Subject: E-Buzz: Top Picks from FCBuzz Events for Sept. 9-15, 2020

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September 8, 2020
Your Weekly Top Picks from 
Sept. 9-15, 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.
Virtual Conversation:Teaching Art During COVID-19

Wed. Sept. 9, 6:30pm
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

Join three Aldrich exhibiting artists, Oasa DuVerney, Zoë Sheehan Saldaña, and Rudy Shepherd, in a conversation about the challenges confronting higher education this year, in which they share their unique and creative approaches to teaching and making art. More...
Diversity Film Series: Malcolm X

Wed. Sept. 9, 7pm
Ridgefield Playhouse

The Playhouse kicks off its two-month-long film series with Spike Lee’s biopic, Malcolm X, anchored by a powerful performance by Denzel Washington and inspired by Alex Haley’s The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Post-screening interview and discussion with actress Sharon Washington is led by entertainment reporter Cheryl Washington. More...
Art Talk:
Ian Berry & Ruby Sky Stiler: 
Group Relief

Thurs. Sept. 10, 6pm
Fairfield University Art Museum

An online conversation between artist Ruby Sky Stiler and Ian Berry, Director of Skidmore’s Tang Teaching Museum, and curator of the current virtual exhibition of Stiler’s relief work. Her sculpture and wall-art are like archaeological reconstructions, pulling references from antiquity, Art Deco and 20th-century abstraction while using distinctly contemporary materials: plaster, paper, resin, glue, graphite, stained wood, and air brush. More...
Virtual Exhibition Opening: Material World

Thurs. Sept 10, 6pm
Finn Gallery

An exhibition of the world of two painters – Leeah Joo, and Stephanie Serpick, and one fiber artist, Jennifer Davies, all of whom bring the nuances and richness of materials, such as drapery, sheets, and paper, to life through color, composition, and texture. Behind the physical appearance of folds, layers, and creases, there are hidden narratives based on what is visible, what is concealed, and what is imagined. More...
Curator, Collector, Critic, Creator: What is ‘Contemporary Art’ Today?

Thurs. Sept. 10, 7pm
Bruce Museum

This webinar presents a conversation between artist and author Joe Fig, known for work that explores the artistic creative process, and the spaces where art is made, gallerist Cristin Tierney, collector Monroe Denton, critic Christian Viveros-Fauné, and Dr. Amy Gilman, Director of the Chazen Museum of Art at University of Wisconsin, Madison. More... 
#SoNoArtCares Project: 
Naomi Clark

Friday - Sunday, 1-4pm
SoNo Collection Nordstrom Court

The #SoNoArtCares Project, featuring 10 commissioned artists live painting in The SoNo Collection Mall, continues this week with Naomi Clark, painter and textile artist currently based in Norwalk. Naomi’s work spans classical painting to interactive temporary installations and has been shown across the country, including set designs at MoMA’s PS1 and Fort Maker’s installations at Virginia Museum of Fine Art. Don’t forget: all week in The SoNo Collection’s Peoples United Magnificent Room, on the second shopping level, check out the eight canvases painted in the mall so far - part of a silent auction to benefit the Cultural Alliance. The silent auction continues through Oct. 3, when the top four canvases will be presented in a live auction. More...
Carlos Bautista Biernnay
Scream and Shout

Fri. Sept 11, 12pm
City Lights Gallery

Like a contemporary Goya, Carlos Bautista Biernnay combines the macabre with whimsy and his love of fabrics, sophisticated composition and absurd imagery. His prolific body of large scale textile collages and embroidery are fueled by his personal reaction to the events of Sept. 11, both in the USA and in his home country of Chile. Wed.-Fri. 12-5pm, Sat. 12-4pm. On view through Oct. 31. More...
Drive-In Rooftop Concerts: 
The Breakers

Fri. Sept 11, 5pm
The Wall Street Theater and Sono Collection 

The first in a collaborative concert series on the roof of The SoNo Collection presents The Breakers – America’s Premier Tom Petty Tribute Band. No other tribute band comes close to capturing the sound and emotions of Tom Petty’s songs. Ticket permits holder to one parking space, up to 6 occupants, and one designated driver. COVID protocols in effect; beer and wine available; no tickets sold on-site. More...
Fully Committed

Friday - Sunday, through Sept. 27
Music Theatre of Connecticut

Given the go-ahead to perform by Actors Equity, MTC presents this devastatingly funny one-act play that follows a day in the life of Sam Peliczowski, an out-of-work actor who mans the red-hot reservation line at Manhattan’s number-one restaurant. Coercion, threats, bribes, histrionics—a cast of desperate callers will stop at nothing in their zeal to land a prime reservation. Meanwhile, Sam has his recently widowed dad wanting him home for Christmas, and he’s up for a choice part at Lincoln Center. Amid this whirl of activity, can Sam manage to look out for himself? Fri. 8pm; Sat. & Sun. 2pm. More...
Southport Walking Tour

Sat. Sept 12, 10:30am
Pequot Library

Join the first of four docent-led walking tours of historic Southport. Learn about the harbor, onion fields, taverns, and the many families who once lived here. Registration required; maximum six people per tour. More...
Arts & Crafts on Bedford

Sat. Sept. 12, 10am
Bedford Street,

Presenting a unique shopping experience with one-of-a-kind handcrafted goods made by local and regional artists and dine at restaurants’ ex-tended outdoor patio cafés. More...
Comedy Series: Mike Birbiglia

Sat. Sept. 12, 4pm & 7pm
Ridgefield Playhouse
Ballard Park

Join comedian, storyteller, director and actor with Special Guest Sam Jay – Working it Outside. Mike has performed for audiences worldwide, from the Sydney Opera House to Broadway. Stand-up comic Sam Jay, an Emmy Nominated Writer for Saturday Night Live recently had his Netflix one-hour special, 3 In The Morning, premiere to rave reviews. More...
Open House: Annual Member Show

Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm
Carriage Barn Art Center
New Canaan

An open-house opening weekend and Annual Members Show. This exhibit kicks off the 2020/21 season and celebrates the range, interests, and talents of artist members working across all subjects, styles, and media. Artwork is for sale and one piece will be awarded the Betty Barker Award and a $250 prize. More...
September Community Sing

Sun. Sept. 13, 4pm
Fairfield County Chorale

Do you love to sing? You are invited to join a community sing along on Zoom. Warm up your voice, hear about the Chorale’s new season and meet and welcome new members. More...
Spotlight on Arts & Culture: 
Great Discoveries of Going Virtual

Mon. Sept. 14, 12pm
Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County

The September edition of our monthly radio show presents the stories of artists, teachers, arts marketers, performers, radio hosts and more, as they share the silver linings they discovered by transferring what they do online, or inventing new ways of performing, teaching and collaborating online. More...
Collective Action Against Racism & Inequity: Public Conversations

Tues. Sept. 15, 6pm
Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County

Join Valeria and Andrea Lopez for the first of three interactive Public Conversations under the umbrella of "Reimagining Arts & Culture,” as part of the Cultural Alliance's Collective Action Against Racism & Inequity initiative. The first conversation, "Race, Power and Privilege in the Arts,” will address key concepts such as race, privilege, and systemic racism – especially as it relates to arts and culture. In small and large group discussions, we will explore the role privilege plays in shaping the stories we tell about our history and the current movement.  More...
Donald M. Rattner
My Creative Space

Tues. Sept. 15, 6pm
Pequot Library

An illustrated online talk by architect, author, educator and CAFC member from his recently published book My Creative Space: How to Design Your Home to Stimulate Ideas and Spark Innovation. Whether you're an artist, writer, design professional, entrepreneur, work in a creative industry, or pursue a personal passion for pleasure, this talk will help you begin turning living space into creative space. More...
The Start of Change: Addressing Racism

Tues. Sept. 15, 7pm
New Canaan Library 
New Canaan Museum & Historical Society

A six-part series, in collaboration with the New Canaan Community Foundation and the Interfaith Council, designed to bring the community together in developing a common understanding of the history, policy and experiences shaping present day discussions of race. The series opens with a lecture by Dr Justene Hill Edwards, assistant professor in the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia, on “The History of Slavery and Race in Colonial New England.” More...
StoryFest2020: Dacre Stoker

Tues. Sept. 15, 7pm
Westport Library 

A two-week exploration of the big ideas at the heart of telling stories in today's world, kicks off with Dacre Stoker’s (great grand-nephew of Bram Stoker) compelling and informative multimedia presentation, Stoker on Stoker: The Mysteries behind the Writing of Dracula, weaves together the details of Dracula’s history, including Bram Stoker’s life in Dublin and London, and Stoker family lore. Dacre separates fact from popular fiction to reveal the truth about all things Stoker and Dracula.  More...
StoryFest2020: Contemporary Visions of Vampires in Fiction

Tues. Sept. 15, 8:30pm
Westport Library 

The virtual premiere of a roundtable conversation among three award-winning authors - Gwendolyn Kiste, Michelle Renee Lane and L. Marie Wood - on contemporary vampire stories.  More...
Lecture: What We Know and Don't Know About the Universe

Tues. Sept. 15, 8pm
Westport Astrnomical Society
Zoom & Youtube

Michael S. Turner, theoretical astrophysicist and the Rauner Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago, and current President of the American Physical Society, speaking on the mysteries of the universe.  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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