Gifts and thank-you’s, texts and titles

Thanks!

Q.  When my 6-year-old son is invited to a classmate’s birthday party and he either can’t or doesn’t want to attend, do we have to send a gift anyway? A.  No. A gift is expected if he attends, but there is no obligation to send one if he can’t be at the party unless the... Read More

Kids’ Stuff — activities for families

A selection of events planned for youngsters and their families — see other calendar listings for more comprehensive coverage of area performances and activities. SPECIAL EVENTS Mark Twain Library Book Fair, with more than 65,000 books for sale in 65 categories, Aug. 29-Sept. 1; Fri., 9-4 ...

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Ruthless! moves from Ridgefield to off-Broadway

Joel Paley and Melvin Laird are the creators of ‘Ruthless!’; Mr. Paley wrote the book and lyrics and Mr. Laird composed the music. —Photo by Susanne Buckler

The newly revised production of Ruthless!, which debuted last fall at the Ridgefield Theater Barn, will have a short off-Broadway run in September as a fund-raiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Joel Paley, the author and director, who lives in Redding with his partner composer Marvin ...

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Afterdark — Galas, coffeehouses; in the clubs; dinner theater; under the stars

  Since performances are always subject to change, call ahead to confirm. To submit listings, mail or e-mail deadline is two weeks in advance of publication to: Arts & Leisure, Hersam Acorn Newspapers, P.O. Box 1019, Ridgefield, Conn. 06877 or arts@acorn-online.com. * = Suitable for ...

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Trying Out — Auditions and other opportunities in the arts

Darien Arts Center Stage auditions for roles in God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza, Sat., Aug. 23, 2:30-5:30 p.m. and Sun., Aug. 24, 1-4 p.m.; info., darienart.org or 203-655-8683. * Norwalk Youth Symphony auditions for its 57th season beginning Aug. 23, through Sept. 2; all musicians from 4th ...

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Dance — Participatory & 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. Premier Ballroom Dance ...

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

* = Exhibits for children. OPENING Ridgefield Guild of Artists, 34 Halpin Lane; open Wed.-Sun., 12-4, 203-438-8863 or rgoa.org: Art Walk Ridgefield, in Downtown Ridgefield indoors and outdoors, Fri., Aug. 22-Sun., Sept. 14, opening festivities Fri., Aug. 22, 5-7 p.m. at hosting businesses and ...

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