The Hartford Stage Co. (50 Church St., 860-527-5151, www.hartfordstage.org) offers an eclectic season of plays and musicals, while the Art Deco-style Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts (166 Capitol Ave., 860-987-6000, www.bushnell.org) features traveling productions of Broadway shows, like “Wicked” and “Sister Act,” plus music and comedy. For live blues music, Black Eyed Sally’s (350 Asylum St., 860-278-7427, www.blackeyedsallys.com) is a lively option, while the best wine bar in town is Bin 228 (228 Pearl St., 860-244-9463, www.bin228winebar.com). City Steam Brewery Café (942 Main St., 860-525-1600, www.citysteam.biz) hosts comedians on weekends at its Brew HaHa Comedy Club. This place has another feature, apparently — ghosts. A TV show about paranormal activity was filmed here.
Diane Bair and Pamela Wright can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.