"Secondo," a sequel to the hit "I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti," is at TheaterWorks Hartford. Reuniting the director, playwright and star of the first show, it's now 10 years later and Giulia Melucci is still in the kitchen, only this time she's talking about marriage rather than dating.
This week's Courant arts picks include eclectic rocker Adrian Belew, an "Encanto" singalong at the Xfinity Theatre.
"Beyond Van Gogh," an immersive art installation exploring the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh, will be at the Connecticut Convention Center through Oct. 2.
The Other Voice's wordless performance piece "Believe" is a meditation on life during and after COVID, staged in a small chapel.
The Steampunk literary and arts movement is thriving in Connecticut, with festivals, authors, costumed parties and regular monthly events held by the Silk City Steampunk society in Manchester.
A new musical based on the children's classic "Anne of Green Gables," with a modern sensibility, is at the Goodspeed Opera House through Sept. 4. The show has some obvious problems that still need to be resolved but is distinguished by its fresh take on the story, and some powerfully emotional songs.
A slew of '70s rockers, from Rod Stewart and Santana to Elvis Costello, The Damned, Blondie, Cheap Trick and The Fleshtones can be found on Connecticut stages this week.
The new "Hartford Live!" concert series outside the Old State House will kick off Thursday night with Jamaican reggae star Burning Spear.
The Fab 4 Music Festival Aug. 6 at Simsbury Meadows features eight different bands playing Beatles songs, plus a band playing only Monkees songs and a band playing Badfinger songs.
The short locally made film "Butterfield" will screen Aug. 4 at Bristol Public Library. The film, about a teenager finding ways to cope with his problems, was made to test the possibility of starting an after-school filmmaking program at Henry James Memorial School in Simsbury.
The Courant's arts picks for things to do July 31 through Aug. 6 include festivals devoted to Beatles tribute bands, hemp and jerk chicken.
The Black-Eyed & Blues Fest, organized by Black-Eyed Sally's restaurant and featuring top national and local blues acts as well as food and drink, is held on July 30 and 31 this year in Bushnell Park.
It's a vibrant and variety-filled summer of comedy in Connecticut, from big names playing the casinos to anything-goes open mics and drag brunches.
A major new local arts project, "Hartford's Got Talent," was unveiled Monday. There will be auditions and showcases for local youth throughout the summer and open auditions in the fall. Winners will perform in a scripted community-building performance event at The Bushnell in the spring.
Three new books explore Connecticut from invigorating new perspectives including famous women and where they lived, historic rock and roll venues of the 20th century and areas haunted by ghosts.