Schedule

Sep
26
Thu
Guilford Poets Guild @ Breakwater Books
Sep 26 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Guilford Poets Guild @ Breakwater Books | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Members of the Guilford Poets Guild will do readings of their latest works, many of which are to be collected in the guild’s forthcoming anthology, Our Changing Environment.

Artist Bio

The Guilford Poets Guild is a group of 15 award-winning, published poets from the Shoreline who meet regularly to share poems and promote the love and engagement of poetry within the community. The mission of this nationally recognized group is to enhance awareness of poetry by providing a forum for it to be heard, read, written and enjoyed. The guild sponsors eight readings a year at the Guilford Free Library, stages a Holiday Roundtable, conducts an annual poetry contest for Guilford High School students, and coordinates poetry and art events with the Guilford Art Center, Madison Art Society and Florence Griswold Museum. The guild is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and plans to publish its third anthology, Our Changing Environment, in the fall.

Breakwater Books

Sep
27
Fri
Dolores Hayden: Exuberance @ Breakwater Books
Sep 27 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Dolores Hayden: Exuberance @ Breakwater Books | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Dolores will give a reading from her most recent book of poems, Exuberance, set in the earliest years of American aviation, when daredevil pilots—women and men—thrilled spectators who had never seen an airplane. She will also conduct a discussion with the audience on poetry, history, aviation and the writing process.

Artist Bio

Urban historian and poet Dolores Hayden writes lyric poetry with a strong storytelling component. A Guilford resident, she is the author of three poetry collections: American Yard; Nymph, Dun and Spinner; and Exuberance. She’s received awards from the Poetry Society of America and the New England Poetry Club. Dolores is professor emerita of Architecture and American Studies at Yale University and is the author of six books on the history of American landscapes, towns and cities.

Breakwater Books

Frederick-Douglass Knowles II: BlackRoseCity @ Breakwater Books
Sep 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Frederick-Douglass Knowles II: BlackRoseCity @ Breakwater Books | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Award-winning spoken-word artist, educator and activist Frederick-Douglass Knowles II—the inaugural Poet Laureate for the City of Hartford—will do a reading of work from his collection of poetry, BlackRoseCity.

Artist Bio

Frederick-Douglass Knowles II is a poet, educator and activist, an associate professor of English at Three Rivers College and the inaugural Poet Laureate for the City of Hartford. His collection of poetry, BlackRoseCity, was featured at the 2018 Association of Writers & Writing Programs. His poem Mason Freeman Cuts Jenkins Down has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and his sonnet Sunday School in the 90’s (the way I understood it) won the 2019 Nutmeg Poetry Award. His work has been published by the Connecticut River Review, Sinkhole Magazine, Yale University Press, Lefoko Magazine and Third World Press.

Breakwater Books

Carlos Eire @ Breakwater Books
Sep 27 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Carlos Eire @ Breakwater Books | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Come hear author Carlos Eire, whose book Waiting for Snow in Havana won the 2003 National Book Award in nonfiction, read from his work and lead a timely discussion of escape from political repression, immigration, self-discovery and belonging. 

Artist Bio

Not many people can say that being declared an enemy of the state is their life’s highest honor. Carlos Eire can. An exile who fled Cuba without his parents and bounced around foster homes before settling in the United States and embarking on a career as a historian, Eire wrote a best-selling memoir, Waiting for Snow in Havana, which won the National Book Award in 2003—and earned him the distinction of being declared an enemy of the Castro regime. A professor of history and religious studies at Yale, Carlos specializes in the social, intellectual, religious and cultural history of late medieval and early modern Europe, with a focus on both the Protestant and Catholic Reformations; the history of popular piety; and the history of the supernatural, and the history of death.

Breakwater Books

Suzanne Sheridan @ The Marketplace at Guilford Food Center
Sep 27 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Suzanne Sheridan @ The Marketplace at Guilford Food Center | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Suzanne’s solo performance on voice and guitar will showcase her original songs along with the music of Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan.

Artist Bio

With a capacity for writing as well as covering great songs, Suzanne is a singer, songwriter and guitarist well known for her tribute performances of music by Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Carole King, Carly Simon, Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger and James Taylor. She’s released an album of Mitchell and Cohen covers and a collection of 20 of her own songs. A former advertising jingle singer whose work for Pepsi won a Clio award and who wrote music for The Electric Company and was a runner-up in the gospel category of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, she’s also a tireless advocate for marriage equality.

The Marketplace at Guilford Food Center

NHSO Brass Quintet @ First Church of Christ, Scientist
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
NHSO Brass Quintet @ First Church of Christ, Scientist | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

The program includes classical, jazz and musical theater repertoire by Verdi, Bach, Handel, Joplin, Gershwin and Bernstein.

Artist Bio

The NHSO Brass Quintet comprises five members of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra: Richard Clymer and Kenneth Tedeschi, trumpet; Scott Cranston, trombone; Eva Conti, horn; and Adam Crowe, tuba.

Christian Science Church

Joe Flood @ Bittersweet Barn
Sep 27 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Joe Flood @ Bittersweet Barn | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Joe will play music from his large catalog of original songs, informed by his diverse influences in folk, country, blues, cajun, rock and other music.

Artist Bio

Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joe Flood has worked the streets of Paris with the Lost Wandering Blues and Jazz Band, written songs with Levon Helm of The Band and won a gold record for his work with Blues Traveler. He’s released five albums under his own name; played with tap dancers in New Orleans, Cuban musicians in Key West, gypsies in France and Italy; and had on-stage and studio encounters with Pinetop Perkins, Dr. John, Allen Toussaint and John Sebastian. Shall we go on … ?

Here’s the music video for the song Wildflower, which Joe co-wrote with Jono Manson. It’s on Jono’s 2016 release The Slight Variations.

 

Bittersweet Barn

Sep
28
Sat
Dennis Culliton: Witness Stones Tour @ Breakwater Books
Sep 28 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Dennis Culliton: Witness Stones Tour @ Breakwater Books | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Dennis Culliton, co-founder of the Witness Stones Project, will give a walking tour of downtown Guilford, where a number of bronze “stones” have been installed to honor the contributions of enslaved people in Guilford’s establishment, growth and development.

Artist Bio

Dennis Culliton is a social studies teacher at Guilford’s Adams Middle School and the co-founder of the Witness Stones Project, which installs markers in front of places where enslaved people lived, worked or prayed. The purpose of the project, which was started under the Guilford Preservation Alliance and engages local schools and historical societies in research and documentation, is to honor the humanity and contributions of the enslaved in the building of their communities.

WTNH-TV covered a Witness Stones installation ceremony in 2017:

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Keith Zalinger: Mindreader @ Breakwater Books
Sep 28 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Keith Zalinger: Mindreader @ Breakwater Books | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Explore the power of the human mind with mindreader and hypnotist Keith Zalinger, as he connects with every member of his audience through thoughts, feelings and imagination.

Artist Bio

A mindreader and licensed hypnotist with scores of corporate and educational clients, Keith Zalinger is also an acclaimed paranormal entertainer. He divines the thoughts of audience members, answers their personal questions and predicts their actions. A recipient of Gigmasters’ best-of awards for 2012-2018, he is the author of Palmistry, Love and You; Learn the Tarot (in Three Simple Steps) and Practical Astrology.

Here’s a segment of a 2018 appearance at the Thimble Islands Brewery in Branford:

Breakwater Books

The Jef Quartet @ First Church of Christ, Scientist
Sep 28 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Jef Quartet @ First Church of Christ, Scientist | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

The quartet will perform Mozart’s String Quartet No. 19 in C Major K.465 Dissonance

Artist Bio

The Jef Quartet was formed at Yale University in September 2018 as part of The Performance of Chamber Music, an undergraduate class at Yale. Its members are sophomore violinists Oliver Leitner and Nanki Chugh, sophomore violist Brian Isaacs and junior cellist Jong Ho Park.

Christian Science Church

Rob Rosenthal @ Breakwater Books
Sep 28 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Rob Rosenthal @ Breakwater Books | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Rob will read from his books Playing for Change and Homeless in Paradise, then guide a discussion on music and art in community building and social movements.

Artist Bio

Rob Rosenthal writes, researches and teaches in the areas of housing and homelessness, the use of music in social movements and community-based learning. A professor of sociology and interim provost/senior vice president for academic affairs at Wesleyan University, Rob is the co-author of Playing for Change, which documents and analyzes the use of music in social movements in the United States and around the world over the past 100 years. He also co-edited an anthology of Pete Seeger’s letters and writings, Pete Seeger in his Own Words, and wrote Homeless in Paradise: A Map of the Terrain, in which he explores the politics and policies of poverty, unemployment, a lack of human services and other problems that often lead to homelessness. For Homeless in Paradise, he won the Association for Humanist Sociology Book Award in 1995.

Breakwater Books

Steve Shelton & Friends @ The Marketplace at Guilford Food Center
Sep 28 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Steve Shelton & Friends @ The Marketplace at Guilford Food Center | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Steve will perform jazz standards and popular music, accompanied by vocalist Caroline Shelton and bass player Mark Rabuffo.

Artist Bio

Guitarist Steve Shelton performs solo and in regional groups such as The Muddy Rudders, The Racket Downstairs, Shoreline Jazz Big Band and Tuxedo Junction Big Band. He’s dedicated to educating listeners about the full potential of the six-string guitar and enjoys speaking about the history behind the music he plays, especially the unique and guitar-heavy world of Latin jazz. He’ll be joined this afternoon by singer Caroline Shelton, who was involved in Guilford High School Theatre Arts and was a theater director at the Neighborhood Music School, and bassist Mark Rabuffo, a metalhead at heart who plays with the Muddy Rudders and The Racket Downstairs.

The Marketplace at Guilford Food Center

West Haven Consort: The New Music of the 1600s @ First Church of Christ, Scientist
Sep 28 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
West Haven Consort: The New Music of the 1600s @ First Church of Christ, Scientist | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

The West Haven Consort will present The New Music of the 1600s, featuring works by Monteverdi, Huygens, Caccini and d’India, sung and performed on period instruments.

Artist Bio

Tenor and musical director Thomas Heilman, a specialist in vocal music before 1650, has recorded with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Harwood Early Music Ensemble, and given concerts at the Detroit Museum of Art, the Newberry Library and Amherst Early Music Festival. The ensemble for this performance comprises Heilman, soprano Danielle Munsell Howard and theorbist Hideki Yamaya.

First Church, Christ Scientist

Phil Rosenthal & The Guilford Ramblers @ Bittersweet Barn
Sep 28 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Phil Rosenthal & The Guilford Ramblers @ Bittersweet Barn | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

A cherished “hometown” band in these parts, The Guilford Ramblers perform a lively program of folk and bluegrass music.

Artist Bio

Led by acclaimed Guilford musician Phil Rosenthal, a former Connecticut State Troubadour and lead singer in The Seldom Scene, the Guilford Ramblers perform Americana, folk and bluegrass music, featuring songs from traditional and contemporary sources, harmony singing and expert picking on banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, ukulele, bass and other stringed instruments.

Bittersweet Barn

Sep
29
Sun
Tommy Cosmo & Bobo @ The Marketplace at Guilford Food Center
Sep 29 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Tommy Cosmo & Bobo @ The Marketplace at Guilford Food Center | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Tommy and Bobo promise a rocking good time for all ages, with a wide-ranging selection of country, folk, rock, rockabilly and R&B songs—old favorites and new delights.

Artist Bio

Guitarist Tommy Cosmo and bassist Bobo Lavorgna play a diverse repertoire that ranges across the decades and features the music of Fats Waller, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Van Morrison, Hank Williams, Neil Diamond, Buddy Holly, Little Anthony, Billy Holiday, The Eagles, The Kinks, The Platters, Leonard Cohen, Train, Plain White T’s and more.

Here they are doing Hal Bynum’s classic Lucille:

The Marketplace at Guilford Food Center