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Online quick sessions are tight, light, and live curated programs designed to keep us connected, stimulated, and excited in these challenging times.
Session 1:
Gershwin with Orin Grossman

Tuesdays @ 4 p.m.

April 14, 21, 28

May 5, 12, 19, 26

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Come spend 20 minutes every Tuesday at 4 p.m. with Gershwin’s songs in his own special party arrangements as well as other Gershwin gems. Pianist and professor Orin Grossman will tell fascinating stories about his songs and Gershwin’s world as well as play his music. Each session, streamed live, will be the perfect antidote to the coronavirus blues—at least until we have a vaccine. Bring a glass of wine and enjoy!

Learn more about Orin Grossman →
Session 2:
Opera and Performance with Nora Chipaumire

Mondays @ 2 p.m.

April 13, 20, 27

May 4

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Nora Chipaumire will be discussing issues that pertain to her research in and through The Queen v. Nehanda, with artists, thinkers, and masters. The Queen v. Nehanda is an opera project based on the story of Nehanda, a Zimbabwean spirit of the Shona people. Staged as a trial, The Queen v. Nehanda addresses issues of political governance and resistance in Zimbabwe, and examines the legacies of the colonial project in the global South. Nora Chipaumire has been challenging and embracing stereotypes of Africa and the black performing body, art, and aesthetics since she started making dances in 1998.

Full Schedule:

Part one: April 13

Catholicism and colonial project with Rev. Gerry Blaszczak, S.J., Vice President for Mission and Identity, Fairfield University

This first conversation will serve as an introduction to the role of religion in the building of empire, as well as religion in the building of emancipatory practices. Nora Chipaumire regards this conversation with Fr. Gerry as a platform for research and knowledge sharing.

Part two: April 20

Animism and crafting art beings, Guest Speaker TBD

Part three: April 27

Law and making of African subject, Guest Speaker TBD

Modernity

Part four: May 4

Law | liberation | reparation – decoloniality, Guest Speaker TBD

Learn more about Nora Chipaumire →
Session 3:
Pilobolus Dance Company
Connecting With Balance

Tuesdays @ 11 a.m.

April 14, 28

May 12

Pilobolus ‘Happy Hour’

Thursdays @ 4 p.m.

April 30

May 7, 14

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Connecting with Balance is a workshop tailored to helping people connect with their bodies and enhance balance through movement and dance.  The teaching artist will guide participants through exercises to increase mobility, improve balance, and move creatively. This class is open to all levels of ability – even to those who remain seated throughout.

Pilobolus ‘Happy Hour’

Grab a drink, warm or cold, and join us for a fun, informative, interactive gab session complete with Pilobolus artists and dancers, entertainment, history, process and video. 

Learn more about Pilobolus →
Session 4:
#UNLOAD: Our goal is to use the arts to illuminate, educate, and engage a broader coalition of people so we can end gun violence.

Wednesdays @ 1:30 p.m.*

April 15, 22, 29

May 6, 13, 20, 27

*Note: time change to 1 p.m. on May 6 ONLY

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How do we reduce gun violence?, That is a question that confronts us every day, even as we deal with another ferocious epidemic, COVID-19. Join #UNLOAD as we host conversations with artists, activists, curators, and those who have engaged with gun rights supporters to find out how we can collectively make change happen. #UNLOAD believes that we can find the consensus to change our laws by using the arts to grow the coalition of active supporters. #UNLOAD leverages the power of the arts to create transformative encounters that will plant the seeds of change and inspire this broad new coalition to act for the common good.

Full Schedule:

April 15: Connecticut artist, Margaret Roleke, explores issues of sensationalism, consumerism, violence and war.

April 22: Join #UNLOAD for a conversation with Jammal Lemmy, founder of Modema, and Ramon Contreras, founder of Youth Over Guns, that delves into how we can use the arts to encourage political and social engagement.

April 29: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Join us for talks with Brandy Culp, Richard Koopman Curator of American Decorative Arts, for a conversation that looks at firearms as loaded objects that illuminate history, violence, and the power of art and design to promote social change.

May 6: Join us for a conversation with Richard Klein, exhibitions director at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, and Helen Kauder, former executive director of Artspace, as we discuss this artistic partnership, the power of getting outside of our bubbles, and the meaning of Presentation Guns.

May 13: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Join us for talks with Brandy Culp, Richard Koopman Curator of American Decorative Arts, for a conversation that looks at firearms as loaded objects that illuminate history, violence, and the power of art and design to promote social change.

May 20: Join us in conversation with director/producer, Cheryl McDonough, and artist/activist Manuel Oliver, who lost his son “Guac”, as we get an insider look at how they make their art and what drives their choices.

May 27: In this conversation with Lee Milazzo (Samuel Owen Gallery), we’ll do a studio visit to see one of the artists at work and talk about innovative ways that curators and artists can drive dialogue.

Learn more about #UNLOAD →
Session 5:
Behind the scenes with Carey Weber, the Frank and Clara Meditz Executive Director of the Fairfield University Art Museum

Tuesday, April 21 @ 6 p.m.

Monday, April 27 @ 6 p.m.

Monday, May 11 @ 6 p.m.

Tuesday, July 14 @ 5 p.m.

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Full Schedule:

April 21: Carey Weber will guide us in this exclusive virtual tour of the exhibition, Archives of Consciousness: Six Cuban Artists.

April 27:Gain more insight into the history of the Fairfield University Art Museum, the mission-driven exhibitions and programming, and the current exhibitions, including how to enjoy them from your home. Carey Weber will also give a preview of the upcoming exhibition schedule through 2021.

May 11:"Collecting Cuban Art" Conversation
Join us for an online discussion between Carey Weber and Steven Certilman, an art collector. Gain insight to Certilman’s relationship with Cuba and its artists as he discusses the creation of his art collection, currently featured in the Fairfield University Art Museum’s exhibition, Archives of Consciousness: Six Cuban Artists.

July 14: Carey Weber will interview artist Howard Skrill about his current online exhibition, "Howard Skrill: Monumental Follies."

Visit the Virtual Exhibition → Learn more about Carey Weber and the Museum →
Session 6:
“Theatre in the Time of Crisis” 
With Cheryl Wiesenfeld

Thursdays @ 2 p.m., April 16, 23

Friday @ 2 p.m., May 8

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The act of theatre is a living breathing experience and it is like no other!

With the pandemic, theatre as we know it is no longer an option. The interactive element of theatre is what unifies us and brings us together. As a shared activity, a play or musical allows us to connect with the actors on the stage and with the audience. We laugh, we cry, we connect. We are moved in some greater way. We need that uplifting and cathartic experience now more than ever, and that isn’t available to us. So what can we do? Cheryl and industry professionals on the frontlines will tackle these issues.

Learn more about Cheryl Wiesenfeld:

Cheryl Wiesenfeld is the curator of the “Theatre That Changes Our World” series at the Quick Center, which focuses on documentary headlines pulled from the headlines: immigration, gun violence, #MeToo, and suicide. Next season we will focus on incarceration and how it affects not only on the incarcerated but those around them. Cheryl is a 4 time Tony award winner who produces both on and off Broadway.

Full Schedule:

Part one, April 16:Bob Ost is a playwright, composer and lyricist who sometimes directs and produces. His works have appeared off-Broadway and in various showcases and festivals in New York. For the last 27 years, he has been president and co-founder of Theater Resources Unlimited.

Part two, April 23: Ron Simons – Five-time Tony Award-nominee and four-time Tony Award-winning producer, as well as a four-time Sundance Film Festival selected producer. He is the founder and CEO of SimonSays Entertainment.

Part three, May 8: Emily Joy Weiner is the co-founder and artistic director of Houses on the Moon Theater Company. For the past 20 years she has been creating, developing, producing, and directing new works that address the complex and sensitive issues of our time, in partnership with community organizations and a talented company of artists.

Session 7:
Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) LIVE

Wednesday @ 5:30 p.m., April 15

Wednesdays @ 5 p.m., April 22, 29

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From appearances on the classical stage and performing with Lady Gaga, to leading local Regional Center for the Arts students in the piece EN MASSE, composer and violinist, Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), is bringing live performance to you every Wednesday for 15-minute mini-concerts that will inspire you with the power of music.

Learn more about DBR →
Session 8:
Marti Talks Theatre

Wednesdays @ 4 p.m.     

April 15, 22, 29

Thursdays @ 11 a.m.

May 7, 14, 21

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Heralding Theatre Fairfield's arrival as the Quick's new resident Blackbox Theatre company, professor and director Martha (Marti) LoMonaco, PhD will introduce Theatre Fairfield, past and present, to Quick patrons via actor interviews, performances, and stage combat videos from their current production of Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus (which would have opened in April 2020).

Marti Talks Theatre will include fascinating conversations with distinguished graduates including Jared Mezzocchi, 07, award-winning projection and multi-media designer and director; John Power, '96, Vice President of Casting at Warner Brothers, Hollywood, Calif.; and Danny Williams '04, senior director of finance and administration at The Public Theater in New York City.

Full Schedule:

April 15: Jared Mezzocchi, award-winning projection and multi-media designer and director, on “A Multimedia Designer's Method to Theatrical Storytelling”

April 22: John Power, senior vice president of casting for Warner Bros. Television, Hollywood, CA, on “The Art of Casting”

April 29: Danny Williams, senior director of finance and administration, The Public Theater, NYC, on “The Business of Show Business"

May 7: Titus Andronicus with Titus himself: Carlin Fournier, '22. How does a 20-year-old man in the prime of his life take on the formidable title character – a 65-year-old military hero who is "done"?

May 14: “Black Lives Matter in Shakespeare's 1594 tragedy, Titus Andronicus”: Marti will speak with Kierstin Jones, '21, who portrays the leading character of Aaron – a brilliant, crafty, and despicable African Moor who is the villain of the play. How can Kierstin – a 21st century African-American woman – take on this challenging male character who loves no one but himself and his newly born son?

May 21: “Dashing Stage Combat in Titus Andronicus”: Marti will discuss the challenges of the double machete duals wielded by Kiersten Bjork, '21, and Megan Beauregard, '21, in Titus and preview video clips of their rehearsals.

Learn more about Marti LoMonaco and Theatre Fairfield →
Session 9:
Movers & Shakers in South African Theatre

With Megan Lewis, PhD, Associate Professor of Theatre History & Performance Studies at UMASS-Amherst

Fridays @ 2 p.m., May 1, 15

Thursdays @ 4 p.m., May 21, 28

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May 1: Brett Bailey: Writing Back to Empire

May 15: Iain “Ewok” Robinson: Rapping Truth to Power

May 21: Magnet Theatre: Moving the Body Politic

May 28: Mamela Nyamza: Dancing with Patriarchy

Learn more about Megan Lewis →
Session 10:
Aria Exploration With Erik Novoa

Mondays @ 11 a.m.

May 11, 18

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Opera continues to captivate its audiences because it presents the essence of humanity—complex emotions overlaid through social interactions. Arias are the one of the most moving ways to capture the inner thoughts of the character. In our presentations, we will compare “Un Bel Di” (May 11 at 11am) and “Tu, Tu, Piccolo Iddio” (May 18 at 11am) from Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini. By listening to different singers, examining the text, and the emotional impact of the music, these arias will give greater meaning to your next (or first) full operatic experience.

Erik Novoa Biography

Erik Novoa has enjoyed a lifelong appreciation for – and personal relationship with – opera. He was brought up in New York City in a performing arts family; his father was principle tenor at New York City Opera and his mother was a dancer with New York City Opera Ballet. In addition to opera, he has been a student of piano, trumpet, and dance, and has performed in numerous musicals, combining his love for singing and dance. Novoa holds degrees in history of ideas and American Studies.

Learn more about Madama Butterfly →
Session 11:
HAPPY HOUR: Art Café goes GLOBAL with Helen Klisser During

Thursdays @ 6 p.m.

April 16, 23

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Pour a cocktail or grab a good bottle of wine and connect for HOT news from the art world all the way from New Zealand. Join Helen and special VIP guests for a “Happy Hour” dive into the art world as it evolves in the current pandemic.

Helen Klisser During is an art advisor, curator, and photojournalist who has championed global art projects for more than 25 years. She creates, documents, and fosters cultural exchange to promote understanding and address issues of social justice. An art world insider, Helen nurtures relationships among individuals and institutions to create significant cultural initiatives.

Thursday, April 16 at 6PM. Live from New Zealand.

Addressing Our Deepening Global Health and Economic Crises Caused by Covid-19

Connect for this timely Art Café ‘Happy Hour’ conversation with international art advisor Helen Klisser During, and VIP guest Hon. Helen Clark, former prime minister of New Zealand and former administrator of the United Nations Development Program.
With special introduction by Fairfield University President Mark R. Nemec, PhD, and Suzy Nemec.

Learn more about Helen Klisser During →
Session 12:
Jackie DeLise: Finding Calm in the Tempest through Meditation & Mindfulness

Wednesdays @ 4 p.m.

May 6, 13, 20, 27

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Overview:

  • What is Meditation?
  • What is Mindfulness?
  • What are the Myths and Misconceptions?
  • What are the emotional, physical and mental health benefits?
  • How does the nervous system work?
  • How does neuroscience rewire the brain?

Practices:

  • Breath awareness
  • Body awareness
  • Heart Centered
  • Gratitude
  • Silent Mantra
  • Sutra
  • Loving Kindness
  • Deep relaxation

About Jackie DeLise, CMMI & CMWI:

Jackie is a nationally certified contemporary meditation and mindfulness teacher, sharing ancient wisdom for modern lifestyles to experience increased present moment awareness, inner calm, stillness, quiet and clarity, reduce/release daily stress and anxiety, re-balance the nervous system, improve the immune system, lower blood pressure, cultivate compassion and gratitude.

Sessions 13:
Fairfield University Art Museum – Art in Focus Series

Thursday @ 11 a.m.

May 28

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Each event in the Fairfield University Art Museum's Art in Focus series offers an opportunity for close looking and informal discussion around a single work of art. On Thursday, May 28, join Curator of Education and Academic Engagement Michelle DiMarzo for a discussion of Paolo de Matteis' "Andromeda and Perseus"!

Learn more about Michelle DiMarzo and the Museum →
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