Bravo & Thank You, Miggs Party, Mon., Aug. 21, 6-8 p.m., Great Hall, Westport Library, 20 Jesup Rd. For past year, Westport graphic artist and photographer Miggs Burroughs has served as library’s artist-in-residence. All invited. Info: westportlibrary.org or 203-291-4800.
Sip and Sketch at WCSU, pairing experience of drawing from live model with wine and refreshments, 7 to 9 p.m., Fri., Aug. 25, Western Connecticut State University’s Visual and Performing Arts Center, Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Ext., Danbury; $25 includes adm., refreshments, basic art supplies; open to adults 21+; reg. at www.wcsuvpac.eventbrite.com. Next date: Oct. 6. Info: 203-837-8403.
Wine Garden, Contemporary Pouring, Contemporary Pairings and Contemporary Art, each Fri., through Aug. 25, 5-10 p.m., Franklin Street Works, not-for-profit art space and café at 41 Franklin St. in downtown Stamford. Wine Garden features “a curated wine list and expanded menu,” plus tour of current exhibit, The Work of Love, The Queer of Labor. Weather permitting, in tree canopied back patio, with communal style picnic table and community garden. Info: franklinstreetworks.org or 203-595-5211.
Cocktails & Cabaret, TheatreWorks New Milford celebrating 50th anniversary with annual fundraiser, Sun., Aug. 27, 19 Main Street, New Milford. Cocktails at 4 p.m., followed by Cabaret show of songs and scenes from their 50 year history. TheatreWorks welcomes back some familiar faces and voices as well as new performers. Tickets $75 and sponsorships still available. TheatreWorks asks attendees to dress in favorite semi-formal red, white and/or black attire. Tickets online at theatreworks.us or call Mary at 860-350-6863.
All the World Shall Be in Love with Night, An Evening Under the Stars, annual gala in support of Elm Shakespeare Company in celebration of 22nd season, Thurs., Aug. 31, Edgerton Park, 75 Cliff St., New Haven. 5 p.m., cocktails, buffet and auction; 8 p.m. curtain for Free Shakespeare in the Park with The Tragedy of Romeo & Juliet, directed by Raphael Massie. Tickets, $75, $125, $175, at elmshakespeare.org
Western Conn. State U. Midtown Coffeehouse, Thurs. at 8 (open mic), featured act at 9; in the Colonial Corner, Midtown campus, 181 White St., Danbury; free adm., donations accepted; info., 203-837-9700, wcsu.edu. Reopens Aug. 31, with open mic followed by featured act, Ian Murray and Megan Lyon. Next: Sept. 7.
First Fridays: A Contemporary Cocktail Party, Sept. 1, 7-9 p.m., The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 258 Main St., Ridgefield. Switch Factory string quartet from Litchfield County to play blues, folk, rock and jam band tunes. Spirits tasting by Berkshire Mountain Distillers. Tour of Beth Campbell, Suzanne McClelland, William Powhida and Kay Rosen exhibits. Adm $25 non-members, $20 members, free for $250+ members; tickets at door. Members-only pre-party, 6-7; membership info: Kathryn Tufano, 203-438-4519, x148, [email protected] by Aug. 28.
Moonlight Over Venice, Westport Country Playhouse’s 2017 fundraising gala, Sat., Sept. 9, 25 Powers Court, Westport. “Hamilton” Tony Award nominee and Grammy Award winner Jonathan Groff has stepped in to headline gala, replacing previously announced Matthew Morrison who is no longer available to perform at event due to scheduling conflict. Cocktail party at 5:45 p.m., presentation of Playhouse Leadership Award to Ann Sheffer at 7, performance at 7:15, dinner at 8:30. Silent auction ongoing. Theme is nod to fall production of Romeo and Juliet. Attire festive; black-tie optional. Info at westportplayhouse.org, 203-227-4177.
15 annual Evening for the Arts Gala benefit, for Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, Sat., Sept. 9, Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, 1073 N Benson Rd., Fairfield. Rubix Kube, ’80s tribute band, 7 p.m.; reception 6, which includes complimentary wine and beer, dessert bar and silent and live auctions. Tickets $45 adv at 203-254-4010 or 1-877-ARTS-396. (1-877-278-7396); $50 at door. Foundation, non-profit dedicated to educational enrichment and professional development of young artists and early career professionals, founded to celebrate memory of Orange, CT resident, Jamie Alaine Hulley; proceeds dedicated to scholarships, educational programs and grants in arts throughout Connecticut.
Nite Spot Nights, Scott Coulter, music of Carole King, Neil Sedaka and more, Sat., Sept. 9, 8 p.m., Milford Center for the Arts in downtown Milford. Third season of series of cabaret entertainment presented by Milford Arts Council with Pantochino Productions Inc. Doors open 7:15. Tickets $30 at milfordarts.org or 203-878-6647.
Taconic Opera 20th Anniversary Celebration Gala, Wed., Sept. 13, 7 p.m., C.V. Rich Mansion, 305 Ridgeway, White Plains, N.Y. Dining while dramatic and amusing moments are recalled; singers reprise memorable arias, duets and ensembles from past 19 years. Proceeds support new season of events, including world premiere of opera composed by general and artistic director Dan Montez. Tickets $250, $200 and $150 at taconicopera.org or 1-855-886-7372. Discounts available.
Highland Fling Scotch Tasting, Thurs., Sept. 14, 7 p.m., Norwalk Historical Society fundraiser at Mill Hill Historic Park, 2 East Wall St., Norwalk. Gregg Glaser, spirits and beer connoisseur and publisher-editor of Modern Distillery Age, to lead tasting of six to seven styles of Scottish whiskey; plus appetizers via local restaurants. Tickets $45 before Sept. 11 at norwalkhistoricalsociety.org, then $50 at door.
Get Out! Making Art Public, annual benefit party in tented back patio, Sat., Sept. 16, 5-8 p.m., Franklin Street Works, 41 Franklin St., downtown Stamford; honoring Connecticut arts advocate Tamara Dimitri and Chicago artist Cheryl Pope. Music by Exploit and Industry: DJ team of artist Emily Larned and producer Chris Ruggiero; plus dinner. Tickets start at $65, at 501auctions.com/getout/tickets?type=10602 Info: Bonnie Wattles, executive director, at [email protected]
The Bigger Rig Gig, fall fundraiser hosted by Opus for Person-to-Person, Sat., Sept. 23, 6:30-11 p.m., Ox Ridge Field in Darien. Outdoor event under open-air tent with Going South theme, featuring live music (bluegrass band The Wool Hats and DJ Matthew Mixwell), food trucks, cocktails, games and raffle; supports P2P’s emergency assistance program. Tickets $135 for Opus members, $150 non-members, at opus4p2p.org/fundraiser/brg or by emailing [email protected].
Mark Twain Library’s 4th annual Pudd’nhead Prize Gala, honoring Seth Meyers, NBC-TV’s Late Night host and formerly of SNL, Sat., Sept. 23, 5-10 p.m. InSitu sculpture garden, Redding; $40; shuttle from library at 439 Redding Rd. Sponsorships and reservations: Pam Robey. [email protected] or Betsy Higgins, [email protected]. Info: marktwainlibrary.org
Acting and Resisting!, evening with artist, actor and activist Mark Ruffalo, Thurs., Sept. 28, 8 p.m., Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield University, N. Benson Rd., Fairfield. Open Visions Forum, private dinner reception with actor; tickets $150 single, $250 couple, includes lecture, at quickcenter.com or 203-254-4010.
Treehouse Comedy Productions: Sat., Aug. 19, Lovely Ladies of Laughter, 9 p.m., Bobby V’s, Windsor Locks, tickets $20, TreehouseComedy.com or 203-203-8700. Sat., Aug. 26, Billy Winn, headliner, 8 p.m., below Bistro B, Westport Inn, 1595 Post Rd., Westport, tickets $22.50, TreehouseComedy.com or 203-268-5857.
Luc’s Cafe-Restaurant, 3 Big Shop Lane, Ridgefield: “Cafe Musette” featuring Larry Urbon, guitarist. French songs, gypsy swing Mon. and Wed., 7:30-9:30 p.m., info: cafemusette.com
Bernard’s, 20 West Lane, Ridgefield; 203-438-8282 or bernardsridgefield.com: Live Music: Fri., piano, 7-10:30 p.m.; Sat., piano, 7-10:30 p.m.; Sun. brunch, piano, 12-3 (1st Sun./month, Young Musicians).
Note Kitchen & Bar, 227 Greenwood Ave., Bethel; notekitchen.com, 203-917-3411: Bone Dry Duo, Aug. 18; Man Made Blues, Aug. 19; open mic, Aug. 21; Kenny Z, Aug. 23; Frank Chiafari, Aug. 24.
Old Post Tavern, 1418 Post Rd., Fairfield, oldposttavern.com, 203-292-8631; live music Fri. and Sat., 10 p.m.
Sono Seaport Seafood Restaurant, 100 Water St., South Norwalk; 203-854-9483, Sun., 3-6 p.m., Aug. 20, John Cutrone (johncutrone,com), with John Bailey, trumpet; Dave Ruffels, bass; live music through Sept.
Daryl’s House Club, 130 Route 22, Pawling, N.Y.; darylshouseclub.com or 845-289-0185: Paula Cole, Aug 17, 8 p.m., $30, $45; Stick Men featuring Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto, Aug. 18, 8 p.m., $25, $35; Rumours – Fleetwood Mac tribute, Aug. 19, 8 p.m., $25, $40; Davina & The Vagabonds, Aug. 20, 7 p.m., $15, $25; Dick Dale, “King of the Surf Guitar”, Aug. 23, 7 p.m., $35, $50; Casey James, American Idol finalist with blues band, Aug. 24, 8 p.m., $20, $25.
The Heights at Brother Vic’s, 920 Oak Drive, South Salem, N.Y.. Info: 914-704-8427 or theheightsatbrothervics.com.
* Westchester Broadway Theatre, 1 Broadway Plaza, Elmsford, N.Y.; box office, 914-592-2222 or broadwaytheatre.com: Annie, WBT’s 201st production, through Sept. 10, Wed., Thurs., some Fri. matinees, 11:30 lunch, 1 p.m. show; Thurs., Fri., Sat. dinner 6:30, show 8; Sun. dinner 5:30, show 7, $56-$84. Let’s Hang On (Frankie Valli tribute show), Aug. 19.