The CT Center for the Book, Syllable Reading Series, and The Mark Twain House & Museum celebrate the freedom to read with an evening of writers reading original works on Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Twain House, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford. Free, but advance registration required: www.cthumanities.org. On Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., author Wally Lamb participates in a Banned Book Readout, moderated by WNPR’s John Dankosky, at Hartford Public High School, 55 Forest St. Information: 860-695-6365.
All the world’s a stage at The Mark Twain House on Saturday when Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” will be performed by the Castle Theatre Company of Durham University, UK, from 2 to 4 p.m. on the lawn, 351 Farmington Ave. in Hartford. No charge for the event,, but “good Will”
(Shakespeare) donations accepted. Rain or shine. Bring chairs or blankets. Information: 860-247-0998 or www.marktwainhouse.org.
The Mark Twain House & Museum, 351 Farmington Ave., invites the neighbors in for a free, old-fashioned ice cream social on Thursday, July 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. Complimentary ice cream sundaes, as well as performances by West Hartford’s Ballet Theatre Company and Bandstand, a barbershop quartet from Manchester, will be featured. Information: 860-280-3136 or www.marktwainhouse.org.
Throughtout March, Connecticut residents get discounted tour admissions to the Mark Twain House & Museum, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford. Admission for those 17 and over is $10. (Regular rates range from $14 to $16.) Proof of Connecticut residency is required. The museum is open Monday, and Wednesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5:30 p.m. Information: 860-247-0998 or www.marktwainhouse.org.
Hartford residents are invited to tour The Mark Twain House & Museum free on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, Jan. 21. (ID is required.) The Mark Twain House is at 351 Farmington Ave. in Hartford. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Last tour is at 4:30). Information: 860-247-0998 or www.marktwainhouse.org.