The Weekend BDB Arts Section

Your Bethel Daily Briefing guide to the Arts.


Bethel Cinema

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Photoworks, Bethel

Stop by and see the photographs of Bethel's local students. The subject matter is sophisticated and their images will surprise you. 14 Depot Place, Bethel

ray@bethelphotoworks.com, 203-748-1999


Craft Show

Handmade crafts, dog biscuits and bandanas, baked goods, fudge, chocolates, purses, children's boutique items, home decor, iPad accessories, some direct sellers and much more. 50/50 raffle with proceeds going to Make a Wish Foundation. Free admission. 11am till 4pm.


Jim Felice's Scultpture installation, “Hatchet Job”

Molten Java hours

Molten Java Upstairs Gallery

213 Greenwood Ave, Bethel


Latin, R+B, Reggae with the Karen Johnstone Band

213 Greenwood Ave, Bethel, CT 

Latin, R+B, reggae.

You've seen us, you love us. We're a cross between Pink Martini, Kaomi and Bob Marley. And we'll throw in some Irish surprises.

Our usual sextet just won't fit in the new space, so like our Valentine's Day gig at Molten last month, we'll downsize our awesomeness into a quartet. We're still worth it.

Event is free, but tips are strongly suggested and appreciated. 

Band members:

Karen Johnstone (keys, vocals)
Euri Meira (guitar, vocals)
Hans Broecking (drums)
Dave Bonan (percussion)


Danbury Music Centre Recital - Alice Pantone Unschuld

Alice Pantone Unschuld will perform a soprano recital at the Marian Anderson Recital Hall located on the second floor of the Danbury Music Centre.


Danbury Music Centre's Annual Grand Gala

Matrix Conference & Banquet Center, 39 Old Ridgebury Rd,Danbury, CT 


The Danbury Music Center will honor James Humphreville, music director, emeritus, for 55 years of service, at its annual Grand Gala, March 30, the Matrix Conference and Banquet Center.

The event features the Danbury Symphony Orchestra, finger foods, cash bar and a silent auction.

About James E. Humphreville

Jim Humphreville has shaped the musical activities of the Danbury Music Centre since the 1950s playing a major role in the development of the Nutcracker Ballet and Messiah, both well loved and well known for heralding in the holiday season.  During his illustrious musical career, he was also Director of the Danbury Opera and Music Coordinator for the Danbury Public School System.

From 1977 to his retirement in April 2000, Mr. Humphreville was the beloved Music Director and Conductor of the Danbury Symphony Orchestra.  Upon his retirement, he was named Music Director, Emeritus by the Board of Directors.  Even in retirement, Mr. Humphreville continues to be a strong presence at the Danbury Music Centre, conducting each Grand Gala for the past 7 years. We hope to continue this relationship for many years to come.

Send a check for $75 per person made payable to 
"Danbury Music Centre" and mail to 256 Main Street, Danbury CT 06810 
or purchase tickets with a credit card through PayPal at: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=A9LGYMJX9X8K4

PS: Create a table of 8 and get a $75.00 discount!  
Call today for more information (203) 748-1716.


Bridgeport Theatre Company Presents: "Lend Me A Tenor"

263 Golden Hill St, Bridgeport, CT | 


It’s September 1934, and the Cleveland Grand Opera Company has invited the world famous tenor Tito Morelli to perform Othello, his greatest role, at the gala season opener. This madcap screwball comedy has one, two, three, four, five, yes, that’s five doors on the stage with a dizzying plot about Tito the ailing Italian tenor, his jealous wife, a sexy soprano, a scheming impresario and his mousy factotum with dreams of opera stardom.

It's the classic farce situation -- disaster; denial; recovery; complication; catastrophe – slamming doors and mistaken identities, the split-second collisions of purpose, and confusing double entendres. This adult farce has left audiences from Broadway to London's West End teary-eyed with laughter. Lend Me a Tenor, a seven-time Tony Award nominee, deftly blends slapstick humor and zany situations with classical opera.

Lend Me a Tenor is presented with direction by Ricky Altamirano. The cast of eight from in and around Fairfield county includes: Sarah Giggar (Easton, CT), Khallid Graham (Bridgeport, CT), Karen Hanley (White Plains, NY), Gina Lariccia (Bridgeport, CT), P.J. Morelllo (Greenwich, CT), Maggie Pangrazio (Fairfield, CT), Kevin Pelkey (Beacon Falls, CT), and Tony Republicano (Bridgeport, CT).

Lend Me a Tenor will run for 6 performances ONLY:

Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 PM
March 16, 17 23,& 24

Sundays @ 5 PM
March 18 & 25 

Tickets are $23 for Adults and $18 for Student/Seniors (ID required) 

Available ONLY at www.BridgeportTheatre.org or by calling 800.838.3006. 


Verdure Exhibit

470 Main St, Ridgefield, CT 

RIDGEFIELD, CT – February 17th, 2012 - Rockwell Art Galleries in Ridgefield present “Verdure” featuring representational landscape painter Joseph Fama, transitional painter Brenda Jacobsen, figurative sculptor Danielle Langford, contemporary painter Josafine Weatherwax, and plein air landscape painter Jack Vogler as they portray planes, peaks, and postures in varying dimensions from February 17th- April 28th. The public is invited to an opening reception on Friday February 17th from 5:30-7:30PM. The event is free and open to the public. Rockwell Art and Framing of Ridgefield is located at 470 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877. Phone 203-894-8000. http://ridgefield.patch.com/events/verdure-exhibit  Pam Meister info@newtownplayers.org


Open Auditions for DIAL M FOR MURDER at Town Players

NEWTOWN, CONN. (March 12, 2012) - Town Players of Newtown announces auditions for its 2012 season opener, the thriller DIAL M FOR MURDER.

A scheming Tony Wendice has married his wife, Margot, for her money and now plans to murder her for the same reason. Using blackmail to use the services of a scoundrel from his past, Tony plans the perfect murder and arranges his own brilliant alibi. But the plan goes awry when the murderer gets murdered and Margot survives. Tony schemes once again to have his wife framed for the crime – but will he succeed?

Written by Frederick Knott, DIAL M FOR MURDER was first presented onstage at the Westminster Theatre, London, on June 19, 1952. It was later adapted for the 1954 silver screen version by the one and only Alfred Hitchcock and starred Ray Milland, Grace Kelly and Robert Cummings.

Directed by Gene Golaszewski of Brookfield, DIAL M FOR MURDER calls for the talents of four men and one woman. Auditions will take place at the theater, 18 Orchard Hill Road in Newtown, on March 26 & 27 from 7:30 to 9 pm. No appointment is necessary. All roles are open, and auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.

Rehearsals will begin at the end of March. The production run is Friday and Saturday evenings May 4 through the 26, with two Sunday matinees on May 13 & 20. Town Players is a non-profit community theater.  For further information, visit www.newtownplayers.org or email info@newtownplayers.org.



John Lennon Imagined: Beatles & Solo Years ~Featuring The Nutopians

When: Friday, April 13 @8:00 PM

Where: The Palace Danbury

Contact: Carol Spiegel/Outreach Director, carol@thepalacedanbury.com 203 794-9944

Danbury, Conn –Celebrate the artistry of John Lennon! On April 13, The Nutopians, a unique and compelling eight-piece ensemble, will honor his musical genius at The Palace Danbury.

Created and led by Rex Fowler of Aztec Two-Step and Tom Dean of Devonshire, this extraordinary ensemble gives fresh treatments to Lennon’s best and least known Beatles and solo song compositions, often inspiring a whole new appreciation for the music.

“With these intelligent heartfelt renditions of John Lennon's songs, The Nutopians ranks right up there with the very best Lennon interpreters ever.” - Pete Fornatale,  WFUV, New York

Concertgoers will hear impressive lead singing, three-part harmonies and entertaining storytelling, plus a host of talented musicians on acoustic, electric and bass guitars, cello, violin, piano, mandola, accordion, chromatic harmonica and light percussion.

Formerly The John Lennon Song Project, the band won the Independent Music Award for Best Tribute Album of 2010, an honor bestowed for its CD Imagined, just months after the band’s debut.

The band’s new name was suggested by Yoko Ono to honor Lennon’s social and political activism, and the couple’s fictitious country of peace, ''Nutopia.'' The group actively supports WhyHunger, a leader in the movement to end hunger and poverty by connecting people to nutritious and affordable food.  A portion of proceeds from the ensemble’s performances and CD sales benefit WhyHunger's grassroots effort to inspire self-reliance and community empowerment.

Tickets for The Nutopians are $30 in advance, and $35 at the door. They can be ordered online at www.thepalacedanbury.com or bought at the box office starting at 7:00 PM the night of the performance. 


The Palace Danbury is located at 165 Main Street, in the heart of downtown Danbury, CT

For more information about the theatre and upcoming shows, visit www.thpalacedanbury.com , call 203 794-9944, or email Carol at carol@thepalacedanbury.com.

The Band’s Website : www.thenutopians.com

For Review Copies of Imagined, additional photos and interview requests, please contact

Bobbi Dickerman, Monarch Music Agency, bobbi@monarchmusicagency.com  or 845-613-7431

Listen to Band Here: Come Together: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXGfgmpqm5U

Dear Prudence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8fe7W9P83M&feature=related


The Palace Danbury will present "The Brothers Grimm and a Showgirl" for two performances, on Saturday, March 31st.

The new family musical is the latest production from Pantochino Productions Inc, Connecticut's ridiculously entertaining, award-winning, theatre company.

"The Brothers Grimm and a Showgirl" features book and lyrics by Bert Bernardi and music by Justin Rugg. The show is a super fun, wildly imaginative family musical featuring spoofs and goofs of favorite fairy tales such as Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty and many others. In the play, the Brothers Grimm themselves arrive to perform their best-loved stories and are joined by a sequined and feathered Showgirl who helps tell the tales in her own special way.

"It's a great musical for all ages" said Bernardi. "Young audiences are going to love this one, and I know grown-ups will enjoy it just as much" he added.

"The Brothers Grimm and a Showgirl" will be performed at The Palace Danbury Theatre located at 165 Main Street in Danbury. Performances are Saturday, March 31st at 2:00 pm and 7:00pm. All seats are $15, with discounted rates available for groups of 10 or more. For tickets and more information about the show visit www.thepalacedanbury.com or call 203 794-9944. For group rates, please contact carol@thepalacedanbury.com

Grease Sing-A-Long Coming To Palace Danbury Theatre

Grease is the original high school musical. Now, 34 years after it was first released by Paramount Pictures, the hit film starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, is back in theaters in a newly restored sing-a-long version. It's like having karaoke at the movies!

 On March 24 at 8:00 p.m., for one night only, The Palace Danbury will host a special screening of the film, Grease, customized with animated subtitles. The entire audience can join in the fun by singing along with some of the most memorable songs in motion picture history--songs like “You’re The One That I Want,” ”Hopelessly Devoted To You,” and “Go Greased Lightning.”

To complete the Grease Sing-a-Long experience, audience members are invited to dress in their fifties finest. It's time to iron your poodle skirt and shine up your saddle shoes, roll up those dungarees and put on your black leather jacket. You can even wear your prom dress, because The Palace will be choosing their own Palace Prom Queen and King!

Grease premiered in 1978 and continues to be one of the highest grossing movie musicals of all time. The film is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 110 minutes. The Sing-A-Long version has sold out in Austin, Los Angeles, New York, Ocala, San Diego, and San Francisco. Not bad for a 34 year old movie!

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 the night of the show. Discounted group rates are available for those coming with their own crew of Pink Ladies or T-Birds.


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