Absolut Kuba!

The Carriage Barn Arts Center’s exhibit of contemporary Cuban art by emerging and established artists opens Thursday, April 24, and will be on view through May 17. There will be an opening reception on Sunday, April 27, from 3 to 5 at the gallery, which is in Waveny Park, New Canaan.

For more information, visit carriagebarn.org.


Hops & Grapes

A benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Hops & Grapes, Toasts & Tastes, will take place Friday, April 25, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Chelsea Piers in Stamford. The event showcases restaurants and bakeries, vineyards and distributors and includes a silent and live auction and raffle.

Tickets are $75 or two for $125; VIP tickets ($100/$175 for two) include a LLS Relentless wristband, raffle ticket and deluxe gift bag. For information and reservations, call 203-665-1400 or visit lls.orgct/hopsandgrapes.


Meeting of minds

Mind Master Bruce James will perform his Hypnosis Show at Weston High School on Friday, April 25, at 7:30, presented by the Weston Boosters Club to raise money for the athletics program and the stadium lights project. Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for adults and may be purchased at the Boosters Club website, whs-boosters.com. For more information, call 203-856-4326.


Side by side

The Theatre Artists Workshop will present a gala concert production of Side by Side by Sondheim on Friday and Saturday, April 25 and 26, at 8 and Sunday, April 27, with a sunset show at 6. The performance will feature Mark Basile, Jackob Hofmann, Carrie Pine, Barbara Rhoades and musical director David Harris. Side by Side includes some of Sondheim’s best known songs from shows including Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Anyone Can Whistle, Pacific Overtures, West Side Story and Gypsy.

Tickets are $20 and reservations are necessary; call 203-854-6830 or visit taworkshop.org.


Back in the day…

The Ridgefield Playhouse will bring back the sounds of the 50s in the form of the band Sha Na Na, which actually got its first big gig at Woodstock in 1969. The group will perform Friday, April 25, at 8, in a salute to the 35 anniversary of the movie Grease. Guests are invited to get into the mood by arriving at 7 for a car show and costume contest Tickets are $40; call 203-438-5795 or visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org. (An AllShows.com VIP Party Pass, $25, includes a pre-show cocktail party with open bar, hors d’oeuvres and priority parking.)


Glass Menagerie

The Town Players of Newtown will stage Tennessee Williams’ classic The Glass Menagerie opening Friday, April 25, at the Little Theatre, Orchard Hill Road, Newtown. Shows are at 8 Fridays and Saturdays through May 17, with 2 p.m. matinees on April 27 and May 4 (Friday, May 2, is sold out).

Tickets are $20, $15 for matinees. For reservations, call 203-270-9144 or email [email protected]


Keeler Tavern show

The Keeler Tavern Museum in Ridgefield will host its inaugural Spring Artisans’ Show on Saturday, April 26, on the museum campus at 132 Main Street. A wide range of one-of-a-kind offerings, including fine art, high-quality handmade furniture, fiber and home decor items, distinctive jewelry and more will be shown.

A special multi-media exhibit, Expressions: Spring — paintings, sculpture & photography will be staged in the Carriage Barn (curated by Joanne Hudson, Expressions features artists Lisa Cohen, LeaAnn Cogswell, Spencer Eldridge and Oscar Andy Hammerstein). While Saturday visitors browse, children will be able to enjoy games and crafts of their own. Food will be available for purchase.

Saturday show hours will be 10 to 5; admission that day is $8. There will be a wine-and-cheese preview party on Friday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. for early purchasing; admission is $40. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit the museum.

Off-premises parking will be available nearby; to make reception reservations, and for directions or other information, visit keelertavernmuseum.org or call 203-438-5485.


The Aldrich story

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum’s archivist Barbara L. Toplin will offer insights into the museum’s history while leading an exploration of the current exhibitions on Saturday, April 26, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. She’ll talk about founder Larry Aldrich and the art he collected during the museum’s first decade, 1964-1974. The tour is free with the price of admission.

The museum is at 258 Main Street in Ridgefield; aldrichart.org or 203-438-4519.


Silvermine events

The Silvermine School of Art Juried Student Exhibition is on view in the galleries and this weekend the Silvermine Arts Center in New Canaan will have its annual Art Materials and Equipment Tag Sale. Hours are 10 to 5 on Saturday, April 26. The arts center is at 1037 Silvermine Road in New Canaan; silvermineart.org or 203-966-9700.


Peter Max show

The Geary Gallery at 576 Boston Post Road in Darien will feature a special exhibit of work by artist Peter Max, in previews beginning Saturday, April 26. The show includes images spanning four decades, from his Pop Art designs commemorating Woodstock to the 2013 design for the cruise ship Breakaway and his new ‘Marilyn’ series, based on the iconic photographs by Milton Greene.

Mr. Max will make special appearances at the gallery on Saturday, May 3, from 6 to 9 p.m. and Sunday, May 4, from 1 to 4 p.m. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 866-900-6699 or emailing [email protected]


Gigantic Book Sale

The Wilton Library’s annual Gigantic Book Sale Fund-raiser will open Saturday, April 26, and run through Tuesday, April 29, with more than 75,000 items for sale at the library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road. A silent auction of rare and collectible books will take place Saturday and Sunday and the Rotary Club of Wilton will be selling hot dogs and sodas on Saturday, with proceeds benefiting the library.

Early buying, with a $15 admission fee, will be Saturday from 7 to 9 a.m., and then admission is free for the rest of the sale. It closes at 5 on Saturday; hours on Sunday are noon to 5, Monday 10 to 5 (half-price), and Tuesday, 10 to 3 ($5/bag). For more information, visit wiltonlibrary.org.


Mini Maker Faire

The Westport Public Library will host a Mini Maker Faire, a family-friendly event that celebrates the do-it-yourself mindset, on Saturday, April 26, from 10 to 4 in the library and on the adjacent Jesup Green. More than 100 exhibitors are expected to show student projects, robotics, electric vehicles, textile arts and crafts, green tech projects, rockets, radios, and much, much more. For more information, visit westportlibrary.org.



The Connecticut Ballet, with company ballerina Oksana Maslova and principal dancer Marius Arhire, will perform artistic director Brett Raphael’s revival of the classic full-length ballet Giselle on Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27, at 2 at The Bushnell in Hartford. The ballet will be performed again on Saturday, May 3, at 7:30 at the Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic Street, Stamford.

The cast of 24 professional dancers will be joined by more than two dozen character actors and local children. Tickets are available at bushnell.org or scalive.org; for more information, visit connecticutballet.com.


British invasion

The Westport and Ridgefield historical societies are planning to mark the 237th anniversary of Tryon’s Raid, the Revolutionary War engagement that began with 1,500 British troops landing at Compo Beach on April 25, 1777. From there they marched to Danbury where they burned Patriot supplies, then headed back through Ridgefield, where they were engaged by the Colonial militia led by Major General David Wooster. General Wooster was mortally wounded a short distance from Ridgefield’s Main Street and the Colonials were then led in battle by Brigadier Generals Gold S. Silliman and Benedict Arnold.

In Westport, Ed Hynes will talk at 2 p.m. about the incursion led by Major General William Tryon, Royal Governor of New York province. The Westport Historical Society is at 25 Avery Place; cost of the program is $5. For information, call 203-222-1424.

In Ridgefield, there will be a military encampment featuring Delancey’s Brigade, with fife and drum music by the Germantown Ancients from 1 to 4 on the historical society’s grounds at 4 Sunset Lane. Keith Marshall Jones III, author of Farmers Against the Crown, an account of the Battle of Ridgefield, will sign copies of his book starting at noon and will give a talk about the battle at 2. For more information, call 203-438-5821.


PAWS Uncorked

PAWS’ programs and services for homeless animals will benefit from a fund-raiser on Saturday evening, April 26, from 5 to 8 at the Stamford Marriott, 243 Tresser Boulevard. PAWS Uncorked — A Taste for Rescue will feature samplings from local restaurants, specialty food purveyors and local businesses; BevMax will supply beer wine and spirits for tasting. There will also be a silent auction.

Tickets are $45 in advance or $55 at the door; for reservations, call 203-750-9572 or visit pawsct.org.



The Westport Arts Center will have its 2014 fund-raiser, WONDERland: A Mad Art Party on Saturday, April 26, at the Gallaher Mansion at Cranbury Park in Norwalk. The center will honor founding member Ann Sheffer as “Queen of Arts.” Tickets are $500 with a cocktail reception and dinner at 5:30, or $225 for the party starting at 8. For information, visit westportartscenter.org or call 203-222-7070.


Special performance

Pianist André Watts will perform a recital on Saturday evening at Stamford’s Palace Theatre, presented by the Stamford Symphony. The 8 p.m. concert will include works by Scarlatti, Mozart, Beethoven, Debussy, Chopin and Liszt. Tickets are $73 to $22; for reservations, call 203-325-4466 or visit scalive.org.


Sandy Hook tribute

The Sherman Chamber Ensemble’s spring program will include Dawn, a work created by the young composer Paul Frucht, in tribute to slain Sandy Hook principal Dawn Hochsprung. The concert will take place at the Jewish Community Center in Sherman on Saturday, April 26, at 8 p.m. and at the Brookfield Library on Sunday, April 27, at 3 p.m. Also on the program will be works for flute, harp, clarinet, violin and cello by J.S. Bach, Handel, Muczynski, Wourinen and David Brandenburg, along with selections from the American Songbook.

Tickets for Saturday’s concert are $30, $25 for students and seniors at the door; the Jewish Community Center is at 9 Route 39 South in Sherman. For information, call 860-355-5930. Sunday’s concert is free; for information, call 203-775-6241 or visit brookfieldlibrary.org.


300,000 daffodils

The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program will feature the White Garden at 199 Elmwood Road in Lewisboro, N.Y., on Sunday, April 27, from 10 to 3. The property includes a collection of more than 300,000 daffodils throughout a woodland, several greenhouses, a labyrinth, theater court, a nymphaeum and an Asian-inspired moss garden. Admission is $7 per person and children 12 and younger are admitted free. For more information, visit opendaysprogram.org or call 1-888-842-2442.


Work songs

Historian/musician Rick Spencer will present a program of work songs from the past century, focusing on the industrial history of Danbury, on Sunday, April 27, at 3 p.m. at Richter House, 100 Aunt Hack Road, Danbury. Admission is by free will donation; for information, call 203-748-7805 or visit danbury.org/richter.



Four high school bands and four middle school bands will compete on Sunday, April 27, at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Bandjam 2014, starting at 4 p.m. Celebrity judges Paul Pesco, Linda Eder, and Ethan Carey will be joined by emcee Christine O’Leary. Bands in the high school category include Juice, Birdwalk, Apollo’s Legacy and Plethora of Nothing; middle school bands will be Dysfunctional 4, The Next Generation, Ulterior Motives and Marmalade Sky.

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


Spring concert

The Southern Connecticut Camerata will its spring concert, New Leaves, New Loves, featuring Italian madrigals, on Sunday, April 27, at 5 at St. Matthew’s/Wilton Presbyterian Parish Hall, 36 New Canaan Road, Wilton. Audience members will sit at tables; wine and sparkling water and light hors d’oeuvres will be served. Madrigals will be interspersed with instrumental works attributed to Vivaldi. General admission is $20; reserved tables for eight are $140. For tables, email [email protected]; for general admission, visit sccamerata.org and use the Ticket Information link.


And coming up…

The subscription theater season at Westport Country Playhouse opens Tuesday, April 29, with the Noël Coward play, A Song at Twilight, featuring Mia Dillon, Brian Murray and Gordana Rashovich, with Nicholas Carrière. Mark Lamos is directing the play, which is a co-production with Hartford Stage and will run through May 17. The play is appropriate for ages 16 and older.

Shows are Tuesday through Saturday at 8, with matinees on Wednesday at 2, Saturday and Sunday at 3. For tickets, call 203-227-4177 or visit westportplayhouse.org.

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Senior Girl Scouts in Ridgefield have planned a screening of the documentary, Miss Representation, for Wednesday, April 30, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., with a panel discussion about the portrayal of women in the media to follow. The film is rated PG-13 and tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. The movie will be shown at the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge; 203-438-5795 or ridgefieldplayhouse.org.

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Jazz vocalist Giacomo Gates will celebrate International Jazz Day with a performance with his trio on Wednesday, April 30, at 8 at the Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic Street, Stamford. Ralph Miriello will host and all tickets are $20; for reservations, visit scalive.org or call 203-325-4466.

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The Wildlife Conservation Society and Melissa and Carney Hawks will host a special screening of National Geographic’s Battle for the Elephants on Thursday, May 1, at 7:30 at Greenwich Country Day School Performing Arts Center, 401 Old Church Road. Doors open at 7 and a reception will follow. Tickets are $100 to $2500; for more information, email [email protected] or call 718-741-1655.

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The New Paradigm Theatre Company will present A May Day Carnivale on Thursday, May 1, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Hilton, First Stamford Place. The fund-raising party will feature Broadway/TV performers and producers, models in Carnivale makeup and outfits, paparazzi, food and drink as well as silent auction items. Tickets are $100; for information and to register, visit nptheatre.org/nptevents/carnivale/.