Dunkirk, heroic WWII story, opens today
Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan’s new World War II drama, which opens Thurs., July 20, at the IMAX theater at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk. It then will show at 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and at 7 and 9:30 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children 12 & under. Maritime Aquarium members receive $1 discounts. “IMAX cameras are big, heavy, expensive and noisy, but Christopher Nolan has been using them more and more in his movies,” Maritime Aquarium spokesman Dave Sigworth. “In interviews, Nolan says he uses the IMAX format to make his movies an immersive experience. “Dunkirk certainly looks to be that.” Sigworth noted that much of what Nolan captured with the IMAX camera will be cropped off when Dunkirk is shown in local cinemas, whose screens are more horizontal. “At The Maritime Aquarium, Dunkirk will fill our screen, so our audiences will see up to 40 percent more of the action,” he said. The movie tells a true story of the heroic evacuation in May-June 1940 of some 338,000 Allied soldiers trapped on the English Channel shoreline by an advancing German army.
Under air and ground cover from British and French forces, troops were gradually evacuated from the beach using every serviceable naval and civilian vessel that could be found. The ensemble cast includes Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Fionn Whitehead and One Direction’s Harry Styles. Dunkirk” is 107 minutes long, and is rated PG-13 for intense war scenes and some language. Nolan also wrote the screenplay and co-produced it with Emma Thomas. Executive producer is Jake Myers. Details: martimeaquarium.org Here’s the trailer: https://youtu.be/QdwVmHh1bz8 Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the special lengths that Christopher Nolan’s team went to (especially with the IMAX format) to make Dunkirk: https://youtu.be/wyTKAyqsIHY
Pequot Library’s book sale opens Friday
More than 140,000 books in more than 60 categories, plus CDs, DVDs, records and special items are expected to be included in the 57th annual Summer Book Sale July 21-25 at the Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Avenue, Southport. The sale runs Friday through Monday, 9 to 6, and Tuesday, 9 to 2. Half-price day is July 24 and the next day, items go for $5 per bag. New this year are special events on Sunday: from 9 to 4, the Fairfield Canine Cooperative will offer information on adoptable dogs; noon to 2, Jim Royale will perform on drums through the Music for Youth program; and New Paradigm Theatre will have an information booth all day. Proceeds help support the library’s more than 750 annual programs and events for all ages. Admission is free and open to the public. For more details, visit pequotlibrary.org or call 203-259-0346.
Harnessing wind power at Energize CT Center
Energize Connecticut Center’s free Renewable Energy Summer Series continues with a Harnessing the Wind’s Power event Friday from 2 to 4 at the center, 122 Universal Drive North, North Haven. Brian Driscoll, owner and founder of New Haven-based Phoenix Press, will explain how he uses wind turbines to power his commercial printing press. Plus there will be hands-on wind-related activities and experiments. Series continues Aug. 18 from 2 to 4, when visitors will learn about water power. For more details, contact Alysse Rodrigues at 203-799-0460, [email protected] or visit energizect.com/free-family-activity-night-solar-energy
Author Ibram X. Kendi to discuss his book on race
Race & American Memory, an ongoing free series of conversations and performances launched by Grace Farms Foundation in 2016, offers various perspectives on race and its sustained impact on American identity and integrity. Programmed after Community Dinners at Grace Farms in New Canaan. The series “examines ways in which Americans comprehend and recall their national history and seeks to revisit instances, ideas, and lives that have suffered revision or erasure from collective national memory.” It continues, Friday, July 21, 7:30 p.m. with New York Times bestselling author and winner of 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction, author and scholar, Ibram X. Kendi, who will discuss his book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which chronicles development and proliferation of anti-Black racist thought, policies it has protected, and its power throughout American history from inception of civil liberties to present day. Details: gracefarms.org
‘Fiddler on the Roof’ at The Klein
In the Spotlight youth theater program in Stratford will present Fiddler on the Roof on Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. at The Klein in Bridgeport. Tickets are $12 in advance at TheKlein.org; $15 at the door.
Family movie night in Wilton
The first of two free family movie nights takes place Friday at the Wilton Congregational Church, 70 Ridgefield Road. Families from Wilton and surrounding towns are invited to bring the kids, blankets, chairs and dinner for a night of games and music starting at 7. Snowcones, popcorn and cotton candy will be available for purchase. The movie, Finding Dory, begins at dusk. For more details, call Children and Family Ministry Director Wendy Mitchell at 203-762-5591 or email [email protected]. On Friday, Aug. 4, the movie is Pete’s Dragon.
‘Modern Quilts’ in Darien Library exhibit
Modern Quilts by Lisa Mason, a new exhibit that opened at the Darien Library on Monday, will have a public reception on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. in the lower level art gallery of the library at 1441 Post Road. “Over the years my quilting has moved to a more modern approach as opposed to traditional. I work with bright colors and bold shapes,” said Mason, a Darien resident for about 50 years, in a statement posted at darienlibrary.org. Quilting since age 14 and a class she took at the Rag Doll in Darien, she served as president of the New York City Metro Modern Quilt Club from 2013 to 2015. The exhibit runs through Sept. 4. The library is open Monday through Thursday, 9 to 9; Friday, 9 to 6; Saturday, 9 to 5, and Sunday, 1 to 5. For more details, visit the website or call 203-655-1234.
Comedy show in Stamford
Comedian, singer, songwriter Tim Hawkins’ comedy show comes to the Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic Street, Stamford on Friday at 7 p.m. Hawkins is known for parodying pop songs such as Carrie Underwood’s Jesus, Take The Wheel, Kansas’s Dust in the Wind, and The Candy Man. His stand-up material includes topics such as marriage, homeschooling and parenting. Tickets, $19.50-$85, are available at palacestamford.org or 203-325-4466.
Philly rock band in Westport
Low Cut Connie, a rock band from Philadelphia that media observers and followers describe as high energy, will perform in the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts’ 50 Free Nights Under the Stars summer series on Friday night. The show starts at 7 and the lawn and concession at 40 Jesup Road, Westport, open one hour before show-time. The Goza Latin Jazz Band performs on Sunday, also at 7 p.m. For more details, go to levittpavilion.com/summer-2017.html. The concert hotline: 203-221-2153.
Nature and photography walk in Weston
Aspetuck Land Trust’s Trout Brook Valley Conservation Area in Weston is the site for a nature and photography walk on Saturday from 10 to 11:30 a.m., when award-winning photographer Stephen B. White (pictured along with his shot of what appears to be an immature yellow-crowned night heron, at top) will share tips and insights. Participants are advised to bring a camera. RSVP via [email protected] Details: aspetucklandtrust.org.
‘Jungle Book’ in Fairy Tale Theater show
The Jungle Book is the next production in the Musicals at Richter’s Fairy Tale Theater play series by and for young people on Saturday at a new location: Workspace Education, 16 Trowbridge Drive, Bethel. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. for a craft activity, with the show starting at 11. These hour-long, interactive adaptations of classic tales include audience participation, birthday recognitions and a visit with Mother Goose. Visitors are invited to bring blankets or chairs for seating on lawn. The performance will move indoors if it rains. Tickets are $5 at door. A small snack and drink concession is available. For details, visit musicalsatrichter.org, leave a message at 203-748-6873 or email [email protected].
Baseball card workshop for kids
Wilton Farmer’s Baseball Team Workshop for Kids takes place Saturday from 11 to 12:30 at the Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Road. Museum educator Lola Chen and exhibition curator Nick Foster will walk kids through the current exhibition Farm Team: 50 Years of Wilton Baseball, which traces the story of the Farmers, Wilton’s small town baseball team. Kids are invited to dress up in baseball gear and make their own baseball card. Snack is included, which children will help prepare. The event is suggested for ages 6-12. Fees: members $10 per child, maximum $25 per family; non-members $15 per child, max. $35 per family. To register, send email to [email protected] or call 203-762-7257.
Folk singer in free concert at Ridgefield Library
Folk singer, songwriter and guitarist Tom Pacheco will perform in a free concert on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Ridgefield Library, 472 Main Street. The concert, presented by Hummingbird Music, will feature special guests: balladeer Susan Reid Bozsó and Grammy award winning percussionist Jeff Haynes. This is not a library-sponsored event.
Blueberry Festival in Trumbull
Organizers of the upcoming Blueberry Festival in Trumbull call the event “the area’s largest blueberry love-in.” The churchwomen of Trumbull’s Long Hill United Methodist Church have put together 200 blueberry pies in preparation for this Saturday’s 13th annual Blueberry Festival, which takes place 10 to 3. The desserts will be sold by the slice, as pie ala mode, or entire pies. Visitors can take them home baked or fresh frozen with complete baking instructions. There will also be blueberry muffins sold individually or in four-packs, blueberry ice cream sundaes, burgers, hot dogs, chicken-blueberry salad and more. The festival has expanded the children’s game area, featuring the Shriner Clowns, balloons and more, all for free. There will also be arts and crafts, live music and more. The festival takes place rain or shine on the church grounds at 6358 Main Street (Route 111). For more information, call 203-954-9691.
Classical guitar concert is free
A New England Guitar Society concert takes place Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Stratford Library, 2203 Main Street. This classical guitar concert in the library’s Lovell Room is free and open to the public. For the performance, NEGS members and student youth will play guitar solos and duets and music by Albéniz, Bach, Bosche and more. For more details, go to stratfordlibrary.org.
800 tiles by 185 clay artists at art center
Redux: Transformations 6×6 is a national invitational exhibit featuring 800 6” x 6” handmade tiles made by more than 185 clay artists, at the Clay Art Center, 40 Beech Street, Port Chester, N.Y. The opening reception is Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. The show, part of Clay Art Center’s 60th anniversary series of exhibits, is the resurrecting of an exhibition (then with 597 tiles by 150 artists) that some have considered to be one of the center’s greatest. For more information, visit clayartcenter.org or call 914-937-2047 x226. The exhibit runs until Sept. 13.
Liberace tribute show in Norwalk
David Maiocco as Liberace launches Music Theatre of Connecticut’s Hot Summer Nights series on Saturday at 8 p.m. at MTC MainStage, 509 Westport Avenue, Norwalk. In this tribute, “the virtuoso gets one more chance to glitter and shine as he tickles the ivories through his favorite songs.” Celebrated cabaret performers continue on July 29 and Aug. 5 and 19, each night featuring a different performer in the 110-seat theater. Tickets, $25-$35, are available at musictheatreofct.org or 203-454-3883.
Glenn Miller Orchestra to play Saturday
The Glenn Miller Orchestra returns to the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Road on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The 18-member ensemble will play many original Miller arrangements both from civilian band and Glenn Miller’s Army Air Force Band libraries, plus male and female vocalists will perform such selections as Moonlight Serenade, Little Brown Jug, A String of Pearls, Chattanooga Choo-Choo, Pennsylvania 6-5000 and more. Ticket holders can take part in an Italian wine tasting courtesy of Gallo Ristorante at 6:45, and there’s an art exhibit by Gayle Gleckler. Tickets, $38, are available at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or the box office, 203-438-5795.
Reggae Festival in Danbury
The 6th annual Westside Reggae Festival takes place on Sunday at the Ives Concert Park on Western Connecticut State University’s westside campus, 43 Lake Avenue Extension, Danbury. The gates open at 2 p.m. Featured artists include Beres Hammond and Third World. Tickets, $25, $35, $45, are available at etix.com. For more information, visit ivesconcertpark.com.
P.J. Pacifico in Weston
P.J. Pacifico will perform in the Music at the Barn outdoor concert series Sunday, 5:30-7 p.m., at the Weston Historical Society’s Coley Homestead, 104 Weston Road. No reservations are required. Guests are invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets, food and beverages. If it rains, the concert will move indoors. Admission is $10 for members, $15 non-members, and kids are free. On his new Viper Records EP Ready to Run, singer P.J. Pacifico “takes a leap of faith and leaves behind the acoustic guitar stylings focusing instead on synthesizers as the backdrop to his intense, emotional lyrics.”
‘Tippling Days of Yore’ tales
Tales of Tippling in Days of Yore will be the topic on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Pardee-Morris House in New Haven. Corin Hirsch, author of Forgotten Drinks of Colonial New England: From Flips & Rattle-Skulls to Switchel to Spruce Beer, will share tales and insights. Details: newhavenmuseum.org or 203-562-4183.
Apatow comedy show in Ridgefield
Judd Apatow, returning to his stand-up comedy roots, will appear on Sunday, July 23, at 7 p.m., at the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Road. Apatow’s film credits include several hit comedies, including The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Bridesmaids, Knocked Up, Superbad and more. He is co-executive producer of HBO series Crashing, HBO’s Girls and Netflix’s Love. Special guest: Wayne Federman, Los-Angeles based comedian, actor, writer and musician. Tickets, (orchestra $55, mezzanine $45, balcony $35), at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795.
And coming up…
Harlem Renaissance Orchestra will play Big Band classics in a free screening on Monday, July 24, at 7 p.m. at the Stratford Library.
George Thorogood and The Destroyers will throw a rock party on Monday at 8 p.m. at the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Road. The catalog of their hits includes Who Do You Love, I Drink Alone, One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer and more. Tickets, $90, are available at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795.
Summer Concerts at the Gazebo continue Tuesday, July 25, at 7 p.m. at the Trumbull Town Hall Gazebo with Survivor Swing Band (1920s-1940s Big Band music).
Pat Benatar and husband Neil “Spyder” Giraldo team up at a concert on Tuesday, July 25, at 8 p.m. at the Ridgefield Playhouse. The duo’s careers span more than three decades in rock ‘n’ roll. Tickets, $125, photo op upgrade additional $125, at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795.
Music Under the Stars Summer Concert Series, free evenings of music on Huntington Green, Shelton, continue Wednesday, July 26, 7 to 9 p.m., with Mia & the Riff R&B/Lynn Lewis & Friends at 6 p.m. If rain, info at 203-331-4120.