Sunday, November 17, 2013

LYRIC HALL HAS A TRIO OF TERRIFIC TREATS






Lyric Hall, the 100 year old establishment in the Westville section of New Haven, on Whalley Avenue, has a trio of terrific treats planned this week.  No matter what your taste, one is sure to tickle your entertainment button.

First up on Thursday, November 21 is Tellabration! 2013, an international celebration of story telling where you settle down and listen to a string of talented yarn spinners.  Imagine a roaring fire and marshmallows toasting on a willow stick if you'd like.  These tales may be funny, scary, sentimental or sweet.  At Lyric Hall, come hear Carol Birch telling Steinbeck's "Grapes of Wrath," Mike Kachuba singing Woody Guthrie songs and John Cavaliere telling how he restored Lyric Hall.  The good times begin at 8 p.m. and tickets are $16 in advance, $18 at the door, seniors $15 and students $12.  Call Ro Hinman at 203-777-4409 or online at rvhinman@gmail.com.  This is just one night of a month long tribute across the state and the world.

Next up is Joanna Keylock's highly touted and entertaining Sips and Giggles, a unique evening on Saturday, November 23 at 8 p.m that combines witty short plays performed by talented actors with a savory, sharp or sweet wine pairing.  The wines complement the flavor of the play and an appetizer bite adds to the tastes of the wine.

Ms. Keylock, director of the delights, is offering playlets by Frederick Stroppel.  The menu includes "Liver," where two "friends" meet at a bar after a long absence, "Sunday Drive," where a woman catches up on all the fun she missed when she leaves a party early the night before and "A Chance Meeting," when a romantic encounter is interrupted and complicated by an unexpected third party.  Call 203-298-0730 for reservations ($40) or online at joannakeylock@gmail.com.  The evening promises to sparkle.

On Sunday, November 24 at 1:30 p.m, the focus is on science fiction so all you space cadets please take note. In 1968, more than four decades ago, Stanley Kubrick revolutionized the movie world with the release of his extraordinary film: "2001: A Space Odyssey."  The film will be shown in its entirety with the added bonus of having its wonderful star, Keir Dullea as Dr. David Bowman, astronaut, in attendance.

The film details an encounter between humans and a computer named HAL 9000, a journey to Jupiter and an abundance of mysterious occurrences.
The film is credited with pioneering special effects, an interesting musical soundtrack, scientific accuracy and of being one of the most influential films of all times.

After the viewing, Mr. Dullea will participate in a question and answer session with film historian and best-selling author Foster Hirsch.  A silent auction will be held and Mr. Dullea will also be available to sign memorabilia and photos for a small fee.  For a more intimate experience, a lavish Tuscan style catered buffet dinner will be held at an historic home nearby in Westville, following the filming and interview, with Mr. Dullea and his wife, actress Mia Dillon.  For tickets to the film ($20) or to the dinner and film ($50), please call 203-393-0733.  This special event is a fundraiser to purchase more comfortable chairs for the Lyric Hall.

If you're into stories, plays or movies, the Lyric Hall has your number.  Answer the call today.

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