Arts, entertainment in spotlight
MILFORD >> “Our Fine-Feathered Friends” art exhibition will be held at the Milford Arts Council’s Firehouse Gallery, 81 Naugatuck Ave.
Opening reception is 6-8 p.m. May 18; showing is noon-4 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, May 18-June 24.
Juror is Jan Prentice. For more information, go to prenticestudio.com. For a prospectus, go to milfordarts.org/firehouse-art-gallery/exhibits/, call the gallery at 203-306-0016 or the council at 203-878-6647.
MILFORD >> The Milford Arts Council and Milford Photo are sponsoring Milford Photo Expo 2017, at Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave. S.
The open-theme show for photographers of all levels is May 11-June 22, with a reception 5:30-7 p.m. May 11.
For more information, contact the Milford Arts Council at 203-878-6647, www.milfordarts.org, www.milfordphoto.com.
MILFORD >> Singer-musicians Raissa Katona Bennett and Kenneth Gartman will present “What a Wonderful World,” at 8 p.m. May 13 at the Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave. S.
Soprano Bennett and pianist-singer Gartman celebrate popular standards and show tunes by American composers, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Berlin, Sondheim, plus the new generation of songwriters. Tickets are $30. Cabaret seating and BYO everything. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Go to milfordarts.org for tickets or call 203-878-6647.
MILFORD >> Button accordion maestro John Whelan joins the P.V. O’Donnell Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann chapter music session at 7:45 p.m. May 18, at St. Gabriel’s Parish Hall, 26 Broadway.
Admission is free; BYOB.
Whelan, an instrumentalist, composer, arranger and producer, is one of the best-selling traditional Irish musicians of all time, according to the Irish American News.
He performed in the original production of “Riverdance,” and later toured with fiddler Eileen Ivers. He is a seven-time All-Ireland champion and was named Traditionalist of the Year by Irish Echo magazine in 1998. He has been involved in Comhaltas for more than 40 years, and in 2001 he founded the Milford branch named for P.V. O’Donnell, the Donegal fiddler.
For information, call Tim at 203-257-8737.
MILFORD >> A variety of art mediums will be on display at the Milford Senior Center during May, National Older Americans Month. The “Creative Arts Show” will include displays by the art and ceramics classes and the knitting groups.
It will be on display, Friday, May 19, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Milford Senior Center, 9 Jepson Drive.
For information, call Program Director Amanda Berry at 203-877-5131.
MILFORD >> The Milford Performance Center will present Johnny Winter All-Star Band, with special guest James Montgomery and the Uptown Horns, at 7 p.m. May 28.
The show will be in the Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Parsons Government Center, West Main Street, downtown.
The show features original members from Winter’s band, including guitarist and Grammy-winner Paul Nelson, Scott Spray on bass, and Bobby T. Torello on drums.
Doors open at 6 p.m. Refreshments, wine and beer are available. Tickets are available at www.MilfordPerformanceCenter.org or at the door.
MILFORD >> The Milford Camera Club welcomes photographers of any age interested in the art of photography.
Meetings take place at the Margaret Egan Center, 35 Mathew St., at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays from September until late May.
May 24 will be the annual local competition of winning digital images and prints for images of the year judged by members of local photography clubs.
For information, go to milfordcameraclub.com or call Josh Goldin at 203-804-3058. Visitors and members under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
MILFORD >> A warm-hearted play, “4,000 Miles,” by Amy Herzog, will be presented June 2-18 at the Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave. S.
The play was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. It is both funny and moving as it chronicles the sometimes difficult but always loving relationship between Leo, 21, and his feisty grandmother, Vera, 91. It is directed by Nancy A. Herman.
Leo shows up at his grandmother’s apartment, feeling alone and alienated after suffering a major loss while on a cross-country bicycle trip. Most of the major events occur off-stage, but the psychological and personal fallout creates powerful tension infused with intimacy and humor. Over the weeks that follow, these unlikely roommates infuriate, bewilder, and eventually come to understand one another.
Herzog has been nominated for the Lucille Lortel Award and Drama Desk Award. She has based several of her characters on family members, most notably her grandmother, after whom Vera is modeled.
The play features Matthew Bennett of Wallingford, Sehee Lee of North Haven, Carmen Mendez of New Haven, and Katie Scott of Milford.
Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays.
Tickets are $20, $18 for seniors and students and $16 for MAC members. For tickets, go to www.milfordarts.org or call 203-882-0969. The play contains some adult language and situations.
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. The lineup is Charlie Starr, lead vocals, guitar; Richard Turner, bass, vocals; Brit Turner, drums; Paul Jackson, guitar, vocals, and Brandon Still, keyboard.
Since forming in 2000, the band has toured Europe multiple times and performed in Australia in 2016 to sold-out crowds. Along the way, Blackberry Smoke has recorded a handful of independent releases, including “Bad Luck Ain’t No Crime,” “Little Piece of Dixie” and “The Whippoorwill,” plus “Holding All the Roses.”
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.
MILFORD >> Animal portraits in all media are being accepted for the ART 4 PAWS exhibition.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Milford Animal Shelter.
The show will run June 29-Aug. 24 at the Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave. S.
Opening reception and presentation of awards will be July 20.
One or two pieces will be accepted per artist with a fee of $25 for one and $35 for two. MAC members receive $5 off their total fee. For a prospectus: www.milfordarts.org.
For more information, call the Milford Arts Council at 203-878-6647 or go to www.milfordarts.org.