Friday, October 4, 2013

This Week's Connecticut Arts Connections

Mitzi Gaynor.
Photo: Courtesy of Edgerton
The Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts at Sacred Heart University inaugurates its 2013-2014 American Legend Series with Mitzi Gaynor – in an Interview Live On Stage of the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts on the Campus of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield Sunday, Oct, 27 at 3 pm. Gaynor’s appearance will be in the style of an ‘Actors Studio’ presentation hosted by Jerry Goehring, executive director of The Edgerton Center. In addition to video clips of her career, the afternoon will feature a talkback with the audience.
Tickets: $25 - General Public; $15 - Senior Citizens/Faculty/Staff; $10 - Students:  203-371-7908 (Mondays through Fridays from noon to 4 pm; box office located in the lobby of the Edgerton Center;

The 2013-2014 American Legend Series also includes Surviving Mommie Dearest - A Conversation with Christina Crawford Saturday, Nov. 23 and Linda Lavin- Interview Live On Stage Sunday, April 13, 2014.
Also coming up: Edgerton opens its 2013-2014 Retro Concert Series with Elvis Presley, Jr. - Burning Love Tour Saturday, Oct. 12 at 8 pm.
  • The Mark Twain House and Museum has received a $10,000 grant from the First Niagara Foundation in support of several free public programs created to share the legacy of Mark Twain and other iconic American authors with the community. The grant will fund the lecture series "The Trouble Begins at 5:30" as well as the "Nook Farm Book Talks." Both of these free programs are designed to encourage community members to participate in engaging and entertaining cultural activities centered on Mark Twain, his legacy, and the rich history of the Hartford neighborhood he called home.
  • Join Cinestudio and Hartford Stage for a showing of Roman Polanski's film "Macbeth" at Cinestudio at 7:30 pm Wednesday, Oct. 9, followed the next evening by a performance of Macbeth, directed by Darko Tresnjak, at Hartford Stage at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 10.Tickets for Polanski's "Macbeth" at Cinestudio are $9 at the door. Tickets for Macbeth at Hartford Stage are available with a $15-off discount using promo code MACBETH15. (Discount offer valid for Thursday, Oct. 10,only. Offer not valid on Super Savers. Fees apply.) There will be a post-show discussion immediately following the Hartford Stage performance with Cinestudio Co-founder James Hanley and other special guests. Polanski's rarely seen film is often thought to be a reaction to the brutal murder of his wife Sharon Tate and their unborn child by followers of Charles Manson. Shot on the bleak Northumberland coast, is it a brooding and brutal cri de coeur, startling in its immediacy in the wide screen 35mm film format (UK/US, 1971. 120 minutes.)
  • Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts presents the 37th annual Navaratri Festival, celebrating the traditional culture of India with performances by some of the country's leading artists, from Thursday, October 10 through Sunday, October 13, 2013 on the Wesleyan campus in Middletown. A special Navaratri Festival subscription package is available, which features a 15 percent savings on all three ticketed performances in Crowell Concert Hall: B. Balasubrahmaniyan (Friday, Oct. 11 at 8 pm), Shashank Subramanyam (Saturday, Oct. 12 at 8 pm), and Aparna Ramaswamy (Sunday, Oct. 13 at 3 pm). The Navaratri Festival subscription is available for $36 for the general public; $29 for senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff, and non-Wesleyan students; and $18 for Wesleyan students: 860-685-3355; Box Office located in the Usdan University Center, 45 Wyllys Ave., Middletown;
  • Long Wharf Theatre’s $3.8 million Mainstage renovation project designed by Gregg, Wies and Gardner has been selected as an award-winner in the Build New England Awards Program 2013, run by ACG of Massachusetts, The Association of Commercial and Institutional Builders, an established trade organization.

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