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Sundays (opening April 5 for 2009 season): Elephant’s Trunk Country Flea Market, Rte 7, New Milford, 7 am-2:30 pm (early buying 5:45 am, $20), adm $2, free ages 12 & under, leave pets home, vendors offer antiques, collectibles & misc, refreshments available;


April 4: 33rd annual Depression Glass Show & Sale, Southington High School, 720 Pleasant St, Southington, 9 am-4:30 pm, adm $6, free American Glass & pottery ID, presented by Nutmeg Depression Glass Club;


April 4-5: 3rd Vintage Clothing & Accessories Textiles & Jewelry Show & Sale, PAL Building, 25 Hayestown Rd, Danbury, 10 am-5 pm, adm $6, free age 13 & under;


Art Exhibits____ _____

Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, 258 Main St, Ridgefield; 203-438-4519.

Through May 24: “Frank Poor: Enon Cemetery Main Street Sculpture Project,” outdoor installation taking form of 19th Century cemetery from artist’s hometown in Woodstock, Ga.

Through May 24: “Kwang Young-Chun: The Soul – Journey to America,” largest freestanding paper sculpture to date (14+ ft & approx 650 lbs) by Korean artist who uses recycled pages of Korean books & medicine wrappers on mulberry paper.

Through May 31: “Dave Cole: Flags of the World,” American flag cut & resewn from official UN “Flags of the World” set.

Through May 31: “David Taylor: Frontier/Frontera,” photos & video works offering a real-time glimpse into the dynamics of the US-Mexico border.

Blue Z Coffee House, 127 Main St South/Rte 25, Newtown. Call 364-0631.

*(new show) April 4-May 2: “Source: Surrender,” recent works & interactive installation by Newtown artist Joanne Keane; April 4, opening reception, 7-9 pm, w/ live music by The DrumBums.

Brookfield Craft Center, 286 Whisconier Rd (Rte 25), Brookfield; 775-4526.

Through May 3: “Out of the Loop: Innovations in Hooking,” celebration of resurgence in American art form of rug hooking, guest curated by Sandy Hook fiber artist Liz Alpert Fay.

Creative Framing, 150 Main St, Monroe. Call


Through April 4: “Dapper Dogs and Classy Cats,” modern paintings of cats & dogs by the Sandy Hook artist Richard R. Budman, partial proceeds of painting, print & book sales to benefit Newtown, Monroe & Easton animal pounds.

Discovery Museum and Planetarium, 4450 Park Ave, Bridgeport; 203-372-3521.

Through April 27: “Take Flight,” exploration of the creative process & fundamentals of flight incl hands-on build-your-own planes & rockets feature.

Good News Café & Gallery, 684 Main St/Rte 6, Woodbury; 203-266-4663.

Through May 11: “Common People in Uncommon Places,” black & white images by Southbury photographer Hy Charniak taken w/ Rollei he purchased after WWII, depicting people in more than 12 countries betw 1949-1997.

Gunn Memorial Library & Museum, 5 Wykeham Rd, Washington Green; 860-868-7756.

Through May 1: “Washington’s Emergency Services: A History of the Fire Department & Ambulance Association,” vintage photos & artifacts from FD & ambulance assn convey stories of brotherhood, tragedy & triumph.

Stairwell Gallery — 

Mattatuck Museum Art & History Center, 144 West Main St, Waterbury; 203-753-0381.

Through April 12: “Travelers’ Tales: Artists at Home and Abroad,” 65 works by 12 artists from first half of 20th Century exploring architectural & landscapes of sites from Istanbul & Florence to Woodbury, artists incl Taylor Arms, Orr, Roth, Balthazar, et al.

Minor Memorial Library, 23 South St, Roxbury;


Through April 6: “Landscape Elements,” recent oils paintings & drawings by Susan Monserud, former teacher & architect, now full-time painter, who finds inspiration for her abstract works in the patterns & rhythms of the landscape.

Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop, 317 Federal Rd/Rte 7, Brookfield. Call 775-4888.

Through April 30: nature photos by members of Candlewood Camera Club.

Wisdom House/Marie Louise Trichet Gallery,

229 East Litchfield Rd, Litchfield; 860-567-3163.

Through April 18: first of 3 group shows this year to celebrate gallery’s 15th anniv features artists who have had solo exhibitions in gallery since space opened incl Mary Lou Alberetti, Joy Brown, Ann Holmes, the late Leslie James Jacobs, Jack Lardis, Jean Linville, Janet McKenzie, Jeffrey Stark, Missy Stevens & Mary Thompson.

Yale Center For British Art, 1080 Chapel St (at High St), New Haven; 203-432-2800.

Through May 3: “‘Endless Forms’: Charles Darwin, Natural Sciences and the Visual Arts,” highlight of global celebration of Darwin’s bicentenary will explore impact of Darwin’s most important theories on visual artists of the late 19th & early 20th Centuries.

Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St at York, New Haven; 203-432-0600.

Through Jan 27, 2010: “Picasso and the Allure of Language,” 70 works in all media by Picasso, as well as select examples by fellow artist Georges Braque, also photos, letters, manuscripts & book projects by other artists & writers, revealing Picasso’s deep & multidimensional interest in writing & language & the many ways in which that transformed his work; April 14, “The Making of a Masterpiece: Recent Research on Picasso’s ‘First Steps,’” 4 pm, YUAG senior conservator & exhibition curator will discuss new research that revises notions of the creative process behind the iconic painting; April 21, “Picasso on Picasso: Images of the Artist’s Studio, 1950-70,” 4 pm, indie scholar S. Zelda Roland will discuss the artist’s repeated consideration, in late paintings & prints, of the artist at work & what such depictions suggest about artistic identity, celebrity & the life of the artist in the modern era.

Concerts, Musical Events ____

April 3: Redstone Ridge concert at Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West St, Newtown, 7:30 pm, $10, free ages 12 & under, contemporary bluegrass, folk & American music; 426-9024, 740-2733, 426-9781.

April 4: NUMC Coffee House, 7:45-10:30 pm, Newtown United Methodist Church’s Rauner Hall, 92 Church Hill Road, adm $4 for those attending earlier pasta dinner (see separate Misc listing), $5 otherwise, live bluegrass & folk music, refreshments, suitable for all ages;


April 4: “Of Music and Nature” by The Kent Singers, St Andrews Church, Rte 7 at Rte 341, Kent, 8 pm, $10, $8 seniors, performance by 16 self-directed a capella group will celebrate spring; 860-354-2156.

April 7: “Bridges of Peace and Hope: John Farrell & Friends,” Western CT State Univ White Hall/Ives Concert Hall, 181 White St/Rte 6, Danbury, 7:30 pm, free performance by children’s folk singer w/ 280 addt’l performers from WCSU, Danbury High School & sev Danbury elementary & middle schools, plus performances by New Hope Baptist Singers & Nigerian drumming group; 837-8412, 837-8486.

Newtown Friends of Music, at Edmond Town Hall,

45 Main St, Newtown. Call 426-6470.

Concerts at Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main St, Newtown, 3 pm, tickets $18, $16 seniors, free ages 5-14, reception follows performances: April 5, violinist Maria Bachmann & pianist Jon Klibonoff, works of Brahms (Sonatensatz [Scherzo] in C minor & Sonata No 3 in D minor, Opus 108), Schubert (Sonata in A Major, D 574, Op 162) & Ravel (Sonata No 2 in G Major), season finalé.

Western CT State University Midtown Coffeehouse, Alumni Hall, James Roach Ave (off Osborne St, behind Roberts Ave Elementary School). Call 837-9700.

Coffeehouse each Thurs, open mic 8 pm, featured performance 9 pm (schedule follows), free, refreshments available for purchase: April 2, students from WCSU Music & Theatre Arts Dept; April 9, WCSU Jazz Ensemble w/ standards & originals.

For Kids & Families _________

April 3: Much Ado About Nothing, Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main St/Rte 25, Newtown, 7 pm, performance by Waldorf School eighth grade graduating class;


April 4-5: Easter Bunny at Danbury Railway Museum, 120 White St, Danbury, Sat 10 am-4:30 pm, Sun 12-4:30 pm, adm $8, train ride through yard on vintage train to visit Easter Bunny on his coach, sm gift for each child, also available face painting, coloring station, temporary tattoos & model train layouts, also running April 10-11; 778-8337.

April 10-11: Easter Bunny at Danbury Railway Museum, 120 White St, Danbury, Fri 10 am-4:30 pm, Sat 10 am-4:30 pm, adm $8, train ride through yard on vintage train to visit Easter Bunny on his coach, sm gift for each child, also available face painting, coloring station, temporary tattoos & model train layouts, also running April 10-11; 778-8337.

C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main St/Rte 25, Newtown.

Call 426-4533 (children’s dept 426-3851).

Children’s programs, free unless specified: April 4, Easter Craft w/ Mrs Walker, 1 pm, $3 materials fee due at registration, for ages 6 & up; April 8, Mother Goose on the Loose, 10 am, free 20-min award-winning early literacy program for ages 2 & under & parents, walk-ins welcome, weekly to May 13.

Miscellaneous ___________

April 3: Capitol Steps at Western CT State Univ White Hall, White St/Rte 6, Danbury, 7:30 pm, $40, $20 students, $10 preferred seating (VIP reception/Meet & Greet w/ performers), political satire, proceeds to benefit AIDS Project Greater Danbury; 778-2437.

April 3-4: Huge Tag Sale, Danbury Museum & Historical Society, 43 Main St, Danbury, 9 am-5 pm (early buying Fri 8 am, $10), proceeds to benefit Danbury Animal Welfare Society; 744-DAWS (3297).

April 4: NUMC Monthly Pasta Dinner, Newtown United Methodist Church’s Rauner Hall, 92 Church Hill Rd, Sandy Hook, 5-7:30 pm, adm $9 adults, $8 seniors, $3.50 children, full spaghetti dinner incl salad, desserts, and soft drinks/coffee raises funds each month for church, all welcome, coffee house/musical event follows (see separate Concerts listing); 426-9998.

April 4: Bonanza Book Sale, Mattatuck Unitarian Universalist Society, 122 South Pomperaug Ave, Woodbury, 9 am-3 pm, books & multi media items, proceeds benefit congregation; 267-7388.

April 4: Annual Ladies’ Brunch, Sherman Church, 6 Church Rd, Sherman, 10:30 am, all invited for food & fellowship, keynote address by author Carol Barnier, freewill offering, reservations requested; 860-354-6114.

April 4: Brookfield Film Festival: Shorts and To The Point, Brookfield Theater for the Performing Arts, 182 Whisconier Rd/Rte 25 (behind library), Brookfield Center, screenings 2 & 7:30 pm, $10, 12+ short films incl live action & animated productions from around the world incl film festival award winners; 740-9290, 740-2801.

April 4: Spring Fling Silent Bid Auction, Bethel United Methodist Church, 141 Greenwood Ave, Bethel,

6:30-9 pm, $1 incl dessert & coffee, goods & services, antiques to toys; 743-6835.

April 4: Roaring ‘20s Mystery Evening & Silent Auction Fundraiser, Woodbury Senior-Community Center, 265 Main St South/Rte 6, Woodbury, 7-10 pm, $25 ($40 couple), 1920s attire optional, hors d’oeuvres & dessert, BYO beer/wine/drinks, fundraiser for Nonnewaug High School Scholarship Fund; 203-5993,


April 4-5: Super Train Exhibition XIX: 19th Annual Brookfield Historical Society Model Train Show, Brookfield Museum & Historical Society, Rte 133 at Rte 25, Brookfield Center, 10 am-5 pm, adm $4, $3 seniors & members, $1 ages 7-14, free age 6 & under, numerous layouts incl Z.N. H, S, O & G gauge, vendors, toys & more; 740-8140.

April 5: “Palm Sunday & The Prince of Peace,” Woodbury Yoga Center, 122 West Side Rd, Woodbury, 7 pm, free program by Tully Moss; 263-2254.

April 6: “Civil War Forum: Sherman’s March to The Sea,” Brookfield Historical Society Museum, Rte 25 at 133, Brookfield Center, 7:30 pm, free lecture by Civil War historian Peter Cronin will be followed by Q&A, also light refreshments; 740-8140.

April 7: “Resume Strategies That Work for You,” Bethel Public Library, 189 Greenwood Ave, Bethel, 7 pm, free 90-min program by certified global career development facilitator Sue Troup, reservations suggested; 794-8756 x4.

April 8: “An Introduction to The World of The Iris,” Newtown Senior Center, 14 Riverside Rd, Sandy Hook, 7 pm, free program by Michael Zuraw, hosted by Town & Country Garden Club; 426-5359.

April 8: “Covering the Hidden Attack on Our Civil Rights,” WCSU Student Center Theater, 181 White St/Rte 6, Danbury, 5 pm, free lecture by Kenji Yoshino; 837-8278.

April 11: Wild Food & Ecology Tour, Sticks & Stones Farm, 201 Huntingtown Rd, Newtown, $25, $10 ages 12 & under, 2:30 pm, 30-minute talk followed by 90-minute walking tour of farm with naturalist “Wildman” Steve Brill will uncover early spring shoots & greens suitable for eating; 270-8820.

April 14 : “Slavery in Connecticut: Fortune’s Story – Fortune’s Bones,” Mattatuck Museum, 144 West Main St, Waterbury, 6 pm, $10, 90-min lecture on the origins, nature & economics of slavery to focus on how bones of CT slave were examined & provide evidence about his life, work & injuries; 203-753-0381 x10.

C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main St/Rte 25, Newtown. Call 426-4533.

Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies, 1 pm, free: April 8, Simon Birch.

Misc programs: April 5, Poetry Reading: Amy Nawricki, 2 pm, former Newtown resident will read from chapbook Potato Eaters; April 13, “Architecture and History of The American Diner: From Wagon Wheel to The 20th Century,” 7:30 pm, program by Christopher Dobbs hosted by Newtown Historical Society.

Danbury Library, 170 Main St, Danbury. Call 797-4505.

Reel Justice: Great Courtroom Dramas, free screenings 2 pm, free, lecture notes, discussion & refreshments follow: April 5, The Verdict (1982).

Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main St/Rte 25, Newtown.

Call 426-2475.

April 3-4: Doubt (PG-13), 7 & 9 pm, mat Fri 4:30 pm, Sat 1 & 4 pm.

April 5-8: Australia (PG-13), 7 pm nightly, mat Tues 1 pm.

Institute for American Indian Studies, 38 Curtis Rd, Washington. Call 860-868-0518.

April 5, “The Role of Royal Women in Ancient Mayan Politics: An Illustrated Lecture,” 3 pm, $5, lecture by Nadzia Borowski will concern Mayan queens portrayed in works of art; April 11, “Healing Remedies for Pets,” 1 pm, $20 ($17 members), herbalist & flower essence practitioner Lupo Passero on herbal medicine & daily supplements for pets.

Newtown Chess Club, at C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main St/Rte 25, Newtown. Call 426-4533.

Weekly games, Sat 1-5 pm, drop-in chess open to all skill levels, sets & boards provided, hosted by US Chess Federation expert Glenn Budzinski.

Newtown Hikers. Call 788-1398 (Ester Nichols),

270-4340 (Newtown Parks & Rec).

Hikes leave from lower lot @Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main St, Newtown, 9 am (spring & fall start), free, all welcome (children must be accompanied), bring bag lunch/beverage, wear sturdy shoes, destinations & leaders (in parentheses) as follows: April 4, Bent Of The River Audubon Center, Southbury (Evelyn Schonberg, 426-0425); April 11, Pequonnock River Valley, Trumbull, easy hike (Tim Hanbury, 203-888-3025).

Newtown VNA Thrift Shop, Edmond Town Hall (lower level), 45 Main Street, New-town. Call 270-4377.

Shop is open every Wed 12-3 pm & Sat 9 am-noon, access is from town hall’s back parking lot, shop carries discounted items from local businesses & private donors incl clothing, sm home accessories & more.

Society of Creative Arts of Newtown, Inc. (SCAN), Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main St/Rte 25, Newtown. Call 426-6654 or 798-0560.

Programs 2nd Wed/month, 7:30 pm, public welcome, artist demonstrations, refreshments: April 8, painting a landscape w/ watercolors presentation by Robert Noreika.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS), Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main St/Rte 25, Newtown. Call 426-6224 (ask for Betty) or 264-3728 (ask for Krista).

Non-profit weight loss support group meets every Mon 6:30-7:30 pm (weigh-ins 5:45-6:15, meetings 6:30-7:30), meetings $2/week, membership $24/year.

Theatre ______________

April 5: The Funny Stages at Playhouse on the Green, 177 State St, Bridgeport, 7 pm, $10 (cash only, pay at door), improv comedy by members of New Haven Theater Company; 866-811-4111.

Long Wharf Theatre, 222 Sargent Dr, New Haven. Call 203-787-4282.

The Old Man and the Sea, through April 26, curtain Tues-Sat 8 pm, Sun, Tues-Wed 7 pm, mat Sat 3 pm, Sun, Wed 2 pm, tickets $32-$62.

Ridgefield Theater Barn, 37 Halpin La, Ridgefield. Call 203-431-9850.

How I Learned To Drive, through April 4, curtain Fri-Sat 8 pm, mat Sun (March 22 & 29) 3 pm, tickets $24, $20 students & seniors, recommended for mature audiences, no intermission.

Play readings, new works read by area actors, reservations not needed: April 7, Seven on Seven, seven shorts written & directed by Jim Gordon, 7:30 pm.


Events that appear by date have Newtown items listed first, with additional events listed by their start time. At the time of printing, the information here is accurate as presented; a call ahead is always a good idea to be safe.


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