First Night Danbury seeks stories to share on its 25th anniversary
"Make New Friends, Keep the Old" is the theme for the 25th First Night Danbury, an apt umbrella for this year's New Year's Eve celebration on Wednesday, December 31st, 2014 in downtown Danbury. Founded n 1989 by a community of enthusiastic volunteers and, more recently, taken under wing and given new vigor by CityCenter Danbury, First Night Danbury is one of the oldest First Nights in the U.S. and only one of three in Connecticut.
Apr 15, 2014 - 2:32:45 PM

Stamford's Palace Theatre Taps Stamford Resident Cathy Bromberg as New Director of Development
Cathy Bromberg, a long-time Stamford resident, has been named Director of Development for Stamford’s Palace Theatre. Ms. Bromberg comes to The Palace from the Norwalk Community College Foundation, where she designed and executed donor-centric special events, grew annual fund revenues by more than 25%, developed stewardship plans to retain major capital campaign donors, and created a successful scholarship marketing plan that increased the number of applicants by 35%.
Apr 15, 2014 - 2:57:26 AM

Bret Michaels’ Life Rocks Tour 2014 stops at The Ridgefield Playhouse
Poison’s front man, Bret Michaels, is coming back to The Ridgefield Playhouse on Tuesday, April 29, at 8 p.m., this time with his new Life Rocks 2014 Tour. A multi-Platinum global superstar who has turned his passion for music into a life-long career, Bret’s legendary songs have surpassed 32 million in sales. After Poison, one of rock’s most iconic and enduring bands, Michaels’ solo career has soared even including stellar television successes on VH1’s "Rock of Love" and NBC’s "Celebrity Apprentice”. Michaels plays to packed houses in sold out tours and has collaborated with the biggest artists in the industry An VIP Party Pass ($25 addt'l per person), which includes a pre-show 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). The Little Pub (Ethan Allen Highway) will pour a free glass of house wine or draught beer with dinner the night of this show when tickets/stubs are presented. This event is partially underwritten by Ridgefield Salon & Spa and is part of the Xfinity Rock Series.
Apr 14, 2014 - 7:41:18 AM

Darien, Fairfield & Greenwich High School Students
Stamford’s Palace Theatre has awarded the 2014 Emerging Young Artist scholarships to deserving Fairfield County high school students. And for the first time, The Palace has given four awards: a $2,000 Grand Prize, a $500 Second Prize, a $250 Third Prize, and a new $150 Promising Young Artist award. This year’s Grand Prize winner is Greenwich High School’s Anna Black, the Second Prize winner is Darien High School’s Alison Lui, the Third Prize winner is Fairfield Warde High School’s Connor Levinson, and the Promising Young Artist is Ethan Riordan of Stamford.
Apr 9, 2014 - 5:35:53 AM

Bluefish announce fireworks schedule
The Bridgeport Bluefish today announced the club’s promotional fireworks schedule for the 2014 season. The fun-filled entertainment at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard is highlighted by eight fireworks extravaganza’s during the year.
Apr 8, 2014 - 9:28:02 AM

Cultural Alliance of Western CT seeks local band to open for The Zoo
The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut and Danbury Fair are seeking a local cover band to open for The Zoo, the region's longtime "powerhouse" club favorite, on Thursday, July 3rd at the Mall's annual holiday fireworks show.
Apr 7, 2014 - 7:28:07 AM

Fairfield Museum offers new special needs program
As part of a growing movement in museums nationwide, the Fairfield Museum and History Center is offering a new program, Discovering Our Way, for families with special needs children, featuring interactive gallery tours in a small group setting.
Apr 3, 2014 - 5:26:29 AM

75th Anniversary of MGM OZ film celebrated with live stage production at Curtain Call
Though she may have pinstripes in her blood, Darien teen Grace Cashman will be focusing on the stripes of the rainbow as she takes on the iconic role of Dorothy in Curtain Call's upcoming production of The Wizard of Oz, playing in The Kweskin Theatre, Stamford, April 4 through May3.
Mar 31, 2014 - 8:05:29 AM

Trinity Catholic High School Performs Hairspray for a limited run
Broadway’s Big Fat Musical Comedy Hit live performances in Stamford-April 3rd-6th

HAIRSPRAY The Broadway Musical comes to life on stage at Trinity Catholic High School for a limited run in early April.
Mar 26, 2014 - 7:22:14 AM

Wilton Library's Hot & Cool concert features jaz guitarist Martin Taylor
Renowned jazz guitarist Martin Taylor performs at Wilton Library’s Hot & Cool: Jazz at the Brubeck Room concert on Sunday, April 6, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. An internationally-heralded solo artist, his particular fingerstyle guitar playing is unique and creates a full experience for the audience. He is completely self-taught beginning at the early age of 4, and has developed the style that is greatly admired and often emulated by guitarists all over the world. Taylor has enjoyed a remarkable musical career spanning five decades, with more than 100 recordings to his credit.
Mar 25, 2014 - 5:05:41 AM

Famed actor/comedian Jim Belushi and the Chicago Board of Comedy bring their sketch comedy to The Ridgefield Playhouse
A favorite of film, television and stage audiences alike, Jim Belushi is one of the great leading character actors, who is equally adept in drama as he is in comedy, and a gifted performer who can hold a room as front man of a rhythm and blues band. He will be center stage at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Thursday, April 3, at 8 p.m. along with members of the Chicago Board of Comedy Megan Grano, Larry Joe Campbell, Brad Morris, Joshua Funk, and Jonathan Barinholtz*, all of whom are classically trained professional improvisers and alumni of Second City. With a 30-year career under his belt, Belushi was a regular on Saturday Night Live and an alum of Chicago’s famed Second City. At his new improvised sketch comedy show featuring members of the Chicago Board of Comedy, even the audience gets into the act. (*Supporting cast may be subject to availability.) Bissell House (378 Main St., Ridgefield) will pour a free glass of house wine or draught beer with dinner the night of this show when tickets/stubs are presented. This event is underwritten by Cultec & Fairfield County Bank and is part of the Clark Construction Comedy Series with media sponsor WPLR 99.1fm.
Mar 24, 2014 - 7:30:17 AM

Westport Country Playhouse Announces World Premiere Musical Revue for June
Westport Country Playhouse announces a world premiere musical revue, “Sing for Your Shakespeare,” as the second production in its 2014 season, running June 3 – 22. Directed by Mark Lamos, and co-conceived by Lamos, Wayne Barker, and Deborah Grace Winer, the show is based on an original idea and production for 92nd Street Y’s Lyrics & LyricistsTM, New York, NY. Celebrating its 84th season, Westport Country Playhouse was recently named Theater Company of the Year by The Wall Street Journal.
Mar 20, 2014 - 7:40:03 AM

Musician Eddie Money of “Two Tickets to Paradise” fame will be in concert at The Ridgefield Playhouse
A natural performer, Platinum selling Eddie Money sings and plays the piano, saxophone and harmonica and is likely do it all with his band at The Ridgefield Playhouse in concert on Thursday, March 20, at 8 p.m. His nearly four-decade career has been accented by the fan favorites "Two Tickets To Paradise", "Baby Hold On", "Walk On Water", "Think I'm In Love", "Shakin’" and many others. Special guest is Doug Wahlberg, a rock-blues band with an international following. Southwest Café (109 Danbury Rd., Ridgefield) will pour a free margarita the day of this show, at lunch or dinner, when ticket is presented. An 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). This event is part of the Xfinity Rock Series with media sponsor 95.9fm. The Fox.
Mar 19, 2014 - 8:38:24 AM

Lisa Lampanelli is Back at the Warner This Saturday
This Saturday, March 22 at 8:00 pm, Outback Concerts will present Lisa Lampanelli with her “Leaner and Meaner” Tour - live at the Warner Theatre in Torrington, CT. Heralded as "more than a standup -- a standout,” by comedy legend Jim Carrey, Lampanelli is a cross between Don Rickles, Archie Bunker, and a vial of estrogen. She has won accolades from The King of All Media, Howard Stern, who called her "a true original and a brilliant comedy mind who'll steal the show every time."
Mar 19, 2014 - 8:17:18 AM

Infinity Hall presents John Legend at the Warner Theatre
Infinity Hall will present An Evening with John Legend on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at the Warner Theatre in Torrington.
Mar 17, 2014 - 5:00:29 PM

Art Garfunkel comes to the The Ridgefield Playhouse this April
For the first time, The Ridgefield Playhouse is very excited to welcome the six-time Grammy-Award winning and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Art Garfunkel, on Friday, April 11, at 8 p.m. for an evening of music, poetry and an audience Q&A. After a two-year hiatus from performing due to complications with his vocal chords, Garfunkel is back on tour and feeling great. In this special evening with Art Garfunkel, the legendary musician and Tab Leven, his guitar player, will remind audiences why his quietly powerful vocals, behind songs such as “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, "I Am a Rock", "The Sound Of Silence", "Homeward Bound", "Mrs. Robinson", "Cecilia", "America" and many more place Garfunkel among the most instantly recognizable in popular music. In recent years, Garfunkel has enjoyed a more interactive show format where the audience has a chance to engage him. This performance will feature music, poetry and an audience Q&A. Discretion is advised if intending to purchase tickets for children younger than 10 years of age. This event is part of the Doyle Coffin Architecture Singer/Songwriter Series with media sponsor WFUV 90.7fm.
Mar 13, 2014 - 8:24:35 AM

Quirky Dark Comedy Calls Dressing Room Theatre Home
An incessantly ringing cell phone breaks the silence of the early moments of Dead Man’s Cell Phone which will play in Curtain Call’s Dressing Room Theatre, Stamford, from March 14 through 28. Dead Man's Cell Phone begins while Jean is finishing up a bowl of lobster bisque in a cafe when the cell phone of a man at another table rings. When the man doesn't answer, she picks up the phone herself, takes a message, then realizes that the man is dead. From that moment on you know this is not a Neil Simon comedy, but rather the work of award-winning contemporary author, Sarah Ruhl.
Mar 12, 2014 - 8:58:50 AM

Russian Youth Dance Troupe to Perform at "Arts for Understanding" Benefit
Creative Connections, a Norwalk-based non-profit international cultural education organization, today announced it will present a performance by Rossijanochka, the award-winning youth folk dance troupe from St. Petersburg, Russia on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 6pm at The Ridgefield Playhouse. The event is part of the Creative Connections’ “Arts for Understanding” Performance Benefit. General admission tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for students. Patron tickets are $150, which include Gold Circle seating and a 4pm patron reception. Proceeds from the event will support Creative Connections’ education programs.
Mar 11, 2014 - 11:35:24 AM

Stamford Symphony and The HARTT School of Music Form Partnership
Barbara Soroca, Stamford Symphony’s CEO and President announced that Connecticut’s premier professional orchestra has created a partnership with Connecticut’s premier arts university, The HARTT School. This partnership will focus on Training and Mentorship of their music student fellows.
Mar 11, 2014 - 11:32:44 AM

Jose Feliciano to perform at Fairfield Museum
An intimate evening featuring nine-time Grammy Award winner Jose Feliciano is planned at Fairfield Museum and History Center, Saturday, March 29th at 8 pm as part of an ongoing celebration Fairfield’s 375th Anniversary.

Feliciano is recognized in Fairfield Museum and History Center’s new exhibition Fairfield’s Rockin’ Top Ten as one of America’s most renowned musicians who have called Fairfield and surrounding communities home and have created some of their best work here. Fairfield’s Rockin’ Top Ten, sponsored by First Niagara, celebrates 10 musicians who have helped create our community’s musical legacy and features rare photographs, music videos and iconic artifacts.
Mar 7, 2014 - 4:09:11 PM

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell to Play The Bushnell June 19
Steve Martin and Edie Brickell perform with the esteemed bluegrass combo Steep Canyon Rangers in a one-night-only performance at The Bushnell’s Mortensen Hall on Thursday, June 19 at 7:30 p.m. A unique hybrid of bluegrass and comedy, the evening showcases material from their Grammy-nominated album Love Has Come For You, as well as songs from Martin's album Rare Bird Alert and other new tunes.
Mar 6, 2014 - 8:03:58 AM

Tartan Terrors return to The Ridgefield Playhouse with Celtic song, dance and laughs on Friday, March 7
The Tartan Terrors are known for mixing rock's energy with traditional folklore, dance, and humor. With an arsenal featuring classic pipes and fiddle, driving drum tones, and signature guitar styles, standing-room-only audiences understand why Dig This Magazine declares "(The Terrors) one act to keep an eye on!" North America's premiere Celtic Event, The Tartan Terrors will return to The Ridgefield Playhouse on Friday, March 7, at 8 p.m., for a wild celebration. Each and every one an accomplished entertainer, the Tartan Terrors mix rock's energy with traditional folklore, dance, and humor. Special guest is The Mighty Ploughboys whose rock is laced with an Irish beat. After the show, the Tartan Terrors will hang out with the audience and share spirits and laughs at The Hideaway (30 Grove St., Ridgefield). An 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). This event is part of the Xfinity Rock Series.
Mar 5, 2014 - 3:05:23 AM

Emerging Young Artist Scholarship Auditions at Stamford’s Palace Theatre this Saturday March 8th
Fairfield County high school musicians will get the rare chance to be heard by a distinguished panel of Broadway & Hollywood luminaries and esteemed local educators when Stamford’s Palace Theatre holds auditions for its Emerging Young Artist Scholarship on Saturday, March 8th from 10:30 AM to 3 PM. With students from across the county participating, the auditions will be overseen by three professional adjudicators: David Friedman (conductor of the Disney movies “Beauty and the Beast” and “Aladdin”), Paul McKibbins (composer and Broadway publisher) and John Yoon (award-winning educator from Greenwich High School).
Mar 4, 2014 - 10:08:26 AM

Cowboy Junkies will perform Trinity Session cut-for-cut at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Thursday, March 6
Thursday, March 6, at 8 p.m. at The Ridgefield Playhouse is going to be a rare happening when Cowboy Junkies perform The Trinity Session in its entirety -- only the eighth time in the U.S. This show will be a mixture of the band’s original material plus new recordings of classic folk, rock and country songs including their most famous single, The Velvet Underground's "Sweet Jane" and "Blue Moon Revisited (Song for Elvis)", which is both a cover and an original, combining one of their new songs with the pop standard "Blue Moon". Cowboy Junkies have sold more than four million records, and their shows at The Ridgefield Playhouse have sold out. The Los Angeles Times praised The Trinity Session as one of the best ten albums of the year. An 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). The Bar and Grille on 7 (967 Ethan Allen Hwy, Ridgefield) will pour a free glass of house wine with dinner the night of this event when tickets are shown. Cowboy Junkies is part of the Doyle Coffin Architecture Singer/Songwriter and Xfinity Rock Series.
Mar 4, 2014 - 3:11:59 AM

Curtain Call's Dancing with the Stars announced
Who's in the running for this year's local Dancing With The Stars event? Who's ready to serve up just desserts to fellow competitors? And who is ready to be crowned a winner again? These three and eight other terpsichorean newbies are all volunteering for Stamford’s longest-running community theatre – Curtain Call!
Feb 26, 2014 - 12:03:01 PM

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