Summertime fun this weekend
Mishka, Hawaii-based reggae pop performer will appear at StageOne Fairfield Theatre Company, 70 Sanford Street, tonight, Aug. 6, at 7:30. Tickets are $28; for information, visit fairfieldtheatre.org or call 203-259-1036.
South Salem Carnival
The South Salem Volunteer Fire Department’s annual carnival is underway, running through Saturday, Aug. 8, on the firehouse grounds off Route 35 in South Salem, N.Y.
Rides, games and food are the highlights; ride-all-night wristbands will cost $25. Hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 5 to 10 p.m. on Saturday. The carnival raffle drawing will be on Saturday night.
Butterflies fly free
The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk still has its summer Flutter Zone walk-through butterfly exhibit, with a continually replenished population as butterflies hatch from chrysalises. The Flutter Zone will be there through Sept. 7 and includes a “pollinator’s garden” that supports native species, including monarch butterflies.
The feature is free with museum admission ($19.95/adults, $17.95 for youth 13-17 and seniors, $12.95 for children 3-12) at 10 North Water Street in South Norwalk. For more information, visit maritimeaquarium.org or call 203-852-0700.
The Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts in Westport is in full swing with its summer schedule of free concerts. Coming up tonight, Thursday, Aug. 6, at 8, is Old School Music’s Summer Soul Serenade. On Friday, DJ Rekha, who performs at a monthly event known as Basement Bhangra at SOB’s on Varick Street in New York, will bring his show to Westport.
The show on Saturday is the high energy rock of the Doug Wahlberg Band and on Sunday, the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra will perform. For details and the complete summer schedule, visit levittpavilion.com.
The Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden in North Salem, N.Y., will present the Norm Hathaway Moonlight Swing Band on Friday, Aug. 7, from 8 to 11 p.m. The garden will open at 7.
Admission is $15; a “Low Country BBQ Dinner” may be ordered in advance, but no outside food may be brought in. For a reservation, email Nisa@nisalee.com.
The museum and garden are at 28 Deveau Road in North Salem; for more information, visit hammondmuseum.org or call 914-669-5033.
Creative Arts Workshop at 80 Audubon Street, New Haven, will present Virginia Melnyk’s Geometric Curtain, a three-dimensional wall of color and pattern, from Aug. 7 through Sept. 7. The work can be appreciated from Audubon Street; for a backstage view, all are invited to an opening reception on Friday, Aug. 7, from 5 to 7 p.m.
For more information, visit creativeartsworkshop.org or call 203-562-4927.
King and Charles
The Palace Danbury Theatre, 165 Main Street, will host a night of rock, roll, R&B and soul with performances by Claudette King (daughter of BB King) and Sheila Raye Charles (daughter of Ray Charles) along with Jeff Pitchell, Charles Neville and Michael Allman on Friday, Aug. 7.
Tickets are $40, reserved seating, and may be purchased online at thepalacedanbury.com or by phone, 203-794-9944. Parking is available in the lot behind the theater.
Porter and Chester Institute at 670 Lordship Boulevard will host a flea market on Saturday, Aug. 8, from 9 to 2 in the PCI parking lot. (Vendor arrival starts at 6:30.) All of the proceeds from the vendor space cost will go to the Stratford Animal Shelter; all spaces have been filled.
The rain date is Aug. 15; for more information, visit gofundme.com/vyrp68.
Outside the Box
Robert “Chance” Browne, comic strip illustrator, painter and musician, is showing his comic and fine art at the Ridgefield Library’s Gallery on the Lower Level from Aug. 3 to 28, and will have an artist’s reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8. The exhibit is titled Outside the Box: Chance Browne’s Comic and Fine Art.
An illustrator for the Hi and Lois comic strip (originated by his father the late cartoonist Dik Browne), Browne enjoys painting, sketching, doodling and building without the rigid guidelines of cartooning. He is showing landscapes and portraits, constructions from found materials and prints of photographs of 3-D dioramas he was commissioned to do for the rock band, Dr. Dog.
Also a musician, Browne continues to play gigs as well as making fine art and serving as president of Browne Creative Enterprises Inc., illustrating Hi and Lois and editing material for Hagar the Horrible.
The library is at 472 Main Street; ridgefieldlibrary.org or 203-438-2282.
Concert for kids
The Sherman Chamber Ensemble plans a concert for “kids of all ages” on Saturday, Aug. 8, at 2 p.m. to introduce a new musical interpretation of the story Ferdinand the Bull. The story was written in 1936 by Munro Leaf and the original music has been composed by the ensemble’s musical director Eliot Bailen. Flutist Susan Rotholz will narrate the story, accompanied by Bailen on cello.
The program will also include works by Gershwin and Mendelssohn. The concert will take place at the Sherman Public Library Barn, 1 Sherman Center, Sherman; for more information and to reserve free tickets, call 860-355-5930.
A night of comedy
Three popular comedians — Rich Vos, Bonnie McFarlane and Jim Florentine — will perform at the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge, on Saturday, Aug. 8, at 8 p.m. Vos, who’s married to McFarlane, is host of SiriusXM Radio’s show My Wife Hates Me. McFarlane has been featured with Jay Leno and David Letterman and appeared on Last Comic Standing and HBO specials.
Florentine is known for work on Comedy Central’s Crank Yankers and was featured on the 2015 season finale of Louie; he’ll be on the current season of Inside Amy Schumer. For tickets, $37, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.
At Bartlett Arboretum
Folksinger Haley Reardon, Boston Magazine’s 2012 Bostonian of the Year for encouraging teen empowerment through her music, will perform at the Bartlett Arboretum, 151 Brookdale Road, Stamford, on Sunday, Aug. 9, at 5 p.m. Admission is $10; children under 12 admitted free. For more information, visit bartlettarboretum.org or call 203-322-6971.
And coming up...
The Danbury Music Centre’s CMI Artist Concert Series, an outgrowth of its Chamber Music Intensive, will take place next week, with concerts on Tuesday, Aug. 11, at 7:30 at Two Steps Downtown Grille (percussionist Simon Boyar), Thursday, Aug. 13, at 7 in the music center’s Marian Anderson Recital Hall (artists in residence), Friday, Aug. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Marian Anderson Recital Hall (Charles Ives Living Legacy Concert), and Saturday, Aug. 15, at 7:30 at Marian Anderson Recital Hall (violinist Charles Yang).
All events are free; no tickets required. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-748-1716.
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Rickie Lee Jones will be featured at the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, at 8; tickets are $47.50. For reservations, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.
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Lyle Lovett & His Large Band will perform at the Klein Auditorium, 910 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, at 7:30; doors open at 7. Tickets are $48 to $88; for reservations, visit fairfieldtheatre.org or call 203-259-1036.