Selfies and portraits — new shows
A new exhibit, Look at Me! Recording and Sharing Ourselves, will be on view Feb. 18-May 1 at the Fairfield Museum, 370 Beach Road. Look at Me! showcases and explores self-portraits throughout history, featuring paintings, silhouettes, early photographs and miniatures from the Fairfield area.
An opening reception Museum After Dark: Expressions of Identity and the Selfie will take place Thursday, Feb. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m., starting with wine and cheese. Then guests will take part in a mini portrait-sketching workshop with Suzanne Chamlin-Richer, associate professor of visual & performing arts of Fairfield University, and also learn about the history of art and photography, from 18th century portraiture to the saturation of selfie images on social media today.
Attendees will be encouraged to share their thoughts about the push and pull between popular culture, social change and how people have represented themselves over time. Admission is free for members; $5 for non-members. For more information, visit fairfieldhistory.org or call 203-259-1598.
Also on Feb. 18, Tell Me Who I Am, a group show of contemporary portraiture, will open at the New Canaan Library’s H. Pelham Curtis Gallery. A seven-person show, the exhibit ranges from photography to drawing, painting, fiber art and collage. The artists are ellen Gordon, Barbara Griffith, Jana Ireijo, Sooo-z Mastropietro, Barbara Mathis, Lucy Nelson and Phyllis Sinrich.
There will be an opening reception on Thursday, Feb. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. The library is at 151 Main Street; for more information, visit newcanaanlibrary.org or call 203-594-5000.
One of Broadway’s biggest stars, with more than 50 years in show business, Joel Grey will visit the Ridgefield Playhouse on Friday, Feb. 19, at 8. He’ll share film clips, reminisce, and perform songs from favorite show including Chicago, George M, Anything Goes, Wicked and Cabaret (in which he starred with Liza Minnelli).
Tickets are $90; for reservations, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.
TheatreWorks New Milford will stage the contemporary comedy Seminar by Pulitzer Prize nominee Theresa Rebeck, opening Friday, Feb. 19, at 8 at the theater at 5 Riverside Avenue. Alicia Dempster directs.
The show runs through March 12, on Fridays and Saturdays at 8, with a Sunday matinee at 2 on March 6. Tickets are $23; students and military personnel with ID will be admitted for $18. For reservations, visit theatreworks.us or call 860-350-6863.
The Ninth Yale Guitar Extravaganza will take place Saturday, Feb. 20, starting at 10 a.m. in New Haven. The all-day event, directed by Benjamin Verdery, will celebrate Yale School of Music alumni. All-day passes are $44, which include the headliner concert with Marc Teicholz at Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall, 470 College Street. For more information, visit music.yale.edu or call 203-432-4158.
The Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfield will have a Winter Backyard Birding program for all ages on Saturday, Feb. 20, from 10 to 11 a.m. Long-time birder and naturalist Dick Worth will talk about birding as a family activity and give tips on what kind of seed and feeders to use and how to create a bird-friendly sanctuary in the backyard. He’ll also talk about how to identify the visiting birds.
The center is at 2325 Burr Street; to register, call 203-259-6305 x109.
Long Island Luau
The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk plans a Long Island Sound Luau this weekend, Feb. 20-21, bringing a sunny selection of special activities, crafts, tropical drinks and more to guests coming in from the cold. One of the highlights will be an inflatable surfing machine (free with aquarium admission).
There will be Spam-Carving Contests at 1 and 3 p.m. each day; there’s a $5 fee. Aquarium admission is $19.95 for adults, $17.95 for youth (ages 13-17) and seniors, and $12.95 for children ages 3-12. For more information, visit maritimeaquarium.org or call 203-852-0700, x2206.
Newspeople from around New England are gathering in Boston this weekend for the New England Newspaper and Press Association Convention. In addition to the seminars and exhibits, the awards and the socializing, there will be the launch of a new collection of newsroom crime fiction based in New England on Saturday at a noon luncheon at M.J. O’Connor’s. Among the contributors to the book is Susan Shultz, editor of the Darien Times. The anthology is published by Plaidswede Publishing Co. of Concord, N.H.; it’s edited by long-time reporter and journalist Dan Szczesny.
For more information, visit nhbooksellers.com.
Roast Beef Dinner
Lordship Community Church at 179 Prospect Drive in Stratford will have a Valentine’s Day “All-You-Eat” Roast Beef Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 20, at 6 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for seniors; babysitting and pizza for children will be available for $10 per child from 6 to 8 p.m. Reservations are required before Feb. 19; call 203-377-6568.
ROAR with Laughter
Comedian Dan Naturman will headline ROAR with Laughter, a benefit for Ridgefield’s Donofrio Family Animal Shelter, on Saturday, Feb. 20, at 6:30 at BMW of Ridgefield on Route 7. A gala cocktail party starts the evening, with an open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres, live music and a silent auction. There will be a buffet dinner and dessert and a live auction, followed by Naturaman.
Tickets are $135 or $1300 for a table of 10; for information, visit roar-ridgefield.org or call 203-664-1235.
Singer, songwriter, sideman, bandleader and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Leon Russell will be at Fairfield Theatre Company’s Warehouse on Saturday, Feb. 20; doors open at 7 and tickets are $45. Expect to hear blues, rock, gospel, bluegrass and more.
Ralphie May will return to the Ridgefield Playhouse on Saturday, Feb. 20, at 8 to do his standup show, which is for mature audiences only. Tickets are $40 and may be reserved at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.
There will be a free screening and sing-along of Disney’s animated feature, Frozen, on Sunday, Feb. 21, at 1 and 4 p.m. at the Palace Danbury, 165 Main Street. No reservations are being taken; doors will open one-half hour before each showing. The event will also feature the cast and characters of Snow Queen, presented by Western Connecticut State University.
The event is sponsored by CityCenter Danbury and Dental Associates of Connecticut; for more information, visit citycenterdanbury.com or call 203-792-1711.
Poetry and prose
Fairfield University M.F.A. candidates and alumni will read from their original works on Sunday, Feb. 21, at 2 at the Stratford Library, 2203 Main Street. The program is free. For more information, visit stratfordlibrary.org or call 203-385-4162.
Music and love
The Silvermine Arts Center is extending the Valentine’s season with a Sunday program featuring cellist Matt Haimovitz and the British a cappella trio, Voice. They’ll collaborate on Bach, Glass, Shakespearean sonnets and more.
The concert will begin at 3 in Sara Victoria Hall at the center, 1037 Silvermine Road, New Canaan. Tickets are $60 and include champagne and chocolate with the artists. For more information, visit silvermineart.org or call 203-966-9700.
Ice on stage
The Ridgefield Playhouse stage will become an ice rink on Sunday, Feb. 21, at 4 with a performance of Winter Solstice Ice Spectacular. Professional ice skaters will perform jumps, spins and spectacular tricks.
Tickets are $40, available at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.
And coming up…
Yamato: The Drummers of Japan will perform their original composition, BAKUON — Legends of the Heartbeat on Monday, Feb. 22, at 8 at Fairfield University’s Quick Center for the Arts. Founded in 1993, the troupe travels widely, performing on traditional Wadaiko drums. Tickets range from $50 to $35; for reservations, visit quickcenter.com or call 1-877-ARTS-396.
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Bluebirds Fly, Love and Hope on the Autism Spectrum, a documentary about three families living with autism, will be screened Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. at Greenwich Country Day School, 401 Old Church Road, Greenwich. There will be a post-film discussion with director Cherry Arnold and special guests Tommy and Dee Hilfiger. Admission is $10; for information, visit bluebirdsflymovie.com.
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Claire Fraise, a 16-year-old Wilton resident, will talk about her new book, Imperfect, a young adult science fiction novel, on Thursday, Feb. 25, at 6 p.m. at the Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road. Registration is recommended; visit wiltonlibrary.org or call 203-762-3950.