Museum After Dark

The Fairfield Museum and History Center is opening its new exhibition, Fashion & Fantasy: 250 Years of Wedding Dresses, Thursday evening, Feb. 19, with a “Museum After Dark”  event from 6 to 8 p.m. The wine and cheese reception will include Fairfield fashion designer Jennifer Butler who’ll discuss her original designs, which draw inspiration from the past.

A highlight of the exhibit, which runs through May 31, is the 200-year-old sky blue silk and linen embroidered gown worn by Lucy Nichols of Stratford married the Rev. Philo Shelton in 1781. The show also includes antique wedding gifts and objects from the museum’s collection. The museum, at 370 Beach Road, is open daily 10 to 4; admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors. For more information, visit fairfieldhistory.org or call 203-259-1598.

Warhol lives

The Loft Artists Association’s member exhibition, Andy Warhol Lives Again, will open with a reception on Friday, Feb. 20, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the group’s gallery at 575 Pacific Street, Stamford. Artists were inspired by the collection of Andy Warhol prints in the permanent collection of the Stamford Museum & Nature Center, two of which will be on view at the opening.

The gallery will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4:30 p.m.; admission is free. For more information, visit loftartists.com or call 203-247-2027.

Dearly Departed

The Town Players of New Canaan will present the comedy Dearly Departed opening Friday, Feb. 20, and running weekends through March 7. Performances take place at the Powerhouse Theater in Waveny Park at 8 on Friday and Saturday and 2:30 on Sunday.

Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and students; for information and reservations, visit tpnc.org or call 203-966-7371.

Great debates

Western Connecticut State University in Danbury will host the Hat City Debate Tournament this weekend and all sessions are open to the public, starting at 8 a.m. both days. Student debate teams from throughout the Northeast will participate, including WestConn’s Roger Sherman Debate Society. There will be several rounds of debate on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. at various locations on the Midtown Campus, 181 White Street. Details will be posted at the tournament headquarters on the first floor of Warner Hall.

Final rounds will begin Sunday at 8 a.m. For information, visit wcsu.edu.

The Little Engine

The Pepsi Children’s Series at the Ridgefield Playhouse will present a musical, The Little Engine That Could, on Saturday, Feb. 21, at 11 and 2. Tickets are $15; for reservations, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.

Chamber music

The Fontenay Chamber Players will perform an hour of selections at the Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens, 151 Brookdale Road, Stamford, on Saturday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. The program will include music from Bizet’s Carmen, Dvorak’s Silent Woods, Debussy’s Petite Suite and a special piece by Mozart. A champagne reception will follow.

Tickets are $30, available at bartlettarboretum.org.

Comedy Night 2015

Congregation Beth El will host its 2015 Comedy Night on Saturday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m., featuring headliner comedians Johnny Lampert and Karen Bergreen. The show will take place in the Beth El social hall at 109 East Avenue, Norwalk, and will be a BYOB event with set-ups provided. Dessert will be served.

Tickets are $40 per person; for reservations and more information, call 203-838-2710.

Purim Carnival

The Jewish Community Center of Stamford, at 1035 Newfield Avenue, will have its 23rd annual Purim Carnival on Sunday, Feb. 22, from 1 to 4 p.m. Guests will walk down a red carpet and mingle with stars and enjoy photo-booth sessions, games, food and prizes. Admission is free; tickets and bracelets for the games will be available or purchase.

For more information, call Emily Eisen at 203-487-0973 or email [email protected]

2015 Man Show

The latest toys, gadgets, services, foods and beverages, motorcycles, cars, trucks, hunting, agriculture, and fishing equipment, cigars, music, sports, tools, video games, massages, fitness, and more — all for guys — will be featured in the 2015 Man Show on Sunday, Feb. 22, from 11 to 4 at the Feldman Arena of the O’Neill Center at WestConn in Danbury. The show is free admission; guests under 18 must be accompanied by a parent. The O’Neill Center is on the Westside Campus, 43 Lake Avenue Extension.

Chinese New Year

It’s the Year of the Ram and the Chinese Language School of Connecticut will celebrate with a Chinese New Year celebration on Sunday, Feb. 22, from 11 to 3 at Eastern Middle School, 51 Hendrie Avenue, Riverside, Greenwich. There will be traditional food and music, Chinese performances including Lion and Dragon Dance, crafts and activities for the entire family, student performances, silent auction, community vendors, and a student art show.

For more information, email [email protected] or call 886-301-4906.

Silvermine show

A preview exhibition of Silvermine Arts Center’s fundraiser, Signed, Sealed and Delivered, will open Sunday, Feb. 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. and the fundraiser will take place Saturday, March 28. This year, the popular art sale will feature art works on 10” x 10” panels, allowing the donor artists to create three-dimensional works (sculpture, ceramics), as well as paintings and drawings, prints and photographs, mixed media and works on paper.

On the evening of March 28 at the party and fundraiser, smaller works in 4” x 6” format will be available for $50. A $100 raffle ticket will guarantee a work of art in the larger format; numbers will be drawn and works selected one by one. Artist and teacher David Dunlop will be master of ceremonies.

The galleries are open Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5, and Sunday, 1 to 5, at 1037 Silvermine Road, New Canaan. For more information, call 203-966-9700 or visit silvermineart.org.

Fauré Quartett

The Newtown Friends of Music will present the Fauré Quartett on Sunday, Feb. 22, 3 p.m. at Edmond Town Hall,  The piano quartet performs internationally; members met during their studies at the University of Music Karlsruhe, Germany. They play not only classical works but have also recorded songs by Peter Gabriel and Steely Dan and have collaborated with Rufus Wainwright and Sven Helbig.

The program on Sunday will include works by Mahler, Brahms and Fauré. Tickets are $25, available at the box office at 2 p.m. on the day of the concert (cash or check). Students in grades K-12 are admitted free with a paying adult. For reservations, strongly recommended, call 203-426-6470.

Ailey II

The Ailey II dance company will perform at the Shubert Theatre in New Haven on Sunday, Feb. 22, at 5, under the  artistic direction of Troy Powell. the program includes Hissy Fits, Wings and Revelations. Tickets range from $15 to $48 and may be reserved online at shubert.com or by calling 203-562-5666 or 888-736-2663.

The Shubert Theatre is at 247 College Street.

Oscar Night bash

The Avon Theatre in Stamford will roll out the red carpet for its annual Oscar telecast on Sunday, Feb. 22, from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. The theme this year is Pink Panther and guests are encouraged to take part in the costume contest. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served at 6:30 and the awards telecast and a buffet supper will begin at 8. Throughout the evening there will be a live stream feed from Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre, including the red carpet arrivals and the awards ceremony, which will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.

Tickets are $125; for availability, call 203-661-0321 or the box office at 203-967-3660 x2.

Red White & Blues

Gene Leone Sr., director of the Fairfield County Jazz Guild, in association with Valerie Ahneman Productions, will present Red White & Blues — A Musical on Sunday, Feb. 22, at the Bijou Theatre, 275 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport. The show, hosted by Mr. Leone and his son Gene Leone Jr., will offer a narrated retrospective of popular American music of the 20th Century. Doors open at 3:30 and there is cabaret-style or theater-style seating; tickets are $35 and $25. For reservations and more information, visit thebijoutheatre.com or call 203-332-3228.

And coming up…

The World Affairs Forum and the Greenwich Library will present a Great Decisions event featuring Dr. Manu Bhagavan, professor at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY, on Monday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. His topic will be “India Awake? The Promise and Peril of Recent Elections in the World’s Largest Democracy.” The event is free; for more information, email [email protected] or call 203-356-0340.

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The Westport Arts Center’s annual Toy Makers Competition for children ages 5-12 will close on Feb. 24; for those interested in participating, entry details are available at westportartscenter.org. Children may submit up to three concepts.

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The effects of popular music on the war effort during World War I will be explored in a program presented by the Greenwich Historical Society on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 and Sunday, March 1, at 4, in conjunction with the current exhibit Greenwich Faces the Great War. A group of Greenwich performers including Stefanie and Bill Kies, Peggy De La Cruz, John Goldschmid and Dan Swartz will present Over Here and Over There. Admission is $15, at the Vanderbilt Education Center, 39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob. For reservations, visit greenwichhistory.org or call 203-869-6899 x10.