Sunday, March 23 2014

Format: 2014/11/27

Sunday, March 23 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.

 

Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre

As seen on The Tonight ShowLetterman, and America's Got Talent, Gregory Popovich's Comedy Pet Theater is a blend of unique comedy, world-championship juggling, and the extraordinary talents of performing pets.

His amazing cast of dogs and cats have been rescued from animal shelters and transformed into Vegas stars! Back by popular demand, don't miss this delightful and crowd-pleasing show.

Who said you can't train cats?! 

Recommended for all ages

Kids activities 1 hour prior to show

 

 

Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre

As seen on The Tonight ShowLetterman, and America's Got Talent, Gregory Popovich's Comedy Pet Theater is a blend of unique comedy, world-championship juggling, and the extraordinary talents of performing pets.

His amazing cast of dogs and cats have been rescued from animal shelters and transformed into Vegas stars! Back by popular demand, don't miss this delightful and crowd-pleasing show.

Who said you can't train cats?! 

Recommended for all ages.

 

 

 

Music Haven presents: "Musical Anniversary Bash with Friends"

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Music Haven presents: "Musical Anniversary Bash with Friends"
 
Unitarian Society of New Haven, 700 Hartford Turnpike, Hamden
4 p.m.
 
Celebrate the 250th anniversaries of Jean-Marie Leclair & Pietro Antonio Fiocco at this festive performance by Music
 
Haven artists and special guests! Leclair’s and Fiocco’s violin works will be combined with works by Dvorak, Coldplay and more.
4:00 p.m.: Pre-concert Talk
 
5:00 p.m.: Concert  
 
Admission: $20, $10 students, seniors & USNH members.
 
Tickets available at musichavenct.org/concerts
 
For more info on Music Haven, please see www.musichavenct.org or call 203-745-9030.
 

The Book of Mormon

Nine 2011 Tony Awards.  The Book of Mormon follows two young missionaries who are sent to Uganda to try to convert citizens to the Mormon religion.

One missionary, Elder Price, is an enthusiastic go-getter with a strong dedication to his faith, while his partner, Elder Cunningham, is a socially awkward but well-meaning nerd whose tendency to embroider the truth soon lands him in trouble.

Upon their arrival in Africa, Elders Price and Cunningham learn that in a society plagued by AIDS, poverty and violence, a successful mission may not be as easy as they expected.

Contains explicit language.

 

Simsbury Community Band Spring Concert

The Simsbury Community Band will be performing a free spring concert on March 23, 2014 at 3:00 PM. Please join us for an afternoon of great music followed by some light refreshments.

 

Mandell JCC Hartford Jewish Film Festival

Hit Films, Big Stars, Hot Topics and Cool Parties Coming March 20-30, 2014;                                                                                Mandell JCC Hartford Jewish Film Festival Grows, Spanning Cinematic Jewniverse

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 The 18th Annual Mandell JCC Hartford Jewish Film Festival rolls out the red carpet for Hollywood legends, Oscar hopefuls, sleuths and spies, glitzy singers and a gutsy beauty queen March 20 – 30, 2014, with    23 features, thrillers, romantic comedies, shorts and documentaries from 13 countries, screening in 5 venues over 10 days.

Bank-robbing oldsters, thrill-seeking youngsters and Big Apple hipsters share the spotlight with larger-than-life historical heroes, talking animals and even a singing Jewish cowgirl at Connecticut’s largest Jewish global cinema event. Parties, live concerts and Reel Talk conversations with visiting filmmakers and musicians, an author, film subjects, historians and experts will enhance many films. For the first time, the Festival presents free student screening events at one high schools and six university campuses in Hartford, Farmington, New Britain, New Haven, Storrs and West Hartford.

 

 

DancEnlight presents Zen Landscape

Saturday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, March 23 at 2:00 p.m.

 

Artistic Director: Lorelei Chang

Guest Choreographer and Performer: Mai Nakanishi

Guest Musician: Joseph Getter

Lighting Designer: Karl Messerschmidt

Film Maker: Lorraine Young 

Over the years, Lorelei Chang has become increasingly captivated by the Japanese rock garden, Kare-Sansui, or dry landscape. During her most recent visit, the distinctive gardens along with the Japanese culture, its people and their way of life inspired her to create an exciting new dance production.  

While Lorelei was born and raised in China, she travels frequently to Japan and understands the intimate cultural relationship between the two countries. The "rock garden", though originating in China, was enhanced by Japan, which embraced its Zen nature and simplicity of design in harmony with the country's traditionally simple way of life. This principle is so infused in the Asian mind and soul, it is said that its painting, calligraphy, poetry, religion and meditation influence one another and thus are intertwined. 

The concert starts with a brilliant film by Lorraine Young. The dancers will be accompanied by long –time collaborator Joseph Getter playing beautiful live music. DancEnlight is thrilled to have the Chinese-Japanese guest performer and choreographer Mai Nakanishi returning for another inspiring performance.

 

 

 

41st Annual Connecticut Spring Antiques Show

The CT Spring Antiques Show is the premiere show for pre-1840 American furniture, fine art, folk art, porcelain, pottery and much more. Called the “grand dame” of New England antiques shows, this year marks the show's 41st anniversary.

Saturday: 10am-5pm

Sunday: 11am-4pm

Dealers will be presenting booth chats on both days.  Please see website for details.

 

Sea Tea Improv's FREE Comedy Show at City Steam Brewery

 Eat, drink, laugh, and shout suggestions as Sea Tea Improv's team of professional comedians host an evening of improvised comedy at City Steam Brewery's Brew Ha Ha Comedy Club, 942 Main Street, in Hartford, CT. Their work has been featured on ESPN, NPR, WFSB, and more. Best of all, admission is FREE!

See why the Hartford Advocate recognized Sea Tea Improv's monthly show as one of the top things to do in Hartford. Enjoy City Steam's dinner menu and locally brewed beers while performers take suggestions from you and weave them into comedic scenes.

On Sunday, March 23, the comedy club doors open at 6PM for seating and food. Improv begins at 7PM. Call ahead to City Steam at 860-525-1600 to reserve seats. All ages are welcome. Due to the sale of alcohol, those under the age of 21 must be accompanied by a legal guardian.

http://seateaimprov.com

 

Silent Poem, Spoken Light

 The Kehler Liddell Gallery is pleased to present “Silent Poem, Spoken Light” with work by Maureen M. Squires and Sarah Beth Goncarova, on view March 20 - April 20, 2014. An Opening Reception will be held on Sunday, March 23, 3:00 - 6:00pm. On April 5 from 3:00 - 5:00pm, there will be a poetry reading and artist-led discussion with poet Judith Vollmer, Professor of English, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, featuring poems from her newest work The Water Books. Both events are free and open to the public.

 

The exhibition “Silent Poem, Spoken Light,” explores one of the most integral yet continuously perplexing questions of the art-making practice; how does one create work that is highly communicative yet largely unspoken? Artists Maureen M. Squires and Sarah Beth Goncarova examine this concept through calligraphy, poetry, painting and installation. Through using vastly different media, both artists look to natural forms as metaphor and message, drawing parallels between inner and outer landscapes.

 

Painter and calligrapher Maureen M. Squires interprets the words of writers and poets through paint and ink. Through the use of color, illustration, illumination, alphabet and gesture, she both abstracts and clarifies the meaning of the words. Movement and gesture are key components of Squires’ practice, making work that is at the same time bold and subtle, beautiful and evocative.

 

Like Squires’ luscious calligraphic works, the installations of Sarah Beth Goncarova tease metaphor from imagery of the natural world. Using intricate combinations of sewing and circuitry, Goncarova creates otherworldly illusions of seemingly natural phenomena. The fragile branches of her piece The Cherry Tree beckon the viewer in—Goncarova’s own invitation to the viewer to become part of the work itself. Only when the viewer enters the tree crown does the tree surprisingly awaken. In her piece The Web, women quietly weave at an ancient loom, creating a magnificent web out of spider silk and dew drops. In both pieces, we are drawn into another world, that entirely of Goncarova’s own making.

 

Squires’ background in Fine Arts began formally at Seton Hill University, where she majored in painting and where she first studied calligraphy. This took her to Carnegie Mellon University where she studied Advanced Calligraphy for two years with noted calligrapher and type-designer Arnold Bank. Over the years, Squires has studied with many notable lettering artists, but studying with Bank was a turning point in her approach to the alphabet and painting. Since then, Squires’ work has become an exploration of letters and words through paint, interpreting the words of favorite poets with abstract forms and graceful brushwork. Her tools range from traditional steel nibs, to brushes to reeds to bamboo. Her preferred media are ink, gouache, Japanese watercolors and acrylics.

 

Goncarova earned degrees in sculpture and architecture at Virginia Commonwealth University and University of Maryland, and has worked for the theater as costumer, puppetmaker and scenic designer. Her art practice has evolved to include such varied media as painting, textiles, light, dance, sound and animatronics. To date she is a finalist for the 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship for installation/performance.

 

Squires and Goncarova offer visually and conceptually compelling work in “Silent Poem, Spoken Light,” rewarding the curious and even quickening the pulse.

 

Kehler Liddell Gallery is located at 873 Whalley Avenue in New Haven, Connecticut. Gallery hours are Thursday through Friday from 11:00am - 4:00pm: Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am - 4:00pm. 

 

Lois Eldridge: 100 Pears – 50 Years of Clay, Wesleyan Potters Gallery/Shop

 Wesleyan Potters is hosting a very special show celebrating Lois Eldridge’s fifty years as a potter.  For me, it is an amazing process to take clay and to imagine all of the things it can become: a sculpture, a bowl, a pear, or a birdbath.  Anyone who hasn’t had his or her hands in clay is missing a wonderful experience.”

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 20, 5 - 7. 

Lois Eldridge:’s work will be on exhibit and for sale during regular gallery hours. At Wesleyan Potters 350 S Main St, Route 17, Middletown, CT, Gallery hours: Wed 

 

First Congregational Church of Griswold Annual Auction

 The Sixth Annual Auction of the First Congregational Church of Griswold, 878 Voluntown Rd., Griswold, CT will be held on March 22, 2014. 

Viewing of items begins at 4:30 PM and the auction starts at 5 PM.  Antiques, weekend trips, gift boxes and many other fun and interesting things will be auctioned off.  If you have questions please call Andrea at 860-376-0102.

 

 

 

Bobby Valentine discusses Baseball at the Trumbull Library

Join us for Bobby's colorful impressions, opinions, and memories from all of baseball: high school, college and professional; managerial and media! Drop in.

For more information about Trumbull ‘s One Book One Town book selection and event schedule visit here.