Wednesday, March 12 2014

Format: 2014/11/23

Wednesday, March 12 2014

Greasy Luck! The Whaling World of the Charles W. Morgan

In celebration of the relaunching of the last surviving wooden whaleship, Lyman Allyn presents Greasy Luck! The Whaling World of the Charles W. Morgan.

The exhibition, which runs from September 21 through June 8, 2014, will look at how whaling—its myths and reality, risk and reward—left its mark on Connecticut and American identity.

In the 1800s, friends and family gathered on the docks to wish “greasy luck” for a successful voyage to departing whaleships.

 

To most people, whales were mysterious creatures.  Yet whaling was big business.

 

The thousands of barrels of oil the whalers brought home made ports like New London and Mystic some of the wealthiest places in the young nation, supporting a wide array of dockside occupations.

 

Smart Painting

A show of paintings by artists who respond to the institution of contemporary abstraction. Organized by John O' Donnell. Featuring artists: Blake Shirley, Sharon Butler, Deborah Dancy, Zachary Keeting, Ben Piwowar, Jenn Dierdorf, Rob D. Campbell, Derek Leka, Clare Grill, Tatiana Berg.

 

 

“Thingamabob” Exhibit at Maritime Garage Gallery

Machines, gadgets and all things technology inspire the artwork at a new exhibit at the Maritime Garage Gallery. “Thingamabob” features art that is in the eye of the mechanically inclined in a group show of artists, including John Jackson of Jefferson, New York, Tom Hlas of Norfolk, CT, Lewis Schaffer from Ridgefield, Deborah Rauh from Westport, Sara Roche from Weston, and others.  

The Maritime Garage Gallery, located at 11 North Water Street, is part of the Norwalk Parking Authority’s “Art in Parking Places” initiative, an effort to support art in public spaces making Norwalk a more vibrant destination. The gallery is free and open to the public from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

 

Wesleyan Potters Student Exhibit

  Wesleyan Potters Student Exhibit February 26 – March 16.  Opening Reception: Thursday, February 27, 5pm –7pm. Wesleyan Potters Gallery/Shop is featuring clay, fiber and jewelry crafted by our talented students. Work by adults, teens and children will be on exhibit and some will be 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 www.wesleyanpotters.com

 

Higgins in Harlem Premieres at Playhouse on Park

WEST HARTFORD, CT- Higgins in Harlem, a modern reimagining of George Bernard Shaw's social commentary masterpiece, Pygmalion, which was the basis for the musical My Fair Lady, makes its world-premiere at Playhouse on Park.  This comedic and endearing classic is reset in Harlem in 1938, during the Harlem Renaissance, a time when the affluent Black society of Sugar Hill found itself at odds with the uneducated Blacks of Harlem struggling through the Great Depression.  With the energy of the Jazz Age and an entirely African American cast, Higgins in Harlem promises to be a fresh and entertaining twist on a classic.

 

This incredible cast includes: Kevyn Morrow - Broadway credits include The Scarlet Pimpernel (original cast), Smokey Joe’s Café (original cast), Dreamgirls (1987 revival) and A Chorus Line (1990 closing company) along with multiple Off Broadway, film and TV credits; Bob Johnson - Black Star Rising (Pulse Theatre Ensemble), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Richmond Theatre Collection), TV: Orange is the New Black; Geri-Nikole Love - Carlisle: A Different Three Sisters (La MaMa), Film/TV: Redrum, Grasp, Purpose Built; Jeffrey Cousar - The Piano Lesson (Pottstown, PA), Film: Franny; Phyllis Bowen - Film: Zero Hour, 419, After; Xenia Gray, Aurelia Clunie, and Vanessa Butler.

 

Lawrence Thelen, the playwright and director for the production, has previously written works such as Ichabod Crane Tells All, Pyramus and Thisbe, and The Third Wave. He is also the author of the book The Show Makers: Great Directors of the American Musical Theatre. Mr. Thelen has directed productions at the Ivoryton Playhouse, as well as the Cherry County Playhouse and the Thunder Bay Theatre, where he has served as Artistic Director for the latter two companies. He has also spent seven years as the Producing Associate and Literary Manager for Goodspeed Musicals.

 


Higgins in Harlem runs March 5th through March 23rd. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.playhouseonpark.org, or call 860-523-5900 x10. 

 

A.K. Smith Reading Series: Ian Smith

March 12, 2014

4:30PM in Smith House, Reese Room

 

Ian Smith, Professor of English, has published on Shakespeare, early modern drama, and postcolonial literature. He is the author of Race and Rhetoric in the Renaissance: Barbarian Errors (2009), with several essays appearing in Shakespeare Quarterly, Renaissance Drama, and Shakespeare Studies in addition to other major journals and critical anthologies. He is the recipient of various fellowships, including three Folger Shakespeare Library Fellowships, the Newberry Library Fellowship, the Clark Memorial Library Fellowship, and a Fulbright Fellowship. He is currently working on two book projects: Fabricated Identities: Racial Cross-Dressing on the Early Modern Stage that examines early modern blackface and racial impersonation in the theater; and Black Shakespeare that investigates Shakespeare and the politics of social blackness.

 

Zoo Tots

This program, which is for children 18 months to three years who are accompanied by an adult, may include activities, crafts, and live animals. This session, entitled “Animal March,” will explore how animals move. The cost is $10 for Zoo members and one child; $15 for non-members and one child. Participants may sign up for either day. To reserve a space in the program, pre-register by calling the Zoo's Education Department at 203-394-6563.

 

Look and See: In the Dark!

A program especially designed for children ages 3-5 years and their adult caregivers, who will explore the Museum’s exhibition In the Dark: Animal Survival Strategies through hands-on experiences, stories and more.

Children will explore the exhibition and then make their own animal of the dark! For reservations, call the Museum at 203-869-0376.