Friday, May 3 2013

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Friday, May 3 2013

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.


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,


Build a Team That Works Well Together

In this seminar, participants will learn about the characteristics and components of a successful team and will understand the stages involved in team development.  Strategies for selecting participants and allocating roles, techniques for training team members on how to work well together, strategies for setting goals and objectives, and ways to recognize potential problems on teams and strategies for resolving those problems will be discussed.


Bud Cook & & Jean-Paul Jacquet : “NO RULES”

 Reception on Wednesday, April 10th, 5:00-7:00 pm

           “No Rules” is a series of collaborative paintings produced by Bud Cook and Jean-Paul Jacquet. For this project each canvas was exchanged multiple times between the artists’ studios as they were gradually worked toward completion. Successive steps of addition, erasure and thematic reinterpretation resulted in works that blend and expanded on the works that Cook and Jacquet make as individual artists. Figurative, animal, and graphic imagery were derived from a broad range of influences. Film, literature, photography, comics and musical content initiated and further directed each stage of image transformation.
            The process of artistic collaboration here employed degrees of trust, risk and faith in as much as painterly facility. Each active work in progress served as an interface between individual perspectives of an idea at alternate stages of development. The resulting paintings were further augmented by Cook and Jacquet’s provocative visual interactions that break with conventional autonomies of individual studio practice.  A video containing images and interviews with Cook and Jacquet that document this process can be viewed at
            Bud Cook has a BFA in painting/printmaking from Rhode Island College and lives in Woodstock, CT.  Jean-Paul Jacquet has a BFA in illustration from Syracuse University and lives in Pomfret, CT.                                       
           Pegasus Gallery is located within the library on the first floor of Chapman HallHours: Monday - Thursday 8am-8pm, Friday 8am-4:30pm & Saturday 9am-2pm, when classes are in session. 
          The Niche is located in Founders Hall across from the Registrar’s Office.
Hours: Mondays through Thursdays 8am-6pm, Fridays & Saturdays 8am-4pm.
For more information please contact:
Matthew Weber, Art Curator



Farmington Valley Chorale Spring Concert

Friday May 3rd at 8:00 pm The Farmington Valley Chorale, directed by Dr. Ellen Gilson Voth, will perform Handel's Esther with professional orchestra and these soloists:

Esther: Louise Fauteux, soprano; Mordecai: Peter Shea, tenor/baritone; The Priest: Scott Reeves, counter-tenor; King Ahasuerus: Joshua Kohl, tenor; Haman: Jeffrey McEvoy, baritone

Donation at the door--$15.00, Full-time Students--Free, handicapped accessible LetsGoArts members may have "2 for the price of 1" tickets

Supported by The Saunders Foundation, Ensign-Bickford Foundation, the Greater Hartford Arts Council, and supported in part by the United Arts Campaign.


Discover 19th Century Inventions at New Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum Exhibit

      Victorian era gadgets, technologies and breakthroughs will be on display at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum beginning April 17th through October 6, 2013. What Is It? Technologies and Discoveries of the Victorian Era will engage student and adult audiences in the exploration of mid-to-late 19th century inventions and discoveries in many diverse areas including communication, transportation, manufacturing, medicine, food and recreation.

       Visitors will view cutting-edge Victorian Era technology that were precursors of some of today’s technologies, including telegraphs, dictaphones, gas lighting and early examples of telephones, burglar alarms, stock tickers and much more. They will discover items we still see today, from board games to food such as condensed milk and breakfast cocoa. Artifacts on display include loans from Connecticut's Mattatuck Museum and the Museum of American Finance, New York City, among others.

             The What Is It? exhibit is curated by Raechel Guest. Guest is a Smith College graduate with a Master’s Degree in Collection Management from the prestigious Winterthur Museum. Professor Steven Lubar, a history of technology expert, serves as a special advisor.  Professor Lubar is Professor of the Departments of American Studies, History, and History of Art and Architecture at Brown University.  

            The exhibit is made possible thanks to a grant from the Connecticut Humanities (CTH), a non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities that funds, creates and collaborates on hundreds of cultural programs across Connecticut each year. CTH brings together people of all ages and backgrounds to express, share and explore ideas in thoughtful and productive ways. From local discussion groups to major exhibitions on important historical events, CTH programs engage, enlighten and educate.  Learn more by visiting

            The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum’s 2013 cultural and educational programs are made possible by generous funding from the LMMM Distinguished Benefactors: The Xerox Foundation, Klaff’s, Mrs. Cynthia C. Brown and The Maurice Goodman Foundation.  The Museum’s Education Program is made possible in part by a generous donation from AT&T.

Tours for the museum and exhibit are offered Wednesdays through Sundays, 
at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.



Steam Punk: Nature and Machine At The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum

Steampunk Art that has influenced everything from product design to fashion to fine art will be on display at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum’s this spring.  This design movement features a neo-vintage twist on 19th century industrialized looks and Victorian decorative motifs. Steampunk: Nature & Machine, will open on April 25th with a reception from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and runs until June 15th.   This is the first exhibit dedicated to Steampunk art in Fairfield County.  

           According to IBM’s "Social Sentiment Index", which measures what’s trending on social networks and blogs, 2013 is set to be the year Steampunk surges as a mass-market aesthetic.  The Museum’s exhibit will feature art by renowned Steampunk artists, Bruce Rosenbaum, Leslie Mueller and Katie Shima and co-curated by Rosenbaum and Museum trustee Gail Ingis-Claus.

  •             Bruce Rosenbaum has been dubbed the Steampunk evangelist and guru by Wired Magazine.  His artwork has been on exhibition consistently throughout the Northeastern United States, including the Charles River Museum of Industry, Wooster Street Social Club, The Mark Twain House and Shelburne Museum. Rosenbaum has collaborated with many well-known and emerging Steampunk artists and created the unofficial  Steampunk artists guild Steampuffin.  His design business and home, a retro-future refurbished house, have been featured in Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, CNN, Huffington Post, NPR and on MTV, A&E, Discovery and HGTV.   Rosenbaum lives in Sharon, Massachusetts.
  •             Leslie Mueller is an award-winning art director and artist.  She is represented in private and corporate collections throughout the United States, Asia, Canada, Australia, Great Britain, Africa, Japan and Germany.  Mueller’s artwork has been published in House Beautiful, Elle Decor, Southern Living, Manhattan Arts Int’l  and Art Business News magazines and is part of the United States  “Art in the Embassies” program.  Mueller began her studies at the age of thirteen at the Art Institute of Chicago.   She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Southern Methodist University’s  Meadows School of Fine Arts in Dallas, Texas.  She is a resident of Greenwich, Connecticut.
  •             Katie Shima is an artist and architectural designer based in New York City. She has had exhibitions, installations, and performances at the Charles Bank Gallery, Bridge Gallery, Devotion Gallery, Clocktower Gallery, Barnard College, The Tank, SoHo 20, among others. Shima is a founding member of the electronic noise art group Loud Objects.  Residencies with the Loud Objects include Art On Air in New York and Det Jyske Kunstakademi in Aarhus, Denmark. She is currently working as an architectural designer at Situ Studio. Shima received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia College and a Master’s in Architecture from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.

            The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum’s 2013 cultural and educational programs are made possible by generous funding from the LMMM Distinguished Benefactors: The Xerox Foundation, Klaff’s, Mrs. Cynthia C. Brown and The Maurice Goodman Foundation.  The Museum’s Education Program is made possible in part by a generous donation from AT&T.

             Tours for the museum and exhibit are offered Wednesdays through Sundays, 
at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.



Thoroughly Modern Millie

Pomperaug High School's premiere theatre group will give three performances of this lively, dance filled musical set in New York City during the roaring twenties.The musical will have three performances in the auditorium at Pomperaug High School, 234 Judd Rd., Southbury on Friday, May 3, Saturday May 4, and Sunday May 5,2013.

The Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m., and the Sunday matinee is at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for students, senior citizens, and Region 15 staff members.

This musical comedy takes place in NYC during the glamorous Roaring Twenties. The main character, Millie Dillmount, seeking an exciting life as a “New Modern” in the big city, moves far away from her rural home in Kansas.

 For information call (203) 262-3247 or e-mail


Nightmares & Streetscapes: An Evening of One-Act Plays


Oddfellows Playhouse’s Teen Repertory Company will present Nightmares & Streetscapes: An Evening of One Act Plays. The evening features comedies and dramas by Edward Albee, Christopher Durang, Eric Lane and Peter Tolan and runs May 3-4, 9-11 at 7:30pm.

The evening consists of four student directed one-act plays, including the dark comedies “The Actor’s Nightmare” by Christopher Durang, “Dancing on Checker’s Grave” by Eric Lane and the light hearted “Pillow Talk” by Peter Tolan.  The evening is appropriate for high school students and older, with some of the plays touching on mature themes and humor. The project is the first time in several years that members of the Teen Repertory Company have had the opportunity to direct. The process has been guided by director Ken O’Brien.
The Teen Repertory Company is comprised of students in grades 9-12, from 10 different towns throughout central Connecticut.  The Teen Repertory Company brings to life challenging and fun theatrical productions appropriate for audiences of all ages.  
The production runs Friday and Saturday May 3 and 4, 2013 and Thursday through Saturday May 9-11.  All performances begin at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $15 for Adults and $8 for Students/Seniors.  Anyone brining a canned food item for Amazing Grace Food Pantry will receive a $2 discount on their ticket. Tickets are available online at or by calling 860-347-6143.  

Annual Dr. Cynthia Novak Lecture & Symposium – Decades of Javanese Dance at Wesleyan

A symposium and retirement celebration in honor of Urip Sri Maeny, Artist in Residence in Indonesian Dance at Wesleyan University for the past 40 years. Dr. Diyah Larasati, dance scholar, choreographer, cultural theorist and author of “The Dance That Makes You Vanish: Cultural Reconstruction in Post Genocide Indonesia” (University of Minnesota Press, 2013), will give the annual Cynthia Novak Lecture and Keynote Address, with special guests honoring Maeny and the legacy of Indonesian dance at Wesleyan. The lecture will be followed by a reception at 4:30pm in the Alsop House at the Davison Art Center.


WesTaiko Spring Concert

Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Taiko students under the direction of Kaoru Watanabe perform the thunderous and exhilarating rhythms of Japanese Taiko drumming. Several dynamic styles will be showcased, demonstrating both traditional and contemporary Taiko repertoire.


Spring Dance Concert

Student choreographers present works created after a full year of dance composition studies.


Introduction to Somatic Experiencing®

Somatic Experiencing® (SE®) is a gentle and highly effective psycho-biological approach to the prevention and resolution of trauma and stress-related conditions. Developed by Peter A. Levine, PhD, author of the best-selling book, “Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma,” and recipient of the 2010 USABP Lifetime Award, SE® is based on the study of how animals in the wild process and recover from stress and life-threatening situations. There is a strong scientific component to the work, which includes the latest understanding of neuroscience, affect regulation, and the Polyvagal Theory.

The 2.5-hour “Introduction to SE®“ workshop is designed for professionals who work with the effects of trauma, including: mental health professionals, body workers, PTs, OTs, RNs, MDs, EMTs, teachers, clergy, and other professionals in the healing arts. If you currently have a practice that brings you into relationship with adults or children who have symptoms of stress or trauma, or who simply are challenged by the demands of modern life, this workshop will give you a new, refreshing perspective and tangible skills to support your work. And, if you are curious about the extended SE® Professional Training*, attending this event is an ideal way to explore how the professional training may benefit your practice.


Event Time: 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

To Register, contact Louise Peyrot at, (860) 965-5800


The House of Yes

The next production at the award-winning Hole in the Wall Theater (HITW) in New Britain, Connecticut, is The House of Yes, by Wendy MacLeod, directed by Tony Palmieri. The House of Yes tells the story of Marty Pascal, a privileged young man from McLean, Virginia, bringing his nervous fiancée, (sweet-natured waitress) Lesly, home on Thanksgiving Day in 1983, to meet his mentally-unstable twin sister, Jackie-O (called as such because of her long obsession with a particular First Lady), brother, Anthony, and detached, narcissistic mother for the first time. The volatile combination of preparing for the arrival of the new fiancée, an impending hurricane, the usual stress and strain of a big family holiday, and family secrets set the tone for this dark, twisted comedy.





The House of Yes opens on Friday, May 3 and will run Fridays and Saturdays through June 1 at 8:00 pm along with the following special performances:
  • Thursday, May 16 at 8:00 pm
  • Sunday, May 12 (Mother’s Day) at 2:00 pm;  All moms will receive a complementary Mimosa and flower courtesy of Datura, A Modern Garden in Middletown.

 Ticket prices are $20 for General Public and $15 for Students and Seniors. The Friday May 10th performance is “Pay What You Can Night” as the Hole in the Wall has a long standing policy that theater should be available to everyone!


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.