Friday, November 29, 2013

Waterbury Palace Theater Announces Black Friday/ Cyber Monday Sales

Show savings and discounts are taking center stage this Black Friday through Cyber Monday at the Palace Theater in Waterbury. 

Tickets, Palace gift certificates, and gift certificates to a variety of local restaurants participating in the theater’s EntrĂ©es & Encores program are available for everyone’s one-stop holiday shopping needs and can be purchased by phone at 203-346-2000, online at, or in person at the Box Office, 100 East Main Street in Waterbury.

On Black Friday, November 29, the Box Office will open from 10a.m. to 10p.m. and will offer a twenty-percent discount on remaining seats to the Webster Broadway Series presentations of American Idiot (February 16), Rock of Ages (March 21 & 21)Hair (May 2-4), and Million Dollar Quartet (June 6-8). The limited time discount is available through Cyber Monday, December 2, and does not include processing fees. Some restrictions may apply.

The Box Office is also offering an exclusive one-day-only sale on Black Friday for the theater’s holiday presentation of Tony Orlando’s Great American Christmas on Thursday, December 5. A limited number of $20 orchestra tickets will be available for the first 20 people, who purchase tickets to the show by phone or in person at the Box Office. After the first 20 seats are sold, the Palace will offer a twenty-percent discount on all remaining orchestra seats throughout the day.

For more information, contact the Box Office at 203-346-2000.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Closer: The Graphic Art of Chuck Close at The Bruce Museum

The Bruce Museum in Greenwich is presenting Closer: The Graphic Art of Chuck Close in the main Love, Newman Wild Galleries through January 5, 2013 with a portion on view in the Lecture Gallery through January 26.

With a body of work composed almost entirely of portraits, the American artist Chuck Close has been astounding us with his artistic verisimilitude for more than four decades. His prints, especially, are adventures in problem solving: working from the particularities of each print medium – woodcut, etching, silkscreen, linocut, aquatint, pulp-paper multiple – he gives his imagination free rein to reconceive their aesthetic possibilities. Although a spirit of experimentation characterizes Close's work across all media, it is particularly evident in the wide-ranging scope of his printed production.

Chuck Close announced his arrival on the contemporary art scene with his large-scale, black-and-white airbrushed heads, paintings based on photographs he had transferred to canvas by means of a grid. Recognition came quickly: his work was shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, in 1969, followed by a solo exhibition at New York's Bykert Gallery in 1970 and a one-man show at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1971. In 1972 he created the first print of his professional career, a mezzotint, which began a life-long engagement with the aesthetics and technology of printmaking. The collaborative nature of this work has been vital to the artist's creative process: working with master printers, Close alters one or several variables to create endless permutations in a wide variety of print techniques, usually recycling past portraits of himself, his family, and his friends.

The Bruce Museum is also sponsoring a lecture series relating to this exhibition on Dec. 12 beginning at 7:30 p.m. and is titled Closer: The Art of Chuck Close in the Context of the 1970s that is being led by  Kenneth Silver, PHD, Professor of Art History, New York University, Adjunct Curator of Art, Bruce Museum.  There will be a dessert reception for both lectures from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. and reservations are required.  Visit to make reservations. 

Closer: The Graphic Art of Chuck Close is accompanied by a generously illustrated catalogue by the same title. A lecture series and film series will also complement the exhibition.

About the Bruce Museum
Explore Art and Science at the Bruce Museum, located at One Museum Drive in Greenwich, Connecticut. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 1 pm to 5 pm; closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for students up to 22 years, $6 for seniors and free for members and children under 5 years. Individual admission is free on Tuesday. Free on-site parking is available and the Museum is accessible to individuals with disabilities. For additional information, call the Bruce Museum at 203 869-0376 or visit the website at  


Saturday, November 23, 2013

Celebrate the Holidays P.T. Barnum Style

During December, Bridgeport’s The Barnum Museum located on 820 Main Street is offering a limited, yet glorious, series of Victorian Christmas events as part of the Celebrate the Season programming. 

On Friday, Dec. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. the Annual Holiday Tree and Menorah Lighting, on McLevy Green will take place. Everyone is invited to join Mayor Bill Finch and other city officials for this holiday tradition to ‘light up’ Downtown Bridgeport.

On Sunday, December 8 at 2 p.m. and on December 18 at 12 noon, Kathleen Maher, Executive Director will present “Celebrate the Season”. This program will take participants on a fascinating journey back in time to holiday festivities of bygone days. Maher will present the evolution of the tales and traditions of a Victorian age Christmas.  Admission $5. 

A Reading of The Night Before Christmas by Sonia Finch Bridgeport’s First Lady will take place on Wednesday, December 11 at 11 a.m. Mrs. Finch will read Clement Clarke Moore's timeless holiday tale, the enchanting The Night Before Christmas, under the twinkling lights of a Victorian Christmas tree. Children attending the nearby Early Learning Lab at Housatonic Community College have been invited, but the public is also encouraged to bring their pre-school children for a $2 suggested donation to participate in this traditional way to ring in the holidays.

A Lecture on Tom Thumb by Eric Lehman is scheduled for Wednesday, December 11 at 11 a.m.  Attendees will get a first look at Eric D. Lehman's new biography of Bridgeport's own Charles Stratton, Becoming Tom Thumb. Lehman tells the full story of this iconic figure for the first time. The book details his triumphs on the New York stage, his epic celebrity wedding, his meetings with Abraham Lincoln and Queen Victoria, and his around-the-world tour, drawing on newly available primary sources and interviews. From the mansions of Paris to the deserts of Australia, Stratton’s unique brand of Yankee comedy not only earned him the accolades of millions of fans, it helped move little people out of the side show and into the lime light. Admission $5  Eric D. Lehman teaches travel literature, history, and creative writing at the University of Bridgeport. He is the author of seven books about Connecticut, including A History of Connecticut Food and Insiders’ Guide to Connecticut.

Call for more information 203-331-1104 ext.100, M-F from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or visit visit for more information.

About the P.T. Barnum Museum
The back exhibition hall of the museum, featuring artifacts that belonged to P.T. Barnum, Tom Thumb and others, is open for viewing and exploration on Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. To learn more about The Barnum Museum’s current programs visit You can also visit the museum on Facebook, view past programs at or communicate on Twitter @BarnumMuseum

Friday, November 22, 2013

Native American Quill and Beadwork in Litchfield Hills

In northwest Connecticut's Litchfield Hills, The Institute for American Indian Studies on 38 Curtis Road in Washington is presenting and exhibition of the quill and bead work of Chris Bullock who is of Wampanoag descent. The Wampanoag is an tribe whose ancestors lived on Martha's Vineyard.

Since childhood, Chris has participated in Native American cultural events and has been crafting his own work for 47 years. He also provides educational programming on eighteenth century Native culture.

Chris oversees the daily operation of The Wandering Bull, LLC, a family business his parents began in 1969 that is located in Washington, New Hampshire. The Wandering Bull sells Native craft supplies, as well as vintage and antique Native art with a focus on the Northeast Woodlands.

The exhibit runs through November 30, 2013. There is no charge for this exhibition. Museum Hours: Monday through Saturday 10am to 5pm Sunday from 12 Noon to 5pm Last admission at 4:30pm.

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Thursday, November 21, 2013


'Tis the Season as CityCenter Danbury celebrates Light the Lights, its annual Holiday Gathering to welcome Santa, on Saturday, November 30th, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, on Library Plaza. The fun filled event is always anticipated and full of good cheer.  

This event features music, dance, cookies, hot chocolate, and Santa's arrival by fire engine.  Best of all it's FREE and children of all ages are invited. For information, visit or call (203) 792 1711.

Light the Lights begins at 5:00pm with music provided by Summit Entertainment. Santa's arrival in one hour - to the expectations of little ones, their family and friends - will continue with a special performance of "Hot Chocolate" from the 2004 motion picture The Polar Express that was performed in the film by Tom Hanks.

Carols and pop holiday songs will follow, performed by Saint Joseph's School Children's Choir under the direction of Jennifer Doherty. Regal Brass will encourage a sing-along as they play "Jingle Bells," "Silent Night," "We Wish You a Merry Christmas," and many more holiday favorites.

At 5:45pm, Mayor Mark Boughton will lead a countdown to Light the Lights as Santa arrives soon thereafter by fire engine. From 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, children may visit Santa at Library Plaza. Don’t forget your camera for memorable photos. Free cookies and hot chocolate will be provided in front of the Danbury Public Library. 

In addition to Light the Lights, several pre events have been planned.  From 10:00am - 3:00pm: 
The Danbury Museum, 43 Main Street, opens its Holiday Bazaar, which runs through December 21st; and at 12 noon, The Palace Danbury will screen a free showing of "Shrek the Musical."  To round out the fun, from 2:00pm - 3:00pm the Danbury Public Library will host "The Snow Maiden," a marionette show, with live music, by Purple Rock Productions.

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