After Dark: Coffeehouse-Style Concerts, Benefits, Galas, Etc.

 

Western Conn. State U. Midtown Coffeehouse, Thurs., Sept. 14, at 8 (open mic), featured act at 9; in the Colonial Corner, Midtown campus, 181 White St., Danbury; free adm., donations accepted; info., 203-837-9700, wcsu.edu. Reopens Aug. 31, with open mic followed by featured act, Ian Murray and Megan Lyon. Next: Sept. 21.

Highland Fling Scotch Tasting, Thurs., Sept. 14, 7 p.m., Norwalk Historical Society fundraiser at Mill Hill Historic Park, 2 East Wall St., Norwalk. Gregg Glaser, spirits and beer connoisseur and publisher-editor of Modern Distillery Age, to lead tasting of six to seven styles of Scottish whiskey; plus appetizers via local restaurants. Tickets $45 before Sept. 11 at norwalkhistoricalsociety.org, then $50 at door.

Get Out! Making Art Public, annual benefit party in tented back patio, Sat., Sept. 16, 5-8 p.m., Franklin Street Works, 41 Franklin St., downtown Stamford; honoring Connecticut arts advocate Tamara Dimitri and Chicago artist Cheryl Pope. Music by Exploit and Industry: DJ team of artist Emily Larned and producer Chris Ruggiero; plus dinner. Tickets start at $65, at 501auctions.com/getout/tickets?type=10602 Info: Bonnie Wattles, executive director, at bonnie@franklinstreetworks.org

Art in Our Community, Loft Artists Association’s annual fundraising event in support of programming, workshops and gallery initiatives, Sun., Sept. 17, 5-7 p.m., Stamford Yacht Club, 95 Ocean Drive West, Stamford; hosted by Bob and Pat Phillips with silent auction, wine toss, beer, hors d’oeuvres, sweet treats and raffle with chance to win one of 12 pieces of art. Tickets $75 at 2017laaevent.eventbrite.com.

Bigger Rig Gig, fall fundraiser hosted by Opus for Person-to-Person, Sat., Sept. 23, 6:30-11 p.m., Ox Ridge Field in Darien. Outdoor event under open-air tent with Going South theme, featuring live music (bluegrass band The Wool Hats and DJ Matthew Mixwell), food trucks, cocktails, games and raffle; supports P2P’s emergency assistance program. Tickets $135 for Opus members, $150 non-members, at opus4p2p.org/fundraiser/brg or by emailing biggerriggig@opus4p2p.org.

Mark Twain Library’s 4th annual Pudd’nhead Prize Gala, honoring Seth Meyers, NBC-TV’s Late Night host and formerly of SNL, Sat., Sept. 23, 5-10 p.m. InSitu sculpture garden, Redding; shuttle from library at 439 Redding Rd. Sponsorships and reservations: Pam Robey. robey@optonline.net or Betsy Higgins, wwhigmo@aol.com. Info: marktwainlibrary.org

Rock The Cure, benefit for American Cancer Society, Tues., Sept. 26, Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, N.Y. Headlining: Brooklyn’s Lizzie and the Makers, plus Garcia’s local favorites and Grateful Dead tribute band, Stella Blue’s Band. Doors open 6:30 p.m., show at 8. Proceeds benefit ACS. Tickets, $15 adv, $20 day of 21-and-older event, at ticketfly.com or 914-937-4126.

Retro 80s Night: The Ultimate Networking Night Out and Benefit for Women in Networking Group, Thurs., Sept. 28, Strand Theater, 165 Main St., Seymour, 5:30- 9:30 p.m. Benefit for WIN, affiliated with Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce in Shelton. Proceeds support WIN Entrepreneurial Grant Program. Happy Hour, 5:30-7, with appetizers, signature drink coupon, cash bar, live 80s musical performance by Sketchy @ Best, and sampling with Tea with Tracy. Interactive stations include selfie booth by Great Event Decorations, chair massage by Welcome Relaxation, live hashtag wall by Gary’s East Coast Service, makeover demonstration by Makeup Makeup and tasting with Wildflour Confections. Door raffle drawings at 7 and special showing of 80s hit movie Working Girl at 7:30. Adv fee for women and men $40; $50 at door. Info: Nancie Gray at Valley Chamber of Commerce, 203-925-4981 or greatervalleychamber.com.

Open Visions Forum, Thurs., Sept. 28, 8 p.m., Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield University, N. Benson Rd., Fairfield. Former U.N. Ambassador Susan E. Rice to present Envisioning Our Global Future: The Limits of Diplomacy. She replaced actor and activist Mark Ruffalo due to schedule conflict. Forum, private dinner reception with Dr. Rice; tickets $150 single, $250 couple, includes lecture, at quickcenter.com or 203-254-4010.

Murder Amongst The Mateys, murder mystery cocktail party to benefit Housatonic Museum of Art in Bridgeport, Fri., Sept. 29, 7:30-10 p.m., Uncle Buck’s Fish Bowl and Grill at Bass Pro Shop, 1 Bass Pro Drive, Bridgeport. Pirates, music, and plenty of rum, as well as chance to purchase keys to “treasure chests filled with plunder,” plus raffle. Ages 21+. Tickets $50 at housatonicMuseum.org or call 203-332-5052. Connected to current exhibit, Scrolls by Joe Zucker. Reception Thurs., Sept. 7, 6-7:30 p.m., free.

Guatemalan Fiesta, Sat., Sept. 30, with cocktails at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30, St. Mary Parish Hall in Ridgefield, sponsored by St. Mary and St. Peter’s parishes with Grupo Quetzal (musical artists) in support of mission to provide clean water and education for children of Santa Maria de Jesus, Guatemala. Families welcome. Guatemalan food, dancing, plus Rene Soto, Guatemalan artist to work with kids and sell paintings; proceeds to benefit mission. Tickets ($25 adults, $5 children (5-12), sponsor donations at stmaryridgefield.org or at parish office, 55 Catoonah St., Ridgefield; 203-438-6538.

Sip and Sketch at WCSU, pairing experience of drawing from live model with wine and refreshments, 7 to 9 p.m., Fri., Oct. 6, Western Connecticut State University’s Visual and Performing Arts Center, Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Ext., Danbury; $25 includes adm., refreshments, basic art supplies; open to adults 21+; reg. at www.wcsuvpac.eventbrite.com. Info: 203-837-8403.

16th annual Pacific House Gala, Fri., Oct. 6, Hyatt Regency Greenwich, 1800 E. Putnam Ave., Old Greenwich. In celebration of Pacific House’s commitment to sheltering and improving lives of region’s homeless individuals. Music, dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions and films about the shelter’s progress. Bobby Valentine to be emcee; 2017 Foundation Award to be presented to Alice Melly for her support of Pacific House; First Congregational Church of Darien to be honored with 2017 Community Award for support of organization for over 25 years.  Reservations begin at $250 per person; tickets, advertising and sponsorship info at PacificHouse.org/gala2017

Gilded Age Gala, Sat., Oct. 14, 7 p.m., Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, 295 West Ave., Norwalk. Cocktails, black-tie dinner, live and silent auctions, and two exhibit previews: newly restored portraits of Ann Louisa and LeGrand Lockwood and Gilded Age Redux, featuring artists from the Rowayton Arts Center; plus presentation by comedian Brian Grossi. Tickets $250 rotunda, $200 adjoining room, 203-838-9799, x4, or email info@lockwoodmathewsmansion.com. RSVP by Oct. 1. Info: lockwoodmathewsmansion.com.

 

CLUBS

Treehouse Comedy Club, Fri., Sept. 15, 8 p.m., below Bistro B, Westport Inn, 1595 Post Rd., Westport: Rick Vos, star of two Comedy Central specials and featured in HBO, BET and other shows, with guest Giancarlo Biondino. Tickets $22 at TreehouseComedy.com or 203-268-5857.

TV Warm-Up Comics, headlining Joey Kola (Comedy Central, Kevin Can Wait, The Tonight Show), Tracey Locke, Mike Burton with host Peter Bales, Sept. 16, 8 p.m., Fairfield Theater Company’s StageOne, 70 Sanford Rd., Fairfield. Tickets $30 at TreehouseComedy.com or fairfieldtheatre.org or 203-268-5857 or 203-259-1036. Sept. 23: Best of Boston Comedy, 8 p.m., Bobby V’s, Windsor Locks; Ben Bailey, headliner, 7 and 9:15 p.m., Westport.

Luc’s Cafe-Restaurant, 3 Big Shop Lane, Ridgefield: “Cafe Musette” featuring Larry Urbon, guitarist. French songs, gypsy swing Mon. and Wed., 7:30-9:30 p.m., info: cafemusette.com

Bernard’s, 20 West Lane, Ridgefield; 203-438-8282 or bernardsridgefield.com: Live music:  Fri., piano, 7-10:30 p.m.; Sat., piano, 7-10:30 p.m.; Sun. brunch, piano, 12-3 (1st Sun./month, Young Musicians).

Note Kitchen & Bar, 227 Greenwood Ave., Bethel; notekitchen.com, 203-917-3411. Thurs., Sept. 14: Leslie Costa w/ Mary O’Hare; Sept. 22: Take October; Sept. 23: The Red Hots; Sept. 24: Jason Bangser; Sept. 25: open mic; Sept. 27: Johnny Chapman; Sept. 28: Emma Kiara & Friends.

Old Post Tavern, 1418 Post Rd., Fairfield, oldposttavern.com, 203-292-8631; live music Fri. and Sat., 10 p.m.

Sono Seaport Seafood Restaurant, 100 Water St., South Norwalk; 203-854-9483, Sun., 3-6 p.m., John Cutrone (johncutrone.com); live music through Sept.

Daryl’s House Club, 130 Route 22, Pawling, N.Y.; darylshouseclub.com or 845-289-0185. Red Baraat, Sept. 14, 8 p.m., $15, $25; Roomful of Blues, Sept. 15, 8 p.m., $20, $35; The Slambovian Circus of Dreams, Sept. 16, 8 p.m., $25, $35; John Popper, The Experience plus Katrina Woolverton, Sept. 17, 7 p.m., $45, $60; Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Sept. 20, 7 p.m., $40, $60; Heart By Heart, Steve Fossen and Mike Derosier of Heart, Sept. 21, 8 p.m., $25, $35.

Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre, 149 Westchester Ave., Port Chester, N.Y.; thecapitoltheatre.com, 914-937-4126. Doors open 6:30 p.m., show at 8. High Waisted Fascinator, Echo Station, Sept. 15, $10 adv, $15; Wolf! with Scott Metzger, On the Spot Trio, Sept. 16, $15 adv, $20; The Magic Beans, SkyDaddy, Sept. 19, $5 adv, $10; Gratefully Yours, Sept. 20.

DINNER THEATER

* Westchester Broadway Theatre, 1 Broadway Plaza, Elmsford, N.Y.; box office, 914-592-2222 or broadwaytheatre.com: Annie Get Your Gun, Sept. 14-Nov. 26. Wed., Thurs. and some Fri. matinees, lunch 11:30, show 1 p.m., Thurs., Fri., Sat. dinner 6:30, show 8, Sun. lunch noon, show 1:30, Sun. dinner 5:30, show 7; $56-$84. Comedy Night (six comics, adult humor, 18+), Sept. 19, dinner 6:15, show 8, $50-$84. The Duprees, with opening comedian, Sept. 26, dinner 6:15, show 8, $50-$84. A Musical Journey Through Italy, starring Franco Corso, with comedian Uncle Floyd and accordionist Mario Tacca, Oct. 9, 6:15 dinner, show 8, $50-$84.