Rain Pryor brings show to JCC Rock ’n‘ roll show stars The Distractions Milford photos, then and now ‘Three Perspectives’ will open Dec.
WOODBRIDGE >> Actress, director, comedian, writer, musician, mother Rain Pryor will perform her one-woman show, “Fried Chicken and Latkes” about growing up black and Jewish in the 1960s-80s at the JCC of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Road.
There is a pre-show reception at 6 p.m. Dec. 1 for $15, with the show kicking off at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at jccnh.org/rsvp: $25, $18, groups of 10 or more can receive a discount of 20 percent. Pryor will hold a Q&A following the show.
MILFORD >> The Distractions will headline a show at 7 p.m. Dec. 3 at the IHSM Clubhouse, 131 Bridgeport Ave.
The Distractions include several local musicians playing danceable rock ’n‘ roll.
Members of the band have composed, recorded and performed for award-winning films and an Emmy-nominated TV show; one was founder of the National Guitar Museum.
Reelin’ Away opens, with traditional Celtic and folk sounds.
The night of music and dance is being presented by Slainte Milford and the Irish Heritage Society to raise funds for Gaelic football programs for the IHSM and the New Haven Gaelic Football and Hurling Club.
Tickets, at the door, are $5 cash, $6 credit. The event is 21 and older.
MILFORD >> Author Michael Clark will be at Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Ave., 3-5 p.m. Dec. 10, with his book, “Milford Then and Now.”
The book is a pictorial history of Milford, full of old photos and postcards of every section of Milford, with a modern photo included to note all the changes. The book is being released Dec. 5.
ORANGE >> A reception for the “Three Perspectives” art show will be held at the Orange Library 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1.
The exhibit in the upstairs gallery will show prints by Joan Jacobson Zamore, oil paintings by Violet Nastri, and soft sculpture by Chyeon Lee.
MILFORD >> “Flower Power: The Gardens of Milford,” a juried photography exhibit, will be presented Dec. 2-29 at the Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Ave.
The show is sponsored by the Milford Garden Club, with awards from Milford Photo, Beachwood Florist and Van Wilgen’s Garden Center.
For information, go to email@example.com.
MILFORD >> An art auction to benefit the Clean Water Fund will be held at 6:30-8 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Milford Arts Council, 40 Railroad Ave. S.
The event will include appetizers, an open bar, silent auction, live music and poetry.
Contributing artists are Rick Senft, Haile King Rubie, Hilary Opperman, Joyce Acebo and Bryan Raguskus.
Poets will be Milford Poet Laurette Mick Theebs, with Antoinette Brim and Joyce Acebo.
Donation is $20. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org. Call 203-882-0969.
MILFORD >> Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Ave., will present Milford actor Colin Lane performing a dramatic reading of Dylan Thomas’ “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.”
At this annual performance at 2 p.m. Dec. 11, Lane will be accompanied by soprano Rebecca Zaretzky
Lane has appeared on Broadway, Off Broadway, Off Off Broadway and at many major regional theaters. Recently he received a Best Actor nomination for his portrayal of Slasher/Basher in the world premier of Honor Molloy’s “Crackskull Row” at the first Irish Festival, Off B’way. He’s a Connecticut Critics,’ Circle Award, Orlando Award and Drama Desk Award nominee and Dramalogue Award winner (LA).
Zaretzky has performed in many regional productions. Most recently, she played Hope in “Anything Goes” with the Whitney Players in Hamden.
MILFORD >> The Coastal Chordsmen, a barbershop-style chorus, will perform holiday classics Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. at Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Ave.
The performance and refreshments are free.
MILFORD >> NOplays will present the Milford Young Playwrights Festival in January.
NOplays is a New England theater that produces and promotes the works of underrepresented artists on the stage, specifically emerging female writers. The festival is open to any student attending a Milford high School. Plays must be five-10 pages.
Three to five plays will be chosen for staged readings the evening of Friday, Jan. 13.
Playwrights should be able to attend both the reading and the rehearsal Jan. 12. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 16.
NOplays is also looking for students to volunteer as performers in a play. Student actors will receive community service hours for their time. Email plays to email@example.com.
For more information: www.noplays.com or Natalie Osborne, firstname.lastname@example.org.
MILFORD >> The Milford Arts Council presents Open Mic Nites every second Wednesday 7-10 p.m. through May 10.
Registration starts at 6 p.m.
They are open to performing arts: singers, musicians, comedians, poets, magicians.
There is a audience fee of $5; performer admission is free.
Events are held at the Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave. S. For more information, call 203-878-6647 or go to www.milfordarts.org.
WOODBRIDGE >> Passes for two free tickets to a show a Long Wharf Theatre, 222 Sargent Drive, New Haven, are available at the Woodbridge Town Library, 10 Newton Road.
The passes can be used for the Steve Martin show “Meteor Shower.” They provide free admittance for two to any one show at Long Wharf.
• The show date and time must be selected when the pass is picked up.
• Patrons can pick up a pass for any performance during a show’s run once the show has started.
• Patrons can only use one pass per show. Passes can only be reserved and given out in person. Once a patron has taken out a pass for a show, the dates cannot be switched or changed.
• Patrons must call Long Wharf once they have received a pass to confirm their seats. Long Wharf grants seats pending availability.
Call the library Adult Services Desk with any questions 203-389-3434.
MILFORD >> Arts in CT Corp., part of a group of companies, including the Performing Arts Academy of CT, has opened at 64 Ridge St.
Founded by Barbara Alexander, Arts in CT is a nonprofit artist agency, offering 65 programs presented by professionals and specialists in various artistic fields for such venues as day cares, senior centers, after-school programs, restaurants, local paint nights. Scholarships are available.
Performers are sought for three productions later this year: the Tiny Tot Theater’s “101 Dalmatians,” ages 2-7; the Children’s Theater’s “Shrek, Jr.,” ages 5-15; and Teen Theater, “Legally Blonde, Jr.” ages 13-18.
Classes are taught by local instructors and professional artists. Virtual lessons via Skype, FaceTime, and more are also available.
For more information or to sign up for a class, visit www.artsinct.org, or call 203-936-8567 or email@example.com.
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.
For information, go to milfordcameraclub.com or call Josh Goldin at 203-804-3058. Visitors and members under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
MILFORD >> Linda Whittaker, Milford Senior Center music teacher, is seeking band members.
Clarinets, flutes, brass players and strings are sought. The center has several instruments that have been donated for seniors to use for free.
People who have an old instrument that is not being used and would like to play again may call 203-877-2134.
Most of the music is level 2 and is not too difficult to play. The band meets 10 a.m.-noon Wednesdays in the center’s Band Room, 9 Jepson Drive.
There are several daytime performances during the year. A book of music will be put together for those interested. Call early, so the book of music will be ready.
WOODBRIDGE >> The town is calling for photo submissions to be used in various media including social media, the town website and printed materials.
“I want our town communication vehicles to be as beautiful as our town,” said First Selectman Ellen Scalettar.
“This call for photographs ties in to my priority to improve communications and build community by recognizing some of our talented residents,” she said.
Submit a favorite high resolution digital photograph — vertical or horizontal — to Betsy Yagla at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos may be of any Woodbridge location in any season. If people appear in the photo, photographers must include their permission to be represented for this purpose.
When practical, photos that are published will be credited with the photographer’s name. Identify the location of a submission and how the name should appear if a photo is used.