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Thorton Wilder Hall, 2901 Dixwell Avenue
Saturday, November 18, 2017 to Saturday, January 20, 2018

HAMDEN, CT - The Hamden Arts Commission will present an all-new cavalcade of talent in its 2017-2018 Saturday Afternoon Family Entertainment Series. The series, which offers an exciting array of programs for adults and children to share, will showcase a variety of homegrown CT and visiting artists from a musical journey through four continents, a cycling acrobat, a springtime romp with magical marionettes to an acrobatic Sir Isaac Newton and Emilie du Chatelet. Admission is $2 for children; $3 for adults; CASH ONLY. All shows begin at 1pm, except for December 2nd, which begins at 2:30pm

The Commission will launch its season on Saturday, October 21st when Middletown’s ARTFARM makes its Hamden debut with “The Little Apple Circus”. ARTFARM circus artists playfully embody Sir Isaac Newton and the 18th century French physicist and feminist Emilie du Chatelet. These two giants of science present a series of circus skills including juggling, plate spinning, partner acrobatics, diabolo, and the balancing of all kinds of objects (including peacock feathers, long poles, chairs, and one another). The real fun begins as members of the audience are brought on stage to help demonstrate the principles of Newtonian Mechanics.

Next up on Saturday, November 18th, join Surcari, to learn interactive games and songs in Spanish, based on the musical styles and traditions of the Andes, Spanish Caribbean, Central and South America, Spain and Mexico. Audiences will delight as Surcari invites members to join them on instruments, dance, create a rainforest soundscape, and play. Their colorful performances engage audiences of all ages as they are introduced to irresistible instrumental and vocal music from different Spanish-speaking cultures.

On December 2nd, join the Hamden community for the Annual Silverbells Celebration and the Hamden premiere of Wayne Martin PuppetsTM, “Martin’s Magical Musical Review” at 2:30pm. Wayne Martin uses parody, mime, dance, mask and musical theatre in presenting his various styles of puppetry. Full of comedy and pathos, vignettes of human emotions and fantasy set against a backdrop of dramatic lighting and theatrical effects, this act is designed to have no age or language barrier.

On January 20, 2018, Mikata African Drumming and Dance will ring in the New Year! Mikata means “all of us” in the Ewe language of Ghana! Everyone is invited to participate on a musical journey from West Africa to the Caribbean and Brazil. Mikata will make your pulse quicken as they chant, clap and dance to powerful rhythms from Ghana, Nigeria, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Haiti and Brazil. Garbed in colorful traditional cultural clothing, the artists of Mikata perform on an array of authentic drums, bells, rattles, flutes and xylophones. Families will dance, sing and clap to the rhythms of Mikata as they learn about the cultures of the African nations, Caribbean and South American countries

In celebration of the Chinese New Year, the Arts Commission is proud to present Li Liu and the Traditions of Chinese Acrobats, on Saturday, February 17th. The exciting performance will include hand balancing, plate spinning, trick cycling, foot juggling, ribbon dancing and Chinese water bowl manipulation. Li also touches on various aspects of Chinese language, geography and culture while sharing her work and travel experiences with the audience.

The season finale on March 17th will feature Tanglewood Marionettes’ “The Fairy Circus”. Featuring over twenty beautifully hand-crafted marionettes, The Fairy Circus is a showcase for turn-of-the-century-style trick puppetry. The puppets will dance, play instruments, juggle, contort, transform, and fly through the air with the greatest of ease, all to the best-loved music of favorite composers. This show is perfect for younger children and family audiences.

The Saturday programs will be held in the handicapped accessible Thornton Wilder Hall in the Miller Cultural Complex, 2901 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden, 06518. All shows start at 1 pm, except on Dec. 2nd, which starts at 2:30pm. Tickets are $2 for children, $3 for adults, available at the door only and cash only. For details: www.hamdenartscommission.org or call the Department of Arts & Culture at (203) 287-2546. Or visit us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/HamdenArtsCommission