Art and Politics, Comedy and Tragedy!

Submitted by Meredith Guinness, Assistant Director, Media Relations on March 9, 2012

Art lovers have been flocking to the Walsh Art Gallery exhibition Sylvia Wald: Seven Decades since it opened Image: Visit to Japanback in January. But Wald’s vast oeuvre covers so much – from social realism to printmaking to sculpture – it can be a lot to process. Would you like an expert to help put her eclectic genius in better perspective?

Join us at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 15 for a free gallery talk with the exhibition’s curator Jeffrey Wechsler as he considers her expansive career in “Sylvia Wald – Seven Generations: A Personal Look at her Life and Works.” For more on this exhibition and upcoming events at the Walsh, located in the Quick Center for the Arts, visit the website.

Riddle: What happens when four virtuoso pianists put their combined eight hands on 176 keys?

Answer: Pure magic.

And such keyboard kinetics will be yours to enjoy Saturday, March 17 at 8 p.m. in the Quick Center for the Art’s acoustically acclaimed Kelley Theatre when the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center stops by with a stirring and romantic program of Debussy, Bizet, and Gershwin. Under the direction of David Finckel and Wu Han, Musical America’s 2012 Musicians of the Year, it’s easy to see how the Chamber Music Society has become “one of the world’s foremost ensembles.” (Star-Ledger) Buy your tickets today.

Image: Dr. Joy GordonThe new Fairfield University Bookstore in the heart of downtown (1499 Post Road) has been a-buzz with interesting and informative events since it opened last fall and this week is no exception. On Thursday, March 22 at 7 p.m., international law expert Joy Gordon, Ph.D., will be on hand to read from and sign her groundbreaking book Invisible War: The United States and the Iraq Sanctions. Dr. Gordon, who is a professor of philosophy at Fairfield, used years of painstaking research to create one of the few document-based studies to examine the United Nations Security Council’s inner workings. The result? A book Foreign Policy named one of its best of 2010.

Dr. Gordon’s talk is free and open to the public.

And now for something completely different. And unexpected. And downright goofy. Stop by Fairfield’s intimate PepsiCo Theatre to experience firsthand the frenetic genius that is On the Spot Improv, Fairfield University’s crack comedy troupe, as they rustle up some laughs from whatever comes their way. The unpredictable fun runs amok on Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24 with shows at 7 and 9:30 p.m. each night. Buy your $5 tickImage: Colleen Browningets at the door!

Though she trained her discerning eye on the commonplace not the comical, artist Colleen Browning was also known to reveal the unexpected in her sumptuous paintings. What she found is nothing short of magical, as longtime Fairfield art history professor and acclaimed author Philip Eliasoph, Ph.D., reveals in his fascinating new book, Colleen Browning: The Enchantment of Realism. Come meet Dr. Eliasoph and hear more about his new work when he presents a reading and signing at the bookstore on Sunday, March 25 at 2 p.m.

The public is welcome to this free event.

That evening, round out your week with a touch of the Bard when The Acting Company, in association with The Guthrie Theater, brings Shakespeare’s searing Julius Caesar to the stage of the Quick Center for the Arts. This Image: Julius Caesarone-night-only performance on Sunday, March 25 at 6 p.m. sets the classic story of pride and envy, arrogance and honor against a modern-day backdrop, only enhancing its enduring relevance. See why The New York Times called The Acting Company “the major touring classical theater in the United States.” Buy your tickets today!

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