The Newtown Cultural Arts Commission (NCAC) announced July 29 that the deadline for submissions for its 2014 grant has been extended to September 1. The collage exhibit, “Celebration of Your Life,” currently on view at Newtown Municipal Center and featuring works by Virginia Zimmerman, Sheila Mullen, Meegan Foley and Stefanie Lagana, will conclude Friday, August 8, with an informal talk by the artists. The following afternoon, Ms Zimmerman will lead a workshop on a simple form of printing using found objects, which are arranged into a collage form.
The Sound Center will host the “Wellness for Your Spirit Summer Festival and Fair” on Saturday, August 9, from 3 to 7 pm. The event will feature local vendors, music, and healing arts programs. Workshops will be offered to highlight the upcoming fall program line-up. Classes and demonstrations will be held in hypnosis, belly dance, various types of yoga, mindful meditation for adults and teens (MSBR), nutrition, Reiki, Kirtan, and psychic/intuitive readings. A fireside drum circle will end the festival at sunset.
Alastair Moock, a 2014 Grammy nominee, will be performing at Dickinson Park on Tuesday, July 29, headlining the penultimate performance of this year’s Summer Jam Concert Series. Summer Jam concerts are held Tuesdays at 12:30 pm in the bandshell at Dickinson Park, 50 Elm Drive. Picnic lunches and blankets are encouraged. Mr Moock hails from Boston, but will be visiting Newtown in a roundabout way: He was scheduled to perform on Monday at Maine Children’s Hospital.
The 12.14 Foundation is well into rehearsals for two productions that will be presented at Newtown High School next month. The world premiere of "A Rockin’ Midsummer Night’s Dream," a new musical version of Shakespeare’s story adapted by Michael Unger and Eric Svejcar, with a score by Mr Svejcar, will be performed August 1-10. The regional premiere of "101 Dalmatians: the Musical" will be performed almost simultaneously, August 6-10.
Town Players of Newtown will continue its summer of laughs with a special four-show production of "Fully Committed" by Becky Mode, who has created a show for those who love the hilarity of fast-paced farces. "Fully Committed" follows a day in the life of Sam Peliczowski, an “in between gigs” actor who takes reservations at Manhattan’s hottest restaurant. Coercion, threats, bribes, histrionics — a cast of desperate callers will stop at nothing in their quest to land a prime reservation (or the right table). Todd Santa Maria of Cheshire is playing the wildly diverse characters in the one-man tour de farce.
The second annual “Helping Is Healing” disaster relief mission trip is on its way to Fort Collins, Colo., next week to help families recover from the horrendous flooding that destroyed homes, neighborhoods, and communities last fall. In a trip that is fully funded by Ben’s Lighthouse, 20 Newtown teen volunteers will spend the week framing, installing drywall, rebuilding decks, clearing debris, landscaping, and whatever else is needed to help some families whose homes were ravaged by the floods.
Ben’s Bells Newtown will be at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo on Sunday, August 3, from 10 am until 3 pm. There will be a number of special events that day including a bell making workshop, bead sculpting, and Kindness Coins being handed out.
Kyle Watkins of Newtown will appear in the Youth CONNection’s upcoming production of "Les Miserables" under the direction of Gary Scarpa. Performances will be in the Percy Kingsley Auditorium at Shelton High School, July 25 to August 2. Curtain is Friday and Saturday at 8 pm, and also 2 pm Saturday, August 2. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students.
Art in Residence, a fine art gallery located within the home at 12 Lake Road in Newtown, will host a weekend opening reception for its next show, “Kaleidoscope.” The public is invited to join hosts Rosemary and Robert Rau on Saturday and Sunday, July 26-27, from 1 to 6 pm each day, to enjoy “a feast for the eyes art show.” The exhibition will then remain on view until September 7. It can be viewed by appointment.
The Newtown Cultural Arts Commission will be awarding two grants of up to $1,000 each within the next few months. One grant will be awarded to an individual artist living in Newtown and one grant to an arts organization based in Newtown.