I read at www.screenfree.org that May 4-10 was (is still) “Screen Free Week,” and the fur on my back stood up. And that led me to realize how connected we are to screens of all kinds. Turning off the computer screen at work turned out not to be an option, for this all paws journalist. Then I started thinking about other links: Kindle, iPhone, iPads, television… what’s a newscat to do?
The Brookfield Theatre for the Arts (TBTA) will continue its 58th season with a production of Godspell, the energetic musical by Stephen Schwartz that debuted off-Broadway in 1971 before going on to become a three-time Grammy and Academy Award-winning show.
Ashley Gong, a Newtown High School junior and one of five 2014 National Student Poet Ambassadors, is looking forward to sharing her love of poetry with area students in grades 6-8 at the “Po(w)e (r)try” workshop, four Monday evenings, beginning May 18, at C.H. Booth Library.
While Newtown sisters Katie and Jamie Rowan are happy hanging out and playing games or taking an occasional romp on the family trampoline with big sister Amanda, the younger siblings know how their family depends on the sensitive and expert support they receive from state Department of Developmental Services (DDS) professionals who are expert at handling behaviors related Amanda’s autism spectrum disorder.
Thirteen residents stood before Town Clerk Debbie Aurelia Halstead on Tuesday evening with raised hands, as she swore them in as volunteers forming a new Community Center Commission. They are John Boccuzzi, Bill Buchler, Andy Clure, Rob Cox, Sean Dunn, Brian Hartgraves, Carla Kron, Brian Leidlein, Christopher McDonnell, Jeremy Richman, Sheila Torres, Kinga Walsh, and David Wheeler.
Sworn in ahead of time and not present Tuesday was the fourteenth member Nicole Hockley.
The Neverland String Band — from left, Bill Burton, Cadence Carroll, and young Jessup Burton, performed during the Earth Day Festival last weekend. A steady line-up of entertainment was one of the offerings during the eighth annual event presented on the front lawn of Newtown Middle School.
Julian Lage, who is headlining this Friday’s tenth show in Newtown’s Live at the Edmond Town Hall series, told The Newtown Bee that his touring partner Chris Eldridge is recovering from the ski injury that waylaid him and prevented the Punch Bothers guitarist from appearing on the same bill here. But Lage is soldiering on, promising an even more intimate and diverse performance in a solo format, with Stamford-based father-daughter duo Dave and Emma Hart opening.
The Town Players of Newtown current production of Lanford Wilson’s Fifth of July transports audiences back a few decades, to the post Vietnam war era. Despite the time frame, audiences will find the circumstances and situations involving the lives of the Talley family to be utterly timeless and completely relatable.
Newtown author Diana Baxter will be at Queen Street Gifts & Treats, 3 Queen Street in Newtown, on Saturday, May 9, from 3 to 5 pm, for a book signing of her recently revised and republished novel, Dubois Manor. The book, part of a trilogy centered on a fictional southern family, was the first of the series, originally published in 2012.