Thursday, April 25 2013

Format: 2014/11/21

Thursday, April 25 2013

Esperanza Spalding

Apr 25, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

Radio Music Society

Who is Esperanza Spalding, you may ask? She’s the charismatic acoustic jazz bassist and vocalist that snatched the Best New Artist Grammy out of the hands of Justin Bieber last year...and one of the biggest recent breakout stars — not just in jazz, but in all genres of music. Embracing the rhythms and stagecraft of pop and rock, her compositions are sleek, soulful and jazzy, with touches of R&B, Brazilian, classical chamber music and improvisation all woven in.

Spalding’s latest release, Radio Music Society, is her most diverse, ambitious and masterful recital yet.

 

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, www.greenleafpottery.net

 

Meditation Series in Trumbull

Meditation series with Lenore Pranzo, guided imagery therapist. Learn to meditate through guided imagery, a skill which can be drawn upon whenever you need to relieve your stress and anxiety. Class is held at Fairfield County Integrative Family Medicine and Healing Therapies, Trumbull, CT. For more information call (203) 445-9060 or visit www.integrativefamilypracticect.com.

Thursdays at 12 p.m.
$15 per class or 10-class card for $100. Registration required. 
Fairfield County Integrative Family Medicine and Healing Therapies
2 Corporate Drive, Suite 110
Trumbull, CT  06611
 

Indonesian Puppetry Lecture Demonstration

The Indonesian Performing Arts & Public Life Symposium opens with an Indonesian puppetry lecture demonstration. Sundanese three-dimensional rod-puppet plays (“wayang golek”) and two-dimensional Javanese shadow-puppet plays (“wayang kulit”) are two of the well-known cultural performances in Indonesia. Kathy Foley, Professor of Theatre Arts at the University of California, Santa Cruz and Institute of Sacred Music Fellow at Yale University, and Wesleyan University Professor of Music Sumarsam will talk about performance technique and musical accompaniment of the plays. The lecture demonstration will be followed by a wayang and gamelan rehearsal by the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble, under the direction of Artist in Residence I.M. Harjito.

The Indonesian Performing Arts & Public Life Symposium is part of “Music & Public Life,” a year-long campus and community-wide exploration, celebrating and studying the sounds, words, and spirit of music at the local, national, and transnational levels through concerts, workshops, gatherings, and courses, all designed to cross disciplines.

Performance begins at 7pm.

 

Graduate Recital - Daniel Parcell

A graduate music recital by Daniel Parcell.

Performance begins at 8pm.

 

"Peony Pavilion" by Tang Xianzu

"Love is of source unknown, yet it grows ever deeper. The living may die of it, by its power the dead live again. Love is not love at its fullest if one who lives, is unwilling to die for it, or if it cannot restore to life one who has so died.  And must the love that comes in dream necessarily be unreal? For there is no lack of dream lovers in this world."

—Preface to “The Peony Pavilion,” translated by Cyril Birch

 

Jeffrey Sichel, stage director, professor and scholar from the Shanghai Theatre Academy, has created an original, spoken English-language adaptation of Tang Xianzu's 1598 Chinese Opera masterpiece “Peony Pavilion.” Students and faculty of the Wesleyan Theater Department will mix traditional Kunqu opera music, dance and stylization with contemporary American performance practice to capture the essence of this epic masterpiece of the Chinese Stage—a drama of love and death, reality and illusion.

Performances begin at 8pm on Thursday and Friday, and at both 2pm and 8pm on Saturday.

 

Bud Cook & & Jean-Paul Jacquet : “NO RULES”

 Reception on Wednesday, April 10th, 5:00-7:00 pm

           “No Rules” is a series of collaborative paintings produced by Bud Cook and Jean-Paul Jacquet. For this project each canvas was exchanged multiple times between the artists’ studios as they were gradually worked toward completion. Successive steps of addition, erasure and thematic reinterpretation resulted in works that blend and expanded on the works that Cook and Jacquet make as individual artists. Figurative, animal, and graphic imagery were derived from a broad range of influences. Film, literature, photography, comics and musical content initiated and further directed each stage of image transformation.
 
            The process of artistic collaboration here employed degrees of trust, risk and faith in as much as painterly facility. Each active work in progress served as an interface between individual perspectives of an idea at alternate stages of development. The resulting paintings were further augmented by Cook and Jacquet’s provocative visual interactions that break with conventional autonomies of individual studio practice.  A video containing images and interviews with Cook and Jacquet that document this process can be viewed at http://vimeo.com/41040672.
 
            Bud Cook has a BFA in painting/printmaking from Rhode Island College and lives in Woodstock, CT.  Jean-Paul Jacquet has a BFA in illustration from Syracuse University and lives in Pomfret, CT.                                       
           Pegasus Gallery is located within the library on the first floor of Chapman HallHours: 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, mweber@mxcc.edu

http://www.mxcc.commnet.edu/Content/Art_Exhibits.asp

 

 

April Exhibit at the Geary Gallery in Darien, CT

Through April, the Geary Gallery of Darien proudly presents “Use of Shadow and Light,” featuring the still lifes and nature scenes of Bronx fine artist, John Folchi. This show runs April 3 - 27. 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. www.gearygallery.com

 

Discover 19th Century Inventions at New Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum Exhibit

      Victorian era gadgets, technologies and breakthroughs will be on display at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum beginning April 17th through October 6, 2013. What Is It? Technologies and Discoveries of the Victorian Era will engage student and adult audiences in the exploration of mid-to-late 19th century inventions and discoveries in many diverse areas including communication, transportation, manufacturing, medicine, food and recreation.

       Visitors will view cutting-edge Victorian Era technology that were precursors of some of today’s technologies, including telegraphs, dictaphones, gas lighting and early examples of telephones, burglar alarms, stock tickers and much more. They will discover items we still see today, from board games to food such as condensed milk and breakfast cocoa. Artifacts on display include loans from Connecticut's Mattatuck Museum and the Museum of American Finance, New York City, among others.

             The What Is It? exhibit is curated by Raechel Guest. Guest is a Smith College graduate with a Master’s Degree in Collection Management from the prestigious Winterthur Museum. Professor Steven Lubar, a history of technology expert, serves as a special advisor.  Professor Lubar is Professor of the Departments of American Studies, History, and History of Art and Architecture at Brown University.  

            The exhibit is made possible thanks to a grant from the Connecticut Humanities (CTH), a non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities that funds, creates and collaborates on hundreds of cultural programs across Connecticut each year. CTH brings together people of all ages and backgrounds to express, share and explore ideas in thoughtful and productive ways. From local discussion groups to major exhibitions on important historical events, CTH programs engage, enlighten and educate.  Learn more by visiting www.cthumanities.org.

            The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum’s 2013 cultural and educational programs are made possible by generous funding from the LMMM Distinguished Benefactors: The Xerox Foundation, Klaff’s, Mrs. Cynthia C. Brown and The Maurice Goodman Foundation.  The Museum’s Education Program is made possible in part by a generous donation from AT&T.

Tours for the museum and exhibit are offered Wednesdays through Sundays, 
at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.

 

 

Steam Punk: Nature and Machine At The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum

Steampunk Art that has influenced everything from product design to fashion to fine art will be on display at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum’s this spring.  This design movement features a neo-vintage twist on 19th century industrialized looks and Victorian decorative motifs. Steampunk: Nature & Machine, will open on April 25th with a reception from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and runs until June 15th.   This is the first exhibit dedicated to Steampunk art in Fairfield County.  

           According to IBM’s "Social Sentiment Index", which measures what’s trending on social networks and blogs, 2013 is set to be the year Steampunk surges as a mass-market aesthetic.  The Museum’s exhibit will feature art by renowned Steampunk artists, Bruce Rosenbaum, Leslie Mueller and Katie Shima and co-curated by Rosenbaum and Museum trustee Gail Ingis-Claus.

  •             Bruce Rosenbaum has been dubbed the Steampunk evangelist and guru by Wired Magazine.  His artwork has been on exhibition consistently throughout the Northeastern United States, including the Charles River Museum of Industry, Wooster Street Social Club, The Mark Twain House and Shelburne Museum. Rosenbaum has collaborated with many well-known and emerging Steampunk artists and created the unofficial  Steampunk artists guild Steampuffin.  His design business and home, a retro-future refurbished house, have been featured in Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, CNN, Huffington Post, NPR and on MTV, A&E, Discovery and HGTV.   Rosenbaum lives in Sharon, Massachusetts.
  •             Leslie Mueller is an award-winning art director and artist.  She is represented in private and corporate collections throughout the United States, Asia, Canada, Australia, Great Britain, Africa, Japan and Germany.  Mueller’s artwork has been published in House Beautiful, Elle Decor, Southern Living, Manhattan Arts Int’l  and Art Business News magazines and is part of the United States  “Art in the Embassies” program.  Mueller began her studies at the age of thirteen at the Art Institute of Chicago.   She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Southern Methodist University’s  Meadows School of Fine Arts in Dallas, Texas.  She is a resident of Greenwich, Connecticut.
  •             Katie Shima is an artist and architectural designer based in New York City. She has had exhibitions, installations, and performances at the Charles Bank Gallery, Bridge Gallery, Devotion Gallery, Clocktower Gallery, Barnard College, The Tank, SoHo 20, among others. Shima is a founding member of the electronic noise art group Loud Objects.  Residencies with the Loud Objects include Art On Air in New York and Det Jyske Kunstakademi in Aarhus, Denmark. She is currently working as an architectural designer at Situ Studio. Shima received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia College and a Master’s in Architecture from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.

            The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum’s 2013 cultural and educational programs are made possible by generous funding from the LMMM Distinguished Benefactors: The Xerox Foundation, Klaff’s, Mrs. Cynthia C. Brown and The Maurice Goodman Foundation.  The Museum’s Education Program is made possible in part by a generous donation from AT&T.

             Tours for the museum and exhibit are offered Wednesdays through Sundays, 
at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.

 

 

Franklin Street Works Presents its First Across Disciplines Program with Phyllis Sinrich and Ingrid Semaan

Please join Franklin Street Works for the launch of its “Across Disciplines” program on Thursday, April 25 from 6 – 7:30 pm. The Across Discipline events feature regional artists talking about their work alongside someone from a different discipline -- to create a dialogue that explores the visual arts from multiple viewpoints. For this program, local artist, Phyllis Sinrich, will be talking about her series of photographs titled “Mannequins: A Parallel Universe,” exploring the art world’s recent obsession with fashion, and how mannequins play a powerful role as fashion’s avatars.  She will be paired with Professor Ingrid Semaan, Director of Women’s Studies at UConn, Stamford, who will talk about Sinrich’s series from the perspective of representations of women, advertising, and consumer culture. Please join us for this free, public event that provides additional opportunities for regional artists and thinkers to share their work with the public, while paying close attention to the fluid relationships between the visual arts, the humanities, and popular culture.

Phyllis Sinrich’s portfolio of mannequins includes more than twenty images from her travels in countries such as Hungary, France, Italy, Turkey, Croatia and the United States. According to the artist, the facial expressions, postures and individuality of the mannequins is what has kept her intrigued and transfixed, explaining “it’s fascinating to note both the similarities and differences that are manifested through each society’s mannequin ‘population’”. “Mannequins: A Parallel Universe” is part of Phyllis Sinrich’s solo exhibition, The Thrill of Discovery, at The Gallery at Bistro Latino in Old Greenwich, CT, on view through April 30. 

ABOUT PHYLLIS SINRICH:

In 2001 Phyllis Sinrich turned a passion for photography — which had been a hobby since childhood — into her “third life.” Her work is exhibited regularly in juried shows in the area, most notably the annual Faber Birren National Color Award Show at the Stamford Art Association, where she has won several sponsored awards over the years. In 2003 one of her abstract images was a First Place winner in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Annual National Photo Competition. Her work has also been shown at other venues such as the Katonah Museum of Art in Katonah, NY; Silvermine Guild Arts Center in New Canaan, CT; the Edward Hopper House Art Center in Nyack, NY; the Fairfield Museum and History Center, the Quick Center of the Arts, and the General Electric World Headquarters, all in Fairfield, CT.


ABOUT INGRID SEMAAN:

Ingrid Semaan is a committed feminist activist who has worked on campaigns against violence against women and for reproductive rights, workers’ rights, and peace and justice in the Middle East.  Ingrid received her Ph.D. in Sociology in 2006 from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She teaches in Sociology and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and she is the Director of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality at the University of Connecticut-Stamford.  Her research interests include gendered violence, the battered women's movement, and health disparities.

 

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: www.gardearts.org.  For further information, visit the ECSO website at: www.ectsymphony.com or friend us on Face Book.