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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.
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 info. about last two films on Oct. 8, 10, 11th, 278-2670.

October 1 - 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.

Friday, Oct. 2-Sunday, Oct. 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.

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.

Thursday, October 15
New Works Play Reading Series premieres in West Hartford. Sponsored by New England Actors Theater. "Dark Passages," a gripping, sexy, murder mystery with discussion to follow with playwrights, director and actors. Free and open to public. 6:30pm at the West Hartford Art League, Saltbox Gallery, 37 Buena Vista Road, West Hartford. Info at (203) 458-7671 or on the web at:

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 Uof 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. 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 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.

Saturday, October 10
Sur Bois: Franco-American Woodcarvers of New England exhibit, hosted by Institute for Community Research. 4-8pm at the Institute's gallery at 2 Hartford Square West (off Wyllys St.) in Hartford. Includes traditional fiddle music & gigue dancing. Info at 278-2044.

Sunday, October 11
Jeremy Filsel, English concert organist, performs in the Annual Clarence Watters Memorial Recital at 3pm on the Austin Pipe Organ in the Trinity College Chapel, Trinity College campus, 300 Summit St., Hartford. $7; seniors & students $4. Info at 987-6210.

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.

Thursday, October 16
New Members needed for choir to sing and perform. Open to all Girl Scouts and non-girl scouts between 6 and 18 years. Rehersals held at the Hartt School on the University of Hartford campus at 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford. $10 for Girl Scouts, $17 for non-girl scouts. Financial aid available. Deadline for responding is Oct. 7. Meets in Gengras Student Union North cafeteria. Parent or guardian must attend first mtg. 6:30-8pm. Confirmation letter with more details will be mailed. To respond call Alyce Littmon-Teal at CVGSC 522-0163, ext. 247.

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.

Friday, Oct. 23 through Sunday, Oct. 25
"Ain't It Good: A Stephen Schwartz Revue," the annual musical theater show presented by Trinity College Department of Music. Friday & Saturday 8pm, Sunday, 2pm, Goodwin Theater, Austin Arts Center. Fri. & Sat. $8 for students and seniors $5. On Sunday a "Conversation with Stephen Schwartz" follows the performance at 4:15pm in the Goodwin Theater. $12, students and seniors $8. Trinity College Campus, 300 Summit Street, Hartford. 297-2141 for info.

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 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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