Wine, Women and Witty Conversation, Friday, Feb. 6 | 5:30 pm
You bring the wine, we’ll provide the glasses, hors d’oeuvres, works by local artisans, raffle items, music and mingling with members of the cast of “The Vagina Monologues.” Wear red to mark this VDay event.
$25 ticket includes admission to Friday night’s performance of The Vagina Monologues at 7:30pm
Limited space. Get your tickets early!
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The Vagina Monologues

Friday Feb. 6 and Saturday, Feb. 7 | 7:30 pm

Eve Ensler’s groundbreaking play is a series of monologues about women and their bodies, including texts on sex, love and rape. The Rev. Bridget Fidler  of the First Church of Christ, Congregational in Suffield, debuts as director.   The production is part of VDay, which raises money for groups working to end violence against women.

Doors open at 7 pm Friday and Saturday.
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$25 UNcorked admission on Friday; $15 General Admission,$10 for Charter Oak and Let’s GO Arts! members and seniors (62+),$5 for students Friday and Saturday.

Louisa Barton-Duguay: Selected Works

Artist Opening | Saturday, Feb. 7, 5-7 pm | Free

Louisa Barton-Duguay is showing mixed-media, small sculpture and paintings, in our main gallery through March 6.

The artist reception is Saturday, Feb. 7, 5 to 7 pm at Charter Oak. The show runs through Friday, March 6. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11 am to 5 pm.

Louisa received her BFA from Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, studied for a summer in France, had a six-week ceramic residency in China, and was married to artist Guy Duguay.

Join us for the opening.

AN EVENING OF SMILES featuring six original comedies

Laughter For A Good Cause | Friday | Feb. 20 | 7:30 pm | $20

Six Greater Hartford playwrights present an evening of original comedies to benefit a great cause.  The featured playwrights, whose work has been seen on stages both locally and nationally, are Bill Arnold (Attack of the Space Nymphos from Uranus, Lint – The Musical!), Cody Daigle (In the Bones, Why We Fall), Jeffrey Kagan-McCann (My Gay Son’s Wedding, Once in a Blue Moon), Scott Stephen Kegler (Whacked, A Cup of Joe at the Iffy Fish), Jacques Lamarre (I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti, Christmas on the Rocks), and March Schrader (Pressing, Sitting).  The evening will feature new one-act plays guaranteed to make you smile PLUS raise money to help Rob Velasquez’s much-needed oral surgery.  Following the program, there will be a reception with the writers, cast and Rob himself.
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Talking Ebola: Death, Survival and the present- Why Grassroots Organizations Are Useful

Friday, Feb. 27 | 6:00 pm | FREE
Simon Tsike-Sossah is the project coordinator of DERSWA, a network of community based and grass roots African organizations on the front lines of the Ebola crisis. DERSWA’s partner organizations are leading education, prevention, and trauma support projects affecting millions across Liberia and Sierra Leone. As project coordinator, Mr. Tsike-Sossah has an expert working knowledge of how community organizations are critical toward ending this Ebola epidemic. His current focus is on the education of the many Ebola orphans who who have lost their parents to this dreadful disease.

Simon’s talk will be followed by “Growing the Pie” a peace building and conflict resolution workshop.

Women Composers Festival

March 5-8

Lisa Renée Coons is the featured composer at the 15th Annual Women Composers Festival of Hartford.

Lisa was a Jackie McLean Fellow and visiting professor at the Hartt School. She is an assistant professor of music composition at Western Michigan University. She earned her her PhD in composition from Princeton University.

Also featured is Iktus Percussion, a collective based in New York City,  and New England Guitar Quartet, which made its debut performance at the 2012 festival.

The festival includes workshops, lectures and performances.

For more information and tickets click here

Chai-ku Poetry Slam: Call for Entries from Adults

The Aim Chai Campaign is sponsoring a community-wide Chai-ku contest.

What’s a Chai-ku? You may have heard of a Haiku, which is a Japanese poem of 17 syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five. A Chai-ku is a play on the words Haiku and Chai, the Hebrew word for life. A Chai-ku is much simpler than a Haiku; there’s only one rule: a Chai-ku must be 18 words.

To enter, a write 18 words describing what you hope for the future of our Jewish community here in Greater Hartford.

The deadline to submit your Chai-ku for the Adult contest is March 1, 2015.

The Youth contest has already been conducted. Winners from all categories will be featured at The Chai-Ku Slam March 26, 7 pm.
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