August is here and you know what that means – the beginning of the end. Okay, okay, sorry, don’t panic, there’s still plenty of time to fit in some summer fun before Labor Day rolls around. So get out there and take advantage of these weekend events before Ol’ Man Winter starts loading up his luggage for a return trip.
Gimme A Break
Breakdancing Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Cast Photo for Breakdancing Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Liss Couch-Edwards
Hartford Stage, 50 Church St., Hartford
Friday, August 2 and Saturday, August 3 at 7:00 p.m.
In a novel twist to the Shakespeare classic, the Hartford Stage presents Breakdancing Shakespeare: A Midsummer Nights’ Dream. This updated romantic comedy features a youth cast and modern hip hop as four teens set off into the city on an adventure that will change their lives.
You’ve probably never seen Shakespeare done quite like this, which is exactly why you should go.
General admission tickets are $10.
For more information: https://www.hartfordstage.org/education/bds
Out of This World
Mohegan Sun Golf Club, 7 Dows Ln., Baltic
Fridays in August, 7:00 p.m. to Midnight
Play a few rounds of golf while attempting to spot the Big Dipper at the Mohegan Sun Golf Club Friday nights in August.
Sure, golf isn’t exactly night sport, but that’s the point.
Players of all ages can swing on the lighted driving range or just play a few rounds of mini golf using glow-in-the-dark golf balls. Casual food and beverages are available for purchase and equipment is provided. You’re also welcome to bring your own.
Tickets are $10 per adult and can be purchased at the golf course. Kids 13 and younger are free.
For more information: https://mohegansungolfclub.com/cosmic-golf/
Taste of the Caribbean & Jerk Festival
Photo Courtesy of Taste of the Caribbean & Jerk Festival
Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, 300 Columbus Blvd., Hartford
Saturday, August 3, 1:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Bringing authentic Caribbean cuisine, island drinks, music, dance, and costumes to Hartford’s Riverfront, the Taste of the Caribbean & Jerk Festival is a full day of activities including a fun Carnival Parade and plenty of good eats.
This showcase is a signature event, drawing thousands to experience the sights and sounds of the vibrant Caribbean.
Admission is free.
For more information: www.tastect.org
Wait, Did Someone Mention Food?
Glastonbury Food Truck Festival
Photo: Glastonbury Food Truck Festival
Glastonbury Elks B.P.O.E 2202, 98 Woodland St., South Glastonbury
Saturday, August 3, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 4, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Now in its third year, the Glastonbury Food Truck Festival is foodie heaven with more than 25 food trucks, beer, craft beer, wine, and booze. There will also be carnival rides for the kids and other activities.
Admission is free and ample parking is available.
For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/234098684183362/|
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat: Photo by Mandi Martini
Warner Theatre, 68 Main St., Torrington
Friday, August 2 at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, August 3 at 8:00 p.m., Sunday, August 4 at 2:00 p.m.
If any dream will do, then catch the last weekend of the Broadway classic, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” performed on the Warner Theatre stage.
Celebrating its 51st anniversary, the enduring show is a reimagining of the biblical story of Joseph, his father, eleven brothers, and one, super special, multicolored coat.
The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical features memorable songs, an Elvis-inspired Pharaoh, and prison time. But it’s all in good fun.
Tickets range from $19 to $27.
For more information: https://www.warnertheatre.org/
Ongoing Events & Social Meetings
Queer People of Color (QPOC) Soirée
Triangle Community Center, 650 West Ave., Norwalk
First Friday of each month, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
This social program provides an outlet for queer individuals of color to talk about their unique experiences and brainstorm ideas on how to increase visibility in the LGBTQ community. The group also shares experiences with the LGBTQ community through creative outlets such as poetry, song writing, and storytelling. Soirée provides a supportive group aimed at creating a safe space and community, a place to discuss the daily navigation of oppression, and a place to be visible, uplifted, and connected to one another.
Ages 18 and up
For more information: http://www.ctpridecenter.org/social_groups
Triangle Community Center, 650 West Ave., Norwalk
First Sunday of each month, 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
This program is an inclusive LGBTQ collective for people seeking to develop their creative skills and projects. All levels of experience are welcome to participate. Monthly creative exercises will be inspired by books, music, photography, and art. All with open hearts and minds are welcome.
Please bring a notebook or sketchbook and preferred writing tools.
No RSVP required
Ages 18 and up
For more information: http://www.ctpridecenter.org/social_groups or contact Alisa Zebrina at firstname.lastname@example.org.
+obias & +isms in Art
The Great Room Gallery, New Haven Pride Center, 84 Orange St, New Haven
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Thursday, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., through August 30.
In +obias & +isms in Art, convening partners #BlackLivesMatter New Haven, Nasty Women Connecticut, and the New Haven Pride Center collaborate to present a multi-artist exhibition that explores the +obias and +isms that affect people of colour, women, and the LGBTQQIP2sAA community.
For more information: http://www.newhavenpridecenter.org/programming/exhibitions/obias-isms-in-art/
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
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.
New London Pride, Saturday, August 24, www.newlondonpride.com
Hartford Pridefest 2019, Saturday, September 14, www.hartfordpride.org
PRIDE New Haven, September 16-22, www.newhavenpridecenter.org