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Grease, Lucy Kaplansky, Near Water's Edge

This Week in New London, Feb. 20-26

Art is again the dominating factor of New London Main Street’s calendar of events, with several demonstrations and continuing exhibitions happening in the coming week.

The Provenance Center series “In the 21st Century – A Guided Discussion” continues tonight from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with tonight’s talk covering areas including cubism, De Stijl, abstraction, and expressionism. Jill Harrington Nichols, who has a show at the Gallery at Firehouse Square through March 4, gives an oil painting demonstration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday at the gallery. Denny Moers’ photographic exhibit “Near Water’s Edge” was set to end this past weekend, but has been extended to run through March 10 at the Custom House Maritime Museum. Other exhibits include the work of Nancy DiTullio at Studio 33, running through Feb. 28, and Traci Cremeans at the Spirit Gallery, running through March 16.

In music, the Coast Guard Academy Cadet Music Department offers two chances to catch a performance of Grease. The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday at Leamy Hall; each show has reserved seating and tickets are $12 or $37 for the dinner theater option. The Friday Night Folk series welcomes Lucy Kaplansky to the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Congregation at 7:30 p.m.; tickets are $17 in advance, $20 at the door, and $10 for students with ID.

Also on Friday, it’s the last chance to contribute to the Outskate Hunger effort at the Rink at Parade Plaza; bring a non-perishable food item for donation and receive free admission and skate rental from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Other events this week include a Garde Arts Center schooltime performance of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day at 10 a.m. on Tuesday and salsa and bachata dance lessons the same evening from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Provenance Center. Tickets to the schooltime performance are $10 or $8 apiece for groups of 15 or more, while the dance lessons are $12 to drop in or $60 for a six-week program.

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