Ridgefield happenings: Metropolitan Klezmer, Hot Club of Cowtown, and remembering Woodstock

The Hillbenders

The Hillbenders perform in the CHIRP summer concert series Thursday, July 18, at 7 p.m., at Ballard Park. Rain venue is the Ridgefield Playhouse.

Formed in April 2008, and still touring with the original lineup, The HillBenders “have firmly established their presence as one of the most energetic and engaging progressive acoustic bands on the scene,” an announcement said.

Underwritten thanks to the generosity of The John Katz Family Foundation.

For more information, visit chirpct.org or acousticcelebration.org.

Job search workshops

One-on-one Interview Skills workshops are available through Ridgefield Continuing Education. Dates in addition to those listed below can be scheduled.

Interview Skills and Techniques, Resume Assistance, and Job Search Techniques may be scheduled on Fridays, July 19 or 26, from 1 to 2 p.m. or at other times. Instructor Glenna McNally has more than 30 years’ experience in executive recruiting and human resources consulting and is owner of G. McNally Enterprises in Danbury.

Interview Skills Training, Intro to LinkedIn One on One, and Using LinkedIn for Your Job Search may be scheduled on Fridays, July 19 or 26, from noon to 1 p.m. Instructor Louzette Dovaras has more than 20 years of recruiting experience. Her strengths include corporate, IT and executive recruiting for national and international corporations.

These one-hour one-on-one workshops cost $49 each. Advance registration is required. For more information, visit ridgefieldschools.org or call Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.

Broadway Unplugged Series

ACT (A Contemporary Theater) of Connecticut, 36 Old Quarry Road, Ridgefield announces 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 Bryan Perri, who recently finished a five-year run as music director and conductor of the Broadway production of Wicked. Bryan 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 never before heard stories, conversation, and vocals.

For tickets and more information, visit actofct.org.

Metropolitan Klezmer

Metropolitan Klezmer performs in the CHIRP summer concert series Tuesday, July 23, at 7 p.m., at Ballard Park. Rain venue is the Ridgefield Playhouse.

Inspired interpretations and originals around a panorama of eclectic Yiddish repertoire, with musical influences ranging from Eastern European to Zydeco, Jazz, Latin, Funk etc.

Underwritten through the generosity of the Leir Foundation.

For more information, visit chirpct.org or acousticcelebration.org.

Hot Club of Cowtown

Hot Club of Cowtown performs in the CHIRP summer concert series Thursday, July 25, at 7 p.m., at Ballard Park. Rain venue is the Ridgefield Playhouse.

Celebrating their 22nd year together and their 14th appearance at CHIRP, Elana James, Jake Erwin and Whit Smith possess “an arsenal full of technique and joy,” —NY Times.

Underwritten through the generosity of the Family of Alex Heckert.

For more information, visit chirpct.org or acousticcelebration.org.

Woodstock: A 50th Anniversary Celebration

The Ridgefield Library will present Woodstock: A 50th Anniversary Celebration with Craig Harris on Thursday, July 25, at 6 p.m. In the program Harris incorporates rare recordings, archival video and insightful storytelling. The August 1969 Woodstock Exposition of Music and Art continues to reverberate cultural ripples and this program will not only stir memories but provide new perspective.

Craig Harris has taught, written about, photographed, and played music for more than four decades. He is a master percussionist, educator, author, photographer, and the host of a popular weekly Friday night radio show in Washington, DC. His latest book Bluegrass, Newgrass, Old-time and Americana Music was published in 2018.

This program is part of the Library’s A Universe of Stories Adult Summer Reading program that is made possible thanks to the Friends of the Ridgefield Library.

Register at ridgefieldlibrary.org or call 203-438-2282 for more information.

Killing Mom play reading

ACT (A Contemporary Theater) of Connecticut kicks off their 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, Ridgefield. 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.

Meet the Playwrights

Thrown Stone will present a series of community events around the theme, Close To Home, building toward their third season, which features the Connecticut Premiere of Cry it Out by Molly Smith Metzler and the East Coast Premiere of Birds of North America by Anna Moench.

Meet the Playwrights, a candid discussion with the award-winning authors of Cry it Out and Birds of North America will take place at the Ridgefield Library on July 29, at 7 p.m. In this Skype interview, led by SPACE on Ryder Farm founder Emily Simoness, Molly Smith Metzler and Anna Moench answer questions about their plays live from Los Angeles.

Co-sponsored by TownVibe and the Ridgefield Library.

Cocktails by Litchfield Distillery and light refreshments will be served. Free admission. Register at ridgefieldlibrary.org or call 203-438-2282 for more information.

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum visit

The Ridgefield Historical Society will present a visit to The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, 295 West Avenue, Norwalk, on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. The event will include a guided tour and viewing of the exhibition, From Corsets to Suffrage: Victorian Women Trailblazers.

The cost of the trip is $18 for members and $20 for nonmembers.

To purchase tickets, visit ridgefieldhistoricalsociety.org. For more information, call 203-438-5821 or email info@ridgefieldhistoricalsociety.org. Participants will meet at the Mansion.

This tour is the first presentation of Votes for Women, a year-long celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment presented in collaboration with the Ridgefield Library, the League of Women Voters, and the Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center.