This Weekend: from Million Dollar Quartet to Galactic
Million Dollar Quartet
The Westchester Broadway Theatre in Elmsford, N.Y., will present the musical The Million Dollar Quartet, which is set on Dec. 4, 1956 when producer Sam Phillips brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together for a jam session. The show opens Thursday, July 21, and features the stars’ rock, gospel, R&B and country hits.
The production stars John Michael Presney as Carl Perkins, Dominique Scott as Jerry Lee Lewis, Sky Seals as Johnny Cash, Ari Mckay Wilford as Elvis Presley and Jason Loughlin as Sam Phillips.
Tickets for evening dinner shows are $84; for information, visit broadwaytheater.com or call 914-592-2222.
Stamford’s popular outdoor concert series, Alive@Five, is underway, with shows running Thursdays through Aug. 11 and a few changes this year, the most prominent being that no one under age 21 will be admitted.
This week, July 21, Third Eye Blind is scheduled, with theSHIFT opening; Eric Hutchinson will perform July 28, with Skout; Easton Corbin is scheduled for Aug. 4, with Courtney Cole; and CeeLo Green, with Wild Planes, will wrap up the series on Aug. 11.
There’s a $10 fee before 6 p.m. this year, and $15 thereafter. A photo ID is required for admission and all entry will be through portals on Main Street at Atlantic Street. For more information, visit stamford-downtown.com.
Pequot Book Sale
Opening Friday morning, July 22, at 9 a.m., the 56th Summer Book Sale at the Pequot Library will feature not only books but Jazz CDs, first edition and signed books, original art and vintage sheet music. Hours are 9 to 7 on Friday when items are double price, 9 to 6 on Saturday and Sunday (as marked), 9 to 6 on Monday (half-price), and 9 to 2 on Tuesday ($5/bag).
A “specials” online catalog is now open at pequotlibrary.org.
The library is at 720 Pequot Avenue in Southport; there will be parking there as well as at Trinity Episcopal Church and Southport Congregational Church or in the train station parking lot (on the weekend). Trinity Church will ask for cash or food donations to support food pantries in Bridgeport from 8:30 to 5 Friday through Sunday.
For more information, visit pequotlibrary.org.
The Exquisite Corpse, a surrealist-inspired all-member exhibit at the Loft Artists Association’s galleries, 575 Pacific Street, Stamford, will open with a reception on Friday, July 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. Members have created three pieces in their own style and medium — one head, one torso and one legs section — choosing figures that might be human, animal, celestial,mythical, vegetable, mechanical, or any combination. The pieces will be shuffled and randomly recombined in the show.
Regular gallery hours are from 1 to 4:30 on Saturdays and Sundays; a donation is suggested. For more information, visit loftartists.com or call 203-247-2027.
A Tango Social “Milonga” with guest Dale Ellison will open the 2016 Connecticut Tango Festival on Friday, July 22, from 7:30 to 11 p.m. at First Church of Christ, 190 Court Street, Middletown. A Tango Boot Camp for beginners will take place Saturday, July 23, at the Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Avenue South; additional Tango Workshops will take place from 11 to 1 at Vitti’s Dance Studio, 10 Precision Road, Danbury, and Sunday, July 24, from 1 to 5:30 p.m. at Dance Dimensions, 15 Cross Street, Norwalk. More workshops will take place Saturday, July 30, in Milford, and Sunday, July 31, in Norwalk.
The Tango Passion Show, presented by Milford Arts Council and the Connecticut Tango Fest, featuring Manuela Rossi and Juan Malizia, Grupo Folklorico Rio de la Plata and Tango Sueño Performance Group, will take place Friday, July 29, at 8 at the Milford Center for the Arts.
For information on all events, visit cttangofest.org or call 203-584-4480.
‘Really Big’ Tag Sale
Operation Hope will have its Really Big Tag Sale on Saturday, July 23, from 9 to 4 and Sunday, July 24, from noon to 4 at the First Church Congregational, 148 Beach Road, Fairfield. Items for sale will include furniture, household goods, jewelry, table and kitchen linens, pictures/paintings, toys, gaming systems, newer electronics, bikes and outdoor and sporting goods.
The sale goes on rain or shine and there’s a $1 admission charge. There will be a concession stand hosted by Fairfield Rotary.
For more information, visit operationhopect.org or call 203-292-5588.
Trumbull’s Long Hill United Methodist Church will host its 12th annual Blueberry Festival on Saturday, July 23, from 10 to 3, rain or shine. More than 200 blueberry pies will be sold, whole or in slices, along with blueberry muffins, blueberry-lemon shortcake, blueberry ice cream, sundaes, burgers, hot dogs, chicken-blueberry salad, and more.
There will be a children’s game area, arts and crafts, live music and more. The church is at 6358 Main Street (Route 111); for more information, call 203-954-9691.
Danger Came Smiling
An original group exhibition featuring artists who use music as a medium, subject and reference point for feminist messages will open Saturday, July 23, at Franklin Street Works, 41 Franklin Street, Stamford. The show, Danger Came Smiling, takes its title from the album by the feminist punk band Ludus and is organized by art historian and author Maria Elena Buszek.
There will be a public reception on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.; gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 5. The Franklin Street Works Café is open Tuesday to Friday, 10 to 5, and Saturday and Sunday, 9 to 5. The exhibit will be on view through Jan. 1.
For more information, visit franklinstreetworks.org or call 203-595-5211.
A day of private garden openings in Westchester County will take place Sunday, July 24, with most starting at 10 a.m. Admission to each garden is $7; the events are organized by the Garden Conservancy, gardenconservancy.org. Included are:
Garden of Bernard Marquez & Tim Fish, 74 Hemlock Road, South Salem, N.Y., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; The Native Plant Center at Westchester Community College, 75 Grasslands Road, Valhalla, N.Y., noon to 4; the Heffernan Garden, 120 West Patent Road, Bedford Hills, N.Y., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Garden of Vivian & Ed Merrin, 2547 Maple Avenue, Cortlandt Manor, N.Y., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sara Stein Garden, 8 Fox Hill Road, Pound Ridge, N.Y., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Garden of Phillis Warden, 531 Bedford Center Road, Bedford Hills, N.Y., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The 102nd Army Band will perform A Salute to Our Nation’s Heroes on Sunday, July 24, at 2 p.m. at Ives Concert Park in Danbury, on the Westside campus of Western Connecticut State University. Among its ceremonial duties the band, a National Guard unit stationed in Rockville, Conn., performs at send-off ceremonies for soldiers being deployed as well as welcoming them home again.
Sunday’s concert is free; for more information, visit ivesconcertpark.com.
The New Orleans-based band Galactic, founded by Rob Mercurio and Ben Ellman, which rotates in a variety of New Orleans musicians, will bring vocalist Erica Falls to the Ridgefield Playhouse for a show on Sunday, July 24, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $38; for reservations, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.
And coming up…
Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies and Twentieth Century Fox will present the original sci-fi classic Planet of the Apes (1968) on Wednesday, July 27, at 7 p.m. For tickets, $10, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.
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Music on the Hill’s Summer Chorus, with 60 voices, will perform the Mozart Requiem on Thursday, July 28, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, at St. Matthew’s Church, 48 New Canaan Road, Wilton. For reservations and information, visit musiconthehillCT.org or call 203-529-3133.