It’s summertime and the livin’ is easy, especially now that Friday is finally here. No plans? No problem, we’ve got you covered with a list of events and happenings going on around the state.
From food trucks and music, to art, exhibitions, and film, we’re here to help get your weekend on!
Friday, June 28
Wadsworth Atheneum, Museum Of Art, 600 Main St, Hartford
Gallery Talk: Be Seen: Portrait Photography Since Stonewall
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Examine how the artists featured in the current exhibition, Be Seen: Portrait Photography Since Stonewall, have used portrait photography to explore the idea of visibility with curator Patricia Hickson. Free with admission. Meet by the museum shop.
Film: The Happy Prince & Before Homosexuals
2:00pm – 5:00pm
In conjunction with Be Seen: Portrait Photography Since Stonewall, watch two films for the price of one. Take a 1:15pm tour of Be Seen before 2:00pm screening. $10; $9 seniors and students w/ ID; $7 members; Free for Film Stars.
ARTWALK in Stamford Downtown! Ferguson Library, 96 Broad St, Stamford
5:00pm – 8:00pm
An evening of art receptions, music, dance lessons, art demonstrations, and children’s art activities. Featuring more than 100 artists, artwork, and displays at eight downtown galleries and Stamford_Portal in Latham Park. Pick up an ARTWALK route map and passport in front of the Ferguson Library at the ARTWALK reception desk anytime between 5:00pm and 7:45pm. Free to the public.
ARTWALK in Stamford
Pride Under The Stars, Hartford, Burr Mall (between Main and Prospect), Hartford
6:00pm – 10:00pm
A celebration commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. The event includes music, drinks, friends, and fun under the stars. Park between the Wadsworth Atheneum and City Hall. #LetsMeetAtHartfordPride
Saturday, June 29, 2019
This Filthy World: An Evening with John Waters, Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main St, Hartford
6:00pm: Cash bar opens, 7:00pm: Talk and Q&A, 8:00pm: Book signing and film
In conjunction with Be Seen: Portrait Photography Since Stonewall, legendary filmmaker, screenwriter, author, actor, visual artist, and art collector John Waters graces the Wadsworth stage. In his inimitable and wonderfully outrageous style, Waters offers observations on life and fame, his perspective on Stonewall, and recollections of his films. His book Mr. Know- It-All (2019) will be available for purchase.
$85; $75 members. Please note, tickets must be purchased online.
Film: Cecil B. Demented
Midsummer Fantasy Renaissance Faire, Warsaw Park, 119 Pulaski Hwy, Ansonia
11:00am – 6:30pm, Weekends through July 7, 2019.
Adventures for the whole family in an interactive world set in a time when elves, fairies, orcs, goblins, animal-kin, dwarves, and magic are real. Featuring comedy, action, games, stage shows, music, magic, combat, food and vendors.
Tickets: Adult $15, Children 10-14 $10, Children 5 -9 $5
New London Food Truck Festival, 1 Water Street, New London
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Bring your appetite and stroll along New London’s beautiful waterfront while enjoying cuisine offered by more than 20 food trucks, then savor your selection while enjoying a concert on the City Pier stage. Andre, Eddie & Friends will be performing popular covers, including the music of Earth, Wind & Fire. This year a new floating tiki bar will serve up drinks while guests enjoy a short cruise along the water.
Gay Gatherings: Philip Johnson, David Whitney and the Modern Arts, The Glass House, 199 Elm St, New Canaan
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sundays through August 19, 2019, visit the website for specific hours.
The exhibition explores interactions at the Glass House among eight gay men who profoundly shaped 20th-century artistic culture. Coincident with the 50th anniversary of New York’s Stonewall Uprising and the 70th anniversary of the Philip Johnson’s completion of the Glass House, Gay Gatherings underscores an essential element of the site’s history that has not been fully presented as part of its public interpretation.
Tickets start at $25 and are required for admission, access to site is via tour only. Advance reservations recommended.
A Brief History of Connecticut’s LGBTQ Community: A Traveling Exhibit and Digital Timeline, Connecticut Historical Society, One Elizabeth St, Hartford
Tuesday – Thursday: 12:00pm – 5:00pm, Friday – Saturday: 9:00am – 5:00pm, through August 3, 2019 (Closed for renovations July 1-4)
This traveling exhibit and digital timeline explores the idea of the LGBTQ community becoming a community, finding its voice, moving from invisibility to visibility, and moving from an underground existence to a claimed communal identity.
Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (65+), and $8 for students and youth (6-17). Admission for children 5 and under and CHS members is free.