7/30: Recession Art, Bluegrass and Footloose

LIFE IMITATING ART:  You can't turn on the TV (or your computer) without being bombarded by news about how crappy the recession is.  Now, you can vent your frustrations at an exhibit at the Parachute Factory in Erector Square in New Haven.  "White Collar. Blue Collar. Pink Slip.," examines the impact of the economic crisis through the works that use symbols of debt and unemployment.  Through paintings and photographs you can experience of day to day survival of people trying to start over and make a living.  "White Collar. Blue Collar. Pink Slip.," is presented by The Arts Council of Greater New Haven, and runs through September 11.

THE GRASS IS ALWAYS BLUER:  It's described as the "Best kept secret in Bluegrass," and that has to be saying something.  The annual Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival has become an institution in East Hartford.  This years festival at Martin Park features The Del McCoury Band, Bearfoot, Steep Canyon Rangers and more.  The festival kicks off tonight, and runs through Sunday.  Tickets can be yours for anywhere from $14 to $94.  Click here for the lineup and here to buy tickets.

WHO NEEDS KEVIN BACON?:  It's a classic tale: Boy moves from big city to small town. Boy isn't prepared to learn that dancing isn't allowed, thanks to a strict local preacher. Boy rebels against preacher along with preacher's rebellious daughter. Boy wins over town, gets the girl and everybody dances! The East Hartford Summer Youth Festival is presenting Footloose in the East Hartford Middle School Auditorium.  The show is based on the 1998 musical, which was based on the 1984 movie.  It's filled with all those classic songs including "Footloose", by the one and only Kenny Loggins.  There are performances all weekend.  Tickets are just $10.  Call (860) 569-2276 for more information. 7:30PM.

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