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Festivals, ice-skating shows, kick-boxing exhibitions - if it doesn't fit in a category, it's listed here.


Sept. 19-22 - Four-day-long celebration of Indian culture. Directed by Wesleyanadjunct professor of music T. Viswanathan, festival features top performers ofmusic and dance from both North and South India. Navaratri opens Sept. 19, 8p.m., with tribute performance in honor of late Lakshmi Knight (benefactortickets $25; other tickets range $6-$12). Crowell Concert Hall.

•Call for specific schedule of events. Wesleyan University, Middletown.Information: 860-685-3355;


Sept. 21-22 - 220 exhibitors from 20 states. Rain or shine.

•10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. Admission: $7; $1 for children under 12. Grounds ofMemorial Hall Museum, Memorial Street, Old Deerfield, Mass. Information:413-774-7476;


Sept. 28 - ConnectiCare Comedy Series: The Capitol Steps. 5 and 8 p.m. Tickets:$26-$38. Belding Theater.

Oct. 6 - William H. Mortensen Travel Series: "Italy." 2 p.m. Tickets:$6.50-$7.50. Belding Theater.

Oct. 22 - ConnectiCare Comedy Series: Vicki Lawrence in WRCH's "Night ofLite Laughter." 7 p.m. Tickets: $20-$40. Mortensen Hall.

Jan. 26 - William H. Mortensen Travel Series: "Grand Canyon." 2 p.m.Tickets: $6.50-$7.50. Belding Theater.

Feb. 23 - William H. Mortensen Travel Series: "China: The 21stCentury." 2 p.m. Tickets: $6.50-$7.50. Belding Theater.

March 23 - William H. Mortensen Travel Series: "The Heart of SanFrancisco." 2 p.m. Tickets: $6.50-$7.50. Belding Theater.

May 11 - William H. Mortensen Travel Series: "Baja RV Adventure." 2p.m. Tickets: $6.50-$7.50. Belding Theater.

•Schedule subject to change. 166 Capitol Ave., Hartford. Information:860-987-5900;


Oct. 25 - Steve Johnson Magic Show. 7 p.m. Halloween fun for kids. Wear costumesto event (not scary). Prizes/costume contest.

•Tickets: $5 kids, $8 adults. 177 Hartford Road, Manchester. Information:860-647-9824;


Oct. 3 - Vivian Shipley with Tony Fusco.

Nov. 14 - Doug Anderson.

Feb. 6 - Sandy Taylor with Gabrielle Zane.

March 6 - Macia & Co.

April 3 - Margaret Gibson with Jenny Spinner.

•All events at 7 p.m. Free; donations accepted. Held in Silk Room of CheneyHall, 177 Hartford Road, Manchester. Information: 860-647-9824;


Oct. 11 - "Anatomy of Power." 8 p.m. Panelists include Erin Brockovich,Gary Wendt, Julian Bond and Kevin Phillips.

Dec. 7 - "Scientific Journey." 8 p.m. Moderator is Robert Krulwich;with Oliver Sacks, E.O. Wilson and others.

March 20 - "A Nobel Evening." 8 p.m. With Elie Wiesel, Jody Williamsand Oscar Arias.

May 1 - "The Forum Food Fest." 8 p.m. With Jaques Pepin, Ruth Reichl,Mario Batali, Jane and Michael Stern.

•Schedule subject to change. Season subscriptions and single ticketsavailable. Events held at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, MortensenHall, 166 Capitol Ave., Hartford. Information: 860-509-0909;


Oct. 5 - Margaret Leng Tan. Composi- tions by John Cage.

Nov. 2 - Maya Beiser and Anthony de Mare. Israeli-born cellist Beiser andpianist de Mare perform evening of haunting and sensual Tango-infused music.

Jan. 25 - The Bill Frisell Trio with Kenny Wollesen and Tony Scherr.

March 1 - Pamela Frank and Claude Frank. Concert of works by Beethoven.

April 25 - Afro-Cuban All Stars. Guitarist Juan de Marcos Gonzalez leads thismulti-generational big band.

•Concerts are at 8 p.m. Tickets range $6-$17. Crowell Concert Hall, WyllysAvenue, Middletown. Information: 860-685-3355;


Sept. 27 - 29 - Entertainment: Dia- mond Rio, Fri, 7:30 p.m.; Lonestar, Sat,7:30 p.m.; Marshall Tucker Band, Sun, 3 p.m. State's largest agricultural fair.

•Fri-Sat, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun, 9 a.m.- 7 p.m. Admission: $10; $8 seniors; $203-day ticket; under 10 free. Durham Fairgrounds, Route 17. Information:860-349-9495;


Sept. 21 - 22 - Areas of collecting represented include American silver, pewter,paintings and prints, mapes, Oriental and hooked rugs, quilts, samplers andother textiles; and period country and formal furniture.

•Sept. 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sept. 22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. General admission: $8.Telephone during show hours, 860-493-1300, Ext. 107. Connecticut Expo Center,265 Reverend Moody Overpass, Hartford.


Dec. 31 - 2 p.m.-midnight. Held at various locations throughout downtownHartford. Dazzling array of arts, live entertainment and events for all ages.Fireworks at 6 p.m. and midnight. Family-friendly and alcohol-free. Performersinclude Dr. Ya Ya Gumbo Band, American Magic Lamp Theatre, Leeny Del Seamonds,Mystery Date, Loren Evarts.

•Admission buttons are $15 adults and $1 children under age 15. Information:860-722-9546;


Nov. 6 - 13 - Greater Hartford JCC Jewish Book Fair. Authors scheduled to appearinclude Alan Dershowitz, Jennifer Weiner, Ammiel Hirsch & Yosef Reinman,Howard Blum, Daniel Levitas, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Lisa Belkin, Mimi Schwartz,Cynthia Kaplan. Author line-up subject to change. Call for complete lectureprograms and information on purchasing tickets of full series subscriptions tofestival, 860-231-6325.

Dec. 7 - Josh Rouah. 7:30 p.m. Yiddish humor and Sinatra-esque style ofperforming. No charge, tickets required; no tickets will be distributed inadvance.

•Greater Hartford Jewish Community Center, 335 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford.Information: 860-236-4571.


Sept. 21 - "Connecticut's Black Governors." 1 p.m. With Katherine J.Harris. Refreshments. Free.

Oct. 5 - "Rediscover Hartford Day at the Stowe Center." 10 a.m.-4:30p.m. Visit Hartford area attractions in day-long event coordinated by LeadershipGreater Hartford 2002 task force. Free admission to Stowe Visitor Center and toshowings of Nook Farm documentary; $1 off admission for tours of Stowe House.

Dec. 15 - "Nook Farm Victorian Holiday." 3-6:30 p.m. Afternoon ofcarriage rides, Victorian crafts, holiday music, first floor house toursfeaturing living history actors and more. Held at Harriet Beecher Stowe Centerand Mark Twain House. Tickets: for non-members, $10 per person with a $20 familymaximum; members: $8 a person with a $15 family maximum.

•Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, 77 For- est St., Hartford. Information:860-522- 9258;


Sept. 20 - Author event and book- signing with Edwidge Danticat, 8 p.m. Danticatis author of "Breath, Eyes, Memory," the One Book for Greater Hartfordselected novel. Limited seating. Free, but this event is ticketed soreservations are required. Connecticut State Library, 231 Capitol Ave., Hartford(860-695-6360).

Sept. 21 - Festival of Caribbean Literature. 8 p.m. Free. Hartford PublicLibrary Albany Branch, 1250 Albany Ave. (860-695-7381).

Oct. 3 - "Capturing the History of Associations." 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 5 - Cricket Hall of Fame Reception. 11:30 a.m. Featuring cricket star Sunil"Sunny" Gavaskar of India. Free.

Oct. 5 - Wallace Stevens Birthday Bash, 6:30-10 p.m. Music, birthday cake andchampagne. Ticketed event sponsored by the Friends and Enemies of WallaceStevens and the Connecticut Center for the Book.

Oct. 6 - 24 - "Festival of Pumpkins." Ninth annual exhibition andsilent auction of autumn vegetable interpreted by artists in many media. Biddingends 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 24. Hours: Sun, 1-5 p.m.; Mon-Fri, noon-5 p.m. Free andopen to the public.

Nov. 7 - "Capturing the History of the Arts." 6:30 p.m. Free.

Feb. 1 - 28 - Black History Month. Variety of programs and exhibits focus onstories, music, art and literature of people of African ancestry. Free. Call forlibrary hours.

April 3 - 6 - "Petals and Poets." Garden- ers and floral artistsexhibit their inter- pretations of selected poems. Exhibition hours: Thurs, 10a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri and Sat, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun, 1-5 p.m. Free.

•Unless otherwise noted events are at Hartford Public Library, 500 Main St.Information: 860-695-6295;


Oct. 5 - Starts 10 a.m. Rediscover and celebrate Hartford at event sponsored byLeadership Greater Hartford's Image Task Force. Hartford's "treasures"will be open and accessible, such as Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch,Hartford Stage, Riverfront Recapture, Mark Twain House, Harriet Beecher StoweCenter, Old State House, Real Art Ways and more. Wide variety of offerings, 10a.m.-5 p.m., many will be free or discounted and geared to families withchildren. Kick-off ceremony is 10 a.m. at Old State House; closing reception isa carillon concert at Trinity College Bell Tower at 5:30 p.m.

•Event held at several locations in Hartford. Information: 860-951-6161, Ext.22.


Sept. 28 - Wayne Brady and Friends. 8 and 10 p.m. (first show sold out).Tickets: $22-$37.

Oct. 11-12 - Marc Salem: "Mind Games." 8 p.m. Salem reads strangers'minds, predicts future, manipulates objects and plays number games. Cabaretconcessions open 7 p.m. through intermission. Dinner fare $3-$9. Tickets:$20-$35.

Nov. 21 - Jim Breuer. 8 p.m. Tickets: $15.

April 12 - "Latin Fest 2003." 8 p.m. Details to be announced.

•Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, University of Connecticut, 2132Hillside Road, Storrs (860-486-4226).


Sept. 30 - "Best of Connecticut." 5-9 p.m. Tickets: $45, $40 Oakdale Theatre, 95 South Turnpike Road, Wallingford.

Oct. 8 - "WomenSports Celebration." Call for tickets and event time.Aqua Turf, Mulberry Street, Southington.

Oct. 20 - March of Dimes Meriden/ Walling- ford WalkAmerica. Begins and ends atRamada Inn, Meriden.

Oct. 22 - Star Chefs Auction. Fine food from premier Connecticut restaurants(each chef presents signature dish in miniature form for sampling), vineyardsand beverage vendors. Silent, live auctions. Call for tickets and time. OmniHotel, New Haven.

Oct. 28 - Star Chefs Auction. Call for tickets and time. La Renaissance, 53Prospect Hill Road, East Windsor.

•Information: 860-290-5440;


Oct. 5 - "Never an Uninteresting Life: The Art of Biography." 8:30a.m.-5 p.m. Speakers include Justin Kaplan, Edmund Morris and William S. McFeely,James Atlas. Cost: $45 general, $40 senior citizens and students, $35 membersand teachers. Wallace Stevens Theater/The Hartford, 690 Asylum Ave., Hartford.

Nov. 2- Jan. 6 - "Christmas at the Mark Twain House." ElaborateVictorian Christmas decorations on display.

Nov. 14 - Lecture by author Randall Kennedy. 7 p.m. "A Pen Warmed up inHell," new lecture series hosted by Mark Twain House. Admission to lecture:$25, $20 members of Mark Twain House. Wallace Stevens Theater/The Hartford.

Dec. 8 - Christmas house tours. View some of area's most beautiful homes during22nd annual Holiday House Tour, sponsored by Friends of the Mark Twain House.Interiors of properties can be toured from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tickets: $25, $20advance. Includes brochure with addresses and descriptions of each property.

Dec. 15 - "A Victorian Holiday at Nook Farm." 3-6:30 p.m. Familyeducational program held by Mark Twain House and Harriet Beecher Stowe Center.Ticket gains access to first floor of both museums, holiday music, crafts,refreshments, carriage rides, living-history performances. Harriet Beecher StoweCenter, 77 Forest St., Hartford.

•Mark Twain House information: open Jan-April and Nov., Mon and Wed-Sat, 9:30a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun, noon-4 p.m. Open May-Oct. and Dec., Mon-Sat, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.;Sun, noon-4 p.m. Last tour begins 4 p.m. Closed Jan. 1, Easter Sunday, Dec.24-25. Admission: $9 adults, $8 senior citizens, $7 age 13-18, $5 children age6-12; children 5 and under are free. 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford. Information:860-247-0998;


Sept. 18 - 22 - Kristin Chenoweth. Sept. 18-20, 7:30 p.m.; Sept. 21, 5 and 8p.m.; Sept. 22, 3 p.m. Tickets: $15 and $25. Cabaret.

Sept. 25 - 29 - Burt Reynolds: "An Evening of Shared Memories." Sept.25-27, 7:30 p.m.; Sept. 28, 8 p.m.; Sept. 29, 3 p.m. Tickets: $15 and $25.Cabaret.

Sept. 27 - Ultimate Fighting Championship's UFC 39: The Warriors Return. 9 p.m.Tickets: $30-$200. Arena.

Oct. 2 - 6 - The Smothers Brothers. Oct. 2-4, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 5, 8 p.m.; Oct. 6,3 p.m. Tickets: $15 and $25. Cabaret.

Oct. 5 - Jennifer Rizzotti Charity Classic. 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit Lea'sFoundation for Leukemia Research. Tickets: $18 and $25. Arena.

Oct. 9 - 11 - John McDermott. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25. Cabaret.

Oct. 10 - Boston Celtics vs. Chicago Bulls. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25-$85. Arena.

Oct. 12 - Louis Neglia's "Ring of Combat" featuring kickboxing, N.H.BMixed Martial Arts Grappling and Muay Thai Championships. 8 p.m. Tickets:$30-$75.

Oct. 19 - 20 - "Expressions On Ice" with Kristi Yamaguchi and AlexiYagudin. Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 20, 2 p.m. Tickets: $34-$54. Arena.

Starts Oct. 23 - Comedy and musical tribute to 1960s Las Vegas. Call forschedule. Tickets: $15 and $25. Cabaret.

•Schedule subject to change. If not listed, call for time and tickets. MoheganSun, 1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard, Uncasville. Tickets, 888-226-7711, 800-477-6849;;


Sept. 29 - Fred Simmons. Pianist/composer performs jazz standards and originalcompositions.

Oct. 27 - Carver Blanchard. Lutenist brings to audiences European Renaissancepieces and adaptation of spirituals, work songs and other traditional music ofthe American South.

Nov. 17 - Richard Lalli. Lalli, a baritone, specializes in song repertoire ofthe 19th century, early music and modern works.

Feb. 2 - Paul Woodiel. Violinist and fiddler, Woodiel is a three-time NewEngland Fiddle Contest champion.

March 2 - The Hanoverian Ensemble. Flute virtuoso John Solum leads this ensemblefor a concert of classical music on period instruments.

•Concerts are free and start at 3 p.m. Wesleyan University, Russell House, 350High St., Middletown. Information: 860-685-3355; directions, 860-685-2280.


Feb. 16 - "Circo Comedia." 2 p.m. Veterans of Cirque de Soleil, Smytheand Saucier present non-stop side-splitting comedy. Tickets: $18; $13 seniorcitizens and children. Group rates available.

•St. Joseph College, Hoffman Auditorium, Bruyette Athenaeum, 1678 Asylum Ave.,West Hartford. Information: 860-231-5555.


Through Sept. 29 - New England's autumn tradition. Fair hours: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.Tickets: $12 adults, $8 children age 6-12, children age 5 and under are free.Two-day pass: $20; tickets after 5 p.m. (Mon-Thurs) $10; senior citizens day(Sept. 24) tickets are $10. On-site parking. Connecticut Day is Sept. 18.

•See Rock, Pop, Country, Etc for concert listings. 1305 Memorial Ave., WestSpringfield, Mass. Information: 413-737-2443;


Sept. 19 - Stephen L. Carter. 6:30 p.m. Carter reads from "The Emperor ofOcean Park." Free. Russell House, 350 High St.

Sept. 25 - Philip Trager. 8 p.m. Trager, who graduated from Wesleyan Universityin 1956, is an internationally known photographer whose work is included in thecollections of various museums around the world. Free. Russell House.

Sept. 27 - An Evening of Arabic Music and Dance. 8 p.m. Wesleyan Free. ZilkhaGallery.

Oct. 6 - FLUX Quartet. Noon-6 p.m. Free. Zilkha Gallery.

Oct. 8 - Mbira Masters of Zimbabwe. 8 p.m. Tickets: $4 and $5. World Music Hall,Wyllys Avenue.

Oct. 10 - John Sinclair and the Billy Pilgrim Ensemble. 8 p.m. Tickets: $4 and$5. Crowell Concert Hall, Wyllys Avenue.

Oct. 18 - "A Celebration of Wesleyan Writing: Roxana Robinson" 8:30p.m. Award-winning fiction writer and biographer whose novels include"Summer Light" and "This is My Daughter." Free. RussellHouse.

Oct. 19 - "Meet the Authors." 11 a.m. Speakers to be announced. CheckWesleyan's online calendar at Free. Russell House. Oct. 19 - Join the Orchestra: Play Along! 1 p.m. Free. Crowell Concert Hall. Oct. 19 - Antares. 8 p.m. First prize winners in prestigious 2002 Concert Artists Guild Competition. Tickets: $6-$12. Crowell Concert Hall. Oct. 25 - Stacy Phillips: The Art of the Slide Guitar. 8 p.m. Performs with Paul Howard and members of the Afro-Semitic Experience. Tickets: $6-$12. Crowell Concert Hall. Oct. 30 - Poetry Reading: Jeffrey Harrison. 8 p.m. A reading by the author of three collections of poetry: "Feeding the Fire," "Signs of Arrival" and "The Singing Underneath." Free. Russell House. Nov. 6 - Poetry Reading: Nathaniel Tarn. 8 p.m. For 40 years, Tarn has been bringing to poetry an almost limitless range of interests. Free. Russell House. Nov. 7 - Wesleyan Composers. 8 p.m. Antares, Wesleyan's new chamber ensemble-in-residence, plays original works by Wesleyan composers. Free. Crowell Concert Hall. Nov. 8 - Djelimady Tounkara. 8 p.m. Tickets: $6-$12. Crowell Concert Hall. Nov. 13 - Wesleyan Student Poets. 8 p.m. Free. Russell House. Nov. 20 - Peter Gizzi. 8 p.m. Free. Russell House. Nov. 24 - Wesleyan Collegium Musicum. 8 p.m. Jane Alden directs. Free admission. World Music Hall. Dec. 5 - Candlelight Concert. 8 p.m. Under direction of Ronald Ebrecht, Wesleyan Singers, Wesleyan Orchestra and student soloists perform music for holiday season. Tickets: $4 and $5. Crowell Concert Hall. Dec. 6 - Javanese Music. 8 p.m. Experience vibrant music culture of Java with Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble. Free. World Music Hall. Dec. 6 - Candlelight Concert. 8 p.m. Tickets: $4 and $5. Church of the Holy Trinity, 381 Main St., Middletown. Dec. 7 - Opera/Oratorio Concert. 8 p.m. Directed by Priscilla Gale. Free. Crowell Concert Hall. Dec. 8 - Wesleyan Consort Christmas Concert. 8 p.m. Directed by Carver Blanchard. Tickets. $4 and $5. Crowell Concert Hall. Dec. 9 - Ebony Singers. 8 p.m. Evening of Gospel music. Tickets. $4 and $5. Crowell Concert Hall. Dec. 10 - WesWinds Winter Solstice Celebration. 8 p.m. Peter Hadley directs. Free. Crowell Concert Hall. Dec. 13 - West African Drumming and Dance Concert. 8 p.m. Tickets: $4 and $5. Crowell Concert Hall. •Wesleyan University is off Route 9 in Middletown. Information: 860-685- 3355; For directions to Russell House, 860-685-2280.

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