Greenwich film fest
It’s the Greenwich International Film Festival this weekend, opening today, June 9, and running through Sunday, June 12. In addition to centerpiece films The Fundamentals of Caring, Newtown and My Blind Brother, there will be a special presentation of Robert Klein Still Can’t Stop His Leg, which Mr. Klein and director Marshall Fine will attend at the Avon Theatre on Friday. GIFF will host a Jewish Film Series as well.
Among the 2016 panels are Women at the Top: Female Empowerment in Media, From Book to Screen, and Driving Social Change Through Investments in Film. LOL: Big Business of Comedy on Saturday at the Greenwich Library will be moderated by Mike Fleming and include Richard Brener, Chris Bender, Peter Principato, Stuart Cornfeld and Will Arnett. The Spotlight on: program will feature John Turturro.
Among the filmmakers with local connections are two Darien High School graduates, Bob McKeon (Wifey Redux, a short film) and Charlie Hewson (with a role in My Blind Brother). For tickets and the complete festival schedule, visit greenwichfilm.org.
The Solstice Show
The Keeler Tavern Museum will present The Solstice Show, featuring the work of four Ridgefield artists in collage, design, paintings, photography and sculpture, opening with a reception on Friday, June 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Carriage Barn at the museum, 132 Main Street, Ridgefield. The artists are painter Cynthia Mullins, photographer Mary Harold, sculptor Justin Perlman, and mixed media artist Antonio Muñoz.
After the reception, the show continues Saturday, 10-4, and Sunday, 10-5, Tuesday-Thursday, noon to 4, Friday, noon to 3; Saturday, June 18, 10-6, and Sunday, June 19, 10-5. Admission is free. For more information, visit keelertavernmuseum.org or call 203-438-5485.
Arts & Ideas
The International Festival of Arts & Ideas, June 10-25 in New Haven, will feature the U.S. premiere of Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, from the National Theatre of Scotland. Also highlighted will be the world premiere of a new work by dancer-choreographers Wendy Whelan and Brian Brooks with the string quartet Brooklyn Rider. The festival includes performances and discussions at a variety of venues including the New Haven Green, most with free admission.
For more information and the complete calendar of events, visit artidea.org.
Musicals at Richter will open its 32nd season in Danbury with Hello, Dolly! on Thursday, June 10, at 8:30; performances continues Thursdays through Sundays at 8:30 on the grounds of the Richter Arts Center, 100 Aunt Hack Road. There are additional specially discounted performances on Thursdays, June 16 and 23. Cat Heidel stars as Dolly and Mike Armstrong is Horace Vandergelder; both, coincidentally, are New Canaan High School alumni.
For ticket information, visit musicalsatrichter.org or leave a message at 203-748-6873.
Open House Day
Saturday, June 11, is Connecticut Open House Day, when more than 170 attractions will open their doors to Connecticut residents with free or discounted admission, giveaways and special activities. The statewide event is designed to showcase sites and museums and encourage Connecticut residents to discover them and a complete list of participants may be found at CTvisit.com.
Art at Ives
The nonprofit group Friends of Ives will present the first Art at Ives, Juried Fine Art & Crafts Show on Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12, at Ives Concert Park on the Westside campus of Western Connecticut State University, 43 Lake Avenue Extension, Danbury. More than 75 artists are expected to participate in the show, in every major category: ceramics, fiber, drawing, painting, digital art, photography, glass, metal work, mixed media, sculpture, wearable art, jewelry and wood.
Food will be available and there will be live music and children’s events. Hours are 10 to 5 both days and the admission is $5. Tickets are available at artatives.eventbrite.com.
Glass House party
The Glass House, Philip Johnson’s iconic home in New Canaan, that is now a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, will host a Summer Party on Saturday, June 11, from noon to 4. The 49-acre landscape will be open to guests for a festive picnic, lawn games, music, art, an auction and a chance to see special exhibits.
Ticket information is available at the Glass House office at 199 Elm Street, New Canaan, online at theglasshouse.org or 203-978-3011. Tours are available throughout the summer and fall.
Curiosity Concerts in Greenwich, which presents free concerts for youngsters, will conclude its season on Saturday, June 11, at 3 p.m. with Tom Chapin & Friends performing This Pretty Planet. The concert will take place at the Greenwich Library, 101 West Putnam Avenue. Reservations are required; visit curiosityconcerts.org.
Beer and food fest
The City Center Green in Downtown Danbury, 101 Railroad Place, will be the scene of the International Beer & Food Festival on Saturday, June 11, from 3 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate for a day of craft beers and food, multi-cultural musical acts, local vendors and more.
Spaghetti and jazz
Fairfield Grace United Methodist Church at 1089 Fairfield Woods Road, Fairfield, will host an all-you-can-eat spaghetti buffet dinner, including two sauces, salads, bread, desserts and beverages, on Saturday, June 11, from 4:45 to 6:45 p.m. Cost is $12, $10 for seniors and $5 for children under 12; the 100th dinner is free. Music will be provided by the jazz ensemble Generations Brass. For more information, visit fairfieldgrace.org or call 203-374-6528.
The Norma Pfriem Cancer Institute at Bridgeport Hospital and the Kaulbach Memorial Golf Classic will present Survivor Safari, a celebration for cancer survivors and their families, on Saturday, June 11, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport. The event is for cancer survivors who have been or are currently in treatment and their immediate families (limit five per family) and includes free zoo admission, food and entertainment.
Registration is required; call 888-357-2396.
The Pequot Library at 720 Pequot Avenue in Southport will host a concert by the chamber group The Furuya Sisters on Saturday, June 11, at 6 p.m. The trio will play works by Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Saint-Saëns, Fauré and Ravel.
Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door; for more information, visit pequotlibrary.org.
Weekend of Dance
Students of the Ridgefield School of Dance will perform two programs this weekend at Ridgefield High School, 700 North Salem Road (Route 116). The first, on Saturday at 7, will feature the first act of the Cinderella Ballet along with selections from the school’s jazz department.
Delaney Conlan will dance the role of Cinderella and School of Dance faculty member and guest artist Michael Crawford will dance the role of the Prince.
On Sunday, at 1:30, the complete three acts of Cinderella will be performed along with the jazz department’s presentation of Imperfect Perfection. Tickets are available at the door or by calling 203-894-5957; for more information, visit theridgefieldschoolofdance.com.
Singer-songwriter and social activist Judy Collins will perform at the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge, on Saturday, June 11, at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $60, available at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.
The Hoff-Barthelson Music School’s Festival Orchestra, with guest soloist Amit Peled, will perform its finale concert on Saturday, June 11, at 8 at the Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, N.Y. The program’s theme is Sounds of the Baltic and Peled, using the historic Goffriler ca. 1733 cello that belonged to Pablo Casals, will play Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme.
Suggested donation is $18; students may attend free. For information, visit hbms.org or call 914-723-1169.
The Garden Education Center of Greenwich will present its 2016 Garden Tour, Grandiflora, on Sunday, June 12, from 10 to 4. Five gardens have been selected for the tour and individual tickets are $75, available online at gecgreenwich.org/gardentour.html.
The center is at 130 Bible Street in Cos Cob; 203-869-9242.
Hidden Garden Tour
The Westport Historical Society will present its 25th Anniversary Hidden Garden Tour on Sunday, June 12, from 11 to 4, featuring six gardens in Westport, Greenfield Hill and Southport. Several of the gardens were favorites of past tours in the 2000s.
On tour day there will be a Garden Market at the historical society’s Wheeler House lawn from 10 to 4. Tickets are $60 in advance, $70 on the day of the tour. For more information or to buy tickets, visit westporthistory.org or call 203-222-1424.
Sunday is Pirates Day in Milford and visitors will be able to greet Cap’n Kidd and his crew when they sail into Milford Harbor at Lisman’s Landing aboard the pirate ship Oz; their landing is set for precisely at noon. Afterwards, the pirates will be taking over the town and interact with people who are taking part in the Cap’n Kidd Treasure Hunt Pirates Day, presented by the Downtown Milford Business Association. (To take part, pick up a free Treasure Map, a strand of pirate beads and a booty bag starting at 11:30 a.m., then follow the path to Treasure Stop Shops. Getting all locations stamped and solving each clue qualifies people for a chance to win a Pirate’s Chest of Treasures, one for adults and one for children.)
There will be music and pirate-themed activities for children, and everyone is encouraged to come in pirate garb. For more information and a detailed schedule, visit downtownmlfordct.org or call 203-530-0103.
Ice Cream Social
The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum’s Ice Cream Social will take place Sunday, June 12, from noon to 4 at Mathews Park, 295 West Avenue, Norwalk. A wide range of family-friendly entertainment is planned, including music and dance. Author Michele Manning will be in the museum’s gift shop, to discuss and sign the Great CT Caper, a suspense story written for middle school students by 12 Connecticut authors, illustrated by 12 state artists.
There will be plenty of ice cream, crafts booths, a vintage car display, a jumble sale and more. Mini-tours of the mansion will be offered for a reduced fee. For more information, visit lockwoodmathewsmansion.com or call 203-838-9799.
Georgetown Day will be Sunday, June 12, noon to 6, along Main Street in Georgetown, with live music, vendors, food, and, features the wares of Georgetown businesses and restaurants.
A popular event year after year is the chilli cook-off, which is led by Gilbert & Bennett Cultural Center’s Pat Hegnauer.
This year the festival will no longer extend into the parking lot in front of Georgetown Package Store, but will make up for lost space by extending up Old Mill Road past the Wire Mill BBQ restaurant. Most of the events, children’s activities and “a big tent for getting out of the sun” will be on the Old Mill side of Route 57.
Route 57 will not be closed to traffic due to this change, but the festival will have police officers at the crossing to help people cross the street.
Connecticut State Archaeologist Dr. Brian Jones will talk about Connecticut’s Earliest European Settlers: Recent Finds from Glastonbury and Windsor on Sunday, June 12, at 2 at the Bruce Museum, One Museum Drive, Greenwich. He has led excavations in those towns that date between 1650 and 1721 and will explain how they bring light to Connecticut’s colonial past.
Admission for non-members is $15. For more information, visit brucemuseum.org or call 203-869-0376.
A French Connection
The Chamber Singers, the most advanced choristers of the Fairfield County Children’s Choir, will perform a concert of French music on Sunday, June 12, at 4 in the First Church Congregational at 148 Beach Road in Fairfield. The program will include choral pieces, popular songs and spirituals.
A wine and cheese reception will follow the concert; tickets are $20 in advance at firstchurchfairfield.org or $25 at the door, $10 for students.
The Silvermine Artists Series will present pianist Shelley Hanmo Qian performing Pianistic Masterpieces, including works by Ravel and Rachmaninoff, on Sunday, June 12, at 4 p.m. at the Silvermine School of Music, 36 Comstock Hill Avenue, Norwalk. For reservations and more information, call 203-847-8106.
And coming up…
Eastbound Theatre, a division of the Milford Arts Council, will partner with the Westport Community Theatre for the East/West PlayFest 2016, which will take place in July and August. Auditions for the program of six original plays are scheduled for June 13-14 at 7 p.m. at the Westport Community Theatre in Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Avenue, Westport, and June 15-16 at 7 p.m. at the Margaret Egan Center, 35 Mathew Street, Milford. For more information, call 203-878-6647 (Milford) or 203-226-1983 (Westport).
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Joshua Kendall will talk about his new book, First Dads: Parenting and Politics from George Washington to Barack Obama, on Tuesday, June 14, at 5:30 (before a reception and book signing) at the New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Avenue; newhavenmuseum.org or 203-562-4183.
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Longtime Tonight Show host Jay Leno will will perform a night of comedy at the Ridgefield Playhouse on Tuesday, June 14, at 8; tickets are $150 and $135. For information, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.
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Ann Dillon, playing concertina, accordion and whistle, accompanied by Francie Gildernew on guitar and vocals, will perform at the P.V. O’Donnell Comhaltas Ceoltóiri Éireann Traditional Irish Music Session on Thursday, June 16, at 7:45 p.m. at St. Gabriel’s Parish Hall, 26 Broadway, Milford. Admission is free; BYOB. For information, call 203-257-8737.