Shop Small and Support CT Artists this Weekend in Waterbury

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Waterbury, CT – The City of Waterbury and CreateHereNow will launch State of Makers – a statewide showcase of artisans the weekend of Black Friday – November 29th and 30th. The Holiday Artisan Market hosted by The City of Waterbury at 235 Grand Street, will feature a premier collection of handcrafted products such as jewelry, fine art prints, soaps, fiber arts, pottery, home decor and more! Curated by local event coordinators Kate Stephen and Diane Bowler, this dynamic event will provide a one-of-a-kind shopping experience while showcasing the historic and aesthetic assets of Waterbury City Hall and an adjacent property at 193 Grand Street.

The inaugural event of State of Makers, The Holiday Artisan Market is a first of its kind sponsored by CreateHereNow – an initiative of the State of Connecticut Office of the Arts, Department of Economic and Community Development and the City of Waterbury. State of Makers is a statewide marketing project to raise awareness of artisans and the maker’s talents that exist throughout the state. This campaign will create a network of Connecticut makers, offering resources for promotion, exhibition, and commerce. State of Makers is supported by CreateHereNow and ArtPlace. Connecticut is the first to receive an ArtPlace Grant for an entire state.

The weekend will kick off November 29th with the Shoppers Premiere Preview Event which will take place from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Shoppers will be able to enjoy live music, catered refreshments, and signature cocktails while browsing the vendor specials that are only available for that night. Tickets for the Shoppers Premier Preview cost $25 and can be purchased through The Palace Theatre. Ticket holders will enjoy drinks from local wineries and breweries as well as sample foods from well-known restaurants. Live musicians will be in attendance to help create a fun, exciting atmosphere for all visitors.

The Holiday Artisan Market will take place Saturday November 30th from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. at the Waterbury City Hall and 193 Grand Street. This event is completely free and open to the public. Over 50 local vendors will showcase their products, providing visitors with the opportunity to purchase work from the most talented artists in Connecticut. Visitors will also enjoy an assortment of seasonal tastings with onsite refreshments. This is a one-stop shopping experience for the holiday season.

NYC Craft Beer Festival – Winter Harvest: Last Chance for Advance Tickets!

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NYC CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL – WINTER HARVEST RETURNS TO LEXINGTON ARMORY, Saturday, Nov. 23rd & Sunday, Nov. 24th

New York, NY (Nov. 1st) The Hand Crafted Tasting Company is happy to announce the return of its NYC Craft Beer Festival – WINTER HARVEST to the Lexington Avenue Armory (68 Lexington Ave.) in Manhattan on Saturday, November 23rd, 2013 for two sessions, and a special afternoon Session on Sunday, November 24th.

The Craft Beer tasting scheduled the weekend before Thanksgiving will showcase Winter releases from 75 of America’s best Craft Breweries, with approximately 150 selections. “When curating this list we wanted to showcase local breweries and how they fit into larger craft beer landscape, as well as some great brews from across the country,” said Giancarlo Annese from BeerUnion.com. “In fall and winter you like to have roasty and spicy flavors. But as always, the freshest beer is better beer.”

Some of the featured beers on the main tasting room floor include Ommegang’s Take the Black Stout, Southern Tier’s 2x Xmas, Bronx Brewery’s Black Pale Ale, Six Point Global Warmer, Founders Breakfast Stout, and Lake Placid’s Nipple Top Stout. To add more variety for the attendees’ palate, Hand Crafted is also showcasing a small selection of international beers for the very first time.

In the Connoisseurs Lounge, aficionados can sample additional beers like Allagash Hugh Malone, Corsendonk Christmas, Southern Tier Choklat, Firestone Walker Walker’s Reserve Porter, Cigar City Jai Alai, Stone Brewing Co’s Oaked Old Guardian, Hopping Frog Outta Kilter, Aspall Dry, and Wandering Aengus Cider Works Bloom, among others.

Delicious food specifically designed to be paired with the beer tasting sessions will be available for purchase in the food court from Morris Grilled Cheese, Carl’s Cheese Steaks, and El Paso Tacos. Each restaurant will provide vegetarian options.

On Saturday, The NYC Craft Beer Festival will offer two sessions, 2:00 PM-4:30 PM, and 7:00 PM-9:30 PM. VIP’s and Connoisseur Level tickets enter one hour ahead of the posted times. Tickets are on-sale now at NYCCraftBeerFest.com/tix On Sunday, there is only an afternoon session.

“Our NYC Craft Beer Festival guests favorite venue is the Lexington Armory. And due to recently changed building codes at the Armory, occupancy is reduced. Our guests will have much more room to breathe during the tasting, and we added a third Sunday afternoon session to accommodate demand. We are excited for our attendees to sample our carefully curated selection of the best Winter seasonal brews the brewers have to offer,” said Ken Tesler, founder of the seasonal NYC Craft Beer Festival.

During the tasting, many brewers’ representatives will be available at the taps to educate the guests about their liquid offerings. VIP and Connoisseur ticket holders can enter the Armory an hour earlier and have access to the beer, the brewers and the food during this first hour. This is a great time to speak with some of your favorite brewer representatives and avoid what is expected to be a sold-out, capacity audience later in the day.

There will also be two educational seminars. Jonathan Pogash, aka “The Cocktail Guru”, will lead an exploration of one of the hottest trends in beverages: beer-based cocktails aka The Hoptail in his how-to seminar on mixing up your own beer cocktails at home. Jared Ruben, former Brewmaster at Goose Island Brew Pubs, now at Moody Tongue Brewery in Chicago, will discuss “Culinary Brewing.” During his 2 1/2 years as brewmaster at Goose Island brewpubs, Jared built his reputation by creating lush, flavorful beers that featured food — particularly fruits, herbs and spices — as essential ingredients. This seminar is sure to be a hit with home brewers across the tri-state area.

Finally, just 150 Connoisseur tickets are available for purchase per session. The Connoisseur package offers the extra advance hour of tasting, a speedy entrance line to the Armory and access to the exclusive Connoisseurs Lounge for the entire session. There will be an additional 12-15 rare beers not found on the Grand Tasting floor, and gourmet snacks will be provided at no charge by Pinch American Grill & Route 66 Smoke House. The Connoisseurs Lounge is a great, relaxing place to get away from the throng at the historic armory’s main drill-hall floor.

“We offer a private back-stage kind of lounge for beer Connoisseurs to listen to live, acoustic, Blues & Folk influenced music all the while sampling some of the rarest and most exciting beers you’ll ever get a chance to drink. Gourmet finger-foods will be provided at no additional cost from Route 66 Smoke House & Pinch American Grill,” says Tesler.

Additional Pictures and Images can be found at http://nyccraftbeerfest.com/pics

Hand-Crafted Tasting Company is the Food & Beverage division of Mad Dog Presents, a concert production & event planning company.

About The Armory
Lexington Avenue Armory, 68 Lexington Ave, (Bet 25-26th Street), New York, NY 10010

Arch Villain Theatre Company brings Steampunk Shakespeare to Bridgeport’s Bijou Theatre

[TRUMBULL, CT, Nov 3, 2013]: Richard III, the Machiavellian villain, usurps the throne of England in Arch Villain Theatre Company’s innovative inaugural production, November 16, at the Bijou Theatre in downtown Bridgeport. After a long civil war between the royal family of York and the royal family of Lancaster, England enjoys a period of peace under King Edward. But Edward’s younger brother, Richard, resents Edward’s power and the happiness of those around him. Malicious, power-hungry, and bitter about his physical deformity, Richard aspires to the throne, deciding to kill anyone he has to in order to become king. And thus unravels one of Shakespeare’s grittiest tragedies. What makes this production so compelling is Arch Villain Theatre Company’s Victorian Steampunk aesthetic, à la HG Wells or Jules Verne – Around England in 80 Murders?  Arch Villain makes Shakespeare’s iIambic pentameter accessible and naturally conversational. The Steampunk costumes and set reorient preconceived notions of the Bard. Throw in a high tech production styled as a mash-up of Gangs of New York and Mad Max, and you’ll realize this is not  men-in-tights Shakespeare. You’ll delight in Richard III’s charm and cunning as he murders his way to the top, cringe at the not-so-merry widow Queens, Princess, Duchess that figure prominently in his plotting.

Every story is only as interesting as the antagonist and Richard is this charming, cunning brilliant figure“, notes director and producer, Vic Terenzio, “We’re taking that Laurence Olivier type of speech and throwing it out the window, with the aim of making it sound like people in everyday conversation.

Steampunk R3 is made up of ringers and raw talent, the most interesting character actors around. Actresses Kathleen Anderson and Ann O’Connell  were both up for leads and only a mere notch away from perfect for the roles. The lovely, compelling and enthusiastic cast includes two Lords gender bent  into Ladies because Terenzio did not want to lose them to another production. Staging is similar recent local productions of The 39 Steps and Catch22, utilizing quick costume changes for doubling and tripling of roles to keep the cast size from reaching epic proportions.

Arch Villain Theatre Company is dedicated to the production of innovative, thought-provoking theatre, from Shakespeare to new works from today’s best playwrights. They mean to shake up Shakespearean plays as well as works from contemporary playwrights. If it also means shaking up people’s perception of local theatre, so be it. They promise to produce “the shows we want to see, tell the stories we feel need to be told and are committed to education, entertainment and excellence in theatre. Arch Villain is a company of theatrical visionaries on a quest to heighten emotions, envelope the senses and awaken the psyche.”

Steampunk R3, November 16th at the Bijoux Theatre, 275 Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport. Tickets: $20.00 – $25.00, http://thebijoutheatre.com/films/arch-villain-theatre-presents-richard-iii/  or www.facebook.com/ArchVillainTheatreCompany

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Gettin’ Piggy With It: Saugatuck Craft Butchery hosts PORKTOBERFEST on Sunday

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Satisfy porcine desires with piggies roasting on an open fire! Sunday, November 10, from noon-4 p.m. in Westport, Saugatuck Craft Butchery builds on last year’s Pig on the Plaza tradition with PORKTOBERFEST – a celebration of pork, beer, pork, music, pork and, you guessed it, more pork. Music will be provided by Norwalk’s own Austrian Boys Band, and bust out the lederhosen – German attire is strongly encouraged.

All-inclusive tickets are $35 for adults (21+) and $25 for children (under 21), and will be available for purchase at the door or online until midnight tonight at www.craftbutchery.com/PORKTOBERFEST

PORKTOBERFEST
WHERE:
Saugatuck Craft Butchery
580 Riverside Avenue
Westport, Connecticut
(203) 226-MEAT

WHEN:
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Noon-4 p.m.

TICKETS:
$35 for adults (21+)
$25 for children (under 21)
To purchase tickets online until midnight tonight, visit http://www.craftbutchery.com/PORKTOBERFEST

Forgot to Laugh Sideshow and Animation Festival Returns to New Haven’s Lyric Hall on Saturday

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The Agoo Art Factory presents the 7th annual New Haven Forgot to Laugh: Sideshow and Animation Festival — featuring vaudeville entertainment, combined with animated shorts by emerging and well-established animators from all over the world. This one-night event takes to the stage at Lyric Hall, a restored 1913 vaudeville theater in New Haven’s Westville neighborhood, this Saturday, November 9.

Following the show, there will be a cocktail reception where guests can meet-and-greet the performers and animators and view art on display by Forgot to Laugh’s founder, Tony Juliano. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the door or online here. If you bring a new pair of socks for the New Haven Home Recovery, you’ll be rewarded with a free Agoo Art magnet.

This year’s performers include: Guinness World Record holder and knife thrower, The Great Throwdini and his target girl “Bad-Ass” Lynn; the impossibly stretchy contortionist, Leo The Human Gumby; sword-swallowing, Coney Island performer, Kryssy Kocktail and fellow Coney Island performer and snake charmer, Serpentina and her partner Firecracker. An English native and not your traditional mime, Chris The Mime; psychic and lie detector (no tricks here) Kouros, The Man Who Knows; weirdo magic and comedy by Magic Moron… and your host for the evening, the lovely burlesque performer, New Haven’s own Dot Mitzvah.

Animators include: Academy Award winner, Bill Plympton; internet sensation, Happy Tree Friends; comic book creator “Lenore” Roman Dirge; the late, great Vaughn Bodé; and Steve Casino. Other animators include: Billy Blob, Lev Yilmaz, Eun-Ha Paek, Liam Lynch, Alex Rose, Mr. Simon O’Rielly, Rohitash Rao, Nina Paley and Seth Arp.

The 7th annual Forgot to Laugh Sideshow and Animation Festival is sponsored by: Abbott Printing, Westville Village Renaissance Alliance, The Devil’s Gear Bike Shop, Business New Haven, Alternate Universe, Tony Falcone Art Studios, Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, Bella’s Café, Keys On Kites Tattoo & Gallery, The Frame Shop and Westville Gallery, Traynor Collision Centers, Milford Photo, Anna Liffey’s, The Rubber Match, Gho*st @str Ey Dog, Joseph Cifferelli Studios, Billy Blob, Aidan Moran, Dr. Ferrucci’s Automobile Clinic, Monica Shushelnycky, Vladimir Shiptalnik, Elizabeth T. Walker, Moon Tyme Productions, Lisa Levy Industries, Derek Simpson, Goldsmith, The Miller Family, Chris and Emily, as well as a few anonymous supporters.

WHERE:
Lyric Hall, 827 Whalley Ave., New Haven, CT
Telephone number: 203-389-8885

WHEN:
Saturday, November 9. Doors: 7:00 p.m., Show: 7:30 p.m.
Meet-and-greet cocktail and art reception after the show.

TICKETS:
$12
Suggested for an (im)mature audience.
To buy tickets online and for more info on Forgot to Laugh, visit www.forgot2laugh.com.

A PURR-fect Way to Help Homeless Cats and Dogs: FONDUE-Raiser at The Melting Pot of Darien, October 24

DARIEN – September 26, 2013: The Melting Pot of Darien will hold a FONDUE-Raiser on Thursday, October 24, 2013 from 5 – 10 p.m., to benefit Friends of Felines and Outreach for Pets in Need (OPIN), two local organizations that provide shelter, medical care and affection to homeless pets in Fairfield County. During this special event, guests will have an opportunity to savor a special four-course fondue meal while knowing a portion of the meal proceeds will go directly to these animal rescue programs.

“We are very excited to partner with The Melting Pot of Darien as the restaurant has generously pledged to donate a percentage of dinner sales to help homeless cats and dogs in our community,” said Roxy Waters, Friends of Felines volunteer. “This is a fun fundraising event where people share communal pots of cheeses and chocolates while learning about local animals that are in need of forever homes.”

The FONDUE-ly delicious four-course menu for this benefit dinner is just $44.95 per person (Vegetarian option is only $39.95 per person). For every prix fixe meal purchased, the restaurant will donate $5 to the two local animal rescue organizations.

In conjunction with the dinner, there will be table set up with literature about Friends of Felines and OPIN, with volunteers available to discuss the good things happening at both organizations. OPIN will also bring along a special canine friend that is currently available for adoption.

Anyone wishing to dine at The Melting Pot of Darien for this FONDUE-Raiser should make reservations by calling the restaurant (after noon) at 203-656-4774. The Melting Pot, located at 14 Grove Street in Darien, is situated near a large parking lot and walking distance from the Metro North train station. To learn more about this FONDUE-Raiser, visit the restaurant Website at www.meltingpot.com/darien OR www.facebook.com/fofct.
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Hamden Town Center Park Keeps on Truckin’: Fall Food Truck Festival TODAY

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HAMDEN – To commemorate the close of a successful market season, the Hamden Town Center Park Commission wanted to celebrate with a festival — a food truck festival, being held TODAY, Friday October 18 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 18 area vendors will be dishing out deliciousness at this inaugural event.

Co-organizer Elizabeth Frias said, “We wanted an event to celebrate the end of a very successful season. As we are developing the Town Center of Hamden, not just the Park, it’s important to have frequent activity, and that smaller but more frequent activity is desirable to give the place life. That’s why Josh’s Jungle and the Farmers Market have been so successful this year. We’ve noted the increasing popularity of food trucks in the area, and it seemed like a great idea to promote the park while connecting local residents and small businesses with a fun event.”

When asked how participating vendors were selected, Frias continued, “We started with our founding farmers market vendors, DiSorbos Bakery, Sugar Bakery, The Spud Stud, Four Flours, Soup Girl, and  Elm City Kettle Corn. From there I wanted to make sure we had a great variety of different foods. I hand picked each truck ensuring we had a well rounded variety of foods from gourmet grilled cheese, steamed cheeseburgers, lobster, Southern fried chicken to falafel and organic soups.”

Other confirmed vendors at press time include: Caseus, Chubby Oven Pizza, Firedog, Food Extrovert, Fryborg, Lobstercraft, Lunchbox 23, Mamouns, Ricky D’s Rib Shack, Six Pence Pie Company, Spuds Your Way and Ted’s Steamed Cheeseburgers.

Musical entertainment will be provided by DJ Bry. The Town will have some seating available, but attendees are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets for a true picnic in the park. Parking is available at the Hamden Library, the Hamden Middle School, and on the South Lawn of Town Center Park.

For the latest information on this and all Town Center Park events, including up to date vendor lineups, menus, parking information and more, please go to: http://www.facebook.com/hamdentowncenterpark.