Wednesday, June 18 2014
June 16-21, 2014
Batter up! Just in time for baseball season comes the muscular musical comedy about a Red Sox super-fan who is transformed into a star slugger after he makes a deal with the devil — and his sexy associate, Lola. Goodspeed re-imagines a Broadway classic that swings for the fences, no matter which team you root for. In the game of love and baseball, you gotta have "Heart" — but watch out for "Whatever Lola Wants."
April 11-June 21, 2014
Wed/Thurs 2:00 & 7:30, Fri 8:00, Sat 3:00 & 8:00, Sunday 2:00 & 6:30
Join us for Bobby's colorful impressions, opinions, and memories from all of baseball: high school, college and professional; managerial and media! Drop in.
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The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is launching a Young Writers' Competition among students from area schools to encourage creative thinking and writing and introduce mid-to-late 19th century history and the arts to tomorrow's museum audiences.
Steve Berry, New York Times best selling author (#1 internationally) and his wife Elizabeth are the creators of the History Matters foundation dedicated to historic preservation. Berry will work with LMMM's educators and judge the finalists in a contest that will culminate in the awards presentation at the Museum's Opening Night Gala on October 18, 2014, with cash and other prizes.
"This is a great way to introduce students to this magnificent National Historic Landmark," said Patsy Brescia, LMMM Chairman of the Board of Trustees. "A writing competition is a creative and educational way for students to explore the Museum's great history and architecture, while honing their writing skills."
LMMM Educators dressed in period costume will meet with teachers and students in the classrooms, and introduce the Mansion in a PowerPoint presentation followed by a visit to the museum, where students can draw ideas and inspiration for their story.
Trustee Haroldo Williams, chair of the Education Committee said, "I am a firm believer that this kind of experiential learning can be a great way to understand history and appreciate the arts in a deeper and more meaningful way."
Competition requirements include a mystery story with the Mansion as the backdrop, taking place between 1868 and 1900, which needs to be between 500-800 words for third grade students and 2,500 words or less for eighth graders. The Museum will also explore the possibility of adapting the award winning stories into a performance feature at the museum in the near future.
"I am truly grateful to Steve Berry for lending his enormous talent to help us launch the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum's first writing competition in our schools," said Executive Director Susan Gilgore. "I hope this is the beginning of a new and exciting educational program for students at the Mansion." For more information on the competition and the Education Program please visit our website at www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com or call Joy Romeo, LMMM Volunteer Coordinator at (203) 838-9799, ext. 119 or email [email protected]. Limited availability based on a first come, first serve basis.
The Museum's 2014 cultural and educational programs are made possible in part by generous funding from LMMM's Founding Patrons: The Estate of Cynthia Clark Brown; The Museum's Distinguished Benefactors: Klaff's, The Xerox Foundation, and The Maurice Goodman Foundation; LMMM Sustainers: Spinnaker Real Estate Partners. Gala and Young Writer's Competition Sponsors: M.F. DiScala & Co. The Museum's Education Program is made possible in part by the Fairfield County Community Foundation.
The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is a National Historic Landmark. For More information on schedules and programs please visit www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com, email [email protected], or call (203) 838-9799.
The New Haven Museum offers an exhibition pairing powerful interpretive art created by seven well-known Connecticut artists with scientific analysis by noted bioarchaeologists in “Nothing is Set in Stone: The Lincoln Oak and the New Haven Green,” an informative and revelatory tribute to the historic Lincoln Oak on the New Haven Green. In October 2012, winds from Hurricane Sandy toppled the mighty oak—planted in 1909 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth—revealing human skeletal remains in the tree’s exposed roots and creating an enigmatic story that captured the imagination of the entire country. The exhibition runs through November 2, 2014.
For the artistic portion of “Nothing is Set in Stone: The Lincoln Oak and the New Haven Green,” area artists were invited to use branches, limbs, or pieces of the trunk of the Lincoln Oak to interpret the history of the tree and the discovery of the skeletal remains beneath it. The exhibit includes two works by noted Hamden sculptor, Susan Clinard, who says of her Lincoln Oak sculpture, Of the Same Branch; Portraits of the Civil War, 2014:
“I found a long branch from the Lincoln oak and wanted to tie the human experience together by sculpting several seemingly very different people from the civil war era from the same branch…to show a slave family and a Yankee and Confederate soldier. I looked at hundreds of civil war photographs and drew inspiration from the many hazy images I saw; trying to offer up each their story.”
The other artists included in the exhibition are Lani Asuncion, Erich Davis, Michael Quirk, Jeff Slomba, Rachael A. Vaters-Carr and Alison Walsh. The collected works include mixed-media sculpture and video.
The scientific component of the exhibition consists of the results of the on-going archaeological analysis of human remains recovered from the site. Photo panels describe the remains—including bones, teeth, hair and tissue—and how they were used to determine the gender and approximate ages of those whose remains were unearthed in October, 2012, and offer hypotheses on health and disease issues of the interred. The contents of two time capsules found at the site of the fallen Lincoln Oak are also on display. The research shared in the “Nothing is Set in Stone” exhibition was conducted by G. P Aronsen, K. A. Williamson, and Y. Tonoike (Yale University); N. I. Bellantoni (UConn); G. Conlogue & N. Pelletier (Quinnipiac University); J. Krigbaum (U. Florida); and L. Fehren-Schmitz (UCSC). Historical research was provided by J. Schiff (Yale University) J. Bischoff-Wurstle, and J. Campbell (New Haven Museum).
“It’s exciting to innovate new ways of interpreting New Haven history,” says New Haven Museum Director of Photo Archives Jason Bischoff-Wurstle, who coordinated the exhibition. “Thanks to the vision of those who contributed, this exhibition uses unconventional elements to document one of the city’s most colorful historic chapters.”
The New Haven Green was used as a burying ground throughout Colonial times and until 1812. The Lincoln Oak was planted in 1909 by local members of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) —an organization of Civil War veterans--in honor of President Abraham Lincoln. In 2012, the uprooted tree revealed several surprises including two time capsules buried in 1909 by members of the GAR, and the remains of several 18th-century residents of New Haven.
“One hundred fifty years later, President Lincoln and the Civil War continue to fascinate us,” says New Haven Museum Executive Director Margaret Anne Tockarshewsky. “We expect that the public may have a strong response to both the artists’ interpretations and the findings of the scientists who continue to examine the remains found beneath the Lincoln Oak.”
The New Haven Museum was gifted with the contents of the time capsules uprooted by the Lincoln Oak by The Committee of the Proprietors of the Common and Undivided Lands of New Haven, and a sampling of the artifacts is on display at the Museum.
The research was supported by The Committee of the Proprietors of the Common and Undivided Lands in New Haven; Yale University, Department of Anthropology; and Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Archaeology Center, University of Connecticut.
“Nothing is Set in Stone” follows a panel discussion at the New Haven Museum on October 31, 2013, which revealed the initial findings of the team of scientists charged with investigating the human remains and time capsules discovered on the Green. The panel is expected to reconvene and present concluding details of the team’s research in late October, 2014, coinciding with the two-year anniversary of the toppling of the Lincoln Oak.
Kehler Liddell Gallery presents Fragments: Tragedy and Hope, two member artist shows featuring painter/collagist/sculptor Fethi Meghelli and sculptor Joseph Saccio, from Thursday, May 29 - Sunday, June 29, with an Opening Reception on Sunday, June 1, 3pm - 6pm.
Ivoryton: A 1930’s tap dance spectacular that burst on to the New York Stage in 2010 as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival, Fingers & Toes opens the summer season at the Ivoryton Playhouse. A brand new work from Logan Medland, this mighty, mini musical combines snappy dialogue, catchy tunes and some of the fanciest dancing you’ll see this year - high-energy tap routines that evoke the magic of the Fred Astaire – Ginger Rogers era. A deliriously delightful and genuinely funny love-letter to the old-fashioned backstage musical.
Tap dancer Dustin “Toes” MacGrath, and pianist Tristan “Fingers” St. Claire have managed to talk a major Broadway producer into coming to see their show in two weeks: a boy meets girl tap dance spectacular on the theme of love.
But there’s a problem or two: first of all they haven’t written it yet, secondly they don’t have a girl, and sadly, they have no idea whatsoever about love. The hyper romantic Fingers is still in the throes of a tragic break up which has left him creatively blocked, the smooth womanizer Toes has never allowed himself to feel any emotion lasting longer than a week or so. They enlist the brilliantly talented Molly Molloy to co-star and immediately sparks begin to fly both creatively and romantically.
Starring Rick Faugno, whose career has included such memorable shows as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Fosse, Wonderful Town, and Conversations with My Father on Broadway, as well as national tours of The Boy Friend, directed by Julie Andrews and Jersey Boys, in the critically acclaimed role of Frankie Valli. In 2009, Faugno was named 'Best Singer in Las Vegas' by Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Rick will be joined by his beautiful wife, Joyce Chittick, whose Broadway credits include Sweet Charity, The Pajama Game and, most recently, Anything Goes; and indy musician Aaron Berk as pianist “Fingers” St. Claire.
Fingers & Toes opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on June 4 and runs through June 22. Directed by Robert Moss, acclaimed NY director and founder of Playwrights Horizons, choreographed by David Wanstreet and musical directed by Logan Medland; the set is designed by Dan Nischan, lights by Marcus Abbott and costumes by Kari Crowther.
Fingers & Toes opens in Ivoryton on June 4th and runs through June 22nd. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm.
A Summer Exhibit at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum to Feature Watercolors by Award-winning Artist, Historic Preservationist
A new exhibit of watercolors by artist Mimi Adams Findlay opened on June 18, 2014, 12-4 p.m. at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum at 295 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT. The exhibit will run through October 31.
Mimi Adams Findlay, a New Canaan resident for over 40 years, studied watercolor painting first with Mac Squires in Wilton from 1961-65, and then with Edgar Whitney from 1965-1975. His challenging tutorials enabled her to paint in the “wet on wet” method, saturating both sides of the paper, front and back, and then completing the painting before the paper is completely dry. Always painting outdoors, on site, her subjects have been flowers in her gardens, her children, landscapes and seascapes, especially in Maine and Nantucket, and occasionally scenes in Paris. She won first prize at the Darien Art Show and at the Washington Square NYC Art Show in the 1970s. In 1970 she won first prize for watercolor painting at the New Canaan Outdoor Art Show.
An art history major at Smith College, she had also studied in Providence, RI, as a teenager with Gino Conti, artist member of the Providence Art Club. Since 1966, she has been a professional watercolorist and has been listed in Who’s Who of American Women.
Since 1975, she had directed her professional efforts to the study of the history of interior design and historic preservation at the Columbia University School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. She was appointed to the Connecticut Historic Preservation Board and served from 1974 to 1984.
Subsequently Mimi became a member of the Board of Trustees of the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, The Victorian Society in America and Connecticut Preservation Action. She served on the New Canaan Planning and Zoning Commission for nine years from 1979-1988, and founded the New Canaan Preservation Alliance Inc. seven years ago.
From 1980 to 2005 she owned Mimi Findlay Antiques/Design, exhibiting in Antiques Shows in New York City, offering design services to private clients for the restoration of historic interiors as well as providing the appropriate antiques and period furnishings. She serves on the Vetting Committee of the prestigious annual Winter Antiques Show in the Armory.
The Museum’s 2014 cultural and educational programs are made possible in part by generous funding from LMMM’s Founding Patrons, the Estate of Cynthia Clark Brown; The Museum’s Distinguished Benefactors, Klaff’s, The Xerox Foundation, and The Maurice Goodman Foundation; LMMM Sustainers: Spinnaker Real Estate Partners.
The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is a National Historic Landmark. Tours are offered Wednesdays through Sundays, at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for children. Children under 8 are admitted free. For more information, visit www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com, e-mail [email protected], or call 203-838-9799.