CHARLES NEVILLE & JEFF PITCHELL- MARDI GRAS!Saturday,Mar 8
MARDI GRAS! A TASTE OF NEW ORLEANS & THE BLUES
The Palace Danbury Saturday March 8 @ 8pm
Grammy Award Winner Charles Neville, of the legendary Neville Brothers,
is taking the stage with Connecticut blues-man, Jeff Pitchell
of The Texas Flood, for a taste of New Orleans and the Blues!
Charles the sax, flute, and vocals man with the Neville Brothers,
has a Grammy Award and gold/platinum records from 6 different countries.
Jeff Pitchell, who critics have compared to Stevie Ray Vaughan,
has had a #7 record on the National Billboard Charts.
The two have been in the recording studio creating a new CD
entitled “Mardi Gras! A Taste of New Orleans and the Blues”,
which is also the name of their new show!
The Palace Danbury, 165 Main Street, Danbury, CT 06810
Remembering Billie and EllaSaturday,Mar 8
Nicole Pasternak Jazz Quartet featuring Chris Brown
Voices Cafe • March 8 at 8 pm
10 Lyons Plains Rd • Westport, CT
Nicole Pasternak will take listeners on a musical journey
exploring the contrasting artistry of Billie Holiday and
Ella Fitzgerald while highlighting their distinct attributes.
Nicole Pasternak’s Jazz Quartet will include pianist Pete Malinverni,
bassist Rusty Holloway and drummer Tom Melito.
The program will also feature her longtime friend, trumpet player Chris Brown.
Some proceeds benefit KEYS:
KEYS is a non-profit organization based in Bridgeport.
KEYS mission is to bring one-on-one instrumental
lessons and group music instruction to inner-city children
in Bridgeport who have no other access to this
empowering life experience.
For more information: www.keysmusic.org
Chris Brown will conduct a free Music Improvisation Workshop
for instrumentalists and vocalists with any
level of experience from 2 to 3PM.
Contact David Vita at 203/227-7205
x14 for more information and to sign up.
voicescafe.org/ • 203.227.7205 x14
Tickets • advance $22, door $27
FREE FILM-”Shadows of Liberty”Thursday,Mar 6
CT NOFA’s Winter ConferenceSaturday,Mar 1
Saturday, 8:30am- 5pm
Western Connecticut State University, Midtown Campus,
The 2014 Winter Conference is Connecticut’s largest food,
agriculture and sustainability conference and brings into focus
the challenges of the next generation of farmers and how they
affect all of us. Join us to discuss the future of sustainable farming,
celebrate local food and much more.
Western Connecticut State University. Midtown Campus,
181 White Street, Danbury, CT 06810
phone: (203) 308-2584
ALL THE OSCAR NOMINATED SHORTS IN ONE DAY!!Saturday,Mar 1
The Palace Danbury
SATURDAY MARCH 1
1:00 PM ANIMATION
4:00 PM DOCUMENTARIES
8:00 PM LIVE ACTION
The ACADEMY AWARD nominated short films are often the most
creative and surprising films of any kind. They’re also the most
difficult to find. Film fans will have the opportunity to
SEE ALL THE 2014 NOMINATED SHORTS this coming
Saturday in one marathon, eye-popping event!
The Palace Danbury | 165 Main Street | Danbury | CT | 06810
203 794-9944 thepalacedanbury.com
CT FRACKING WASTE HEARINGFriday,Feb 28
A public hearing on Fracking Waste is this Friday,
February 28th in Hartford. Newly introduced legislation to
prohibit the disposal and treatment of fracking waste
in CT will be heard by the CGA Joint Committee on the Environment.
According to the CT Sierra Club, fracking produces millions of
gallons of potentially hazardous, radioactive wastewater laced
with chemicals. States without industrial oil and gas development, such as CT,
can still be impacted by the disposal of fracking waste..
The Sierra Club also states that fracking waste from drilling operations can include:
-Hazardous chemicals, including over 2 dozen known carcinogens;
-Radioactive materials linked to bone, liver and breast cancer; and
-Brine that is five times saltier than seawater, which can corrode sewage
infrastructure and threaten the health of local freshwater ecosystems.
The CGA Environment Committee will hear two proposals
to restrict fracking waste disposal in CT on Friday.
The public is invited to provide testimony. The hearing is in the
Legislative Office Building (300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford),
Hearing Room 2B at 1pm. (sign-up for speakers begins at 11am).
Testimony may also be submitted via e-mail at Env.Testimony@cga.ct.gov.
Film- “All The Labor: The Gourds”Thursday,Feb 27
FREE 7pm, Thursday
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum & CTFF Film Series
The Music at The Aldrich Exhibition:
The relationship between music and visual art has been
both sustained and profound.
“All The Labor: The Gourds”
wraps up the music film part of the program in the closing days
of the exhibition.
For nearly two decades, the Gourds have been the musical
distillation of Austin itself: A label-defying, unpretentious,
gregarious gang of friends whose primary motive is to have fun and
create great music together. ALL THE LABOR captures The Gourds’
enduring brotherhood and magnetic musicianship through candid
conversations, raucous performances, on-tour media interviews
and reflections and insight from friends and family.
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum,258 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877
Film- The Black TulipThursday,Feb 27
LETRA (World Languages Club) of
Western Connecticut State University Presents
A FREE Screening Of:
The Black Tulip
7pm Thursday, February 27
“Black Tulip” is a modern portrait of Afghanistan that
captures the current plight and resilience of its people.
The film was made to give voice to the voiceless people
of Afghanistan by telling a story through the eyes of an
everyday family from Kabul, who remain hopeful despite
constant struggle and tragedy.
Student Center Theater
181 White St, Danbury, CT 06810
CT Transportation Vision SharingWednesday,Feb 26
Vision Sharing Open House
Wednesday, 7-9 p.m. Feb. 26,
(Snow Date: March 5)
Housatonic Community College
Beacon Hall Events Center
700 Lafayette Street
Pat Metheny Unity Group, FairfieldTuesday,Mar 25 to Tuesday,Feb 25
Quick Center for Arts, Fairfield University
Over more than three decades, guitarist Pat Metheny has expanded and blurred boundaries and musical styles. His body of work includes 20 Grammy Awards in 12 separate categories; a series of influential trio recordings; award-winning solo albums; scores for motion pictures; and collaborations and duets with artists: Ornette Coleman, Steve Reich, Charlie Haden, Brad Mehldau, and others. His band, the Pat Metheny Group, is the only ensemble in history to win Grammys for seven consecutive releases.
Last year, guitarist Pat Metheny recorded with a band that highlighted tenor saxophone. Unity Band, which went on to win Metheny his 20th Grammy Award, featured Chris Potter on sax and bass clarinet, longtime collaborator Antonio Sanchez on drums, and Ben Williams on bass. Now, Metheny has added multi-instrumentalist, Giulio Carmassi, and christened the ensemble Pat Metheny Unity Group.
Quick Center for Arts, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT 06824
PETE SEEGER SING-ALONGSaturday,Feb 22
SING-ALONG in memory of PETE SEEGER
and his wife, TOSHI
Saturday – February 22nd, 3P.M.
Christ Church, Hampton St.
Sag Harbor, N.Y.
Songs will be led by The Musical Suspects:
Terry Sullivan, Dan Koontz and Bill and Ben Chaleff
Directions at www.christchurchshny.org
Frank Pizza & Chip Wheat in Theme NightRoy Arias Studio Stage 2 Tuesday,Feb 11 to Sunday,Feb 16 at 2/11 @ 8:15pm 2/15 @ 6:30pm 2/16 @ 7:15pm
Frank Pizza & Chip Wheat in Theme Night
Written by Chip Wheat/Directed by Guillermo Suescum
“Two old men in two bad costumes, too old for a night at the Tiki Bar”
Roy Arias Studio Stage 2
300 West 43rd Street- 4th Floor
New York, NY
$14/ Box Office: MidtownFestival.org
Band Together MotownSaturday,Feb 15
7:45PM, doors open at 6:30PM.
Downtown Cabaret Theatre, 263 Golden Hill Street, Bridgeport, CT.
All proceeds will benefit Sterling House, and their programs to support the educational, and recreational needs of low income families and young people in Stratford, CT.
This Motown Concert features Carole Sylvan, Tracy James, Soul Tempo, Bill Harris, Tim DeHuff, Steve Gaspar, Mike Marble, Jerry Vigorito, and Rob Fried.
Ticket info: Patty Calabrese at 203-378-2606, ext 107, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beatles- “IT WAS 50 YEARS AGO TODAY…”Friday,Feb 7 to Sunday,Feb 9
Bay St. Theatre, Sag Harbor, NY
Special weekend celebrating the arrival of THE BEATLES to America!
Fri., Feb. 7 8 pm
LEGENDS: THE BEATLES, a film by Joe Lauro. $15
Sat., Feb. 8 8 pm
CELEBRATING THE BEATLES , a concert with East End Musicians playing songs from The Beatles. $25 advance; $35 day of event. The evening is hosted by Cynthia Daniels (host of Monk Music Radio)
Sun., Feb. 9 7 pm
THE BEATLES ON ED SULLIVAN, watch the original 1964 show on the big screen! $5
(FAB 4 FAN Pass that gives you access to all three nights for $40)
www.baystreet.org or 631-725-9500
Bay St. Theatre, The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor, NY, 11963
Box Office (Tues. – Sat.,11am-5 pm)
The Lifeguard (POSTPONED)Sunday,Feb 9
SHOW POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER
Sunday, February 9th, 6:30pm,
Presented by the Ridgefield Playhouse Film Society
It’s written and directed by former Ridgefield, CT resident, Liz Garcia.The film stars Kristen Bell, Joshua Harto (actor/producer), Mamie Gummer (Meryl Streep’s daughter), Martin Starr and Academy Award winner, Amy Madigan.
In The Lifeguard, a former valedictorian quits her job as a reporter in New York and returns to the place she last felt happy: her childhood home in Connecticut. At age 29, Leigh (Kristen Bell) decides, rather quickly and rather selfishly, to move back in with her parents. She is having an existential crisis and life just hasn’t turned out the way that she had hoped it would. “Dramedy” ensues.
Q&A with writer/director Liz Garcia, actor/producer Joshua Harto, and producer Mike Landry
Adults $10 • Seniors $7.50 • Students $5.00
For information: ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795.
The Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Ave., Ridgefield, CT 06877
Buskin and BatteauSunday,Feb 9
Acoustic Celebration, Ridgefield CT
David Buskin and Robin Batteau will be back in Ridgefield
performing for the Acoustic Celebration on Sunday, Feb 9 at 4p.m.
The duo, which actually consists of three, includes percussionist
Marshall Rosenberg. They have been making music together
since the late 1970s. While they spring from the folk tradition,
today their music is more pop than folk, more lush than spare.
Both are master musicians apart from their songwriting abilities,
David on keys and Robin on violin. The Washington Post describes
them as “…an amalgam of melodic, sensual pop, folkie grit and killer wit.”
Buskin & Batteau will be performing at Temple Shearith Israel,
46 Peaceable Street, Ridgefield .
$22 tickets are available online at www.acousticcelebration.org.
Remaining tickets at the door $25.
BEAUTIFUL SPECTACLE 3Friday,Feb 7
8PM to Midnight
Presented by The FC Beat Magazine and The Factory Underground Studios
Spectacle 3 celebrates a diversity of arts, and has food and, libations from area restaurants. This year, four live music acts: Edisun, Funky Dawgz Brass Band, Karen Zimmer, and JPiFF, (plus DjGroove Seven spinning in the gallery all night), with dancing, and drawings for tickets to: FTC, The Capitol Theatre, and Ridgefield Playhouse. Also, pole performance by Work It Dance & Fitness, and Belly Dancing by Tava.
Preview “A Beautiful Crime II,” an exhibit of works by some of the east coast’s most renowned street artists. The full show will open in March, at Read’s Art Space, 1042 Broad Street, Bridgeport, CT.
Beautiful Spectacle III at F.U.S., 16 Isaac St Norwalk, CT 06850
Ticket info: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/559464
Band Together- “A Night In Funky Town!”Friday,Mar 7 to Friday,Feb 7
ROCKIN’ AROUND THE DECADES II
6PM Cocktails/Silent Auction; 7PM Dinner and Music
Rockin’ Around The Decades returns with “A Night In Funky Town!”
at the Holiday Inn in Bridgeport for a fun filled night with M.C., Fred Garrity, Jr.,
great food and music by Band Together.
Benefits The Center for Family Justice. The Center provides free
and confidential services to victims of Domestic Violence,
Sexual Violence, and severe child sexual and/or physical abuse.
Tickets- $75 Per Person. Cash bar.
Holiday Inn, Bridgeport, CT
Info-Sarah Lubarsky at 203-334-6154, ext. 31 for more information.
WPKN’s Bob Marley Birthday On-Air DriveThursday,Feb 6 to Friday,Feb 7
Thursday & Friday
7am Thursday-7pm Friday
Celebrate Bob’s 69th with PKN’s finest
programmers playing all the classic Marley,
covers, interviews and more on 89.5FM
and streaming at wpkn.org!
The Ridgefield Playhouse
In a career spanning four decades, Irish musical group Clannad has created a musical style that entwines traditional and modern elements with their native country’s past and future. The group has sold more than fifteen million records worldwide. Clannad has won awards including: a GRAMMY, a BAFTA, an Ivor Novello, and Billboard’s “World Song of the Year.”
For information: ridgefieldplayhouse.org, or call 203-438-5795.
The Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Avenue, Ridgefield, CT 06877
Women’s Center- “Hearts of Hope” BreakfastWednesday,Feb 5
(Snow date: Thursday, February 6th)
Fox Hill Inn, 275 Federal Road, Brookfield, CT
$25 per person, or $250 to host a table of 10
Special Guest Speaker Cathy Bristow, founder & principal of NYC-based consulting firm BRIDGES, was the first woman, and African American Chief Union Negotiator, in the wine industry, and first African American woman to receive a Daughters of American Revolution Award.
Tickets at: 203-731-5200, or www.wcogd.org
The Women’s Center provides free and confidential services to prevent or lessen the trauma associated with domestic violence, sexual assault, and other major life transitions to thousands of women, children, and men annually.
Amnesty, Human Rights ConcertWednesday,Feb 5
Bringing Human Rights Home Concert
Barclays Center, Brooklyn NY
Amnesty International’s Bringing Human Rights Home concert
at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center will take place, Wednesday, February 5 at 8pm ET
and features Imagine Dragons, The Flaming Lips, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Tegan and Sara,
The Fray, Cold War Kids, Colbie Caillat and Cake – each will perform,
with Madonna introducing members of Pussy Riot. Blondie, Bob Geldof,
Yoko Ono and Susan Sarandon will be on hand. Expect more guests and surprises.
Pre-taped video messages from Peter Gabriel and Sting will be shown as they
pass the torch of human rights activism to a new generation of artist-activists.
Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning grassroots activist
organization with more than 3 million members in more than 150 countries
campaigning for human rights worldwide. The organization investigates
and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public, and works
to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.
BlackRock Rocks Mardi GrasSaturday,Mar 1 to Saturday,Feb 1
This Saturday, March 1st, BlackRock
Rocks Mardi Gras is a celebration where
you can party with a purpose.
It’s a taste of New Orleans in Bridgeport featuring
over two dozen bands and New Orleans
inspired food. The annual fundraising party
starts in the afternoon and goes into the night
on Fairfield Avenue at: Acoustic Café,
Fire Engine Pizza, Tautog Tavern and B.R.Y.A.C!
The celebration benefits
which provides music lessons to under-served students in Bridgeport.
More Information on BlackRock’s Mardi Gras,
this Saturday, March 1st, is at blackrockrocks.com.
Caravan of Thieves- Huntington FolkSaturday,Feb 1
Saturday, Open Mike at 7:30PM – Performer at 8:30PM
If Django Reinhardt, the cast of Stomp and the Beatles all had a party at Tim Burton’s house, New England’s Caravan of Thieves would be the band they hired. Driving gypsy jazz rhythms, acoustic guitars, upright bass and violin lay the foundation for mesmerizing vocal harmonies and fantastic stories.
General Admission $25
Membership Admission $20
First Saturday Concerts
Congregational Church of Huntington
30 Washington Drive, Centerport, NY
For more info: fmsh.org/events/event/caravan-of-thieves/, or call 631-425-2925
The Audio Video Experiment Film FestivalFriday,Jan 31 to Saturday,Feb 1
The University of Bridgeport’s Schelfault Gallery
A first annual new media show presenting experimental film and video. This multimedia show features video and film running on many different screens; different formats of film, for approximately 3 to 4 hours or the duration of the event. Screens will be put up at different points of the room. Filmmakers can bring their films for an impromptu screening.
Artists presenting include:
* The Convent of the Sacred Heart Film Club, * DeMilio music,
* Lisa Seidenberg * Rob Parkman, * Greg Catalano, * Doug Poger,
* Luna Vigilo Productions Liquid Nitrate Films * NuMedia & you!
Friday Jan. 31st 6PM-10PM
Saturday Feb. 1st 6PM- 10PM
The Schelfhaudt Gallery Shintaro Akatsu School of Design (SASD)
University of Bridgeport Arnold Bernhard Center (ABC)
84 Iranistan Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604
RSVP: e-mail email@example.com
Playwriting ContestWednesday,Jan 1 to Friday,Jan 31
Slant of Light Productions
OPEN TO ALL AGES
Slant of Light Productions is currently accepting submissions for its SNAPSHOTS Program Writing Contest. The winning pieces will receive a complete workshop of the piece within Slant of Light Productions, as well as a space in the 2013/2014 SNAPSHOTS Program, with it’s writer credited as playwright.
“SNAPSHOTS” teaches students the value of a high self-worth. High self esteem in teens promotes emotional and physical safety by combatting dangerous personal behaviors and belief systems. They educate students about relevant social issues including eating disorders, domestic violence, bullying, sexuality, and drug abuse, providing snapshots of these epidemics in theatrical form.
*submissions are accepted from ALL ages, we encourage high school, and college age students to submit pieces*
*they must be approximately 45 minutes in length*
*and they must explore specific social topics, focusing on elementary, middle, high school, or college age students*
Please contact Stacy at: firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Phone number: 203-605-5367
Deadline: January 31
Texas ShortsThursday,Jan 1 to Wednesday,Jan 22
“Texas Shorts Program II”
TEXAS IS BIG, but the films are short!
A selection of some the best short film projects funded by: The Austin Film Society, Texas Film Commission and The Houston Film Commission
Bethel Cinema, 269 Greenwood Ave., Bethel, CT
-Katrina’s Son- www.exodusfilmworks.com
-Love Bug (6:00 min., Hi-Def) www.candlerproductions.com
-Der Vater (The Father) (15:16 min., Canon 5D Mark 2)
-Mnemosyne Rising (20:08 min., 35mm)
-The Natural Order Of Things (31:49 min., RED ONE/4K)
-Never Do This (2:15 min., Hi-Def) scottricefilms.com
Bonus Short Film Made In CT
Filmmaker: Cal Robertson
Dog Ghost (13:00 min)
Tickets For The Texas Shorts Program II: Gen Adm. $10.00
Seniors & Students $8
Acoustic Celebration- Tim GrimmSunday,Jan 19
Tim Grimm from Indiana has toured and recorded with his friend, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott,
appeared with Harrison Ford in the film Clear and Present Danger,
and has shared the stage with writer and poet Wendell Berry. His recording,
The Back Fields was named Best Americana Album in 2006 at the Just Plain Folks Music Awards in Los Angeles.
Tim will perform along with Ben Bedford (www.BenBedford.com) for the Acoustic Celebration, Sun. Jan 19 at 4:00 p.m. in North Hall of St. Stephen’s Church, 351 Main St, Ridgefield, CT.
Tickets are $20 in advance at www.acousticcelebration.org. $25 at the door.
WPKN Music on Film- Gram ParsonsMonday,Jan 13
WPKN Music on Film Series Presents:
Gram Parsons Fallen Angel
The Bijou Theatre, Bridgeport, CT
On September 19, 1973, the musician and heir to a million-dollar fortune died under the influence of drugs and alcohol near his favorite place – the Joshua Tree National Monument in the Californian desert. As the founder of the Flying Burrito Brothers, a member of the hit-making, legendary Byrds, an important influence on the Rolling Stones and the man who catapulted Emmylou Harris to fame, Gram Parsons made music history in only a few years.
Mon 1/13- Doors Open at 6:00pm, Show Starts at 7:00pm
General Admission: $15
The Bijou Theatre, 275 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604
“Live Magazine at the Falls”Sunday,Jan 12
Derek Bolcer is with us at “Live Magazine at the Falls” at Cobb’s Mill on Sunday, January 12, 4pm. Derek is one helluva talented guy whose incantations on love and hurt and life are profoundly true and touching. He calls it “Slam” poetry. We call it, “Stop ad Listen” material. It will be an afternoon of stories, a staged play, a word game from “found art” and original music. WPKN’s Richard Epstein will be making his first appearance on alto sax with Duncan Christy, who composed the original music and plays piano and guitar.
Cobbs Mill, 12 Old Mill Rd., Weston, CT
Access Health CT- BethelWednesday,Jan 8
MoveOn Civic Action
Host: Mary L.
Where: Bethel Library, 189 Greenwood Ave (in Bethel, CT)
When: Wednesday, January 8th, 4:00 PM
What: Certified Assisters and Brokers from Access Health CT will be at Bethel Library 1/8/14 to answer your questions and help you enroll for the new health care insurance options under the Affordable Care Act. Attendees can ensure that they get covered under the new health care law!
Contact: Adult Services 203-794-8756 ext. 4
NEW HAVEN TOYS FOR TOTSSaturday,Nov 16 to Sunday,Dec 22
Long Wharf Theatre will be a Toys for Tots drop-off center from now through December 22, 2013.
Members of the community can drop new, unwrapped toys in collection boxes at Long Wharf Theatre, from 10 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday, or up until show time on performance days. Marines pick up these toys and store them in central warehouses where they are sorted by age and gender. At Christmas, the United States Marines, with the assistance of local social welfare agencies, church groups, and other local community agencies, distribute the toys to the less fortunate children of the community.
Long Wharf Theatre, 222 Sargent Drive, New Haven, CT 06511
Call: 203-787-4282, or visit: www.longwharf.org
For information about the Toys for Tots program, visit: www.toysfortots.org
Film & Discussion “Our Children At Risk”Wednesday,Dec 11
Wednesday, 7 PM
Open to the public
Milford Library, Milford,CT
The Film’s focus is on toxic chemical exposures, such as pesticides, and the ill health effects to children, infants, and our environment. Dr. Jerry Silbert, trained in pathology, laboratory medicine, and environmental health, will facilitate the discussion.
Milford Library, 57 New Haven Ave., Milford, CT 06460
RSVP Joyce: email@example.com
Cornwall Contra DanceSaturday,Dec 7
Swing into the Holidays at the Cornwall Community Contra Dance on Saturday, December 7th, 7:00PM, at the Cornwall Town Hall, Cornwall, CT. Live old timey music from Still the Homegrown Band, with teaching and calling by Patricia Campbell. All ages welcome. No partner, OR experience necessary! A donation is requested to pay the caller. For information call Jane at: 860-672-6101.
Town Hall, 26 Pine Street, Cornwall, CT 06753
TARRYWILE ARTISAN CRAFT FAIRSunday,Dec 1
10 AM – 3 PM
The Friends of Tarrywile are hosting their annual Artisan Craft Fair just in time for holiday shopping.
Tarrywile Park is 537 acres of mostly dense forest and open fields, sprinkled with streams, ponds, and orchards. Tarrywile Mansion and Hearthstone Castle are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Entry Fee: $5
Tarrywile Park, 70 Southern Blvd., Danbury, CT 06810
SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAYSaturday,Nov 30
Small Business Saturday is an American shopping “holiday” held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving during one of the busiest shopping periods of the year. First observed on November 27, 2010, it is a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which feature big box retail and e-commerce stores respectively. By contrast, Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local.
In 2010 the holiday was conceived and promoted by American Express via a nationwide radio and television advertising campaign. OK, it was conceived by a mega-multinational but, it’s still a good idea. A good day to buy from and support the small merchants in your community.
Music of GrappelliSunday,Nov 24
Sunday, November 24, 6:30PM – 8:30PM
On November 24th, an homage to the music of Stephane Grappelli,
jazz violin virtuoso. Along with Django Reinhardt, Grappelli
founded The Quintette of the Hot Club de France, active from 1934 to 1948.
Music of Grappelli is led by bassist Jon Burr (www.jonburr.com), who
performed with the Stephane Grappelli Trio from 1986 through 1997.
Joining him are Howard Alden (www.howardalden.com), who created and
performed the guitar style of the Django Reinhardt in Woody Allen’s film,
“Sweet and Low Down”; Jonathan Russell (www.jonathanjazz.net),
jazz violinist and composer; and Bria Skonberg, the
trumpeter/cornetist/vocalist, the Downbeat Rising Star of 2013.
The first set begins at 6:30PM.
$22 cover charge (includes CT tax)
Sarah’s Wine Bar, 20 West Lane/Route 35, Ridgefield, CT 06877
Reservations Recommended: 203-438-8282
Bridgeport PAL Christmas VillageSaturday,Dec 7 to Saturday,Nov 23
A wonderland of beautiful Christmas trees, animated Christmas scenes and visit with Santa Claus.
Open Dec. 7th – Dec. 23rd from 1 p.m.-8 p.m. daily
Special Opening Day Event
Holiday Parade for children ages 11 and under
Saturday, December 7th at 12:30 p.m. with
Registration from 10:30 a.m. to noon
*Wear a costume* Make a Float* Prizes*
Infants and children to age 11 will receive a gift from Santa
Admission – $2.00 per person Photo with Santa – $10.00
For more information:
Bridgeport Police Activities League
7 Quarry Road, Trumbull, CT 06611
SURVIVING MOMMIE DEARESTSaturday,Nov 23
A Conversation with CHRISTINA CRAWFORD
American Legend Series, Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT
The Edgerton Center presents Surviving Mommie Dearest – A Conversation with Christina Crawford– on the Campus of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut on Saturday, November 23, 8pm.
Christina Crawford, Joan Crawford’s daughter, will introduce her bio-pic film documentary, the after the screening she’ll return to the stage for a Q&A. Christina Crawford is an internationally recognized, best-selling author and advocate for adoption reform, the rights of women and children, and a pioneer in making family violence an issue of national concern.
Tickets to the event are: $25- General Public, $15- Senior Citizens/Faculty/Staff, $10 – Students
Ticket info: 203.371.7908 (Mondays through Fridays from noon-4pm), at box office of the Edgerton Center or Online at EdgertonCenter.org
JOCELYN MEDINA QUARTETFriday,Nov 22
8pm The Milford Arts Council presents vocalist/composer Jocelyn Medina. Her music crosses cultures, creeds and continents. Jocelyn’s original music fuses elements of Brazil, Spain, Africa and India with jazz harmonies, funk grooves and adventurous improvisations delivered through compelling lyrics and a distinct sound.
For more information on Jocelyn visit www.jocelynmedina.com
Tickets $25 ($20 MFAC members) Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Avenue, Milford CT 06460 203.878.6647 www.milfordarts.org *****************************************************************************************************************
FILM: “Brilliant Mistakes”Wednesday,Nov 20
Directed & Produced In CT
Film, Q&A and After Party
Marcus Wright (Daniel Dambroff), a young English teacher from a quiet New England town is in love with Gabby (Elise McNamara). In a strange twist of fait, their lives are ripped apart by tragic events, spiraling Marcus’s life out of control. He stumbles into a new friendship with a young author named Elliot. Marcus and Elliot are drawn together at a support group where they are forced to meet the realities of their own personal tragedies. Here, they forge a strong kinship, neither of them knowing they each share a connection much closer than they realize.
Tickets: $15. Film, Q&A and Party, $10. Film Only
Bethel Cinema 269 Greenwood Ave Bethel 06801
Tickets: 203-778-3100 www.bethelcinema.com
“America’s Music”: Film History SeriesMonday,Nov 18
Fairfield University invites the public to “America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway,” a series of documentary screenings and scholar-led discussions on 20th century American popular music at the University’s DiMenna-Nyselius Library. Events are free and open to the public.
Designed for a general audience, “America’s Music” will introduce genres of American popular music that are deeply connected to the history, culture, and geography of the United States.
Each hour-long session focuses on a uniquely American genre, including Broadway, jazz, bluegrass and country, rock ‘n’ roll, and hip hop. They will take place in the Library’s MultiMedia Room.
- Monday, November 18, 7:30 p.m. – Laura Nash, Ph.D., professor of music, will present Latin Rhythms from Mambo to Hip Hop.
- Monday, November 25, 7:30 p.m. – Dr. Nash will introduce Country and Bluegrass.
- Monday, December 2, 7:30 p.m. – Brian Torff, director of the Music Program, will present Swing Jazz.
- Monday, December 9, 7:30 p.m. – Dr. Torff will discuss Rock.
TAJ MAHAL – WORLD BLUESSaturday,Nov 16
with Vusi Mahlasela and Fredericks Brown
Quick Center for Arts
Saturday, 8 pm
7:15 p.m. – Pre-performance discussion with Brian Torff, Fairfield University professor of music
World Blues is a celebration of American blues music’s global influence, as seen from three very diverse points of view and three international points of origin.
Anchored by iconic folk-blues legend Taj Mahal, the evening will also feature the soulful South African blues of guitarist/vocalist Vusi Mahlasela and the more modern rock-and-roll perspective of Fredericks Brown, a New Zealand-based band featuring Taj’s daughter, Deva Mahal.
Quick Center for Arts, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT 06824
$45, 40, 35
FILM- “CASTING BY”Friday,Nov 15
The Ridgefield Playhouse Film Society presents “Casting By,”. The feature documentary, puts the spotlight on the casting director and takes us on a fast-paced journey through the last 50 years of Hollywood history.
“Casting By” received awards at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, the 2012 New York Film Festival and the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival and won the Audience Award at the 2013 Sebastapol Film Festival.
The documentary includes interviews with major casting directors including: Gretchen Rennell, Amanda Mackey, Lynn Stalmaster, Marion Dougherty and many of the actors they discovered: Dustin Hoffman, Jeff Bridges, Robert Duvall, Clint Eastwood, Diane Lane, Robert Redford, Glenn Close, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, and Meryl Streep.
At the Q&A following the screening, producer/director Tom Donohue, editor Jill Schweitzer, executive producer John Balis, and casting director Gretchen Rennell, will discuss the importance of the casting director in filmmaking.
Information: ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795.
The Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Ave., Ridgefield, CT 06877.
Gypsy Jazz with Swing de JourFriday,Nov 15
(the fabulous 4-some)
Howie Bujese- violin
Norman Plankey- rhythm guitar
Larry Urbon- guitar
Eric Van Leer- Bass
Fairhaven Furniture/River Street Gallery
Friday, Nov 15th, 7pm
72 Blatchley Ave., New Haven, Connecticut 06513
800 404 4754
Benefit Concert for Black Rock School and Sandy Hook PromiseSunday,Nov 10
Amber & G
The Bobby Paltauf Band
Sunday, November 10th 4pm.
Donation- $10, $5 (under 12)
(Note: Those under 21 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian)
The Acoustic Café, 2926 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, CT.
Information on this event and others at the Acoustic Café:
www.acousticafe.com or 203-335-3655.
Band Together- Country & Southern SoulFriday,Nov 8
7:30pm, Fairfield Theatre Company
All proceeds will benefit Connecticut Challenge in Fairfield CT http://www.ctchallenge.org and their programs to support cancer survivors.
The concert of Country & Southern Soul features:
Christine Ohlman, Laura Merrill, Eric Bleile, PJ Pacifico, Scott White, Ada Pasternak, Tyger MacNeal, Jerry Vigorito and Rob Fried.
Fairfield Theatre Company, 70 Sanford Street, Fairfield
Tickets info: (which are $29)
http://www.fairfieldtheatre.org/ or 203-259-1036
Film- Good Old FredaFriday,Nov 8
Danbury Palace, Danbury CT
50 years ago, a shy Liverpudlian named Freda Kelly was asked to work for young local band who were hoping to make it big. Although she had no idea how far they would go, Freda had faith in them. In GOOD OL’FREDA, Freda shares her insider’s perspective on the Beatles… the band that changed the world.
All Tickets $12
The Palace Danbury 165 Main Street Danbury Ct 06810
http://www.thepalacedanbury.com/ or (203) 794-9944
North Fork Audubon Society Holiday CelebrationSunday,Dec 8 to Friday,Nov 8
Sunday, 4-7 Pm
Founders Landing, Terry La. At Hobart Rd., Southold, NY
$35 Per Person
Buffet Dinner, Dessert And Coffee (BYOB)
Live music, silent auction and our traditional game of ”Jepbirdy”
Please RSVP By December 1, 2013.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or
Greg Trooper- acousticelebrationSunday,Nov 3
Greg Trooper will sing his own songs when he makes his first appearance in ridgefield at the acousticelebration on Sunday, nov 3 at 4pm. The concert takes place in the intimate library of temple Shearith Israel located at 46 peaceable st. , Ridgefield, CT.
Greg Trooper’s eleventh album, “Upside-Down Town” was released in 2011 to widespread kudos. His songs have been recorded by Steve Earle, Vince gill, Billy Bragg and many others. His music is a combination of roots rock and Americana with bluesy overtones influenced by the sounds of Memphis, greenwich village and Nashville.
Tickets are $18 in advance at www.acousticcelebration.org .
Free State-Sponsored Forum : Long-Term Care InsuranceNorth Haven Tuesday,Nov 12 to Saturday,Oct 12
Free State-Sponsored Forum
on Long-Term Care Insurance and Retirement Planning
You can learn about planning for future long-term care costs at the public forum, “The Missing Link in Retirement Planning – Why and When to Consider Long-Term Care Insurance.” It will be held November 12th , 6pm, at the North Haven Holiday Inn, 201 Washington Avenue, North Haven.
The State of Connecticut and the South Central CT Area Agency on Aging, will present this free, two-hour session. The program is open to the general public. No insurance sales will take place.
Attendees will gain a better understanding of: (1) the risks and costs of nursing home and home care and why it’s important to consider these factors in retirement planning; (2) what you need to know before buying long-term care insurance; and (3) the State’s innovative program, the Connecticut Partnership for Long-Term Care.
The forum will benefit those between 40 and 65 years of age that have (or plan to have) assets of at least $75,000 (excluding car and home).
You can register for this forum on long-term care insurance at 1-800-547-3443 or visit www.ctpartnership.org.
José FelicianoSaturday,Sep 28
8 p.m., Saturday
Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts
International superstar José Feliciano performs at 8 p.m., Saturday, September 28, at Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.
José Feliciano is recognized as the first Latin Artist to cross over into the English music market, opening the doors for other artists who now play an important role in the American music industry. He’s been awarded over forty-five Gold and Platinum records; he has won nineteen Grammy nominations, earning nine Grammy Awards, including the LARAS Award for Lifetime Achievement. WPKN (89.5 FM) is a media partner. Tickets are $75, $65, and $55.
Free, secure parking is available. Access for people with disabilities is available throughout the Quick Center. Hearing amplification devices are available upon request at the Box Office.
The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield University
1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield, CT.
For further information and directions:l (203) 254-4010 or 1-877-278-7396, ort www.quickcenter.com
St. Vincent Farm Stand- B’port, CT NOON-4PMTuesday,Sep 24
Every Tuesday, July-October, 12pm-4pm.
07/09 To 10/29
Located in main entrance of St. Vincent’s Medical Center
(2800 Main St., Bridgeport, CT)
Info- 203-226-1112, Email-Leah@wholesomewave.org
WIC and SNAP accepted at double value (spend $5 in SNAP, WIC Cash Value Vouchers, WIC or Senior Farmers market Nutrition Program checks, and get $10 to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables). Debit and Credit also accepted.
THE NEWTOWN ARTS FESTIVALThursday,Sep 19 to Sunday,Sep 22
THURSDAY, September 19, 7PM
“BROADWAY SINGS FOR NEWTOWN”
A Benefit Performance for HealingNewtown
Walnut Hill Community Church – 156 Walnut Hill Road, Bethel, CT
FRIDAY, September 20, 7PM
The Music Tent – Newtown Arts Festival – Fairfield Hills, Newtown, CT
Newtown’s newest tradition under the big tent at the Arts Festival’s
Fairfield Hills site on Trades Lane. Cocktails (get it), dinner, and dancing
to the music of Eugene Dobb’s Nu Cullers band.
Come dance the night away and celebrate the arts!
Saturday and Sunday, 10am-6pm
NEWTOWN ARTS FESTIVAL
Fairfield Hills, Newtown, CT
The Newtown Arts Festival offers a diverse selection of artistic presentations and learning opportunities in an effort to connect the community with the artists that live among them. Many demonstations, workshops and family activities.
Band Together: Motown ConcertSaturday,Sep 21
8pm – 11pm
The Bijou Theatre, Bridgeport, CT
Band Together is back again and will be performing
in concert to support the Cardinal Shehan Center’s
After School and Sunday Program.
Show’s theme: Motown!
Doors open at 7:00pm with pre-party and
complimentary wine bar.
Westport Farmers Market 10AM-2PMThursday,Sep 19
May 30-Nov. 7
50 Imperial Ave., Westport, CT
(by the Library)
BETHEL FARMERS’ MARKET 4-7PMThursday,Sep 19
The Municipal Center Community Marketplace & Farmer’s Market is held every Thursday (rain or shine) from 4pm to 7pm. on the lawn of the Municipal Center. June through September. You can make Thursday evenings your downtown night by shopping the market, dining at the market or downtown at any of our eating establishments, enjoy music or other activities each week.
Interested in becoming a vendor? Email Contact: FarmersMarket@bethel-ct.gov
C.J. Hurgin Municipal Center, 1 School Street, Bethel, CT 06801
Market Coordinator: Dionne Craig
East Side Farm Stand, B’port 10am-2pmWednesday,Sep 18
07/10 To 10/30
Every Wednesday, July-October, 10am-2pm
752 East Main St., Bridgeport, CT
info.: 203-226-1112 or wholesomewave.org
WIC and SNAP accepted at double value (spend $5 in SNAP, WIC Cash Value Vouchers, WIC or Senior Farmers market Nutrition Program checks, and get $10 to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables).
Debit and Credit also accepted.
WPKN- MUSIC MASH ’13Saturday,Sep 7
A Record Fair and Sale
LPs, CDs and Memorabilia
Fairfield Theatre Company Annex, 70 Sanford St., Fairfield, CT.
Early Bird hours– 8 to 10am with $20 admission for hardcore collectors.
The show opens at 10 and runs ‘til 5:30pm. Admission is $5 and kids under 12 are free.
We’re expecting the regions top vendors. WPKN has roughly 1000 LP’s and CDs to sell, including a private gift of near mint collectable LP’s that are valued at around $10,000.
Vendors- there tables are still available but get in touch now to insure a spot!
There’ll be music by PKN programmers, gourmet food trucks, a vintage clothing vendor and many special guests at the WPKN booth: Chris & Tina Weymouth from the Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club, Hilton Valentine from The Animals, Rusty Ford of Lothar & the Hand People, Charlie Karp a member of the Buddy Miles Express and others.
The FTC Annex is an easy walk to the MetroNorth train Station and unlimited, free weekend parking.
Check out wpkn.org for information, news and updates on WPKN’s MUSIC MASH 2013.
BLUES VIEWS & BBQSunday,Sep 1
Sat, August 31st- September 1st, 11am – 9pm
Levitt Pavilion, Jesup Green, Westport, CT 06880
11:30 AM-12:30 PM: Petey Hop
12:40 PM-1:40 PM: Murali Coryell
1:50 PM-2:50 PM: Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez
3:00 PM-4:00 PM: Debbie Davies featuring Crispin Cioe from the Uptown Horns
5:35 PM-6:50 PM: The London Souls
7:00 PM-8:30 PM: Cactus
BLUES VIEWS & BBQ- Levitt Pavilion – Westport CTLevitt Pavillion, Westport CT Saturday,Aug 31 at 7 pm to 8:30 p.m.
Sat, August 31st- September 1st, 11am – 9pm
Jesup Green, Westport, CT 06880
11:30 AM-12:30 PM: Paul Gabriel
1:50 PM-3:00 PM: Clarence Spady
3:10 PM-4:25 PM: Sugar Ray Norcia & The Bluetones
4:35 PM-5:50 PM: Stooges Brass Band
6:00 PM-7:30 PM: Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds
7:45 PM-9:15 PM: Royal Southern Brotherhood
CHIRP- Los TexmaniacsThursday,Aug 29
(Concert Happenings in Ridgefield’s Parks)
Free Concerts * 7:00 P.M. * Ballard Park
Main St., Ridgefield, CT
Picnic and blanket recommended
LAST CHIRP SHOW OF THE SEASON
Thurs. Aug. 29: Max Baca & Los Texmaniacs
On concert days call 203 431-2760 after 4:00p.m. to confirm location if weather is “iffy”
Dena DeRose Piano TrioSunday,Aug 25
JAZZ MASTERS SERIES
Sunday, August 25, 2013
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Dena DeRose Piano Trio
Martin Wind, bass
Matt Wilson, drums
cover charge and minimum food and drink
Bernard’s, 20 West Lane /Route 35, Ridgefield, CT 06877
Drive In Movie (Finding Nemo) at Trinity Church in SouthportTrinity Episcopal Chruch, Southport, CT Saturday,Aug 24 at 7:30 P.M.COMMUNITY-WIDE DRIVE-IN MOVIE TO BE HOSTED BY TRINITY CHURCHNeighbors Welcome to Watch “Finding Nemo” Under the Stars at Free,End-of-Summer Get-TogetherBack by popular demand, Trinity Episcopal Church in Southport is one again hosting an old-fashioned “drive-in” movie with a free showing of the Disney/Pixar family classic “Finding Nemo” under the stars on Saturday night, August 24th, beginning at 7:30 p.m.Residents of Fairfield, Southport and the surrounding area are welcome to attend the drive-in, which will be held in Trinity’s spacious parking lot on the corner of Pequot Avenue and Center Street. No affiliation with the Church is required.Timed at the end of the summer and just before school starts, this free event marks the second time that Trinity will be holding this community-wide event. The movie, which will appear on two giant screens outdoors, tells the story of the over-protective clownfish named Marlin (Albert Brooks) who, along with a regal tang named Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), searches for his abducted son Nemo (Alexander Gould) all the way to Sydney Harbour. The film received universal critical acclaim and won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, and was nominated in three more categories including Best Original Screenplay. A sequel is currently in development, set to be released in November 2015.“ Our first Drive-In Movie Night last year was fantastic,” said Dawn Stegelmann, Associate Rector at Trinity Church. “It brought people — and classic car models — in our community together in a good old-fashioned style with a beloved family movie for all ages. This year’s event builds on that success and gives our neighbors even more reasons to come out and celebrate the end of summer as a community.”Trinity is partnering together with local community businesses to make the evening a success – from the pizza to the popcorn to the soda and ice cream and even the film. Bring your pick-up or pack the kids up in the station-wagon, minivan, or car. Don’t forget a few lawn chairs and maybe a blanket or two for some old-fashioned fun the whole family can enjoy!The summer, drive-in movie is part of a series of community events sponsored by Trinity called, “Southport Sound and Vision.” Additional events will be announced in the weeks ahead.About Trinity Episcopal ChurchTrinity Church has been a center of worship and Christian community since 1724. Trinity offers many occasions when parishioners of all ages come together as a community for fellowship and friendship. Our Community is about what we do and what we offer that benefits not only our Trinity community but also the community at large. Trinity welcomes all people: our doors are open every day, all day, for prayer and rest.
MC LEVY CONCERTS- Orquesta AfinkeThursday,Aug 22
Fairfield Summer Concerts- Big Beat OldiesSherman Park in Fairfield. Thursday,Jul 11 at 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Fairfield Summer Concert Series 2013 presents an evening of Big Beat Oldies at the Sherman Green Gazebo. Don’t miss it!
Fairfield Summer Concerts present GUNSMOKESherman Green downtown Fairfield Wednesday,Jul 10 at 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Fairfield Summer Concert Series 2013 presents GUNSMOKE. Enjoy an evening of country music in the park.
Ray & Jay’s Music for All at the Levitt PaviliionLevitt Pavilion, Westport, CT Wednesday,Jul 10 at 7 to 8:30 p.m.
A fun program for everyone !!! Lots of fun music.
DARIEN’S GOT TALENTDarien High School on High School Lane Saturday,Jun 29 at 7:30 p.m.
The Darien Arts Center will be holding its second annual Darien’s Got Talent event on Saturday, June 29, at 7:30 p.m., at the Darien High School on High School Lane in Darien. Twenty contestants will compete for cash prizes and the chance to get discovered!
This is a fund-raising event for the Darien Arts Center. This nonprofit organization offers educational programming in dance, visual arts, theatre, and music, as well as productions from its performing arts wing, DAC Stage. Proceeds from the event, as well as private donations, tuition fees, and ticket sales, go toward funding these creative endeavors and help to continue the ongoing efforts of the DAC.
Darien Arts Center
2 Renshaw Road
Darien, CT 06820