Outdoor stage for ‘Julius Caesar’ in Stamford

Volunteers erected a two-story stage and set for Curtain Call’s Shakespeare on the Green production of Julius Caesar, July 6-9 and 14-16, all at 7:30 p.m. at the outdoor version of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre at Sterling Farms, Newfield Avenue, Stamford. The shows are free with a suggested contribution of $20 per adult, $10 for senior citizens and children. Details: 203-329-8207 or [email protected].

 

Lords of 52nd Street in Milford Friday night

The Lords of 52nd Street. Left to Right, Richie Cannata, Liberty DeVitto, Russell Javors. Photo by Kevin Mocker

The Lords of 52nd Street, the Original Legends of the Billy Joel Band, is the show on the bill at the Milford Performance Center on Friday night, July 7. The Lords of 52nd Street are Billy Joel’s original band, the same band who recorded and toured the world for many years with the “Piano Man.” The band is led by Richie Cannata on tenor saxophone, Liberty DeVitto on drums and percussion, and Russell Javors on rhythm guitar. The performance center is in the Parsons Government Center’s Veterans Memorial Auditorium at the intersection of West Main Street and West River Street, Milford. The doors open at 7 p.m., there’s a private meet and greet at 7:30 and the show starts at 8. Tickets, $40 mezzanine, $45 orchestra, $55 premium, are available at MilfordPerformanceCenter.org or the door.

 

JJ Grey

JJ Grey & Mofro play Ridgefield Playhouse

JJ Grey & Mofro, a rock and blues jam band from Jacksonville, Fla., will play the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Road on Friday at 8 p.m. Kicking off the night will be National Reserve from Brooklyn. Tickets, $47.50, are available at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795.

 

 

 

The public is invited to newly restored tavern (c. 1780) for night of colonial entertainment.

Tavern Night at Fairfield Museum’s Sun Tavern

Fairfield Museum’s 18th Century Sun Tavern and its lawn will be the setting for Tavern Night on Saturday, 6-8 p.m., 370 Beach Road. The public is invited to the newly restored tavern and, like in 1700s, will meet, gossip, sip beer and dance. Reservations, $25, are required at fairfieldhistory.org/event/tavern-night

 

 

 

 

‘Robin Hood’ is outdoor play Saturday

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood is the next Fairy Tale Theater production in the play series by and for young people, opening Saturday, July 8, at a new location, Workspace Education, 16 Trowbridge Drive in Bethel. The Musicals at Richter productions that follow are The Dancing Princesses and The Musicians of Bremen Town (July 15) and The Jungle Book (July 22). They open at 10:30 a.m. for a craft activity, the show starts at 11. These hour-long, interactive adaptations of classic tales also include audience participation, birthday recognitions and a visit with Mother Goose. Visitors are invited to bring blankets or chairs for seating on the lawn. If it rains, the performance moves indoors. Tickets are $5 at the door. There’s a small snack and drink concession available. For more information, visit musicalsatrichter.org, leave a message at 203-748-6873 or email [email protected].

 

Magician with hi-tech tricks

Mario “the Magician” Marchese will appear on Saturday, July 8, from 11 a.m. to noon in the Cole Auditorium of Greenwich Library, 101 West Putnam Avenue. This artist and inventor creates his own props, with Maker Movement and STEAM/STEM initiatives. He integrates DIY electronics and robotics into his performances, which also make use of old-school slapstick. For more information, call 203- 622-7940 or visit greenwichlibrary.org/summerreading.

 

Art of Northeast opens Saturday

Silvermine Arts Center in New Canaan has announced its award winners and finalists in the 67th annual Art of the Northeast Exhibition, Silvermine’s signature show, which is open to artists from Maine to D.C. The show opens on Saturday, July 8. David Kiehl, the Nancy and Fred Poses Curator at the Whitney Museum, served as the 2017 curator for AoNE. Kiehl’s Best in Show was Fairfield resident Rick Shaefer’s large-scale drawing, “Sugar Maple,” done in charcoal on vellum on aluminum, and Honorable Mention went to Claudia Renfro of Pound Ridge, N.Y., for “White Cat” a mixed media work. The Patricia Warfield Jinishian Award in Painting went to Ellen Hopkins of Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y., for “Rockets.” The Andy and Marsha Glazer Award for Painting was awarded to Barbara Marks of Stony Creek for “Recollection #88, Wyoming.” Two prizes were dedicated to sculpture: Corinne Chase of Orange, Mass., received the Mollie and Albert Jacobson Award for Sculpture for her sand-cast bronze work, and June Ahrens of Stamford won the Carole Eisner Award for Sculpture for her mixed media wall piece, “Hidden Promises.” Art of the Northeast runs from the July 8 opening reception, 6 to 8 p.m., through Aug. 20. Hours for the gallery at 1037 Silvermine Road are Wednesday.-Saturday, noon to 5, and Sunday, 1 to 5. For more information, visit silvermineart.org.

 

McDonald and Scaggs ‘Summer Gala’ duo in Ridgefield

Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs

Michael McDonald, left, and Boz Scaggs are the featured performers at the Ridgefield Playhouse Summer Gala on Sunday at 6 p.m. at the nonprofit theater, 80 East Ridge Road. The event includes dinner by top area restaurants, and silent and live auction items (including memorabilia signed by McDonald and Scaggs). Tickets, $250, are available at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795.

 

 

N.Y. Kings of Comedy at The Klein

The New York Kings of Comedy Tour comes to The Klein at 910 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, on Saturday, July 8, at 8 p.m. The show with Rob Stapleton, who’s on The Bad Boys of Comedy on Comedy Central, presents Capone, of HBO’s Def Comedy Jam and host of Amateur Night at The Apollo; Talent, of the 1st Amendment Stand Up, BET’s ComicView; Drew Fraser, of Def Comedy Jam and Comedy Central Presents; and Mark Viera, of Gotham Comedy Live, Comedy Central’s Gabriel Iglesias Presents and Stand Up Revolution. Tickets, $25-$55, are available at theklein.org or 800-424-0160.

 

‘Superhero’ staged reading at O’Neill Center

Superhero is one of the three musicals selected for development at 40th annual National Music Theater Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, 305 Great Neck Road, Waterford. It’s the story of Charlotte and her teenage son Simon, who have been struggling with grief, and each other, since death of Charlotte’s husband and Simon’s father. Through their unlikely friendship with a mysterious man in their building, they move toward reconciliation and renewed hope. Readings are on Saturday, July 8, at 7 p.m.; Sunday, July 9, at 3 p.m.; Wednesday, July 12, at 8 p.m. and Friday, July 14, at 7 p.m. Tickets, $30 ($24 for members), are available at theoneill.org or 860-443-5378.

 

Timmy Maia, band play Wolfe Park

The annual Summer Concert Series at Wolfe Park in Monroe continues Friday, July 7, at 7:45 p.m. with The Timmy Maia Experience, a band which entertains with music of many styles. The Waterbury native and his band members invite audiences to “take a journey with us and we promise to give you 100% of our talent. Come and rock with us.” Guests are invited to bring blankets, chairs and food and beverages. The concert picnic area is on the pool side of park. Vehicle parking sticker are needed to park in main lot; those without stickers can park in the non-stickered/overflow lot. For more information, visit monroerec.org.

 

Actors Annabelle Fox and Matt Tiberi

Singin’ in the Rain opens July 6

Singin’ in the Rain, the musical by Summer Theatre of New Canaan, opens Thurs., July 6, at 8 p.m. in the open-air tent theater in Waveny Park. The show, which runs through July 30, continues Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 4. Tickets are available at stonc.org or 203-966-4634.

 

Series with saxophonist starts Sunday

The Music Mini-Series with Jim Clark, a Norwalk saxophonist, composer and music educator, will play out over three Sundays, beginning on July 9 at 2:30 p.m. in Norwalk Public Library’s main auditorium, 1 Belden Avenue, Norwalk. The series starts with a lecture, Aaron Copland: Dean of American Music. On July 30, there’s a live TED-style presentation and performance, Evolution of the Saxophone. On Aug. 20, there’s Songs from Classic American Films with the Jim Clark Quartet, featuring actress, singer and vocal instructor Tracey Marble. The series is free and open to the public. For more details, contact Cynde Bloom Lahey at 203-899-2780, x15133 or [email protected].

 

Tales of ‘mariners, mooncussers and mutiny’

Renwick Griswold, author of Connecticut Pirates and Privateers: Treachery and Treasure in the Constitution State, will share tales of “mariners, mooncussers and mutiny” at the Pardee-Morris House in New Haven on Sunday, July 9, at 2 p.m. The author of several books relating to the Connecticut River, Griswold is also associate professor of sociology at University of Hartford, with a class in the sociology of the Connecticut River. He is commodore of the Connecticut River Drifting Society. For more details, visit newhavenmuseum.org/visit/pardee-morris-house or call 203-562-4183.

 

Wave Action by Dana Goodfellow

Marine and Coastal exhibit opens in Rowayton

The new Marine and Coastal exhibit opens July 9 at the Rowayton Arts Center at 145 Rowayton Avenue. The artwork, by RAC members, includes paintings, drawings, photos and sculpture. The reception on Sunday from 4-6 p.m. is free. For more information, visit rowaytonarts.org.

 

 

And coming up…

Carole King’s British Summertime Hyde Park concert can be viewed on the big screen at Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Road on Tuesday, July 11, at 7 p.m. Carole King: Tapestry – Captured Live in London is a special cinema event by the multi-Grammy Award-winner, Songwriters Hall of Famer, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. It includes appearances by Tom Hanks, Elton John, Graham Nash, Lou Adler, Danny “Kootch” Kortchmar, James Taylor, David Crosby, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, and includes several Goffin/King compositions. Tickets, $15, are available at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795.

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Stratford Community Concert Band’s second summer concert is on Tuesday, July 11, at 7 p.m. at the Paradise Green gazebo in Stratford. The rain date is two days later. This band, in its 56th season of entertaining the public, will present a selection of familiar music in swing style. All music is arranged by the musical director and conductor, Wayne Hiller of Bridgeport. Attendees are invited to bring chairs or blankets and snacks. Details: band president Bob Sherman, 203-556-4097 or email [email protected]

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The Westport Country Playhouse at 25 Powers Court in Westport, continues its 87th season with Grounded, a contemporary drama about a U.S. Air Force fighter pilot grounded by an unexpected pregnancy, which opens Tuesday, July 11, (and continues through July 29). Performances are Tuesday at 7 p.m., Wednesday at 2 and 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3. Tickets are $30 single. Details on special features and nights, etc. are available at westportplayhouse.org or call 203-227-4177, toll-free at 1-888-927-7529.

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The World Events, History and Culture Book Group begins Wednesday, July 12, at 7 p.m., in the Norwalk Public Library’s Carnegie Room, 1 Belden Avenue, Norwalk. The July book selection: An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back by Elisabeth Rosenthal. The gathering will be led by Ken Hecht, who has been leading book discussions on issues related to world events for more than 12 years. To register. contact Cynde Bloom Lahey, director of library information services, at 203-899-2780, x15133 or [email protected]

 

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