September 23 - 30, 1998

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Through October 11
"Down Under" double features for film buffs at the Wadsworth Atheneum in the Museum Theater. One dollar per movie. The Australian film series is in conjunction with the special exhibition, New Worlds from Old: 19th Century Australian and American Landscapes. Sept. 24, 25, and 27 films are, "Oscar and Lucinda," and "The Last Days of Chez Nous." Oct. 1, 3 and 4 runs the films, "Doing Time for Patsy Cline," and "The Well." Films begin at 7:30pm Thurs. & Sat, 2pm on Sunday. Call for film order and info. about last two films on Oct. 8, 10, 11th, 278-2670.

Saturday, September 26
Musical Friends presents a 7pm baroque chamber music concert at Grace Episcopal Church, 55 New Park Avenue, Hartford. Reception follows performance. Free and open to public. Info at 521-5252.

Sunday, September 27
Dos Alas/Two Wings at 4pm at the Charter Oak Cultural Center, 21 Charter Oak Avenue, Hartford. $15 tix, $20 at door. Members of Charter Oak, Artists Collective, Guakia pay $12.50. Info at 527-3205.

October 1 - November 7
Shona, a premier exhibition of contemporary art and sculpture from Zimbawbe. 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.

Thursday, October 1
Vocalists Brian Patton and David Dalena presented in "To Broadway and Back," a Noon Repertoire concert series at First Church of Christ in Hartford, (Center Church), corner Main and Gold Streets.
Physically challenged accessible. The 1/2 hour concert begins at 12:10pm. Free and open to public. Info at 525-1854.

Thursday, October 1
Lunch...Plus! presents the Hot Cat Jazz Band performing from 12:05 to 12:35pm in the Cathedral Theater, 45 Church Street, directly across from Hartford Stage. $5 includes concert and lunch. info at 527-7231.

Thursday, October 1
"Gallery Hop" kicks off Aetna First Thursday from 5-8pm with art exhibitions all over the city. The Bushnell has digital collages and oil paintings by Jane Rainwater and Phyllis Agne; The CT Commission on the Arts' shows their Fellowship Exhibit; the CT Historical Society's State of Rebellion - a showing of CT Revolutionary War artifacts; and CRT Craftery's 13th Annual National Arts Program; also 100 Pearl St. exhibits works of Puerto Rican artists from the region; Pump House Gallery presents Gifts of Chaos - collages by Debbie Pendell and sculpture by Robert Loebell; Very Special Arts CT Gallery with the exhibit Window of My Mind: Legacies. Free with discounted parking at specially-marked ProPark lots in Downtown.

Friday, October 2
James Naughton in concert for "An Evening of Song," in Woodland Concert Series at 8pm in the Immanuel Congregational Church, 10 Woodland Street, (corner Farmington Avenue & Woodland St.) $20, general admission, $30 perferred seating; students $8. Info and tix at 527-8121.

Friday, October 2
"Show Choir," from Washington, D.C. presented by the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. at 8pm, Capital Community Technical College auditorium, 61 Woodland Street, Hartford. $25. Tix info at 523-5737 or 687-1160.

Friday, October 2-Sunday, October 11
"Wind in the Willows," presented by Hartford Children's Theater at the Roberts Theater on the campus of Kingswood-Oxford School, Troutbrook Drive, West Hartford. Friday shows at 7:30pm; Sat & Sun shows at 2pm. $10 adults, $8 children/seniors. 249-7970 for tix info.

Friday, October 2
Painting in Poetry/Poetry in Painting, brings together the paintings of William Burney and the poetry of Wallace Stevens in an art exhibit running through October 31 in the Reading Room of the Hartford Public Library, 500 Main Street, Hartford. 6:30pm Annual Wallace Stevens Birthday Bash with critic J.D. McClatchy as featured speaker. Tix available at the door and include, hors d'oeuves, wine and champagne, birthday cake and performance of Broadway show tunes. The event commemorates the 119th anniversary of the birth of Wallace Stevens, renowned Hartford poet. Library hours are Monday-Thursday, 9am to 8pm, Friday & Saturday, 9am to 5pm and Sunday, 1pm - 5pm. Info at 543-8652.

Saturday, October 10
Opening Reception exhibiting monotypes and paintings by Hennie Stargardter at Artworks Gallery, 233 Pearl Street, Downtown Hartford, from 5-8pm. Show runs from Oct. 7 - 31.

Sunday, October 11
"John Astin is Edgar Allan Poe - Once Upon a Midnight," at 7pm at Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Road, Manchester. Tix on sale now at box office, all Strawberries Music & Video stores, LaSalle Music in West Hartford and East Hartford, or call PROTIX at 422-0000 to charge by phone. An epic and powerful theatrical one-person play experience.

Friday, October 16
"Jazz at the Wilde," at 7pm with Nicki Mathis in which "Nicki Sings a Tribute to Sarah Vaughan." University of Hartford, Wilde Auditorium. $10 for Students, Seniors, $15 gen. ad., Tix available at U of H box office, 768-4228 or Integrity "N" Music at 563-4005.

Sunday, November 1
First Sunday Gallery Talk:Theodate and the Supernatural at the Hill-Stead Museum, 35 Mountain Road, Farmington. 1pm & 3pm. Tour main house at your own pace and stay for a talk about Theodate Pope Riddle's interest in and frustration with spiritualism. See examples of automatic writing. Learn about her participation in seances, sittings with mediums & research into thought transference. Free with museum admission, $6 adults, $5 students, seniors, $3 children 6-12.

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.

Friday, October 2
Greater Hartford NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner, Sheraton Hotel, Downtown Hartford from 6:30pm - 10pm. Theme for the year is, "Honoring our Past, Preparing for our Future." Rev. Norvel Goff will speak. $40 per person. Info on event and ads at 728-1318, Russell Williams.

Friday, October 2
Folk Singer Jonathan Edwards and Northern Lights at Cheney Hall in Manchester, $16 tix for !st four rows, $12 general admission, $10 students, seniors. 8pm. 647-9824.

Friday, October 9
Jazz Great Chick Corea and Origins at Cheney Hall in Manchester, 647-9824.

Saturday, October 10
Adult Workshop: One at a Time by Chet Kempczynski, painter, monotypes. 11am - 12:30 pm, presentation, 12:30-1:30 bag lunch and networking session. Hartford Courant Room. Wadsworth Atheneum,600 Main St., Hartford. $20. Registration required. Call 278-2670, ext. 3049.

Wednesday, October 14
Expertise Clinic at Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main St. Hartford. 1-3pm, Free aesthetic appraisals by museum curators, no monetary value given, on up to three objects, no more than two framed items out of the three. Info at 278-2670, ext. 3093. Hartford Courant Room.

Friday,October 23
Robert Hughes, art critic for "Time" magazine and author lectures at The Bushnell, Hartford at 5pm. In conjunction with Wadsworth Atheneum exhibition, "New Worlds From Old: 19th Century Australian & American Landscapes." $20 for Wadsworth members & symposium attendees. $25 for nonmembers, $15 for students. Register early. 246-6807.

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.
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.

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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