Come Gather ’Round
Activities to enhance the Thanksgiving holiday and to help you get a jump-start on the Yuletide festivities.
He’s arguably the voice of his generation, and is undoubtedly one of the most important and influential singer-songwriters alive, with more than a million records sold, 11 Grammy Awards and a Nobel Prize in literature to his name. Following the early November release of the 14th album in his popular Bootleg Series — this one featuring alternate versions from 1974’s legendary Blood on the Tracks LP — Bob Dylan and His Band will swing by the Palace Theater in Waterbury at 8 p.m. on Nov. 20. Tickets start at $72.50.
Craft beer fans will have the chance to sample brews from Connecticut, New England and beyond on Nov. 17 when College Street Music Hall in New Haven hosts the Elm City Brew Festival. More than 60 breweries and 200-plus craft beers will be represented. The event takes place from 1-5 p.m., with a VIP hour beginning at noon. Tickets are $45-$60 ($10 for designated drivers).
Rhythms of History
In September, the New Britain Museum of American Art introduced a new monthly series of events which explore how visual arts and music influence and inform each other. This month’s installment, Where Art Meets Music: Reconstructing the Rhythms of Black Histories Through Contemporary Art, will look at Titus Kaphar’s The Vesper Project, a massive installation that attempts to reconstruct the history of a 19th-century African-American family, and the ways that a jazz-like improvisational approach informed Kaphar’s work. Frank Mitchell, executive director of the Amistad Center for Art & Culture, will host the presentation, which will be augmented by a jazz ensemble led by musician and educator Nat Reeves of The Hartt School’s Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz. The presentation takes place Nov. 8 from 6-8 p.m. Tickets: $5 students, $7 members, $15 non-members. 860-229-0257
Though produced primarily for young children, fans of any age can enjoy the whimsical creativity of the Fall Puppet Performance Series at the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry in Storrs. On Nov. 10, Sarah Nolan, a Boston-based puppeteer and UConn graduate, will perform her story of The Fairy Tailor, in whose enchanted shop magical characters such as “Little Red Riding Hood(ie)” come alive. When confronted by a giant, she uses the audience’s help to find a clever solution. Each show is performed at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for members and seniors, $8 for students and $6 for kids 12 and under (recommended for ages 4 and up). The fall series wraps up on Dec. 1 with The Gingerbread Man.
On Nov. 23, 40 years almost to the (holi)day after The Band gave their legendary Thanksgiving Day farewell concert, the Bijou Theatre in Bridgeport will host The Rev Tor Band’s touring recreation of The Last Waltz Live. Between renditions of hits like “The Weight” and “Up on Cripple Creek,” local musicians stand in for the iconic guest performers (such as Bob Dylan and Neil Young) from the original concert, making each show a unique experience. The audience at the original show was served a Thanksgiving dinner; that won’t be the case here, but there will be a food drive to help support a local food pantry. 21 and over; tickets are $28-$43, and the show starts at 8 p.m.
As technology continues to evolve at an ever-faster rate, society finds itself struggling to adapt. Three experts at the forefront of the digital revolution will examine some of the questions about how technology is affecting our interactions — both with the tech, and each other — when The Connecticut Forum hosts Big Tech: What is the Future We’re Building? at The Bushnell in Hartford at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 17. The panel includes Nicholas Thompson, technology expert and editor-in-chief of Wired; Jaron Lanier, computer scientist and pioneer in the field of virtual reality; and Sherry Turkle, a researcher and professor at MIT. John Dankosky, executive editor of the New England News Collaborative, will moderate. Tickets start at $30.