October 28 - November 4, 1998

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October 30 - December 6
"Full Gallop," a comedy based on the life of fashion diva Diana Vreeland presenting Tony nominee Tovah Feldshuh at TheaterWorks, 233 Pearl St., Hartford. Tix at 527-7838.

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.

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
Local poet and author Bessy Reyna will be featured at the Art Guild in Farmington for an afternoon of poetry at 3pm in Guild's art gallery, Church St., Farmington. Free and open to public. Info at 677-6205.

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
Myftari Quartet performs for First Thursday from 5:30-6:30pm in the lobby of 99 Pratt Street. Concert features Mozart, Beethoven & Shostokovich. Followed by question & answer session about string quartets. Refreshments served. Presented by Univ. of Hartford's Office of Continuing and Professional Ed. Info at 524-7739.

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.

Thursday, November 5
Jill Ker Conway, Australian-born author of "When Memory Speaks: Reflections on Autobiography," lectures at 7:30pm at the Wadsworth for First Thursday. A book signing follows. Free. Conway is a noted educator and feminist historian and memoirist. Info at 278-2670.

Thursday, November 5
"How and Why He Died: New Evidence in the JFK Assassination," presented by George Michael Evica, Professor Emeritus, University of Hartford. Lecture includes a review of new evidence and outline of facts at 7pm at the Terrace Room A and B, Mather Hall, Trinity College, 300 Summit Street, Hartford. Evica will argue that a conspiracy killed JFK. $5. Info at 521-6024.

Saturday, November 7
Artists Against AIDS 5th Gala Benefit for people living with HIV/AIDS at Lincoln Theater, University of Hartford. Performances include The New York Boys Choir, the Myftari String Quartet, and the Afro-Brazilian dance troupe Ginga Brasiliera; poetry by D.J. Renegade and Honor Moore; and a silent art auction with art from
Hartford artists. Tix are $25 in advance, $35 at door. Reservations at 768-4228. Send donations to Artists Against AIDS at 420 Oakwood Ave., West Hartford, CT 06110.

Sunday, November 8
Hartford Ballet Dance Festival at the Hartford Ballet Studios, 224 Farmington Avenue, Hartford. For dance students 9 & above. A full day of classes and seminars in Jazz, tap, ballet, ballroom, character, modern and more. Registration begins at 8:15am. Parents are invited to attend two afternoon seminars on psychology of dance and nutrition at no cost. Registration $80. Teachers bringing 10-19 students get 50% discount on teacher fee. Teachers with 20 or more students-free. All attendees get 50% discount to attend Thanksgiving Day performance of The American Nutcracker. Info at 1-888-525-9396.

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, November 7
"JAZZ NIGHT OUT" presented by The Hartford Conservatory Alumni Association at 8pm at Capital Community-Technical College on Woodland and Asylum Avenues. Featured artists include Walter Gwardyak, Norman Johnson, Dave Santoro, Clare O'Donnell and Alyson Portelance with "Synergy." Dianne Mower also performs. $15, $25, and $50 tix. 246-2588 for info and reservations.

Sunday, November 8
Extraordinary Concert IV, presented by CONCORA with conductor Richard Coffey at 7:30pm at Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Drive, West Hartford. $16 general admission, $5 full-time students of any age and part-time students under 21. Special reserved seating for an additional $15. Includes works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Benjamin Britten, international folk songs and poetry as well as "Frostiana," by Randall Thompson.

Thursday, November 12
Eileen Albrizio, Hartford-area host of "All Things Considered," NPR correspondent and poet will give a poetry reading and signing of her book "Messy On The Inside," at 6pm at Hartford Public Library Reading Room, 500 Main Street, Hartford. The monthly Poetry Slam will follow the reading. Poets compete for prizes
and points. Free.

Sunday, November 15
The Paper Bag Players in "Hot Feet," a legendary, award-winning troupe that enchants children is an original musical production and has fantastic costumes, props and sets made from everyday objects. Family Sundaes at the Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main St., Hartford from 1-3pm. Info at 278-2670.

Sunday, November 15
The Woodland Scholars conducted by Larry Allen in the Woodland Concert Series at 4pm at Immanuel Congregational Church, 10 Woodland Street, Hartford. Sixteen professionals featuring a composite mass which alternates movements of style. Program includes Brahms, Elgar, Part, and Lauridsen. Also pop arrangements of several songs, including "This Old Man," and "I'd Rather be Sure." $10; seniors/students $7.

Thursday, November 19
"Story Salad XI," equals literature and laughs for children. Presented by Bushnell Children's Theater at 10am & 12:15pm. Recommended for children in K-3rd grade. $5 for students and chaperones and $2.50 for teachers. The show lasts 60 minutes and includes popular, published short children's books adapted for the stage. Tix and info at 987-6010.

Friday, November 20
"The Painter's View:New England Landscapes," the 2nd annual Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society Exhibition at Hartford Fine Art & Framing, 80 Pitkin St., East Hartford. Opening reception from 5-8pm. Show runs through January 9. Features landscapes by regional and national artists. Info at 528-1409.

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.

Friday, December 18
Christmas with the Clemens Family at the Mark Twain House from 5-8pm at 351 Farmington Avenue, Hartford. The Hopewell Concert Choir performs and refreshments served. $12, $10 for members of the Mark Twain House and seniors, & $5 for children 6-12. Call 493-6411, ext. 26 for tix. and info. Donations of non-perishable food for Foodshare will be accepted. The House will be decorated for the holidays from Nov. 25-January 11.

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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