Art abounds this weekend
New Pond Farm show
The New Pond Farm 2015 Invitational Art Show will open with a preview party on Friday, May 29, from 6 to 8 p.m., with music, wines and hors d’oeuvres. New Pond Farm Education Center in Redding, founded by actress Carmen Mathews, is a non-profit center devoted to connecting visitors to nature. The art show will feature agrarian and nature-themed paintings, drawings and sculpture inspired by the 102-acre preserve, as well as the surrounding countryside. The exhibit runs from May 30 to June 13, open 10 to 5, Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5, Sunday.
Special events will include Plein Air Painting for Adults on Thursday, June 4, from 10 to 2:30, led by artist and teacher Sally Aldrich and an Art Workshop for Kids on Thursday, June 4, from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m., led by artist and teacher Becky Holden. The For the Love of Gardening Redding Garden Tour, co-sponsored with the Redding Garden Club, will take place Saturday, June 13, 10 to 4:30 (registration at newpondfarm.org). On closing day, June 13, there will be a silent auction and door prize announcements at 4 p.m.
New Pond Farm Education Center is at 101 Marchant Road in West Redding; for more information, visit newpondfarm.org or call 203-938-2117.
Grange tag sale
The Norfield Grange at 12 Good Hill Road in Weston will host a community tag sale this weekend. Hours are 10 to 4 on Friday, May 29, and Saturday, May 30, and 10 to 2 on Sunday, May 31. The sale will go on rain or shine; fees from table rentals will support the Grange scholarship fund. For information, call 203-226-8233.
Wilton house tour
A Better Chance of Wilton will host a house tour, Opening Our Hearts and Homes, on Friday, May 29, from 10 to 3. The four homes included are a circa 1744 farmhouse, a recently updated Georgian colonial, a 19th Century home updated to blend past and present, and a newly updated Kellogg Brothers home.
Tickets are $50 in advance (available at Open House, Signature Style and Wilton Hardware or online at wiltonabc.org) and $60 on the day of the tour.
Darien art show
Jeffrey Mueller, gallery director at Silvermine Arts Center in New Canaan, is judge for the 57th Annual Art Show and Sale at the Darien Arts Center Saturday, May 30, through Saturday, June 6. Media include oil, acrylic, watercolor, drawing/pastel, mixed media/printmaking, sculpture, color photography and black-and-white photography.
The show takes place in the arts center’s Weatherstone Studio, behind Town Hall at 2 Renshaw Road. The awards reception will be Friday, May 29, from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information, visit arts.darien.org or call 203-655-8683.
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Danbury, at 24 Clapboard Ridge Road (Route 39), will present A Very Special Evening with Rod MacDonald on Friday, May 29, at 8 p.m. Singer-songwriter MacDonald will perform with bass player Mark Dann. Admission is $12 general admission; for reservations, email J123Sing@aol.com or call 203-743-0453.
Love and Marriage
Theatre Artists Workshop at 5 Gregory Boulevard, Norwalk, will present its 2015 spring benefit, Love and Marriage, this weekend May 29-31. Produced by Stephanie Hazard of New Canaan and Megan Smith-Harris of Wilton, the show includes an ensemble of Workshop actors performing comedic and dramatic original scenes and one-act plays written the Workshop’s playwrights, plus two songs. All explore the theme of love, marriage, and everything in between.
Performances will take place Friday, May 29, and Saturday, May 30, at 8 and Sunday, May 31, at 3. For tickets ($20), visit taworkshop.org or call 203-854-6830.
The Farmstead Festival, featuring small farms and artisan food producers from the Northeast, will take place Saturday, May 30, from 11 to 4 at The Gary The Olivia Theater, 249 Flanders Road, on the grounds of the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Conn. Entertainment will be provided by Clay & Wattles Theater Company and there will be a presentation by Sister Noella Macellino, OSB, who will talk about the making of the Cheese Nun documentary, and Mother Dolores Hart, OSB,will read from her autobiography, The Ear of the Heart.
Tickets are $18 in advance (purchased online by May 29 at thegarytheolivia.com) or $20 at the gate; children 12 and younger are admitted free.
The Wilton Library will host a day devoted to the STEAM movement (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) on Saturday, May 30, from 11 to 3, featuring more than 25 presentations, workshops, demonstrations and exhibitions throughout the library.
For more information, visit wiltonlibrary.org or call 203-762-3950. The library is at 137 Old Ridgefield Road in Wilton Center.
Art in windows
New Canaan’s eighth annual Art in the Windows will open Saturday, May 30, with Pop Up Art Day! from noon to 3. More than 60 artists will have works in 72 New Canaan store windows, including paintings, drawings, prints, photography, mixed media and sculpture. All works will be for sale.
On Saturday, local artists will be working “en plein air” and there will be free art activities for children in the downtown Pop Up Park. The show is organized by the Carriage Barn Arts Center (home of the New Canaan Society for the Arts). For more information, visit carriagebarn.org or call 203-972-1895.
The Greenwich Library’s Ashforth Children’s Concert Series and Curiosity Concert will present the chamber ensemble Decoda in a performance called “101 Ways to Transform a Tune” on Saturday, May 30, at 2 p.m. The free event will take place in the Cole Auditorium at the library, 101 West Putnam Avenue; tickets are required and may be reserved at curiosityconcerts.org.
Band Together organizers Jerry Vigorito and Rob Fried will present A Night at Studio 54 — A Benefit Concert for Music Education on Saturday, May 30, at 6:30 p.m. at Fairfield Theatre Company, 70 Sanford Street, Fairfield.
The show will benefit KEYS (Kids Empowered by Your Support), which provides music instruction for underserved youth. Tickets are $30/$35; for reservations, visit fairfieldtheatre.org or call 203-259-1036.
The premiere of the oratorio Daniel by Dan Montez will be presented this weekend by Taconic Opera (directed by Dan Montez) on Saturday, May 30, at 7:30 p.m. at Ossining (N.Y.) United Methodist Church, 1 Emwilton Place, and Sunday, May 31, 3 p.m. at the White Plains (N.Y.) Presbyterian Church, 39 North Broadway.
Tickets are $27, $20 for seniors and $15 for students and will be available at the door or in advance online at taconicopera.org or by phone 855-886-7372.
Multi Grammy Award-winner Gladys Knight will perform a show at the Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic Street, Stamford, as part of a benefit evening for the Dana’s Angels Research Trust (DART) on Saturday, May 30, at 8. Individual tickets are available through the Palace box office, palacestamford.org or 203-325-4466; prices range from $57 to $102.
Gladys Knight’s most recent album, Where My Heart Belongs, out in 2014, took the singer back to her gospel roots. DART was founded in 2002 to fund research into a rare disease, Niemann-Pick type C; for more information, visit danasangels.org, where gala event tickets are available.
The Connecticut Ancestry Society’s annual meeting will feature two presentations by Alice Plouchard Stelzer, “Researching Women in Genealogy” and “Meet Mehetable: A Colonial Puritan woman discusses life in the 17th Century” on Sunday, May 31, from 1 to 4 p.m.
The meeting will take place at the Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Road, and is free and open to the public. For more information, visit connecticutancestry.org.
New Haven Symphony
The New Haven Symphony Orchestra’s final concerts of the season feature movie soundtracks that were based on classical music, including Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, Bolero from Ten, The Socerer’s Apprentice from Disney’s Fantasia, and Chaconne from The Red Violin, featuring guest violinist Bella Hristova.
“Cinematic Dances” will be presented Thursday, May 28, at 7:30 p.m. at the Shubert Theater in New Haven, Saturday, May 30, 2:30 p.m. at Hamden Middle School in Hamden, and Sunday, May 31, at 3 p.m. at Shelton Intermediate School in Shelton. Ticket information is available for May 28 at shubert.com or 203-562-5666; for May 30-31, at newhavensymphony.org or 203-865-0831 x20.
The Fountain Music Series at Ridgefield’s First Congregational Church, Main Street and West Lane, will present The True Story of Cinderella by Warren Martin, performed by 12 singers with a British narrator, a hilarious King’s Herald, and a page-turner/chimeur. The concert will take place at 4 on Sunday, May 31; for more information, visit firstcongregational.com or call 203-438-8077.
The Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra will present its spring concert on Sunday, May 31, at 4 p.m. at Scotts Ridge Middle School, 750 North Salem Road/Route 116, Ridgefield. It will be the last concert for departing music director Petko Dimitrov and the first for incoming director Eric Mahl.
Tickets are $15 for adults and students, $10 for seniors and students under 12. For information, visit wctyo.org.
And coming up...
Fairfield Theatre Company StageOne will screen the 2014 Cannes Award-winning film, Mommy, on Monday, June 1, at 7:30 p.m. The film by Xavier Dylan was Canada’s entry for Best Foreign Film. Tickets are $10 in advance; fairfieldtheatre.org or 203-259-1036.
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The Garden Education Center of Greenwich will have its Grandiflora Garden Tour on Thursday, June 4, from 10 to 4. Tickets are $75 in advance and $95 on the day of the tour; for reservations, visit gecgreenwich.org. The center is at 130 Bible Street in Cos Cob.
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Dualities, a new exhibit by artist Jan Dilenschneider, will open Thursday, June 4, with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Bellarmine Museum of Art at Fairfield University, 1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield. Hours at the museum are 11 to 5, Monday through Friday, and on select Saturdays when the university in session. For more information, visit fairfield.edu or call 203-254-4000.
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The Greenwich International Film Festival will open Thursday, June 4, and will include the screening of Colin Hanks’ directorial debut, All Things Must Pass, on June 5. It’s a documentary about Tower Records, weaving stories of the employees of the first store in Sacramento with the failures that led to its crash. Events, including films, panels and workshops, continue through June 7. The opening night party at Restoration Hardware on Greenwich Avenue will have Jenna Bush Hager as master of ceremonies and the Changemaker Honoree Gala, honoring Harry Belafonte and Mia Farrow, will be emceed by Kathie Lee Gifford on Saturday, June 6, at L’escale Restaurant. For information and tickets, visit greenwichfilm.org.