Twist of Lemmon Fundraiser with Chris Lemmon
Feb
25
8:00 pm20:00

Twist of Lemmon Fundraiser with Chris Lemmon

  • 32 Water Street Stonington, CT, 06378 United States

Twist of Lemmon

An endearing ramble through the life of film icon Jack Lemmon and Hollywood’s Golden Age as told by his son Chris, a gifted pianist and performer, whose uncanny physical and vocal resemblance channels his father in this warm hearted one-man show. The performance will feature film clips and Chris at the 1922 Mason & Hamlin piano.

Purchase your tickets now!

$150/person ~ Performance & after-party gathering with Chris Lemmon at a lovely home in  Stonington Borough.  (9:30-11 pm ~ limited availability)

$100/person ~ Performance only.

$50/person ~ Partial-view back balcony seating.

R.S.V.P. by February 13

Print invitations are available at the office; please call for more information.  860-535-2300.

Links:
Purchase Tickets Now!

Exhibit Opening: Colors & Rhythms~The Art of Eva Leong
Mar
3
5:00 pm17:00

Exhibit Opening: Colors & Rhythms~The Art of Eva Leong

  • La Grua Center

Through her unique style of painting, Eva combines the rhythm of Chinese brushstrokes with the colors of Western influence in her current series of scroll paintings representing countries Eva has recently visited. Born and raised in Shanghai China, Eva Leong has lived and worked in Stonington for the past 25 years. Evidence of her early training in Chinese philosophy and traditional watercolor painting blends beautifully with the western oil painting techniques she learned while a student at the Art Students League and Parson's School of Design in New York.  Opening reception Friday, March 3rd, 5-7pm.  Exhibit will run through the end of March. 

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

- See more at: https://lagruacenter.org/event/detail/2017/3/3/5/00/pm/328-eva_leong#sthash.fn3wu69q.dpuf

Music Matters Concert: The Art of Counterpoint with Kleine Kammermusik
Mar
4
5:00 pm17:00

Music Matters Concert: The Art of Counterpoint with Kleine Kammermusik

  • La Grua Center

Geoffrey Burgess & Meg Owens, oboes & recorders

Stephanie Corwin, bassoon

Rebecca Humphrey, violoncello

Leon Schelhase, harpsichord

The Art of Counterpoint

Colleagues Bach & Zelenka

Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679-1745)

Trio Sonatas No. 1 in F and No. 4 in g

Cantilena circularis Vida, Domina

Joh. Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

The Art of Fugue  Contrapunctus I

Three-part Ricercar from The Musical Offering

Kleine Kammermusik brings us woodwind chamber gems from two great High Baroque figures: Bach and Zelenka. The masters knew and admired one another, and they worked in close proximity, in Leipzig and nearby Dresden. Their highly distinctive personalities and consummate mastery are famed for their legacy of profound counterpoint, but also for brilliant melody, deft harmonic interplay, and unparalleled musical drama.

Won't you join us to hear superb woodwind masterworks of the Baroque, as played by this wonderfully expressive quintet?

Cost
Suggested donation $10.

- See more at: https://lagruacenter.org/event/detail/2017/3/4/5/00/pm/331-kleine_kammermusik#sthash.Znsnjx5A.dpuf

Stonington Garden Club presents Mystic Seaport's Julia Jankowski
Mar
8
11:00 am11:00

Stonington Garden Club presents Mystic Seaport's Julia Jankowski

  • La Grua Center

The Stonington Garden Club presents:

Julia Jankowski, head Gardener at the Mystic Seaport, will talk about the history of gardening in the 19th century and connect it with the two 19th century replication gardens at the Seaport. She will also speak about the 20th century Seaport gardens and about the type of horticultural practices that the gardeners employ over the course of the season starting from the greenhouse to winter clean up.

For more information contact the Stonington Garden Club - See more at: https://lagruacenter.org/event/detail/2017/3/8/11/00/am/333-stonington_garden_club_jankowski#sthash.GiynI48Y.dpuf

Stonington Historical Society: Local Railroad Tycoon Morton F. Plant
Mar
9
5:00 pm17:00

Stonington Historical Society: Local Railroad Tycoon Morton F. Plant

  • La Grua Center

Morton Freeman Plant was a local legend. First and foremost a philanthropist who continued the legacy begun by his father but who was also a railroad tycoon of local renown. Plant was one of the founders of Connecticut College, a financier of the Wright Brothers, builder of many local trolley lines, owner of the Griswold Hotel and a colleague of J.P. Morgan.   His summer residence at Avery Point is now home to the University of Connecticut.  Jim Streeter is the Town Historian of Groton and a former policeman and mayor of Groton City. He has made a life study of Morton Plant and even impersonates him on occasion.

For more information please contact the Stonington Historical Society

Irish Music Concert Featuring Executive Seisύn
Mar
17
6:00 pm18:00

Irish Music Concert Featuring Executive Seisύn

  • La Grua Center

An Irish seisύn is music gathering that usually happens at pubs in villages and towns across Ireland. Please join this quartet of nationally known musicians for a foot stomping St. Pat’s seisύn with tunes and songs from Donegal, Kerry, Clare, and Galway.

Skip McKinley~ Flute    

Flynn Cohen~Guitar, Vocals    

Mance Grady~ Percussion

Dan Foster~Fiddle

General Admission Seating $15.  Purchase your tickets now!

Parking is in the Stonington Commons Lot at 32 Water St.

Cost
$15


Conversations with a Masked Man
Feb
17
6:00 pm18:00

Conversations with a Masked Man

  • 32 Water Street Stonington, CT, 06378 United States

Conversations with a Masked Man, by John Hadden, is a play about deception, “the game” (espionage) and rough filial love. It is a fifty-minute, two-character, solo performance based on his book, Conversations with a Masked Man: My Father, the CIA, and Me.

Haunted by unanswered questions about his childhood overseas, a man confronts his father, an ex-CIA chief who ruminates darkly on the American Empire, the human animal, and himself. Alternately horrifying, hilarious, and poignant, their verbal contest covers Cold War material from Vietnam to the Middle East and the Bomb, from abstract art to James Bond films––but the real conversation, the subtext, is about what they mean to each other.

John Hadden (senior) was an early member of CIA in Berlin, Hamburg and Salzburg, he was the station chief in Israel during the 60’s, through the Six-Day War, and he ran the “Middle East Desk” in Washington, DC until his quasi-retirement in the early 70s.

The play is performed in minimal style, to bring as intense a focus as possible to the relationship between the two men. For a “second act,” we have a “Fishbowl” conversation. Two pre-designated members of the local community and three volunteer members of the audience speak about their own experience of family issues, and the personal ramifications of politics. 

Open to the public.

Cost
Suggested donation $10

Links:
John Hadden's Web Site

Feb
11
5:00 pm17:00

Music Matters at La Grua Center

  • 32 Water Street Stonington, CT, 06378 United States

**SPECIAL PROGRAMMING CHANGE**


We are profoundly grateful to Stonington harpsichordist Elena Zamolodchikova, well-known to La Grua Center music lovers, for springing in with an appealing and surprising program at the last minute. Acclaimed Boston pianist Stephen Porter was to have played his long-awaited solo recital of Grieg, Chopin works, and Schumann's Davidsbündlertänze, but the lingering effects of a severe cold and ear infection have led him to reschedule his concert for this October. We'll post that date shortly.


Please join us for music for two-manual harpsichord that wonderfully suits Elena's brilliant, heartfelt style: Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer's Euterpe Suite in F, Handel's d-minor Cembalo Suite, Wm. Byrd's Pavana Lachrimæ, and Frescobaldi's incisive Cento Partite. The program will last approximately 65 minutes.

Elena and her instrument will be on our performance platform, to enable all to hear and see optimally. She will play a Flemish double harpsichord kindly loaned by Stonington's Zuckermann Harpsichords.

 

Suggested donation $10.  General admission seating.

Stonington Historical Society: Historic Mills with Renee Tribert
Feb
9
6:00 pm18:00

Stonington Historical Society: Historic Mills with Renee Tribert

Wooden grist mills, brick textile mills, and concrete lofts in our towns and cities all attest to Connecticut’s long manufacturing history. Many of these buildings have been adapted to new uses such as museums, housing or office space, but we have all seen others lifeless and neglected.

Making Places: Historic Mills of Connecticut is an initiative of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation to document the state’s historic factories and to encourage their reuse through education and technical assistance. An introduction to the program will be followed by select survey findings, notably as they pertain to Stonington.

Making Places is funded by the State Historic Preservation Office, Department of Economic and Community Development of the State of Connecticut, and the Community Investment Act.

Renée Tribert, has been Project Manager for Making Places since 2014, after a sixteen year preservation hiatus spent in environmental consulting. She has an MS in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania and has been curator/collections manager at the Harriet Beecher Stowe House and the New Britain Museum of American Art.

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

Links:
The Stonington Historical Society

Meet Spring Merrill Fellow Mark Wunderlich
Jan
30
5:00 pm17:00

Meet Spring Merrill Fellow Mark Wunderlich

Mark Wunderlich is the author of three collections of poems, the most recent of which is The Earth Avails (Graywolf Press, 2014), which received the Rilke Prize and which was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award.  His other books include Voluntary Servitude, also by Graywolf, and The Anchorage, which received the Lambda Literary Award.  He is the recipient of fellowships from the NEA, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Wallace Stegner Fellowship Program, Civitella Ranieri Foundation among others.  His work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Slate, Poetry, Paris Review, The New Republic, The Stranger and elsewhere.  He teaches writing and literature at Bennington College in Vermont, and lives in New York's Hudson Valley. 

Artist Workshop with Marija McCarthy
Jan
27
10:00 am10:00

Artist Workshop with Marija McCarthy

Artist Workshop with Marija McCarthy
 

Due to unforeseen circumstances, tomorrow's Artist Feedback Workshop with Marija McCarthy has been postponed to next Friday, January 27th, 10am to noon.  We hope to see you there!

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Practicing painters in a developing stage who feel a need for temporary tutorial help from a professional artist and art educator are invited to gather at the La Grua Center for a discussion and feedback workshop.  Artists should bring a few of their paintings (any medium) as samples for discussion with Marija. Cost is $25 per person.  

 

A painter and educator, Marija Pavlovich McCarthy was trained in Belgrade, Serbia and at George Washington University and the Corcoran School of Art in Washington DC. She has lived and exhibited in the US, Europe, Asia and North Africa and her works are in the permanent collections of the Belgrade Museum of Art, the New Britain Museum of American Art, two Presidential collections, US Congressional collections and hundreds of corporate and private collections.

She currently shows at the Copley Society of Art in Boston as well as with the following organizations of which she is a signature member: the New England Watercolor Society, the Connecticut Watercolor Society and the New Haven Paint & Clay Club. She has taught art for decades, starting in the 1960’s at her own Alma Mater, the Corcoran School of Art, and then at the Maryland School of Art and Design, the Art League of Virginia in Alexandria and many other schools. Most recently Marija taught for seventeen years at the Washington Art Association in Washington, CT. She has juried art shows at the Kent Art Association and other venues and given group art critiques for art associations throughout Connecticut.

In the Fall of 2010 she had an exhibit titled: “A Look at the Past” a selection of paintings from 1985 to the present at the Minor Memorial Library Gallery in Roxbury CT. In December 2010, she opened a show in the Contemporary Arts Center in New York City of oil paintings titled “The Shape of Water”. These paintings depict the artist’s involvement and love for the various bodies, states and dynamics of water through the seasons. In May 2013, she curated a show of her students “Fifty Years of Teaching” at the Minor Memorial Library.

Currently, Marija concentrates on studio painting, exhibiting, tutoring advanced painters individually and lecturing on art.

La Grua Center

32 Water Street, Stonington, CT06378

860.535.2300
www.LaGruaCenter.org

Parking for La Grua Center is in the main lot at the entrance to the Stonington Commons Community.

Music Matters Concert
Jan
21
5:00 pm17:00

Music Matters Concert

  • La Grua Center

The Romantic Piano Trio
Heavenly Beauty for Three
 

Hilary Castleviolin
Ani Kalayjianvioloncello
David Kaplanpiano

Franz Schubert  Notturno in Eb, D.897  Adagio
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy  Piano trio No. 2 in c, Op. 66
Antonin Dvorák  Piano trio No. 4 in e, Op. 90, B.166  "Dumky"

The piano trio unites three instruments whose sound and persona are so different, so specific to their nature, that it seems a miracle that they work together at all. And do they ever! The Romantic-era piano trio is one of music’s great syntheses. ur chamber concert’s title – Heavenly Beauty for Three – is nothing but the truth.

Hilary Castle, of course, is no stranger to the La Grua Center and to Music Matters. As always, she is bringing incomparable colleagues along. We’ll be the richer for our encounter with them.

The side of Schubert we hear in his haunting Notturno also produced the superb C-major string quintet and his deeply introspective final Lieder. Mendelssohn’s at times expansively lyrical, at times irresistibly propulsive c-minor piano trio sweeps us into the very center of what Romantic chamber repertoire is about. And there can be no finer and more moving end to this rare program than Dvorák’s deeply tuneful, heartfelt Dumky.

We invite you to join us in defying the wintry dark of our young year with these three luminous works — as played by a masterful trio.

Open to the public. Suggested donation $10.

Caoilinn Hughes Reads from her Work
Jan
7
5:00 pm17:00

Caoilinn Hughes Reads from her Work

  • Stonington Free Library

Caoilinn Hughes is an Irish writer whose poetry collection, Gathering Evidence (Carcanet Press 2014), won The Irish Times Shine/Strong Award and the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award, and was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Prize for Best First Collection 2015. An extract from her novel-in-progress appears in the Spring 2016 issue of Tin House. She has been Visiting Writer at Maastricht University in The Netherlands since 2014.

A Baroque Christmas
Dec
16
6:00 pm18:00

A Baroque Christmas

Join musicians Aymeric Dupré la Tour and Elena Zamolodchikova for an evening of beautiful harpsichord music in the historic Captain Palmer House. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased online by clicking here .

 For more information, please contact the Stonington Historical Society at (860) 535-8445.

Dec
15
11:00 am11:00

Poetry Picnic

  • Stonington Free Library

Stonington Free Library and the Elms Retirement Residence present a Poetry Picnic at the Library. Join area seniors and share your favorite poem, book, article...anything literary! Bring a sandwich - coffee and tea provided.

Dog Trainer Bill Berloni, "Broadway Tails"
Dec
5
6:00 pm18:00

Dog Trainer Bill Berloni, "Broadway Tails"

  • La Grua Center

To kick off our new series featuring topics related to the theater, television, and film, we’re thrilled to be welcoming Bill Berloni (and a furry friend), who got his start training the first dog to play Sandy in the musical, Annie, in the pre-Broadway original production at the Goodspeed Opera House in 1976.

Now considered one of the entertainment industry’s foremost animal trainers, Connecticut native and Tony Award-winner Bill Berloni will discuss his 40 years in show business and the 4-legged friends that helped give him this unique career. The evening will be comprised of backstage stories, heartfelt emotions, and humane education, as well as questions and answers.  

$10 admission fee.

Cash or check accepted at the door, or visit our website for advance purchase with credit card.  

Jennifer Clarvoe Reads from her Work
Dec
3
5:00 pm17:00

Jennifer Clarvoe Reads from her Work

  • Stonington Free Library

Jennifer Clarvoe’s first book of poems, Invisible Tender, won the Poets Out Loud Prize and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Her second book, Counter-Amores, was published in 2011 by University of Chicago Press. She has taught at Harvard Summer School, Wellesley, Boston University, and in the MFA Program at the University of California at Irvine. A recipient of the Rome Prize in Literature, she currently lives in Ohio and teaches at Kenyon College.

4th Annual Pumpkin Chunkin'
Oct
23
12:00 pm12:00

4th Annual Pumpkin Chunkin'

  • Stonington Community Center

It's that time of year again! This one-of-a-kind fall festival and epic pumpkin launching contest will take place Sunday, October 23rd from 12pm-2pm on COMO Owen's Field. New and improved launchers, a moon bounce, prizes, food and lots of fun for all ages! Every pumpkin launcher will have the chance to be the Pumpkin Chunkin' King or Queen and win the GRAND PRIZE

Catherine Pond Reads from her Work
Oct
22
5:00 pm17:00

Catherine Pond Reads from her Work

  • stonington free library

Catherine Pond is a poet from Alpharetta, Georgia. She currently lives in Brooklyn and teaches at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She is Assistant Director of the New York State Summer Writers Institute and co-editor of the online magazine, Two Peach, alongside Julia Anna Morrison. Her manuscript Fieldglass was a 2015 finalist for the Kathryn A. Morton First Book Prize given by Sarabande Books. Her poems and prose have appeared in Boston ReviewSalmagundiThe Los Angeles Review of BooksThe Antioch Review, and other journals.

Music Matters Piano Recital: Augustus Arnone
Oct
22
5:00 pm17:00

Music Matters Piano Recital: Augustus Arnone

AUGUSTUS ARNONE

1922 Mason & Hamlin piano

Michael Klingbeil Monoliths and Interludes (2002; rev. 2005)

Maurice Ravel Gaspard de la Nuit (1908)

   Trois poèmes pour piano after poet Aloysius Bertrand (1807-1841)

Michael Finnissy The History of Photography in Sound (1996)

    1. Le démon de l'analogie

    with projected video & still images

Pathbreaking pianist Augustus Arnone maintains the supremely difficult balance between performing and the academic world. His sheer flair and commitment make him one of our most intriguing advocates for new music — music by living composers. His formative years at Cornell brought him into close contact with historic pianos and the great composers’ own soundscapes, even as he made his home at the edge of transcendental extremes in the modern repertory. Mr. Arnone also brings rare insight and passion to classics of our time, such as the sensuous, angular scores of Maurice Ravel.

Join us for one of Music Matters’ most adventuresome and rewarding odysseys!

Cost
Suggested donation $10

"Attack on Stonington Harbor" with Patricia Oat
Oct
13
6:00 pm18:00

"Attack on Stonington Harbor" with Patricia Oat

  • Lagrua Center

The Attack on Stonington Harbor, August 1775: Its Impact on the Colonists, their Military and Political Leaders, and its Ramifications for British Naval and Military Leaders

In the summer of 1775, the American colonies were not officially at war with England, but they were far from being at peace.  A full year before independence was declared in July 1776, there were several military engagements that would make the eventual declaration of war inevitable.  The most significant battle, the Battle of Bunker Hill, was one of the bloodiest of the entire war, and it is etched in the collective memory of the United States.  Another engagement that summer, a small skirmish between a Royal Navy warship and hastily gathered militia in the village of Stonington, Connecticut, is now largely forgotten, but it had far reaching consequences for the colonists and the British. The skirmish lasted only one day, and there were no fatalities on either side, yet this seemingly minor skirmish, and the events of July and August that led up to it, would have an immediate and powerful impact on British military policy, on American military and civilian leaders and on the colonists of New London County, who confronted British naval power and held their own.

Photo Credit: Harriet Jones/NPR

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

"Every Town is a Sports Town" with George Bodenheimer
Oct
9
5:00 pm17:00

"Every Town is a Sports Town" with George Bodenheimer

  • LaGrua Center

George Bodenheimer’s book Every Town is a Sports Town: Business Leadership at ESP, from the Mailroom to the Boardroom is a good read.  George started off as a gofer and driver in ESPN’s earliest days, rose through the ranks from affiliate sales and eventually ran the whole show. This is a memoir/business book about his time at the Worldwide Leader in Sports. Reading this book, one gets to live vicariously through Bodenheimer’s experiences, negotiating for rights to the NFL, the NBA, The World Cup and the Masters. 

It is an enjoyable, wistful and occasionally emotional look at the network where he worked for 30 years.  His love for his employer and his fellow employees is evident on every page.

Acting for the Camera Workship
Oct
9
10:00 am10:00

Acting for the Camera Workship

  • Community Center Stonington ct

NEW! Acting for the Camera Workshop, October 9th

Taught by Michael T. Lombardi, an actor, writer, producer and Emmy nominated director, the 6-hour workshop is designed for actors just starting off and looking for experience for the big screen. The workshop will cover on-camera training for film, television, and commercials in terms of scripts, how to be camera ready and avoid on-set anxiety. All students will leave with professional head shots for their portfolio!


Workshop Date: Sunday, October 9th, 10am-4pm

Member Price: $175  |  Nonmember Price: $195

Register Today!

Author Willard Spiegelman: Senior Moments
Oct
8
5:00 pm17:00

Author Willard Spiegelman: Senior Moments

  • LaGrua Center

Senior Moments is a foray into the felicity and follies that age brings; a consideration of how and what one reads or rereads in late adulthood; the eagerness for, and disappointment in, long-awaited reunions, at which the past comes alive in the present. A clear-eyed book of memories, written in eight searching and courageously honest essays, Senior Moments is guaranteed to stimulate, stir, and restore. 

Open to the public. No registration necessary.

Presented by La Grua Center and Bank Square Books

 

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

"Woven in Time" with Mark Levitt
Oct
5
6:00 pm18:00

"Woven in Time" with Mark Levitt

  • LaGrua Center

Woven in Time: The Narragansett Salt Pond Preserve is a 57-minute documentary film about a small piece of seemingly ordinary land located on the southern coast of Rhode Island. In the 1980s, archaeologists, working for a local developer, unearthed the remains of New England's only undisturbed Pre-Contact Period (1100-1400 AD) Native American coastal village. Used for dirt biking and adjacent to a suburban housing development and shopping center, this land, on a pond where the Narragansett Tribe located their origin story, became the center of an almost thirty year battle between the rights of property ownership and the social and cultural importance of preserving one of the most important archaeological sites on the East Coast of the United States.

Marc Levitt is a filmmaker whose first film, Stories in Stone, about the stonewall building tradition of the Narragansett has been seen on PBS stations around the United States and at San Francisco's American Indian Film Festival. Marc is also a globally-traveled storyteller and the author of the Corwin Press book, Putting Everyday Life on the Page. Additionally, Mr. Levitt is the Host and Co-Producer of the national public radio show, Action Speaks, Underappreciated Dates that Changed America. Marc has also produced and created musical narratives and audio pieces based on revealing site-specific stories such as: Triple Decker tenements, the RISD Museum, Narragansett Beach the Blackstone Valley and Rhode Island's rivers, watersheds and farms.

Cost
Suggested donation $5