Shake off the winter blues with arts at Fairfield University

Submitted by Meredith Guinness, Assistant Director, Media Relations on January 19, 2012

The Oscars nominations are due out on January 24 and who better to dish about them than veteran film critic Rex Reed? Always outspoken and often right on the mark, Reed will bring his vast screen knowledge to the Quick Center for the Arts on Sunday, January 29, as part Open VISIONS Forum, the signature lecture series at Fairfield University.

Reed, now a columnist for the New York Observer, will be joined by OVF moderator Philip Eliasoph, Ph.D., professor of visual and performing arts, and screenwriter Peter Fox, Venü magazine film and entertainment editor, for what will surely be a lively conversation. The program begins at 3 p.m., but arrive a little early for some pre-Oscar red carpet fun in the lobby! Buy tickets now.

Warm up from winter’s chill in Fairfield’s Bellarmine Museum of Art, which will be featuring the quietly moving photography of New Haven-born artist Anthony Riccio next month. From Italy to America: Photographs of Anthony Riccio opens Wednesday, February 1 with a free 5 p.m. reception with the artist and runs through Friday, March 30. The museum plans gallery talks and lectures, a film screening, a comedy performance, and more in conjunction with this exhibition, which spotlights the experiences of Italians and Italian-Americans in Italy, Boston, and New Haven. Visit the Bellarmine website for details.

It’s back to the Quick Center on Friday, February 3 for one of the most unusual – and hilarious – performances you’ll ever see. Canadian actor Charlie Ross’ childhood was spent in a galaxy far, far away, watching Star Wars videos over  – and over again. See the side-splitting results of his misspent youth in One-Man Star Wars Trilogy, in which he plays all the characters, sings the music, flies the ships, fights the battles, and condenses all the films into just 60 minutes! Can’t get enough of Jabba the Hutt and the gang? Ticketholders can stay for a free post-performance screening of Star Wars: The Clone Wars in HD! BUY TICKETS.

Switch gears on Saturday, February 4 with a smooth and sultry night with the man The New York Times calls “…the dean of Latin jazz,” Chucho Valdés. This legendary performer brings his band, Chucho Valdes and the Afro-Cuban Messengers, to the Quick Center stage for a one-night-only concert to remember! BUY TICKETS.

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