Pacific House Gala
The 16th annual Pacific House Gala is on Friday, Oct. 6, at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich in Greenwich. The event, a celebration of Pacific House’s commitment to sheltering and improving lives of the region’s homeless individuals, features music, dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions and films about the shelter’s progress. Bobby Valentine to be emcee; the 2017 Foundation Award will be presented to Alice Melly for her support of Pacific House; the First Congregational Church of Darien will be honored with the 2017 Community Award for its support of organization for over 25 years. Reservations begin at $250 per person; tickets, advertising and sponsorship information are available at PacificHouse.org/gala2017
Sip and sketch
Sip and Sketch at WCSU, pairing the experience of drawing from a live model with wine and refreshments from 7 to 9 p.m. will take place on Friday, Oct. 6, at Western Connecticut State University’s Visual and Performing Arts Center on the Westside campus. Tickets are $25. For more information, visit www.wcsuvpac.eventbrite.com or call 203-837-8403.
Hamlet comedy opens in Shelton
I Hate Hamlet, a comedy-drama written by Paul Rudnick, will run Oct. 6-21 at the Center Stage Theatre in Shelton. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m., Sunday shows are at 2 p.m. and there is a 7 p.m. performance on Thurs., Oct. 19. Tickets are $15-$30 and available at centerstageshelton.org or 203-225-6079.
Yale Concert Band
Please Turn on Your Cell Phones… will open the Yale Concert Band’s new season on Friday, Oct. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Woolsey Hall in New Haven. Thomas C. Duffy, music director, and the band will present a program that includes Cody Brookshire’s Honeycomb; Paul Hindemith’s Symphony in B-flat; Percy Grainger’s Children’s March: Over the Hills and Far Away, (featuring a heckelphone, a rare, double-reed instrument from the turn of the 20th century); Leonard Bernstein’s Make Our Garden Grow from Candide and Slava! Almighty Father (Chorale from Mass) and Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky’s Dance of the Jesters. For more details, call 203-432-4111, or visit bands.yalecollege.yale.edu.
Drive-By Truckers concert
The Drive-By Truckers will perform on Friday, Oct. 6, at 8 p.m. at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY. They are an alternative country/Southern rock band based in Athens, Ga. Tickets are $30-$45 at thecapitoltheatre.com or 914-937-4126.
Shape Form Pattern
The Bruce S. Kershner Gallery is opening its Shape Pattern Form exhibit featuring Fairfield artist Peggy Weis and Bridgeport artist Jane Davila on Oct. 7. The exhibit will run through Dec. 3 and there will be a reception on Oct. 14 at 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit fairfieldpubliclibrary.org or call 203-256-3155.
Run for Home in Bridgeport
The Habitat 5K Run for Home is on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 9 a.m. at Seaside Park in Bridgeport. The Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County is hosting its 20th anniversary 5K. For more information, visit habitatcfc.org.
Recorders in Ridgefield
The Recorder Society of Connecticut will host a playing session on Saturday, Oct. 7, beginning at 10 a.m. Ridgefield Crossings, at 640 Danbury Road in Ridgefield. For more information, visit recordersociety-connecticut.org.
Antiques show and sale
The Fall Antiques Show and Sale returns Saturday, Oct. 7, from10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 8, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, N.Y. The market offers a variety of period furniture and furnishings, art and antiques. The sale will also feature food trucks and a farmers’ market. Tickets are $10 and available at barnstar.com.
Antique Appraisal Day in New Canaan
Antique Appraisal Day, a benefit for the New Canaan Historical Society, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m.to 4 p.m. at the New Canaan Historical Society, at 13 Oenoke Ridge Road. No appointments are necessary. Items are to be appraised for $10 each (or $25 for three items). Qualified consignments will be accepted, plus gold, silver, jewelry and coins are to be purchased. A local representative plans to make house calls by appointment; for more details, send email to [email protected] or call 800-784-7876.
Outdoor Arts Festival
The Bruce Museum’s 36th annual Outdoor Arts Festival is on Oct. 7 and Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Greenwich, rain or shine, on museum grounds. More than 85 new and returning artists from across country will showcase work. Juried works include paintings on canvas, board and paper, mixed media, drawings and graphics, including digital media, sculpture and photography. All works are available for purchase and artists will be on hand to discuss their pieces and process. There will also be lunch menu offerings and free art activities for children. Festival admission is $10 and it includes admission to museum galleries. For more information, visit brucemuseum.org or call 203-413-6756.
Lambert Corners walking tour
The Wilton Historical Society is hosting a walking tour of Lambert Corners on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 11 a.m. The former first selectman and historian, Bob Russell, will lead a tour of Lilacstead, built around 1726, plus an old country store, a railroad station, a school, a post office and more. The tour will end at the Historical Christmas Barn store, 150 Danbury Road, where cider and cookies will be served. To register, send emailing to [email protected] or call 203-762-7257.
Pop Up shop in Katonah
The Fall Harvest Etsy Artisan Pop Up Shop will be on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Katonah Village Library in Katonah, N.Y. Fourteen artists and makers from the Northeast Etsy Artists Association, a team of artists with curated shops on Etsy.com, will sell handmade creations, including jewelry, fabric accessories, natural skin care products, fused glass serving ware, painted ornaments, knitwear, fine art and more. For more information, visit northeastetsyartists.org.
Dahlias on display
The 2017 Dazzling Dahlias Show will take place on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 2 to 4 p.m., and on Sunday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Garden Education Center of Greenwich in Cos Cob. The event is open to public. For more information, call 203-869-9242 or visit gecgreenwich.org.
Quickies in the Stacks
Stratford Library will host a performance of Quickies in the Stacks: Lost in the Pages on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 2 p.m. Original 10-minute plays from SquareWrights will be performed in this special theater program to benefit library. The event is free and open to public, but donations are gratefully accepted. For more information, visit stratfordlibrary.org or call 203-385-4162.
Juried Art Show in Danbury
The annual Juried Art Show, to be hosted by the Richter Association for the Arts, opens on Saturday, Oct. 7. The opening reception will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. The Richter House is at 100 Aunt Hack Road in Danbury. For more information, call 203-744-0427 or visit richterarts.org.
Comedy night fund-raiser
Treehouse Comedy’s Funny 4 Funds Comedy Night Fund-raiser, to benefit Powahay District Boy Scouts of America, will be on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Piedmont Club in Darien. The fund-raiser features comics Billy Winn, Davey Lozano and Steve Schaffer. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 and available by calling Karen Caiati at 203-722-9177 or emailing [email protected]. For more information, visit ctyankee.org/comedy.
Nature bash in Westport
The Earthplace Woodside Bash is on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 7-10 p.m. at the Nature Discovery Center in Westport. The event features a harvest dinner, open bar, live music, a craft maple whiskey tasting from Vermont and a mechanical bull. Tickets are $100 in advance and $125 at the door. For more information, visit www.z2systems.com or call 203-227-7253.
Big Mean Sound Machine concert
Big Mean Sound Machine will perform on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. at the Fairfield Theater Company in Fairfield. This dance music band blends Afrobeat, funk, Latin and other genres. Tickets are available for $22 at fairfieldtheatre.org.
Kitchen Crawl returns to Norwalk
The second annual Kitchen Crawl will be on Oct. 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. The event benefits the Norwalk based national hunger relief agency Food Rescue US and efforts to fight hunger in Fairfield County. Chefs in five designer kitchens in Westport will prepare a one time only menu as guests move from house to house. Participating chefs include John Vaast from Rothbard Ale and Larder, Mecha Noodle Bar’s Brian Reilly, The Spread’s Carlos Baez, Match Burger Lobster’s Matt Storch and Carl Carrion of Cask Republic. Wine pairings will be offered by Stew Leonard’s Wines and cocktail bars will be set up in each home. The after party will feature live music, champagne and surprises. New this year is an art auction featuring work of Connecticut based artist Flahn Manly, founder and owner of ICD Creative Studios. General admission tickets are $55 and VIP tickets are $110 with a private ride in luxury electric car from house to house, at eventbrite.com.
A night at the symphony
The Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra will open its 2017-18 season with a concert on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 8 p.m. in the Anne S. Richardson Auditorium at Ridgefield High School. Music from classical, romantic, 20th century and contemporary periods are represented in this season’s repertoire. Each concert features a symphony or symphonic suite as a finale. Concerts follow on Dec. 2, March 17 (at Ridgefield Playhouse) and May 5. Pre-concert talks begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $60, $45 and $25 with discounts available. For more information, visit ridgefieldsymphony.org or call 203-438-3889.
Third-Eye Blind concert
Third-Eye Blind will perform on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 8 p.m. at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, N.Y. This American rock band was formed in San Francisco in 1993. Tickets, $35-$55, are available at thecapitoltheatre.com or 914-937-4126.
Cash is King
Legendary country rebel Johnny Cash, the Man in Black who became a musical icon with a career spanning a half-century and with countless hits, comes to life in the re-creation show at the Ridgefield Playhouse on Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. Tickets, $30, are available at 203-438-5795 or ridgefieldplayhouse.org.
All aboard for the Train Show
The Train Show will be on Sunday, Oct. 8, at 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Orange High Plains Community Center in Orange. The New Haven and Derby Model Railroad Club is celebrating its 25th anniversary with the show. Tickets are $5, and kids get in free. For more information, visit newhaven-derbymodelrailroadclub.com.
Earthplace Fall Festival
The Earthplace Fall Festival will be on Sunday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Nature Discovery Center in Westport. Activities such as corn pool, apple sling shot, donut on a string and more will take place across the center’s 74 acres of protected sanctuary. Food trucks and vendors will be onsite. Tickets, $10 for kids, $5 for adults (with kids under two admitted free), are available at earthplace.org.
Stratford rescue holds festival
The Fall Festival to Benefit Animals will be presented by the Stratford Animal Rescue Society on Sunday, Oct. 8, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Paradise Green in Stratford. There will be a one-mile dog walk, food, contests, games, music, local celebrities, entertainment, information on pet adoptions, a silent auction, a low-cost microchip clinic, vendors for people and pets and more. For more information, visit starsfest.org
Fall Festival in Cos Cob
The Greenwich Historical Society’s Fall Festival on Oct. 8 runs from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Bush-Holley Historic Site in Cos Cob. The event includes a meet & greet walkaround with Grover from Sesame Street, touch-a-truck construction equipment, a puppet show, games, crafts, food truck and scarecrow competition. For more information, visit greenwichhistory.org
Terry Pazmiño in Ridgefield
The Ridgefield Folk series will feature Terry Pazmiño, a classical guitarist who is a native of Ecuador, on Sunday, Oct. 8, at 2 p.m. at the Ridgefield Library. Free tickets will be available at the doors starting at 1 p.m.; doors open 1:30. For more information, call 203-438-2282 or visit ridgefieldlibrary.org.
Hank Milligan, noted local jazz pianist, will entertain at the Richter House on Oct. 8 at 3 p.m. The concert features an hour-long program of jazz renditions of well-known songs by such American masters as Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers and Harold Arlen. Admission is free. For more information, call 203-744-2168.
Evensong in Westport
Choral Evensong will be on Sunday, Oct. 8, at 5 p.m. at the Christ & Holy Trinity Church, in Westport. Admission is free. For more information, call 203-227-0827 or visit chtwestport.org.
Carl Palmer’s tour stops at Playhouse
Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy Tour will come to the Ridgefield Playhouse on Sunday, Oct. 8, at 8 p.m. Palmer, among most renowned drummers in rock history and a founding member of both Emerson Lake & Palmer and Asia, presents the Emerson Lake & Palmer Lives On multi-media experience combining music and video projection. Tickets, $47.50, are available at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or the box office, 203-438-5795.
And coming up…
The Stone Foxes will perform on Wed., Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. at the Fairfield Theater Company in Fairfield. Tickets are $22. For more information, visit fairfieldtheatre.org.
Author Talk with Sophfronia Scott, author of Unforgivable Love, will be on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Ridgefield Library. To register, call 203-438-2282 or visit ridgefieldlibrary.org.
Author Talk with H.W. Brands, author of The General vs. the President: MacArthurs and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War, will be on Oct. 11 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Wilton Library. A Q&A will follow the talk. The event is free but registration is recommended. For more information, visit wiltonlibrary.org.
Blues Traveler, on their 30 Year Anniversary Tour, will perform on Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. at the Ridgefield Playhouse. Tickets, $75, are available at 203-438-5795 or visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org.