Friday, September 13 2013
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, www.greenleafpottery.net
The Higganum Village Farmers' Market Celebrates 5 years on Higganum Green in 2013!
Every Friday from the beginning of June through October, we bring you the farm-freshest foods and locally made foods and other artisanal crafts, too -- all on our green oasis in the heart of Higganum! Market times: 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Summer brings evening concerts immediately following the market at 7 p.m. on the gazebo stage. There's something for everyone as you explore Middlesex County and the Connecticut River towns this summer -- hope you'll visit us soon! (Find all our current information on our Facebook page and at our website: www.higganumvillagefarmersmarket.org.)
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 www.cthumanities.org.
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.
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.
A beloved faculty member of the Silvermine School of Art for over 20 years, this exhibit honors the memory of Barbara Rothenberg, showcasing her accomplishments as a painter, collagist and printmaker.
Designed to bring audiences closer to the work on stage, Dine/Dance/Discover is a new event taking place before and after all three 2013-2014 Breaking Ground Dance Series performances.
The Dine/Dance/Discover package is only a $15 add-on to the regular ticket price for each performance, and it includes all of the following:
* A 45-minute movement workshop (optional) starting at 5:30pm on the evening of the performance in the Fayerweather Dance and Theater Studios. You'll have the opportunity to embody the vocabulary of the visiting artist, led by a Wesleyan Dance Department faculty member. All ages, no dance experience necessary.
* A catered dinner and guided discussion about the visiting artist at 6:30pm.
* A Breaking Ground Dance Series performance at 8pm.
* Dessert, coffee, and post-performance discussion facilitated by a Wesleyan Dance Department faculty member.
* A follow-up e-mail survey about the experience.
Space is limited to 24 people, so call the Wesleyan University Box Office at 860-685-3355 today!
Dine/Dance/Discover is a pilot project made possible by Engaging Dance Audiences, which is administered by Dance/USA and made possible with generous funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
We are delighted to work with Anne Cubberly on this year’s Night Fall festival. Join Charter Oak for this workshop with Anne and create illuminating lanterns which will be part of this year’s Night Fall performance (which will take place on October 12that Pope Park).
If you would like more information or have any questions please contact Charter Oak Cultural Center.
Featuring: Sarah Miller reading The Dot, by Peter Reynolds. It is a family pajama party! Come in your PJs and enjoy a snack and a children’s book read by the guest reader. Families will take home a FREE copy of the book!
Friday Night Folk at All Souls, New London, CT, will kick off their 2013-14 concert program on September 13 with a community showcase of local talent featuring Sister Mary with Sue Mead opening.
“Sister Mary” is the monicker used by Rhode Island native Mary T. S. Brooks. Her “elegant lyrics, mixed with banjo, acoustic guitar and bewitching melodies will hook you,” says Dirty Gerund At Ralph’s Rock Diner. Adds Mike Bucchino of Unity Records, "I’d liken her sound to a female Iron & Wine of sorts: sweet, clever, biting acoustic folk in a league of its own…she’s dubbed it Psychedelicate."
Sue Mead, a singer songwriter from Niantic, CT, whose compositions are introspective and soulful, will open. Sue has been performing for many years in and around the New London area.
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 13, in Unity Hall at All Souls: 19 Jay Street, New London. Tickets are $10 at the door, $8 reserved in advance.
Friday Night Folk’s Fall concert series will continue with world-renowned performers John Gorka on October 4 and Tom Chapin on November 8. Tickets for all concerts are available at fridaynightfolk.org.
Friday Night Folk at All Souls has been bringing singer songwriters to New London since 1989. Performers have included Bill Staines, Richard Shindell, John Gorka, Work 0’ The Weavers, emma’s revolution, Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion, Eliza Gilkyson, Gordon Bok, and Lucy Kaplansky among others. Visit fridaynightfolk.org for season schedule.
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In an effort to raise public awareness and much needed funding to further the research of the diagnosis and treatment of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, the Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association (CMTA) is partnering with local residents John and Michele Kekac to host a community fundraising event at the White Hills Fire House on Friday, September 13, 2013, at 6pm. The casual, family-friendly evening will feature “slices” of pizza and dessert pies, DJ music, games, and a raffle for prizes provided by local businesses. All proceeds from the event will benefit the CMTA STAR Research Program.
The event is open to the public and tickets are $15 to attend. To purchase tickets, contact the event organizers at [email protected] or (203) 513-8268. Additional donations can also be made online at www.cmtausa.org/url/sliceofhopeforcmt.
Jesus returns to clear his name, Illuminate the Truth of Nature and erase mythology in Hole in the Wall Theater's world premiere of the musical "Whiskey Tango." Explore the harmony of Marijuana, Baseball and Nature with Jesus as he visits a New England trailer park and is forced into a showdown with an Irish Catholic priest. Be prepared to question everything you thought you knew about Jesus as he finally gets a chance to speak for himself.
Hole in the Wall Theater opens its exciting 2013-2014 season with this world premiere of "Whiskey Tango," written and directed by long-time member Johnny Peifer and produced by Stephanie Layne. Opening on Friday, September 13, the production runs three weeks, September 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 8:00 p.m., with a Sunday matinee on September 22 at 2:00 p.m. at the theater, 116 Main Street, New Britain. Thursday, September 19, is "pay what you can" night at Hole in the Wall. Hole in the Wall has a longstanding belief that theater should be available to everyone. Please come this night, pay what you can afford and enjoy the show.
The "Whiskey Tango" cast includes Matthew Horowitz, Brian Fagan and Tony Palmieri of New Britain, Gabbie Hasson and Kathleen-Marie Clark of Newington, Susan Thom and Jill Ann Podgwaite of Middletown, Will Knight of Rocky Hill, Rowan McDonald of Hartford, Steve Sabol of West Hartford, Miranda Corrigan of East Hartford, Michael Gonsalves and Heidi Michaud of Ellington, Scott Auden of Colchester and Kelley Mountzoures of Plainville.
Tickets are $20 general admission and $15 for seniors and students with ID. Reservations and ticket purchases can be made at www.hitw.org or by calling 860.229.3049. Hole in the Wall is supported in part by the Department of Economic and Community Development, Arts Division, and the Greater New Britain Arts Alliance.
• No Registration is Required and Admission is Free!
he Glass House is pleased to announce its first site-specific exhibition: SNAP! by E.V. Day. Conceived for the building known as Da Monsta - designed by Philip Johnson in 1995 as a visitor center and now a gallery - SNAP! interprets the pavilion's peculiar geometry and atmosphere both inside and out. Day has roped the exterior of Da Monsta with massive climbing webs and populated the interior with an ensemble of recent sculpture that tease out the noir qualities of Johnson's late work.
In honor of the 40th anniversary of the Center for the Arts.
The Alumni Show II looks back at four decades of Wesleyan artists. Building on the first Alumni Show held in November/December 2003 in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the CFA, this exhibition features an entirely new selection of seventeen alumni artists.
Their work spans a broad range of contemporary practice and media, including painting, sculpture, drawing, installation art, video art, performance, and films.
The artists featured in this exhibition are Ian Boyden '95, Stephanie Calvert '08, Rutherford Chang '02, Nicolas Collins '76 MA '79, Renee Green '81, Raphael Griswold '06, John Hatleberg '79, Gabriela Herman '03, Elsie Kagan '99, Liz Magic Laser '03, Danielle Mysliwiec '98, Ed Osborn '87, Juliana Romano '04, Aki Sasamoto '04, Arturo Vidich '03, Stephanie Washburn '03, and Ben Weiner '03.
Date: Friday, September 6 through Sunday, December 8, 2013
Dates Closed: Wednesday, November 20 through Monday, November 25, 2013
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 12 Noon-5pm
The Eastern Connecticut Symphony concert series begins the New Year on Saturday, January 11, 2014, at 8 PM at the