When Daphna Feygenbaum arrives at the funeral of her beloved grandfather, she arrives thinking it’s obvious she will get the necklace her Poppy carried throughout the Holocaust. After all, she’s the one on the way to rabbinical school in Israel. Her cousin Liam Haber appears with his non-Jewish girlfriend Melody and with a very different plan in mind, however. Named the Best Comedy of the Year by The New York Times, "Bad Jews" is a bold take on the complex relationships everyone has with family, legacy and tradition. Newtown native Keilly McQuail is starring as Daphna in the production, which will continue until March 22. "Bad Jews" represents her Long Wharf debut.
For just a few more days, local residents can enjoy “Life Studies: pastel paintings & drawings” at Minor Memorial Library. A solo exhibition of works by the longtime Newtown resident and portrait artist Laura Bleau, the collection is on view until February 21.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown will host artist Melody Asbury, who will be demonstrating animal portrait painting in oil, at its meeting on Wednesday, February 25, at 1:30 pm. The free meeting and program will take place at Newtown Meeting House.
Organizers of the annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper at St John’s Episcopal Church says that despite this morning's weather, tonight's dinner will go on as planned. St John's will hold its 58th annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper from 5 to 7 pm.
Town Players of Newtown have scheduled auditions for Lanford Wilson’s "Fifth Of July," which will be staged by the Newtown-based theater in late April and the first part of May. Auditions will be Monday and Tuesday, March 9-10.
Gyms across the country will this week be honoring Charlotte Bacon, a young victim of 12/14, with an event called Fitness for Kindness to commemorate her birthday. The Fitness For Kindness fundraiser event can occur any time during the week leading up to what would have been Charlotte’s ninth birthday on February 22. Newtown Kindness is encouraging people and gyms to schedule their events for a day and time between February 15 and February 22. Crossfit Hook’d, at 7 Turnberry Lane in Sandy Hook, will host its Fitness for Kindness event on Sunday, February 22, beginning at 9 am. Crossfit Hook’d, at 7 Turnberry Lane in Sandy Hook, will host its Fitness for Kindness event on Sunday, February 22, beginning at 9 am.
St John’s Episcopal Church, 5 Washington Avenue in Sandy Hook, will hold its 58th annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on February 17. From 5 to 7 pm in the church hall, members of the church will be serving all-you-can-eat dinners of pancakes, applesauce, and beverages. After a one year hiatus, Bruce Moulthrop’s home-style corned beef hash will return to the menu. Diners can opt for the hash or sausage as their side.
The next offering of Friday Bingo Night will be this weekend at St Rose of Lima School. Games will be played on Friday, February 13, in the Monsignor Weiss Gathering Hall, 46 Church Hill Road. Doors open at 5:45 pm, and games run from 6:30 until approximately 9:30 pm. The per-person admission fee of $17 covers all regular and some special games. All ages are welcome.
The Harlem Wizards are coming back to Newtown for a comedy basketball game on Sunday, February 22. The game will be played at Newtown High School beginning at 3 pm. The Wizards will take on a team of Newtown teachers and school staff as they have done in the past.
Girl Scouts in Troop 50113 are set to host an event on Monday, February 23, at 7 pm, for children in third through sixth grade to participate in making Hearts of Hope. Participants will paint clay hearts that will be donated to a worthy cause through Hearts of Hope, a volunteer-driven nationwide community service program that has a chapter in Newtown. Members of the local Girl Scout troop are working through their Girl Scout Gold Award requirements.