Amanda Bloom

The Mercurial Is…For Sale!

  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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Photos: Jamison Odone’s ‘Strange Little Books’ & Our Singer-Songwriter Showcase

all photos by Amanda Bloom   For ‘Strange Little Books,’ Jamison Odone’s exhibition at The Mercurial, Odone conceived and created a whimsical installation displaying the original watercolor and ink paintings from his most recent book, Mole Had Everything, across the three gallery walls in seven yarn-and-nail,… Read more »


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Bethel a Burgeoning Beer Town

photos by Alec Jordan   Bethel, Connecticut’s first annual Beer Fest went off without a hitch last Friday night. [The Bethel Chamber of Commerce advertised Beer Fest on the Mercurial.]  The event, which marked the start of Bethel’s weekend-long Summer Fest, sold out at 1pm… Read more »


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The 7th Annual M.S. Benefit

  The 7th Annual M.S. Benefit is back at Fast Eddie’s in New Milford, Connecticut this Saturday, July 13.  The festivities start at 2pm and go all night long, featuring raffles, food, and a whole lot of music.   This year, hosts Jeff Goresen and… Read more »


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Danbury Police Misconduct

A story reported by the News Times and the HatCityBlog is making waves: audio obtained from a March 8 traffic stop shows a Danbury police officer berating an undocumented immigrant.   According to the News Times, Officer Rob Madore initially stopped the car for running a… Read more »


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Photo Students Steal the WestConn Senior Thesis Show

  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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Mega Hardcore Show Fights Cancer

  Danbury, Connecticut resident Trista Vaughan, a 31-year-old mother of three, must be feeling the love.  Vaughan, a student at Paul Mitchell the School in Danbury, was recently diagnosed with stage four breast cancer and has been fighting hard ever since.   Vaughan’s boyfriend, Lou… Read more »


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Blumenthal Says Control Towers Can Stay Open with Rearranged FAA Budget

  United States Senator Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn, appeared today at Hartford-Brainard Airport in defense of an amendment to prevent the furlough of hundreds of air traffic controllers at small airports nationwide.  Blumenthal touted the “totally bipartisan” amendment that would prevent six control towers in Connecticut… Read more »


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The Craft Beer Blow-up

  This past December, The Brewer’s Association issued a statement defining what it means to be an American craft brewery along with a call for transparency in beer brand ownership.  The statement has set off significant backlash in the beer world as traditional and multinational… Read more »


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Update: Sandy Hook Shooting

  From the editor, Monday, December 17:   The Mercurial will not be doing any further reporting on the Sandy Hook shooting and will instead be focusing on getting the word out about how to help the Sandy Hook community.  If you have any information… Read more »


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26 Declared Dead in Newtown School Shooting

  A shooting that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut around 9:30am has left 26 children and adults dead.  Reports indicate that 20 students and six adults, including the schools’s principal, Dawn Hochsprung, and the school’s psychologist were killed.  Reports indicate that… Read more »


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In Defense of Lana Del Rey

by Amanda Bloom I first heard about Lana Del Rey on NPR a week or two ago.  The story centered on outraged fans who had discovered that Del Rey, real name Elizabeth Grant, had reinvented herself from the less successful Lizzy Grant sometime in 2010… Read more »


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Brigadoon Cafe’s Food for Thought

words and photos by Amanda Bloom ATTENTION FOODIES: there is a gourmet haven tucked away in downtown Danbury. The Brigadoon Cafe, located at 14 Ives Street, is “the place to go for thoughtful omnivores”. Brigadoon Cafe, located at the former location of the Alley Way… Read more »


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Lots of Artists, Little Art Scene

by Amanda Bloom ON NOVEMBER 30, The Atlantic Cities published “The Most Artistic Cities in America”, in which Danbury was listed as the number six most artistic city.  The title of this article is somewhat misleading; essentially, reporter Richard Florida came to his conclusions by… Read more »


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Danbury’s 2011 Mayoral Candidates

A detailed note transcription of the 2011 Mayoral Debate that took place at Broadview Middle School on October 18. Watch the video inside and read the transcription to find out all you need to know about Mayor Mark Boughton and Decomcratic candidate Lynn Taborsak for… Read more »


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Third Annual Car Show for Cancer

by Amanda Bloom Three years after the first annual “Karing for Kelly” benefit, five-year-old Kelly Galarza is sitting at the counter of Nico’s Pizza and Pasta, enjoying a bowl of ice cream with her father, Luis.  George Korres, the owner of Nico’s, first put the… Read more »


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Great Success at “The Graduates” Opening!

The opening reception of “The Graduates” at The Mercurial Collective on Saturday, September 24 was a great success.  Attendance, estimated at over 75 people, surpassed that of The Collective’s grand opening in April, and the gallery made its first sale, Robert Rae’s “Suspended Cliff”. THANK… Read more »


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Deli on the Ridge

by Amanda Bloom REDDING RIDGE MARKET, located at 119 Black Rock Turnpike (Route 58) in Redding, Connecticut, carried on an eatery history of almost two-hundred years when it opened in early February.  The property has been a market and deli since 1834, and historical photographs… Read more »


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The Stuck Shirt Saga, Day 13

by Amanda Bloom THIS STUCK SHIRT SAGA has been quite the ride, and I am sad to say that the ride is over.  At about noon yesterday, August 25, the wife beater was caught by a gust of wind and landed in the middle of… Read more »


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The Stuck Shirt Saga, Day 6

by Amanda Bloom It has been a precarious couple of days for the shirt. I travelled extensively around Newtown, Bethel and Danbury yesterday (day 5), and since the shirt is now completely dry, the lower part of the shirt “bundle” has begun to billow like… Read more »


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The Stuck Shirt Saga, Day 4

by Amanda Bloom At about 1am last Saturday night/Sunday morning, I returned to my car from the Bruvahs for Life benefit at Heirloom to find a soaked wifebeater stuck to my rear windshield.  It is now Wednesday, and the shirt still remains. Clearly, I must… Read more »


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A Benefit for Eric Chapman

ERIC CHAPMAN has really left a mark on the Greater Danbury, Connecticut community – it’s likely that you, or someone you know, is sporting one of his masterful tattoos. This past Father’s Day, Chapman was involved in a car accident which he was lucky to… Read more »


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#46: 33 Crosby Street

You can’t help but be hopeful about Danbury’s revitalization when you look at the transformation that’s occurred at 33 Crosby Street.     You can’t help but be hopeful about Danbury’s revitalization when you look at the transformation that’s occurred at 33 Crosby Street.  What… Read more »


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Incarcerated Voices

by Amanda Bloom and Lisa Marie Ackerly The Garner Correctional Institution is an all-male level four high-security state prison in Newtown, Connecticut.  Here, inmates are serving anywhere from two to 100 year sentences – a total of 648 inmates as of the beginning of 2011. … Read more »


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Another Business Deterred from Danbury

by Amanda Bloom “John will have a brewery – depending on where it is, that’s the question.” This is what Mark Tambascio, owner of My Place Restaurant and Tap Room in Newtown, Connecticut, has to say about award-winning homebrewer John Watson. Danbury was one place… Read more »


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#40: Library Place

Danbury’s Library Place, home to The Mercurial and The Mercurial Collective art gallery, is a lovely little street connecting Main Street and Terrace Place at an angle of about 35°.     Danbury’s Library Place, home to The Mercurial and The Mercurial Collective art gallery,… Read more »


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Project Sends Fun Baskets to Children in Need

by Amanda Bloom The Western Connecticut Business Volunteer Council (BVC) is now taking commitments for their 14th annual Spring Buddy Basket Project, a charitable project that distributes springtime activity baskets to low income pre-school children.  The BVC has been joining forces with other local organizations… Read more »


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