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Sounding Out Cuba

Kim Taylor visits Cuba with Dave Matthews, Smokey Robinson, and Usher to find a country rich with art, education—and possibility



Kim and son Henry with Usher, who also had impromptu performances with Cuban counterparts.

Kim Taylor

In the winter of 1961, we were told, Che Guevara asked Fidel Castro to play golf in what had been the most elite country club in Havana, by then long deserted, its members having fled the Revolution. No one knows whether it was Che’s or Fidel’s idea, but it was decided this would be the location for a national art school, the Instituto Superior de Artes. And this was the spot where my 15-year-old son, Henry, (pictured right) and I found ourselves this past April.

In Cuba. Havana. Standing in the courtyard of this school, built by architect Ricardo Porro and inspired by female fertility. “Notice the four breasts at each end. We are now inside the woman’s reproductive organs,” our guide intones. A bit much for Henry, who chooses to sprint inside to see some other art.

I was six years old when the Cuban missile crisis played out. I remember watching our handsome President, John F. Kennedy, on our television with rabbit ears, telling us to store rations in basements or bomb shelters, and my mother crying. I helped bring distilled water and condensed milk down to the cellar. I brought down Candyland and Chutes and Ladders since I couldn’t imagine what my father would do, home all day from work, cooped up in our dank basement.

I grew up looking at the metal globes at home and school with the terrifying red hammer and sickle of Russia plastered over the tiny island of Cuba. A bearded Castro (pictured left next to the right of his brother Raul) remained a menacing figure over the years, in his olive uniform and boots and beret with the red star, denouncing America at every turn. 

Yet here I was, a world away from my Berkshire home yet only a 45-minute flight from Miami, in the hot sunlight of this country that had cast such a dark shadow on so many of us for so long.

As a member of President Obama’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, I traveled to Cuba in April with my son, Henry. (James was on a long-scheduled concert tour, so he could not join us.) We were part of the first official cultural delegation between the U.S. and Cuba, following President Obama’s visit of reconciliation.

As we were driven from the airport on one of the many vast buses, all made in China, my son exclaimed: “Gee, this country is poor!” We were driving by university dorms that loomed like a decrepit prison. 

“Why would anyone choose Communism, Mom?” he asked.

“Google Batista, honey.”

The roads were old and often littered with piles of asphalt from abandoned jack-hammering. But the crumbling architecture was eclectic and elegant, even in its decay. Moorish, Spanish, Baroque, Art Nouveau, Art Deco—reminiscent, somehow, of an old mining town in the American West, having turned its back on the future. (Pictured right, the facade of a city apartment.)

Our lovely guide—tours are required to hire government-employed guides—announced from the bus’s tinny mike: “You will be hearing a lot about the glorious year of 1959 when the people’s will prevailed.”

It so happened that our visit coincided with the exact date of the Bay of Pigs invasion, 55 years ago. That fact did not go unnoticed. We were, sometimes good-naturedly, needled about the Bahia de Cochinos.

Another coincidence was that the twice-a-decade meeting of the Communist Party was taking place, shrouded in secrecy and basically a stone’s throw from our hotel. A Cuban journalist whom we met a number of times at events explained there is no transparency to such meetings and that foreign press is banned. Only state-owned media outlets are allowed in. The only reporting that was evident was an edited, delayed broadcast on state television, showing Fidel in a blue-nylon Adidas jacket, surveying the proceedings at the Palacio de las Convenciones, looking frail and gaunt.

Shortly before our trip, Fidel had suddenly reappeared, like Banquo’s ghost, to rail against President Obama’s visit, saying, “We don’t need the empire to give us anything.”

The retired leader, whose younger brother, Raul, was reaffirmed as president and first secretary at the Congress, accused Obama of “sweet-talking” the Cuban people during his visit in a recent opinion piece carried by all state-run media. 

“Every one of us ran the risk of a heart attack listening to these words,” Castro said in his column, dismissing Obama’s comments as “honey-coated” and exhorting Cubans never to forget the many U.S. cabals to overthrow his Communist government. 

So, in the face of extreme poverty and a repressive and mysterious regime, is there change in Cuba? Is there hope?

The answer is a cautious yes. And it lies in Cuba’s social and education systems and in its arts. Cubans are fiercely proud of their artists—their dancers, their musicians, their poets.

We saw numerous performances, including collaborations with members of the U.S. President’s Committee on Arts and the Humanities—Usher, Dave Matthews, and Smokey Robinson—who were traveling with us. There were discussions with leaders of Cuban cinema and the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry; Afro-Cuban religious drumming for the Santeria ceremony; and a visit to the oldest recording studio, where Nat King Cole, Josephine Baker, and the Buena Vista Social Club have all recorded.

There was also a magnificent performance of Vivaldi and Piazzolla by the Chamber Orchestra of Havana, a string ensemble of primarily young women, their dazzling virtuosity as evident as their joy and pride in performing for us. They smiled and moved to the music as they played, some tossing their long, liquid, black hair.  (Pictured left, a young Cuban violinist practices at the Instituto Superior des Artes.

The most moving aspect of the trip was a visit to an elementary school in the heart of Havana. Here, the President’s Committee’s Turnaround Arts program, which works to bring artists to underserved schools throughout the U.S., brought actor John Lloyd Young, Usher, and actress Alfre Woodard to the school.

The children, impeccably dressed in blue-and-white uniforms, were riveted by their American guests. No slumping or eye-rolling or yawning. Their toothbrushes and dingy facecloths hung in perfect order against the peeling paint of the classroom wall. Their teachers seemed extremely loving and encouraging. One of our committee members spoke to a third-grade class. 

“So, what do you like most about your country?” he asked through an interpreter.

“Nature,” said one child.

“Music,” said another.

“What about your heroes. Do you like any of them?”

Silence.

“Fidel?”

Silence.

Finally, one young boy raised his hand timidly and ventured “José Martí,” the revered national poet, long dead, one of whose poems comprise the lyrics to the unofficial national anthem, “Guantanamera.”

Our last night was spent at the fabulous Fábrica de Arte Cubano, the former headquarters of the city’s electricity company. It’s a space brimming with avant-garde painting and photography, performance art, dancing, singing, and, that night, an abundance of mojitos.

While the Cuban people remain proud of such remarkably vibrant centers as this one, others can’t conceal their excitement at America coming to town. (Pictured left: although the sale of Coca-Cola and all U.S. goods are prohibited, pre-Revolution metal signs adorn restaurant walls.)

 The Cubans we met informally—drivers, guides, hotel staff—were delighted and bursting with pride about the fact that Fast and Furious 8 is scheduled to film in Havana soon. And about rumors that an episode of “The Kardashians” is to be shot here as well.

“You know, that’s not really America, or what a lot of Americans are like,” I said meekly to one Kardashian enthusiast.

“Oh, we like them. We are looking forward to these things. It is the future.”

One can’t help but wince at the thought of what aspects of American culture will be visited on these lovely people. As we were leaving, we heard that the first Carnival cruise ship to dock in Havana was due the following week. 

Is there a middle ground between derelict dorms and the Kardashians? Between a state-controlled television and “Naked and Afraid”? Between Cubans’ pride in their national poet and arts and our own national malaise and anger and cynicism?

Cubans have done so much with so little for so long. One can’t help but hope for an end to the embargo (which Cubans insist on calling el bloqueo or “the blockade”) and the end to an era in which this island, so close to “the enemy of the North,” as we are still known in some quarters, will be fully normalized.

Perhaps the answer lies in Cubans’ generous appreciation of all types of art. They are extremely proud of the fact that Ernest Hemingway lived and wrote here. His house, Finca Vigia (Lookout Farm), is serenely pristine and lovingly preserved with his animal trophies, paintings, fishing tackle, and personal library of 9,000 books. One feels a kind of benediction for the Cuban people in a line from The Old Man and the Sea, set, of course, in Cuba: “Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is.” 


More photos:

 Smokey Robinson with Kim Taylor.

Dave Matthews, his family, and Henry Taylor (Matthews performed in spontaneous jam sessions with Cuban musicians, including acclaimed singer-songwriter Carlos Varela.)

Henry Taylor in a traditional Cuban taxi (a convertible 1956 Ford Fairlane) with pals, including Dave Matthews’s twins Grace and Stella.

Tapas at San Cristobal, one of Cuba’s best-known paladares (privately run restaurants in people’s homes.)

A poster of the Castro family genealogy at the school.

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CYNTHIA-REEVES
1315 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA  01247
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Sponsor: CYNTHIA-REEVES
Telephone: 413-398-5257
Contact Name: Kristen Jussila
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KBJB Radio's Stand-up Comedy Workshop runs for 6 weeks Consists of 6 weekly 2-hour class sessions, a glamorous graduation show for family and friends to attend, an edited video of your...

Cost: 225.00

Where:
Inspirit Healing Studio
346 Main Street South
Woodbury, CT  06798
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Sponsor: KBJB Radio
Telephone: 860-350-8152
Contact Name: KJ Johansen
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Weekly fun and friendly open mic with some great local talent.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Barn at Egremont Village Inn
17 Main Street
South Egremont, MA  01258
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Sponsor: The Barn
Telephone: 141-352-81570
Contact Name: Jenny Rubin
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Robert Deyber (born August 1955 in Greenwich, Connecticut) is an American artist best known for literal visual portrayals of cliches, euphemisms, and idioms from the English and other languages....

Cost: Free

Where:
Byrde + the b
10 Titus Road
Washington Depot, CT  06794
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Sponsor: Byrde + the b
Telephone: 212 255 6247
Contact Name: Steven Miller
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Come see and shop for Xavier Ricolfi's new line of jewelry just in time for Valentine's Day!  French designer Xavier Ricolfi draws upon his industrial design background, ...

Cost: free

Where:
Byrde + the b
10 Titus Road
Washington Depot, CT  06794
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Sponsor: Byrde + the b
Telephone: 212 255 6247
Contact Name: Steven Miller
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Spaght Gallery; February 8, 2018 - July 23, 2018 Seeking opportunities and a better life is an ideal uniting our shared American identity. This exhibition provides and intimate look at the...

Cost: Members: Free; Non-Members: $5

Where:
Fairfield Museum and History Center
370 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Sponsor: Fairfield Museum and History Center
Telephone: 203-259-1598
Contact Name: Visitor Services Manager
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Spectrum: Annual Contemporary Art Show What’s Now/What’s New Open Call For Entries Spectrum is a juried exhibition of original, contemporary artwork by local and regional...

Cost: $26 for members/student / $41 for non-members

Where:
, CT


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The Loft Gallery will host Litchfield artists, Barbra Kraut and Joan Morosani, from February 21 through April 8. ​The exhibit will highlight abstract paintings by Ms. Kraut,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Smithy and Loft Gallery
10 Main Street
New Preston , CT  06777
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Sponsor: The Smithy Store
Telephone: 860-868-9003
Contact Name: Susan
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The Housatonic Museum of Art is pleased to present its next exhibition, Pattern, Power, Chaos and Quiet, a group show curated by D. Dominick Lombardi.  The exhibition will be on view February...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Housatonic Museum of Art
900 Lafayette Blvd
Bridgeport, CT  06604
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Telephone: 203-332-5052
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This program is in conjunction with the exhibition An American Story: Finding Home in Fairfield County.  Hear a discussion with siblings Daniel Trust (Ndamwizeye) and Evelyn Mukasonga....

Cost: Members: Free; Non-Members: $5

Where:
Fairfield Museum and History Center
370 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Sponsor: Fairfield Museum and History Center
Telephone: 203-259-1598
Contact Name: Visitor Services Manager
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Join us for an evening of wine tasting and readings that will open your heart to receive healing messages from your loved ones and can assist you in moving through current challenges you are...

Cost: 80.00

Where:
Hunt Hill Farm
44 Upland Road
New Milford, CT  06776
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Telephone: 860-355-0300
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Spring in February arrives annually at the Connecticut Convention Center. Explore over 300 booths overflowing with fresh flowers, plants, herbs, bulbs, seeds, gardening books, garden...

Where:
Connecticut Convention Center
100 Columbus Boulevard
Hartford, CT
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The winter exhibit at the City of Norwalk Parking Authority’s Maritime Garage Gallery entitled, “Worth a Thousand Words" features artists’ renderings that convey...

Cost: Free

Where:
Maritime Garage Gallery
11 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT  06854
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Sponsor: Norwalk Parking Authority
Telephone: 203-831-9063
Contact Name: Maritime Garage Gallery
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Opening Reception: Thursday, February 15, 2018, 6:30-8:30pm. Light hors d'oeuvres and wine served. Enjoy a gallery tour and scholarly presentation at 7:00pm by Dr. Peter Bayers, Director of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
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Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 203-259-0346 ext.115
Contact Name: Front Desk
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Heather Gaudio Fine Art is pleased to present “Jeremy Holmes: New Sculpture,” the first solo exhibition of the artist at the gallery.  The show will open with a public reception on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Heather Gaudio Fine Art
66 Elm Street
New Canaan, CT  06840
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Sponsor: Heather Gaudio Fine Art
Telephone: (203)801-9590
Contact Name: Rachael Palacios
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Vermont based artist Alisa Dworsky opens an exhibition of new works, including InVersion, a large scale, site-based volumetric work, at CYNTHIA-REEVES, located on the campus of MASS MoCA in North...

Cost: Free

Where:
CYNTHIA-REEVES
1315 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA  01247
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Sponsor: CYNTHIA-REEVES
Telephone: 413-398-5257
Contact Name: Kristen Jussila
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EVERY THURSDAY | 7:30 PM - 10:00 pm Music | Spoken Word | Comedy | More Hosted by Don Lowe Hunt Hill Farm is excited to announce OpenMic night every Thursday night.  Please stop by to...

Cost: donation

Where:
Hunt Hill Farm
44 Upland Road
New Milford, CT  06776
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Sponsor: Hunt Hill Farm
Telephone: 860.355.0300
Contact Name: John C. Maxwell III
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Robert Deyber (born August 1955 in Greenwich, Connecticut) is an American artist best known for literal visual portrayals of cliches, euphemisms, and idioms from the English and other languages....

Cost: Free

Where:
Byrde + the b
10 Titus Road
Washington Depot, CT  06794
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Sponsor: Byrde + the b
Telephone: 212 255 6247
Contact Name: Steven Miller
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Come see and shop for Xavier Ricolfi's new line of jewelry just in time for Valentine's Day!  French designer Xavier Ricolfi draws upon his industrial design background, ...

Cost: free

Where:
Byrde + the b
10 Titus Road
Washington Depot, CT  06794
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Sponsor: Byrde + the b
Telephone: 212 255 6247
Contact Name: Steven Miller
Website »

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Spaght Gallery; February 8, 2018 - July 23, 2018 Seeking opportunities and a better life is an ideal uniting our shared American identity. This exhibition provides and intimate look at the...

Cost: Members: Free; Non-Members: $5

Where:
Fairfield Museum and History Center
370 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Sponsor: Fairfield Museum and History Center
Telephone: 203-259-1598
Contact Name: Visitor Services Manager
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Spectrum: Annual Contemporary Art Show What’s Now/What’s New Open Call For Entries Spectrum is a juried exhibition of original, contemporary artwork by local and regional...

Cost: $26 for members/student / $41 for non-members

Where:
, CT


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The Loft Gallery will host Litchfield artists, Barbra Kraut and Joan Morosani, from February 21 through April 8. ​The exhibit will highlight abstract paintings by Ms. Kraut,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Smithy and Loft Gallery
10 Main Street
New Preston , CT  06777
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Sponsor: The Smithy Store
Telephone: 860-868-9003
Contact Name: Susan
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The first one was awesome so let's do it again! Come down for our FREE Winter Jam 2 featuring live music by The Zambonis from 5PM to 8PM. We'll have a beer...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Warehouse at Fairfield Theatre Company
70 Sanford Street
Fairfield, CT  06824
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The 10th annual “Close To Home” event to benefit the Pacific House Young Adult Program will be held Friday, February 23rd at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich.  This popular,...

Cost: $50.00

Where:
Hyatt Regency Greenwich
1800 E. Putnam Avenue
Old Greenwich, CT  06870
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Sponsor: Pacific House
Telephone: 203-406-0017x304
Contact Name: Lisa Planchard
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UMass Amherst Libraries present the 24th Annual Du Bois Lecture, featuring Dr. Reiland Rabaka

Cost: Free

Where:
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
14 Castle Street
Great Barrington, MA  01230
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Sponsor: UMass Amherst Libraries
Telephone: 413-577-0932
Contact Name: Whitney Battle-Baptiste
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Spring in February arrives annually at the Connecticut Convention Center. Explore over 300 booths overflowing with fresh flowers, plants, herbs, bulbs, seeds, gardening books, garden...

Where:
Connecticut Convention Center
100 Columbus Boulevard
Hartford, CT
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Website »

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The winter exhibit at the City of Norwalk Parking Authority’s Maritime Garage Gallery entitled, “Worth a Thousand Words" features artists’ renderings that convey...

Cost: Free

Where:
Maritime Garage Gallery
11 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT  06854
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Sponsor: Norwalk Parking Authority
Telephone: 203-831-9063
Contact Name: Maritime Garage Gallery
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Opening Reception: Thursday, February 15, 2018, 6:30-8:30pm. Light hors d'oeuvres and wine served. Enjoy a gallery tour and scholarly presentation at 7:00pm by Dr. Peter Bayers, Director of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
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Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 203-259-0346 ext.115
Contact Name: Front Desk
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Heather Gaudio Fine Art is pleased to present “Jeremy Holmes: New Sculpture,” the first solo exhibition of the artist at the gallery.  The show will open with a public reception on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Heather Gaudio Fine Art
66 Elm Street
New Canaan, CT  06840
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Sponsor: Heather Gaudio Fine Art
Telephone: (203)801-9590
Contact Name: Rachael Palacios
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Vermont based artist Alisa Dworsky opens an exhibition of new works, including InVersion, a large scale, site-based volumetric work, at CYNTHIA-REEVES, located on the campus of MASS MoCA in North...

Cost: Free

Where:
CYNTHIA-REEVES
1315 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA  01247
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Sponsor: CYNTHIA-REEVES
Telephone: 413-398-5257
Contact Name: Kristen Jussila
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One-Time Cladies Night for Adults Interested in Learning to Use the Potter’s Wheel Looking to get your hands dirty and learn how to use the potter’s wheel? Try Clay Center’s...

Cost: $50

Where:
Clay Art Center
40 Beech Street
Port Chester, NY  10573
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Robert Deyber (born August 1955 in Greenwich, Connecticut) is an American artist best known for literal visual portrayals of cliches, euphemisms, and idioms from the English and other languages....

Cost: Free

Where:
Byrde + the b
10 Titus Road
Washington Depot, CT  06794
View map »


Sponsor: Byrde + the b
Telephone: 212 255 6247
Contact Name: Steven Miller
Website »

More information

Come see and shop for Xavier Ricolfi's new line of jewelry just in time for Valentine's Day!  French designer Xavier Ricolfi draws upon his industrial design background, ...

Cost: free

Where:
Byrde + the b
10 Titus Road
Washington Depot, CT  06794
View map »


Sponsor: Byrde + the b
Telephone: 212 255 6247
Contact Name: Steven Miller
Website »

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Spaght Gallery; February 8, 2018 - July 23, 2018 Seeking opportunities and a better life is an ideal uniting our shared American identity. This exhibition provides and intimate look at the...

Cost: Members: Free; Non-Members: $5

Where:
Fairfield Museum and History Center
370 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Sponsor: Fairfield Museum and History Center
Telephone: 203-259-1598
Contact Name: Visitor Services Manager
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Seldom has there been such a merging of intellectual rigor and emotion as in Johann Sebastian Bach’s Gamba Sonatas. The slow movements reach remarkable spiritual height and the outer movements...

Cost: $38 general seating / $15 students

Where:
Saint James Place
352 Main St
Great Barrington, MA  01230
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Sponsor: Close Encounters With Music
Telephone: 800-843-0778
Contact Name: Close Encounters With Music
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Registration Closes - Wednesday, February 21st Jessica is a Certified Children’s Yoga Teacher, RYT 200, Founder of Lily Pad Yoga, LLC. and Certified Pediatric Occupational Therapist....

Cost: $20.00pp

Where:
DayDreamer Studio
@ The Yellow Money Antiques
792 Route
Cross River, NY, NY  10518
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Sponsor: DayDreamer Studio
Telephone: 914-977-4243
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Washington, CT. Shepaug Valley School will host Minds in Motion™ Shepaug on Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 12:00-4:00. Co-presented by Region 12 and Connecticut Association for the Gifted...

Cost: $15

Where:
Shepaug Valley School
159 South Street
Washington, CT  06793
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Sponsor: CAG
Telephone: 203-291-6586
Contact Name: Julie King
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Spectrum: Annual Contemporary Art Show What’s Now/What’s New Open Call For Entries Spectrum is a juried exhibition of original, contemporary artwork by local and regional...

Cost: $26 for members/student / $41 for non-members

Where:
, CT


Website »

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Broadway comes to Ridgefield! Daniel C. Levine directs Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash-hit Broadway musical, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, featuring an all-star Broadway cast. If...

Cost: $69.50

Where:
The Ridgefield Playhouse
80 EAST RIDGE
RIDGEFIELD, CT  06877
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Sponsor: Ridgefield Magazine’s Broadway & Cabaret Series, Partially underwritten by Books on the Common and Adam Broderick Salon
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The Loft Gallery will host Litchfield artists, Barbra Kraut and Joan Morosani, from February 21 through April 8. ​The exhibit will highlight abstract paintings by Ms. Kraut,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Smithy and Loft Gallery
10 Main Street
New Preston , CT  06777
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Sponsor: The Smithy Store
Telephone: 860-868-9003
Contact Name: Susan
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Registration Closes - Friday, February 23rd Douglass DeCandia is a local farmer who works with the Food Bank for Westchester, to grow natural food for families experiencing food insecurity and...

Cost: $40.00

Where:
DayDreamer Studio
@ The Yellow Money Antiques
792
Cross River, NY  10518
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Sponsor: DayDreamer Studio
Telephone: 914-977-4243
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Ridgefield Operation for Animal Rescue (ROAR) will host its annual ROAR WITH LAUGHTER gala and fundraising event on February 24th at Rolling Hills Country Club in...

Cost: $175 per guest | table of 10: $1,650 | table of 12: $1,980

Where:
Rolling Hills Country Club
333 Hurlbutt Street
Wilton, CT  06897
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Sponsor: ROAR
Telephone: 203-438-0158
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On Saturday February 24 at 7pm, join New Pond Farm’s team of astronomy volunteers and gaze through the telescopes at the 9-day Old Moon and several galaxies and star clusters. The team will...

Cost: $4 per New Pond Farm member ($12 max. per member family), and $6 per non-member

Where:
New Pond Farm Education Center
101 Marchant Road
Redding, CT  06896
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Telephone: (203) 938-2117
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New-York based Marina Franklin is emerging as one of the hottest comedians on the comedy scene today, with such notable appearances as Amy Schumer's Trainwreck, Conan O'Brien, The...

Cost: Price:$29 No Member Discount

Where:
Fairfield Theatre Company StageOne
70 Sanford Street
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Ahmed Gallab makes music that is joyful and generous, with a razor-sharp message about community and social justice. He led the 15-piece Atomic Bomb Band, with collaborators that included David...

Cost: $10-$26

Where:
MASS MoCA
1040 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA  01247
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Telephone: 413-662-2111
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Broadway comes to Ridgefield! Daniel C. Levine directs Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash-hit Broadway musical, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, featuring an all-star Broadway cast. If...

Cost: $69.50

Where:
The Ridgefield Playhouse
80 EAST RIDGE
RIDGEFIELD, CT  06877
View map »


Sponsor: Ridgefield Magazine’s Broadway & Cabaret Series, Partially underwritten by Books on the Common and Adam Broderick Salon
Website »

More information

Spring in February arrives annually at the Connecticut Convention Center. Explore over 300 booths overflowing with fresh flowers, plants, herbs, bulbs, seeds, gardening books, garden...

Where:
Connecticut Convention Center
100 Columbus Boulevard
Hartford, CT
View map »


Website »

More information

Opening Reception: Thursday, February 15, 2018, 6:30-8:30pm. Light hors d'oeuvres and wine served. Enjoy a gallery tour and scholarly presentation at 7:00pm by Dr. Peter Bayers, Director of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
View map »


Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 203-259-0346 ext.115
Contact Name: Front Desk
Website »

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Heather Gaudio Fine Art is pleased to present “Jeremy Holmes: New Sculpture,” the first solo exhibition of the artist at the gallery.  The show will open with a public reception on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Heather Gaudio Fine Art
66 Elm Street
New Canaan, CT  06840
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Sponsor: Heather Gaudio Fine Art
Telephone: (203)801-9590
Contact Name: Rachael Palacios
Website »

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Vermont based artist Alisa Dworsky opens an exhibition of new works, including InVersion, a large scale, site-based volumetric work, at CYNTHIA-REEVES, located on the campus of MASS MoCA in North...

Cost: Free

Where:
CYNTHIA-REEVES
1315 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA  01247
View map »


Sponsor: CYNTHIA-REEVES
Telephone: 413-398-5257
Contact Name: Kristen Jussila
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