Friday, March 1 2013

Format: 2015/03/05

Friday, March 1 2013

Legends of Rock: THE MOODY BLUES


Shelley Archives Presents 
Legends of Rock Live

RARE CLIPS (1970-1980s)

Hosted by Music Archivist Bill Shelley

Thursday, February 28 at 7:30 p.m.

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

The Moody Blues

ABOUT THE FILM: The Moody Blues footage will include promo films, live concerts and television shows from Europe and the U.S. and feature “Nights in White Satin,” “Tuesday Afternoon,” “Ride My See Saw,” “Legend of a Mind,” “Voices in the Sky,” “I’m Just a Singer in a Rock and Roll Band,” “Question” and many more. The Moody Blues started in the early 1960s as a British blues band. It wasn’t until 1964, when their first singer, Denny Laine sang “Go Now!” that they had their first hit. After Lane quit the group in 1966, they reinvented themselves with singer/songwriters Justin Heywood and bassist John Lodge and made the album, Days of Future Past with smash hits “Nights in White Satin” and “Tuesday Afternoon.” In English | 110 minutes.

Bill Shelley

ABOUT BILL SHELLEY: Bill Shelley has been filming since the 1970s when he recorded bands Twisted Sister and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, then he directed music videos for Public Enemy. Shelley Archives was started in 1985 and today the company has over 100,000 reels of original 35mm and 16mm films in its archives and over 10,000 hours of rare concerts, television shows, promos, interviews, out-takes and home movies. Preservation of films and music clips is the main focus of the organization.


75°, An Urban Greenhouse Party

Tired of the cold? Join us at KNOX’s 75°, An Urban Greenhouse Party on March 1! For one night only, KNOX is transforming its greenhouse into beautifully lighted, exotic rainforest. Enjoy the sights, sounds, and flavors of the tropics while you shake off those winter chills with the music of DJ Joe E. The party kicks off at 7PM in the KNOX Greenhouse at 75 Laurel St., Hartford, CT 06106.


- Delicious food, beer, and wine (food and drinks included with cost of admission)

- Tropical atmosphere

- Music by DJ Joe E

- Silent auction

- Surprise guests

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Members call for a special discount. Tickets may be purchased at or by calling KNOX at 860-951-7694 ext. 21. Free on-site parking is available.

All proceeds benefit Hartford's environment- join us and support a great cause!




CT Museum of Natural History & Archaeology Center: Winter Escapes & Spring Adventures

The Connecticut State Museum of Natural History
and Connecticut Archaeology Center
part of CLAS at UConn



Maple Sugaring
George Bailey, Bailey's Maple Syrup and Honey, Storrs, CT
Saturday, March 2, 10 am to 12 noon
Storrs, CT (directions will be sent to participants)
Advance registration required:
$20 ($15 for Museum members)
Adults and children ages 10 and above. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Look Up! Viewing Winter’s Night Sky
Dr. Cynthia Peterson, Physics, UConn
Friday, March 8, 6 pm
UConn Storrs location
(directions will be sent to participants)
Advance registration required: $20 ($15 for Museum members)
Adults and children ages 8 and above. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Deep-Sea Tube Worms: Life By The Hydrothermal Vents
Dr. Spencer Nyholm, Molecular and Cell Biology, UConn
Saturday, March 9, 3 pm
Connecticut State Museum of Natural History, UConn Storrs
No registration required – FREE
Adults and children ages 8 and above. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Connecticut Curiosities
Joan Allen, Home & Garden Education Center, UConn
Saturday, March 23, 3 pm
Connecticut State Museum of Natural History, UConn Storrs
No registration required – FREE
Adults and children ages 10 and above. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Don’t miss out on exciting community events, workshops, family activities, field learning, and notable presentations this season. For a full listing of programs and registration information visit or call 860.486.4460

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Mt. Washington Century Ride Registration OPEN

The Mt. Washington Century ride is fast becoming known as New England’s Most Challenging Centurytm.  We have mountain passes that thrill the eye and challenge the soul. For those wanting to ‘test their personal best’, the Mt. Washington Century Ride is it!   Prizes, support vehicles, aid stations, on site theraputic sports masage.  No landscape rivals the natural beauty of Mt. Washington and the Presidential Range, and a Century Ride through three notches and around the base of New England’s tallest mountain is without equal. The 100-mile route supports the Tin Mountain Conservation Center  and it’s great work promoting an appreciation for the natural world while instilling the bedrock principles of sound stewardship and sustainable lifestyles.   Abbreviated 40- and 80-mile routes provide wonderful rides for those wanting a little less than a Century.


"Nudes and Nudibranchs'

 Award-winning painter Frank Bruckmann and sculptor Gar Waterman will exhibit their most recent  work at the Kehler Liddell Gallery: "Nudes and Nudibranchs," from February 7- March 10, 2013. Frank Bruckmann and Gar Waterman are both traditionalists who use direct observation of nature and carefully applied technique to craft their work. Bruckmann's brushstrokes caress oil paint with an expert and familiar hand into the eternally complex landscape of the female figure, while Waterman's sculpture bends the liquid sheen of polished stone into impressions of rhythm and grace from the marine environment. 


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,


(Re)viewing Bodies: Selected American Photographs

Since the invention of photography, viewers have responded with immediacy to photographs of people. Roland Barthes wrote about the indexical nature of the photograph--the fact that "that has been," the evidence that a certain person once stood in front of the camera. “(Re)viewing Bodies: Selected American Photographs” examines the ways in which 20th-century American photographers have represented the body, whether as subject or compositional element. Topics include the abstracted or fragmented body, the body and labor, the body and performance, the body in social situations, and the body in pain. The exhibition includes works by Diane Arbus, Larry Burrows, Harry Callahan, Judy Dater, Gordon Parks, and Jerry Uelsmann. Organized by Wesleyan University students in the Museum Studies seminar, the show includes more than fifty American photographs from the Davison Art Center collection.


Opening Reception: Thursday, February 7, 2013 from 5pm to 7pm; Gallery Talk by student curators at 5:30pm


Gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 4pm.




The New Transnationalism of Music Symposium

Beverly Diamond (St. John's Memorial University, Newfoundland), Anne Rasmussen (The College of William & Mary), Aram Sinnreich ‘94 (Rutgers University), Marc Perlman ’94 Ph.D. (Brown University), and Joshua Tucker (Brown University) will engage with Wesleyan faculty and ethnomusicology graduate students on the ways that today's international systems, circuits, and grassroots activists are changing music globally. 

This symposium is part of "Music & Public Life", a yearlong campus and community-wide exploration, celebrating and studying the sounds, words, and spirit of music at the local, national, and transnational levels through concerts, workshops, gatherings, and courses, all designed to cross disciplines.


Senior Recital - Jordan Lewis

A senior music recital—“Electronic Works”—by Jordan Lewis.


Puppetsweat Theater-"Tragical Mirth: A History of the Atlantic Ocean"

Puppetsweat Theater and its co-founder, Theater Department Artist in Residence Leslie Weinberg, present “Tragical Mirth,” a kaleidoscopic examination of humanity’s mis/use of the ever-changing ocean and its resources. The folktale “The Fisherman and His Wife” is employed as a point of departure. The performance is an interactive work in progress, intended to elicit feedback and comments from the audience. With both lyricism and anarchic humor, science and satire, the work begins to explore natural and human systems that are increasingly coming in conflict in the 21st century. All who are interested in this exhaustive subject are invited to participate in the development of this new work. Parental guidance is advised due to puppet nudity, puppet violence, and some adult language.

Commissioned by the Creative Campus Initiative of the Center for the Arts with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.



SOUND HALL and Interdisciplinary Performance Studies at Yale (IPSY) present



New Haven, CT, February 15, 2013 – SOUND HALL, along with the Interdisciplinary Performance Studies at Yale (IPSY), will present a unique and exciting spring program of public events exploring the role of art in daily life.  The program will feature performances, workshops, public meetings and a symposium exploring the poetics of encounter. IPSY is partnering with the Eli Whitney Museum, INTERCAMBIO, Sound Hall, People’s Arts Collective of New Haven, as well as local artists and activists, to create dialogue and exchange between diverse New Haven communities.


The Workcenter’s Open Program centers on the very essence of theatre: the moment of meaningful contact between human beings. The group's performances range from the raucous to the subtle and are constantly and undeniably infectious. The current works juxtapose the poetry of Allen Ginsberg, traditional songs from the south of the United States, and original compositions, through which the actors of the Open Program transform the poetic word into living action. André Gregory (Alice in Wonderland, My Dinner with André) writes: “I have not been able to get this beautiful work out of my head. The work is original, unique, passionate and filled with life. With the exception of Peter Brook's work, it's the only work I've truly loved in the last thirty years.”   All events are free and open to the public.  Seating is limited.  RSVP for your seat.  For more information, visit:


Program of Events

February 22 & 23, 2013 – 8:00 PM, ELECTRIC PARTY SONGS (Cabaret-style performance) Calhoun Cabaret, 189 Elm Street, New Haven, CT 06511

                  ELECTRIC PARTY SONGS is a flow of songs and actions based on the poetry Allen Ginsberg.  Members of this international group elaborated and composed all of the songs, generating a stylistically diverse body of music, drawing inspiration from blues, rock, pop, punk, and traditional sources.


February 28 & March 1, 2013 – 8:00 PM, I AM AMERICA (Performance), Set built by children at the Eli Whitney Museum.  Whitney Theater, 53 Wall Street, New Haven, CT 06511

                  I AM AMERICA brings the poetry of Allen Ginsberg to life in a performance with language culled from Ginsberg’s poetry as well as calls, shouts and traditional songs from the south of the United States. The performance unfolds around fragments of Ginsberg's poem “America.”



March 2, 2013 – 11 AM – 4 PM, SYMPOSIUM: POETRY AS A PRACTICE OF ENCOUNTER Whitney Theater, 53 Wall Street, New Haven, CT 06511



March 3, 2013 – 4 PM, ELECTRIC PARTY SONGS (An experiment in the potentialities of a party as a form of art) BAR, 254 Crown Street, New Haven, CT 06511.  Special guest DJ: Dave Coon


Hartford Art School Alumni Forum: Not Starving Artists


Learn more about our alumni/artists, their career paths, successes and failures, and their common bond by joining us at the Hartford Art School Alumni Forum.

This is the second in a series of lively, unscripted conversations in the Hartford Art School Alumni Forum Speaker Series, Not Starving Artists.

The event is free and open to the public. A reception follows, offering an opportunity to continue the dialogue.


Mark Dion
BFA 1986
Honorary Doctorate 2003
Hartford Art School

Mark Dion received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1986 and an honorary doctorate in 2003 from the Hartford Art School, University of Hartford. His work examines the ways in which dominant ideologies and public institutions shape our understanding of history, knowledge and the natural world. He believes that the job of the artist is to go against the grain of dominant culture, challenging perception and convention. Appropriating archaeological and other scientific methods of collecting and exhibiting objects, Mark creates works that question the distinctions between objective (rational) scientific methods and subjective (irrational) influences.

Mark has received numerous awards, including the ninth annual Larry Aldrich Foundation Award (2001) and the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Lucida Art Award (2008). He has had major exhibitions at the Miami Art Museum, Museum of Modern Art in New York, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield, Connecticut, Tate Gallery in London, and the British Museum of Natural History in London. He is co-director of Mildred’s Land, an innovative visual art education and residency program in Pennsylvania, and currently is working on the visual art programming and redesign of the Seattle Waterfront.

Ellen Hackl Fagan
MFA Painting 2005
Hartford Art School

Interdisciplinary abstract painter Ellen Hackl Fagan uses synaesthesia, digital media and interactive performance as tools for developing a corresponding language between color and sound in her work.

Ellen earned her Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Painting in 2005. In 2004 she was selected into the Aldrich Museum’s RADIUS program and received a working grant for her Reverse Color Organ project from the Stamford Museum & Nature Center. In 2007 she moved her studio to Harlem and reinitiated her work as an independent curator. Since graduating, she has had 12 solo exhibitions and more than 20 group exhibitions nationally. Her paintings will be included in Gallery 22's booth at Fountain Art Fair during Armory Arts Week.

Carole P. Kunstadt
BFA 1973
Hartford Art School
Postgraduate studies at the Akademie der Bildenen Künste

Carole Kunstadt received her BFA, magna cum laude, from the Hartford Art School in 1973, with a concentration in two-dimensional studies, working with Rudolph Zallinger and Paul Zimmerman. She continued with postgraduate studies at the Akademie der Bildenen Künste in Munich, Germany. Her interest in tapestry design and weaving led to an assistantship in the tapestry studio of Helena Hernmarck. She then co-founded Kennedy/Kunstadt Tapestries in 1981, which was commissioned by Gloria Ross to weave a tapestry after the Helen Frankenthaler painting "This Day."

Recently exhibiting in the 1st International Santorini Biennale of Arts in Greece, Carole also has participated in numerous group exhibitions throughout the United States, notably "SLASH: Paper Under the Knife" at the Museum of Arts & Design in New York, and "The Book: A Contemporary View" at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts in Wilmington. The Museum of Biblical Art in New York will feature her "Old Testament Series" in the upcoming exhibition, "As Subject and Object: Contemporary Book Artists Explore Sacred Hebrew Texts." The PBS/OFF BOOK mini-documentary, "Book Arts," features Carole in the segment "Transforming the Sacred." Work from her "Sacred Poem Series" is included in the Quarry Books publication 1000 Artists’ Books, Exploring the BOOK as ART.

Nancy Bergman Pantirer
BFA 1977
Hartford Art School
MA 1980
Montclair State University

Nancy Pantirer received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Hartford Art School and a Master of Arts from Montclair State University. She did additional coursework at Tufts University Museum School in Boston and Pratt University in New York. After her formal studies and while working with John Griefen, she came to a pivotal moment, truly embracing abstraction and scale and thinking about painting in a new way. Nancy has maintained a studio in Tribeca for the last 20 years and has evolved as an artist who is most at home when doing large-scale, site-specific installations. Recently her works have been commissioned for corporate and public spaces, including The Continental in New York, The Metrotop in Woodbridge, New Jersey, and The Robert Treat Hotel in Newark.

As an artist she brings a free spirit and strong aesthetic abilities to all her projects. She has a talent for creating opportunities to connect artists and like-minded people. For the last 10 years she has been producing and curating salons, allowing her to work with a variety of visual and performing artists, writers, and musicians embracing an interdisciplinary approach to creating dialogue for the downtown Tribeca artists’ community.

Moderated by Janice La Motta
BFA 1978
Artistic Director, Charter Oak Cultural Center

Janice La Motta has over 25 years of professional experience in the field of fine arts in both the commercial and non-profit sectors. She was the curator at the New Britain Museum of American Art for 5½ years prior to opening her own fine arts gallery in 1991, Paesaggio Gallery (later known as La Motta Fine Art). She closed her gallery in May 2009, after a successful tenure of 18 years. Subsequent to her gallery work, she served as the Arts Program Director at Billings Forge Community Works in Hartford, where she oversaw two initiatives: the Studio at Billings Forge—a multi-use performance space, and the Workshops at Billings Forge—an urban artist residency program that she created. She is currently the Artistic Director at Charter Oak Cultural Center—a multi-cultural nonprofit arts organization in Hartford. In addition, Ms. La Motta continues to practice as a fine arts consultant/art dealer.

Ms. La Motta has been a visiting artist and guest lecturer at area schools and universities and has  served as a juror on grant panels for the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, the Greater Hartford Arts Council, the City of Hartford and the Roberts Foundation. A graduate of the Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, she is a practicing visual artist with an extensive exhibition history of one-person and group exhibitions throughout the country. She lives in West Hartford, CT with her 17-year-old daughter Phoebe.



Stellar Scholars Star Search: Connecticut’s Best Young Sci-Fi Writers

High school and college students are challenged to write a 500-word short story about the painting of the iconic Avanti sports car "THE WHISPER AND THE ROAR" by Don Wieland. Champion wins $500 and has the story posted on Stellar Scholars e-magazine Cum Laude, The Scholarly Evening Post.



North Haven High School Presents: Thoroughly Modern Millie

North Haven High School presents Thoroughly Modern Millie, to be performed at the high school this Thursday (the 28th) at 6:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday (the 1st and 2nd of March) at 7:00 p.m. in the Patricia K. Brozek Theatre at North Haven High School. Tickets are $15 for all and are on pre-sale currently from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the main office of the high school and at the ticket window during nights of the show. Seating is assigned by ticket. (203) 239-1641 is the number for the main office. Please contact Scott Bonito ( for more information.



ABCShowcases Online Art Show

We are hosting monthly art contests to benefit non profit animal rescue organizations!

Please see for full information and applications.

If you have any questions feel free to contact us by email.


March Exhibit at the Geary Gallery in Darien, CT

Through March, the Geary Gallery of Darien proudly presents “Spring and Summer: A Study in Contemporary Realism,” featuring the warm and inviting natural oil paintings of Suffern, NY by fine artist, Marianne Kuhn. The Geary Gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 576 Boston Post Road, Darien, CT 06820. (203) 655-6633.


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.