New drama, AI, Monster Trucks, and more

The Outgoing Tide

Square One Theatre Company in Stratford will perform Bruce Graham’s new drama, The Outgoing Tide, opening Thursday, March 3, at 7 p.m. The production continues through March 20, Thursday at 7, Friday at 8, Saturday at 4 and 8, and Sunday at 2 at the Stratford Academy at 719 Birdseye Street.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $19 for seniors and students; for reservations, visit squareonetheatre.com or call 203-375-8778.

AI: What is it?

Richard Frisch of Weston will talk about Artificial Intelligence, what it is, what it’s becoming and its promise and perils, on Thursday, March 3, at 7 p.m. at the Cannon Grange Hall, 25 Cannon Road, Wilton. Admission is free. Frisch is chief technology officer for Karlinsky LLC, a New York City law firm and runs RHFtech, a tech support firm for small businesses and Connecticut municipalities and is an active member of the Connecticut PC Users Group.

For more information, visit cannongrange.org or call 203-762-1900.

Monster trucks

Northern Nightmare, Monster Mutt, Krazy Train, After Shock, Bounty Hunter, Zombie, New Earth Authority and Iron Outlaw will be on hand for the Monster Jam at Bridgeport’s Webster Arena Friday through Sunday, March 4-6. Pit parties are available on Saturday and Sunday mornings. For more information, visit monsterjam.com; for tickets, visit ticketmaster.com or call 800-745-3000.

Lyrics Coffeehouse

The Levins will return to the Lyrics Coffeehouse at the Redding Community Center, 37 Lonetown Road (Route 107), on Friday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m. The husband-wife duo performs harmony-driven acoustic music; they were 2014 Falcon Ridge Emerging Artists and Connecticut Folk Festival Songwriter winners.

Admission is $10 in advance, $12 at the door; seniors and children pay half-price. Visit townofreddingct.org or call 203-938-2551.

Music Mash ’16

WPKN 89.5-FM will present a fund-raising record fair Music Mash ’16 on Saturday, March 5, at Read’s Artspace, 1042 Broad St., Bridgeport. The selection includes rock, jazz, R&B, blues, garage, surf, rockabilly, Motown, new wave, mod, punk, world and more. Early admission is $15 from 8 to 10 a.m. and $6 ($5 for students) for regular admission; children under 12 admitted free.

Two Roads Brewing will be on-site and a consortium of downtown Bridgeport restaurants will offer 15% discounts all day. Expect to see some special musical celebrities; past visitors have included Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth, Hilton Valentine and Charlie Karp.

What’s it worth?

Experts will help separate trash from treasure at an antiques roadshow type event on Saturday, March 5, from 9:30 to 2:30 at Platt Vocational High School, 600 Orange Ave.,Milford. Cost is $10 for the first items, $25 for three items, and $5 for each additional item. All proceeds benefit the United Way and its 22 partner agencies. For more information, call 203-874-6791.

Lighthouse Cruises

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk will offer its new Lighthouse Cruise on Saturday, March 5, departing at 10 a.m. The trip takes in five historic lighthouses and takes about four and a half hours; tickets are $70 and include a box lunch. Passengers must be at least 42 inches tall and advance purchase of tickets is required. Call 203-852-0700 x2206 or visit the website, maritimeaquarium.org.

Winter outing

Grace Farms in New Canaan will host a Winter Outing with activities depending on the weather, on Saturday, March 5, from 10 to 3; admission is free. Guests will be invited to tour the River building, barns and grounds and take part in outdoor programs.

There will be former Olympians visiting during the day, music, a hot chocolate bar, and a screening of the March of the Penguins. A winter clothing drive will be conducted at the West Barn.

Complete details are available at gracefarms.org/calendar. Grace Farms is at 365 Lukes Wood Road.

Maple Sugar Festival

Stamford Museum & Nature Center will have demonstrations of maple sugaring and many activities for families this weekend during the Maple Sugar Festival, Saturday and Sunday, 11-3. There will be a Chef’s Challenge featuring maple recipes on Saturday and a Pancake Brunch on Sunday (11-2). General admission is $10 for the festival.

The museum is at 39 Scofieldtown Road, off High Ridge Road; for more information, visit stamfordmuseum.org or call 203-322-1646.

St. Patrick’s Parade

Stamford’s 21st annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will kick off at noon on Saturday, March 5, starting at the corner of North and Summer Streets, proceed south on Summer, east to Atlantic Street and north on Bedford Street. Marching units, bagpipe bands and Irish step dancers will take part, about 80 units in all, including Celtic Cross Pipe Band, the Greenwich PipeBand and the Shriners.

For more information, visit stamfordstpatricksdayparade.com.

Puccini’s Manon Lescaut

The Met Live in HD at the Ridgefield Playhouse will present the story of obsessive love, Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, featuring soprano Kristine Opolais and tenor Jonas Kaufman on Saturday, March 5, at 12:55 p.m. Tickets are $25, $20 for seniors and $15 for students; they’re free for children 18 and younger.

The playhouse is at 80 East Ridge; ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.

Family musical

The Magical Music for Life Foundation will present its new family musical, A Day in the Life of a Child: Musical Revue, in support of Arts for Healing on Saturday,March 5, at 2 p.m. at New Canaan Country School, 635 Frogtown Road. The show brings to life the organization’s album of songs developed with music therapists and other specialists for children with autism and special needs, as well as all children elementary age.

Tickets are $10 per person and free for those under five; for reservations, visit magicalmusic.org.

Jungle Jack

Animal expert Jack Hanna will bring some of his favorite animals onstage at Stamford’s Palace Theatre on Saturday, March 5, in his show Into the Wild Live! At the 3 p.m. performance, he’ll also share stories and show footage from his adventures.

Tickets start at $25; for reservations, visit palacestamford.org or call 203-325-4466.

Choral concert

The Greenwich Choral Society will present George Frideric Handel’s oratorio Judas Maccabaeus on Saturday, March 5, at 4:30 at Christ Church Greenwich, 254 East Putnam Avenue. The performance includes four soloists and a 25-piece orchestra of strings, oboes, trumpets, timpani, organ and harpsichord.

Tickets are $45 to $28 and may be ordered online at greenwichchoralsociety.org or by phone at 203-622-5136.

Music of The Who

Bargain: The Who Tribute Band will perform two shows on Saturday, March 5, at 5 and 8:15 p.m. at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre, 263 Golden Hill Street, Bridgeport. Tickets are $45; for reservations, visit mycabaret.org or call 203-576-1636, option 0.

Adirondack Night

The Connecticut Audubon Society will celebrate the outdoors with its annual Adirondack Night fundraiser on Saturday, March 5, starting at 6:30 p.m. Guests are invited to wear fleece and flannel; the night will include music, an open bar, hearty hors d’oeuvres, smoked game, fish and Audubon’s special-recipe chilies. The silent auction includes a getaway to Nantucket, two framed Audubon bird prints and other items.

For ticket information, visit ctaudubon.org/center-at-fairfield or call 203-259-6305 x109.

‘Swing Street’

New York jazz vocalist-songwriter Marcus Goldhaber will host a Sinatra Centennial Celebration in the Connecticut debut of his new show, Free & Easy: Livin’ on Swing Street at the Milford Arts Council Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Avenue South, on Saturday, March 5, at 8 p.m.

He’ll be joined by Joe Altermanon piano, Paul Gill on bass and Joe Strasser on drums. Tickets are $25; for more information, visit milfordarts.org or call 203-878-6647.

Art in nature

The Katonah Museum of Art will open its new environmentally focused exhibit, The Nest, an exhibition of art in nature, on Sunday, March 6. The exhibit draws its inspiration from the form of the bird’s nest. More than 20 works by 15 artists include sculpture, painting, collage, photography and video. Among the artists is James Prosek of Easton who’s showing an installation that was created for the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

The museum is at 134 Jay Street/Route 22, Katonah, N.Y. Gallery hours are noon to 5 Sunday and 10 to 5 Tuesday through Saturday; admission is $10, $5 for seniors and students, children under 12, free. For more information, visit katonahmuseum.org or call 914-232-9555.

Youth orchestra

The Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra will have its winter concert, with a silent auction fundraiser and reception, on Sunday, March 6, at 3 p.m. at the Clune Auditorium at Wilton High School, 395 Danbury Road/Route 7. Three WCYO ensembles will take part, with a featured work, the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto performed by soloist Emily Kerr, winner of the WCYO 2016 Concerto Competition.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and children under 12, and will be available at the door. For more information, visit wctyo.org.

Family concert

The Norwalk Symphony Orchestra will perform a Family Concert on Sunday, March 6, at 3 at Norwalk Concert Hall, 125 East Avenue. James Naughton will narrate A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra by Benjamin Britten and the concert also includes Ravel’s Bolero and a movement of Vieuxtemps’ Violin Concerto No. 5.

Tickets are available at norwalksymphony.org or call 203-956-6771.

Coffee, Tea or We

The Wednesday Afternoon Musical Club will present Coffee, Tea or We, A Musical Look at Our Love Affair with Coffee on Sunday, March 6, at 3 at Fairfield Grace United Methodist Church, 1089 Fairfield Woods Road, Fairfield. The concert is free; a reception will follow. For information, call 203-261-9160.

La Voz de Tres

World jazz trio La Voz de Tres will perform at the Westport Arts Center on Sunday, March 6, at 3, playing music from their latest album, Suenos y Delirios (Dreams and Deliria). Tickets are $30, available at westportartscenter.org or call 203-222-7070. The arts center is at 51 Riverside Avenue.

New Shanghai Circus

The New Shanghai Circus will perform stunts and acrobatics on the Ridgefield Playhouse stage on Sunday, March 6, at 4 p.m.The show, with colorful, authentic costumes, includes historical and cultural displays and performances of traditional dances.

There will be a free wine tasting in the lobby for adults before the show at 3:15; tickets are $40 for adults, $35 for children. For reservations, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.

Joyful Noise

Stephen Rapp, who is leaving St. John’s Lutheran Church in Stamford for a new position in the Bronx, will perform a final concert, Three B’s of the Baroque, at St. John’s on Sunday, March 6, at 4 p.m. He’ll play organ and harpsichord music by Bach, Buxtehude and Boehm.

A reception will follow the concert. Suggested donation is $15. The church is at 884 Newfield Avenue; for more information, visit stjohnelca.org or call 203-322-0066.

Tuck & Patti

The Arts at St. Matthew’s will present the jazz duo Tuck & Patti on Sunday, March 6, at 4 p.m. Vocalist Patti Cathcart and guitarist Tuck Andress have been performing together since 1988.

Tickets are $35 or $70 for patrons, with preferred seating; for reservations, visit artsatstmatthews.org. The church is at 36 New Canaan Road in Wilton.

Treetops Studio

Treetops Chamber Music Society will celebrate its birthday with a performance by the Shanghai Quartet on Sunday, March 6, at 4 p.m. at the Treetops Studio, 359 Merriebrook Lane, Stamford. The concert will include works by composers from Mozart to Yi-Wen Jiang and a solo exhibit of artwork by Roxanne Faber Savage.

Tickets are available at treetopscms.org or 203-979-6052, at $45 for adults, $20 for students and $5 for children ages 5 to 15.

Use Your Voice

Patty Griffin, Sara Watkins and Anais Mitchell will share the stage at Fairfield University’s Quick Center for the Arts for an evening of American song and storytelling on Sunday, March 6, at 7 p.m. The Use Your Voice tour features a “singers-in-the-round” show with all three artists on stage together.

Tickets are $60, $55 and $45; for reservations, visit quickcenter.com or call 1-877-ARTS-396.

And coming up…

Photographer and journalist Bill Barnett will make an audio-visual presentation entitled Vietnam: A Photographer’s Stories to the Appalachian Mountain Club on Tuesday, March 8, at the Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East, Westport. All are welcome. The evening begins at 6:30 with wine, appetizers, pasta, salad and desserts; the presentation will begin at 7:30. Cost is $15, plus a dessert to share (if possible). For information, visit ct-amc.org.

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The legendary Hammersmith Odeon concert, Queen: A Night in Bohemia, will be presented as part of the Live in HD Series at the Ridgefield Playhouse on Tuesday, March 8, at 7. The documentary includes interviews with all four members of the band and an insight into the game-changing year of 1975.

Tickets are $15; for reservations, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.

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Sarah Margu: A Child of Amistad will be portrayed by storyteller and actress Tammy Denease on Thursday, March 10, at 5:30 at the New Haven Museum. Margu, a child on the slave ship Amistad, was educated by abolitionists in Farmington and was one of the 39 former Amistad captives who returned to Africa. In 1846, then 14, she returned to the United States and later graduated from Oberlin College, the first U.S. college to admit African students.

The New Haven Museum has the Amistad Gallery which shows a significant collection of materials from the Amistad rebellion and trial. The museum is at 114 Whitney Avenue in New Haven; for more information, visit newhavenmuseum.org.

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