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Culture Corner

May 7, 2011 by Special To The ...

Culture Corner

Culture Corner is a new feature on The Cheshire Herald website where we offer reviews on music, movies, books, and theater, while giving you a heads-up on different events or venues that will let you get your creative fix.
For our first installment, the Herald's editorial assistant Ellen Jarus Hanley points out that going to the Mattatuck Museum is a perfect way to spend a few hours after work:

The Mattatuck Museum Arts & History Center in Waterbury is a perhaps under-appreciated cultural gem, and not just for its exhibits and collections. Twice a month, the Mattatuck presents some outstanding musical talent in the casual, cabaret-style setting of its intimate performing arts center at “Jazz First Thursday” and “TGI Third Thursday.” As their titles assert, the events are held, respectively, on the first and third Thursdays of the month, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Last week’s “TGI” featured local prodigy Vincent Ingala. The Holy Cross High School senior displayed his admirable chops on sax, guitar, keyboard, and vocals and really got the joint jumpin’.
“Jazz First Thursday,” sponsored by TD Bank, showcases familiar artists of the genre, in collaboration with the Litchfield Jazz Festival and FM 97.3 WZBG. Last month, acclaimed Australian upright bass player Nicki Parrott and pianist John Coliani — both performed with the late Les Paul at the Iridium in New York City — entertained an appreciative crowd.
The Mattatuck Museum Arts & History Center is a mere 10-mile, 20-minute drive from the center of Cheshire (if you stay OFF of I-84, that is!). Admission is only $7 for Mattatuck Museum members ($15 for non-member, and still a bargain) and includes two beverage tickets for wine, beer, or soft drinks. Snacks are “BYO,” unless you're good with a free bag of Sun Chips. And there is free parking in the lots on Park Place behind the Museum’s impressive building on the Waterbury Green.
For directions and more information, visit the Museum’s website at

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