Events & Programs

A Rich Selection of Activities for Young and Old and In Between

Mark Twain loved a good circus, and so do we. So we are proud to present a rich array of events that range from the "Trouble Begins at 5:30" lecture series, to the "Tapping into Twain" Oktoberfest, to the many family activities such as Tom Sawyer Day and the Ice Cream Social, to our spooky Graveyard Shift ghost tours, to our Mark My Words event and other appearances by major authors – and much, much more. So have a look through the year ahead by clicking on the tabs below.

Apr

April


# The MOuTH: April Fools - Stories About Getting Duped

Friday, April 1, 7:30 p.m.

Come hear & tell stories on the theme “April Fools: Stories about Getting Duped” at The MOuTH at the Mark Twain House & Museum on Friday, April 1st at 7:30pm!

Here's how it works to submit your story for consideration:

We pick our 6 speakers one week before the event, so RIGHT NOW, email HartfordMouth@gmail.com with your name, and a short description of what your story is about. Submissions close once we get overwhelmed with submissions, so… Overwhelm us!

Your story must be FEWER THAN 10 MINUTES (note - it usually takes longer to tell your story than you think! Tell it a few times to friends, refine it, and time it!). During the event, you'll see Chion in the front row with a fancypants iPad that will count you down. If you go over the time limit, she'll tackle you in front of everybody (IN HER MIND).

***STORIES ARE TOLD WITHOUT NOTES! You just get up there and tell the tale off the top of your head***

***STORIES ARE REAL! Not that we’ll be doing any fact-checking, but this event features TRUE stories***

If you don't get on the list, don't take it personally! It's our loss, and hopefully we can hear from you at a future MOuTH event.

There is also a "Wild Card"! After the fifth speaker finishes, Chion asks volunteers to raise their hands and holler out a number. Those numbers are put into a hat/pocket/bowl/basket/crock pot/human skull, and whoever is chosen has a 5 minute limit to tell their story before the final, featured speaker goes on.

PLEASE NOTE:

- Only $5 to get in (speakers get in free!)

-These events are recorded - Audio only! I have no idea how the stories will be used in the future, but i know it's a damn good idea to have them.

-Profanity IS allowed, dammit!

-Have an idea for a theme in the future? Want to tell us what we’re doing fantastically, or what we could be doing a lot better? Let us know here or in an email to HartfordMouth@gmail.com

TO BOOK TICKETS:  (860) 247-0998 or click here.

Chion Wolf, technical producer, announcer, and photographer for WNPR, can be heard on the Colin McEnroe Show Monday through Friday at 1 and 8pm, and during breaks throughout the week!

$5.00 (Storytellers chosen for the lineup get in free.) Call (860) 247-0998 or click here.

# Connecticut Coaltion for Reason: C.A.R.E. Conference

Saturday, April 2, 9:00am to 5:00pm Doors open at 8:30am

The Connecticut Coalition of Reason is organizing its second conference for atheists, freethinkers, humanists, agnostics, and anyone else interested in non-religious communities.  This year, they will be focusing on the three themes of:  Community Building, Political Action, and Interfaith Relations.  The conference will feature talks and breakout-sessions by leaders in the secular community:  

  • Hemant Mehta, a.k.a the Friendly Atheist is an author, blogger, and atheist activist.  Hemant will be our keynote speaker and the title of his talk is, "What Atheists Can Learn from Churches... Seriously."
  • Amanda Knief is the National Legal and Public Policy Director for the American Atheists and our Political Action speaker.  The title of her talk is, "Election 2016: When Atheist Voters and Religious Exemptions Collide."
  • Jason Heap is the Executive Director of the United Coalition of Reason and our Community Building speaker.  The title of his talk is “Breaking Silos.”
  • Wendy Thomas Russell is a journalist, author, editor and our Interfaith Relations speaker.  The title of her talk is, "Atheism & Interfaith: Building Bridges with Honesty, Integrity and Compassion." 

To register visit conference.ctcor.org

# Mandell JCC Film Festival screening of "Are You Joking?"

Monday, April 4, 7:00 p.m. in the Lincoln Financial Services Auditorium at The Mark Twain House & Museum

Twenty-something New Yorker Barb Schwartz (Sas Goldberg) somehow ended up in a life that kinda... sucks. She has a paralegal job she hates, a drab studio apartment on Roosevelt Island, and an overbearing family who never lets her forget she's still single. When she is reunited with her childhood BFF, ballet dancer Billy (Jake Wilson), she is inspired to turn her life around by revisiting her first love: comedy.

Following the screening, there will be a Q&A with the star of the film, Sas Goldberg. Julia Pistell will moderate. A reception will be held afterwards.

 

Ticketing information can be found here.

# An Evening with Ute Wartenberg Kagan, Executive Director of the American Numismatic Society

Tuesday, April 5, 7:00 p.m.

To celebrate the 2016 release of the Mark Twain Commemorative Gold and Silver coins, we are pleased to present Ute Wartenberg Kagan, Executive Director of the American Numismatic Society, who will discuss all things coins and coin collecting.

Ute Wartenberg Kagan, whose research interest focus on ancient Greek coinage, has spent most of her academic career in the museum world. Since 1999 she has been the Executive Director of the American Numismatic Society and from 1991 to 1998 she worked as Curator of Greek Coins in the British Museum in London. She has organized many exhibitions in the British Museum and the ANS, including Drachmas, Doubloons and Dollars, The History of Money, which was opened at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in January 2002 by Alan Greenspan and attracted around 30,000 visitors. Dr. Wartenberg Kagan also co-organized with the Athens Numismatic Museum one of the earliest on-line numismatic exhibitions (Presveis: One currency for Europe), which was sponsored by funding from the European Union.

Dr. Wartenberg Kagan takes an active interest in current US coinage. In 2000 she testified in a hearing on coin design organized by the US Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. In 2002, she was appointed by the Secretary of the Treasury to the Citizens Commemorative Coin Advisory Committee and subsequently to the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee, of which she was Chairman from 2003-2004.

 

This is a free event. Reservations are recommended. Please call (860) 247-0998 or click here.

# THE TROUBLE BEGINS AT 5:30 -- Seema Sharma on Twain & India

Wednesday, April 6, 5:00 p.m. reception; 5:30 p.m. talk

Please note: this is the first, not second Wednesday of the month.

Fulbright scholar Seema Sharma, a professor of English Literature at Jai Hind College in Mumbai, India,  will speak on “Mark Twain and India.” During his round-the-world trip in the 1890s, whioch led to his final great travel work Following the Equator, Twain traversed the country, which he called “ the cradle for human race, birthplace of human speech, mother of history, grandmother of legend and great grandmother of tradition. Our most valuable and instructive materials in the history are treasured here"

This is a free event, but a $5.00 donation is requested and reservations are recommended. Please call (860) 247-0998 or click here.

# Emerson Theater Collaborative presents KING ARTHUR IN CONTEMPORARY CONNECTICUT - A Radio Play By James C. Ferguson

Saturday, April 9, Saturday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, April 10 at 4:00 p.m.

Emerson Theater Collaborative & The Mark Twain House & Museum present

KING ARTHUR IN CONTEMPORARY CONNECTICUT

A Live Radio Play by James C. Ferguson
Directed by Theresa Broach
Produced by Camilla Ross

Emerson Theatre Collaborative and The Mark Twain House & Museum join to present a live radio play reading of KING ARTHUR IN CONTEMPORARY CONNECTICUT, a comedy by James C. Ferguson.  A hilarious twist on Twain’s classic A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR’S COURT, this new play finds the legendary king magically transported forward in time to modern day Connecticut.  Can Arthur, Merlin, Lancelot and the nefarious Morgan Le Fay negotiate the complexities of life in the age of internet, smart phones, and casinos in the Nutmeg State? 

Performances will be at The Mark Twain House & Museum, the home where Twain worked on his version of the classic Arthurian legend, on Saturday, April 9th at 7pm and Sunday, April 10th at 4pm, and in the mystical land of Mystic at the United Methodist Church on Saturday, April 16th at 7pm and Sunday, April 17th at 4pm. 

 

Tickets are $10.

For tickets for The Mark Twain House & Museum performances, please call (860) 247-0998 or click here.

For tickets for the Mystic performances, please visit www.emersontheatercollaborative.org

# An Encore with THE REFORMED WHORES - Music & Comedy Duo

Wednesday, April 13, 7:30 PM

After taking Hartford by storm with their sold-out engagement last year, Country-Western comedy duo The Reformed Whores return to the scene of the crime at The Mark Twain House & Museum on Wednesday, April 13th at 7:30pm.  Hot on the heels of their debut album Ladies Don't Spit, these two low-brow sweeties have unleashed their new album, Don't Beat Around the Bush.  Obviously, this show is for (im)mature older audiences!

To learn more and hear/see samples of their music, visit www.reformedwhores.com.

Tickets are $20/ $15 for Mark Twain House & Museum members. Please call (860) 247-0998 or click here.

# Volunteer Recruitment Open House

Thursday, April 14, 10:00 a.m.

Pitch In!

Join our sterling group of volunteers! The Mark Twain house is currently looking for volunteers to help in various capacities within the museum. If you are looking for a challenging and engaging volunteer opportunity, The Mark Twain House & Museum might be the perfect match for you.

We are always looking for volunteers and interns with the following skills:

• Graphic design
• Videography and editing
• Record-keeping/filing
• Customer service
• Organizational skills

We're having an open house for potential volunteers on April 14 at 10:00 a.m. Stop by and learn more.

To register, email grace.belanger@marktwainhouse.org.

# 5th Annual Writers Weekend POSTPONED.

Friday, April 15, through Sunday, April 17

The 5th Annual Mark Twain House & Museum Writers Weekend will be postponed until Fall 2016. Stay tuned for details.

For all questions, please contact Jennifer LaRue, Director of Writing Programs, at jennifer.larue@marktwainhouse.org.

 

 

# MARK MY WORDS: AN EVENING WITH LARRY KRAMER

Saturday, April 16, 6:00 p.m.

Larry Kramer is an American playwright, screenwriter, public health advocate, and gay rights activist whose confrontational style of advocacy, while divisive, was credited by many with catalyzing the response to the HIV/AIDS crisis in the United States. He’ll be in conversation about his life, his work, and his latest book The American People: Volume 1: Search for My Heart: A Novel a book he has been working on since 1981, and which was finally published as a novel in 2015. In the book, Kramer asserts that many iconic American historical figures, including George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Mark Twain, were gay.

Kramer began his career rewriting scripts while working for Columbia Pictures, which led him to London where he worked with United Artists. There he wrote the screenplay for the 1969 film Women in Love, and earned an Academy Award nomination for his work. Kramer introduced a controversial and confrontational style in his 1978 novel Faggots. The book earned mixed reviews but emphatic denunciations from elements within the gay community for his one-sided portrayal of shallow, promiscuous gay relationships in the 1970s.

Kramer witnessed the spread of the disease AIDS in the early 1980s. He co-founded the Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC), which has become the world's largest private organization assisting people living with AIDS. Kramer grew frustrated with bureaucratic paralysis and the apathy of gay men to the AIDS crisis, and wished to engage in further action than the social services GMHC provided. He expressed his frustration by writing a play titled The Normal Heart, produced at The Public Theater in New York City in 1985. His political activism continued with the founding of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) in 1987, an influential direct action protest organization with the aim of gaining more public action to fight the AIDS crisis. ACT UP has been widely credited with changing public health policy and the perception of people living with AIDS, and raising awareness of HIV and AIDS-related diseases. Kramer has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his play The Destiny of Me, and has been a two-time recipient of the Obie Award.

The Mark My Words series of authors in conversation is generously sp0nsored by The Hartford, Wish You Well Foundation, and Hoffman Auto Group.

This event will be followed by a book sale and signing. Tickets are $25, and $20 for MTH&M members. Please call (860) 247-0998 or click here.

# Writing Children's Books with Pegi Deitz Shea

Monday, April 18, Six Week Class - Mondays from 6:30pm to 8:30pm April 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23

Dr. Seuss, Judy Blume, John Green, Shel Silverstein. Who can forget the joy of reading a book as a child? Do you want to capture that feeling of discovery and excitement for a new generation of readers? We want you to write for children and teens! Pegi Deitz Shea will show you the range of children's fiction, nonfiction and poetry, help you write your book, and teach you how to use constructive critique to improve your skills. Come away from the course with at least one manuscript ready to submit to an agent or editor. $300.

 

Registration $300 / $275 for MTH&M Members. Please call (860) 247-0998 or click here.

# Hartford Fashion Week presents THE COUTURE TOUR

Wednesday, April 20, 7PM to 10PM

Hartford Fashion Week, The Mark Twain House & Museum and the Culinary Academy at Weaver High School proudly present the first ever COUTURE TOUR of The Mark Twain House.  Matching Victorian elegance with modern fashion, eleven area couture designers have been assigned a room in The Mark Twain House. 

Guests for the evening will be able to stroll through this National Historic Landmark and see original creations paired to theme with their selected room.  In addition to the tour, attendees will enjoy food and décor created by students from Hartford’s Culinary Institute at Weaver High School, music, and additional fashions in the ultra-modern Webster Bank Museum Center.

Supported in part by BEAR'S Smokehouse BBQ.

Tickets: $30 / $20 for MTH&M Members. Cash bar. To order, call (860) 247-0998 or click here.

# Writing Class: HUMOR WRITING with Hank Herman

Wednesday, April 20, POSTPONED until Summer - Dates TBA

A sage once said, “There’s a difference between humor writing and writing humorously.” Oh, wait — that was me. The point is, humor writing — think Woody Allen, Tina Fey, Steve Martin, where every sentence is intended to be a laugh riot — yes, that’s hard. And probably can’t be taught. But writing humorously — self-deprecating admissions about your own foibles; poking good-natured fun at irresistible targets in pop culture; exaggerating outrageously; confiding hair-raising tales of the blind date gone bad; zeroing in on off-beat behavior that nobody talks about but, it turns out, everybody does — these are all within every writer’s reach. In this course students will take their best shot at funny-side up writing in essays, columns, blogs, memoir . . . or whatever genre tickles their fancy.

Hank Herman’s acclaimed memoir, Accept My Kid, Please! A Dad’s Descent Into College Application Hell, has led to speaking engagements throughout the Northeast. His award-winning humor column, “The Home Team,” has been running for over 20 years, and is still going strong.  Hank also co-writes the Hearst Newspapers blog “Beagle Man,” alternating posts with his dog, Kemba.  The blog doubles as as a hilarious travelogue when Hank and Kemba hit the road every fall for their great adventure: a one-month-long cross-country road trip!  With no offense intended to his own three sons, Hank considers Kemba his fourth.  Hank also leads writing workshops at his alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania, and at Trinity College and Norwalk Community College.

$300. MTH&M Member rate: $275. To register, call (860) 247-0998 or click here.

# BOOK/MARK--"Chasing the Last Laugh: Mark Twain's Raucous and Redemptive Round-the-World Comedy Tour" with author Richard Zacks

Thursday, April 21, 7:00 p.m.

In 1895, at age sixty, Mark Twain was dead broke and miserable--his recent novels had been critical and commercial failures, and he was bankrupted by his inexplicable decision to run a publishing company.   His wife made him promise to pay every debt back in full, so Twain embarked on an around-the-world comedy lecture tour that would take him from the dusty small towns of the American West to the faraway lands of India, South Africa, Australia, and beyond.

Richard Zacks’ rich and entertaining narrative provides a portrait of Twain as complicated, vibrant individual, and showcases the biting wit and skeptical observation that made him one of the greatest of all American writers.  Twain remained abroad for five years, a time of struggle and wild experiences -- and ultimately redemption, as he rediscovered his voice as a writer and humorist, and returned, wiser and celebrated. As he said in his famous reply to an article about his demise, "the report of my death is an exaggeration."

Weaving together a trove of sources, including newspaper accounts, correspondence, and unpublished material from Berkeley's ongoing Twain Project, Zacks chronicles  a chapter of Twain's life as complex as the author himself, full of foolishness and bad choices, but also humor, self-discovery, and triumph. The author recently published an article in TIME on the subject.

This is a free BOOK/MARK event and is followed by a book sale and signing. Reservations are recommended. Please call (860) 247-0998 or click here.

# Capital Classics presents THE OLDEN GLOBE AWARDS for Shakespeare's 400th!

Saturday, April 23, 7:00pm

Capital Classics and The Mark Twain House & Museum collaborate on April 23 award show that’s 400 years in the making.

Awards for Shakespeare’s most popular moments and staged readings of the works of Shakespeare (and Mark Twain) are just some of the festivities on deck for an event four centuries in the making!  Capital Classics Theatre Company, in partnership with The Mark Twain House & Museum, presents The Shakespeare "Olden Globes Awards” on Saturday, April 23, 2016 — the 400th anniversary of the date William Shakespeare “shuffled off [t]his mortal coil.”

“The Shakespeare Olden Globes Award Show” will be hosted by Chion Wolf(WNPR producer, announcer and photographer) and Jacopo Della Quercia(author of A License to Quill, a page-turning James Bond-esque spy thriller starring William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe).  There will also be a special appearance by the University of Hartford's President Emeritus, Dr. Humphrey Tonkin.

Following a month-long online voting process onwww.VoteShakespeare.com, “The Olden Globes” hosts will announce our community’s favorite characters and moments from the works of William Shakespeare. The evening will also feature members of the Capital Classics Theatre Company performing readings of the winning selections and Shakespeare-themed works by Mark Twain, such as “the Royal Nonesuch” from Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Twain’s Is Shakespeare Dead?

Everyone is encouraged to place their votes at www.VoteShakespeare.com through March 31 for their picks of Shakespeare’s greatest hits. Voting categories include favorite lovers’ quarrel, saddest death scene, most evil villain, spookiest ghost and many more. Winners will be announced (and performed by Capital Classics!) at “The Olden Globes.” Sadly, the Bard won’t be available to accept his awards.

“The Shakespeare Olden Globes Award Show” will be held in the Mark Twain Museum Center’s Lincoln Financial auditorium on Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Audience members of all ages are welcome to join in the celebration.

Capital Classics, a non-Equity professional theatre company, was founded in 1991 to enrich the cultural environment of Greater Hartford through the theatre arts. The ensemble is committed to providing classical entertainment that is affordable, accessible and engaging; serving the community with cultural and educational programming; and providing job opportunities and training to Connecticut's professional theatre artists.  Aside from an annual summer residency performing Shakespeare on the campus of the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford, Capital Classics has performed an annual Halloween radio-theatre performance at The Mark Twain House & Museum.  For more information, visit www.capitalclassics.org.

Tickets are $15 for the general public and $10 for MTH members, seniors and students (18 and under). To reserve tickets, call (860) 247-0998 or click here.

# Book/Mark: THE STATESMAN & THE STORYTELLER: JOHN HAY, MARK TWAIN & THE RISE OF AMERICAN IMPERIALISM with author Mark Zwonitzer

Tuesday, April 26, 7:00 p.m.

In the tradition of the bestselling historical works of David McCullough, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Stephen Ambrose, and Walter Isaacson, award-winning documentarian Mark Zwonitzer brings two extraordinary American figures--and friends--into the spotlight at a time when their country was taking center stage in the world.

John Hay, famous as Lincoln’s private secretary and later as secretary of state under presidents McKinley and Roosevelt, and Samuel Langhorne Clemens, famous for being “Mark Twain,” grew up fifty miles apart, on the banks of the Mississippi River, in the same rural antebellum stew of race and class and want. This shared history helped draw them together when they first met as up-and-coming young men in the late 1860s, and their mutual admiration never waned in spite of sharp differences in personality, in worldview, and in public conduct.

In The Statesman and the Storyteller, the last decade of their lives plays out against the tumultuous events of the day, as the United States government begins to aggressively pursue a policy of imperialism, overthrowing the duly elected queen of Hawaii; violently wresting Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines away from Spain, and then from the islands’ inhabitants; and finally encouraging and supporting a revolution to clear a path for the building of the U.S.-controlled Panama Canal.

Rich in detail, The Statesman and the Storyteller provides indelible portraits of public figures such as Teddy Roosevelt and Henry Cabot Lodge. Stunning in its relevance, it explores the tactics of and attitudes behind America’s earliest global policies and their influence on U.S. actions for all the years to follow. But ultimately it is the very human rendering of Clemens and Hay that distinguishes Zwonitzer’s work, providing profound insights into the lives of two men who helped shape and define their era.

This program will be moderated by Craig Hotchkiss, former Director of Education at the Mark Twain House.

Mark Zwonitzer is the author of a previous biography, Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone?: The Carter Family and Their Legacy in American Music, written in conjunction with Charles Hirshberg. That book was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. In addition, he is an acclaimed documentary film producer, director, and writer.

 

This is a free BOOK/MARK event and is followed by a book sale and signing. Reservations are recommended. Please call (860) 247-0998 or click here.

May

May


# DISCONNECT - Conversation in the Digital Age

Wednesday, May 4, 7:00pm

Has our increasing connectivity led to a decreasing level of conversation? On Wednesday, May 4th at 7 PM the Mark Twain House & Museum, in conjunction with the Connecticut Forum, will host three nationally-recognized digital experts to discuss how social media and our ubiquitous devices have impacted the art of authentic conversation. If conversation is how we truly connect to others, what happens when face-to-face communication decreases? Featuring Dr. David Greenfield from the Center for Internet & Technology Addiction, Slow Tech Movement founder Janell Burley Hofmann, and tech ethicist David Ryan Polgar.

This evening promises to be an entertaining and engaging conversation. Put down your smartphone for the night and join us as we explore the other type of connection--human connection. Janell Burley Hofmann will be signing copies of her book, iRules: What Every Tech-Healthy Family Needs to Know About Selfies, Sexting, Gaming and Growing Up.

Tickets: $10 / $5 for MTH&M Members and CT Forum Subscribers. Call (860) 247-0998 or click here.

# THE TROUBLE BEGINS AT 5:30 – Kevin Mac Donnell on “Mark Twain Kills a Boy”

Monday, May 9, 5:00 p.m. reception; 5:30 p.m. talk

Note: this is a special Monday Trouble Begins

Kevin Mac Donnell on “Mark Twain Kills a Boy” -- A detailed investigation into the truths and half-truths surrounding a burglary in the 1890s that resulted in the death of a teenage boy, who, according to an outraged newspaper editor, had been inspired to organize a gang of robbers based on Tom Sawyer's Gang. Mac Donnell is a bookseller and collector from Austin, Texas, whose generosity and scholarship is well known in Twainian circles

This is a free event, but a $5.00 donation is requested and reservations are recommended. Please call (860) 247-0998 or click here.

# Kimberly Cannon presents "HOT SAUCE IN MY BAG"

Saturday, May 14, 7:30PM

Kimberly Cannon takes her time to tackle and celebrate the complexities of the topic we can all relate to - The Human Condition. Kimberly creatively titles each component starting with her own family which she affectionately calls “A Box of Vanilla Wafers,” continues by addressing the heartache of love with “Relationship Chips and Dips;” religion with “Do These Beliefs Make Me Look Fat;” and aging with “Time To Lick The Bowl.” Written, produced and performed by an illustrator and mixed media artist, Kimberly Cannon holds nothing back as she brings her characters to life!

Tickets: $20 / $15 for MTH&M Members

To order, call (860) 247-0998 or click here.

# CLUE Tours of The Mark Twain House!

Saturday, May 14, Tours begin at 7pm and step off every fifteen minutes. Reservations required.

Who killed that varmint Pap Finn? Was it Tom Sawyer in the Library with the Wrench? Merlin in the Billiard Room with the Knife? The Pauper in the Kitchen with the Rope?

Play our live-action version of the classic board game CLUE in an hour-long tour featuring the famed comedy troupe SEA TEA IMPROV as Twain's beloved characters/suspects. CLUE Tours provide all the murder, mayhem and merriment you expect in a whodunit. Our Clue Tours were featured on an episode of the Travel Channel show Wackiest Tours!

Sea Tea Improv (seateaimprov.com) is an improv comedy company professionally trained by Hartford Stage Company, ImprovBoston, and the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York that dazzles Hartford and beyond on a regular basis with their witty interpretations of audience suggestions.  They perform short improvised games and long improvised plays at public & private functions, teach classes to students of all ages, and train professionals in the art of communication. They've performed all over Connecticut, New England, and up and down the Eastern Seaboard.

This event is supported by Webster Bank.

$22 / $17 for MTH&M Members / $15 for children.

To reserve, call (860) 247-0998 or click here.

# An Evening with SANDRA BERNHARD

Wednesday, May 18, 7:30PM. VIP Reception with Ms. Bernhard begins at 6PM

Actress/comedienne and host of the SiriusXM Radio show Sandyland, Sandra Bernhard began her career at L.A.’s famed Comedy Store in the ‘70s, and since then has written and starred in numerous one-woman shows, acted in movies and on television, recorded albums and authored books.

Learn more at www.sandrabernhard.com.

Tickets: $40
VIP package includes preferred seating down front and reception at 6PM with Sandra Bernhard: $75

For tickets, call (860) 247-0998 or click here.

# BOOK/MARK: OFF SCRIPT with Josh King

Thursday, May 19, 7:00pm

Join author Josh King for a discussion on "OFF SCRIPT: An Advance Man’s Guide to White House Stagecraft, Campaign Spectacle, and Political Suicide"

Being a public figure is no walk in the park - the world focuses on every move that politicians make and highlights their every mistake. "Image collapse" can befall anyone whose carefully cultivated persona is pitted against intermediaries in the broadcast booths of cable news networks or behind the photo desks of newspapers, magazines, and today's host of digital platforms.

As a world-traveling "advance man," an operative who orchestrates TV- and photo-ready moments involving important political figures, Josh King has unique experience working with the reputations of officeholders, candidates and other public figures.

In Off Script, King leads readers through an entertaining and illuminating journey through the Hall of Infamy of some of the most catastrophic examples of political theater of the last quarter century. Readers might remember these cringe worthy moments as simple cases of bad luck. King argues, instead, that they were symptomatic of something larger: our broad appetite for public embarrassment, the media’s business imperatives in satiating that craving, and the propensity of politicians to serve it up on a platter, often by pretending to be someone they’re not while strutting on the public stage.

We tour recent history – King calls it “the Age of Optics” – to establish this syndrome, and then turn to the Obama administration and what Josh calls the emergence of the "Vanilla Presidency."

King argues that Barack Obama has been more guarded and more protective of the presidential persona than anyone in history, and as we look to the elections of 2016 and beyond, we have to wonder: Will our future president follow Obama's example? If so, how will that influence the relationship between our nation's citizens and their leader?

FREE! To register, call (860) 247-0098 or by clicking here.

# BOOK/MARK -- "Of Beards & Men: The Revealing History of Facial Hair" with author Chris Oldstone-Moore

Wednesday, May 25, 7:00 p.m.

Beards—they’re all the rage these days.

Take a look around: from hip urbanites to rustic outdoorsmen, well-groomed metrosexuals to post-season hockey players, facial hair is everywhere. The New York Times traces this hairy trend to Big Apple hipsters circa 2005 and reports that today some New Yorkers pay thousands of dollars for facial hair transplants to disguise patchy, juvenile beards. And in 2014, blogger Nicki Daniels excoriated bearded hipsters for turning a symbol of manliness and power into a flimsy fashion statement. The beard, she said, has turned into the padded bra of masculinity.

Of Beards and Men makes the case that today’s bearded renaissance is part of a centuries-long cycle in which facial hairstyles have varied in response to changing ideals of masculinity. Christopher Oldstone-Moore explains that the clean-shaven face has been the default style throughout Western history—see Alexander the Great’s beardless face, for example, as the Greek heroic ideal. But the primacy of razors has been challenged over the years by four great bearded movements, beginning with Hadrian in the second century and stretching to today’s bristled resurgence. The clean-shaven face today, Oldstone-Moore says, has come to signify a virtuous and sociable man, whereas the beard marks someone as self-reliant and unconventional. History, then, has established specific meanings for facial hair, which both inspire and constrain a man’s choices in how he presents himself to the world.

This fascinating and erudite history of facial hair cracks the masculine hair code, shedding light on the choices men make as they shape the hair on their faces. Oldstone-Moore adeptly lays to rest common misperceptions about beards and vividly illustrates the connection between grooming, identity, culture, and masculinity. To a surprising degree, we find, the history of men is written on their faces.

This is a free BOOK/MARK event and is followed by a book sale and signing. Reservations are highly recommended. Please call (860) 247-0998 or click here.

Jun

June


# THE TROUBLE BEGINS AT 5:30 – K. Patrick Ober on his book "Any Mummery Will Cure"

Wednesday, June 8, 5:00 p.m. reception; 5:30 p.m. talk

K. Patrick Ober, whose book Any Mummery Will Cure on Mark Twain’s lifelong interactions with medicine is a classic, will focus on the health issues that plagued the daughters of the Clemens Family in childhood – and which led to the deaths of two of them as young women. Presented in conjunction with our exhibit opening March 24: In Their Father’s Image: Susy, Clara and Jean Clemens. Dr. Ober is a  professor of Internal Medicine-Endicrinolgy and Metabolism at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina.

This is a free event, but a $5.00 donation is requested and reservations are recommended. Please call (860) 247-0998 or click here.

# The MOuTH: What a Coinkydink! - Stories of Serendipity

Friday, June 10, 7:30 p.m.

The Mark Twain House & Museum continues "The MOuTH," a storytelling series with WNPR personality Chion Wolf.

The event is in no way a competition, just storytelling in front of friends in a museum dedicated to Mark Twain, one of our country's best storytellers.

Submissions are now open. Here's how it works: Email HartfordMouth@gmail.com with your name, approximate story length of LESS THAN 10 MINUTES (note - it usually takes longer to tell your story than you think! Tell it a few times to friends, refine it, and time it!), and a short description of what your story is about.

Wolf will look over the submissions and assemble a lineup. "If you don't get on the list, don't take it personally!" says Wolf. "It's our loss, and hopefully we can hear from you at a future 'Mouth' event."

There will also be a "Wild Card": Those wanting to tell a short story can put their names in a hat when they arrive, and at some point, a name will be picked.

Chion Wolf, technical producer, announcer, and photographer for WNPR, can be heard on the Colin McEnroe Show Monday through Friday at 1 and 8pm, and during breaks throughout the week!

$5.00 (Storytellers chosen for the lineup get in free.) Call (860) 247-0998 or click HERE.

# TOM SAWYER DAY - Wild about Animals!

Saturday, June 11, 10am to 4pm

Things will really get swinging when our 6th Annual TOM SAWYER DAY heads into the wild kingdom! A fun-filled family extravaganza, "Wild About Animals" will feature pony rides, a petting zoo, a mechanical bull for young and old, games & activities, music, food & refreshments, and lots of attractions!

You and your kids can learn more about Mark Twain's own kids in our current exhibit, IN THEIR FATHER'S IMAGE: SUSY, CLARA & JEAN CLEMENS.

TOM SAWYER DAY is supported in part by the Greater Hartford Arts Council's United Arts Campaign.  Musical performances are supported by the Evelyn W. Preston Memorial Trust Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee.

Part of Connecticut Open House Day!

Admission is FREE!

Food and Beverages can be purchased from local vendors on site.

Discounted tours of The Mark Twain House will be available on TOM SAWYER DAY. Adults $12 / Children 7 to 16 $7 / Children 6 and under - FREE!

# Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours

Friday, June 24, and Saturday, June 25; 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 p.m.

We reprise our popular Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours for some summer fun. The Mark Twain House has been featured on Syfy Channel's Ghost Hunters and the Biography Channel's My Ghost Story.

On these tours participants will hear all these creepy tales -- and learn about Mark Twain's own interest in the supernatural.

Filled with haunted history, dark tales and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spiritualism, these nighttime tours are as educational as they are goosebump-inducing.

Prior to the tour, we'll be showing the short film Ghost Tour, which was filmed in The Mark Twain House.

The tours sell out fast, so be sure to call (860) 247-0998 soon to make your reservations!

The tours are tsponsored by Tsunami Tsolutions.

Tickets are $22 for adults; $17 for members; and $15 for children 16 and under (recommended ages 10 and up.)

Call: (860) 247-0998 for more information & ticketing. Or, click here for tickets.

Jul

July


# Our Ice Cream Social!

Thursday, July 28, 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

The Mark Twain House & Museum invites everyone in for its 9th annual FREE Ice Cream Social on the Nook Farm Nook patio!

Come on down and enjoy delicious frozen treats, sundaes with your favorite toppings brought to you by BEARS BBQ featuring UCONN Ice Cream and Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream!

If that’s not enough, how about a scoop of entertainment? There will be music, arts and crafts, and a story time for the little ones!

The Ice Cream Social is generously supported by Bear’s Smokehouse Barbecue. 

The music for this event is generously supported by the Evelyn W. Preston Memorial Trust Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee.

In addition, there will be discounted tours of the first floor of the Mark Twain House ($5 for adults, seniors, and children; under age 6 free).

This is a free event!

# CLUE Tours of the Mark Twain House

Thursday, July 28, Tours step off every 15 minutes starting at 7:00 p.m.

Come for our Ice Cream Social from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. that evening and stay for the CLUE Tours!

CLUE Tours will be offered in a special, one-night-only edition at The Mark Twain House & Museum, using the various rooms (secret passageway, conservatory, billiards room, and more) of the Twain house -- and some of the author's favorite literary characters -- as part of the game. 

Who killed that varmint Pap Finn? Was it Tom Sawyer in the Library with the Wrench? Merlin in the Billiard Room with the Knife? The Pauper in the Kitchen with the Rope?

Play our live-action version of the classic board game CLUE in an hour-long tour featuring the famed comedy troupe SEA TEA IMPROV as Twain's beloved characters/suspects. CLUE Tours provide all the murder, mayhem and merriment you expect in a whodunit. Our Clue Tours were featured on an episode of the Travel Channel show Wackiest Tours!

Sea Tea Improv (seateaimprov.com) is an improv comedy company professionally trained by Hartford Stage Company, ImprovBoston, and the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York that dazzles Hartford and beyond on a regular basis with their witty interpretations of audience suggestions.  They perform short improvised games and long improvised plays at public & private functions, teach classes to students of all ages, and train professionals in the art of communication. They've performed all over Connecticut, New England, and up and down the Eastern Seaboard.

This event is supported by Webster Bank.

Reservations are required, and tours sell out, so please book early. Tickets are $22; museum members are $17; children 6 to 17 are $15.  To purchase tickets, please call (860) 247-0998.

# Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours

Friday, July 29, and Saturday, July 30; 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 p.m.

We reprise our popular Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours for some summer fun. The Mark Twain House has been featured on Syfy Channel's Ghost Hunters and the Biography Channel's My Ghost Story.

On these tours participants will hear all these creepy tales -- and learn about Mark Twain's own interest in the supernatural.

Filled with haunted history, dark tales and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spiritualism, these nighttime tours are as educational as they are goosebump-inducing.

Prior to the tour, we'll be showing the short film Ghost Tour, which was filmed in The Mark Twain House.

The tours sell out fast, so be sure to call (860) 247-0998 soon to make your reservations!

The tours are tsponsored by Tsunami Tsolutions.

Tickets are $22 for adults; $17 for members; and $15 for children 16 and under (recommended ages 10 and up.)

Call: (860) 247-0998 for more information & ticketing. Or, click herefor tickets.

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August


# Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours

Friday, August 26, and Saturday, August 27, 6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

We reprise our popular Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours for some summer fun. The Mark Twain House has been featured on Syfy Channel's Ghost Hunters and the Biography Channel's My Ghost Story.

On these tours participants will hear all these creepy tales -- and learn about Mark Twain's own interest in the supernatural.

Filled with haunted history, dark tales and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spiritualism, these nighttime tours are as educational as they are goosebump-inducing.

Prior to the tour, we'll be showing the short film Ghost Tour, which was filmed in The Mark Twain House.

The tours sell out fast, so be sure to call (860) 247-0998 soon to make your reservations!

The tours are tsponsored by Tsunami Tsolutions.

$22 with discounts available for members and children. Please call (860) 247-0998 for more information & ticketing or click here.

Sep

September


# The MOuTH: Marked for Life: Stories of How You Got That Scar

Friday, September 16, 7:30 p.m.

The Mark Twain House & Museum continues "The MOuTH," a storytelling series with WNPR personality Chion Wolf.

The event is in no way a competition, just storytelling in front of friends in a museum dedicated to Mark Twain, one of our country's best storytellers.

Submissions are now open. Here's how it works: Email HartfordMouth@gmail.com with your name, approximate story length of LESS THAN 10 MINUTES (note - it usually takes longer to tell your story than you think! Tell it a few times to friends, refine it, and time it!), and a short description of what your story is about.

Wolf will look over the submissions and assemble a lineup. "If you don't get on the list, don't take it personally!" says Wolf. "It's our loss, and hopefully we can hear from you at a future 'Mouth' event."

There will also be a "Wild Card": Those wanting to tell a short story can put their names in a hat when they arrive, and at some point, a name will be picked.

Chion Wolf, technical producer, announcer, and photographer for WNPR, can be heard on the Colin McEnroe Show Monday through Friday at 1 and 8pm, and during breaks throughout the week!

$5.00 (Storytellers chosen for the lineup get in free.) Call (860) 247-0998 or click HERE.

# The Great Mark Twain Look-Alike Contest!

Saturday, September 17, 2:00 pm

Do people say you look like Albert Einstein? And do you counter with, “No! I look like Mark Twain!” If so, you’re a great candidate for The Great Mark Twain Look-Alike Contest to be held in Mark Twain’s hometown of Hartford, Connecticut. You can show up with a wig or without, with a real mustache or fake, in a white suit, ivory suit, or birthday suit (just kidding – you need clothes!), strut on the stage, deliver one Mark Twain quote (verified! – not attributed!), and our panel of distinctive, ornery, and un-bribable judges will determine if YOU are the winner of The Great Mark Twain Look-Alike Contest! Yes, there will be prizes!

PRIZES:

FIRST PRIZE: Bragging Rights, Lifetime Membership at The Mark Twain House & Museum,
and a $100 Gift Certificate to spend in the Museum Store!

SECOND PRIZE: Free One-year Membership at The Mark Twain House & Museum
and a $50 Gift Certificate for the Museum Store!

THIRD PRIZE: Two free passes to tour The Mark Twain House and a $25 Gift Certificate!

ALL CONTESTANTS receive a “GREAT MARK TWAIN LOOK-ALIKE” T-shirt
and one free pass to tour The Mark Twain House! (You can even purchase extra shirts if one just isn't enough!)

Entry fee: $25 (to keep out the riff-raff)

Contestants must register online by September 1, 2016

NOTE: This event is part of Downtown Hartford's 5th Annual EnvisionFest. The contest will take place at 2:00 pm on Main Street. The stage will be set up across from the Travelers building.

Click HERE to register!

# The Mark Twain House & Museum presents TAPPING INTO TWAIN Oktoberfest!

Friday, September 30, 5:30-9:30 p.m.

The party of the year featuring over twenty regional breweries, micro-breweries and home brewers plus over a dozen local restaurants and music.

This is the event the Hartford Advocate has called "absolutely, positively, without any doubt whatever, one of the best charitable events Hartford has beheld in quite some time." It routinely draws more than 350 guests.

 

Prices include all food, beverage and a collectible pint glass!

Supported in part by the Greater Hartford Arts Council's United Arts Campaign, with the support of the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts.

More details to follow.

Oct

October


# Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours

Friday, October 7, Also October 8, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29; 6:00, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, and 10:00 p.m.

We reprise our popular Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours for Halloween month fun. The Mark Twain House has been featured on Syfy Channel's Ghost Hunters and the Biography Channel's My Ghost Story.

On these tours participants will hear all these creepy tales -- and learn about Mark Twain's own interest in the supernatural.

Filled with haunted history, dark tales and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spiritualism, these nighttime tours are as educational as they are goosebump-inducing.

Prior to the tour, we'll be showing the short film Ghost Tour, which was filmed in The Mark Twain House.

The tours sell out fast, so be sure to call (860) 247-0998 soon to make your reservations!

The tours are tsponsored by Tsunami Tsolutions.

Please call (860) 247-0998 for more information & ticketing. Or, click here for tickets.

# Capital Classics presents THE WAR OF THE WORLDS - A Radio-Style Play

Friday, October 28, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, October 29 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, October 30 at 2:00 p.m.

Prepared to be scared with this radio theatre performance of H. G. Well's classic “The War of The Worlds”!  Watch as the Capital Classics performers and a sound effect specialist put on a show made for radio right in front of your eyes.

“The War of the Worlds” tells the story of an invasion of Earth by inhabitants of Mars. It was very famously done as a radio play for Halloween 1938, which caused widespread panic as many listeners thought the broadcast was relaying real events.  “The War of the Worlds” was also been made into a films in the 1950s and again by Steven Spielberg in 2005.

Capital Classics, a non-Equity professional theatre company, was founded in 1991 to enrich the cultural environment of Greater Hartford through the theatre arts. We are committed to providing classical entertainment that is affordable, accessible and engaging; serving the community with cultural and educational programming; and providing job opportunities and training to Connecticut's professional theatre artists.

Ticktets are $20 ($15 for Mark Twain House members and Let's Go Arts members). Please call (860) 247-0998.

Nov

November


# The MOuTH - Chew on This: Stories About Things You Put In Your Mouth

Friday, November 18, 7:30 p.m.

The Mark Twain House & Museum continues "The MOuTH," a storytelling series with WNPR personality Chion Wolf.

The event is in no way a competition, just storytelling in front of friends in a museum dedicated to Mark Twain, one of our country's best storytellers.

Submissions are now open. Here's how it works: Email HartfordMouth@gmail.com with your name, approximate story length of LESS THAN 10 MINUTES (note - it usually takes longer to tell your story than you think! Tell it a few times to friends, refine it, and time it!), and a short description of what your story is about.

Wolf will look over the submissions and assemble a lineup. "If you don't get on the list, don't take it personally!" says Wolf. "It's our loss, and hopefully we can hear from you at a future 'Mouth' event."

There will also be a "Wild Card": Those wanting to tell a short story can put their names in a hat when they arrive, and at some point, a name will be picked.

Chion Wolf, technical producer, announcer, and photographer for WNPR, can be heard on the Colin McEnroe Show Monday through Friday at 1 and 8pm, and during breaks throughout the week!

$5.00 (Storytellers chosen for the lineup get in free.) Call (860) 247-0998 or click here.

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