Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Friday: Raphael Xavier's "Point of Interest" at Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts

Raphael Xavier: Point of Interest
Friday, September 21, 2018 at 7:30pm
CFA Theater, 271 Washington Terrace, Middletown
$28 general public; $26 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students, youth under 18

Crackling with high-energy physicality, Raphael Xavier's Point of Interest features a series of solos, duets, and quintets set to his soundscape of beats, spoken word poetry, and musical rhythms. Visit the Center for the Arts website for more information.

Listen to an interview with Raphael Xavier by Associate Director for Programming and Performing Arts Fiona Coffey on the Center for the Arts Radio Hour:

Raphael Xavier: Point of Interest Excerpt from Pentacle Dance on Vimeo.

Free Masterclass with Raphael Xavier

Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 11am
Bessie Schönberg Dance Studio, 247 Pine Street, Middletown
Free masterclass with choreographer, hip hop dancer, and breaking artist Raphael Xavier. Open to all, no reservations required.

Organ Donation Informative Event at Russell Library September 20


On Thursday, September 20 at 6:00pm. in our Hubbard Room, we will be speaking about Organ Donation. 

Middletown Mayor Dan Drew donated a kidney to a stranger in 2016. Come hear about his experience and the experiences of other donors and recipients, and learn all about organ donation from those in-the-know. Representatives from BeTheMatch, Donate Life Connecticut, New England Donor Services, the transplant unit at Hartford Hospital, and others will speak at this event, with time for questions and answers as well.  Refreshments and a wealth of information on all aspects of organ donations will be available.  
Everyone is welcome; no registration.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Yoga with Sybil Starts September 18th at Vinnie's on Main

Wear loose clothing--sweatpants or shorts and a top, and please bring a yoga mat if you have one.

  Sybil Leads
Flexible and Fit" Yoga Class
at Vinnie's on Main Street,
9-10 am, Starting Tuesday,
September 18th

Of all my yoga teachers of the past many years, Sybil stands out. She knows the human body. She knows the mechanics of movement and knows (by heart) various techniques. Sybil writes
      My approach is therapeutic in nature....  I seem to be specializing in people with injuries, recovering from surgery, and those with chronic pain [aches or stiffness] or otherwise need a specific [kind of attention]. I incorporate somatic work and some Feldenkrais movements into my classes.
...   I’ve been teaching since 2010, when I started a weekly chair yoga class at the Newport Senior Center.  Since then, I’ve led workshops, worked with private clients and taught a wide variety of classes in Oregon, and now in my home state of Connecticut.  You can look on my website at my bio too. www.yogawithsybil.com. 
     Sybil currently teaches at certain correctional facilities around Connecticut. 

Immigrant Artists at Russell Library Beginning September 22!

The Immigrant Artist Series begins September 22.

Russell Library, the public library of Middletown, Connecticut, will present an Immigrant Artist series this fall. The series features performing artists as well as an exhibit of visual art.
The word 'immigrant' is defined as “a person who comes to live permanently in a foreign country.”  Unfortunately, owing to recent news stories, this word now carries some negative connotations. 
This fall, thanks to a grant from the Middletown Commission on the Arts, Russell Library will host a series of cultural programs highlighting the artistic contributions of several area immigrants. 
The series begins on September 22, at 1:30pm, when the Chinese dance troupe, Phoenix Performing Arts, performs a program celebrating the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as Moon Cake Day. A Moon Cake will be available for people to taste.
Several concerts are also planned. On September 27th, a six-piece mariachi band, Los Trouvadores de America, will give a concert of traditional Mexican music. The Hirsch-Pinkas Piano Duo performs October 21st; Classical Harmonica player Jiayi He performs with a string quartet on November 17th; solo pianist Alex Nakhimovsky is scheduled for December 9th.
Book discussions, workshops, and presentations are also part of the line-up of events.
An exhibit entitled, “New Land New Art”, will open November 2. Visual artists, who immigrated to this country either years ago or more recently, are invited to submit an application to show up to six pieces of their work here at the library in November and December of this year. The application is available on the library’s website at https://www.russelllibrary.org. The deadline for applications has passed, but late applications are welcome up to and including September 24, 2018. 

Here is the line-up for the Immigrant Artist Series this fall: 

September 22 at 1:30pm: Phoenix Performing Arts (Dance)

September 27 at 7:00pm: Los Trouvadores de America (Concert)

October 2 at 6:00pm: Racial Justice Book Group (Lisa Ko book)

October 18 at 6:00pm: Books and Brews (Tomi Adeyemi book)

October 20 9am - 5pm: Theater workshop (with Toto Kisaku, at Oddfellows. Sign up online)

October 21 at 2:00pm: The Hirsch-Pinkas Piano Duo (Concert)

November 1 at 6:30pm: "Italycious" (with Enzo Boscarino)

November 2 at 6:00pm: "New Land, New Art" (Exhibit opening)

November 17 at 1:30pm: Jia Yi He and String Quartet (Concert)

December 9 at 2:00pm: Pianist Alex Nakhimovsky (Concert)

December 16 at 2:00pm: "Osaki-san, the valet of William Gillette" (Theater)

Community Partners in Action exhibit at Russell Library this month!

The 8th Annual Out of Prison, Making Art Exhibition, featuring Recent Artwork from Former Prisoners, runs from September 13 – October 20 on the 2nd floor galler of Russell Library. 
This painting by Nina Robinson is part of the CPA exhibit. 

Since 1875, Community Partners in Action has provided services that promote accountability, dignity and restoration for people affected by the criminal justice system. The Prison Arts Program works within the CT Department of Correction to provide opportunities for creative expression and positive experiences for inmates and the recently released. Exhibitions such as this one offer the public an opportunity to see examples of inmates’ remarkable creativity and their positively-directed energies.
This exhibition continues a collaboration between the Community Partners in Action Prison Arts Program and Russell Library.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Bubblemania at Oddfellows Saturday at 2 pm!

This Saturday, September 15 at 2 pm Casey Carle will be bringing his amazing family show Bubblemania: Comedy with a Drip! to Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown. This guy is great, and tickets are selling fast. To secure your place, order tickets online at https://oddfellowsplayhouse.ticketleap.com/ 

Recommended for anyone age 4 and up, including grownups! Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids, and $25 for a family. Casey is doing this show as a benefit for Oddfellows theater and circus programs for young people.  There may be tickets at the door, but we recommend reserving online. Oddfellows Playhouse is at 128 Washington Street in Middletown.

Classes for Teenagers (mainstage production of Antigone, Circophony Youth Circus) and younger kids begin next week. Are you signed up yet? There may still be room.

See you at the Playhouse. Call (860) 347-6143 or email info@oddfellows.org for more info or to register. www.oddfellows.org
ARTFARM Artistic Director Marcella Trowbridge (above) will be offering a FREE WORKSHOP Monday, September 17, 6:30 - 8:30 pm for ages 14 - 20 in "Speak the Speech: Vocal Production for Actors". She will be directing Sophocles' Antigone at Oddfellows this fall. Auditions are September 20 (https://www.oddfellows.org/teencompany)

Help Clean Up the Coginchaug River at Veterans Park for Source to Sea Effort!

Join the fun, be part of a "source-to-sea" effort, and help clean the river!  On September 29, 2018, from 9 am to noon, the Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District and Middletown Commission on Conservation and Agriculture are leading a Coginchaug River cleanup at Veterans Park in Middletown. The cleanup is being held in conjunction with the Connecticut River Source to Sea Cleanup.  In case of heavy rain or stormy weather, the cleanup will be postponed until Sunday, September 30, same time.

The City of Middletown Public Works Department has generously offered to provide cleanup supplies, and help by disposing of trash and recyclables.  Any additional donations from businesses to help with the cleanup, such as snacks for the volunteers, would also be appreciated!

Source to Sea Cleanup is an annual four-state community cleanup of the Connecticut River and tributaries coordinated by the Connecticut River Conservancy.  As a volunteer you will be one of thousands working watershed-wide on the same day to clean up our watershed. 

If you would like to participate as a volunteer, please go to the online sign-up page. If you would like to make a donation, please contact the Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District at (860) 346-3282, or ctrivercoastal@conservect.org. 
The Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Middletown, CT, works to conserve the natural resources of towns in the lower Connecticut River watershed and coastal areas.  For more information about District technical and educational programs and services, visit our website at www.conservect.org/ctrivercoastal.