Beardsley Zoo- St. Patrick’s Day

03/17/2013

1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport, CT Phone: (203) 394-6565.

9:00am - 4:00pm It’s St. Patrick’s Day! Time to shake your shamrock, groove your green, and ease on down the road to the Zoo! Kids in the Irish spirit wearing anything green today will be admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult. One free child admission per adult. Don’t miss our educational “Green Animal” scavenger hunt while you’re here!

Westport Country Playhouse presents a Script in Hand reading of the romantic comedy, “Beau Jest”

03/18/2013

25 Powers Court, Westport, CT Phone: 888-927-7529.

Mon., Mar. 18, 7 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse presents a Script in Hand reading of the romantic comedy, “Beau Jest” by Chicago’s Second City actor/writer James Sherman. $15.    For more information and tickets, call the box office at (203) 227-4177, or for out-of-town callers toll-free at 888-927-7529, or visit the box office at 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport. Information and tickets also available.  Stay connected to the Playhouse on Facebook (Westport Country Playhouse) and/or follow on Twitter (@WCPlayhouse).

The Barnum Museum continues its Sneak Peek series of lunchtime lecture programs. Victorian Women's Fashions Revealed

03/20/2013

820 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT Phone: 203-331-1104.

On Wednesday, March 20, from 12:15 to 1 p.m., Held in the People's United Bank Gallery connected at the back of the museum's historic structure. The Barnum Museum continues its Sneak Peek series of lunchtime lecture programs. These informal 'show and tell' discussions will feature fascinating, rarely seen, items from the museum's collection, presented by the museum's Collections Manager, Adrienne Saint-Pierre and the Registrar, Melissa Houston.  In celebration of the first day of spring and Women's History Month, the program will take a look at Victorian women's fashions.  The curatorial staff will show garments from the late 1800s and discuss the then-amazing scientific systems devised for cutting out the complete pattern pieces. During this program, Saint-Pierre will show some elaborate, form-fitting garments, such as an 1890s gown of rust-color silk, with slim-fitting sleeves and a tight, shaped bodice that would have been worn over an equally tight corset. She will show the complex interior construction of a Victorian gown, something that visitors would not be able to see when a gown is mounted on a mannequin. Saint-Pierre will also show several patented gadgets and pattern guides that were made during this time period to help dressmakers cut fabric pieces to the precise fit demanded by their customers. In addition, several gowns are currently displayed on mannequins in a way that shows their correct period silhouette, such as the round hoop-skirt or shelf-like bustle. The museum suggests a $2 donation for the Sneak Peek program, and guests are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch.

Silvermine Viewing Room - Artist Talk – with artist Charles Hinman

03/20/2013

1037 Silvermine Rd, New Canaan, CT 06840. Phone: (203) 966-9700, ext. 20.

On Wednesday 6 p.m. Charles Hinman will talk about his prints on view in the Silvermine Viewing Room and about the upcoming July Silvermine exhibition with Master Printer Gary Lichtenstein. Artist talks are opportunities to get guided tours of the exhibitions and meet and interact with the artists. Don’t miss this informative talk.

Fairfield History Museum - Art for Everyone: The Federal Art Project in Connecticut

03/21/2013

360 Beach Rd., Fairfield, CT Phone: 203-259-1598.

Lecture with Exhibit Curator, Cynthia Roznoy, Ph.D. Thursday, March 21 at 7:30pm. Members: Free; Non-members: $5. In the 1930s, President Roosevelt's New Deal Administration instituted work relief programs to create jobs for workers of every sector of the economy. The Federal Art Project put visual artists to work; in Connecticut 173 artists produced mural, easel paintings, and documented American craft for the Index of American Design. Join curator Cynthia Roznoy for a presentation and gallery tour of this exhibition that includes samples of each aspect of the project.

Greenwich Historical - From Italy to America Gallery Talk with Photographer Anthony Riccio

03/21/2013

39 Strickland Road,, Cos Cob, CT Phone: 203-869-6899, Ext. 10.

Thursday, March 21, 2013 7:00 to 8:30 pm. In conjunction with the Greenwich Historical Society's exhibition From Italy to America, Anthony Riccio will discuss the inspiration for his black and white photographs on view in the complementary exhibit Photographs of Anthony Riccio: From Italy to American, originally organized by the Bellarmine Museum of Art at Fairfield University. For the past four decades Anthony Riccio has documented the experience of Italian Americans in Boston's North End and his native "Little Italy" in New Haven. Inspired by stories about life in Italy from his grandparents, Riccio studied in Florence for his master's degree in Renaissance art history as a Florentine Fellow of Syracuse University and traveled extensively, photographing daily life in remote southern villages. His poignant black and white images capture moments in time both here and abroad that document unforgettable faces, young and old, and a way of life that is fast disappearing. Riccio has published three books, Portrait of an Italian-American Neighborhood: The North End of Boston, The Italian American Experience in New Haven: Images and Oral Histories and Cooking with Chef Silvio: Stories and Authentic Recipes of Campania. He is currently writing the unknown story of Italian American women of Connecticut in a book entitled Farms, Factories and Families: Italian American Women of Connecticut. Admission is free but reservations are suggested; space is limited. Please call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10.
 




Greenwich Historical Society - From Italy to America Gallery Talk with Photographer Anthony Riccio

03/21/2013

39 Strickland Rd., Cos Cob, CT Phone: 203-869-6899, Ext. 10..

7:00 to 8:30 pm. In conjunction with the Greenwich Historical Society’s exhibition From Italy to America, Anthony Riccio will discuss the inspiration for his black and white photographs on view in the complementary exhibit Photographs of Anthony Riccio: From Italy to American, originally organized by the Bellarmine Museum of Art at Fairfield University. Admission is free but reservations are suggested.

Bruce Museum - The Cardboard Bernini

03/21/2013

One Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT Phone: 203-869-0376.

6:30 p.m. A film that examines the life and work of artist James Grashow as he spends four years building a giant cardboard fountain, with the intention of putting it outside to dissolve. Inspired by the baroque sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini, and propelled by a crucial event documented in the film, Grashow is driven to experience the process of creation and loss by making an extraordinary artwork that will be destroyed in the end. This film follows Grashow's journey, as he questions life's fragility and the artistic process. Film Trailer The evening will feature a VIP Reception and Q&A with James Grashow and producer/director Olympia Stone. Complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served, courtesy of Some Things Fishy Catering Tickets: $35 in advance / $40 at the door.

Junior League of Fairfield County Host - 21st ANNUAL ART SHOW

03/22/2013 to 03/24/2013

Burr Homestead, 739 Old Post Road, Fairfield, CT Phone: 203-259-9995.

The Junior League of Eastern Fairfield County (JLEFC) is pleased to present its 21st Annual Art Show. The Art Show will be held on Friday, March 22 – Sunday, March 24, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the historic Burr Homestead (739 Old Post Road in Fairfield) and will feature original pieces from over 100 artists and interior design exhibits.  A boutique and café with a dozen “pop-up” stores with home décor, gift and accessory items for sale will be open Saturday and Sunday. Tickets for the show are $7 for adults, and children under 12 are free. Funds raised by the event, through art sales and more, support the JLEFC’s community projects throughout greater Bridgeport and volunteer training programs.  With a focus on improving health, nutrition and literacy for women and families, the JLEFC supports and sponsors a variety of initiatives within the community.

After the ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9:45 a.m. on Friday, the weekend will commence by honoring local school children from Thomas Hooker Elementary in Bridgeport.The Art Show will feature both traditional representational paintings and contemporary abstract works at affordable prices, as well as photographs, prints, drawings and sculpture by artists represented by galleries, locally, throughout Connecticut and the Northeast. Noted artists exhibiting their work will include Claudia Mengel, an elected member of the Silvermine Guild of Artists (known for her vivid, abstract paintings and prints), Del- Bourree Bach, a member of the American Society of Marine Artists, Fairfield artist Paul Landry, noted for his nostalgic images of New England’s villages and shoreline, and Catherine Elliott, a contemporary impressionist painter who is an elected member of the Lyme Art Association, as well as many others. The show offers the opportunity to have silhouettes captured by the renowned, Carol Lebeaux (one of only 20 silhouette artists left in the country) on Saturday and Sunday.  An instructional painting demonstration by Anda Styler, whose work focuses on the magic of the New England landscape, will take place Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Other weekend highlights include, a Preview Party gala themed, the “Art of the Masquerade.” This dazzling event will be held on Friday, March 22at 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Burr Homestead, guaranteeing an exclusive, sneak-peek of the compelling exhibits and a chance to purchase art prior to the weekend opening. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.jlefc.org for $115 per person and includes: dinner, a live band, an open bar and a silent auction.

 


 

 

 

Spring Sip & Savor Series Jones Winery

03/22/2013

606 Walnut Tree Hill Rd., Shelton, CT Phone: (203) 929-8425.

Spring Sip & Savor Series offer guests a light-hearted yet knowledgeable education on pairing foods and wine. Our chef prepares a farm-style family supper, which we enjoy with four wine tastings. We discuss the culture and flavor basics of what we are eating and drinking with our wine educator and a Jones farmer. Limited to 16 students. Highlighting: Roasted Salmon with Potatoes and Peas Cost: $65/student.