Subject: E-Buzz: Top Picks from FCBuzz Events for Feb. 3 - 9, 2021

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February 2, 2021
Your Weekly Top Picks from 
Feb. 3-9, 2021
The best guide to arts and culture 
in Fairfield County
  The E-Buzz is published each Tuesday by The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield CountyThe E-Buzz is a selection from the events posted by our members onto the FCBuzz Events section of our website for the coming week. 
Click here  for a complete selection of events during this period.
Virtual Book Discussion: Leslee Asch

Wed. Feb. 3, 7pm
Perrot Library
Hear a virtual discussion of Leslee Asch's latest book, Out of the Shadows: The Henson Festivals and their Impact on Contemporary Puppet Theater. Leslee worked for Jim Henson and the Jim Henson Company for over twenty years. While many books and thousands of pages have been written about the life and work of the beloved American icon, Jim Henson, Out of the Shadows is the first to focus solely on his love of, and impact on, puppetry as a vital contemporary art form, an important and previously unexplored aspect of the Henson legacy. More... 
Tara Blackwell
Pop Up at West Elm
Through Feb. 14
West Elm, Westport
This downtown Westport retailer celebrates taking "The 15% Pledge," to devote 15% of its shelf space to Black-owned businesses, by staging two Pop-Up exhibitions this month in its windows. See paintings by CAFC member artist Tara Blackwell, who, in her Corner Store and Saturday Morning series, uses her commercial design background to take us back to her childhood, exploring vintage imagery with subversive wit and whimsy. More...
Tim Eaton: Poetic Landscapes

Through Feb. 27
Geary Gallery
Featuring the stunning outdoor landscape paintings of Stamford fine artist. Wed. through Sat. 9:30 am to 5:00pm. More...
Form to Flow: Jaena Kwon, Nancy Lasar & Alyse Rosner

Through March 6
Amy Simon Fine Art
An exhibition of work by three women artists. At right, Alyse Rosner, Parting (Green) (2018), graphite, fluid acrylic and ink on raw canvas, 75 x 96 inches. More...
Virtual Curator Talk: Hugo McCloud

Thurs. Feb. 4, 6:30pm
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

Aldrich Exhibitions Director Richard Klein and artist Hugo McCloud discusses McCloud’s work, in the studio and on view at New York’s Sean Kelly Gallery, in advance of his first solo Museum exhibition, from where i stand, opening at The Aldrich in June. McCloud is known for his engagement with issues surrounding the value of labor, disparities in social and racial economics, and with the nature of beauty. More...
Literary Pub Trivia Night

Thurs. Feb. 4, 7pm
Westport Writers Workshop

Pour yourself a pint as writers put the “pub” into publishing, the think into drink, the “fun” into fundraising, and many other corny play on words. Join this evening of entertaining questions to test your wits and reward your wisdom on everything from the classics and contemporary to children’s literature and film adaptations. More...
Storytelling Exchange: Sheila Arnold

Thurs. Feb. 4, 7pm
Bridgeport Art Trail

Hosting a professional storyteller, character interpreter and teaching artist performing stories on the theme “Love and History,” before she shares her insights about discovering story ideas, and crafting and sharing stories. More...
Jonathan and Carolyn Yates
Art & Music: The Roaring Harlem Renaissance

Thurs. Feb. 4, 8pm
Norwalk Youth Symphony
Presenting Music Director Jonathan Yates and his sister, art historian Carolyn Yates, as they dive into the thrilling world of Harlem in the 1920s with “Art & Music: The Roaring Harlem Renaissance,” investigating what led to this exciting period of cultural and intellectual ferment, its long legacy, and its continuing influence on the social movements of today. More... 
Art Essex Juried Exhibition

Fri. Feb. 5, 3pm - 7pm
George Billis Gallery
Enjoy the opening reception for the 6th Annual Juried Exhibition of Art Essex. The exhibit runs through Feb 28, and features artworks from more than 30 artists from Connecticut and across the U.S., juried by Lisa Cooper, owner of Elisa Contemporary Art, in Fairfield and New York. More... 
Orin Grossman: Poet of the Piano: The Music of Frederic Chopin.

Fri. Feb. 5, 4pm

Presenting The Poet of the Piano: The Music of Frederic Chopin. The presentation will conclude with a performance of Chopin’s Ballade #1, one of his greatest compositions. More... 
Owl Moon Owl Prowl

Fri. Feb. 5, 7pm
Stamford Museum & Nature Center

For ages 5 and up, join a reading of Jane Yolen’s “Owl Moon” and then head out onto the trails for an “Owl Moon Owl Prowl” as guides call in local owls. More...
Becoming Dr. Ruth

Fri. - Sun. through Feb. 21
Music Theatre of Connecticut
Live and Live Streamed
Enjoy the true, lesser known story of Dr Ruth Westheimer, America’s most famous sex therapist. Mark St. Germain deftly illuminates this remarkable woman’s untold story, from fleeing the Nazis in the Kindertransport and joining the Haganah in Jerusalem as a sniper, to her struggle to succeed as a single mother newly-arrived in America, Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 2 & 8pm; Sundays at 2pm. More... 
Saturday Musical Webinars: James Wetzel

Sat. Feb. 6, 9:30am
Greenwich Choral Society
Presenting “Singing the Mass: Anything but Ordinary,” an examination of the settings of the Mass “Ordinary” (the unchanging musical portions of the Mass). From Josquin and Palestrina to Poulenc and Vaughn Williams, these ancient texts continue to inspire composers, Christians, and concert-goers alike. More... 
Feeling Music, Feeling Strong

Sat. Feb. 6, 11am
Concordia Conservatory
Debuting the Unique Concert Series for elementary-age learners with special needs and their families. Host Liz Ast engages audiences with elements of music therapy set to accessible classics, performed by Stamford Symphony musicians. This season’s theme will focus on tempo - moving to a variety of rhythms, audiences will explore the beat that keeps music alive and flowing.  More... 
Met Opera in HD: Porgy & Bess

Sat. Feb. 6, 4pm
Ridgefield Playhouse
Screening The Met Opera’s Encore-in-HD recording of Gershwin’s classic opera. This new co-production, with the English National Opera and Dutch National Opera, was hailed as a triumph at its premiere in London last year. More... 
African American Artists: Self Determination and Resistance from the Roaring 20’s to 2020

Sun. Feb. 7, 2pm
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Ridgefield Guild of Artists & 
The Ridgefield Library

Continuing the ARTalk series of online discussions, Stephanie Sparling Williams, Ph.D., a black feminist theorist and an Associate Curator at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum presents a lecture on how black artists across time and medium have used visual art as a means to express dignity and humanity, and to inspire radical change. More... 
Travel Dreaming Series: Unlock the Secrets of the Marais, Paris

Sun. Feb. 7, 2pm
Mark Twain Library
Join Richard Nahem — guide, former chef and local resident of the Marais — for an insider’s glimpse at one of the oldest and most historical areas of Paris with mansions dating back to the 1600s, manicured parks and gardens, fine galleries and small, jewel-like museums. More... 
Opening: Member Exhibition

Sun. Feb. 7, 4pm
Rowayton Arts Center
Be among the first to see the exhibition, “In the Garden,” on view through March 6. Reservations required. More... 
Spotlight on Arts & Culture:
Going Beyond Black History Month

Mon. Feb. 8, 12pm
WPKN, 89.5FM
This program welcomes members from a number of our local cultural institutions to find out how they celebrate Black History Month, what it means to them, how, especially after the year of Black Lives Matter, we can use it to examine more deeply the hidden racism of our society and institutions, and how, in celebrating this month of Black history and culture, we also need to move beyond it to recognize and celebrate the diversity of American culture as deeply as we can across all 12 months of the year. More... 
The Great Art Migration: From the South to Harlem

Mon. Feb. 8, 7pm
New Canaan Library

A lecture by Robin Hoffman and Jodi Stiffelman of ArtScapades. The lives and works of four African American artists working at the turn of the 20th century: Horace Pippin, Laura Wheeler Waring, Aaron Douglas, and Archibald John Motley. The presenters will explore the themes of slavery, racism, the role of Blacks in World War I, and the shift of the African American art world to New York, specifically to Harlem.  More... 
Barbara Ehrentreu
Poetry in Art Workshop: 
Exploring the Works of Emily Mason

Tues. Feb. 9, 10:30am
Bruce Museum
Presenting the first of two online workshops on how to write poetry about artwork, poet and teacher Barbara Ehrentreu will be using the paintings of Emily Mason, the subject of the recent exhibition at the Bruce Museum, She Sweeps with Many-Colored Brooms”: Paintings and Prints by Emily Mason, which, appropriately, takes its title from the opening line of a beloved poem by one of Mason’s favorite writers—Emily Dickinson. More... 
Audubon's Birds of America

Tues. Feb. 9, 6pm
Pequot Library
Celebrate the return to the library of one of just 149 known extant copies of with this discussion between CT Audubon Executive Director, Patrick Comins and Pequot Library Board Chair and past CT Audubon Center Director Nelson North, on John James Audubon, conservation, and the naturalists who have shaped current day conservation. More... 
Dance Talk: Anna Mayta

Tues. Feb. 9, 7pm
Art Alliance of Stratford
Presenting dance improviser, choreographer, and instructor for an online discussion on Fusion Dance. Exploring Flamenco (Spain), Bhara-tana-tyam (India), West African, modern US, Chilean and Caribbean dances, Anna aims to improve your understanding, show the differences, similarities, history and cultural aspects of each dancestyle. More... 
Ann Chernow
Guns – the Ultimate in Feminine Protection?

Tues. Feb. 9, 7pm
Mary Himes and Miggs Burroughs with guest host, Charlie Grady, continue this #UNLOAD series of conversations with women who can shed light on the loaded question of whether firearms make women safer. This week artist Ann Chernow discusses her artworks that focus on female characters in American 1940s films noir and highlight how Hollywood and mass media have created cultural norms that define women as either victims or femme fatales. Are these stereotypes still embedded in our society, and how can art create paradigm shifts that lead to new ways of seeing and understanding. More... 
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