Tickets On Sale for The Nutcracker at Westport Country Playhouse
Ballet Etudes Company (BEC)( announced the return of their time honored production of The Nutcracker to the Westport Country Playhouse. Audiences will once again be transported to Clara’s dream world and enjoy this family-friendly classic, set to the music of Tchaikovsky. Tickets are on sale now for BEC’s full-length performance on Saturdays, December 6 & 13, and Sunday, December 7, with show times of 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm. There will be an accompanying Nutcracker boutique in the lobby, offering a range of related memorabilia for fans of all ages.
Oct 24, 2014 - 12:24:37 AM

Sacred Heart University breaks ground on new residence hall
Sacred Heart University broke ground today on a new 87,000-square-foot, 216-bed residence hall to be built on the corner of Jefferson Street and Park Avenue across from the nearly completed Frank and Marisa Martire Business & Communications Center.
Oct 22, 2014 - 11:33:10 AM

Creedence Clearwater Revisited plays the best of classic rock live at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Saturday, November 1
The exhilarating energy of Creedence Clearwater Revival is captured by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame original members Stu Cook (bass) and Doug “Cosmo” Clifford (drums) in Creedence Clearwater Revisited (CCR). The legend continues when this high-octane group performs at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Saturday, November 1, 8 p.m. There is nothing like hearing CCR’s greatest hits live -- “Fortunate Son”, “Bad Moon Rising”, “Suzie Q”, “Who’ll Stop the Rain”, “Down on the Corner”, “Travelin’ Band”, “Up Around the Bend” and more. Gold Circle tickets include a cocktail party with open bar and hors-d’oeuvre from 6:30 – 7:15 p.m. Special guest is Doug Wahlberg Band, a rock-blues band with an international following. Bartolo (103 Danbury Rd., Ridgefield) will pour a complimentary glass of house wine with dinner the night of this event when ticket is presented. This show is partially underwritten by Cucumber & Chamomile and is part of the Xfinity Rock Series.
Oct 22, 2014 - 6:14:02 AM

Mystic Aquarium’s 8th Annual Run Walk for the Penguins a Success
Over 800 participants gathered at Mystic Aquarium to participate in the 8th Annual Penguin Run/Walk to benefit the endangered African penguin. Taking home top honors in the Men’s division was Thomas Martin of Northford, CT, with a time of 18:16 seconds. Anne Leonard Blake of West Hartford, CT, was the Women’s Division winner with a time of 20:23 seconds.
Oct 20, 2014 - 6:31:04 AM

Mayor David Martin to Conduct Stamford Symphony Orchestra at the Palace Theater this Weekend
Stamford Mayor David Martin will be conducting the Stamford Symphony Orchestra’s first selection, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” at this weekend’s season opening concerts at the Palace Theater.
Oct 17, 2014 - 5:52:52 AM

Best of classic rock live at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Saturday, November 1, with Creedence Clearwater Revisited
It’s classic rock at its “Suzie Q” best when Creedence Clearwater Revisited plays all the CCR hits true to form on Saturday, November 1, at 8 p.m. Hearing “Fortunate Son”, “Bad Moon Rising”, “Who’ll Stop the Rain”, “Down on the Corner”, “Travelin’ Band”, “Up Around the Bend” and more classic rock live will be a cathartic blast from the past! The exhilarating energy of Creedence Clearwater Revival is captured by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame original members Stu Cook (bass) and Doug “Cosmo” Clifford (drums). Special guest is Doug Wahlberg Band, a rock-blues band with an international following. Gold Circle tickets include a cocktail party with open bar and hors-d’oeuvre from 6:30 – 7:15 p.m. Bartolo (103 Danbury Rd., Ridgefield) will pour a complimentary glass of house wine with dinner the night of this event when ticket is presented. This show is partially underwritten by Cucumber & Chamomile and is part of the Xfinity Rock Series.
Oct 17, 2014 - 1:26:04 AM

Sherlock Holmes' newest stage adventure opens October 23
Columbo. Jessica Fletcher. Miss Marple. They may be some famous detective names that quickly come to mind, but around the globe, the best-known detective of all time is Sherlock Holmes! And for the first time, this intrepid sleuth and friends will play on Curtain Call’s Dressing Room Theatre stage beginning Thursday, October 23. Performances of Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of The Suicide Club will play Thursday through Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm at The Sterling Farms Theatre Complex, 1349 Newfield Avenue, Stamford. Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm will also be offered. Seating in The Dressing Room Theatre is cabaret-style and features a BYOEverything format. Doors open one hour before show time each day.
Oct 14, 2014 - 9:55:27 AM

Wilton Library welcomes jazz pianist Bill Charlap Oct. 18
Jazz pianist Bill Charlap returns to Wilton Library for a Hot & Cool: Jazz at the Brubeck Room concert on Saturday, October 18, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. This well-known jazz musician has performed and recorded with many leading artists from jazz masters Phil Woods and Wynton Marsalis to singers Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand. He will be playing a repertoire of his interpretations of American popular songs. Time Magazine wrote, “Bill Charlap approaches a song the way a lover approaches his beloved…no matter how imaginative or surprising his take on a song is, he invariably zeroes in on its essence.”
Oct 13, 2014 - 6:50:11 AM

Fairfield County author launches book for moms
Many mothers neglect themselves focusing all their time and energy on their children. It’s not uncommon to hear women say things like, “I’m running on empty” or “I have lost myself”. When mom neglects herself, her whole family suffers; when mom thrives, her family flourishes!
Oct 8, 2014 - 6:48:00 AM

Festive fall entertainment with unforgettable performance by Natalie Cole at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Wednesday, October 22
A festive fall gala evening of jazz, wine and “unforgettable” entertainment with super R&B/jazz/pop Grammy Award winner Natalie Cole is in store at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Wednesday, October 22, at p.m. This daughter of the legendary Nat King Cole ("Mona Lisa", "The Christmas Song", "Unforgettable"), will entertain with her best-known hits, including the famous duet with her dad, and her other chart-toppers “Inseparable”, “Our Love”, “Pink Cadillac”, “Miss You Like Crazy” and more.
Oct 3, 2014 - 6:11:03 AM

Mystic Aquarium Fall-o-ween Promises Family Fun in October
An annual tradition continues at Mystic Aquarium with Fall-o-ween weekend celebrations beginning on October 18. Amid festive décor, the Aquarium takes on the look and feel of Fall. The ever-present excitement of hands-on exhibits like Scales & Tails, live shows in the Marine Theater and, of course, the animals, make Fall-o-ween a must-visit for families.
Oct 3, 2014 - 3:01:51 AM

An evening with Pink Martini featuring vocalist China Forbes, plus art & wine, at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Thursday, September 25
"[Pink Martini] delivers a knowing sophistication backed by skillful arrangements … Ms. Forbes is an unpretentious, pitch-perfect chanteuse who can be breathy and girlish or sultry … she tempers heartbreak with savoir-faire," writes The New York Times. An entertainment feast, Pink Martini aka “little orchestra”, will deliver a rollicking around-the-world musical adventure featuring a dozen musicians on Thursday, September 25, at 8 p.m. Special guests are The von Trapps, great-grandchildren of Captain and Maria, who will sing with China Forbes. No. 109 Cheese & Wine will serve wine tastings in the lobby at 7:15 p.m. for the reception with local artist Florence Notté, courtesy of Watershed Gallery. Tom Tom's (417 Main St., Ridgefield) will pour a complimentary glass of wine with dinner the night of the show when ticket is presented. This event is part of the Ridgefield Magazine Broadway & Cabaret and No.?109 Cheese & Wine “Art, Wine and Jazz” Series.
Sep 19, 2014 - 10:28:34 AM

Broadway's longest-running comedy mystery playing in Stamford
Amidst screams of laughter and gasps of fear, Curtain Call opened its new season of productions in The Dressing Room Theatre, with Broadway’s longest-running comic thriller - Deathtrap. Stamford's only producing theatre company offers this four-week run in the cabaret-style performance space at the Sterling Farms Theatre Complex, 1349 Newfield Avenue, Stamford.
Sep 19, 2014 - 6:07:25 AM

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.
Sep 16, 2014 - 12:23:37 AM

National Public Lands Day at Weir Farm National Historic Site
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!
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.
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.
Sep 8, 2014 - 6:12:32 AM

Pop princesses The Bangles will shine at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Thursday, October 2
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.
Sep 5, 2014 - 12:57:05 AM

Tony Award-winning musical premieres in Kweskin Theatre
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.
Sep 4, 2014 - 6:01:23 AM

Wilton Library’s September artists share their views of the world September 5
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.
Aug 21, 2014 - 7:11:50 AM

Spin at JoyRide on Friday, September 5, to help The Ridgefield Playhouse’s Arts for Everyone
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.
Aug 21, 2014 - 5:06:24 AM

UConn Stamford Art Gallery presents STILL
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.
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.
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.
Aug 16, 2014 - 9:19:43 AM

Songwriter/actor Chris Isaak returns to rock The Ridgefield Playhouse on Wednesday, September 3
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 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.
Aug 14, 2014 - 5:57:34 AM

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