Return of Osprey Party

To celebrate Earth Day and raise money for environmental education programs, the Connecticut Audubon Society is throwing the Return of the Osprey Party with hors d’oeuvres, silent auction and music on Saturday, April 22, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the society’s Coastal Center, 1 Milford Point Rd., Milford. Tickets, $45 per person and $75 per couple, may be reserved at ctaudubon.org/center-at-milford-point or 203-878-7440, x502. The center’s pair of ospreys is expected to come back to their seasonal home.

 

Farms’ Earth Day fete

Earth Day activities at Grace Farms, 365 Lukes Woods Rd., New Canaan, Sat., April 22, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., free programs include art of wind energy, wildlife painting and sustainability stations; falconry demos; guided walks; reading of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring; experts (including Jim Fowler and Richard Wiese) on future of wildlife and screening of Winged Migration: info: gracefarms.org

 

Earth Day at the Bruce

Earth Day Family Day is Sunday, April 23, 1-4 p.m., at the Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich. There will be a musical performance by Journeys with Sound at 2; a nature walk at 3; presentations and activities from Astronomical Society of Greenwich, the museum’s Seaside Center, and Greenwich Conservation Commission. The event is free with museum admission. Reservations are required via brucemuseum.org or 203-869-0376.

 

Jazz fest at WCSU

The WCSU Jazz Fest will take place April 20-22 in the Veronica Hagman Concert Hall on the university’s Westside campus in Danbury. Featured performers will include four-time Grammy Award nominee and jazz vibraphonist Stefon Harris, pictured, on April 21 and jazz drummer Ralph Peterson’s new quintet Aggregate Prime, which will appear on April 22. For more details, check out Sound of Music in Arts Listings under Events tab. Tickets are available at eventbrite.com or 203-837-8732.

 

‘Baby’ due in Darien

The DAC Stage spring production, Baby, a musical, opens on Friday, April 21 at 8 p.m., at the Weatherstone Studio, 2 Renshaw Road, Darien. The musical by Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire examines how three couples experience the comedic highs and the lows that accompany the arrival of a newborn. Performances continue on weekend through May 6. For tickets, visit darienarts.org, and for more details, call 203-655-8683 or go to On Stage in Arts Listings under Events tab.

 

New musical in Milford

Pantochino Productions opens a new musical Noni Cimino’s Kitchen, on Friday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m., at the Center for the Arts in Downtown Milford, 40 Railroad Ave. South, Milford. Inspired by memories of growing up in a large Italian-American family, this production offers a slice of life into the Cimino family and its matriarch, simply called “Noni.” The show run Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 through May 7. Tickets, $20, are available online at pantochino.com or for $22 at door.

 

Irish country comedy

Troubled Bachelors, an Irish country comedy by A.J. Stanley, in the Clan na Gael players presentation with seven Fairfield actors, will take to the stage this week and weekend April 20, 21, 22, at 8 p.m., April 23, at 2:30 p.m., at the Gaelic American Club, 74 Beach Rd., Fairfield. The club has cabaret seating, and drinks at the bar. You may order tickets, $15, via email: betteleary@gmail.com or call 203-767-0117.

 

Original one-act plays

The Spring Street Arts Center at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 82 Spring St., in South Salem, N.Y., will present one-act plays — four original plays by Ridgefield playwrights, Carol Mark and Chris Ceponis, on April 21, 22, 28, 29, at 8 p.m. Mark’s play, Never Too Many and Got No Claim are in this production and her play, Shadows and Light, was a finalist and she received a best director award last year. A number of her plays have been produced at the Ridgefield Theater Barn, The Shades Theater and the South Salem Arts Center. Ceponis’ first two plays, Gondola and A Fair Exchange, are in this production. He has been active in the Theater Barn in Ridgefield and the Arts Center in South Salem, as both an actor and a director.  Tickets, $20 and $15 students, may be reserved at brownpapertickets.com

 

Five decades of fashion

Mannequins on the Runway, Haute Couture and Contemporary Designs of the 20th Century opens Friday night with a champagne reception from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Darien Historical Society, 45 Old Kings Highway North, Darien. The new exhibit displays five decades of fashion with designer outfits from 1940s-1990s. The exhibit runs Tuesdays.-Thursdays., noon-5 p.m., Sundays, noon-3, through summer. There is a $5 donation suggested. For more information, visit darienhistorical.org or call 203-655-9233.

 

Sketching landscape show

Fairfield University Art Museum’s Bellarmine Hall Gallery, at 1073 North Benson Rd. opens a new show, Michael Gallagher – Sketching the Landscape: A Plein Air Journal, on Friday, April 21. On view through Sept. 8, there is a free reception on Sun., April 23, 4-5:30 p.m. Family Day, on April 22 runs from 1-4 p.m.. There are two sessions, arts and crafts activities and a child-friendly gallery tour. Advance registration is required at fuam.eventbrite.com, and for more details, go to Fairfield.edu

 

30 years of art shows

Art in the Barn 2017: Still Crazy After All These Years is the new exhibit opening at a Wilton gallery known as browngrotta in an arts barn at 276 Ridgefield Road on Saturday, April 22, with a reception from 1-6 p.m. Rhonda Brown and Tom Grotta are celebrating their 30th anniversary. More than 80 artists from Europe, Asia, North and South America and the United Kingdom will participate, displaying wall works, art textiles and indoor and outdoor sculptures. browngrotta arts is open only 10 days each year. April 23 through the 30th, the hours will be 10-5. Outside the scheduled hours for the art barn, which is open to the public only 10 days per year, to make an appointment, call 203-834-0623. On Wed., April 26, as part of the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County’s Progressive Gallery Tour, there will be a free tour of the browngrotta exhibit,  6-8 p.m. Reservations are required and may be made at browngrotta.eventbrite.com

 

Sales: books, art supplies, furniture and much more

In Wilton Center, Wilton Library’s annual Gigantic Book Sale debuts Saturday, April 22, from 7-9 a.m. for early buyers with $15 admission, then 9-5, free to public. The sale continues Sunday, noon-5, and Monday, 10-5, when books will be ½ price and Tuesday, 10-3, when they’re $5 per bag. On Saturday and Sunday, there will be silent auctions. Some 70,000 items, sorted in 50 categories, new, used, signed, rare books, CDs and more will be sold at 137 Old Ridgefield Rd. For more details, go to wiltonlibrary.org or call 203-762-3950.

The Square One Theatre Company is having a tag sale at its storage site in the Milford Bank, 2366 Main Street in Stratford, on Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The sale includes furniture, smaller furnishings, stage floral and greenery, paintings, books, rolling racks, kitchen items, bookcases, knickknacks, luggage, lamps, dish sets, rugs, clocks, throw pillows, bedding, storage chests, glassware and more. For more details, call 203-375-8778. 

New Canaan Country School 10th annual Deal Days tag sale is also on Saturday, from 9:30-2:30 with early buying at 8:30 a.m., with a $10 fee. The venue is Watson Gym on the Country School campus, 635 Frogtown Rd., New Canaan. For more information, visit countryschool.net/dealdays

The Art Materials + Equipment Tag Sale is a fundraiser for the Silvermine Art Center at 1037 Silvermine Ave., New Canaan, on Saturday, 10-4. For sale are paints, paper, frames, stretcher bars, cameras, sculpture supplies, art books and variety of donated art equipment and more. For details, go to silvermineart.org.  

 

Maker Faire in Westport

The sixth Maker Faire takes place Saturday from 10-4  at the Westport Library on Jesup Green, the Taylor parking lot and other locations in downtown Westport. There will be artists, woodworkers, builders, musicians, comedians, jugglers, craftspeople and more, all free. Because the event falls on Earth Day, Earth is this year’s theme. Organizers welcome tinkerers, artisans, engineers, schools, libraries, companies and communities, etc. For details, visit  westport.makerfaire.com

 

Art studio tours in N.Y.

The 24th annual RiverArts Studio Tour takes place Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23, 11-5 p.m., when this multi-village event gives the public the opportunity to meet artists in their homes, studios and other venues in Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Hastings-on-Hudson, Irvington, Tarrytown, N.Y. There’s a downloadable brochure with maps at studiotour.riverarts.org or call 914-412-5103 for more information.

 

Studio Day in Ridgefield

In Connecticut, specifically Ridgefield, you can visit artists’ studios through the Ridgefield Guild of Artists’ Open Studio Day on Saturday, when the public may visit seven studios. The day starts with a champagne brunch at Rockwell Art and Framing, 470 Main St., Ridgefield, 10:30-noon. A Pop-Up Exhibit of works from the studio artists takes place, 11-3. Maps and tickets are available at William Pitt Sotheby’s (next door to Rockwell Art) or the guild, 34 Halpin Lane, or rgoa.org. The price of $25 price is for brunch and all the studios on tour, those of Tina Cobelle Sturges, Cynthia Mullins, Nancy Moore, Chris Perry, Karen Cipolla, Erin Nazzaro and Kathy Strickland.

 

New art at Silvermine

HIGHLIGHT: New Canaan  is the new exhibit opening this Saturday at the Silvermine Art Center, 1037 Silvermine Ave., New Canaan, features works by emerging artists based in New York City and Los Angeles. The reception is 6:30-8:30 p.m. Details: silvermineart.org

 

Puerto Rico songs

The Puerto Rican Songbook concert by Ricardo Reyes and the Campo de Humo band will take place Saturday, April 22, at 8 p.m., at the Bijou Theatre, 275 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport. Doors open at 7 and the show starts at 8. Rick Reyes, artist-in-residence at the Bijou last year, says that the Latin music genre brings together the music of various countries and Puerto Rico continues to play a major role, according to an article posted at the Bijou website. “Puerto Rican music continues to be very influential throughout Latin America,” he said. “This concert has simply made some of us ‘stateside Puerto Ricans’ more aware of our place in the world of music — and frankly to understand it better and be proud of our roots.” Tickets, $25, may be ordered at thebijoutheatre.com or call 203-331-8156. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8.

 

Revolutionary Weekend

Danbury Museum & Historical Society, at 43 Main St., Danbury, will feature free and special events on Remember the Raid (by the British in the spring of 1777): Revolutionary Weekend, April 20-23. Connecticut During the Revolutionary War: Provision State & Arsenal of the Revolution is the talk by Eric Chandler, active in living history activities, on Thurs., April 20, 5:30-7 p.m.; Archives After Dark is Friday,  7-10 p.m. with free tours. The topic is Why Danbury? in a talk by museum board member Robert Young at the Cocktails and Conversation event, Saturday 4-6 p.m. The Not-So-Good-Life of the Colonial Goodwife, a Mary Wooster Chapter of DAR fundraiser, will feature Velva-Janz-Urba in a funny and frank interactive presentation with light refreshments and a raffle. Tickets are $10 and registration is required via danburymuseum.org or 203-743-5200.

 

Edison: Inventor & Prankster

The Friends of Greenwich Library will present Thomas Edison: Inventor & Prankster, a Theatreworks USA performance with Broadway veteran Patrick Garner, on Saturday in the library’s Cole Auditorium, 101 Putnam Ave., Greenwich. The free show, which begins at 1:50 p.m., is free, open to all, and is appropriate for kids in 1-6 grades. Assigned seating tickets will be available at 1 p.m., but they are limited to six. For details, call the Friends office at 203-622-7938.

 

Meet Mulan in Ridgefield

The Song of Mulan, a story based on an epic Chinese poem, celebrates culture, honor and the fighting spirit at the Ridgefield Playhouse on Sunday with shows at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets, $15, are available at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795. Kids can meet Mulan after the show.

 

Little Prince in Fairfield

Puppets, live actors and original music will bring to the Quick Center for the Arts in Fairfield the classic story of The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry on Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets, $20, are available at quickcenter.com, 203-254-4010 or 1-877-ARTS-396 (toll free).

 

And coming up…

 

Lunch Hour by Jean Kerr in a play reading, Mon., April 24, 7 p.m., Westport Playhouse, 25 Power Court, Westport, westportplayhouse.org, 203-227-4177; tickets $20.
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The Garden Club of Newtown’s Standard Flower Show, April 25-27, Newtown Municipal Center at Fairfield Hills, 3 Primrose Lane. “A Party in the Garden” exhibits, free, open to public Tues., April 25, noon-9 p.m., Wed. and Thurs., 9-4:30, rain or shine. Info: gardenclubofnewtown@yahoo.com
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Reflections of Einstein, documentary by filmmaker Wally Glickman, free screening Wed., April 26, 7 pm., Katonah Village Library, 26 Bedford Rd., Katonah, N.Y., intro and Q&A with director; info: 914-232-3508.
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On Thurs., April 27, the Valley Shakespeare Festival will perform The Comedy of Errors to benefit Spooner House in Shelton. The show will be presented at II Palio Ristorante, 5 Corporate Drive in Shelton in the Vetro Room downstairs starting at 6 p.m. with pre-show hors d’oeuvres and beverages followed by the show at 7; tickets $40; via eventbrite.com or Spooner House office, 30 Todd Rd., Shelton.