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Cosmic Runner by Peter Max

Here's a look at some of the events coming up around the state in April:

Art

Through April 21

Victorian Idyll, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven — A look at the work of Frederick Walker, an artist at the heart of the Idyllists movement in the 1860s, which focused on rural landscapes and is one of the art world's earliest social realism movements.

Through April 28

Death in the Ice: The Mystery of the Franklin Expedition, Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic — In 1845 Sir John Franklin led a doomed expedition into the Arctic in an attempt to discover a Northwest Passage to Asia. This exhibit examines what is known of doomed expedition, from contemporary clues and new information gleaned from the 2014 and 2016 discoveries of the shipwrecks.

Sidonia's Thread, Windham Textile and History Museum, Willimantic — This exhibit looks at the life and work of Sidonia Perlstein, a single immigrant mother and Holocaust survivor who became a successful clothing designer and dressmaker.

April 5-14

Peter Max: The Retrospective 1960-2019, Geary Gallery, Darien — Peter Max’s bold, colorful paintings and illustrations have been a part of the American landscape since the 1960s, covering subjects ranging from presidents to sporting events, advertising (7-Up’s “the un-cola” campaign) and iconic posters promoting the “summer of love.” The Geary Gallery in Darien will host a newly curated retrospective of his work, where all artwork will be on display and available for sale. The exhibit kicks off with an uncrating event April 5 from 6 to 8 p.m., and closes with two gallery receptions on April 13 (5-8 p.m.) and 14 (1-3 p.m.); the events are free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required. 

April 7

Opening Reception: Matt Laufer Exhibit, The Discovery Museum, Bridgeport — Matt Laufner has been involved in the arts since he was a teenager, but an accident that left him paralyzed from the chest and shoulders down forced him to relearn how to paint. By holding the brush in his mouth, he learned that he could create work (being presented in his first museum exhibition) that is cathartic, passionate and reflects his healing journey. 4-8 p.m.

Comedy

April 4

D.L. Hughley, Vinnie Brand’s Stress Factory, Bridgeport — The outspoken comedian, author and political commentator makes a special appearance. 7:30 p.m.; $45

Lewis Black, Garde Arts Center, New London — At the end of each stop on his Joke’s on US Tour, Black takes local suggestions to go on a customized, live-streamed rant about that city. 8 p.m.; $39-$69

April 5

Judy Gold, Fairfield Theater Company, Fairfield — A longtime fixture on HBO and Comedy Central, Gold recently released her second comedy CD, Kill Me Now. 8 p.m.; $29-$39.

April 20

Bob Saget, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket — The author of Dirty Daddy performs his very un-TV-friendly standup act. 8 p.m.; $32-$57

April 26

Dennis Miller, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket — The sardonic SNL vet swings by for a cup of coffee. 8 p.m.; $55-$76

Brian Regan, Shubert Theatre, New Haven — Your favorite comedian’s favorite comedian recently adapted his clean-cut act into a series on Netflix. 8 p.m.; $49

Family

April 2

Double Dare Live, The Bushnell, Hartford — Nickelodeon's hugely popular, slime-soaked game show comes to the stage, along with original host Marc Summers. 7:30 p.m.; $34.50-$54.50

April 6

Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat, Long Wharf Theatre — The impish feline creates havoc for a pair of youngsters in a stage adaptation of the classic book. This show is 45 minutes long and is recommended for grades K through 4. 11 a.m. & 3:30 p.m. $24

April 4

Henry and Mudge, Garde Arts Center — This stage adaptation of the best-selling book series by Cynthia Rylant tells the story of the friendship between a young boy and big, loving dog. 60 minutes, recommended for grades pre-K to 3.

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Laurie Berner

April 13

Laurie Berner, Wall Street Theater, Norwalk — Kids will recognize Laurie Berner, the award-winning "kindie rock" singer, from her videos on Nick Jr. and Sing It, Laurie! on Sprout.  11 a.m.; $20-$75

April 14

Kids for a Cause Carnival Day, Round Hill Club, Greenwich — The Breast Cancer Alliance is sponsoring this afternoon of face painting, arts and crafts and entertainment for children and adults. 2-4 p.m.; $25 for children, $50 adults

April 20, 27, 28 and May 4 & 5

Day Out With Thomas: The Steam Team Tour, Essex Steam Train and Riverboat, Essex — Kids can take a ride with the Thomas the Tank Engine and meet his buddy Percy and Sir Topham Hatt, plus have fun with carnival rides, face painting, storytelling and more. Trains depart every 45 minutes from 9 a.m.-3:45 p.m., and rides last about 25 minutes; tickets are $26.50 and are expected to sell out early.

April 27-28

Stuart Little — The story of the little mouse with big adventures is told in a live musical adaptation featuring child puppets and live actors. 60 minutes, for grades K-5. April 27 at The Ridgefield Playhouse (1 p.m.; $15) and April 28 at The Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center (1 p.m.; $14-$22)

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Mariah Carey comes to the Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford on April 5.

Music

April 4

Tanya Tucker, Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield — The Hall of Famer will perform songs from her five-decade career as a country music outlaw. 8 p.m.; $75

April 5

Mariah Carey, Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford—  Upon her debut on the music scene in the early ’90s, Mariah Carey’s inimitable style and astounding five-octave range sent her on a rapid trajectory to becoming one of the world’s best-selling musical artists, and one who has been cited as an influence by countless pop and R&B singers who followed. And she’s far from done: her current tour is in support of her 15th studio album, Caution, which has earned her some of the best reviews of her career. 8 p.m.; tickets start at $54.95 oakdale.com

April 6

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert, The Bushnell, Hartford — The Hartford Symphony Orchestra performs music from the third film in the saga. Two shows, at 1 & 7 p.m.; $58.50-$98.50

April 7

Jonathan Edwards, Fairfield Theater Company, Fairfield — Take time out to smile a little with the singer of 1971's "Sunshine." 7:45 PM, $38

April 10

Kris Kristofferson & The Strangers, Palace Theatre, Stamford — The legendary performer will be playing with Merle Haggard’s former band. 8 p.m.; $40.50-$75

April 12-13

Justin Timberlake, Mohegan Sun, Uncasville — The superstar’s Man of the Woods tour continues in support of his fourth No. 1 album with a two-night stop. (Postponed from December.) 7:30 p.m. each night; tickets start at $271

April 13

Alabama, XL Center, Hartford — The Charlie Daniels Band joins the Grammy-award winning country-rockers on their 50th anniversary tour. 7 p.m.; $31-$125

April 20

Hatebreed, College Street Music Hall, New Haven — Connecticut’s homegrown hardcore band is celebrating their 25th anniversary. 6:30 p.m.; $22-$29

April 27

Patti Smith and Her Band, The Bushnell, Hartford — The poet laureate of punk and star of the 2018 concert-documentary Horses takes the stage. 8 p.m.; $38

Theater

April 4-7

Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play, NVCC Fine Arts Center, Waterbury — The ancient Sumerians left us the Epic of Gilgamesh, and from the Greeks we have The Odyssey. When our own civilization finally ends, what stories will endure? In Anne Washburn’s award-winning, comedy-drama play, the survivors of an apocalyptic event turn to half-forgotten memories of a beloved episode of The Simpsons to hold onto their cultural past and cope with an uncertain future. Times vary; $10

April 5-7

Rock of Ages, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket — Go back to the ’80s with the nostalgic Broadway hit on its 10th anniversary tour. Times vary; $49-$69

April 7

God Help Us!, The Palace Danbury — Ed Asner stars in this play as a wisecracking deity who moderates a quarrel between two political pundits. 3 p.m.; $30

April 9-14

The Book of Mormon, Palace Theater, Waterbury — It’s the hilariously irreverent Broadway hit that Entertainment Weekly called “the funniest musical of all time.” Times vary; $25-$125

April 12-June 20

The Music Man, Goodspeed, East Haddam — You’ve got trouble in River City! That’s trouble with a T and that rhymes with G and that stands for Goodspeed’s season debut. Times vary; $29-$75 (Update: Originally scheduled to run through June 6, this production has been extended two weeks.)

April 23-May 11

In the Heights, Westport Country Playhouse, Westport — The theater’s 2019 season kicks off with a production of Hamilton scribe Lin-Manuel Miranda’s breakout hit musical. Times vary; individual ticket prices TBA.

April 26-May 12

Hello, Dolly!, Bradley Playhouse, Putnam — A scheming matchmaker has designs on a “half-a-millionaire” in the classic comedy musical. Times vary; $21-$24

Etc.

April 13

Fairy Fest, Downtown Putnam — Homes, shops and restaurants along Main Street will pay homage to their friendly visitors (who live behind their magical doors located all over town) with fairy-themed costumes, gardens, vendors, menu items, Fairy Godmother horse and carriage rides and much more.

April 17

The Price is Right Live, The Bushnell, Hartford — At the non-televised, stage version of the long-running game show, contestants get the chance to "come on down" and play TV favorites like Pinko, Cliffhangers and The Big Wheel, and add their winnings to the more than $12 million in cash and prizes that the show has given away over over the past 14 years. 7:30 p.m.; $29.50-$49.50 (optional VIP upgrades available).

E.L. James, Omni Hotel and Ballroom, New Haven — RJ Julia is hosting this conversation with the author of the best-selling Fifty Shades trilogy. Tickets are $35 and include a copy of James' new book, The Mister.

April 20

Gatsby’s Gala: A Celebration of the Roaring ’20s, Lady Katharine Cruises, Middletown — Pull your fedoras and flapper beads out of storage and return to the opulence of the Jazz Age with a shipboard party hosted by “Jay Gatsby, Nick Carraway and Daisy Buchanan.” The fellas and tomatoes can dance to the live jazz band (there’ll be an instructor onboard in case your Charleston is a bit rusty) in between dinner and champagne toasts to welcome the ’20s back in style. (OK, yes, it’s a bit early … but why let a technicality get in the way of a good time, Old Sport?) 6:30-11 p.m.; $85 plus fees.

April 26

An Evening with the Clintons, Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford — The former president and secretary of state will discuss their perspectives on modern history and world events. 7:30 p.m.; tickets start at $69.

For more events around the state, check out our online calendar.

This article appeared in the April 2019 issue of Connecticut Magazine. You can subscribe here, or find the current issue on sale here. Got a question or comment? Email editor@connecticutmag.com, or contact us on Facebook @connecticutmagazine or Twitter @connecticutmag.