From his Academy Award nominated role in the Oscar winning film Sling Blade, to memorable acting turns in dozens of films and TV shows including his blood chilling Emmy nominated role in the FX mini-series Fargo, it's clear that Billy Bob Thornton can act, write, direct and produce for the screen. But his first and foremost creative passion springs from a love and encyclopedic knowledge of music - which inspired a three project solo career before Thornton met up with engineer and musician JD Andrew and formed The Boxmasters. In a rambling interview with The Newtown Bee ahead of their Ridgefield Playhouse show September 9, Thornton and Andrew talked primarily about The Boxmasters two new projects, Somewhere Down the Road, and self-released album Providence.
Sandy Hook residents Laurie and Michael Wright are organizing a special event for Sunday, September 6, 5:30 to 10:30 pm, at Edmond Town Hall. For the event, “Can’t Stop the Serenity: A Global Charity Screening Event for Equality Now,” the Sandy Hook residents are encouraging attendees to “Get your geek on for a good cause!" The evening will run from 5:30 until 10:30 pm, and will feature a screening of the film Serenity and “Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.”
Cyrenius H. Booth Library will host an afternoon of fine poetry on Sunday, September 20, from 2 to 4 pm. The event, “Voices of Poetry/Back at Booth,” will feature poetry by the award-winning poets Nicole Callihan, Alfred Corn and David Tomas Martinez. The special event is being sponsored by the Friends of the Cyrenius H. Booth Library. All are welcome, free of charge. Nicole Callihan’s work has appeared in The L Magazine, Painted Bride Quarterly, Forklift, Ohio, PANK and as a Poem-a-Day feature from the Academy of American Poets.
The 38th annual Norwalk Seaport Association Oyster Festival will be held September 11-13. The Oyster Festival is a weekend full of activities and entertainment of all kinds for the whole family. Hours are 6-11 pm Friday, 11 am-11 pm Saturday, and 11 am-8 pm Sunday. The event is held at Veteran’s Park, adjacent to Norwalk Harbor on Seaview Avenue. Admission for adults is $10 on Friday, and $12 on Saturday and Sunday ($10 seniors); ages 5-12 are $5 all weekend; and US military personnel on active duty are free.
Newtown Hikers is an open group welcoming anyone interested in hiking and the outdoors. There is no membership fee. Hikes are held Saturday mornings, with the group leaving from the lower rear parking lot of Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street in Newtown. Fall hikes begin at 9 am. The 2015 fall season will run September 5 to December 12.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown will welcome Dmitri Wright for an oil painting demonstration on Wednesday, August 26, at 1:30 pm. His subject will be a landscape. The program will take place in the lower meeting room of Newtown Meeting House. All are welrome, free of charge.
Newtown Friends of Music is anticipating with excitement the start of the 38th consecutive season of bringing “exquisite music, superbly performed” to the stage of Edmond Town Hall. All performances, following tradition, take place on a Sunder afternoon at 3, and are followed by a reception with the artists.
Kmar Educational Services, Inc., a not-for-profit organization, will present its annual event, “Conscious Living: For The Love of Food and Wine — An Afternoon of Tasting, Savoring and Sipping,” at McLaughlin Vineyards, on Saturday, September 12, from 1 to 4 pm. Rain date would be Saturday, October 3. Guests will enjoy food and wine paring tastings, including gluten-free offerings, by local chefs. Partial proceeds from a silent auction during the event will also benefit Canine Advocates of Newtown.
At one point in the abbreviated process of staging the elaborate, newly released version of Disney's The Lion King, Jr, featuring not one, but two complete casts featuring more than 130 young thespians, NewArts Summer Musicals Director Michael Unger realized that the gamble of attempting such a theatrical feat was paying off — especially for all those actors, singers and dancers. “I think the experience gave these kids — from the tiniest little giraffe to the people with the largest roles — a feeling like they were so much a part of this amazing event,” Mr Unger told The Newtown Bee following the closing performance.
Saxophonist Jimmy Greene and his quartet will headline an evening of “Summer Breeze Jazz” on Friday, August 28, at Ives Concert Park in Danbury. The event will begin at 7 pm, with performances by trumpeter Dominick Farinacci and vocalist Gregory Generet.