There’s Arts. There’s Crafts
The annual free artist showcase known as Open Studio Hartford continues for its second weekend, Nov. 10 and 11 in studios and venues all over the city. Also happening this weekend is a Holiday Art & Fine Crafts Show Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. $8 adults; free for kids to age 14; 1/2 price admission discount with presentation of an Open Studio Hartford Weekend program. More information at courant.com/openstudio2018.
Josh And Idina
Tony award-winning Broadway and film singer Idina Menzel joins multi-platinum singer Josh Groban at the Mohegan Sun Arena on Nov. 10 on his touring in support of his new album titled “Bridges.” Menzel released “idina:live” in October. The duo recently paired up on the song “Lullaby” — released Oct. 26 on the bilingual children’s album, “Singing You Home,” which benefits organizations that aid families separated at the border and also features Kristin Chenoweth and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Tickets start at $94. Ticketmaster.com
Happy 10th Anniversary
In 2008 Connecticut became the second state to allow same-sex couples to marry. To mark that 10th anniversary, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders — GLAD is hosting a celebration Nov. 11 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Real Art Ways in Hartford. In addition to marking the victory, the event, which is free and open to all, offers the opportunity to hear about continued efforts to gain equality for the LGBTQ community. facebook.com
‘The First Improv’
Talk about old jokes. “Commedia dell’Arte – The First Improv” draws connections between a specific form of 17th century European ensemble clowning (a style that influenced everyone from Moliere to modern TV sitcoms) and the sort of improvised comedy that’s practiced at Sea Tea Comedy Theater several times a week. “Commedia dell’Arte – The First Improv” is directed by Roger Negron, a Sea Tea regular (with the troupe The Rumour Cauldron) and graduate of Central Connecticut State University and the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theater on 7 p.m. Nov. 10 at Sea Tea Comedy Theater, 15 Asylum St., Hartford. $10. seateaimprov.com.
Criss Angel Unplugged
Criss Angel came to fame with an up-close, reality-TV-show variety of casually mindblowing magic. So it makes sense that his latest tour, “Criss Angel RAW: The Mindfreak Unplugged” is an intimate, stripped-down show, the magician’s equivalent of a hard rocker going acoustic. The mindfreak gets transformative Nov. 8 to 11 at Foxwoods’ Fox Theater, 350 Trolley Line Blvd., Mashantucket. Performances are Thursday at 6 and 9 p.m., Friday at 6 and 9:30 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m. $39-$109. 800-FOXWOODS, foxwoods.com.
‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’
Playhouse on Park stages Dale Wasserman’s Tony-winning adaptation of the Ken Kesey classic “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” through Nov. 18. Dale Wasserman directs the unforgettable tale of a mental hospital and the battle for sanity and control when a new patient disrupts Nurse Ratched’s rigid program. A Young Professionals Night Out, for ages 21 to 35, is Nov. 14 with a reception at 6 p.m. and performance at 7:30 p.m. $25 to $40. Playhouseonpark.org
CT Auto Show
Easier than driving from one dealership to the next to compare prices, features and styles of new cars is spending the afternoon at the Connecticut Auto Show at the Mohegan Sun Expo Center in Uncasville. The event boasts hundreds of the newest model year imported and domestic vehicles of all makes and invites serious shoppers and car enthusiasts to “sit in the cars, pop the hoods, inspect the trunks and kick the tires.”
It runs Nov. 9 and 10 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Nov. 11, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $12 adults, $5 children 6 to 12, free for military with ID and $4 onsite admission for seniors 65+ on Friday only. ctautoshow.com
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