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


Dance to Address Social Injustice with Urban Bush Women

By Anson Smith

  Dance for Every Body, a movement jam/dance workshop led by Brooklyn-based Urban Bush Women (UBW) and sponsored by the Housatonic Museum of Art in Bridgeport, Connecticut, will be held on Wednesday, September 11 at the Housatonic Community College Events Center in Beacon Hall from… Read more »

Urban Bush Women's "Zollar Uncensored." Photo by Yi-Chun Wu.
Urban Bush Women's "Zollar Uncensored." Photo by Yi-Chun Wu.
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 »

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"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 »

Illusionist Peter Samelson performs at Two Steps on Friday, July 26.  Photo by David Linsell.

Dinner and a Magic Show at Two Steps July 26

Ted Killmer

  For those who love recipes, this one can’t be beat: take one world renowned Off-Broadway magician, combine with a stylish four-course meal, and let set in the casual environs of an historic 1884 firehouse. The result is Dinner, Illusion & Magic, on the menu… Read more »

Listen to Those Mockingbirds' new single, "The Difference Between Love + Addiction."  Those Mockingbirds perform at Heirloom Arts Theatre in Danbury on Saturday, July 20.

Those Mockingbirds and Paper States Stop at Heirloom on July Tour

Christian Wagner

  New Jersey’s Those Mockingbirds and Pittsburgh’s Paper States are on tour this month, taking the bands north to Maine and as far south as Washington DC.  The two will perform at Danbury, Connecticut’s Heirloom Arts Theatre on Saturday, July 20, along with The Offseason, Reckless Serenade,… Read more »

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Passion, Discipline, Intuition, Intellect Are in New London

Mercurial Staff

  New London’s Hygienic Art Galleries will present ‘Passion Discipline Intuition Intellect,’ a fine art show of national and international artists organized by guest curator Alexander Shundi, from July 6 through August 3. The exhibition will feature works by Tony Carretta, Elizabeth Seewald Hill, John… Read more »

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American blues slide guitar and harmonica player Watermelon Slim at the Pistoia Blues Festival in 2008.

Watermelon Slim’s 12th Blues Record Debuts Today

Mike Farley

  Legendary Mississippli singer-songwriter Watermelon Slim’s 12th album Bull Goose Rooster, set for release on NorthernBlues Music on June 25, is an expansive masterpiece that stretches his deep blues-based roots in a multitude of directions. The disc’s 16 songs, most buoyed by the powerful sound of… Read more »

Danish band When Saints Go Machine takes an electronic turn with their sophomore release, 'Infinity Pool.'  The band performs for the first time in the States on June 24 and 25.

Copenhagen’s When Saints Go Machine Make U.S. Debut in NYC

Mercurial Staff

  Following last month’s release of their sophomore album, Infinity Pool, Copenhagen’s When Saints Go Machine will finally make their way stateside for their debut performances in North America. They’ll perform two shows in New York on Monday, June 24 at Glasslands and Tuesday, June… Read more »

The Handsome Family, Brett and Rennie Sparks. Photo by Jason Creps.

Enter the Forest with The Handsome Family

Amanda Bloom

  The Handsome Family, the New Mexican husband-wife Americana duo of Brett and Rennie Sparks, is visiting New Haven, Connecticut’s Cafe Nine on Saturday, June 22 in support of their new record, Wilderness, which also comes with a book of essays and artwork by Rennie.  This… Read more »

Boltcutter performs in Hamden, Connecticut tonight in support of his third album, 'New Beginnings.'

Show Preview: Boltcutter at The Space

Amanda Bloom

  If you live in Connecticut and love electronic music, you might want to check out an emerging talent tonight, June 14, at The Space in Hamden.  Boltcutter, real name Riley Bradway, began djing and producing in 2010, and since then has garnered a worldwide… Read more »

"Decoy" by Marci MacGuffle, on display in 'Eye on the Storm' at Bridgeport's Housatonic Museum of Art through July 26.

Artists Traverse Storm of Information at Housatonic Museum of Art

Anson Smith

  Artists can explore, reflect, extrapolate, or rearrange in any number of ways the barrage of endless data we all must navigate each day. In Bridgeport, Connecticut, the Housatonic Museum of Art’s ‘Eye on the Storm’ exhibition, curated by D. Dominick Lombardi, showcases many artists’… Read more »

"Getting Tangled." Interactive installation, braided garbage bags.  Photo by Rick Villodas.

Art as Self: Katie Bassett at Trailer Box Gallery

Amanda Bloom

  Fresh from her first year in Western Connecticut State University’s Master of Fine Arts program, Bethel, Connecticut artist Katie Bassett will be showing a solo exhibition of her mixed media installation work at Danbury’s Trailer Box Gallery at Jim Felice Studios from June 8… Read more »

"Top Hat," Catherine Vanaria © 2013.  Carbon pigment print on rice paper.

Danbury Museum Hats in Focus at Photography Exhibition

Lys Guillorn

  ‘Nearly Forgotten,’a solo exhibition of black and white photographs by Catherine Vanaria, opens at The Gallery at Still River Editions in Danbury, Connecticut on Saturday, June 8. Vanaria has been photographing hats in the collection of the Danbury Museum and Historical Society since 2011,… Read more »

Southern rock band Gov't Mule, fronted by Warren Haynes of the Allman Brothers, is performing at Danbury's Ives Concert Park on Sunday, June 2.

moe. and Gov’t Mule Open Ives Concert Park’s Summer Series

Sherri Hill

  Summertime starts early in southwestern Connecticut as Ives Concert Park kicks off its celebrity concert series with back-to-back shows on Saturday, June 1, and Sunday, June 2, at the outdoor venue located on the Western Connecticut State University Westside campus at 43 Lake Ave…. Read more »

"Miller" by Walter von Egidy. Enamel and oil on illustration board.

It’s Halloween Again at The Mercurial Gallery

Amanda Bloom

  Here in New England, we’ve been robbed of a proper Halloween twice in a row due to the clockwork October timing of hurricanes and superstorms. Costumes have hung solemnly in the closet, unwrinkled; trick or treating has been cancelled, and decorated houses have lost… Read more »