The first retrospective in more than 20 years of Impressionist painter Alfred Sisley will open Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Bruce Museum, One Museum Drive, Greenwich. Featuring about 50 of Sisley’s works, from private collections and major museums in Europe and North America, Alfred Sisley (1839-1899): Impressionist Master has been organized by the Bruce Museum and the Hôtel de Caumont Centre d’Art in Aix-en-Provence, France.
Following its debut at the Bruce Museum (through May 21), the show will travel to France to be exhibited June through October. The curator is MaryAnne Stevens, independent art historian and curator of the 1992/3 and 2002/3 exhibitions on the artist. A catalogue is being published by Editions Hazan.
Several lectures in association with the exhibition are planned and the Bruce Museum’s Graduate Student Symposium and Young Scholar Day will be Framing Nature, in conjunction with the show, on Sunday, March 5.
For more information, visit brucemuseum.org or call 203-869-0376.
Guitarist Pat Metheny, a 20-time Grammy Award winner, will perform at the Ridgefield Playhouse on Friday, Jan. 20, at 8, with Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh and Gwilym Simcock.
The concert will be preceded by a free 7:15 p.m. wine tasting in the lobby, with an exhibit of art by Elisa Keogh. Tickets are $87.50; for reservations, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.
Pianist Alessio Bax
Classical pianist Alessio Bax will perform a concert of music by Scriabin and Ravel on Friday, Jan. 20, at 8 at the Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University. A recipient of the Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award as well as Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award, Bax has performed at Los Angeles’ Disney Hall, Washington’s Kennedy Center and New York’s Carnegie Hall, and has been part of the Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series.
Tickets are $30/$35, available at quickcenter.com or by calling 1-877-ARTS-396.
Gigi Priebe of New Canaan, founder of Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk, will have a day-long book release celebration for her new publication, The Adventures of Henry Whiskers, on Saturday, Jan. 21, at the museum. The chapter book is aimed at boys and girls ages seven to 10 and focuses on the Whiskers mouse family, which has lived in Windsor Castle’s most famous exhibit, Queen Mary’s Doll House, for 25 generations. A second book in the series is in production and a third is in planning stages.
Saturday’s events will begin with a meet and greet for museum members from 10 to 11 a.m., followed by a public reception from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Representatives from Circle of Care, a nonprofit devoted to helping children with cancer in Connecticut, will be on hand to talk about its mission. Books will be for sale and attendees will have an opportunity to donate a copy of The Adventures of Henry Whiskers to Circle of Care. There will be crafts and a photo booth and other activities for youngsters.
Stepping Stones Museum for Children is at 303 West Avenue in Norwalk; admission is $15 for adults and children and $10 for seniors. For more information, visit steppingstonesmuseum.org or call 203-899-0606. For more information about the book, visit gigipriebe.com.
Son of a legend
Peter McCrea will talk about his father actor Joel McCrea in a conversation with film historian Jon Sonneborn on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. at the Easton Library Community Room, 691 Morehouse Road. Joel McCrea appeared in more than 90 films, working with directors including Alfred Hitchcock, William Wyler, Howard Hawks, Preston Sturges, Jackques tourneur, Sam Peckinpah and King Vidor.
For more information, email [email protected].
The Westchester Bluegrass Club will present the Hudson Valley progressive bluegrass band Mama Tried on Saturday, Jan. 21, at 6:30 p.m. The group features Mel Paskell on guitar, Gary DiGiovanni on banjo, Frank Kara on mandolin, Nina Dryer on fiddle and Roy Coates on bass.
The venue is 33 Lake Way in Purdys, N.Y. Donation at the door is $15; for information, email [email protected] or call 914-213-9212.
Latin music star Frankie Negron will be featured in Salsa/Freestyle Explosion presented by Coqui Productions on Saturday, Jan. 21, at 8 at the Klein Memorial Auditorium, 910 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport. He’ll be joined by George Lamond and The Queen of Freestyle, Cynthia; host will be Mark Viera and music will be by DJ Santo.
VIP tickets are $100; standard tickets cost from $50 to $70. For reservations, theklein.org or call 800-424-0160.
Offering a cappella music and a little Jewish humor, the singers of The Maccabeats will perform at the White Plains Performing Arts Center, 11 City Place, White Plains, N.Y., on Saturday, Jan. 21, at 8. The group was originally formed in 2007 at Yeshiva University as a student vocal group and has performed at venues worldwide, including at Gracie Mansion in New York and at the White House.
Tickets are $25 to $40; for reservations, visit wppac.com or call 914-328-1600.
Biscuit, a puppy
Westport Country Playhouse will present Biscuit, produced by ArtsPower, a new musical featuring a frolicking little puppy who learns about the joy of having a family. The show is recommended for ages 4 to 8; tickets are $20.
For reservations, visit westportplayhouse.org or call 203-227-4177.
Kimberly Wilson will bring to life seven historical African-American women in her musical one-woman show, A Journey, on Sunday, Jan. 22, at 2 at the Norfield Congregational Church, 64 Norfield Road, Weston. The show has its roots in a Black History Month presentation on Sojourner Truth done by Wilson more than 20 years ago at Hurlbutt Elementary School.
Now, her performance includes an African Queen, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Rosa Parks, Maya Angelou and more.
Admission to the performance is free; donations to the Music Makers Ministry at Norfield will be accepted. For more information, visit norfield.org.
Rock the Presidents
A musical for all ages, Rock the Presidents, presented by Childsplay Theatre, will take the stage at Fairfield University’s Quick Center for the Arts on Sunday, Jan. 22, at 3 p.m.
Tickets are $20; for reservations, visit quickcenter.com or call 1-877-ARTS-396.
The Second East Coast Screenprint Biennial will open Sunday, Jan. 22, at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking, 299 West Avenue/Mathews Park, Norwalk. The show will feature a wide range of screenprint-based art applications, from framed, editioned prints to installation, sculpture, video, ephemera and posters. The exhibit, two years in the making, was juried by Nathan Meltz, printmaker and lecturer in the art department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y.
Running concurrently in the Lithography Studio is Horizons, an internationa traveling show featuring work by CCP members; it premiered in Cork, Ireland, last February and traveled to Denmark in May.
The exhibits will be on view through March 25; gallery hours are Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. For more information, visit contemprints.org or call 203-899-7999.
The Wilton Candlelight Concerts will present a program of music for strings by Dvorak, Mozart and Mendelssohn featuring violinist Daniel Phillips on Sunday, Jan. 22, at 4 at the Wilton Congregational Church on Ridgefield Road/Route 33. Joining Phillips for this concert will be Arnaud Sussman, violin, Dimitri Murath, viola, Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola, and Peter Wiley, cello.
Tickets will be available at the door, $30; for seniors, $25, and for students, free. More information is available at wiltoncandlelightconcerts.org or 203-762-3401.
And coming up …
New Pond Farm Education Center in Redding will offer Winter Shakespeare 2017 for middle and high school actors beginning Monday evening, Jan. 23, and continuing to March 27. For information on the eight-week program taught by Julia Levo, visit newpondfarm.org or call 203-938-2117.
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Parenting the Selfie Generation: Instilling Resilience will present a special program called How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kids for Success with Julia Lythcott-Haims on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. at the Ridgefield Playhouse. For more information and to buy tickets, visit ridgefieldlibrary.org.
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Women’s Work, a new exhibit in the Gallery of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the WCSU Westside campus, 43 Lake Avenue Extension, Danbury, will open Thursday, Jan. 26, featuring the work of 12 female artists who have done a residency at the Vermont Studio Center. The gallery is open noon to 4 Monday through Thursday and 1 to 4 on Saturday and Sunday; for information on events, visit wcsu.edu/svpa/events.asp.
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The Fairfield Museum, 370 Beach Road, invites people who suffered during major storms of recent years (Irene, Sandy) to take part in a Museum After Dark event on Thursday, Jan. 26, from 6 to 8 p.m., with a discussion led by State Rep. Brenda Kupchick. The reception is in conjunction with the new exhibit, Rising Tides, which runs through Feb. 28. For more information, visit fairfieldhistory.org or call 203-259-1598.