Posts Categorized: Local

How to Have a Dada Birthday

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by Elsa M. Bell from For Beginners THE PROBLEM is that the whole idea of writing a “happy birthday” blog about Dada is that it is against Dada. Dadas did not want pretty birthdays. They preferred spontaneity, sweeping out of the old, downright ugliness (especially… Read more »

Great Success at “The Graduates” Opening!

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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 »

Music at the Speed of Waylon

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by Zulai Serrano IF THE BAND WAYLON SPEED STAYS AT YOUR HOME, don’t bother making the beds; they prefer to cowboy camp. But if you need help around the house, they can fix your car and washing machine. Since the formation of the band’s brotherhood… Read more »

The Screaming Orphans Rock The Irish Festival

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by Maryjo Siergiej LIVELY IRISH TRADITION continues as the 2011 Greater Danbury Irish Festival kicks off in the Ives Concert Park at Western Connecticut State University’s Westside campus.  The Screaming Orphans, an all-girl Irish rock band, will be performing on Sunday afternoon –   Read… Read more »

The Guard: A Movie Review

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by Joshua L. Durkin I sat down to watch The Guard in one of Bethel Cinema’s theatres, and found almost instantly that I liked the movie, and also that the movie would not impress me beyond a certain point…. by Joshua L. Durkin    … Read more »

First Words with Pruven

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by Mike Ripollone PRUVEN, real name Charles Robinson, independently released a full length album, First Words Earn Everything, in January of 2010, propelling him to the forefront of the local music scene. Collaborating with underground hip hop legends such as Mr. Lif, Copywrite, and Life… Read more »

Lunch with Hope Gangloff

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by Catherine Luciafrom CateScrawl Regardless of the origin of Hope Gangloff’s subject matter, whether real or imagined, she infuses her canvases with emotion and movement: a rushing waitress or a frustrated friend with no cell service at a cabin in rural New York. Gangloff was recently… Read more »

Singing and Dining at Acoustic Wednesdays

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by Leah Glazer Danbury, Connecticut’s Two Steps Downtown Grille provides a wide variety of meals, refreshing drinks and a great atmosphere, but owner Tom Devine wanted to bring a more memorable form of entertainment to the bustling restaurant.  On April 19, Two Steps held their… Read more »

Kick-start Summer with Downtown Rocks!

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by Leah Glazer Danbury, Connecticut’s own Palace Theatre will host the kick-off event for the CityCenter Danbury Summer Series concerts with the first-ever Downtown Rocks! on June 24. This live music event is presented by CityCenter Danbury and will benefit all the organization’s hard work… Read more »

The Old Land Flowers Again

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by Joshua L. Durkin Storm King Art Center, a public nonprofit museum on 500 acres featuring more than 100 sculptures, is located just outside of Newburgh, New York. Storm King was founded in 1960 and hosts permanent and loaned sculptures selected to fit the landscape… Read more »

Paradise For U.S. Artists In Mexico

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by Chelsea Coon Erica Daborn, a faculty member of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts, and her husband, Dennis Lanson, envisioned a place where artists could create in a supportive and inspiring new environment. With that vision, Daborn and Lanson… Read more »

A Home for Timeless Film

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by Mike Ripollone Walking through the white pillars in front of the Avon Theatre in Stamford, Connecticut is like travelling through time.  The architecture of the building resembles a playhouse rather than a movie theatre, and the vaudevillian décor inside gives an ambiance of the… Read more »

The Words out of a Talking Dog’s Mouth

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by Kristin Hankins At The Brookfield Theatre for the Arts, “Sylvia”, a romantic comedy directed by Maureen Trotto and written by A.R. Gurney, examines the complex nature of love between two humans and the addition of a dog into their relationship. The cast illuminates the… Read more »

The Mercurial Collective’s Grand Opening

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Photographs by Lenny Hankins The Mercurial Collective’s grand opening was a great success.  A towering THANK YOU to everyone who attended and helped out! Gallery hours are 10am to 12pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday and by appointment: contact Amanda Bloom at Editor@TheMercurial.com. The Mercurial Collective11… Read more »

Chapman Does Dylan

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by Al Robinson from the HatCityBLOG From the famous Open Mic Night at 1Bar, here’s local talent Jonathan Chapman singing Bob Dylan’s “Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You”. by Al Robinson from the HatCityBLOG       From the famous Monday night Open Mic… Read more »

Danbury’s Heirloom of Music

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Photo by Mandee Potter.  Sarianna & The Swell at Heirloom

  by Leah Glazer     Tucked inside the brick-lined alleyway next to the Palace Theatre in downtown Danbury lies Heirloom Arts Theatre, a cavernous venue that showcases a variety of independent music and dance.  Rock, alternative, metal, and pop-punk are among the usual live… Read more »

The 83rd Cinematic Horse Race

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  The Mercurial’s movie maverick takes on this year’s contenders for the 83rd annual Academy Awards.   Actress in a Supporting Role:   Former Nominee for Frozen River, Melissa Leo specializes in a brutal truth at the core of her characters, (21 Grams and Welcome… Read more »

Open Mic at 1Bar: A Rare Musical Jewel

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Words, photos and video by Al Robinson from the HatCityBLOG For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a HUGE fan of independent music in Danbury. From the musical explosion in the early 90s when groups such as Monsterland, Creature Did, Hed, China Pig,… Read more »