworth. 600 Main Street, Hartford. 278-2670.

Through December
"Mapping the Caribbean: The Atlantic Slave Trade and Frederick Douglass in Black and White," featuring 17th, 18th, 19th century selections from the Amistad Foundation's African-American Collection at the Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main St., Hartford. 278-2670.

Sunday, October 25
It's Only Natural from 1-4pm (drop in any time), a search for exotic animals and plants in Australian & American landscape paintings, and let yourself be inspired to create you own art. Listen to Native folktales and aboriginal music. A kids program that focuses on the special exhibition, "New Worlds from Old:19th Century Australian & American Landscapes. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main St., Hartford. Info on Family Sundaes at 278-2670, ext. 3049. Series passports to all eight activities in the Sundae series are $35 for children, $40 for adults. Single tix $6 for children, $7 for adults and are available at door on day of activity.

Sunday, October 25
Fifth Annual Festival of Pumpkins exhibition and silent auction in the Hartford Room of The Hartford Public Library, 500 Main St., Hartford. 1-5pm and on Monday & Tuesday, October 26 & 27, from 12 noon-8pm. Includes pumpkins decorated by local artists and students. Come vote for your favorites. Also includes a slide, video, lecture on Wed. Oct. 28th at 6:30pm by Sal Scalora, Director of the William Benton Museum at the University of Connecticut. Free and open to public. Parking available on Sheldon St., behind the library. Info at 543-8628.

Tuesday, October 27
A Religion of Beauty: The Art of Louis Comfort Tiffany at 5:30pm at Connecticut Historical Society, One Elizabeth St., Hartford. Free to CHS members, $6 adults, $5 seniors, $3 students. Info at 236-5621.

Tentatively opens Wednesday, October 28
Real Art Ways Film, "Every Little Thing," chronicled by Nicolas Philibert in an unorthodox psychiatric setting. Call 232-1006, press 2 or for schedule or 1 for directions.

Thursday, October 29
The Writers Harvest presents readings and performances by local writers and artists. 5:30pm, Reception follows. Hamlin Hall, Trinity College Campus, 300 Summit St., Hartford. 297-2001.

Thursday, October 29 & Saturday, October 31
Romeo & Juliette at the Connecticut Opera-season opener at The Bushnell, 166 Capitol Ave. Line-by-line English translations projected onto screen above stage. 8pm. 2-3, and 4-event subscriptions from $26-$229. Individual tix from $18.50-$75. Call Box office at 527-0713. Following selections for the season are: Rigoletto, Dec. 3 & 5., Madame Butterfly, March 5 & 6., The Barber of Seville, Apr. 8 & 10.

Saturday, October 31
"Come as You Art," Halloween Masquerade Ball at the Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main St., Hartford. $20 Art Club members, $25 musuem members, $30 nonmembers. All tix $30 at door. Reservations at 560-1100.

Sunday, November 1
Experience live surround sound with "Music for A Great Space," presenting the acclaimed children and adult choirs, Chorus Angelicus and Gaudeamus, with the Battell Brass in a free concert to be held in the magnificent St. Justin Church, 250 Blue Hills Avenue, Hartford at 4pm. Features a program of sacred masterpieces from Gregorian Chant to the Modern Mystics. Info at the Joyful Noise office, 542-1542.

Sunday, November 1
First Sunday Gallery Talk: Theodate and the Supernatural at the Hill-Stead Museum, 35 Mountain Road, Farmington. 1pm & 3pm. Free with museum admission, $6 adults, $5 students, seniors, $3 children 6-12.

Thursday, November 5
Maria Sassi, poet, writer, teacher and lecturer will read her poetry at 6pm at the Hartford Public Library, 500 Main St., Hartford. Free. Includes book signing. Parking directly behind library on Sheldon St.Info at 543-8552.

Thursday, November 5
Lunch...Plus! presents the Charter Oak Flutes from 12:05-12:35pm at Christ Church Cathedral, corner of Main and Church Sts. Program includes variety of musical selections. Open to public. $2 suggested donation. info at 527-7231.

Thursday, November 5
"Harmonia Mudi," 12-voice vocal ensemble at 12:10pm for 1/2 hour recital. Center Church Meeting House, corner Main & Gold Sts., Hartford. Free. Physically challenged accessible. Info at 525-1854.

November 5-8, 12-15 and 19-22
"Company" a Stephen Sondheim musical, presented by The Producing Guild. Wallace Stevens Theater of the Hartford Financial Group, 690 Asylum Avenue, Hartford. Runs Thursday-Saturday evenings with matinees on Sunday. Info at 528-2143, Mon.-Fri., 10 - 4pm.

November 26 - 29
The Nutcracker at The Bushnell for eight performances. Season Subscriptions, $40-$70, single tickets go on sale September 1, 1998, 987-5999.

Saturday, December 5-Sunday, December 13
Festival of Trees & Traditions with new multi-cultural emphasis at Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford. See the Dan Butterworth Marionettes new production, "Gifts of Joy," on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 11am and 2pm in The Museum Theater. $12 adults, $8 children 4 & up. Museum hours are 10-5 during festival, except on Family Night, Thursday, Dec. 10, when museum is open until 8pm. Info at 278-2670, ext. 3034. No admission free hours during festival. Admission during festival: $7 adults, $5 seniors, students, $3 children, $2 members.
Friday, December 11
Reindeer Ball at the Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main St., Hartford. 8pm. Traditional or innovative evening attire is appropriate. Door prizes, food, and cash bar. $50 per person, $45 for museum members. 278-2670, ext. 3046 for info.

December 16 - January, 17, 1999
The Phantom of the Opera, directed by Harold Prince will have a return engagement at The Bushnell. Tickets $16.50 - $66.50, 987-5900.

December 17 through February 27, 1999
First Lady Hillary Clinton and Cherie Booth Blair, QC, the wife of British Prime Minister Tony Blair are making an historic collaboration between the oldest public art museums in England and the United States. They have agreed to be Honorary Patrons for the first-ever exhibition devoted to the work of the 17th-century Dutch master painter Pieter de Hooch.

And In January, 2000
The Bushnell announces that Livent (U.S.) Inc.'s RAGTIME, the four-time 1998 Tony Award winning new musical based on E.L. Doctorow's classic novel, will be coming to The Bushnell for it's exclusive Connecticut engagement in January, 2000, as part of the Aetna Broadway series.

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