This Weekend: Festivals, mysteries, concerts, walks & more

Film festival in Danbury The 20th annual Manhattan Short Film Festival takes place Sept. 28 through Oct. 8 at The Palace Danbury, 165 Main Street in Danbury. The festival starts at 8 p.m. and will feature the 10 finalists (to become Oscar-qualified): Do No Harm (New Zealand), Behind (Spain), Fickle Bickle (USA), Hope Dies Last (United Kingdom), The Perfect Day … read more

On Stage: continuing & upcoming

CONTINUING Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport, continues 87th season with Appropriate, Obie Award-winning play, through Sept. 2. Written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, and directed by David Kennedy, Playhouse associate artistic director, it’s a comic drama about family secrets. Performances: Tues., 7 p.m., Wed., 2 and 8 p.m., Thurs. and Fri., 8 p.m., Sat., 3 and 8 … read more

The Conscious Cook: Zest for versatile zucchini

“One day we came home to find a grocery sack of zucchini hanging from our mailbox. The perpetrator, of course, was nowhere in sight.” — Barbara Kingsolver Summer’s glorious bounty yields so many mouth-watering treasures, including juicy, plump tomatoes, crisp, colorful peppers, tender lettuces and superbly scented herbs. But of all these highly anticipated annual crops, perhaps the most prolific … read more