Subject: E-Buzz: Top Picks from FCBuzz Events for Nov. 18-24, 2020

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November 17, 2020
Your Weekly Top Picks from 
Nov. 18-24, 2020
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.
Japanese Brushwork: Dr. Louise Flax

Wed. Nov. 18, 10am
Bruce Museum

A virtual workshop focusing on painting wild orchids. The wild orchid is one of the four plants used to teach brush painting techniques, and a motif frequently featured in Japanese prints, paintings, and poems. This class will focus on the technical brushwork used to create wild orchids while allowing students room to explore their creativity. More...
Virtual Benefit: Celebrating History & Community in Little Liberia

Wed. Nov. 18, 7pm
Mary & Eliza Freeman Center for History & Community, Bridgeport

The Freeman Center's first virtual benefit spotlights the significance of The Freeman Houses (circa 1848)— the oldest surviving Connecticut homes built and owned by African Americans—and telling the Little Liberia story. The benefit will honor Hugh B. Price, former president and CEO of the National Urban League, and a Little Liberia descendant. Funds are being raised to create an African American historic site of national stature in Bridgeport’s South End. More...
Conversation with James Prosek and Richard Prum: Are Birds Art?

Wed. Nov. 18, 7pm
Connecticut Audubon Society

The annual fall fundraiser presents a virtual conversation between renowned artist, naturalist and author, James Prosek, a contemporary artist whose work is often compared with that of John James Audubon, and Richard Prum, the W. R. Coe Professor of Ornithology at Yale University, and the Curator of Ornithology at the Peabody Museum of Natural History. More...
Writing Masterclass: Patricia Smith

Thurs. Nov. 19, 2pm
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

A 90-minute class is offered in conjunction with the Museum's current exhibition Rudy Shepherd: Somebody’s Child. Renowned spoken-word performer, playwright, author, writing teacher, and former journalist, Patricia Smith is the award-winning author of eight critically acclaimed books of poetry, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist Incendiary Art, winner of the 2018 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the 2018 NAACP Image Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. More...
CrimeCONN Express: Author Walter Mosley

Thurs. Nov. 19, 7pm
Ferguson Library 

This series of five, one-hour virtual sessions for writers and mystery lovers concludes with “How’d You Do It?” Best-selling author Walter Mosley will be in conversation with writer S. A. Cosby about how they’ve turned their passion for writing into successful careers. More...
Virtual Masterclass: Anthony McGill

Thurs. Nov. 19, 7pm
Norwalk Youth Symphony 

The second in this series of masterclasses, features principal clarinetist with the New York Philharmonic. Anthony McGill is the NYP's first African-American principal player. He is an ardent advocate for music education in underserved communities, and for addressing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in classical music. He played in President Obama's inauguration alongside violinist Itzhak Perlman, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and pianist Gabriela Montero. Free, but registration required. More...
Cocktails with Mark

Thurs. Nov. 19, 7pm
Westport Country Playhouse 

Following up on this summer's series of "Coffee Breaks," in which staff interviewed artists that have performed at the Playhouse, WCP decided mix it up a little for the fall and winter — literally! Mixed drinks are encouraged at our new virtual discussions, "Cocktails with Mark," hosted by Artist Director Mark Lamos. The series kicks off with a little Q&A with Mark. Are you curious about the upcoming season, casting, or his career? He's ready to spill all the beans! More...
Alan Neigher: Free Speech (and other myths)

Thurs. Nov. 19, 7pm
Westport Library

A short history of the U.S. Government’s restrictions on free expression. This preeminent Westport attorney's discussion will review restrictions imposed by federal and state legislation as well as cultural censorship. 
The Chaconne Project Part II

Fri. Nov. 20, 7:30pm
American Classical Orchestra
Facebook Live

A chaconne is music with a repeating bass line (like the well-known Pachelbel Canon in D) that has a mesmerizing effect on listeners. Artistic Director Thomas Crawford and the American Classical Orchestra explore varieties of the chaconne - from the melodies that dance with syncopation to later laments that are dark and mysterious. More...
Mike DelGuidice: Live on the Porch

Fri. Nov 20, 7pm
Wall Street Theatre

Presenting a concert both in-person and live-streamed. Mike was hired into Billy Joel’s band in 2013, and now plays his own music, interacting with both in-person and online audiences. More...
Tintoretto: A Rebel in Venice 

Fri. Nov. 20, 7:30pm
Ridgefield Playhouse

A film that fully immerses audiences in the life of the last great artist of the Italian Renaissance. Narrated by Helena Bonham Carter, the film brings audiences to places that evoke and preserve the memory of the painter, including the State Archives, the Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Square, the Church of San Rocco, and more, in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the painter’s birth. More...
Great Songs for Hard Times

Fri. Nov. 20, 8pm
Neighborhood Studios

An online concert to support the arts education programs for Bridgeport children and teens. Performers include: Rob Morton and Gabrielle Ferrara, Rich Cammarano, Lorraine Dono Watkins, Lauren Doyle, Frank Perrouna, Lynn Flaster, John Luczaj and Lori Brasher, Laurie and Jeffrey Gross, Michelle Stearns, Kayla Cartagena, Dave Hart, and Neighborhood Studios students. More...
Peter Monaghan: Fold

From Sat. Nov. 21 
Heather Gaudio Fine Arts
New Canaan

This is this Irish artist’s first solo exhibition at the gallery. A former graphic designer, Monaghan began full-time painting in the 2000s, adding three-dimensional components to his work. Enjoying the participatory nature of art, his works challenge viewers to react to the elements of surprise in his work, with colors and forms vibrating and changing as the viewer shifts position. More...
Jim Clark
From Sea to Shining Sea

Sat. Nov. 21, 3pm
Norwalk Public Library

Continuing its series of virtual concerts with Jim Clark, the Norwalk Public Library presents From Sea to Shining Sea: A Musical Journey Across America, designed by this eminent local saxophonist as an antidote to COVID-19 travel restrictions. This musical tour will take you to places across America as Clark plays songs he has selected to represent each site. From Sea to Shining Sea will guide you across our splendid country on the wings of Jazz. More...
Livingston Taylor 
70th Birthday Concert 

Sat. Nov. 21, 8pm
Ridgefield Playhouse

The brother of James Taylor, Livingston recorded his first record at the age of 18 and has continued to create well crafted, introspective, and original songs that have earned him listeners world-wide. He has also been a faculty member at the esteemed Berklee College of Music for more than 30 years, where he is a professor of Voice. More...
She Sweeps with Many-Colored Brooms

From Sun. Nov. 22, 9:30am
Bruce Museum
In its recently renovated main art gallery, the Bruce Museum opens Paintings and Prints by Emily Mason (1932-2019), a major new art exhibition highlighting the painter’s earliest experiments in oil on paper (from 1958 to 1968) and in printmaking from two decades of intense innovation in her career: from 1985 to 1996. According to Robert Wolterstorff, The Susan E. Lynch Executive Director of the Bruce, and a co-organizer of the show,  “Emily Mason’s greatest achievement is to have translated the language of Abstract Expressionism, which was always one of gesture and movement, into an abstraction of pure color composed in delicate veils and washes.” More... 
Art & Wellness Classes

From Monday to Sunday
MoCA Westport  
This week, MoCA Westport offers a wide range of Thanksgiving Week Art & Wellness Classes for adults and school-aged children. More... 
Virtual World Museum Tour

Mon. Nov. 23, 7pm
Westport Continuing Ed
Offering the second in its series of virtual museum world tours, with stops at the Dali Theatre Museum in Figueres, Spain, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Musée d'Orsay, Paris, and the Tate Modern, London. More... 
Virtual Kennedy Center Stage Performance

Tues. Nov. 24, 4pm
Presenting a virtual Kennedy Center stage performance with a program highlighting composers such as Chabuca Granda from Peru and Carlos Mejia Godoy from Nicaragua. This will be a virtual adaptation of INTEMPO’s annual Cultural Crossover Concert — a soundscape across the Caribbean, Central, South, and North America, featuring native and familiar instruments. More... 
Food for Thought: The Thanksgiving Story

Tues. Nov. 24, 2pm
The Pequot Libary
Darlene Kascak, Education Coordinator for the Institute for American Indian Studies Museum & Research Center, will offer the often ignored historical perspective on Thanksgiving found in documents written during the colonial period and from Wampanoag oral histories. More... 
Open Rehearsals

Tues. Nov. 24, 7:30pm
The Greenwich Choral Society
Opening its weekly Zoom online rehearsals to any in the community who would like to find out more about creating choral music in this time of pandemic. No auditions are required to participate, just an interest in choral music and a desire to learn more about the Greenwich Choral Society. More... 
Details on these and dozens more digital FCBuzz Events
Thanks to our community partner, WPKN 89.5FM, you can catch an audio version of our E-Buzz every day on the radio. Hear David Green read from his selection of events for the week. The radio version will often be slightly different from the e-version. You can hear us on WPKN at these approximate times: Tues: 8:55am; Wed: 11:55am; Thurs: 9:55am; Fri: 11:55am; Sat: 8:55am; and Sun: 9:55am.
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