Bluegrass Friday night, butterflies on Saturday

Pickin’ at the Ives

A festival of bluegrass music, featuring Michael Davies and Tony Trischka, will take place Friday, Aug. 21, at the Ives Concert Park in Danbury. Gates open at 6:30 at the park, on the Westside Campus of Western Connecticut State University, 43 Lake Avenue Extension.

Also playing will be Too Blue with special guest Korey Brodsky, 15, who’s been playing guitar and mandolin since he was three. Filling out the bill is the Connecticut jamgrass band, The Wool Hats.

Tickets are $25 VIP, $20 general admission, $10 for students, and free for kids 12 and younger.

Travels with John

World traveler and artist John Newcomb will show 50 watercolors at the Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, from Aug. 21 through Sept. 27. All the works were done during his travels and all will be available for purchase.

There will be an opening reception on Friday, Aug. 21, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit or call 203-762-3950.

Comedy on stage

Frank Caliendo will blend observations, impressions, characters and stories in his comedy performance at the Ridgefield Playhouse on Friday, Aug. 21, at 8. Opening act is George Kanter. Caliendo has appeared in numerous television shows as a guest and had his own series on TBS, Frank TV, in 2007-2008.

Tickets are $65; for reservations visit or call 203-438-5795.


Lepidopterist Victor DeMasi of Redding, who’s a research affiliate for the Peabody Museum of New Haven and an advisory board member of the Norwalk River Watershed Association, will lead a free butterfly walk on Saturday, Aug. 22, from 10 to noon. He will introduce area butterflies and moths, discuss their food sources and habitats, and show his collection

Participants should meet at the intersection of Simpaug Turnpike and Route 7 in Redding on Saturday, Aug. 22, at 10 a.m. (rain date Aug. 23). All ages are welcome; people should wear long pants, sturdy shoes and tick repellent. For reservations, call DeMasi at 203-448-0106 or email

Farm tour

The seventh annual Easton Farm Tour, a self-guided event, will take place Saturday, Aug. 22, from 10 to 3, starting from the Easton Firehouse Green, One Center Road. There a map and pass will be available to guide people to the farms and events offered by Farmers and community organizations. Tastings, pony rides, an antique tool exhibit, games, a petting zoo, greenhouse tours, Easton-grown and harvested vegetables and fruit will be available. There will also be pick-your-own opportunities.

Citizens for Easton is the event sponsor and has organized food and entertainment back at the green in the afternoon. For more information, visit

The hair band

Mullett will headline A Day & Night of Music on Saturday, Aug. 22, from noon to 11 p.m. at Captain’s Cove Seaport in the historic Black Rock neighborhood of Bridgeport. Mullett plays 1980s big hair band music in faithful renditions; the group will perform at 6 p.m. The evening show will kick off at 8 with The Mojomatics, who’ll be followed by a jam session featuring the day’s performers.

The whole event is to support patient services at the St. Vincent’s Lebo-DeSantie Center for Liver and Pancreatic Disease. Other performers include The Doug Wahlberg Band, Highland Rovers Band, To the Max, Denise Daniels Biagi, Kris Servilla and the Fairfield School of Rock.

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at

Wet paint

The Do Ngak Kunphen Ling Tibetan Buddhist Center for Universal Peace  at 30 Putnam Park Road, Redding, will have its fourth annual Paint Out Wet Paint Exhibition & Silent Auction on Saturday, Aug. 22, from noon to 4. Rain date is Aug. 29. Guests are invited to stroll the grounds and meet the artists and participate in art activities. For more information, email or call 203-664-1574.

Beatles tribute

The Cast of Beatlemania will perform at the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge, on Saturday, Aug. 22, at 8. The musicians who take the roles are Lenie Colacino as Paul McCartney, Jim Filgate as George Harrison, Carlo Cantamessa as John Lennon and John Delgado as Ringo Starr, with Mark Templeton doing orchestra and keyboards.

Tickets are $47.50; for reservations, visit or call 203-438-5795.

Long Story Short

Robin Frome, president and artistic director of the Sherman Playhouse, will present an evening of his original monologues, Long Story Short: A Collection of Monologues, on Saturday, Aug. 22, at 8 at the playhouse, 5 Route 59 North in Sherman. The 20-plus bits deal with several characters and various subjects; the evening is not appropriate for children under age 16. Area actors will perform the monologues.

There is no cost but donations are welcome; reservations are not necessary. For information, email Frome at

Sunday auditions

Center Stage Theatre at 54 Grove Street in Shelton will have auditions for Mother Hicks, a play set in Illinois during the Great Depression, on Sunday, Aug. 23, from 10 a.m. to noon. There are roles for adults, teens and children.

For more information on the play and the roles, visit or call 203-225-6079.

East Coast Open

The Greenwich Polo Club will have three consecutive Sunday public matches, Aug. 23-Sept. 6, beginning at 1. Guests may choose among bleacher seating, lawn seating, cabanas and grandstand boxes; prices range from $40 for individual bleacher seats to $900 for a West Side Cabana.

Visit Public matches are accessed from 1 Hurlingham Drive in Greenwich.

And coming up…

The Wilton Singers are looking for tenors and basses and will have auditions on Tuesday, Aug. 25, by appointment.  The singers rehearse Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at the WEPCO Complex, 48 New Canaan Road, Wilton; the season begins Sept. 8 and ends mid-May. To schedule an audition, email Alison Conroy at or call 203-770-2266. For more information, visit