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Jan
20
Sat
Patriotic Persuasion: American Posters of the First World War @ Bruce Museum Tickets
Jan 20 – Jun 3 all-day
Patriotic Persuasion: American Posters of the First World War @ Bruce Museum |  |  |

Patriotic Persuasion: American Posters of the First World War features a selection of works donated to the Bruce Museum by Beverly and John W. Watling III.

The United States involvement in World War I lasted only a brief twenty months, from April 1917 to November 1918, but the nation’s military and propaganda strategies were of enormous consequence.

Patriotic Persuasion” marks the centennial of American participation in the First World War. It is organized by Kenneth E. Silver, Bruce Museum Adjunct Curator of Art and Elizabeth Smith, Zvi Grunberg Resident Fellow at the Bruce Museum (2017-2018).

Jan
27
Sat
Hot Art in a Cold War: Intersections of Art and Science in the Soviet Era @ Bruce Museum Tickets
Jan 27 @ 10:00 am – May 20 @ 5:00 pm
Hot Art in a Cold War: Intersections of Art and Science in the Soviet Era @ Bruce Museum |  |  |

Opening on January 27, 2018, the Bruce Museum’s provocative new exhibition Hot Art in a Cold War: Intersections of Art and Science in the Soviet Era examines one of the dominant concerns of Soviet unofficial artists—and citizens everywhere—during the Cold War: the consequences of innovation in science, technology, mathematics, communications, and design. Juxtaposing art made in opposition to state-sanctioned Socialist Realism with artifacts from the Soviet nuclear and space programs, Hot Art in a Cold War touches upon the triumphs and tragedies unleashed as humankind gained the power to both leave the Earth and to destroy it.

Produced from the 1960s to the 1980s, the works on view address themes of international significance during a turbulent period marked by the ever-escalating competition for nuclear supremacy and the space race. Creative interpretations of these key historical events and their repercussions are presented here through nearly 40 works by 17 artists from the former Soviet republics of Estonia, Latvia, Ukraine, and Russia.

The Hot Art in a Cold War exhibition, which continues through May 20, explores the anxious realities and utopian fantasies of everyday Soviet life in the second half of the twentieth century through a variety of media, from documentary photographs and surrealist abstractions to hyperrealist paintings and kinetic sculptures. Kinetic artists in Russia and Latvia directly synthesized art and science in their works, often forming groups to collectively envision and even build immersive installations that offered viewers glimpses into unknown futures.

As science became a proxy battlefield for the struggle between the USSR and the United States, the Soviet space program achieved a long string of successes, including launching the first artificial satellite, first animal, first human, and first space station into orbit. This exhibition features artifacts representing these breakthroughs, including an unlaunched backup of Sputnik, a replica of the spacesuit worn by the first space dog Laika, and equipment from the Salyut space station program. The darker side of this Cold War competition is seen in examples of nuclear fallout equipment and specimens from Chernobyl.

“The Bruce Museum prides itself in being a museum of both art and science and in finding the interconnections between the two,” says Dr. Daniel Ksepka, Bruce Museum Curator of Science and co-curator of the exhibition. “Hot Art in a Cold War is a perfect example of this unique focus. Visitors will see how the triumphs of the space program and anxieties about nuclear arms were captured by period artists. Likewise, many of the scientific objects are works of art in their own right. The elegance of Sputnik, for example, is as striking and undeniable as its impact on the space race.”

“This exhibition is very timely, as we see history repeating itself in the connection between the ‘official’ behaviors of the Cold War and today’s ongoing wars and political conflicts, not to mention the ever-increasing role that technology plays in our everyday lives,” adds Ksenia Nouril, exhibition co-curator.

Hot Art in a Cold War is an expanded version of an exhibition organized at the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J., by Ksenia Nouril, Dodge Fellow, Zimmerli Art Museum and PhD Candidate, Department of Art History at Rutgers. The exhibition at the Zimmerli and Ms. Nouril’s fellowship have been supported by the Avenir Foundation and the Andrew Mellon Foundation.
A majority of the artworks on loan are from the Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union, which is housed at the Zimmerli Art Museum. The late Norton Dodge (1927-2011), an American economist, began collecting Soviet unofficial art during the Cold War, making several trips to the Soviet Union starting in 1955. He amassed one of the largest collections of this kind of art in the world.

Although advancements in nuclear energy and space exploration gave great hope, they also came at a steep price, taking their toll on the Soviet economy, environment, and quality of life. Unofficial artists communicated their desires and fears by reimagining their earthly environments and conjuring unexplored worlds. Hot Art in a Cold War captures the direct and indirect intersections between art and science during this historically significant period of geopolitical tension that remains relevant today.

For support of this exhibition, the Bruce Museum thanks the Charles M. and Deborah G. Royce Exhibition Fund; the Connecticut Office of the Arts; a Committee of Honor, chaired by Jacqueline and Arthur Walker and Deborah and Alan Simon; and media sponsor WSHU Public Radio Group.

Feb
1
Thu
Positive Discipline Parenting @ Prince of Peace Preschool Tickets
Feb 1 – Mar 12 all-day
Positive Discipline Parenting @ Prince of Peace Preschool | Brookfield | Connecticut | United States

Join parents just like you for 5 weeks of parenting classes. Learn to discipline with firmness and kindness, have fun as a parent, and set the foundation for important social and life skills. Help your child feel a sense of belonging and significance through mutual respect and encouragement.

Cost: $199 (includes materials – Positive Discipline book, parent workbook and tool cards) $339 couple with shared materials. Scholarships are available based on financial need.

Five Wednesdays, 6:30-9:00 PMMarch 14March 21,March 28April 4April 25

There will be no class 4/11 or 4/18.

Class will be co-facilitated by Carol Dores and Christina Cameron.

Feb
5
Mon
“Color Chases Winter Into Spring” @ Morris Art Gallery, Bethel Library Tickets
Feb 5 – Apr 13 all-day
"Color Chases Winter Into Spring" @ Morris Art Gallery, Bethel Library |  |  |

“Color Chases Winter Into Spring” is the title of a new show by Jan McLean opening Monday, February 5 at the Morris Art Gallery, Bethel Public Library, 189 Greenwood Avenue in Bethel. The show runs through April 13 and is part of the Accessible Art Project presented by the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut.

Using paint, paper, fabric, fiber, found objects and all manner of acrylic gels and mediums, mixed media artist Jan McLean invites us to banish the winter blahs with her vibrant and whimsical depictions of places not quite known and imagined. Sure to make you smile.

An opening reception will be held in the Maria Parloa community room on Saturday, February 10 from 1 – 2:30 pm. Snow date is Saturday, February 17th.

The Morris Gallery is located on the library’s 2nd floor. Opening hours are M-W-Th 10-8; Tu-F-Sat 10-5; Sun 1-5. Entrance and parking are on School Street.

Feb
27
Tue
Game Dinner at The Hops Company @ The Hops Company Tickets
Feb 27 @ 7:00 pm
Game Dinner at The Hops Company @ The Hops Company |  |  |

Don’t miss The Hops Company’s annual Game Dinner – Five courses paired with Counter Weight Brewing beer.

Menu by Spice Catering Group:
First Course- Workhorse Pilsner
Spice Orange Ginger Duck Wings, Lemon Grass Salad
Second Course- Headway IPA Venison
“Pot Pie”, Roasted Winter Vegetables, Savory broth Grilled Olive Oil Bread Stick
Third Course- Saison
Farmhouse Bison “Pub” Slider, Pretzel Bun, Cheese, Sunny Side Quail Egg Duck Fat Potato Pearls House Made Pickles
Fourth Course- IPA, TBD
“Hops” Rabbit Bolognese, Rich Tomato sauce with Wild Mushrooms, Carrots, Onions, Celery. Local Whipped Ricotta Cheese
Dessert- Void Stout
Espresso Cheese Cake, Chocolate “Bark” Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans
*If you are coming with a group and would like to secure seating next to each other, please email events@thehopscompany.com

Mar
2
Fri
L.A. Dance Project @ The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College Tickets
Mar 2 @ 8:00 pm
L.A. Dance Project @ The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College |  |  |

L.A. Dance Project has made its mark on the dance world with a contemporary approach to art and movement that the Los Angeles Times describes as “a defining artistic vision for our time.” Founded by choreographer and dancer (and Black Swan star) Benjamin Millepied, LADP’s original works are intriguing multidisciplinary collaborations with emerging and established visual artists, musicians, designers, film directors, and composers.

Orpheus Highway / Benjamin Millepied
Second Quartet / Noe Soulier
YAG / Ohad Naharin

The PAC, in partnership with Joyce Theater Productions, served as Technical Development home for Orpheus Highway and YAG.

Tickets: $62.50 / $55 / $35
http://www.artscenter.org/events/la-dance-project/
914-251-6200

Mar
3
Sat
Norwalk’s Remarkable Hill Sisters and the Struggle For Equality @ Norwalk Historical Society Museum Tickets
Mar 3 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Norwalk's Remarkable Hill Sisters and the Struggle For Equality @ Norwalk Historical Society Museum |  |  |

Norwalk’s Remarkable Hill Sisters and the Struggle For Equality

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Norwalk Historical Society will be presenting a new lecture entitled: “Norwalk’s Remarkable Hill Sisters and the Struggle for Equality” by local educator and researcher Alice Warren on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 2:00pm at the Norwalk Historical Society Museum. 141 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT. Learn how three sisters from Norwalk, CT – Clara Mossman Hill, Helena Hill Weed, and Elsie Mary Hill – struggled for suffrage and women’s rights during the 20th century. Tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased at www.norwalkhistoricalsociety.org or 203-846-0525. Please note that the lecture will take place upstairs and seating is limited. Purchasing in advance is highly recommended. Parking is available at Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Avenue. The museum is in the red brick house with blue double front doors, next to the Norwalk Health Dept. If there is inclement weather, the lecture will be rescheduled for Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 2:00pm.

Norwalk’s Hill Sisters, daughters of a U.S. congressman, worked tirelessly for the passage and ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, crisscrossing the country giving lectures, organizing marches, and even going to jail after picketing the White House during the First World War. After ratification in 1920, the Hills continued to fight for feminist causes during the post-suffrage decades, when many historians contended that women had lost interest in issues of civil and economic rights. This illustrated 45-minute talk will introduce you to these remarkable women, whose advocacy for full equality helped sustain movement goals and tactics for future generations of feminists.

About Alice Warren
Alice Warren teaches 8th grade U.S. history at Fairfield Woods Middle School. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College and a master’s degree in Women’s Studies at Southern Connecticut State University, with a focus on women’s history. While in that graduate program, she became involved with the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame, first researching and rewriting the biographies of the original inductees, and now serves on the Hall of Fame’s Consulting Scholar Committee. Ms. Warren’s thesis about the Hill sisters was the result of her deep interest in the contributions made by Connecticut women to the causes of social justice and equal rights.

Photo Credit: Women of Protest: Photographs from the Records of the National Woman’s Party, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C

For more information visit www.norwalkhistoricalsociety.org, e-mail info@norwalkhistoricalsociety.org , or call 203-846-0525.

The Norwalk Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

L.A. Dance Project @ The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College Tickets
Mar 3 @ 8:00 pm
L.A. Dance Project @ The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College |  |  |

L.A. Dance Project has made its mark on the dance world with a contemporary approach to art and movement that the Los Angeles Times describes as “a defining artistic vision for our time.” Founded by choreographer and dancer (and Black Swan star) Benjamin Millepied, LADP’s original works are intriguing multidisciplinary collaborations with emerging and established visual artists, musicians, designers, film directors, and composers.

Orpheus Highway / Benjamin Millepied
Second Quartet / Noe Soulier
YAG / Ohad Naharin

The PAC, in partnership with Joyce Theater Productions, served as Technical Development home for Orpheus Highway and YAG.

Tickets: $62.50 / $55 / $35
http://www.artscenter.org/events/la-dance-project/
914-251-6200

Mar
4
Sun
Camerata d’Amici Presents “Angel Band” @ Wilton Presbyterian Church Tickets
Mar 4 @ 4:00 pm
Camerata d'Amici Presents "Angel Band" @ Wilton Presbyterian Church |  |  |

Choral group Camerata d’Amici is proud to present its winter concert “Angel Band” on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at 4 p.m. at the Wilton Presbyterian Church, 48 New Canaan Road, Wilton, CT. Conducted by Kristin Sponheim, the program will feature a varied selection of songs inspired by themes of love, human connection and divine protection. Tickets at the door are $25 for adults and $10 for youth 18 and under. Advance tickets, with a reduced ticket price of $20 for adults, may be purchased at www.cameratadamici.org, or by check made payable to Camerata d’Amici at P.O. Box 74, Ridgefield, CT 06877. Online tickets are available through Friday, March 2. Follow Camerata d’Amici on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and listen to past performances on YouTube. Photo: Camerata d’Amici

Mar
10
Sat
Sarah Chang – Viva Piazzolla! @ The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College Tickets
Mar 10 @ 8:00 pm
Sarah Chang - Viva Piazzolla! @ The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College |  |  |

Recognized as one of the foremost violinists of our time, Sarah Chang has performed with the most esteemed orchestras, conductors, and accompanists in an international career spanning more than two decades. Since her debut with the New York Philharmonic at the age of eight, Ms. Chang has continued to impress audiences with her technical virtuosity and refined emotional depth. Join us as she presents a program featuring some of her signature pieces.

VITALI Chaconne
VIVALDI Excerpts from The Four Seasons
PIAZZOLA The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires

With:
Adam Millstein, violin
Nigel Armstrong, violin
Michael Casimir, viola
Christine Lamprea, cello
Nathan Farrington, double bass

Tickets: $85 / $75 / $60 / $42.50
http://www.artscenter.org/events/sarah-chang/
914-251-6200