Friday, February 28 2014

Format: 2015/03/01

Friday, February 28 2014

Greasy Luck! The Whaling World of the Charles W. Morgan

In celebration of the relaunching of the last surviving wooden whaleship, Lyman Allyn presents Greasy Luck! The Whaling World of the Charles W. Morgan.

The exhibition, which runs from September 21 through June 8, 2014, will look at how whaling—its myths and reality, risk and reward—left its mark on Connecticut and American identity.

In the 1800s, friends and family gathered on the docks to wish “greasy luck” for a successful voyage to departing whaleships.


To most people, whales were mysterious creatures.  Yet whaling was big business.


The thousands of barrels of oil the whalers brought home made ports like New London and Mystic some of the wealthiest places in the young nation, supporting a wide array of dockside occupations.


Big Sam's Funky Nation


Doors open at 7:00 pm

Sandwiches, soup, salad, dessert, cash bar 

Big Sam's Funky Nation is a driving force of urban funk. Ryan White, of the Oregonian, says the band is "tight enough (and hot enough) to turn coal into a diamond!"

The band is led by trombone powerhouse Big Sam Williams, formerly the trombonist for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, who the San Franciso Chronicle calls "the top man on the slide trombone in the birthplace of jazz."

Big Sam refuses to let the audience sit still. Between the band's solos, Big Sam's signature dance moves and his distinctive trombone riffs, the energy level is high voltage when this band takes the stage.

Wear your dancing shoes! 


Smart Painting

A show of paintings by artists who respond to the institution of contemporary abstraction. Organized by John O' Donnell. Featuring artists: Blake Shirley, Sharon Butler, Deborah Dancy, Zachary Keeting, Ben Piwowar, Jenn Dierdorf, Rob D. Campbell, Derek Leka, Clare Grill, Tatiana Berg.




Perry Obee’s painting process is driven by the formal and material concerns of direct studio practice. As explorations of the abstract, representational and material properties of paint the underling content of his work is the situational context of everyday objects, people and place. In the “Stacked Space” series, precarious vertical and horizontal stacks of books and other objects appear to dissolve into shallow background planes. Modern still-life traditions are engaged here as composition; lighting and color are manipulated to derive a sense of self-referential order and harmony. These arranged views of Obee’s possessions double as autobiographical interactions of momentary space, artistic perspective and the material experience of his own place within them.

Obee is an adjunct art instructor at MxCC. He holds an MFA from Western Connecticut State University and a BFA from Ohio Wesleyan University. See more of his work at Pegasus Gallery is located within the library on the first floor of Chapman Hall. Hours: Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., when classes are in session.



Attend a reception on Wednesday February 5, 2014 from 5 to 7 p.m. and enjoy Karen Barton’s series of tondo paintings, which employ the traditional round panel format and the Italian Renaissance combination of oil paint and gold leaf. Picturesque subjects of reflected water lilies, trees, sky and rippled water dislocate viewer’s sense of specificity as they are composed within closely cropped peephole perspectives. The small scale and circular shapes here similarly reference telescopic and magnified slide compositions in as much as the direct landscapes they represent. Bartone lives in Clinton, Connecticut, and holds an MFA from Western Connecticut State University and a BFA from the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. See more of her work at The Niche is located in Founders Hall across from the Registrar’s Office. Hours: Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to  4 p.m.


“Thingamabob” Exhibit at Maritime Garage Gallery

Machines, gadgets and all things technology inspire the artwork at a new exhibit at the Maritime Garage Gallery. “Thingamabob” features art that is in the eye of the mechanically inclined in a group show of artists, including John Jackson of Jefferson, New York, Tom Hlas of Norfolk, CT, Lewis Schaffer from Ridgefield, Deborah Rauh from Westport, Sara Roche from Weston, and others.  

The Maritime Garage Gallery, located at 11 North Water Street, is part of the Norwalk Parking Authority’s “Art in Parking Places” initiative, an effort to support art in public spaces making Norwalk a more vibrant destination. The gallery is free and open to the public from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 


"Monuments as Palimpsests-An Art History Symposium"

 Wesleyan’s Art History Program hosts an exciting two-day symposium on architectural palimpsests, which opens with a keynote lecture by F. Barry Flood on Friday evening and continues all day on Saturday, with twelve papers delivered in four thematic sessions.

Covering a wide range of geographical areas and time periods—from ancient Pompeii and medieval Cairo to modern-day Rwanda and post-9/11 New York—these lectures will be given by Wesleyan faculty and alumni in the field, as well as distinguished scholars from other institutions. The idea of “scraping again,” as suggested by the etymology of the word “palimpsest” (from Greek palin psestos), lends itself especially well to the interpretation of architectural monuments.

These are by their very nature often modified significantly over time, leaving them to display a complex layering of forms and a sedimentation of meanings related to different periods in their ongoing lives. Some of the questions asked at the symposium will be: How do art and architectural historians deal with the layered nature of the buildings they study? Do they privilege one historical episode in their long lives or consider them in their contemporary totality? How do they separate the layers, read what has been erased and re-written, and tackle the historically hybrid nature of what stands before them today? How does stylistic layering square with the restoration of monuments, both historically and in contemporary practice?


Senior Recital-Nate Repasz

 A senior music recital by Nate Repasz, "Some Drums."


Snapshots Play Writing Contest--Extended Deadline!


Slant of Light Productions is currently accepting submissions for its SNAPSHOTS Program Writing Contest. Rough drafts are accepted and encouraged, as well as are submissions from students.

The winning pieces will receive a complete workshop of their piece within Slant of Light Productions, as well as a space in the 2013/2014 Snapshots program with it’s writer credited as playwright.  

About the Program:

Snapshots teaches students the value of a high self-worth. High self-esteem in teens promotes emotional and physical safety by combating dangerous personal behaviors and belief systems. We educate students about relevant social issues including eating disorders, domestic violence, bullying, sexuality and drug abuse, providing snapshots of these epidemics in theatrical form.

Submission Guidelines:

*Submissions are accepted from ALL ages, we encourage high school and college age students to submit pieces*

*All submissions must be approximately 45 minutes in length*

*All submissions must clearly explore ONE of the below topics, specifically focusing on elementary, middle, high school, or college age students*

Topics for consideration:

Body Image and Eating Disorders

Sex (including teen pregnancy, STIs, masturbation, birth control and sex for pleasure

Drug Abuse (including steroids)

Youth Violence (non-sexual, including gangs)

Sexual Violence (sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking)

Bullying and Cyber-Bullying


Mental Health Issues

Submission Instructions:

Please email all script submissions as a WORD attachment to [email protected]. In the body of the email, please include your name, contact information (email, phone number, address), school and year (if applicable), and age/subject category you are submitting under.

Please contact Stacy at [email protected] with any questions.


Deadline: February 28





The Loft Artists Gallery presents "Under the Big Top"

 The Loft Artists Association will showcase the excitement and wonder of circus life with its first all-member exhibition of 2014, to be held in both their East and West galleries at 575 Pacific Street in Stamford.

An Opening Reception will launch “Under the Big Top” on Friday, February 7th from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, and the exhibition will continue on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4:30 pm through Sunday, March 9th, 2014.


Chairman of the show Paul Larson says, “The circus is a great resource for artistic expression, from the barkers and the ballyhoo, the wild animals, the daredevils, acrobats, and of course the jugglers and clowns. Thirty of our artist members will contribute their interpretations of ‘the greatest show on earth’ in a variety of styles and media, and we look forward to sharing the magic and beauty that appeals to children of all ages.”


The Loft Artists Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to building connections within Fairfield County’s visual arts community and exposing the general public to artists and their work.

Their grassroots events attract thousands of visitors throughout the tri-state area and have been recognized by funding agencies, including the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, corporate and private sponsors, the City of Stamford and by visitors who return year after year.

Admission and parking are free. (A donation is suggested.) Handicapped access is available on Saturday and Sunday. For directions and more information visit or call 203-323-4153.      


75°, An Urban Greenhouse Party


Wild animals, wilder plants, a unique venue, great food, and enchanting drinks set the scene for Connecticut’s one-and-only party in a greenhouse. Join us as we heat up our greenhouse to host an evening of food, drinks, and dancing – as well as a silent auction and a live animal presentation. This year we’re taking it to the next level, celebrating Carnival style! The party kicks off at 7PM in the KNOX Greenhouse at 75 Laurel St., Hartford, CT 06106.



Jeanne Laurin
& John Sauer
Vocals & Piano / Early Jazz and Classic to Contemporary Songsters
This dynamic duo plays tunes ranging from Cole Porter and earlier to contemporary songsters such as Nora Jones and Nellie Mckay, with stops along the way including The Beatles, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Patsy Cline, and others.  Jeanne’s fine voice and John’s piano and voice, deliver a rich harmonic blend with their refreshing arrangements.
John Sauer is a longtime Berkshire County musician who performs jazz, classical, and popular music, solo and with combos.  His “day job” is accompanying dance (Ballet, Modern, and Irish step-dance) @ Williams College, and other schools/workshops in the summer. John also spent many years as Music Director/Pianist  for local Musical Theatre productions.
Jeanne Laurin is a Berkshire County singer who has sung with the bands “Ruby”, “Suitcase”, and  “Country Club” (currently). Jeanne and John have been performing together  for 10+ years, and have (so far) recorded one CD: “North of the Sun”, a collection of jazz standards.
Doors open at 7:30 PM, Concert: 8:00-9:30 PM
The concert is free, but seating is limited. Please register by calling






New Haven, Conn.Societal tribulations are often accompanied by hardships and misery, but when actors can pair those things with mockery, upbeat songs and other spoofs, laughter is sure to ensue. Welcome to Urinetown! Southern Connecticut State University’s Theatre Department and Crescent Players will perform Mark Holloman’s Broadway musical, “Urinetown,” in Lyman Center on Feb. 28 and March 1, 6-8 at 8 p.m and March 2 and 9 at 2 p.m.

            “Urinetown” is based on the politically charged, sardonic book by Greg Kotis. Both Holloman and Kotis created the music and lyrics for the Broadway show, which won Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score at the 2002 Tony Awards. Larry Nye, professor of theatre and dance, is directing and choreographing the SCSU production.

Tickets to see “Urinetown” are $10 for the general public. Call the Lyman Center box office at (203) 392-6154 or visit for additional information.


Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation Training



New Haven, Conn. - The Connecticut Center for Nonviolence (CTCN), in collaboration with Southern Connecticut State University, will present a two-day introduction to Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation Training on Feb. 28 from 1-7 p.m. in SCSU’s Engleman Hall Room B121 and on March 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in SCSU’s Adanti Student Center Ballroom.


This two-day introduction teaches the Six Principles of Nonviolence, developed by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as well as basic concepts, strategies and tools that individuals and communities can use to address conflict without resorting to violence. “The training provides a framework for conflict reconciliation management and mediation that can be applied to all areas of conflict in daily life,” says Peter Troiano, assistant vice president of student affairs and dean of students, who is one of the organizers of the event.


Participants will learn to analyze and identify different forms of conflict; study the Six Principles and Six Steps of Nonviolence; gain a historical perspective on significant nonviolence campaigns that changed laws in the United States; and develop cooperative problem-solving strategies needed to improve the community environment by decreasing tension and hostility.


CTCN is a non-profit organization that empowers communities to reconcile conflict through education and the arts. CTCN has worked with hundreds of people to train and implement the philosophy and strategies of Kingian Nonviolence across racial, social, economic and generational divides.


There is no cost but registration is required. To register or to receive more information, email Karen Morcaldi at [email protected] or call (203) 392-5556.


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