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. 14.
Spaghetti Dinner for Houston Recovery, Sat., Sept. 9, 4:45-6:45 p.m., Fairfield Grace United Methodist Church, 1089 Fairfield Woods Rd., Fairfield. All-you-can-eat spaghetti buffet including two sauces, salads, bread, desserts & beverages; 100th dinner free. Adults $12, seniors $10, children under 12, $5. All welcome. Proceeds to be donated to United Methodist Committee on Relief to provide aid to victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston.
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.
The Klein Memorial Auditorium Gala, Sept. 9, 910 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport; honoring Bridgeport’s own Maureen Hamill, starting at 5:30 p.m. and includes open bar, hors d’oeuvres, award presentation, and performance of With Love, Marilyn. Preferred theater seating for gala attendees. Show starts 7:30. Proceeds support non-profit Klein’s programming, operations and its theater arts program. Hamill to receive Jacob Klein Leader of Distinction Award. Founding member of Downtown Cabaret Theatre, she’s produced and performed around country. She shares her gifts at The Klein, Fairfield Theater Company, and most recently singing with Bridgeport Symphony. Gala tickets $175. Tickets separately for With Love, Marilyn $20-$44. Ticket & sponsorship info at theklein.org or 800-424-0160, x2
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]
Art in Our Community, Loft Artists Association’s annual fundraising event in support of programming, workshops and gallery initiatives, Sun., Sept. 17, 5-7 p.m., Stamford Yacht Club, 95 Ocean Drive West, Stamford; hosted by Bob and Pat Phillips with silent auction, wine toss, beer, hors d’oeuvres, sweet treats and raffle with chance to win one of 12 pieces of art. Tickets $75 at 2017laaevent.eventbrite.com.
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; shuttle from library at 439 Redding Rd. Sponsorships and reservations: Pam Robey. [email protected] or Betsy Higgins, [email protected]. Info: marktwainlibrary.org
Open Visions Forum, Thurs., Sept. 28, 8 p.m., Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield University, N. Benson Rd., Fairfield. Former U.N. Ambassador Susan E. Rice to present Envisioning Our Global Future: The Limits of Diplomacy. She replaces actor and activist Mark Ruffalo due to schedule conflict. Forum, private dinner reception with Dr. Rice; tickets $150 single, $250 couple, includes lecture, at quickcenter.com or 203-254-4010.
Murder Amongst The Mateys, murder mystery cocktail party to benefit Housatonic Museum of Art in Bridgeport, Fri., Sept. 29, 7:30-10 p.m., Uncle Buck’s Fish Bowl and Grill at Bass Pro Shop, 1 Bass Pro Drive, Bridgeport. Pirates, music, and plenty of rum, as well as chance to purchase keys to “treasure chests filled with plunder,” plus raffle. Ages 21+. Tickets $50 at housatonicMuseum.org or call 203-332-5052. Connected to current exhibit, Scrolls by Joe Zucker. Reception Thurs., Sept. 7, 6-7:30 p.m., free.
Sip and Sketch at WCSU, pairing experience of drawing from live model with wine and refreshments, 7 to 9 p.m., Fri., Oct. 6, 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. Info: 203-837-8403.
Treehouse Comedy Club, Sat., Sept. 9, 8 p.m., below Bistro B, Westport Inn, 1595 Post Rd., Westport: All New Treehouse Comedy Showcase starring Darren Rivera, Funniest Comic in CT finalist, with 8-10 additional comics. Tickets $17.50 at TreehouseComedy.com or 203-268-5857. Rick Vos, Sept. 15, Westport. TV Warm-Up Comics, Sept. 16, Fairfield Theater Company’s Stage One.
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. Thurs., Sept. 9: Greg Cornell & The Cornell Brothers; Fri., Sept. 8: The Bellas; Sat., Sept. 9: Blue Sky Band; Mon., Sept. 11: open mic; Wed., Sept. 13: Joe Coscina; Thurs., Sept. 14: Leslie Costa w/ Mary O’Hare
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., John Cutrone (johncutrone.com); live music through Sept.
Daryl’s House Club, 130 Route 22, Pawling, N.Y.; darylshouseclub.com or 845-289-0185. Kat Wright plus Joanna Teters, Sept. 7, 8 p.m., $10, $15; Kat Wright plus Joanna Teters, Sept. 7, 8 p.m., $10, $15; Starman, Bowie tribute, Sept. 8, 8 p.m., $20, $35; Jimmie Vaughan & The Tilt-A-Whirl Band Featuring Lou Ann Barton, Sept. 9, 8 p.m., $55, $75; Mutlu plus Lipbone Redding, Sept. 10, 7 p.m., $15, $20; New Orleans Suspects, Sept. 13, 7 p.m., $20, $30; Red Baraat, Sept. 14, 8 p.m., $15, $25.
* 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. Annie Get Your Gun, Sept. 14-Nov. 26. Comedy Night (six comics, adult humor, 18+), Sept. 19, dinner 6:15, show 8, $50-$84. The Duprees, with opening comedian, Sept. 26, dinner 6:15, show 8, $50-$84.