Contemplative Soul of American Music

01/26/2013 to 01/26/2013

229 E. Litchfield Rd., Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: 860-567-3163.

On Saturday 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. An evening of music standards that express the contemplative side of the American Spirit presented by internationally known composer and conductor, Joshua Stone. Donation: $10. For more information call Wisdom House or visit the website.

The Silo - Super Bowl Warm up

01/27/2013

44 Upland Rd., off Rte. 202, New Milford, CT Phone: 860-355-0300.

Sunday, January 27, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Excited for Super Bowl 46? Looking to make your game day food legendary? Then join Chef Dennis DeBellis of John’s Café in Woodbury to get the low down before the first down. Chef Dennis will share recipes, tips and techniques for the perfect Superbowl menu.  In this hands-on class, you’ll learn how to prepare a sporty-yet-sophisticated fabulous football-watching menu while learning essential cooking techniques. These recipes are perfect for serving during the big bowl games – or for hosting any casual get-together.  Plus we’ll make a special cocktail - sure to warm you up for the big day! Menu to follow. Full participation. $85. per person or 2 for $160.

Litchfield Community Center Presents Grumbling Gryphons Performing Trickster Coyote: Sharles The Fire!

01/27/2013

421 Bantam Road, Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: 860-672-8302.

On Sunday, January 27, 2013 the Grumbling Gryphons are to perform Trickster Coyote: Shares the Fire! A Plains Indian Story at the Litchfield Community Center from 3 to 4:30PM.  Leslie Elias, storyteller, actress and director of Grumbling Gryphons Traveling Children's Theater will present a participatory performance and drama workshop involving children and their parents as part of a three part Grumbling Gryphons family storytelling series Sharing The Fire!.  Bring muscial instruments and join in a sing along.  Refreshments will be served after the performance.  Admission for both performances is $15 for adults, $10 for children with a special $5 discount for adults if tickets are purchased for both performances.  Call the LCCenter to make reservations.

Danbury Music Center - A Young People’s Concert Variations in Music – Pop Goes the Weasel and Lollipops, too

01/27/2013

Ives Concert Hall, 181 White St., Danbury, CT Phone: (203) 748-1716.

The Danbury Music Centre invites you to attend a free concert featuring the Danbury Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, January 27, 2013, at 3pm, in Ives Concert Hall. Ives Concert Hall is located in White Hall, on the mid town campus of Western Connecticut State University, on the corner of Fifth Avenue and White Street. Ariel Rudiakov, Music Director and Conductor of the Danbury Symphony Orchestra, will conduct this concert which includes varieties of music of all kinds.  Youngsters in the audience will win lollipops from the conductor just by answering. The winner of the annual Danbury Symphony Orchestra Student Concerto Competition, pianist Richard Huffman, will take center stage to perform Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1, the final movement.  Richard is a junior at Newtown High School and studies the piano with Margarita Nuller. This one-hour concert is free to the public with major funding from Visiting Angels of Brookfield, CT.  It is suitable for children of all ages.  For additional information, please call or email the Danbury Music Centre.

Litchfield History Museum - Lecture Series: "Thomas Jefferson's Creme Brulee"

01/27/2013

7 South St., Rte. 63, Litchfield, CT Phone: 860-567-4501.

On Sunday, 3:00 p.m. All ages - Free: donations accepted.  Join us as we resume our monthly Sunday afternoon lecture series! This month we are pleased to present Thomas Craughwell as he discusses his new book, "Thomas Jefferson's Creme Brulee." Did you know that Litchfield has a connection to Thomas Jefferson? You'll have to attend to find out! Mr. Craughwell will bring books to sign and sell. Register by email: registration@litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org.

Lecture Series: History and Crème Brûlée at the Historical Society -Litchfield

01/27/2013

7 South Street, Rte. 63, Litchfield, CT Phone: (860) 567-4501.

Many people are aware of Thomas Jefferson’s contributions to architecture, diplomacy, and our country’s independence, but few know about his gifts to American gastronomy. On Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 3:00 pm, the Litchfield Historical Society will welcome author Thomas J. Craughwell, author of the new history Thomas Jefferson’s Crème Brûlée. Craughwell will discuss how Jefferson and his slave James Hemings changed the way we cook. Because of his love of fine cuisine, Jefferson brought Hemings with him across the Atlantic to master the art of French cooking. The two men brought back new foods with them—including French fries, macaroni and cheese, pasta, and crème brûlée—to America. In exchange for his intense training, Hemings received his freedom. Join us as we learn about this fascinating time in American food history. This event is free and open to the public, though donations are accepted. Registration is required—please register for this event by calling or emailing registration@litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org.

White Memorial Conservation Center Program: Moonset Sunrise Hike UP Apple Hill--Litchfield

01/27/2013

Route 202, Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: 860-567-0857.

January 27 Moonset Sunrise Hike Up Apple Hill Don't hate photographer Leo Kulinski, Jr. for getting you out of bed well before the crack of dawn to experience the pure unadulterated joy of watching the remains of January's Full Wolf Moon setting just as the sun begins to rise in the east! OK...so hate Leo...but LOVE Gerri Griswold because she is going to fill your empty belly with breakfast in the A.B. Ceder Room after your walk! Bring a flashlight or a head lamp and your camera. This hike is limited to 20 brave guests. 5:15 A.M. Meet in front of the Ceder Room. ...FREE...Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses. Pre-registration is required.

Mattatuck Museum - STARS AND BARS A 1938 living newspaper play by Ward Courtney and the Negro Unit of the Connecticut Federal Theatre

01/29/2013

144 West Main Street, Waterbury, CT Phone: 203 753-0381 ext 10 .

On Tuesday 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Join us for the first ever public reading of Stars & Bars, in the Early American Gallery at the Museum.  Performed by the Working Actors Collective and directed by CPTV's Ed Wierzbicki. The play, written in 1938, attempts to enlighten a "Yankee" character about the true plight of African Americans in Connecticut. This is the first living newspaper about racial issues to get past a first draft, and there is no record of any performance of the play during the New Deal Era. Stars and Bars is specifically based on the history and status of Blacks in the Hartford in the 1930s. The title refers both to the flag of the Confederacy, and to the impediments - "bars" - to freedom implicit in American society. Ward Courtney was a young white playwright originally from Vermont, who worked in the Federal Theatre's Hartford office which housed one of the Negro Theatre units. Courtney had previously written Trilogy in Black, a modern tragedy on the Greek pattern, inspired by Aeschylus's Agamemnon and Euripides' Electra. It had closed after a single performance in Hartford the previous June. Stars and Bars is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Art for Everyone: The Federal Art Project in Connecticut on view through February 3, 2013. Museum Members, Seniors, OLLI Members and Students with ID: $7 Non-members: $12.

Litchfield Historical Society - Larry Tye, author of Rising from the Rails to speak

01/30/2013

7 South St., Rte. 63, Litchfield, CT Phone: 860-567-4501.

On the evening of Wednesday, January 30, at 7:00 pm, the Railroad Museum of New England in cooperation with the Litchfield Historical Society will welcome Larry Tye, author of Rising from the Rails: Pullman Porters and the Making of the Black Middle Class, to discuss the Company's most lasting legacy, the porter. Riding aboard a luxurious Pullman railcar represented the epitome of travel throughout the first-half of the 20th century. Utilizing the all important but hardly noticed Pullman porter, the company attempted to make the journey as important as the destination. However, while building their transportation empire, the company was, inadvertently, creating a new social class within the African American community. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required—please register for this event by calling or emailing .

WCSU Coffeehouse features WCSU Jazz Ensemble

01/31/2013

181 White Street, Danbury, CT 06810. Phone: (203) 837-9700 .

WCSU will present the Midtown Coffeehouse at 8 p.m. on Jan. 31 in Alumni Hall on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The coffeehouse will include open mic performers at 8 p.m., followed by the featured act, the WCSU Jazz Ensemble, at 9 p.m. Enjoy the music, the atmosphere, and some of the food and beverages provided free of charge. Admission is free and the public is invited. Donations to sustain the Coffeehouse will be accepted. Call (203) 837-9700 or visit www.wcsu.edu/stuaffairs/Coffeehouse.asp for more information.