The progressive American rock band Toto recently released its latest album, XIV. How it is percieved in terms of a follow-up, however, depends on who you talk to among the current lineup of highly respected and globally recognized musicians playing with the ensemble. “This (album) is opposite of going through the motions. We are treating this like it is Toto V, our follow-up to TOTO IV," said Keyboardist Steve Porcaro on the band's website. But in an exclusive chat with The Newtown Bee earlier this week, ahead of Toto's August 7 stop at Grand Theater at Foxwoods, Toto co-founder and long-time keyboardist, arranger and songwriter David Paich had a different opinion.
The First Annual "Hot August Nights" evening of one act plays, at The Little Theatre in Newtown, covers the theater gamut from drama to farce. Opening night on July 31 of this two week run being presented by Town Players of Newtown resulted in a fully satisfied audience. They laughed, shed a tear, and were moved by the selections, the music, and the performances. There are only so many “Hot August Nights” every year, don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy one of them thanks to Town Players.
Parents and students swarmed the halls of Head O’ Meadow School, Friday, July 31. Bright yellow “SMART” bags hung from their arms, piled high with works of art created during the final session of this summer’s Newtown Continuing Education SMART Camp. Summer, Music, and ART Camp runs for two, two-week sessions each summer, with hands-on activities that this summer included Jewelry Design, Great Clay, Mosaics, Fashion Design, Adventures in Painting, Fused Glass, Knitting, Icky Sticky Chemistry, and Theater & Performance Workshops.
In an attempt to reach a wide range of ages for film screenings this month, the Board of Managers at Edmond Town Hall is offering two films each week. The ETH Theatre offered "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2" and "Mad Max: Road Fury." This week movie lovers will again find two films sharing space on the marquee. The town hall is hosting a return of Hot Pursuit, a Reese Witherspoon-Sofia Vergara film that had a four-day run (July 19-22) last month. The Main Street theater is also offering a special treat this week: screenings of the 1964 musical fantasy Mary Poppins. Edmond Town Hall Operations Manager Sheila Torres said on Monday that the idea has been in the works for a short time.
A dozen young women crowded around 13-year-old Sabrina Boccuzzi, Tuesday afternoon, July 28, as she pitched a pan of hot marbles into ice water. The clear and green marbles had just come from a 20-minute bake in the oven at the C.H. Booth Library Meeting Room kitchen, and were well on their way to becoming the gems on handcrafted necklaces. Sabrina, a member of Girl Scout Troop 55005 in Newtown and a rising eighth grader at Newtown Middle School, is leading three craft programs this summer at C.H. Booth Library, as part of the requirements to qualify for the Girl Scout Silver Award. Local tweens have two more opportunities — the first on Monday, August 3 — to join the Girl Scout for craft workshops.
Walking through the Capitol Building, alongside 50 awe-struck and ambitious high school journalists, Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy stopped us outside the Senate press briefing room. The veteran Democrat and most senior member of the 114th Congress teasingly asked if we were the “perspiring” journalists he’d heard would be clogging up the halls of Congress that day. For the sweat-drenched “aspiring” writers attending this journalism conference who had just trudged through Washington DC’s grotesque summer air, Leahy’s quip gave everyone a lift.
The afternoon following his 90th birthday celebration, Newtown resident and the acknowledged “Father of Robotics” Joseph F. Engelberger relaxed in his Hattertown home while his daughter Gay tended to his comfort by bringing a small glass of white wine. While Mr Engelberger obviously appreciated the effort along with all the care he receives from his daughter and others, he would much rather see many day-to-day chores being performed on his behalf by a mechanical assistant.