Concours returns to Greenwich
More than 100 exceptional automobiles and motorcycles will be on display at the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance, which is marking its 20th anniversary this year. The weekend event at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, 100 Arch Street, will kick off with a Grand Tour of Concours vehicles on Friday, June 3, culminating with a parade down Greenwich Avenue at 4 p.m.
On Saturday from 10 to 5, the Concours Americana will showcase Ford performance cars to mark the 50th anniversary of Ford’s victory at Le Mans and on Sunday, also 10 to 5, the Councours International will feature historic BMWs to mark the company’s 100th anniversary.
AmeriCares is the show’s beneficiary. For more information and for discounted advance tickets, visit greenwichconcours.com.
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church at 4070 Park Avenue in Bridgeport will have its Greek Festival and Fair this weekend, with authentic Greek food, pastries, drinks, etc., available at indoor dining and outdoor food pavilion locations. Greek folk dance performances, a huge agora/marketplace, plus games, rides, and tours of the 14th Century-Byzantine-style church will be available. Festival hours are 11 to 11 Friday and Saturday and 11 to 9 on Sunday.
For more information, visit holytrinitybridgeport.org or call 203-374-5561.
54th art show
The Community Cooperative Nursery School’s 54th Annual Art Show and Sale will take place June 3 and 4, for the first time at the Rowayton Community Center, 33 Highland Avenue, Rowayton, rather than at the school. Featuring more than 50 nationally and internationally known artists, the show offers a wide selection of styles and price ranges.
The opening night gala will take place Friday, June 3, from 7 to 10, with live music, wine and appetizers and first views of the works on sale; tickets are $40. The second day of the sale, Saturday, June 4, from noon to 6, admission is $15. For more information, visit ccnsct.org/art/show.
The Ridgefield Theater Barn will stage the musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, directed by Jocelyn Beard, June 3-July 2 at its theater, 37 Halpin Lane, Ridgefield. Performances take place at 8 on Friday and Saturday and at 5 on Sundays, June 12, 19 and 26; doors open an hour before curtain. The theater provides cabaret seating and invites guests to bring food and drink to enjoy before the show and at intermission.
Tickets are $26 and $22; for reservations, visit ridgefieldtheaterbarn.org.
Singer, songwriter and producer Vaneese Thomas will perform an evening of R&B, gospel, blues and jazz on Friday as part of the Nightclub series at the Lewisboro Library, 15 Main Street, South Salem, N.Y. Doors open at 7:30 and the music will start at 8. Tickets are $30 per person, with table seating available at $60 per person. Wine, beer and dessert are included. For information, call 914-875-9004.
Coming of age
Eastbound Theatre, a division of Milford Arts Council, will stage Wendy Wasserstein’s The Heidi Chronicles, directed by Michael R. Mele, June 3-19. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 2; tickets are $20.
The arts council is at 40 Railroad Avenue South; for reservations, visit milfordarts.org or call 203-878-6647.
The Town Players of Newtown will stage The Foreigner, a farce by Larry Shue, June 3 to 25. Curtain is at 8 on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 on Sundays, June 12 and 19, at the Little Theatre, 18 Orchard Hill Road, Newtown.
Tickets are $22 and $18 for matinees; for reservations, visit newtownplayers.org or call 203-270-9144.
The Armonk Players present The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), directed by Pia Haas, with Darrin Bennett, Keith DiBuono and Jeff Rocco, opening Friday, June 3, at 8 p.m., with performances continuing Saturday, June 4, at 8 and Sunday, June 5, at 4. The following week, shows are Thursday, June 9, at 8, Friday, June 10, at 8, and Saturday, June 11, at 8.
Performances take place at Whippoorwill Hall, at 19 Whippoorwill Road East, Armonk, N.Y. Tickets are $20, $10 for students 18 and younger. For reservations, visit armonkplayers.org.
Philosopher and author Timothy Morton will give a free lecture about the current exhibit, David Brooks’ Continuous Service Altered Daily, at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 258 Main Street, Ridgefield, on Saturday, June 4, from 3 to 4:30. The event will be followed by a reception and time to explore Brooks’ exhibit from 5 to 6 p.m.
For more information, visit aldrichart.org or call 203-438-4519.
The Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra will conclude its season with two concerts this weekend.
On Saturday, June 4, at 4, the Wind Ensemble will perform with the String Ensemble at Scotts Ridge Middle School auditorium, 850 North Salem Road, Ridgefield. The musical selections are inspired by the recent first Ridgefield Independent Film Festival. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and those under 18 and will be available at the door.
On Sunday, June 5, at 4, the WCYO Symphony Orchestra will perform at Western Connecticut State University’s Veronica Hagman Concert Hall on the Westside Campus, 43 Lake Avenue Extension, Danbury. The program will include the world premiere of As If It Were Now by Scott A. Miller II. Also on the program are works by Sibelius and Dvorak. Tickets are $15, available at wcsuvpac.eventbrite.com or at the door.
For more information on the orchestra, which will have auditions for youth in grades 5-12 by appointment on June 8-10 in Ridgefield, visit wctyo.org.
A fund-raiser for Shakespeare on the Sound will feature a home brew beer-tasting contest as well as a selection of eight different beers provided by sponsor Heineken under a big tent in Rowayton’s Pinkney Park on Saturday, June 4, from 6 to 10 p.m. Music will be provided by the rock and funk band Miles and LobsterCraft, and The Local Meatball will be at the park providing fare from their trucks for cash or credit card.
The park will be the site of the Shakespeare on the Sound production of Hamlet June 16-July 3, the 21st year of presenting Shakespeare’s work along the Five Mile River.
Tickets for the fund-raiser are $50 (VIP tickets are $100); for reservations and more information, visit shakespeareonthesound.org or call 203-299-1300.
The 26th Silvermine School of Art 26th annual Student Exhibition, which opened June 1, will run through June 23 in the galleries at 1037 Silvermine Road, New Canaan. An opening reception is planned on Sunday, June 5, from 2 to 4. The show highlights the work of students of all ages.
For more information, visit silvermineart.org or call 203-966-9700.
The Center for Contemporary Printmaking will open its fifth BIennial FootPrint Exhibition on Sunday, June 5, from 2 to 5 at the center, in Mathews Park, 299 West Avenue, Norwalk. The juried biennial print competition and exhibition is limited to works that measure exactly 12 inches by 12 includes; it will run through Aug. 28.
Juror Andrew Raftery is professor of printmaking at Rhode Island School of Design; he reviewed 266 prints from 139 artists from 18 countries and ultimately selected 80 works by 62 artists.
The exhibit is open to visitors Tuesday through Sunday, 9 to 5. For more information, visit contemprints.org or call 203-899-7999.
Taconic Opera will present Georges BIzet’s Carmen in a semi-staged production on Sunday, June 5, at 2:30 at the Music Conservatory of Westchester, 216 Central Avenue, White Plains, N.Y. Audience members are invited to participate in the chorus (members of the Taconic Opera chorus will be seated with the audience so that anyone wishing to sing along may do so, as the conductor Jon Nakabayashi faces them at the appropriate times).
Advance reservations are recommended. Tickets are $27, $20 and $15; visit taconicopera.org or call 1-855-886-7372.
Battle of the Chefs
Three area chefs will compete for the top rank at the Founders Hall Battle of the Chefs on Sunday, June 5, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Founders Hall, the donor-supported education and recreation center for people age 60 and older in Ridgefield at 193 Danbury Road (Route 35).
Chefs Beck Bolender (One Twenty One, North Salem, N.Y.), Frank Bonnaudet (Sucré Salé, Ridgefield) and Jehan S. de Noüe (formerly Chez Noüe, Ridgefield, now JSN Catering and Albano Appliance, Pound Ridge) are this year’s participants. They will create appetizers to be sampled by the guests; there will be an open bar throughout. To taste the chefs’ entrees, guests may buy a seat at the tasting table (limited number available). The event will conclude with signature desserts from all three chefs.
Tickets are $100 for general viewing and $500 for the tasting table; for reservations and more information, visit founders-hall.org or by calling 203-431-7000.
Focus Under Forty
The Rowayton Arts Center will present emerging artists ages 18-39 in Focus Under Forty opening Sunday, June 5, with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. The show will remain on view through June 26 and includes paintings, sculptures and installations.
The arts center is at 145 Rowayton Avenue in Rowayton; gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5, and Sunday, 1 to 4. For more information, visit rowaytonartscenter.org.
Orchestra New England’s annual Silent Movie Family Matinee will take place Sunday, June 5, at 4 at the Mainstage Theater of the Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School, 177 College Street in New Haven. A free popcorn reception will follow the concert.
Maestro Jim Sinclair will conduct accompaniment to Charlie Chaplin’s The Count (1916) and D.W. Griffith’s The Musketeers of Pig Alley (1912). Tickets are $35, $20, and $5; for reservations, visit orchestranewengland.org or call 203-777-7774.
And coming up…
Norwalk historian Ralph Bloom will give a talk, From Warehouse to Landmark: A Personal Remembrance, on Wednesday, June 8, at 11 a.m. at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum in Norwalk, recounting the threat of demolition and the rebirth of the historic building. The current exhibitions at the museum are Demolish or Preserve: The 1960s at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion and The Stairs Below: The Mansion’s Domestic Servants, 1868-1938, Part II. For more information or for reservations (by June 3), email email@example.com or call 203-838-9799 x4.
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Visiting Nurse Services of Connecticut will have its 15th Annual Clambake fund-raiser to support services for in-need patients on Thursday, June 9, at Costa Azzura Restaurant at 72 Broadway, Milford. The event will run from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and tickets are $90 per person; for tickets, call 203-366-3821.
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The Greenwich International Film Festival will open Thursday, June 9, and run through June 12 at several venues, with centerpiece films Rob Burnett’s The Fundamentals of Caring, Sophie Goodhart’s My Blind Brother, and Kim Snyder’s Newtown. For tickets and more information, visit greenwichfilm.org.