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  • BENEFIT- “Give Back to Tony Rice”

    Saturday,Apr 19

    benefit concert
    Saturday, 7PM
    Unitarian Society Hall, 700 Hartford Turnpike, Hamden, CT.

    This concert is to raise money for legendary bluegrass guitarist
    and singer Tony Rice. Featuring Rob Ickes, Josh Williams,
    Tony Trischka, Chris Eldridge, Luke Bulla, Tim Stafford,
    Jesse Brock, Cody Kilby, Dominick Leslie, and Sam Grisman.

    Rice lost his voice years ago to a condition called muscle tension
    dysphonia, but he kept performing, focusing on his guitar playing.
    Now, due to a crippling condition called Lateral Epicondylitis —
    an inflammation more commonly known as tennis elbow —
    the legend has been unable to perform.

    Tickets- $50 and $65


  • Fairfield’s Rockin’Top Ten

    Thursday,Jan 16 to Friday,Apr 18

    Fairfield’s Rockin’Top Ten
    January 16 – April 28, 2014

    Fairfield’s Rockin’ Top Ten celebrates 10 musicians who have helped create our region’s musical legacy, including Nick Ashford & Valerie Simpson, The Remains, Leonard Bernstein, David Brubeck, Jose Feliciano, Chris Frantz & Tina Weymouth, Richard Rodgers, Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards, Keith Richards, and Donna Summer.
    The exhibit will open January 16th (6-8PM) with a reception and roundtable discussion hosted by some of the region’s most talented performers, including: Chris Frantz, drummer for the Talking Heads, and Tom Tom Club, guitarist and Latin Pop icon Jose Feliciano, funk/disco legend, and producer Nile Rodgers, among others.
    Throughout the exhibition, explore the history of this region’s rich musical heritage through lectures, performances, and events presented with our community partner Fairfield Theatre Company.

    Fairfield Museum and History Center
    370 Beach Road, Fairfield CT 06824
    Tel: 203-259-1598
    Fax: 203-255-2716
    Open Daily 10AM – 4PM

  • Wild & Scenic Film Festival

    Hartford Saturday,Apr 12

    The Connecticut Sierra Club
    Trinity College, Cinestudio, Hartford
    Saturday, April 12th, Doors at 6:30PM, films at 7 PM.

    13 inspiring and adventurous films about: hydraulic fracturing,
    people who made a difference, rock climbing kids, and people
    who took a skiing accident and turned it into kayaking genius.

    Adults: $15 in advance, $20 at the door, $5 at the door
    if you join Sierra Club at the Fest
    Kids under 13: $5 in advance or at the door.
    (We want the kids to see something different!)

    For more information: www.connecticut.sierraclub.org
    Tickets at: action.sierraclub.org

  • Chris Coogan Quintet

    Milford, CT Saturday,Apr 12 at 8pm

    He has been called “A masterful pianist…” by the New York Times.

    The Milford Arts Council presents the Chris Coogan Quintet Saturday,
    April 12 at 8pm.  Chris Coogan, composer, performer, teacher,
    choir director and producer; is rooted in jazz and gospel traditions.
    Chris performs original and traditional music as a pianist and singer.
    His repertoire includes strait-ahead jazz, jazz fusion and boogie-woogie.

    The Quintet: John Mobilio, bass; Jim Clark, sax; Rex Denton, trumpet;
    Jim Royle, drums; Chris Coogan, piano and vocals

    Tickets are $25 ($20 MFAC members)
    Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave., Milford CT 06460
    For more information: 203.878.6647  www.milfordarts.org

  • LOW ANTHEM, Edmond Town Hall

    Friday,Apr 11

    Live at the Edmond Town Hall


    with Mark Barden and Alternate Universe

    Friday, April 11, Doors: 6:30 pm,  Show: 7pm

    Proceeds from Live at the Edmond Town Hall shows go towards

    improvement efforts at Newtown’s historic Edmond Town Hall.

    Profits from bar sales at the Low Anthem show will be donated to
    Brown Bird’s Dave Lamb to help him in his battle with leukemia.

    Edmond Town Hall –
    45 Main Street, Newtown, CT, 06470,
    (203) 216-8207

    Ticket info- www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&e=e31e682ed27876caabe464a41631c616

  • For Pete’s Sake: Seeger Tribute Concert

    New London Friday,Apr 11

    7:30 – 10:00 PM (doors open at 7:00)

    Pete Seeger was one of the great consciences of the environmental
    movement. With songs like “Sailing Down My Golden River,”
    he sang movingly of the human connection to nature and
    our collective responsibility to protect it.

    Save the Sound and Friday Night Folk will celebrate Pete’s legacy
    next Friday with a free concert. All donations will support
    Save The Sound’s work protecting and restoring
    Long Island Sound for generations to come.

    All Souls UU Congregation, 19 Jay St, New London , CT

    No RSVP needed, but please share the event with your friends!


  • Focus On French Cinema

    Greenwich & NYC Friday,Apr 4 to Tuesday,Apr 8

    April 4-6th, Greenwich, CT
    April 8th, New York


    Focus on French Cinema 2014 will screen 20 newly released
    feature films from France, Belgium, Canada, Africa and Switzerland.
    Multiple genres including: drama, comedy, thriller, adventure and
    everything in between. There’ll be also be documentaries and short films,
    in two theaters at Bow Tie Cinemas in Greenwich, CT.

    The weekend in Greenwich, CT will begin with an Opening Night U.S. Premiere film.
    9 mois ferme (9 Month Stretch), the laugh-out-loud black comedy
    starring Albert Dupontel and Sandrine Kiberlain, winner of the
    César for Best Original Screenplay (Albert Dupontel) and Best
    Actress (Sandrine Kiberlain), The screening will be followed by
    the annual Gala Buffet Dinner, this year at the Greenwich Arch St.
    Teen Center.

    For more information: www.focusonfrenchcinema.org

  • Vigil on Inequality

    Walmart, Danbury, CT Tuesday,Apr 8 at 6pm

    Tuesday, 6pm

    CT Citizen Action Group, CT Working Families, SEIU International,
    American Federation of State, County, Municipal Employees,
    Occupy Danbury, CT MoveOn.org Councils and others will be
    holding Vigils for Inequality in towns across Connecticut.
    It’s a statewide day of action to highlight growing
    inequality in Connecticut. Events will be in cities and
    towns all over the state to demand action to create an economy
    that works for everyone, not just the rich.

    Walmart, 67 Newtown Rd, Danbury, CT 06810


  • Project Return Birdhouse Online Auction

    Friday,Mar 21 to Saturday,Apr 5

    Friday, March 21st -Saturday, April 5th


    Project Return empowers girls to rebuild their lives, one day at a time. 

    They create a safe, structured, and nurturing environment where

    adolescent girls and young women in crisis can heal and grow. 

    Project Return inspires girls to hope and realize their dreams.


    The Project Return Birdhouse Auction features original birdhouses

    created by local artists and people in the community. 

    The auction also includes bird-themed paintings, ceramics,

    furniture and jewlery, “Migration Vacations”, and “Nesting Packages”.  

    For the first time, you can bid on “birdy” creations online beginning

    Friday, March 21st. 


    For more information- email at birdhouseauction@projectreturnct.org

    Or go to www.projectreturnct.org/

  • Bike Donations, Ridgefield, CT

    Ridgefield, CT Saturday,Apr 5


    All donated bicycles go to Northeast Community Cycles
    in Fairfield County, CT.  NCC gives fixed, clean bikes to local kids &
    adults in need.  Donated bikes should be in repairable condition.
    All sizes of bikes welcome, kids & adults.

    Ridgefield Bicycle Co.
    88 Danbury Road, Ridgefield, CT

    Offer good Saturday, 4/5/14 only.

  • “Way Out East-A Journey in Song”

    Sag Harbor, NY Saturday,Apr 5 at 8pm

    A concert featuring the Americana roots trio of

    Bay Street Theater
    Saturday, April 5th, 8pm

    Three Long Island regional  Americana performers join together for a unique
    and fun-filled evening of roots music and three part harmony.

    Nancy Atlas represents Americana rock. Caroline Doctorow is
    nationally known for her velveteen voice and folk albums.
    Inda Eaton will play the part of cowgirl with her blend of Americana
    roots rock.

    Bay Street Theater, Main St. Sag Harbor NY
    Box Office: 631-725-9500 Tues. – Sat. 11 am – 5 pm.

  • Project Return Birdhouse Auction Gala

    Saturday,Apr 5

    Saturday, 7pm- 11pm
    Rolling Hills Country Club, Wilton, CT
    19th Annual Project Return Birdhouse Auction Gala

    Project Return empowers girls to rebuild their lives, one day at a time.
    They create a safe, structured, and nurturing environment where
    adolescent girls and young women in crisis can heal and grow.
    By providing unconditional love, encouraging resiliency,
    building self-esteem, and teaching life skills,
    Project Return inspires girls to hope and realize their dreams.

    The Project Return Birdhouse Auction Gala will feature silent
    and live auctions of original birdhouses, as well as bird-themed paintings,
    ceramics, furniture and jewlery, “Migration Vacations”, and “Nesting Packages”.
    A light dinner will be served with beverages from Tito’s Handmade Vodka.
    There’ll be dancing to the music of the  DNR Band, Fairfield County’s
    (Almost) All-Physician Rock Band, with vintage sounds of the 60′s and 70′s.

    For the first time, you can bid on “birdy” creations online beginning Friday,
    March 21st.  Online Tickets go on sale March 1st.

    For more information- 203.291.6402 or email at birdhouseauction@projectreturnct.org

    Rolling Hills Country Club, 333 Hurbutt Street, Wilton, CT


  • CD Release Party- TIM DeHUFF

    Sunday,Mar 30

    Acoustic Café, Black Rock

    Sunday March 30th, 4pm


    One of the area’s elite guitarists is releasing his debut (about time)

    CD: “Big Water, Little Boat”! Likely guests include Chance Browne,

    Charlie Karp, Jay Stollman and others TBA.


    The Acoustic Cafe, 2926 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport. 

    For more information on this event and others at the Acoustic Cafe,  www.acousticafe.com or 203-335-3655.


    Weston, CT Sunday,Mar 30

    Red Bee Apiary, Weston, CT

    Pysanky (peh-SAHN-key) is the ancient Ukrainian art of “writing” on eggs
    with beeswax and dyes in a process similar to batik. Originally created
    as talismans to protect against misfortune and summon
    good health, love and prosperity. This full-day workshop includes
    all materials, supplies and instruction, plus an organic farm to table lunch
    and refreshments throughout the day.

    No experience is necessary and seating is limited.
    The all inclusive cost for the day is $150.
    More information is available at www.redbee.com.

    203 331 2432

  • Tom Pacheco

    Ridgefield, CT Sunday,Mar 30 at 4pm

    Acoustic Celebration, 4pm.
    Temple Shearith Israel, Ridgefield, CT

    Tom Pacheco is a prolific songwriter, a poet who was influenced by
    the writers of the Beat Generation. Pacheco ‘s songs have been
    covered by Jefferson Starship, the Band, Rick Danko,
    Ritchie Havens, Scott Petito and Leslie Ruler, John Hall
    and dozens of European artists.

    Tickets-$20 in advance at www.acousticcelebration.org.
    $25 at the door of 46 peaceable St., Ridgefield, CT




    Sunday,Mar 30






    A rare appearance by “SWING DU JOUR” will happen


    Sunday March 30, at PIZZERIA LAURETANO,


    Greenwood Avenue, Bethel CT, 6-8pm.




    Swing du Jour is Larry Urbon (guitar), Howie Bujese (fiddle),


    Norman Plankey (guitar), and Eric Van Laer (bass),


    featuring Hot Club music in the style of Django


    Reinhart and Stephane Grappelli.


    Reservations — made early in the week –


    are essential at this venue.  203 792 1500. 




    More info. can be found at


    www.facebook/Swing du Jour, or


    at pizzerialauretano.com 




  • Conference on Autism

    New Haven, CT Friday,Mar 28 to Saturday,Mar 29 at 8am-4:30pm

    Northeast Regional Conference on Autism

    “Bridging Communities: Strategies for Success”

    Adanti Student Center, Southern CT State University, New Haven, CT

    Featuring Keynote: TEMPLE GRANDIN

    “Has the DSM-5 Impacted Services for those on the Autism Spectrum?”
    Panel Discussion Moderated by: Anne S. Holmes, MS, CCC, BCBA
    plus Two Sessions of Conference Breakout Presentations -
    * * * * *
    Saturday Keynote: Dr. Temple Grandin
    “Strategies for Success: The Way I See It”

    plus afternoon panel Q & A moderated by: Dr. Ruth Eren

    and Saturday breakout presentations – One Session


  • New Haven Film Festival

    New Haven , CT Friday,Mar 28 to Saturday,Mar 29

    Downtown New Haven – All Events Close And Walkable
    Complimentary Guest Parking At Gateway CC
    More Than 100 Films & Two Parties.  16 Film &
    Television Industry Workshops, Panels & Keynote Address. 

    Sponsored By Sacred Heart University
    Film and Television Masters Program


  • Tinariwen

    Ridgefield, CT Wednesday,Mar 26 at 8pm

    With Special Guest The Melodic
    Wed, 03/26/2014 – 8:00pm

    Formed in 1979, this group of West African musicians finally
    took home the Grammy Award for Best World Music in 2012.
    NPR says “The band creates a unique sound all its own
    with blues and African percussion and poetry.”

    Tinariwen’s members are from the Tuareg people of West Africa.
    With perpetual political turmoil in Mali, the Taureg people have
    fought for independence for nearly 40 years. Tinariwen
    (which translates to “open spaces”) emerged out of the rebellion
    to give a musical voice to their people.

    Tickets: $28

    box office (203) 438-5795!!


    Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge, Ridgefield, CT 06877

  • Pat Metheny Unity Group, Fairfield

    Tuesday,Mar 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




    Saturday,Mar 22

    Saturday, 2pm and 8pm

    Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts

    Tickets: From $18.00 plus fee, Tickets On Sale Now

    LIVE IN THE LOBBY AT 2 PM, A FREE CONCERT featuring Cathy Kreger,
    Jesse Pagano, Colleen Kattau and Some Guys, Robert Bruey, Luis Moreno,
    The Toby Tobias Ensemble, Johnny Zarrow, Laura Meade, and the Jay Scott Trio.


    71 East Main St, Patchogue, NY
    Box Office: 631•207•1313

  • Thelonious Sphere Monk Weekend

    New Haven, CT Friday,Mar 21 to Saturday,Mar 22

    4th Annual
    Woolsey Hall, New Haven, CT

    Presented by the Center for Music of the Americas and Brennan/Rogers School

    T.S. Monk and his Sextet, Saturday, March 22nd

    Adults $20, Students 17 and under $5
    VIP adults $30.00, VIP students 17 and under $10.00

    Gospel Extravaganza Friday, March 21st
    $10.00 for Adults, $2.00 for students 17 and under

    Woolsey Hall, 500 College St, New Haven, CT


  • ART SHOW- A Beautiful Crime

    Bridgeport, CT Friday,Mar 21

    Graffiti, Street and Pop Art Show
    Read’s Art Space
    Ground Floor Gallery
    1042 Broad St, Bridgeport, CT
    March 21 to May 2 (opening Friday March 21st, 5PM-10PM)

    The show features work by some of the most celebrated artists in
    the genre, including Jah, Dmitry Gubin, TERRIBLE T-KID 170, and many more.


  • Keb’ Mo’ at Norwalk Concert Hall

    Friday,Mar 21

    Doors open at 7PM, and the show starts at 8PM

    The modern standard bearer of Delta tradition,
    three time Grammy winner Keb’ Mo’ brings a big back beat,
    and an injection of soul to country blues.

    203-259-1036 & fairfieldtheatre.org/shows/keb-mo
    Norwalk Concert Hall, 125 East Ave, Norwalk, CT  06851

  • Community Conversation on Mental Health

    Wednesday,Mar 19

    Southwest Regional Mental Health Board
    Redding -Ridgefield- Wilton

    Wednesdays, March 19th, 26th and April 2nd, 7PM-9PM
    Gilbert & Bennett Cultural Arts Center- 49 New St, Georgetown

    Are you concerned about the mental health of our community
    and of our youth? Join a Community Conversation on Mental Health!
    After Sandy Hook, the government launched this initiative to get
    Americans talking about mental health and to help them create
    community solutions for a healthier society.

    A Community Conversation on Mental Health is…

    Small groups of 6-12 people
    A series of discussions, led by a facilitator
    Enjoyed over a light meal
    Designed to help your group create recommendations for local change

    info and sign-up: healthymindsct.org/


    Friday,Feb 28 to Saturday,Mar 15


    Time Stands Still concerns Sarah and James, a photographer and a journalist, respectively.
    They have been together for nine years and share a passion for documenting the realities of war,
    but when injuries force them to return home to New York and their circle of friends,
    the adventurous couple confronts the prospect of a more conventional life.

    Playwright Donald Margulies received the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for “Dinner with Friends”.
    Mr. Margulies and his family live in New Haven, CT, where he is
    an adjunct professor of English/Theatre Studies at Yale University.

    Friday, February 28  & Saturday, March 1 at 8pm
    Sunday, March 2 at 2pm (matinee)

    March 7 & 8 at 8pm
    Sunday, March 9 at 2pm (matinee)

    March 14 & 15 (final performance) at 8pm
    Saturday, March 15 at 4pm (twilight matinee)

    All performances are on the stage of the Stratford Theatre, 2422 Main Street, Stratford, CT
    (located off I-95 Exit 32 (northbound and southbound) in Stratford Center).
    Tickets are: $20- adult , $19- senior citizens & students
    Box Office at 203.375.8778 (24/7), squareonetheatre.com

    The Stratford Theatre is wheelchair accessible and also offers its patrons hearing-assisted
    listening devices as needed. Please inform the box office of any special needs when
    reserving tickets.


    Friday,Mar 14


    StageOne, Fairfield Theatre

    Friday, Doors @ 6:30PM (pre-party and silent auction),

    Show @ 7:30PM

    203.259.1036 and


    Tickets $40
    Fairfield Theatre, 70 Sanford St, Fairfield, CT 



    Thursday,Mar 13

    Thursday, 8 pm.

    The Puppet Slam Café is a cabaret of hip, contemporary puppetry for adults.
    Puppeteers will present material created for an adult audience.
    The evening will be hosted by Uncle Jimmy, a.k.a. James Godwin.
    Liz Joyce and a Couple of Puppets will perform
    the award winning piece, “Sing a Song of Sixpence.” Other performers include
    Honey Goodenough, Joshua Holden, Brodrick Jones, James “Nappy” Napolitano,
    Amy Rush, Jess Simon and Steven Widerman.


    Members $20 • Public $25
    Doors open at 7:30 pm
    Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington,  NY   11743



  • Public Hearing On Common Core

    Wednesday,Mar 12

    Wednesday, March 12th, 12 PM, room 1E,

    Legislative Office Building, 300 Capitol Ave., Hartford.

     Many parents, students, teachers, and administrators have concerns

    about the simultaneous implementation of the Common Core standards

    and new teacher evaluation methods. A number of bills were submitted

    to the Education Committee that would have changed these programs or

    at the very least call for accountability.

    CT Republicans recently submitted petitions forcing the committee to

    raise two bills – one delaying the implementation of the Common Core

    standards, and another forcing the adoption of the Performance Evaluation

    Advisory Council’s recommendations on teacher evaluations..


    For a general description of how to testify in front of the committee, click here.


    To read the full text the bill to delay the implementation of Common Core,

    House Bill No. 5078, click here.


    To read the full text the bill to enforce the recommended revisions

    to the teacher evaluation program, House Bill No. 5331, click here.


    Education Committee instructions for testifying:

    Written testimony will be accepted in Room 3100 of the LOB until 9:30 A.M.

    on the date of the hearing. Please submit 35 copies Sign-up for the hearing

    will begin at 8:30 A.M. in First Floor Atrium of the LOB, will be by Lottery,

    and will conclude at 9:30 A.M.


    All testimony will be available at http://cga.ct.gov/ed.


    Monday,Mar 10

    WPKN’s “Music on Film” Series

    Bijou Theatre, Bridgeport

    Monday, March 10, 7pm


    Located on the banks of the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals,

    Alabama is an unlikely breeding ground for some of the most

    creative and defiant music in American history.

    “I’ll Take You There”, “Brown Sugar”, “When a Man Loves a Woman”,

    “I Never Loved A Man the Way That I Loved You”, “Mustang Sally”,

    “Tell Mama”, “Kodachrome”, and “Freebird” are just a few of

    thousands of tracks created there.


    Rick Hall founded FAME Studios. Overcoming crushing

    poverty and staggering tragedies, he brought black and white

    musicians together to create music that would last for generations,

    give birth to the unique ‘Muscle Shoals Sound’ and the rhythm section,

    ‘The Swampers’.


    In this movie artists including: Aretha Franklin, Greg Allman,

    Bono, Clarence Carter, Jimmy Cliff, Mick Jagger, Etta James,

    Alicia Keys, Wilson Pickett, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge,

    Steve Winwood and others bear witness to the magnetism and

    mystery of Muscle Shoals and, speak to why it remains a global influence.


    Benefit Tickets: $15.  Reservations suggested.


  • American ID Film Series- “Pollock”

    Monday,Mar 10

    “American Identity: Visions And Revisions” 

    Free Film Series

    Fairfield University


    A film seriessponsored by the American Studies Program

    at Fairfield University includes four films highlighting American

    history and culture. The series is free and open to the public. 

    The films will be shown at 7 p.m. in the Multimedia Room

     of the University’s DiMenna-Nyselius Library. Each film

    will be introduced by a member of the American Studies faculty,

     who will field questions from the audience after the screening.

    The next film is:

    Monday, March 10 is Director Ed Harris’ “Pollock” (2000),

    with Oscar-winning Marcia Gay Harden opposite Harris

    in the starring role as American painter Jackson Pollock.

    Tuesday, April 8, “Milk” (2008) Directed by Gus Van Sant,

    the film features Oscar-winner Sean Penn as Harvey Milk,

    the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California.

    For more information, contact Elizabeth Petrino at epetrino@fairfield.edu.


  • FREE FILM-”Shadows of Liberty”

    Thursday,Mar 6

    Thursday, 7pm, Yale University

    Filmmaker Jean Phillippe Tremblay, talks about his new

    documentary film, “Shadows of Liberty:

    The Media Monopoly in American Journalism,” which he
    directed, produced and wrote. A free screening of the film,

    followed by an audience Q&A with Jean Phillippe, WPKN Radio’s

    Scott Harris and Mark Oppenheimer of Yale’s Journalism Initiative

    will take place at Yale University’s Whitney Humanities Center,

    53 Wall St., New Haven, Thursday, March 6th at 7:00 pm.

    Trailer- www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SAUborWbPw

    WPKN 89.5-FM is a media partner for this event.

    Info- www.yale.edu/whcfilms/

  • CT NOFA’s Winter Conference

    Saturday,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



    Friday,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

    Tel 203.438.4519

  • CT Transportation Vision Sharing

    Wednesday,Feb 26

    Connecticut Transportation
    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
    Bridgeport, CT



    Saturday,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 Night

    Roy 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 Motown

    Saturday,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 pcalabrese@sterlinghousecc.org.


  • The Lifeguard (POSTPONED)

    Sunday,Feb 9


    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 Batteau

    Sunday,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.



  • 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)


    Friday,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



  • WPKN’s Bob Marley Birthday On-Air Drive

    Thursday,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!

  • Band Together- “A Night In Funky Town!”

    Friday,Mar 7 to Friday,Feb 7



     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.




    Thursday,Feb 6

    Thursday, 8PM
    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


  • Amnesty, Human Rights Concert

    Wednesday,Feb 5

    Amnesty International
    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.


  • Women’s Center- “Hearts of Hope” Breakfast

    Wednesday,Feb 5

     Wednesday, 7:30-9:00 AM

    (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.


  • The Audio Video Experiment Film Festival

    Friday,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!

    Remaining Dates:
    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 konsterlie@yahoo.com


  • Caravan of Thieves- Huntington Folk

    Saturday,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
    (Wheelchair Accessible)
    30 Washington Drive, Centerport, NY

    For more info: fmsh.org/events/event/caravan-of-thieves/, or call 631-425-2925


  • Playwriting Contest

    Wednesday,Jan 1 to Friday,Jan 31

    Slant of Light Productions

    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.

    Submission Guidelines:

    • *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: sruttenberg@soflproductions.org with any questions.

    Phone number: 203-605-5367
    Deadline: January 31


  • Author Max Blumenthal on Middle East

    Monday,Jan 27

    Monday,  5pm

    “Declining Prospects for Peace in the Middle East,”
    Central Connecticut State University,

    New York Times bestselling author Max Blumenthal, whose most recent book, Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel, was dubbed by Chris Hedges as “one of the most fearless and honest books ever written about Israel.” The event is free and open to the public.

    Founders Hall (inside Davidson Hall – Administrative Building)
    Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT


  • Texas Shorts

    Thursday,Jan 1 to Wednesday,Jan 22

    7pm, Wednesday
    “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

    For upcoming monthly screenings: www.ctfilmfest.com/monthly
    www.bethelcinema.com or Visit The Box Office at 269 Greenwood Ave., Bethel, CT

  • Acoustic Celebration- Tim Grimm

    Sunday,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 Parsons

    Monday,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- Bethel

    Wednesday,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



    Saturday,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: soulprints@icloud.com



  • Cornwall Contra Dance

    Saturday,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



    Sunday,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

    Visit the Park



    Saturday,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 Grappelli

    Sunday,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


    Saturday,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 DearestA 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


  • Bridgeport PAL Christmas Village

    Saturday,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


     Email: paltrumbull@aol.com


    Friday,Nov 22

    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

    7pm Wednesday

    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 Series

    Monday,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.

    For more information, contact University Librarian Joan Overfield at: jtoverfield@fairfield.edu or Dr. Nash at: lnash@fairfield.edu.



    Saturday,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



  • Gypsy Jazz with Swing de Jour

    Friday,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




    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 RennellAmanda MackeyLynn Stalmaster, Marion Dougherty and many of the actors they discovered: Dustin HoffmanJeff BridgesRobert DuvallClint EastwoodDiane LaneRobert RedfordGlenn CloseAl 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.


  • Author Event-“Lincoln in the World”

    Tuesday,Nov 12

    Books on the Common and the Ridgefield Library are pleased to host another evening In a series featuring distinguished Ridgefield High School graduates.  This Tuesday the speaker will be Kevin Peraino who, after reporting for Newsweek all over the Middle East for more than a decade, turned his efforts to historical scholarship—focusing on Lincoln.  He will discuss and read from his recently published book “Lincoln in the World” which reveals how Lincoln dealt with  several major foreign policy goals despite being direly pressed by domestic matters.

     The event will begin at 7:30 at the temporary headquarters of the Ridgefield Library.  Light refreshments will be served and books will be available for signing by the author.

    Ridgefield Library, 21 Governor Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877


  • Benefit Concert for Black Rock School and Sandy Hook Promise

    Sunday,Nov 10


    Amber & G

    Boulevard Swing

    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.



    Thursday,Nov 7 to Sunday,Nov 10

    (See the WPKN Home page (www.wpkn.org) for links and more information)



  • Band Together- Country & Southern Soul

    Friday,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


    www.bandtogether ct.com


  • North Fork Audubon Society Holiday Celebration

    Sunday,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: info@northforkaudubon.org or


  • Film- Good Old Freda

    Friday,Nov 8

    7:30 pm

    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


  • Greg Trooper- acousticelebration

    Sunday,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 Insurance

    North 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 Feliciano

    Saturday,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-4PM

    Tuesday,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.



    Thursday,Sep 19 to Sunday,Sep 22


    THURSDAY, September 19, 7PM
    A Benefit Performance for HealingNewtown

    Walnut Hill Community Church – 156 Walnut Hill Road, Bethel, CT


    FRIDAY, September 20, 7PM

    Rooster Ball

    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


    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 Concert

    Saturday,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!
    General: $35
    Doors open at 7:00pm with pre-party and
    complimentary wine bar.



  • Westport Farmers Market 10AM-2PM

    Thursday,Sep 19

    Thursdays, 10am-2pm
    May 30-Nov. 7
    50 Imperial Ave., Westport, CT
    (by the Library)



    Thursday,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
    Email: farmersmarket@bethel-ct.gov

    Questions: 203-794-8501

  • East Side Farm Stand, B’port 10am-2pm

    Wednesday,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.


    Saturday,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. 


    Sunday,Sep 1

    Sat, August 31st- September 1st, 11am – 9pm
    Levitt Pavilion, Jesup Green, Westport, CT 06880

    Sunday, 9/1

    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 CT

    Levitt 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 Texmaniacs

    Thursday,Aug 29

    (Concert Happenings in Ridgefield’s Parks)
    2013 Concerts
    Free Concerts * 7:00 P.M. * Ballard Park
    Main St., Ridgefield, CT

    Picnic and blanket recommended
    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 Trio

    Sunday,Aug 25

    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
    Reservations Recommended

  • Drive In Movie (Finding Nemo) at Trinity Church in Southport

    Trinity Episcopal Chruch, Southport, CT Saturday,Aug 24 at 7:30 P.M.
    Neighbors Welcome to Watch “Finding Nemo” Under the Stars at Free,
    End-of-Summer Get-Together
      Back 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 Church
    Trinity 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 Afinke

    Thursday,Aug 22

    6pm to 8pm – McLevy Green Bridgeport – through Aug. 29

    McLevy Green (between Bank St. & State St.), Downtown Bridgeport, CT ·

    Aug. 22 – Orquesta Afinke (Latin dance / Salsa)


    Aug. 29 – Lovewhip (high energy dance)


  • Fairfield Summer Concerts- Big Beat Oldies

    Sherman 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!

  • Ray & Jay’s Music for All at the Levitt Paviliion

    Levitt Pavilion, Westport, CT Wednesday,Jul 10 at 7 to 8:30 p.m.

    A fun program for everyone !!! Lots of fun music.

  • Fairfield Summer Concerts present GUNSMOKE

    Sherman 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.


    Darien 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

  • The Buttonwood Tree

    The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts & Cultural Center, 605 Main Street, Middletown, CT Friday,May 24

    North End Arts Rising, Inc. (NEAR) is a nonprofit arts organization located in the Historic North End Arts District of Middletown. Known as The Buttonwood Tree (TBT), we serve the community by providing unique arts programming in the areas of visual art, music, poetry, dance, film and more. Check out the Events Calendar and list of upcoming events to find out who’s playing when, and to reserve your seat. Some events fill up fast, so don’t delay!

    More info at: buttonwood.org or call at 860-347-4957.