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

Western Conn. State U. Midtown Coffeehouse, Thurs., Sept. 28, 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,

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

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 or 203-254-4010.

Cabarets at Center Stage, theater set up nightclub style with tables and chairs and patrons bring own refreshments, 4 Grove St., Shelton. Adm $15. Old School: Never Too Old to Rock & Roll, Sept. 29 and 30, 8 p.m. Ten-piece lineup includes vocals, rhythm section and four- piece horn section; special appearance by Francesca Scarpa. Song list features favorites from Chicago, Steely Dan, The Blues Brothers, Van Morrison and more. Info: or 203-225-6079.

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 or call 203-332-5052. Connected to current exhibit, Scrolls by Joe Zucker. Reception Thurs., Sept. 7, 6-7:30 p.m., free.

Best Darn Jazz Club in Danbury, Fri., Sept. 29, 8 p.m., Colonial Center in Student Center, WCSU’s Midtown campus, 181 White St., Danbury. Open to public; $5 suggested donation. Info: 203-837-9700.

Grupo Quetzal

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 or at parish office, 55 Catoonah St., Ridgefield; 203-438-6538.

18th annual Ladies’ Soirée, Thurs., Oct. 5, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton Center. Theme of fundraiser: Celebrating Women in Literature, with food from Marly’s Bar & Bistro, silent auction, music of Darren Litzie, wine pull and other activities. Tickets $55 at, circulation desk or 203-762-6321.

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 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

Second annual Kitchen Crawl, Oct. 7, 6-9 p.m.; benefit for Norwalk based national hunger relief agency Food Rescue US and efforts to fight hunger in Fairfield County. Chefs in five designer kitchens in Westport. Chefs from Rothbard Ale and Larder (John Vaast), Mecha Noodle Bar (Brian Reilly), The Spread (Carlos Baez), Match Burger Lobster (Matt Storch) and Cask Republic (Carl Carrion) to offer one time only menu as guests move from one house to next. Wine pairings by Stew Leonard’s Wines and cocktail bars in each home. At 8:30, after party with live music, champagne and surprises. New: art auction featuring work of Connecticut based artist Flahn Manly, founder and owner of ICD Creative Studios. General adm tickets $55 and VIP tickets $110 with private ride in luxury electric car from house to house, at

Earthplace Woodside Bash, Sat., Oct. 7, 7-10 p.m., The Nature Discovery Center, 10 Woodside Lane, Westport. Harvest dinner, open bar, live music, craft maple whiskey tasting from Vermont, mechanical bull. Tickets $100 adv, $125 at door, at info: 203-227-7253;

Unchain benefit fund-raiser, Oct. 14, 4 p.m., Grace Farms, 365 Luke Woods Rd., New Canaan. Grammy winner and philanthropist India.Arie will perform at the benefit in an effort to eradicate modern day slavery. Info:

Cocktails & Comedy, The Undies Project annual fund-raiser, Sat., Oct. 14, 7-10:15 p.m., St. Catherine of Siena Church, Riverside. Comedienne Robin Fox, silent auction, cash bar, signature cocktail designed by Debra Ponzek, hors d’oeuvres and desserts by Aux Délices and live piano by Robert Marullo. Tickets at

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 RSVP by Oct. 1. Info:

Pierce Pettis

Voices Café, at The Unitarian Church in Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Rd., Westport; or 203-227-7205, x14. Seventh season opening with country-folk artist Pierce Pettis, Sat., Oct. 14, 8 p.m., doors open 7:30. Tickets $25 adv, $30 at door; website or phone number above. Seating cabaret-style at tables. Reservations accepted for groups of four or more.

A Conversation with Harry Belafonte, award-winning entertainer and social activist, to be featured speaker at Christian Community Action’s annual fundraising event, Wed., Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m., Shubert Theatre in New Haven. CCA (, nonprofit organization, celebrating 50th anniversary; dedicated to providing help, housing, and hope to families and individuals struggling with challenges of poverty. Programs include emergency shelter, food pantry, support services for families that are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Tickets $25-$79 (group rates available) at Shubert box office, 247 College St., New Haven, or 203-562-5666.

60th Birthday Bash, Clay Art Center in Port Chester, N.Y., celebrating 60 years with 10th annual fall benefit, Thurs., Oct. 19, 6-10 p.m., Willow Ridge Country Club, 123 North St., Harrison, N.Y. Tastings from restaurants; signature cocktails; live music, dancing, silent and live auctions. Tickets start at $150 at

Person to Person Transforming Lives Luncheon fund-raiser, Oct. 26, 11 a.m., Wee Burn Country Club, 410 Hollow Tree Ridge Rd., Darien. Author Jeannette Walls will be the keynote speaker. Info:

Light the Night fund-raiser, Sat., Oct. 28, 5 p.m., Harbor Point Commons Park, 101 Commons Park St., Stamford. Walk to raise awareness and research funding for Leukemia and Lynphoma. Info:

Ridgefield Playhouse Gala, Sun., Nov. 19, 6 p.m., 80 East Ridge Rd. Guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and three-time Grammy-Award winner Brian Setzer and his 19-piece orchestra to bring “retro holiday cheer” with Christmas Rocks! Tour. Nick and Anita Donofrio: Gala Award honorees; Arts Volunteer award to be presented to Kerry Anne Ducey. Pre-performance dinner, open bar and auction. Tickets $250 gala and show, $185 show only, at box office, 203-438-5795 or


Carole Montgomery

Treehouse Comedy Club, below Bistro B, Westport Inn, 1595 Post Rd., Westport: Carole Montgomery, headliner, with Brian Cichocki and Davey Lozano, Sept. 30, 8 p.m. Tickets $20 at or 203-268-5857.

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:

Bernard’s, 20 West Lane, Ridgefield; 203-438-8282 or 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;, 203-917-3411. Sept. 28: Emma Kiara & Friends; Sept. 29: Ramblin’ Dan Stevens; Sept. 30: Killian Troupe; Oct. 2: open mic; Oct. 4: Ethan James; Oct. 7: Bone Dry Duo.

Old Post Tavern, 1418 Post Rd., Fairfield,, 203-292-8631; live music Fri. and Sat., 10 p.m. Oct. 21: Bone Dry Duo.

Daryl’s House Club, 130 Route 22, Pawling, N.Y.; or 845-289-0185. The Blasters plus Flat Duo Jets, Sept. 28, 8 p.m., $20, $30; The Blasters plus Flat Duo Jets, Sept. 28, 8 p.m., $20, $30; Spyro Gyra, Sept. 29, 8 p.m., $40, $55; Live at the Fillmore, tribute to Allman Brothers Band, Sept. 30, 8 p.m., $20, $30; Wishbone Ash, Oct. 1, 7 p.m., $20, $30; The Felix Cabrera Band, Oct. 4, 7 p.m., $15, $20; Rhett Miller, Oct. 5, 8 p.m., $20, $30.

Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre, 149 Westchester Ave., Port Chester, N.Y.;, 914-937-4126. Doors open 6:30 p.m., show at 8. The Jukebox Romantics, American Pinup, From Parts Unknown, Babe Patrol, Oct. 1, $10. Texas Flood: a Stevie Ray Vaughn Birthday Benefit for Victims of Hurricane Harvey, Tues., Oct. 3. Ice Petals, Oct. 4, $10. Gil Parris, Oct. 5, $12 adv, $15 door.


* Westchester Broadway Theatre, 1 Broadway Plaza, Elmsford, N.Y.; box office, 914-592-2222 or Annie Get Your Gun, through 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. 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.