The Brookfield Craft Center will present The Artistry of Connecticut Craft, a new exhibit showcasing talented Connecticut artisans March 1-April 14. There will be an opening reception on Friday, March 1, 5 to 8 p.m.
The craft center is at 286 Whisconier Road (Route 25) and is open Monday-Saturday, 11-5, and Sunday, 12-4. For more information, visit brookfieldcraft.org or call 203-775-4526.
The 46th annual Darien Antiques Show (pictured above) at the First Congregational Church of Darien will take place this weekend, beginning with a preview party on Friday, March 1, from 7 to 9 p.m. More than 30 dealers will show fine 17th through 19th Century antiques.
At the preview party, which includes wine and hors d’oeuvres, guests will have an opportunity for advance purchases, and there will be a silent auction and entertainment. Tickets are $45 in advance, $50 at the door and include daily entrance throughout the show; patron tickets ($75 and $100) include a special early admission at 6:30.
Show hours on Saturday are 10 to 5 and on Sunday 11:30 to 5 at the church, 14 Brookside Road on the corner of U.S. Route 1. General admission is $10 at the door, $8 for seniors. For more information, visit darienantiquesshow.org.
The Ridgefield Theater Barn will present Arthur Miller’s classic play, All My Sons, March 1 through March 23. Directed by Debbie Levin and produced by Cheryl Boyd, the play will be presented Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 and Sundays, March 10 and 17, at 2.
The play is based on a true story of a post-World War II American family, the Kellers, and secrets that are uncovered.
Tickets are $24 for adults and $20 for students and seniors, with cabaret-style seating. Doors open one hour before curtain and audiences may bring food and drink to enjoy before the show and during intermission. The theater is at 37 Halpin Lane, off Prospect Ridge. For reservations, visit ridgefieldtheaterbarn.org.
Stray Kats Theatre
The new Stray Kats Theatre Company, a not-for-profit group based at Edmond Town Hall’s Alexandria Room, 45 Main Street, Newtown, will present Richard Dresser’s comedy, Rounding Third, opening March 1. The production, directed by Kate Katcher, will star Equity actors J.P. Sarro and Steven L. Barron.
Performances will be Friday and Saturday nights at 8, Sundays at 2 (no show March 10). For tickets ($20 in advance, $25 at the door), visit straykatstheatrecompany.org or call 203-514-2221.
The Ridgefield Playhouse will present Classic Albums Live: The Who “Who’s Next,” the Ultimate Tribute Band of the Who on Friday, March 1, at 8. The show recreates the album note for note. Tickets are $45 and available by calling 203-438-5795 or visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org.
Little Red for kids
The New Canaan Historical Society will present Little Red Hood In the Wood, an Acting Out with Ms. Karen production, on Saturday, March 2, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the society, 13 Oenoke Ridge. The show is for children age three and up; cost is $10 per child, no charge for accompanying adults. For reservations and more information, call 203-966-1776.
Maple Sugar Festival
Stamford Museum and Nature Center will have its First County Bank Maple Sugar Festival Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, 11 to 3. Visitors to the family event will see how sap becomes syrup at the sugarhouse on Heckscher Farm and there will be crafts, a scavenger hunt, face painting and more.
On Saturday there will be a maple syrup cook-off from 11:30 to 1:30 and on Sunday from 11 to 2 there will be a pancake brunch ($5 per person). Admission to the festival is $10; free for children three and younger. The center is at 39 Scofieldtown Road; for more information and advance tickets, visit stamfordmuseum.org.
Health and wellness
The Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce will present March into Health and Wellness Expo on Saturday, March 2, from 11 to 3 at Christ and Holy Trinity Church’s Branson Hall, 75 Church Lane, Westport. Admission is $10, $20 for a family; for more information, visit westportwestonchamber.com.
The Stamford Symphony’s Harman Signature Recitals Series will present violinist Vadim Gluzman on Saturday, March 2, at 8. The program will include Mozart’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in F Major, Prokofiev’s Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in F Minor, Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne (after Pulcinella), Bloch’s Baal Shem Suite (Three Pictures of Chassidic Life) and Ravel’s Tzigane.
The concert will be at the Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic Street, Stamford, and tickets are $26-$53. For more information, visit stamfordsymphony.org or call 203-325-1407 x14.
The Ridgefield Playhouse has two Irish shows this weekend: The Tartan Terrors will perform Saturday at 8, with special guests The Mighty Ploughboys (tickets $30), and Bowfire, an all-star show of violin and fiddle virtuosos, will be staged at 7:30 on Sunday ($60). Tickets are available through ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.
The Connecticut Master Chorale, under the direction of Tina Johns Heidrich, will present a concert featuring The Peacemakers by Karl Jenkins on Sunday, March 3, at 3 at St. Rose of Lima Church, 46 Church Hill Road, Newtown. The chorale will be joined by the Holy Cross High School Girls Choir. Works by Elgar and Williams are also on the program.
Tickets are $20 in advance (203-743-0473 or cmchorale.org) or $25 at the door.
The Danbury Music Centre will present a combined performance by the Danbury Community Orchestra and the Danbury Preparatory String Orchestra, comprising more than 100 musicians, on Sunday, March 3, at 3.
The concert, with both classical and popular works, will take place in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall on the Midtown Campus of Western Connecticut State University, 181 White Street, Danbury. Admission is free; donations will be accepted at the door. For more information, call 203-748-1716.
The Stamford Art Association will present its 40th annual juried Student Show March 3-21 in the Townhouse Gallery, 39 Franklin Street. There will be an opening reception on Sunday, March 3, from 4 to 6; gallery hours are 11-3 on Thursday and Friday and 12-3, Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit stamfordartassociation.org or call 203-325-1139.
The Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra, conducted by music director Petko Dimitrov, will present a concert on Sunday, March 3, at 4 at the Clune Center at Wilton High School, 395 Danbury Road (Route 7). WCYO concerto competition winner Caroline Joyner will be soloist in a piece by Saint-SaĎns.
In addition to the orchestra, the String Ensemble and the Wind Ensemble will perform. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors and will be available at the door. For more information, visit wctyo.org or call 203-894-8786.
The final performance f the 65th anniversary season of the Wilton Candlelight Concerts will feature pianist Stephen Hough on Sunday, March 3, at 4 at the Wilton Congregational Church on Ridgefield Road (Route 33). The program will include works by Chopin, Brahms, and Schumann as well as a composition by Mr. Hough, Sonata No. 2, “Notturno Luminoso.”
Tickets ($25) will be available at the door; for more information, visit wiltoncandlelightconcerts.org.
Actress, poet, singer and writer Kimberly Wilson will perform her one-woman show featuring the stories of seven African-American women on Sunday, March 3, at 4 at Talmadge Hill Community Church, 870 Hollow Tree Ridge Road, Darien. The performances will benefit KEYS (Kids Empowered by Your Support, Inc.); tickets are $20, or $40 for families. For reservations, visit keysmusic.org.
Ms. Wilson will also present her show A Journey on Wednesday, March 6, from 12 to 1:30 at the Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place. Tickets are $25 and include a lunch; for information, call 203-222-1424 or visit westporthistory.org.
Artist Tom Brenner will speak at the Silvermine Guild Arts Center on Sunday, March 3, at 4:30 on Illumination — The Role of Light in Two-Dimensional Art: as Tool, as Subject, as Symbol & Significance. Admission is $12 for non-members. The arts center is at 1037 Silvermine Road in New Canaan; for more information, call 203-966-6668 or visit silvermineart.org.
And coming up…
Quilting superstar Kaffe Fassett will give a lecture, The Glorious Quilt, on Monday, March 4, at 7:30 at the Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay Street (Route 22), Katonah, N.Y. He will also sign copies of his 2012 autobiography Dreaming in Color both before and after the lecture. For more information, visit katonahmuseum.org or call 914-232-9555.
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The Friends of John Jay Homestead 2013 John Jay Scholars Lecture Series, America and Great Powers Diplomacy, will conclude Tuesday, March 5, with Walter Stahr discussing his book, Seward: Lincoln’s Indispensable Man. The lecture will take place at 7 in the ballroom of the John Jay Homestead Historic Site, 400 Jay Street (Route 22), Katonah, N.Y. Registration will begin at 6:15, with light refreshments, and a book signing will follow the lecture. Reservations are recommended; call 914-232-8119 or visit johnjayhomestead.org.
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CancerCare will have a fund-raising “Girls’ Night Out” on Thursday, March 7, starting at 7 at the Lillian August flagship store, 32 Knight Street, Norwalk. Guests will find cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment, shopping opportunities and a silent auction. Tickets are $75 for the main event from 7 to 9:30; with a VIP party from 6 to 7 p.m., tickets are $100. For more information, visit cancercare.org/girlsnightout or call 203-663-2192.
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Mark A. Norell, Ph.D., chairman of paleontology and curator of dinosaurs at the American Museum of Natural History will talk about Dinosaurs Among Us on Thursday, March 7, at 7 at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, which is currently featuring an exhibit, Chinasurs: Dinosaur Discoveries from China. Admission is $5; for more information, visit brucemuseum.org or call 203-869-0376.