This week kicks off the hectic holiday season and that means travel, turkey, and a tendency toward large family gatherings. It also means happiness for the household hounds with guests bearing extra treats, kisses, and belly rubs. As we plan for the upcoming festivities let’s pledge to keep our pets happy and hazard-free.
Newtown Junior Women’s Club (NJWC) and Education Connection have launched the annual Tag-A-Gift Program, one part of the annual Newtown Fund Holiday Basket Program. NJWC and Education Connection are coordinating this year the collection and wrapping of holiday gifts for Newtown children in need. The Tag-A-gift program provides the toys and other gifts for The Newtown Fund’s annual gift and food drive for local families. The event culminates with Depot Day, when all items are delivered to families in Newtown who need a hand putting food on the table and gifts under the tree. NJWC, which has done the Tag-A-Gift program for years, is now being joined by the regional educational service center. "We're all working toward the same goal, so we decided to work together this year,” said NJWC member Meri Jitsukawa.
Two 'brothers from other mothers' and one of the hottest Texas Blues guitarists in the nation will converge in a supergroup configuration November 29 on the stage of Danbury's Palace Theater. Michael Allman, Charles Neville, and Jeff Pitchell and his band Texas Flood will be coming together performing a night of rock and blues that is sure to include popular favorites from across those two genres and beyond. Allman, son of Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Greg Allman, and Neville of the legendary Neville Brothers, both talked about what fans and music lovers will be seeing and hearing in exclusive pre-tour interviews with The Bee.
The opening night of Alan Ball’s "Five Women Wearing the Same Dress," celebrated last Friday night at Ridgefield Theatre Barn, was well received by a fully sated, sold out audience. The cabaret style seating lent itself to the camaraderie and and intimacy of the piece. The audience felt like flies on the wall of the bedroom set, so much so that audience members even felt compelled to chime in. And despite the title, this play is not for women only. The performances and the humor are quality fare for adults of both sexes.
The Brookfield Theatre of the Arts production of Larry Kramer’s "The Normal Heart," under the direction of David Bass, is pretty much flawless. Full disclosure here, I love this play. It pulls back the curtain on on a dark time in American history, when many were willing to turn a blind eye to a plague striking an entire population deemed to be different. Because of their preferences, they were marginalized in their time of suffering and need. Tissues should be provided with the tickets.
There were undoubtedly a lot of Country Music fans glued to their TVs on November 5, the night of the 47th Annual CMAs – the Country Music Association’s annual awards ceremony. But there were probably few as excited as local family members of former Newtown resident Matt Wheeler, whose work as a Nashville recording studio engineer was featured on seven CMA nominated albums and songs by Miranda Lambert, Eric Church and Keith Urban. As the awards ceremony wrapped up, Wheeler was proud to learn that he was recognized for his engineering skills on Lambert’s CMA winning Album of the Year Platinum, and for his work as Assistant Engineer on her CMA winning Song of the Year, “Automatic.”
Newtown High School will present Lend Me a Tenor, Thursday, November 20, to Sunday, November 23. Written by Ken Ludwig, Lend Me a Tenor is a comedy that takes place at the Cleveland Grand Opera Company in 1934. When the general manager attempts to welcome a famous tenor for a one-night-only engagement, problems ensue. Performances on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday are at 7 pm, and Sunday is a matinee at 2 pm. Tickets are general admission and will be sold at the door. Ticket prices are $7 for students and faculty, $12 for adults, and $10 for seniors. The performances will be held in the Newtown High School auditorium, located at 12 Berkshire Road.