Since performances are always subject to change, call ahead to confirm. To submit listings, mail or e-mail deadline is two weeks in advance of publication to: Arts & Leisure, Hersam Acorn Newspapers, P.O. Box 1019, Ridgefield, Conn. 06877 or [email protected]

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Local Philanthropic Roast to benefit the American Cancer Society, Thur., Sept. 17, 6 p.m., honoring Bobby Valentine; at the Italian Center of Stamford, 1620 Newfield Ave.; res., 203-563-1528 or visit after July 24.

MS Taste of Hope, fund-raising food-sampling evening, Thur., Sept. 17, 6 p.m., tickets $50; Anthony’s Ocean View, 450 Lighthouse Rd., New Haven; visit or call 860-913-2550 for tickets and more information.

Taconic Opera Gala: Opera Goes Insane, Thur., Sept. 17, 7 p.m., featuring company’s professional lead singers performing “mad scenes” from famous operas; dinner; tickets $250 to $150; ArtsWestchester Gallery, 31 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, N.Y.; tickets and res., or call 1-855-886-7372.

Art Auction to benefit Greater New Haven Community Chorus, Fri., Sept. 18, 7 p.m.; tickets $25/person, $40/couple, at the Commons Great Room, 75 Washington Ave., Hamden; $25/person, $40/couple; at

Milford Arts Council Performance Coffeehouse featuring singer/songwriter Craig Bickhardt, Sat., Sept. 18, 8 p.m.,  tickets $20; doors open at 7:30, snacks, beer and wine avail., free coffee; 40 Railroad Ave. South, Milford; res., 203-878-6647.

An Evening in Greeley’s Garden, Sat., Sept. 19, 5-8 p.m., live music by a Civil War Era string band, beer and wine, hors d’oeuvres, silent auction; at the Horace Greeley Museum, 100 King St., Chappqua, N.Y.; tickets start at $65; or call 914238-4666.

Barefoot on the Beach, A Sea to Table Dining Experience, Sat., Sept. 19, 5:30 p.m., presented by Friends of Greenwich Point; info.,

POSTPONED: An Evening for the Arts with Charlie Rose, opening 25th ann. season at the Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield U., Sat., Sept. 19; 5:30 private dinner reception at Delamar Southport, Celebration Cocktails at the Quick Center Walsh Art Gallery at 6:30, conversation with Charlie Rose with Faith Middleton and Philip Eliasoph on-stage; after party, with DJ and dancing; tickets $500 (all events) to $75 (conversation and after-party); or 1-877-ARTS-396.

* Pasta with a Purpose Benefit Dinner, Sat., Sept. 19, 6-9 p.m., all proceeds to Alzheimer’s Association; $10/adults, $5/kids, incl. pasta, meatballs, salad, dessert & drink; spon. by Homewatch CareGivers of Fairfield County, at the Georgetown Fire Dept. 6 Portland Ave., Georgetown; info., res., 203-900-8020 or email [email protected], by Sept. 15 if possible.

Muscoot Farm Harvest Dinner, family-style dinner prepared by Chef Rich Parente of the Clock Tower Grill of Brewster, Sun., Sept. 20, 4-9 p.m.; wine tasting w/ 25+ wines from Van Wyck Liquors; cash bar with local beer, wine and lemonade; BYO plates and silver, glasses and a canvas bag to take home washed dishes provided; music by The Acme Trio; served in front of the main house of Muscoot Farm (under tent if necessary), 51 Route 100, Katonah, N.Y.; tickets $90/adults, $30/children under 15; at muscootorg or 914-864-7284.

Something Wonderful: A Gala Evening Celebrating 2015 Tony Award Winner Kelli O’Hara, with special guest Matthew Morrison, Mon., Sept. 21, 5:45 p.m.; Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court; for more gala info. or tickets, call 203-571-1293 or email [email protected]

ROAR/Blue Buffalo Woofs, Wines and Felines to benefit the cats and dogs at the ROAR Donofrio Family Animal Shelter, Sat., Sept. 26, 4-7 p.m. at Cellar XV, 88 Danbury Rd., Ridgefield; more than 60 wines and craft beers, Griffin Anthony Full Band, Oktoberfest foods by Ciao! Catering, silent auction; tickets $40 in adv. at Cellar XV or at; $45 at the door.

The Bigger Rig Gig, fund-raiser for Opus for Person-to-Person, Sat., Sept. 26, 6:30-11 p.m., $145, incl. food, drink, entertainment and games; Ox Ridge Hunt Club, 512 Middlesex Rd., Darien; info.,

Magic Moments, autism fund-raiser Sat., Sept. 26, at the Westport Inn, 1595 Post Rd. East, Westport, beginning at 7 w/cocktail party, food, silent auction and music; info., 203-365-8522 x216.

Music Theatre of Connecticut Presents Broadway Star Adam Pascal, Sat., Sept. 26, 8 p.m.; VIP event begins at 6:30; at MTC MainStage, 509 Westport Ave. (behind Jones New York/Nine West Outlet), Norwalk; $125 VIP incl. cocktails, hors d’oeuves and reserved seating and post-show dessert recept. meet-and-greet w/Pascal; $75 show-only; res. suggested: or 203-454-3883.

“An Affair to Remember,” a benefit for Alzheimer’s Assocation, Sun., Sept. 27, 5-8 p.m., Alba’s Ristorante, 400 North Main St., Port Chester, N.Y.; dinner, drinks and dancingto live music from the Rat Pack; $150 per person; tickets, donations:

* Family Sukkot Celebration, a Stamford JCC dinner celebrating the harvest season, Thurs., Oct. 1, 5:30-7, in JCC Sukkah, 1035 Newfield Ave, Stamford; free for community; info: 203-487-0974, [email protected] or

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum Gala, marking the opening of the Servants’ Quarters to the public for the first time, Sat., Oct. 10, 7 p.m.; black-tie dinner, silent and live auctions, preview of 2 new exhibitions; tickets $200, $150; res. by Oct. 2; 295 West Ave., Norwalk; email [email protected] or call 203-838-9799 x4.

The Joy of Art Fashion Show, co-spon. by JoyRide Ridgefield & Lucy’s to benefit the Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Wed., Oct. 14, 7-10 p.m., Lounsbury House, 316 Main St., Ridgefield; tickets $50 gen. adm., $75 VIP seating, incl. 2 bar ticets, light bites, raffle and goody bag; res., or call 203-403-6874.

Nite Spot Nights, presented by the Milford Arts Council and Pantochino Productions, Inc., at the Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave. South, or 203-878-6647:  Singer Julie Benko with jazz pianist Jason Yeager in Blame It On Our Youth, Sat., Nov. 7; other shows De. 5, March 5, April 2; tickets $25.


Luc’s Café-Restaurant, 3 Big Shop Lane, Ridgefield; 203-894-8522: Mon. and Wed. nights, 7:30-9:30, Cafe Musette, gypsy swing featuring vocalist Noreen Mola;

Sarah’s Wine Bar, upstairs at Bernard’s, 20 West Lane Ridgefield; 203-438-8282 or Bob Curiano, guitar, every Wed.; Mark Mollica, every Thur., guitar;  Sun., Wed. & Thur. at 6:30, Fri.-Sat., 7:30ish.

Bernard’s, 20 West Lane, Ridgefield; 203-438-8282 or Live Music:  Fri., piano, 7-10:30 p.m.; Sat., piano, 7-10:30 p.m.; Sun.brunch, piano, 12-3 (1st Sun./month, Young Musicians).

Fuji of Japan Restaurant, 111 Old King’s Highway North, Darien; or call 203-655-4995: Thursday night music, alternating Nicole Pasternak and Maria Tiscia.

Jazz at Pizzeria Lauretano, 291 Greenwood Ave., Bethel; all concerts are Sun. at 6, cover charge (unless noted), $15; res. recommended, 203-792-1500: Marvin Stamm Quartet, Sept. 20; Nicole Pasternak Quintet: ‘Remembering Billie,’ Sept. 27; Gene Bertoncini Trio, Oct. 4.

The Acoustic, 2926 Fairfield Ave., Black Rock, Bridgeport; or 203-335-3655: The Hollywood Allstars, Fri., Oct. 9.

Le Fontane Ristorante, corner Rte. 137 & 100, Katonah, N.Y., 914-232-9619 or Friday evening Live Jazz with Joe Jazz & The Band.

Marisa’s Ristorante, 6540 Main St., Trumbull, 203-459-4225,; a calendar of live entertainment. MTV2 Guy Code series star Chris Distefano on live comedy tour; opening act, Kyle Ocassio, also seen on MTV; Sun., Sept. 27, at 7:30 p.m.; $20, tickets: TreehouseComedy,com or 203-268-5857.

Daryl’s House Club, 130 Route 22, Pawling, N.Y.; or 845-289-0185: New Riders of the Purple Sage, Thur., Sept. 17, 8 p.m., $20, $35; Ana Popovic with Mishti, Fri., Sept. 18, 8 p.m., $25, $35; Hot Rod Pacer and South County, Sat., Sept. 19, 2 p.m., no cover; The Slambovian Circus of Dreams, Sat., Sept. 19, 8 p.m., $25, $35; Bosco & The Storm, Sun., Sept. 20, 2 p.m., no cover; Lee Fields & The Expressions, Sun., Sept. 20, 7 p.m., $20, $25; Asleep at the Wheel plus Jeanne Jolly, Grammy-winning country stars, Wed., Sept. 23, 7 p.m., $35, $45; Brad Roberts of Crash Test Dummies, Thurs., Sept. 24, 8 p.m., $20, $25; Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters, blues, Fri., Sept. 26, 8 p.m. $25, $40; The Balkun Brothers, blues infused with funk rock, Sun., Sept. 27, 2 p.m., no cover; Joey Eppard & Friends, alternative blues rock, Sun., Sept. 27, 7 p.m., $10, $15.

Towne Crier Cafe, 379 Main St., Beacon, N.Y., 203-855-1300, DAIMH from Scotland, Fri., Sept. 18, 8:30 p.m.; Professor Louie & The Crowmatix, also Willa McCarthy Band, Sat., Sept. 19, 8:30 p.m.; Wishborne Ash, Sun., Sept. 20; Larry Moses: Latin Jazz Experience, Thurs., Sept. 24, 7:30 p.m.; Donna The Buffalo with Robinson Treacher, Fri., Sept. 25, 8:30 p.m.; Howie Day with Christine Holmes, Sat., Sept. 26, 8:30 p.m.; Slam Allen, Sun., Sept. 27, 8:30 p.m.


Downtown Cabaret Theatre, 263 Golden Hill St., Bridgeport; cabaret seating, BYOB and picnic; 203-576-1636: The Piano Man from Billy Joel’s Movin’ Out, Sat., Sept. 19, at 5 and 8:15 p.m.; tickets $47; Memphis, 1960s R&B musical,  first show of DCT 40th Ann. Season, Sept. 25-Oct. 11, Fri. at 7:30, Sept. 25, Oct. 2 and 9; Sat. at 5 & 8:15 p.m., Sept. 26, Oct. 3 & 10; Sun. at 5 p.m., Sept. 27, Oct. 4, 11; preview Thur., Sept. 24, 7:30 p.m.; seating begins 30-45 min. before show time; tickets range $23-$28.

* Westchester Broadway Theatre, 1 Broadway Plaza, Elmsford, N.Y.; box office, 914-592-2222 or Backwards in High Heels, Aug. 13-Sept. 30; Thur.-Sat. evenings, 8 p.m.; Wed.-Fri. lunch matinees, 1 p.m.; Sun., lunch, 1:30; Sun., dinner show, 7 p.m., tickets $54-$80.