Ridgefield happenings: Stories in the Stars, 'Killing Mom' play, and Looking Back 50 Years

Roots pop band Front Country performs. Pictured from left: Adam Roszkiewicz, Jeremy Darrow, Melody Walker, Jacob Groopman and Leif Karlstrom.
Roots pop band Front Country performs. Pictured from left: Adam Roszkiewicz, Jeremy Darrow, Melody Walker, Jacob Groopman and Leif Karlstrom.

The following is a list of Ridgefield happenings for the next week:

Front Country takes CHIRP stage on July 11
Progressive bluegrass band Front Country will perform in the CHIRP concert on Thursday, July 11, at 7 p.m., at Ballard Park. Rain venue is the Ridgefield Playhouse.
A hybrid of rugged Americana and purposeful pop, this band strikes the “perfect blend of soaring vocals, impressive playing and interesting song choices,” according to Fretboard Journal.
The concert is underwritten thanks to Chris Pike at Ridgefield Music.
For more information, visit chirpct.org or acousticcelebration.org. For more information about the band, visit frontcountryband.com.
Stories in the Stars
The Hampstead Stage Company returns to the Ridgefield Library to perform “Stories in the Stars,” for families with children going into grades K-6 Wednesday, July 10, from 6 to 7 p.m.
Soar through the stars in this compilation of Greek Myths and explore various constellations and legends about why they are in the sky. This program is designed specifically for the Summer Reading theme A Universe of Stories.
All summer children’s performances are sponsored by the Friends of the Ridgefield Library. For more information, visit hampsteadstage.org/plays-tours or call the library at 203-438-2282, ext. 12002.
ACT to host Broadway Unplugged Series
ACT (A Contemporary Theater) of Connecticut, 36 Old Quarry Road, Ridgefield has announced Tony Award nominee Kate Baldwin, recent star of the Broadway revival of Hello Dolly! will join ACT’s resident Music Supervisor Bryan Perri on July 20 at 8 p.m., for the Broadway Unplugged Series.
The Broadway Unplugged Series is the brainchild of Perri, who recently finished a five-year run as music director and conductor of the Broadway production of Wicked. He also served as music director for Superhero, and is the music director for the Broadway-bound Jagged Little Pill. Each show in the Broadway Unplugged Series presents an intimate evening where Perri sits down at the piano with Broadway performers for a night of never before heard stories, conversation, and vocals.
For tickets and more information, visit actofct.org.
SAT prep
Lentz & Lentz SAT Prep is offering PSAT, SAT, and ACT Prep classes meet Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, July 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26 and Aug. 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Town Hall Annex, 66 Prospect Street.
This course allows participants to study in a leisurely, intelligent way, in order to develop the strategies, test-taking tips and short cuts needed to do well, an announcement said.
Cost is $440 including all course materials.
Visit lentzsatprep.com or call Ridgefield Continuing Education at 203-431-2812 or Lentz & Lentz at 1-800-866-SATS.
‘Killing Mom’ play reading
ACT (A Contemporary Theater) of Connecticut kicks off its 2019 New Works Series with a professional reading of the new play by Megan Smith-Harris, Killing Mom, Saturday, July 27, at 3 p.m., at 36 Old Quarry Road. The reading is free with general admission.
ACT of Connecticut’s New Works Series showcases the work of the next generation of writers and composers, educating the community on the creation of a Broadway-caliber show. This series enables the Fairfield and Westchester county communities to play a role in developing new plays and musical which could potentially land on Broadway.
Killing Mom is a humorous drama about family, love, sibling rivalry, and mother/daughter relationships. Smith-Harris is the festival director of the Ridgefield Independent Film Festival (RIFF) and the president and co-owner of Pyewackitt Productions, an independent production company. She has helmed multiple long-form documentaries that have aired domestically and around the globe, while also serving as the editor of Wilton Magazine.
For tickets and more information about ACT of CT, visit actofct.org.
Art-inspired writing
Art-Inspired Writing with Kim Kovach runs Thursdays, July 11, 18, 25 and Aug. 1, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the town hall annex, 66 Prospect Street.
Participants will look at paintings from American artists including Edward Hopper, Andrew Wyeth and John Singer Sargent. Each work of art aims to inspire fresh ideas for story writing with a little art history as a bonus.
Kovach teaches fiction and nonfiction writing for adults in Connecticut and New York.
Cost is $72. Advance registration is required. Ridgefielders age 62 and over pay $58. To register, call 203-733-0313.
Computer classes
eBay, social networks, and Microsoft Office 2016 classes through Ridgefield Continuing Education are available. July classes include:
Using Social Media: Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter (Thursday, July 25; 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.; $39).
Word and File Management (Wednesday, July 10; 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon; $49).
PowerPoint (Thursday, July 11 and 18; 1 to 3 p.m.; $99).
Excel Intro (Thursday, July 11 and 18 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon or Tue/Wed, July 16 and 17 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.; $79).
Excel Intermediate (Tuesday/Thursday, July 23 and 25 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or Tuesday/Wednesday, July 23 and 24 from 3 to 5:30 p.m.; $99). Excel Advanced (Tuesday/Thursday, July 30 and Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or Tuesday/Wednesday, July 30 and 31 from 2:45 to 5:15 p.m.; $99).
More sections, plus iPad, iPhone, Google Docs, Windows 10, Access, and software tutorials are also available. Small materials fee in some classes. Ridgefield senior (age 62 and older) discount is available. Information is at ridgefieldschools.org or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.
Personal essay workshop
Jesse Longman will lead a four-part workshop called Encounters: Personal Essay on Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25 and Aug. 1, at 1 p.m., at the Ridgefield Library.
Jesse Longman is a writer and mother whose work has been published and produced internationally. An MFA recipient in Theater from Columbia University. She is a columnist for the Spectator magazine and a lifelong resident of Ridgefield.
To register, visit ridgefieldlibrary.org or call 203-438-2282. By registering for the first class you are automatically registered for all four sessions. This program is part of the Library’s A Universe of Stories Adult Summer Reading Program and is made possible thanks to the Friends of the Ridgefield Library.
1969: Looking Back 50 Years
Journalist, TV pundit, radio commentator, and podcaster Evan Weiner will present a talk, Looking Back 50 Years: The Exceptional Events of 1969, at the Ridgefield Library on Thursday, July 11, at 6 p.m.
Weiner will discuss milestone events of 1969 including the landing of the first man on the moon, the introduction of the first artificial heart, the riots marking the beginning of the modern gay rights movement, the miracle Mets World Series victory, and the last public performance of the Beatles as well as the introduction to the world of such classics as Sesame Street, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, and Arpanet, the precursor to the Internet.
Weiner is recognized globally as an expert in the politics of the sports business, produces a daily podcast on that topic, and is a regular on television and radio in both the United States and the United Kingdom, including appearances on BBC Radio, MSNBC and ABC television and The Guardian newspaper in the U.K. Weiner has also written eight books and speaks at a variety of venues.
To register, visit ridgefieldlibrary.org or call 203-438-2282 for more information.
Audition preparation program
The Ridgefield Library and ACT of Connecticut present College Theatre Programs: Audition Preparation with Professor Ann Evans Watson, University of Michigan Musical Theatre at the Ridgefield Library on Thursday, July 18, at 6 p.m.
This program is for anyone interested in pursuing musical theatre or acting at the collegiate level. This free workshop.
Students will have an opportunity to explore the audition process, and parents will have the opportunity to ask questions and see some student auditions first-hand. Bring yourself, sheet music (for any student who wishes to have the chance to participate in a “mock” audition), and all your questions about how to audition for college musical theatre programs.
Ann Evans holds BFA’s in theatre and music, and is a member of the AEA, MTEA, PAVA, and NATS.
To register, visit ridgefieldlibrary.org or call 203-438-2282.