Friday, March 22 2013

Format: 2015/03/01

Friday, March 22 2013

CT Museum of Natural History & Archaeology Center: Winter Escapes & Spring Adventures

The Connecticut State Museum of Natural History
and Connecticut Archaeology Center
part of CLAS at UConn



Maple Sugaring
George Bailey, Bailey's Maple Syrup and Honey, Storrs, CT
Saturday, March 2, 10 am to 12 noon
Storrs, CT (directions will be sent to participants)
Advance registration required:
$20 ($15 for Museum members)
Adults and children ages 10 and above. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Look Up! Viewing Winter’s Night Sky
Dr. Cynthia Peterson, Physics, UConn
Friday, March 8, 6 pm
UConn Storrs location
(directions will be sent to participants)
Advance registration required: $20 ($15 for Museum members)
Adults and children ages 8 and above. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Deep-Sea Tube Worms: Life By The Hydrothermal Vents
Dr. Spencer Nyholm, Molecular and Cell Biology, UConn
Saturday, March 9, 3 pm
Connecticut State Museum of Natural History, UConn Storrs
No registration required – FREE
Adults and children ages 8 and above. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Connecticut Curiosities
Joan Allen, Home & Garden Education Center, UConn
Saturday, March 23, 3 pm
Connecticut State Museum of Natural History, UConn Storrs
No registration required – FREE
Adults and children ages 10 and above. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Don’t miss out on exciting community events, workshops, family activities, field learning, and notable presentations this season. For a full listing of programs and registration information visit or call 860.486.4460

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Mt. Washington Century Ride Registration OPEN

The Mt. Washington Century ride is fast becoming known as New England’s Most Challenging Centurytm.  We have mountain passes that thrill the eye and challenge the soul. For those wanting to ‘test their personal best’, the Mt. Washington Century Ride is it!   Prizes, support vehicles, aid stations, on site theraputic sports masage.  No landscape rivals the natural beauty of Mt. Washington and the Presidential Range, and a Century Ride through three notches and around the base of New England’s tallest mountain is without equal. The 100-mile route supports the Tin Mountain Conservation Center  and it’s great work promoting an appreciation for the natural world while instilling the bedrock principles of sound stewardship and sustainable lifestyles.   Abbreviated 40- and 80-mile routes provide wonderful rides for those wanting a little less than a Century.


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,


Strategies for Effective Performance Appraisal and Coaching

In this seminar, participants will learn how to build and implement an effective performance management process.  This includes how to write performance goals and objectives, ways to measure employees’ progress toward performance goals, and how to write meaningful performance appraisals.  


New Connections Nonprofit Community Programming - Wine & Cheese, Book Signing, Silent Auction

Friday, March 22, 2013, 6:00 p.m.
Bill Miller's Castle, 834 E Main StBranfordCT | Get Directions » 


Sponsored by New Connections, Nonprofit Community Programming, a 501(c)3.

Have fun.  Raise funds for kids.  Friday, March 22, 2013 at Bill Miller’s Castle in Branford, CT, 6 to 9 p.m.

Cost is $55 per ticket and includes hors d’oeures, two glasses of wine, and an entry to win a door prize.  All proceeds go to NCNCP programming.  New Connections Nonprofit Community Programming offers programming for children on the Autism Spectrum and their families through social skills groups, parent training meetings and forums.  

Have a night out with your friends while contributing to a good cause.  For tickets and more info, call Director Dawn Renaud at 203-376-0024.  


New Connections - Nonprofit Community Programming
446A Blake Street, New Haven, CT, 06515 



Garden Conference

This conference offers exciting educational opportunities for home gardeners at all interest levels - from the casual gardener to the garden enthusiast to the advanced master gardener. It also gives you an opportunity to hear and talk to nationally renowned authorities on various aspects of garden design, maintenance, and plant selection.


Stellar Scholars Star Search: Connecticut’s Best Young Sci-Fi Writers

High school and college students are challenged to write a 500-word short story about the painting of the iconic Avanti sports car "THE WHISPER AND THE ROAR" by Don Wieland. Champion wins $500 and has the story posted on Stellar Scholars e-magazine Cum Laude, The Scholarly Evening Post.



Artist Walk Through of "Your Content Will Return Shortly" with Jeff Ostergren, Catherine Ross and Siebren Versteeg

Join Franklin Street Works on Thursday, March 14 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. for a casual tour of the contemporary art space’s current exhibition, Your Content Will Return Shortly. Those in attendance will walk through the show with three of its exhibiting artists, Jeff Ostergren (New Haven, CT), Catherine Ross (Brooklyn, NY) and Siebren Versteeg (Brooklyn, NY). While walking through the three galleries, artists will discuss their works, including how videos and installations reflect themes in the exhibition and relate to their larger practice. The evening will end with an open discussion and reception in the café. Please join us for this free event that is open to the public – a unique opportunity to explore the current show with some of its artists that are emerging figures in contemporary art today!  This event program is made possible in part through the support of the Community Arts Partnership Program awarded to Franklin Street Works by the City of Stamford and a two-year grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. 

Your Content Will Return Shortly, curated by Franklin Street Works’ Creative Director, Terri C Smith, explores television as both medium and subject. Rather than taking a comprehensive view of television as inspiration in contemporary art, the exhibition explores works that highlight televised elements tangential to the main narrative arc. The artists take their cues from the physical and functional qualities of television and a variety of elements associated with broadcasting. They touch on phenomena that include: advertising; laugh tracks; the effects of VHS, DVD and remote control devices on viewing habits; public service announcements; and nuances observations of the relationship between spectacle and cable news. Exhibiting artists are: Christopher DeLaurenti, Eric Gottesman, Jonathan Horowitz, Sophy Naess, Jeff Ostergren, Lucy Raven, Martha Rosler, Catherine Ross, Emily Roz, Carmelle Safdie, and Siebren Versteeg. Your Content Will Return Shortly is on view at Franklin Street Works through March 24.


Jeff Ostergren is a New Haven, Connecticut, based artist who focuses on the raw materials of culture itself: advertisements, synthetic chemicals, and language, to explore our contemporary states of embodiment. His work explores the libidinal space of anxiety, violence, and desire that activates and consumes us all. Ostergren’s video practice draws inspiration from the work of Sturtevant and Gretchen Bender, who use appropriated footage not merely as image but as object itself. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at Soi Fischer, Vancouver, Canada; Greene Park Gallery, Los Angeles; Artspace, New Haven; West Cove Studios, New Haven; Galerie Califia, Horazdovice, Czech Republic; and Shneider Museum of Art, Ashland, Oregon.

Catherine Ross works in video and photography, framing instances that often go unnoticed in their original context. Isolating the movements of humans and/or objects, her videos create new sequences that reveal an inseparable relationship between motion and sound. Here she finds that movement reveals an inherent awkwardness, a humor that echoes our own vulnerabilities. Her work has been presented in exhibitions and festivals internationally, including venues in Brazil, Finland, France, Ireland, England, Canada and the United States. Ross attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in 2002, the Atlantic Center for the Arts in 2003 and received a 2005-06 residency from The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation. Ross was awarded “Best International Short Award” at the 2006 Darklight Festival (Dublin, IRELAND). She received her BA in studio art from Dartmouth College in 1994.

Siebren Versteeg is a Brooklyn based multimedia artist who critically engages with the systems and technologies used to create images in our culture.  Born in 1971, Versteeg explores the digital reality and our global culture, and the human spiritual condition in relation to the advancement of technology. He has had solo exhibitions at the Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita Kansas; the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio; the Museum of Art at Rhode Island School of Design, and has exhibited in group shows at the Hirshborn Museum, Washington, DC; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and the National Museum of Art, Prague.





Susan Cheng

Pianist Susan Cheng to Perform in the Choate Rosemary Hall Concert Series—March 22    

Pianist Susan Cheng will give a solo recital at the Seymour St. John Chapel as part of the Choate Rosemary Hall Concert Series on Friday, March 22,  at 7:30 p.m. The Seymour St. John Chapel. The Chapel is located on the campus of Choate Rosemary Hall at the corner of Curtis Avenue and North Elm Street. Parking is free.

A Hartt School of Music faculty member and Choate Rosemary Hall adjunct faculty member, Susan Cheng has studied piano with Paul Rutman, Luiz de Moura Castro, and Monique Duphil. She has been a member of Hartt’s Honors Chamber Music Program, and Performance 20/20, a group of musicians who share a strong commitment to chamber music.

Tickets: Suggested donation: $15 to benefit the Student Music Lesson Scholarship Fund.


"The Shadow Box" at Hole in the Wall Theater

How does one live, knowing that death is imminent? Three residents in a California hospice take the journey to answer that question in Michael Cristofer's Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play "The Shadow Box."  A play as much about living as about dying, "The Shadow Box" deals with love and loss, smiling in the face of pain, and finally saying the things that need to be said. Fridays & Saturdays 8 p.m., Sundays March 17 & 24, 2 p.m. Hole in the Wall Theater, 116 Main Street, New Britain, CT.


March Exhibit at the Geary Gallery in Darien, CT

Through March, the Geary Gallery of Darien proudly presents “Spring and Summer: A Study in Contemporary Realism,” featuring the warm and inviting natural oil paintings of Suffern, NY by fine artist, Marianne Kuhn. The Geary Gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 576 Boston Post Road, Darien, CT 06820. (203) 655-6633.



In Ephemerals, Wolfe explores the momentary nature of photography through relationships among objects, structures, place, opportunity and atmosphere, frequently discovering poetry.


2013 Spirit of Art

Please join us for an evening of Art and Wine at the Slater Memorial Museum!

The Friends of Slater Museum join the Norwich Sunrise Rotary and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's CT Chapter to present a benefit spirit-tasting, featuring wines, beer, bourbon, vodka, scotch and more, abundant, delicious gourmet hors d'oeuvres, live music and, of course, outstanding art by Connecticut Artists.

Register in advance and save!

Advance reservations are $45, and may be purchased in person at the Slater Museum Gift Shop, or by calling (860) 425-5563. Entry at the door is $50 per person.


Wesleyan Potters: Milestones Show

Wesleyan Potters: Milestones Show, March 20 – April 14.

Wesleyan Potters Gallery/Shop is featuring clay, fiber and jewelry crafted by our members who are celebrating their membership anniversary in 2013.

Member work will be on exhibit and for sale during regular gallery hours. Wesleyan Potters Gallery/Shop, 350 S Main St. Route 17, Middletown, CT, Gallery hours: Wed -Fri 10 am - 6 pm, Sat 10-4 and Sunday Noon-4, 860-344-0039


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.