Thursday, January 24 2013

Format: 2015/03/05

Thursday, January 24 2013

Donald Axleroad: “Disintegration of Truth & Trust”

A new series of work created in response to current events and the contemporary issues of today’s world.  Through imagery and symbols, the artist explores the dissolution of American culture; a time and place where dishonesty has become the norm, and for many, innocence has been lost and the American Dream has been shattered.

GALLERY HOURS: Wednesday – Saturday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

January 6th through February 17th, 2013



Tina Rohrer: “A Commitment to Color, Movement and Geometry”

This new exhibit is a tribute, honoring the life and art of Tina Rohrer, who passed away in the summer of 2012.  The selection of work, in a variety of media, expresses the artists’ love of movement and color through geometric constructions.

GALLERY HOURS: Wednesday – Saturday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday: 1 p.m.– 5 p.m.

January 6 - February 17, 2013



Historical Exhibit: “The Silvermine Print Collection”

Showcasing a selection of works from the current Silvermine print collection, which consists of over 200 prints from renowned artists.

GALLERY HOURS: Wednesday – Saturday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday: 1 p.m.– 5 p.m.

January 6th through February 17th, 2013



New Members Exhibition

Each year in the spring and fall, artists are selected, through a jurying process to become new members of the Silvermine Guild of Artists.  This exhibit showcases the works of five new Guild Artist members inducted in the spring and fall of 2012. The new members include: Mindy Green, Shelby Head, Heather Houston, Lara Ivanovic, and Hank Paper.

GALLERY HOURS: Wednesday – Saturday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday: 1 p.m.– 5 p.m.

January 6th through February 17th, 2013         




French Cinematheque: MAX AND THE JUNKMEN


Co-presented by the Alliance Française of Greenwich

(Max et les Ferrailleurs)

Newly restored 35mm print!

Thursday, January 24 at 7:30 p.m.

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

Max and the Junkman

ABOUT THE FILM: Never before released in U.S. theaters, Claude Sautet’s elegant and sophisticated crime drama stars the great Michel Piccoli as Max, a Paris detective hellbent on justice at any cost after watching one too many wily criminals slip through his fingers. Following a chance encounter with Abel (Bernard Fresson), an Army buddy now working as a scrap collector (most of whose “scrap” just happens to be stolen), Max decides to lure Abel and his gang into committing a bank robbery ... so that he can then catch them red-handed. So Max poses as a wealthy banker and begins a series of illicit rendezvous with the high-class prostitute Lily (Romy Schneider), who happens to be Abel’s girlfriend, carefully dropping hints about a bank that’s just waiting to be knocked over. But there’s one thing the cold-hearted Max doesn’t factor into his diabolical scheme: the possibility of falling in love. A taut thriller with the heart of a great melodrama, MAX ET LES FERRAILLEURS makes its belated arrival in American theaters in a restored 35mm print featuring new English subtitles by Lenny Borger. In French with English subtitles | 107 minutes.


Attack of the Space Nymphos from the Planet Uranus

Strange gaseous emissions . . . Amazonian female space aliens . . . items hurling from space heading toward planet earth . . . just another day at the award-winning Hole in the Wall Theater (HITW) in New Britain!

 Attack of the Space Nymphos from Uranus, the latest from local playwright Bill Arnold, will be making its maiden voyage on January 11, 2013 and first stop – Hole in the Wall Theater.
Attack of the Space Nymphos from Uranus is acomedy that pays homage to the classic Sci-Fi movies and TV shows from the 1950’s and features a wild array of characters, recognizable to anyone who’s a fan of this genre. 

Attack of the Space Nymphos from Uranus is written and directed by Bill Arnold and produced by Rebekah Poppel. Performances will run Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm from January 11 through February 2, 2013, with a 2:00 pm matinee onSunday, January 20,and an 8:00 pm showonThursday, January 31.

 Tickets are $20 for general audiences, $15 for students and seniors, and “Pay What You Can” night is Friday, January 18.

For reservations, directions, and other theater information, please go to and/or call 860.229.3049.


Business B.A.S.I.C.S.

Time:  9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Repeat seminar:  Thursday, 1/24/13, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Business Basics, Assessment, Self-Employment, Information, and Concept for Start-ups

 Are you an aspiring entrepreneur? Are you a current business owner considering an expansion? These workshops are designed to assist you in assessing your business concept and your personal readiness for self-employment or expansion. Consider important questions about business ownership, evaluate your business concept in a dynamic group setting and plan action steps to reach your goal.



Register now for DAC Winter/Spring Classes

 Have you resolved to get in shape for the New Year? Learn a new instrument or skill? Perfect a creative technique? Let the Darien Arts Center help. Nestled behind town hall, the DAC teaches more than you might think, with classes available for all ages and skill levels in Theatre, Art, Dance and Music.

Dance offerings help class members keep in shape from challenging Pilates to elegant ballet and balance the physical and mental in Martial Arts for the whole family. Many classes still have openings for dancers of all ages. A new class called “Just Beginnings” welcomes those who were too young in the fall and turn 3 by January 1st.

Following the success of new group classes for Birth through Pre-K, the Music department is happy to announce group guitar and ukulele lessons and a new Preschool drop-off class. A new performance group, the DAC Children’s Chorus is seeking young vocalists aged 9-13. Registration is ongoing for one-on-one lessons for voice, piano, guitar and more.

Theatre classes create confidence that carries over into all aspects of a child’s life, as well as giving them an outlet for creativity outside of school. Each class culminates in a performance for friends and family. The newest offering, Think on your Feet: Intro to Improv, helps children apply quick thinking and adaptive decision making to the world of acting. These classes begin in mid-February, but early registration is recommended: classes can fill up!

Attend a visual arts class or workshop and unleash your creative spirit in a relaxing way. Whatever your medium of choice is, or whatever you’d like to explore, the DAC offers something for everyone. Both children and adults can make a semester long commitment to learn, or take one of our special workshops.

Information regarding all programs may be accessed on the DAC’s website at, or by calling the office at 203-655-8683.



Long Time Gone: Words & Music by Bob Dylan

Long Time Gone, a theatrical biography, tells the story of one of the most intriguing and influential figures ever, entirely through his words and music. At intimate & historic, Lyric Hall, blues master Guy Davis & acclaimed singer-songwriter, BettySoo will perform the songs in personal interpretations.  Between the songs, Peter Landecker as Dylan speaks to the audience & re-creates interviews, one in each act.  



"HANDS IN THE PADDY - Twenty years of humanitarian work in Vietnam."

 On Thursday, January 24, at 7:00 pm, the Social Justice Council of the Unitarian Society of Hartford presents Mike Boehm, Executive Director of Madison Quakers, Inc. with a slide presentation and discussion of a series of current peace and reconciliation projects in Vietnam. The event will be at 50 Bloomfield Ave, Hartford and is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted for the non-profit Madison Quakers, Inc.

These humanitarian projects of Madison Quakers, Inc. have been covered by media from around the world including, here in the U.S., Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! and Mike Wallace of 60 Minutes.

For more information about Madison Quakers, Inc. humanitarian projects in Vietnam please visit


Opening Reception for group exhibition, Your Content Will Return Shortly

 Virtually since television’s invention, artists have used its form, content, and media to create artworks whose intentions range from homage to critique. Your Content Will Return Shortly is a group exhibition that explores how contemporary artists harness the in-between moments of our television experiences. By taking their cues from the physical and functional qualities of television and a variety of elements associated with broadcasting, they touch on phenomena that include: advertising; laugh tracks; the affects of VHS, DVD and remote control devices on viewing habits; public service announcements; and nuanced observations of the relationship between spectacle and cable news.  The exhibition is on view from January 24 – March 24, 2013, at Franklin Street Works with a free public reception on Thursday, January 24, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Exhibiting artists include: Christopher DeLaurenti, Eric Gottesman, Jonathan Horowitz, Sophy Naess, Jeff Ostergren, Lucy Raven, Martha Rosler, Catherine Ross, Emily Roz, Carmelle Safdie, and Siebren Versteeg. 

With Your Content Will Return Shortly, television is explored as both medium and subject. “Early exhibitions such as TV as a Creative Medium organized by gallerist Howard Wise in 1969 posited that video could be art, and that televisions would become as important to contemporary exhibitions as paint, canvas and other traditional materials,” says the exhibition’s curator Terri C Smith, “This show was inspired by a desire to connect my own research on historic video exhibitions and readings in media theory -- including texts by David Joselit and Marshall McLuhan -- with observations of our own contemporary relationships with ‘television,’ which for many is streamed at will via a laptop, bypassing the TV set altogether.”

Rather than taking a comprehensive view of television as inspiration in contemporary art, Your Content Will Return Shortly, as the title implies, explores contemporary works that highlight televised elements tangential to the main narrative arc -- our “stories”. This exhibition brings to light the physical, stylistic, and economic elements that surround the narrative arcs of situation comedies, melodramas, news features, etc.  Exhibiting artists Jeff Ostergren and Martha Rosler focus on advertising in their works. With Global Taste, Rosler creates a three-channel work that brilliantly appropriates food advertisements from the 1980s. In Jeff Ostergren’s two-channel video Stimulus, pharmaceutical ads are deconstructed shifting focus to specific components such as health warnings.  Ostergren asserts that the commercials are in fact the true content of our television experience, writing, “Advertisements are vehicles of capital.  Despite our understanding of them as the filler surrounding our programming content (news, sporting events, sitcoms), in reality, commercials ARE the content - the programming they surround are sublimated by the lurking capital that funds them, that relates to the content, that is geared towards a target audience, a focus-group-determined viewer.”

Artists Jonathan Horowitz, Sopy Naess, Catherine Ross, Emily Roz, and Carmelle Safdie pull from specific and seemingly unimportant elements from televised narratives, reminding us of the devices such as laugh tracks, physical comedy, and repeated plot motifs that are interwoven throughout. In Roz’s work Death by Mel the artist takes Polaroid photographs of the TV set to capture scenes where actors are killed by Mel Gibson, “Archiving images from films into sub-groups strips them of their original meaning within a narrative and places them into reliable and familiar categories,” writes Roz, “An image of a president immediately brings to mind an entire genre without specifying any one film. Grouping many similar images reminds us of what we come to expect from certain genres and how those devices signal the moviegoer to understand and accept certain pretexts without question.” Similarly, Catherine Ross, who often uses old sitcoms as her material, feels that “Isolating the movements of humans and/or objects, … create new sequences that reveal an inseparable relationship between motion and sound … movement reveals an inherent awkwardness, a humor that echoes our vulnerabilities.”

Christopher DeLaurenti, Lucy Raven and Siebren Versteeg pay close attention to the physical and operative aspects of television. With Prop, Versteeg seems to “prop” a plasma screen on the wall with a long stick. The video on the monitor features someone spelling words in the sand with a stick. The first impression of the television is that it’s a sculptural element, followed by its role in conveying a moving image – with this Versteeg actively reverses the viewer’s usual dynamic with the television set. In Remote DeLaurenti’s 2002 performance employs a television remote control and TV set to create an audio work, flipping channels in order to make random sound patterns. Listening to the piece eleven years later, the antiquated sounds of an older technology are surprisingly audible. Mining the history, geography, and mix of commerce and community in cable access, Lucy Raven invents a public service announcement that elucidates the journey from taping to broadcast, including shared land use and other economies. In her work 4:3, a scrolling text reads in part, “The exchange is asymmetrical: images and sound travel from the production studio to the home and into the TV via copper cable wire, and money from the couch potato travels to the cable company via US mail. You can check if your payment went through by turning on your television.”

As Raven’s text implies, Your Content Will Return Shortly looks beyond the screen and asks questions about the cultural circuitry surrounding television as well as its relationship to daily life and contemporary art. Using videos, photographs, Internet, and sculptural elements, the artists in Your Content Will Return Shortly provide insights into the structures and languages of television, reminding viewers that their relationships with the commerce, programming, and operational structures of TV are multifaceted and extend far beyond the living room


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:  For further information, visit the ECSO website at: or friend us on Face Book.