Saturday, March 9 2013

Format: 2014/09/16

Saturday, March 9 2013

Mystic Ballet GRAB Series, Fall 2012

Brian Enos, who Houston Press called “best up and coming choreographer,” Gabrielle Lamb, former soloist for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal, and Trey McIntyre Project dancer Lauren Edson are combining artistic forces with acclaimed Russian choreographer Sergei Vanaev to make Mystic Ballet’s 15th year unforgettable.

The G.R.A.B. Series, presents Sergei Vanaev’s “Periscope Up!,” set to music by Tom Waits, and Lauren Edson’s exhilarating Japanese-inspired, “Sun and Steel.” Audiences will also be able to see Gabrielle Lamb’s two works, “Transit of Venus,” and “Marooned,” which premiered last month at Jacob’s Pillow. “The Hodgepodge Hustle” shows off Brian Enos’s gift for storytelling, and traditionalists will delight in the classical “Spring Water” a Russian pas de deux known for its athleticism and bravura.



Celtic Nights

Mar 8 – 9, 2013 at 8 p.m.

Journey of Hope

From the creators of Gaelforce Dance comes a brand new show in celebration of the Celtic experience. In this glittering production, six of Ireland’s most prominent vocal talents are complimented by six of its most accomplished step dancers, creating an exhilarating picture of a proud people who dared to dream big and doggedly carved out a home in the New World. In Celtic Nights, their story is told through the power and majesty of music and the hypnotic fury of dancing feet.


"Nudes and Nudibranchs'

 Award-winning painter Frank Bruckmann and sculptor Gar Waterman will exhibit their most recent  work at the Kehler Liddell Gallery: "Nudes and Nudibranchs," from February 7- March 10, 2013. Frank Bruckmann and Gar Waterman are both traditionalists who use direct observation of nature and carefully applied technique to craft their work. Bruckmann's brushstrokes caress oil paint with an expert and familiar hand into the eternally complex landscape of the female figure, while Waterman's sculpture bends the liquid sheen of polished stone into impressions of rhythm and grace from the marine environment. 


Youth Gamelan Ensemble

The Youth Gamelan Ensemble was founded as a Center for the Arts program in 2002 by Wesleyan Artist in Residence I.M. Harjito, who guides the group along with Professor Sumarsam and Director Joseph Getter. The ensemble is open to all children ages 7 through 17. No prior experience necessary. Rehearsals take place on Saturday mornings from 10am to 11am. Classes start on Saturday, January 26, 2013 and conclude with a performance on Thursday, May 9, 2013. The Wesleyan Youth Gamelan Ensemble has received support from the Middletown Commission on the Arts. To register, call the Wesleyan University Box Office at 860-685-3355 or email


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,


14th Annual DanceMasters Weekend Master Classes

The 14th annual DanceMasters Weekend is one of the most anticipated dance events in the Northeast, an opportunity like no other for a two-day dance immersion, combining inspiring performances by premier companies with master classes by expert instructors. Thirteen Master Classes provide an opportunity for intermediate to advanced dance students and dance professionals to explore diverse dance techniques.

On Saturday, March 9, Master Classes will be taught by Karole Armitage (Armitage Gone! Dance), Donald Borror (Ballet Hispanico), Camille A. Brown (Camille A. Brown & Dancers), Ronald K. Brown (Evidence Dance Company), Carolyn Kirsch (Never Stop Moving: A Fosse-Style Jazz Workshop for Older Dancers), KT Nelson (ODC/Dance), and Dianne Walker (Tap).

And on Sunday, March 10, Master Classes will be taught by Brandon "Peace" Albright (Hip Hop), Brian Brooks (Brian Brooks Moving Company), Christal Brown (Urban Bush Women), Dana Moore (Jazz), Troy Powell (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater), and Kate Skarpetowska (Lar Lubovitch Dance Company).


14th Annual DanceMasters Weekend Showcase Performance

The DanceMasters Showcase Performance will feature dancers and choreography from three outstanding companies, ranging from modern dance to ballet and Latin:

 Known as the "punk ballerina," celebrated director and choreographer Karole Armitage founded the New York-based company Armitage Gone! Dance in 2004. Her interests over the past four decades have been wide-ranging, from the ballet and modern dance of George Balanchine and Merce Cunningham to work as a choreographer for Cirque du Soleil, Madonna, and Michael Jackson, as well as on Broadway. This is the first Connecticut appearance by Armitage Gone! Dance.

 "[Karole Armitage] is always pushing the limits of possibility, spectacularly deconstructing the body with a diabolic flair. Dance that explodes in every sense, dazzles the eye and remains vividly imprinted in your memory."—Le Nouvel Observateur (Paris)

Under the artistic leadership of Eduardo Vilaro since 2009, Manhattan's Ballet Hispanico reflects, explores, and expands the essence of the diaspora of Latino cultures. In addition to the refreshingly contemporary choreography of Mr. Vilaro, the company's innovative repertory over the past 43 years has included commissioned works by Talley Beatty, Ronald K. Brown, and Susan Marshall.

"Ballet Hispanico's dancers deftly integrate hip-shakes, undulating torsos and the whip-crack releases of social dance, mixing them with ballet arabesques, and with floor work and expressionist gestures from modern dance."—The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)

Founded in 1971 by Artistic Director Brenda Way, ODC/Dance (originally the Oberlin Dance Collective) relocated from Ohio to San Francisco in 1976. The company is known for their exuberance and fearlessness, as well as their narrative content in avant-garde dance. Numerous groundbreaking works have included collaborations with Rinde Eckert, Bill Irwin, Robin Williams, and Eleanor Coppola.

"[ODC/Dance has] such clarity of vision and delicate, quiet choreography, the dancers were no longer dancing, but flying."—San Francisco Examiner


5th Annual St. Patrick's Day Concert

Cead Mile Failite returns to the stage for our annual celebration of Celtic music and culture.  Admission includes a glass of wine, beer or soda. Reserve early as this concert sells out every year!


The Wines of March

Fundraiser for the Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance (CTBTA).  Event starts at 7:00 p.m. and will feature a selection of wines, desserts courtesy of Baking with Bertha of New York City, and an original performance by the Connecticut Concert Ballet Ensemble. 


Slither into Spring

Meet three of our reptilian education ambassadors, "Marlena" the Iguana, "Baby" the 7-foot boa constrictor, and "Darth Gator," a baby American alligator, and help make lunch for some of our other animal education ambassadors! After the program, enjoy cookies and hot chocolate by the fire. $10 for adults, $15 for kids 6 and up; program not recommended for kids under 6 years old. Registration required. To register, call 203-394-6563. Program attendees receive half off kid's zoo admission with regular paid adult admission, day of program only.


Spring Garden Preparation Lecture and March Meeting

Please join Wadsworth Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution at our March meeting as we welcome members of the Durham Garden Club. They will be lecturing on how to prepare your garden for spring.



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.



"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.


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.