Friday, September 20 2013

Format: 2014/04/25

Friday, September 20 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

 

Higganum Village Farmers' Market

The Higganum Village Farmers' Market Celebrates 5 years on Higganum Green in 2013!

Every Friday from the beginning of June through October, we bring you the farm-freshest foods and locally made foods and other artisanal crafts, too -- all on our green oasis in the heart of Higganum! Market times: 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Summer brings evening concerts immediately following the market at 7 p.m. on the gazebo stage. There's something for everyone as you explore Middlesex County and the Connecticut River towns this summer -- hope you'll visit us soon! (Find all our current information on our Facebook page and at our website: www.higganumvillagefarmersmarket.org.)

 

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.

 

 

Christine Aaron: “Liminal States: Beneath the Surface”

This exhibit of rich mixed media nature based work, focuses on themes of memory, loss and the passage of time.  Trees serve as a metaphor for the cycle of life; symbols of dormancy, growth, strength and renewal.  

 

 

Amy Bilden: “Inheritance”

The themes for this exhibit revolve around domesticity, including topics such as identity, sexuality, gender and care giving.  The tactile domestic inspired sculptures map the artist’s emotional and physical space, using a monotonous process in which she connects her internal and external landscapes.

 

 

Kool-Aid Wino, new exhibition at Franklin Street Works curated by Claire Barliant

 Franklin Street Works is proud to present Kool-Aid Wino, a group exhibition curated by Brooklyn-based writer and critic Claire Barliant. The exhibition explores the foregrounding of mistakes and missteps in contemporary art practices and features works by Anne Carson, Choi Dachal, Frank Heath, Owen Land, Rotem Linial, James Merrill, Alice Miceli, Jenny Perlin, Aki Sasamoto, as well as an ikat silk suzani made in the early twenties.  It is on view at Franklin Street Works from July 20 – September 22 with a free, public reception on July 20 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. There will be a performance by Aki Sasamoto during the reception, beginning at 7:00 pm.

The show starts with the widely accepted premise that artistic process relies on trial and error. You try something, you mess up, you move on. But what if you stay with that mistake, or that troubling passage, and make it the focus? What if you let it be awkward, an irritant, wiggle it like a loose tooth or pick at it like a scab that never quite heals? What if, instead of being one (quickly deleted) step toward success or resolution, the error becomes the climax and the denouement—an end point in itself, or even a goal? Hence the title Kool-Aid Wino, which comes from Trout Fishing in America by poet and author Richard Brautigan, who deliberately fudged words while writing in order to invent new ways of saying things.

The artists in Kool-Aid Wino poke and prod at systems—be they technological, linguistic, musical, or administrative—until they find or create a chink or flaw that sheds light on the whole. Jenny Perlin’s three-channel video projection, Sight Reading, presents three different pianists on each screen, each struggling to play a composition they are seeing for the first time. Choi Dachal’s photographs feature dress shirts that have been pressed, cleaned, and folded. Yet on close inspection, they prove to be two different shirts with slightly varying patterns that have been buttoned together and folded to look like a single shirt. Owen Land, Rotem Linial, and Alice Miceli take a reflexive approach to film and photography, revealing and reveling in glitches and mechanical failures. Frank Heath and Aki Sasamoto disassemble objects to point out ruptures in systems such as urbanism and history that, while abstract, are often deemed airtight and error-proof.     

Errors, as Freud demonstrated in his writings on parapraxis (slips of the tongue), often tip others off to our secret aversions or buried desires, which we strenuously try to conceal. By highlighting or even celebrating errors, the art works in Kool-Aid Wino redeem flaws, accentuate their value, and open up myriad new possibilities. The last line of the pseudonymous chapter in Brautigan’s book reads: “He created his own Kool-Aid reality and was able to illuminate himself by it.” In a sense, each of the artists in this show creates his or her own Kool-Aid reality. Cumulatively the works remind us that uniqueness relies on flaws and our imaginative negotiation in, around, and through them. It is also worth noting that Trout Fishing in America famously ends with the word “mayonaise,” a typo that may not have been intentional, but made it into the final draft.

 

30th Harvest Moon Festival

30th Annual Harvest Moon Festival on the Naugatuck Town Green. Will be held September 20th 11 am to 8 pm.  & September 21st 9 am to 8pm. This anual Festival is a family oriented, Naugatuck centered activity.

 We are featuring over 100 vendors,  There will be Crafts, Food, Activities for children.  Demonstrations by the Boys Scouts of America Troop 102.  A wide variety of entertainment will take place, on both days at the Gazebo.  Come on down and Celebrate our troop's 100th year Anniversary with us.  For more information please contact us at 203-490-6463.

 

Richard Heys Exhibit " What's in there? Exploring the Beauty and Energy within trees through Woodturning

The UConn Torrington ARTS Project presents an exhibit of Richard Heys' work. "What's in there? Exploring the beauty and energy within trees through woodturning." This exhibit explores the creative work and process of Richard Heys, a fine wood turner whose beautifully turned and sculpted works are accompanied by photographs that chronicle the making of two of his pieces on view in the Whitson Gallery. The exhibit features decorative and utilitarian wooden bowls, vases, lidded boxes and sculptural objects. The exhibition runs from September 16th through November 8th at the campus' Brick Wall Space Gallery and Whitson Gallery. Richard Heys will give an artist's talk in the Whitson Gallery on October 10th at 7pm.

 

Miss Saigon

A classic love story is brought up-to-date in one of the most stunning theatrical spectacles of all time. In Miss Saigon, the creators of Les Misérables bring Puccini's Madame Butterfly to the modern world in a moving testament to the human spirit.

In the turmoil of the Vietnam War, an American soldier and a Vietnamese girl fall in love, only to be separated during the fall of Saigon. Their struggles to find each other over the ensuing years end in tragedy for her and a fighting chance for the child he never knew he had. An international sensation, Miss Saigon is an epic musical masterpiece with a thrilling score.

 

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

 

 

Wesleyan Potters Second Annual Auction of Handcrafted Work by Notable Artisans

On Friday evening, September 20th, Wesleyan Potters will be holding its second annual fundraiser auction of handcrafted work (pottery, baskets, weaving, jewelry etc) created by well-known crafts people. Included is work by John Risley, Mickey Sequenzia, Irene Reed, David Leach, and many more. The evening will begin with a wine and hors d’oeuvre preview from 6:30 to 7:30. Auction will begin at 7:30 at Wesleyan Potters, 350 South Main St., Route 17, Middletown, CT, 860-347-5925. Wesleyan Potters is a nonprofit organization. www.wesleyanpotters.com

 

 

 


 

"Whiskey Tango" at Hole in the Wall Theater

Jesus returns to clear his name, Illuminate the Truth of Nature and erase mythology in Hole in the Wall Theater's world premiere of the musical "Whiskey Tango." Explore the harmony of Marijuana, Baseball and Nature with Jesus as he visits a New England trailer park and is forced into a showdown with an Irish Catholic priest. Be prepared to question everything you thought you knew about Jesus as he finally gets a chance to speak for himself.

Hole in the Wall Theater opens its exciting 2013-2014 season with this world premiere of "Whiskey Tango," written and directed by long-time member Johnny Peifer and produced by Stephanie Layne. Opening on Friday, September 13, the production runs three weeks, September 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 8:00 p.m., with a Sunday matinee on September 22 at 2:00 p.m. at the theater, 116 Main Street, New Britain. Thursday, September 19, is "pay what you can" night at Hole in the Wall. Hole in the Wall has a longstanding belief that theater should be available to everyone. Please come this night, pay what you can afford and enjoy the show.

The "Whiskey Tango" cast includes Matthew Horowitz, Brian Fagan and Tony Palmieri of New Britain, Gabbie Hasson and Kathleen-Marie Clark of Newington, Susan Thom and Jill Ann Podgwaite of Middletown, Will Knight of Rocky Hill, Rowan McDonald of Hartford, Steve Sabol of West Hartford, Miranda Corrigan of East Hartford, Michael Gonsalves and Heidi Michaud of Ellington, Scott Auden of Colchester and Kelley Mountzoures of Plainville.

Tickets are $20 general admission and $15 for seniors and students with ID. Reservations and ticket purchases can be made at www.hitw.org or by calling 860.229.3049. Hole in the Wall is supported in part by the Department of Economic and Community Development, Arts Division, and the Greater New Britain Arts Alliance.

 

 

 

Sacred Sounds presents Organist Daria Burlak in Recital, September 20 at 8:00 pm

On Friday, September 20 at 8:00 pm acclaimed young Russian organist Daria Burlak comes to the Cathedral to perform a recital as part of her 2013 North American tour and the Mighty Austin Organ Series.

Ms. Burlak will play a French program that will include Tournemire’s Symphonie-Choral op. 69, Alain’s Deuxième Fantaisie, and Messiaen’s Joie et clarté des Corps.

She is the winner of many international organ competitions and has played throughout the world.



 

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.

 

“The Alumni Show II”

 In honor of the 40th anniversary of the Center for the Arts.

The Alumni Show II looks back at four decades of Wesleyan artists. Building on the first Alumni Show held in November/December 2003 in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the CFA, this exhibition features an entirely new selection of seventeen alumni artists.

Their work spans a broad range of contemporary practice and media, including painting, sculpture, drawing, installation art, video art, performance, and films.

The artists featured in this exhibition are Ian Boyden '95, Stephanie Calvert '08, Rutherford Chang '02, Nicolas Collins '76 MA '79, Renee Green '81, Raphael Griswold '06, John Hatleberg '79, Gabriela Herman '03, Elsie Kagan '99, Liz Magic Laser '03, Danielle Mysliwiec '98, Ed Osborn '87, Juliana Romano '04, Aki Sasamoto '04, Arturo Vidich '03, Stephanie Washburn '03, and Ben Weiner '03.

Date: Friday, September 6 through Sunday, December 8, 2013

Dates Closed:  Wednesday, November 20 through Monday, November 25, 2013

Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 12 Noon-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: www.gardearts.org.  For further information, visit the ECSO website at: www.ectsymphony.com or friend us on Face Book.