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The Museum of Cartoon Art

Drawn to Home

For several years in the 1970s, Greenwich was host to the first museum dedicated to preserving and exhibiting the unique art form of cartooning. Masterpieces From the Museum of Cartoon Art at the Bruce Museum brings more than 100 original works from many of the country’s top cartoonists — including comic strips, editorial cartoons, animation and more— back to Greenwich. The museum will also feature two special programs tied to the exhibit: Breaking Into the Boys Club: A Whirlwind History of Women and Cartooning on Feb. 18, and a panel discussion on the Golden Age of Cartooning in Connecticut on March 7. The exhibit runs Jan. 26-April 20. Museum admission: $10 (students and seniors $8; members and children under 5 free). 203-869-0376, brucemuseum.org

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Soar Winner

Get an unobstructed winter view of migrating bald eagles and more on Riverquest’s Winter Wildlife Eagle Cruises along the Connecticut River. Watch the birds as they hunt for fish using your own binoculars, or borrow a pair from the boat, and be sure to bundle up — there’s a heated cabin onboard, but the best views are outside on the deck. Cruises are about two hours long and depart from the Connecticut River Museum in Essex on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Feb. 8-March 17, plus Presidents’ Day, Feb. 18 (departure times vary). Reservations are strongly recommended; tickets are $42 and include admission to the museum, which is hosting a special Eagles of Essex exhibit. The Griswold Inn in Essex and the Copper Beech Inn in Ivoryton also offer getaway packages that include tickets to the cruise. 860-662-0577, ctriverquest.com

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Aziz Ansari

Comedy Master

Best known for his seven-year role as Tom Haverford on NBC’s Parks and Recreation and more recently as the Emmy-winning writer, director and star of the acclaimed Netflix series Master of None, Aziz Ansari is one of the few headlining comedians ever to sell out Madison Square Garden and was also named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2016. He brings his Road to Nowhere tour to Foxwoods on Feb. 9. Tickets are $33-$93. 800-369-8663, foxwoods.com

And Now For Something Reasonably Different

“Lovingly ripped off” from the cult classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Spamalot brings King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table off the screen to face killer rabbits, flying cows and rude Frenchmen live on stage. The touring production comes to the Garde Arts Center in New London on Feb. 16 (8 p.m., $39-$58, 860-444-7373, gardearts.org), then the quest moves on to New Haven’s Shubert Theatre Feb. 21-24 (times and ticket prices vary; 203-562-5666, shubert.com).

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iLuminate

Light and Magic

Using high-tech lighting effects and choreographed dance styles ranging from Latin to breakdance to hip-hop, iLuminate is a unique experience of adventure, romance and breathtaking glow-in-the-dark illusions. Running about 75 minutes, the family-friendly show makes two stops in Connecticut this month: The Bushnell in Hartford on Feb. 9 (2 p.m., $19.50-$59.50, 860-987-5900, bushnell.org), and the Ridgefield Playhouse on Feb. 10 (4:30 p.m., $60, 203-438-5795, ridgefieldplayhouse.org).

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Mumford and Sons

Playing Around

Touring in support of Delta, their fourth studio album, Grammy-winning folk rockers Mumford & Sons arrive at the XL Center in Hartford on Feb. 28. The band describes this as their most ambitious tour ever, with a 60-city itinerary and a new in-the-round stage design, and promises to “leave it all on the floor” during the show. Tickets are $40.50-$100.50. 877-522-8499, xlcenter.com

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This article appeared in the February 2019 issue of Connecticut Magazine. You can subscribe here, or find the current issue on sale here. Send us your feedback on Facebook @connecticutmagazine or Twitter @connecticutmag, or email editor@connecticutmag.com.