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Ronnie Spector to Perform at Bridge Street’s 7th Anniversary Celebration

Ronnie Spector

Ronnie Spector

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COLLINSVILLE —41 Bridge Street, the intimate art-deco music and comedy venue located on the scenic Farmington River in Collinsville, Connecticut, has built a multi-state reputation for presenting the best nationally touring talent in the business (Jimmie Vaughan, Rickie Lee Jones, Janis Ian, Gilbert Gottfried, Rachel Feinstein). On Saturday, Oct. 1, 41 Bridge Street celebrates its Seventh Anniversary with a Rock & Roll Party headlined by the original Bad Girl of Rock & Roll, Ronnie Spector, performing Ronnie Sings the Fabulous Ronettes & more, along with Random Concept, featuring the acclaimed psych–folk singer/songwriter Gary Higgins.

As lead singer of the ultimate girl group The Ronettes, rock icon Ronnie Spector recorded such timeless hits as the Grammy Award–winning “Walking in the Rain,” “Do I Love You,” “Baby I Love You,” “The Best Part of Breaking Up,” “I Can Hear Music,” and the international Number One smash “Be My Baby.” Never one to rest on her laurels, Ronnie has enjoyed a busy 2016: she recently returned from her UK/EU tour, culmi­nating in a Glastonbury Festival performance that garnered a five–star review in The Telegraph (UK)—that set can now be viewed on MTV Live, Palladia and BBC America Television. The tour was in support of English Heart (2016), the British Invasion–themed album that is Ronnie’s first new full–length album in a decade. Featuring songs originated by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Dave Clark Five, the Bee Gees, and others, English Heart commemorates the Ronettes’ groundbreaking U.K. tour of January 1964. In keeping with this anniversary theme, this summer marked the 30th anniversary of Ronnie’s duet with Eddie Money, “Take Me Home Tonight,” which reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and hung on the chart for 23 weeks; the song was nominated for a Grammy Award and became a heavy–rotation video on MTV.

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Roaring Brook Announces Fall Concerts

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Roaring Brook Nature Center has announced its 37th concert series. Unless otherwise noted, concerts start a 7:30 p.m. and doors open a half hour earlier. For more information and to purchase tickets call 860-693-0263. For updates, visit http://www.roaringbrook.org/concerts/concerts.html.

The following concerts are scheduled.

Saturday October 8, 2016 

Donna Martin with special guest Dave Fry

7:30PM $18 Adv / $20 Door

Donna Martin

Donna Martin

Popular acoustic singer-songwriter-guitarist, Donna Martin headlines the first show of our 37th Concert season.  Always arriving with fresh songs, beloved audience favorites and   a cheerful, positive stage presence, she entertains with heartfelt vocals and resounding inventive guitar arrangements.  Tonight she will favor us with songs from her cd releases Big Country, Seed & History and Ghost among her six recordings. These recordings have earned her glowing reviews from Performing Songwriter and other magazines plus national radio airplay.  They also secured a spot for her singing with Sarah McLachlan and Bonnie Raitt at Lillith Fair!  Dave Fry was last seen at RBNC opening for John Gorka. He features both traditional and contemporary folk music, spliced together with guitar, mandolin, banjo and wry spontaneous commentary on American family life. His ability to entertain all ages with plenty of participation on everyone’s part creates a sense of community wherever he performs.  He’s been a feature performer at The Philadelphia Folk Festival, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Winterhawk Bluegrass Festival and even played at The White House!  Enjoy selections from his Pearls cd and his dramatic join-in rendition of Kent Aldrich’s song “Giants.” … Continue Reading

Gallery on the Green presents ‘A Night in the Museum’ Fundraiser Exhibition

September 28, 2016 Arts and Entertainment No Comments
“Femme et le Chat” by Deborah Sacks. Mixed media digital print homage to Félix Vallotton.

“Femme et le Chat” by Deborah Sacks. Mixed media digital print homage to Félix Vallotton.

Additional Solo Shows by Ruth Jacobson and Michelle Thomas

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CANTON — Fakes?  Forgeries? Come to this fun exhibition and see how member and guest artists create their own take on museum masterpieces.  The show culminates with a Gala Auction and Dance Party on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 8 to 11 pm.

Visitors to the gallery can place sealed bids to be opened at the Gala, which will feature wine, hors d’oeuvres, a DJ and dancing (tickets are $25 advance purchase [call Kent McCoy at 860-249-3846] or $30 at the door).  Suggested gala attire: creative black tie or costume.

The solo show by Michelle Thomas is entitled “SANKOFA  ‘KNOW THYSELF,’” from an African proverb.  This  represents a personal journey, “looking back upon my life, retracing past lives and experiences to glean knowledge of self.”  … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: Wood Firing at Canton Clay Works


By John Fitts

CANTON — Many potters love the beautiful, yet slightly unpredictable results of wood firing.

“It’s really manipulating randomness,” said Tim Scull, owner of Canton Clay Works. “There is a certain degree of the unexpected, idiosyncrasies in firings that make pieces unique and one of a kind.”

The firing method is just one of several that clay artists use to harden and finish their pieces. Several methods and kilns are utilized at Canton Clay Works.

But wood firing at Canton Clay Works is somewhat unique in its frequency and educational benefit. Often, it’s somewhat of a luxury. Many artists don’t have regular access to a wood kiln and those that do often only use it a handful of times per year. Some who own one only fire annually. … Continue Reading

Canton Artists Among Those Exhibiting at Still River Studio

Bend In the Road, Donegal by Jane Ducharme Hoben.

Bend In the Road, Donegal by Jane Ducharme Hoben.

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On Saturday, Sept. 17, the five artists of Still River Studio welcome friends and art lovers to an opening reception from 4 to 7 p.m. for a chance to view some of their recent work.  Light refreshments will be provided, and jazz guitarist Lynn Tracey will entertain.

Still River Studio in Winsted takes its name from the Still River, which runs east to join the Mad River near the Tributary Restaurant.  The studio came to life in the summer of 2015 when the women decided to join together to further their artistic journey.  Located at 568 Main Street in a building that dates back to 1897, the space serves as both a working studio and a gallery for exhibiting the women’s paintings. … Continue Reading

Gypsy folk troubadours Caravan of Thieves to Begin Fall Tour in Collinsville

September 12, 2016 Arts and Entertainment No Comments

Fuzz and Carrie, with special guests, perform at Collinsville Hot earlier this summer. Photo by John Fitts

Gypsy folk troubadours Caravan of Thieves will return to stages across North America this fall after an electrifying year of lineup changes, personal and artistic growth, album releases and the unpredictable life of a touring musician.

Fuzz and Carrie Sangiovanni, the musical couple, founding members, front people and creative team behind the band have forged their Caravan of Thieves forward this year by introducing a variety of new stringed instrument players, other musical guests and an ever-expanding artistic vision that continues to develop since their early 2008 beginnings in their Bridgeport, CT apartment.

Originally inspired by the big band swing era, the Quintette du Hot Club de France, and early American folk music, the acoustic guitar playing and singing duo took local musicians Brian Anderson (upright bass) and Ben Dean (violin) out on the road with them to test drive their new concept. By the end of their first year, the Caravan began to gain recognition for their distinctive style, released their debut full-length album Bouquet (2009) and shared stages with a wide variety of artists such as Emmylou Harris, Dan Hicks, The Decemberists, Keb Mo, Tom Tom Club, Punch Brothers, and many others.

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With Diverse Musical Palette, The Painters Return to Collinsville on Sept. 9

Corey Lynn Tucker Photography

Corey Lynn Tucker Photography

By John Fitts 

Dan O’Brien, Mike Suddes, Silvain Castellano and George Mastrogiannis, collectively known as The Painters, certainly draw from a diverse palette.

Several of these gentlemen could actually paint your home and do it quite nicely but it’s on the musical stage where their art really shines. The band is making a name for itself with mostly original material that is heavily steeped in jazz but cultivates other influences, such as funk, rock and even classical.

Like many jazz artists who love to freely improvise, the group is always carefully straddling that line between traditional and contemporary genres.

“It sort of treads that (free improvisational) territory but it also treads traditionalism in some ways,” said O’Brien, a 2008 Canton High School graduate. “What I think we’re trying to do is find these middle ground areas. It deals with jazz, it deals with improvisation, it deals with rock, it deals a lot of different things at the same time, at varying levels.”

And over the past two years, the band members have really begun to find their stride, equally adept in free-form jazz or slightly more conventional realm. In addition to a steady selection of originals the band loves to put a new spin on popular music.

“I like how we kind of straddle this line between the open free and the straight ahead and we try to meet in the middle,” added Mastrogiannis, a Canton resident who is the band’s drummer.  … Continue Reading

Little Free Library Adds to Community Feel on Dyer Avenue

By John Fitts 

Benjamin Hollenbeck cuts the ribbon for the Little Free Library. Photo courtesy of the Hollenbeck family

Benjamin Hollenbeck cuts the ribbon for the Little Free Library.
Photo courtesy of the Hollenbeck family

CANTON — As a first-grade teacher, Sarah Hollenbeck knows the value of literacy and for some time she wanted to open a “Little Free Library.”

Started by Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin in 2009, Little Free Libraries offer a public book exchange in neighborhoods, schools, businesses or other locales. They are based on the motto of “Take a book, leave a book” and today more than 40,000 are registered worldwide.

Earlier this summer, the Shoppes at Farmington Library debuted such a facility, a move that inspired Hollebeck and her family to finally debuted their own structure at their 100 Dyer Ave. home.

“I love books and reading and I want to promote literacy,” Hollenbeck said. … Continue Reading

FV Stage Pays Tribute to First Responders

Steve O’Brien and Virginia Wolf. Submitted Photo

Steve O’Brien and Virginia Wolf.
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COLLINSVILLE– On the fifteenth anniversary of 9/11, the Farmington Valley Stage Company will pay tribute to first responders, and all lives lost that day, with their production of Anne Nelson’s The Guys.  The production opens their 2016-17 season on Sept. 9, 16, 17 at 8 pm and Sept. 11 at 2 pm.

THE GUYS

Less than two weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks, New Yorkers are still in shock.  One of them, an editor named Joan, receives an unexpected phone call on behalf of Nick, a fire captain who has lost most of his men in the attack.

He’s looking for a writer to help him with the eulogies he must present at their memorial services.  Nick and Joan spend a long afternoon together, recalling the fallen men through recounting their virtues and their foibles. and fashioning  the stories into memorials of words.

In the process, Nick and Joan discover the possibilities of friendship in each other and their shared love for the unconquerable spirit of the city.  As they make their way through the emotional landscape of grief, they draw on humor, tango, the appreciation of craft in all its forms – and the enduring bonds of common humanity.  … Continue Reading

Potter Looks to Spread Love of Art Form at New Studio

By John Fitts

CANTON — Early on, Laura Brees’ nomadic spirit was infused with a love of pottery.

As a young girl of 9 or 10 she was in the Utah with her family when her dad found some clay, demonstrated the art of molding a simple “pinch pot,” later strengthened by some time in the fire pit.

There might not have been an epiphany right there in the desert but the seeds of a life passion were sown.

Today, Brees is looking to share that love of pottery with others and recently opened Stoneware Alchemy in the Historic 44 Marketplace in Canton.

“I love the idea of taking nothing –  just a ball of clay, dirt essentially – and forming it into something beautiful that you can use in your everyday life,” Brees said. “I love art of all kinds. I experiment with and play with all kinds of different things but I’m mostly drawn to pottery. I like the idea of a piece of art that has a story of its own – from the hands that created it –  to all the stories and memories infused in it by people using it every day. It’s just a transference of energy.” … Continue Reading

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