Keeler Tag Sale
The Keeler Tavern Museum’s 4th Annual Tag Sale @ the Carriage Barn, 132 Main Street, Ridgefield, will take place Friday through Sunday, April 8-10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sale will feature a barn-load full of trinkets and treasures, from reasonably priced furniture, household gear and decorative items, as well as three estate sales. All the items are donated.
Proceeds from the sale will be used for ongoing restoration and improvements to the Carriage Barn, designed and built 100 years ago by architect Cass Gilbert, then the property’s owner. For more information, visit keelertavernmuseum.org or call 203-240-6166.
The Westport Historical Society at 25 Avery Place will be host to Suzanne Sheridan’s latest hootenanny-style evening of folk and contemporary music on Friday, April 8, at 6. Featured performers will be Griffon Anthony and Bob Stanhope. Sheridan will perform some of her own originals.
A $20 donation is requested and reservations are suggested; visit westporthistory.org or call 203-222-1424.
The Last Five Years
MTC MainStage will present The Last Five Years, a Drama Desk Award-winning musical by Jason Robert Brown, April 8-24 in Norwalk. The show follows the love affair and marriage of Jamie, a young, talented, up-and-coming Jewish novelist and Cathy, a shiksa goddess and struggling actress.
Performances take place Fridays at 8, Saturdays at 4 and 8, and Sundays at 2 at MTC MainStage, 509 Westport Avenue (behind Nine West Outlet) in Norwalk. Tickets are $35 to $55; for reservations, visit musictheatreofct.com or call 203-454-3883.
Singer and multi-instrumentalist Jumaane Smith, who hails from Danbury, will perform at the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge, on Friday, April 8 at 8 p.m. The lead trumpeter touring with Michael Bublé, he has played on many Grammy Award-winning recordings with artists including Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, Wynton Marsalis, Santana and others.
For tickets, $25, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.
The Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, will offer a series of Saturday Morning Spring Walks on April 9, 16 and May 7, from 10:30 to noon. All ages are welcome, but no strollers. The trail is a flat, one-mile loop with a naturalist who’ll help find the spring insects and salamanders. Cost is $3; advance registration is required. Call 203-259-6305 x109.
Cat in the Hat
A musical mash-up of Dr. Seuss’s best-loved stories, Seussical will be staged at the Ridgefield Playhouse on Saturday, April 9, at 2 and 4:30. The show is adapted from the Broadway version, written by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty; it’s presented by Theatreworks USA. Tickets are $25 for adults or $20 for children; for reservations, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.
The Westport Country Playhouse’s 2016 Season Kick-off Block Party will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 9; admission is free and open to all. The party will include food trucks, activities, prizes, special ticket offers and a look at the Playhouse’s “backstage experience.”
The season, which opens May 3, includes two Tony Award-winning plays in repertory, alternating daily, Red and Art, both directed by Mark Lamos through May 29; Buyer & Cellar, June 14-July 3; Disgraced, July 19-Aug. 6; What the Butler Saw, Aug. 23-Sept. 10; and Camelot, Oct. 4-30.
For ticket information, visit westportplayhouse.org or call 203-227-4177.
Inspired by the Stamford Museum and Nature Center’s John Singer Sargent portrait of Amsterdam financier J. P. Wolff (ca. 1891-1895), the members of the Loft Artists Association will present Discovering John Singer Sargent, a show of figurative and portrait work, April 9 through May 1. There will be an opening reception, with the Sargent portrait on view, on Friday, April 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. and gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4:30 p.m.
The gallery is at 575 Pacific Street in Stamford; admission and parking are free. For more information, visit loftartists.com or call 203-247-2027.
The University of Bridgeport’s 40th International Festival finale will take place Saturday, April 9, at 7 p.m. There will be cultural performances, flag raising and tabletop displays from around the world.
Tickets are $7, available at bridgeport.universitytickets.com. For more information, call 203-576-4487. Events take place at the mertens Theatre in the Arnold Bernhard Center at UB, 84 Iranistan Avenue, Bridgeport.
Music at the library
KVIS KatonahLive will present a double bill, the Morningsiders and Kate Davis, on Saturday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the Katonah Village Library, 26 Bedford Road, Katonah, N.Y. They play ballads, pop and alt-folk. Advance tickets are $20 at Katonahvis.com or $25 at the door.
The trio Brother Sun, with Greg Greenway, Pat Wictor and Joe Jencks, will collaborate and harmonize at the Walkabout Clearwater Coffeehouse on Saturday, April 9, at 7:30 at the Memorial United Methodist Church, 250 Bryant Avenue, White Plains, N.Y. The coffeehouse doors open at 6:30, with open seating and a sing-along at 6:45 with the Walkabout Clearwater Chorus.
Advance tickets are $18 for adults and $10 for children at brownpapertickets.com; at the door the price is $23 for adults, $15 for students and $10 for children. For more information, visit walkaboutclearwater.org or call 914-945-1625.
Northern Lights: A Celebration will conclude the Greater Bridgeport Symphony’s 70th season on Saturday, April 9, at 8 p.m. at the Klein Auditorium, 910 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport. The program will include Edvard Grieg’s Morning Mood, Sir Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto performed with Jan Vogler as guest soloist, Tobias Broström’s Mirage, Finlandia by Jean Sibelius, and Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite.
The orchestra has announced its coming season, From Bach to Bernstein, five concerts which will begin on Sept. 24; season tickets will be available at the April 9 concert. TIckets to Northern Lights start at $29, with discounts for students. For reservations, visit bptsym,irg or call 203-576-0263.
Guitarist Robert Gruca, who has toured internationally with the Cleveland Orchesta, will perform a solo concert at Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Avenue South, on Saturday, April 9, at 8 p.m. Tickets for the program, Guitar Classics, are $20, $18 for seniors. For reservations, visit milfordarts.org or call 203-878-6647.
Menace, a reading
The Town Players of Newtown will present a reading of Menace, a new play by an inmate of the Garner Correctional Institute who goes by the pen name Marquis, on Sunday, April 10, at 2 p.m. It’s the story of Tyreese, a child who is abandoned by his foster parents and lost in the juvenile justice system and learns violence and hate rom the only person who takes an interest in him.
Tickets are $10; there will be a Q&A with the director, Elizabeth Young, after the reading.
For reservations, visit newtownplayers.org or call 203-270-9144.
The second of the four-concert Sanctuary Series at South Salem Presbyterian Church, 111 Spring Street, South Salem, N.Y., will feature pianist Yun-Chin Zhou on Sunday, April 10, at 3. The program, titled Joy in Playing, will include works by Haydn, Chopin, Schumann and Prokofiev. A wine and cheese reception follows.
Tickets are $25 general, $40 preferred and $15 student in advance, or $30/$50/$20 at the door. For information, visit thesanctuaryseries.org or call 914-763-5402.
Classics at the Quick
The Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, with pianist Frederic Chiu and musical director and conductor Jonathan Yates, will perform works by Tchaikovsky and Chopin at the Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University on Sunday, April 10, at 3 p.m.
Tickets are $35, $30, and $25; for reservations, visit quickcenter.com or call 1-877-ARTS-396.
West Point Quintet
The Peterson Concert Series at the Greenwich Library will present the West Point Academy
Wind Quintet on Sunday, April 10, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the library’s Cole Auditorium, 101 West Putnam Avenue. The quintet will perform a program of virtuoso chamber music for winds from the late 18th Century to contemporary masters of the 20th Century.
The concert is free; doors open at 3 p.m. For more information, visit greenwichlibrary.org/music or call 203-622-7917.
The Chamber Players of the Greenwich Symphony will herald spring with Sound the Trumpet, concerts on Sunday, April 10, and Monday, April 11, featuring guest artist trumpeter Wayne DuWayne. Sunday’s concert will take place at 4 p.m. at the Round Hill Community Church, 395 Round Hill Road, Greenwich, and Monday’s is at 7:30 p.m. at the Bruce Museum, One Museum Drive, Greenwich.
Works will range from the Baroque to the 20th Century. Tickets are $30 for adults, $5 for students. A reception with the musicians will follow each concert. For information, visit greenwichsym.org/chamberplayers or call 203-637-4725.
Brother Sun (Greg Greenway, Pat Wictor and Joe Jencks) will perform at the Walkabout Clearwater Coffeehouse on Saturday, April 9, at 7:30 at the Memorial United Methodist Church, 250 Bryant Avenue, White Plains, N.Y. Doors open at 6:30 and tickets at the door are $23, $15 for students with ID and $10 for children 6-12. For more information, visit walkaboutclearwater.org or call 914-945-1625.
And coming up…
The Yale Cellos will perform their annual concert on Wednesday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m., led by Aldo Parisot, at Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall, 470 College Street, New Haven. Among the works will be the world premiere of Parisot by Martin Bresnick, a work in three movements. Tickets start at $10; for reservations, visit music.yale.edu or call 203-432-4158.
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The Right to Speak One’s Mind: A Conversation with Al Marder will take place at the New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, on Thursday, April 14, at 5:30 p.m. Marder, now 94, was a Communist party leader in the mid-20th Century and will talk about FBI surveillance, phone taps, fear and the loss of employment that followed his arrest in May 1954. The event will be moderated by historian Mary Donohue and Judge Andrew Roraback will participate, sharing insights on Marder’s legal defense by his cousin Catherine Roraback. For more information, visit newhavenmuseum.org.
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Milan Bull, Connecticut Audubon Society’s senior director of science and conservation, will lead free Thursday morning bird walks on April 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. at the Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street. For information, visit ctaudubon.org/center-at-fairfield; to register, call 203-259-6305 x109. Walks are cancelled in the event of rain.