It is a sure bet that when you go see Bruce Hornsby and his band, The Noisemakers, you will get a tight, entertaining and memorable show. The fun of seeing Hornsby on his frequent solo outings is you never know what will happen, but it’s always guaranteed to be interesting. When it’s just Hornsby, a microphone, and a grand piano, the audience is also in for an education about the little samples he peppers into his arrangements representing both notable and obscure composers. There are also a few show biz tales and references to his many collaborations, most recently with Bluegrass luminary Ricky Skaggs, who is about to complete a second project with the spider fingered piano man.
Newtown High School graduates Zachary Kapple (2007) and Haley Keane (’09) have partnered to form MouthPeace Arts Center, which they hope will provide Newtown area high school students venues to express creativity. Following the events of 12/14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Ms Keane said many people turned to artistic expression as a way to work through trauma and grief. The idea for the arts center morphed over time, according to Ms Keane. The current vision is that MouthPeace Arts Center will offer workshops for high school aged teens at different locations around Newtown.
The Spay & Neuter Association of Newtown (SNAN) sponsored the latest visit by Tait’s Every Animal Matters (TEAM) Mobile Cat Clinic on Tuesday, September 24. The low-cost, professional clinic is brought into town by SNAN at least once each year. This week, the visit resulted in 38 cats being spayed or neutered. “That even represents three cats from the pound,” said Marion Thompson, president of SNAN. “There were a few no-shows this morning, and [Newtown Animal Control Officer] Carolee Mason told us to let her know if there were any openings.”
After a very successful run that lasted more than twice as long as originally planned, Sandy Hook Arcade Center closed its doors on Monday, September 2. The arcade, set up in a storefront at Sand Hill Plaza, opened in February. Co-founders Andrew Clure and Scott Cicciari expected to have the temporary space open for three months, but ended up keeping the space operational until Labor Day. This weekend the men will continue clearing out the arcade space, and will be offering furniture and other items for sale goodies during a three-hour time slot. They will also be giving away some of the arcade's custom made tokens, and stuffed animals, while supplies last.
Following Saturday’s rain and winds that interrupted the second annual Newtown Arts Festival at Fairfield Hills, Sunday’s sunshine warmed a large crowd on the brisk fall day. Event Chair Terry Sagedy watched as guests perused crafts booths, walked through art exhibits, and children played. “It’s going great,” he said. The two-day arts festival on September 21-22 brought to a close eight days of art activities in town. The busy day Sunday was a “great culmination” for the events, and this year saw more than twice as many guests and vendors as last year’s debut, he said.
Martin McDonagh is an Irish playwright who, after ten years of living on the dole in London while cranking out radio scripts that were regularly rejected by the BBC, suddenly found himself wildly successful at the age of 27. That was the year he had four hit plays on the London stage at the same time: his Leenane trilogy, consisting of "The Beauty Queen of Leenane," "A Skull in Connemara," and "The Lonesome West," plus "The Cripple of Inishmaan." Over a period of years Theatreworks New Milford has staged all three parts of the Leenane trilogy, under the direction of Richard Pettibone. Now they are presenting "Cripple of Inishman." It is another great production by the local theater company.