Spotlight on arts, entertainment

NEW HAVEN >> East Street Arts, a social enterprise of Marrakech will hold a mural unveiling and reception at 1-5 p.m. Saturday, May 6 at the studio, 597 East St.

The creation of the mural will involve East Street artisans with disabilities in collaboration with the Art Spot, School of Fine Arts and made possible with the support of the New Haven Mayor’s Community Arts Grants Program. The unveiling will include Design Lab creations by East Street artisans, and community partners to provide music, food and shopping.

The lab is supported in part by the Arts Council of Greater New Haven in partnership with the state Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

It is dedicated to fostering the creation of art through artisan training programs, workshops and community interaction for people of all abilities. Students are paired with local artists and designers to learn to make artisan goods for sale. Each student has an individually designed process to increase their skills and work toward creating unique goods that can be sold in the store.

For more information, contact Eric Ginnish at 203-776-6310 or,

MILFORD >> “Our Fine-Feathered Friends” art exhibition is planned for the Milford Arts Council’s Firehouse Gallery, 81 Naugatuck Ave.

Receiving is noon-4 p.m. May 5-7; opening reception is 6-8 p.m. May 18; showing is noon-4 p.m. Fridays-Sundays. May 18-June 24; pickup is noon-4 p.m. June 23-25.

Juror is Jan Prentice. For more information, go to For a prospectus, go to, call the gallery at 203-306-0016 or the council at 203-878-6647.

MILFORD >> The Milford Arts Council’s Firehouse Gallery, 81 Naugatuck Ave., is showing its “Springtime Showcase,” an invitational group show of state artists until May 5.

Exhibiting artists: Paul Baylock, Jon Bristol, Clinton Deckert, Jacquelyn Etling, Florin Ion Firimita, Sean Michanczyk, Andre Rochester, Greg Shea, Eric Stegmaier and Cheryl Wilczak.

For information, go to or call 203-306-0016, 203-878-6647.

NEW HAVEN >> Outstanding piano students from across the state will perform at 7:30 p.m. May 6 at the Neighborhood Music School, as winners of the 40th annual Renée B. Fisher Competition for Young Pianists.

The concert is free. Local performers will include:

Elementary/middle school: Commissioned work: Marin Korenaga, Bethany; honorable mention: Marin Korenaga, Bethany.

High school: 2nd prize (tie): Victor You, Woodbridge.

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

BETHANY >> Hand-crafted jewelry by the six-member Bethany Brass Band is on display through Friday, May 4, at Clark Memorial Library, 538 Amity Road.

There is a wide variety of styles, in silver and brass, often using internationally sourced beads. The jewelry includes earrings, necklaces and bracelets; it is for sale.

The Band is a jewelry-making cooperative of six current members whose roots date back to 1968, when a group of young mothers wanted to contribute attractive items to the Bethany Community School fall PTA sale. Through the years the group has met in each other’s homes, often with preschoolers in early years. Most members are now grandmothers.

Call 203-393-2103 for information.

MILFORD >> The Milford Arts Council, the city’s poet laureate and the Written Word writer’s group will present a poetry reading and bake sale May 10 at the Milford Center for the Arts at 40 Railroad Ave. S.

At 6-7 p.m., Poet Laureate Mick Theebs, and other local writers will read their work focused on immigration, diversity and inclusion. The public may also read.

Proceeds from the bake sale will be donated to the Literacy Center of Milford.

Attendees may stay for the regularly scheduled open mic, which is 7-10 p.m.

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 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 >> Jazz musician and composer Jay Rowe of Milford returns May 5, 6 with the 15th annual “Smooth Jazz For Scholars” concert series to benefit the public schools music department.

Over 14 years, about $75,000 has been donated to the program.

The series has two artist line-ups:

• Friday, May 5, features Rich Braun on trumpet, saxophonists Will Donato and Jeff Kashiwa, and guitarist Nick Colionne.

• Saturday, May 6, features guitarists Chieli Minucci and Steve Oliver, saxophonist Steve Cole, and Nelson Rangell, saxophone and flute.

The event will take place at the Parsons Government Center Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 70 W. River St. Doors open at 7 p.m., and show time is 8.

Tickets are $40 for one night, and $70 for both nights. The first 250 tickets sold are for reserved seating.

Tickets can be purchased from Rowe, or from Arciuolo’s Shoes, on South Broad Street; Café Atlantique and The Canvas Patch, both on River Street; and the Milford Fine Arts Center on Railroad Avenue South.

Also, at, or by sending a check or money order payable to Smooth Jazz For Scholars Inc., P.O. Box 3723, Milford 06460.

Sponsorships are available, and raffle/silent auction items are being accepted.

For more information, visit or call 203-874-4150.

MILFORD >> West Haven author Rosemary O’Brien will speak about pocket parks and public spaces at 7 p.m. May 8 at the Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Ave.

O’Brien is author of BEST Pocket Parks of NYC and founder of Pocket Parks Publishing.

For more information, visit library or call 203-783-3292.

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.

On May 10, the class will be on the use of plug-ins in a variety of software. 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 or call Josh Goldin at 203-804-3058. Visitors and members under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.