Saluting the classy guy, James Garner

James Garner.

He was always one classy guy, a bit of a cynic at times, an eternal optimist at others, frequently flashing a winning smile and speaking with that distinctive voice. For more than 55 years, James Garner — who died last week at age 86 — graced movie and television screens with his patented calm ...

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Some classics from more than 50 years ago

Magnificent Obsession with Jane Wyman.

Checking out the movies on broadcast and cable stations this weekend offers a journey through the history of Hollywood. Take a look at what’s available. Magnificent Obsession (1954) In the 1950s, director Douglas Sirk created a unique visual identify with his stylized approach to stories about ...

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Afterdark — coffeehouses, in the clubs, under the stars

* = Suitable for children. COFFEEHOUSE-Style CONCERTS, BENEFITS, GALAS, etc. Coffeehouse at A Common Ground, Community Center for Arts and Dance, 33 Crosby St., Danbury; 203-791-9850 or acommondground.net: Joey Vee, a founder and primary songwriter for the band The Midnight Blues, ...

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Trying Out — auditions, other opportunities in the arts

Fairfield County Symphony Society welcomes string players over 18 years (violin, viola, cello and double bass); meeting Tuesdays, 7:30-9:45 p.m., Temple Shalom, 259 Richards Ave., Norwalk; info., visit symphonysociety.blogspot.com; no auditions required. Westport Community Band invites ...

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Dance — participatory and performance

Thursday Night Ballroom Dance Party, 7:30 to 11 p.m., all levels, no partner necessary, Ballroom Dance & Latin, $12/person; hosted by Ballroom DanceSport at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 35 Norfield Rd., Weston; info., 203-454-9200 or visit ballroomdancesportct.com. * Connecticut Ballet’s ...

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On Exhibit — museums, arts centers, galleries, etc.

* = Exhibits for children. OPENING Art Society of Old Greenwich Open Juried Show, July 23-Aug. 14, juried by Joel Popadics, prominent watercolorist and teacher; artists’ reception Fri., July 25, 6-8 p.m., the Bendheim Gallery, 299 Greenwich Ave.; open Mon.-Fri., 10-5, Sat.-Sun., noon-4; free ...

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Bill of Fairs, with Farmers’ Markets

* = Things to do with children. * Pequot Library’s 54th Annual Summer Book Sale, Fri., July 25-Tues., July 29; books double the market price on Fri., 9 a.m.-8 p.m., priced as marked on Sat.-Sun., 9-5:30; half-price, Mon., 9-6; $5/bag day, Tues., 9-2; including more than 300 vintage children’s ...

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