Arts, entertainment briefs

ORANGE >> Art in the Library, Case Memorial Library, 175 Tyler City Road, off Lambert Road, includes:

• “Duo Retrospectives,” watercolors by Audrey Galer and oils and clay by Stephanie Arrell, on view Aug. 2-30.

• Photography by Paula Esposito; acrylics, watercolors and oils by Rosalba Saenz; and decorated platters by Vinita Manjunath, on view Sept. 6-29. Reception: 5-7 p.m. Sept. 14.

River St. Wednesdays at downtown park

MILFORD >> The city and Milford Arts Council are holding River Street Wednesdays every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. in the park in front of City Hall until Aug. 23.

The events are complemented by Open Mic nights at 7-10 p.m. through Aug. 16 at the Milford Arts Council; performers register at 6-7 p.m. The winner will perform at the widely attended 43rd annual Milford Oyster Festival Aug. 19.

The schedule: Aug. 16, Chalk the Walk Milford Prevention Council; Aug. 23, pet portrait session, Milford Photo.

For more information, visit Attendees may bring a blanket or chair and a picnic.

Visit the Downtown Milford Business Association at for a list of restaurants and shops to visit.

STRATFORD >> Artist Tommy “Tsunami” Rupich will show 30 new watercolors in a solo exhibit, “Force of Nature,” through Oct. 1 at Joey C’s Boathouse, 955 Ferry Blvd. Go to

Info: 203-870-4838; on Facebook at Tommy Rupich or Twitter: @RupichStudio.

MILFORD >> An opening reception for a show of 45 oil paintings by resident Lucyna Perpek will be held 6-8 p.m. Sept. 5 at Cafe Atlantique, 33 River St.

The show, “From Blue Shakespeare to Milford Stone Bridge,” includes portraits, landscapes animals, flowers and abstracts. It runs Sept. 1-30.

FAIRFIELD >> The Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation will hold its 15th annual Evening for the Arts Gala Benefit on Sept. 9 at the Quick Center at Fairfield University, with Rubix Kube and its “Eighties Strikes Back Show.”

The silent auction preview and reception begins at 6 p.m.; the performance is at 7 p.m.

The Kube presents pop, rock, new wave and dance hits from the decade; 1980s garb is encouraged.

The gala also showcases the talents of young aspiring performers involved in the foundation’s programs at Square Foot Theatre in Wallingford, Amity High School’s Creative Theatre, and Broadway Method Academy in Fairfield. Master of Ceremonies is Jared Andrew Brown, Artistic Director of Square Foot Theatre, with Amity Creative Theatre’s Rob and Andrea Kennedy and Broadway Method Academy’s Connor Deane and J. Scott Handley as co-hosts.

Tickets are $45 in advance, $50 at the door. Send a check or money order to Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, P.O. Box 1208, Orange 06477 or call the box office at 203-254-4010, 877-ARTS-396.

The foundation celebrates the memory of Orange resident Jamie Alaine Hulley.

For information: 203-891-8869;

MILFORD >> Singer Scott Coulter will perform the songs of the Brill Building greats, including Carole King and Neil Sedaka, at 8 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave., downtown.

The program is sponsored by the Milford Arts Council, in association with Pantochino Productions Inc. It is the first show of their third season of the Nite Spot Nights cabaret entertainment.

Doors open at 7:15 p.m.

The Brill Building, in New York City, was the home base for many American songwriters, music agencies and recording labels. The name is shorthand for the popular songs that were influenced by Latin, traditional gospel, and rhythm and blues of the late 1950s and 1960s.

Others associated with the Brill Building were Burt Bacharach, Bobby Darin, Neil Diamond and Johnny Mercer.

Coulter will be performing hits from many of these and other singer/songwriters.

Coulter has received five Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs awards, five Bistro Awards and two Nightlife Awards for Outstanding Vocalist. He has performed at Birdland, 54 Below, The Oak Room at the Algonquin, and Feinstein’s at The Regency.

Nite Spot Nights offers six “nightclub”-style evenings of entertainment. The center will be set with tables and chairs inviting patrons to bring food and drink.

Tickets are $30 at or 203-878-6647.

MILFORD >> Writer Jenny Mead’s short play, “But That’s Okay” was voted as audience favorite at East/West PlayFest, the annual festival of one-act plays presented by the Milford Arts Council, Eastbound Theatre and Westport Community Theater.

Directed by Barry Hatrick of Milford, “But That’s Okay” used its 10-minute run time to chronicle a couple’s relationship, from the moment they meet through the rest of their life.

Dena Lagonigro of Stratford and Joe Maker of Stamford played the couple, with Dave Sheehan of West Haven appearing as the Server who touched on their key moments.

The play received the award over “Romance 101,” by Brianna Keller of Glen Rock, N.J.; “All Out of Second Chances,” by Scotto Moore of Seattle; “Grilled,” by LH Grant of Davis, Calif.; “A Lifetime Ago,” by Drew Davis of Augusta, Ga.; and “I Don’t Know …”, by James McLindon of Northampton, Mass.

For more information, contact the Milford Arts Council at 203-878-6647.

MILFORD >> The 43rd annual Milford Oyster Festival will present Blackberry Smoke on the festival main stage, Aug. 19.

Blackberry Smoke is a Southern country rock band from Atlanta.

Opening will be the Artimus Pyle Band. The festival will be held, rain or shine, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 19.

It includes a craft beer area at Lisman Landing, a car show, children’s stage at Fowler Field, Armory Square big toys, 200 arts and crafts vendors on the Green, amusement rides, schooner cruises, canoe and kayak races, and 35,000 oysters.

Oyster Eve, the festival kickoff, will be held 6-10 p.m. Aug. 1 at Lisman Landing. Headlining is Classic Stones Live! The band will also play on the harbor stage the next day during the festival. Craft beers, wine and oysters as well as other food will be available.