Plays for all ages
Superstar in Stamford
Curtain Call Inc. at the Kweskin Theatre, 1349 Newfield Avenue, is presenting the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar weekends through May 2, starring Christian Cardozo of Bridgeport. For tickets, visit curtaincallinc.com or call 203-461-6358.
The McKinley Elementary School Carnival will open Friday, April 24, at Jennings Beach in Fairfield and will run through Sunday, April 26. Rides and games and food (from Fairfield’s own restaurant, Chilibomb) will be available throughout; hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 203-581-1881.
Pantochino Productions Inc. will open its new musical panto Cinderella Italiano! on Friday, April 24, at the Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Avenue South. The family production, performed in high-energy panto style, will run weekends through May 9.
Shows are scheduled Friday, April 24, at 7:30, Saturday, April 25, at 2 and 5:30, Sunday, April 26, at 2, Friday, May 1, at 7:30, Sunday, May 3, at 2, and Saturday, May 9, at 2 and 5:30. All seats are $18 online, $20 at the door if available. For information, visit pantochino.com.
The Ridgefield Theater Barn invites people to come to the barn and enjoy live music and talented performers, and maybe sing a song onstage this weekend. The annual Piano Bar...n will take place Friday, April 24, and Saturday, April 25, at 8 and tickets are $25.
Doors open an hour before curtain and there is cabaret seating, so people are invited to bring food and drink to enjoy before the show. For reservations, visit ridgefieldtheaterbarn.org.
A Living Documentary
Cynthia Hopkins will bring her one-woman show A Living Documentary to the Schoolhouse Theater in Croton Falls, N.Y., for a limited three-weekend run April 24-May 10. The show is a comedic take on the often risky adventure of earning a living as a professional theater artists in the 21st century. She plays both herself and a cast of characters.
This is an adult show with strong language and nudity. Performances are Fridays at 8, Saturdays at 3 and 8, and Sundays at 3; tickets are $38, $35 for seniors, and $20 for students. The theater is at 3 Owens Road; for reservations, visit schoolhousetheater.org or call 914-277-8477.
The Town Players of Newtown will open their 80th anniversary season with Lanford Wilson’s Fifth of July on Friday, April 24, at 8 at the Little Theatre on Orchard Hill Road in Newtown. Performances will be at 8 on Fridays and Saturdays through May 16 and at 2 on Sundays, April 26 and May 3.
Tickets are $22 and $18 for matinees; for reservations, visit newtownplayers.org or call 203-270-9144.
The Town Players of New Canaan will stage the musical spoof Olympus on My Mind for three weekends beginning Friday, April 24. Shows are at 8 on Fridays and Saturdays through May 9 and at 2:30 on Sundays, April 26 and May 3.
Directed by Tom Butterworth, the show is a physical comedy that includes mistaken identities, tap dancing, a high-energy gospel song as well as ballads. Tickets are $25, $20 for seniors and students.
Performances take place at the Powerhouse Theatre in Waveny Park. For reservations, visit tpnc.org or call 203-966-7371.
Gigantic book sale
The Wilton Library’s annual Gigantic Book Sale will open to early buyers on Saturday, April 25, from 7 to 9 a.m.; admission is $15. From then on, admission is free: Saturday, 9 to 5, Sunday, noon to 5, Monday, 10 to 5 (half-price), and Tuesday, 10 to 2 ($5/bag). There will be a silent auction on Saturday and Sunday.
More than 70,000 items sorted into more that 50 categories; sales benefit the library, site of the sale at 137 Old Ridgefield Road. For more information, visit wiltonlibrary.org or call 203-762-3950.
Home for home items
Off the Streets of Bridgeport, Fairfield & Trumbull, which works to help homeless people find places to live, also tries to fulfill needs for basic furnishings and household goods. This Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the organization will be accepting donations of clean and in good condition small kitchen tables and chairs, dressers, floor lamps, pots and pans, flatware and linens.
For a complete list of items accepted and more information, visit offthestreetsnow.com/bft.
The New Canaan Farmers Market is re-opening for the season on Saturday, April 25, and will be open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Nov. 21 at the Old Center School parking lot, at the corner of South Avenue, Maple Street and Main Street. Spring greens and lettuces, fresh basil, baked goods, eggs, cheeses and other dairy, beef and pork products and perennials are among the items vendors will have for sale. The market goes on rain or shine; for information, visit newcanaanfarmersmarket.net.
One World... One Breath
A celebration of World T’ai Chi and Qigong Day will take place Saturday, April 25, from 10 to 1 at the Milford Green on Broad Street, Milford. More than 70 nations and all 50 United States are hosting events at 10 a.m. local time, celebrating One World... One Breath. The event is free and all ages are welcome; veterans are particularly invited and sales of t-shirts will benefit the Fisher House Foundation.
In case of bad weather, the event will be in Trinity Lutheran Church at 21 Robert Treat Boulevard, Milford. For more information, call 203-843-1595.
Spring Artisan Show
The Keeler Tavern Museum in Ridgefield will host its second Spring Artisan Show on Saturday, April 25, from 11 to 5 and Sunday, April 26, from 11 to 4 in the museum’s Carriage Barn and Garden House as well as a heated tent. Sixteen exhibitors will show everything from jewelry to redware. The craftsmen come from New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
There will be an Early Bird Breakfast on Saturday from 8 to 11; cost is $25 and includes show admission for both days. General admission is $10 per person ($8 with an ad or postcard). The museum is at 132 Main Street; for more information, visit keelertavernmuseum.org or call 203-431-0815.
The Darien Arts Center’s dance students and members of the center’s performance company will present Fiona Moves to Asia, a new original children’s ballet, on Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26, at noon and 2:30. Performances will take place in the Weatherstone Studio at 2 Renshaw Road, behind Darien Town Hall.
Tickets are $10 for the one-hour show and will be available at the door or in advance by calling 203-655-8683.
Peter Gros of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom will do two shows with some of his exotic animals at the Ridgefield Playhouse on Saturday, April 25, at 5 and 7:30 p.m. He’ll talk about his work and travel and highlight his many adventures with video clips and share some blooper outtakes.
The show is recommended for ages four and up; tickets are $25. For reservations and information, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795. Before the show, there will be a lobby exhibit of wildlife art by Betsey Fowler of New Canaan, to benefit the New Canaan Land Trust.
Black Swan, White Swan
The New England Ballet Company will present its spring production, Black Swan, White Swan; The Birds of Ballet, on Saturday, April 25, at 7 p.m. at the Klein Memorial Auditorium, 910 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport. A featured performer will be Gianna Forte, 16, of Easton, playing both Odette in Act II of Swan Lake and the lead in Stravinsky’s Firebird.
For ticket information, visit newenglandballet.org.
Pianist Hélène Grimaud will perform Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Stamford Symphony Orchestra in concerts on Saturday, April 25, at 8, and Sunday, April 26, at 3 at Stamford’s Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic Street. Special benefit tickets to these concerts will support the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, N.Y., which Grimaud founded.
Also on the program are C.P.E. Bach’s Symphony in F Major and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major. General tickets start at $22 and kids under 18 come free on Sunday. For information, visit nywolf.org or stamfordsymphony.org or call 203-325-4466.
Men Who Cook
The 8th annual Men Who Cook, with 98 “celebrity chefs,” is set to go on Saturday, April 25, at 6 p.m. at Warsaw Park, 125 Pulaski Highway in Ansonia. The chefs will provide their specialties — from goulash to empanadas to grilled foods — in the benefit for TEAM Inc., which aids individuals and families.
Tickets are $55 and include food, beer/wine and soft drinks, a silent auction, music and dancing. For tickets, visit teaminc.org or call 203-736-5420 x221.
Classic Jazz & Cars
Dragone’s Classic Motorcars in Westport will be the scene for a fundraiser for the Greater Bridgeport Symphony, Classic Jazz & Jazzy Cars, on Saturday, April 25. There will be music by the Ragtime Evolution Jazz Band, generous hors d’oeuvres, silent and live auctions, within the setting of vintage cars and antiques in the Dragone galleries. The event runs from 7 to 10:30; admission is by advance reservation, $125 per person. Deluxe tickets, $175, includes early admission and an escorted tour of the galleries with George Dragone.
The suggested dress is black tie or period (1920s). For information and reservations, call 203-576-0263.
It takes two...
Argentine tango stars Carlos Barionuevo and Mayte Valdes will perform at the Saturday evening Premier Ballroom Company event at the Holy Trinity Greek Church Community Center, 4070 Park Avenue, Bridgeport. Their show will be at 9:30; there is general dancing from 7 to midnight and a dance lesson at 8. Singles and couples are welcome and the admission charge is $17; for reservations, call 203-374-7308.
The Weston Historical Society will open Landmark Homes of Weston Across Four Centuries on Sunday, April 26; the exhibit will introduce visitors to the architectural styles, antique tools and building materials, as ell as original architectural designs by Weston High School students. The show will remain on view through July 16 and accompanies a Landmark Homes House Tour scheduled for May 3.
For tour details and tickets, visit westonhistoricalsociety.org. There will be a talk on Sunday, April 26, at the historical society at 2:30, when Christopher Wigren, an architectural historian, will talk about Architecture is for Everyone. Other special events are planned throughout May.
The Norwalk Youth Symphony will have its 2015 open house on Sunday, April 26, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Norwalk Concert Hall, 125 East Avenue. Conductors, student musicians and board members will be available to meet prospective members and answer questions.
The symphony will conclude its 59th season with a Mother’s Day Concert on May 10. For more information, visit norwalkyouthsymphony.org or call 203-866-4100.
Living with coyotes
Wildlife biologist Chris Vann from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection will talk about Living with Coyotes on Sunday, April 26, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Weston Public Library, 56 Norfield Road. The program is sponsored by the Aspetuck Land Trust, the Nature Conservancy and the Town of Weston. For more information, visit aspetucklandtrust.org.
Concert in memoriam
The Errante/Cho Trio will perform a Connecticut Alliance for Music house concert in honor of the organization’s late president Suzanne Kanner on Sunday, April 26, at 3. The program will include trios by Brahms and Schubert. For tickets ($25) and directions, call 203-319-8271.
The top middle school and high school bands in the area will compete on Sunday afternoon, April 26, starting at 4 at the Ridgefield Playhouse in BandJam 2015. The fundraiser for the Playhouse will be judged by i95 DJ Ethan Carey, Broadway star Linda Eder, singer/songwriter/producer Vaneese Thomas, and Doug Wimbish, bassist for Living Colour.
For more information on the event, visit RidgefieldBandJam.com and to order tickets ($20, $15 students), visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.
And coming up...
Founder and executive director of The GroundTruth Project Charles M. Sennott will talk about “The War on Journalism” in a free community event on Tuesday, April 28, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Choral Room at Greens Farms Academy, 35 Beachside Avenue, Westport. With more than 30 years’ experience in journalism, Sennott covered the 2011 revolution in Cairo. For a reservation, visit gfacademy.org/sennott or call 203-256-7548.
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The Performing Arts Conservatory at 70 Pine Street in New Canaan will host a cello and piano jazz duo concert, featuring Ilya Levitin on cello and Matthew DeTroy on piano, on Wednesday, April 29, starting at 7:30. Admission will be by donation for the benefit of the Open Door Shelter in Norwalk. The program will include works by Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and George Gershwin, and others and the concert is not the first time either performer has been involved with the shelter: Levitin gives weekly strings instruction to younger residents there and DeTroy has organized a benefit recital at the Fat Cat Pie Company in Norwalk. For more inforamtion, visit ilyacello.com.