The cover photo for Curtain Call’s Calendar Girls 2016 calendar, which is being sold as a joint fundraiser for Curtain Call and The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Facing the camera is Stamford resident and director for Calendar Girls, Gail Yudain. The production runs Jan. 8 through 24.
Curtain Call Inc. will stage the comedy Calendar Girls, opening in the Dressing Room Theatre, 1349 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, on Friday, Jan. 8, at 8. Inspired by a true story of a group of Yorkshire women who created a calendar to raise money for non-Hodgkins lymphoma research, the play is about women’s friendships and resourcefulness. (The play does include brief nudity; parental discretion advised.)
Tickets are $32 for adults, $24 for seniors citizens and $16 for students and children; shows will be on Friday and Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 2, through Jan. 24. For reservations, visit curtaincallinc.com or call 203-461-6358.
Helping a family
Sacred Heart Academy at 265 Benham Street in Hamden will host a Pasta Dinner to Benefit the Obi Family on Friday, Jan. 8, from 6 to 10 p.m. The funds raised will help offset medical and travel expenses being incurred while their daughter Nneoma is being treated in Philadelphia.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and will be available at the door. For more information, call 203-288-2309 x213 or email .
Nature as Metaphor
A new exhibit by Jim Sparks opens at the Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, on Friday, Jan. 8, with a reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The large-scale works in oil are the result of the artist’s intense observation of the details found in landscapes; most will be for sale with a portion of proceeds benefitting the library.
The exhibit, Realism into Abstraction: Nature as Metaphor, will remain on view through Jan. 29. For more information, visit wiltonlibrary.org or call 203-762-3950.
The Loft Artists Association of Stamford will usher in the New Year with an exhibit highlighting the work of eight local artists who were accepted for membership in 2014 or 2015. New Year, New Artists, New Art will open Friday, Jan. 8, when there will be a reception from 6 to 8 p.m.
The show is accompanied by the “Mix of Six,” a periodic rotating exhibit of members’ work.
The LAA Gallery is at 575 Pacific Street and is open Saturday and Sunday 1 to 4:30 p.m. Admission and parking are free; for more information, visit loftartists.com or call 203-247-2027.
Music for Youth
In a free concert for young people, the final round of the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestra’s Concerto Competition will take place at the Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Avenue, Southport, on Saturday, Jan. 9, at 2 p.m.
Each of the seven finalists will play one movement of a concerto for a panel of judges; seating is general admission. For more information, visit pequotlibrary.org or call 203-259-0346 x15.
Christine Lavin and Don White will perform The Funny Side of the Street, A Night of Brighter Laughter on Saturday, Jan. 9, at 7:30 at Walkabout Clearwater Coffeehouse in the Memorial United Methodist Church, 250 Bryant Avenue, White Plains, N.Y. The combination of music and stories is family-friendly.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 6-12 in advance at brownpapertickets.com; at the door, the ticket price is $25 for adult and $15 for students (with ID). There is open seating and doors open at 6:30, with an informal sing-along at 6:45. For more information, visit walkaboutclearwater.org or call 914-945-1625.
Voicescapes Audio Theater will perform an original 90-minute show at Jesse Lee United Methodist Church, 25 Flat Rock Road, Easton, on Saturday, Jan. 9, at 7:30 p.m. The show includes short plays, both comedy and drama, that are performed with scripts, enhanced by live and recorded sound effects.
Among the company members are Tom and Ellin Curley of Easton; three other members have won numerous awards for audio book reading and producing. Another member, Barbara Rosenblat, has appeared on Broadway and was recently “Miss Rosa” on the Netflix series, Orange is the New Black.
Following the performance, there will be a brief question-and-answer period. To reserve a seat, visit jesselee.org or call 203-372-8250 for more information. Suggested donation is $15 and tickets will be available at the door. For more information about Voicescapes, visit voicescapesaudiotheater.com.
The Beatles Songbook
The Milford Arts Council will present The Beatles Songbook with Mike Lefton on Saturday, Jan. 9, at 8 p.m. at the Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Avenue South, Milford. Doors open at 7:30 for café seating; tickets are $30.
For reservations, visit milfordarts.org or call 203-878-6647.
David Bowie’s album The Man Who Sold The World will be played by former Bowie band members on Saturday, Jan. 9, at 8 at the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge. The band features bass player Tony Visconti and drummer Woody Woodmansey and other special guests, who’ll play Bowie classics.
Tickets are $40; for reservations, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.
Fierce and Fragile
A special exhibit and a collaboration between the Bruce Museum in Greenwich and Hermès of Paris means that from Jan. 10 through March 13, general admission will be free during regular gallery hours at the Bruce. The show, Fierce and Fragile: Big Cats in the Art of Robert Dallet, opens Jan. 10 and features about 60 of the artist’s paintings, drawings and sketches illustrating the eight big cat species: tiger, lion, leopard, cheetah, cougar, jaguar, snow leopard and clouded leopard.
The exhibition offers an in-depth look at the science and biology of the big cats while examining the conservation challenges the animals face. After its launch at the Bruce Museum, the exhibit will have an international tour throughout Europe and Asia in 2016 and 2017.
For more information, visit brucemuseum.org or call 203-869-0376.
The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Young Artists Series will open its season on Sunday, Jan. 10, at 2 p.m. with pianist Kate Liu, first-prize winner of the Fifth New York International Piano Competition in 2010, when she was 16.
Tickets are free, but reservations are strongly suggested; visit quickcenter.com or call 1-877-ARTS-396.
The Nose Series
The Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Mathews Park, Norwalk, will present William Kentridge: The Nose Series, on display Jan. 10 through March 19. An opening reception is planned on Sunday, Jan. 10, from 2 to 5 p.m.
The 30 prints in the series are each approximately 5” x 8” and are on loan from David Krut Projects of Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Chelsea in New York. Kentridge is a South African native. A separate exhibition in the center’s Lithography Room features Landlocked City, works by South African artist Stephen Hobbs, who did a print demonstration at the center in 2015.
For more information on the exhibits and special events planned in conjunction with The Nose, visit contemprints.org or call 203-899-7999.
Piano Blues Duo
Blues pianist Mark Naftalin and percussionist Barry Urich will perform blues classics on Sunday, Jan. 10, at 2 p.m. at the Westport Library’s McManus Room, 20 Jesup Road. The program is free; for more information, visit westportlibrary.org or call 203-291-4800.
The Silvermine Arts Center in New Canaan will have a reception on Sunday, Jan. 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. for the openings of a solo exhibition by Justin Kim, Art of the Northeast Featured Artist, and its New Members Exhibition, which run through Feb. 20.
Kim, who explores themes and methods found in traditional and modern landscapes, says “Painting is consciousness made visible.” Subjects range from the California desert, to Cade Cod, to New York City.
The 16 artists who joined the Silvermine Guild during 2015 were selected for excellence of technique, cultural or social relevance, clarity and continuity of style and professional accomplishment. Among them are Leah Caroline of New Haven, Lauren Cotton of Wilton, Rose-Marie Fox of Darien, Dan Makara of Redding, and Lisa Thoren of Darien.
Silvermine Galleries, at 1037 Silvermine Road, are open Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5, and Sunday from 1 to 5; for more information, visit silvermineart.org or call 203-966-9700.
Peterson Concert Series
Susan Werner and Vance Gilbert, singer/songwriter friends who often perform together, will appear in the Greenwich Library’s Peterson Concert Series on Sunday, Jan. 10, at 3:30 p.m. in the Cole Auditorium. Each artist will play a solo set and then they’ll perform together to conclude the concert.
Admission is free; doors open at 3 and seating is limited. The library is at 101 West Putnam Avenue; for more information, visit greenwichlibrary.org/music or call 203-622-7917.
First in Flight
Author Susan Brinchman, who wrote Gustave Whitehead: First in Flight, will talk about the Bridgeport inventor who was successful in powered flights two years before the Wright Brothers, on Sunday, Jan. 10, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Avenue, Southport. Brinchman’s presentation will be via Skype; in addition there will be a live guest speaker, Andy Kosch. For more information, visit pequotlibrary.org or call 203-259-0346 x15.
The Schoolhouse Theater in Croton Falls, N.Y., will host jazz great Houston Person’s 28th Annual Winter Jazz Concert on Sunday, Jan. 10. The show, featuring Person on tenor saxophone with his quartet, will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $35; for reservations, visit schoolhousetheater.org or call 914-277-8477. The theater is at 3 Owens Road.
And coming up…
Porcelain Wars: the Rivalry Between Meissen and Du Paquier, a lecture by Meredith Chilton, founding curator of the Gardiner Museum in Toronto, Canada, will be presented Monday, Jan. 11, at 1:15 at the Bruce Museum, Greenwich. Admission for those not members of the Connecticut Ceramics Study Circle is $25; reservations are required, email@example.com.
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Photographer and world traveler David Roberts will present Iceland — Land of Ice and Fire to the Appalachian Mountain Club on Tuesday, Jan. 12, at the Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East, Westport. Doors will open at 6:30 for wine, appetizers, pasta, salad and desserts; the program will run from 7:30 to 8:30. The cost is $15 at the door; people are asked to bring a dessert to share. For more information, visit ct-amc.org.