What You're Doing This Weekend – Feb. 27 – 29


Blues and Rock- The Michael Cleary Band is performing at The Main Pub in Manchester this weekend.  The band has been dubbed Hartford's answer to the Allman Brothers.  But we're not talking about covers - this is original blues and rock with a twist.

Comedy- Check out Comedy on Demand at The Gelston House in East Haddam.  You'll get in the door for just $8 and end up rolling on the floor laughing at the improv sketches, songs, and parodies.  They've also got some great dinner deals you can check out.

Party- Barca Restaurant and Tapas Bar in Hartford is going to be rocking from 9 p.m. - 2 a.m.  It's the official small red dress affair with a live Latino quartet to keep the dancing going.  It's $10 to get in the door and the first 50 ladies will get a free martini.  Guys?  Beers are $4.  Dress to impress.


Break It Down- There's a free show at 7:30 in the Hartford Charter Oak Cultural Center.  It's called Respect Due and brings together five musicians from diverse musical backgrounds.  They'll recreate the music of the "King of Reggae" - Bob Marley himself.  It's a tribute to Black History Month.

One Acts- Trinity-On-Main in New Britain has a great line up of one act plays this weekend.  It's $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and $5 for children under 12.  You'll see nine different plays by local playwrights all about life, love, and the future.

A Swingin' Good Time- The Rat Pack is Back.  They'll be performing at The Shubert Theater in New Haven, recreating one of the famous "Summit at the Sands" hotel shows.  Try and keep yourself from swinging down the aisles.

Eagle Viewing- You'll want to bundle up for this one.  The CT Audubon Society and CT River Expeditions have teamed up to provide a narrated tour on the Connecticut River from Essex.  Why the river?  It's the largest concentration of Bald Eagles in the Northeast.  Trips are 90 minutes long and cost $40 per person.  They'll provide tea and coffee to keep you warm.


Icy Hot- Tuscany Grill in Middletown has a great event that will only cost you $5 (and it's a donation!).  They're holding anIce Carving & Chowder Competition.  Guests can brave the cold for an up-close look at the ice carvings on the patio.  For the warm-blooded, you can stay inside and enjoy some steaming chowder in the dining room or a hot toddy at the bar.  Bonus - your donation goes to Kidcity, a children's museum in Middletown.

Hot Lights-  Sheesh.  Here's a woman who will win your heart.  Lights, 21, of Toronto is performing at The Heirloom Arts Theatre in Danbury.  Tickets are $10.  Her name doesn't ring a bell?  You'd recognize her from her Old Navy commercials or Verizon College Tour last year.  She dubs herself an electro-pop goddess and writes, produces, and performs all of her own music.

Pucks Bucks- Check out the Tip A Player Dinner & Sports Carnival at the XL Center.  Adults are $30 to get in, kids are $20.  There's great food donated by Hartford restaurants and served by the Wolf Pack Players.  Those servers can earn "pucks bucks" for their service and entertaining guests.  All of the money benefits Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford.

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