Festivals galore this weekend
Million Dollar Quartet
The Shubert Theatre in New Haven will present the national tour of Million Dollar Quartet June 11-14, featuring the music of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. Set in 1956, the show recreates a studio session that was organized by Sam Phillips at the Sun Records studio in Memphis.
Tickets are $15 to $100, available online at shubert.com or by calling 203-562-5666. The theater is at 247 College Street.
The Milford Chamber of Commerce’s summer concert series, Summer Nights by Harbor Lights, launches Friday, June 12, with the Milford Concert Band. All Friday evening concerts through Aug. 7 (no concert July 3) at 7, the series takes place at the Fowler Field Rotary Pavilion in Milford. Bring chairs or a blanket for seating.
Festival of Arts & Ideas
The International Festival of Arts & Ideas opens Friday, June 12, and runs through Saturday, June 27, with performances, lectures and conversations throughout New Haven. More than 80% of events are free.
The season brochure and highlights are available online at artidea.org. Among the featured events are performances by the Mark Morris Dance Group, Taylor Mac, Machine de Cirque, Darlene Love, and Lucinda Williams. Family day on the New Haven Green is Sunday, June 14, all day.
Musicals at Richter
Connecticut’s longest-running outdoor theater, Musicals at Richter, will open its season with Once Upon A Mattress, directed and choreographed by Bradford Blake, on Friday, June 12, at 8:30. Shows are scheduled June 12-14, June 18-21, and June 25-27 and grounds open at 7:15 for picnicking.
Guests may bring their own chairs or blankets or rent them at the site; there is a snack and soft drink concession. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students and $10 for children younger than 10. On Thursdays, prices are reduced to $15, $10 and $5. For tickets and more information, visit musicalsatrichter.org
The Racing Life
Danbury’s Palace Theatre will host the Connecticut premiere of the documentary Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman, produced and directed by Adam Carolla. The screening will take place Friday, June 12, at 8; the film has a running time of 83 minutes. All tickets are $15.
For online purchases, visit thepalacedanbury.com or call the box office at 203-794-9944. The theater is at 165 Main Street; free parking is available behind the theater.
Open House Day
The Eleventh Annual Connecticut Open House Day, when more than 200 organizations and attractions throughout the state offer free admission, will be Saturday, June 13.
Among the participants, the Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfield will offer free admission as well as a 10% discount at its Nature Store. The center is at 2325 Burr Street and will be open 10 to 3; for more information, call 203-259-6305.
The Westport Historical Society’s 24th Hidden Garden Tour takes place Saturday, June 14, featuring seven gardens including one that is the only cut flower farm in Fairfield County. The properties range from ones planned and executed by landscape architects to those created over many years by owners experimenting with their properties.
On tour day there will be a Garden Market on the historical society lawn at 25 Avery Place from 10 to 4; the actual tour runs from 11 to 4 and is followed by a post-tour Garden Party at Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens, 7 Sylvan Lane, Westport, from 5 to 7:30. For ticket prices and combination rates, visit westporthistory.org or call 203-222-1424.
Steel & Wheels
The Danbury Railway Museum will host the Steel & Wheels Car Show to benefit the Women’s Center of Danbury on Saturday, June 13, from 9 to 3 (rain date June 14). Many classic and unusual cars are expected at the show.
General admission is $10 for people five years and older; that includes the car show, museum admission and train rides in the restored trainyard. The museum, in the restored 1903 Danbury Station, is at 120 White Street. For more information, visit danburyrail.org or call 203-778-8337.
Keeler Tavern Day
The Keeler Tavern Museum’s Family Day, Saturday, June 13, from 11 to 4, will be a free full day of history fun for families and all ages. The grounds and buildings will bustling with exhibits, demonstrations and hands-on experiences from colonial days to the Gilded Age.
Some of the tavern’s past residents and visiting celebrities, portrayed by actors in period costumes, will be strolling the grounds. Center Stage will have music and there will be a wandering minstrel. Children are invited to visit the petting zoo and all ages may participate in the cake contest (entry information on the website). Food and refreshments will be for sale at an on-site barbecue station. For more information, visit keelertavernmuseum.org or call 203-438-5485.
Sunday, June 14, is Georgetown Day: for the 13th year, the celebration will close down Main Street and bring thousands to the village at the intersection of Wilton, Redding and Weston. From noon to 6, there will be more than 90 street vendors, a chili cook-off, a fire truck display and a silent auction, in addition to 10 bands playing on two stages. Educational and non-profit groups from the area will have exhibits and there will be a new Curbside Veterinary Clinic.
Food will be abundant as well, with lobster rolls, corn on the cob, sausage and peppers, hot dogs, kettle corn and ice cream among the offerings.
Weir Farm’s shuttle bus will transport festival-goers on a loop from the Gilbert and Bennett Cultural Center to Caraluzzi’s on Route 7 and Meadow Ridge; parking will be available on Old Mill Road and at the Professional Center off Route 107, the Georgetown Bible Church and Caraluzzi’s. There will be directed parking on North Main Street and at the former Gilbert & Bennett wire mill property.
For more information, visit georgetownct.org.
Glass House party
Celebrating the imminent arrival of summer, the Glass House National Historic Site in New Canaan will have its Summer Party on Saturday, June 13, from noon to 4. For ticket availability, visit theglasshouse.org.
New train building
The Derby Historical Society will celebrate Connecticut Open House Day with the grand opening of its Train Building on Saturday, June 13, from noon to 4. The building houses a layout of “Derby Junction” circa 1918.
The building is at General David Humphrey’s House & Museum, 37 Elm Street, Ansonia; admission is free. Tours will be offered for a $5 donation. For more information, visit derbyhistorical.org.
Artist Suzanne Benton will present A Touch of Vermeer at a Connecticut Open House Day reception at her Ridgefield Studio, 22 Donnelly Drive, on June 13 from 1 to 4 p.m. A sculptor and multi-media artist, she requests that visitors RSVP to 203-438-4650. For more information about her work, visit suzannebentonartist.com.
Golf 4 Kids
As part of its new exhibit Fairfield’s Fairways: 120 Years of Golf, the Fairfield Museum and History Center has planned Golf 4 Kids: The Next 120 Years. Participants will tour the exhibit and then step onto the Historic Town Green to play golf, with the participation of First Tee of Connecticut.
The event is free; for information, visit fairfieldhistory.org or call 203-259-1598.
The Greenwich Ballet Academy’s 2015 Spring Graduation Gala will take place Saturday, June 13, with performances at 2 and 7 p.m. at the Massey theater in the Wallace Performing Arts Center of Greenwich Academy, 200 North Maple Avenue. The gala features pre-professional students performing a mix of divertissements during the Chopin concert. There will be silent auctions during the intermissions.
Tickets are $60 and $40, available on the website greenwichballetacademy.org.
For its 12th professional season the Summer Theatre of New Canaan has announced that it will present the Broadway hit, Legally Blonde the Musical, which will run from June 24 through Aug. 9 under STONC’s open air tent in Waveny Park.
Also on the schedule are three musicals for a young audience: Charlotte’s Web, June 13-Aug. 8; The Wizard of Oz, June 21-Aug. 9; and Cinderella, A Fairy’s Tale, July 3-Aug. 9. These musicals will be staged in rotation on weekends.
Legally Blonde, The Musical, will be presented Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 4. Tickets and more information on all the shows are available at the website stonc.org or call the box office 203-966-4634.
Thanks to a special National Endowment for the Humanities grant, Aquila Theatre will perform A Female Philoctetes, part of You|Stories: Ancient and Modern Narratives of War, at the John Jay Homestead in Katonah, N.Y., on Saturday, June 13, at 6. The free performance will begin at 6; refreshments will be provided.
Since space is limited, reservations are requested; call 914-232-8119.
Voices Café at the Unitarian Church in Westport will present Arthur Lipner & Brasilian Vibes on Saturday, June 13, at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7). The evening will include a live performance and the screening of the documentary Talking Sticks, filmed in Ghana, Mexico, Norway, Brazil, Iceland and the U.S.
Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door; children 12 and younger are admitted free. For reservations, visit voicescafe.org/buy-tickets/ or call 203-227-7205 x14. Seating is at cabaret-style tables.
The Monroe Street Rodders will co-sponsor a car show at Plasko’s Farm, 670 Daniels Farm Road in Trumbull, on Sunday, June 14, from 8 to 4. There will be street rods, hot rods, muscle cars, classic and customs from 1985 and earlier. Registration for cars at the gate will be $10.
Spectator admission is free. Horseback rides around the cornfield will be available from 11 to 2 for a fee. A portion of the profits from the show will benefit St. Vincent’s Swim Across the Sound. For more information, call 203-268-2716.
Milford’s annual Captain Kid Treasure Hunt Pirates Day will be Sunday, June 14, in downtown Milford. Captain Kidd and his crew will sale into Milford Harbor at high noon, arriving at Lisman Landing. Pirates will be available for photos and there will be music, pirate-themed activities, and more. Visitors are encouraged to come in pirate costume.
For more information, visit downtownmilfordct.org.
Ice Cream Social
The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum in Norwalk will celebrate the opening of its summer season with an Ice Cream Social in Mathews Park, at 295 West Avenue, on Sunday, June 14, from noon to 4. There will be family-friendly entertainment for children and adults, costumed interpreters, and ice cream, of course. Mini-tours of the mansion will be $5.
For more information, visit lockwoodmathewsmansion.com or call 203-838-9799.
It’s the 40th anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster Jaws and in honor of that, the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk has cleared the schedule for its six-story movie screen and will show Jaws at 1 on Sunday, June 14. Advance ticket purchase is suggested: visit maritimeaquarium.org or call 203-852-0700 x2206.
Christ Church in Redding will present a special Jazz Vespers featuring the John Holden Quintet on Sunday, June 14, at 7 p.m. The church is at the intersection of Black Rock Turnpike (Route 58) and Cross Highway in Redding Ridge. For more information, visit christchurchredding.org or call 203-938-2872.
And coming up...
The 27th Annual Greater Bridgeport Good Scout Breakfast, a fund-raiser for the Connecticut Yankee Council, Boy Scouts of America, will take place Wednesday, June 17, at 7:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Bridgeport. For information, visit ctyankee.org/bridgeport.
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Ed Asner will be at the Ridgefield Playhouse next Wednesday, June 17, for a screening of Let Go, a feature film by Brian Jett that stars Asner, Kevin Hart, David Denman and Gillian Jacobs. The comedy follows the intertwining stories of a parole officer and three ex-convicts. The Lost and Found Film Society at the Ridgefield Playhouse is presenting the screening, which will begin at 7:30; Asner and Jett will take questions afterwards. Ira Joe Fisher will host. For tickets, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.