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Exhibit Opening: The Love Affair
May
10
5:00 PM17:00

Exhibit Opening: The Love Affair

This exhibit features the art of all five members of the Love family. It leaves little doubt that art is as much a natural as a nurtured talent. The Loves: Tim Love, a retired Vice Chairman and CEO of Omnicom Group, a leading ad agency has returned to his first love, painting, while Kate Love, a former art director has more time to pursue recreational art since becoming an empty nester. Mac Love, lives with his family in Akron OH where he heads up his own design firm, ArtXLove: Eliza Love is a social worker in Danbury CT and has moved her artistic talent into photography: Harrison Love is a graduate of RISD and an artist on the West Coast and has just completed a commissioned mural in San Francisco. All of the artistic family welcome another occasion to exhibit together. This is the third Love Affair preceded by ones in Stonington and Singapore. 

Suggested donation $5.

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Media Matters Series: Mary Norris, It's All Greek to Me
Apr
18
6:00 PM18:00

Media Matters Series: Mary Norris, It's All Greek to Me

La Grua Center and Bank Square Books are pleased to present an evening with bestselling author Mary Norris (Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen), in conversation with Bank Square Books event manager Elissa Sweet. This event will kick off to La Grua Center's new Media Matters series. 

In her New York Times bestseller Between You & Me, Mary Norris delighted readers with her irreverent tales of pencils and punctuation in The New Yorker’s celebrated copy department. In Greek to Me, she delivers another wise and funny paean to the art of self-expression, this time filtered through her greatest passion: all things Greek.

Greek to Me is a charming account of Norris’s lifelong love affair with words and her solo adventures in the land of olive trees and ouzo. Along the way, Norris explains how the alphabet originated in Greece, makes the case for Athena as a feminist icon, goes searching for the fabled Baths of Aphrodite, and reveals the surprising ways Greek helped form English. Filled with Norris’s memorable encounters with Greek words, Greek gods, Greek wine—and more than a few Greek men—Greek to Me is the Comma Queen’s fresh take on Greece and the exotic yet strangely familiar language that so deeply influences our own.

Cost
Suggested donation $5

Links:
Bank Square BooksMary Norris

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Music Matters: The Soul of the Viola
Apr
18
5:00 PM17:00

Music Matters: The Soul of the Viola

The Soul of the Viola

Carol Gimbelanonymous viola, ca. 1725, ex-Emmanuel Vardi

Cullan Bryant1886 Chickering concert grand

The Soul of the Viola

Piano prelude  Schumann  Der Dichter spricht, from Kinderszenen
Britten  Lachrymæ, reflections on a song of John Dowland
Schumann Fünf Stücke im Volkston, Op. 102
Rebecca Clarke  Viola Sonata (1919)

Music Matters presents its very first program for viola & piano, with brilliant Carol Gimbel and Cullan Bryant (NYC). The scores they will play are powerful and moving. The dusky, rich sound of the viola and our many-hued 1886 Chickering concert grand will soar in the La Grua Center's open, transparent acoustic. This is a rare and fetching program, magically played on exceptional instruments.

Tickets $15

18 and under admitted free. Cash, check & credit card accepted at the door

For advance tickets, please click here.

All seats are unreserved – first come, first served! Doors open 1/2 hour before the start.

Wine reception to follow.

Links:
Carol Gimbel

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Imagine Scholar's Megan O'Neill on Education in Rural Africa
Apr
17
6:00 PM18:00

Imagine Scholar's Megan O'Neill on Education in Rural Africa

Megan O'Neill has spent the last 3 years working with Imagine Scholar. A native of Connecticut, she received a degree in Africana Studies from Dickinson College and soon thereafter moved to the Nkomazi region of South Africa. With Imagine Scholar, Megan spends her time facilitating classes with high school students about reading and writing, mentoring students through the university application process, and raising money for the organization. 

Imagine Scholar is an educational non-profit organization based in the Nkomazi region of South Africa. The organization's innovative and sustainable approach to education is creating meaningful impact in the local community. Through working with high-achieving, low-income secondary school students on development of leadership, critical thinking, and community-mindedness, we aim to build Africa's next generation of change makers. 

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

Links:
Imagine Scholar

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Music Matters: Bach Keyboard Partitas on Florentine Baroque Piano
Apr
13
5:00 PM17:00

Music Matters: Bach Keyboard Partitas on Florentine Baroque Piano

J.S. Bach Six Keyboard Partitas
Andrew Willis, Florentine Baroque piano

J.S. Bach The Six Keyboard Partitas, BWV 825-830, complete in two recitals

Bach and his German contemporaries first heard and played what we today call the Baroque piano in the 1730s. Over the decade of intense instrumental development that followed, this new instrument – invented in Florence in the 1690s – began to astonish musicians and listeners. Frederick the Great commissioned thirteen of them!

Bach's three great sets of keyboard suites culminate in his brilliant, deeply moving Partitas. Join us for two full-length recitals by brilliant pianist Andrew Willis for New England's very first traversal of all six in on Baroque piano. Copies of his double album of the works will be available, as well.

Our performance platform will assure excellent audibility and clear sight lines.

Tickets $15. For advance ticket sales, click here.

18 and under admitted free. Cash, check & credit card accepted at the door

All seats are unreserved – first come, first served. Doors open 1/2 hour before the start.

Wine reception to follow.

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On Our Minds: Intimations in the Night~Psyche & Spirit in Aging, with Michael Conforti
Mar
21
6:00 PM18:00

On Our Minds: Intimations in the Night~Psyche & Spirit in Aging, with Michael Conforti

Intimations in the Night: An Archetypal Perspective on Psyche and Spirit in the Aging Processpresented by Michael Conforti, PhD.

Writers, mystics and analysts have all spoken about the process of aging, and how entry into this later stage of life offers the promise to finally live the life we are meant to have. In this presentation, Dr. Michael Conforti, Jungian Analyst and author, will speak about the personal, spiritual and archetypal issues involved in the aging process. He will explain how to recognize those patterns which keep us from this opportunity to those behaviors, fantasies and desires which bring us to that threshold, allowing us to see and touch this other and perhaps most authentic way of living.

Cost
Suggested donation $5

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Local Treasures Series: Mohegan Tribe~25 Years Since Federal Recognition
Mar
6
6:00 PM18:00

Local Treasures Series: Mohegan Tribe~25 Years Since Federal Recognition

Join us for an evening with Mark Brown, the only member of the Mohegan Tribe who has served on its Tribal Council continuously since 1995, in conversation with community leader Bill Stanley (Yale-New Haven L+M Hospital). How has the Mohegan Tribe’s growth contributed to our local and state economy, as well as the Tribe’s health and welfare? What does it mean to be a sovereign nation? What was it like to see the casino go up and what were some of the challenges? How has our entire region benefited? How is the Tribe diversifying its interests beyond gaming? What’s next on the horizon?

Cost
Suggested donation $5

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More Music: Traditional Irish, Scottish, & American Folk Music with Executive Session
Mar
1
7:00 PM19:00

More Music: Traditional Irish, Scottish, & American Folk Music with Executive Session

Once again we are pleased to welcome back The Executive Session, an ensemble brought together by local flutist Michael "Skip" McKinley. Their music is a blend of Irish, Scottish, and American tradition and innovation. It is rare that this breadth of music is interpreted on an 1850’s granadilla wood flute. With added raw power and Northern Ireland swagger of Dan Foster’s fiddle and the sailing ballads from guitarist Greg Bacon, this concert will be one you will not forget. Come start the month of March with some remarkable Celtic music!

Age 18 and under admitted for free. Cash, check, or credit card accepted at the door. For advance ticket sales, click here.

Seating is not reserved; first come, first served. Doors open 1/2 hour before start of event.

Cost
$15

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Food, Farm, Community - The Evolution of Stone Acres Farm
Feb
27
6:00 PM18:00

Food, Farm, Community - The Evolution of Stone Acres Farm

Fun, Food, & Fitness Series

Join farmer Andy Meek, Jane Meiser, Director of Stone Acres Farm, and Jen Rothman, Director of the Yellow Farmhouse Education Center to hear about the work they are doing to support regional small-scale agriculture and build community through food. The panel and workshop will explore principles of resilient agriculture, the history and future of local farms, and the way that culinary and farm-based education can ensure a better food future and lead to a healthier environment and local economy. Take part in a short cooking activity and tasting of farm-fresh vegetables.

Suggested donation $5

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Music Matters: Stephen Porter and Chopin the Exile
Feb
9
5:00 PM17:00

Music Matters: Stephen Porter and Chopin the Exile

Music Matters: Stephen Porter & Chopin the Exile

Stephen Porter, 1886 Chickering Concert Grand

Piano prelude  Robert Schumann Chorale in G

Frédéric Chopin

Nocturne No. 20 in c#, Op. posth.

Polonaise in c#, Op. 26, No. 1

Twelve Mazurkas – a chronological voyage

Nocturne in E, Op. 62, No. 2

Polonaise-Fantaisie in Ab, Op. 61

Pianist Stephen Porter returns for a performance in which he will weave Chopin’s personal story of exile with selections from the MazurkasPolonaisesNocturnes, and his final masterpiece, the Polonaise-Fantaisie.

Seats will go quickly!

Tickets $10. Age 18 and under admitted free

Cash, check & credit card accepted at the door. For advance tickets, please click here.

All seats are unreserved – first come, first served! Doors open 1/2 hour before the start.

Wine reception to follow.

Links:
Stephen Porter Piano

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Eastern CT Chamber Business After Hours at La Grua
Feb
6
5:30 PM17:30

Eastern CT Chamber Business After Hours at La Grua

Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT Business After Hours

Wednesday, February 6 from 5:30-7:30

Join us for a fun networking event as we show off La Grua Center to our region’s business and nonprofit leaders. Hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, soft drinks, and water will be served. Bring your business cards to enter the drawings for door prizes! Background music will be provided by Rod Luther playing our beautiful 1922 Mason & Hamlin grand piano, and art work from the Ningret Art Guild from Rhode Island will grace the walls.

This is a ticketed event with prices for both Chamber members ($15/$20) and non-members ($25/$30). For tickets, click here.

Co-hosted by Breakwater Restaurant, who will be providing hors d'oeuvres for the evening.

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Merrill House Presents: James Merrill at Home, with Rachel Carley
Feb
2
5:00 PM17:00

Merrill House Presents: James Merrill at Home, with Rachel Carley

Architectural Historian Rachel Carley discusses "James Merrill at Home."  

For further details, please contact James Merrill House at the link below.

Photograph of James Merrill courtesy of the Stonington Historical Society Rollie McKenna Collection.

Links:
James Merrill House

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Music Matters Series: Violin, Horn & Piano
Jan
26
5:00 PM17:00

Music Matters Series: Violin, Horn & Piano

Music Matters: Brahms, Schumann & the Romantic Horn

Solomiya Ivakhivviolin 
William Purvisvalved horn
Mihae Lee1922 Mason & Hamlin

Horn trio prelude Schumann
   Album für die Jugend, Op. 68 4. Chorale

Schumann Fantasiestücke, Op. 73,
    transcr. for horn & piano

Prokofiev Violin sonata No. 1 in f, Op. 80

Brahms Horn trio in Eb, Op. 40

A to-die-for trio of superlative musicians will bring us one of the most satisfying programs we could wish for.

Between them, Schumann and Brahms defined the Romantic. No instrument proclaims this more powerfully than the French horn, especially in Brahms' beloved Horn Trio. By the same token, no "modern" spoke more persuasively of his time than did Prokofiev. His just-pre-war 1st violin sonata recounts an irresistibly gripping tale that's relevant now.

Our three – Ivakhiv, Purvis, Lee – will counter January's deep chill with a warmth that, we promise you, will stay with us all for a great while.

Tickets $15

18 and under admitted free. Cash, check & credit card accepted at the door

For advance tickets, please click here.

All seats unreserved – first come, first served! Doors open 1/2 hour before the start.

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Military Matters: Coast Guard Captain Wes Pulver on the Coast Guard Museum
Jan
23
6:00 PM18:00

Military Matters: Coast Guard Captain Wes Pulver on the Coast Guard Museum

Wes Pulver will update us on the status of the National Coast Guard Museum project, including revised renderings, floor plans, and the proposed exhibits.  He will include local Coast Guard stories that highlight our region’s influence on the Coast Guard and our Maritime Nation. 

Open to the public.

Cost
Suggested donation $5

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More Music Series: Epitome Jazz Band
Jan
18
7:00 PM19:00

More Music Series: Epitome Jazz Band

Led by Cedric Mayfield (U.S. Coast Guard Band), this newly formed ensemble reaches into a wide range of directions and genres, performing jazz from a variety of styles. In addition to their own originally composed music, Epitome plays everything from Bach to traditional jazz, Stevie Wonder to Coldplay, James Bond to Sesame Street, and everything in between—all with their own unique twist!

For advance ticket sales, click here.

*Please note that advance ticket sale seating is not reserved. First come, first served. Doors open 1/2 hour before start of event.

Cash, credit card, and check accepted at the door. Age 18 and under admitted for free.

Cost
$15

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Merrill House Presents: Sigrid Nunez
Jan
12
5:00 PM17:00

Merrill House Presents: Sigrid Nunez

Sigrid Nunez reads from her work, with a reception and signing to follow. Nunez is the author of the novels Salvation CityThe Last of Her KindA Feather on the Breath of God, and For Rouenna, among others. She is also the author of Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag and The Friend. She has been the recipient of several awards, including a Whiting Award, the Rome Prize in Literature, a Berlin Prize fellowship, and the National Book Award. She lives in New York City.

This event is presented by the James Merrill House. For questions about this event, please contact the James Merrill House via the link below.

Cost
Suggested donation $5

Links:
James Merrill House

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Exhibit Opening: A New England Perspective ~ Ninigret Art Guild
Jan
11
5:00 PM17:00

Exhibit Opening: A New England Perspective ~ Ninigret Art Guild

For the months of January and February, La Grua Center is pleased to welcome back the artists of the Ninigret Art Guild. This exhibit will feature a beautiful array of landscapes in various artistic styles and media. Opening reception will be Friday, January 11th from 5-7pm. Exhibit will run through the end of February.

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

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Jan
9
7:00 PM19:00

Mystic Middle School Chorus: Winter Concert

The Stonington Singers is an auditioned group consisting of students from grades 5-8 at Mystic Middle School. They are conducted by Ellen Effman-Gilbert, whose colleagues awarded her the 2017 American Choral Directors Association Director of the year for the state of Connecticut. This choir consistently scores at the Platinum level at Adjudication festivals throughout New England. Most recently they had the distinction of begin awarded first place out of 38 competing choral ensembles at Fantastic Festival. Members from this choir attended the ACDA Eastern Division Honors Choir, the Eastern Region Music festivals by audition, CT ACDA Honors choir and served at the Middle School Honors Choir at CMEA Conferences by invitation.

This group has commissioned and premiered works by Amy F. Bernon and presented the World Premier of NYC composer Jim Papoulis’ piece Yo Puedo at the 2015 CMEA Conference. They were also chosen to sing as the backup chorus for the 40th anniversary tour of FOREIGNER at Foxwoods in 2016. They collaborate with Eastern CT Chorus and Symphony in the CT premiere of Paul McCartney’s Ecce Cor Meum. Their most recent project included a collaboration with Jeff Kleitz and members of the Yale Music Department whose piece Kyrie Eleison is being premiered by the group this evening. Last year, they released a CD and recorded the tracks at the LaGrua Center-their favorite place to sing!

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Kids Holiday Art Workshop
Dec
9
10:00 AM10:00

Kids Holiday Art Workshop

For the fifth year in a row, La Grua Center and the Stonington Garden Club are pleased to host our Kid's Holiday Art Workshop!  Local artisans will be on hand to help children create ornaments, cards, wreaths and other holiday treats. 

Drop in from 10am - noon.  Open to the public; no registration needed. Younger children must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

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Music Matters Series: Portuguese Fado with Sonia Bettencourt
Dec
8
5:00 PM17:00

Music Matters Series: Portuguese Fado with Sonia Bettencourt

SONIA BETTENCOURT, fadista

Guitarras do Atlantico

   Manuel Leite, guitarra portuguesa 
   Viriato Ferreira, viola de fado 
   Michael Haffenen, viola baixo

Fado is the folk music of Portuguese urban cafés and the ancient ports. It's a haunting, propulsive, wistful amalgam of Portuguese, Iberian, North African Arab and black, Moorish, Roma, and Atlantic islands roots. This is more than just the music of the Portuguese soul – it has won over the entire world. Fadista Sonia Bettencourt is a compelling, distinctive a voice for this music, as are the three first-rate instrumentalists of Guitarras do Atlantico. A fado afternoon like this is a must!

Once again, we're delighted to collaborate with Stonington's Portuguese Holy Ghost Society to bring you the sensuous, seriously addictive sound of fado.

Tickets $15

18 and under admitted free.

For advance ticket sales, click here.
Cash, check & credit card accepted at the door.

No reserve seats; seating is first come, first served. Doors open 1/2 hour before start of event.

After the concert’s wine reception at La Grua, enjoy special price acepipes (Portuguese tapas) at the Portuguese Holy Ghost Society at 26 Main Street, Stonington Borough - just a short walk away. (Fish tacos, chourico, kale soup & more!) 

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A Musical Evening with Nora Fox & Co.
Dec
7
7:00 PM19:00

A Musical Evening with Nora Fox & Co.

This upcoming concert will remain largely mysterious until the moment of execution, but audiences can expect a little song, a little dance, and bit of holiday cheer!  So come visit us after an evening of shopping and dining at Stonington Borough’s Holiday Stroll for a one-of-a-kind performance as only Nora can deliver! 

Tickets $15. Age 18 & under admitted for free. For advance ticket sales, click here.

Cash, check, or credit card accepted at the door.

No reserved seating; first come, first served. Doors open 1/2 hr before event start.

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Exhibit Opening: Women Photographers of Connecticut
Nov
9
5:00 PM17:00

Exhibit Opening: Women Photographers of Connecticut

Women Photographers of Connecticut was envisioned by Geneva Renegar in 2015 as a creative endeavor to collectively bring together all the talented female photographers of our Nutmeg State.  It has been a vision fulfilled as the group now comprises well over 762 women (and growing) who are located through-out all parts of the beautiful State of Connecticut.

Opening reception will be Friday, November 9th from 5-7pm. This exhibit will run through the end of December. Please call for hours.

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

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Music Matters Series: Cembalo Solo Performance with Dylan Sauerwald
Nov
3
5:00 PM17:00

Music Matters Series: Cembalo Solo Performance with Dylan Sauerwald

Acclaimed Boston harpsichordist Dylan Sauerwald has a rare and intriguing program up his sleeve. Imagine late-17th-century music that highlights the powerful clash of French and Italian influence in the great palaces of Vienna at a dynamic moment in history. Imagine, too, a colorful, robust Italian harpsichord to perfectly paint this elegant cultural brawl in sweeping, brilliant hues. Two gifted Viennese composers epitomized these national styles: Johann Kaspar Kerll, a student of Frescobaldi, and Georg Muffat, who returned from Paris bursting with inspiration by Jean-Baptiste Lully.

Tame stuff, you say? No way! Please join us, and do let friends know.

Tickets $10

For advance ticket sales, click here. Cash, check, or credit card accepted at the door. Age 18 and under admitted for free.

No reserved seating; first come, first served. Doors open 1/2 hr before event start.

Cost
$10

Links:
Dylan Sauerwald

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Choosing a Good Death After a Long Life, with Author Sam Harrington
Oct
27
5:00 PM17:00

Choosing a Good Death After a Long Life, with Author Sam Harrington

Most elderly people say they would like to die quietly at home. But overly aggressive medical advice, coupled with an unrealistic sense of invincibility or overconfidence in our health-care system, results in the majority of elderly patients misguidedly dying in institutions. 

At Peace: Choosing a Good Death After a Long Life outlines specific active and passive steps that older patients and their health-care proxies can take to ensure loved ones live their last days more comfortably at home and/or in hospice when further aggressive care is inappropriate.

Through Dr. Samuel Harrington's own experience with the aging and deaths of his parents and of working with patients, he describes the terminal patterns of the six most common chronic diseases; how to recognize a terminal diagnosis even when the doctor is not clear about it; how to have the hard conversation about end-of-life wishes; how to minimize painful treatments; when to seek hospice care; and how to deal with dementia and other special issues.

Informed by more than thirty years of clinical practice, Dr. Harrington came to understand that the American health-care system wasn't designed to treat the aging population with care and compassion. His work as a hospice trustee and later as a hospital trustee drove his passion for helping patients make appropriate end-of-life decisions.

If you have read Being Mortal and still have questions about end-of-life decision making, At Peace will help you.

Book sale and signing to follow.

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

Links:
Samuel Harrington

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Music Matters Series: Russian Music of the 1930s-40s for Clarinet & Piano
Sep
22
5:00 PM17:00

Music Matters Series: Russian Music of the 1930s-40s for Clarinet & Piano

Maksim Shtrykovclarinet
Misuzu Tanaka1886 Chickering concert grand

Russian Music of the 1930s-40s for Clarinet & Piano

Alexander Gretchaninov
Clarinet (viola) Sonata No. 1, Op. 161,
      and Clarinet Sonata No. 2 in F, Op. 172
Mieczyslaw Weinberg Clarinet Sonata, Op. 28
Sergei Prokofiev Flute (or violin) Sonata No. 2, Op. 94,
     
 transcr. for clarinet

The incomparable richness and intensity of Russian music following the 1917 revolution took on notes of sorrow, joy, and deep anguish during the early Stalin years. Three of the focal composers of that difficult, stirring period wrote wind and string sonatas that speak to us today with surprising directness — and beauty. Please join us as Maksim Shtrykov and Misuzu Tanaka return for their second Music Matters appearance. You've never heard so poignant and lovely a clarinet, nor such beautiful and heady pianism as when this duo play.

The 1886 Chickering concert grand, our 9' warm weather visitor, will make its third La Grua Center appearance. This 132 year-old time capsule is an extraordinary voice from the 19th-century, a concert grand of the sort familiar to our three Soviet-era composers.

Let friends know – this duo recital is a rare treat.

For advance ticket sales, click here.

Cash, check, or credit card accepted at the door. Age 18 and under admitted for free.

Seating is not reserved. Doors open 1/2 an hour before the start of the event.

Cost
$10

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Native Americans in SE New England, with Jason Mancini
Sep
12
6:00 PM18:00

Native Americans in SE New England, with Jason Mancini

Beyond Reservation: Indian Survival in Southern New England

There are roughly nine million acres of land in southern New England. The process of colonization by Europeans was so rapid and thorough that by the American Revolution, Indians in this region collectively possessed less than 30,000 acres.  This presentation provides an overview of how Indians and their communities responded to land dispossession, negotiated race, ethnicity, and identity, and how they maintained social and kinship networks on land and at sea.  Specific attention is given to areas beyond the bounds of colony-established reservations including rural communities of color, Indian mariners, and urban Indian neighborhoods.

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

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Exhibit Opening: A Trio of Artistic Visions
Sep
7
5:00 PM17:00

Exhibit Opening: A Trio of Artistic Visions

The radical stylistic differences these three artists embody create a dynamic, provocative, and fascinating exhibit. Having met at a creative critique workshop for artists here at La Grua Center, a collaboration was formed that is sure to inspire! Join us on Friday, September 7, from 5-7pm as we celebrate this trio and their artistic vision. Exhibit will run through the end of October.

Open to the public. 

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

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Music Matters Series: A Late-19th-Century Chamber Afternoon
Aug
25
5:00 PM17:00

Music Matters Series: A Late-19th-Century Chamber Afternoon

n memory of Stonington poet J. D. "Sandy" McClatchy (1945-2018) 

Octavie Dostaler-Lalonde, violoncello
Artem Belogurov, 1886 Chickering concert grand

J.S. Bach/arr. Alfred Cortot Arioso from BWV 1056

J.S. Bach/late-19th-c. edition by Fr. Grützmacher Cello suite No. 1 in G, BWV 1007

J.S. Bach English Suite No. 3 in g, BWV 808, through 19th-c. editions and Clara Schumann's famous interpretation

Heinrich von Herzogenberg Cello Sonata No. 2 in D, Op. 64 (1886)

Octavie's and Artem's duo recital is their long-awaited first dip in the warm, sensuous waters of the high Romantic, with first Stonington performances of rare, touching scores. Our summertime seaside resident, the 1886 Chickering concert grand, will make its second Music Matters appearance. It's an extraordinary 19th-century original, a 132 year-old time capsule. Edvard Grieg and Franz Liszt were among the pianist-composers who wrote glowingly about this model of concert grand.

Cash, check, or credit card accepted at the door. Age 18 and under admitted for free.

For advance ticket sales, click here.

Cost
$15

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When Artists Curate, with Author Alison Green
Aug
16
6:00 PM18:00

When Artists Curate, with Author Alison Green

An increasing proportion of exhibitions are curated by artists rather than professional curators. In her ground-breaking book, When Artists Curate, Alison Green provides the first critical history of visual artists curating exhibitions. The artist emerges as someone who carries a special responsibility for critiquing art’s institutions, brings considerable creativity to the craft of making exhibitions and, through experimentation, has changed the way exhibitions are understood to be authored and experienced. But the book also establishes a curious ubiquity to the artist-curated exhibition. Rather than being exceptional or rare, artists curate all the time and in all kinds of places: in galleries and in museums, in studios, in borrowed spaces such as shopfronts or industrial buildings, in front rooms and front windows, in zoos or concert halls, on streets, and in nature. Seen from the perspective of artists, showing is a part of making art. Once this idea is understood, the history of art starts to look very different. 

With extensive explorations of well-known artists such as Daniel Buren, Goshka Macuga, Thomas Hirschhorn, Rosemarie Trockel, Hito Steyerl, Andy Warhol, and Félix González-Torres, this book will change the way readers think about and look at exhibitions.

Alison Green is an art historian, critic and curator and Course Leader of MA Culture, Criticism and Curation at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

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More Music Series: Bergin O'Malley - Album Release Concert
Aug
10
7:00 PM19:00

More Music Series: Bergin O'Malley - Album Release Concert

More Music Series: New Album Release Concert~"Somebody," with Bergin O'Malley

Local favorite Bergin O'Malley will play through songs from the her latest album and share the stories behind them. She will also be playing new material and a few songs that didn't make the album. Join us for a special evening of music! Tickets $15.

Tickets will be on sale shortly.

Cost
$15

Links:
Bergin O'Malley

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