Hartford Flavor Company, 30 Arbor St., Hartford, hosts “The Speakeasy Scandal,” a murder mystery dinner event, on March 10 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $70, which includes one spot in the game and four small plates of truffle-themed foods, paired with Wild Moon Liqueurs craft cocktails. 1920s-era dress is encouraged. Tickets are available on Eventbrite or by emailing email@example.com.
Big Air, Big Hair
Powder Ridge Mountain Park and Resort goes retro on March 10 when competitors will dust off skis and suits from the ’80s for a Big Hair & Big Air Ski & Snowboard Competition. Starts at noon, with extra prizes for best ’80’s apparel. Free with purchase of a lift pass; spectators free. powderridgepark.com
Stravinsky & Swan Lake
The Hartford Symphony Orchestra presents Stravinsky & Swan Lake March 9 to 11 at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, 166 Capitol Ave. in Hartford. The program includes Stravinsky’s ballet Game of Cards (Jeu de Cartes) and his Symphony in Three Movements, and Tchaikovsky’s Suite from Swan Lake, Op. 20a, TH 12. Dancers Yury Yanowsky and Dalay Parrondo will join the orchestra. Showtime is 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $35, $10 students. hartfordsymphony.org.
Comedy Craft Beer Show
The craft of comedy is paired with the craft of beer-making at Hanging Hills Brewery, 150 Ledyard St., Hartford on March 9 from 7 to 10 p.m. A $20 cover includes first pint of beer. Friday’s show features comics Ryan Brauth, Marty Caproni and Mike Hanley. Tickets and info: comedycraftbeer.com
Banff At Bushnell
The Banff Mountain Film Festival, an evening of outdoor adventure-related short films, is shown at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, 166 Capitol Ave. in Hartford, on March 10 at 7 p.m. The films are “Ice Call – Backyards Project – Sam Favret,” “Surf the Line,” “Johanna,” “Planet Earth II – Mountain Ibex (Tour Edit),” “Edges,” “DugOut,” “Intersection: Micayla Gatto,” “The Last Honey Hunter” and “Stumped.” $18 to $32. Tickets: bushnell.org
The Connecticut Spelling Bee
Student spellers from all over the state will upstage most of the rest of us at the Connecticut Spelling Bee March 10 at 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hoffman Auditorium at University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford. Admission is free to the competition but seating is limited and first come, first served. Sponsored by the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society and the Hartford Courant.
Maple Sugar Madness
March is the month of maple madness in Connecticut. Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Mass., hosts Maple Days on Saturdays and Sunday through March 25, featuring sugar-making demonstrations and food preparation by costumed historians. osv.org.
The Welles-Shipman-Ward House in South Glastonbury hosts maple-sugaring demos on March 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. Inside the house, pancakes will be cooked on the open hearth. $5. 860-633-6890 and hsgct.org
It’s also the last weekend for maple-sugaring demonstrations at Flanders Sugar House in Woodbury. 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. $3 donation. flandersnaturecenter.org.
And the Hebron Maple Festival is March 17 and 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the town green. hebronmaplefest.info
A 15th Birthday
Its name may be lowercase, but the stop/time dance theater has a special prominence — it has been the resident dance company at Playhouse on Park in West Hartford since 2003. While a lot of dance companies’ concerts are one- or two-nighters, stop/time gets full two-and-a-half-week runs at a theater it helped build and which it knows intimately.
The dance theater marks its 15th anniversary with a special show mixing old and new works in a variety of dance styles. The production, running March 15 to 25, is conceived, directed and choreographed by company founder (and Playhouse on Park co-founder) Darlene Zoller.
Performances are Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $17.50. 860-523-5900 and playhouseonpark.org.
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