Thursday, May 23 2013

Format: 2014/08/30

Thursday, May 23 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, 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
 

Once on This Island

Based on the novel My Love, My Love: The Peasant Girl by Rosa Guy, book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty, Once on This Island tells the story of a peasant girl on a tropical island who uses the power of love to bring together people of different social classes.

The original Broadway production ran from 1990 to 1991, and received eight Tony Award nominations. This performance runs May 23 & 24, May 30-June 1 at 8pm .

Adults $20; Senior Citizens (65 and older) & Students $15.

For additional information, please contact the box office at (203) 697-2398.

 

Native Inspired Art - An Exhibit by Shepaug Valley Middle School and High School Students

Expressed in many ways, art was, and still is, an intricate part of Native American's daily lives from adornment, baskets, and pottery to other every day items. It is a form of conveying their individual cultural and spiritual identities.  IAIS is pleased to partner with the Shepaug Middle and High School art Departments to present a unique exhibit of Native American inspired art. Multi-Media Performance educator Michael Rivera's high school students, after researching headdress styles from a variety of Native American gorups and cultures, will sculpt their own interpretations out of mixed media. Under the guidance of art educator Donna Wright, seventh grade students will study the different designs of Native American pottery to create and decorate coiled pots from their chosen cultural region.  Included in regular museum admission.

 

Wesleyan Potters “Celebrations” Show

Gallery/Shop is featuring unique handcrafted gifts for spring and Wesleyan Potters “Celebrations” Show: May 8th  – June 16th.   

Come celebrate with us during regular gallery hours, at 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 www.wesleyanpotters.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.

 

 

Hear What's In The Heart - A Shoemaker's Tale

 

Middletown native and actor Steve Scionti will bring his one man show, Hear What’s in the Heart: A Shoemaker’s Tale to Middletown’s Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater, for an extended engagement. The new draft of the play is co-written and directed by Tony Award-winner Anthony Crivello, who recently completed a run on Broadway of Clifford Odet’s Golden Boy. 

“Hear What’s in the Heart” is set against the backdrop of a post-funeral gathering to celebrate the life of Scionti’s grandfather, Angelo Morello (who owned Angelo’s Shoe Repair on Main Street in Middletown.)  Taking us through the funeral day’s events, Scionti paints a theatrical family portrait in a series of humorous and poignant vignettes, transforming himself into various family members and friends. 
 
Steve Scionti grew up in Middletown, CT. He attended Xavier High School. But his heart yearned for something other than the family business. He wanted to sing. He wanted to dance. With the guidance and support of his grandfather, “Hear What’s in the Heart” tells the auto-biographical tale of Scionti’s youth and journey to performances on stage and films in Los Angeles and New York.  
 
This family tale begins a six week run on Thursday May 16, 2013. The show will continue weekly on Thursday nights through June 20, 2013. All performances are set for 7:30pm. 
 
“We are excited to have Steve here to tell his story.  It is an important story for our young people to experience.  This is a story about family, about Middletown and about growing up to pursue your dreams,” said Executive Director Matt Pugliese.  
 
The show, which has played to sold-out houses at the Zephyr Theater in Los Angeles, as well as shows in Westchester and New York City.  It was selected to be in the 2009 NY Fringe Festival.  The show played two nights at the Wesleyan University Center for the Arts in the summer of 2012. 
 

Make A Home Foundation's Memorial Day Warehouse Sale!

Help support our veterans and families in crisis this Memorial Day at our Warehouse Extravaganza Sale!  Over 56,000 feet of everything you could ever want. Don't miss out on door prizes, surprises for the kids, or the silent auction.

50% off everything!*

Dates and time: May 16 through May 26th from 9am to 9pm

 Items Include:

  • Sofas, Dining, Bedroom, Lamps, Office & MORE
  • Men, Women, & Children’s Clothing and Accessories
  • Baby Items, Toys, Bikes, Trikes, Strollers, Cribs, High Chairs
  • Glassware, Dishes, Collectables, Crystal, Pewter
  • Art, Frames, Crafts, Baskets, Fabric, Shelves, Gardening items
  • Books, CD’s, DVD’s, VHS & Vinyl Records
  • Tv’s, Radios, DVD Players, Turntables, Speakers
  • Sewing Machines, Vacuums, Coffeepots ,Crockpots, Toasters, and Breadmakers
  • Windows, Doors, Cabinets, Tile, Outdoor Furniture, and Other Building Materials
  • Stoves, Refrigerators, Freezers, Washers, Dryers, Microwaves
  • Sports & Workout Equipment, Treadmills, Weights

*Display cases not included. Not to be combined with any other offer.

 

 

Art in the New City: A talk by urban planning and architecture critic Stephen Zacks at the Stamford Innovation Center

Join Franklin Street Works at the Stamford Innovation Center on Thursday, May 23, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. for “Art in the New City,” a talk by Brooklyn-based journalist, reporter and founder of the Flint Public Art Project, Stephen Zacks. Currently, Zacks is writing A Beautiful Ruin: The Generation that Transformed New York: 1967 – 1986. He will share his insights informed by a unique combination of historical research and hands-on experience to indicate how practices of public art and design can be put at the service of contemporary city-making. With Connecticut’s recent emphasis on ideas of “placemaking,” this is a highly anticipated conversation that will contribute to the regional dialogue about how contemporary art can invigorate towns and cities.

The talk will take place at the Stamford Innovation Center, located at the Old Town Hall, which is a new entrepreneurial hub in Stamford striving to create community-driven space and encouraging the free exchange of ideas and resources for start-up businesses. The perfect backdrop for Stephen Zacks’ talk on innovative urban art practices, the Stamford Innovation Center will join Franklin Street Works in hosting this free, public event.

As the Director of the Flint Public Art Project (FPAF), Stephen Zacks was one of three collaborators invited to participate in Franklin Street Works’ current exhibition, Strange Invitation (April 6 - June 16). This original Franklin Street Works show examines some of the relationships between art and activism that are happening around the country today. Zacks invited the emerging Flint artist collective Flower Tour to collaborate with him for the exhibition. Flower Tour blends fashion, performance, video and installation to bring color and excitement into public spaces. Their project is an extension of the FPAF’s mission, which, according to Zacks “draws on multiple artistic disciplines in an effort to transform the city’s image and identity, activate disused sites, connect places, and amplify the local culture.”

 

50% Off Extravaganza Sale at Make a Home Foundation!

Come and shop to support Make a Home Foundation's mission of serving veterans and families in need. 56,000 square feet of furniture, household items, collectibles, art, glassware, antiques, toys,  baby items and building materials. Thursday, May 16, to Sunday, May 26, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. 40 High Bridge Road, Sandy Hook. Call 203-270-5501 for more details.

 

 

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.