Sunday, September 15 2013

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Sunday, September 15 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,


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.



Christine Aaron: “Liminal States: Beneath the Surface”

This exhibit of rich mixed media nature based work, focuses on themes of memory, loss and the passage of time.  Trees serve as a metaphor for the cycle of life; symbols of dormancy, growth, strength and renewal.  



Amy Bilden: “Inheritance”

The themes for this exhibit revolve around domesticity, including topics such as identity, sexuality, gender and care giving.  The tactile domestic inspired sculptures map the artist’s emotional and physical space, using a monotonous process in which she connects her internal and external landscapes.



Guild Group Show: “Beyond the Book”

An exhibit of works from seven artists: Kerry Brock, Shiela Hale, Barbara Harder, Stephanie Joyce, Elisa Khachian, Claudia Mengel and Susan Newbold who question the assumptions of what a book can be with diverse works that include paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture and furniture.



Pawz In The Park

 Mark your calendars for Pawz in the Park! Hosted by Trap Falls Kennel Club

September 15, 2013
10am to 4pm 
Admission: Free
Benefiting: Local animal shelters and Police Puppy funds

An AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day event! FREE for you and your leashed dog. It's all about creating a great relationship and bond with your dog. Tons of activities, obedience and rally matches; agility, obedience and carting demos; Police Dog demos; Canine Good Citizen testing; Best Dressed, Best Kisser and Best Trick contests. Low-cost micro-chipping clinic! Curious about different breeds? Come Meet the Breeds! Lots of vendors and food! Raffles: bring a donation for a local shelter and get a Free Raffle ticket! All proceeds to local animal shelters and Police Puppy funds.

For more information, please call 203-345-6731 or email [email protected]

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.


Exhibition of Works by Barbara Rothenberg

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.

The public is invited to the open reception on Thursday, August 22nd from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
The exhibition will be open August 22nd through September 15th.



Music at The Russell House: Chai-lun Yueh

  A native of China, Wesleyan Private Lessons Teacher Chai-lun Yueh has a dramatic, dark, and powerful baritone voice. He has been heard with The National Opera of China, Beijing; Connecticut Opera; Opera Theater of Connecticut; Austin Lyric Opera; Baltimore Opera; and Hawaii Opera. He is also Music Director for the Connecticut Women's Chorale. At the Russell House, he will sing 17th and 18th century Italian songs and arias accompanied by Sarah Meneely-Kyder on piano.


Sea Tea Improv's 50th FREE Comedy Show at City Steam Brewery

Eat, drink, laugh, and shout suggestions as Sea Tea Improv's team of professional comedians host an evening of improvised comedy at City Steam Brewery's Brew Ha Ha Comedy Club, 942 Main Street, in Hartford, CT. This is Sea Tea's 50th show at City Steam and they are excited to celebrate with you! Their work has been featured on ESPN, NPR, WFSB, and more. Best of all, admission is FREE!

See why the Hartford Advocate recognized Sea Tea Improv's monthly show as one of the top things to do in Hartford. Enjoy City Steam's dinner menu and locally brewed beers while performers take suggestions from you and weave them into comedic scenes.

On Sunday, September 15, the comedy club doors open at 6PM for seating and food. Improv begins at 7PM. Call ahead to City Steam at 860-525-1600 to reserve seats. All ages are welcome. Due to the sale of alcohol, those under the age of 21 must be accompanied by a legal guardian.


Cinderella Without The Prince @ Hole in the Wall Theater


Cinderella Without the Prince, an original children's work by 9-year old Frances Emily Arnold, is a new twist on an old classic and becomes next in a long line of original works presented by Hole in the Wall Theater in New Britain.  
Ms. Arnold is the daughter of writer/actor/musician Bill Arnold, a long-time member of the Hole in the Wall, who has had many of his own original works produced there.  This is the first-time in the 40-year history of Hole in the Wall where there have been two generations of writers produced.  
Cinderella Without the Prince finds the Queen looking for a new successor and decides “why not hold a ball?”   
Cinderella Without the Prince will be presented on Sunday, September 15 at a SPECIAL matinee time of 1:00pm (to accommodate younger audience members). There will also be a talent show featuring members of the cast as part of the presentation.  
Please also consider bringing a non-perishable food item for HITW’s “HOLE Food Campaign” supporting food pantries in the greater New Britain area.

Old Fashioned Flea Market Returns to the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will hold its sixth annual Old Fashioned Flea Market on Sunday, September 15, 2013, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in Mathews Park, 295 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT.

The market will feature antiques, collectibles, jewelry, household items, furniture, clothing, toys and of course, plenty of bargains. A collection of classic and antique cars will also be on display 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. General admission to the event is free. From 12-4 p.m., the Mansion will offer mini tours at a discounted price of $5 per person.

A complimentary program booklet will be distributed to visitors upon their arrival. It is a great way to increase business visibility while supporting this irreplaceable National Historic Landmark. A business card size ad is only $25!

Vendors wishing to rent space or purchase an ad should email or call Brian Fischer, LMMM Facility Coordinator at: [email protected] or 203-838-9799 ext. 117. Vendor spaces are 10x16 feet and cost $65 for the day. The deadline is September 9. No rain date will be scheduled.

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum would appreciate donations of items in good condition such as vintage and new merchandise, in the categories listed above, for its White Elephant table. The Museum will not accept books, electronics or furniture. All proceeds will benefit the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum.

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is a National Historic Landmark located at 295 West Avenue in Norwalk.  Tours are offered on the hour Wednesdays through Sundays (Noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.). Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for children 8-18. Children under 8 are admitted free. For more information on tours and programs, visit, e-mail [email protected], or call 203-838-9799. 


Sacred Sounds Presents Brazilian Orquestra Jovem das Gerais, Sunday, September 15 at 3:00 p.m.

Sacred Sounds, the Concert Series of the Archdiocese of Hartford, is proud to present a performance by the Brazilian Orquestra Jovem das Gerais (Youth Orchestra of Gerais) at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph on Sunday, September 15 at 3:00 p.m. Founded in 1997 by musicians and miners Renato Almeida and Rosiane Souza Reis, the Orchestra is a private organization designed to promote human development through access to art, culture, and education. Located in the metropolitan region of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, the project offers workshops on stringed instruments and woodwinds to children and youth who might not otherwise have the opportunity to study due to economic disadvantage. The ensemble’s appearance at the Cathedral is part of their debut North American concert tour. Since its founding, 1,400 students have participated in the program, giving over 200 concerts in their native Brazil and 70 international performances.There is no admission charge for concerts at the Cathedral. A free-will offering will be gratefully accepted. $20 suggested donation. Ample secure parking available.


Annual Volunteer Pot Luck at Playhouse on Park

WEST HARTFORD, CT- Volunteers are a crucial part of any non-profit organization, and Playhouse on Park thanks their volunteers in a very special way. The Annual Volunteer Pot Luck Party invites all those who have dedicated their time and effort to bring a dish and enjoy a casual evening together. Friends and family are also encouraged to attend.

The Volunteer Pot Luck will be held at Playhouse on Park on September 15th at 4 PM. Beverages will be provided. Dishes brought to the pot luck should be “ready to serve”. To sign up for bringing a food item (appetizer, side dish, entrée, dessert) call 860-523-5900 x10, or email [email protected].


Marlene Sanders — My Journey Through the World of TV News

        Marlene Sanders, a triple Emmy-Award winning correspondent, producer and writer, will open the  Merryall Center for the Arts 2013 lecture series.

From the Vietnam conflict through anchoring a prime time news program to the network corporate structure, she broke barriers for women in the media.
        Her work has taken her through ABC, CBS, PBS and HBO; she now teaches Advanced Television Reporting at New York University.
        This year’s lecture series theme is “The Media.” Other speakers will include Art Cummings, editor emeritus of The News-Times, discussing local news in the digital age.
         A third presentation will cover how television prepares to cover breaking disasters such as the Newtown shootings.
           Lectures will be offered through October.

E.V.Day: Snap!

 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.


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.