7/1: Art, Improv and World Music

THREE RING GALLERY:  The Wadsworth in Hartford is teaming up with Cirque du Soleil tonight to create an evening of art and imagination.  Phoenix Art After Hours: Cirque du Wadsworth will give you a whole new perspective on the museum and the circus.  During the evening, the Underground Coalition will create face paint designs designed by the hit show, people will be parading around in Ovo's insect costumes and there will be stilt walkers, fire eaters, jugglers and more.  Plus, there will be free samples of Ten Penny Ale (while supplies last).  Guests will also be able to check out the circus fill "La Pivellina" (WARNING: it's got subtitles).  Here may be the best part, there will be a chance to win tickets to OVO before the big tent is folded back up.  Tickets are $5.  The event runs from 5 p.m.-9 p.m.

SINCERELY, THE COMEDY CLUB:  For a decade, John Hughes was the king of Hollywood.  It seemed everything he touched, struck the hearts of angst-filled teens across the country.  "The Breakfast Club," "Sixteen Candles," "Pretty in Pink," the list goes on.  Starting tonight you can relive all those classics... sort of.  Some of the country's best improv performers are coming to New Britain's Hole in the Wall Theater.  "Improvised 80's Teen Movie" will pay tribute to Hughes' movies, with plenty of help from the audience.  There's even a special pre-show concert with Flock of Hamsters, who feature New Wave and 80's Rock.  There are shows Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.  Tickets are $10.

FEELING WORLDLY:  Rock, Rap, Jazz, even Classical.  We try to provide a broad base of musical flavor to your evenings.  But this could be the first time we've passed along the dulcet tones of an African style of music.  Tonight, head to the Center for the Arts at Wesleyan to see Burkina Electric.  They're the first electronica band from Burkina Faso, a region in West Africa.  Burkina Electric's music combines the traditions and instruments of their homeland with contemporary electronic dance culture.  Tickets for the show are $0.  The music begins at 7 p.m.

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