New Canaan’s Paul Simon visited Skidmore College Oct. 26 to work with a class and perform.
During the day, he worked with students in a songwriting class.
In the evening, “Paul Simon: A Conversation about a Musical Life” at the Arthur Zankel Music Center included a conversation between Skidmore President Philip Glotzbach and Simon. Topics ranged from Simon’s music and career to his charitable work.
He also played two acoustic songs.
Take a magic carpet ride to a whole new world.
Saxe Middle School presents the fall fifth- and sixth-grade musical, Disney’s “Aladdin Jr.”
Performances — Friday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. — will take place in the new Saxe Middle School Theater.
Under the direction and choreography of Lauren Nicole Sherwood, along with Joe Gergle, the musical director, and Matt Blank, the stage manager and assistant director, audiences will sing and dance to the Academy Award-winning score by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, with classic songs like “A Whole New World” and “Friend Like Me.”
The plot revolves around Princess Jasmine and the pressure she has on her to choose a husband. The magic Genie shows Aladdin how a “Friend Like Me” can help him win the love of Princess Jasmine as the “Arabian Nights” pass. This musical journey, based on the classic Disney movie, will take you on a magic carpet ride of delight and adventure.
More than 90 students have dedicated three afternoons per week to practice their singing, dancing and line memorization. Students also volunteered as stage crew, under the direction of Anthony Medaglia, and have been working tirelessly to transform the new middle school theater into Agrabah — a city of mystery and enchantment.
Tickets may be purchased online at saxeptc.org or in person one hour before each performance.
Please register online at newcanaanlibrary.org for events at the New Canaan Library, 151 Main St.
Guitarist, composer and songwriter: Music @ New Canaan Library continues its tradition of offering first-class musical programs with a performance by international guitarist Hiroya Tsukamoto on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Adrian Lamb Room.
His style of performing is described as cinematic guitar poetry: a blend of folk, jazz and Japanese roots, creating a unique and powerful sound. He also introduces some Japanese folk music with the stories behind the songs.
Muslims of America: New York-based photographer Carlos Khalil Guzman will present his unique photo series “Muslims of America,” along with a talk on the rise of Islamophobia across the country, on Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the Adrian Lamb Room.
Guzman’s photos are dedicated to capturing the diversity of the Muslim community in the United States and bringing to light the beauty and truthfulness of Islam while countering misconceptions. In addition to the visual component of the evening, Guzman will speak about the many related issues, including the rise of Islamophobia — how it affects the Muslim community across the U.S., and the relationship between Islamophobia and other forms of oppression. He will also speak about his experience traveling as a Muslim across the country, and the artistic aspect of the project.Read Full Article
The talk will conclude with a Q&A and suggestions on tangible ways in which everyone can speak out against discrimination and stand up for justice and equality.
The Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut, which serves children in Stamford, Greenwich, Darien and New Canaan, is seeking additional volunteers for its Youth, Empowerment, & Support Mentoring Program.
The YES Mentoring Program supports children, ages 6 to 18, who are involved in System of Care in Stamford and Norwalk. CGC’s System of Care program helps families access integrated services to meet complex needs and safely maintain children at home.
Through YES, youth will have the opportunity to interact and participate in fun, age-appropriate activities with a positive role model. While the mentor is spending quality time with the child/teen, parents will have some time to themselves.
Each YES session lasts 12 weeks, and youth will meet with their mentor for three hours a week. Every mentor will complete thorough interview, orientation, and background checks. The mentor and family will work together to develop a convenient schedule of enjoyable activities for the child.
To learn more about the YES Mentoring Program or to volunteer, contact Sheila Figueroa at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-517-3346.