Tuesday, March 25 2014

Format: 2015/03/02

Tuesday, March 25 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.


Political Science Mead Lecture: Islamism, Humiliation, and Mobilization of Masculinity by Roxanne Euben

 4:30 – 6:00 PM


Roxanne Euben is a Ralph Emerson and Alice Freeman Palmer Professor of Political Science at Wellesley College and a graduate of Princeton University. 

Euben is a comparative political theorist and teaches political theory at Wellesley. 

She specializes in interactions between Western and Islamic thought.


For more information, visit www.trincoll.edu


The Book of Mormon

Nine 2011 Tony Awards.  The Book of Mormon follows two young missionaries who are sent to Uganda to try to convert citizens to the Mormon religion.

One missionary, Elder Price, is an enthusiastic go-getter with a strong dedication to his faith, while his partner, Elder Cunningham, is a socially awkward but well-meaning nerd whose tendency to embroider the truth soon lands him in trouble.

Upon their arrival in Africa, Elders Price and Cunningham learn that in a society plagued by AIDS, poverty and violence, a successful mission may not be as easy as they expected.

Contains explicit language.


“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. 


Mandell JCC Hartford Jewish Film Festival

Hit Films, Big Stars, Hot Topics and Cool Parties Coming March 20-30, 2014;                                                                                Mandell JCC Hartford Jewish Film Festival Grows, Spanning Cinematic Jewniverse


 The 18th Annual Mandell JCC Hartford Jewish Film Festival rolls out the red carpet for Hollywood legends, Oscar hopefuls, sleuths and spies, glitzy singers and a gutsy beauty queen March 20 – 30, 2014, with    23 features, thrillers, romantic comedies, shorts and documentaries from 13 countries, screening in 5 venues over 10 days.

Bank-robbing oldsters, thrill-seeking youngsters and Big Apple hipsters share the spotlight with larger-than-life historical heroes, talking animals and even a singing Jewish cowgirl at Connecticut’s largest Jewish global cinema event. Parties, live concerts and Reel Talk conversations with visiting filmmakers and musicians, an author, film subjects, historians and experts will enhance many films. For the first time, the Festival presents free student screening events at one high schools and six university campuses in Hartford, Farmington, New Britain, New Haven, Storrs and West Hartford.



“Living in Song” Workshops—A residency by Dr. M. Louise Robinson, Dr. Shirley Mary Childress and Dr. Nitanju Bolade Casel, Membe

  Join one of three unique workshop series, each with a member of Sweet Honey in the Rock. These three different workshops will run simultaneously, led by three of the five members of the Grammy Award-winning African American female a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock, currently celebrating their 40th anniversary season. Each workshop series has a total of nine (9) sessions, which will be held from 7pm to 9pm on the following dates: Tuesday, March 25 through Thursday, March 27; Tuesday, April 1 through Thursday, April 3; and Tuesday, April 15 through Thursday, April 17, 2014. Registration is free, but is limited to one workshop series, and attendance at all nine sessions for the series is preferred. Participants must select one of the following three workshop tracks: “The Vocal Movement Experience Workshops,” led by Dr. Nitanju Bolade Casel, during which participants will establish a repertoire of movement that will serve as a catalyst for the creation of sound. Each movement has at its core a breathing technique upon which a chorus of sound will be built. “The Rhythm Ring Workshops,” led by Dr. M. Louise Robinson, during which participants will create a musical conversation in the oral tradition of call and response. Through poetry, spoken word, storytelling, rhythm, and harmony, participants will come together and sing songs of change, challenge, celebration, peace, protest, and triumph. “Songs in the Way of Hand Workshops,” led by Dr. Shirley Mary Childress, during which participants – deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing – will develop techniques to help render visually the emotional, lyrical, and rhythmic nature of singing, conveying the total message of a song using American Sign Language. Registration is required, and there is limited availability. Participants must register by Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 4:30pm. To register, email [email protected], call 860-685-3355, or visit the Wesleyan University Box Office, located at 45 Wyllys Avenue in Middletown, and include the name of the workshop series you'd like to attend, your full name, mailing address, and phone number. Once your registration has been confirmed, you will be notified of the specific location of the workshop series. Participants in all three workshop tracks will perform together a free “Living in Song” showing on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 7pm in Crowell Concert Hall. “Living in Song” is made possible by Wesleyan's Making Excellence Inclusive Initiative.


Senior Thesis Exhibitions

 View the talents of the seniors in the Art Studio Program of Wesleyan's Department of Art and Art History. 


Spring Theatre Classes for Children Grades K-8 at Playhouse on Park

WEST HARTFORD- Spring is quickly approaching, and Playhouse on Park will be holding acting classes for Grades K-8. Sessions will begin the last week of March. Students are generally grouped by grade level to focus on age appropriate acting techniques, and each class ends with a final student showcase.

For Grades K-2 there is the Creative Kids class, which introduces young children to acting with creative play. Grades 3-5 will have the Young Actors class, where students gain more comfort portraying a character onstage. Grades 6-8 can sign up for the Actors Onstage class and further develop their technique with voice and movement. This spring’s faculty will include Dawn Loveland, the Director of Education at Playhouse on Park.

Class size is limited; registration will work on a first come, first serve basis. Sign up at least 10 days in advance, and you will receive a voucher for a free student ticket to any Playhouse on Park production. For more information (faculty bios, class descriptions, registration), visit www.playhouseonpark.org, call 860-523-5900 x10 or email [email protected]


Global Vantage Point Series: Professor Reo Matsuzaki Presents "Imposing Authority: Colonial Taiwan, Philippines, and the Paradox

Reo Matsuzaki, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Trinity College, received his B.S. from Georgetown University and his Ph.D from Mass. Institute of Technology. His research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of comparative politics and history of East Asia, with a focus on colonialism and its legacies.

For more information, visit www.trincoll.edu



Silent Poem, Spoken Light

 The Kehler Liddell Gallery is pleased to present “Silent Poem, Spoken Light” with work by Maureen M. Squires and Sarah Beth Goncarova, on view March 20 - April 20, 2014. An Opening Reception will be held on Sunday, March 23, 3:00 - 6:00pm. On April 5 from 3:00 - 5:00pm, there will be a poetry reading and artist-led discussion with poet Judith Vollmer, Professor of English, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, featuring poems from her newest work The Water Books. Both events are free and open to the public.


The exhibition “Silent Poem, Spoken Light,” explores one of the most integral yet continuously perplexing questions of the art-making practice; how does one create work that is highly communicative yet largely unspoken? Artists Maureen M. Squires and Sarah Beth Goncarova examine this concept through calligraphy, poetry, painting and installation. Through using vastly different media, both artists look to natural forms as metaphor and message, drawing parallels between inner and outer landscapes.


Painter and calligrapher Maureen M. Squires interprets the words of writers and poets through paint and ink. Through the use of color, illustration, illumination, alphabet and gesture, she both abstracts and clarifies the meaning of the words. Movement and gesture are key components of Squires’ practice, making work that is at the same time bold and subtle, beautiful and evocative.


Like Squires’ luscious calligraphic works, the installations of Sarah Beth Goncarova tease metaphor from imagery of the natural world. Using intricate combinations of sewing and circuitry, Goncarova creates otherworldly illusions of seemingly natural phenomena. The fragile branches of her piece The Cherry Tree beckon the viewer in—Goncarova’s own invitation to the viewer to become part of the work itself. Only when the viewer enters the tree crown does the tree surprisingly awaken. In her piece The Web, women quietly weave at an ancient loom, creating a magnificent web out of spider silk and dew drops. In both pieces, we are drawn into another world, that entirely of Goncarova’s own making.


Squires’ background in Fine Arts began formally at Seton Hill University, where she majored in painting and where she first studied calligraphy. This took her to Carnegie Mellon University where she studied Advanced Calligraphy for two years with noted calligrapher and type-designer Arnold Bank. Over the years, Squires has studied with many notable lettering artists, but studying with Bank was a turning point in her approach to the alphabet and painting. Since then, Squires’ work has become an exploration of letters and words through paint, interpreting the words of favorite poets with abstract forms and graceful brushwork. Her tools range from traditional steel nibs, to brushes to reeds to bamboo. Her preferred media are ink, gouache, Japanese watercolors and acrylics.


Goncarova earned degrees in sculpture and architecture at Virginia Commonwealth University and University of Maryland, and has worked for the theater as costumer, puppetmaker and scenic designer. Her art practice has evolved to include such varied media as painting, textiles, light, dance, sound and animatronics. To date she is a finalist for the 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship for installation/performance.


Squires and Goncarova offer visually and conceptually compelling work in “Silent Poem, Spoken Light,” rewarding the curious and even quickening the pulse.


Kehler Liddell Gallery is located at 873 Whalley Avenue in New Haven, Connecticut. Gallery hours are Thursday through Friday from 11:00am - 4:00pm: Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am - 4:00pm. 


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, www.conservect.org/northcentral, 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!  


Bobby Valentine discusses Baseball at the Trumbull Library

Join us for Bobby's colorful impressions, opinions, and memories from all of baseball: high school, college and professional; managerial and media! Drop in.

For more information about Trumbull ‘s One Book One Town book selection and event schedule visit here.



Music Business Colloquium: Truth Revolution Records

 12:15PM-1:30PM, pizza will be served

Jazz bandleader Zaccai Curits, who with his brother Luques Curtis and Tiffany Ente, founded Truth Revolution Records in 2009. An independent record label, TRR revolves its business around the priority that the artists keep their music; partnership, truth and integrity are only a few of the qualities they advocate for.  To find out how TRR is revolutionizing the music industry, visit http://truthrevolutionrecords.com/. Presented by the Music Department.


For more information, visit www.trincoll.edu


Mari Skarp-Bogli: Architecture of A Memory

Reception on Tuesday, April 8th, 6:00-7:30 pm
Mari Skarp-Bogli’s “Architecture of a Memory” addresses the subject of memory and its operation within the human brain. Her paintings, sculpture and interactive drawings employ abandoned locations, discarded materials and objects that transmit associations of loss, abandon and decay. These works are assemblages of memory evoking relics of attics, basements, barns and the garages of home in as much as representations of the physiological, psychological and neurological functions they interpret.
Skarp-Bogli earned her M.F.A. from Maine College of Art and B.F.A.’s in both painting and sculpture from the University of Hartford. She is an adjunct art instructor at Tunxis Community College and at the University of Hartford. See more of her work at www.mariskarp.com.

Pegasus Gallery is located within the library on the first floor of Chapman Hall
Hours: Monday - Thursday 9am-8pm, Friday 9am-4pm & Saturday 10am-4pm, when classes are in session.

For more information please contact:
Matthew Weber, Art Curator
860.343.5806, [email protected]