The Newtown Cultural Arts Commission will be awarding two grants of up to $1,000 each within the next few months. One grant will be awarded to an individual artist living in Newtown and one grant to an arts organization based in Newtown.
“Connecticut’s Got Talent” is a talent competition open to anyone ages 5 to 105 with a desire to bring their family friendly talent to the stage. The competition, scheduled for August 5 at Newtown High School, will also serve as a fundraising event for The 12.14 Foundation, which is dedicated to honoring those who lost their lives in the events of 12/14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Organizers are looking for performers from all genres including dancers, singers, musical acts, and anything else that is interesting and exciting. Krysta Rodriguez (SMASH, First Date) will be one of the judges, and there will be prizes. There are two ways to audition for the event.
Jugglers, spin art, and the fruits of one shopaholic’s many retail purchases will be among the things drawing visitors to a first of its kind parking lot festival and tag sale this weekend. The EverWonder Children’s Museum will be the beneficiary of proceeds from the Pecks Lane Festival & Community Tag Sale coming up Saturday, July 19, from 9 am to 4 pm, at 31 Pecks Lane.
Cary Grant, so dashing and debonair, was one of Hollywood’s consummate leading men. In 1999, the American Film Institute named Cary Grant the second “Greatest Male Screen Legend.” On Sunday, July 27, Edmond Town Hall Theatre will screen his 1939 feature film, Gunga Din, as part of the 2014 Sunday Cinema Series presented by the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission. Screenings are planned for 1, 4 and 7 pm. Tickets for all shows are $2.
A benefit event for Newtown resident and brain cancer patient Brian Tomasulo, “It Takes A Village,” is scheduled for Friday, July 18, at 5 pm, at The Spot in Bethel. Guests can enjoy music, food, raffles, and more; $10 suggested donation. Brian graduated from Newtown High School in 1999, where he was part of the wrestling team. He is a personal trainer at Triumph Fitness in Bethel, and currently lives with his father Peter in Newtown.
Sabrina’s Encore Productions announced Summer Follies 2014, starring the youth of Newtown and neighboring towns, will be performed in Edmond Town Hall Theatre on Friday and Saturday, July 25-26. More than 75 cast members will bring to life numbers from 12 Broadway hits, including "A Chorus Line," "Matilda," "Les Miserables," "Mary Poppins" and "Newsies" during three live performances.
Connecticut artist Jacqueline Jones will demonstrate “Oil Painting of a Seascape” at the Wednesday July 23, meeting of SCAN, the Society of Creative Arts in Newtown, at 1:30 pm, in the lower level of the Newtown Meeting House. The program is open to the public, and admission is free.
The second annual Summer Jam Concert Series, a weekly offering of free concerts for children and families that opened on June 24, “has been phenomenal” so far, according to volunteer coordinator Erin Masotta. Concerts, which are hosted by Newtown Parks & Recreation, and sponsored by Claris Construction, are usually presented in the band shell at Dickinson Park. This week, however, due to the projected weather for July 15, the decision has already been made to move tomorrow’s concert to the gym at Hawley Elementary School.
The Sandy Hook Promise Foundation Community Fund will host the 2014 second annual Newtown Yoga Festival on Saturday, August 23. The event will run from 9 am to 4 pm, and will again be presented at NYA Sports & Fitness Center. The festival has been designed to promote a positive well-being, health and community in an effort to help the people of Newtown move forward. Last year’s yoga festival, which featured world-renowned yoga teachers Seane Corn and Beryl Bender Birch, was enormously successful, and drew hundreds of residents from the Newtown community. There will be adult yoga classes led by renowned yoga instructors, local health and wellness vendors, fresh culinary delights, live music and kids’ activities featuring children’s yoga with Newtown resident Karen Pierce.
Newtown fine art photographer Paul R. Berger is exhibiting a compelling selection of his landscapes, architectural, and editorial images at Edith Wheeler Memorial Library during the month of July. According to Mr Berger, the use of traditional film rather than digital format requires a slightly more patient approach to his craft. “I really enjoy shooting with film, but the overall process tends to be more involved and admittedly a little slower,” he said. Of this slower pacing the photographer says, “It turns out that it’s a good match for me, for the way I visualize my subjects and my efforts to craft a meaningful photograph.” Shooting medium format film, which is roughly four times the size of 35 millimeter film, means even his larger prints turn out extremely sharp.