A bit of melancholy this weekend as fall settles in
Larry Silver: Then and Now, an installation comprising three distinct bodies of work, opens Oct. 22, at the Burt Chernow Galleries of the Housatonic Museum of Art, 900 Lafayette Boulevard, Bridgeport. There will be an opening reception Thursday evening, Oct. 22, frm 5:30 to 7 p.m.
The show’s three sections are: Sherwood Island State Park, 1975-2015; Darkroom Abstractions, 2005-2010; and St. Mary’s By the Sea, 2014-2015. Silver (b. 1934) has been a photographer since age 15 and studied at the High School of Industrial Art, New York’s Photo League, and the Art Center School in Los Angeles. There, he won renown for his series Muscle Beach (1954). He has lived in Westport since 1973 and has devoted himself to documenting Westport and Fairfield County.
The exhibit will be on view through Dec. 17; for more inforamtion, visit housatonicmuseum.org.
The Connecticut Audubon Society’s Enchanted Forest will be open to visitors on Friday, Oct. 23, from 5:30 to 7:30 for a nature-themed Halloween celebration at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street. Children are encouraged to wear costumes; they’ll be escorted along a luminary trail by volunteers who’ll light the way with flashlights.
The night also includes fall-themed crafts, Halloween snacks and a chance to meet some of the center’s creepy, crawly critters. Guided walks leave every 15 minutes; pre-registration and pre-payment are required, $15/child and $2/adults. Visit ctaudubon.org/center-at-fairfield or call 203-259-6305 x109.
For its final exhibit of the 2015 season, the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut will present Impressions: Fine Art Photography by Roy Weinstein and Kenneth Kast opening Friday, Oct. 23, with a reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at @287 Gallery & Meeting Place, 287 Main Street, Danbury. The exhibit runs through Jan. 15 and is open Monday to Friday, 10 to 4, and by appointment.
For more information, visit artswesternct.org or call 203-798-0760.
The Town Players of New Canaan will present The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Rupert Holmes, in a production to which the playwright has added new material in a special collaboration with the Players, opening Friday, Oct. 23.
Performances of the musical-within-a-musical murder mystery, will be at the Powerhouse Performing Arts Center in Waveny Park Fridays and Saturdays at 8 from Oct. 23 to Nov. 7. There will be Sunday matinees at 2:30 on Oct. 25 and Nov. 1. Rupert Holmes will attend on Nov. 1 and participate in a Q&A following that performance, the Players announced this week.
For ticket information, visit tpnc.org or call 203-966-7371.
Pantochino Productions Inc. will present a new musical comedy, Dractastic!, on Friday, Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the Center for the Arts in downtown Milford. It’s a retelling of the vampire legend set in the world of rock music by Bert Bernardi and Justin Rugg, with Jimmy Johansmeyer featured as Dracula.
Performances will take place Oct. 23-Nov. 1, with shows on Fridays at 7:30, Saturdays and Sundays at 2, with an additional performance on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 5:30. Tickets are $18 online or $20 at the door; advance reservations are strongly suggested. For information, visit pantochino.com.
Little Shop of Horrors
Lauralton Hall will stage the sci-fi horror musical Little Shop of Horrors this weekend Friday, Oct. 23, at 7:30, Saturday, Oct. 24, at 7, and Sunday, Oct. 25, at 2 at the school’s Parsons Center Auditorium, 70 West River Street, Milford.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. For more information, visit lauraltonhall.org or call 203-877-2786 x154.
The Trumbull Agriscience & Biotechnology Center at 536 Daniels Farm Road, Trumbull, will have a Halloween Farm Festival on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 9 to 3. Activities, for a nominal fee, will include a haunted hallway, tractor rides, children’s games, bouncy house, face painting, and spin art. There will also be a bake sale. For more information, call 203-943-9283.
The Southeast Museum in Brewster, N.Y., will host Michael Graham and his Spring Valley Puppet Theater on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 11 a.m. The performance will include two shows and is recommended for children ages five and older.
Tickets are $5; for information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 845-279-7500. The museum is at 67 Main Street in Brewster.
The Friends of the Norwalk Public Library will have a Fall Book Sale from Saturday, Oct. 24, through Tuesday, Oct. 27, in the library’s Main Auditorium. Hardcover and paperback classics, contemporary fiction, and non-fiction (science, history, biography, arts, travel, cooking, parenting, self-help, reference and specials). Also back, the Friends Cafe,where homemade treats will be sold.
Hours are 9 to 5 on Saturday, with books full price; 1 to 4:30 on Sunday (half-price); 9 to 6 on Monday ($4/bag); and 9 to noon (free, at the Main Reading area). The library is at 1 Belden Avenue in Norwalk; for more information, call 203-354-2933.
“Wildman” Steve Brill will lead a foraging tour at Danbury’s Tarrywile Park, 70 Southern Boulevard, on Saturday, Oct. 24, starting at 1 p.m. Among the many food items he expects to find are gingko nuts, which he describes as tasting like “a combination of green peas and limburger cheese, with the texture of soybeans. The group will also be looking for fall herbs, fruits, greens, seeds, roots and mushrooms.
Suggested donation is $20 for adults, $10 for children under 12. Registration 24 hours in advance is requested; call 914-835-2153.
The Westport Community Theatre plans a fund-raiser for its Bill Meyer Scholarship Fund on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 6, including a pre-show reception, dessert and a staged reading of Our Town by Thornton Wilder. The reception, with wine and hors d’oeuvres, will be at the Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place, followed by the reading and dessert at the Westport Community Theatre, 110 Myrtle Avenue.
For information, visit westportcommunitytheatre.com or call 203-226-1983.
The Fairfield Museum’s fall gala benefit, An Artisan Evening, will take place Saturday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m., marking the opening of the museum’s new exhibit, Handcrafted: Artisans Past & Present. The evening will include cocktails and artisanal cuisine by Susan Kane Catering, demonstrations by exhibiting artisans, entertainment by “Bob & Dave,” hand-crafted vodka by Tito’s and small-batch chocolates from Fascia.
Gala proceeds will support the museum’s community educational programs. Tickets range from $100 to $500; for more information, call 203-259-1598 or email email@example.com.
The Pro Arte Singers’ 43rd season-opening concert on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 will include the Pro Arte Festival Chorus and Charis Chamber Voices performing works by Faure and Saint-Saens, along with selections from Psalms of David by 20th Century Estonian composer Cyrillus Kreek. Pro Arte will also sing a motet and songs by Mendelssohn and music from the Renaissance.
The concert will take place at the First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan, 178 Oenoke Ridge Road, under the direction of music director Arthur Sjogren.
Tickets will be available at the door at $35, $30 for seniors and students. For more information, visit proartesingers.org or call 203-442-4225.
Handel’s ‘Israel in Egypt’ oratorio featuring double chorus and The Sebastians period orchestra will be presented on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 8 at the Norwalk Concert Hall, 125 East Avenue. The concert, a gift to the community, is a joint project of Music on the Hill and the Unitarian Church in Westport, Edward Thompson, conductor.
For more information, visit musiconthehillCT.org.
The Stamford Symphony will open its season with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2 this weekend, with concerts on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 8 and Sunday, Oct. 25, at 3. The program also includes Higdon’s Blue Cathedral and the Dvoŕák Piano Concerto in G minor, with soloist Andres Boyde.
The free Beyond the Baton lecture is offered an hour before the concerts begin and on Sunday, Kids Come Free, with a special MusiKids program at 2. Concerts take place at the Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic Street, Stamford. For tickets, call 203-325-4466 or visit palacestamford.org.
A live cast on stage will act out the camp classic Rocky Horror Picture Show, as the film is shown on the big screen at the Maritime Aquarium’s theater on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 9 p.m. Guests are encouraged to come in costume as a character from the film; props will be available for purchase. Tickets are $18 and may be reserved at maritimeaquarium.org or by calling 203-852-0700 x2206.
The fourth annual Reservoir Run, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Weston, will begin on Sunday, Oct. 25, at 8:30 a.m. at the Weston High School track. The half marathon will take participants through the scenic Saugatuck Valley, over the Samuel P. Senior Dam and back up Weston Road to the Weston schools campus. There will also be a 3.3-mile run and a half-mile Kids’ Fun Run. Registrations benefit a number of charities. For information and to register online, visit thereservoirrun.com.
The Katonah Museum of Art will open SupraEnvironmental, six contemporary artists exploring themes of their everyday environment, on Sunday, Oct. 25. The works will fill the main galleries of the museum and extend into the Sculpture Garden and the show will be on view through Jan. 23. Works range in material from tree bark to bicycle tires, the selections curated by independent curator Charlotte Cotton.
The artists include David Brooks (American, b. 1975), Wim Delvoye (Belgian, b. 1965), Roger Hiorns (British, b. 1975), Rodney Graham (Canadia, b. 1949), Henrik Hakansson (Swedish, b. 1968) and Nick Van Woert (American, b. 1979).
The Print Sale is also opening Sunday in the museum’s Project Gallery. The pop-up shop benefit will be open during museum hours through Jan. 24. The sale offers Contemporary editions by artists including Louise Bourgeois, Stanley Whitney and Kiki Smith as well as Chris Martin and Derrick Adams.
The museum is at 134 Jay Street/Route 22 in Katonah, N.Y. For more information, visit katonahmuseum.org or call 914-232-9555.
The Silvermine Arts Center will host its annual Halloween Art Party for children of all ages on Sunday, Oct. 25, from 2 to 4 p.m. Art school faculty members lead children in a variety of hands-on project and later, a parade. Children are invited to come in costume; tickets are $15 for children, who must be accompanied by an adult (admitted free).
To register, call 203-966-6668 x2. Silvermine Arts Center is at 1037 Silvermine Road in New Canaan; silvermineart.org.
The Atos Trio, featuring violinist annette vohn Hehn, cellist Stefan Heinemeyer and pianist Thomas Hoppe, is known for its “pitch-perfect unanimity of phrasing and dynamic interpretations.” They’ll play works by Czech composers Suk, Smetana and Dvorak in the Newtown Friends of Music concert on Sunday, Oct. 25, at 3 at Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street, Newtown.
Single tickets, if available, will be $25 at the box office (cash or check only) on Sunday, starting at 2. Students are admitted free with a paying adult. To make reservations (recommended), call 203-426-6470.
The Richter Association for the Arts will conclude its fall season with A Day at the Danbury Fair, featuring entertainer Billy Michael on Sunday, Oct. 25, at 3 at Richter House, 100 Aunt Hack Road, Danbury. Michael will trace the 113-year history of the fair, which closed in 1981, through stories and song.
A reception will follow. Admission is by free will donation, with more information available at danbury.org/richter or by calling 203-798-6319.
Weir Farm National Historic Site volunteer Bonnie Tremante will lead a late afternoon walk on Sunday, Oct. 25, from 4 to 5 p.m., stopping to read excerpts of historic letters written in 1882 to Ulian Alden Weir from his young fiancée Anna Dwight Baker. The letters foreshadow Anna’s tragic death in 1893 due to complications following the birth of their third daughter, Cora.
Weir Farm is at 735 Nod Hill Road in Wilton; for more information, or to register, call 203-834-1896 x28.
Ridgefield’s First Congregational Church’s Fountain Music Series will present the 15th Fall Festival of Music on Sunday, Oct. 25, at 4. The concert, a collaboration between St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Choir and the First Congregational Church Choir, will include selected other singers, the church’s five-octave-strong handbell ensemble, a concert organist, and a full symphonic brass ensemble.
For more information, visit firstcongregational.com or call 203-438-8077. The church is at 103 Main Street, at West Lane.
Witches, ghosts, body snatching — these are all topics for the Fairfield Museum’s Legends and Hauntings Walking Tour which will be offered Sunday, Oct. 25, and Friday, Oct. 30, at 6 p.m. As night descends, docents will share legends, superstitions and local folklore.
Attendees are encouraged to come in costume. The tour will begin and end from the museum at 370 Beach Road; registration is recommended because the event fills up. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for students. Visit fairfieldhistory.org or call 203-259-1598.
Valley Shakespeare Festival will present a Shakespeare in the Bar script-in-hand performance of Shakespeare’s The Tempest on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Porky’s Café, 50 Center Street, Shelton. Doors will open at 6; Porky’s will provide free pizza at 6:30, and the performance will begin at 7. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door; for reservations, visit vsfestival.org or call 203-513-9446.