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ABRAZOS Screening with Director Luis Argueta at The Avon Theater
ABRAZOS, a new documentary by director Luis Argueta, will be screened at The Avon Theater Film Center in Stamford on Wednesday, October 1 at 7:30 pm. The 45-minute film narrates the transformational journey of a group of children who are U.S. citizens as they travel from Minnesota to Guatemala to visit their parents’ homeland and meet their grandparents for the first time. Sharing time together, these families strengthen traditions and begin to reconstruct their cultural identity.
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Sep 16, 2014 - 12:23:37 AM

National Public Lands Day at Weir Farm National Historic Site
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On Saturday, September 27 from 9:00 to 11:00 am, Weir Farm National Historic Site will host a habitat restoration event. Volunteers will assist National Park Service staff in removing invasive plants such as Garlic Mustard and Japanese Barberry from the woodlands. Join your local national park in an effort to maintain the habitat along park trails in celebration of National Public Lands Day!
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Sep 15, 2014 - 6:49:24 AM

SHU's FTMA film festival showcases student filmmakers and industry veterans
Sacred Heart University’s film and television master’s (FTMA) program will host its first film festival in Stamford from September 25-28. This four-day festival, which is free and open to the public, celebrates the cinematic arts with a wide variety of screenings, master classes, workshops and parties.
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Sep 10, 2014 - 6:13:33 AM

WCSU to host visiting artists for M.F.A. lecture series
The Western Connecticut State University School of Visual and Performing Arts will host a Visiting Artist Lecture series during the fall 2014 semester. All of the lectures will be at 11 a.m. in Room 144 of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university’s Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The free lectures are being presented as part of the university’s Master of Fine Arts slide lecture series, and the public is invited.
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Sep 8, 2014 - 6:12:32 AM

Pop princesses The Bangles will shine at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Thursday, October 2
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Best known for their hits “If She Knew What She Wants”, the Prince-penned “Manic Monday” and the smash dance track “Walk Like an Egyptian”, pop princesses The Bangles rocketed to superstardom on the fuel of these songs! Their follow-ups included a hard rocking cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Hazy Shade Of Winter” plus two more chart hits, “In Your Room” and the seminal ballad “Eternal Flame”, which landed on Billboard’s No. 1 spot as the fifth largest-selling single of 1989. The Bangles will sparkle at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Thursday, October 2, at 8 p.m. Nature’s Temptations (32 Prospect St., Ridgefield) will serve a complimentary smoothie with the purchase of a salad or sandwich the day of this show when ticket is presented.
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Sep 5, 2014 - 12:57:05 AM

Tony Award-winning musical premieres in Kweskin Theatre
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The musical that brought AIDS to the forefront of the American conscience and landed four Tony Awards (including Best Musical), plus won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, is making its debut on Curtain Call's Kweskin Theatre stage beginning September 12. The musical (which features adult themes and language) will play five weekends through October 11 kicking off Curtain Call's 24th season.
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Sep 4, 2014 - 6:01:23 AM

Wilton Library’s September artists share their views of the world September 5
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Lifelong passions in different mediums mark this month’s art exhibition at Wilton Library entitled “Aerial Grace & Altered Views: Karen E. Gersch and Pam Rouleau,” opening Friday, September 5, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. As a painter, Karen E. Gersch captures the dynamics and poetics of life under the big top with her portraits and scenics of acrobats, aerialists, jugglers and clowns. Award-winning photographer Pam Rouleau strays from conventional image-making, exploring historical and alternative photographic processes. Together their works bring a rich palette of color and texture to the walls of Wilton Library.
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Aug 21, 2014 - 7:11:50 AM

Spin at JoyRide on Friday, September 5, to help The Ridgefield Playhouse’s Arts for Everyone
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Shouldn’t the arts be for everyone? On Friday, September 5, for a minimum donation of $50 to ride a 50-minute indoor cycling class featuring DJ Yosif who will mix music of artists featured at The Ridgefield Playhouse both past and present, spinners will be making a contribution that goes directly to the Arts for Everyone and Arts in Education programs at The Ridgefield Playhouse, a not-for-profit performing arts center. These programs allow low-income children and families in surrounding towns of Bridgeport, Stamford and Danbury to have the exposure to the arts that they otherwise would not have. All riders are invited to stick around for a post-spin party of complimentary nibbles and drinks supplied by No. 109 Cheese & Wine.
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Aug 21, 2014 - 5:06:24 AM

UConn Stamford Art Gallery presents STILL
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The UConn Stamford Art Gallery is pleased to present the art works of Monique Luchetti and James Mullen, entitled “STILL” The exhibit will show from September 8th through October 16th 2014. An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, September 10th from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. This reception is free and open to the public.
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Aug 18, 2014 - 7:31:16 AM

Auditions set for Sherlock Homes mystery August 18 & 19
Sherlock. Much like one-name celebrities Cher, Beyonce or Madonna, say Sherlock to anyone almost anywhere in the world, and there’s immediate recognition.
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Aug 16, 2014 - 2:23:02 PM

Stamford Mayor takes cameo role in Curtain Call production
For more than 40 years, Stamford mayors have supported the performing arts in town by playing a cameo role in an annual summer youth theatre show. Since Curtain Call started its Summer Youth Theatre program 24 years ago, mayors Stanley Esposito, Dannel Malloy, Michael Pavia and now David Martin, have all done their part. Martin made his first of two appearances in THE MUSIC MAN Friday night playing in The Kweskin Theatre.
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Aug 16, 2014 - 9:19:43 AM

Songwriter/actor Chris Isaak returns to rock The Ridgefield Playhouse on Wednesday, September 3
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Songwriter/actor Chris Isaak clearly loves the reverb-laden rockabilly and country of Sun Studios. In particular, he transfers the sweeping melancholy of Roy Orbison’s classic singles ("Crying", "Oh, Pretty Woman", "In Dreams") to the more stripped-down, rootsy sound of Sun, resulting in a stylized take on '50s and '60s rock & roll that made Isaak into a star in the early '90s, propelled to a great degree by the hit single "Wicked Game". On Wednesday, September 3, at 8 p.m., Chris Isaak will showcase his smooth, dusky baritone voice and effortless brand of cool at The Ridgefield Playhouse. Isaak wows audiences worldwide with rock songs including "Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing" not to mention his hit “Somebody’s Crying”. His latest album, Beyond the Sun, pays tribute to the roots of rock 'n' roll. An AllShows.com VIP Party Pass ($25 addt'l per person), which includes a cocktail party from 6:30 – 7:15 p.m. with open bar, hors-d’oeuvre and priority parking, is available for this show by calling the box office (203-438-5795). This event is part of the Doyle Coffin Architecture Singer/Songwriter and Xfinity Rock Series.
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Aug 14, 2014 - 5:57:34 AM

"Paper and Stone" an exhibition by Sary Backer and Ellen Gordon at the Loft Artists East Gallery
The Loft Artists Association will showcase the works of two members this November, Sary Backer and Ellen Gordon, in their East Gallery at 575 Pacific Street in Stamford. The exhibition will be held Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4:30 pm from November 1st until November 20th. An Artists Reception will be held on Saturday November 8th from 4 – 6 PM.
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Aug 11, 2014 - 5:08:28 AM

Vote for Mystic Aquarium on USA Today Poll
Mystic Aquarium is pleased to announce that it has been named one of the top 10 aquariums in North America in a USA Today poll.
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Aug 8, 2014 - 5:55:01 AM

Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity (S.H.O.P) Kicks Off the 1st Annual “Choose Love” Summer Concert Series
S.H.O.P (Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity) is proud to announce the first annual "Choose Love" Outdoor Summer Concert Series to be performed in downtown Sandy Hook Village along the magnificent Pootatuck River every Saturday afternoon from 1-3 p.m. beginning August 16th and ending September 16th. Each Saturday event will include a free, outdoor seated musical performance and tents with free arts, crafts and creative movement opportunities for the kids with musical performances and chairs provided.
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Aug 8, 2014 - 12:53:31 AM

Singer/songwriter Howie Day will headline at The Ridgefield Playhouse
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After sales in excess of a million albums and two Top 10 hits, singer/songwriter Howie Day is back on the road showcasing old favorites, as well as new material from his upcoming studio release. He’ll impress with his hits “She Says”, “Collide” and others at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Thursday, August 14, at 8 p.m. Day’s energetic and heartfelt hybrid sound allows him to connect with audiences who revel in his songwriting abilities and quirky sense of humor. It’s Howie’s brand of alternative rock/pop rock/indie rock.
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Aug 5, 2014 - 7:33:28 AM

Five brothers, plus triplet sisters perform in local theatre production of The Music Man
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Forget the Barrymores. Forget the Lunt-Fonatannes. And yes, even try to forget the Booths. Those famous acting families have nothing on the McArthurs or Spinelli Mastrones: two families of acting siblings involved in Curtain Call’s Summer Youth Theatre production of The Music Man, playing in The Kweskin Theatre August 6 through 16.
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Aug 4, 2014 - 1:08:23 AM

Baltimore Comes to Silvermine
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Process and materiality are at the center of a new dual exhibition at the Silvermine Arts Center, curated by Deana Haggag and Ginevra Shay of The Contemporary Baltimore. The curators bring a perspective that highlights trends in the contemporary art scene as well as new explorations that transcend any “school” or particular region of the U.S.
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Jul 28, 2014 - 5:48:14 AM

Grammy Award Winner to Open Norwalk Seaport Association Oyster Festival Entertainment
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The Norwalk Seaport Association welcomes Grammy award winner Scott Stapp of Creed to the main stage as headline entertainment on Friday night of the 2014 Norwalk Seaport Association Oyster Festival, September 5th. The act will be the opening night entertainment for the weekend-long event held this year September 5-7 in Norwalk, Connecticut. The musical entertainment continues on Saturday night with the rock and roll talent of Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.
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Jul 25, 2014 - 5:44:25 AM

New Orleans party band to play at Ferguson Library's summer reading club finale
Stamford's Ferguson Library's Adult Summer Reading Club Finale will feature the music of Swamp Gumbo, a New Orleans-style party band, on Wednesday, August 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Library's Harry Bennett Branch. (Special reception for members with invitation at 6:30 p.m.)
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Jul 24, 2014 - 5:32:16 PM

Danbury Mayor proclaims July 26-27 ‘Beatles Weekend’
DANBURY, CT - In celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ arrival in America, a Beatles-themed music festival, “Danbury Fields Forever,” will be on Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and 27, at Ives Concert Park on the Western Connecticut State University Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Danbury Mayor Mark D. Boughton will be at the festival at 2 p.m. on Saturday to issue a proclamation stating that it is “Beatles Weekend” in the Hat City.
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Jul 24, 2014 - 9:30:25 AM

Governor Malloy announces "Free State Parks Weekend" this Saturday and Sunday
All Parking and Museum Fees Waived This Weekend as Part of Celebration of State Parks Centennial

Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Commissioner Robert Klee today announced that as part of the ongoing celebration of the state parks centennial, this upcoming Saturday and Sunday – July 26 and 27 – will be “Free State Parks Weekend” in Connecticut. For the weekend, all parking and museum fees will be waived throughout Connecticut’s state park system.
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Jul 23, 2014 - 11:04:55 AM

Weir Farm Art Academy Workshop at Weir Farm National Historic Site
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Weir Farm National Historic Site announces the opening of the Weir Art Farm Academy in partnership with Dmitri Wright, the park’s Master Artist/Instructor. Due to popular demand, Mr. Wright is now offering academy level training in 4-day workshops in the American Impressionist plein air tradition.
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Jul 21, 2014 - 9:25:14 AM

Drummer/singer/actor Micky Dolenz of The Monkees will grace the stage of The Ridgefield Playhouse on Friday, August 1
Micky Dolenz does it all -- actor, musician, television director, radio personality, Broadway star and director! But his claim to fame stems from The Monkees where he shot to celebrity status as lead singer and drummer in the fabulous ‘60s! Dolenz brought us “Last Train to Clarksville”, “I’m a Believer” and “Daydream Believer”. The multi-talented Dolenz will entertain at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Friday, August 1, at 8 p.m. offering music lovers of all ages a chance to witness stardom at its finest. The Monkees TV show debuted on NBC and earned an Emmy Award. The Monkees’ hits sold in excess of 65 million units with the first five albums attaining Platinum status. Special guest is The Characters, a 4-member pop/powerpop/rock band from New Jersey who have appeared with dozens of hit makers including The Monkees on their Heart and Soul video. An AllShows.com VIP Party Pass ($25 addt'l per person), which includes a pre-show cocktail party 6:30 – 7:15 p.m. with open bar, hors-d’oeuvre and priority parking, is available for this show by calling the box office (203-438-5795), which is part of the Xfinity Rock Series.
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Jul 18, 2014 - 9:20:52 AM

The Fixx – By Request will play what you want at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Friday, August 8
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“The Fixx – By Request”! The audience chooses what the band plays live! Featuring all of the original band members, The Fixx – By Request will play what the audience wants to hear! In advance, all ticket buyers will have a chance to vote for the songs the band will play at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Friday, August 8, at 8 p.m.
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Jul 11, 2014 - 1:45:24 AM

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ENTERTAINMENT HEADLINES
ABRAZOS Screening with Director Luis Argueta at The Avon Theater
National Public Lands Day at Weir Farm National Historic Site
SHU's FTMA film festival showcases student filmmakers and industry veterans
WCSU to host visiting artists for M.F.A. lecture series
Pop princesses The Bangles will shine at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Thursday, October 2

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