Based on the popularity of zombies, hobbits, vampires and Harry Potter-y sorcerers, ours is a society that clearly longs for alternative realities. In that spirit, a special holiday installation called "The Unicorn Stampede" opens at 10 a.m. Friday in New London's Lyman Allyn Art Museum. Yes, Manhattan pop artist Camomile Hixon has, in one large room at the gallery, constructed 24 life-size glitter unicorns - "life-size" presumably meaning the size of a horse if the horse had a long spike protruding from its forehead. By the way, Hixon used 750 pounds of glitter for this exhibit, so wear sunglasses! Through Jan. 5. Located at 625 Williams St., New London. Hours 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Tues.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun.; (860) 443-2545, lymanallyn.org.
- Rick Koster