One of the greatest all-female bands, the pop-rock group The Bangles, will play their greatest hits on Monday, Aug. 26, at 8 at the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge. Combining 60s folk rock, sunny SoCal harmonies and Beatles/Byrds/Beach Boys influences, the Bangles launched in 1982 as the opener for The English Beat and had their first full-length album in 1984.
By 1985, with their second album, they had the chart-topper Walk Like An Egyptian.
Tickets are $75; for reservations, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.
The Town Players of Newtown will perform a series of one-act plays, written and previously performed by inmates of the Garner Correctional Institute in Newtown, Aug. 28-Sept. 3 at the Little Theatre, 18 Orchard Hill Road, Newtown. Curtain times are at 8 on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 on Sunday, Aug. 28.
General admission is $18, $10 for children ages 10 and younger. For reservations, visit newtownplayers.org or call 203-270-9144.
TV star and wedding planner David Tutera will bring his Dream Bigger Tour to The Palace, 61 Atlantic Street, Stamford, on Friday, Aug. 26, at 8 p.m. Limited VIP tickets, with premium seating and post-show backstage reception with Tutera, are $100; general admission is $30.
For tickets, visit palacestamford.org or call 203-325-4466.
The Norwalk Youth Symphony will have its annual auditions Saturday, Aug. 27, to Tuesday, Sept. 6, at the Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Avenue. Membership is open to talented youth musicians in grades four through 12, playing stringed, woodwind brass and percussion instruments. To find the schedule of auditions and to register for an audition time, visit norwalkyouthsymhony.org or call 203-866-4100.
Taste of Sunrise
Center Stage Theatre in Shelton will audition hearing and deaf actors (some requiring knowledge of American Sign Language) for The Taste of Sunrise by Suzan Zeder on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 10 to 1. This is the second play in the Ware Trilogy.
Candidates will be given a scene from the play to read; for more information, visit centerstageshelton.org. Center Stage is at 54 Grove Street.
Henry IV, Parts I&II
The Hudson Shakespeare Company of New Jersey will perform its final summer Shakespeare production at the Stratford Library, 2203 Main Street, on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 2 p.m. The performance combines both parts of Henry IV into one two-hour afternoon, completing the history cycle begun in June with Richard II.
The fully staged and costume play will be performed outdoors in the library’s amphitheatre and guests are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. In case of bad weather, the play will move inside to the air-conditioned Lovell Room. For more information, visit stratfordlibrary.org or call 203-385-4162.
Premier Ballroom Dance will feature a show by Alexandr Nabiulin and Valeriya Ryabova, five-time professional Latin ballroom champions of Portugal making their U.S. show debut on Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Holy Trinity Church Community Center, 4070 Park Avenue, Bridgeport.
General dancing goes on from 7 to midnight, with a free lesson at 8 and the show at 9:30. Admission is $17 per person and reservations are suggested; call 203-374-7308.
New York-based Aquila Theatre will present Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Nile this weekend at WestConn’s Visual and Performing Arts Center in Danbury, debuting the national tour production on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 8 and Sunday, Aug. 28, at 2. An adaptation of Christie’s 1948 novel Death on the Nile, the play is directed by Peter Meineck.
For ticket information, visit aquilatheatre.com or call 203-837-8486. The center is on the university’s Westside Campus, 43 Lake Avenue Extension.
Cannon Grange Fair
The harvest is coming in and the 84th Cannon Grange Agricultural Fair on Sunday, Aug. 28, in Wilton will celebrate not only home-grown vegetables, fruits and flowers, but include exhibits of eggs, home-baked goods, sewing and needlework, hand crafts and more. There are contests for adults as well as youth and children; the fair competitions book is available online at cannongrange.org. Exhibits include poultry and rabbits and information from civic organizations.
There’s live music throughout the day, games for kids, concessions, a watermelon-eating contest and at the end of the day, an auction of baked goods, vegetables and flowers from the exhibits. Hours are 10 to 4, rain or shine. The grange is at 25 Cannon Road, with parking available at the Cannondale Railroad Station; admission is $2 per person or $1 with a canned good donation for the Wilton Food Pantry. For more information, visit cannongrange.org or call 203-216-7119.
Crafts and barbecue
Congregation Beth El at 1200 Fairfield Woods Road, Fairfield, will host its 2016 Craft & BBQ Festival on Sunday, Aug. 28, from 11 to 5. There will be brisket, burgers, grilled chicken and more at the All Fired Up Grille, live entertainment, a Kids Zone and a selection of crafters.
Admission is by donation of two canned goods for Operation Hope. For more information, visit congbethel.net or call 203-374-5544.
Music for KEYS
Matthew DeTroy and The Bazzick Band (students from the Bassick High School Jazz Band) will perform at The Acoustic, 2926 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, on Sunday, Aug. 28, from 5 to 8 p.m. The performance is a benefit for KEYS (Kids Empowered by Your Support) music programs. The cover charge is $12 per person; additional donations will be welcomed. For information, visit keysmusic.org or call 203-943-8262.
And coming up …
Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence Nick Pfaff will show his work at an exhibition/reception at the Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, on Monday, Aug. 29, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. His latest work is large-scale mixed media drawings based on photographic studies using instant film done at Weir Farm, the National Historic Site.
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Author Jane Wyker will discuss her recently published memoir, Soul Selfish, with poet Ira Joe Fisher on Monday, Aug. 29, at 7 at the Ridgefield Library, 472 Main Street. Wyker, a pioneer in parent education, had a 29-year career in family counseling. To register for the evening, visit ridgefieldlibrary.org or call 203-438-2282.
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The Housatonic Fly Fishermen’s Association will meet Thursday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 65 North Main Street, Wallingford, for a fly tying demonstration. HFFA fly tyers will construct various proven patterns of trout flies used on the Housatonic River. Attendees are encouraged to bring their fly tying vises and materials and join in. For information, email email@example.com or find the group on Facebook.