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Fireworks No Middnight Button required.
All are welcome to join us at the corner of Washington & Main at 6 pm for a spectacular rooftop fireworks celebration, sponsored by Centerplan Companies.
Ringing the Bells No Middnight Button required.
At 11:30pm, all are welcome to gather on the lawn of the Church
of the Holy Trinity for a performance of Taiko drums and the midnight ringing of the bells to usher in the new year!
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Video shorts, age 18+
Odd and hilarious film clips from the trash heap of American culture, from corporate training disasters to short-lived series and twisted product shorts. Narrated, on film, by the curators.
Wesleyan Film Professor Scott Higgins presents film serials from the golden age of Hollywood. Action, adventure, danger, and heroism abound!
Screwball comedy (feature)
An American girl (Claudette Colbert) arrives in Paris from Monte Carlo — newly broke but fabulously dressed. The quips and fibs fly fast as she tries to fake her way into society, with the help of a handsome cabbie (Don Ameche) and a scheming aristocrat (John Barrymore).
Night and the City (1950)
Film noir (feature)
Once again, Middnight on Main presents a film by Middletown-born director Jules Dassin. Richard Widmark plays a cheap hustler trying to swindle the London underworld with an elaborate scheme that involves sleazy nightclubs, dangerous dames, and (for some reason) professional wrestlers. Can he pull it off, or will his plans come crashing down around him? (Rated R, 102 minutes)
One Hour with You (1932)
Classical Musical Comedy (feature)
A doctor (Maurice Chevalier) happily married to his beautiful wife (Jeanette MacDonald) struggles to resist the advances of her flirtatious best friend. The suave French crooner hilariously narrates a tune-filled war between innocence and innuendo. (80 minutes)
Paris, Je T'aime (2006)
Short film compilation (feature)
Twenty-two renowned international directors conduct a charming cinematic voyage around the arrondissements of Paris, defining the city's romance in a bevy of exciting ways: as a tender love story, as a moody vampire tale, as a family drama, as a tongue-in-cheek travelogue, and much more. (Rated R, 120 minutes)
Family Comedy (feature)
When bumbling Mr. Hulot visits the city, he unwittingly takes part in a series of ornate visual gags that point out the ridiculousness of modern living. It's like a Where's Waldo book come to life amidst the hustle and bustle of airports, office buildings, apartments, and restaurants. (155 minutes)
Silent Slapstick Teams
It's simple comedy arithmetic:add the zany performers and watch the laughs multiply! Wesleyan's Marc Longenecker introduces shorts featuring Laurel and Hardy, Keaton and Arbuckle, plus Mabel Normand and the Keystone Kops.
That's Entertainment (1974)
MGM assembles a program of its greatest musical performances of the 20s-50s, hosted by and starring an array of the studio's legendary stars: names like Sinatra, Astaire, Crosby, Kelly, Rooney, and Garland.
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Tat Wong Kung Fu Academy
After a short demonstration, we'll do a Kung Fu workout, so participants should be ready to move. We'll use a few simple techniques, to give everyone a taste of a typical beginner class. Participants should be at least 6 years old.
Hooping with Crystal
Spinning a hula hoop is one-part retro and one-part fitness trend and 100% fun! Hula hoops provided, no experience necessary.
Jazz Dance Class & Tap Show
Try the Broadway Jazz style of dance with teacher Lynn Agnew and watch Lynn's Beginner Tap Class perform a short dance at 5:50 pm and 7 pm.
Break Dance Workshop
This 90-minute workshop on B-boy fundmentals will include Top-Rock, Footwork and Freeze that will help participants establish a basic foundation that can be used to rock out at any dance cypher. Led by Of Shadow & Earth with Bryan and Kevin Giles.
Belly Dance Lesson with Gia Khalsa
Gia Khalsa found her true passion in the ancient art of belly dance in 1996. Since then she has had a magical career teaching and dancing all over Connecticut. It has always been her mission to teach women power, freedom and joy through dance.
Salsa Dance Lesson with Dr. Mike
Get your feet and hips moving to a new rhythm as "Dr. Mike," a local teacher who performs regularly in New York City, teaches you the fundamentals and beyond of New York salsa. We will explore the rhythms, turns and style of this partnered dance. No experience or partner required.
The Coffee House Recording Studio
Records Shaka & the SoulShakers
Live Recording Session
Ever been to a live performance….in a recording studio?
The Coffeehouse Recording Studio invites you to tour their studio while Shaka & The SoulShakers make a record! This four-piece blues group, described as Down Home Bluesiana Swamp Soul,
is headed by Bill Shaka, a proud Middletown native and lifelong musician and music historian.
The MAC650 gallery will feature an interactive soundscape inspired by the compositions of John Cage. Cage's Rozart Mix (1965) calls for 12 tape recorders playing 88 fragile tape loops. Participants/performers/observers change the loops as they break, and the piece continues until all 88 loops have broken. Our installation is a more (physically, if not historically) durable version of this piece, featuring cassette tapes, CDs, LPs, and radios. Multiple stations will be set up where visitors will control the volume, direction, content, and quality of the sounds, enabling each visitor to participate in the creative process. Visitors to the gallery will have complete control of the soundscape of the room, limited only by the materials available.
MiddletownRemix is a collaborative, place-based sound project that enables participants to develop and express the acoustic identity of Middletown. The goal of this project is to create a sound portrait of Middletown using technology to create art together as a community. We believe that if people listen deeply, they will see more. Visit us at Oddfellows Playhouse from 3 to 6 pm on Middnight, Find out more and learn how to record sounds at middletownremix.org.
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Speed Chess Tournament
Speed Chess Tournament
Tournament organized by the New Britain Chess Club.
Register to play from 3 to 3:15 pm at 423 Main.
Timed 5-minute-per-each-player games (with 5-second delays),
Seven different opponents (7-round Swiss pairings),
Any "Middnight" participant can play. All equipment provided.
$75 - First place
$50 - Second place
$25 - Third place
$50 - Top Middletown resident
$50 - Top Junior under 16
$25 - Top Junior under 13
$25 - Top Senior over 55
(one prize per player)
New Year's Hats
Presented by the Kidcity Children's Museum
Make yourself the most outrageous, colorful and unique New Year's Hat that you can make at your Make-Your-Own Hat Bar.
Spin till you're dizzy! Lift someone 3 times your weight! Beat your big brother at tug of war! In Matt's Lab, amaze your friends with your superhuman strength, as Kidcity's exhibit builder Matt Niland helps you play with simple machines and physics experiments from the garage of the children's museum.
Play Ping Pong No Middnight Button required.
Enjoy popcorn and 2 tables of ping pong, beginners to advanced. Think you're a good player? Compete in the Big Shot Challenge from 7 to 9 pm and claim the prize as Midnight on Main's Ping Pong Champion.
Free Roller Skating
Circle the floor at Middletown's classic roller rink. Free skating and free rentals with your Middnight Button. Note that skating sessions are time limited.
Holiday Train Display No Middnight Button required.
Amato's Toy & Hobby
Stop by Amato's Toy & Hobby to view their vintage and modern model train displays in motion! 3 to 6 pm.
Kidcity Children's Museum
Where kids ages 1 to 8 play pretend with their favorite grown-ups.
Come get a professional face paint decoration for the New Year!
Draw on the Walls & Pledge for Art!
Join with your fellow festival-goers to create a giant mural on the walls of Mac650, the gallery space of the North End Artists Coop. Put your hand on a pledge for art with Middletown’s newest creative arts studio, the Kids Artspace
Fusion Art Show
Middletown Framing hosts a Fusion Art Show featuring four Middletown-based visual artists. Meet the artists, including recent Wesleyan alumnus, Kamar Thomas, digital artist Dmitri D'Alessandro, Middletown photographer Santina Aldieri, and painter and designer Armida Espaillat. From 4 to 4:45 pm,
enjoy a live musical performance by local duo, Sal & Synia
Click here to learn more about the artists.
Artist visiting hours:
Kamar Thomas: Expressions of Individuality 3pm - 3:45 pm
Dmitri D'Alessandro: Starseeds Vision 5pm - 5:45 pm
Santina Aldieri: Photography of Northeast Italy 7pm - 8:45pm
Armida Espaillat: Expressionism with Texture 9pm -10:45pm
Display of Portraits from the
North End of Middletown, USA No Middnight Button required.
Photographer Buster Nelson
Visit this exhibit on the first floor of Green Street Arts Center, open throughout Middnight. The photographs are by Buster Nelson, who states: "We believe we are all connected to the North End of Middletown in some way. To deepen the creative connections, communication channels, and trust within our community we use portrait photography. Creating a true, collaborative process is the challenge. We use a picture frame both to question and to highlight aspects of how we may be seen and how we see ourselves. What is in the frame of reference?"
Bugs on Display
You may like bugs, but you probably don’t like bugs as much as Professor Kat Owens, an environmental scientist from the University of Hartford. Come view Professor Owens collection and discuss the specimens of hissing cockroaches, scarab beetles and more with her at Green Street Arts Center from 5 to 5:45 pm.
Game On with ConnectiCon
It takes strategy, intellect and a little bit of luck. The presenters of the annual ConnectiCon convention bring their stupendous board game collection to Middnight on Main, featuring titles that appeal to kids, teens and adults, like Munchkin, Settlers of Catan, Dominion, Ticket to Ride and more. Tables for open play and demos by their staff on games you've never played before.
Magic: the Gathering
Booster Draft with ConnectiCon
If you play Magic: the Gathering, then Booster Draft is exactly the format you're looking for! Instead of just opening your cards and building a deck, you and the other players at the table (four to eight total) have to draft the cards for your decks.
At the start of a Booster Draft, each player opens a booster pack and picks the card he or she wants from it. (You can't see the cards that the other players draft.) Then each player passes the rest of the pack to his or her left. You pick up the pack that was passed to you, select a card, and pass the rest to your left. This process continues until all the cards have been drafted. Next, each player opens a second pack, but this time, you pass the pack to your right. After all those cards are drafted, you open the third pack and pass to the left again.
Once all the packs have been drafted, players build decks from the cards they selected, adding as many basic lands (Plains, Islands, Swamps, Mountains, and Forests) to their decks as they like. Each deck must have at least 40 cards.
Each pair of players then plays a match, which consists of the best two out of three games. In the next round, the winners play against other winners (and the losers against the losers, if you like). The player who wins all three rounds—or all three matches—is the winner. It's a great way to spend a few hours with your buddies. (Registration 3 to 3:30 pm)
Youth Poetry Slam No Middnight Button required.
Join the North End Action Team and the OneWord Youth Poetry Team for a Youth Poetry Slam. If you are a young poet between the ages of 13 and 19, registration begins at 4 pm, poetry begins at 4:30 pm. Come prepared with original works and slam against past, present and future members of the CT OneWord Poetry Team. You don't have to be a poet to get in on the action. Everyone is invited to come watch these young poets speak their minds. We will be looking for judges and audience members to come join the fun at the NEAT office.
Send a New Year's Resolution Postcard
Create a one-of-a-kind postcard at our art table at Main Street Market and write yourself a message about your hopes and dreams for 2013. We'll send the postcard to you after Middnight!
Make a New Year's Lantern
Stop by the Community Health Center from 7 to 10pm and create a New Year's Lantern of your own design.