It’s the kickoff weekend for a summer of pool parties for the 21-plus crowd at Foxwoods, which runs Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day on Sunday afternoons from noon to 6 p.m. Each party has a theme, and some have special celebrity guests. Admission is $20, ($50 on celebrity weekends), and there are day bed and cabana rates available. Admission is free the first hour of the opening party on May 27, and $20 after 1 p.m. foxwoods.com
‘The Invisible Hand’
You know the name Ayad Akhtar. His drama “Disgraced” was at the Long Wharf Theatre in 2016, his “Junk” was a Broadway hit. A Westport Country Playhouse production of his international finance hostage drama “The Invisible Hand” was so well received that TheaterWorks is remounting it — with the same director (David Kennedy) and three of the same cast members — May 24 through June 23. Performances are Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. 233 Pearl St., Hartford. Tickets are $30-$70. 860-527-7838 and theaterworkshartford.org.
Food, Photos, Fun
The Farmington Food Truck Fest (at 20 Waterside Drive, Farmington) on May 26 and 27 features more than 20 trucks, kids’ activities, photo booths and live music. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. facebook.com/farmingtonfoodtruckfest.
First A Parade,
Then A Revolution
This year’s Wethersfield Memorial Day Parade on May 26 at 9 a.m. honors the nation’s first responders. The parade kicks off on State Street in front of the Motor Vehicle Department. Following the parade is a Revolutionary War re-enactment at the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, 211 Main St., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The 5th Connecticut Regiment — in full colonial dress — will interact with all civilians, who can also watch demonstrations of 18th-century medicine, open-fire cookery, camp life, marching and musket firing. Admission is free. webb-deane-stevens.org/. Parade parking and exact route at wethersfieldct.gov.
The Sunken Garden Poetry Festival at Hill-Stead Museum opens May 27 for its summer season with a celebration of Irish poetry and music with headliner and Dublin-born poet Eamon Grennan. At noon, poet David McLoghlin leads a two-hour poetry workshop. From 5 to 5:30 p.m., Grennan and McLoghlin will give a prelude interview, followed by an hour of music by the band Daymark (pictured) and Irish step-dancing by Scoil Rince Luimni. McLoghlin (6:30) and Grennan (7:30 p.m.) then present their poetry. hillstead.org
‘Love Never Dies’
If you’ve never seen Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical “The Phantom of the Opera,” you have only yourself to blame. It’s been running for more than 30 years on Broadway, and visited New Haven on tour as recently as last fall in Waterbury.
“Love Never Dies” is a rarer sighting. A sequel to “Phantom,” it premiered in London in 2010 and then was seen in Germany, Austria, Australia and Japan. But it didn’t come to America — where it’s set, the Phantom having fled France for New York City — until the show was extensively revamped for a U.S. tour that began last year and comes to The Bushnell, 166 Capitol Ave., Hartford, May 29 through June 3. Performances are Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $22.50-$129.50. 860-987-5900, bushnell.org.
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