Thursday, November 8 2012

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Thursday, November 8 2012

Pueblo Pottery; Stories in Clay Exhibit

In the Rio Grande River Valley of central New Mexico and eastern Arizona, the Pueblos, a people spread over 19 communities, continue to practice their ancient art of pottery-making.  Descendents of the Anasazi, the Pueblo People, still use the traditional coiling methods and decorative patterns that have distinguished their work for centuries..

This exhibit compares and contrasts the unique style of each Pueblo community and highlights individual artists who have shaped this timeless craft.

 The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00am - 5:00pm* and Sunday 12:00pm to 5:00pm *      *Last admission 4:30pm



“Men of Color, To Arms!”

“Men of Color, To Arms!”

Thursday, November 8     7pm

Members: $5; Non-members: $8. For more information visit our website or register online at

Registration ends at noon on the day of the lecture.


The call to arms from impassioned abolitionist Frederick Douglass echoed the overwhelming sentiments of nearly 190,000 colored troops that joined the Union cause for the promise of freedom. 

David Koch, Assistant Professor of History at Housatonic Community College and David Naumec, Manchester Community College, will discuss this important turning point in the Civil War. Koch will discuss the 29th  and 30th Connecticut regiments, which saw service in the Civil War and ushered in an era of sweeping change in the state’s treatment of its African-American citizens.  

Naumec will discuss how race and identity lines became increasingly blurred in the 19th century and the issues that impacted Lincoln's decision to allow black soldiers to fight for the Union.


UConn Edwin Way Teale Lecture Series on Nature & the Environment

The Long Thaw: How Humans Are Changing the Next 100,000 Years of Earth's Climate
Dr. David Archer, Professor of Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago
Thursday, November 8, 4 p.m.
Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, Konover Auditorium
University of Connecticut, Storrs

The “evaporation” of fossil fuels into the atmosphere will have climate impacts that persist for hundreds of thousands of years. Many components of the Earth system, including the ice sheets, sea level, and parts of the carbon cycle such as permafrost peats and methane hydrates, will respond most strongly to a prolonged change in climate that CO2 emissions will produce. 

Dr. David Archer will discuss the human impact on the carbon cycle and climate within the context of geologic time. He has written a series of books on climate change, including Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast, a text for non-science major undergraduates. Other titles include The Long Thaw: How Humans Are Changing the Next 100,000 Years of Earth's Climate,The Climate Crisis, a summary of the IPCC Scientific Assessment, The Global Carbon Cycle, and The Warming Papers: The Scientific Foundation for the Climate Change Forecast. He is also a regular contributor to the climate science blog site

Presented by UConn’s Edwin Way Teale Lecture Series – bringing leading scholars and scientists to the University of Connecticut to present public lectures on nature and the environment. 860.486.4500 - 


Sounding the Silence & Memory and Transformation

Amy Browning’s exhibit, SOUNDING THE SILENCE, contains new work that is an exhilarating revelation of order within disorder.  Pre-ordained rules yield to the mysterious needs of the canvas. The title and theme for Joe Saccio’s exhibit, MEMORY AND TRANSFORMATION, stems from his discovery when working on a four foot by twenty-foot section of a hollow black oak tree trunk. The artist divided the old hollow trunk into three six foot sections and split each vertically to create three triptychs, or three open books revealing the old tree’s inner life and history.


Franklin Street Works celebrates its one-year with the original exhibition 'Working Alternatives'

Franklin Street Works presents the original exhibition Working Alternatives: Breaking Bread, Art Broadcasting, and Collective Action, on view from October 27, 2012 - January 13, 2013. The exhibition looks at three threads of alternative art space histories and examines how engaged, inclusive strategies are still being used to break down perceived barriers between contemporary art and its audiences. The themes covered in Working Alternatives are conviviality and food, artists who use media (newspapers, television, and radio) as platforms for artworks, and artist collectives in the US, explored through an open archive gathered specifically for this exhibition.

Originally Working Alternatives was designed to be the backdrop for our first annual fundraiser, but Franklin Street Works is postponing that event until the spring so the indoor/outdoor extravaganza will coincide with warmer weather and have less proximity to long-standing regional art events. If you saved the date for our fundraiser, however, don’t despair and keep it on your calendars – there is still a party! Working Alternatives will open on the same night, October 27, from 5 p.m. -8 p.m. with a free, public reception. The evening will include a lively performance of San Francisco artist Tom Marioni’s “Drinking Beer Sonata with 13 Players” where thirteen people will create music by blowing into beer bottles based on Marioni’s instructions.

For Working Alternatives, curators Mackenzie Schneider, Terri C Smith, and Jess Wilcox explore three threads of alternative art platforms and production: conviviality and food as components in alternative art space programming and mission (Wilcox); artists using media such as radio, television, and newspapers as alternative venues for presenting work (Schneider); and artist collectives presented in a living archive with weekly changing exhibitions using archive materials (Smith). In addition to historical examples, the exhibition also includes original artworks by contemporary artists that reflect and expand on the showʼs themes. Working Alternatives’ artists include: Paul Branca, Jaime Davidovich, ESP TV, Group Material, Ann Hirsch, Tom Marioni, Anna Ostoya, Legacy Russell, Chris Sollars and Jerome Waag. Franklin Street Works is also excited to collaborate on several off-site artworks, including the live radio broadcast of an Ann Hirsch performance on WPKN, Bridgeport, and collages by Anna Ostoya in the Stamford Advocate via four, monthly ads during the show’s run. 


Guilford Art Center's Artistry Holiday Sale of Fine American Craft

Guilford Art Center's annual Artistry Holiday Sale of Fine American Craft features handmade works by more than 300 artists from across America, including pottery, jewelry, glass, fiber, ornaments, accessories, toys, specialty foods and more. New works are added throughout the course of the event, encouraging visitors to return to find one-of-a-kind finds. Support American artists, the arts, and small businesses.


Brookfield Craft Center Holiday Exhibition

Brookfield Craft Center’s 37th Annual Holiday Exhibition will feature an extraordinary collection of contemporary American craft for the holidays: handmade works by more than 140 selected artists in jewelry, wearable fiber, ceramics, toys, glass, wood, paper and steel. All purchases benefit the Craft Center’s education programs, and provide support for independent artists. This Holiday sale will kick off with a Special Members only preview November 2nd. Consider becoming a member today. For more information on membership for Gallery hours please visit or call 203-775-4526. 




music & public life: anthony seeger talk with rain arbo & daisy mayhem and Cross Street A.M.E. Zion Church Choir

Distinguished professor of Ethnomusicology and Director of the Ethnomusicology Archive at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music Anthony Seeger will give the keynote address: “Can We Safeguard Disappearing Musical Traditions? And if We Can, Should We?” He has published numerous articles focused on issues of land and human rights for Brazilian Indians, archiving and intellectual property, and ethnomusicological theory and method. Mr. Seeger was the Executive Producer of all recordings issued on the Smithsonian Folkways label between 1988 and 2000. His keynote address will be followed at 7:45pm by performances by two Middletown groups: Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, a gleeful string band with sparkling original songs as well as a repertoire that spans 150 years of American music; and the Cross Street A.M.E. Zion Church Choir, singing contemporary gospel, praise and worship music under the direction of Wesleyan University Adjunct Professor of Music and vibraphonist Jay Hoggard.





A live Multimedia Journey through the Historic Rock 'N' Roll Archives of legendary NY radio personality Dennis Elsas

Wednesday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Carte Blanche: FREE | Members: $6 | Students & Seniors: $8 | Nonmembers: $11

Rock 'N' Roll Never Forgets with Dennis Elsas

ABOUT THE PROGRAM: For more than 35 years, Dennis Elsas has been one of the most influential voices in FM radio. During his time at the legendary WNEW-FM and continuing today on WFUV and Sirius/XM Classic Vinyl, Elsas has interviewed rock legends including John Lennon, Elton John, Jerry Garcia, Pete Townshend and more. Join Dennis for this live presentation of interview highlights, reflections on growing up with Top 40 AM radio and his unique perspective as a pioneer of the progressive FM radio revolution. Click here for a  preview of this show and Dennis’ archives


ABOUT DENNIS ELSAS: One of New York’s most popular radio personalities and recognized as a rock authority, Dennis Elsas is well-known for his creative musical programming and history making interviews with rock legends. Today Dennis broadcasts from New York City on 90.7 WFUV and nationally on Sirius/XM Classic Vinyl (26). His 1974 interview with John Lennon is highly regarded and was recently featured in the PBS film “Lennon NYC.” Dennis is also a leading voiceover artist and is heard widely in commercials, documentaries and promos.