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January 2020

‘Creating Dangerously,’ a Tribute to Haiti

January 17 @ 1:00 pm - March 12 @ 7:00 pm
ECSU Concert Hall; Fine Arts Instructional Center, 83 Windham St.
Willimantic, 06226
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The Art Gallery at Eastern Connecticut State University will present "Creating Dangerously: Art & Revolution" from Jan. 17-Mar. 12 in the Fine Arts Instructional Center. The exhibition is the first of the spring 2020 semester and marks the 10th anniversary of the Haitian earthquake - the deadliest in modern history. An artist talk featuring Vladimir Cybil Charlier will occur Jan. 23 at 3 p.m., followed by an opening reception from 4-6 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.…

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Wearable Art Exhibit

January 19 @ 1:00 pm - February 8 @ 5:00 pm
Arts Center East, 709 Hartford Turnpike
Vernon, Ct
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Arts Center East is celebrating all forms of wearable art! From textiles to jewelry to hats and jackets. See this one-of-a-kind exhibit while it’s on display! Exhibit Dates: January 19–February 8 *Closed Saturday, January 25 for Fashion & FestiviTea Fundraiser Gallery Hours: Wednesday–Saturday, 1:00–5:00pm Cost: $5 suggested donation Sponsored by Zahners Clothiers.

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Wearable Art Exhibit Opening Reception

January 19 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Arts Center East, 709 Hartford Turnpike
Vernon, Ct
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Arts Center East is celebrating all forms of wearable art! From textiles to jewelry to hats and jackets. See this one-of-a-kind exhibit while it’s on display! Opening Reception: Sunday, January 19, 2:00–4:00pm Exhibit Dates: January 19–February 8 *Closed Saturday, January 25 for Fashion & FestiviTea Fundraiser Gallery Hours: Wednesday–Saturday, 1:00–5:00pm Cost: $5 suggested donation Sponsored by Zahners Clothiers.

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Among the Tides Exhibit

January 23 @ 5:00 pm - March 15 @ 7:00 pm
Alexey von Schlippe Gallery of Art, 1084 Shennecossett Rd
Groton, CT 06340 United States
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“Among the Tides,” a new exhibit featuring the work of photographer Elizabeth Ellenwood, will be on display at the Alexey von Schlippe Gallery at the University of Connecticut’s Avery Point Campus from Jan. 23 through March 15, with an opening reception Jan. 24.  The reception will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. at the gallery, located on the second floor of the Branford House at the Avery Point campus. Ellenwood, recipient of a 2019 Connecticut Sea Grant Arts Support…

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Lulu

January 24 @ 7:30 pm - January 26 @ 9:00 pm
Proscenium Theatre – Eastern Connecticut State University, 83 Windham St
Willimantic, CT 06226 United States
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The Performing Arts Department at Eastern Connecticut State University is very proud to present Lulu. Lulu is a contemporary opera inspired by the tragic masterpiece Earth Spirit by Frank Wedekind (Spring Awakening) and developed by director/librettist Bob McGrath, composer/librettist Joseph Budenholzer, and performer/librettist Maluca Mala (Natalie Ann Yepez), in partnership with Eastern Connecticut State University. Lulu will feature the talents of Maluca Mala, Jennifer Charles (Elysian Fields, Ridge Theater), John Dossett (Broadway, Ridge Theater) and Jordan Goldston  for the first…

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Fashion & FestiviTea Fundraiser

January 25 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Arts Center East, 709 Hartford Turnpike
Vernon, Ct
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You are cordially invited to attend Art Center East’s Fashion and FestiviTea Fundraiser! Enjoy an afternoon tea with elegant sweets and savories, featuring – for the first time – a show of designs from local and regional fashion designers. A delightful afternoon is guaranteed! Includes a door prize drawing with prizes from Mount Southington Ski Area, Puzzle Theory,  Revolutions Bowling and Lounge, and Veterans Memorial Ice Skating Rink. Plus original artwork by ACE Artist Member Laura Kinlock! (Ages 12+) Sponsored…

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Faculty Recital Series: The Chamber Music of Francis Poulenc

January 25 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
ECSU Concert Hall; Fine Arts Instructional Center, 83 Windham St.
Willimantic, 06226
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A recital featuring the chamber music works for wind and Piano by Francis Poulenc, including his passionate sextet. This concert will feature faculty members Amanda Baker (flute), David Ballena (piano), Christopher Howard (clarinet), Matthew Muehl-Miller (horn) and guests Sean Maree (bassoon) and Barrett Seals (oboe). Music Program events are free and open to the public.

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28th Annual Benefit Show For Northeast Food Pantry

January 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Vanilla Bean Cafe, 450 West Rd
Pomfret , Ct
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“The Red Hot Banjo Wizard”, Howie Bursen joined by John Bailey, Martin Grosswendt, and Bennett Hammond return to the Vanilla Bean Café, located at 450 Deerfield Road in Pomfret on Saturday, January 25th for their twenty-eighth year performing to benefit Access’s Northeast Connecticut Food Pantries. This local tradition is an evening of singing, laughter, hot licks on guitar, fiddle and banjo, wonderful desserts, and beverages ranging from cappuccinos to fine wines. The Vanilla Bean is a great place to shake…

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Young Artists Music Competition

January 26 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Burton Leavitt Theatre, 779 Main St.
Willimantic, 06226
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A day of great music and fellowship as 20+ young musicians perform before a panel of judges in piano, string, vocal and wind instruments. Cash prizes will be awarded. The overall competition winner will have the opportunity to perform as guest soloist with the Willimantic Orchestra in the winter concert, set for March 1, 2020. Free to attend!

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February 2020

First Light Flashback

February 5 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
ECSU Fine Arts Instructional Center, Concert Hall, 83 Windham St.
Willimantic, 06226
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On Feb. 5 at 3 p.m. in the FAIC Concert Hall, tribal mentor, actor, activist and dancer Annawon Weeden will perform “First Light Flashback,” a one-man show that highlights through dance and acting the history of the native peoples of southern New England. Drawing on his Mashpee Wampanoag, Narragansett and Pequot lineage, Weeden will share his personal experiences in his program through an engaging and interactive presentation. The snow date is Feb. 12 at 3 p.m.

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