Celebrating Art Blakey

Jazz aficionados are well acquainted with the name Art Blakey, a renowned 20th Century bebop/hard bop drummer from Pittsburgh who teamed with jazz pianist Horace Silver (from Norwalk) in 1954 to form the Jazz Messengers, and helped lead the group to greatness. The group was responsible for the recordings “Moanin’” and “Ugetsu,” two must-haves for …

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Discovery and beyond

Bill Finch grew up during the Space Age and remembers the effect it had on him and his peers in southwestern Connecticut in the 1960s. “There were space shots all the time,” he said of mission launches that eventually landed a man on the moon in 1969. “People were inspired to grow up to be …

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On Exhibit: Opening and ongoing

OPENING Reconstructions, July 21 through Sept. 15, Kershner Gallery, Fairfield Public Library, 1080 Old Post Rd., Fairfield. The exhibit displays paintings by Karen Neems, Cherril Kolesik and Philip Eras. Opening reception, July 28, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Info: call 203-256-3155. ART CENTERS Ridgefield Guild of Artists, 34 Halpin Ln., Ridgefield. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday – Sunday, …

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Kids Stuff: Family fun

SPECIAL EVENTS Future Filmmakers Camp, July 9-20, Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd., Ridgefield. Tweens and teens can learn how to make films on their smartphones.  Enroll online. Fee $1350 for 2 weeks includes film equipment that students get to keep. Info: ridgefieldplayhouse.org. Summer Camp at Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Pl., Westport.  The camp …

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Art with a bang: Fairfield University Art Museum aims to spark conversations on guns

As a way to give voice to those who have been the victim of gun violence, a series of artists are taking part in #UNLOAD: Guns in the Hands of Artists, a new exhibit currently on display at the Fairfield University Art Museum, which runs through Oct. 13 in the museum’s Walsh Gallery. The exhibition …

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