This Weekend: Music Fest, new exhibits, new shows
Monroe textile/tag sale
The Monroe Historical Society will host a textile and tag sale on the grounds of the historic Beardsley Homestead at 31 Great Ring Road in Monroe Friday through Sunday, Sept. 9-11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The selection includes “tons of fabric” featuring cotton for quilters, sewing notions, weaving supplies, crafts, yarn and more. The tag sale items range from new to old to vintage.
All proceeds benefit the Beardsley Homestead restoration. For information, visit monroecthistory.org or call 203-261-1381.
MORE Than Words
The Westport Arts Center at 51 Riverside Avenue is focusing on combatting bullying with its fall show, MORE Than Words, opening Friday, Sept. 9. The show includes artistic expressions of gender, racial, religious, geo-political and age inequality, as well as works to demonstrate the impact of bullying and cyberbullying. The guest curator is Gerry Snyder, dean of The Pratt Institute of Art.
There will be a reception Friday, Sept. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m.; the exhibit runs through Oct. 29 and following this curated exhibit there will be a juried show of work, #iammore, by community members in support of the MORE Than Words concept. It will go on view Nov. 11 (submissions due Oct. 7). For more information, visit westportartscenter.org or call 203-222-7070.
The Ridgefield Theater Barn will present the timely drama Farragut North by Beau Willimon (creator of House of Cards), a play about staff members immersed in a presidential primary race, opening Friday, Sept. 9. The central character is Stephen Bellamy, 25, a charismatic, wunderkind press secretary, whose youthful ambition runs up against the notions of seasoned veterans. It’s a drama that contains “very adult” language and situations and is recommended for mature audiences.
Tickets are $24 for adults and $20 for students, seniors and veterans. Performances continue Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 through Oct. 1, with Sunday matinees on Sept. 18 and 25. Doors open an hour before curtain; seating is cabaret-style. For reservations, visit ridgefieldtheaterbarn.org.
Gypsy in Norwalk
The Music Theatre of Connecticut MainStage in Norwalk will present a revamped production of Gypsy Sept. 9-25, directed by Kevin Connors, to open its 30th anniversary season. The cast of Broadway and Off-Broadway actors is led by Kirsti Carnahan as Rose, Paul Binotto as Herbie and Kate Simone as Louise.
Tickets range from $30 to $55, with performances on Fridays at 8, Saturdays at 4 and 8, and Sundays at 2. The theater is at 509 Westport Avenue, behind the Nine West Outlet. For reservations, visit musictheatreofct.com or call 203-454-3883.
The Actors Studio and The Ridgefield Playhouse will present a “sneak peek” of the troupe’s production of Old Times by Harold Pinter on Friday, Sept. 9, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40, available at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or by calling 203-438-5795. The production featuring Chris Stack, Beth Manspeizer and Sayra Player is being developed during a two-week intensive workshop and is directed by Actors Studio Associate Director Beau Gravitte of Ridgefield.
Art on the street
For the 65th year, the Art Society of Old Greenwich will present its Sidewalk Art Show and Sale along Sound Beach Avenue in Old Greenwich. The hours are 9 to 5 Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 10 and 11. To complement the show, Sound Beach Avenue merchants will be having sidewalk sales and cafés will set out tables for al fresco dining.
A Sidewalk Art Show for Young Artists will be located at Feinsod Hardware Company, 268 Sound Beach Avenue. For more information, visit artsocietyofoldgreenwich.com.
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (Farm Hill Road off Route 111) in Monroe will have its annual Apple Festival on Monroe’s Historic Green this Saturday, Sept. 10, from 10 to 5, and Sunday, Sept. 11, from 10 to 4. Apples, apple treats, cider and more will be for sale, along with mums and crafts and more from 100 vendors.
There will be entertainment as well as children’s games and a snack bar. Admission is free. For more information, visit stpetersonthegreen.com or call 203-268-4265.
The Recorder Society of Connecticut will open its fall program of monthly playing sessions on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 10 to 12:30 at Ridgefield Crossings, 640 Danbury Road (Route 7), Ridgefield. The group is for intermediate and high intermediate players, who are led by professional coach/conductor. For information, visit recordersociety-connecticut.org or call 203-810-4831.
Silvermine Open House
The Silvermine School of Art in New Canaan will have an open house and pop-up Faculty Show on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 10 to 2. Prospective students of all ages may join in on some hands-on art project; classes begin Sept. 19.
On the following weekend, Sunday, Sept. 18, there will be a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. for the three new fall exhibitions: Barry Kiperman — The Tabletop Schematics, Flow — A Guild Group Show, and Karen Kalkstein — Evensong.
The Silvermine Arts Center, with the school and galleries, is at 1037 Silvermine Road; gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 5 and Sunday from 1 to 5. For more information, visit silvermineart.org or call 203-966-9700 x20.
The 39th Norwalk Seaport Association Oyster Festival opens at 11 on Saturday, Sept. 10, and runs through Sunday, Sept. 11, 11 to 8 both days at Veteran’s Park, along the Norwalk River. The festival offers activities and entertainment for all ages.
Headlining the musical entertainment is Sawyer Fredericks, winner of NBC’s The Voice in 2015, who’ll perform on Saturday at 4.
The Nerveless Nocks Thrill Show, with motorcycle stunts, and the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show will be back; there’s a Craft Beer Tent, an Arts & Crafts Pavilion, the international food court, an oyster slurping contest, and Kids’ Cove with rides and games.
The festival supports the work of the non-profit Norwalk Seaport Association, which maintains and manages the Sheffield Lighthouse. For more information, visit seaport.org or call 203-838-9444.
Taste of Danbury
CityCenter Danbury’s Taste of Greater Danbury will be serving up food and entertainment on Saturday, Sept. 10, from noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 11, from noon to 7 p.m. In addition to local restaurants’ fare, there will be food trucks, beer on site, The Ice Cream Guy and plenty of family entertainment. The headlining group, Everclear, will perform on Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 2.
For more information, visit citycenterdanbury.com or call 203-792-1711.
On field & stage
Former New York Yankees centerfielder Bernie Williams, now also renowned for his jazz guitar chops, will be in Ridgefield on Saturday, Sept. 10, for a show with his all-star band at 7:30 p.m. at the Ridgefield Playhouse. He’s also planning to bring a team of all-stars to the Celebrity Softball Game in the ballpark adjacent to the playhouse, starting at 1 p.m. A portion of the proceeds from the game will benefit Hillside Food Outreach and the Playhouse Arts for Everyone Program.
Tickets for the concert, preceded at 6:45 by complimentary wine tastings in the lobby, are $65 and $55 and include the softball game; game-only tickets are $25. For reservations, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.
Missy & FDR
Kathryn Smith, author of The Gatekeeper: Missy LeHand, FDR and the Untold Story of the Partnership That Defined a Presidency, will speak about her book at the Ridgefield Library, 472 Main Street, on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 2 p.m. Reservations are requested; visit ridgefieldlibrary.org or call 203-438-2282
Music Fest America
Known around the world for his banjo playing, Béla Fleck and mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile will share the stage during Music Fest America at Ives Concert Park on the Western Connecticut State University Westside Campus, 43 Lake Avenue Extension in Danbury.
Free performances will take place from 3 to 5:30 p.m., including by Six String Soldiers, a four-member acoustic group from the U.S. Army Field Band. Gates will re-open for paid ticket-holders at 6 for the Fleck-Thile concert on the Ives gazebo stage. Music will start at 7. For more information, visit ivesconcertpark.com.
Milford Wine Trail
The 8th annual Downtown Milford Wine Trail will take place Saturday, Sept. 10, from 5 to 9 p.m., rain or shine, at 11 participating member locations of the Downtown Milford Business Association. The evening of wine tasting and food sampling this year benefits United Way of Milford and the First United Church of Christ/Food2Kids Program.
Tickets are $40, which includes a complimentary engraved wine glass. For more information, visit downtownmilfordct.org.
Pat Humphries and Sandy O, the voices of Emma’s Revolution, will be featured at the opening of the sixth season of Voices Café at the Unitarian Church in Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Road, on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 8. The folk duo’s first collaboration, If I Give Your Name, about undocumented workers killed in the World Trade Center on 9/11 won the grand prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition.
Tickets are available voicescafe.org ($20 in advance, $25 at the door); seating is cabaret-style and table reservations are accepted for minimum groups of four. For information, call 203-227-7205 x14.
Four by Four
The Quick Center at Fairfield University will present Four by Four, A Tribute to the Legendary Music of the Beach Boys, Beatles, Bee Gees and Motown, on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. The show headlines the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation’s 14th annual Evening for the Arts Gala Benefit. Before the concert, there will be an Evening for the Arts reception at 6 with complimentary wine and beer, light hors d’oeuvres and silent and live auctions.
Tickets are $45 in advance or $50 at the door; for reservations, visit quickcenter.com or call 1-877-ARTS-396.
Walk/Run for Hope
The 10th Walk/Run for Hope hosted by CancerCare will take place Sunday, Sept. 11, at Jennings Beach, 880 Benson Road, Fairfield, with registration and check-in beginning at 7:45 a.m. There’s a USATF-sanctioned and certified 5K, starting at 9, with the children’s FUn Run starting at 10:15. To register, visit community.cancercare.org/walkct.
The 38th Trumbull Arts Festival will open at 10 on Sunday, Sept. 11, on the historic Town Hall Green, 5866 Main Street. The multi-arts event includes juried fine artists and crafters, a Children’s Creative Center, an authors area, sponsor tables, community booths and food booths and trucks; entertainment begins at 11:30 a.m. It closes at 4. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bruce Museum in Greenwich will host a Community Activation Family Day on Sunday, Sept. 11, to encourage families interested in participating in the national day of service and remembrance. From 1 to 4 p.m., the museum will bring together non-profit organizations from the Fairfield/Westchester area and connect them with families who’d like to help. There will also be a community art project.
Admission is free with the donation of non-perishable food items and school supplies; for more information, call Corinne Flax at the Bruce Museum, 203-413-6742 or email her at email@example.com.
On Sunday, Sept. 11, Charles Moretz of Redding, whose colossal photographs hung in Windows on the World restaurant atop the north tower of the World Trade Center, will talk about his connection to the iconic building, which he watched being built and regularly photographed. He will be featured in a program at the Mark Twain Library marking the 15th anniversary of the attacks and will talk about what those twin towers meant to New York City. His photographs captured the detail, scale and the life there and he has called the collection Genus Loci, meaning “guardian of the spirit of a place.”
The program will begin at 3; the library is on Route 53/Redding Road at Diamond HIll Road in Redding. For information, visit marktwainlibrary.org or call 203-938-2545.
A curious art
Creative Arts Workshop will present fore-edge painter Martin Frost on Sunday, Sept. 11, in a lecture on the techniques, history and examples of the little-known art form, which is revealed only when a book’s pages are fanned. The workshop is at 80 Audubon Street in New Haven; the lecture will take place at 4 p.m. and is free. For more information, visit creativeartsworkshop.org.
The Fairfield County Chorale invites singers to join in a program of requiems by Verdi and Fauré on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 4 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 651 Pequot Avenue, Southport. With 100-plus members, the chorale is conducted by David Rosenmeyer. Music may be rented at the door for a $10 donation or BYO. Rehearsals for the FCC’s 54th season will begin on Monday, Sept. 13, at 7:30 in the Mary McCarthy Room at Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Avenue. For more information, visit fairfieldcountychorale.org or call 203-254-1333.
And coming up…
Grace Farms Foundation in New Canaan and Voices of September 11th will commemorate the 15th anniversary of 9/11 on Monday, Sept. 12, with VOICES Public Discourse Initiative Commemorating the 15th Anniversary through Remembrance, Renewal and Resilience. Admission is free, but registration is required. Participants in programs throughout the day (which begins at 9 with a commemorative candle-lighting service) will include U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy and Congressman Jim Himes on a panel moderated by Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” moderators, as well as 9/11 family members and survivors and government policy makers. Visit gracefarms.org for more information.
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Lenka Pichliková, actor, producer and drama professor, will talk about the career of Russian-born actor Michael Chekhov on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Ridgefield Library, 472 Main Street, as part of Chekhov International Theater Festival (Sept. 22-24). Chekhov established his acting school in a barn in Ridgefield in 1939, honing the Chekhov Method, which has influenced actors from Yul Brynner to Johnny Depp. To register, visit ridgefieldlibrary.org or call 203-438-2282.
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The Greenwich Choral Society will launch its 2016-17 season with an informal community sing-along of Vivaldi’s Gloria on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 7:15 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Old Greenwich, 108 Sound Beach Avenue. An appointment to audition for regular membership in the Choral Society may be arranged before or after the Vivaldi Sing. For information, visit greenwichchoralsociety.org.