|News from 2012-2013 Season
- New London Company Makes Fun And Games Its Business By LEE HOWARD-The Day (MCT)
July 29, 2013
With a new video game just out and an original “Star Wars” character under its belt, Killer Minnow is cruising.
The downtown animation, game-design and video-production studio, started by a former criminal defense attorney and two veterans of Sonalysts Inc. in Waterford, also is the creator of an original sci-fi ...
- Art appraisals at the Garde The Day
Trish Czelusniak, right, of Niantic listens while Jennifer London Lacker of J. London Appraisals in Stonington tells her about her painting during the antique appraisals Thursday at the Garde Arts Center in New London. The event was hosted by the New London County Historical Society and the Garde, and was a joint fundraiser for ...
- Priceless Or Worthless? New London Appraisal Event Determines Which By Dirk Langeveld-Patch
Among the few clues in a painting found at Trish Czelusniak’s family cottage in Niantic was a newspaper clipping attached to the back of the frame.
It referred to a landscape painting by John Carleton Wiggins, a prominent member of the art colony in Old Lyme. And the picture in the clipping bore a ...
- Three Rivers Community College graduates its golden anniversary class by Janice Steinhagen – Reminder News
Monday, June 3, 2013
As Three Rivers Community College sent its 50th graduating class on to the next step at its June 1 commencement, it also bid farewell to President Dr. Grace Jones, who steered the institution since 2001 and who will retire June 30.
“Use knowledge to bring change to your ...
- Three Rivers celebrates new graduates By Rick Koster-The Day
New London — If Saturday’s Dixie-style heat and humidity could not wilt a square-top mortar board — and it couldn’t — the weather certainly wasn’t going to oppress the spirits of 665 graduates from Norwich’s Three Rivers Community College.
Gathered along with friends and family inside the Garde Arts Center Saturday afternoon, many ...
- New London looks ahead to magnet school future By Greg Smith-The Day
New London – There is excitement, some skepticism and many lingering questions about the city’s planned transition into an all-magnet school district.
Top school officials fielded those questions from among the three dozen people who attended Tuesday’s community forum at the Science and Technology Magnet High School.
The overall plan is to convert the ...
- Garde welcomes Step Afrika! By Kristina Dorsey- The Day
Step by step: When Step Afrika! formed in 1994, it became the first professional company anywhere dedicated solely to stepping. Stepping, if you didn’t know, is a percussive dance that began in African-American fraternities and sororities in the early 20th century. It derives, according to Step Afrika!, from a tradition of ...
- Eastern Connecticut Ballet debuts ‘Ballerina Swan’ By Kristina Dorsey- The Day
Eastern Connecticut Ballet’s newest piece, “Ballerina Swan,” has quite a lofty pedigree.
It’s both adapted for the stage and based on a book written by celebrated former New York City Ballet soloists for whom the legendary George Balanchine choreographed roles.
Gloria Govrin, who is now ECB’s artistic director, created the choreography. Her inspiration ...
- Three Rivers marks milestone in style By John Barry- The Bulletin
May 11, 2013
Norwich, Conn. —
More than 200 people put on their fanciest clothing Saturday night and joined in a celebration of Three Rivers Community College’s 50th anniversary and the career of Grace Jones, its retiring president.
“This is our big night,” Dianne Kent, head of the organizing committee, said. “I think we’re ready. ...
- The Marcus Roberts Trio with Béla Fleck grace the Garde By Rick Koster- The Day
Artists such as Marcus Roberts and Béla Fleck routinely cast musical spells the rest of us could never have conceived – and instead gratefully devour.
And that’s BEFORE they joined forces.
Fleck, of course, blew onto the world-music scene at a time when most folks’ idea of banjo virtuosity was directly linked to ...
- Film review: ‘Girl Rising’ sends message of empowerment By Kristina Dorsey- The Day
At the heart of the documentary “Girl Rising” is this idea: Educating a girl is a powerful force for change.
At a Friday screening of the film at the Garde Arts Center, a panel discussed that notion on a global scale — the movie does, after all, focus on girls from Cambodia, ...
- “Traces” takes acrobatics to new heights By Kristina Dorsey- The Day
Performing in “Traces” is not for wimps.
During the 90-minute show, performers fire off mind-bogging acrobatics.
One guy suspends upsidedown on a pole, hanging on only by wrapping his legs around the pole. He loosens legs and slides with lightning-fast speed down, head first, stopping himself just inches before hitting the floor.
A man ...
- Kidsploration: Let the fun begin By Kelly Catalfamo
New London — Children packed the Garde Arts Center Sunday afternoon, sometimes leaving their families straggling behind them as they ran from one attraction to the next.
Hundreds of families brought their children to see the premiere of “Kidsploration,” a children’s program that will be broadcast online starting May 10, but there was plenty ...
- Rolling out the red carpet for premiere of ‘Kidsploration’ at the Garde Arts Center By Tim Martin- The Day
New London – Two penguins from the Mystic Aquarium walked the red carpet at the Garde Arts Center in New London during the “World Premiere of Kidsploration” with Steve Elci and Friends Sunday.
“Kidsploration” is a children’s program featuring Steve Elci & Friends which will appear in half-hour episodes starting May 10 ...
- Medium Lisa Williams comes to the Garde By Kristina Dorsey- The Day
The last time clairvoyant Lisa Williams was scheduled to appear at the Garde Arts Center, a little problem arose: a landscape-burying, highway-closing holy terror of a blizzard.
Yes, her Feb. 10 “Messages from Beyond” show was one of the many that fell victim to superstorm Nemo (or Charlotte, depending on your source ...
- Poundstone leaves ‘em laughing at the Garde By Kristina Dorsey- The Day
Paula Poundstone drew one of the biggest crowds I’ve seen in a while at the Garde Arts Center, with more than a thousand fans packed in.
Introducing the comic Friday, Garde Executive Director Steve Sigel noted that the theater’s next show is “Elvis Lives,” and he said of Poundstone, “Right now, she ...
- It’s good to be King: “Elvis Lives” at the Garde By Kristina Dorsey-The Day
There is at least one part of the job sector that seems to still be roaring, despite the economy: the job of Elvis impersonator.
And not just in Vegas. They are working on stages all over the globe. One of the most popular Elvis tribute shows comes to the Garde Arts Center on ...
- ECSO Presents Final Concert April 20 The Day
The Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra’s (ECSO) final concert of the 2012-2013 season is Saturday, April 20 at 8 p.m. at the Garde Arts Center, 325 State Street, New London. Music Director Toshiyuki Shimada conducts a “Night at the Opera” with ECSO and the Eastern Connecticut Symphony 80-voice chorus. The performance features guest soprano soloist ...
- Dances in progress, with Alison Chase/Performance By Kristina Dorsey
Alison Chase/Performance has spent two weeks in a creative residency at the Garde Arts Center, developing four dance pieces – remounting two previous works and finishing two new ones.
The group will perform those works-in-progress on Friday at the Garde. (This showcase is by invitation, but members of the public can be admitted by ...
- Exciting new vision for NL schools The Day
In the next few months we expect the New London Board of Education to complete work on an ambitious strategic plan with the goal of improving student performance and burnishing the image of its tarnished school system. As described to us, it is a vision for public education in New London that will provide ...
- Getting to strut their stuff By Julianne Hanckel -The Day
New London — Samantha Latham was ready to rock on Saturday, prepped to sing her country version of a Carrie Underwood song at the third annual Youth Talent Show at the Garde Arts Center.
Nervous, maybe. Excited, definitely.
“New London is a great place,” Samantha, or Sammy E, as she is known on stage, ...
- Celebration of youth at New London Talent Show By Kristina Dorsey-The Day
Singers and dancers, beat-boxers and magicians: you never know who will walk onto the New London Youth Talent Show stage and wow the crowd.
You’ll find out, though, on Saturday during the third annual event at the Garde Arts Center.
The production serves as more than a mere showcase for regional talent between ages ...
- Garde breaks film festival attendance record By Kristina Dorsey-The Day
The Garde Arts Center’s New London Winter Film Festival closes Sunday with a matinee screening of “Les Miserables,” but it’s already been a record-breaking festival. The attendance has gone over the 6,000 mark for the 15-movie series – the biggest turn-out ever for a Garde film festival.
Garde Executive Director Steve Sigel said ...
- The Russian National Ballet Theatre dances “Cinderella” at the Garde By Kristina Dorsey
Freedom to create: What exactly is the Russian National Ballet Theatre? It was created during the Perestroika period in the 1980s. That opening up of the former Soviet Union meant new freedom, too, for the country’s dancers and choreographers. This company, first called the Soviet National Ballet, aimed to honor – and to invigorate ...
- Jason Marsalis, Vibraphone Quartet give memorable performance By Rick Koster-The Day
Some years back, in the spirit of curiosity, Jason Marsalis, a superior drummer/composer known for his post-bop and Latin jazz recordings — not to mention membership in a family that includes siblings Wynton, Branford and Delfeayo and father Ellis — wondered what might happen if he added vibrophone to his musical toolkit.
- Violins galore at Bowfire By Kristina Dorsey
What is it? Bowfire brings together amazing violinists to play a whole range of music: jazz to bluegrass, classical to Celtic. Oh, and a little Led Zeppelin, too. In addition to instrumental work, the show promises some dancing – step and tap – and singing.
Then and now: The Canadian group, which plays the ...
- Alison Chase/Performance is in full swing By Kristina Dorsey- The Day
It looks almost as if they are flying. The dancers silently shift and swirl in the air over the Garde Arts Center stage. They hang and entwine in the silks that dangle from the rigging above.
One performer lifts and turns himself upsidedown with graceful ease. Another climbs the silks, using hands ...
- Garde starts its New London Winter Film Festival By Kristina Dorsey
You think Jennifer Lawrence has it rough leading up to the Academy Awards ceremony? Picking out a designer gown pales in comparison to the challenge we mere mortals face: we must see all those Oscar contenders we missed on their first go-round in theaters.
Well, thank goodness that the Garde Arts Center’s New Lodnon ...
- ‘A Chorus Line’ still relevant after almost four decades By Kristina Dorsey-The Day
TV’s “Smash” might be the backstage musical of the moment, but the granddaddy of all Broadway behind-the-scenes dramas is “A Chorus Line.”
The latest tour of this Pulitzer Prize-winning musical is by American Theatre International, and it started a two-night stay at the Garde Arts Center on Tuesday.
“A Chorus Line” definitely feels of ...
- Mattea strikes a rich vein this time around at Garde By Kristina Dorsey-The Day
Despite the ol’ aging-like-fine-wine adage, how often do performers actually sound better decades into their career?
I saw Kathy Mattea in concert at the Garde Arts Center in 1995. And I saw her at the Garde Friday night. I dare say, she has surpassed her earlier stage self. Her alto is richer and ...
- 40 under Forty: Frank Colmenares, 22 The Day
New London — Frank Colmenares, 22, is a New London musician coming up the hard way. A native of New London, he has long been an advocate for the city’s youth, staunchly decrying suburban myths about urban youth.
In response to arrests as a result of a water gun battle in the city, he organized ...
- Guitar virtuoso Jesse Cook returns to the Garde By Rick Koster
Here’s a fun idea:
Print out one of those snarky critics’ lists of the 100 Greatest Guitarists Ever and take it with you Sunday to New London’s Garde Arts Center.
Then, when Jesse Cook takes the stage and starts to play, rip the stinkin’ “Greatest Guitarists” list into shreds because A) Cook isn’t on any ...
- Chef Robert Irvine cooks up a live performance at the Garde By Kristina Dorsey-The Day
Chef Robert Irvine cooks up a live performance
Get this high-concept concoction: Chef Robert Irvine says the challenges in his live stage show are like “Restaurant: Impossible,” “Worst Cooks in America” and “Survivor” all wrapped into one.
And, in this case, much of the power is in the hands of the audience members. They ...
- Daybreak’s highlight of the year: Theater “Young Frankenstein”
By Kristina Dorsey-The Day
This stage version of the classic movie took full advantage of all the Mel Brooks-penned silliness: “It’s pronounced ‘Fronkensteen!’” “What hump?” “Walk this way.” And that inimitable version of “Puttin’ on the Ritz.” What’s not to like?
- Guitarists Nels Cline and Julian Lage team up By Rick Koster-The Day
Yeah, yeah, we know: Never the twain shall meet.
But sometimes the twain DO meet – and sometimes we’re all better for it.
Consider tonight’s performance by Nels Cline and Julian Lage in the Oasis Room of New London’s Garde Arts Center. While they’re two of the most remarkable guitar players in contemporary music, ...
- Hot flashes forever! ‘Menopause the Musical’ returns to the Garde By Kristina Dorsey-The Day
When “Menopause The Musical” first played the Garde Arts Center in 2003, the show was enjoying its first blushes of success: the comic musical had conquered off-Broadway the previous year and was starting to tour the U.S.
“Menopause The Musical” returns to the Garde for performances this weekend, and, in between those New London ...
- Garde was a beacon during power outage By Susan Hermanson- The Day
As a member of the board of the New London Homeless Hospitality Center, I wanted to take a moment to recognize the Garde Arts Center for its recent act of hospitality for our guests.
In the wake of Sandy and the power outage at our daytime center and the resulting confusion and ...
- GIs stage comedy assault on the Garde By Kristina Dorsey-The Day
If ever there were a story of humor as therapy or comedy as a saving grace, this is it.
Thom Tran returned in 2004 from Iraq, where he specialized in small unit and tactical communications under the U.S. Army’s Special Operations Command. During that time, he was shot in the back of the ...
- Uniformly funny: GIs of Comedy at the Garde By Kristina Dorsey-The Day
Contradiction in terms? The stereotype of members of the military is focused, serious, dedicated, determined … and hilarious? Yes, at least in the case of the guys that make up the standup troupe The GIs of Comedy. These men were – or are – in the U.S. Armed Forces, but they also ...
- Nonprofit cooperation was vital after storm Preston Whiteway Executive Director Eugene O’Neill Theater Center Waterford -The Day
This region is blessed with many world-class cultural institutions, though our devotion to our own individual missions often means that we have little time to work together.
I’d like to publicly voice my gratitude to the Garde Arts Center and Executive Director Steve Sigel, who opened ...
- Garde welcomes John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean By Kristina Dorsey- The Day
Light it up: John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean is a black-light puppet show that brings kids on an undersea adventure. The production is taking its first time around the country on tour, and it stops at the Garde Arts Center for a Saturday matinee.
The rest of the story: The stars of the show ...
- Filmmaker John Waters takes to the Garde stage By Rick Koster-The Day
John Waters has worn many hats – filmmaker, standup comedian, author, actor, journalist, conceptual artist – but living through Hurricane Sandy has spurred him to consider a new career.
“I want to be the Scare Weather Man,” he says by phone from his home in Baltimore.
He was inspired by dire, ongoing weather reports ...
- Opera review: CLO’s ‘Carmen’ propelled by tenor Juárez By Milton Moore – The Day
New London – The Connecticut Lyric Opera celebrated its 10th anniversary Saturday with a reprise of its very first opera, Bizet’s “Carmen,” in a performance at the Garde Arts Center that was musically compelling and full of drama, despite some serious flaws.
The CLO has grown from its first opera in ...
- Connecticut Lyric Opera presents “Carmen” By Milton Moore-The Day
If ever there was a perfect “first opera,” it’s “Carmen.” Bizet’s tuneful score churns out operatic greatest hit after greatest hit, the characters are vivid and complex, and its Spanish milieu of gypsy encampments and bullfighting pageantry provides exotic splashes of local color.
No wonder “Carmen” was the Connecticut Lyric Opera’s first-ever production ...
- The importance of the Garde debates By Paul Choiniere-The Day
There is energy at a live political debate in front of an audience that infuses the candidates with greater urgency and adds a degree of drama that does not exist in sterile studio affairs or debates held before handpicked audiences. Yet if the terrible audience behavior seen at the recent Senate debate ...
- Top brass: DRUMline live at the garde By Kristina Dorsey -The Day
Don P. Roberts, creator and director of DRUMline Live, has described the development of the show like this: they took the excitement of an historically black college and university football halftime show and “increased the intensity by a thousand watts.”
Now, that’s intense.
Experience the bam-pow pizzazz of DRUMline Live when it returns ...
- Youngsters enjoy concert, ballet at the Garde By Dana Jenson-The Day
Phoebe Brown of the Eastern Connecticut Ballet School performs as a lion during a vignette from Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals” during the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra’s young people’s concert for children from area schools at the Garde Arts Center in New London Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012. The ECSO held two young ...
- Barefoot Truth: One more song before they go By Rick Koster-The Day
The Mystic band Barefoot Truth is breaking up after almost a decade’s hard-earned ascendancy throughout the indie rock world. Their brand of acoustic pop, recalling the best of Jason Mraz and Dave Matthews, won a fervent legion of fans across the U.S. Albums such as “Carry Us On,” “Threads” and “Life Is ...
- Making that extra effort at the Garde Sean D. Elliot-The Day
Local prospective film extras, from left, Heidi Harger, Joey Ballestrini and Nick Sergiacomi, wait to have their photos taken Thursday during a casting call at the Garde Arts Center’s gallery space on State Street in New London. Extras were being sought for the film “Something Whispered,” starring Cuba Gooding Jr., which is ...
- Garde screens Manhattan Short Film Festival By Kristina Dorsey -The Day
We may not be Oscar voters … or Golden Globe voters … or Sundance voters … but, darn it, we can decide which movie in the Manhattan Short Film Festival is best.
Here’s how it works: The 10 shorts will be screened in 49 countries over the course of a week. Everyone ...
- Recognition for those behind city’s youth talent show The Day
The New London Youth Collaborative has handed out awards to individuals and groups who participated in, and contributed to, the 2nd annual New London Youth Talent Show.
The awards were presented during the Sept. 17 City Council meeting.
Among those honored were Superintendent of Schools Nicholas A. Fischer; Steve Sigel, who provided access to the Garde ...
- Dancing feat: Steve Sigel and others get MADD About Dancing By Kristina Dorsey-The Day
For years, Steve Sigel has been a force behind the scenes in the performing-arts world, as executive director of the Garde Arts Center.
On Friday, he moves to center stage, doing something he has never done before: ballroom dancing.
It’s all for a MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) benefit. In this annual event hosted ...
- NL PARTNERS COLLABORATE TO CELEBRATE LATINO HERITAGE he Day –Some New London cultural and educational organizations have joined forces to commemorate Latino Heritage Month with a plethora of events.
Sep 19, 2012 9:36 AM - Originally published in The Day
Published 09/19/2012 12:00 AM
Updated 09/18/2012 11:54 PM
New London – Some New London cultural and educational organizations have joined forces to commemorate Latino Heritage Month with a plethora ...
- New London partners collaborate to celebrate Latino Heritage Month The Day
New London - Some New London cultural and educational organizations have joined forces to commemorate Latino Heritage Month with a plethora of events.
From now through Nov. 9, there will be film screenings, art exhibits, poetry, spoken word, fiestas and educational workshops. It will culminate with a performance at the Garde Arts Center with Bachata ...
- NEW LONDON YOUTH TALENT SHOW PRESENTS AWARDS TONIGHT City Council meeting will begin with recognition of performers and supporters
New London Patch–The New London Youth Talent Show will recognize several people who have assisted with and performed in the annual event.
Sep 17, 2012 9:38 AM - Originally published on the New London Patch
September 17, 2012
The New London Youth Talent Show will recognize several people who have ...
- GARDE ANNOUNCES 2012-13 SEASON LINEUP – SEASON: IMPOSSIBLE The Garde Arts Center – with more than 40 different shows already planned and more to come – announces its 2012-13 season at the region’s nonprofit center for the performing arts and education located in the heart of downtown New London. Called “Season: Impossible” in tribute to one of the season’s highlights featuring celebrity chef ...
- Jazzing things up By Rick Koster -The Day
It’s not that hard to figure out.
French jazz singer Cyrille Aimee is fluently scat – Ella would be astonished – and has a voice like fog-draped cream.
Guitarist Diego Figueiredo’s spidery fingers weave lovely and convoluted musical webs that at once call Jesse Cook and Django Reinhardt to mind.
Put Aimee and Figeuiredo ...