Busy arts period in New Britain: Open mic, paintings, play

Published on Wednesday, 14 November 2018 21:29
Written by Karla Santos


NEW BRITAIN - Gallery 66 is holding an Open Mic Night today from 6 to 9 p.m. Vocalists, dancers, poets, storytellers, freestyle and all other artists are welcome.

Held on the third Thursday of every month, the event features a different host. Tonight’s host is NBS Malay, a singer, rapper, spoken-word artist, inspirational speaker and published author from Springfield, Mass.

Beginners as well as veterans are welcome to attend and perform. Each performance can last up to five minutes and second performances are allowed. The work presented must be appropriate for a general audience, including young children.

Gallery 66 is at the New Britain Downtown District Visitors Center at 66 W. Main St.

Gallery 66 also is presenting the works of a local artist through Dec. 28. Olivia Be’ Nguyen, also known as “Fiyabomb,” is a New Britain resident of Vietnamese descent who was born in Philadelphia and raised in Hartford. Many of her paintings are dedicated to women’s empowerment, self-love and self-reflection.

Nguyen’s pieces include a 16-foot-tall painting of Beyonce.

She has educated women through paintings, social media and in person. She has supporters across the country and 27,000 social media followers.

To learn more about Gallery 66, call 860-229-0878 or visit the Downtown District website at www.newbritaindd.com .

The Hole in the Wall Theater will be presenting “A Doll’s House” from Friday, Nov. 16, through Dec. 8.

The Henrik Ibsen play is being produced by Warren Dutkiewicz and Luis Marrero.

Friday and Saturday performances start at 8 p.m. The Sunday matinee is Dec. 2 at 2 p.m.

General admission tickets at the door cost $20. Seniors and students with identification can see the play for $15.

Discounted advance tickets are available online at $17 for general admission and $12 for seniors and students at hitw.tix.com. 

“Pay what you can” night is Nov. 23.

Free parking is available at the Chestnut Street garage next to the police station.

The Hole in the Wall Theater, at 116 Main St. is a “bring your own bottle” friendly venue.

To make reservations by phone, call 860-229-3049. For more information about the play, visit www.hitw.org .

Karla Santos can be reached at 860-801-5079 or ksantos@centralctcommunications.com.

Posted in New Britain Herald, , New Britain on Wednesday, 14 November 2018 21:29. Updated: Wednesday, 14 November 2018 21:31.