Summer book sale
The Westport Library’s 24th Giant Summer Book Sale, which opens Saturday, July 16, will offer more than 150 special books, including a limited, signed edition of Salvador Dali’s Dali: A Study of His Art-in Jewels; a Plantin Press edition of Seneca’s Tragedies (published in 1576 in Antwerp, with elaborate period binding); and 37 of the first 40 titles from the Firearms Classics Library.
More than 100,000 items will be available at the sale including hardcover and paperback books, vinyl records, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks and children’s books. The sale has been dedicated Howard Munce, the Westport artist, library friend and volunteer, who died recently at 100. His personal book collection has been donated to the sale.
Admission is free. Hours are 9 to 5 on Saturday, 10 to 5 on Sunday, 9 to 5 on Monday (half-price day), and 9 to 1 (contribution day). For more information, visit westportlibrary.org or call 203-291-4800.
The Westport Fine Arts Festival, presented by the Westport Downtown Merchants Association, will take place Saturday, July 16, and Sunday, July 17, 10-5. More than 140 artists will be exhibiting along the Saugatuck River in Parker Harding Plaza; there will also be entertainment, children’s activities and more. For information, visit westportfineartsfestival.com.
The Bacon Brothers will perform at the Ridgefield Playhouse on Friday, July 15, at 8 p.m. Kevin and Michael Bacon blend hard-charging tunes with country-folk ballads and, from their roots, a little Philly soul.
Tickets are $70; for reservations, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795. The playhouse is at 80 East Ridge.
TibetFest 7: A Celebration of Tibetan Culture and Fund-raiser will take place this weekend, July 16-17, at the Goshen Fair Grounds, 116 Old Middle Street/Route 63. Hours are 10 to 7 on Saturday and 11 to 6 on Sunday; admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students, free for those five and younger.
The festival features sand mandala, musicians, dancers, book signings, film screenings, butter sculpture demonstrations, wood-carving, weaving, food/handicraft vendors and much more. For more information, email [email protected] or call 860-459-7518.
The Summer Theatre of New Canaan’s production of Cinderella, A Fairy’s Tale, a new musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale, opens Friday, July 16, and will be performed at Waveny Park, New Canaan, weekends through July 31, in rotation with James and the Giant Peach.
Tickets for the young audience shows are $22 and may be reserved online at stonc.org. Performances take place under an open-air tent; parking is in the adjacent New Canaan High School lot.
Bacon & Brew
Danbury’s Bacon & Brew Festival will take place Saturday, July 16, opening at 3 p.m. on the CityCenter Danbury Green. The festival music will include Georgia Satellites, Rick Derringer and DizzyFish; bacon-inspired foods by local restaurants and craft brews will be available.
For more information, visit citycenterdanbury.com or call 203-792-1711.
Thrown Stone, A New Theatrical Experience, will present a reading of August Schulenburg’s play The Fields of Blue and Glow on Saturday, July 16, at 7:30 p.m. at the Ridgefield Library, 472 Main Street.
The event is free, but registration is requested at ridgefieldlibrary.org or 203-438-2282.
Cruise night benefit
The Memory Lane Cruisers will have a fund raising car cruise night on Sunday, July 17, from 10 to 4 at 21 Governor Street in Ridgefield. Proceeds from entry fees ($15 per car) will benefit Ridgefield cancer patient middle school student Justin Cowen.
There will be a 50/50 raffle, door prizes, food vendors, 12 trophies and 12 best-of-show plaques; a special trophy will be given to the car of Justin Cowen’s choice. The rain date will be July 24. To register, call David Coles, 203-948-2179.
Connecticut Alliance for Music (CAM) will have its annual Garden Party on Sunday, July 17, at 3 at a member’s home in Westport. The afternoon will include live music and information about CAM and is open to members and potential members.
For a free reservations and more information, visit camusic.org/upcoming-events/annual-garden-party-2/
KEYS (Kids Empowered by Your Support, Inc.) will present Matthew DeTroy and The Bazzick Band (students from the Bassick High School Jazz Band) in a concert to benefit the KEYS music programs in Bridgeport on Sunday, July 17, at 5 p.m. They’ll play music from reggae to rap, jazz, gospel, blues and pop at BRYAC Restaurant and Raw Bar, 3074 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport. There’s no cover charge, but donations are encouraged.
For more information, call 203-943-8262 or visit keysmusic.org.
Music at the Barn
The Ken Morr Band will perform an outdoor concert at the Weston Historical Society’s Coley Homestead, 104 Weston Road/Route 57, Weston, on Sunday, July 17, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. No reservations are required; guest should bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating and picnics.
In the case of rain, the concert will be moved indoors and chairs will be provided; admission is $10, $20 per non-member family.
For more information, visit westonhistoricalsociety.org.
This year, the band 10,000 Maniacs issued a live recording of its best-known songs from its multi-platinum 35-year career. The group will bring their Greatest Hits tour to the Ridgefield Playhouse on Sunday, July 17, at 8 p.m. on their only Connecticut stop.
For tickets, $45, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.
And coming up…
Opening Tuesday, July 19, at the Westport Country Playhouse is the thriller The Invisible Hand by Pulitzer Prize-winner Ayad Akhtar, directed by David Kennedy, Playhouse associate artistic director. An American futures trader is kidnapped and held hostage in Pakistan and his ransom is $10 million, which he attempts to raise from his prison cell using his trading skills. Performances at Tuesdays through Sundays, through Aug. 6; for reservations, visit westportplayhouse.org or call 203-227-4177.
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Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Graham Nash will stop on his new this Path Tonight Tour 2016 at the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge, on Tuesday, July 19, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $76, which includes $1 to The Guacamole Fund at Graham Nash’s request. For reservations, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.
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The second in the [email protected] outdoor concert series at the Katonah Museum of Art’s Marilyn M. Simpson Sculpture Garden will take place Wednesday, July 20. Doors open at 5:30 and the concert begins at 6:30; there will be seating set up in the garden but guests may bring blankets and picnics. Admission is $20; for information, visit katonahmuseum.org or call 914-232-9555.