Thursday, March 13 2014

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Thursday, March 13 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.



Founded in 1983, the eight-member Scharoun Ensemble, made up entirely of members of the Berlin Philharmonic.

THIS is one of Germany's leading chamber-music organizations and one of the preeminent octets in the world.

Renowned for their innovative programming, refined tonal culture, and spirited interpretations.

don't miss this opportunity to hear rare musical gems by Mozart, Beethoven and more. 



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.



“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. 


Hamden Symphony Orchestra Rehearsal - Musicians Wanted

Hamden Symphony Orchestra is seeking musicians interested in joining an established community orchestra for our spring 2014 cycle.

We are in need of additional string instrumentalists, as well as french horn. Concert repertoire includes Beethoven Symphony # 5.

Rehearsals are Thursday evenings at 7.15 pm. 

If you are interested in participating please email



 Confusion, conspiracies and the collision of cultures yield copious laughter when a painfully shy Englishman is brought by his friend to a backwoods Georgia fishing lodge in Larry Shue's "The Foreigner," the Hampton Theatre Company's revival of one of its greatest hits, from March 13 through March 30 at the Quogue Community Hall. 


Philip Brandes of the Los Angeles Times called the play “outrageously funny” and “one of the few modern comedies that remains true to human nature despite its absurd excesses.”  

Charlie Baker, the shy Englishman of the title who morphs into an unexpected hero, is played by Matthew Conlon, returning to the Quogue stage following a near 20-year hiatus and long string of professional credits. He appeared with the HTC as John Proctor in “The Crucible,” as Morris Townsend in “The Heiress” and as Henry in “The Real Thing.”


Two longtime HTC company members are reprising the roles they played in the original 1991 production in Quogue, with Diana Marbury once again playing naive innkeeper Betty Meeks and James Ewing playing redneck firebrand Owen Musser.


Three other HTC veterans are also in the cast: Joe Pallister (last seen as Morgan in “The Drawer Boy”) plays the Reverend David Marshall Lee, who is not all he seems; Ben Schnickel (last seen as Miles in “The Drawer Boy”) plays the simple but helpful Ellard Simms, and Terry Brockbank (last seen in “My Three Angels”) plays the cheerful cockney military man “Froggy” LeSeuer.


A newcomer to the Quogue stage, genuine Georgia native Krista Kurtzberg, has the role of wealthy, young ex-debutant Catherine Simms.


HTC’s executive director Sarah Hunnewell directs. The set is by Sean Marbury, lighting by Sebastian Paczynski and costumes by Teresa LeBrun.


“The Foreigner” is the best-known play by Larry Shue, the promising young playwright and actor who died in a plane crash at the height of his success in 1985. At the time of his death, productions of two of his plays, “The Foreigner” and “The Nerd,” were running in both London and New York; he was about to make his Broadway debut in “The Mystery of Edwin Drood" and he was working on a screenplay of “The Foreigner” for Disney.


Called “a charming comedy about the magic of kindness” by Chicago Theater Beat, “The Foreigner” has been universally hailed as “hilarious” by reviewers of productions across the country.


“The Foreigner” runs at the Quogue Community Hall from March 13 through March 30 with showtimes on Thursdays and Fridays at 7, Saturdays at 8 and Sundays at 2:30. The Hampton Theatre Company will once again be offering special dinner and theater packages in collaboration with the Southampton, Westhampton Beach, Hampton Bays and Quogue libraries. Complete information about the dinner and theater packages is available on the company website,


To reserve show tickets, visit, or call OvationTix at 1-866-811-4111.


Mather Art Space: Women’s Hall of Fame Photo Exhibit

Mather Art Space: Women’s Hall of Fame Photo Exhibit

Mather Art Space, Mather, On the Campus of Trinity College, 300 Summit Street, Hartford, CT, 06106

Monday, March 3 – Friday, March 14 , 2014



For more information, visit


2014 Spring Native Plant and Seedling Sale, North Central Conservation District

 An exceptional selection of trees, shrubs, perennials, and edibles, most native to Connecticut, is available for pre-sale!  Also available are evergreen and deciduous tree seedlings, bluebird houses, and CT compost.  New this year are perennial plugs, as well as hummingbird and butterfly garden plant collections.  All proceeds benefit the North Central Conservation District, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing conservation assistance.  Call860-875-3881 to request a free brochure, or visit our website,, to download the brochure and order form.  Detailed plant descriptions and photos of each plant offered are also available on our website.  Pre-orders are due by March 27 for April 11-12 pick-up in Vernon (Tolland County Agricultural Center, 24 Hyde Avenue, Vernon) or Bloomfield (Auerfarm, 158 Auer Farm Road, Bloomfield).  Additional plants will be available for sale at both locations during the sale days, throughout the afternoon of Friday April 11, and the morning of Saturday April 12. 

FREE Spring Workshops are also being offered!