Wednesday, November 13 2013

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Wednesday, November 13 2013

Greenleaf Pottery: Classes in Wheel Thrown Pottery

Classes offer firsthand experience of the entire pottery-making cycle. Beginning emphasis is placed on working with one of the fifteen potter's wheels.  Beginning as well as advanced students are welcome. Sets of eight week classes are offered Tuesday or Thursday evening 6 to 9 p.m.,  year-round. Sign up now to reserve your place.

Call or go to the website for more information. 860-528-6090,


The Most Happy Fella

Abbondanza! From the composer of Guys and Dolls comes a vibrant musical that blossoms in the vineyards of Napa Valley. Your heart will be warmed by this May-December romance when a city bride is wooed by an aging Italian grape farmer who nearly botches everything until his true goodness shines through. With a gorgeous score and spirited dancing, it’s a simple and touching love story that makes for an extraordinary night of theatre. Favorite songs include “Standing on the Corner” and “Somebody, Somewhere.” Don’t miss it!

Show Times

Wednesday/Thursday 2 & 7:30pm, Friday 8pm, Saturday 3 & 8pm, Sunday 2 & 6:30pm

(Sun evening ends 10/20, Thurs mat starts 10/24)

 Thanksgiving Week Special Times:

Monday 11/25: 2 & 7:30pm

No shows Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Friday 11/29: 2 & 8pm

Saturday 11/30: 3 & 8pm

Sunday 12/01: 2 & 6:30pm



Greasy Luck! The Whaling World of the Charles W. Morgan

In celebration of the relaunching of the last surviving wooden whaleship, Lyman Allyn presents Greasy Luck! The Whaling World of the Charles W. Morgan.

The exhibition, which runs from September 21 through June 8, 2014, will look at how whaling—its myths and reality, risk and reward—left its mark on Connecticut and American identity.

In the 1800s, friends and family gathered on the docks to wish “greasy luck” for a successful voyage to departing whaleships.


To most people, whales were mysterious creatures.  Yet whaling was big business.


The thousands of barrels of oil the whalers brought home made ports like New London and Mystic some of the wealthiest places in the young nation, supporting a wide array of dockside occupations.


E.V.Day: Snap!

 he Glass House is pleased to announce its first site-specific exhibition: SNAP! by E.V. Day. Conceived for the building known as Da Monsta - designed by Philip Johnson in 1995 as a visitor center and now a gallery - SNAP! interprets the pavilion's peculiar geometry and atmosphere both inside and out. Day has roped the exterior of Da Monsta with massive climbing webs and populated the interior with an ensemble of recent sculpture that tease out the noir qualities of Johnson's late work.


“Faces of China, 1981: Photographs by Tom Zetterstrom”

 Tom Zetterstrom's photographs offer a glimpse of China's people in only the third year of Deng Xiaoping's "Reform and Opening Up."

They were taken before globalization or discos, before cell phones, during Mr. Zetterstrom's 1981 trip hosted by the Yale-China Association. The photographs were exhibited at the Asia Society and toured nationally in the 1980s, but have not been displayed for 30 years.

The people in these color and black-and-white portraits are guileless, everyday people who stand on the brink of enormous social change.

Dates: Wednesday, September 11 through Friday, December 6, 2013.

Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 12 Noon-4pm



"The Seagull" by Anton Chekhov

Associate Professor of Theater Yuri Kordonsky directs Anton Chekhov's once revolutionary and now classic masterpiece, “The Seagull” (1896).


The plot of Chekhov's famous play is seemingly simple: a group of friends gathers at a country estate to see an experimental play written and staged by Konstantin, an aspiring writer who dreams of bringing new forms to the theater.


The play is performed by Konstantin's lover Nina; among the audience are his mother Arkadina, an aging actress, and her lover, famous writer Trigorin.


What starts as a casual love affair soon turns into a whirlwind of fatal events, torments of unrequited love, clashes of opposing views on art, betrayals, shattered dreams, denied hopes, and ruined lives.


Love and art are the two main themes of this comedy, as Chekhov called it, a tragic comedy of human existence. They intertwine to create a mesmerizing polyphony, a profound and compassionate portrait of fragile human nature.

Wednesday, November 13 & Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 7pm; Friday, November 15, 2013 at 8pm; and Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 2pm & 8pm



Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook

This romantic comedy blends some of the best-loved music from composer Stephen Schwartz’s Broadway shows (Wicked, Pippin, Godspell, The Baker’s Wife) with some of his lesser known gems.

You’ll meet Sue and Dan, a couple who after 20 years of marriage, have drifted apart.

Together they discover a box of photographs which leads them to relive the memories of their past selves captured in the snapshots.

Featuring fresh lyrics and orchestrations, our couple discovers the humorous twists of how love united them and why life has pushed them apart.

Every couple will see themselves in Snapshots!


Wednesday 2:00 & 7:30 pm
Thursday 7:30 pm
Friday 8:00 pm
Saturday 3:00 & 8:00 pm
Sunday 2:00 & 6:30 pm




Cara Vickers-Kane: "Parlor Tricks" @ Middlesex Community College

Reception on Thursday, November 7th, 6:00-7:30 pm.

The experiential nature of Cara Vickers-Kane’s photographs provokes viewers to actively see, be seen by and engage with the depicted subjects. 

Vickers-Kane’s Parlor Tricks series consist of paired models that initially appear seated on a vintage sofa.  Closer inspection reveals that these subjects are actually seated on stools positioned in front of a photographic backdrop that includes the sofa image.

A visible seam in the center of the background photograph further announces this intentional play of illusionism.  Although these are color photographs, a black and white background and subdued garment values further separate the posed models from the artifice of their environment.

The staged nature of studio photography is a key subject in Vickers-Kane’s work where 19th century gazes, props and posturing play off of clearly contemporary portrayals of the human body in nuanced social interactions.  

Vickers-Kane describes her photographs as explorations of the “complexities between representation and presentation, observation and interaction, reciprocation and disconnect.”Cara Vickers-Kane has exhibited through the United States and internationally. 

She earned a Bachelors of Arts in Women’s Studies from The Ohio State University and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography from Wright State University. She also holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Photography from the University of Connecticut.

Pegasus Gallery is located within the library on the first floor of Chapman Hall

Hours: Monday - Thursday 8am-8pm, Friday 8am-4:30pm & Saturday 9am-2pm, when classes are in session. 

The Niche is located in Founders Hall across from the Registrar’s Office.

Hours: Mondays through Thursdays 8am-6pm, Fridays & Saturdays 8am-4pm.


For more information please contact:

Matthew Weber, Art Curator

860.343.5806, [email protected]



5-Show Subscriptions at Playhouse on Park!

WEST HARTFORD, CT- There is still time to subscribe to the exciting 2013-2014 Main Stage season at Playhouse on Park!

Subscribe now for the remaining five shows, and you save 15% off individual ticket prices. With prices ranging from $64-$147, you get five Broadway quality shows for the price of one!

You also receive subscriber benefits, which include the option of switching the date for the shows you attend, little surprises from the theatre, and the knowledge that they are supporting the educational, cultural, and outreach programs that Playhouse on Park incorporates into their Main Stage productions.

The upcoming shows for the Main Stage season include the legendary Sherlock Holmes in The Hound of the Baskervilles, the hilarious Lend Me a Tenor, the world premiere of Higgins in Harlem, stop/time dance theater’s I’d Rather Be Dancing, and the quirky musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

For more information on the Main Stage season and how to subscribe, visit the company website (, or call the box office (860-523-5900 x10).


"From Petrolia to Declaring Our Dependence: America’s Emerging Energy Conundrum" Lecture and Book Signing

Growing from the discovery of the world’s first commercial well for petroleum in Pennsylvania, historian Brian Black discusses America’s love affair with crude oil.

The lecture, From Petrolia to Declaring Our Dependence: America’s Emerging Energy Conundrum will be held on November 13, 2013.  

The presentation begins at 11:00 A.M. at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, located at 295 West Avenue in Norwalk. 

To reserve a seat, please contact the Mansion at 203-838-9799, ext. 4 or [email protected].

The energy transition of 150 years ago took Americans’ focus from the sea and whaling to seemingly limitless supplies of oil and coal. In the ensuing decades, petroleum has wound into the fabric of everyday American life in an unprecedented fashion. 

Today, nations compete for the remaining reserves and even go to war to ensure access while many scientists warn of the impact of burning fossil fuels.

In the early days, the harvest of “black gold” was a striking oddity that made some worry that the Earth would stop spinning; today, our dependence on it fuels real fears of rising competition and the impact of pollution and climate change.   Black’s comments will encapsulate Americans’ unique historical story with petroleum while also considering today’s complex energy conundrum, from wind farms to fracking and tar sands to blowouts. 

He will be available to sign copies of his books: PETROLIA: The Landscape of America’s First Oil Boom and Crude Reality: Petroleum in World History.

Brian Black writes and speaks widely for public and academic audiences about the intersection of issues of the environment and history. 

He currently teaches Environmental Studies and Environmental History while serving as Penn State Altoona's Head of the Division of Arts and Humanities.

Black is the author of ten books, including the award-winning Petrolia: The Landscape of America's First Oil Boom (Johns Hopkins, 2003) and Crude Reality: Petroleum in World History (Rowman & Littlefield, 2012), which was selected by CHOICE as an outstanding academic book for 2012. 

Additionally, he has contributed essays to more than twenty books and is the editor of a number of others, including the new four-volume Climate Change: An Encyclopedia of History and Science (ABC-Clio, 2013).   In addition, he served as one of the editors the Spring 2012 special issue of the Journal of American History on “Oil in American Life,” which was inspired by the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill. 

Black's training emphasizes the importance of place in our historical narratives.   In Spring 2014 Black’s long-awaited book, Gettysburg Contested, will be released by GFT Books. 

The first book-length exploration of the preservation process of one of America’s most cherished sacred landscapes, Gettysburg Contested reveals the battlefield in astonishingly new ways. 

Black is currently completing Declaring Our Dependence:  Petroleum in 20th Century American Life, which is scheduled for a trade release with University of Chicago Press.

The lecture is part of a series of lectures at the Museum on “Technologies and Discoveries of the Victorian Era.”  The lectures are $25 for members, $30 for non-members. 

The price includes lecture, lunch and a mansion tour.  Lunch is courtesy of Michael Gilmartin's Outdoor Cookers.  The chair of the Lecture Committee is Mimi Findlay of New Canaan.         

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum’s 2013 cultural and educational programs are made possible by generous funding from the Museum’s Distinguished Benefactors: The Xerox Foundation, Klaff’s, Mrs. Cynthia C. Brown and The Maurice Goodman Foundation.

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is a National Historic Landmark located at 295 West Avenue in Norwalk.  Tours are offered Wednesdays through Sundays, at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.  Admittance is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for children. 

Children under 8 are admitted free.   For more information on tours and programs, visit, e-mail [email protected], or call 203-838-9799. 


Meet author Chris Crutcher

 Chris Crutcher is a noted author of sports themed books with male protagonists will visit Bloomfield as a highlight of D.R.A.F.T. - Discover Reading Among Fellow Teens a sports literacy initiative. 

Mr. Crutcher’s visit on Wednesday, November 13 will be open to teens and adults, discussing his mostly male teen protagonists who deal with controversial but timeless issues of abuse, prejudice, disability and poverty in a sports setting.  

During Bloomfield High School's 1 PM author session Mayor Syd Schulman will declare Chris Crutcher Day in Bloomfield with the high school football team.


Prosser Library's 6:30 pm author session will be open to the public. Prosser Library, 1 Tunxis Ave, Bloomfield, CT 06002



45th Celebration of American Crafts

The Celebration of American Crafts is an annual exhibition and sale of fine, contemporary crafts sponsored by Creative Arts Workshop.

The exhibition is held in CAW's handsome two-story Hilles Gallery.

Over 300 artists from across America are featured, representing the finest in glass, ceramics, jewelry, wearable and decorative fiber, handcrafted furniture and much more.

Nov. 1 - Dec 24, 2013 - OPEN DAILY: Mon-Sat 11am-6pm; Thurs 11am-8pm; Sun 1-5pm



Eastern Connecticut Symphony January Concert

 The Eastern Connecticut Symphony concert series begins the New Year on Saturday, January 11, 2014, at 8 PM at the Garde Arts Center.  ECSO Music Director, Toshi Shimada, conducts a program which features, Hyewon Kim, winner of the 2013 ECSO Instrumental Competition, performing Elgar’s Cello Concerto, sponsored by Chelsea Groton Bank.  The audience members will also hear Sibelius Karelia Suite and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No, 2, (the Little Russian.)   Pre-concert conversation at 7 PM with Gary Chapman; post-concert reception free for members of the audience.  Tickets are priced from $32-$62 with senior and student tickets in selected seating areas.  Call the ECSO office at 860-443-2876 or purchase them on the Internet at:  For further information, visit the ECSO website at: or friend us on Face Book.