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Upcoming Events!

As part of our commitment to providing a social, stimulating environment, we love hosting live events. Let the cultural discussions begin!


May 5: Richard Schechner - Celebrating 50 Years of Influence on NYU’s Performance Studies

Make your Cinco de Mayo a little hotter with the spice of New York history! Richard Schechner has shaped the landscape of theatre as we know it today; as founder and artistic director of the acclaimed avant-garde collective The Performance Group (now The Wooster Group), editor of TDR: The Drama Review, and creator of New York University’s Performance Studies program, Schechner is responsible for crafting much of our cultural conversation in the past half-century. On Saturday, May 5th, celebrate this expert’s Golden Jubilee as he recalls firsthand accounts of the halcyon days of stage and scholarship throughout his “50 Years of Influence.”

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Lecture $15, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Dinner $25, 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Please call our store at 518.325.6105 or email info@casanatea.com with questions.

June 2: Shattered by Grief - A Guide to Healing with Claudia Coenen

When tragedy strikes our lives, how do we find the strength within ourselves to go on? Psychologist and author Claudia Coenen confronted this question head-on when she unexpectedly lost her husband. Pouring her grief first into creative outlets such as writing, visual art, and dance, she then turned to humanistic psychology and developed methods to deal with the trauma of personal loss. On Saturday, June 2nd, Coenen will read from her new book Shattered by Grief: Picking Up the Pieces to Become WHOLE Again, and explore her transpersonal, holistic approach to healing from grief. This will be an eye-opening talk for anyone seeking alternative treatments to personal trauma.

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Lecture $15, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Please call our store at 518.325.6105 or email info@casanatea.com with questions.

For more information about the book, visit https://www.thekarunaproject.com/my-book-shattering-grief/

June 10: “Calder in Conversation” - Jed Perl and Stanley Cohen on Friendship with a Legend

Alexander Calder is widely considered one of the most influential sculptors of the 20th century. His abstract creations and innovative mobiles have captured the imagination of millions, displayed in the finest museums around the world (MOMA, the Georges Pompidou Center, and the National Gallery of Art to name a few). But who was the man behind the kinetics? Only his friends know for sure. On Sunday, June 10th, join award-winning art critic Jed Perl, author of Calder: The Conquest of Time (the first full-length biography of the artist ever written), for a conversation with Stanley Cohen, president of the Scone Foundation, as they share personal stories of friendship with a true American genius.

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Lecture $15, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Dinner $25, 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Please call our store at 518.325.6105 or email info@casanatea.com with questions.

For more information about the book, visit https://www.amazon.com/Calder-Conquest-Early-Years-1898-1940/dp/0307272729

June 30: Blade Runner & Screen Legacies - Sandy Lieberson and Peter Biskind Remember

The vision of dystopian futures may change, but great films last forever. On Saturday, June 30th, join producer Sandy Lieberson, former VP of Production for 20th Century Fox and MGM, in conversation with renowned author and journalist Peter Biskind as they share memories of Blade Runner and other influential films. Lieberson, who supervised the production of Blade Runner, began in the entertainment industry in the 1960s as an agent for clients such as the Rolling Stones, Peter Sellers, and Sergio Leone. He has produced films including Mahler, Stardust, and Jabberwocky, and is the recipient of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his decades of service to the film industry. This unique meeting of two experts is sure to thrill casual moviegoers and buffs alike.

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Lecture $15, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Dinner $25, 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Please call our store at 518.325.6105 or email info@casanatea.com with questions.

July 13: Ginnie Gardiner at Casana Designs

Celebrate the debut of new work by internationally exhibited visual artist Ginnie Gardiner with a cocktail at Casana. The event will kick-off with an in-store appearance by Ginnie and her latest collection. The collections is inspired by the designs of Casana founder Carrie Chen, and Nepalese culture. Art will be on display until July 30th.

Profiled by the New York Times, The Today Show, and CNN, Gardiner paints with distinctive color notes of optically mixed oil paints, producing figurative, abstractly coherent works. Her figural and landscape collages and paintings draw their influence from the American Modernists and second-generation New York School Artists, Alex Katz, Louisa Matthiasdottir, and Lois Dodd. The latest collection showcases the beauty and high quality of Casana's signature cashmere scarves, each conceptualized by Chen to pay homage to different aspects of Nepalese culture.

Both women share a deep appreciation for nature, bringing that passion into their work. Chen, a landscape architect and textile designer, started Casana in 2011 after an inspiring trip to Nepal. Impressed by the country's natural resources and the ancient cashmere weaving that created unique-looking scarves, she determined to put a modern spin on those traditions and make them available worldwide. Casana's scarves have been featured in outlets such as InStyle, Style Bistro, and The Daily Obsession and are sought by buyers from around the globe.

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Event and Cocktail Hour: 6:00pm - 7:30pm

 Please call our store at 518.325.6105 or email info@casanatea.com with questions.

August 4: Creative Science - Paul Chaleff on the Innovation and Art of Pottery

If you think art and science are separate, think again. On Saturday, August 4th, internationally award-winning artist Paul Chaleff explains how physics and chemistry mingle with the craft of pottery. Those familiar with the T House will have already seen some of Chaleff’s work displayed around the café, but this talk provides a rare opportunity to learn directly from a pioneer of American wood-firing. Best known for his colossal sculptures and ceramics, Chaleff has been exhibited at major museums around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MOMA, the National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian, and Muju Sculpture Park in South Korea. Don’t miss this chance to be inspired by a master!

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Lecture $15, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Dinner $25, 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Please call our store at 518.325.6105 or email info@casanatea.com with questions.

September 8: Animator at Work - R.O. Blechman on the Making of The Soldier’s Tale and Candide

Great animation captures our imaginations and transports us to places beyond our wildest dreams. In the case of R.O. Blechman’s work particularly, animation conveys powerful narratives of human endurance and survival. On Saturday, September 8th, join the famed artist for a behind-the-scenes discussion on the making of his classic specials, Candide and the Emmy-winning The Soldier’s Tale (featuring the music of Igor Stravinsky and starring Max von Sydow as the Devil). Excerpts from both films will be screened during the talk. Enjoy a glimpse of animation history’s amazing rarities, and discover what it took to make them in an age before omnipresent CGI.

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Lecture $15, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Dinner $25, 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Please call our store at 518.325.6105 or email info@casanatea.com with questions.


Private Events

Treat your guests to a tasty and enriching cultural experience at Casana T. We will host your custom tea party and tasting paired with delicious locally crafted goodies.
 


High Tea - Chinese Style

Prepare for an exploration in tea unlike any other. Tea ceremonies (or chayi, “the art of drinking tea”) are a vital social staple in Chinese culture, a combination of ancient ritual and hospitality that invites guests to relax and enjoy an afternoon with friends while expanding their sensory horizons. During a 90-minute session, guests will meditate and sample teas from diverse regions of China and Taiwan, as well as Casana’s signature house blends, experiencing the flavor notes of each variety in full. Fresh, homemade food accompanies each tea served, chosen specifically to enhance the flavor and culinary experience. Learn about the history of Chinese tea ceremonies, the composition and significance of different teas, and the meaning of special tea ware in use. Media outlets have hailed the T House’s ceremonies as “soothing, centering… intoxicating” – come see what the buzz is about and try one for yourself!

Please call our store at 518.325.6105 or email info@casanatea.com with questions.

Japanese Tea Ceremony

The tea ceremony and teahouse are extremely important in Japanese culture, dating as far back as the 9th century. They encourage relaxation and balance – a perfect way to welcome guests into your home. At Casana T we serve several varieties of matcha, the traditional green tea used in Japanese services. Allow us to teach you and your party “The Way of The Tea” with ceremonial instruction and our special tasting menu. You’ll feel completely Zen in no time!

Please call our store at 518.325.6105 or email info@casanatea.com with questions.

Private Events

Got an event in mind that we haven’t covered here? Let’s talk! Call our store or email info@casanatea.com with the details of your private event. We’d love to host your party.

Reading & Refreshments

There’s nothing better than a cup of tea and a good book. That’s why we love hosting acclaimed authors through our Readings and Refreshments series. Throughout the year, Casana T House welcomes writers, performers, and thinkers from around the world to share their work with the Hillsdale community. Meet your favorite artists, enjoy light food and drink, and settle in for the intellectual magic. Check out this page regularly to see who’s coming to town!

Tickets for each evening are $15 per person. Space is limited to 50 people.

Please call our store at 518.325.6105 or email info@casanatea.com with questions.