It’s a holiday weekend and it kicks off with National Coming Out Day (October 11). There are more events this weekend than we even know what to do with, so let’s begin.
National Coming Out Day At Tisane
Tisane Euro-Asian Café, 537 Farmington Ave., Hartford
Friday, October 11, 11:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Join Tisane in commemorating National Coming Out Day with a celebration. There will be drink specials featuring Tito’s Handmade Vodka, so don’t miss out. Admission is a suggested $2 at the door to benefit True Colors (https://ourtruecolors.org) in Hartford.
For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1251204655052648/
National Coming Out Day & Robin Fierce’s Birthday at Troupe429
Troupe429, 3 Wall St., Norwalk
Friday, October 11, 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Troupe429 bar in Norwalk, CT is proud to celebrate National Coming Out Day and the birthday of Connecticut drag superstar Robin Fierce.
There will be performances by Robin Fierce, music by DJ OMG Yaaas Kween, and drink specials. Wear purple for a free Coming Out shot.
For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/952949388422567/.
Hartford Marathon/Pedal To The Metal
Memorial Arch at Bushnell Park, 99 Trinity St., Hartford
Saturday, October 12
The Hartford Marathon is back! Whether you’re a participant or a viewer, it’s an annual event not to be missed.
In addition to the marathon and various races, cyclists are invited to take part in the 2nd annual Pedal to the Medal event which runs from 3:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. Ride along CT Fastrak bus lanes for a total of nearly 19 miles. Riders can travel at their own speed. Registration is $55 (plus a processing fee) and a portion of the proceeds benefits BiCi Co., Hartford’s educational community bike shop.
For more details on Pedal to the Medal visit: https://www.hartfordmarathon.com/pedal-to-the-medal/
For more details on the Hartford Marathon visit: https://www.hartfordmarathon.com/eversource-hartford-marathon/
On the Grounds of Belonging
Long Wharf Theatre, 222 Sargent Dr., New Haven
October 9 – November 3, See website for specific dates and times
Directed by David Mendizábal and written by Ricardo Pérez Gonzále, On the Grounds of Belonging is a story of star-crossed lovers at the height of Jim Crow laws in the 1950s.
In Houston, segregation pervades society in every way, including the underground and illegal gay bar scene. A chance encounter between Russell, a local at the Blacks-only Gold Room, and Tom, from the whites-only Red Room, leads to a forbidden romance that could destroy them both.
Due to mature content On the Grounds of Belonging is recommended for ages 14 and up.
For tickets or further information visit: https://www.longwharf.org/on-the-grounds-of-belonging.
Madison Green Autumn Arts Festival
Madison Town Green, Boston Post Rd (Route 1) and Copse Rd, Madison
Saturday, October 12, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 13, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Rain date, Monday, October 14)
The Arts Center Killingworth returns to the Madison Connecticut Town Green to present its Annual Autumn Outdoor Arts Festival with new and original artwork and fine crafts created by established and emerging artists from throughout Connecticut.
The festival includes representational and abstract painting, as well as photography, ceramics, fiber and paper art, printmaking, and fine jewelry design.
The Jan Jungden Trio will perform jazz Saturday afternoon. There will also be food by Curb Your Appetite which serves a variety of special hamburgers and sandwiches, Sultan Kebab offering a choice of delicious kebabs, and Moon Rocks Gourmet Cookies selling their homemade specialty cookies (Sunday only).
For more information: http://www.spectrumartgallery.org/current-exhibition/.
It’s a Queer Story: Everyone Has a Story
Through October 30, Tues – Thurs, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
New Haven Pride Center, 84 Orange St., New Haven
It’s a Queer Story explores the introspection of ‘What being Queer means to me.’ The artist asks several peers this same question and the answers, stories, and emotions are materialized into photographs.
The artist, Julia Genzano (she/her), is a Connecticut-based photographer who brings to life the struggles or triumphs of queer individuals. Everyone has a story and it deserves to be heard.
For more information: http://www.newhavenpridecenter.org/programming/exhibitions/its-a-queer-story-2/#
I Ain’t Afraid Of No Ghost
Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours
Select dates and times through Saturday, October 26
The Mark Twain House & Museum, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford
Featured on Syfy Channel’s “Ghost Hunters,” and the Biography Channel’s “My Ghost Story,” the Mark Twain House & Museum offers ghost tours filled with the haunted history, dark tales, and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spirits, all in the spirit (pun intended) of good fun.
Not suitable for kids under 10.
Tickets are $25 for adults, $17 for children 10-16.
For more information: https://marktwainhouse.org/event/graveyard-shift-ghost-tours-5/2019-09-27/.