The Levins, a “harmony-driven acoustic duo,” will perform at Redding’s Lyrics Coffeehouse on Friday, Jan. 9, at the Redding Community Center, 37 Lonetown Road (Route 107), Redding. Music begins at 7:30 and the audience is invited to bring wine, hors d’oeuvres, etc. Coffee is free; snacks and soft drinks will be available for purchase. Admission is $12, half price for seniors and students.
For more information, visit townofreddingct.org or call 203-938-2551.
Fairfield Theatre Company’s Stage One will present guitarist Keller Williams, who’s been described as a “one-man jam-band,” on Friday, Jan. 9, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 at the theater at 70 Sanford Street, Fairfield.
Tickets are $58 in advance; for information, visit fairfieldtheatre.org or call 203-259-1036.
Zap Mama (Marie Daulne) will bring her Eclectic Flash show to the Ridgefield Playhouse on Friday, Jan. 9, at 8; she’ll alternate storytelling and music that blends African, American and European influences.
Palm Bay International will host a tasting of wines/spirits in the lobby at 7 p.m. For tickets, $38, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.
Curtain Call Inc. in Stamford will open a production of Beau Jest, the story of Sarah Goldman who’s dating a WASP executive named Chris Cringle, on Friday, Jan. 9. The setting is a dinner party at which she decides to hire a Jewish date to impress her parents. Complications ensue.
Julie Petrak of South Salem, N.Y., is the director; the ensemble cast includes Christopher Beaurline from New Canaan, Patrick Duffy from Greenwich, Tom Costraggini from Stamford, Mat Young from Norwalk, Marci Stearns from Bedford, N.Y., and Lynette Victoria from Bridgeport.
Shows run weekends through Jan. 25, with an extension to Feb. 1 likely. Tickets are $32, $24 for seniors and $16 for students/children; for reservations, visit curtaincallinc.com or call 203-461-6358.
Walkabout Clearwater Coffeehouse will present folksinger Tom Chapin on Saturday, Jan. 10, at the Memorial United Methodist Church, 250 Bryant Avenue, White Plains, N.Y. Doors open at 6:30, with a sing-along starting at 6:45 and the concert beginning at 7:30.
Tickets are $20 in advance at brownpapertickets.com and $25 at the door; admission for children 6-12 is $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Refreshments will be available both before the show and during intermission. For more information, walkaboutclearwater.org.
The Carriage Barn Arts Center/New Canaan Society for the Arts will present its 35th annual photography show, History and Process, on Saturday, Jan. 10, with an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Some 120 works from 75 contemporary artists from Fairfield and Westchester counties were selected by juror Robert Gurbo, curator of the estate of André Kertész and the André and Elizabeth Kertész Foundation in New York. (He will lecture on André Kertész as part of the show’s special events on Thursday, Feb. 5, at 6:30. Also scheduled is a lecture by exhibiting artist Thomas Mezzanotte, “A Passion for Process: One Artist’s Journey through Photographic History,” on Thursday, Jan. 29, at 6:30. Reservations ($15) requested.)
The show will run through Sunday, Feb. 8, at the arts center in Waveny Park, New Canaan. For more information, visit carriagebarn.org or call 203-972-1895.
The Avon Theatre at 272 Bedford Street in Stamford, with be homeful (a campaign for families on the brink of homelessness), will screen a sneak preview of Paddington on Saturday, Jan. 11. Hot cocoa and pastries will be served at 9 a.m. and the film will be shown at 10 a.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for children, available only through behomeful.org. For information, cal 860-721-7876 x101.
New artist members
Silvermine Arts Center will open 2015 with a New Members Exhibition featuring 11 new members of the Silvermine Guild of Artists. The show reception will be Sunday, Jan. 11, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Silvermine Galleries at 1037 Silvermine Road in New Canaan.
Works in the show include photography and glasswork, video and sound, drawing and collage, and painting and sculpture; the artists include two from Brazil, one from Japan and one from Croatia.
The show runs through Feb. 15 and the galleries are open Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5, and Sunday, 1 to 5. For more information, visit silvermineart.org or call 203-966-9700 x20.
From the RAC Studio will open with a reception on Sunday, Jan. 11, at the Rowayton Arts Center at 145 Rowayton Avenue, Rowayton. The opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. will be preceded by a free painting demonstration by Sam Morrow. The exhibition features works in various media by RAC Art School instructors as well as many of the adults and young artists who participated in 2014 classes at the arts center.
The show continues through Jan. 25; winter gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5. A second instructor demonstration, by Stuart Weismiller, will take place Sunday, Jan. 25, from 2 to 4. For more information, visit rowaytonartscenter.org or call 203-866-2747.
The Madera Winds
Summer in Winter will be the theme for a “Connecticut’s Own” Concert at the Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, on Sunday, Jan. 11, at 4 p.m. The performers will be the Madera Winds, who will play Samuel Barber’s Summer Music, Malcolm Arnold’s Sea Shanties and Mississippi Five, plus some John Philip Souza marches.
Registration is strongly encouraged; after 3:50, walk-ins will be admitted. For more information, visit wiltonlibrary.org or call 203-762-3950.
St. Francis Episcopal Church at 2810 Long Ridge Road in Stamford will present the Simpatico Chamber Ensemble as part of its Sounds Good concert series on Sunday, Jan. 11, at 4. The ensemble includes professional musicians, directed by Darin Lewis, who is also choir director at St. Francis Church.
Tickets are $25, general admission, and $20 for seniors and students. For more information, visit stfrancisstamford.org/music/sounds-good.
The Connecticut Chamber Choir and Orchestra, led by artistic director Constance Chase, will perform Music for A Royal Celebration including Handel’s Coronation Anthems and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass on Sunday, Jan. 11, 4 p.m. at St. Theresa Church, 5301 Main Street, Trumbull
Soloists will be Louise Fauteux, soprano, Sarah Kraus, mezzo-soprano, Matthew Cimino, tenor, and Edward Pleasant, baritone, with Alan Murchie, organist.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, students, and free for children under 12. For reservations, call 203-459-1496 or visit ctchamberchoir.org.
And coming up…
Terra-Cotta City: Ornamental Tiles on Iconic New York Buildings is the topic for the next lecture at the Connecticut Ceramics Study Circle on Monday, Jan. 12, at 1:15 p.m. at the Bruce Museum, One Museum Drive, Greenwich. The speaker will be architectural historian and lecturer Francis Morrone, who will discuss numerous buildings including architect Cass Gilbert’s Broadway Chambers Building and the Woolworth Building. The fee for the lecture is $25 for non-members; reservations are not necessary. For information, email [email protected]
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Photographer and world traveler Dave Pressler will present Eyes Wide Open — Myanmar & Cambodia to the Appalachian Mountain Club on Tuesday, Jan. 13, at the Unitarian Church, 10 Lyons Plains Road, Westport. There will be wine and appetizers at 6:30 and the presentation from 7:30 to 8:30. Cost is $15 for non-members and participants are asked to bring a dessert to share. For more information, visit ct-amc.org.
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The Greenwich Historical Society will present a lecture by Dr. Laura Winters, After the World Broke in Two: World War I and the Fracturing of Poetry and Fiction, on Thursday, Jan. 15, from 1 to 2 p.m. The talk will take place at the historical society’s Vanderbilt Education Center, 39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob. Admission is $15 for non-members and includes free admission to Greenwich Faces the Great War in the Store house Gallery. For tickets, visit greenwichhistory.org or call 203-869-6899.
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The 2015 John Jay Scholars Lecture Series, America at War; Managing the Message, will open on Thursday, Jan. 15, with Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy presenting “The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution and the Fate of the Empire.” The lecture will begin at 7 p.m., with registration beginning at 6:15, with light refreshments, and a booksigning will follow the lecture at the John Jay Homestead State Historic Site, 400 Jay Street/Route 22, Katonah, N.Y. Other lectures in the series will take place Thursday, Feb. 12, and Thursday, March 12. Tickets are $25 for non-members; reservations are recommended. Call 914-232-8119 or visit johnjayhomestead.org.