Mattatuck Museum of Art Jeff Koons One Ball Total Equilibrium Tank Exhibition

07/26/2019 to 01/05/2020

63 Prospect St., Waterbury, CT Phone: 203-753-0381.

On loan from Art Bridges, the Mattatuck presentation will serve to inform visitors of Waterbury's important place in the history of the sport. Following the creation of the game in 1891 in Springfield, MA by James Naismith, the inventor brought "basketball" to the Waterbury YMCA, the second place the new game was played. A full series of programming focusing on this historical connection, as well as the scientific aspects of the work will be presented while the piece is on view.

Mattatuck Museum of Art Maryna Bilak: Caring Hands- Exhibition

09/22/2019 to 01/05/2020

63 Prospect St., Waterbury, CT Phone: 203-753-0381.

Maryna Bilak's art addresses the unseen process of caring for someone with Alzheimer's Disease – in this case, the artist's mother-in-law, Dorothy. Bilak explores the different roles that the act of caregiving requires from each person involved. Caring Hands is a series of 18 plaster casts the artist created from hands of caregivers working with Dorothy.

The Aldrich Museum Exhibition Weather Report and Eva LeWitte

10/06/2019 to 04/05/2020

258 Main St, Ridgefield, CT Phone: 203.438.4519.

Weather Report will reveal the sky as a site where the aesthetic, the romantic, the political, the social, and the scientific co-exist and inform one another. The depiction of weather phenomena in the visual arts is traditionally linked with either landscape painting or photography, but in the last two decades artists have increasingly turned to other media to explore weather and, by extension, the larger subject of the Earth's atmosphere. Featuring the work of Bigert & Bergström, Barbara Bloom, Sara Bouchard, Nick Cave, Violet Dennison, Andy Goldsworthy, Ellen Harvey, Kim Keever, Byron Kim, Damian Loeb, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Hitoshi Nomura, Pat Pickett, Bryan Nash Gill, Zoë Sheehan Saldaña, and Jennifer Steinkamp, the exhibition will be accompanied by a publication with an essay by exhibition curator Richard Klein.

The Aldrich will present the first solo museum exhibition of artist Eva LeWitt (b. 1985). The exhibition, the artist's largest to date, will debut a significant, new site-specific installation commissioned by The Aldrich. LeWitt's sculptural practice explores the visual interconnection of color, matter, shape, light, and gravity. Using materials, she can control and manipulate with supporting and opposing attributes, rigid/pliable, opaque/transparent, airy/substantial, and handmade/machine built, to create exuberant configurations that vaunt a buoyant physical agency. LeWitt's deft sculptural arrays wondrously wed industrial materials like Plexiglas, acetate, latex, and vinyl with hand-cast and hand-dyed polyurethane foams, sponges and rubbers to form soft, sensuous, and splendidly vibrant compositions. The artist's first publication, with an essay by exhibition curator Amy Smith-Stewart, will accompany the show.

White Memorial Foundation - Monthly Bird Walk Series with Kristi Dranginis

11/12/2019

80 White Hall Rd., Litchfield, CT Phone: 860-567-0857.

Join birder Kristi Dranginis on the second Tuesday of each month for a golden opportunity to explore the rich and varied habitats of White Memorial while learning how to identify birds on an educational walk. Kristi is the founder of Bird Mentor: www.BirdMentor.com

In the words of Kristi, "If you are looking for a walk where the leader gives you all of the answers, this is probably not for you. If, on the other hand, you are ready to learn how to distinguish and deeply connect with what you are seeing and hearing, then please join us!"

The walks will average about 2 hours, but feel free to head out whenever you need to. Open to all experience levels. Dress for the weather! Will take place rain or shine! 8:00 – 10:00 a.m., Meet in front of the A. B. Ceder Room. FREE...Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

White Memorial Foundation - Star Party

11/15/2019

80 White Hall Rd., Litchfield, CT Phone: 860-567-0857.

This astronomy program is organized by members of the Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy Club and the Mattatuck Astronomical Society. Weather permitting, there will be Star gazing after the program. 7:00 P.M., A.B. Ceder Room. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. You are invited to bring your own telescope or binoculars. FREE... Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses.

Warner Theatre Kreeps with Kids Comedy Tour

11/15/2019

68 Main St, Torrington, CT Phone: 860-489-7180.

Being a parent is easy, being a good parent is hard. Because we can't hit them, anymore." Robert Kelly said. "And that's why we're doing this tour." Last March, four of New York's fastest and funniest comedians took the stage together in Glenside, PA for a killer night of comedy. The night was such a huge success that the four headliners agreed they had to take the show on the road. Robert Kelly and Ron Bennington will preview the show at the Montreal's famed Club Soda during the final week of the prestigious Just for Laughs Comedy Festival. The tour will then kick off officially in Reading Pennsylvania on October 18th, visiting theaters in Pittsburgh, Boston, Red Bank, Chicago, and nine other North East cities, ending in Rahway NJ on November 30th.

Kent Art Association Photography Show

11/16/2019 to 12/01/2019

21 South Main St, Kent, CT Phone: 860-927-3989.

All gallery shows open hours are 1:00 – 5:00pm. The gallery is open during show dates, Thurs. – Sun. except otherwise noted.

White Memorial Foundation - Contra Dance with O’Wryly!

11/16/2019

80 White Hall Rd., Litchfield, CT Phone: 860-567-0857.

Strap on yer dancin' shoes, pack a light dinner or a snack, BYOB, and get ready for some terrific music and fun with Conservation Center favorite Robert Messore and his colleagues! Tonight the Carriage House will undulate with the gleeful sounds of Contra!

Contra is danced to Celtic, Quebecois, Old Time, New England, Southern Appalachian, Jazz, Blues, and all sorts of other music played by live bands, either from Atlanta or elsewhere. In a contra dance, parallel lines of dancers stand opposite — or "contra to" — their partners. A dancer and his/her partner form a couple.

Through the caller's instructions, each couple interacts with the couple next to them to form a four person "set" and each set interacts with the sets on either side of them. Over the course of a dance each couple moves up and down the hall, interacting with every other couple in their multi-set "line."

There is no fancy footwork involved (that is the other sort of line dancing) but the instructions given by the Caller do form a series of repeating figures that dancers eventually memorize. As this happens, the Caller provides fewer and fewer prompts until he drops out entirely; leaving you, your partner, and the others in your line to finish the dance, accompanied only by the exciting, lilting, haunting, and/or pulse pounding music provided by the band.

Dancing is not mandatory this evening but we DARE you to stay seated!

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Carriage House, All Tickets: $15.00. Preregistration and prepayment are required. Call 860-567-0857 or register online

White Memorial Foundation -Tree Identification Walk with WMF Forest Manager Lukas Hyder

11/16/2019

80 White Hall Rd., Litchfield, CT Phone: 860-567-0857.

Step up your game and allow the Master to teach you a thing or two! Some trees will have foliage...others will not. Are you up for the challenge? 10:00 a.m., Meet in the Museum parking lot. FREE...Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center's programming expenses

White Memorial Foundation - Autumn in New England ~ Water Color Workshop with Betsy Rogers-Knox

11/23/2019

80 White Hall Rd., Litchfield, CT Phone: 860-567-0857.

Follow along in this step-by-step watercolor workshop and create a simple, scenic, late autumn watercolor, just in time for Holiday gift-giving! All levels welcome in this step-by-step workshop which includes all materials. 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., A. B. Ceder Room, Members: $40.00 Non-members: $65.00, Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Call 860-567-0857 or register online