Beauty in Chaos: Inside the Artists Mind

We are proud to be joining up with some very passionate and talented folks on this next project!  And it’s a wonderful benefit for Wigs for Tots!

Join us for this special 6th Annual Avant Garde Show presented by Ashley Stone.

“Inside the Artist’s Mind: Beauty In Chaos”

This show is inspired by the creativity of the talented folks at Beauty Entourage, and will showcase many other local artists that range from performers, singers, painters, make up artists, hair stylists, and more! If you have ever been to their shows before, it is a unique event with a new theme and location each year! This years venue is the beautiful Hartford City Hall! If you haven’t attended, this will be the best one yet!

A regular ticket includes show admission and the VIP Ticket includes premium seating, 2 drink tickets, 10 raffle tickets, and a swag bag.  There will also be a Cash Bar and hors d’oeuvres included at the cocktail hour.

Vendors and artists will continue to be added as they join us in the CHAOS over the next few months!  Keep track at their Facebook event here:

Tickets can be purchased at:

Beauty in Chaos


Halloween Massacra-ade

This October, The Desultory Theatre Club teams up with Hole In The Wall Theater to bring you…

The Halloween Massacr-ade, featuring Elmwood Productions‘ award-winning puppet horror film, HEAD.

Halloween Massacr-ade at Hole In The Wall Theater in New Britain, October 21, 2016

The evening of terror begins with a screening of the film HEAD, followed by music by The Super Scenics. A cash bar and other treats will be available to keep your thirst and hunger at bay. (We don’t want you eating the other guests, after all…)

It’s not a Halloween party without costumes! The theme for the night is Summer Camp Killers v. Counselors. Dress up as your favorite Slasher (or create one of your own) or one of the Camp Counselors they love to stalk and you may take home the prize for best costume!

Where: Hole In The Wall Theater, 116 Main Street, New Britain CT 06052

When: Friday, October 21, 2016 – 7 pm – 12 midnight

Admission: $10 at the door

Please note that this is not a BYOB event.

For more information, check out the Facebook Event page.

Robot Dance-Off 2016: Cyber Noir Beach Party!

For our 5th Annual Robot Dance-Off, we are zooming down to New Britain this year, where The Desultory Theatre Club has partnered with the New Britain Museum of American Art to bring you…

Museum After Dark: Cyber-Noir Beach Party!!!

Step 1: Decide to attend as a human, robo-detective, cyborg beach bunny, or 8-bit sea creature made from recycled materials.
Step 2: Show up and short out the competition’s circuit boards with your smooth moves.

Prizes will be awarded for Best Overall Robot, Hottest Motherboard, and Robot with the Best Dance Moves.

Dr. M at last year's Robot Dance Off - photo by Carrie Vibert

Professor M at last year’s Robot Dance Off – photo by Carrie Vibert

Knock your nuts and bolts around to surf rock by The Clams, get down to DJ zErp‘s spins… (sure enough to blow your circuits!).

Sarah B. Sweet at last year's Robot Dance-Off - photo by Carrie Vibert

Sarah B. Sweet at last year’s Robot Dance-Off – photo by Carrie Vibert

Bonus: experience this year’s M(art)ket, a silent auction featuring original local art, wine tastings at area vineyards, Central Rock Gym climbing passes, and the latest NBMAA merchandise and membership options.

Friday, August 12, 2016 – 8-11PM
Admission: $20 Members | $25 non-Members (which includes entrance to the galleries and exhibitions, live music, beer, wine, and light snacks)
$5 cash bar mixed drinks

Purchase tickets online:
Check out the Facebook event page:

Online ticket sales end one week prior to the event. Tickets purchased online will be redeemed at the prepaid check-in table the night of the event. Costumes cannot extend more than 12 inches in any direction off a person; those that do may be adjusted or require removal.

For more information, please contact the NBMAA Front Desk at (860) 229-0257, ext. 0, or email

New Britain Museum of American Art
56 Lexington Street
New Britain, CT 06052

The Gibbonses: Among the Rubble – Live!

The Desultory Theatre Club and DJ Zerp are excited to announce….. an incredible evening with two amazing bands at the beautiful South FarmsThe Gibbonses with special guest: Switch Factory! AmandaBakes will also be there with delicious treats!

Let Keith Download

Tickets on sale now at this link:

In support of their debut album release, the Dallas based, multi-instrumentalist duo The Gibbonses, are embarking on a month long tour up the East Coast and across the mid-west. This is the band’s only public appearance in CT, so this is one show you’re not going to want to miss!

With a unique blend of Southern Soul, Americana, and Rhythm & Blues, Torrington native Brandon Gibbons (Charity) and his wife Jackie have been capturing the attention of music lovers across the Southwest. The band has shared the stage with The Black Lillies, Kimberly Dunn, Dalton Domino, Sam Riggs, and Prophets and Outlaws to name a few. In a recent album spotlight, Texas Music Picker’s had this to say about their record, Among The Rubble; “This captivating record offers a tale of tragedy and finding resolve, leaving the listener engaged throughout the journey in between! Every song has something to say and we’re impressed by the maturity in this talented band’s debut record!”

Local legends of folk and bluegrass, Switch Factory, will start the show off. These guys are incredible! John Fitts, a writer for the Litchfield County Times, writes, “With a fun live show, impeccable chops and tight harmonies, the members of Switch Factory are in a great place musically.”

Along with this fantastic musical line up you will enjoy the beauty that is South Farms in Morris, CT. And AmandaBakes will be there with some tasty dessert treats!

Tickets are $15 and they are on sale now!

Space is limited so get yours now!


**Please present ID and ticket email at door for admission**

Pocket Vinyl to Play at Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes in December

The Desultory Theatre Club is pleased to announce (on a much cooler evening!) the return of one of our favorite acts in CT…

Pocket Vinyl!!

They are so ready to return to our fun venue at Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes! This time with special opening artist: Rachel Elizabeth Pass!

Pocket Vinyl consists of a one-man band and on-stage artist, performing for your pleasure. Check them out at The Desultory Theatre Club's show at Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes in Oakville on December 4, 2015!

What is Pocket Vinyl you may ask?

They are made up of the lovely Eric Stevenson on piano, vocals, and harmonica, and the talented Elizabeth Jancewicz–on-stage artist and inspiration for lots of things.

Eric rocks out and plays the piano while Elizabeth starts with a blank canvas and paints her way through the night. At the end of the show, the paintings are then sold to the highest bidder.

They’re married. They’re from New London, CT. Their 4th album, Tin, was just released this Fall! They invented the world’s first “MP” EP (short for “mini play”). They’re full time musicians working on a DIY level.

They sleep in their car sometimes and love it. Eric likes board games. Elizabeth loves animals. They are super nice and extremely talented. And they’re trying very hard to be your favorite band. Check them out!

And joining them is another unique CT artist, Rachel Elizabeth Pass!

Rachel is a student at Canton Middle School, where her musical talents have blossomed. She is a lover of Musical theatre, a member of the Canton Middle School Chamber Singers and has participated in the elite Northern Regional choral performances.  In her spare time, she writes her own songs, plays the alto sax, and has recently learned how to play the Ukulele. She is a creative joy!

As if that wasn’t enough, the event will be housed at the super cool Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes–winner of Cupcakes Wars on the Food Network! Putting out some pretty fantastic treats to blow your minds and please your tummies! Cupcakes! Whoopie Pies! And you may even be lucky enough to grab an original Ponut, the amazing creation that is part pie and part donut!! Check out their website!

Pocket Vinyl consists of a one-man band and on-stage artist, performing for your pleasure. Check them out at The Desultory Theatre Club's show at Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes in Oakville on December 4, 2015!

This show is ALL AGES!

21 and over to BYOB (responsibly), so bring your ID’s!!

Tickets are $10.00 at the door.

Doors open at 7:30 – Show starts at 8:00! Don’t be late!

Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes
20 Main Street
Oakville, CT 06779
Truck: 203-768-0200
Bakery: 860-417-6660

Tricks and Treats at The Hardcore Halloweenie Burlesque & Variety Show

An exciting evening of original thrills and chills awaits scary monsters and super creeps alike!

The Desultory Theatre Club partners again with Cupcake Wars winner Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes  to bring you The Hardcore Halloweenie Burlesque & Variety Show at the Hardcore Sweet retail shop, bakery and performance venue at 20 Main St. in Oakville, Conn. The lights go down and temperatures rise when the show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $13 at the door. In true Halloween fashion, audience members are encouraged to come in costume for contests and prizes.

The Hardcore Halloweenie Burlesque & Variety Show will offer both tricks and treats for ghosts and ghouls on October 24th!

Some of the best in burlesque are prepared to bewitch: the award-winning Dot Mitzvah (Conn.) is the juiciest Jewess this side of the Wailing Wall; Vanil LaFrappe (Conn.) will shake and stir; Niki Tiki (N.J.) astounds as the Jessica Rabbit of burlesque; and Vivienne LaFlamme (Conn.) sets hearts on fire.

A wide array of talent will further enrapture: mind-bending illusions from Jaysin Katsikis; shadow puppets from Anatar Marmol-Gagné; and sideshow stunts from Circus Delecti members Uber Dami, Jackalope, Earl of Grey and Blackrock. Local rock/R&B band The Strangers, featuring Connecticut music mainstays Doron Flake and Spencer Luckey, will lend their talents for bone-rattling music.

At 7 p.m., local food trucks Spuds Your Way and The Green Grunion will offer themselves for the ravenous hordes. The doors open at 7:30 p.m. to Hardcore Sweet’s retail shop and lounge, featuring cupcakes so award-winningly, terrifyingly good that Rob Zombie couldn’t resist. Firefly Hollow Brewing Co. of Bristol will offer samples of its craft beers that can quench any thirst at Hardcore Sweet’s responsibly BYOB establishment.

Local filmmakers Elmwood Productions, makers of the all-puppet slasher movie Head currently touring film festivals across the country, and Justin Talarski, an up-and-comer in the indie horror scene with the film Deimosimine (Legless Corpse Productions), also will be on hand to slay before the performers kill.

Are you ready for a scary good time? An offbeat Halloween trick AND treat? The Hardcore Halloweenie Burlesque & Variety Show will be your graveyard smash!

Coming Up: Mission Zero’s CD Release Party

The Desultory Theatre Club presents…

Mission Zero’s CD Release Party!!

Mission Zero CD release party at Cafe Nine, New Haven, on Saturday, May 2, 2015 Join us for an evening you won’t soon forget as we team up with 3 great bands, including New Haven’s very own Mission Zero, to invade “The musician’s living room”, Cafe 9, for their newest CD release! Starring:

Boy Girl Party (NYC)

Boy Girl Party has a little chip on their shoulder, but a few minutes on the dance floor shakes it off. Sincerely nerdy and unabashedly silly, they are on a constant hunt for new band friends and dance partners with a decent sense of time and a better sense of humor.

Teen Girl Scientist Monthly (NYC)

Teen Girl Scientist Monthly is a 6-piece rock group from Brooklyn. They sound like Ra Ra Riot and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah making out in the bathroom.

And featuring Mission Zero!

New Haven’s very own Mission Zero has been compared to duos “Phantogram” and “The Eurythmics”, as they combine “live and digital” to create music that embodies the power and freedom they feel by going it (mostly) alone and keeping total creative control of their art. They are pumped and so ready to release this new album for all of you to enjoy!

Tickets are $7 and it’s 21+, Ladies and Gents!

Saturday, May 2, 2015 – Show starts 9:30/10(ish) PM!

Be prepared to celebrate and have a good time!

Special thanks to Cafe 9! Check them out!

There’s always some kind of great live music going on there!

Black Light Dance Party

Blacklight Dance Party

The Northwest corner is about to get a little taste of NYC’s hottest dance clubs…

…as The Desultory Theatre Club joins forces with JHM Entertainment to bring you the Black Light Dance Party!!! DJ zErp, Ant LaRock, and Jeff Who? will bring you a wicked night of hip-hop, electro, house, and dance music! Tickets are only $10 and can be ordered now from – PLUS the first 25 online pre-orders receive a beer token redeemable for one free domestic beer ($5 value)!!!

December 5, 2014 – 9 PM – 21+ only

Bachi’s Upstairs Club

46 East Main Street – Torrington, CT

Don’t Forget! Pocket Vinyl This Friday!

It’s only a few days away now! Friday, October 24th, The Desultory Theatre Club and The Arts Desire proudly present the awesomeness that is POCKET VINYL! Never seen them before? This is the perfect chance for you to check out this dynamic duo!

It’s simple: Eric plays the piano while Elizabeth paints on stage. At the end of the show, the painting will be sold to the highest bidder. Come see these full-time musicians working on a DIY level–you don’t want to miss this!

Tickets are $13.00 at the door. You can find out more information on the Facebook event page.

Come early to meet the wonderful owners of The Art’s Desire and learn about the other great happenings there!