To mark the 75th anniversary of the beginning of World War II, the Weston Historical Society at The Coley Homestead, 104 Weston Road, will present Memories of World War II, celebrating the town’s contributions to the war effort. To mark the opening on Saturday, Nov. 12, there will be a World War II Encampment from 10 to 4 featuring re-enactors of an American Army platoon in France in 1944. Military collector Ken Boughton will display his collection of World War II military equipment, vehicles, and armaments.
No reservations are required; there will be an entry fee of $5 per person, $10 per family. For more information about the exhibit and associated programs, visit westonhistoricalsociety.org or call 203-226-1804. The exhibit runs through March 25 and will be open every Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, as a member of the New England Museum Association, is participating in the Veterans Day Museum Program that offers free admission and programs to veterans and their families on Friday, Nov. 11.
For a complete list of all the participants and their programs, visit museumsnewengland.com. The Aldrich Museum is at 258 Main Street; for information, visit aldrichart.org or call 203-438-4519.
The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut’s @287 Gallery & Meeting Place will close out its 10th anniversary celebration year with an installation by New Haven artist Susan McCaslin, opening Friday, Nov. 11, with a reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The work will be on view through Feb. 3; the gallery, at 287 Main Street, is open 10 to 4 Thursday and Friday and 11 to 3 Saturday. For more information, call 203-798-0760 or visit artswesternct.org.
Two artists groups will have open studios this weekend, when members invite visitors to view their work in the context of their workspaces. The NEST Arts Factor will have open studios as part of the Bridgeport Art Trail, with more than 40 artists participating Nov. 11-13, on Friday, 6-9 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be musical performances throughout the weekend and on Saturday and Sunday afternoon, the DrewBaQ food truck will be parked outside the factory. NEST Arts Factory is at 1720 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport; for more information, visit nestartsfactory.com or call 203-690-1335.
The Loft Artists Association in Stamford plans a weekend of events for Open Studios 2016 at 575 Pacific Street, Friday 6-9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. More than 40 artists will be exhibiting here. For directions and more information, visit loftartists.com or call 203-247-2027.
The annual DART (Dana’s Angels Research Trust) Gala Benefit will feature a concert by country music star Martina McBride on Friday, Nov. 11, at 8. Gala/concert tickets start at $350 and are available through DanasAngels.org; concert-only tickets start at $40, available at palacestamford.org or call 203-325-4466.
Spring Street Arts
The Spring Street Arts Center at St. John’s, 82 Spring Street, South Salem, N.Y., will present the Infinity Repertory Theatre Company production of Peter and the Starcatcher on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11-19, at 8 p.m. The musical is an adaptation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s best-selling novels that upend the story of The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students; for reservations, visit brownpapertickets.com.
Dog need a bath?
The Trumbull Agriscience Center will have a Wash-a-Dog event on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9 to 3 at Trumbull High School’s Agriscience and Biotechnology Center, 536 Daniels Farm Road. Fee is $10 per dog; for more information, call 203-452-4200.
Holiday Craft Fair
Jesse Lee United Methodist Church at 25 Flat Rock Road in Easton will have its first Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 10 to 3. Artisans, many from Easton, will offer seasonal items and gifts and there will be lunch and snacks as well as two bake sale tables. A collection of antique and vintage items will be for sale as well.
For more information, visit jesselee.org or call 203-372-8250.
What’s that bird?
The Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, will offer a free Backyard Birding program at the Fairfield center with longtime birder and naturalist Richard Worth on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 10 to 11 a.m. Pre-registration is required; for more information and to sign up, visit ctaudubon.org/center-at-fairfield or call 203-259-6305 x109.
Ridgefield historian Jack Sanders will discuss his new book, Wicked Ridgefield Connecticut, on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 2 at the Ridgefield Library, 472 Main Street. The History Press book is his fourth volume of Ridgefield history. To register for the free talk, visit ridgefieldlibrary.org or call 203-438-2282.
Past and present
Archaeology, Climate Change and Human Society, or How the Past Can Help Us Understand the Present is the subject for the next meeting of the Archaeological Associates of Greenwich on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m. at the Bruce Museum, One Museum Drive, Greenwich. Admission is $20. The guest speaker is the president of the Archaeological Institute of America
Andrew M.T. Moore, who will discuss how current research is showing that the subsequent rise and fall of major civilizations across the Middle East and elsewhere were strongly influenced by cycles of climate change. The example is the early village of Abu Hureyra in Syria, where he has excavated. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-661-4654.
Whim ’n Rhythm
Yale University’s elite all-female, all-senior a cappella group Whim ’n Rhythm will perform a concert at Christ & Holy Trinity Church at the corner of Church Lane and Myrtle Avenue, Westport, on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 4 p.m. It will be followed by a reception for concertgoers and performers in the church’s Great Hall.
Tickets are $25 for preferred seats, $20 for adult general admission and $10 general admission for children 18 and younger. For reservations, visit chtwestport.org/tickets or call 203-227-0827.
Sara Thomsen, with opening act Omnia Hegazy, will perform at the Walkabout Clearwater Coffeehouse on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial United Methodist Church, 250 Bryant Avenue, White Plains, N.Y.
Doors open at 6:30, with open seating; there’s an informal audience songfest at 6:45. Tickets are $18 in advance, $23 at the door. For information, visit walkaboutclearwater.org.
North Carolina rock
Hiss Golden Messenger, an internationally touring rock band from North Carolina, will perform at Newtown’s Edmond Town Hall Theater, 45 Main Street, on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 7. Doors open at 6:30; Phil Cook and MorganEve Swain of Newtown will open.
Tickets are $20, with all proceeds above costs going to benefit the theater. For reservations, visit edmondtownhall.org/liveateth.
A concert to benefit the 35th anniversary of the Harry Chapin Foundation will bring together the Chapin family and friends for Harry Chapin: A Celebration in Song on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 8 p.m. at the Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University. The group will include Tom and Steve Chapin, the Harry Chapin band, his daughter Jen Chapin and nieces The Chapin Sisters (Tom’s daughters).
For tickets, $40 to $60, visit quickcenter.com or call 1-877-ARTS-396.
Pure Prairie League
The Palace Danbury will present country-rock band Pure Prairie League on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 8 p.m. Considered a pioneer in the genre, Pure Prairie league has been performing since the late 1960s.
Tickets are $40; for reservations, visit thepalacedanbury.com or call 203-794-9944. The theater is at 165 Main Street in Danbury, opposite the Danbury Library.
Rob Carlson and the Benefit Street Band will perform an evening of songs and comedy at Voices Café at the Unitarian Church in Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Road, on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 8 p.m. In addition to Carlson, the group includes Vin Pasternak, “multi string player,”Paul Payton on keyboard, drummer Sam Carlson, percussionist Marshal Rosenberg and guitarist/vocalist Beth Bradley.
Doors open at 7:30 and tickets are available online at voicescafe.org/show/rob-carlson-and-his-band/ or call 203-227-7205 x14. Seating is cabaret style and table reservations for four or more are accepted.
The New England Guitar Society will open its International Guest Guitarist Series with Nick Cutroneo on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 8 p.m. at the Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Avenue South, Milford. He is a rising star who has toured the United States and Italy; he’ll play works by Bach, Rodrigo, Giuliani, York, Dyens and Castelnuovo-Tedesco.
Tickets are $20, $18 for seniors and free for those 15 or younger. For reservations, visit milfordarts.org or call 203-878-6647.
Escape to Scotland
The Stamford Symphony led by Eckart Preu will offer a music tour of Scotland in its weekend concerts with music by Bruch, Mendelssohn and Davies. Violinist Caroline Goulding as well as bagpiper Peter Walker will be featured on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 13, at 3 p.m. at the Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic Street, Stamford.
On Saturday there will be a Scotch Malt Whiskey Society Scotch Tasting in the Upper Lobby of the Palace Theatre ($30 per person; call 203-325-1407 x10). On Sunday, Kids Come Free.
For tickets, visit stamfordsymphony.org or call 203-325-4466.
Flutist Rhonda Larson
A concert to support Southern Connecticut State University’s study abroad program program will feature Grammy-winning flutist Rhonda Larson & Ventus on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 8 at the Lyman Performing Arts Center at SCSU, 501 Crescent Street, New Haven. Tickets are $20, $50 for VIP seating and reception. For reservations, visit lymancenter.org or call 203-392-6154.
The Westport Country Playhouse will kick off its Family Festivities Series with a party on Sunday, Nov. 13, from 1 to 4 p.m. The free event will welcome young audiences and their families for an afternoon of fun, music, and story book readings. Food will be available, including free samples from Qdoba and Shake Shack.
The first show in the series will be on Nov. 20, The Mixed-Up Fairy Tale, and is recommended for ages 4 to 8. A Very Electric Christmas will be on Sunday, Dec. 18. For the complete schedule and tickets, visit westportplayhouse.org or call 203-227-4177.
Ridgefield Folk, the Ridgefield Library’s live music series will continue with a performance by Rani Arbo and Greg Ryan on Sunday, Nov. 13, at 2. Admission is free and tickets will be available at the door at 1 p.m. on the day of the show; doors open at 1:30.
For more information, visit ridgefieldlibrary.org or call 203-438-2282.
Wei Luo, not Watts
Pianist André Watts has had to cancel his Nov. 13 performance with the Wilton Candlelight Concerts because of illness, but he will be replaced by the gifted young pianist Wei Luo, a native of Shenzhen, China, who began her studies at age five and gave her first performance at age six.
The concert, featuring works by Haydn, Chopin, Shostakovich, Schubert and Beethoven will take place Sunday at 4 at the Wilton Congregational Church, 70 Ridgefield Road/Route 33. Tickets will be available at the door; for more information, call 203-762-3401.
Christ Episcopal Church on Cross Highway at Redding Ridge (Route 58) will host Jazz Vespers on Sunday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. Grammy winner Paul Avgerinos on vocals and bass, featured performer Bill Finegan on trumpet and flugelhorn, along with percussionist Greg Burrows and Music Minister Martha Meyer on keyboard will play the music of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Johnny Mercer, Thelonious Monk, Cole Porter, Andre Previn and Sammy Fain.
A freewill donation will be accepted. For more information, visit christchurchredding.org or call 203-938-2872.
Jake Shimabukuro, ukulele virtuoso and composer, will perform at the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge, on Sunday, Nov. 13, at 8 p.m. There will be a free wine tasting in the lobby before the show. Tickets are $50; for reservations, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.
And coming up …
The Westport Country Playhouse will present a Script-in-Hand play reading of Social Security, a comedy by Andrew Bergman, on Monday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20; for reservations, visit westportplayhouse.org or call 203-227-4177.
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Author Nathaniel Philbrick will discuss his latest book, Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold and the Fate of the American Revolution, on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. in the Greenwich Library Cole Auditorium, 101 West Putnam Avenue. For more information, visit greenwichlibrary.org or 203-622-7961.
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Borderline, the first documentary to explore the lived experience of borderline personality disorder, will be screened Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. at the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge. The film focuses on the life of Regina, a 45-year-old woman, who lives with this. A panel discussion will follow with the director Rebbie Ratner and Regina, and Dr. Aaron Krasner, director of adolescent transitional living program at Silver Hill Hospital, and Gina Pulice, a licensed clinical social worker who is also featured in the film. Tickets are free; visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.
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Timothy P. Shriver, chairman of Special Olympics, will deliver the 19th Annual Jacoby-Lunin Humanitarian Lectureship on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 8 p.m. at the Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield University. Tickets are $35; for reservations, visit quickcenter.com or call 1-877-ARTS-396.
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Uilleann piper Mattie Connolly will be featured at the P.V. O’Donnell Comhaltas Ceoltóiri Éireann Traditional irish Music Session on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 7:45 p.m. at St. Gabriel’s Parish Hall, 26 Broadway, Milford. Admission is free; for more information, call Tim Quinn at 203-257-8737.