Full STEAM Ahead
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum and the Ridgefield Library are joining forces in a weekend of programming around STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art (+Design), and Math). Full STEAM Ahead: Learning and Making in the 21st Century will begin with a symposium on Friday (4:30-6 p.m.) and Saturday (8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.), Sept. 16 and 17, featuring multi-disciplinary speakers and workshops at the library and museum.
The Nature of Wine and Creativity: A Sensory Wine-Tasting Experience will take place Saturday evening at the library and finally, Sunday (1-5 p.m.) will be a Community Day: Hands-One with STEAM!, featuring all-ages activities, performances, workshop and more, free and open to the public.
For the full schedule and to reserve a place in the symposium or wine-tasting, visit aldrichart.org. The museum is at 258 Main Street in Ridgefield; 203-438-4519.
Milford Irish Festival
The 11th Milford Irish Festival will take place Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16 and 17, at the Fowler Field Rotary Pavilion, behind the Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Avenue. Admission is $5 on Friday, 6 to 11 p.m., and $12 Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; children 12 and younger are admitted free and there’s a two-day pass for $15.
The festival includes Irish music and dance, Irish food and drink, an Irish Marketplace, a cultural tent and free activities for children. There is no parking at the festival site except for the handicapped and for vendors; free bus shuttle service is provided from the Parsons Center. For more information, visit milfordirish.org.
Danbury Irish Festival
Ives Concert Park on the Westside campus of Western Connecticut State University, 43 Lake Avenue Extension, Danbury, will host the Greater Danbury Irish Festival this weekend, Friday 5-10 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m., and Sunday noon-7 p.m.
For a schedule of events and ticket information, visit danburyirishfestival.org.
Brett Bailey’s Macbeth
The U.S. premiere of Brett Bailey’s Macbeth opera will be staged Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16 and 17, at 8 at the Quick Center at Fairfield University. A company of 10 South African opera singers will be featured, accompanied by musicians from the Greater Bridgeport Symphony led by the Serbian conductor Premil Petrovic.
Tickets are $65 and $55; for reservations visit quickcenter.com or call 1-877-ARTS-396.
The Chalk Garden
The Sherman Playhouse will debut Enid Bagnold’s comedy-drama The Chalk Garden, a psychological chamber piece, opening Friday, Sept. 16, at 8. The production will run through Oct. 9, with performances at 8 on Fridays and Saturday and at 2 on Sundays, Sept. 25 and Oct. 9.
The playhouse is at 5 Route 39 North in Sherman; for reservations, visit shermanplayers.org or call 860-354-3622.
Emmanuel Family Fair
Emmanuel Episcopal Church will host its 110th Family Fair on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 10 to 4. Food and music, themed shopping tents, a silent auction, a children’s story hour, petting zoo, games, baked goods and the Best Chocolate Chip Cookie in Connecticut contest are planned. Events go on rain or shine; for details, visit emmanuelweston.org or call 203-227-8565.
Day of Play
A Fish Parade on Saturday afternoon in Norwalk’s Mathews Park will celebrate the Worldwide Day of Play, featuring vibrantly painted, large-scale cardboard fish created by James Grashow, the Redding artist whose work is being featured at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in the park (299 West Avenue). Weather permitting, the parade will start at 1 p.m. from the Center for Contemporary Printmaking and wend its way through the park, heading for the nearby Maritime Aquarium. Also sponsoring the Fish Parade is Stepping Stones Museum for Children.
From 3 to 5, there will be an opening reception for James Grashow: The Prince of Prints at the center. The exhibit runs through Dec. 10 and is open Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Wednesdays-Saturdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sundays, 12-5 p.m. For more information, visit contemprints.org or call 203-899-7999.
Deciphering the Obelisk
Egyptologist Professor Bob Brier will talk about Deciphering the Obelisk: Obsession Helps Break the Hieroglyphic Code at a meeting of the Archaeological Associates of Greenwich on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 2 p.m. The lecture is free to members and $20 for others and will take place at the Bruce Museum, One Museum Drive, Greenwich. For more information, call 203-661-4654.
The KCAP Cup
A soccer fund-raiser for the Kennedy Center Autism Project will take place Saturday, Sept. 17, from 3 to 6 p.m. A non-competitive indoor tournament will feature teams of five or more players; suggested minimum fund-raising goal is $500. It will be hosted by Goooal Sports, 1791 Stratford Avenue, Stratford. For more information, visit KC-Autism.org.
Kenny Rogers, on his farewell tour, The Gambler’s Last Deal, will perform at the Ridgefield Playhouse’s 2016 gala on Saturday evening, Sept. 17. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with an open bar, dinner by area restaurants, silent and live auctions and the concert. The Playhouse will salute its gala honoree, Fairfield County Bank and present its Arts Volunteer Award to Daniel C. Levine, a Broadway veteran and member of the Artistic Advisory Board.
For more information, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.
Harvest Lights Gala
Christ’s Church of Easton will have its annual Harvest Lights Gala on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 7 to 10 p.m. The evening will include hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer, live classical music and silent and live auctions. Admission is $10, which includes the first drink. Proceeds benefit in part local and international mission relief. For information, call 203-268-3568.
Blood Type: Ragu
The White Plains Performing Arts Center will present the one-man, off Broadway hit Blood Type: Ragu, starring Frank Ingrasciotta, on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $29 and $34 for adults, $24 for students 16 or younger. The theater is at 11 City Place in White Plains, N.Y.; for information, visit wppac.com or call 914-328-1600.
Beach Bike and Hike
The Probus Club will sponsor Bike the Beach and Hike the Beach 2016 on Sunday, Sept. 18, from 7 to 10 a.m. at Jennings Beach Pavilion, Fairfield. The event will help people with disabilities through local organizations. Bike riders choose from 10-, 20-, 45- or 62-mile routes; for non-riders there will be a 5K Fitness Walk near the beach. Reistration is $45 per rider, $35 per walker. For more information, visit bikethebeach.com.
Another fund-raising walk is planned on Sunday, at Calf Pasture Beach in East Norwalk: the Walk to End Alzheimer’s will begin at 10 a.m. (registration opens at 8:30) and the walk ends at 1 p.m. There will be special activities and entertainment and Band Together will perform at the end of the walk. For information or to start or join a team, visit alz.org/walk.
The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program will include three area private gardens that will welcome visitors on Sunday, Sept. 18, from 10 to 4. Admission to each garden is $7; discounted tickets are available at gardenconservancy.org.
The gardens include: Sleepy Cat Farm, at 146 Clapboard Ridge Road, Greenwich; Ken Eisold’s Garden, 18 Chestnut Hill Road, Ridgefield; and Pixie Perennials at 200 Nod Hill Road, Wilton.
New at Silvermine
Three new exhibits will open Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Silvermine Arts Center’s galleries with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. at 1037 Silvermine Road in New Canaan. The fall shows are a solo exhibit by Barry Kiperman, 2015 Best in Show in Art of the Northeast winner; Flow, a Guild group show on the theme of fluidity and dynamic motion; and Karen Kalkstein’s Evensong, an immersive installation that pays homage to aging.
All the shows will be on view through Oct. 29; gallery hours are noon to 5, Wednesday through Saturday and 1 to 5, Sunday. For more information, visit silvermineart.org or call 203-966-9700 x20.
Jazz in the Garden
The Brubeck Brothers Quartet will return to Jazz in the Garden at Weir Farm National Historic Site in Wilton on Sunday, Sept. 18 from 3 to 5 p.m. The event is a traditional fund-raiser for Weir Farm Art Center at the historic site and tickets $20 for adults, $10 for students 13-18. CHildren 12 and under are admitted free.
The concert goes on rain or shine, with all parking at the Branchville Elementary School, 40 Florida Road, Ridgefield; shuttles will run to the site and back between 2 and 6 p.m. For information and to buy tickets, visit jazzatweir.com.
Dr. Heidi B. Hammel of Ridgefield will talk about New Views on Neptune and Uranus for a meeting of the Astronomical Society of Greenwich on Sunday, Sept. 1, at 3:30 p.m. at the Bruce Museum, One Museum Drive, Greenwich. For more information, visit astrogreenwich.org or for a reservation, call 203-413-6762.
Jack Williams, whom Peter Yarrow called “the best guitar-player I’ve ever heard,” will open the Acoustic Celebration’s 15th season in Ridgefield on Sunday, Sept. 18, at 4 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church North Hall, 389 Main Street. Tickets are $20 in advance at acousticcelebration.org or $25 at the door.
Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies and Sony Pictures Entertainment will screen the Stanley Kubrick classic Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) on Sunday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m. at the Ridgefield Playhouse. Tickets for the Live in HD screening are $10; for reservations, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.
And coming up …
The Bridgeport Art League of Huntington will open its season and welcome new members with a Potluck Luncheon Social on Monday, Sept. 19, at 11:45 a.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Parish Center, 25 Church Street, Huntington. For more information, visit bridgeportartleague.org.
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Actor Richard Thomas will host the Westport Country Playhouse’s 2016 Gala, The Night They Invented Champagne, which will celebrate the music of Lerner & Loewe, on Monday, Sept. 19, at the Playhouse, 25 Powers Court. Performers will include Britney Coleman, Kristen Hahn, Robert Sean Leonard, Stephen Mark Lukas, Mary Testa, Richard Troxell, Max Von Essen and members of New York Ballet Theatre. The evening begins at 5:45 with cocktails; gala tickets range from $2500 to $250; for information, visit westportplayhouse.org.
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The Proclaimers (identical Scottish twins Craig and Charlie Reid) will perform at the Ridgefield Playhouse on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35; for reservations, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.
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The Norwalk Boat Show will open next Thursday, Sept. 22, and run daily, 10 to 7, through Sunday, Sept. 25, at Cove Marina, 48 Calf Pasture Road, East Norwalk. For tickets and information, visit boatshownorwalk.com.
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The Chekhov International Theatre Festival in Ridgefield will conclude its eighth season with four live theater performances Thursday, Sept. 22, through Saturday, Sept. 24, beginning with Seeger, a one-man show by Randy Noojin, on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at East Ridge Middle School. Noojin will re-enact Pete Seeger’s 1982 benefit concert in Cuba, advocating free speech and unity. On Friday, a new play by Anne Adams, Strange Country, will explore family, love, dependence, sobriety, mental illness and manipulation. This will also begin at 7:30 at East Ridge Middle school.
The new theater company Thrown Stone will perform a staged reading of Milk by Ross Dunsmore on Saturday at 2 at Ridgefield Town Hall, 400 Main Street. The finale will be an outdoor performance of Much Ado About Nothing in Ballard Park by New York’s The Drilling Company. For more information and tickets, visit chekhovfestival.com or call 203-431-2774.