A fine forecast for fun
Sheep to Shawl
Philipsburg Manor’s annual Sheep to Shawl festival will take place Saturday and Sunday, April 16-17, from 10 to 5. The manor, a property of Historic Hudson Valley, is at 381 North Broadway (Route 9) in Sleepy Hollow N.Y., two miles north of the Tappan Zee Bridge.
There will be demonstrations of sheep herding by Scottish border collies, wool dyeing, spinning and weaving and special hands-on activities for children. Storytellers will be on hand to share tales. Geordane’s of Irvington will offer a full lunch menu and the Blue Pig of Croton will dish up homemade ice cream. For more information, visit hudsonvalley.org or call 914-366-6900.
The Town Players of Newtown will stage Murder Among Friends by Bob Barry opening Friday, April 15, at the Little Theatre, Orchard Hill Road, Newtown. Curtain will be at 8 on Fridays and Saturdays, with 2 p.m. matinees on Sundays, April 24 and May 1. The production runs through May 7.
Tickets are $22, $18 for matinees, and may be reserved at newtownplayers.org or by calling 203-270-9144.
Zeller vs. Squires
Two longtime members of the Theatre Artists Workshop, husband and wife Allan Zeller and Kimberly Squires of Milford, will face off in an evening of short two-hander plays, Zeller vs. Squires. The plays are by Workshop members Fred Stroppel, Susan Cinoman, Elizabeth Keyser, Drew Denbaum, and Rosemary Foley and non-members David Bottrell and Jessie Jones.
Performances will be on Friday and Saturday, April 15 and 16, at 8 and Sunday, April 17, at 3. The Workshop is at 5 Gregory Boulevard in East Norwalk. No reservations are recommended but there’s a suggested donation of $10. For more information, call 203-854-6830.
The Nightclub @ Lewisboro Library will materialize on Friday, April 15, at 8 at the Lewisboro Library, 15 Main Street, South Salem, N.Y., as a fund-raising event for the library. The nightclub’s music will be supplied by The Steve Shapiro electriQuartet and wine, beer and dessert will be available.
Table seating is $60 per person and general seating is $30; doors open at 7:30. For information, call 914-875-9004 or visit lewisborolibrary.org.
The Odd Couple
Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple will open Friday, April 15, at the Carriage House Arts Center in Cranbury Park, Grumman Avenue, Norwalk. Showtime is at 8 on Fridays and Saturdays through April 30, with Sunday matinees at 4 on April 17 and 24.
For reservations, visit carriagehouseartscenter.org or call 203-229-9797.
On Friday at the Milford Arts Council Performance Coffeehouse, the program will be Viva Italia — A Musical Tour, presented by Vincenzo Boscarino. He’ll lead an exploration of the regions of Italy, including Genova, Venice, Tuscany, Rome, Naples, Sicily and Sardinia, and he’ll touch on the Italian Unification. Boscarino will sing a song from each of these regions, inviting the audience to sing along.
Doors open at 7:30 and the show will start at 8; tickets are $20 and include free coffee. Wine, beer and snacks will be available for nominal charges. The coffeehouse takes place at the Milford Arts Center, 40 Railroad Avenue South; for reservations, visit milfordarts.org or call 203-878-6647.
The Wilton Spring Antiques Show, a benefit for the Wilton Historical Society, will take place April 16 and 17, Saturday from 10 to 5 and Sunday from 11 to 4, at the Wilton High School Field House, 395 Danbury Road/Route 7. Admission is $10.
More than 35 dealers will be at the show, presented by Barn Star Productions. For more information, visit wiltonhistorical.org or call 203-762-7257.
The Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden at 28 Deveau Road in North Salem, N.Y., will re-open for the season on Saturday, April 16, at noon. From 1 to 3 there will e jazz by Chicks Candy Store and refreshments provided by Nisa Lee Events. Judy Giguere will give a Chinese brush painting demonstration for the opening of Brush with Nature, the annual spring exhibit by the Oriental Brush Artists Guild. Also opening are an exhibit of Futuristic Glass by Joseph Vavalieri and Keiko Ashida’s ceramics, Movement in Stillness.
Admission is free on opening day; spring and summer hours for the museum and garden are Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 4. For more information, visit hammondmuseum.org or call 914-669-5033.
The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk will have a Sunset Cruise for adults on Saturday, April 16, from 5 to 7:30 aboard the new research vessel, Spirit of the Sound. Cost is $49.95, which includes a signature cocktail; light fare is available by pre-order. Reservations are required; visit maritimeaquarium.org or call 203-852-0700 x2206.
The Troupers Light Opera production for 2016 is The Sorcerer by Gilbert and Sullivan: performances will take place Saturdays, April 16 and 23, at 2:30 and 7:30 at Norwalk Concert Hall, 125 East Avenue. This is the 71st season of Troupers Light Opera; the production is under the professional stage and musical direction of Dan Montez and Jun Nakabayashi with full orchestra, period costumes and professional set design.
For tickets, visit trouperslightopera.org or call 800-838-3006.
Ars Antiqua will perform In the Season’s Shadow, Nature & Poetry in Music, on Saturday, April 16, at 8 p.m. The concert, followed by a buffet of Italian pastries and coffee, will include works by Purcell, Scarlatti, Vivaldi, Guido, Handel and James Oswald.
The concert will take place in the Church of St. Mary the Virgin at 191 South Greeley Avenue, Chappaqua, N.Y. Tickets are $35 and will be available at the door, beginning at 7:30. For more information, visit ars-antiqua.org or call 914-238-8015.
Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen will perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27 with the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, April 16, at 8 and Sunday, April 17, at 4 at the new Performing Arts Center at Greenwich High School, Hillside Road. The concert will also include Respighi’s Pines of Rome, Roy Harris’s Symphony No. 7, and Zabinski’s Notturno.
Tickets are $35 for adults and $10 for students. For reservations and information, visit greenwichsymhony.org or call 203-869-2664.
The University of Exeter’s a cappella ensemble Semi-Toned, which won the Voice Festival UK, will perform at the Palace Danbury, 165 Main Street, on Saturday, April 16, at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $30/$25; for reservations, visit thepalacedanbury.com or call 203-794-9944.
Dvorak & Elgar
The Stamford Symphony will be joined by cellist Julie Albers in concerts on Saturday, April 16, at 8 and Sunday, April 17, at 3 at the Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic Street, Stamford. Albers will perform the Cello Concerto in E minor by Elgar; also on the program are Sidereus by Golijov and Symphony No. 8 in G Major by Dvorak.
Tickets start at $22 and children under 18 are admitted free on Sunday, when there’s a special MusiKids interactive program at 2. For reservations, visit stamfordsymphony.org or call 203-325-4466.
The faculty of the Silvermine School of Art in New Canaan will show their new work in the 2016 Annual Faculty Exhibition opening Sunday, April 17, with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. The show will run through Friday, May 13.
Works will include painting, drawing, ceramics, photography, sculpture, mixed media and prints as well as jewelry, silver and metalwork and woodworking. Gallery hours are noon to 5 Wednesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 Sunday, at 1037 Silvermine Road. For more information, visit silvermineart.org or call 203-966-9700.
Violinist Jaime Laredo, principal conductor of the Westchester Philharmonic, will lead and play Vivaldi’s Concerto Grosso in D minor, featuring Philharmonic concertmaster Robert Chausow and guest principal cello Melissa Meell, on Sunday, April 17, at 3. The concert will also include Mozart’s 3rd concerto, Corigliano’s Voyage and Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite.
There will be a free open rehearsal on Sunday at 11 a.m. in the Concert Hall at the Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, N.Y.; families are welcome (visit westchesterphil.org for information before attending). Single tickets for the concert are $30 to $97 (half-price for those 25 and younger); for reservations, call 914-682-3707 x10.
The Borealis Wind Quintet will perform a program of varied works, both rare and traditional, on Sunday, April 17, at 3 at the Edmond Town Hall Theater, 45 Main Street, Newtown. The concert and a reception with the performers are sponsored by the Newtown Friends of Music.
Ticket reservations are recommended; cost is $25, with students accompanied by a ticket-holding adult admitted free. For reservations, call 203-426-6470.
Former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky will appear in the Katonah Poetry Series on Sunday, April 17, at 4 at the Katonah Village Library, 26 Bedford Road, Katonah, N.Y. Doors open at 3:30 and admission is $10 (free for students). For more information, visit katonahpoetry.com or call 914-232-3508.
Experts from the Southern Connecticut Antique Bottle & Glass Collectors Association will present a program on Colonial & Continental Glass on Sunday, April 17, at 4 in the Keeler Tavern Museum Garden House, 132 Main Street, Ridgefield.
General admission is $10; for information, visit keelertavernmuseum.org or call 203-438-5485.
And coming up…
The Bedford Chamber Concert will perform an all-Beethoven program including the Archduke Trio and Symphony No. 7, arranged by Anthony Newman for chamber orchestra, on Wednesday, April 20, at 8 in the Fellowship Hall, St. Matthew’s Church, 382 Cantitoe Street, Bedford, N.Y. Tickets are $35; for more information, visit bedfordchamberconcerts.org or call 914-522-5150.
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Piper Jonathan Warner (Highland bagpipes, Uilleann pipes, Irish whistles and flute) will join the P.V. O’Donnell Comhaltas Ceoltóiri Éireann on Thursday, April 21, at 7:45 p.m. at St. Gabriel’s Parish Hall, 26 Broadway, Milford. Admission is free. Musicians, dancers, singers and guests are welcome; BYOB. For more information, call 203-257-8737.