Delicious times ahead!

Chocolate Expo

More than 40 chocolatiers and specialty-food vendors will offer tastings and sales during the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk’s Chocolate Expo on Sunday, Jan. 31, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free cooking demonstrations with chocolate by celebrity chefs Barret Beyer, Tony Albanese, Francis Legge and Larry Rosenberg will also be offered.

The aquarium will offer special discounted admission prices of $15 for adults and $10 for children 3-12; all exhibits except “Jiggle A Jelly” will be open. For more information, visit maritimeaquarium.org or call 203-852-0700 x2206.

America Hurrah

The Ridgefield High School Visual and Performing Arts Department will stage two acts of Jean-Claude van Itallie’s satirical play America Hurrah opening Thursday, Jan. 28. Directed by Sherry Cox, the play examines American views on consumerism, job satisfaction, politics and war in the 1960s.

Eight actors perform multiple roles. They are: Sarah Ford, Gabe Gordon, Meredith Karle, Sarah Klotz, Aidan Meachem, Evan Smolin, Amy Stoogenke and Casey Wishna. Performances will be in Ridgefield High School’s Black Box Theater Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 28-30 and Feb. 5-6, at 7:30 p.m. Snow date is Feb. 7 at 2 p.m.

All tickets are $10 at the door. For more information, visit  or call 203-894-5750.

Spread the love

The Creative Arts Workshop non-profit community arts center at 80 Audubon Street in New Haven will have its annual XOXO Sale of Valentines from Friday, Jan. 29, through Saturday, Feb. 13, weekdays 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To see how these special cards are made, visit on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 2 to 5 p.m. for a free paper craft demonstration.

For more information, visit creativeartsworkshop.org.

Barefoot in the Park

Curtain Call in Stamford has two classic Broadway shows opening in the next two weeks, starting Friday, Jan. 29, with Barefoot in the Park by Neil Simon (Stephen Sondheim’s Company opens Feb. 11). Barefoot in the Park will be staged in the Kweskin Theatre in the Sterling Farms Theatre Complex, 1349 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, through Feb. 20 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 and Sunday afternoons at 2.

Tickets are $32 for adults, $24 for seniors and $16 for students and children; all seats on Thursdays are $22. For reservations, visit curtaincallinc.com or call 203-461-6358.

Dave’s Faves

David Letterman’s favorite comedians — host Shaun Eli, with Moody McCarthy, Joe Matarese and Adrienne Iapalucci — will perform at the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge, on Friday, Jan. 29. All have appeared multiple times with Letterman as well as on Comedy Central and Chelsea Lately.

The show, part of the Clark Construction Comedy Series, will begin at 8; tickets are $30.

For reservations, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.

Turandot

The Ridgefield Playhouse will turn from comedy to drama on Saturday, Jan. 30, when the Met Opera Live in HD brings Puccini’s final opera, Turandot, to the screen. The performance, featuring Swedish soprano Nina Stemme, will begin at 12:55.

For tickets, $25, $20 for seniors, and $15 for students, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.

American Boychoir

Founded in 1937, the American Boychoir based in Princeton, N.J., presents more than 100 concerts a year and last spring appeared in a Hollywood feature film, Boychoir, with Academy Award winners Dustin Hoffman and Kathy Bates. The group will perform Saturday, Jan. 30, at 8 p.m. at Christ & Holy Trinity Church, corner of Myrtle Avenue and Church Lane, Westport.

Tickets are $45 for preferred seating, $35 for adults, $15 for children under 18; for reservations, visit chtwestport.org/tickets. For more information, call 203-227-0827.

Violin superstar

Violinist Itzhak Perlman, with pianist Rohan De Silva, will perform at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, N.Y., on Saturday, Jan. 30, at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 at the center, 198 Central Avenue). Winner of multiple honors, he is considered the reigning virtuoso of violin and has performed for presidents and royalty. The season is commemorating Perlman’s 70th birthday.

Tickets are $133.50 to $63.50; for reservations, visit countycenter.biz or call 914-995-4050.

 

More deliciousness

In Ridgefield, there’ll be more food: a chance to sample food from more than 30 providers — appetizers to entrees to desserts — at A Taste of Ridgefield, presented by the Ridgefield Rotary Club at Lounsbury House, the Ridgefield Community Center at 316 Main Street.

The event is an opportunity to see the new look at the recently renovated Lounsbury House, Among the 30 participating providers are four who were there for the first ‘Taste’ in 2000: Bailey’s Backyard, Deborah Ann’s Sweet Shoppe, Sarah’s Wine Bar (the Inn at Ridgefield) and Southwest Cafe.

There are two sessions: 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Tickets are $50 at the door for adults ($25 for those under 12; no charge for toddlers). Reduced price tickets ($45) are available at Deborah Ann’s and Squash’s on Main Street or online at ridgefieldrotary.org.

Retirement Guide

Author and financial journalist Jane Bryant Quinn will discuss her new book, How to Make Your Money Last: The Indispensable Retirement Guide, on Sunday, Jan. 31, at 2 at the Danbury Library, 170 Main Street. The program is free but registration is required at danburylibrary.org or by calling 203-797-4527.

Scholarly lectures

The Wilton Library and the Wilton Historical Society are co-sponsoring the Scholarly Series, America — From the Guns of August to the Gathering Storm, 1914-1939, which will open Sunday, Jan. 31, at the library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, at 4. The speaker M. Bolek Biskupski will discuss America and the Rebirth of Poland, 1914-1921. Future lectures will be Stories of Scottsboro on Sunday, Feb. 21; Jazz Heritage on Sunday, March 13; and World War I and the Future of America: From Isolation to World Policeman and the Foundations of 9/11 on Sunday, March 20.

For more information and to register, visit wiltonlibrary.org or call 203-762-3950, x213.

 

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