Art and music this weekend
The Fairfield Museum and History Center will open IMAGES 2016, its eighth annual juried photography show, with winners in landscape, portrait, architecture, nature and abstract, on Sunday, May 15, along with an exhibit of the work of 1940s photographer Jack Delano, who captured views of life in Connecticut.
The museum will celebrate the exhibits with Gin and Jazz, its spring benefit, on Saturday, May 14, at 7 p.m. The reception will include cocktails, live music, and food by Susan Kane catering, with desserts by Saugatuck Sweets.
Tickets are available at ginandjazz2016.eventbrite.com; proceeds from the evening will benefit the museum’s educational programs. For more information, visit fairfieldhistory.org or call 203-259-1598.
Square One Theatre Company will present Motherhood Out Loud, a collection of celebrated American writers including Beth Henley, Lisa Loomer, Theresa Rebeck, Cheryl L. West and others, opening Thursday, May 12, at the Stratford Academy, 719 Birdseye Street, Stratford.
Tom Holehan directs the production, which will run weekends through May 29, with shows at 7 on Thursdays, at 8 on Fridays, at 4 and 8 on Saturdays, and at 2 on Sundays. Tickets are $20 for adults and $19 for seniors and students; for reservations, visit squareonetheatre.com or call 203-375-8778.
Arabic music & food
The Katonah Village Library will present an evening of music of the Middle East on Friday, May 13, at 8 featuring Bassam Saba and April Centrone, co-founders of the New York Arabic Orchestra (nyarabicorchestra.org). They will perform on a variety of instruments and talk about the music.
There will be light food available at 6:30 in the library’s lower level, where the concert will begin at 8. Advance tickets are available on the library website, katonahlibrary.org or call 914-232-3508.
The Wooster School will present An Evening with Javon Jackson on Friday, May 13, at 7 p.m. Jackson, who plays saxophone, will perform with his current group, The Javon Jackson Band, at 7:30 following a half hour of performances by Wooster musicians. The Jackson Band plays jazz, funk, R&B and rock.
The concert is free, refreshments will be available before the concert, and reservations are recommended; visit woosterschool.org/javonjackson.
The Spring Street Arts Center at St. John’s in South Salem, N.Y., will introduce Short Plays, Big Punch this weekend, with performances on Friday and Saturday at 8, May 13-21. The production includes 10 short but engaging visions of the human experience, blending comedy, drama, fantasy and all the heart-touching aspects of the human condition.
Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets, shortplaysbigpunchspringstreet.bpt.me. Tickets are $20; the show is for mature audiences. For more information, call 914-763-8273.
Modern House Day
New Canaan Historical Society’s annual Modern House Day Tour + Symposium titled Modern: A Way of Thinking will take place Saturday, May 14, featuring homes designed and renovated by Philip Johnson, John Black Lee, Elliot Noyes, Hariri & Hariri, Kengo Kuma and others. The tour tradition began in 1949, when the first tour drew more than 3,000 people.
The 2016 program will begin at 8:30 a.m. with check-in and continental breakfast at Grace Farms, followed by a symposium at 9:45 with Hicks Stone, Bill Ryall, and Sharon Prince. Guests will then break into small groups for a box lunch and then take a guided tour of Grace Farms and visit modern homes throughout New Canaan via private tour vans, escorted by an architect or historian of the Modern Movement. The day will conclude back at Grace Farms for a cocktail party from 5 to 7 p.m.
For more information, visit nchistory.org or call 203-966-1776.
Ridgefield Academy will have construction and emergency trucks available for children to explore on Saturday, May 14, from 9 to 11 a.m. on the campus at West Mountain Road, Ridgefield. About eight different construction vehicles will be displayed as well as fire and police vehicles, depending on emergency calls.
The school’s first ever Maker Faire will take place on campus from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and there will be tours of the facilities led by Heads of Preschool/Lower and Middle/Upper schools. For more information, email or call 203-894-1800 x112.
Two new exhibits open Saturday, May 14, at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich: Electric Paris, which shows how artists of the time responded to the illumination of the city, first with oil and gas lights and then with electricity in the 19th Century, and Electricity, a visiting exhibit that brings the science of electricity to life.
Among the artists in the Electric Paris show of approximately 50 works – paintings, drawings, prints, and photographs – are Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, Pierre Bonnard, Édouard Vuillard, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Jean Béraud, James Tissot, Charles Marville, Childe Hassam, Charles Courtney Curran, Alfred Maurer, and Maurice Prendergast.
The museum is at One Museum Drive and will host a number of special events related to the two shows, which run through the summer. For details, visit brucemuseum.org or call 203-869-0376.
Ives Trail meeting
The Ives Trail and Greenway Association will have its annual meeting on Saturday, May 14, at the Ives House, a property of the Danbury Historical Society. Brigid Guertin of the historical society will lead a tour of the house.
The association’s brief meeting will be followed by a four-mile hike from the Ives House (2 Mountainville Avenue, Danbury), to the Ives Trail kiosk in the meadow of Tarrywile Park and from there continue around the orange trail at Tarrywile. A short section of this trail, originally part of the planned Ives Trail, is usually quite muddy.
The event will conclude with pizza and soda for those who finish the hike. The rain date is May 15. To register, email .
The Kellogg Environmental Center at Osbornedale State Park, 500 Hawthorne Avenue, Derby, will celebrate Turtle Day on Saturday, May 14, from 10 to 2. Speakers, displays and activities will take place at the center and in the park, to teach visitors about the challenges facing turtles and the current work being done to protect them.
At 11 a.m. a representative from the Mystic Aquarium will talk about sea turtles and there will be local turtle ambassadors from the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, White Memorial Foundation, Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo and others. Anthony Pierlioni from the TurtleRoom will speak about his organization’s efforts at 1 p.m., and a 2 p.m. poolside turtle feeding demonstration will close out the day. For information or to register, email or call 203-734-2513.
Paper Jam 2016
The Neuberger Museum at Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, N.Y., will have a fund-raiser on Saturday, May 14, at the museum. The party and auction of artwork on, of, or otherwise incorporating paper donated by contemporary artists will begin at 6:30 p.m. Artists include Faith Ringgold, Pat Steir, Red Grooms, Chaim Gross, Alex Katz and Yvonne Jacquette.
The auction will be led by Robbie Gordy of Christie’s; individual tickets for the evening are $150. Other ticket packages are described on the website, neuberger.org.
The final Walkabout Clearwater Coffeehouse of the season will take place Saturday, May 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Memorial United Methodist Church, 250 Bryant Ave., White Plains, N.Y. Singer/songwriter Vance Gilbert will perform at 7:30; doors open at 6:30 and an informal songfest will begin at 6:45.
Tickets are $18 for adults in advance, $23 at the door; the cost for children 6-12 is $10 and for students, $15, at the door. For more information, visit walkaboutclearwater.org or call 914-945-1625.
Sandy Hook Concert
Celebrate Sandy Hook, the 3rd Annual Outdoor Concert, will be performed in Sandy Hook Village along the Pootatuck River on Saturday, May 14, 7 p.m. The concert will take place in the Village Green at 5 Glen Road, Sandy Hook, behind the Village Perk Cafe. The featured performers will be Tat Holler, a country recording star from Nashville, and choir members from Reed Intermediate School. The free performance is sponsored by Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity; for more information, visit sandyhookvillage.com.
The Fairfield County Chorale will conclude its season with Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and Dvorak’s Stabat Mater on Saturday, May 14, at 7:3 p.m. at Norwalk Concert Hall, 125 East Avenue. Four rising opera singers and four pianists will perform with the chorale, led by music director David Rosenmeyer.
Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door ($5 for students) and may be purchased online at fairfieldcountychorale.org or call 203-254-1333.
Cricket Tell the Weather will be performing at Voices Café on Saturday, May 14, at 8 p.m. at the Unitarian Church in Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Road, in a concert benefitting the International Institute of Connecticut, Inc., resettling refugees in Bridgeport.
Seating is cabaret-style and guests may bring their own beverages and snacks; table reservations are accepted for a minimum of four people. To reserve tickets, visit voicescafe.org/show/cricket-tell-the-weather/ or call 203-227-7205 x14. Doors open at 7:30.
The Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra will conclude its 2015-16 season on Saturday evening, May 14, with a concert First and Last, led by guest conductor Susanne Sheston. The program includes David Diamond’s Music for Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet; Richard Strauss’s Vier letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs), with soprano Jennifer Black; and Gustav Mahler’s Symphony #1 in D Major (Titan).
For ticket information, visit ridgefieldsymphony.org or call 203-438-3889.
Juilliard guitarists Bokyung Byun and Tengyue Zhang will play a fundraising concert for the New England Guitar Society on Saturday, May 14, at 8 p.m. at the Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Avenue South. Tickets are $20, $18 for seniors, and may be reserved at milfordarts.org or by calling 203-878-6647.
Cut-a-Thon for a vet
Ricci’s Salon & Spa at 99 South Main Street, Newtown, will be cutting hair on Sunday, May 15, from 10 to 4 for the benefit of a 22-year-old Army Ranger, Sean Pesce, from West Haven who will receive a custom handicap house through Homes for Our Troops. For an appointment, call 203-426-1611.
A Far Cry
The Danbury Concert Association will present its final spring concert on Sunday, May 15, at 3 featuring A Far Cry, a strings and winds ensemble, at the Western Connecticut State University Visual and Performing Arts Center, 43 Lake Avenue Extension, Danbury. The program will feature works by Gabriela Lena Frank, Osvaldo Golijov, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Igor Stravinsky’s Dumbarton Oaks concerto.
Tickets will be available at the door for $20; there will be a Meet the Artists reception following the concert. For directions, visit danburyconcert.org or call 203-748-2177.
Chris Cochrane jazz
The Richter Association for the Arts will present Milford jazz guitarist Chris Cochrane and his trio on Sunday, May 15, at 3 at Richter House, 100 Aunt Hack Road, Danbury. A reception will follow the one-hour concert; admission is by free will donation. For more information, visit danbury.org/richter/ or call 203-730-8479.
As part of the Schoolhouse Theater’s exploration of family issues, playwright and performer Susan Gordon-Clark will present Red Flags: An Anatomy of An Abusive Relationship on Sunday, May 15, at 3 p.m. The play details how her dream of a perfect love became a nightmare of physical and psychological abuse and how she regained safety and independence. Special reception ticket-holders will have an opportunity to meet Ms. Gordon-Clark; proceeds from the reception will support Hope’s Door and My Sisters’ Place.
The theater is at 3 Owens Road in Croton Falls, N.Y.; for information, or to purchase tickets, visit schoolhousetheater.org or call 914-277-8477.
Canadian Maritimes folksinger Dave Gunning, who’s been compared to Gordon Lightfoot and Stan Rogers, will close out the spring series of the Acoustic Celebration on Sunday, May 15, at 4 in St. Stephen’s Church North Hall, 351 Main Street, Ridgefield. Tickets are $20 in advance at acousticcelebration.org or $25 at the door.
Will Todd, a composer known for combining jazz and blues with traditional choral music, will play piano with a professional jazz ensemble to accompany the St. Stephen’s Church choirs on Sunday, May 15, at 4 when they perform his newly published Jazz Missa Brevis. The singers and instrumentalists will also perform selections from his Songs of Peace and his arrangments of traditional hymns.
The church is at 351 Main Street in Ridgefield; the concert is by donation.
Imperial Treasures, a concert of Baroque orchestral music, will be presented by Rebel Ensemble for Baroque Music on Sunday, May 15, at 4 at the Bedford Presbyterian Church on the Village Green, Routes 22 and 172, Bedford, N.Y. Using original instruments, the musicians will play concerti grossi, overtures and concerti by Handel, Telemann, Zelenka, Vivaldi, Veracini and Wagenseil. For tickets, visit rebelbaroque.com or call 914-734-9537.
And coming up…
Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA will be screened at the Milford Arts Center, 40 Railroad Avenue South, on Tuesday, May 17, at 7 p.m. The documentary was directed by Connecticut-based independent filmmaker Michael Maglaras and produced by Terri Templeton. For more information, visit milfordarts.org or call 203-878-6647.
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The 10th annual Lyme Patient Conference will take place Thursday, May 19, at Western Connecticut State University’s Westside Student Center, 43 Lake Avenue Extension, Danbury. The event is free and begins at 5 p.m. with a Lyme-focused health fair. Keynote speaker Dr. Kenneth Liegner will follow at 7 p.m. and Dr. Charles Ray Jones will receive the Lyme Connection’s first Courage in Patient Care Award. There will be a question period following the presentations. For more information, visit lymeconnection.org; no registration is required.
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Fiddler Claire Egan will join the P.V. O’Donnell Comhaltas Ceoltóiri Éireann traditional music session on Thursday, May 19, at 7:45 p.m. at St. Gabriel’s Parish Hall, 26 Broadway, Milford. Admissions is free; BYOB. Musicians, dancers, singers and guests are welcome. For more information, call 203-257-8737.
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The Westport Country Playhouse Happy Hour Series, including live bands and beer provided by local beer companies, will launch on Thursday, May 19, at 6:45 p.m. and continue on the third Thursday during the run of each play in the 2016 season. Planned for those 40 and younger, the series includes the pre-show gathering and a ticket to the play; tickets are $25. For information, visit westportplayhouse.org or call 203-227-4177.
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The Greenwich High School Theater Arts Department will present the Cole Porter musical Anything Goes on May 19-21 at 7:30 p.m. at Greenwich High School Performing Arts Center, 10 Hillside Road. Tickets are $20; for reservations, call 203-863-8808.