Thanks to the Litchfield Aid of the Connecticut Junior Republic, on July 12 and 13 residents and visitors can visit some of these homes and gardens, several of which have never been open to the public.
June 22-Sept. 1
From Butterflies to Battleships, Bruce Museum, Greenwich
Drawing from the museum’s extensive photo collection, this exhibit explores the work of four American photographers — Carl Mydans’ epic photojournalism, the surreal and satirical work of Patrick Nagatani, Brett Weston’s abstract compositions, and the delicate insect portraits of Margaret Bourke-White — demonstrating the diversity of style and subject matter in photography in the 20th century.
July 12, 13
Paula Poundstone, Infinity Hall Norfolk and Hartford
A regular contributor to NPR’s Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me, Poundstone will deliver her spontaneous form of observational humor for two back-to-back nights, at Infinity Hall Norfolk on Friday and Infinity Hall Hartford on Saturday. Tickets for each show start at $55. 8 p.m.; $55-$75.
The prolific comedian and actor will bring his stand-up act to Hartford for a one-night show.
Colin Jost, Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield
The current co-anchor of SNL’s “Weekend Update” (and future Mr. Scarlett Johansson) performs his stand-up routine. 7:30 p.m.; $75.
July 18, 20
The star of Comedy Central's Kroll Show and Netflix's acclaimed animated series Big Mouth performs at College Street Music Hall on July 18 (8 p.m.; $39-$49) and at Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield July 20 (8 p.m.; $69.50-$75).
Into the Woods, Deacon John Grave House, Madison
Classic fairy tale figures collide in Madison Lyric Stage's immersive production of the Stephen Sondheim musical, presented in the historic storybook-like (and air-conditioned!) house. 7:30 p.m Thurs.-Sun., plus 2 p.m. Fri. & Sat.; $40.
The Magic of Lyn, The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, Old Saybrook
One of the premier female illusionists working today, Lyn Dillies performs family-friendly magic with the showmanship of a Vegas production. The 7 p.m. show ($20-$35) is all-ages and family-friendly, but the Jr. show at 1 p.m. ($14-$24) is specially geared toward the younger crowd.
June 28-July 26
Talcot Mountain Music Festival, Simsbury Meadows performing Arts Center, Simsbury
The Hartford Symphony Orchestra's annual festival takes place on Friday nights, with gates opening at 6 p.m. and concerts beginning at 7:30 p.m. Single tickets are $25 for lawn and $40 for table seats.
- June 28: Dancing in the Street: The Music of Motown
- July 5: Celebrate America
- July 12: Come Fly With Me: Celebrating the Music of Frank Sinatra
- July 19: Swan Lake & Sleeping Beauty
- July 26: The Music of Elton John
July 5, 7
Waterbury Symphony Orchestra — Picnic and Pops
Bring a blanket, a picnic and some friends to the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra’s outdoor evening concerts. Hear music from the movies on July 5 at 7:30 p.m. at South Farms in Morris; then on July 7 at 6 p.m. the WSO celebrates 30 years in Woodbury with a performance at Woodbury Hollow Park. General admission tickets start at $15 for both events; gates open 90 minutes before each performance.
After many years under the sun at the Goshen Fairgrounds, the Litchfield Jazz Festival is heading indoors this summer.
Third Eye Blind & Jimmy Eat World, Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford
Art Garfunkel, Warner Theatre, Torrington
On his In Close-Up world tour, the folk rock icon performs classics from his Simon & Garfunkel days and his solo hits, as well as songs from some of his favorite songwriters. 8 p.m.; $32-$62.
The Summer of Love Returns: Woodstock @50, Bishop's Orchard Farm Market & Winery, Guilford
Celebrate love, peace, art, the environment and, of course, music from the Summer of Love on its 50th anniversary. Madison-based band Natural Low opens the show at noon, with the headliners, the national tribute band Just Sixties, taking the stage at 3 p.m. Co-sponsored by Bishop's Orchard, the Shoreline Arts Alliance and the City of New Haven's Office of Arts, Culture and Tourism. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., rain or shine; free admission.
Florida Georgia Line, Xfinity Theater, Hartford
Vocalists Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley broke out on the music scene in 2010 with the smash hit “Cruise,” which became the best-selling country music single of all time and almost singlehandedly launched the subgenre that has come to be known as “bro-country” — energetic songs infused with electronica and hip-hop elements, with lyrics that unapologetically celebrate the joys of pick-up trucks and partying on a Friday night. The duo is touring in support of their fourth album, Can’t Say I Ain’t Country, and with fellow musicians Dan + Shay, Morgan Wallen and Hardy along for the ride, the party is sure to keep going strong. 8 p.m.; tickets start at $54.75.
Heart, Xfinity Theater, Hartford
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Sheryl Crow and Brandi Carlile will join the Wilson sisters on their Love Alive tour. 7 p.m.; tickets start at $22.50.
Moe. & Blues Traveler, Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford
Platinum-selling Blues Traveler and prog-rock band moe. are joining forces for their All Roads Runaround Tour, with each band playing separately and in a collaborative set. 6 p.m.; $29.50-$159.50.
Music Mountain, Falls Village
The series' 90th anniversary season continues with the Twilight Jazz & More series Saturdays at 5 p.m., and the Chamber Music Series Sundays at 3 p.m. The July lineup includes:
- July 6, 5 p.m.: Jive by Five plays dance music of the Jazz Age
- July 7, 3 p.m.: American String Quartet featuring Oskar Espina-Ruiz on Clarinet, playing pieces by Shostakovich, Brahms and Beethoven
- July 13, 5 p.m.: The Peter & Will Anderson Quartet performs "The Magic of Benny Goodman"
- July 14, 3 p.m.: The Penderecki String Quartet with Stewart Goodyear on piano, playing selections by Haydn, Mendelssohn and Brahms
- July 20, 5 p.m.: The New Black Eagle Jazz Band playing New Orleans jazz, gospel and blues.
- July 21, 3 p.m.: The Ariel Quartet with Victoria Schwartzman on Piano plays selections from Haydn, Shostakovich and Brahms. There will also be a silent auction beginning at 2 p.m.
- July 27, 5 p.m.: The Swingtime Big Band playing classics from the Great American Songbook
- July 28, 3 p.m.: The Harlem String Quartet with Francine Kay on Piano plays selections from Debussy, Gabriela Lena Frank, William Bolcom and Franck
Also: UConn alum Forrest McClendon in Cabaret at the Connecticut Repertory Theater; Madison’s Juliet Brett on her role in FX's Fosse/Verdon; Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin at the Hartford Stage.
Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival: The Merry Wives of Windsor, University of Saint Joseph Bruyette Athenaeum, West Hartford
Capital Classics Theatre Company presents the bard’s bawdy comedy about Falstaff, a poor knight who finds himself outmatched in his scheme to court a pair of wealthy married women. 7:30-10 p.m.; $12-$18.
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