A festival weekend: music, crafts, more!
Tess Brown and Bruce Murray star in Square One Theatre Company’s production of The Winslow Boy by Terence Rattigan opening Friday, May 15, at the Stratford Theatre, 2422 Main Street; for reservations, squareonetheatre.com or 203-375-8778.
The Creative Connections Spring 2015 International Children’s Art Exhibit, Picture the Moment, will open Thursday evening, May 14, with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 10 North Water Street.
More than 120 art works by students from Fairfield County and other schools in the United States as well as by students in 20 countries will be on exhibit through Sept. 1 in the aquarium’s IMAX Theater lobby. For more information, visit creativeconnections.org.
The International Al Jolson Society will have its annual festival May 14-17 at the Stamford Marriott. In addition to lectures and programs and film screenings, there will be concerts on both Friday and Saturday nights. A weekend package with two shows and admission to all events is $175; for more information, visit jolson.org.
The Fairfield Museum and History Center will open its IMAGES 2015 Juried Photography Show and a solo exhibition of world-renowned photographer Howard Schatz on Thursday, May 14. There’s a champagne preview with Schatz from 6 to 7, followed by the reception with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from 7 to 10 p.m.
The museum is at 370 Beach Road in Fairfield; for ticket information, visit fairfieldhistory.org or call 203-259-1598. The exhibits run through July 19.
More Than Broadway
Broadway star Ivan Rutherford will perform a solo show called More Than Broadway to benefit Fairfield County Children’s Choir on Friday, May 15, at 7:30 p.m. at Fairfield Woods Middle School. Rutherford performed the role of Jean Valjean more than 2000 times on Broadway and with national touring companies.
After moving to Fairfield in 2000, he was a frequent guest of the Fairfield County Children’s Choir; many of the choristers have studied with him.
Tickets are $25 and will be available at the door or by calling 203-414-4292; for more information, visit singfccc.org. The school is at 1115 Fairfield Woods Road in Fairfield.
Seven Fairfield County historical organizations are joining together for the Second Annual Great Letterboxing History Hunt, which will begin Friday, May 15, and will end with a festive family get-together on Sunday, May 31, at 3 at the Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Road.
Letterboxing is a family activity that involves elements of orienteering, stamp art and puzzle-solving in a treasure hunt-style quest. For more information, visit wiltonhistorical.org.
Sisters in concert
The Furuya Sisters (Harumi, violin; Mimi, cello; and Sakiko, piano) will perform Tchaikovsky and Mozart piano trios on Saturday, May 15, at 7:30 at South Salem Presbyterian Church, 111 Spring Street, South Salem, N.Y.
Tickets are $25 to $30 and student discounts are available; for reservations, visit furuyasisters.com/concertsbuy.htm or call 914-200-3622.
Walk for others
Spooner House in Shelton will have a fund-raising Walk for the Hungry and Homeless on Saturday, May 16, starting at 9 a.m. at the Derby Greenway, starting at the Greenway Fountain. The entire route would be 3.4 miles along the Naugatuck River in a loop, but participants are welcome to do any distance.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and walkers may begin as soon as they sign in. A minimum donation of $20 is requested to receive a walk T-shirt. For more information, visit actspooner.org or call 203-225-0453 x102.
Spring on the Farm
The Stamford Museum and Nature Center at 39 Scofieldtown Road will have its Spring on the Farm Festival Weekend on Saturday, May 16, and Sunday, May 17, 11 to 3. There will be new baby farm animals, sheep shearing, and other hands-on demonstrations as well as family activities for all ages, live music and a plant and herb sale.
Admission is $10 per person; free for all children three and younger. For reservations, visit stamfordmuseum.org.
Bruce Crafts Festival
The Bruce Museum’s 30th annual Outdoor Crafts Festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17, from 10 to 5 on the museum grounds. More than 70 artisans will be exhibiting, with some doing demonstrations; there will be music, food and activities for children.
For more information, visit brucemuseum.org or call 203-869-0376.
The Connecticut Tree Festival on Saturday, May 16, from 11 to 3, rain or shine, at Cranbury Park, Norwalk is a free family event that features interactive activities and an environmental theme: how trees enrich everyday life. There will be tree-climbing, bucket-truck rides, live animals, face-painting and crafts and dozens of exhibitors. A flowering tree photo contest will be on display, sponsored by the Norwalk Tree Advisory Committee and the Wilton Garden Club.
Admission and activities, including a picnic lunch, are free. For more information, call 203-847-1600.
Botanist, author, and former New York Botanical Garden lecturer Carol Levine will lead a guided tour to the early spring wildflowers at the Bartlett Arboretum on Saturday, May 16, at 11 a.m. The 90-minute walk will include the red maple wetlands boardwalk and the meadow; it will begin from the Silver Education Center.
The arboretum is at 151 Brookdale Road in Stamford; for more information, visit bartlettarboretum.org or call 203-322-6971.
Brews & BBQ
The Ives Concert Park on the WCSU Westside Campus in Danbury will host the Brews & BBQ Festival featuring Robert Randolph & the Family Band on Saturday, May 16, from 3 to 10 p.m. Patrons must bring their own chairs or blankets and no food or beverages will be allowed into the venue.
Tickets are $15 in advance at ivesconcertpark.com or $20 at the gate. The Westside Campus is at 43 Lake Avenue Extension.
Voices of Poetry
A quartet of poets — Michael Klein, Arthur Pfister, Kyle Potvin and Gail Thomas — will present an evening of poetry and music with sax/woodwind player Joseph Meo and jazz guitarist Gene Pino on Saturday, May 16, from 5 to 7 at the Ridgefield Library, 472 Main Street.
The Voices of Poetry event is titled Back Off the Shelf; admission is free. To register, visit ridgefieldlibrary.org or call 203-438-2282. For information about future events, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation will present 100 Years of Bollywood, a live audio-visual musical journey, on Saturday, May 16, in Greenwich. The family event will begin at 6 p.m. and tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children under 12; admission includes the concert, dinner, and a kids’ heritage camp.
100 Years of Bollywood will take place at Central Middle School, 9 Indian Rock Lane. For reservations, visit ekal.org or call 203-354-2742.
The Connecticut Film Festival will present Miles Doleac’s film, The Historian, on Saturday, May 16, at the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge. There will be a VIP meet and greet reception at 5:30 p.m., with Mr. Doleac, William Sadler, John Cullum, and Glynnis O’Connor. The film will follow at 7 after which there will be a Q&A session, a live auction and a premiere after-party.
General admission is $17.50; the film and the after-party, $27.50; and the VIP reception, film and after-party, $75. The performance benefits Healing The Children Northeast Inc. For reservations, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.
Lisa Lampanelli, who’ll bring her stand-up comedy show to the Housatonic Museum of Art in Bridgeport on Saturday night, has a personal tie to the museum. Her father, Leonard Lampugnale, an alumnus of Housatonic Community College, will have a special exhibit of his art at a VIP champagne reception with his daughter in the Burt Chernow Galleries, starting at 6 p.m.
The comedy show will follow at 8 p.m. in the Events Center in Beacon Hall at the college, 900 Lafayette Boulevard. Benefit tickets range from $65 to $150; for reservations, visit housatonicmuseum.org.
The Norwalk Symphony will present the final concert of its 75th season on Saturday, May 16, at 8 p.m. in Norwalk Concert Hall, 125 East Avenue. Composer Michel Galante’s Chamber Concerto No. 1, featuring two marimba soloists, will have its premiere. Also on the program are Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme with cellist Allison Eldredge and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.
Tickets are available by emailing email@example.com or by calling 203-956-6771. The symphony and the Food Pantry of Norwalk Community College will be collecting food donations before the concert; specifically needed are cereal, rice, fruit cups or canned fruit, personal care items, sugar, flour, oil and baking powder or baking soda. Also welcome, dry soups, powdered or canned milk, macaroni & cheese, peanut butter, beans, canned vegetables, tuna, canned meats, stew, soup, pasta and fruit juices.
Traditional African-American cuisine and music, dancing and dramatic vignettes will highlight the Discover Pinkster! day at Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., on Sunday, May 17, from 10 to 5. The event is inspired by the cross-cultural springtime celebrations of the Dutch settlers and enslaved Africans during colonial times.
Online admission is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and $ for children 3-17 at hudsonvalley.org; or call 914-366-6900. The manor is at 381 North Broadway/Route 9 in Sleepy Hollow.
Russian pianist Timur Mustakimov will perform a house concert in Westport for the Connecticut Alliance for Music on Sunday, May 17, at 3. His program will include Chaconne by J.S. Bach, Symphonique Etudes by Robert Schumann, and Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky.
Tickets are $25, available online at camusic.org or by calling 203-319-8271. The location of the house concert will be provided upon payment.
Richter Association for the Arts will host a concert by The SilverTones, a senior singing group from Danbury, Brookfield, Bristol and Newtown, on Sunday, May 17, at 3 p.m. at Richter House, 100 Aunt Hack Road, Danbury. They’ll be singing a program of contemporary songs.
Following the concert there will be a reception with the performers; admission is by free will donation. For more information, visit danbury.org/richter or call 203-744-2168.
Comedy folk duo
Christine Lavin and Don White will present an afternoon of music and comedy, The Funny Side of the Street: An Afternoon of Brighter Laughter, on Sunday, May 17, at 3:30 at the Greenwich Library’s Cole Auditorium, 101 West Putnam Avenue.
The concert is free and there are no reservations; doors open at 3. For more information, call 203-622-7917 or visit greenwichlibrary.org/music.
Chefs prepare to duel
The Battle of the Chefs returns to Ridgefield’s Founders Hall senior center on Sunday, May 17, 4-7 p.m., featuring Chefs Silvia Bianco, formerly of Biscotti, Bernard Bouissou of Bernard’s, and Prasad Chirnolmula of Thali. They will compete to create an entree from a basket of surprise ingredients in front of a live audience.
The chefs will have created appetizers for all the guests and guests will vote on their favorites; there will be hors d’oeuvres and an open bar throughout the event. To taste the entrees, guests may buy either a seat at a tasting table (limited number) or win the raffle for an open slot on the judging panel. The afternoon will culminate with signature desserts from all three chefs.
Tickets are $100 for general viewing, $500 for the tasting table; for more information, visit founders-hall.org or call 203-431-7000.
A Spring Concert
Camerata d’Amici, a regional choral ensemble led by Kristin Sponheim, will perform For the Beauty of the Earth: A Spring Concert on Sunday, May 17, at 4 at the South Salem (N.Y.) Presbyterian Church, 111 Spring Street, South Salem. Dr. Sponheim has prepared an eclectic selection of works, all about natural beauty.
Tickets will be $25 for adults ($20 in advance) and $10 for children 12 and younger; for information, visit cameratadamici.org.
And coming up...
There will be a Ride of Silence with the message “We All Share the Road” on Wednesday, May 20, as cyclists worldwide join a silent, slow-paced bike ride to honor those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways. The route is a 4.5-mile loop that will begin at 7 p.m. at the CityCenter Danbury Green; cyclists should gather at 6:45 and helmets are mandatory. For information, visit rideofsilence.org.
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The Westport Downtown Merchant Association’s Art About Town opening night street party will take place Thursday, May 21, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in downtown Westport. Main Street will be closed to traffic and filled with art, entertainment, food, and fun for the whole family. Works of art will remain on view in merchant windows until June 21. For more information, visit westportdma.com.
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“Raising a Stink in the Roman City: Creating an Archaeology of Smell” is the topic Brandeis University Professor Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow will address at a meeting of the Archaeological Associates of Greenwich on Thursday, May 21, at 8 p.m. at the Bruce Museum, One Museum Drive. The talk is free to museum members and $15 to the public; for more information, call 203-661-4654.