Thursday the 17th annual Jewish Film Fest opens at the Spotlight Theatres on Front Street in Hartford with a reception followed by the first in the film series “Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story,”
The festival continues trough April 15 with a schedule of 21 award-winning films from eight countries. As part of the series there will also be special guest speakers, directors and producers with movies being shown at several locations. Go to www.hjff.org . for information.
A panel of judges including Courant Java, WFSB Kara Sundlun, WNPR Chion Wolf, Food blogger Caitlin Croswell and writer Krystian von Speidel will judge food entries in categories including casseroles, Grandma’s Kitchen and the Not-So-Secret Ingredients Challenge.
The party will also feature food from the Pond House, wine donated by CT Valley Views (ctvalleyviews.com), spirits by Onyx, and beer provided by Thomas Hooker Brewing Company. Guided tours of the society exhibit “Cooking by the Book: Amelia Simmons to Martha Stewart” and a trip down food memory lane will round out a vintage evening of food and fun. A canned food drive to benefit Hands on Hartford is also part of the event.
Go to chs.org for information.
Get out of the house with the family Saturday and head over to the Bushnell’s Family Day.
ERTH’s Dinosaur Petting Zoo™ will be featured, an interactive exhibit for children and adults that includes a simulated prehistoric journey with Erth’s multi-faceted performers. Audiences will have the opportunity to feed, water and care for the prehistoric marvels via simple lessons in animal husbandry. Lobby activities are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with performances of ERTH’s Dinosaur Petting Zoo™ at 10 a.m. and 12 noon.
Did anyone notice its baseball season? The Hartford Symphony Orchestra will celebrate with a special concert Saturday titled “Take Me Out to The Ballgame.” The event, coordinated with the New Britain Rick Cats, will feature thousands of archival photos, video from the national Baseball Hall of Fame and songs including “Let’s Keep the Dodgers in Brooklyn” and “Slide Kelly, Slide. ” Baseball movie music including selections from “The Natural” and “Field of Dreams” will also be performed.
Go to hartfordsymphony. org for ticket information.