Shakespeare on Sound opens ‘MacBeth’ in Pinkney Park

Claire Shannon Kelly

Shakespeare on the Sound, which is “committed to producing affordable, professional open-air productions of the plays of William Shakespeare and related authors in Fairfield County,” will open its MacBeth 2017 production on Thurs., June 15, at 7:30 p.m., in Pinkney Park, 177 Rowayton Avenue in Norwalk. The production continues Tuesday through Sunday nights each week through July 2 at the same time. MacBeth is directed by Claire Shannon Kelly, the artistic director of Shakespeare on the Sound and a freelance director. Before becoming artistic director, she worked at Shakespeare on the Sound as artistic associate and director of education. Kelly directed last summer’s production of Hamlet. For Shakespeare on the Sound’s mainstage she also directed The Two Gentlemen of Verona, which won the BroadwayWorld.com CT award for Best Ensemble Cast in a play, and the critically acclaimed production of As You Like It. The shows on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are free, with with a suggested donation of $20 for adults and $10 for seniors and children (13 and over). For reserved seating, the fee is $50 per seat in advance. The placement of blankets and chairs starts at 4 p.m., first-come, first-served. General and reserved seating admission to the Friday, Saturday and Sundays shows are charged the same as above. Advance tickets may be reserved at web.ovation.com or purchased at the box office in the park, which opens starting at 3:30 each day of a show. New procedures for placement of blankets and chairs starting at 4 before these shows are listed at shakespeareonthesound.org. Ticket purchasers will be given wristbands as proof of payment, allowing for exiting and re-entering the park. Volunteers will be on hand to assist with the new process. Parking is at Old School Field, a two-minute walk away at 2 Witch Lane, and at Rowayton School, a 10-minute walk.

 

Carnival starts Thursday in Westport

The Yankee Doodle Fair, on the grounds of the Westport Woman’s Club at 44 Imperial Avenue in downtown Westport, actually opens Thursday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and continues this weekend, 6-10 again on Friday; 1-10, Saturday and 1-5, Sunday. This family-oriented, carnival style event includes amusement rides, an international food court, touch-a-boat, a psychic, face painting, sand art, music performances and much more. For more details, visit westportwomansclub.org, call 203-227-4240 and check out Bill of Fairs.

 

Renewable energy series starts with exploring Sun

The Energize Connecticut Center’s Renewable Energy Summer Series, a three-part program, begins Friday, June 16, by exploring wonders of the Sun and solar energy, 6-7:30 p.m. at the center, 122 Universal Drive North, North Haven. The event is free of charge and open to the public. Kids and adults are invited to participate in solar-related activities and experiments, check out a solar panel display and learn about the benefits of using solar energy for the home with Sunlight Solar. The series continues with events July 21, 2-4 and  Aug. 18, 2-4. More details are available from Alysse Rodrigues at 203-799-0460, [email protected] or visit energizect.com/free-family-activity-night-solar-energy.

 

Tom Papa

Tom Papa takes Ridgefield Playhouse stage Friday

Comedian Tom Papa, who has found success in film, television and radio as well as on live stages, will share his wit and wisdom at the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Road, on Friday at 8 p.m. He is host of the hit podcast and SiriusXM show, Come to Papa. Tickets, $35, are available at ridgefieldplayhouse.org and 203-438-5795.

Dawes plays Capitol Theatre Friday night

An Evening with Dawes, a young pop rock and alternative, indie rock and country band from Los Angeles, will take the stage at The Capitol Theatre, 149 Westchester Avenue in Port Chester, N.Y., on Friday at 8 p.m. Their 2013 album, Stories Don’t End was preceded by 2011’s Nothing Is Wrong and 2000’s debut, North Hills. The doors open at 7. Tickets, $35-55, are available at thecapitoltheatre.com or 914-937-4126.

 

“Into the Woods” runs June 16 through July 1 at Danbury’s Richter Arts Center. —
David Henningsen Photography.

‘Into the Woods’ at Richter’s outdoor theater

Musicals at Richter will open its production of Into the Woods Friday night at the Richter Arts Center, 100 Aunt Hack Road in Danbury. “With a clever book by James Lapine and a soaringly beautiful score by Stephen Sondheim, ‘Into the Woods’ takes favorite storybook characters and brings them together to create a new ‘fractured’ fairy tale adventure that is humorous, sophisticated, heartwarming and poignant,” declared an announcement about the production. In its 33rd season, Musicals at Richter bills itself as “the longest-running outdoor theater in Connecticut.” Grounds open 7:15 for picnicking. Performances, which run through July 1, are Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8:30 p.m. with additional, discounted performances Thursday, June 22 and 29. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 seniors and students and $10 for children 10 and under; on Thursdays, they are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, $5 for children 10 and under. Group rates and chair rentals are available. There’s a snack/soft drink concession on site. To reserve tickets and for more details, visit musicalsatrichter.org, leave a message at 203-748-6873 or email [email protected]

 

New musicals in festival Friday and Saturday

MTC’s Festival of New Musicals takes place Friday, June 16,  at 8 p.m. (Stage 1), and Saturday, June 17, at 2 p.m. (Stage 2) and 8 p.m. (Stage 3) at MTC MainStage, 509 Westport Avenue (behind the Nine West Outlet) in Norwalk. The festival includes songs and scenes from new musicals in development by professional musical theatre writers group. It features works from writers such as Beth Blatt, Bill Nabel, Joan Sorkin, Clay Zambo and many others. Tickets are $15 for single tickets, or $35 for a weekend pass to all three stages. Reservations are suggested and they and more information are available at 203.454.3883 or www.musictheatreofct.com

 

‘Hungry Caterpillar’ story, activities Saturday

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, both in the word of the tale and through visiting characters, comes alive at the Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk on Saturday from 5-8:30 p.m. There will be three half-hour storytimes. Kids can watch the caterpillar “eat lots of colorful food on its way to becoming a beautiful butterfly.” Children are invited to come in pajamas. After the story, storybook characters visit the kids and there will be hands-on themed activities. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday, 10-5. Admission is $15 per person, $10 for seniors (over 62). For more information, go to steppingstonesmuseum.org or call 203-899-0606.

 

Teens’ creations in iCreate show at Bruce Museum

Langa Township, chalk pastel by Janey Litvin, grade 12.

More than 40 fine art works selected from more than 700 submissions from teens throughout Connecticut and New York are on display in a new exhibit, called iCreate, that opens Saturday at the Bruce Museum. The museum at One Museum Drive, Greenwich, is open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 to 5. Art Adventures: Pop Art Portraits is a free program on Sunday from 1-3 p.m. Designed for children aged 4 and up and their families, participants will have the opportunity “to craft fun and creative works of art inspired by the museum’s collections and exhibitions.” The inspiration is Andy Warhol’s creations. Continuing there are exhibits such as the Spring into Summer with Andy Warhol and Friends, which runs through Sept. 3; and Last Days of Pangea: In the Footsteps of the Dinosaurs, which runs through July 16. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for students and seniors, and free for children under 5. On Tuesdays, admission is free for all.

 

High School That Rocked: new exhibit in Westport

The Westport Historical Society opens The High School That Rocked show on Saturday. There are roughly 100 vintage visuals, including replicas of concert posters and ticket stubs, local and student newspaper clippings and photos taken of concerts and behind scenes (six iconic Rock and Roll Hall of Fame bands played at Westport’s Staples High School), a clip from a documentary short of the same name, vintage memorabilia, old record player, records, clock radio, etc. The show runs through Sept. 2. The Magical Thinking art exhibit of abstract expressionistic paintings by Westport artist Trace Burroughs opens Friday with reception 6-8 p.m., at the Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place, across from Town Hall. For more details, visit westporthistory.org or call 203-222-1424.

 

Elephant & Piggie in musical adventure

Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play!, a musical adventure based on Mo Willem’s children’s books, will take place on Saturday, with shows at 1 and 4 p.m. in the Children’s Theatre at Center Stage, 54 Grove Street, Shelton. Admission is $15. Kids can have a meet & greet with the cast members and get their autographs after show. Copies of the Elephant & Piggie book will be for sale. For more information, call 203-225-6079 or visit CenterStageShelton.org.

Color in ancient Greek sculpture: free lecture

Color in Ancient Greek Sculpture will be the subject of a lecture by Fairfield University Professor Katherine Schwab on Saturday at 2 p.m., at the Byram Shubert Library, 21 Mead Avenue, Greenwich. Sponsored by the Archeological Associates of Greenwich, the lecture is free. This talk “takes a closer look at the use of color in Greek sculpture and architectural sculpture through new evidence including studies to reimagine the appearance of  the sculptures and how they were perceived in antiquity.” Since 1988, Professor Schwab has taught at Fairfield University. For more details, call 203-531-0426.

Redding Historical Society’s Car Show on Saturday

The Redding Historical Society’s Lonetown Farm Car Show 2017 takes place on Saturday from 10 to 3 at 43 Lonetown Farm Road (Route 107). The show is open to all foreign and domestic collector and custom cars and trucks. The cost for exhibitor cars and trucks is $10 per vehicle, including a driver and one passenger. General admission is $8 per person, and the event is free for children 12 and under. For more information, visit reddinghistoricalsociety.org or call the voicemail at 203-938-9095.

Cartooning (with gift for dad in mind) workshop

A Father’s Day Cartooning Workshop for Kids will be held on Saturday from 11-12:30 p.m. at the Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Road. Museum educator Lola Chen will discuss how cartoons evolved, and will use the society’s current exhibition, Dr. Seuss, Political Cartoons and the Battle Over Isolationism vs Intervention, to show some examples. Kids will have a chance to draw their own cartoon, which may be a gift for Father’s Day. A snack is included, which the children will help prepare. The workshop is suggested for ages 6-12. The fee for members is $10 per child, a maximum of $25 per family; for non-members, it’s $15 per child, a max of $35 per family. To register, go to [email protected] or call 203-762-7257.

Summer Solstice Festival on Saturday

The 9th annual Summer Solstice Festival on Saturday night will run from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Washington Art Association & Gallery, at 4 Bryan Plaza in Washington Depot. The festival will feature food, music, drinks and décor with a Caribbean theme to “transform WAA into a carnival of the senses.” There’s also WAA’s Atelier Sale with art, “Mojito King” and “Soul of Solstice,” Abdo Ballester, with his signature Mojitos. Ginga Brasileira will perform a blend of Samba and Capoeira, and Ochun will play live Cuban music. For tickets, $50, send email to [email protected] or call 860-868-2878.

Jazzholes in benefit concert for Aldrich

The Jazzholes, founded by New Canaan resident Paul McDaniel, will perform in a benefit concert for the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield on Saturday, June 17, at The Heights at Brother Vic’s, a bar and music lounge at 920 Oakridge Commons in South Salem, N.Y., 7 to 9 p.m. The Jazzholes played for dancing on the meadow at the New Canaan Nature Center’s Harvest Festival last fall. Founded by Larry Aldrich in 1964, the Aldrich Museum is “dedicated to fostering the work of innovative artists whose interpretations of the world around us serve as a platform to encourage creative thinking.” Tickets, $40, are available at www.shop.aldrichart.org or at door.

Joe List heads live comedy show

Joe List — goldstar.com

Comedian Joe List is the headliner for the Treehouse Comedy Productions show in Westport, below Bistro B in the Westport Inn, 1595 Post Road on Saturday at 9 p.m. List, star of his own Comedy Central show, was a finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing and has been featured on Conan and the former Late Show with David Letterman. He’s heard regularly on SiriusXM Radio. Joining him Saturday night are Stavros Halkias, the featured act, and Claudia Stavola, the opening act. Tickets, $22.50, are available att TreehouseComedy.com or call  203-268-5857.

 

‘Perfect Pairings’ night aids Discovery Museum

STEM Night Out: Perfect Pairings is a benefit event for the science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning programs at the Discovery Museum on Saturday from 6-9 p.m. at the museum, at 4450 Park Avenue, Bridgeport. Guest are invited to “discover the secrets of perfect pairings, the essence of wines and spirits, delicious cheeses, mouth-watering bites and more, from a host of local purveyors.” They include Ninety9Bottles, Connecticut Distributors, DiGrazia Vineyards, Fortuna’s Catering Co., Maltose Express, Simply Brigette, and Three Girls Vegan Creamery. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free selections are available. The organizers “tie it all together with chocolate and a delicious science twist!” Also, there are a silent auction, balloon roulette, swag bags and more…” Childcare is available to make it a family night. Little ones will have a pizza party and fun science activity. The fee is $25 for the first child, $20 for each additional child. Tickets to Perfect Pairings are $50 and premium tickets are $65 (including swag bag). Tickets and more information are available at discoverymuseum.org or 203-372-3521.

Dalai Lama’s life story: music, words, pictures

Living Compassion, The Dalai Lama’s life story in music, words and pictures will be the subject of a special fundraiser on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Road. The evening benefits the DNKL Tibetan Buddhist Center for Universal Peace in Redding. The presentation is narrated by Tencho Gyatso, the Dalai Lama’s niece, and will be accompanied by the music of Tibetan flutist, Nawang Khechog, the first Tibetan Grammy nominee. Tickets, $35, and more information is available at 203-438-5795.

Burgers, beers after WestPhil concert

Burgers, Beers & B-flat Minor is the title of the Westchester Philharmonic concert on Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Concert Hall at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, N.Y.  With Andrew Litton, conducting, and Conrad Tao on piano, the program will include Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Weber’s Overture to Euryanthe. There will be a post-concert spring BBQ with burgers, beers and more. Tickets, $25 for adults, $12 for  children, are available at westchesterphil.org or call 914-682-3707.

 

Screening of ‘Remember,’ thriller with Christopher Plummer on Sunday

 

Elaine and Christopher Plummer. — Patricia Gay photo

Oscar-winning actor Christopher Plummer is currently starring in five very different films. One is a romantic war drama called The Exception, which recently played at the Tribeca Film Festival. Critics praised Plummer’s portrayal of Kaiser Wilhelm II, the last German emperor and King of Prussia. David Edelstein of Vulture said, “Christopher Plummer can put more shading into fewer syllables than any actor alive.”

Plummer’s other new films are a road comedy called Boundaries; Cliffs of Freedom, a Greek epic; and The Man Who Invented Christmas, a story about Charles Dickens and the real people who served as the inspiration for his characters in A Christmas Carol. Plummerplays Ebenezer Scrooge. A fifth film, due out in 2018, The Last Full Measure, is the true story of a young soldier who does courageous things in the Vietnam war. Plummer plays the soldier’s father.

Despite his busy Hollywood schedule, Plummer, who lives in Weston with his wife Elaine, still has time to support the arts in Fairfield County.

On Sunday, June 18, Plummer will kick off a new season of The Lost and Found Film Series at the Ridgefield Playhouse with a screening of his 2015 film, Remember. Plummer will take part in a Q&A with the audience afterwards, hosted by Ira Joe Fisher. The film series was started by the Ridgefield Playhouse Film Society in 2004 as a way to honor films that have been lost to audiences due to inadequate promotional budgets or lack of Hollywood hype. So when Joseph Consentino, a documentary filmmaker and artistic director of the film society, asked Plummer if he would be interested in making an appearance this season for the benefit of the playhouse, Plummer agreed and said he had the perfect picture for the series — Remember. The film had a modest run in Canada and did not get widespread distribution in America.

Christopher Plummer in Remember.

Directed by Atom Egoyan and written by Benjamin August, Remember is an intense thriller starring Plummer as Zev, a Holocaust survivor and widower who seeks revenge on a Nazi guard who murdered his family. Zev also suffers from dementia, and is helped in his mission by Max, played by Martin Landau. IGN critic Josh Lasser praised Plummer in the film for “an utterly heartbreaking performance.”

Speaking from his home in Weston, Plummer says Remember is unlike anything he has done before. “It was another look at the Holocaust and I thought it was important to do. I don’t think there is any reason not to do films about the Holocaust — to remind people of the extreme danger if they fall into the wrong hands.”

Plummer appears in nearly every scene in the film, which includes a harrowing encounter with a Nazi sympathizer, played by Dean Norris of Breaking Bad, and a frightening German Shepherd that threatens to tear him apart. “Fortunately, off screen the dog was very gentle, a very good dog,” Plummer says with a laugh.

Plummer was pleased with the audience response to the film. “A lot of people were affected by it. I keep hearing from people who have seen it, and it means something to them,” he said.

Catch the Lost and Found Film Series screening of Remember at the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge, Ridgefield, will be on Sunday at 7 p.m. Tickets, $10, may be ordered online at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call the box office at 203-438-5795.

— Patricia Gay

 

And coming up…

 

The Sea Around Us, Sea Squirts Program for ages 3 to 5 takes place at the Connecticut Audubon Society’s Coastal Center in Milford, Tuesday, June 20, 10-11 a.m. The class’ focus is on understanding the “intricate chain of life in the sea.” The series offers a chance to explore the wonders of nature through stories, nature lessons and crafts. Fees: CAS members $8; non-members $10; additional siblings $5. Pre-registration required at 203-878-7440, x.502 or ctaudubon.org/costal-center-at-milford-point

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Antiques Roadshow guest appraiser Kenneth Gloss will visit the Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road, on Tuesday, June 20, 7-8 p.m. Gloss, proprietor of Brattle Book Shop in Boston, will “show some of his favorite finds, describe some of the joys of the ‘hunt’ and explain what makes a book go up in value.” He’ll also talk about the storied past of his bookshop, which goes back to 1825. Details: westportlibrary.org or 203-291-4800.

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Robin R. Salmon, curator of sculpture and vice president of art and historical and historical collections at Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina, will give talk in Allen & Helen Hermes Art Series, on American sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington, Tuesday, June 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Mark Twain Library, 439 Redding Road, Redding. A reception will follow. You may sign up at marktwainlibrary.org or call 203-938-2545.

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The Ridgefield Library is offering Wednesday Art and About Library Art Trips: June 21, at Grace Farm in New Canaan at 10:30 a.m.; July 12, at Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden in North Salem, N.Y. at 10:30 a.m.; July 26 at Weir Farm National Historic Site in Wilton at 9:30 a.m. Registration is required at ridgefieldlibrary.org; fees vary.

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The Ladies of Summer evening, (three authors who have books coming out in time for summer reading), will be held on Wednesday, June 21, at 6 p.m. at the Wee Burn Country Club, 141 Hollow Tree Ridge Road, Darien. Barrett Bookstore in Darien will host this special event with wine and hors d’oeuvres on the terrace and the chance to meet the authors, followed by the authors’ presentation and joint Q&A. Authors: Jamie Brenner (The Forever Summer), Maile Meloy (Do Not Become Alarmed) and Jane Green (The Sunshine Sisters). Tickets, $27, include glass of wine, hors d’oeuvres and 10% discount on books purchased at event; available at barrettbookstore.com or 203-655-2712.

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