Western Conn. State U. Midtown Coffeehouse, Thurs., Sept. 21, 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. Next: Sept. 28.

The Wool Hats string band

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

Rock The Cure, benefit for American Cancer Society, Tues., Sept. 26, Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, N.Y. Headlining: Brooklyn’s Lizzie and the Makers, plus Garcia’s local favorites and Grateful Dead tribute band, Stella Blue’s Band. Doors open 6:30 p.m., show at 8. Proceeds benefit ACS. Tickets, $15 adv, $20 day of 21-and-older event, at ticketfly.com or 914-937-4126.

Retro 80s Night: The Ultimate Networking Night Out and Benefit for Women in Networking Group, Thurs., Sept. 28, Strand Theater, 165 Main St., Seymour, 5:30- 9:30 p.m. Benefit for WIN, affiliated with Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce in Shelton. Proceeds support WIN Entrepreneurial Grant Program. Happy Hour, 5:30-7, with appetizers, signature drink coupon, cash bar, live 80s musical performance by Sketchy @ Best, and sampling with Tea with Tracy. Interactive stations include selfie booth by Great Event Decorations, chair massage by Welcome Relaxation, live hashtag wall by Gary’s East Coast Service, makeover demonstration by Makeup Makeup and tasting with Wildflour Confections. Door raffle drawings at 7 and special showing of 80s hit movie Working Girl at 7:30. Adv fee for women and men $40; $50 at door. Info: Nancie Gray at Valley Chamber of Commerce, 203-925-4981 or greatervalleychamber.com.

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 replaced 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.

Best Darn Jazz Club in Danbury, Fri., Sept. 29, 8 p.m., Colonial Center in Student Center, WCSU’s Midtown campus, 181 White St., Danbury. Open to public; $5 suggested donation. Info: 203-837-9700.

Guatemalan Fiesta, Sat., Sept. 30, with cocktails at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30, St. Mary Parish Hall in Ridgefield, sponsored by St. Mary and St. Peter’s parishes with Grupo Quetzal (musical artists) in support of mission to provide clean water and education for children of Santa Maria de Jesus, Guatemala. Families welcome. Guatemalan food, dancing, plus Rene Soto, Guatemalan artist to work with kids and sell paintings; proceeds to benefit mission. Tickets ($25 adults, $5 children (5-12), sponsor donations at stmaryridgefield.org or at parish office, 55 Catoonah St., Ridgefield; 203-438-6538.

18th annual Ladies’ Soirée, Thurs., Oct. 5, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton Center. Theme of fundraiser: Celebrating Women in Literature, with food from Marly’s Bar & Bistro, silent auction, music of Darren Litzie, wine pull and other activities. Tickets $55 at wiltonlibrary.org, circulation desk or 203-762-6321.

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.

16th annual Pacific House Gala, Fri., Oct. 6, Hyatt Regency Greenwich, 1800 E. Putnam Ave., Old Greenwich. In celebration of Pacific House’s commitment to sheltering and improving lives of region’s homeless individuals. Music, dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions and films about the shelter’s progress. Bobby Valentine to be emcee; 2017 Foundation Award to be presented to Alice Melly for her support of Pacific House; First Congregational Church of Darien to be honored with 2017 Community Award for support of organization for over 25 years.  Reservations begin at $250 per person; tickets, advertising and sponsorship info at PacificHouse.org/gala2017

Second annual Kitchen Crawl, Oct. 7, 6-9 p.m.; benefit for Norwalk based national hunger relief agency Food Rescue US and efforts to fight hunger in Fairfield County. Chefs in five designer kitchens in Westport. Chefs from Rothbard Ale and Larder (John Vaast), Mecha Noodle Bar (Brian Reilly), The Spread (Carlos Baez), Match Burger Lobster (Matt Storch) and Cask Republic (Carl Carrion) to offer one time only menu as guests move from one house to next. Wine pairings by Stew Leonard’s Wines and cocktail bars in each home. At 8:30, after party with live music, champagne and surprises. New: art auction featuring work of Connecticut based artist Flahn Manly, founder and owner of ICD Creative Studios. General adm tickets $55 and VIP tickets $110 with private ride in luxury electric car from house to house, at eventbrite.com.

Cocktails & Comedy, The Undies Project annual fund-raiser, Sat., Oct. 14, 7-10:15 p.m., St. Catherine of Siena Church, Riverside. Comedienne Robin Fox, silent auction, cash bar, signature cocktail designed by Debra Ponzek, hors d’oeuvres and desserts by Aux Délices and live piano by Robert Marullo. Tickets at www.theundiesproject.org

Gilded Age Gala, Sat., Oct. 14, 7 p.m., Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, 295 West Ave., Norwalk. Cocktails, black-tie dinner, live and silent auctions, and two exhibit previews: newly restored portraits of Ann Louisa and LeGrand Lockwood and Gilded Age Redux, featuring artists from the Rowayton Arts Center; plus presentation by comedian Brian Grossi. Tickets $250 rotunda, $200 adjoining room, 203-838-9799, x4, or email [email protected]. RSVP by Oct. 1. Info: lockwoodmathewsmansion.com.

A Conversation with Harry Belafonte, award-winning entertainer and social activist, to be featured speaker at Christian Community Action’s annual fundraising event, Wed., Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m., Shubert Theatre in New Haven. CCA (ccahelping.org), nonprofit organization, celebrating 50th anniversary; dedicated to providing help, housing, and hope to families and individuals struggling with challenges of poverty. Programs include emergency shelter, food pantry, support services for families that are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Tickets $25-$79 (group rates available) at Shubert box office, 247 College St., New Haven, or 203-562-5666.

Ridgefield Playhouse Gala, Sun., Nov. 19, 6 p.m., 80 East Ridge Rd. Guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and three-time Grammy-Award winner Brian Setzer and his 19-piece orchestra to bring “retro holiday cheer” with Christmas Rocks! Tour. Tickets $250 gala and show, $185 show only, at box office, 203-438-5795 or ridgefieldplayhouse.org.


Ben Bailey, host of Cash Cab

Treehouse Comedy Club, below Bistro B, Westport Inn, 1595 Post Rd., Westport: Ben Bailey (4-time Emmy-winning host of Cash Cab), headliner; Artie Rob and Tom Stewart, Sept. 23, 7 and 9:15 p.m. Tickets $27.50 at TreehouseComedy.com or 203-268-5857. Best of Boston Comedy, with Don Gavin, Corey Rodrigues and Michael Petit, 8 p.m., Bobby V’s, 11 Schoephoester Rd., Windsor Locks. Tickets $22.50 at TreehouseComedy.com or 203-268-5857. Next in Westport: Carole Montgomery, headliner, Sept. 30, 8 p.m.

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. Sept. 22: Take October; Sept. 23: The Red Hots; Sept. 24: Jason Bangser; Sept. 25: open mic; Sept. 27: Johnny Chapman; Sept. 28: Emma Kiara & Friends.

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. Heart By Heart, Steve Fossen and Mike Derosier of Heart, Sept. 21, 8 p.m., $25, $35; Natural Wonder: The Ultimate Stevie Wonder Experience, Sept. 22, 8 p.m., $20, $30;

John Waite, 40th Anniversary Tour, plus Jason Sinay, Sept. 23, 8 p.m., $35, $50, $85; Ten Years After, 50th Anniversary Tour, Sept. 24, 7 p.m., $30, $45; Chris Bergson Band, Sept. 27, 7 p.m., $10, $15; The Blasters plus Flat Duo Jets, Sept. 28, 8 p.m., $20, $30.

Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre, 149 Westchester Ave., Port Chester, N.Y.; thecapitoltheatre.com, 914-937-4126. Doors open 6:30 p.m., show at 8. Mates Of State, Field Mouse, Sept. 22, $12 adv, $15; Rock the Cure benefit for ACS, with Lizzie and the Makers and Stella’s Blue Band, Sept. 26, $15 adv, $20; Future Birds, Parker Gisbert, Sept. 27, $10 adv, $12.


* Westchester Broadway Theatre, 1 Broadway Plaza, Elmsford, N.Y.; box office, 914-592-2222 or broadwaytheatre.com: Annie Get Your Gun, through Nov. 26. Wed., Thurs. and some Fri. matinees, lunch 11:30, show 1 p.m., Thurs., Fri., Sat. dinner 6:30, show 8, Sun. lunch noon, show 1:30, Sun. dinner 5:30, show 7; $56-$84. The Duprees, with opening comedian, Sept. 26, dinner 6:15, show 8, $50-$84. A Musical Journey Through Italy, starring Franco Corso, with comedian Uncle Floyd and accordionist Mario Tacca, Oct. 9, 6:15 dinner, show 8, $50-$84.