Spring art

The Art Society of Old Greenwich is presenting its Spring Art Show at the Garden Education Center, 130 Bible Street, Old Greenwich, through April 30. There will be an artists reception on Friday, April 4, from 6 to 8 p.m., with artworks by society members and by student scholarship award winners from Greenwich High School.

The Garden Education Center is open Monday to Friday, 9 to 4. For more information, visit artsocietyofoldgreenwich.com.

 

Who’s Hungry

The stories of five homeless and/or hungry residents of Santa Monica, Calif., are woven together in Who’s Hungry, an experimental table-top puppet theater play that will be presented Friday and Saturday at the Silvermine Arts Center in New Canaan. The performance incorporates puppetry, dance, music and text and will be presented at 7:30 on Friday, April 4, and at 3 on Saturday, April 5.

Tickets are $25; the production will be staged in Sara Victoria Hall at the arts center, 1037 Silvermine Road. For more information, call 203-966-9700 x22 or visit silvermineart.org.

 

French cinema

Focus on French Cinema will mark its 10th anniversary in Greenwich this weekend, presented by Alliance Française of Greenwich. Featuring French films from around the world, the festival is joined by two new partners in 2014: Le Festival du Film Francophone d’Angouleme and New York’s French Institute Alliance Française.

Films will be screened Friday, April 4, through Sunday, April 6, at Bow Tie Cinemas, 2 Railroad Avenue, Greenwich, and Tuesday, April 8, at FIAF, Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street, New York. For the complete schedule and tickets, visit focusonfrenchcinema.org or call 203-531-9101.

 

Music on the Hill

The Festival Chorus and Chamber Chorus of Music on the Hill will present Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil on Friday, April 4, at 8 at the Wilton Presbyterian Church, 48 New Canaan Road. Artistic director Ellen Dickinson will conduct the 50-voice chorus in the a cappella choral masterwork.

Tickets will be $20 at the door; they may be ordered in advance at [email protected]

 

Vagina Monologues

V-Day Norwalk will present The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler on Friday and Saturday, April 4 and 5, at 8 and Sunday, April 6, at 4 at the Carriage House Arts Center in Norwalk’s Cranbury Park, off Grumman Avenue.

Tickets are $25, with proceeds going directly to The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education. For reservations, call 203-229-9797 or visit carriagehouseartscenter.org.

 

Health fair

Health practitioners will be on hand to offer screenings and answer questions at the Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association Health and Wellness Fair on Saturday, April 5, from 10 to 2 at East Ridge Middle School, Ridgefield. Medical screenings for cholesterol, anemia, blood pressure and more will be offered and the Stamford Hospital Mobile Wellness Center with mammograms will be on site.

For more information, visit ridgefieldvna.org or call 203-438-5555.

 

Vintage choices

The 9th Vintage Clothing, Accessories, Textiles & Jewelry Show & Sale will take place Saturday and Sunday, April 5 and 6, from 10 to 5 at the Police Athletic League Building, 35 Hayestown Road, Danbury. Regular admission is $7 for the weekend; there will be early buying  at 8:30 a.m. for $15 admission (coffee/tea included).

Food will be available on site; for more information, visit cordshows.com or call 914-273-4667 (during show hours: 914-589-1355).

 

Bedford Antiques

The Bedford Spring Antiques Show will take place this weekend at the Harvey School’s Athletic Center, 260 Jay Street, Katonah, N.Y. More than 30 dealers will be exhibiting Saturday, April 5, from 10 to 5 and Sunday, April 6, from 11 to 5; admission at the door will be $10.

There will be a Champagne Preview Party on Friday, April 4, from 6 to 8 p.m.; tickets are $75 in advance or $100 at the door. A dinner and live auction will follow the preview party; for more information, call 914-234-9636 or email [email protected]

 

Gardening thoughts

Ridgefield’s Garden of Ideas at 653 North Salem Road (Route 116) will host an Ask the Farmer session with garden founder Joe Keller as a fund-raiser for the Friends of the Garden of Ideas on Saturday, April 5, at 11 a.m.  He will answer “anything about growing vegetables.”

The cost is $15 per person and reservations are necessary: call 203-431-9914 or visit gardenofideas.com.

 

Children’s ballet

The Darien Arts Center’s dance program will present an original children’s ballet, Fiona, on Saturday, April 5, at 11 and 2 and Sunday, April 6, at noon at the Weatherstone Studio, 2 Renshaw Road, Darien. Tickets are $10 and will be sold at the door or may be reserved by calling 203-655-8683.

 

Music for Youth

The last Free Young Persons’ Concert of the spring season presented by Music for Youth will feature the Horszowski Piano Trio on Saturday, April 5, at 2 at the Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Avenue, Southport. Violinist Jesse Mills, cellist Raman Ramakrishnan and pianist Rieko Aizawa will perform a 50-minute program for ages 5 to 18.

There will be free post-concert master classes for intermediate to advanced violin, cello and piano students; to register call 203-938-3843 or email [email protected]

 

Schalk Revue

The Walter Schalk School of Dance will present the New Canaan production of “Dance,” the annual spring revue on Saturday, April 5, at 7 and Sunday, April 6, at 1 and 6:30 at the Darien High School auditorium. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and seniors and will be available at the door. They will be sold at Dance Corner Plus, 1 Morse Court, New Canaan, Thursday and Friday, April 3 and 4, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

 

Shakespeare Gala

Shakespeare on the Sound will have a fund-raising gala with a surrealist theme inspired by Salvador Dali on Saturday, April 5, at the Dolce Center in Norwalk. The event, with dinner, silent and live auctions, and dancing, will support the June production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona in Rowayton’s Pinkney Park. For information, call 203-299-1300.

 

Kaleidoscope Ball

Stepping Stones Museum for Children’s  black-tie Kaleidoscope Ball on Saturday, April 5, will take place at the museum in Norwalk, with dinner by Abigail Kirsch, dancing and special auctions. Proceeds support the museum’s Community Open Arms initiative. For more information, visit steppingstonesmuseum.org/kb.

 

Lyme weekend

This weekend there’s a focus on Lyme disease, with the Time for Lyme Gala on Saturday, April 5, at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich and the Sixth Annual Walk/Run to Bite Back for A Cure on Sunday, April 6, at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport.

The gala, which will feature Fox News’ Gretchen Carlson as emcee, will benefit the Lyme Research Alliance; for more information, call 203-969-1333 or visit lymeresearchalliance.org. The run/walk will benefit the Tick-Borne Disease Alliance; for more information, visit tbdalliance.org.

 

Ridgefield Symphony

The Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra’s April 5 program will feature Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique as well as two Wagner masterpieces from Die Walküre: “The Ride of the Valkyries” and “Wotan’s Farewell and Magic Fire Music.”

The concert begins at 8 at Ridgefield High School, 700 North Salem Road/Route 116, and tickets are $25, $45 or $60; for reservations, visit ridgefieldsymphony.org or call 203-438-3889.

 

Gospel Explosion

The White Plains Performing Arts Center will present Gospel Explosion 2014, hosted by Liz Black, on Saturday, April 5, at 8. Featured groups will be the Late Show’s Gospel Choir, The New York Fellowship Mass Choir, and the Institutional Radio Choir.

Tickets are $20, $25 or $30; for reservations, visit wppac.com or call 914-328-1600. The White Plains Performing Arts Center is at 11 City Place, on the third level of the City Center.

 

Greenwich Symphony

Virtuoso pianist Jon Nakamatsu will perform Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, April 5, at 8 and Sunday, April 6, at 4 at Greenwich High School auditorium, 10 Hillside Road. A free pre-concert lecture by associate conductor Tara Simoncic at 7 on Saturday and at 3 on Sunday.

Also on the program will be Samuel Barber’s Essay No. 3 and Paris—Song of a Great City by Frederick Delius. Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for students; for reservations and more information, call 203-869-2664 or visit greenwichsymphony.org/tickets.

 

Stamford Symphony

The Stamford Symphony Orchestra will be joined by violinist Tim Fain for concerts on Saturday, April 5, at 8 and Sunday, April 6, at 3 at Stamford’s Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic Street. Mr. Fain will be featured in the Dvorak Violin Concerto in A minor and the program will also include Kodaly’s Dances of Galanta and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5.

Tickets are $22 to $73 and there are pre-concert talks by Maestro Eckart Preu. On Sundays, Kids Come Free and there is a MusiKids interactive experience for children 7-12 at 2 on Sunday. For more information, call 203-325-1407 x14 or visit stamfordsymphony.org.

 

A bear hunt!

The Ridgefield Playhouse will present a musical for children, based on the book We’re Going On a Bear Hunt, on Sunday, April 6, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children; for reservations, call 203-438-5795 or visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org.

 

Clay Art Center

There will be a Summer Camp Open House on Sunday, April 6, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Clay Art Center at 40 Beech Street in Port Chester, N.Y. More than two dozen summer camps for children ages six to 15 will be offered at the center this summer, with topics ranging from “Minecraft in Clay” to “Wheel Throwing Boot Camp.” For more information, visit clayartcenter.org.

 

Brubeck tribute

A quartet featuring Tim Moran, alto sax, Donn Trenner, piano, Brian Torff, bass, and Adam Nussbaum, drums, will perform music by Dave Brubeck in a tribute concert on Sunday, April 6, at 3 at the Pequot Library in Southport.  The concert, co-sponsored by the Westport Arts Center, is part of the “Music at Pequot Library” and tickets are $25, available online at pequotlibrary.org.

 

The Saxtet

A new eight-piece jazz ensemble, featuring five saxophonists with a high-energy rhythm section, will perform for the Richter Association for the Arts on Sunday, April 6, 3 p.m. at Richter House, 100 Aunt Hack Road, Danbury.

Admission is by free will donation; for more information, call 203-749-1949 or visit danbury.org/richter/.

 

House concert

Tenor Jeffrey Hill, winner of the Connecticut Alliance for Music 2010 Heida Hermanns International Voice Competition, will perform Sunday, April 6, at 3 at the home of Myra and Paul Goldberg in Westport. Mr. Hill has participated in several summer music festivals, including Tanglewood, and has degrees from Bard Conservatory and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

Tickets for Sunday’s concert are $25, by reservation only. Call 203-319-8271.

 

Italian composers

The Connecticut Master Chorale, led by Tina Johns Heidrich, will feature the music of Giaocchino Rossini and Giacomo Puccini on Sunday, April 6, at 3 at the First Congregational Church, 164 Deer Hill Avenue, Danbury. The group will sing Rossini’s Stabat Mater and four choruses from Rossini works.

The chorale will be accompanied by the Connecticut Master Chorale Orchestra and joined by soloists Louise Fauteux, soprano, Juan Andreu, tenor, and Edwin Kotchian, bass-baritone.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door; for reservations, call 203-743-0473. For more information, visit cmchorale.org.

 

Tea with the Ladies

Women from the Keeler Tavern’s past will make an appearance at Tea with the Ladies of Keeler Tavern on Sunday, April 6, at 3 in the museum’s Garden House at 132 Main Street, Ridgefield. Among the “spirits” from the tavern’s past will be the event hostess Julia Gilbert, wife of renowned architect Cass Gilbert. Over the course of afternoon, she’ll introduce Esther Keeler, who witnessed the Battle of Ridgefield on April 27, 1777, Esther’s daughter Anna and granddaughter Anna Marie Resseguie, as well as the free African-American Phillis Dubois, Anna Marie’s “sister” and mistress of the tavern’s kitchen.

For ticket availability, call 203-438-5485 or visit keelertavernmuseum.org.

 

Dutch kitchens

Author and food historian Peter G. Rose of South Salem, N.Y., will discuss “The Dutch Influence on the American Kitchen and Life” on Sunday, April 6, at 4 at the annual meeting of the New Castle Historical Society at the Chappaqua Library, 195 South Greeley Avenue, Chappaqua, N.Y. The program is free. For more information, call 914-238-4666.

 

The Glass House

Henry Urbach, director of The Glass House, the National Trust Historic Site in New Canaan that features the landmark house designed by Philip Johnson, will give a talk at the New Canaan Library on Sunday, April 6, at 4:30. “The Glass House, Reconsidered” will delve into the place’s history and how it has evolved since it opened to the public.

Mr. Urbach is also expected to talk about the 2014 season (May to November) when the first site-specific project to engage the Glass House itself will be in action: Veil by Fujiko Nakaya will periodically wrap the house in a dense mist.

Admission to the program is free, but tickets are required; register at newcanaanlibrary.org. For more information on the Glass House, visit theglasshouse.org.

 

And coming up…

The Greenwich Antiques Society will hear a lecture by Ada E. Ustjanauskas, “Through the Expert’s Eye… Exploring the Mystery of Oriental Rugs,” on Monday, April 7, at 1:15 at the Bruce Museum, One Museum Drive, Greenwich. Ms. Ustjanauskas is an independent oriental rug consultant and owner of Ada E. Ustjanauskas Antique Rugs in Old Greenwich. Admission is $20 for non-members and reservations are required; call 203-869-6437 or email [email protected]

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The Mianus Chapter of Trout Unlimited will meet Tuesday, April 8, at 7 at Orvis, 432 Post Road, Darien, to hear “Local Fishing Tips & Tactics.” Guests, including children, are welcome. For more information, visit mianustu.org.

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Enjoying the Country Life: Greenwich’s Great Estates will open Wednesday, April 9, at the Greenwich Historical Society’s Storehouse Gallery, 39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 4; admission is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. For more information, visit greenwichhistory.org.

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Engelbert Humperdinck will appear at the Palace Theatre in Stamford on Wednesday, April 9, at 7:30. With fans around the globe, he has sold more than 150 million records over his 40-plus-year career. Tickets are $45, $65, and $85; for information, visit scalive.org or call 203-325-4466.

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Dwight “Doc” Gooden will talk about his experiences with addition and recovery in a presentation that is part of the Ridgefield Playhouse’s “Get Real” Series for Families and Teens on Thursday, April 10, at 7:30. Tickets are $10; for information, call 203-438-5795 or visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org.