The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown will present artist Shauna Shane painting in oil, at a meeting of SCAN, Wednesday, July 22, at 1:30 pm, in the lower level of Newtown Meeting House. Ms Shane will demonstrate painting a figure. Admission is free, and reservations are not needed.
The 1942 film "Casablanca," starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, will be shown on Sunday, July 19, at 4 and 7 pm, at Edmond Town Hall. This is the second film in the 2015 Sunday Cinema Series lineup and will be shown in high definition. Admission is $2.
Sabrina’s Encore Productions (SEP), LLC, announced its Summer Series musical productions lineup, with performances starting July 17.
The three scheduled musical productions will star youth from Newtown, Brookfield, Monroe, Easton, Trumbull, Bethel, Danbury, and Ridgefield. Each production will be presented live on the stage at Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street.
The elementary age troupe will perform Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr, Friday, July 17, at 5 pm, and Saturday, July 18, at 3 pm.
Promoter Hayden Bates has announced the next show in the Live at the Edmond Town Hall series will be Family Spirit Reunion. The band will perform at 45 Main Street on Saturday, September 5. Tickets for the 7 pm show are $25 each. A $9.99 base fee covers the costs of presenting the show, and remaining proceeds from each ticket sold will benefit the theater.
Between Saturday, July 11, when the Friends of the C.H. Booth Library opens the doors at Reed Intermediate School for the 40th Annual Book Sale, and Wednesday, July 15, the final day, close to 3,000 book lovers will have passed through the cafetorium, lobby, gymnasium, and three staff rooms to select from more than 120,000 books, DVDs, CDs, and LPs. It is a far cry from the Labor Day Monday in 1975 when library patron Joanne Zang set up a card table in front of the library, piled it with library discards, and sold them for 25 cents each.
“I made $35 for the library,” she laughed.
Ms Zang got the idea for a book sale from library staff member Maureen Armstrong, who sometimes sold well-loved books in the lobby for five and ten cents.
When a husband and wife don’t communicate, they sometimes end up finding out surprising – even shocking – things about one other. That’s the premise of The Problem by AR Gurney, one of the plays featured in Town Players of Newtown’s Hot August Nights – One Acts,” which will run weekends July 31-August 8. In addition to The Problem, the production also includes The Proposal by Anton Chekhov; Porch by Jack Heifner; Wanted for Dinner, an original play written by Newtown resident Elizabeth Young; and Lovely Letters, an original play written by Bethel resident Michael Giuliano.
Newtown Youth & Family Services (NYFS) will benefit from a fundraiser at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, featuring the United Soccer League’s New York Red Bull II facing Newtown Pride FC of the Connecticut Soccer League, on Thursday, July 30, at 7:30 pm. The evening will kick off at 6, outside of the ballpark, with an interactive fan zone. All ages are welcome to join in the fun. All net proceeds from the event, including ticket sales and proceeds from a silent auction held that evening, will go to NYFS.
Performed poetry is even older than theater, and Robert González imagines and recreates what poetry was like delivered from a stage to an audience – just the pure language and people to listen to it. Town Players is pleased announce they will welcome Robert González in a solo stage performance of great and beloved poems on Sunday, July 12, at 7:30 pm, at The Little Theatre.
The Board of Selectman has created the volunteer post of Poet Laureate and has asked The Newtown Cultural Arts Commission to recruit, screen and recommend a final candidate. The deadline for submitting an application, and samples of work, is August 1.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown will have Peter Seltzer conducting a critique of paintings by members during its next meeting, on Wednesday, July 8, at 7:30 pm, The program will be in the lower level of Newtown Meeting House. It is not necessary to be a member of SCAN to attend. Admission is free.