And now, for spring...
Jessica Lynn will perform at the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge, on Friday, March 18, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25, available at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795. Before the show, at 7 in the lobby, get one free beer with every ticket purchased, compliments of City Steam Brewery.
The dark side
The Westport Arts Center will open its Noir exhibition, featuring the works of Westport artist Ann Chernow, on Friday, March 18, from 6 to 8 p.m., The reception is free and the exhibit will be on view through April 23, with 43 paintings, drawings, lithographs and etchings.
Chernow is best known for her portrait-style illustrations of iconic female cinematic figures of the 1930s and 1940s, many of whom appeared in what became known as “film noir.”
Also opening March 18 in the Project Space is the Westport High School student Art Exhibition, which has been juried by Ann Chernow.
For more information, visit westportartscenter.org or call 203-222-7070.
The Connecticut Dance School’s annual fundraiser, Dances to Celebrate Spring, will take place Friday, March 18 at the Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court. Three originally choreographed premieres will be presented.
The evening will begin with a silent auction preview, followed by the performance at 7 p.m. and a reception, including a silent auction and buffet, from 8 to 9 p.m. For ticket information, call 203-384-2492.
There will be a Motown and Soul theme to the latest Band Together benefit performance on Friday, March 18, at the Patterson Club, 1118 Cross Highway, Fairfield. The show, which gets underway at 7 p.m., will benefit The Center for Family Justice. Performers will include Christine Ohlman, Keith Fluitt, Crispin Cioe, Ryan Parrino, Drew McKeon, Pat Marafiote, Amy Irish, Jerry Vigorito and Rob Fried.
Tickets are $250; for reservations, call Marissa Donnelly at 203-334-6154.
The folk-rock duo Aztec Two-Step — Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman — will celebrate their 45th anniversary with a show at Fairfield Theatre Company Stage One on Friday, March 18, at 7:30. They’ll perform originals from their 45-year collaboration as well as a few Everly Brothers and Simon & Garfunkel classics.
Tickets are $38; for reservations, visit fairfieldtheatre.org or call 203-259-1036. The theater is at 70 Sanford Street in Fairfield.
Pedals, pipes & pizza
Members of the New Haven Chapter of the American Guild of Organists have invited young pianists (8-18 years) to spend a day exploring the “King of Instruments,” the pipe organ, on Saturday, March 19, in New Haven. Students may bring pieces they have studied to try out on the organ and receive individual time to explore the pipe organ at either St. Thomas Church, 830 Whitney Avenue, or the First Presbyterian Church, 704 Whitney Avenue.
The program will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and includes a pizza lunch; attendance is free and parents are welcome to attend. To sign up (by March 18), call 585-200-8903 or email .
The Danbury Railway Museum will offer its traditional train rides to visit the Easter Bunny in the historic railyard beginning this weekend. Families may visit on Saturday and Sunday, March 19 and 20, and Friday and Saturday, March 25 and 26. Hours at the museum (120 White Street) are 10 to 4 Friday and Saturday and noon to 4:30 on Sunday; trains leave every 30 minutes from 12:30 to 3:30.
Admission for the event is $10 for ages 2 and older and each child will receive a small gift from the Bunny. Reservations are recommended and may be made at danburyrail.org. For more information, call 203-778-8337.
Hungarian Easter foods
The Calvin Reformed Church (formerly the Hungarian Reformed Church) in South Norwalk will have its Easter Homemade Hungarian Pastry and Kolbasz Sale on Saturday, March 19, from 11 to 2 in the downstairs church parlor. The church is at 19 Lexington Avenue; entry is from the back of the church through Lubrano Place. There will be signs from Lexington Avenue. For more information, call 203-505-6242 or 203-838-6769.
Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport will present a program on Saving Animals the Beardsley Way: Conservation Every Day on Saturday, March 19, from 12:30 to 3:30. Guests will hear conservation presentations and take part in informal question-and-answer sessions; they’ll also get background information about the award-winning conservation work at Connecticut’s only accredited zoo.
The cost is $10; to reserve tickets, email . The zoo is at 1875 Noble Avenue, in Beardsley Park.
Debbie Gravitte in concert
Tony Award winner Debbie Gravitte of Ridgefield will perform A Debbie Gravitte Cabaret for the New Haven Symphony Orchestra Props Series on Saturday, March 19, at 2:30 at the Hamden Middle School, 2623 Dixwell Avenue, and Sunday, May 20, at 3 at Shelton Intermediate School, 675 Constitution Boulevard North.
Principal pops conductor Chelsea Tipton will be emcee for Gravitte’s performance of her favortie musical showstoppers. Russ Kassoff will be at the keyboard.
Single tickets are $35 to $49; $10 for students with ID. KidTix (ages 7-17) are free with the purchase of an adult ticket; Blue Star Tickets for active military personnel and their immediate families are free. For reservations, visit newhavensymphony.org or call 203-865-0831.
Tango Boot Camp
The Milford Arts Council will present Argentine Tango Boot Camp with Dale Ellison and Jorge “Gem” Duras on Saturday, March 19, 2:30 to 5:30 at the Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Avenue South. The intensive class is for beginners and costs $50. For information and registration, visit cttangofest.org or call 203-584-4480.
The Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra’s Spring Fling Fundraiser Dinner-Dance will take place Saturday evening, March 19, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the newly refurbished Lounsbury House, 316 Main Street, Ridgefield. Tickets are $150; for information, visit ridgefieldsymphony.org or call 203-438-3889.
Winfield Street Italian Deli in Norwalk will host a fund-raising screening of The Godfather on Saturday, March 19, to support the Maritime Aquarium and the Italian-American Police Society of Southern Connecticut. The screening, in the Aquarium’s IMAX Theater, will begin at 7 p.m., and will be preceded at 6 p.m. by a reception with signature Italian combo sandwiches from the deli. For tickets, visit maritimeaquarium.org.
The Westport Country Playhouse’s Family Festivities Series will present Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey, a cosmic adventure with music about Marvin, the mouse on Sunday, March 20, at 1 and 4 p.m. The show, produced by Lightwire Theater, is recommended for ages 5 and older.
For information and reservations, visit westportplayhouse.org or call 203-227-4177.
The Ridgefield Library will kick off its spring Ridgefield Folk series with the duo Tall Heights on Sunday, March 20, at 2 p.m. Free tickets will be available at the door on the day of the show starting at 1 p.m.; doors open at 1:30. The library is at 472 Main Street; for more information, visit ridgefieldlibrary.org or call 203-438-2282.
The first of four concerts in the Sanctuary Series at the South Salem (N.Y.) Presbyterian Church will feature violinist Ani Kavafian and pianist Lindsay Garritson in a program titled Les Liaisons Musicales. The concert will begin at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 20. They will prsent a program featuring sonatas by Debussy and Faure.
The church is at 111 Spring Street; for tickets ($25, general, $40, preferred, and $15/student in advance; $5 additional at the door), visit thesanctuaryseries.org or call 914-763-5402.
The Newtown Friends of Music will present the piano trio The Horszowski Trio on Sunday, March 20, at 3 p.m. at Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street, Newtown. Pianist Rieko Aizawa, violinist Jesse Mills and cellist Raman Ramakrishnan will play a program of works by Faure, Beethoven and Mendelssohn.
Single tickets are $25; free for students in grades K-12 who are accompanied by a ticket-holding adult. For reservations, recommended, call 203-426-6470. For more information, visit newtownfriendsofmusic.org.
The Sun on Sunday
The Astronomical Society of Greenwich will present a talk on The Sun: The Nearest Star by Jason Kendall, who teaches at William Paterson University and appears on the Weather Channel, on Sunday, March 20 at 3:30 at the Bruce Museum, One Museum Drive, Greenwich. If it is a clear day, people are invited to come early and look at the sun through a solar telescope and a sun-spotter.
Admission is free to museum members and ticket holders; by donation for others. For more information, email .
And coming up…
Two special events are planned at the Ridgefield Playhouse on Wednesday, March 23. For the 60th anniversary of Cecil B. DeMille’s epic film, The Ten Commandments, there will be an HD screening of the newly restored film at 2 p.m., with special commentary from Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz. Tickets are $10.
Former actor Lillo Brancato will share his story about how drugs and alcohol can destroy a life; tickets are free but must be reserved for the 7:30 p.m. presentation. Visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.
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The Connecticut Film Festival FilmFest52 will present Fairfield filmmaker Brean Cunningham’s documentary, Dogs On The Inside, on Wednesday, March 23, at 7 p.m. at Bethel Cinema. The film follows the relationships between abused stray dogs and prison inmates. The theater is at 269 Greenwood Avenue; general admission tickets are $10.50, $9 for seniors. For reservations, visit bethelcinema.com or call 203-778-2100.
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Edmund Chrostowski of Ridgefield, who edited the New Canaan Advertiser for 35 years beginning in 1961, will lead an Around the Cracker Barrel discussion at the New Canaan Historical Society on Thursday, March 24, at 3 p.m. The historical society is at 13 Oenoke Ridge; for reservations (required), call 203-966-1776.
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The Harlem Globetrotters, celebrating their 90th year, will bring their family show to the O’Neill Center at Western Connecticut State University’s Westside Campus, 43 Lake Avenue Extension, Danbury, on Thursday, March 24, at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $26.50 and are available at wcsu.edu/tickets or call 203-837-TIXX.