Things To Do This Week

Courant staff

Record Day

The Telegraph, a New London record store, is one of a handful of Connecticut shops participating in Record Store Day on Black Friday (Nov. 24), when an in-store visit could net you exclusive vinyl releases by Paul McCartney, J Dilla, Albert Ayler, Grace Jones and dozens of other artists.

Other participating stores around the state include Replay Records (Hamden); Merle’s Record Rack (Orange); Music Outlet (Enfield); Records the Good Kind (Vernon); Disc & Dat (Bethel); Redscroll Records (Wallingford); Exile on Main St. (Branford); Johnny’s Records (Darien); Oldies & Goodies (Wallingford); Willimantic Records (Willimantic); Newbury Comics (Manchester); Mystic Disc (Mystic); Tumbleweeds (Niantic); Gerosa Records (Brookfield); and Vinyl Street Cafe (Fairfield).

Not all, however, have signed the Pledge, an agreement only to sell RSD releases to physical customers, without reserving or hawking them online. It’s all first come, first served.

Visit the official Record Store Day website for a complete list of Black Friday releases.

Ghosts Of Christmas Eve

Trans-Siberian Orchestra ($44 to $64) brings its Ghosts of Christmas Eve show to Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville on Nov. 26 at 8 p.m.

A Christmas Story: The Musical

It’s Thanksgiving week, which means it’s time to see some Christmas shows. A national tour of “A Christmas Story: The Musical,” based on the classic holiday movie, with songs from the team that brought you “Dear Evan Hansen,” is at The Bushnell, 166 Capitol Ave., Hartford, Nov. 24 to 26. Performances are Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m. The Sunday evening performance will be ASL interpreted. Tickets are $22.50-$103.50. 860-987-6000,

‘Native Son’

The Richard Wright novel of social protest “Native Son” has been turned into a stage play by Chicago-based playwright Nambi E. Kelley. The production at the Yale Repertory Theatre, 1120 Chapel St., New Haven, Nov. 24 through Dec. 16 will be the show’s third. All three have involved the same director, Seret Scott, and star Jerod Haynes, who plays culturally oppressed criminal Bigger Thomas.

“Native Son” is performed Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $40-$90. 203-432-1234,

Santaland Diaries

This show is based on David Sedaris’ personal recollections of his days as a Christmas elf at Macy’s and offers a witty accounting of elf training, bad Santas and abusive customers Nov. 24 to 26 at the Shubert in New Haven. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 6 p.m. $40.

Albano’s ‘Nutcracker’

The first performance of this classic holiday tradition by the Albano Ballet is Nov. 25 at 3 p.m., at Middletown Performing Arts Center at Middletown High School, with Miku Kawamura, prima ballerina from Japan, portraying the Sugar Plum Fairy and Eric Carnes as the Prince. The ballet is also performed Dec. 2 and 3 at 3 p.m. at Welte Theater, CCSU New Britain. $25 for children, $30 adults. (

There will also be four performances at Mohegan Sun: Dec. 8 and 9 at 7 p.m.; Dec. 10, Sunday at 1 and 7 p.m. $32-$38 adults; $26-$32 children. and 800-745-3000.


Thanks to some very generous people Winterfest Hartford returns for its 8th year in Bushnell Park from Nov. 24 to Jan. 7, offering free skate rentals, lessons and classes, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. most days (closed at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day; and open from 2 p.m. to midnight on New Year’s Eve as part of the First Night celebration). At the other end of the park, the carousel offers $1 rides on weekends. More information at

Merry Thanksgiving

It’s the time of year for family, sometimes in very close quarters, so the Bushnell Park Carousel has planned a Thanksgiving weekend full of themed-fun from Nov. 24 to 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

First there’s Free Festive Friday, when rides are free for kids, $1 for adults. The theme is “Royal Rides,” so kids are encouraged to wear their best prince and princess regalia. Craft activities include making a carousel cutout, a coloring corner and ornament making.

Singalong Saturday includes singing, storytelling and the same craft making activities, and Santa Sunday includes half-price rides of 50 cents and the free craft making. Santa will be there from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., happy to pose for photos. 860-585-5411.

Manchester Road Race

Whether you are a runner or not, this yearly tradition is a party in the streets on Thursday, Nov. 23. Cheer on runners, wear crazy costumes, listen to the bands on the race course, all free to spectators. Begins on Main Street, Manchester. Info and route:

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