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>>The beer-tastings event Craft Sippin' returns for its second year to the New Britain Museum of American Art Friday, Feb. 20, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. In addition to food and drink, there will be DIY studio component — when guests can make their own coasters and play video games in the Stanley Works Center, and Little Ugly will provide the music. Food vendors include Nora Cupcake, Riverhouse Catering, Agave Canteen, and Rough House; and local beer vendors include Black Hog, Olde Burnside/Pioneer, Relic, Overshores, Back East, Charter Oak, Goose Island, Blue Point, Long Trail, Lagunitas, Brooklyn, New England Brewing Co., City Steam, Willimantic Brewing Co., Stony Creek, Founder's, and Heavy Seas. $30; $35 non-members. Information:

>>AIDS Connecticut hosts a Red Carpet Experience at Spotlight Theaters, 39 Front Street in Hartford, Sunday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. The evening will include red carpet interviews with local media, prizes for best formal or movie-themed attire, a silent auction and large-screen viewing of the Academy Awards Ceremony. "The Nose" on WNPR's Colin McEnroe Show will broadcast live at the event, and food will be provided by Amor, Avon Prime Meats and Catering, Bear's Smokehouse Barbecue, DISH Bar & Grill, Front Street Bistro, Nixs Hartford, Peppercorns Grill, Pond House Café and Starbucks. VIP reception begins at 6 p.m. General admission $50; VIP $100. 860-247-AIDS and

>>The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook also hosts an Oscar Night Party, staring at 7 p.m., in honor of its 12-time-nominated, 4-time-winning namesake. The evening includes a red carpet, hors d'oeuvres, desserts and a cash bar, a silent auction and raffle, and big-screen viewing of the Academy Awards. $75; $65 members. and 860-510-0453.

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