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Gallery Opening Night Party invitation

On Fri. Jan 19 at 5:30 PM you are invited to the Opening night party to welcome The Female Perspective works by Karen Bonanno to @287 Gallery. 

free public reception from 5:30pm to 8:00pm. An RSVP is strongly suggested.Through figurative gesture,  expressive mark making and color choice, Woodbury Connecticut artist Karen Bonanno captures a mood suggestive of Cezanne, Bonnard or Matisse. Her new solo exhibition, "The Female Perspective," opens on Friday, January 19th, 2018, at @287 Gallery, 287 Main Street, Danbury CT, with a free public reception from 5:30pm to 8:00pm. An RSVP is strongly suggested. For reservations, go to http://bit.ly/female_perspective or call (203) 798 0760  "The Female Perspective" runs through Friday, April 20th. The exhibition marks the beginning of @287 Gallery's 2018 season, as it enters its sixth year of presenting fine art by Western Connecticut artists and others that capture the gallery's sense of vision and looking forward.  

“What’s Happening in Danbury” for Amazon Alexa

The City of Danbury Cultural Commission events calendar is now available on the Amazon Alexa family of services. Share this email and if you or someone know got Alexa this holiday season, enable the Flash Briefing Skill WITH the What's Happening in Danbury app. Search the Skill settings for "Danbury" and follow the simple instructions for all you Need to Know. 

“What’s Happening in Danbury” for Amazon Alexa is the newest app for Danbury, Connecticut. If you have access to an Alexa service just ask “Alexa, What is the news in Danbury”, and the latest listing of cultural and artistic events will be read to you. 

Alexa is a cloud-based voice service from Amazon. Alexa is the brain behind Amazon Echo and other Alexa-enabled devices. Using Alexa is as simple as asking a question—just ask, and Alexa will respond instantly. Amazon Alexa lives in the cloud and is always getting smarter. Ask Alexa to play music, hear the news, check the weather, control your smart home, and more. “What’s Happening in Danbury” for Amazon Alexa

Mail and More

The email version of What’s Happening in Danbury is still published every Wednesday. And now, in addition, there is an Alexa edition too. Sign up for the email version from the Danbury Cultural Commission’s website DanburyArts.com. Enable the “Flash Briefing” on your Alexa to hear the spoken version. 

Meet Alexa

Alexa is the brain behind the All-new Echo, Echo Plus, Echo Dot, Echo Spot, Echo Show, Echo Look, and other Alexa devices. Using Alexa is as simple as asking a question—just ask, and Alexa will respond instantly. Alexa lives in the cloud so it’s always getting smarter, and updates are delivered to your devices automatically. 

Flash Briefing

Flash Briefing lets you put together a personalized lineup of updates from news sources like the City of Danbury Cultural Commission, NPR, CNN, Fox News, and CNET. If you’ve set up a voice profile, Alexa recognizes your voice and can catch you up on the latest without repeating old news. Just ask: “Alexa, What’s the news in Danbury?” 

Classic Movie Matinee

Just as in days gone bye, The Palace Danbury will be the place for Sunday afternoon movies.
On January 21st the Hearst Media Film Club sponsors And You Thought You Knew Classic Movies. Film historian John DiLeo will present a Film Journey Through Hollywood and America at 2:00 PMAND YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW CLASSIC MOVIES Sunday, January 21, 2018 2:00 PM The Palace Danbury	Danbury, CT

DiLeo's presentation is a fun, informative and idiosyncratic history of Hollywood’s Golden Age, while telling a parallel story of America itself. During this multi-media event, DiLeo will spotlight film clips from movies featuring Bette Davis, Clark Gable, Judy Garland, James Cagney, Doris Day, Gene Kelly, Natalie Wood, and Steve McQueen

John DiLeo is the author of six books about classic movies: And You Thought You Knew Classic Movies, 100 Great Film Performances You Should Remember—But Probably Don’t, Screen Savers: 40 Remarkable Movies Awaiting Rediscovery, Tennessee Williams and Company: His Essential Screen Actors, Screen Savers II: My Grab Bag of Classic Movies, and Ten Movies at a Time: A 350-Film Journey Through Hollywood and America 1930-1970

After the presentation, he’ll be signing copies of his newest book, Ten Movies At A Time, the companion book to this presentation assisted by Byrd's Books, 126 Greenwood Avenue Bethel, across from P.T. Barnum Square

Danbury's Palace Theatre is located at 165 Main Street, in downtown Danbury, CT. The January 21st program starts at 2:00 with all tickets $20. For more info Sync to the Link [thepalacedanbury.com] or call the box office: 203 794-9944.

Oscar Nominated Short Films 2018 

Saturday February 10, 2018 is Oscar Madness at The Palace Danbury! We’re screening the best in Animation, Live Action & Documentary short films… ALL IN ONE DAY!

The Academy Award nominated short films are often the most creative and surprising films of any kind. However, these films are not regularly shown in theaters. This year, movie buffs will have the opportunity to see all the nominated films at The Palace Danbury.

On Saturday, February 10, The Palace will showcase this year’s Oscar nominated short films in one marathon, eye-popping day! The marathon begins at 2:00 PM with the fanciful world of animation. At 4:00 PM, the madness continues with live action. At 7:00 PM the event reaches it’s home stretch with documentary films.

This is the ultimate event for film lovers! As an added bonus, Joe Meyers, Entertainment writer for Hearst Publications, will be at the theatre as your cinematic guide.With all three categories offered – Animated, Live Action and Documentary – this is your chance to have the edge in your Oscar pool and predict the winners!


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Need to Know - Danbury 

A Glimpse of what's happening this week from the Danbury Cultural Commission

Sun. Jan. 21
2:00pm - 4:00pm And you Thought You Knew Classic Movies - The Palace Danbury
Where: The Palace Theatre 165 Main St, Danbury, CT 06810, USA
Description: Join The Palace when film historian John DiLeo presents AND YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW CLASSIC MOVIES: A Film Journey Through Hollywood and America. 

DiLeo presents an informative and fun history of Hollywood's Golden Age, while telling a parallel story of America itself. During this multi-media presentation, DiLeo will spotlight films featuring Bette Davis, Clark Gable, Judy Garland, James Cagney, Gene Kelly, Natalie Wood, and Steve McQueen.  Sync to the Link [http://thepalacedanbury.com/

NOW you can ask Amazon's Alexa "What's The News in Danbury" for this weeks Danbury Cultural Commission events listings. E-Mail your questions to me or simply enable your Flash Briefing.

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There is always something happening throughout the city:
Danbury Museum & Historical Society

Danbury Railway Museum

Danbury Public Library 

At Western Connecticut State University: 
University Events
In the Neighboring 12 Towns: 

Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut 


closed until further notice

Military Museum of So. New England 

Long Term Exhibits


Until Jan 20, 2018 

The Trailer Box Project 15 Great Pasture Rd. 
Trailer Box Artists Group Show featuring:
Antonio Carvalho
Chris Durante
Jim Felice
Dave Gesualdi
Frank Kara
Bob Keating
Megan Marden
Janice Mauro
Mark Savoia
Cathy Vanaria
Dayna Wenzel


Until March 30

Gallery at Still River Editions 128 East Liberty Street


The IN VIEW project is a collaboration between property owners in downtown Danbury Connecticut and area emerging artist who seek a venue to exhibit work.
IN VIEW Facebook 

In transition 

Gallery @287, 287 Main Street 
The Female Perspective works by KAREN BONANNO
January 19 - April 20 2018

Art & Frame, 60 Newtown Road
Evoke Transformation 
An exhibition featuring the transformative works of Dayna Wenzel & Shona Curtis


Accessible Art

YMCA's ESCAPE to the Arts 293 Main Street
Filosa/Hancock Hall  31 Staples Street
Mothership Bakery & Cafe 331 Main Street 
Danbury City Hall 155 Deer Hill Avenue
CityCenter Danbury 268 Main Street
Hodge Insurance Agency 283 Main Street
Danbury Public Library 170 Main Street
Pour Me Coffee & Wine Cafe 274 Main Street

Also in the Accessible Series
Bethel Public Library, 189 Greenwood Ave, Bethel CT
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Oct - Dec 2013

Danbury, Conn.

Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale

October 12, 13, and 14 is the time to be at the PAL building 35 Hayestown Road, across from the Town Park for the Annual Friends of the Danbury Book sale. This year there are over 80,000 items in 60 categories to browse. From Antiques to DVD's stop by and shop at this excellent event. Beginning at 8:00 A.M. on Saturday those early birds pay $10 admission for first crack at the treasures. And at 10:00 A.M. and for the rest of the weekend admission is free to all. On Sunday books drop to 1/2 price and by Columbus Day books will be $5.00 by the bag full. 

As an added bonus this year on Saturday between 1 and 3, there is a book singing with Bill Devlin and Herb Janick authors of Danbury's Third Century. And for the first time Credit cards are accepted for purchases. Stop over and support the Danbury Public Library through your purchases. Who knows what values you'll find.    

what is to come?

The Danbury Music Centre returns this season with Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet. In conjunction with the Danbury Symphony Orchestra and 200 dancers from the greater Danbury area in this fully staged, costumed production. Arthur Fredrick is Artistic Director and Choreographer and Ariel Rudiakov is musical director and conducts the Danbury Symphony Orchestra. Tickets go on sale November 21st and traditionally sell out fast but you may select seats early by mail.  Check the Music Centre website for details. http://www.danbury.org/MusicCtr/calendar.htm

First Night Danbury 2012-2013, enjoying its 23rd year as a family friendly New Year’s Eve celebration, salutes “Danbury Fare.” The pun is intended, with memories of Danbury’s historic and iconic “Fair” along with recognition of our City’s “Fare,” continuing to develop and service within our CityCenter downtown hub. First Night takes place on New Year’s Eve, December 31st, from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm in Danbury downtown venues, all within easy walking distance. http://www.firstnightdanbury.org/ 

Among the many events at the Palace Danbury is "The Great Danbury Fair Revue" October 12th at 7:30. Be prepared for music, memories, and more when Billy Michael and his Cavalcade of Stars take a nostalgic look at the most beloved fair in America. Although you may shed a tear or two, they guarantee you'll leave smiling. Find information about everything going on at the Palace connect to their website. http://www.thepalacedanbury.com/ 

loosing a gallery space

The Mercurial Gallery at 11 Library Place, in the heart of Downtown Danbury, will be closing its doors following this latest show Undone. For over four years Amanda Bloom has brought wonderful and interesting exhibits to the space off Main Street but the time has come to move on to new adventures. But keep your eyes open for an occasional 'Pop-up' show. Thank you, Amanda, for all your efforts showcasing the arts in the City and beyond. We look forward to your next projects.

a message to our supporters

For over 45 years the Danbury Cultural Commission has supported and promoted arts and culture in Danbury. We are a part of the city which nurtures creative and aesthetic projects which support economic stability and a full quality of life. Danbury is one of the “Best Cities in America” in part because the Cultural Commission finds new talent and supports existing outlets.

gallery spaces full of visual art

The Trailer Box is again presenting works at their location at the Arts Project Space at Jim Felice Studios 15 Great Pasture Rd., Unit 15 Danbury, Connecticut 06810. The current show at the Trailer Box Gallery, “Sculpture 2013” Dave Gesualdi & Bob Keating, will be open, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 12pm - 5pm Thru Nov. 2.  Find additional details on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TrailerBoxGallery

craft fair season throughout New England and Danbury has its share of events

An Art Trunk at the Sheraton, 745 Baywood Dr. Danbury, the Fall Craft Fair at St. Gregory the Great, a Holiday Spectacular Arts & Crafts Showcase at the Ethan Allen Hotel/Conference Ctr, 21 Lake Ave. Danbury and the Connecticut Handcrafted Holiday Expo at O'Neil Center Western CT State Univ., University Blvd. are only a few of the events. In addition there is The Holidays juried Craft Show November 23rd at the PAL Center with some of the finest Crafters and Artists in the area showing handmade merchandise. Check the Commission web site, DanburyArts.com, for updates and details.

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CityCenter hosted the Taste of Danbury with vendors arrayed throughout the Downtown green Musical events added to the excitement and festive atmosphere.


At the Richter Association for the Arts in September, the Berkshire Big Band played outdoors and the audience called it "Fantastic". On the 22nd A musical lecture by Charles Berger, “From Classical to Popsical” discussing the use of classical melodies in popular music. And the juried art show set up and exhibited to round out the month.

Want to know more? Browse to Danbury Cultural Commission event calendar and set a bookmark. The calendar is updated often. You can also subscribe to this Newsletter. We publish periodically, we won’t share your address and you can drop off of the list at any time. Send your request to be on the mailing list to Danbury Cultural Commission newsletter request.

In This Issue

Music at the Heirloom
This month more than 8 bands will be performing at the 155 Main Street Danbury concert hall and art gallery. Even more is planned for the rest of the year. Check their website for performance details.




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The Commission supports 40 Arts producers throughout
the City.


Danbury has 4 museums, 10 art galleries, 9 performance spaces, 5 music groups and 10 cultural organizations a University and  a dozen arts schools.


Artists, looking for assistance from the Danbury Cultural Commission? Our Grant application is available on-line to fill out and print in your office. Send the completed forms us. E-Mail with questions. Or call. We meet the fourth Monday most months.


Danbury Museum and Historical Society hosts the 6th Annual Holiday Craft Fair & Bazaar! Nov. 30th to Dec. 21st .Visit the web site for more info! http://www.danburymuseum.org



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