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Best Bets - April 2013

1. Nostalgia Tours

April 2, 5, 26 Three musical blasts from the past will be blasting into town this month. Leonard Cohen visits the Oakdale at 8 p.m. April 2 on his Old Ideas World Tour (tickets $49.50–$258.50) and Alabama celebrates its 40th anniversary with a concert there at 7:30 p.m. on April 26 (tickets $45–$75). Iconic band Yes will perform two of their classic albums in their entirety at the Foxwoods MGM Grand Theater at 8 p.m. on April 5 (tickets $20–$45). Toyota Oakdale Theatre, 95 South Turnpike Road, Wallingford, 203- 265-1501,; MGM Grand Theater, 39 Norwich Westerly Road, Mashantucket, 866- 646-0050,

2. He Had A Dream

March 29–May 5 TheaterWorks Hartford presents The Mountaintop by Katori Hall, set at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis in 1968 on the night before Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. An imagined dialogue between King and a hotel maid prompts him to consider his life and legacy. $17–$50. TheaterWorks at City Arts on Pearl, 233 Pearl St., Hartford, 860-527-7838,

3. Husbands on the Frontier

April 4–28 Abundance, a play by Beth Henley, who won a Pulitzer Prize for her play Crimes of the Heart, follows two mail-order brides on their 25-year journey across the American frontier. $26.50–$83.50. Hartford Stage, 50 Church St., Hartford, 860-527-5151,

4. Smooth Jazz

April 14 Multi-platinum Grammy Award-winning jazz musician Diana Krall stops in Hartford on her “Glad Rag Doll World Tour.” 7:30 p.m. $55– $125. The Bushnell, 166 Capitol Ave., Hartford, 860-987-5900,

5. Poetry Party

April 14 April is National Poetry Month, and to celebrate, Hill-Stead Museum, the home of the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, is holding the CT Poetry Party featuring poetry readings by past Sunken Garden Poetry Prize winners, live music by the Irish and Celtic duo Ringrose & Freeman, potluck appetizers and desserts, and poetry book swaps in the museum’s Makeshift Theater. Please bring a beverage and plate of appetizers or dessert to share. Special music performance at 3 p.m. sharp. Free. 3–6 p.m. Hill-Stead Museum, 35 Mountain Road, Farmington, 860-677-4787,

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