Local theater celebrates 25th anniversary season
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How do you celebrate a Silver Anniversary? That depends. When you’re a nonprofit theatre company, the best way to celebrate is to continue doing what has kept you going and growing for a quarter of a century! And so, Curtain Call, Stamford’s longest-running and only year-round producing theatre company, is kicking off its 25th anniversary season with a musical that the entire community can enjoy: Disney’s Mary Poppins!
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Aug 28, 2015 - 2:07:51 AM

Westport Country Playhouse's 2016 Season Announced
Lineup includes six productions in five slots: a pair of plays in repertory, two recent Off-Broadway works, a Joe Orton comedy, and a reimagined Lerner and Loewe musical

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Westport Country Playhouse announces its 2016 season, featuring two Tony Award-winning plays in repertory, an Off-Broadway hit, a new thriller by a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, a witty comedy by Joe Orton, and a reimagined musical by Lerner and Loewe. The works will be staged next year from May through October. Under the artistic direction of Mark Lamos, 2016 will mark the Connecticut professional theater’s 86th season. 2016 season subscriptions are now on sale.
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Aug 28, 2015 - 1:46:07 AM

Stamford Museum & Nature Center Presents Fall Farm to Table Supper with Executive Chef Joe Jenkins of Apogee Events
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The Stamford Museum and Nature Center will be hosting its Fall Farm to Table Supper on Saturday, September 26 at 6 pm and will feature Executive Chef Joe Jenkins of Apogee Events. This exceptional dining experience, sponsored by First County Bank, will take place in the intimate setting of the Bendel Mansion. The evening will begin with artisanal hors d’oeuvres and cocktails to be enjoyed during an exclusive gallery tour with artist and environmental advocate Nancy Judd in her new exhibition, ReDress: Upcycled Style by Nancy Judd.
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Aug 27, 2015 - 1:17:12 AM

SHU announces second annual film festival
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In only its second year, the film & television master’s program (FTMA) at Sacred Heart University is attracting some notable recognition. “I've been to a lot of film festivals, big and small, and I have to say I am really impressed by the lineup of honorees who will be attending,” says Justin Liberman, executive director of the festival and co-director of the University’s FTMA program.
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Aug 27, 2015 - 1:01:51 AM

From Late Night TV to The Ridgefield Playhouse – Craig Ferguson returns with his ‘New Deal Tour’ on Wednesday, September 23
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Craig Ferguson entered the world of late night comedy following a diverse and eclectic career that encompasses film, television and the stage. When he took over the helm of CBS’s “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” in 2005, the show set all-time viewer records in the nine years that it had been on the air. Ferguson stepped down as host of “The Late Late Show” in December 2014.
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Aug 21, 2015 - 5:26:36 AM

Meet rising country star Jamie Lynn Spears at The Ridgefield Playhouse on August 23
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Jamie Lynn Spears may be an emerging artist in the music world, but she is already a seasoned showbiz veteran in many ways. In addition to being Britney Spears little sister, fans remember her for her first starring role in Nickelodeon’s Emmy-nominated Zoey 101 for which she also co-wrote and sang the show's theme song. Now is your chance to meet this rising country star!
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Aug 17, 2015 - 5:28:38 AM

Former New York Yankee Centerfielder Bernie Williams returns to The Ridgefield Playhouse on August 30
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The famed Yankees centerfielder brings his music back to The Ridgefield Playhouse with his All-star band on Sunday, August 30 at 8 p.m. It’s a brand new night of music with Bernie debuting new songs, along with a few surprises! Starting the day, Bernie and his team of All-stars will treat fans to an afternoon Celebrity Softball Game in the ballpark adjacent to the Playhouse at 1 p.m., with play by play announcing courtesy of 100.7fm WHUD’s morning personality Mike Bennett.
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Aug 17, 2015 - 2:22:55 AM

House of Cars: Curated Garage Tour and Gala Celebration Marks New Canaan Historical Society's 125th Anniversary
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With a twist on its tag line, ‘History That Moves You,’ the New Canaan Historical Society is honoring its 125th anniversary with a unique and exciting auto event called House of Cars: Curated Garage Tour and Gala Celebration. On Saturday September 12, car collectors, automotive enthusiasts and the local community will be treated to a remarkable experience with a hand-picked selection of some of the world’s finest cars and motorcycles. The day starts with a ‘Fuel Up Breakfast’ amid a collection of exotic cars, followed by a curated tour of select private collections of cars and motorcycles into the afternoon. The event culminates with an evening gala celebration amongst an extensive collection of rare, vintage and unique cars. Master car restorer Wayne Carini and accomplished racers David Hobbs, and Patrick Dempsey (‘Dr. McDreamy’ of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy) are featured speakers throughout the event. Limited House of Cars Curated Garage Tour tickets are available, beginning at $1,500. House of Cars Gala tickets may be purchased separately, beginning at $1,000. To learn more, or to purchase tickets to this unique event, visit www.nchistory.org or call 203.966.1776.
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Aug 17, 2015 - 1:45:00 AM

Inventor of National Geographic’s Crittercam Launches Mystic Aquarium Conservation Lecture
Mystic Aquarium is proud to launch “Conservation in Action,” a lecture series aimed at engaging the public in much-needed conservation.
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Aug 14, 2015 - 1:51:57 PM

The Life of Formula One World Champion, Ayrton Senna comes to the big screen at The Ridgefield Playhouse on August 19
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Racing and driving enthusiasts fasten your seat belts! The third film in the new Lime Rock Drivers Club Film Series, Senna, will be screened in HD at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Wednesday, August 19, at 7 p.m. The gripping documentary on the extraordinary life of Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna. The evening includes guest speaker Keith Hudak who will talk about his time working in Formula 1 racing. Hudak worked during a very interesting time in Formula 1: He was the press agent and a photographer for Team Lotus from 1985 to 1987 – the three years when Ayrton Senna drove for the team. Now living in Kingston, N.Y., in 1991 Keith co-wrote and produced the book “Freezing Speed - Techniques of Grand Prix Photography,” with John Blakemore. Keith will surely have some tales to tell regarding the driver many consider F1’s finest. An inspiration and an icon, the often controversial Senna won three F1 world championships and is widely considered to be the greatest driver in history. There will be fun driving-related pre-screening festivities, and a full bar in the lobby. This event is sponsored by No. 109 Cheese & Wine, Miller Motorcars and Caffeine and Carburetors, a gathering of automotive enthusiasts, and is underwritten by The Lime Rock Drivers Club, made for drivers which offers private track time, fully coached, at a fantastic, world-famous circuit, created by Skip Barber in 2008 to his exacting standards.
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Aug 10, 2015 - 11:31:36 AM

Mystic Aquarium Introduces Summer Nights Every Monday in August
Mystic Aquarium launched Summer Nights this past Monday for guests to enjoy some of the more popular exhibits as dusk settles on the day. Every Monday during the month of August, visit Mystic Aquarium from 6pm – 9pm and experience the allure of summer nights at the Aquarium.
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Aug 7, 2015 - 6:40:20 AM

A free community event - Bank of America and The Ridgefield Playhouse present “Shakespeare on the Green & Green Expo” on August 15
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Bank of America and The Ridgefield Playhouse will present what has become an annual community event -- Shakespeare on the Green and Green Expo -- on Saturday, August 9. The “how to live green” fair runs from 12 noon to 4 p.m. with Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” taking place under a tent for a seated audience at 2 p.m., all on the green at The Ridgefield Playhouse. This “free to the community” extravaganza is a thank-you from the Playhouse to the greater Ridgefield community, which supports it throughout the year. More than 500 patrons spend fun family time experiencing a contemporary rendition of Shakespeare and learning about green living, which means making sustainable choices about what we eat, how we travel, what we buy, and how we use and dispose of it. “The Tempest” showcases Shakespeare’s most enjoyable and magical plays.
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Aug 7, 2015 - 6:13:08 AM

It’s a night of Cuban Jazz under the stars with Chuchito Valdés and Quartet on August 15 at The Ridgefield Playhouse
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Experience an evening of Cuban culture – the music, the food, the rum, the art - with a night in Havana at Festival Cubano featuring Chuchito Valdés Quartet at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Saturday, August 15. The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. under the tent on the field next to the Playhouse with a wine tasting, specialty Rum drinks and Cuban inspired food tastings from Babaloo Cocina Latina. A special Cuban art exhibit will be showcased courtesy of DiscoveriesInArt.com and collector Terri and Steven Certilman. At 6:30 p.m. the heir to the Cuban Jazz Piano dynasty, Chuchito Valdés and his Quartet take the stage with an exciting and energetic blend of spicy music that drives audiences wild! This show is part of No. 109 Cheese & Wine Evening of Art, Wine and Jazz Series and the Palm Bay International World Beat Series. This concert is produced with the founder of the Caramoor Jazz Festival, Jim Luce of The Luce Group.
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Aug 3, 2015 - 7:10:53 AM

August 5th Jazz on the Rocks Benefit for New Neighborhoods, Inc, Affordable Housing
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The non-profit organization New Neighborhoods, Inc. (NNI) has launched a new signature summertime fundraiser, NNI Jazz on the Rocks, taking place on Wednesday, August 5th, from 6-9 pm overlooking the Sound at Harbor Point at 2200 Atlantic Street in Stamford. All proceeds from ticket sales, ads, and raffles will go towards much-needed building affordable housing throughout Fairfield County. Tickets include whiskey, beer and wine tastings, an artist-led “Home Making” public participation art project about the meaning of home, light bites from local chefs/restaurants, boardwalk games, raffles, and non-stop live jazz, Latin, folk, pop, and indie music. Tax-deductible tickets purchased online by July 25th include free raffle tickets; ‘six pack’ savings (6 tickets for just over the price of 5) are also be available for purchase online at www.nnijazzontherocks.com.
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Jul 31, 2015 - 11:30:45 AM

Dickens-based musical, OLIVER, opens August 5 in Stamford
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At some time in our lives, we all want some more. More money. More friends. More toys. But in 1800s England, there were many wants…especially for orphans like the fictional character, Oliver Twist, who wanted - among other things - some more gruel.
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Jul 30, 2015 - 1:03:07 AM

Celebrate Dinosaur State Park Day on Saturday, August 15
Dinosaur State Park and the Friends of Dinosaur State Park and Arboretum (FDPA) will celebrate the 49th anniversary of the discovery of dinosaur tracks in Rocky Hill with a family-friendly festival on Saturday, August 15, 2015. Admission to the museum will be free and the FDPA will be sponsoring a series of special events from 10-3 p.m.
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Jul 29, 2015 - 1:06:28 PM

Stamford: A small town remembers
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If you missed this at the Avon Theatre, come to the Ferguson Library Thursday, August 13 at 7 p.m. for a special screening of the documentary, Stamford: A Small Town Remembers, followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Michael Macari. To create the film, Macari teamed up with long-time friend and Stamford attorney, the late Joseph Richichi, to bring to light the history of their hometown—chronicling the rise of Connecticut’s premier city from its small town roots. With the on-camera testimonies of more than 40 citizens and celebrities, and 70 plus contributors of photos, film and materials, Macari and Richichi capture the essence of Stamford, as told through the eyes of its citizens from the 20th century.
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Jul 24, 2015 - 5:18:31 PM

Mystic Seaport to hold “Moby-Dick” Marathon July 31-August 1
Mystic Seaport will hold its annual marathon reading of Herman Melville’s novel, “Moby-Dick”, July 31-August 1.
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Jul 21, 2015 - 7:54:19 AM

August 15 Fab 4 Music Festival One Month Away - New Artists Added
The "Fab 4 Music Festival," New York/New England's only regional Beatles-themed outdoor Music, Food & Arts Festival coming to Ives Concert Park in Danbury, CT on Saturday, August 15, 2015, has announced that two new solo acts have been added to the entertainment line-up.
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Jul 16, 2015 - 5:03:09 AM

It’s a Punk Reggae Party with The English Beat at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Wednesday, July 29
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Nostalgia has nothing to do with it. The English Beat endures because of musicianship. The band, led by the cool and charismatic Dave Wakeling has been fusing pop, ska, punk, reggae, rock and soul since 1978. Its upbeat songs deal with peace, love, harmony and, of course, as any good English band worth its salt does—politics. On Wednesday, July 29, at 8 p.m., Wakeling brings The Beat back to The Ridgefield Playhouse and will treat fans to ska-revival versions of "Tears of A Clown," "Can't Get Used to Losing You" and "I'll Take You There," as well as the band's original fan faves which include: "Mirror in the Bathroom," "Too Nice to Talk To," "Twist & Crawl," "Hands Off, She's Mine" and "I Confess." There’s something ageless about the songs that make you dance, their music percolated with infectious rhythms and irresistible grooves always has audiences on their feet! Start your night off at Tigers' Den (23 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield) for dinner before the show and enjoy a complimentary draft beer or house wine with your entrée by showing your ticket. Visit after and receive 15% off bill.
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Jul 14, 2015 - 1:23:39 PM

A Summertime Favorite: Old Lyme's Midsummer Festival
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Old Lyme’s Midsummer Festival, a town-wide celebration of the arts, will be held Friday and Saturday, July 24 and 25. Since the early 20th century Old Lyme, Connecticut has been known to artists and art lovers alike as a haven for the arts.
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Jul 10, 2015 - 8:34:15 AM

Bridgman|Packer returns to Silvermine
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Evolving art forms, especially those that combine the performing and visual arts, have found a home in recent years at the Silvermine Arts Center. Bridgman|Packer, with their unique approach to integrating live performance and video technology, are the third in a series of artists to appear at Silvermine this year in programs supported by an Art Works Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. This program is also supported by the New England Foundation for the Arts.
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Jul 9, 2015 - 8:27:49 AM

Stamford writer to talk about growing up in Springdale in 1950s at Ferguson's Weed Branch
Stamford writer Gil Fagiani will talk about his childhood in Stamford’s Springdale neighborhood at the Ferguson Library’s Weed Memorial & Hollander Branch Tuesday, July 14 at 7 p.m. Mr. Fagiani is a poet, essayist, short story writer, and translator. He will read and discuss his new book of poetry, Stone Walls, about growing up in Springdale of the 1950s.
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Jul 7, 2015 - 1:38:00 PM

Jazz-Up July and Alive@Five begin this week in Stamford
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Two of the region’s hottest concert series, Jazz-Up July presented by Stamford Town Center in partnership with Morgan Stanley on the Budweiser Stage AND Alive@Five on the Budweiser Stage in partnership with Stamford Town Center, Reckson, BevMax and Copa Di Vino kick off Wednesday, July 8 and Thursday, July 9 respectively, in Columbus Park in Stamford Downtown.
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Jul 6, 2015 - 8:51:44 AM

National Geographic Adventurer of the Year at Ferguson Library's Harry Bennett Branch
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Bring your lunch and get ready to travel! On Monday, July 20 at 1 p.m., Jennifer Pharr Davis, 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, will speak at a Brown Bag Lunch at the Harry Bennett Branch of The Ferguson Library.
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Jul 2, 2015 - 9:20:03 AM

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