The Valley Shakespeare Festival will present Shakespeare in the Park, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Thursday through Sunday, July 9-12, at 8 p.m. at Veteran’s Memorial Park/Riverwalk, 38 Canal Street East, Shelton.
The performance is free, with a $10 suggested donation. For more information, visit vsfestival.org or call 203-513-9446.
The Wilton Kiwanis Geeb Fleming Memorial Cruise Night, hosted with The Coachmen Car Club of Norwalk, will take place Friday, July 10, at 6 p.m. in the parking lot of the Piersall Building in Wilton Center. (Rain date is July 17.)
The Kiwanis Club will grilling hamburgers and hot dogs and there will be an ice cream truck; local car owners are invited to show their special exotics, custom cars and hot rods, vintages and antiques.
The Westport Arts Center will host an exhibit of photographs and paintings by Eric Fischl, considered one of the most influential figurative painters of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, beginning July 10. There will be a reception in the center gallery, 51 Riverside Avenue, Friday evening, July 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. Fischl will attend the reception and will sign copies of his memoir, Bad Boy: My Life On and Off the Canvas (2013), written with Michael Stone.
The artist will also be at the arts center on Friday morning at 10 a.m. for the ArtSpeaks series and will also sign his memoir there.
The exhibit will be on view through Sept. 5 and is free and open Monday through Thursday, 10 to 5, Friday, 10 to 2, and Saturday, 10 to 4. For more information, visit westportartscenter.org or call 203-222-7070.
Fleetwood Mac tribute
Tusk, a Fleetwood Mac tribute band, will perform at Monroe’s Wolfe Park, 454 Purdy Hill Road, on Friday, July 10, at 7 p.m. as part of the Arts in the Park summer concert series.
For more information, call 203-452-2806 or visit monroerec.org.
For the eighth year, the Connecticut Tango Festival will offer enthusiasts dancing and workshops and performances from July 10 through 19 in Milford, Norwalk, Stamford, Danbury and Middletown. Visiting dancers from Argentina are Analia Carreño and Luís Ramirez, with Latin Grammy winner bandoneonist Raul Jaurena, Grammy nominee pianist Emilio Solia and singer Marga Mitchell. The dancers/instructors will be Dale Ellison and Gem Duras, Grupo Folklorico Rio de la Plata and Michele Evans.
A highlight will be the Friday, July 17, Tango Passion Show at 8 p.m. at the Milford Arts Council, 40 Railroad Avenue South, Milford. Tickets are $38 and $42.
The opening tango social Milonga with guest Dale Ellison will take place Friday evening, July 10, from 7:30 to 11 p.m. at the First Church of Christ, 190 Court Street, Middletown. Workshops will follow in several locations on July 11 and 12 and July 18 and 19. For a complete schedule and more information, visit cttangofest.org.
The new face
Trevor Noah, who’ll take over the Daily Show from Jon Stewart on Sept. 28, will perform at the Palace Theatre in Stamford on Friday, July 10, at 8. The comedian began his career in his native South Africa and performed his one-man show The Racist at the Edinburgh Fringe. He was the subject of the award-winning documentary, You Laugh But It’s True, about his life in post-apartheid South Africa.
Tickets are available at palacestamford.org or call 203-325-4466.
The Sherman Playhouse will open Joseph Kesselring’s Arsenic and Old Lace on Friday, July 10, at 8 at the theater at 5 Route 39 North, next to the firehouse in Sherman. Arsenic and Old Lace is described as the “quintessential farcical black comedy” and is directed by Robin Frome.
Performances continue Friday and Saturday at 8 through Aug. 1, with Sunday matinees at 2 July 19 and Aug. 2. Tickets are $22 for adults and $11 for children 12 and younger; for reservations, visit shermanplayers.org or call 860-354-3622.
The Sherman Chamber Ensemble will perform concerts this weekend featuring works by Haydn, Martinu, and Mendelssohn plus music from the Great American Songbook, featuring pianist Margaret Kampmeier, baritone Jesse Blumberg, violinist Jill Levy, flutist Susan Rotholz and cellist Eliot Bailen.
The concerts will begin at 8, on Friday, July 10, at St. Andrew’s Church, 1 North Main Street in Kent, and on Saturday, July 11, at the Lake Mauweehoo Club, Leach Hollow Road in Sherman. Tickets are $30 general admission ($25 advance), $25 ($20) for students and seniors; lawn tickets for the Sherman concert are $10 at the door. For reservations (recommended), visit shermanchamberensemble.org or call 860-355-5930.
Big Booth book sale
The Friends of the C.H. Booth Library in Newtown will stage their 40th Book Sale July 11 through 15 at Reed Intermediate School, 3 Trades Lane, Newtown. On opening day, Saturday, admission is charged ($5) and hours are 9 to 5. Children 18 and younger do not have to pay. Numbered admission tickets will go on sale at 7 a.m.
Hours on Sunday are 9 to 5; on Monday, half-price day, the sale is open 9 to 7 as it is on Tuesday, when books are $5 a bag. Finally, all books are free on Wednesday from 9 to noon.
For more information visit boothbooksale.org.
Breakfast and more!
The Lordship Community Church, 179 Prospect Drive Stratford, will host a Breakfast, Car Wash and Book Sale on Saturday, July 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donations will go to the church’s local mission and outreach ministries. The book sale and breakfast go on rain or shine; the car wash will be canceled by rain. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-377-6568.
Big band sound
The Glenn Miller Orchestra will be In the Mood on the Ridgefield Playhouse stage on Saturday, July 11, at 7:30 p.m. The big band has been performing since 1956 and continues the tradition of the legendary band leader. Tickets are $38; for availability, call 203-438-5795. There will be a wine tasting in the lobby at 6:45 p.m., hosted by 109 Cheese & Wine of Ridgefield.
The Neuberger Museum of Art at Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, N.Y., will host Family Festival: Gold on Sunday, July 12, from 1 to 4 p.m. The festival is part of the Fairfield Westchester Museum Alliance’s “The Seven Deadly Sins” joint programming effort, a project in which the Neuberger Museum was assigned “Greed.”
The festival on Sunday will include a screening of the classic Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, with activities that include songs, stories and animation, a search for treasure in the galleries and the chance of winning a gold prize; and complimentary refreshments. Admission is $10 per child; free for adults.
The exhibit Gold will be on view from July 12 through Oct. 11, featuring work by 22 contemporary artists; it was organized by the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach, Fla., curated by José Carlos Diaz. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 5. For more information, visit neuberger.org or call 914-251-6100.
The Norwalk Symphony Orchestra will present a free Broadway ‘Pops’ concert on Sunday afternoon, July 12, at 3 at the Gallaher Mansion in Cranbury Park on Grumman Avenue in Norwalk.
The program will begin with young musicians from the Talent Education Suzuki School, who will be followed by Rossini’s Barber of Seville, performed by the orchestra with the Norwalk Youth Symphony, conducted by the NSO’s Jonathan Yates. Then, guest conductor Paul Bogaev will lead a performance by a group of Broadway and up-and-coming stars from Music Theatre of Connecticut, Crystal Theatre, and the New Paradigm Theatre of Milford.
For more information, visit norwalksymphony.org or call 203-956-6771.
The Westport Historical Society is honoring the 100th birthday of artist Howard Munce, longtime leader in the town’s arts community, with a new exhibit Howard Munce at 100: A Centennial Celebration. There will be a reception on Sunday, July 12, 4-6 p.m. in the historical society’s Betty and Ralph Sheffer Gallery at 25 Avery Place.
The Sheffer gallery will showcase Munce’s paintings, drawings, illustrations and sculptures; the Mollie Donovan Gallery will chronicle “Howard’s World,” which highlights his Westport connections.
The exhibit will run through Sept. 14; for more information, visit westporthistory.org or call 203-222-1424.
Grab your cap
Yachting caps are the choice of headgear for the concert scheduled Sunday night at the Ridgefield Playhouse: the Yacht Rock Revue will perform at 8 p.m. doing its show of covers of 70’s soft rock classic by artists including Hall & Oates, Michael McDonald, Steely Dan and many more.
Tickets are $37.50; for reservations, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795. An AllShows.om VIP Party Pass ($25 additional per person) includes a pre-show cocktail party at 6:30 and priority parking.
And coming up…
The guest speaker at the Derby Historical Society’s Silver Tea will be Sheryl Faye whose presentation will be Helen Keller — Champion of the Disabled. The tea will take place from 2 to 4 on Monday, July 13, at Molto Bene, 557 Wakelee Avenue Ansonia. Tickets are $25 and may be reserved by calling 203-735-1908 or 203-676-0324.
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One of the big literary events of the summer, the debut of Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee, will be celebrated with an all-day read-a-thon on Tuesday, July 14, from 10 to 6 at the Fairfield University Bookstore, 1499 Post Road, Fairfield. For information, visit fairfied.edu/bookstore or call 203-255-7756 x501.
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Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum in Norwalk will host a talk on Wednesday, July 15, by Ronald Lee Fleming on Bellevue, Newport: the Restoration of the 1910 Ogden Codman Jr. House and Gardens. Fleming is a trustee of the Preservation Society of Newport County. The program will begin at 11 and includes the lecture, lunch and a first-floor tour of the mansion; cost is $30 with reservations requested by Friday, July 10. For reservations, email email@example.com or call 203-838-9799 x4.
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Folk legend Melanie will perform at the Palace Danbury, 165 Main Street, on Thursday, July 16, at 7:30. She’ll be accompanied by her son Beau-Jarred and will trace her career from Woodstock to today. Tickets are $40 VIP (with meet and greet) or $35. For reservations, visit thepalacedanbury.com or call 203-794-9944.