Whatever your plans are this weekend, be sure to make a pitstop at your local mall to pick up a new pair of stretch-denim jeans. After all, it’s Thanksgiving this week and it never hurts to be prepared.
While you’re out, here are a few events worth checking out.
Get A Clue Murder Mystery Tours
Mark Twain House & Museum, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford
Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Participate in a live version of the popular board game, Clue, in an hour-long tour featuring the famed comedy troupe Sea Tea Improv as Twain’s beloved characters/suspects. Get A Clue Tours provide all the murder, mayhem, and merriment you’d expect in a whodunit.
Featured on an episode of the Travel Channel show Wackiest Tours, Get A Clue Murder Mystery Tours take participants through the various rooms of the Twain house using some of the author’s favorite literary characters as part of the game.
Tours leave every 15 minutes beginning at 7:00 p.m. Reservations are required.
Tickets are $25, museum members $20, children 6 to 17, $17.
For more information: https://marktwainhouse.org/event/get-a-clue-murder-mystery-tours-3/2019-11-22/.
Elm City Brew Festival
College Street Music Hall, 238 College St., New Haven
Saturday, November 23, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Connecticut boasts more than 60 craft breweries that are brewing up all sorts of ales, lagers, porters, and stouts. Beer aficionados can sample more than 225 of them at the Elm City Brew Festival.
The event also features music by local artists Seth Adam and Eddie Seville and there will be food vendors.
Tickets range from $10 to $60.
For more information: https://www.collegestreetmusichall.com/e/elm-city-brew-festival-69936615299/.
Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox – A Very Postmodern Christmas
Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge, Ridgefield
Saturday, November 23, 8:00 p.m.
Known for reworking popular modern music into different vintage genres, Postmodern Jukebox is musical collective that has amassed over one billion YouTube views and played hundreds of shows to sold-out houses on six continents.
Postmodern Jukebox comes to the Ridgefield Playhouse to perform a series of eclectic, vintage-style holiday tunes. Don’t miss this fun kick-off to the holidays.
Come early for a free wine tasting and art exhibit featuring the work of Sholeh Janati.
Tickets are $85 – $110.
For more information: https://ridgefieldplayhouse.org/event/postmodern-jukebox/.
Llama Walk with Debbie Labbe
White Memorial Conservation Center, 80 Whitehall Rd., Litchfield
Sunday, November 24, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Let’s face it, life is hard. And, with so many family gatherings and functions coming up around the holidays, it’s a good time to take a mental break.
There’s no better way to find your Zen than to take a walk with a llama.
Meet in the museum parking lot at the White Memorial Conservation Center and spend an hour outdoors walking along scenic Cranberry Pond Trail trail with, you guessed it, llamas.
They’re cute, furry, and maybe just what the therapist ordered in order to clear your head for a while.
Fryderyk Chopin Society of Connecticut Presents Edith Fischer
New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., New Britain
Sunday, November 24, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The NBMAA partners with the Fryderyk Chopin Society of Connecticut to bring classical music performances from world-renowned pianists.
Come see Edith Fischer perform a selection of classical works on Sunday afternoon.
Born in Santiago de Chile to a family of renowned musicians, Fischer gave her first recital at the age of eleven before going on to receive a grant from the United States allowing her to continue her studies with her compatriot Claudio Arrau. She has, throughout her career, performed in most of the musical capitols of Europe, North America, as well as South America, Japan, India, and the Middle East.
The performance is free with museum admission.
For more information: https://www.nbmaa.org/events/fryderyk-chopin-society-presenting-edith-fischer.
Friendsgiving Drag Show
Tisane Euro Asian Café, 537 Farmington Ave., Hartford
Tuesday, November 26, 10:00 p.m.
In the spirit of the holiday, Tisane Euro Asian Café will host its annual Friendsgiving Drag Show on Tuesday, November 26. And what better way to usher in Thanksgiving?
There will be drink specials and performances by Mizery McRae and Marita Bonita. Music by DJ John Rsaza.
$10 cover fee.
For more information: https://mytisane.com/#events.
The Great Room Gallery, New Haven Pride Center, 84 Orange St., New Haven
Through November 30, Gallery hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
In “Trans-cending Art,” the New Haven Pride Center challenges the artistic community to recognize the importance of transgender voices in the landscape of artistic expression. The exclusion of transgender artists and voices in art directly reflects on the visibility of transgender people in everyday life.
Featuring exclusively the works of Connecticut Transgender visual artists, “Trans-cending Art” is here to remind you that Trans folk exist.
For more information: http://www.newhavenpridecenter.org/programming/exhibitions/trans-cending-art/.
Photo Credit: You Exist. By KC Councilor
Fantasy of Lights
Lighthouse Point Park, 2 Lighthouse Rd., New Haven
Through December 31
Sun-Thurs, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Fri and Sat, 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Fantasy of Lights is a local holiday tradition for thousands of families. Now, in its twenty-fifth year, the dazzling nighttime event not only gets visitors in the holiday spirit, but it also supports the Goodwill mission of enhancing employment, educational, social, and recreational opportunities for people with disabilities and other challenges.
The route is more than a mile long and features dozens of LED displays.
For more information: https://www.goodwillsne.org/fantasy-of-lights/.