HOW WAS THE PLAY?: Humor is in the offing this weekend in New Britain. The Hole in the Wall Theater is putting on a production of "Aside from that Mrs. Lincoln...Four Funny Pieces." The show is actually four one-act comedies exploring relationships, chance and human nature. Two of the plays are written by Connecticut playwrights. There are showings all weeked long, all for just $20. Click here for show-times and more info.
MAMA MIA: No, there's no ABBA reunion shows this weekend. (At least as far as we know. We have no control over what you do in your parents' basements.) Instead we offer something even funnier. Contestants from Nick at Nite's "Search for the Funniest Mom in America," are coming to town Friday night for Mama's Night Out at the Palace Theater in Waterbury. The show stars a southerner, a sassy Brit (aren't they all?) and a native New Yorker in an eclectic blend of stand-up comedy. Tickets are $35 and $50. 8pm.
SWEET TOOTH: Who doesn't love a little chocolate? This weekend, head to the Water's Edge Resort & Spa in Westbrook to indulge your desires (get your minds out of the gutter people). Sunday, it's "Chocolate to the Rescue." Guests can sample champagne and the best chocolate creations served up by more than a dozen of the areas best restaurants. Proceeds benefit the Middlesex Central CT Chapter of the American Red Cross. Tickets are $35 at the door. 2pm-5pm.
SECOND CHANCES: It's the ultimate tale of "what-if" this weekend at the Thomaston Opera House. "Forever Plaid," opens Friday night. The show is a comedic musical about a '50s boy band, killed in a car crash before their first gig. But in this show, the boys get a second chance to peform from beyond the grave. "Forever Plaid" runs through February 7th. Tickets are $18-$23. Click here for show-times and more info.
GET FUNKY: This one's just got a fun name. Fans of the Grateful Dead should head to The Main Pub in Manchester this weekend. That's where you'll find the Funk Brokers Inc. Friday night. Tickets are just $7 to enjoy all the rock jams.
FREE FOR ART: Another intriguing name. The Hygienic Art Galleries in New London is hosting their Hygienic Art XXXI - Salon des Independants. (Gotta love a name that has French words and Roman numerals in it right?) Starting Saturday through February 13th you can head to the gallery to enjoy the 31st (yup, that's what XXXI stands for) annual art free-for-all featuring uncensored works by visual artists.
REACHING FOR THE WINE ON THE SUN: Okay, so most of you probably know that this weekend is the Sun WineFest at Mohegan Sun. The two-day event (Saturday and Sunday) lets you sample more than 1,000 fine wines, along with specialty beers and specialty foods. But we thought we'd highlight some of the more unusual events within the Fest.
First there's the Grape Stomp. And this is just what it sounds like. The Inaugural competition involves teams of two trying to stomp the most juice out of their grapes in just three minutes. First prize wins $1,500 an overnight stay at the resort and a complimentary dinner. Second place is $1,000 and third is $500. And there's a special prize if you dress up like Lucy and Ethel (we made that one up). Proceeds from the Stomp benefit Connecticut Sports Foundation Against Cancer and The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Saturday at 4:15pm.
Then, we move the stomping to the shucking. It's the 7th Annual Oyster Open. Lovers of the raw bar will be challenged to open 15 Atlantic oysters within three minutes. The best shuckers from the best restaurants, shellfish and seafood companies on the East Coast will take part. Sunday at 4:15pm. Tickets for the WineFest are $70 for a one-day pass and $110 for a weekend pass.