Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Holiday happenings at the New Haven Free Public Library

The New Haven Free Public Library has some holiday treats up their sleeves and here is a release (unedited) on a taste of what's to come:

Inline image 1Holiday specials at New Haven Public Library

Inline image 2 East Haddam Stage Company presents a post-Thanksgiving live action “radio” drama on Saturday, Nov. 30, 3-4 pm.
Four actors portray seven characters, complete with sound effects and audience participation in “Sherlock Holmes and The Adventure of the Speckled Band.” This production recreates a 1930 radio show in which renowned actor William Gillette (of “castle” fame) portrayed Sherlock Holmes on the radio for the first time. EHSC Artistic Director Kadie Carle sets the stage with some historical background before introducing the show.

Inline image 3 On Thursday, Dec. 19, 6-7 pm, actor Colin Lane and musician Becca Zaretzky reprise last year’s standing-room only dramatic reading of Dylan Thomas’ A Child's Christmas in Wales.
Originally written for radio, Dylan Thomas’poem is told from the viewpoint of a young child and celebrates Christmases past, portraying a nostalgic and simpler time. Lane’s credits include stints on and off-Broadway, as well as many regional theater roles, including at the Yale Rep and the Mark Taper Theater in Los Angeles—not to mention six seasons with Elm City Shakespeare. Zaretzky’s music provides “the secret ingredient” to the success of this production. She holds a degree from The Boston Conservatory and has appeared in a number of Boston-area and other regional theatrical productions.

Inline image 4 The Bob Kolb Jazz Trio plays “Jazz at the Movies” on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, starting at 3 pm (snow date Jan. 11).
Tunes include “Cheek To Cheek” (Top Hat, 1935); “The Shadow of Your Smile” (The Sandpiper, 1965); “Sunrise, Sunset” (Fiddler on the Roof, 1964), and many more, in this special performance by musicians Bob Kolb (tenor sax), Dave Childs (piano) and Steve Roan (bass and guitar). Kolb has played with too many jazz greats to name, as well as backing performers like Frank Sinatra, Natalie Cole, Tony Bennett and Sammy Davis, Jr. Childs currently teaches piano at Fairfield University and is the pianist at the Stratford Unitarian Church, and he performs full-time in a variety of venues. Roan has played and recorded with many jazz legends and has performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. He appeared with Julie Harris and David Childs at the Library’s Cole Porter event last summer.

Refreshments will be served at all these family events, which are hosted by the NHFPL Foundation. Tickets are $15 individual/$25 family and may be obtained by calling 203-946-7454 or emailing Proceeds will be used to support library activities
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