Duo-banjos; festivals galore!
Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, renowned banjo players who have performed together informally since they met, are now also husband and wife and parents of a little boy. And for the first time, they are touring as a duo; they’ll be at the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge, on Friday, Oct. 9, at 8.
Tickets are $55; for reservations, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.
The Westport Country Playhouse this week opened a production of Arthur Miller’s drama, Broken Glass. The play, set at the time of Kristallnacht (The Night of Broken Glass) in Nazi Germany (Nov. 9-10, 1938), centers on a Brooklyn Jewish couple whose marriage begins to shatter.
Playhouse artistic director Mark Lamos directs the play, which runs through Oct. 24. For tickets and more information, visit westportplayhouse.org or call 203-227-4177.
Influenced by graphics
The Metropolis and the Intricate Grid, an exhibit of paintings by Carole Curtis and paper art by Gregg Welz, opens today, Oct. 8, at the New Canaan Library, 151 Main Street. There will be an opening reception this evening, Thursday, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Though working in different media, the artists both reflect their shared background in graphic design in their practice. The exhibit runs through Nov. 15; for more information, visit newcanaanlibrary.org or call 203-594-5076.
Grace Farms opening
A two-day public celebration of Grace Farms in New Canaan will take place Friday and Saturday, Oct. 9-10. The new center for nature, arts, community, justice and faith incorporates an 83,000-square-foot multi-use building and covered walkways called the River, designed by the Pritzker Prize-winning architecture studio SANAA. It was planned to blend almost transparently into surrounding woodlands, wetlands and meadows.
On Friday, Oct. 9, at 5:30, the inaugural celebration will kick off with artists, performers, speakers, and non-profit partners. Site-specific works by artists Thomas Demand, Teresita Fernandez and Susan Philippsz as well as a textile piece created by Olafur Eliasson will be unveiled. The Paul Taylor Dance Company, New Chamber Ballet and Broadway Inspirational Voices will perform as well as the Anne Boccato Ensemble and the Jake Goldbas Ensemble. A benefit concert in support of Grace Farms’ justice program will feature singer/songwriter Aloe Blacc on Friday at 8.
On Saturday, visitors will be welcomed to explore the site on Community Day. Family-friendly events include a cookout, performances, a children’s book drive, a collaborative concert and screenings of Don’t Foil My Plans, a film by Ben Stamper about growing up with autism.
Grace Community Church, a nondenominational church, has permanent space at Grace Farms and will host a food drive on Saturday and begin weekly services on Sunday.
For the complete schedule and ticket information, visit gracefarms.org or email email@example.com or call 203-920-1709.
The Westport Historical Society will host an old-time hootenanny on Friday, Oct. 9, with folk and contemporary music by Suzanne Sheridan and Paul Horton, with Nancy Burger, Tim Wilson and Bill Lauf. The evening will include food and drink and audience members will be welcome to sing along.
“It’s A Hoot” will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the historical society, 25 Avery Place, across from Town Hall. There is a $20 donation and reservations are required; call 203-222-1424.
Bruce Arts Festival
The Bruce Museum’s 34th annual Outdoor Arts Festival will take place Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10-11, from 10 to 5 on the museum grounds at One Museum Drive, Greenwich. More than 90 artists from across the country are expected to participate in the juried show. All works will be for sale.
Live music, a variety of food offerings and children’s art activities make the festival a family event; admission is $8 and includes entry to the museum galleries. For more information, visit brucemuseum.org or call 203-869-0376.
Pumpkin Patch Train
The Danbury Railway Museum’s Pumpkin Patch opens this weekend and the family event will continue for three weekends (Oct. 10-25) on Saturdays from 10 to 4 and Sundays from noon to 4.
The Pumpkin Patch Train will travel through the historic railyard to the special pumpkin patch where each child may select a pumpkin. The museum will also be open to visitors and there will be free activities and refreshments. Children are encouraged to come in costume. Tickets are $10 for all age two and older; no reservations are required. For more information, visit danburyrail.org or call 203-778-8337.
The Downtown Cabaret Theatre Children’s Theatre in Bridgeport will open its 2015-16 season with the musical Sleepy Hollow, playing weekends Oct. 10-Nov. 1. Also on the schedule are: A Christmas Carol, Nov. 14-Dec. 27, Jungle Book, Jan. 9-Feb. 14, James and the Giant Peach, Feb. 27-April 3, and The Princess and the Pea, April 16-May 22.
Shows run about 75-80 minutes, with a 10-minute intermission. The theater is at 263 Golden Hill Street; visit mycabaret.org or call 203-576-1636.
The Painted Narrative
The Sculpture Barn at David Boyajian’s Sculpture Studio in New Fairfield will present an exhibit The Painted Narrative, featuring paintings by Kate Winn of Portland, Maine, Oct. 10-Dec. 31. Sculpture by Boyajian will be on display on the studio grounds.
The Sculpture Barn will be open Columbus Day weekend, Oct. 10-12, noon to 6 and thereafter regular gallery hours Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, noon to 6. An opening reception will take place Saturday, Oct. 24, 2:30-6 p.m. The studio is at 3 Milltown Road; for more information, visit davidboyajian.com or call 203-746-6101.
Brew at the Zoo
The Beardsley Zoo fund-raiser, Brew at the Zoo, will take place Saturday, Oct. 10, from 3 to 7 p.m., with craft beers, live music, food trucks and a silent auction. Attendees will get a preview of the Howl-O-Ween event’s Haunted Hayride, Ghastly Greenhouse and Farmer Beardsley Farmstead (Howl-O-Ween runs Oct. 17, 23, 24, 30 and 31).
Tickets are $40; for more information, visit beardsleyzoo.org or call 203-394-6569. The zoo is at 1875 Noble Avenue in Bridgeport.
The Walkabout Clearwater Coffeehouse series opens its 28th season on Saturday, Oct. 10, with the trio Modern Man (David Buskin, Rob Carlson and George Wurzbach). Doors at the Memorial United Methodist Church, 250 Bryant Avenue, White Plains, N.Y., will open at 6:30; an informal sing-along will take place at 6:45 and the show starts at 7:30. Tickets are $18 in advance online at brownpapertickets.com or $223 at the door. For information, call 914-946-1625.
Smokey Robinson will star at the Ridgefield Playhouse’s 15th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, Oct. 10. Tickets for Smokey Robinson “Up Close and Personal” are $250 and include a gala reception starting at 5:30 p.m., with small bites from area restaurants, a tasting of Palm beer, open bar and silent auction. The live auction will take place at 8, followed by the performance.
For more information, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.
Voices Café at the Unitarian Church in Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Road, will present country-folk artist Pierce Pettis on Saturday, Oct. 10, at 8; doors open at 7:30.
Tickets are $20 in advance/$25 at the door. For reservations, visit voicescafe.org/buy-tickets or call 203-227-7205 x14.
The Greenwich Historical Society’s Fall Festival on Oct. 11 will celebrate the town’s 375th anniversary with a focus on its early history. Re-enactors from the Fifth Connecticut Regiment will demonstrate camp life at the time of the American revolution. Guests may take a hayride along historic Strickland Road or enjoy a family-friendly tour of Bush-Holley House. The exhibit Greenwich Choices: 50 Objects That Illustrate Our History will be on view.
The Bounty Food Truck will be onsite with refreshments and there will be a scarecrow-making competition (advance registration required). Festival hours are 12:30 to 3:30; admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children, maximum $25 for family admission. The Bush-Holley Historic Site is at 39 Strickland Road in Cos Cob. For more information, visit greenwichhistory.org or call 203-869-6899 x10.
Classic car cruise
The Whitewalls car Club of Connecticut and Piedmont Club Fall Classic Car Cruise will take place Sunday, Oct. 11, from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Piedmont Club, 152 Hecker Avenue, Darien. The cruise is open to all pre-1990 cars and motorcycles and classic or collectible cars of any year; public parking is nearby the club.
The club will have hot dogs and burgers with music by DJ Little Jimmie and the lounge and bar will be open. For more information, call 203-655-7884 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The War Reporter
NBC News special correspondent Martin Fletcher will talk about his new book, The War Reporter: A Novel, published by Thomas Dunne Books, on Sunday, Oct. 11, at 3 at the United Jewish Federation in Stamford, 1035 Newfield Avenue. Based on real experience and events, it’s set in Bosnia and Serbia when Ratko Mladic held power. For information, call 203-321-1373.
Three young jazz musicians will perform at Richter House, 100 Aunt Hack Road, Danbury, on Sunday, Oct. 11, at 3. The musicians are Greg LaPine, saxophone, Jeff Guzinski, bass, and Kris Ervin, piano.
Admission is by freewill donation; for more information, visit danbury.org/richter or call 203-730-8479.
The New Haven Symphony Orchestra, led by principal pops conductor Chelsea Tipton, will perform the music of Cat Stevens, Joni Mitchell, Carole King, James Taylor, Fleetwood Mac and more on Sunday, Oct. 11, at 3 at the Shelton Intermediate School, 675 Constitution Boulevard North.
Vocalists Jayne Kelli an AJ Sweringen will be featured. For tickets and more information, visit newhavensymphony.org or call 203-865-0831 x20.
And coming up...
The Connecticut Ceramics Study Circle will present Heirloom of the Artist: Rethinking Whistler’s Peacock Room, a lecture by Lee Glazer, on Monday, Oct. 12, at 1:15 p.m. at the Bruce Museum, One Museum Drive, Greenwich. Glazer is associate curator of American art at the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Admission is $25; space is limited. For reservations, email email@example.com.
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The national tour of The Book of Mormon will visit New Haven’s Shubert Theatre Oct. 13-18, with shows Tuesday-Thursday at 7:30, Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8, and Sunday at 1 and 6:30. Tickets are on sale at shubert.com or by calling 203-562-5666.
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Lenticular Views: Journeys through Time, Space and Emotions, a new exhibit by Westport artist Miggs Burroughs, will open Oct. 14 at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum in Norwalk on Oct. 14. There will be a fundraising reception on Thursday, Oct. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m.; tickets are 20, with reservations due Oct. 16. Also opening Oct. 14 is The Stairs Below: The Mansion’s Domestic Servants, 1868-1938, which will be on view through Oct. 30, 2016. For more information, visit lockwoodmathewsmansion.com or call 203-838-9799.
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Tim Gunn, Emmy-winning co-host of Lifetime’s Project Runway, will be the featured speaker at the first Open VISIONS Forum of the 25th anniversary season on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 8. Tickets are $45; for reservations, visit quickcenter.com or call 1-877-ARTS-396.
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Holly Hurd of Darien will sign copies of her new book, VentureMom: From Idea to Income in Just 12 Weeks on Thursday, Oct. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Barrett Bookstore, 314 Heights Road, Darien. For more information and to register, visit barrettbookstore.com.
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Professor Jodi Magness of the University of North Carolina will talk about New Discoveries in the Ancient Synagogue at Huqoq in Israel’s Galilee on Thursday, Oct. 15, at 8 at the Bruce Museum, One Museum Drive, Greenwich. The program is sponsored by Archaeological Associates of Greenwich and admission is $15 to the public. For more information, call 203-661-4654.