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News, culture & curiosities in Greater Danbury, Connecticut, New England, and the Milky Way.


The Mercurial Is…For Sale!

By Amanda Bloom

  That’s right.   After over four years of managing, writing, selling, marketing, etc. etc. The Mercurial, I, your humble editor/co-curator/ad rep/toilet cleaner, am moving on to a freelance writing career.   The magazine is for sale, so if you have a vision for The… Read more »

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Previews & Reviews

Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam. Getty images.

Charlie Hunnam is 50 Shades of Dreamy, Christian Grey

Sean Walsh

  Presuming you haven’t been living under a rock for the past few years, you’ve heard of E L James’ 50 Shades of Grey, the sexy Twilight fan-erotica that was Ctrl-F’d into original content for the masses. The movie, which has the ovarian demographic absolutely… Read more »

"Flower Cart" by Josh Rowley.  Brass, acrylic, and ink on synthetic fabric.

Guns as Art as Tools for Thought

Amanda Bloom

  Visitors of ‘Undone,’ The Mercurial Gallery’s new exhibition, will likely first notice the flattened AK-47 on the gallery’s back wall, a piece that Josh Rowley took to with a sledgehammer, controlled compression, and bismuth, an iridescent metal that forms spiraling, geometric crystals. The disfigured,… Read more »

"Fantasia" by Megan Perrone.  Oil on canvas.

New Paintings on Display at Take Time in Bethel

Grace Nemergut

  Take Time Relaxation Center and Art Gallery in Bethel, Connecticut offers therapeutic massage for relaxation benefits, but also strongly believes in the healing benefits of the visual art world. This summer, Take Time is proud to display the artwork of local artist Meghan Perrone… Read more »


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From left to right: Mercurial Gallery owner Amanda Bloom, artist Jamison Odone, and sound technician Alec Jordan before Odone's August 1 artist talk at his show 'Strange Little Books.' Photo by John Lynch.

Artist Talk: Jamison Odone

The Mercurial Gallery

Audio recorded by Alec Jordan   As a part of The Mercurial Gallery’s ‘Strange Little Books’ exhibition, on display through August 16, the gallery held an artist talk with featured artist Jamison Odone, a children’s book author and illustrator, on August 1. For ‘Strange Little Books,’ Odone conceived… Read more »

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Danbury Gallery Seeks One-Act Plays

Mercurial Staff

From Jim Felice:   Attention playwrights!   Trailer Box Gallery in Danbury, Connecticut is now accepting submissions for one-act plays. A great chance to showcase new work to a intimate audience. Looking to have our first performance this fall. For more information call (203)797 -0230,… Read more »

Photo by Norm Cummings/The New Milford Spectrum.

Two-Dimensional Art Sought for Bridgewater Fair

Mercurial Staff

  Are you an artist who wants to exhibit your work but can’t seem to find the right place? Look no further!   The 2013 Bridgewater Fair art show is the place for you. You will have an opportunity to exhibit your work in a… Read more »

Digital Gallery

Photo by Lena Reznikoff.

Digital Gallery: Lena Reznikoff

Lena Reznikoff

  “Photography is my passion.   I always have a camera near me, there’s always an internal urge to shoot. My photography is inspired by the nature surrounding me . I love the beauty of organic objects and my goal is to display them using different… Read more »

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Photo Gallery: The Danbury Mini Maker Faire

Lenny Hankins

  This past Saturday, June 8, Danbury, Connecticut was home to its first ever Mini Maker Faire, a “science fair meets country fair meets music festival” right on the downtown CityCenter Green.   Local hackerspaces (creative work space for makers of all kinds) set up… Read more »

Installation by Robbie Siemon.

Photo Students Steal the WestConn Senior Thesis Show

Amanda Bloom

  Ghostly, heavenly self-portraits, abandoned buildings captured at night, stop motion projection, an installation of transparencies: True talent and innovation is showcased in the photography room at the Department of Art’s Bachelor of Arts Senior Thesis Exhibition at Western Connecticut State University (WestConn), on display through… Read more »


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Lit'rature & Poetry

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The POEMobile Hits Bridgeport Arts Fest on July 13

Mercurial Staff

  On Saturday, July 13 at 8:30pm, the POEMobile, a beautifully hand-painted truck covered in multilingual poetry that houses an innovative, open-air text projection system, will visit Bridgeport’s Arts Fest. Led by poetry ambassador Shanna T. Melton, Bridgeport’s best and brightest poets will perform along… Read more »

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Word of the Monday: “Ullage”

Amanda Bloom

  ullage |ˈəlij| noun the amount by which a container falls short of being full.     -loss of liquid by evaporation or leakage. ORIGIN late Middle English : from Anglo-Norman French ulliage, from Old French euillier ‘fill up,’ based on Latin oculus ‘eye’ (with… Read more »

The newest book from the Danbury, Connecticut-based publisher For Beginners: 'Gender & Sexuality For Beginners,' written by Jaimee Garbacik and illustrated by Jeffrey Lewis.

A Timely Book: Gender & Sexuality For Beginners

Rebecca DiFabbio

  Gender & Sexuality For Beginners, written by Jaimee Garbacik and illustrated by Jeffrey Lewis, was just released to stores worldwide on June 11. For Beginners is a Danbury, Connecticut-based illustrated documentary nonfiction book series that tackles a variety of subjects—from architecture to Plato to Ayn… Read more »

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Word(s) of the Monday: “surveillance state”

Joshua L. Durkin

  surveillance: close observation, especially of a suspected spy or criminal state: 1 the particular condition that someone or something is in at a specific time; [in singular] (a state) an agitated or anxious condition. 2 a nation or territory considered as an organized political… Read more »

VideoHive television.  Image courtesy of lenclo.com/work/cbs-television.

Word(s) of the Monday (on Tuesday): “White Noise”

Joshua L. Durkin

  White 1 resembling a surface reflecting sunlight without absorbing any of the visible rays; of the color of milk or fresh snow. 2 approaching such a color; pale esp. in the face. 3 less dark than other things of the same kind. Noise 1… Read more »