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Things To Do This Week

Courant staff


The Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury hosts its 5th annual Febtoberfest craft beer festival Thursday, Feb. 8, from 6 to 9 p.m., with tastings of local beer, wine and spirits. $35 in advance, $40 at the door.

‘Swan Lake’

“Swan Lake” is the one ballet besides “The Nutcracker” that everybody knows. When you see Looney Tunes cartoons mocking ballet, or see a bending sullen ballerina, the dying swan in “Swan Lake” is their reference point.

A lot more happens in Tchaikovsky’s four-act masterwork, however. The State Ballet Theatre of Russia brings its rendition, choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, to the Shubert, 247 College St., New Haven, for two performances, Feb. 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $39 to $59. 203-562-5666 and

Art After Dark: Fire & Ice

The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art opens after hours on Feb. 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. for music, free snacks, a cash bar, tours, a film, and an art activity

February’s event features an ice-sculpture and fire-eating demonstrations, trivia, dance performances by The Dance Collective and a screening of “The Big Sick” at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10/$5 members at the door; college students receive free admission with a valid ID.

Connecticut Kids Fair

An indoor carnival, pony rides, video games, bungee jumping, slot-car racing, magicians, face-painting, fashion shows, origami lessons, educational booths and hundreds of exhibitors fill up Hartford’s Connecticut Convention Center Feb. 3 and 4. Hours are Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $10; children 12 and under $5. 860-249-6000 and

No Grownups Allowed

Hartford’s Connecticut Science Center hosts its first Teen Night on Feb. 3 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. for ages 13 to 18.

Kids who register before noon on that Saturday can explore all levels of the Science Center, including the new exhibit “Bionic Me,” interact with live science, snap a picture in the photo booth and more. Staff and security will be on-site. Admission is $5 cash only on the night of the event. No adults or kids under 13 admitted. Registration at

Grip & Slip

Extreme downhill mountain biking on snow: Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort in Middlefield hosts its first Grip & Slip Competition on Feb. 3 starting at noon, but it opens at 9 a.m. for practice runs. The contest is free to enter, but you’ll need a lift pass or season pass. The course is gated and all runs will be timed. Bikes need brakes; all riders must wear helmets. The course will remain open for mountain bikes until 5 p.m. Registration begins at 11 a.m. Spectators welcome. 866-860-0208 and

Super Bowling Party

Crystal Bees, 240 Spring St., Southington, airs The Patriots pursuit of its sixth Super Bowl title on 25 HDTVs and five Jumbotrons, and offers a Super Bowl on-site party package for a minimum of six guests (and up to 10 guests) with exclusive and unlimited use of two bowling lanes for the duration of the game, three pitchers of domestic beer, two loaded nachos platters (choice of chicken or pulled pork); 75 wings with choice of two sauces; two pizzas (choice of three toppings each); 20 mini burgers and french fries. Cost is $300; additional guests, up to 6 more, can be added for $30 a person. Bar, restaurant and lounge seating is also available on a first come, first serve basis with a la carte food and beverage offerings. 860-276-2337, More Super Bowl parties at

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