Thursday, August 8 2013

Format: 2015/03/04

Thursday, August 8 2013

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,


Cultural Survival Bazaar

A Festival of Arts & Cultures from Around the World. We feature guest artisans, handmade products benefiting the livelihoods of artisans, projects in their communities, and fair trade. Shop unique art, jewelry, clothing, crafts, decor, tribal rugs, & much more. For dates, locations, special features and performance schedules visit our website at Survival Bazaar


Meditation Series in Trumbull

Meditation series with Lenore Pranzo, guided imagery therapist. Learn to meditate through guided imagery, a skill which can be drawn upon whenever you need to relieve your stress and anxiety. Class is held at Fairfield County Integrative Family Medicine and Healing Therapies, Trumbull, CT. For more information call (203) 445-9060 or visit

Thursdays at 12 p.m.
$15 per class or 10-class card for $100. Registration required. 
Fairfield County Integrative Family Medicine and Healing Therapies
2 Corporate Drive, Suite 110
Trumbull, CT  06611

Charles Hinman: “Kites”

An exciting collaboration of works by three dimensional painting pioneer Charles Hinman and Master Printer Gary Lichtenstein.  A working relationship which began in 2011, this latest body of work continues their exploration into translating the visual vocabulary of Hinman’s signature hard-edged shaped canvas into the realm of prints.  By combing a mutual understanding of color and use of subtle hand embossing, they have created a suite of prints that epitomizes the core of Hinman’s ideology. 



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.



Chris Durante: “No Mans Land”

A constructed environment that the artist calls ‘considered hanging’ where viewers can visually and physically traverse his works. Durante continually explores and blurs the lines between mediums and artistic genres. Using a combination of paintings, drawings, graffiti, found objects and other materials, he creates a space that furthers his exploration of boundaries into a visual experience where views can explore ideas.



CT Museum of Natural History & Archaeology Center: Summer of Discovery and Adventure

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



Special Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Connecticut Historical Society
Connecticut Historical Society Staff
Saturday, August 3, 10 am to 11 am
Hartford, CT
Advance registration required: $20 ($15 for Museum members)
Adults and children ages 12 and above. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Archaeology Field School for Kids
K.A.S.E.T. - Kids Are Scientists & Engineers Too!
Monday, August 5 through Friday, August 9, 9 am to 12 noon
UConn, Storrs Campus
Advance registration required: $185 ($165 if registered before June 7)
Students entering grades 5 through 10
To register contact K.A.S.E.T. at (860) 486-8115 or visit

CSMNH Adult Archaeology Field School
Dr. Nicholas Bellantoni, State Archaeologist, CSMNH UConn
Monday, August 5 through Friday, August 9, 9 am to 3 pm
Ashford, CT
Advance registration required: $400 ($300 for Museum members)
Adults and teens ages 16 and above.

A Discovery of “Mammut” Proportions
Marcie Jackson, Director of Education, Hill-Stead Museum
Elizabeth Collins, Archives Researcher
, Hill-Stead Museum
Sunday, August 11, 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.

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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Community Garden Tour & Twilight Dinner

Mark your calendars for KNOX’s Community Garden Tour & Twilight Dinner, an awe-inspiring stroll through 3 of Hartford’s community gardens on August 8 from 5:15 pm to 9:00 pm.

Meet at the Church of the Good Shepherd on 155 Wyllys Street, Hartford and hop on a bike, trolley or bus for a showcase of cultivated green spaces and culinary excellence. Greet the local gardeners who tend these remarkable sanctuaries and explore their cultures through the foods they grow.

Afterwards, gather at the Church of Good Shepherd and enjoy tasting portions of locally grown foods prepared by Hartford’s best chefs, live music, a silent and live auction and open bar with beer and wine.

Proceeds create a greener, healthier Hartford. $80 for tour & dinner, $50 dinner only (at 8:00 pm), $50 bike tour & dinner. Members call for discount. Purchase tickets at or call (860) 951-7694. Thank you to Aetna, Presenting Sponsor and The Hartford, Corporate Sponsor.



Cultural Survival Bazaar: A Festival of Indigenous Arts and Cultures from Around the World

 This year the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Center will be celebrating its 15th anniversary.  As part of this celebration they will be hosting the Cultural Survival Bazaar.

 The Cultural Survival Bazaar is a free festival of Arts and Cultures from around the world supporting Indigenous artisans, performers, and a variety of projects in their communities. 

Each Bazaar features Indigenous artisans and performers; handmade and fair trade products; ethnic foods; educational presentations, and displays; as well as opportunities to get involved with Cultural Survival work partnering with Indigenous Peoples to defend their lands, languages, and cultures. 



Kool-Aid Wino, new exhibition at Franklin Street Works curated by Claire Barliant

 Franklin Street Works is proud to present Kool-Aid Wino, a group exhibition curated by Brooklyn-based writer and critic Claire Barliant. The exhibition explores the foregrounding of mistakes and missteps in contemporary art practices and features works by Anne Carson, Choi Dachal, Frank Heath, Owen Land, Rotem Linial, James Merrill, Alice Miceli, Jenny Perlin, Aki Sasamoto, as well as an ikat silk suzani made in the early twenties.  It is on view at Franklin Street Works from July 20 – September 22 with a free, public reception on July 20 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. There will be a performance by Aki Sasamoto during the reception, beginning at 7:00 pm.

The show starts with the widely accepted premise that artistic process relies on trial and error. You try something, you mess up, you move on. But what if you stay with that mistake, or that troubling passage, and make it the focus? What if you let it be awkward, an irritant, wiggle it like a loose tooth or pick at it like a scab that never quite heals? What if, instead of being one (quickly deleted) step toward success or resolution, the error becomes the climax and the denouement—an end point in itself, or even a goal? Hence the title Kool-Aid Wino, which comes from Trout Fishing in America by poet and author Richard Brautigan, who deliberately fudged words while writing in order to invent new ways of saying things.

The artists in Kool-Aid Wino poke and prod at systems—be they technological, linguistic, musical, or administrative—until they find or create a chink or flaw that sheds light on the whole. Jenny Perlin’s three-channel video projection, Sight Reading, presents three different pianists on each screen, each struggling to play a composition they are seeing for the first time. Choi Dachal’s photographs feature dress shirts that have been pressed, cleaned, and folded. Yet on close inspection, they prove to be two different shirts with slightly varying patterns that have been buttoned together and folded to look like a single shirt. Owen Land, Rotem Linial, and Alice Miceli take a reflexive approach to film and photography, revealing and reveling in glitches and mechanical failures. Frank Heath and Aki Sasamoto disassemble objects to point out ruptures in systems such as urbanism and history that, while abstract, are often deemed airtight and error-proof.     

Errors, as Freud demonstrated in his writings on parapraxis (slips of the tongue), often tip others off to our secret aversions or buried desires, which we strenuously try to conceal. By highlighting or even celebrating errors, the art works in Kool-Aid Wino redeem flaws, accentuate their value, and open up myriad new possibilities. The last line of the pseudonymous chapter in Brautigan’s book reads: “He created his own Kool-Aid reality and was able to illuminate himself by it.” In a sense, each of the artists in this show creates his or her own Kool-Aid reality. Cumulatively the works remind us that uniqueness relies on flaws and our imaginative negotiation in, around, and through them. It is also worth noting that Trout Fishing in America famously ends with the word “mayonaise,” a typo that may not have been intentional, but made it into the final draft.


Two-Day Costume Workshop- 3rd Annual Silvermine ArtsFest

Thursday, August 8 and Friday August 9 from 10:00AM to 1:00PM.
In conjunction with the 3rd Annual ArtsFest, Silvermine will be offering a special two-day Costume workshop. Participants will create traditional costumes for Maracatu drumming and dance and be ready to participate in the August 10th parade at ArtsFest with A Tale of Two Nations featuring Maracatu Nação Estrela Brilhante and Nation Beat. 
Participants should bring fabric (blue, white, gold, red or yellow) sequins, feathers, sewing scissors, needles, thread, elastic, glue, paper, pencils and all other essential sewing materials. Not required, but please let the school know if you can bring your own sewing machine. 
Instructor: Queen Marivalda, one of the leaders of Estrela Brilhante; assisted by her dancers.



One-Day Drumming Workshops - 3rd Annual Silvermine ArtsFest


In conjunction with the 3rd Annual ArtsFest, Silvermine will be offering a special one-day Drumming workshop. Workshop participants will learn the basics of the Afro-Brazilian drumming style of Northeast Brazil, and be ready to participate in the August 10th parade at ArtsFest with A Tale of Two Nations featuring Maracatu Nação Estrela Brilhante and Nation Beat.   Participants should bring any Brazilian percussion instruments they may have, and/or bells, shakers, and their "basiest" percussion instruments. Open to teens and adults.
Instructor: Mestre Walter, one of the leaders of Estrela Brilhante; assisted by Jorge Martins and Scott Kettner.



Family Favorite Chris Rowlands LIVE

Famous for getting everyone involved, Rowlands brings animals to life through kid-friendly songs, dance, puppets, and colorful props. Chris creatively blends music, comedy, and education to create fast paced, interactive shows that teach and inspire young people. Children are invited to wear fun hats and sing along with Rowlands on stage as he shares his self- penned songs about animals and their environment. Free with paid admission to the Zoo. Each performance is 30-35 minutes long.


Dürer, Rembrandt & Whistler: Prints from the Collection of Dr. Dorrance T. Kelly

One of the most distinguished local collections of prints has been assembled by Dr. Dorrance T. Kelly. While his collection has been comprised primarily of American twentieth-century prints and prints by John James Audubon, in recent years he has also collected Old Master and nineteenth-century works extensively.

These encompass splendid sheets by the great German printmaker Albrecht Dürer (1471 - 1528), including a rare etching, woodcuts, and engravings of such iconic images as his Nemesis of 1502.

Dr. Kelly's Dutch prints include several of the rare engravings after the influential Adam Elsheimer (1574 - 1610) by Hendrik Goudt (1583 - 1648), and no less than twenty-eight images by the highly experimental printmaker Rembrandt van Rijn (1606 - 1669), ranging from early works of the 1630s to mature impressions from the 1650s.

His eighteenth-century holdings include sheets by the great Italian artists Canaletto (1697 - 1768) and Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo (1727 - 1804) and several fine sheets from Los Caprichos by the renowned Spanish artist Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (1746 - 1828).

Completing the collection is a group of etched cityscapes and figure studies by James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834 - 1903). Together the collection attests to the quality of some of the greatest printmakers in Western Art.

Hours of visitation: Tue.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun 1 p.m.-5 p.m., closed on Mondays


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.