The Importance of Being Furnished Exhibition: Eustis Estate: Milton

Eustis Estate 1424 Canton Ave, Milton

Through October 27, 2024 Friday - Sunday, 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The Importance of Being Furnished tells the stories of four New England homes and their creators, examining the pioneering role bachelor designers played in historic preservation, collecting, and professional interior design. From the Gilded to the Jazz ages, these so-called “artistic” men were as admired as they were suspect; praised as style leaders, they were also perceived – whether accurately or not – to be homosexual, a label with potentially dangerous consequences. Reflecting a wide range of bachelor style from this era, their houses include Codman Estate in Lincoln, Massachusetts, ancestral seat of architect Ogden Codman Jr. (1863-1951); Pendleton House at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, built to replicate the home of collector Charles Leonard Pendleton (1846-1904); Gibson House in Boston’s Back Bay, preserved by writer Charles Hammond Gibson Jr. (1874-1954); and Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House in Gloucester, Massachusetts, the eclectic masterpiece of interior decorator Henry Davis Sleeper (1878-1934). These men came of age at a pivotal moment for the American home. Transformed by the Anglo-American Aesthetic Movement, which prioritized art’s visual rather than its moralizing role, the home’s former aims – to raise a family and promote religious virtue – gave way to the “higher” calling of individual artistic expression. None proclaimed this approach more widely than Irish author Oscar Wilde (1854-1900). Calling upon the “youth of the land to reform American interiors, the writer conducted a year-long U.S. speaking tour in 1882 that included two stops in Boston; “The House Beautiful” was his most popular lecture. Following Wilde’s lead and defying their period’s expectation to become family men, these four homeowners developed a dazzling variety of style. In doing so, they heralded our own period’s insistence that a home should reflect its owner’s unique personality. – R. Tripp Evans, Guest Curator For more information

The Tiny Cupboard Comedy Club’s Stand-Up Comedy Shows—Everyday in Bushwick!

Tiny Cupboard 10 Cooper Street, Brooklyn, NY

Nightly Shows Winner of Timeout New York's Best New Culture Spot! The tiny cupboard is the coolest, most intimate, and truly most affordable high-quality comedy club in nyc. located in Bushwick, Brooklyn, this is the current best place to discover future famous comedians before they're famous. Pro-stand-up comedy showcase show—see a bunch of different comics who we think are good! We’re different than the mainstream comedy clubs; here’s why to choose us over the comedy cellar (and others): there is no drink minimum (we don’t force you to spend $75 dollars on drinks and mediocre food) our tickets & drinks are more affordable (even other clubs with no drink minimums have really over-priced drinks and tickets to make up for it) we try to book people who are funny and/or promising; most clubs only book people who can sell tickets on the street or bring their friends to shows (we don't do any of that, as it leads to low quality shows where only the best sales-people get on stage).  while we aren’t excessively woke, we aim to book comics who don’t “punch down” and who aren’t disrespectful/tasteless/hacky. We favor comics who are authentic, self-aware, and sincere (and of course funny). the vibe and aesthetic of the club is much more intimate—at a bigger club you won’t feel like a part of the show as much. to discover and support talented up and coming comics before they’re massively successful For more information

$14 – $20

Color by Nature: Solo Exhibition by Diana Rogers at Essex Meadows Art Gallery

Essex Meadows Art Gallery 30 Bokum Road, Essex

July 19 – September 15, 2024 Colorscape paintings by Diana Rogers are featured in the Color by Nature solo art exhibition hosted by the Essex Meadows Art Gallery in Essex, CT. The opening reception is on Friday, July 19 from 5pm – 6pm and includes refreshments. Works in the exhibit explore the richness of nature's palette. Rogers uses a color-forward approach to translate the landscape into expressive paintings. “Works in the exhibit celebrate the joy that color adds to our lives and tell the story of special places in nature in Connecticut,” said artist Diana Rogers. The exhibit is on view from July 19 through September 15. Diana Rogers is a Connecticut-based artist who makes lively abstract paintings of New England’s diverse landscapes and waterways. She uses her visual voice to honor nature and the special places that need our protection in this time of climate change. The gallery is in the Essex Meadows community at 30 Bokum Road in Essex, CT. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.dianarogersfineart.com.

Old State House: Farmers Market: Tuesdays and Fridays

Connecticut’s Old State House 800 Main St, Hartford

EVERY TUESDAY AND FRIDAY | JUNE 21 – OCTOBER 11, 2024 | 10AM – 2PM Come visit and shop local at our annual Farmers Market, one of the original open air markets in Connecticut! Our goal is to offer a variety of products from as many farmers and artisan vendors as possible. We are committed to offering a vibrant marketplace in downtown Hartford where local farmers and artisans can enjoy coming together with the community to share the best of what Connecticut has to offer. Connecticut’s Old State House Farmers Market runs from the first day of summer through mid-fall, ensuring that our patrons enjoy the ultimate seasonal variety for many months of the year! For more information

Guilford Craft Expo 2024

Guilford Town Green Broad Street, Guilford

July 19-21, 2024 The renowned Guilford Craft Expo returns to the Guilford July 19-21, 2024 for its annual celebration of fine craftsmanship, creativity, and community spirit. Set against the picturesque backdrop of Guilford’s historic green, Guilford Craft Expo 2024 promises to dazzle visitors with an array of exceptional traditional and contemporary craft by over 170 American artists and makers. The Guilford Craft Expo marks its 64th year as one of New England’s premier craft shows. Organized by the Guilford Art Center, this highly anticipated event draws thousands of visitors each year, offering a unique opportunity to discover exceptional handmade goods while supporting the arts. For more information

$9 – $10

Berlinetta Brewing Bocce Beer Garden

Berlinetta Brewing 90 Golden Hill Street, Bridgeport

OPEN FRIDAY 4 - 9 PM / SATURDAY 1 - 9 PM / SUNDAY 1 - 6 PM Beer and bocce go together so well, so we decided to combine them into an outdoor destination open all summer long. We have two regulation size stone dust courts, and guests can play or just sit in the shade under the umbrellas and enjoy beers, pizza and pretzels. Located just across the street from our taproom, at 90 Golden Hill St, Bridgeport, CT. Parking is available on the street, or in the lot across the street. Look for the spots with the yellow wolf. For more information

Concert on the Green: Ed Fast and Congabop Quintet at La Grua Center: Stonington

La Grua Center 32 Water St, Stonington

Event Details Ed Fast and Congabop Quintet features Afro-Cuban influenced rhythms and hard-bop harmony fused to create unique, soulful originals and creatively arranged jazz standards. The repertoire reflects a tribute to the genre’s most celebrated practitioners including Cal Tjader, Tito Puente, and Hilton Ruiz. This concert is FREE. For more information

Free – $5

Open Mic/ Poetry Slam at Bittersweet Farm Bistro

Bittersweet Farm Bistro 176 Clinton Rd., Route 81, Killingworth

Join us for our monthly open mic event! Hosted by Lexi, this is an open call for acoustic musicians, poets, comedians, and an audience! Come hang out in our comfy little bistro, grab dinner and drinks (lattes, tea, coffee, sodas, cocoa) and meet new people! We offer a special open mic menu, and serve food until 8pm. Mark your calendars for the third FRIDAY of every month and be part of a new little community of friends!  Acoustic only, no amps please.  For more information

Craft Beer & Cocktail Tasting in Newington

Mill Pond Park 123 Garfield St, Newington

Join us on Friday, July 19th at Mill Pond Park for a thirst quenching evening of tasting great local craft beer accompanied by a live performance from 'Shaded Soul'! We will be joined by some of New England's favorite craft breweries. CRAFT BEER & COCKTAIL TICKETS WILL BE VALID FOR TASTING FROM 6:00 - 8:00 PM but the fun does not stop then. Our beer garden will be open from 8:00 - 10:00 PM where beer and wine can be purchased. Not to mention, there will be plenty of delicious food trucks throughout the night to satisfy all of your cravings! For more information  

$25 – $40

Annual Greater Hartford Jazz Festival at Bushnell Park

Bushnell Park Hartford

July 19-21, 2024 The Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz is a non-profit organization originally conceived by Paul Brown, noted Hartford jazz bassist and music educator. For 25 years, Paul had produced the Monday Night Jazz Concerts in Bushnell Park, drawing thousands of music lovers to Hartford’s Bushnell Park for picnics and world-class entertainment. That first Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz, in July of 1991, was dedicated to the 25th anniversary of those wonderful summers. Paul gathered some friends to help plan that first festival, but ultimately turned the Festival over to a Board of Directors comprised of volunteers from the Central Connecticut area, who continued to fulfill his dream of a world-class jazz event in Hartford, while he concentrated on his professional career and the Monday Night Jazz Concerts. Now in its 33rd year, this free-of-charge Festival is supported by small and medium-sized charitable gifts and donations from foundations, businesses and corporations as well as City of Hartford and State of Connecticut grants. The Festival is also generously supported by contributions from individual jazz lovers throughout the region. For more information