This Weekend: art show openings, funk, jazz, heavy metal concerts, nature walks, outdoor benefit galas & more

Cleary’s New Orleans funk in concert Grammy Award-winner Jon Cleary will bring his New Orleans funk and “real music played real good” to the Ridgefield Playhouse stage Thursday, Sept. 21, at 8 p.m. For ticket holders, there’s a complimentary wine tasting in the lobby before show along with an art exhibit. Kicking off night is Jimmy Greene, Grammy Award-winning jazz … read more

Bed and Breakfast hearing Sept. 19

A couple’s application to run a bed and breakfast out of their Circle Drive residence has stirred the ire of neighbors, who argue the business will drive down property values, and set a precedent for businesses to move into residentially zoned neighborhoods. Thomas and Catherine Savoca filed the application for the bed and breakfast with Planning and Zoning and it … read more

This Weekend: Play & film premieres; art shows & sales; jazz, rock, folk & opera, plus festivals

‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?’ opens on stage in Stamford Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Todd Kreidler’s adaptation of the 1967 film based on the Academy Award-winning screenplay by William Rose, will open Curtain Call’s 27th season on tonight, Sept. 7, in the Dressing Room Theatre, Sterling Farms Theatre Complex, 1349 Newfield Avenue, Stamford. The Connecticut premiere of this play, … read more

This Weekend: Big book fair, music & art, comic drama, birdwatching, blues & BBQ and more

WCSU coffeehouse reopens Before the Labor Day holiday weekend starts, Western Connecticut State University’s Midtown Coffeehouse reopens for a new season on Thursday, Aug, 31, at 8 p.m. with an open mic hour and then at 9, a featured act, singer Ian Murray, who is the midtown student center’s operations manager and a 2016 WCSU graduate from Oxford, and Megan … read more

This Weekend: Art Walk & Art in Park, food & brew fests, summer concerts, Peter Pan, Grange Fair & lots more

Ridgefield Art Walk starts Friday Some of the area’s finest artists will get a chance to showcase their work throughout Ridgefield as the Ridgefield Guild of Artists will present the Fourth Annual Art Walk, matching artists with different merchants. The event opens on Friday and runs for two weeks. Pam Stoddart, executive director of the Ridgefield Guild of Artists, and … read more

This Weekend: art activities, big tag sale, classic film songs, oyster fest, paranormal, tribute bands & more

Exploring water power: summer series Energize Connecticut Center concludes its Renewable Energy Summer Series on Friday from 2 to 4 p.m, when visitors to the center at 122 Universal Drive North, North Haven can learn about water power. The program is open to the public free of charge. Activities include interacting with a water discovery table, building water wheels, a … read more

This Weekend: Musicals, art show openings, outdoor concerts, festivals & more

‘Nordic Tapestry’ in new exhibit Before the weekend starts, the Washington Art Association & Gallery in collaboration with the Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens will open a new exhibit, The Nordic Tapestry Group: Weaving Knowledge into Personal Expression, on Thursday. The Nordic Tapestry Group consists of weavers from Sweden, Iceland and the United States who formed a decade ago … read more

This Weekend: Plays & improv, art fest & exhibits, Top 40, Sinatra & folk tunes, cruises & more

Meeting marine life on cruise Holding up a sea robin (the bottom feeding Triglidae) is Maritime Aquarium educator Kara Glezer on a Marine Life Encounter Cruise aboard the Norwalk aquarium’s R/V Spirit of the Sound, a 64-foot catamaran. TGIF Cruises Fridays, 6:30 p.m., Sunset Cruise each Saturday at 6:30 p.m., $29.95 ($19.95 members); Marine Life Encounter Cruises at 1 p.m., … read more

This Weekend: New exhibits & artists' talks, dance & comedy shows, jazz, rock & Cole Porter tributes, Shakespeare, science & wizardry

New exhibit in New Canaan Works by painter, printer and landscape designer Karen Vogel will be in Are You Reading Me?, a new exhibit opening Thursday, July 27, in H. Pelham Curtis Gallery at New Canaan Library, 151 Main Street. The reception is tonight from 6 to 8. The artist “uses typography, architecture, and organic forms in a linguistic manner, … read more

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