Third Eye Productions and the Stray Kats Theatre Company will stage the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Doubt, Thursdays through Saturdays, Sept. 11-20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main Street. Patrick Kearney and Kate Katcher will perform courtesy of Actors Equity. The cast also includes Molly Garber and Denise Johnson.
Tickets may be purchased at Queen Street Gifts & Treats, 3 Queen Street, Newtown, or online at straykatstheatrecompany.org.
The Wilton Rotary Club will sponsor its traditional family carnival from Friday, Sept. 12, through Sunday, Sept. 14, at the intersection of School Road and Route 7, near Wilton High School. The carnival will offer more than 20 different rides as well as games of chance and food and drink; hours at 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 5 on Sunday.
For more information, visit wiltonrotary.org.
Meet the Bears!
The Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk will host a pajama party featuring the Berenstain Bears (Brother Bear and Sister Bear) on Friday, Sept. 12, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The evening will include reading The Berenstain Bears Go to School and a variety of school-related activities.
Tickets are $15 and registration is required; call 203-899-0606 x264 or visit steppingstonesmuseum.org. The museum is at 303 West Avenue in Mathews Park, Norwalk.
Curtain Call will present the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, Rent, opening Friday, Sept. 12, at the Kweskin Theatre in the Sterling Farms Theatre Complex, 1349 Newfield Avenue, Stamford.
The show, for mature audiences, will play five weekends, through Oct. 11, kicking off Curtain Call’s 24th season. Performances are Friday through Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 2, with three Thursday performances: Sept. 25, Oct. 2 and 9 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $32, $24 for senior citizens and $16 for students. For reservations, call 203-461-6358 or visit curtaincallinc.com.
Contemporary Christian/crossover artist Amy Grant will perform on Friday, Sept. 12, at 8 at the Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic Street, Stamford. Tickets are $75 to $35 and may be reserved at 203-325-4466 or online at scalive.org.
The Newtown Arts Festival will take place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13 and 14, on the Fairfield Hills campus. Associated festival events are scheduled throughout September.
This weekend at the festival from 10 to 6 there will be performances, workshops, exhibitions, music and more than 85 artists and craftspeople. There will be 15 food booths and the Wine and Beer Garden open from noon to 6.
Tickets are $5 per person, free for children under 12. For more information, call 203-404-234-7345.
Kayak to Cockenoe
The Westport Historical Society will sponsor a kayak tour to Cockenoe Island, one mile off the coast of Westport, on Saturday, Sept. 13, at 10:30 a.m. David Park, a board member of the Norwalk River Watershed Association and author of Kayaking in and around the Norwalk Islands, will lead the tour.
He’ll share the history of the island, which is open to the public after Westport residents and town officials fought the proposed construction of a nuclear power plant in 1967.
Participants will meet at Longshore Sailing School in Longshore Park, Westport; the tour fee is $15 (call 203-222-1424 for reservations) and kayak rentals are paid directly to Longshore and may be reserved by calling 203-226-4646.
For more information, visit westporthistory.org. Rain date is Sept. 14.
Touch a truck
Wilton’s 4th Annual Touch-A-Truck Community Event will take place rain or shine Saturday, Sept. 13, from 11 to 3 at Middlebrook Middle School, 131 School Road, Wilton. Hosted by The Children’s Day School of Wilton, the event will feature pony rides, “Roaming Railroad,” a bouncy house, face painting, concessions, musical entertainment and lots of trucks. Among the special vehicles will be the Beardsley Zoo Zoomobile, which will introduce children to reptiles and lizards.
Admission is $30 per family. There will be a Silent Hour from 11 to noon for special needs children and those who prefer a quieter experience. For more information, call 203-762-8001.
The Stairs Below
Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum in Norwalk will present a new exhibit, The Stairs Below: The Mansion’s Domestic Servants, 1870-1920, curated by Raechel Guest, opening Saturday, Sept. 13. The museum will open its servants’ quarters to visitors, creating interpretive tours and exhibit spaces that explore the lives of the people who worked at the mansion. Highlights will include the immigrant experience, housing, social justice and economics during the Victorian era.
The museum is at 295 West Avenue in Mathews Park and is open for tours Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 4. General admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for those 8 to 18. For more information, visit lockwoodmathewsmansion.com or call 203-838-9799.
Tribes Hill Festival
The first annual Tribes Hill Music Festival at John Jay Homestead will take place Sunday, Sept. 14, from noon to 6, featuring Red Molly, the Sloan Wainwright Trio and other regional artists. There will be a variety of food, merchandise and local business vendors and an artist area for audience artist meet-and-greet and artist merchandise. Visitors are invited to bring an instrument and join in a song circle and jam tent.
Gates will open at 11 a.m. at the John Jay Homestead State Historic Site, 400 Jay Street (Route 22), Katonah, N.Y. General admission is $20, $15 for students 12-17 and seniors and free for children under 12 with a paying adult. For more information, visit tribeshill.com.
Carriage Barn show
The Carriage Barn Arts Center will open its 37th Annual Members Show on Saturday, Sept. 13, with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Both two-dimensional works and sculpture will be displayed and the show will run through Oct. 5.
Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10 to 3, and Sunday, 1 to 5, at the Carriage Barn Arts Center in Waveny Park, off South Avenue/Route 124, New Canaan. For more information, call 203-972-1895 or visit carriagebarn.org.
Deadliest Catch captain
Sigurd Jonny “Sig” Hansen, captain of the American fishing vessel Northwestern, an author and star of the reality TV series Deadliest Catch, will appear at the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge, on Saturday, Sept. 13, at 7:30. He’ll be joined on stage by others featured in the show who will share their stories.
Tickets are $100 for VIP Meet & Greet with an open bar and hors d’oeuvres from 6:30 to 7:15; reserved seats are $65 and $50. For tickets, call 203-438-5795 or visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org.
Three Fairfield County private gardens will be open to visitors through the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program on Sunday, Sept. 14, from 10 to 4. Admission to each garden is $5; for more information, call 1-888-842-2442 or visit opendaysprogram.org.
Included are Lucy & Nat Day’s Garden — Where the Wild Things Are at 1 Hillside Drive, Greenwich, which is an innovative topiary garden; the In Situ Garden at 73 Diamond Hill Road, Redding; and the Frances Palmer Garden, 313 Georgetown Road, Weston.
The Richter Association for the Arts will present a concert by Will Duchon, classical pianist and program host on fine arts radio station WMNR, on Sunday, Sept. 14, at 3 p.m. at Richter House, 100 Aunt Hack Road, Danbury. Refreshments will follow. For more information, call 203-798-6319 or visit danbury.org/richter.
Ed Asner on stage
The Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts at Sacred Heart University will present a conversation with actor Ed Asner, hosted by Jerry Goehring, the center’s executive director, on Sunday, Sept. 14, at 3 p.m. In addition to his many appearances on television, on stage and in film, Mr. Asner is a social activist and deeply involved with the non-profit organization, Autism Speaks.
Tickets are $25, $15 for seniors and $10 for students. For reservations, call 203-371-7908 or visit edgertoncenter.org.
Some rarely seen works by contemporary Russian artists will go on view at the Neuberger Museum of Art at Purchase College on Sunday, Sept. 14. This Leads to Fire: Russian Art from Nonconformism to Global Capitalism, Selections from the Kolodzei Art Foundation Collection will be on view through Jan. 11.
The museum is at 735 Anderson Hill Road in Purchase, N.Y., and is open Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 5. Admission is $5, $3 for seniors and students and free for children 12 and younger (free to all on the first Saturday of the month). For more information, visit neuberger.org or call 914-251-6100.
And coming up…
The Darien Historical Society will host a talk by Sally Lorensen Conant, Ph.D., on “How to Conserve Your Heirloom costumes and Quilts,” on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 1:30. She will discuss how to display, store and care for treasured textiles. The lecture cost is $15 and reservations are suggested; call 203-655-9233 or visit darienhistorical.org The society is at 45 Old King’s Highway.
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The Ridgefield Playhouse will present an HD presentation of London’s National Theatre production of A Streetcar Named Desire, with Gillian Anderson as Blanche DuBois, on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. For tickets — $25, $20 for seniors and $15 for students — call 203-438-5795 or visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org.
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Best-selling author Philippa Gregory will discuss her new book, The King’s Curse, about the rise of Henry VIII, on Tuesday, Sept. 16, from 7 to 8:30 at the Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road Books will be available for purchase through Elm Street Books; registration is highly encouraged, 203-762-3950 or wiltonlibrary.org.
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Author and historian Todd Brewster will present his latest book Lincoln’s Gamble: The Tumultuous Six Months that Gave America the Emancipation Proclamation and Changed the Course of the Civil War on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Ridgefield Library, 472 Main Street. To register, visit ridgefieldlibrary.org or call 203-438-2282.
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The Connecticut Film Festival will host the Fairfield County premiere of Clutter, written and co-produced by Paul Maracarelli, and featuring Carol Kane, directed by Diane Crespo, on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 7. Doors will open at 6 and the screening will be followed by a Q&A with Mr. Maracarelli and a reception courtesy of Some Things Fishy Catering. Tickets are $10, $8 for seniors. For reservations, visit bethelcinema.com or call 203-778-2100.
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Artist Roz Chast of Ridgefield will visit the Bruce Museum in Greenwich on Wednesday, Sept. 17, for a “conversation with the artist” at 7:30. Guests are invited to arrive at 6:30 to tour the galleries and see Ms. Chast’s current exhibit, Being, Nothingness and Muc, Much More: Roz Chast, Beyond the New Yorker. Known for her New Yorker cartoons and covers, she will talk about her commercial works and their extension to the other art media she explores. Reservations ($15) are strongly recommended: for information, call 203-869-0376.
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Archaeological Associates of Greenwich will hear the story of The Long Journey Home for Albert Afraid of Hawk on Thursday, Sept. 18, at 8 p.m. at the Bruce Museum, One Museum Drive, Greenwich. The speaker will be Connecticut State Archaeologist Nicholas Bellantoni. Admission is $15; for more information, visit brucemuseum.org or call 203-869-0376.
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[email protected] Library will present author and economic policy expert Steve Forbes on Thursday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m., discussing his new book, Money: How the Destruction of the Dollar Threatens the Global Economy — and What We Can Do About It, co-authored with Elizabeth Ames. The talk will take place in Cole Auditorium and seating is limited; doors will open at 6:30. For more information, visit greenwichlibrary.org/authorslive or call 203-622-7924.