Horror, Rocky Horror, Frankensax, etc.
The Ridgefield Playhouse at 80 East Ridge will screen John Carpenter’s 1978 classic horror film, Halloween, on Thursday evening, Oct. 29, at 7:30. The film includes a new introduction by the director. Tickets are $15 and may be reserved at the box office, 203-438-5795.
Curtain Call in Stamford will bring Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit to the recently renovated Dressing Room Theatre in the Sterling Farms Theatre Complex at 1349 Newfield Avenue. The show opens Thursday, Oct. 29, and runs through Nov. 15, with performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2.
Tickets are $32 for adults, $24 for senior citizens and $16 for students and children. All seats are $22 on “Thrifty Thursdays.” For reservations, visit curtaincallincl.com or call 203-461-6358.
The historic Palace Theatre at 165 Main Street in Danbury will enter a time warp this weekend, showing The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30 and 31, at 8. The film, a musical parody of B-movies, science fiction and horror films, has become an interactive experience. Audience members come in costume and are expected to throw props and be ready to yell back lines of dialogue.
Tickets are $15 and prop packages may be ordered at a cost of $5; visit thepalacedanbury.com or call 203-794-9944.
The Town Players of Newtown will end their 80th season with George Batson’s Design for Murder, opening Friday, Oct. 30, at the Little Theatre on Orchard Hill Road in Newtown. The murder mystery has been called “a swell chiller,” which Detective Carlin (Ron Malyszka) attempts to solve. Other cast members include Laurel Lettieri, John Stevan, Bryn Berg, Michele Leigh, April Lichtman, Elaine Reidy, Stephen Ross and Nicole Yates.
Tickets are $22, $18 for matinees, and $10 for children 10 and younger for all performances. For reservations, visit newtownplayers.org or call 203-270-9144.
ARC Stages in Pleasantville, N.Y., will present the comedy-horror musical Little Shop of Horrors, with book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken, opening Friday, Oct. 30.
Performances will take place at 8 on Friday and Saturday and at 2 and 7 on Sunday through Nov. 8 at ARC Stages, 147 Wheeler Avenue in Pleasantville. Tickets are $28, available at arcstages.org or by calling 914-747-6206.
An evening of jazz, featuring Frankensax, Andrew Beals conducting; the WCSU Jazz Ensemble, Jimmy Greene conducting; and the WCSU Jazz Orchestra, Jamie Begian, conducting; will take place Friday, Oct. 30, at 8 at the Performing Arts Center at Western Connecticut State University’s Westside campus, 43 Lake Avenue Extension, Danbury. Tickets are $5; for information, visit wcsu.edu/svpa/events.asp.
The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk will be the “Aqua-Scarium” on Saturday, Oct. 31. Every child aged 3 to 12 who visits in costume will get free admission if accompanied by a paying adult (one free admission per adult). As a special bonus, guests may meet and pose for photos with the officially licensed Marvel Comics superhero Spider-Man. Spider-Man will be on hand between 11 and 3.
Throughout the day, children may trick-or-treat throughout the galleries (while supplies last) and take part in family crafts and other activities. There will even be an opportunity to add a bit more decoration, with free face-painting by Wells Noonan of Face-Painting by Wells from 11 to 3. Roaming swashbucklers will join in battles (staged by Way of the Sword of Ridgefield) between 1 and 3.
For more details, visit maritimeaquarium.org or call 203-852-0700.
A new exhibit at the Keeler Tavern Museum Carriage Barn in Ridgefield will feature the work of five artists: Michele Gage, Nancy Woodward, Rick Rodamar, Cecilia Fradet and Sally Aldrich. The show, Five Elements, will open with a reception this evening Thursday, Oct. 29, 6-9 p.m. and running through Nov. 8, 11 to 4 on weekdays and until 5 on weekends. A portion of sales go towards the restoration of the historic Carriage Barn, which was designed and built by renowned architect Cass Gilbert in 1910.
Crafts at Purchase
The holiday craft show season is getting underway: Crafts at Purchase, to benefit the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, will take place Saturday, Oct. 31, from 10 to 6 and Sunday, Nov. 1, from 10 to 5, on the stage and in the lobbies of the Performing Arts Center. Some 100 artists will be exhibiting their works in ceramics, glass, metal, painting, photography, wood, and mixed media, as well as jewelry, clothing and accessories, wood and home decor pieces.
Admission is $10, $9 for seniors and free for children under 15. For more information, visit artrider.com or call 845-331-7900.
Stepping Stones Museum for Children at Mathews Park off West Avenue in Norwalk will have its annual Monster Mash on Saturday, Oct. 31, from 10 to 5. Children are invited to come in costume and enjoy games, face-painting, and a treasure hunt.
The event is free with museum admission; there will be a $3 materials fee for select activities.
Danish sculptor Bjorn Okholm Skaarup’s first American museum exhibition will open on Oct. 31 at the Bruce Museum, One Museum Drive, Greenwich. The sculpture exhibit presents a contemporary bestiary — or classical book of animals — in bronze. Each of the 20 sculptures offers a whimsical story or allegory to decipher, inspired by ancient fables, art history or modern animation. The title is taken from the suite by French composer Camille Saint-Saëns, Le carnaval des animaux.
The exhibit continues through Jan. 3, featuring both indoor and outdoor sculptures cast in large-scale bronze.
The museum is open from 10 to 5 Tuesday through Sunday; admission is $7 for adults, $6 for students up to 22 years, $6 for seniors, and free for members and children less than five years. For more information, visit brucemuseum.org or call 203-869-0376.
Storyteller Marty Bishop will share spooky stories about haunted happenings in Connecticut on Saturday, Oct. 31, at 1 in the Adrian Lamb Room, New Canaan Library, 151 Main Street. (“Connecticut has been called one of the most haunted states in the U.S.,” she has said.) The stories will be scary and are not recommended for children under the age of eight.
Advance registration is requested; visit newcanaanlibrary.org.
CityCenter Danbury invites youngsters in costume to come to Halloween on the Green at Ives Street on Saturday, Oct. 31, from 2 to 4 p.m. Goodie bags will be given to the first 500 costumed children and there will be prizes for a variety of categories, to be awarded after a 3;30 p.m. parade around the downtown. There will be entertainment on the green including a visit by the Tooth Fairy, a “Guess the Weight and Win a Pumpkin” contest, a free photo booth and lots of other games and activities.
Parking is available in the Patriot Garage, next to the Green; Level 5 of the garage will be used as a rain location if necessary. For more information, visit citycenterdanbury.com or call 203-792-1711.
Innovation in Design
Alexander Isley, creative director for the design and communications firm Alexander Isley Inc Designers, will give an ARTalk at the Ridgefield Library on Sunday, Nov. 1, at 2 p.m., discussing innovation and inspiration in design and how he approaches the design process.
He’ll show case studies and examples of things and people that have inspired his work.
To register and for more information, visit ridgefieldlibrary.org or call 203-438-2282.
A fully restored version of the movie Oklahoma!, with an extended pre-show featurette featuring Kristin Chenoweth, will be screened at the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge, on Sunday, Nov. 1, at 2 and 7 p.m. It stars Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones, Rod Steiger and Eddie Albert.
The high definition version of the Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II musical is in limited re-release, through a partnership between BY Experience an Rodgers & Hammerstein, An Imagen Company.
Tickets are $15; for reservations, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.
The Wednesday Afternoon Musical Club will open its 117th season with a free concert on Sunday, Nov. 1, at 3 at Fairfield Grace United Methodist Church, 1089 Fairfield Woods Road, Fairfield. Performers will include Joanne Kant, Tom Zimmerman, Emily Ramsey, Alicia Kronick and Louise McCarmack. The program includes solo and duo piano works as well as vocal music.
For more information, visit 203-261-9160.
Jen Durkin and the Business will play music from gospel to funk to world music on Sunday, Nov. 1, at 3 at the Westport Arts Center, 51 Riverside Drive. Jen “Pipes” Durkin includes versions of Bessie Smith and Janis Joplin songs in her repertoire with the Business; she was previously part of the funk band Deep Banana Blackout.
Tickets are $30, $10 for students; for reservtions visit westportartscenter.org or call 203-222-7070.
The Danbury Concert Chorus will open its 80th season with a program titled Songs of Our Earth at the Western Connecticut State University’s Visual and Performing Arts Center on Sunday, Nov. 1, at 3. The concert will feature short choral works by composers including Edward Elgar and Samuel Barber, accompanied by pianist Max Vladimiroff. He will be joined by a string quartet and guitar for Lake of Innisfree, a new piece by Ola Gjeilo.
The concert is free. The arts center is on the Westside Campus, 43 Lake Avenue Extension in Danbury; for more information, visit danburymusiccentre.org.
Wine, WOS & Music, An Autumnal Soirée, will take place on Sunday, Nov. 1, at 3:30 p.m. at the Parish Hall of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 382 Cantitoe Street, Bedford, N.Y. The Westchester Oratorio Society event will feature a performance by cellist Chloe Perret Carrozza, accompanied by pianist Mi-Won Kim Goldsmith, who will play Beethoven’s Cello Sonata Op. 5 No. 2 and Schumann’s Fantasy Pieces.
Wines will be available for tasting at 3:30, courtesy of Suburban Wines of Yorktown, accompanied by appetizers prepared by the members of the Westchester Oratorio Society. The concert will begin at 5 and coffee will be served following the concert. Tickets are $40 per person, with advance purchase recommended. Visit westchesteroratorio.org.
The Friends of John Jay Homestead in Katonah, N.Y., will present Joseph J. Ellis in the Founders Lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 3. He will discuss his new book, The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution 1783-1789, which focuses on George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay and their efforts to design and implement a strong national government. Lecture tickets are $75 for non-members (includes a basic Friends membership). The program will begin with a wine and cheese reception at 6, with the talk at 7. For information, to reserve tickets or books, call 914-232-8119 or visit johnjayhomestead.org.
Reservations are due Nov. 3 for the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum’s annual Victorian Tea on Sunday, Nov. 8, at 2, which will feature a talk by Kate Manning, author of My Notorious Life. Tickets for the tea are $45; email to email@example.com or call 203-838-9799 x4.