This Weekend: Piaf and Brel; Hamlet on the Sound; car show in Redding; etc.!
Coffeehouse at the Wheeler will return to the Westport Historical Society on Friday, June 17, from 6 to 8 p.m., with singer/guitarist Suzanne Sheridan and accordionist Don Gerundo performing cafe songs by Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel. Sheridan will sing the entire evening in French.
The coffeehouse is at 25 Avery Place, across from Westport Town Hall. Reservations, $20, are suggested; visit westporthistory.org or call 203-222-1424.
Hamlet on the Sound
The 21st season of Shakespeare on the Sound in Rowayton’s Pinckney Park opens this evening, June 16, and continues with a total of 16 performances through July 3. The traditionally free performances (donations requested) will continue on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights, but this year, tickets will be required for Friday through Sunday evenings. The suggested donations and tickets prices are identical: $20 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Children 12 and under are always admitted free and there are reserved seats available for every performance for $50.
Hamlet is directed by Claire Kelly, who has set the production in the early 1950s, “the period after World War II, [which] reflects on a macro level the fragile and dangerous world in which Hamlet lives.”
Pinckney Park is set on the Five Mile River at 177 Rowayton Avenue. The main stage production begins at 7:30 and every evening at 6:30 there will be a special 30-minute Hamlet for Kids performed by the theater’s Apprentice Company. For more information, visit shakespeareonthesound.org or call 203-299-1300.
The Cemetery Club
The Temple Players, a theater dedicated to staging works with Jewish themes and characters, will present The Cemetery Club by Ivan Menchell on Thursday, June 16, and Sunday, June 19, at 7:30 at Congregational B’nai Torah, 5700 Main Street, Trumbull.
The comedy concerns three Jewish widows whose tight friendship is disrupted by the relationship of one to a widowed Jewish butcher. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors; seating is cabaret-style. For reservations and more information, visit bnaitorahct.org/templeplayers or call 203-268-6940.
Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.
The Carriage House Arts Center will present Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr., June 17-24 at the center in Cranbury Park, 390 Grumman Avenue, Norwalk. Shows are at 8 on Fridays, June 17 and 24, and at 4 on Saturdays and Sundays, June 18-19 and 25-26.
For more information or to reserve tickets, call 203-229-9797 or visit carriagehouseartscenter.org.
Redding car show
The Redding Historical Society will present its Collector and Custom Car Show at Lonetown Farm on Saturday, June 18, from 9 to 4:30 (rain date is Sunday, June 19, 10 to 5:30. Lonetown Farm and Museum is a National Historic Site on Route 107 at 43 Lonetown Road in Redding.
Admission for exhibitor cars and trucks is $10 per vehicle (including car, driver and one passenger); general admission is $8 per person, with children under seven years admitted free. There will be a People’s Choice Awards Program along with fun, food, drink and surprises for all. For more information and vehicle registration forms, visit reddingcthistoricalsociety.org or email .
Finding Dory Fundraiser
The Prospector Theater in Ridgefield will host a benefit for the Smith-Magenis Syndrome Research Foundation on Saturday, June 18, from 9 to noon, with a screening of Pixar’s newest movie, Finding Dory, plus a video game contest, a silent auction and food and drink. Tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for children; for reservations, visit smsresearchfoundation.org.
The PepsiCo Theatre at Purchase College’s Performing Arts Center will present recorded performance of Dame Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth in The Audience at London’s National Theatre on Saturday, June 18, at 2. Tickets are $20, available at artscenter.org.
The theater is at 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, N.Y.
The Danbury Music Centre will celebrate 80 years of promoting community music in the greater Danbury area on Saturday, June 18, with performances at CityCenter Green in Danbury starting at 4 p.m. The music will begin with a string quartet performance, followed by alumni of the Summer Strings program at 4:30, along with the center’s Madrigal singers between both performances. The Danbury Preparatory Symphony Orchestra will take the stage at 5:30, followed by the Big Band at 6. The night will conclude with the Danbury Symphony Orchestra POPs Concert at 7:30.
Alongside the event there will be vendors selling crafts and food booths. For more information, email or call 203-748-1716. Proceeds from the event supports the center’s education programs, including the Summer Festival, which offers classes ranging from Summer Strings to Afrikan Drumming.
Author Richard Zacks will be the guest speaker at the Mark Twain Library Association annual meeting on Saturday, June 18, at 5:30 at the library on Route 53 in Redding. He’ll discuss his just-released book, Chasing the Last Laugh: Mark Twain’s Raucous and Redemptive Round-the-World Comedy Tour. The public is welcome but reservations are requested; email or call 203-938-2545.
Father’s Day Ride
The Lewisboro Horsemen’s Association will have its 10th annual Poker Run from 10 to noon on Sunday, June 19, which is Father’s Day. The five-mile pleasure ride through Ward Pound Ridge Reservation will begin and end at Lewisboro Town Park in South Salem, N.Y. Riders play a game of chance by collecting playing cards at five checkpoints; best hands win prizes, which will be awarded at a barbecue lunch from noon to 2 at the park’s pavilion.
Early bird entry is $35 per rider and $45 on the day of the event; lunch is included in registration. Non-rider lunch is available for a suggested contribution of $10 ($5 for children). Registration forms are on the website lhatrails.org. The town park is at 1079 Route 35 in South Salem, N.Y.; for more information, visit the website or call 914-763-5402.
Concert & BBQ
The Westchester Philharmonic plans a Father’s Day celebration, Burgers, Beers & Brahms, on Sunday, June 19, at Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, N.Y. The event begins with a concert featuring pianist Alan Goldstein with the Philharmonic playing Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1; also on the program are Manuel de Falla’s Ritual Fire Dance and Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 “Jupiter.”
Immediately following the concert is the BBQ Bash, on the Upper Lobby Patio, with burgers and hot dogs, sides and drinks, followed by dessert. Tickets are $30-$97 for the concert and $19 for adults, $9 for kids 12 and younger for the barbecue. For reservations and information, visit westchesterphil.org.
The Cassatt String Quartet will perform works by Tchaikovsky, Daniel Strong Godfrey, and Haydn on Sunday, June 19, at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Greenville Community Church, 270 Ardsley Road, Scarsdale, N.Y. Admission is by freewill donation; for information, visit greenvillechurch.org or call 914-723-1266
And coming up…
Katonah SPACE (SPirituality, Arts & Community for Everyone) will celebrate the Summer Solstice on Tuesday, June 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. at SPACE, 44 Edgemont Road, Katonah, N.Y. The evening will open with a drum circle and include a potluck meal. For information, visit starvisionscommunity.org.
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Caramoor@KMA, a three-part outdoor performance series at the Katonah Museum of Art’s Marilyn M. Simpson Sculpture Garden, will kick off on Wednesday, June 22, with Cole Quest and The City Pickers. Quest is Woody Guthrie’s grandson. Cost of general admission is $20, which includes complimentary beer. Doors open at 5:30 and the music will begin at 6:30; there is seating set up in the garden but guests may bring their own blanket and picnic to enjoy during the show. For information, visit katonahmuseum.org or call 914-232-9555. The museum is at 134 Jay Street/Route 22, Katonah, N.Y.