Spencer Eldridge will show a collection of his new work, abstracted landscapes, at the Keeler Tavern Museum Carriage Barn, 132 Main Street, Ridgefield, beginning Friday, April 10. The artist, who teaches in the Katonah-Lewisboro schools, will be at the opening reception on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. and will talk about his work at a Ridgefield Arts Council event on Monday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m.
The exhibit will run from 11 to 4, Wednesdays through Sundays, April 11-19. For more information, visit keelertavernmuseum.org or call 203-438-5485.
Charnin master class
Director and Tony Award-lyricist Martin Charnin will give a master class at the White Plains Performing Arts Center, 11 City Place, White Plains, N.Y., on Friday, April 10, at 7 p.m. He will share stories and offer advice; six to eight people, selected from ticket buyers by audition will join him onstage.
Tickets are $20; for reservations, visit wppac.com or call 914-328-1600.
The world-renowned Whiffenpoofs from Yale will perform their a cappella show at the historic Palace Danbury Theatre, 165 Main Street, on Friday, April 10, at 8. Opening will be Danbury’s own Martini Glass A Cappella, a women’s group.
Tickets are $25 and may be ordered online at thepalacedanbury.com or by calling 203-794-9944. The box office will be open one hour before the show.
The Sherman Playhouse will open its 2015 season with a production of George Orwell’s 1984, adapted for the stage by Robert Owens, Wilton E. Hall Jr. and William A. Miles Jr. Performances April 10-May 3 are on Fridays and Saturdays at 8, with Sunday matinees at 2 on April 19 and May 3.
Tickets for all shows are $22 for adults and $12 for children 12 and younger. For reservations, visit shermanplayers.org or call 860-354-3622. The playhouse is at 5 Route 39 North, next to the Sherman firehouse.
The Máirtín O’Connor Trio, led by accordion virtuoso O’Connor, will perform at the Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main Street, on Friday, April 10, at 8. The show is presented by the Shamrock Traditional Irish Music Society (shamrockirishmusic.org).
For reservations, $20, call 203-362-5912 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bedford Spring Antiques Show, a benefit for St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Bedford, N.Y., will take place at the Harvey School athletic center Saturday, April 11, 10-5 and Sunday, April 12, 11-5. More than 25 East Coast dealers will have booths showing furniture, fine art prints, estate jewelry, silver, china, crystal and decorative accessories. Admission is $10.
A champagne preview party will tae place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday; tickets are $100 at the door. For more information, call 914-234-9636 or email BSAS@stmatthewsbedford.org
Artist and collector of Outsider Art Phil Demise Smith will open an exhibit, On the Outside Looking In: Outsider/Self-Taught Art From the US and Europe, on Saturday, April 11, at the Ridgefield Library, 472 Main Street. The show will be on view through May 29.
Dr. Pam Rogers from Pure Vision Gallery will give an illustrated lecture about Outsider Art on Saturday at 1; a reception will follow from 2 to 4. For more information, visit ridgefieldlibrary.org or call 203-438-2282.
Art and shadows
Animator and multimedia artist Miwa Matreyek will present two performances at Silvermine Arts Center in New Canaan on Saturday, April 11, using animation, projection and her own shadows. She’ll do This World Made Itself and Myth and Infrastructure at both the 2:30 and 7:30 performances, appearing at Silvermine as part of the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts.
The arts center is at 1037 Silvermine Road; for information and tickets, $20, visit silvermineart.org or call 203-966-9700 x22.
Troupers Light Opera Company will present a fully staged and costumed production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera Iolanthe, with a 30-piece orchestra, on Saturdays, April 11 and 18, at 2:30 and 7:30 at the Norwalk Concert Hall, 125 East Avenue.
Tickets are $30, $25 for seniors and $15 for students, available online at trouperslightopera.org.
Westport Country Playhouse plans a Block Party on Saturday, April 11, from 4 to 7 p.m. to kick off its new subscription series season, which opens May 5 with The Liar by David Ives. The party on Saturday will include food trucks, games and activities, prizes, special ticket offers and a look at the Playhouse’s backstage, including self-guided tours and a scavenger hunt. Admission is free.
For more information, visit westportplayhouse.org or call 203-227-4177.
The Ridgefield Guild of Artists Members Only Show, Bedlam, will open Saturday, April 11, showcasing works that are being placed by each artist member who comes to the galleries with a hammer and a nail. Each artist is also assigned to bring an appetizer for the opening reception, which will take place from 4 to 6 p.m.
The guild building is at 34 Halpin Lane; for more information, visit rgoa.org or call 203-438-8863. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Sunday, noon to 4.
Western Connecticut State University in Danbury will host one of its periodic planetarium shows and sky viewings on Saturday, April 11, on the Westside campus, 43 Lake Avenue Extension. The planetarium show will run from 7 to 8, followed by sky viewing from 8 to 10 p.m., weather permitting. For more information, call 203-837-8672 on the day of the event.
The sound at Caramoor Center for the Arts and Music in Katonah, N.Y., on Saturday night will be American roots and folk as multi-instrumentalist Willie Watson performs in the Rosen House Music Room. He’ll be joined by the indie string band Cricket Tell the Weather.
The concert begins at 8; tickets range from $15 to $55 and may be ordered online at caramoor.org or by calling 914-232-1252. Caramoor is at 149 Girdle Ridge Road, off Route 22.
Orchestra New England will recreate a 19th Century musical soiree at its concert on Saturday, April 11, at 7:30 at the United Church on the Green, 270 Temple Street, New Haven. The program features Chopin’s 2nd Piano Concerto with soloist Gary Chapman plus selections by the “Waltz King” Johann Strauss II. A complimentary wine reception with Maestro James Sinclair and the musicians will follow.
Tickets are $20 and $35, available at orchestranewengland.org or by calling 203-777-4690.
It’s the season for native amphibians to begin emerging and the Norwalk River Watershed Association’s David Havens knows the places to find them. He’ll lead a nature walk on Sunday, April 12, at 1 p.m. starting from the parking lot behind the ball field at St. Luke’s School, 377 North Wilton Road, New Canaan. Following a short introduction to amphibians and how to spot them, he’ll lead a woodland walk to visit vernal ponds. Tall, waterproof boots are suggested; all ages are welcome.
The program is free; to register, call 1-877-NRWA-INFO.
A new exhibit at Art/Place Gallery at 70 Sanford Street, Fairfield, features paintings by Susanne Andover Keany of Weston and Mollie Keller of Trumbull. An opening reception with the artists will take place Sunday, April 12, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Keany’s work, large-scale oil paintings, is inspired by a cross country trip she took a few years ago. In contrast, Keller’s Nutshell Series is done in two-inch by two-inch squares using ink and watercolor over, under and around quarter-inch grids.
For more information, visit artplacegallery.org or call 203-292-8328.
The Dorian Wind Quintet will perform with pianist Spencer Myer on Sunday, April 12, at 3 as part of the Newtown Friends of Music Series at Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street, Newtown. The program will span four centuries of compositions.
Single tickets are $25 and students are admitted free with a ticket-holding adult; for a reservation, visit newtownfriendsofmusic.org or call 203-426-6470.
The Rowayton Arts Center will have a reception for its 36th annual Community-Sponsored Awards Exhibition on Sunday, April 12, from 4 to 6 p.m. The show, which runs through April 26 at 145 Rowayton Avenue, was judged by Jeffrey Price, owner of the Artists’ Market in Norwalk. For more information, visit rowaytonartscenter.org or call 203866-2744.
Gregory Alan Isakov, a South African native, will perform his blend of indie-folk music, featuring guitar and mandolin, on Sunday, April 12, at 8 at the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge. Tickets are $37.50 and there’s a wine tasting in the lobby at 7:15, courtesy of Palm Bay International.
For reservations, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.
And coming up …
Sacred Heart University in Fairfield plans its second Jobimfest, celebrating the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim (1927-1994) on Tuesday, April 14, at 7 in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit, 5151 Park Avenue.
Professor Joe Carter on violao (Brazilian acoustic guitar) and the Brazilian Jazz All Stars will perform the tribute to the renowned Brazilian composer: Hendrik Meurkens on harmonica, Ali Ryerson on flutes, Paul Lieberman on woodwinds, David Finck, acoustic bass, and Nanny Assis, percussion. The concert is free; for more information, call 203-371-7735.
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For Adam’s Sake: A Story of Families and Slavery in Colonial New England will be the topic of Dr. Allegra di Bonaventura on Thursday, April 16, at 8 p.m. at the meeting of the Archaeological Associates of Greenwich at the Bruce Museum, One Museum Drive, Greenwich. The lecture fee is $15; for more information, call 203-322-1253.