Orange Arts and Culture Council meeting to feature Cat Urbain

ORANGE — Cat Urbain, a local children’s author, will be the featured speaker at the Orange Arts and Culture Council’s Membership Meeting, to be held Tuesday, Jan. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room of Case Memorial Library, located on Tyler City Road.

Urbain is the author of the children’s book, “Manuel and the Lobsterman.” The story takes place in a sleepy town in Maine and revolves around 13-year-old Manuel Menendez. Unhappy, he’d give anything to be back home in New Haven, Connecticut, but once he finds a job working on a lobster boat, he discovers that even a small coastal town can bring unexpected excitement. In a twist of fate, Manuel’s future hinges on an old lobsterman who has a secret that could yield a lot of money if they can make it to a lagoon filled with “black gold.” This fast-paced adventure features two unforgettable characters and a plot that thickens at every turn.

Manuel lives in the Fair Haven section of New Haven and the “Q” Bridge as well as several other area points of interest are mentioned in the book.

In addition to writing children’s books, Urbain teaches creative writing and writes grants for the Hole in the Wall Camps for children with serious illnesses. She has also taught dance in France, worked for Thirteen/WNET, Scholastic Inc., the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, the Connecticut Audubon Society and the International Film and TV Workshops. She has a master’s degree in art education from Wesleyan University.

Manuel and the Lobsterman is aimed at middle school students but is also appropriate for good readers in grades four and five. Teachers are encouraged to attend this program. Cat will be available to sign copies of the book.

The program is free and open to all interested persons.

For more information, contact Pat Miller at 203-309-8915.

Three Person Show

ORANGE — The Davis Gallery, 200 Boston Post Road, presents Three Person Show featuring the works of Sharon Morgio, Cathy Amendola, and Mark Dittmar, Jan. 22 to Feb. 18. An opening reception is scheduled for Jan. 22, 1 to 4 p.m. The exhibit includes watercolor paintings, oil paintings, and colored pencil drawings.

The Davis Gallery is open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, call 203-795-4705.

Firehouse Art Gallery persents The A/V Xperiment

MILFORD — Firehouse Art Gallery, 81 Naugatuck Ave., presents The A/V Xperiment, Friday, Jan. 21, 6 p.m.

The A/V Xperiment is an interactive multi-media montage of video art, short films, and experimental audio & video (which may include artist JPG slideshows, computer art, and other images) projected onto multiple screens of the gallery. Visual artists are invited to bring DVD’s of their favorite work and participate in an A/V open mic where their choices (appropriate for ALL AGE groups) will be shown to the other participants.

InterNET access and projection is also possible and participants will be invited to ‘LOG ON’ and show the group their favorite NEW MEDIA pieces on youtube, etc. A 15 minute limit will be imposed to assure a fair distribution of visuals.

Admission is $5. Come have fun and network with other visual artists and enjoy their favorite visual work in a public setting in real time at the A/V Xperiment!

For more information, call 203-878-6647 or visit www.milfordarts.org.

Orange Players General Membership Meeting

ORANGE — The Orange Players, among Connecticut ‘s longest continuously performing community theater groups, are having their Winter General Membership Meeting Wednesday, Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m., in the cafeteria of the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road. The Orange Players’ Winter General Membership Meeting is an open invitation to both current members of The Orange Players as well as anyone who has any interest in learning about or becoming more involved with community theater — ranging from acting, producing, set construction, make-up, costuming and backstage operations, to name a few. No experience is required! Skills in these various aspects of community theater are shared by The Orange Players through workshops as well as one on one interaction with members who have been involved in theater for decades and are eager to share their passion for theater.

The director for the upcoming spring show, “The Odd Couple” (female version) by Neil Simon, will be present at the Winter General Membership Meeting. Show dates are April 29 to 30 and May 6 to 7). Come meet the director, find out more about the show, audition information, as well as how to get involved in all aspects of the show!

For more information, contact Patt Brotschul, president of The Orange Players, at 203-506-8227 or visit www.orangeplayers.net.

Film screenings at the Woodbridge Library

WOODBRIDGE — The Woodbridge Library, 10 Newton Road, hosts the following film screenings during the month of Jan..

• Documentary Feature: “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work,” Thursday, Jan. 13, 7 p.m. (Rated R, 84 minutes). See one of the most critically acclaimed documentaries of the year! This film examines the life and career of actress and comedian Joan Rivers. The filmmakers had total access to her life and work for an entire year, and the result is a warts-and-all portrait of a foul-mouthed Hollywood survivor. Roger Ebert called it “fascinating” while The New York Times raved it is a “convulsively funny movie.”

• No School Matinee: “Finding Nemo,” Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2 p.m. (Rated G, 100 minutes). Revisit one of the most beloved animated films of recent memory! The fretful Marlin and his young son Nemo become sepa(Rated from each other in the Great Barrier Reef. Nemo, a clown fish, is unexpectedly taken from his home and thrust into a fish tank in a dentist’s office overlooking Sydney Harbor. Buoyed by the companionship of a friendly fish named Dory, Marlin embarks on a dangerous trek and finds himself the unlikely hero. Featuring the voices of Albert Brooks, Ellen Degeneres, and Brad Garrett.

• From Page To Screen: “The Town,” Thursday, Jan. 20, 7 p.m. (Rated R, 125 minutes). Ben Affleck directed and stars in this thriller, based on the novel Prince of Thieves by Chuck Hogan. Doug MacRay, leader of a Boston bank robber gang, decides he wants to leave town and the life of crime behind when he falls in love with the bank manager briefly taken hostage in their last heist, but he finds the choices he has to make more difficult than he imagined. Also starring Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, and Blake Lively.

• After Supper Show: “Easy A,” Thursday, Jan. 27, 7 p.m. (Rated PG-13, 92 minutes). Any similarities to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter are purely intentional in this critically acclaimed comedy! After a high school girl pretends to lose her virginity with a classmate, her reputation at school changes and her classmates and family react in different ways. Starring Emma Stone, Stanley Tucci, Penn Badgley, Amanda Bynes, Thomas Haden Church, and Patricia Clarkson. For more information, call 203-389-3466 or visit www.woodbridge.lioninc.org.

Square One presents ‘Irena’s Vow’

STRATFORD — Square One Theatre Company presents “Irena’s Vow” by Dan Gordon Friday, Feb. 4, through Saturday, Feb. 19, at the Stratford Theatre, 2422 Main St. Through the eyes of a strong-willed Polish woman comes the remarkable true story of Irene Gut Opdyke and the triumphs of the human spirit over devastating tragedy. Nineteen-year-old Irena, promoted to housekeeper in the home of a high-ranking Nazi officer, discovers that the Jewish ghetto is about to be liquidated. Determined to help twelve Jewish workers, she decides to shelter them in the safest place she can think of: the basement of the Nazi officer’s house. Over the next two years, Irena uses her wit, humor and courage to hide her friends until the end of the German occupation. Directed by Tom Holehan. Reserved tickets are $20 or $19 for senior citizens/students. Tickets may be purchased by calling 203-375-8778, online at www.squareonetheatre.com, or in person at box office 90 minutes prior to performances. For show times visit www.www.squareonetheatre.com.

‘Through Our Eyes’ at Case Memorial Library

ORANGE — The Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, is hosting an art exhibit titled “Through Our Eyes,” featuring paintings in oil, watercolor, and pastel by local artists Sonia Halapin and Sabine Bonnar during the month of January. An artist reception is scheduled for Jan. 13, 5 to 7 p.m.

Library visiting hours are Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, call 203-891-2170.

Hamden Arts Commission presents ‘Pages from the American Songbook’

HAMDEN — The Hamden Arts Commission will continue its 2010-2011 season of Sensational Sunday Performances Jan. 23, at 2 p.m., with “Pages from the American Songbook” featuring the acclaimed Fryer/Balaban Swingtet.

The concert will include classic songs by favorite American songwriters, including George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Fats Waller and Duke Ellington.

The performance will be held in the handicapped-accessible Thornton Wilder Hall, Miller Cultural Complex, 2901 Dixwell Ave. Admission is $6/$5 for senior citizens and students. Family discounts are available. Tickets are sold at the door. For more information, call 203-287-2546.

Hubay Gypsy Orchestra

WALLINGFORD — The Hungarian Community Club is very excited to be hosting the Hubay Gypsy Orchestra Sunday, Feb. 6, at 4 p.m. This renowed four member band, in their only Connecticut appearance, will be playing popular selections from Hubay, Brahms, Liszt and Kodaly. Tickets are $25 for members, $30 for non-members. For more information and reservations, contact Linda at 203-634-0602 or Louie at 203-530-3557. Desserts and beverages will be available during the concert. The club is located at 147 Ward St.

Wall Street Players to perform

HAMDEN — The Unitarian Society of New Haven, 700 Hartford Turnpike, Hamden, will host the second in its “Sundays at Four” series Sunday, Jan. 16, at 4 p.m., with a performance by the Wall Street Chamber Players of Olivier Messaien’s Quartet for the End of Time.

The piece was written in 1940 when French composer, organist and ornithologist Olivier Messaien was interned in a German prison camp. He discovered among his fellow prisoners a clarinetist, a violinist, and a violoncellist. The success of a short trio that he wrote for them led Messaien to add seven more movements to the interlude and a piano to the ensemble, creating the Quartet for the End of Time. Messiaen and his friends first performed it for their 5,000 fellow prisoners on Jan. 15, 1941.

The Wall Street Chamber Players is one of the most musically exciting ensembles in Connecticut. A chamber ensemble of mixed strings, winds, and keyboard, it makes its artistic home in New Haven where it has presented concerts at 53 Wall Street and in New Haven area private homes. Members of the group have earned highest critical acclaim as soloists, chamber musicians at the major music festivals of America, and hold teaching posts throughout New England. The Players have also presented master classes at the Educational Center for the Arts and have sponsored an Adult Chamber Music Workshop Weekend at Wesleyan University. The Wall Street Chamber Players include William Braun, piano; Artemis Simerson, violin; Steven Thomas, cello; and Pavel Vinnitsky, clarinet.

Freewill donations will be accepted.

Winter Cabaret at the Paul Mellon Arts Center

WALLINGFORD — The Theater Department of Choate Rosemary Hall will present Winter Cabaret Thursday to Saturday, Jan. 27 to 29, at 7:30 p.m., in the Arts Center Gallery. The Arts Center is located on Christian Street. Parking is free.

Come shake off those winter chills with an evening of musical theater, featuring the best songs of Broadway, Off-Broadway, and the Silver Screen, including songs from “42nd Street” and “Funny Lady” to contemporary pieces from “Next To Normal,” “The Producers” and “Spamalot.” Choate students perform with guest members from the Choate faculty.

Tickets: $12/Seniors and Students $10. For tickets, group rates, and more information, contact the box office at 203-697-2398 or order online at www.choate.edu/boxoffice.