Winter Exhibit

MILFORD — The MFAC Firehouse Art Gallery, 81 Naugatuck Ave., will host a November-December exhibit with “Winter” as the theme. This exhibition opens Nov. 19 and runs through Dec. 17.

Winter is an appropriate theme for this time of the year; it ushers in the holiday season and the spirit of Christmas. Artists can stretch their imagination to include not just snow scenes, but subjects pertaining to winter like holiday festivities. The juror for this exhibit is Derek Leka. He received an MFA in painting with a concentration in color from Western CT State University and a BFA from Purchase College, Purchase, NY. Leka is experienced in his specialty of Color Theory, Color in Abstract Painting, Color and 2D Design and Drawing.  He has had numerous exhibitions of his works in the area as well as in New York State. In 2008 he received the Andrew Carnegie Award, National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts, New York, NY.

While visiting the Gallery during the duration of this final exhibit of the 2009 season we invite you to consider doing your holiday gift-giving shopping in the Gallery gift shop. There will be affordable new items such as scarves, knitted hats, jewelry and much more, plus unique, hand-crafted tree ornaments and other decorative items to get your home ready for the holiday season.

With the year’s end MFAC also reminds the public that the gallery closes on Dec. 19th and is closed for the month of January. The grand reopening will be with a non-themed exhibition Feb. 4 to March 4, 2010. The artist’s entries are scheduled on Jan. 28, 29, 30. The juror for this show will be Sophia Gevas, director of the Art Gallery at Sacred Heart University.

Photography exhibit

ORANGE — Photographer Hazel Meredith will be exhibiting a selection of her images from Nov. 29 to Dec. 29, at the Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road. There will be an artist’s reception Thursday, Dec. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. Library hours are: Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m to 4 p.m.

Her photographs encompass a wide range of subjects including flowers, butterflies, and scenics of the American Southwest.

For more information contact Hazel Meredith at 203-375-1039 or Hazel@MeredithImages.com.

Friday Night Movies continues with ‘Slumdog’

The Stratford Library continues its new monthly film series, Friday Night Movies, with a screening of the 2008 “Best Picture” Oscar winner, “Slumdog Millionaire” Friday, Nov. 20. The series offers free showings of recent, popular films.

After coming within one question of winning it all on the Indian version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” 18-year-old Mumbai “slumdog” Jamal Malik (Dev Patel) is arrested on suspicion that he cheated his way to the top. While in custody, he regales a jaded inspector with remarkable tales of his life on the streets and the story of the woman (Freida Pinto) he loved and lost.  Danny Boyle directed this widely praised film which was the surprise winner at this year’s Academy Awards.

Movies are shown uncut on widescreen in the Stratford Library Lovell Room each month beginning at 7 p.m. Complimentary snacks will be served at the series which continues through December 2009. “Slumdog Millionaire” is rated R, runs 120 minutes and is recommended for adult audiences.

Concluding the series on Dec. 11 will be the most recent version of “Star Trek.” Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and his trusted team on the starship USS Enterprise boldly go where no man has gone before in this blockbuster installment of Gene Roddenberry’s sci-fi franchise that follows the early days of the intergalactic adventurers. The crew includes Spock (Zachary Quinto), Chekov (Anton Yelchin) and Uhura (Zoe Saldana) with Eric Bana and Leonard Nimoy, who appears as an older version of Spock, “Star Trek” is rated PG-13 and runs 126 minutes.

For more information, call the library at 203-385-4162 or visit www.stratfordlibrary.org.

‘the knight before christmas’

BRIDGEPORT — Downtown cabaret theatre of bridgeport children’s company presents the knight before christmas, Nov. 14 to Dec. 31. Just in time for the holidays comes this laugh-a-minute new musical. Come to a crazy kingdom under the spell of a sorceress who has forbidden Christmas. There are kings, queens, damsels, dungeons, dragons … and one brave knight who saves the day!

At the Cabaret, you can bring your own meals, snacks and drinks and enjoy them during the show!

Single Tickets are $15.   Performances are set for Saturdays and Sundays at noon and 2:30 p.m.

For more information call the Box Office at 203-576-1636 Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or visit www.downtowncabaret.org.

‘It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play’

BRIDGEPORT — Downtown cabaret theatre of bridgeport presents “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,” adapted for the Stage by Joe Landry and directed by Bert Bernardi, Dec. 4 to 13. Show times are Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m., and Sundays at 5:30 p.m.

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast.With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve. Tickets $25.

At the Cabaret, you can bring your own bottle, your own picnic and come as you are!

For more information call the Box Office at 203-576-1636 Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or visit www.downtowncabaret.org.

Culture of Hip Hop focus of HCC Performances  

BRIDGEPORT - The Culture of Hip Hop will be spotlighted Thursday, Nov. 19, when dancer/choreographer Isaiah Little  makes a two-part appearance at Housatonic Community College.

Little will conduct a workshop with HCC Theater Arts students from 2 to 3:15 p.m., when the group and HCC Theater Arts students will develop a performance piece. At 7 p.m., the piece developed in the workshop will be performed and Little will give a solo performance.  Both events will be held in the Performing Arts Center in Lafayette Hall.

The events, which are free and open to the public, are being held as part of the college’s Third Thursday Cultural Celebration series. During most months in the academic year, a performing artist representing a specific culture comes to the college on the third Thursday to develop and perform a piece with Theater Arts students and give a solo performance.

The college is located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in downtown Bridgeport, a block from the Arena at Harbor Yard.

For more information, contact Prof. Geoffrey Sheehan at 203-332-5270.

Square One Theatre’s 20th Anniversary Season

STRATFORD — Celebrating the milestone of its 20th Anniversary, Square One Theatre’s 2009-2010 Season will feature Charles Grodin’s all-too-real comedy of bad manners, “The Right Kind of People”; A.R. Gurney’s funny and touching “Love Letters”; and Helen Edmundson’s stirring and riveting Irish drama, “The Clearing.”

The 20th Anniversary Season opens with Charles Grodin’s “The Right Kind of People”  Friday, Nov. 6, and continues Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 21. According to The New York Times The Right Kind of People is a “portrait of the pettiness of the rich defending their real estate” while “exposing a perspective on humanity with a healthy mixture of sadness, skepticism and forgiveness.” Actor/playwright/WCBS NewsRadio commentator Charles Grodin, who served on a Fifth Avenue co-op board for several years, chronicles the biases, the petty squabbles and the subtle (and not so subtle) prejudices as members of a New York City co-op apartment struggle for positions of power.

The season continues Friday, Feb. 5, through Saturday, Feb. 20, with the funny and touching theatrical gem “Love Letters” by A.R. Gurney, Square One’s favorite playwright. This is a special Valentine to Square One theatergoers featuring favorite award-winning actors Peggy Nelson and Pat Leo. Love Letters covers a lifetime of correspondence between two people who grew up together, went their separate ways, but continued to share confidences.

The season concludes with “The Clearing” by Helen Edmundson, scheduled Friday, May 15, to Saturday, May 29. This stirring Irish drama is set in 17th century with romance, passion and treachery enhancing this riveting work right up to its breathless final curtain. It is the story of Madeleine, an insufferably valiant Irishwoman married to Robert, a weak-willed Englishman. The time is just after the English Civil War, when followers of Oliver Cromwell, flush from their victory over the crown, exacted revenge on those who remained loyal to the throne.

For ticket reservations and/or information call 203-375-8778 or visit www.squareonetheatre.com.

Square One Theatre, 2422 Main St., is wheelchair accessible and offers its patrons hearing-assisted listening devices.

Waterworks X

ORANGE — Audrey Galer, watercolor instructor, is pleased to announce this year’s exhibition of her student’s works, Waterworks X. The show each year has been held at Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road. In fact, the need to showcase the beautiful work done by the students was the impetus for the birth of the Art Gallery on the second floor of the library eight years ago.

The exhibition will be available for viewing from Nov. 1 through Nov. 25. Library hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information call Audrey Galer at 795-3695.

‘The Man In Black’

BRIDGEPORT — Popular demand and critical acclaim have prompted the Award-winning Downtown Cabaret Theatre to present the return engagement of “The Man In Black,” a live stage and media celebration of the music of the great Johnny Cash starring Scott Keeton.

In addition to packed houses, Elm City Newspapers critic Tom Holehan wrote “Pity the poor folks who missed the all-too-brief recent run of “The Man in Black” at Bridgeport’s Downtown Cabaret Theatre. This loving tribute to the words and music of the legendary Johnny Cash was a solid hit for the theatre - one that deserves a prompt return engagement.” The return engagement of “The Man In Black” opens Friday, Nov. 6, and continues Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 22.

Born in Oklahoma, Scott Keeton’s family tree actually shows a direct line (his Great-Great-Great Grandmother on his father’s side was Frances ‘Fannie’ Cash) to the Cash family making him a distant cousin to the actual Man in Black. The late Bo Diddley, rock ‘n roll singer, guitarist and songwriter told him, “You do the best Johnny Cash I’ve ever heard.”

Joining Keeton on stage for some joyful duets will be Ashley DePascale (as June Carter Cash) who “is both talented and adorable” (Elm City Newspapers- Tom Holehan).

The Downtown Cabaret Theatre is located at 263 Golden Hill St. Ticket prices are: $33 for Fridays and Sundays at 5:30 p.m.; $39 for Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

Tickets can be reserved by calling the Box Office at 203-576-163 and selecting option 0, or in person at 263 Golden Hill St. For more information visit www.downtowncabaret.org.