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Monet's Water Lilies at the Wadsworth Atheneum this Spring

Alliance Française de Hartford and New Haven: Tour and Lunch Saturday, April 2. Arrive at the Wadsworth for a 10:30 am tour of Monet & Impressionism (tour includes the special exhibition and selections from the museum's permanent collection). After the museum tour: Meet at Cavey's Restaurant in Manchester for a "prix fixe" threecourse lunch. Menu TBD. Museum tour: $10.00 Museum tour + Cavey's Restaurant: $50.00 Parking on the street in downtown Hartford is free on weekends. Availability of French speaking docent TBD CONCERTS: Sunday Serenades Sunday, February 20, 2:00 pm Water Lilies: Featuring music by Monet's French contemporaries, including Debussy's Violin Sonata and Fauré's Piano Quartet No. 2. Sunday, April 10, 2:00 pm From Paris to Buenos Aires: Presenting Latin American works informed by the French classical tradition, including Piazzolla's Le Grand Tango, and Ginastera's Pampeana No. 1. Presented in the galleries in collaboration with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. $ Tickets required: Call the HSO for tickets at 860.244.2999. PHOENIX ART AFTER HOURS: First Thursdays at the Atheneum Café de Paris: Thursday, March 3, 5:00-8:00 pm Live French cabaret music, tour, wine and cheese tasting, cash bar, and film, The Earrings of Madame de..." at 8:00 pm in Aetna Theater. $5/Free for Members

FILMS Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6 ($). Three Max Ophuls' films: Lola Montès, 1955. 116 min., 1:00 pm; The Earrings of Madame de..., 1953. 105 min., 3:00 pm; and Le Plaisir, 1952. 97 min., 5:00 pm PROGRAM: The Artful Eve: Water and Wine Thursday, May 19, 5:30 pm Join us for French wine and hors d'oeuvres before a screening of the documentary film Monet's Water Lilies, exploring the extraordinary works Monet painted in Giverny during World War I. Director Judith Wechsler will introduce the film and lead a post-film discussion. Reservations required: 860.838.4046. $50/Members $35 2007. France. 45 min. Not Rated. Directed by Judith Wechsler in collaboration with Jean-Paul Fargier. LECTURE: Monet's Water Lilies Charles Stuckey Thursday, March 31, 6:00 pm, Aetna Theater Special exhibition viewing 5:00-6:00 pm An internationally recognized Monet scholar, Charles Stuckey has held curatorial positions at the Kimbell Art Museum, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, The Art Institute of Chicago, and the National Gallery of Art. His publications include Monet: A Retrospective; Claude Monet 18401926 and In Monet's Garden: Artists and the Lure of Giverny. Last Saturdays for Families 10:00 am-1:00 pm, FREE ADMISSION

Mad Monet Saturday, March 26 Flower Power Saturday, April 30 Spend a morning exploring Monet's paintings with your family through hands-on art activities, family tours, live performances, film and more! TALKS AND TOURS Observing Monet's Obsession Eric Zafran, Curator of European Art. Friday, May 13, 12:00 pm. Free with admission to the museum. Drop-in Tours: Monet's Water Lilies: An Artist's Obsession Saturdays and Sundays, February 17 to June 12, 2:30 pm. Free with admission to the museum.

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