Oyster Fest in Milford, Arts in SoNo, Festival Cubano in Ridgefield
Little America is the new album that rock band Red Wanting Blue will be playing in support of on Saturday, Aug. 15, at 7:30 at Fairfield Theatre Company StageOne, 70 Sanford Street; fairfieldtheatre.org or 203-259-1036.
Give It A Rest
In cooperation with the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, which is featuring an exhibit on Sloth this summer, the Ridgefield Library will present Give It A Rest: Survey of the Literary Portrayal of Sloth. Mark Schenker, dean of academic affairs at Yale College, will be the speaker on Thursday evening, Aug. 13, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
He plans to touch on examples from texts ranging from Homer’s epics to Hamlet, from Melville’s Bartleby (1853) to Beckett’s Waiting for Godot (1953) and O’Tooles A Confederacy of Dunces (1980).
The free program will take place at the Aldrich Museum, 258 Main Street, Ridgefield; for information, visit aldrichart.org or call 203-438-4519.
The Temple Players, based in Trumbull, will perform a staged reading of Tribal Humor 9: To Life on Thursday, Aug. 13, and Sunday, Aug. 16, at 7:30 at Congregation B’nai Torah, 5700 Main St., Trumbull.
The festival of four original one-act comedies celebrates life milestones in honor of chai, the Hebrew lucky number 18 that refers to life. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. For more information and reservations, call 203-268-6940 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Milford Oyster Fest
The Gin Blossoms, Fastball and The Rembrandts will be featured acts on the main stage at the Milford Oyster Fest on Saturday, Aug. 15. The headliner act, Jimmy and The Parrots, will perform on Oyster Eve (Friday, Aug. 14) at the Lisman Landing Harbor Stage and again on Saturday.
The festival hours on Saturday are 10 to 6; Oyster Eve runs from 6 to 10 p.m. In addition to music and oysters, the event includes premium beer and wine and other food; multiple stages, including one for children’s acts; a car show and Armory Square Big Toys; 200 arts and crafts vendors on the green; amusement rides and more.
For complete information, visit milfordoysterfestival.com.
The Little River Band from Australia will perform at the Levitt Pavilion in Westport on Friday, Aug. 14, at 8 p.m. in a ticketed fund-raising event.
The pavilion is at 40 Jesup Road, alongside the Saugatuck River near the Westport Library. Tickets for Little River Band are $45; for information, visit levittpavilion.com or call 203-226-7600.
First Responders Day
The Danbury Railway Museum at 120 White Street will honor first responders and their families with free Railyard Local train rides on Saturday, Aug. 15 (ID required). The museum is open from 10 to 5 and the rides will depart for a turn through the historic railyard hourly from 10:30 to 3:30. For more information, visit danburyrail.org or call 203-778-8337.
Some 150 artists and artisans will have booths on South Main and Washington streets in South Norwalk this weekend as part of the SoNo Arts Celebration on Saturday, Aug. 15, 10 to 6, and Sunday, Aug. 16, 10 to 5.
In addition to the artists there will be a variety of performers, food vendors and activities for children, including puppet designing Saturday in preparation for the traditional puppet parade on Sunday. For more information, visit sonoarts.org.
A green day
The Ridgefield Playhouse will present its annual community thank-you, a free performance of Shakespeare on the Green and a Green Expo on Saturday, Aug. 15. The fair will run from noon to 4 and Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival will stage The Tempest at 2 under a tent for a seated audience.
The Green Expo will include food and product samples and demonstrations of items for home and workplace. Tickets for both events are free but must be reserved ahead by calling 203-438-5795 (limit five per family).
Ives Concert Park in Danbury will present the Danbury Fields Forever Beatles Music Festival on Saturday, Aug. 15, opening at noon. It’s a one-day art, food and music festival with live music, exhibits, Beatles memorabilia dealers and vendors offering food, beverages, art and more.
Tickets start at $25 (plus fee); the Ives Concert Park is on the Westside Campus of Western Connecticut State University, 43 Lake Avenue Extension. For tickets, visit fab4musicfestival.com.
Rock ‘N’ Roll Dueling Pianos, a benefit for survivors of brain and spinal cord injuries will take place at Marisa’s Ristorante, 6540 Main Street, Trumbull, on Saturday, Aug. 15, from 6 to 10 p.m. The dinner show includes a buffet, with entertainment starting at 7; tickets are $55.
For information and tickets, call 203-459-4225. The net proceeds of the show benefit Moving with Hope of Shelton.
The Ridgefield Playhouse’s tent will stay up Saturday evening on the field next to the theater for Festival Cubano, featuring music by Chuchito Valdés and his Latin Quartet as well as Cuban food tastings, specialty rum cocktails and more, starting at 5:30 p.m. There will also be an exhibit of works by Cuban artists from the collection of Terri and Steven Certilman of Greenwich and recent photographs from Cuba by Bonnie Edelman.
Festival tickets are $35; for reservations visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.
Red Wanting Blue
With a new album nearing release, the rock band Red Wanting Blue will appear at the Fairfield Theatre Company’s StageOne on Saturday, Aug. 15, at 7:30 p.m. Led by singer/songwriter Scott Terry, the new collection, Little America, is a celebration of community spirit that the band had experienced in two years of touring.
Tickets are $20 in advance; visit fairfieldtheatre.org or call 203-259-1036.
Jazz-funk jam band
Galactic, which has helped shape the evolution of New Orleans-style funk, will perform at the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge, on Sunday, Aug. 16, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $38 and may be reserved at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.
And coming up...
The entry deadline for the New Canaan Society for the Arts Members’ Show for works in all media is Thursday, Aug. 20. The show will open Sept. 19 and run through Oct. 24 at the Carriage Barn Arts Center, Waveny Park. The prospectus is at the gallery’s website at carriagebarn.org or call 203-972-1895.
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Elm Shakespeare Company’s outdoor performances of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night will take place Aug. 20-23, 25-30 and Sept. 1-6 at 8 p.m. at Edgerton Park, 75 Cliff Street, New Haven. Admission is by donation. For more information, visit elmshakespeare.org or call 203-874-0801.