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CT Forum: Laughter, Anyone?


Comedy can be a mirror to the world, a way in which to get at the truth. Our panel of smart, witty comics will help us see the truth about our world and ourselves, and provide us with the best medicine of all – laughter. Moderator Colin McEnroe welcomes comedians Marc Maron and Fred Armisen.


• Sat 11/18/17 at - 8:00 PM

A Christmas Story (1984)

Holiday, Film, For the Family

Why wait for the Christmas Day cable marathon when you can see it on the big screen? A box-office bomb when it debuted in 1983, it slowly morphed into a quirky and indespensable holiday classic. Based on the short story "In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash" by Jean Shepherd (who narrates the film), the plot revolves around young Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley) and his laser focus on the only Christmas gift he wants: a Daisy Red Ryder BB gun. Darren McGavin and Melinda Dillion play his offbeat parents in a film filled with Ho! Ho! Ho!, a fra-gee-lee major award, highly imaginative cussing, a Little Orphan Annie decoder ring, essays, a tongue frozen to a flagpole, the neighbor's hounds and a grinning Chinese "chicken."


• Fri 11/24/17 at - 7:30 PM
• Sat 11/25/17 at - 7:30 PM
• Sat 11/25/17 at - 2:00 PM
• Sun 11/26/17 at - 1:00 PM

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Children's Theatre

The Emmy and Peabody Award-winning story by Charles M. Schulz, has warmed the hearts of millions of fans since it first aired on television over 50 years ago. Now the classic, animated television special comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation featuring all of your favorite characters and classic Vince Guaraldi score. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the rest of the Peanuts gang as they mount a play, save a tree, and uncover the true meaning of Christmas.


• Fri 12/1/17 at - 7:00 PM
• Sat 12/2/17 at - 10:00 AM
• Sat 12/2/17 at - 2:00 PM
• Sun 12/3/17 at - 2:00 PM


Classical Dance

The Nutcracker brings the magic of the season alive with beautiful dancing and the lively re-telling of this classic tale.


• Sat 12/16/17 at - 4:30 PM
• Sat 12/16/17 at - 12:30 PM
• Sun 12/17/17 at - 12:30 PM
• Sun 12/17/17 at - 4:30 PM

Hip Hop Nutcracker

Urban/Hip Hop,Holiday

A holiday mash-up for the whole family, "The Hip Hop Nutcracker" re-imagines Tchaikovsky's score through explosive hip hop choreography. A dozen all-star dancers, an on-stage DJ, and an electric violinist bring the traditional Nutcracker story to life in contemporary New York City. This evening-length show celebrates love, community and the magic of the holiday season.


• Sun 12/17/17 at - 4:00 PM

CT Forum: The State of Journalism & The News


Who and what do we trust? How do we become smarter news consumers? What’s the future of journalism and the news media in our divided – and connected – world. This timely Forum will explore some of the most pressing issues regarding journalism and the media. A diverse panel of experts will represent different political affiliations and perspectives from both traditional and new media outlets.


• Fri 3/16/18 at - 8:00 PM

CT Forum: Chefs & The Art of Food


This Forum will provide the unique opportunity to hear from some of today’s most extraordinary chefs and find out what it’s really like in the kitchens of their esteemed restaurants! Learn about the lives and inspirations of these talented culinary artists as they talk candidly about the art, science, business, and politics of food.


• Sat 5/12/18 at - 8:00 PM