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ART IN PUBLIC SPACES PROGRAM, sponsored by the Connecticut Council of Arts and Tourism, announces a call for proposals. The first is at A.I. Prince Technical High School in Hartford.{{more}} They are seeking qualified artists for interior and possibly exterior works appropriate for a technical school in Hartford.

The site – specific art opportunities should resonate with the student population. A budget of up to $375,000 is available. The second is for a digital interactive map for the interior of the Public Safety Building on the campus of Central Connecticut State University in New Britain. The budget is $28,000. The third is for approximately two commissions for the new Academic Science Building on the campus of Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven. The site-specific public art opportunity must relate to the sciences and include an exterior sculpture work for the courtyard and wall mounted interior 2D or low relief works. The Committee may consider other locations and opportunities for artwork. The budget is $315,000. RFQs are due by March 12, 2014. For more information, contact johncusano@ct.gov.

THE GALLERY AT TOWN HALL (617 Orange Center Road, Orange) continues the show of the work of Amity High School Honor students Elizabeth Pallman, Aliyah Oestricher, Sarah Stein and Jeremy Wolin. The work of these students is exciting — the media varied — the talent exceptional. Drop by Town Hall during regular hours (Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m). The Gallery is in the corridor outside the First Selectman’s Office.

ART IN THE LIBRARY (176 Tyler City Road, Orange) features the oils of Nancy Lee Vadnais and the photography of members of the Orange Imaging Club through the month of February. The oils of William Meddick will be featured in March. All of his work is done from direct observation and ranges from landscapes and still lifes to figures within interiors. Meddick studied at Pratt Institute in New York and for several years was a scenic painter at Atlas Scenic Studio in Norwalk. He is a Board Member of the New Haven Paint and Play Club, the former Executive Director of the Milford Fine Arts Council and a former Board Member of the OACC. There will be an Artist’s Reception on Thursday, March 6, 5 to 7 p.m. The Gallery is on the second floor of the Case Memorial Library and is available for the public to view these works during regular Library hours. (Monday and Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

OSCAR SERIES at the Case Memorial Library (176 TYLER CITY ROAD, ORANGE) continues with the showing of “Captain Phillips” with Tom Hanks on Monday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. and Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 1 p.m. The next film, “Blue Jasmine,” Woody Allen’s latest, will be shown on Monday, March 3 at 7 p.m. and on Wednesday, March 5 at 1 p.m.

BLACK TIE OSCAR GALA at Milford Fine Arts Center (40 Railroad Avenue, Milford) on Sunday, March 3 at 7 p.m. Dress to impress and walk the red carpet – there will be appetizers, desserts and a cash bar. Black tie is suggested, but creative colors and outfits are welcome. Prior to viewing the telecast on MFAC’s giant screen, party-goers will have the opportunity to obtain ballots to record their picks for winners, to buy tickets for a a 50/50 raffle, and to participate in a trivia contest. Tickets are $25 and can be bought online at milfordarts.org or by calling 203-878-6647.

YALE CENTER OF BRITISH ART (1080 Chapel Street, New Haven) exhibits the sculpture of Neila Hicks. Her intricately textured sculpture is primarily done in straw and plaster, though some pieces have been cast subsequently in bronze. The show is an unusual one, with paintings selected from the museum’s collection paired with the sculptures. The paintings feature animals in some capacity, selected because “…Hicks recognizes in them qualities for which she herself strives daily, those marked by an understanding of individual character.” In some cases Hicks selected human portraits as “concentrated studies of character.” Admission to the museum is free.

YALE UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY’S EXHIBIT (111 Chapel Street, New Haven), “A Great Crowd Had Gathered: JFK in the 1960s” runs through March 30. It chronicles the election, term and assassination of JFK -specifically the reactions of the public to these events. JFK enjoyed an outpouring of public support from those who elected him during his abbreviated term .The public was profoundly affected by his assassination and the resultant manifestation of grief and mourning in the aftermath was unprecedented in scope and magnitude. There was an unusual visual component to the public mourning, with likenesses of the late president displayed in homes, shop windows and public spaces throughout the U.S. and the world. The work documenting this era was done by artists of the 1960s, (including Lee Friedlander and Garry Winograd), as well as by key wire press photographers. This exhibit will resonate with those who remember those painful times as well as those who want to learn about those times. The museum is free and open to the public.

NEW HAVEN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA performs a tribute to German romanticism on March 27 at 7:30 p.m. at Woolsey Hall (500 College Street, New Haven). The program includes Strauss’ ”Horn Concerto No. 2,” Wagner’s “Siegfried,” and Beethoven’s “Pastorale.” Tickets may be obtained by calling 203- 865-0831 or go to www.newhavensymphony.org.


SYMPHONY will depart from High Plains Community Center on Thursday, March 27 at 6:45 p.m. and will return there after the concert at approximately 10 to10:15 p.m. This transportation is provided free by the OACC in cooperation with The Orange Community Women, the Winkle bus company and private donations. To reserve a seat on the bus, call Pat Miller at 203-397-8915. To obtain concert tickets, see above information about the concert.


SYMPHONY will present a concert of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 on Saturday, Feb. 22 at Woolsey Hall (500 College Street). Sir Gilbert Levin will be the guest conductor. Tickets may be obtained by calling 203-432-5862 or at yalesymphony.com.

JOINT CHORAL CONCERT by the Schola Canotrum, the Camerata, and the Yale Glee Club will take place on Saturday, March 1 at 8 p.m. at Woolsey Hall (500 College Street, New Haven). This annual tradition is continued with the works of British composers Britten, Vaughn-Williams, Elgar and Parry. This concert is free .

SHUBERT THEATER through March 2, is the performance venue for “Once”, a charming musical about a Dublin street musician who meets an Eastern European pianist who inspires him to make music together. A low-key musical, with beautiful songs and a touching love story. Based on the 2007 movie that won in the “Best Song” category, “Once” is not to be missed. For tickets call 203-745-3000 or go to TICKETMASTER online.

LONG WHARF THEATRE continues “4000 Miles,” by Amy Herzog, through March 16. Directed by Eric Ting, this play is an engaging look at young learning from old and — old learning from young! Eric is a young man in the perennial struggle to find himself. After biking across country from Seattle (4000 miles), he lights upon the apartment of his energetic and opinionated grandmother. The resultant clashes are inevitable, but there also is eventual understanding and acceptance on both their parts. The cast incudes Leah Karpel, Zoaunne Le Roy Teresa Aviva Lim, and Micah Stock. For tickets, call 203-787-4232or go to longwharf.org.


THEATRE continues ”The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls” through Saturday, Feb. 22. “Paper Bullets,” a rocking and rolling version, with a serious backbeat, of Shakespeare‘s “Much Ado Abut Nothing.”

The Quartos, a fab four from Liverpool whose fans adore them (but Scotland Yard fears them), are in London seeking true love and hoping to cut a new album in just seven days. Their quest is complicated by their former drummer, who seeks revenge and wants to destroy them. The script was adapted by Rolin Jones, with songs by Billie Armstrong; and directed by Jackson Gay. For tickets call 203- 432-1234 or go to tickets.yale.edu. “Paper Bullets” is Yale Rep’s 2013-1014 WILL POWER production. There will be three performances on Friday, March 31, Sunday, April 2 and Monday, April 3 at 10:30 a.m. for 9-12 grade groups. For more information on WILL POWER, call Ruth Feldman at 787-432-8425.

THE ORANGE PLAYERS is considering a musical review for the Spring. Also in the works is an Acting Workshop. For specifics, look for upcoming information in this column, theorangeplayers.net or on Facebook at The Orange Players.

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