Greenwich Historical Society An American Odyssey: The Jewish Experience in Greenwich

12/11/2017 to 04/15/2018

39 Strickland Rd, Cos Cob, CT

This exhibition will explore the history of the Jews of Greenwich within the broader context of the history of the town and the nation. Beginning with the question of why Jews chose to settle in Greenwich and how they gained an economic foothold, the exhibition will explore the experience of Jewish families living and working in Greenwich for more than a century. It will examine how they, like other immigrants, struggled with the pull to integrate into American society and yet also remain distinct. And it will look at how they, as well as other minorities in Greenwich, have contributed to the larger community despite experiencing periods of discrimination and restrictions on worship, employment and housing opportunities. Although the lion's share of the growth of Greenwich's Jewish community began in the 1960s (today about 11 percent of the population is Jewish), the tale really begins with the mass exodus of Jews from Eastern Europe to America between 1880 and 1920. The stories of those who sought to build new lives here–emblematic of larger historical themes–will be told through photographs, artifacts, archival documents, ephemera and first-person accounts. The exhibition will also explore the little-known fact that there were Jewish property owners in Greenwich as far back as Colonial times. An American Odyssey: The Jewish Experience in Greenwich will be curated by Dr. Ann Meyerson, a nationally recognized independent museum curator who most recently co-curated The First Jewish Americans: Freedom and Culture in the New World (October 28, 2016 to March 12, 2017) at the New-York Historical Society.

Pequot Library Exhibition

12/14/2017 to 02/04/2018

720 Pequot Ave., Southport, CT Phone: (203) 259-0346.

Experience the magical and memorable role holidays play in the lives of all readers, especially children, through Pequot Library's Special Collections exhibition of vintage postcards, holiday literature, and caroling music dating back to 1848. Come to the opening reception of Holiday Magic: Selections from the Children's Historical Collection on Thursday, December 14, 2017, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. where light hors d'oeuvres and wine will be served. Beginning at 7:00 p.m., join children's book author and Fulbright scholar Christine Pakkala, MFA, for a gallery tour and a discussion of literary heroines. The exhibition is on view through February 4, 2018 during regular Library hours.

Bartleet Arboretum Art Exhibit - "Inspired by Nature"

01/01/2018 to 02/11/2018

151 Brookdale Road, Stamford, CT

From a series of etchings inspired by Isamu Noguchi's large rock sculpture in Storm King Art Center to delicate, linear flowers to abstractions of nature and plant life, Bittenbender explores the various facets of the natural world through two differing media – the intaglio print and photography.

Bruce Museum - Bruce Beginnings

01/02/2018 to 01/30/2018

One Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT Phone: 203-869-0376.

January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 11:00 – 11:45 am and 1:00 – 1:45 pm Bruce Beginnings. Children, ages 2½ – 5, and their caregivers are encouraged to explore the Museum's collections and exhibitions through picture books and hands-on activities. This program is free with general admission but space is limited. See the Visitor Service desk upon arrival to the Museum. Topics will rotate between art and science: Patterned Pieces, Collecting Treasures, Little Artists, Birds of a Feather, US of A.

Bruce Museum Family Gallery Tours

01/07/2018 to 01/28/2018

One Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT Phone: 203-869-0376.

Sundays, January 7, 21, 28, 11:30 am – 12:15 pm. Family Gallery Tours. Designed for children ages
6 – 10 and their families, participants engage in an interactive, discussion-based tour of the Museum's current exhibitions. Free with admission; no advanced registration required.

Maritime Aquarium Seal-Spotting & Birding Cruises

01/07/2018 to 01/28/2018

10 North Water St, Norwalk, CT Phone: (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206.

• Sun., Jan. 7 at 10 a.m. • Sat., Jan. 13 at 2 p.m. • Sun., Jan. 14 at 2 p.m. • Sat., Jan. 27 at 1 p.m. • Sun., Jan. 28 at 1 p.m. The cruises take place aboard The Maritime Aquarium's R/V Spirit of the Sound™, the country's first research vessel with quiet hybrid-electric propulsion. R/V Spirit of the Sound has a climate-controlled cabin but, because the best viewing is outside on the deck, participants should dress for the weather. Binoculars will be provided. Reserve your spot by calling (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206, or by going online.

Downtown Cabaret Theatre- Pinocchio

01/13/2018 to 02/11/2018

263, Bridgeport, CT Phone: 203-576-1636.

Jan. 13,14,20,21,27,28 and Feb. 3,4,10 and 11. Time: Saturdays at Noon & 2:30pm, Sundays at 1:00pm & 3:30pmPrice: $19-23. It's the timeless tale of a special wooden puppet's quest to become a real boy. With his loyal friend Jiminy Cricket, Pinocchio sets out on larger than life adventures that teach him the meaning of bravery, honesty, and family until his dreams come true!

The Palace DanceFest 2018

01/20/2018 to 01/28/2018

61 Atlantic Street, Stamford, CT 06901. Phone: 12033251407.

6 pm. What Is DanceFest? DanceFest is a unique, two-weekend experience for young dancers to take master classes and perform original choreography on one of the world's greatest dance stages at The Palace Theatre. Master classes are offered in seven different genres taught by international faculty who teach at prestigious dance schools and universities and for dance companies throughout the US and Europe. They are directors, choreographers and performers in music videos, MTV Award shows and are models for print ads and television commercials. Many are starring in Broadway Musicals, and are performers with world-renowned ballet companies such as New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. DanceFest 2018 culminates with The Student Festival Performance featuring over 300 dancers from dance schools performing exciting choreography by dance school directors, teachers and guest choreographers.

DanceFest 2018 Participating Schools: Art of Dance, Ballet School of Stamford, Bonafide Dance Company, Center Stage Dance Studio, City Center Dance, Connecticut Dance Center, Dance Nyaad, Darien Arts Center-Dance, Fineline Theatre Arts, Greenwich Dance Studio, Magical Movements School of Dance, Monroe Dance Academy, New York Dance, Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance, Rockwell Dance Center, Studio B Dance Center, The Dance Pointe, The Pulse Performing Arts Studio.

Bruce Museum Patriotic Persuasion: American Posters of the First World War

01/20/2018 to 06/10/2018

One Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT Phone: 203-413-6735 .

Patriotic Persuasion: American Posters of the First World War features a selection of works from the "Great War" donated to the museum by Beverly and John W. Watling III. The exhibition, which will be on view through June 10, 2018, commemorates the centennial of the entry of the United States into that epochal conflict. The United States' involvement in World War I lasted only 20 months, from April 1917 to November 1918, but the nation's military and propaganda strategies were of enormous consequence. In the era of radio and film's infancy, posters were an essential medium; there were more than 20 million posters printed from about 2,500 designs. Many of the posters on display in Patriotic Persuasion were originally collected by Mr. Watling's stepfather, Charles B. Warren, Jr., and his brother, Wetmore Warren, in Washington, D.C., where their father, Charles B. Warren, served on the staff of the Judge Advocate General during the war.

Avon Theatre French Cinematheque: FACES PLACES

01/23/2018

272 Bedford Street, Stamford, CT

Pre-film wine and cheese reception at 7:00pm

89-year old Agnes Varda, one of the leading figures of the French New Wave, and acclaimed 33 year-old French photographer and muralist JR teamed up to co-direct this enchanting documentary/road movie. Kindred spirits, Varda and JR share a lifelong passion for images and how they are created, displayed and shared. Together they travel around the villages of France in JR's photo truck meeting locals, learning their stories and producing epic-size portraits of them. The photos are prominently displayed on houses, barns, storefronts and trains revealing the humanity in their subjects, and themselves. FACES PLACES documents these heart-warming encounters as well as the unlikely, tender friendship they formed along the way.