Jan. 2–5 & 16–20: Magic Kingdom comes


Disney on Ice will make two stops in Connecticut in January.

You have 15 chances to see Disney on Ice in the first 20 days of 2020. Dream Big will skate into the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport for seven shows followed by an eight-show stint of Celebrate Memories at the XL Center in Hartford. Anna and Elsa, Moana and Maui, Woody and Buzz — the characters you know and love will all come to life. And put on ice skates. websterbankarena.com, 203-345-2400; xlcenter.com, 860-249-6333

Jan. 3: Joy to the state


Comedian and musician Evie Joy comes to Connecticut on Jan. 3.

Multi-instrumentalist Evie Joy brings her unique style of music and comedy — a ukulele and one-liners — to the Mansion at Bald Hill in Woodstock. She studied opera for 12 years but currently plays what she calls “ukulele rap.” Jay-Z, meet Joy-Z. 6 p.m., eviejoymusic.com

Jan. 11: 11-piece and love

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The performers of Beatlemania 50.

What is 4 + 11? The correct answer is 50, as in Beatlemania 50: The Magical Symphony Tour featuring a tribute to the Fab Four backed by an 11-piece string and horn ensemble. This version of the British Invasion will be taking over New Haven’s Shubert Theatre. 8 p.m., shubert.com, 203-562-5666

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Jan. 16: Golden ticket

The legendary Katharine Hepburn won her fourth Academy Award for best actress — a record which still stands today — for her performance in 1981’s On Golden Pond. The film was an adaption of Ernest Thompson’s 1979 play of the same name. The Saybrook Stage Company will put on its rendition of the classic at Hepburn’s namesake theater in Old Saybrook. $17-$23, 8 p.m., thekate.org, 860-510-0453

Jan. 16-19: Boaty McBoatshow


The annual Hartford Boat Show takes place at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford Feb. 8-11.

The four-day Hartford Boat Show, produced by the Connecticut Marine Trades Association, is the first boat show of the winter season in the Northeast and is set to splash down on the Earth Expo Center at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville. There will be more than 125 exhibitors and 400 watercraft in addition to motors, trailers, boat safety education and a Kids Cove activity center. hartfordboatshow.com, mohegansun.com, 877-204-7100

Jan. 19: Mas tequila

Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket is celebrating Cinco de Mayo early this year with its first Tacos & Tequila Fiesta with samples available from more than 20 vendors. Tickets are sold in tiers: blanco ($15) — admission; reposado ($45) — admission, two taco samples, three tequila samples; anejo ($80) — admission, four taco samples, six tequila samples, unlimited margaritas during the VIP hour and a ride on the mechanical bull. 4 p.m., foxwoods.com, 800-200-2882

Jan. 23: The Dream lives on


We Shall Overcome stops at UConn's Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts in Storrs on Jan. 23.

To celebrate the honor and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., producer and musical director Damien Sneed presents We Shall Overcome. The 40-plus-city North American tour will make a stop at UConn’s Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts in Storrs. The event features African-American musical traditions interwoven with spoken word from King’s recorded speeches. $25-$36, 7:30 p.m., jorgensen.uconn.edu, 860-486-4226

Jan. 26: “It will always be Burma to me”


John O'Hurley performs A Man with Standards at Ridgefield Playhouse on Jan. 26.

To some he will forever be Seinfeld’s J. Peterman, but John O’Hurley’s credits include game show host, Broadway star, voice actor, singer, comedian and advertising hero (yes, the J. Peterman Company is real, and O’Hurley helped bring it out of bankruptcy in 2001). O’Hurley is now on tour with a band and will bring his A Man with Standards show of storytelling, songs and humor to the Ridgefield Playhouse. 

Jan. 28–March 1: Think outside the box


Diane Simpson: Cardboard-Plus, 1977-1980 will be on display at Wesleyan’s Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery in Middletown Jan. 28-March 1.

With Amazon deliveries and gift boxes, there’s a good chance you disposed of a large quantity of cardboard over the last month. How unartistic. Diane Simpson: Cardboard-Plus, 1977-1980 goes on display at Wesleyan’s Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery in Middletown with large-scale cardboard sculptures and collaged constructions. Simpson’s use of cardboard was a pragmatic solution to creating easily transportable works without a studio space. Opening reception Jan. 28 @ 4:30 p.m., artist talk 5 p.m., wesleyan.edu/cfa/zilkha

Jan. 31: It takes two

Presented by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, violinist Joshua Bell and pianist Alessio Bax will be in recital for one night only at Mortensen Hall at The Bushnell in Hartford. Bell is the music director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in London. Bax is a concerto soloist who has appeared with more than 100 orchestras. $27-plus, 7:30 p.m., hartford symphony.org, 860-987-5900

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Mike Wollschlager, editor and writer for Connecticut Magazine, was born and raised in Bristol and has lived in Farmington, Milford, Shelton and Wallingford. He was previously an assistant sports editor at the New Haven Register.