The forecast this weekend calls for thunderstorms, but even if the weatherman -- or the Weather.com iPhone app -- is correct, there's still plenty to do. Here are 32 fun and weather-proof events happening this weekend around the state.
1) Clandestine Childhood, a film from Argentia
Prosser Public Librar
International Film Clandestine Childhood, a film from Argentina, directed by Benjamin Avila, 110 minutes, Spanish with English subtitles. Enjoy refreshments and casual conversation following the film.
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2) Carbon Leaf w/ special guest Native Run
Bridge Street Live
Irish folk and Gaelic influences have always peppered the Carbon Leaf’s songs and albums for years – not to mention their energetic live shows – but the new album Ghost Dragon fully embraces those traditional roots from start to finish.
3) Mark Mulcahy
With The Mountain Movers, Jounce and The Backyard Committee.
4) Sammy and the Magical Sandbox, and The Wizard of Wallaby Wallow
Part of the Ivoryton Playhouse’s series of Summer Children’s Shows.
5) Cedric the Entertainer
MGM Grand at Foxwoods
The star of The Original Kings of Comedy, Barbershop, The Steve Harvey Show and more brings his stand-up act to Foxwoods.
6) Paula Cole
Fairfield Theatre Company's StageOne
Grammy winner and 7 time Grammy nominee Paula Cole has released six solo albums spanning an eighteen year career, including the huge hit “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?”
7) Cyndi Lauper with Hunter Valentine
The Capitol Theatre
Port Chester, NY
Pop sensation Cyndi Lauper performs at The Capitol Theatre.
8) Becoming Dr. Ruth by Mark St. Germain
Starring Debra Jo Rupp, this plays looks at Dr. Ruth from her career as a pioneering radio and television sex therapist, as well as the incredible journey that preceded it.
9) Community Quilt
Charter Oak Cultural Center
Quilters, non-quilters, young and old have all contributed to the creation of a community quilt which will be unveiled in this exhibition.
10) Mercies, Oh,Cassius!, and The Dupont Brothers
Arch Street Tavern
Three great bands, and tickets are only $7-10.
11) The Bonsai Society of Greater Hartford 32nd Annual Bonsai Show
Pond House Meeting Room
The Bonsai Society of Greater Hartford will present its 32nd Annual Bonsai Show at the Pond House in Elizabeth Park, Hartford, on Saturday and Sunday, July 13 and 14. Included in the show will be trees trained by club members, demonstrations of bonsai techniques, as well as sales of trees and bonsai related items.
12) Cesar Millan - Live!
The Oakdale Theatre
The Dog Whisper visits CT.
13) New York International Children's Film Festival: Kidflix Mix
Real Art Ways
A kaleidoscopic showcase of the best short film and animation from around the world, for ages 3 to 6.
Performing hits like “I Get Off” and “Here’s to Us,” Halestorm takes the stage at the Webster on Sunday night.
Playhouse on Park
This production of the 1998 Broadway revival is directed by Playhouse on Park Co-Founder and Artistic Director, Sean Harris.
16) New Media: Brown Gillespie
New Britain Museum of American Art
Brown Gillespie has always been fascinated by color—its ephemeral and ever-changing quality in nature, principles of color theory, as well as the effect of emotions on the human perception of color. These interests coalesce in Gillespie’s Light Visions series.
17) Return of the 17-Year Cicadas!
Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
Features a timeline detailing Yale's historical involvement in 17-year cicada emergences dating back to 1843. Opens this Sunday.
18) Mentoring Courtney Love: David LaChapelle and Courtney Love
Lyman Allyn Art Museum
Portraits by the controversial musician, who credits her growth as a visual artist to photographer David LaChapelle.
19) DOUBT: A Parable
TriArts at Sharon Playhouse
A riveting clash of conscience and conviction turns the stuff of headlines into exquisite, engrossing drama.
20) The RnB Explosion Party
Comix at Foxwoods Comedy Club
Do we need to say any more?
21) Ramp It Up: Skateboard Culture in Native America
Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center
Reveals the underground world of skateboarding in Indian country and highlights the Native American skateboarding culture of the West Coast, using four short films, archival images and Native-designed decks.
22) Eggs-hibition: Unscrambling Their History
Bruce Museum of Arts and Science
From food to children's fairy tales, Faberge to pharmacology, an examination of the evolution of the egg.
ALL WEEKEND LONG
23) Behind the Wheel
Connecticut Historical Society
An exhibit about learning and loving to drive when cars were new, Behind the Wheel showcases a new collection of colorful automobile safety posters printed in the 1930s-1950s.
24) NEW/NOW: Skylar Hughes One Big Gust of Wind
New Britain Museum of American Art
Skylar Hughes investigates relationships, associations, and the artistic process in the paintings and collages on display in One Big Gust of Wind. The works hover on the edge between abstraction and representation, the familiar and the unrecognizable, and conscious and unconscious painterly gesture.
25) The Music Man
Connecticut Repertory Theatre
Connecticut Repertory Theatre ends their summer season with Meredith Willson’s timeless Broadway musical classic The Music Man.
26) Hello, Dolly!
Goodspeed Opera House
One of the greatest musicals ever written lights up the Goodspeed stage for the very first time.
To the rockin’ rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score and augmented with dynamic new songs for the stage musical, Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.
28) Paier Summer Art Show
Paier College of Art
Works representing all disciplines taught at the school.
29) Summer Along the Shore
Susan Powell Fine Art
Exhibit of plein air paintings by 20 nationally exhibited artists, celebrating summer and the CT shoreline.
30) Roger Tory Peterson and Me: A Bird Photographer's Inspiration
The Gallery at Firehouse Square
Birds photos by local artist Diana Atwood Johnson alongside those of her personal inspiration, Roger Tory Peterson.
31) Industrial Evolution Exhibit
Maritime Garage Art Gallery
Features selected artwork in all media that depict inspirational urban and technological elements of evolution over the past 150 years, weaving images from an age of emerging invention and development with the modern day.
Connecticut Convention Center
A fan-run, membership based organization for fans of sequential art (web comics, anime, comic books, graphic novels, manga, cartoons, etc.), hobby games (tabletop miniatures, roleplaying, board games, card games, live action roleplaying games, paintball, airsoft, etc.), electronic gaming (consoles, PC, arcade, pinball, etc.), science fiction, fantasy, horror and related genres.