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Eat, Drink and Be Merry

Wine enthusiasts, culinary connoisseurs and sports fans won’t want to miss the 16th annual Sun Wine & Food Festival at Mohegan Sun Jan. 24-27. The four-day event kicks off with a night of food and fun on Thursday, Jan. 24, as Boston sports legends Pedro Martinez, Paul Pierce, Ray Bourque and Willie McGinest team up with Beantown’s finest chefs. The evening of Jan. 25 features a bourbon tasting and a preview of the following day’s grand tasting, which will include a full day of chefs’ demonstrations and tastings of more than 1,000 varieties of beer, wine and spirits. Also Saturday are a Vintage Cru presented by Bobby Flay, and a Celebrity Chef Dine-Around, where celebrity chefs serve up signature foods paired with a wine, beer or spirit. The weekend wraps up Sunday with an exclusive brunch. Tickets can be purchased for single events or multi-event packages; a portion of proceeds benefits the Channel 3 Kids Camp. 888-226-7711, mohegansun.com

Soundtrack of a Decade

Fifty years ago, some of the greatest and most influential musicians of the modern era gathered at a farm in upstate New York to play the songs that defined the generation. You can’t go back to Woodstock (well, maybe a flashback...) but the next best thing may be The Sixties Show, coming to the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook on Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. A band of top-tier musicians plays note-for-note recreations of hits from the Beatles, the Who, the Kinks and more, using only vintage or reproduction instruments of the era, live and without pre-recorded backing tracks. A multimedia show enhances the trip back in time with the sights and sounds of the decade. Pretty groovy. Tickets are $42. thekate.org

Cold Reality

This time of year, most of us take for granted being able to turn up the thermostat and leave the season’s chill safely at bay. Unfortunately, high energy costs make that luxury unaffordable for many of our fellow residents, forcing them to try to survive the winter under dark, frigid conditions. To help drive home that reality, Operation Fuel is hosting an Ice House event on Jan. 24 at the Old State House in Hartford. From 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., visitors will have the chance to tour a 15-foot-by-17-foot “house” (to be built the night before by a professional ice sculptor) and experience the conditions of an unheated house firsthand. You can also get information on how to lower your own energy bills, and donations from ice house visitors will go toward Operation Fuel’s mission of assisting state residents in need with their energy costs. operationfuel.org/ice-house

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Small-Town Storyteller

Once praised as “one of America’s very best singer-songwriters” by The New Yorker, Dar Williams is a staple of the New England pop-folk music scene. Her musical inspirations are wide and eclectic: In addition to drawing on her passion for social issues, she has written catchy songs about growing up as a tomboy, ancient mythology, even the infamous Yale Milgram experiments. (Her love of travel also inspired her 2017 book, What I Found in a Thousand Towns, a love letter to small-town America.) The Wesleyan grad will share her music, and no doubt a few stories, at Infinity Hall in Norfolk on Jan. 29. Tickets are $35-$54. infinityhall.com

Haunted by the Past

Every family’s history has secrets it would rather stay buried. In the acclaimed Southern gothic drama Miller, Mississippi, set during the civil rights movement and the years and decades that follow, a white Southern family is forced to reckon with a racist legacy that threatens to ruin them. When playwright Boo Killebrew began working on the story in 2014, people she showed it to found the tale too unbelievable. But three years later, when Miller made its debut in Dallas, that skepticism had evaporated: “It’s saddening and sobering how relevant the play has become,” Killebrew said. The play runs at New Haven’s Long Wharf Theatre Jan. 9-Feb. 3; tickets are $35.50-$81.50. longwharf.org

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Let the Memory Live Again

It’s time once again for the felines to gather for the Jellicle Ball as the national revival tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s award-winning, record-breaking Broadway musical Cats comes to the Bushnell in Hartford Jan. 29-Feb. 3. The beloved musical has been reborn, with choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler (of Hamilton) and an all-new sound design by School of Rock’s Mick Taylor, to create new memories for the next generation. Times vary; tickets are $23-$99. bushnell.org

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

This article appeared in the January 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.