A new moon this weekend marks the beginning of a new month and the Mardi Gras festival. Be swept away by the magic, mystery and mayhem of William Shakespeare’s classic The Tempest at the Hole in the Wall Theater in New Britain (Friday-Sunday). Cast off the old and try out something new for your home during the Connecticut Home & Remodeling Show at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford (Friday-Sunday). Indulge your mysterious side with wines and a delectable dinner at Moonlight Mardi Gras at the Fox Hill Inn in Brookfield (Saturday).
If the mayhem from commuting in the snow gets to be too much and you need a ‘getaway’, but don’t have the time to ‘go away’, the Night to Relax Package at Water’s Edge Resort & Spa offers a great getaway at an even greater price. This package combines an overnight stay in a superior guestroom and a $100.00 credit in our Spa towards any service or product. Starting from $215.00
More things to explore:
Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, Storrs (860) 486-4226
Wear your dancing shoes and enjoy Big Sam’s Funky Nation — a driving force of urban funk noted for Big Sam’s signature dance moves and distinctive trombone riffs (Friday).
“Backyard Monsters: The World of Insects”, Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center (800) 411-9671
Get a bug’s-eye view of some backyard insects in the Mashantucket Gallery’s newest exhibit. Giant robotic insects, up to 96 times their normal size with lifelike colors and movements, dominate the exhibition. Hands-on displays let you take a mechanical insect for a walk, build a bug, and learn how insects communicate (Friday-Saturday).
“Nocturne: Images of the Night” & “Holding Still” & “Hot Off the Press!” & “A Contemporary Look”, Lyme Art Association, Lyme (860) 434-7802
Explore your artistic side at the exhibit Nocturne that features paintings created from dusk ‘till dawn. Holding Stillshowcases still life paintings by member artists. Hot Off the Presses! promises an exciting collection of hand-pulled works showcasing a variety of printmaking techniques by member and invited artists. A Contemporary Look is an invitational exhibition of abstract, yet still representational work by regional artists (Friday-Sunday).
“A Song at Twilight”, Hartford Stage, Hartford (860) 527-5151
Wait along with a famous writer and his embittered wife in a luxurious Swiss hotel as they await the arrival of his old flame and her stack of incriminating letters. This show is a rare revival of Noel Coward’s brave and bittersweet comedy about the consequences of living a lie (Friday-Sunday).
“Love, Sex, & the IRS”, Warner Theatre, Torrington (860) 489-7180
Jon Trachtman and Leslie Arthur are out-of-work musicians who room together in New York City. To save money, Jon has been filing tax returns listing the pair as married. The day of reckoning comes when the Internal Revenue Service informs the “couple” they’re going to be investigated. Like a cross between I Love Lucy and Some Like it Hot! It’s the classic farce that everyone should be doing – especially around tax time (Friday-Sunday).
“Jiggle A Jelly” Touch-A-Jellyfish, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Norwalk (203) 852-0700
Experience your wild side by safely touching a live moon jellyfish, one of the most common species in Long Island Sound (Saturday-Sunday).
These highlights represent just a sampling of the many exciting events taking place across Connecticut this weekend. For more information about these and other entertaining activities, use the Events Quick Search on the right side of the page.
This Weekend in Connecticut
February 28 – March 2, 2014
February 28-March 1 - “The Disney Reality Show” - Carriage House Theater, 360 Farmington Ave., Hartford, 06105. Time: 8 p.m. A Disney reality show. Catch up with your favorite Disney animated characters. See how the stories really happened. Feel the Disney magic. All this and more in this full length live scripted comedy. All the Disney animated movies come to life in this epic comedy. This incredible cast of improvisers and comedians will bring a whole new flavor to your favorite movies! Not recommended for children under 13, unless the children are awesome and can handle some violence and adult situations. Admission: $10.
February 28-March 2 - “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles” - Davison Art Center at Wesleyan University, 301 High St., Middletown, 06457. Time: noon-4 p.m. Come experience the excitement of speed and the metaphor of the machine join in images of airplanes, trains, and automobiles. The exhibition includes William Henry Jackson’s 19th-century celebrations of the railroad in the American West, Jacques Henri Lartigue’s action shots of early French automobile races, and the abandoned Ford cars of Robert Sheehan. Admission: Free. (860) 685-2500
March 1 – Maple Sugaring Festival - The Institute for American Indian Studies, The Institute for American Indian Studies, 38 Curtis Rd., Washington, 06793. Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The days are getting warmer but the nights are still cold. These are just the right conditions for maple sugaring. Join IAIS Staff and Primitive Skills Practitioner Jim Dina for an afternoon celebrating the gift of maple sugar. Admission: Adults $12, children $10. (860) 868-0518
March 1-2 – Maple Sugar Festival Weekend - Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Rd., Stamford, 06903. Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Visit the little red sugarhouse on Heckscher Farm and see firsthand how sap is turned into sweet maple syrup. Witness how trees are tapped and sap is collected, make a maple-themed craft, go on a scavenger hunt, have your face painted and more. Admission: General admission $10, children (3 and under) free. Pancake Brunch on Sunday only for an additional $5. (203) 322-1646
March 2 - First Sunday Science: Saltwater Fly Fishing in Fairfield County - Bruce Museum’s Seaside Center, Greenwich Point Park, Old Greenwich, 06870. Time: 1:30 p.m.-4 p.m. ORVIS and Trout Unlimited present both the theoretical and practical aspects of saltwater fly fishing including fly casting demonstrations and instruction. This event is co-sponsored by Greenwich Shellfish Commission and the Bruce Museum. Admission: Free. (203) 413-6756 (weekdays only).