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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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Cost: $28 Standing Room Only Limited Seating First Come First Serve No Member Discoun

Where:
The Warehouse at Fairfield Theatre Company
70 Sanford Street
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Sponsor: BRODY WILKINSON
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Founders Hall's First-Ever Gingerbread House Decorating Contest! At this year’s bi-annual Wreath Festival, Founders Hall (https://founders-hall.org/) is introducing a fun new contest...

Cost: Entry Fee: $10 / Event is FREE

Where:
Founders Hall of Ridgefield
193 Danbury Road
Ridgefield, CT  06877
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Sponsor: Founders Hall
Telephone: 860-799-5207
Contact Name: Michelle McQueen
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The Maritime Garage Gallery’s latest exhibit features works inspired by art in public places. “Street Level ” brings to life the notion that public art can transforms...

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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On November 3rd, Heather Gaudio Fine Artis set to open “Room for Play,” a group exhibition featuring works by Ellen Carey, Deborah Kass, Robert...

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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On August 18, 2018, the Bruce Museum will open A Continuous Thread: Navajo Weaving Traditions. This exhibition will trace the history of the Navajo weaving tradition from the earliest...

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Dr
Greenwich, CT  06830
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Sponsor: Bruce Museum
Telephone: 203-413-6735
Contact Name: Scott Smith
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ReTooled: Highlights from the Hechinger Collection, an engaging and thought-provoking look at the unexpected subject of tools, will be on view at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT, from September...

Cost: Members and students with ID free. $10-$25

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Dr
Greenwich, CT  06830
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Sponsor: Bruce Museum
Telephone: 2034136735
Contact Name: Scott Smith
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In this key moment in our national history and the struggle for women’s equality and freedom of expression, the Fairfield Museum’s exhibition “Flappers: Fashion and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Fairfield Museum and History Center
370 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
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(Litchfield, Conn.) Brandywine Living at Litchfield will be hosting their 6th Annual Ladies Night Out Charity Shopping Event on Thursday, November 15th  from 5-7 PM. This spectacular community...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Brandywine Living at Litchfield
19 Constitution Way
Litchfield, CT  06759
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Sponsor: Brandywine Living at Litchfield
Telephone: 860-567-9500
Contact Name: Amber Chapman
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914INC. will host its annual Women in Business Luncheon, to be held in conjunction with the magazine’s Q4/Winter issue, showcasing leading area businesswomen.

Cost: Single Ticket: $85 / Table of Ten: $800

Where:
DoubleTree by Hilton
455 South Broadway
Tarrytown, NY  10591
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Sponsor: 914INC and Westchester Magazine
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Brandywine Living at Litchfield's 6th Annual Ladies Night Out Charity Shopping Event.  Thursday, November 15, 2018, from 5 pm to 7 pm. Join us for food, signature drinks, fun and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Brandywine LIving at Litchfield
19 Constitution Way
Litchfield, CT  06759
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Sponsor: Brandywine Living at Litchfield
Telephone: 860-567-9500
Contact Name: Nanette Bergin

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Byrde + the b is pleased to announce an exhibit of Walter Fields new  artwork opening on Friday November 2 from 5-7:00pm at Byrde + the b, 10 Titus Rd, Washington Depot, CT 06794.  The...

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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Wine & Cheese Reception: 6 – 6:30pm; Program at 6:30pm. Register online at the link below: A panel of journalists and professors, moderated by Larry Rifkin, will examine the state...

Cost: Free

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 in celebrating the launch of the book published on the occasion of our current meta-group exhibition The Domestic Plane: New Perspectives on Tabletop Art Objects published by The Aldrich...

Cost: Free

Where:
Printed Matter Inc.
231 11th Avenue
New York, NY  10001
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Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 7:30pm Mountain Dew Country & Bluegrass Series Best known for their tours backing Steve Martin, this Grammy Award-winning, North Carolina-based sextet is...

Cost: $57.50

Where:
The Ridgefield Playhouse
80 E Ridge Rd
Ridgefield, CT  06877
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Telephone: 203-438-5795
Contact Name: Ridgefield Playhouse
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The Maritime Garage Gallery’s latest exhibit features works inspired by art in public places. “Street Level ” brings to life the notion that public art can transforms...

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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On November 3rd, Heather Gaudio Fine Artis set to open “Room for Play,” a group exhibition featuring works by Ellen Carey, Deborah Kass, Robert...

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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KMR Arts presents Mark Seliger: Platinum Prints. The exhibition opens on Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 3-6 pm with a reception and book signing of the monograph, MARK SELIGER PHOTOGRAPHS, with the...

Cost: no charge

Where:
KMR Arts
2 Titus Road
Washington Depot, CT  06794
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Sponsor: KMR Arts
Telephone: (860)868-7533
Contact Name: Kathy McCarver Root
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“Sticks and Stones” Nicole Alger Explores the Beauty of Simplicity In a major diversion from her portraiture work, Washington and New York painter Nicole Alger’s newest collection consists...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road, P.O. Box 1273
Washington, CT  06793
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Sponsor: Gunn Memorial Library, Inc
Telephone: 860-868-7586
Contact Name: SHARON A MORRISSEY
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Take a behind-the-scenes, private tour of The Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition Jewelry: The Body Transformed with Curator of American Decorative Arts, Beth Carver Wees. Followed by lunch and...

Cost: Member price: $50 Non-Member price: $60

Where:
Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenune
New York, NY   10028
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Sponsor: Katonah Museum of Art
Telephone: 914-232-9555

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Each event in our Art in Focus series offers an opportunity for an hour of close looking and informal discussion around a single work of art, led by Curator of Education Michelle DiMarzo. On...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bellarmine Hall
200 Barlow Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Sponsor: Fairfield University Art Museum
Telephone: 203-254-4046

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 Fairfield Chamber of Commerce and Brooklawn Country Club Host a Business After Hours: November 15, 2018   The Fairfield Chamber of Commerce and Brooklawn Country Club will host its November...

Cost: $20 Chamber Members, $30 Non-Chamber Members

Where:
Brooklawn Country Club
500 Algonquin Rd
Fairfield, CT  06825
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Sponsor: Fairfield Chamber of Commerce
Telephone: 203-255-1011
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Ages 21+ Registration required at shop.aldrichart.org   Learn the basics of figure painting with painter and Ridgefield resident Allison Meyler. Working from a live model, review composition,...

Cost: $25; $20 member

Where:
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
258 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT  06877
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Join Laura’s brother Jan, and singers Diane Garisto and Kate Ferber for an evening of live music, stories and videos of this Rock & Roll Hall of Fame trailblazer.   Laura Nyro, posthumously...

Cost: 50.00

Where:
Bedford Playhouse
633 Old Post Road
bedford, NY
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Art That Speaks: Exhibition and Opening Exhibition October 1-November 15, 2018 Artist Reception: October 8, 4pm to 6pm.Fuel Bistro​, 293 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230 Gabrielle...

Cost: free

Where:
Fuel Bistro
293 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA  01230
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Sponsor: Walk Unafraid
Telephone: 413 717 0031
Contact Name: Gabrielle Senza
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Learn winning plays, key strategies, and new vocabulary in a fun and friendly environment. For grades 3-12. The club is taught by Dusty Brown, who competed in both the 2017 North American Scrabble...

Cost: $125 per student

Where:
Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
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Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 203-259-0346
Contact Name: Pequot Library
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Join New Morning Market’s new knitting club! We’re crafting wearable items for Safe Haven of Greater Waterbury and welcome all levels to join! Instructors will be on-hand for beginners. Yarn,...

Cost: Free - registration requested

Where:
New Morning Market
129 Main St North
Woodbury, CT  06798
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Sponsor: New Morning Market
Telephone: 203-263-4868
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Founders Hall's First-Ever Gingerbread House Decorating Contest! At this year’s bi-annual Wreath Festival, Founders Hall (https://founders-hall.org/) is introducing a fun new contest...

Cost: Entry Fee: $10 / Event is FREE

Where:
Founders Hall of Ridgefield
193 Danbury Road
Ridgefield, CT  06877
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Sponsor: Founders Hall
Telephone: 860-799-5207
Contact Name: Michelle McQueen
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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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On August 18, 2018, the Bruce Museum will open A Continuous Thread: Navajo Weaving Traditions. This exhibition will trace the history of the Navajo weaving tradition from the earliest...

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Dr
Greenwich, CT  06830
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Sponsor: Bruce Museum
Telephone: 203-413-6735
Contact Name: Scott Smith
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ReTooled: Highlights from the Hechinger Collection, an engaging and thought-provoking look at the unexpected subject of tools, will be on view at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT, from September...

Cost: Members and students with ID free. $10-$25

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Dr
Greenwich, CT  06830
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Sponsor: Bruce Museum
Telephone: 2034136735
Contact Name: Scott Smith
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Meet us under the Dome and catch all the excitement! Come out for the 16th Annual Festival of Trees to benefit Ann’s Place at the Danbury Sports Dome for a weekend filled with live events...

Cost: Ages 3 to 64, $10; Seniors, $5; kids under 3, free.

Where:
Danbury Sports Dome
25 Shelter Rock Ln
Danbury, CT  06810
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Sponsor: Ann's Place
Telephone: 203-790-6568
Contact Name: Michelle Frosch
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In this key moment in our national history and the struggle for women’s equality and freedom of expression, the Fairfield Museum’s exhibition “Flappers: Fashion and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Fairfield Museum and History Center
370 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Friday mornings from 10:30 to 12:30. Free, no registration. Open to adults and older teens. Participants are asked to bring their own supplies in, but some basic supplies will be provided by the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Ruth Keeler Memorial Library
276 Titicus Road
North Salem, NY  10560
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Sponsor: Keeler Library
Telephone: 914-669-5161
Contact Name: Carolyn Reznick
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Byrde + the b is pleased to announce an exhibit of Walter Fields new  artwork opening on Friday November 2 from 5-7:00pm at Byrde + the b, 10 Titus Rd, Washington Depot, CT 06794.  The...

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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Celebrate a Fairfield tradition from the early 1800s. Before Thanksgiving, friends and families visited neighbors, sampling a variety of pies at each house. As the revelers moved on, they grew...

Cost: General admission $5; Seniors and Students: $3

Where:
1750 Ogden House
1520 Bronson Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Founders Hall's First-Ever Gingerbread House Decorating Contest! At this year’s bi-annual Wreath Festival, Founders Hall (https://founders-hall.org/) is introducing a fun new contest...

Cost: Entry Fee: $10 / Event is FREE

Where:
Founders Hall of Ridgefield
193 Danbury Road
Ridgefield, CT  06877
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Sponsor: Founders Hall
Telephone: 860-799-5207
Contact Name: Michelle McQueen
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PRIME FINDS Home for the Holidays opens   it pop-up store on November 16  - December 28 at West Street Yard, #113/114, Litchfield; offering previously loved furnishings, accessories,...

Cost: 0

Where:
174 West Street Yard
Suites 113/114
Litchfield, CT  06759
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Sponsor: Prime Time House
Telephone: 860-618-2479 Ext. 10
Contact Name: Kathi Weinstein
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The Maritime Garage Gallery’s latest exhibit features works inspired by art in public places. “Street Level ” brings to life the notion that public art can transforms...

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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On November 3rd, Heather Gaudio Fine Artis set to open “Room for Play,” a group exhibition featuring works by Ellen Carey, Deborah Kass, Robert...

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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“Sticks and Stones” Nicole Alger Explores the Beauty of Simplicity In a major diversion from her portraiture work, Washington and New York painter Nicole Alger’s newest collection consists...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road, P.O. Box 1273
Washington, CT  06793
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Sponsor: Gunn Memorial Library, Inc
Telephone: 860-868-7586
Contact Name: SHARON A MORRISSEY
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The Fairfield Museum and the Fairfield Chapter of the National Charity League are pleased announce our 4th annual Holiday Pop-Up Market!  We have had tremendous success with this event and we are...

Cost: $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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KMR Arts presents Mark Seliger: Platinum Prints. The exhibition opens on Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 3-6 pm with a reception and book signing of the monograph, MARK SELIGER PHOTOGRAPHS, with the...

Cost: no charge

Where:
KMR Arts
2 Titus Road
Washington Depot, CT  06794
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Sponsor: KMR Arts
Telephone: (860)868-7533
Contact Name: Kathy McCarver Root
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These San Francisco jam-rockers have long had a knack for writing hooky tunes that serve as vehicles for improv, but with the jams dominating the songs. Tea Leaf Green paints sonic tapestries with...

Cost: $28 No Member Discount

Where:
Fairfield Theatre Company StageOned
70 Sanford Street
Fairfield, CT  06824
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On August 18, 2018, the Bruce Museum will open A Continuous Thread: Navajo Weaving Traditions. This exhibition will trace the history of the Navajo weaving tradition from the earliest...

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Dr
Greenwich, CT  06830
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Sponsor: Bruce Museum
Telephone: 203-413-6735
Contact Name: Scott Smith
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ReTooled: Highlights from the Hechinger Collection, an engaging and thought-provoking look at the unexpected subject of tools, will be on view at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT, from September...

Cost: Members and students with ID free. $10-$25

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Dr
Greenwich, CT  06830
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Sponsor: Bruce Museum
Telephone: 2034136735
Contact Name: Scott Smith
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Parenting is never easy, but raising children with learning and attention disorders presents unique difficulties. This conference will help parents focus on developing their children's...

Cost: 50

Where:
Winston Preparatory School
57 West Rocks Rd.
Norwalk, CT  06851
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Sponsor: Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities
Telephone: 203 682-1664
Contact Name: Alison Brown
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Meet us under the Dome and catch all the excitement! Come out for the 16th Annual Festival of Trees to benefit Ann’s Place at the Danbury Sports Dome for a weekend filled with live events...

Cost: Ages 3 to 64, $10; Seniors, $5; kids under 3, free.

Where:
Danbury Sports Dome
25 Shelter Rock Ln
Danbury, CT  06810
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Sponsor: Ann's Place
Telephone: 203-790-6568
Contact Name: Michelle Frosch
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The Natural Pet Outlet is hosting Pictures with Santa! Bring your pet on Saturday November 17th from 10am-5pm and join The Natural Pet Outlet staff and Santa for a free 5 x 7 photo. No...

Cost: no cost

Where:
Natural Pet Outlet
3380 Fairfield Avenue
Bridgeport, CT
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In this key moment in our national history and the struggle for women’s equality and freedom of expression, the Fairfield Museum’s exhibition “Flappers: Fashion and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Fairfield Museum and History Center
370 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Wise financial planning includes getting up to date values for jewelry, watches and other valuables tucked away in jewelry boxes and safe deposit boxes. To make an appointment for a complimentary...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Katonah Museum of Art
134 Jay Street
Katonah, NY  10536
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Sponsor: Katonah Museum of Art
Telephone: 914-232-9555
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Join us Saturday November 17 from 11-2 in the Sportsplex in Fairfield to find out about LivenUp's custom IV Drips, Hyperbaric Chamber, Beaner, and Wellness Support Systems. Dr. Salerno...

Cost: $39-$275

Where:
LivenUp in the Sportsplex
85 Mill Plain Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Byrde + the b is pleased to announce an exhibit of Walter Fields new  artwork opening on Friday November 2 from 5-7:00pm at Byrde + the b, 10 Titus Rd, Washington Depot, CT 06794.  The...

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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St Joseph High School's Maroon & Gold Gala is a scholarship event that casts a spotlight on the school’s strong commitment to community service and leadership. It is a fabulous...

Cost: $150

Where:
The Waterview
215 Roosevelt Drive
Monroe, CT  06468
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Sponsor: St Joseph High School
Telephone: (203) 378-9378
Contact Name: St Joseph High School
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Westchester Oratorio Society, Artistic Director Benjamin Niemczyk, opens its 21st season with a concert entitled, “An Evening with Bach” at the South Salem Presbyterian Church,...

Cost: $15 to $50

Where:
South Salem Presbyterian Church
111 Spring Street
South Salem, NY  10590
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Sponsor: Westchester Oratorio Society
Telephone: 800 838 3006
Contact Name: Joe Spallina
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Described as “one of the sharpest, funniest storytellers in rock” by Rolling Stone and “an exceptional songwriter” by NPR's Fresh Air, Todd Snider’s due diligence...

Cost: 38

Where:
Fairfield Theatre Company StageOne
70 Sanford Street
Fairfield, CT  06824
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When legendary folk music icon Arlo Guthrie took to the road to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of his seminal song “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree,” he was incredibly moved by the...

Cost: $29 – $79

Where:
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
14 Castle Street
Great Barrington, MA  01230
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Sponsor: Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
Telephone: 413-528-0100
Contact Name: Box Office
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Max Weinberg (longtime drummer for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band) invites the audience to create the set list he and his crack four-piece group will play that night. Audience members...

Cost: Tickets: $60 VIP Private Meet & Greet Ticket Bundle: $175

Where:
The Ridgefield Playhouse
80 E Ridge Rd
Ridgefield, CT  06877
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Telephone: (203) 438-5795
Contact Name: The Ridgefield Playhouse
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Molsky’s Mountain Drifters brings tradition steeped in possibility. The grace and wisdom of longtime fiddle player and multi-instrumentalist Bruce Molsky, described as “an absolute...

Cost: $25, $40, $55, $70

Where:
Rosen House Music Room
Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts
149 Girdle Ridge Rd
Katonah, NY  10536
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Sponsor: Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts
Telephone: 914-232-1252
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On November 3rd, Heather Gaudio Fine Artis set to open “Room for Play,” a group exhibition featuring works by Ellen Carey, Deborah Kass, Robert...

Cost: Free

Where:
Heather Gaudio Fine Art
66 Elm Street
New Canaan, CT  06840
View map »


Sponsor: Heather Gaudio Fine Art
Telephone: 203-801-9590
Contact Name: Rachael Palacios
Website »

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KMR Arts presents Mark Seliger: Platinum Prints. The exhibition opens on Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 3-6 pm with a reception and book signing of the monograph, MARK SELIGER PHOTOGRAPHS, with the...

Cost: no charge

Where:
KMR Arts
2 Titus Road
Washington Depot, CT  06794
View map »


Sponsor: KMR Arts
Telephone: (860)868-7533
Contact Name: Kathy McCarver Root
Website »

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On August 18, 2018, the Bruce Museum will open A Continuous Thread: Navajo Weaving Traditions. This exhibition will trace the history of the Navajo weaving tradition from the earliest...

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Dr
Greenwich, CT  06830
View map »


Sponsor: Bruce Museum
Telephone: 203-413-6735
Contact Name: Scott Smith
Website »

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ReTooled: Highlights from the Hechinger Collection, an engaging and thought-provoking look at the unexpected subject of tools, will be on view at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT, from September...

Cost: Members and students with ID free. $10-$25

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Dr
Greenwich, CT  06830
View map »


Sponsor: Bruce Museum
Telephone: 2034136735
Contact Name: Scott Smith
Website »

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“Sticks and Stones” Nicole Alger Explores the Beauty of Simplicity In a major diversion from her portraiture work, Washington and New York painter Nicole Alger’s newest collection consists...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road, P.O. Box 1273
Washington, CT  06793
View map »


Sponsor: Gunn Memorial Library, Inc
Telephone: 860-868-7586
Contact Name: SHARON A MORRISSEY
Website »

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The Fairfield Museum and the Fairfield Chapter of the National Charity League are pleased announce our 4th annual Holiday Pop-Up Market!  We have had tremendous success with this event and we are...

Cost: $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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Celebrate National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) with the first annual Pequot’s writer’s conference. Join Tim Tomlinson of the New York City Writers for a day of workshops focusing on your...

Cost: $100 lunch included

Where:
Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
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Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 203-259-0346
Contact Name: Pequot Library
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Saturday, November 17th from 12:00 - 3:00 PM for kids K+. Plan on staying with your children and having fun together.   This year’s annual STEAMFEST will feature Mad Science’s special...

Cost: Free

Where:
Ruth Keeler Memorial Library
276 Titicus Road
North Salem, NY  10560
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Sponsor: Keeler Library
Telephone: 914-669-5161
Contact Name: Carolyn Reznick
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Please join us on Saturday, November 17, for Family Day: Life in Ancient Greece. Family Day activities include arts & crafts and a child friendly gallery tour designed for ages 4-10. Session 1: 1...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bellarmine Hall
200 Barlow Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Sponsor: Fairfield University Art Museum
Telephone: 203-254-4046

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The League of Women Voters of Litchfield County will co-sponsor a talk with the Litchfield Historical Society on Saturday, November 17 at 4 p.m. entitled “Nation of Immigrants" featuring Kevin...

Cost: Free

Where:
Litchfield History Museum
7 South Street
Lithfield, CT  06759
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Sponsor: Litchfield Historical Society
Telephone: 860-567-4501
Contact Name: Litchfield Historical Society
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On Saturday November 17 at 6 p.m. join a wonderful team of astronomers and view planets, stars, and constellations. Note: Families are invited to a special preview in the Learning Center...

Cost: $4/New Pond Farm member ($16 max/family), $6/non-member ($24 max/family)

Where:
New Pond Farm Education Center
101 Marchant Road
Redding, CT  06896
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Telephone: (203) 938-2117
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Founders Hall's First-Ever Gingerbread House Decorating Contest! At this year’s bi-annual Wreath Festival, Founders Hall (https://founders-hall.org/) is introducing a fun new contest...

Cost: Entry Fee: $10 / Event is FREE

Where:
Founders Hall of Ridgefield
193 Danbury Road
Ridgefield, CT  06877
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Sponsor: Founders Hall
Telephone: 860-799-5207
Contact Name: Michelle McQueen
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PRIME FINDS Home for the Holidays opens   it pop-up store on November 16  - December 28 at West Street Yard, #113/114, Litchfield; offering previously loved furnishings, accessories,...

Cost: 0

Where:
174 West Street Yard
Suites 113/114
Litchfield, CT  06759
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Sponsor: Prime Time House
Telephone: 860-618-2479 Ext. 10
Contact Name: Kathi Weinstein
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Visit The Aldrich for FREE the Third Saturday of each month! See the latest in contemporary art and participate in family-friendly art-making workshops in The Studio.   Family Art-Making...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
258 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT  06877
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