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.

Railroad Museum of New England Northern Lights Limited & Santa Express

11/29/2019 to 12/22/2019

242 East Main St., Thomaston, CT Phone: 860-283-7245.

join us as we embark on a magical journey and celebrate the Christmas season. The Santa Express and Northern Lights Limited are by far our most popular trains of the year, running every weekend (Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays) from the day after Thanksgiving all the way up to the weekend before Christmas Eve. All trains are about 1 hour and 20 minutes in length. 

The Santa Express is our earlier train, where parents and kids alike are able to hop on board for the opportunity to visit with Santa Claus. As the trains travels through the cold winter wilderness, passengers will be able to visit with Santa and play with his Elves. Each child will also get a special gift from Santa's own toy bag.

Santa Express: This service is scheduled early @ 12pm (limited days) and 2:15pm most days other services are running.

The Northern Lights Limited is our evening train, and is similar to our earlier Santa Express trains, but with some added touch. Leaving under the cover of nightfall, experience the magic as the lights inside and out of each car are lit, illuminating the entire train in a soft, cheerful glow. Upon departure, you will be taken directly to the North Pole, picking up Santa and Mrs. Claus for all to see. Once on board the train, Santa and Mrs. Claus will take turns visiting with all those on board as the train slowly chugs along through the night. While Santa is visiting each of all the good boys and girls on the train, his Elves will keep you busy dancing and singing along to the music. Each child will get an extra special gift from Santa's toy bag.

Northern Lights Limited: This service is scheduled @ 5pm and 7:15pm most days other services are running.

Bethlehem Christmas Town Festival

12/06/2019 to 12/07/2019

Junction of Rte. 61 and Rte. 132, Bethlehem, CT

Friday, Dec. 6 5pm - 10 pm and Sat. Dec. 7 9:30 am - 4 pm. Free admission and parking at Bethlehem Fair Grounds. Free face painting, shuttle buses, kids crafts, musical entertainment. Plus craft and food vendors. train and hayrides and photos with Santa. 5K road race and 2 mile walk on Sat. Frid. and Sat. ride the Christmas Town Train.

Washington Historical Society - The Festival of Trees

12/07/2019

5 Wykeham Road, Washington, CT Phone: 860-868-7756.

Gunn Memorial's annual Festival of Trees cocktail party takes place in the historic Wykeham Room on the first Friday in December from 5 to 7pm. The event featured creatively-decorated holiday trees, wreaths and stockings available for purchase. Guests peruse the festive hall while sampling wine and hors d'oeuvres provided by local restaurants. The Library's tree is always decked with Treasure Pouches, each containing a slip of paper bestowing a mystery gift. Attendees purchase a pouch and claim an item or service that had been donated by a local business including gift baskets, theater tickets, edibles, gift certificates and more.

Landmark Community Theatre - A Christmas Story

12/07/2019 to 12/23/2019

158 Main St., Torrington, CT Phone: 860-283-8558.

Humorist Jean Shepherd's memoir of growing up in the Midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher, and even Santa Claus himself, at Higbee's Department Store. The consistent response: "You'll shoot your eye out!" All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family's temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys' experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie's father winning a lamp shaped like a woman's leg in a net stocking; Ralphie's fantasy scenarios and more.

Warner Theatre A Christmas Carol

12/07/2019 to 12/15/2019

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

Adapted for the stage from Charles Dickens' timeless novella, A Christmas Carol A Christmas Carol is a novella by English writer Charles Dickens, first published in on 19 December 1843. It has been adapted into a variety of mediums, with the first theater production taking place in London within six weeks of publication. The run lasted for 40 nights before transferring to the Park Theatre in New York City. In 1853, Dickens began to perform the story itself in public, performing each of the characters himself without props or costume changes. He continued to make these occasional recitals until his final public performance on 15 March 1870. In this solo performance, one actor will portray more than 30 characters in this beloved holiday classic.

Kent Art Association Volunteer Show

12/08/2019 to 12/15/2019

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

Gallery open daily from 1 pm to 5 pm.