Theaters and Shows: Comedy Pearl Cleage opens on the Hartford Stage | Free time

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HARTFORD — Pearl Cleage’s comedy “Angry, Raucous & Shamelessly Gorgeous” is the next production at Hartford Stage, from Jan. 13 through Sunday, Feb. 6.

About the piece: Pioneering and imperious actress Anna Campbell returns to the United States after being in exile for 25 years. Her groundbreaking black feminist play — a controversial collection of monologues performed in the nude — is set to be revived as the centerpiece of an Atlanta performance art festival. What promises to be both a triumphant comeback and a much-needed career resuscitation turns sour when the diva discovers that Pete, an inexperienced young woman and adult entertainer, is set to recreate Anna’s legendary performance. .

“Angry, Raucous & Shamelessly Gorgeous” is a bold and funny story by one of America’s preeminent black playwrights that explores ambition, post-feminism, generational divide, activism and who has the right to tell our stories.

Performances take place Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; and Sunday mornings at 2 p.m. There are Saturday matinees on January 22 and February 5 at 2 p.m.

Tickets range from $30 to $100 with discounts for youth 18 and under. To purchase tickets, visit: HartfordStage.org

The Springfield Wedding and Bridal Expo, Western Massachusetts’ largest bridal expo, takes place Saturday and Sunday, January 15 and 16 at the Big E’s Better Living Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission is $10 for adults. Children 12 and under are free.

Whether you’re looking to give a wedding a fairytale feel or are looking for simple elegance, information will be available for a local or destination wedding. Glamorous wedding dresses and formal wear for mothers of the bride and bridesmaids will be featured. The show will have many vendors: wedding reception orchestras, DJs, limo services, photographers and videographers, florists and food samples from local caterers, bakers and wedding venues.

Hourly fashion shows will highlight the latest styles in wedding dresses, vintage and beach wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses and lingerie.

The bride and groom can enter to win door prizes as well as a grand prize.

• The Northeastern Poultry Congress Show takes place at Big E’s Mallary Complex Friday through Sunday, January 14-16.

The show will feature 2,300 large poultry, dwarf hens, waterfowl, turkeys, pigeons and guinea fowl.

Opening hours are Friday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free entry.

The Big E is located at 1305 Memorial Ave. in West Springfield, Massachusetts.

Sam Shepard’s “Heartless” opens Friday January 14 at the Hole in the Wall Theatre, 116 Main St. in New Britain.

The theater’s first live stage production of 2022 takes place over three consecutive weekends.

The play follows 65-year-old Roscoe, a literature professor at Cervantes, as he begins an affair with young Sally. Living with Sally is her sister, Lucy; his unfiltered mother, Mabel; and the mysterious and mute Nurse Elizabeth. The longer Roscoe stays with this family, the more he learns that there is much more below the surface that they would rather stay buried for and for each other.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: hitw.org

The Storrowton Village Museum’s annual first-person presentation will this year focus on Charles Dickens’ ‘The Pickwick Papers’ and his visit to Hartford and Springfield.

The museum will bring living historian Rick Corbo and his performance of “An Evening with Charles Dickens: The Pickwick Papers & Other Tales” to its Union Meetinghouse on Friday, January 21, from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Playhouse on Park, 244 Park Road in West Hartford, continues its main stage season on January 26 with “Five Guys Named Moe” by Clarke Peters, music and lyrics by Louis Jordan.

About the play: His wife left him, he’s broke, and it’s almost 5 a.m. But don’t worry, all our hero needs is good music — and good guys — to get him through. Enter five guys named Moe, stepping off his radio to cuddle, comfort and jazz him up with Louis Jordan hit songs.

Tickets range from $40 to $50; student and senior discounts are available. Emergency student tickets are $10 (cash only), available 15 minutes before the curtain.

The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, 166 Capitol Ave. in Hartford, presents “What the Constitution Means To Me,” January 26-30 at William H. Mortensen Hall.

This play breathes new life into the Constitution and imagines how it will shape the next generation of Americans.

The Suffield Players will perform John Cariani’s “Almost, Maine” in February at Mapleton Hall, 1305 Mapleton Ave., Suffield.

Performance dates are February 10-12, 18-19 and 25-26 at 8 p.m.; February 20 at 2 p.m.

About the piece: Almost, Maine is such a far north place, it’s almost in Canada. It is not quite a city either, because its inhabitants have never managed to organize themselves. And on a clear, cold winter’s night, as the Northern Lights shine overhead, residents find themselves falling in love and falling in love in unexpected and hilarious ways.

The play is recommended for ages 13 and up.

For more information, including CDC protocol and tickets, call 800-289-6148 or visit: suffieldplayers.org

Connecticut Dance Alliance

Connecticut Dance Alliance, in partnership with Connecticut University and College Dance Departments, presents the upcoming event in its CT Dance Now! series on Monday, January 31 at 6 p.m. via Zoom.

The evening will include discussions with Ginette Christie, Rebecca Pappas and Arien Wilkerson about what it means to work as Hartford artists and collaborate with student performers.

The 40th Annual Connecticut Flower and Garden Show takes place Thursday, Feb. 24 through Sunday, Feb. 27 at the Connecticut Convention Center, 100 Columbus Blvd., Hartford.

This prestigious event will be New England’s only major flower show and display in 2022, covering nearly two acres and providing ideas for home, apartment and condo dwellers.

Due to concerns over COVID-19, the Hartford Boat Show, scheduled for Jan. 20-23 at Mohegan Sun, is cancelled.

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