Thursday and Friday are parties with a kick.
At the Wadsworth Atheneum it’s “Tango!” at its First Thursday After Hours event from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be tango lessons at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. by the Hartford Argentine Tango Society with music by Sofia Tosello and Tangolando. Get creative by making paper flowers, take advantage of the ‘3 in 30′ tour at 6 p.m., feast on Argentine-inspired food and see the film ‘Elsa and Fred’ at 8 p.m. Admission is $5 for non-members, free for members. Information: thewadsworth.org
Coined as Hartford’s ‘hottest’ 21+ party, the evening will include live music, dancing, gourmet food carts, hands-on exhibits and some special treats including a ride on a ‘tiger’ with Safari Bob, African animals, belly dancing classes, Egyptian crafts and more as the museum highlights its ‘Lost Egypt’ exhibit. Dress like an Egyptian for chance to win a prize. Tickets are $18 at the door. Space is limited. Information: ctsciencecenter.org
This weekend it is all about UConn basketball in Connecticut but if you want to see a former football star, head down to the new Maximum Beverage on Route 10 in Farmington where former New England Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe will be pitching his Doubleback wine.
Bledsoe is the special guest at the new store co-owned by ESPN personality Colin Cowherd. Bledsoe will be at the store from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
More than 25 female artists will be featured with their art including painting, dance and music.
Among the performers are them Damn Hamiltons, Vivienna Laflamme, Post Modern Panic and Angie of 1974.
The festival takes place at illusions Night Club, 1639 Wolcott Road. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door.
The Hartford Symphony Orchestra will celebrate its 70th anniversary at its ‘Platinum Gala: A Celebration of 70 Seasons’ at the Hartford Marriott Downtown on Saturday beginning at 6 p.m. The black tie party includes a cocktail reception, dinner, open bar, live auction and a special performance by HSO musicians led by Maestra Carolyn Kuan. Information: 860-246-8742 ext. 326 or hartfordsymphony.org
And looking ahead, the Hartford Region YWCA will host its annual ‘In the Company of Women’ luncheon April 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m at the Connecticut Convention Center.
Special guest will be actress Camryn Manheim, best known for her Emmy and Golden Globe award winning acting on the hit tv show ‘The Practice.’
And don’t forget you get enjoy some fine dining down in New Haven as its ‘NewHaven Restaurant Week’ continues through Apil 11 with specially priced meals at dozens of restaurants there.
And last but not least, for couples planning their big day, the annual Bridal Expo will be happening at the XL Center, offering brides and grooms -to-be all they need to know when it comes to planning a wedding. Information: jenskproductions.com