Spotlight on arts, entertainment

ORANGE >> Case Memorial Library, 175 Tyler City Road, off Lambert Road, presents:

• 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.

• Actor Lou Harmon performs readings of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart,” the grisly story of a psychopath obsessed with someone’s “vulture eye,” and the oft-quoted poem of paranoia “The Raven,” at 1 p.m. Sept. 9. The audience will also get lesser-known inside details about Poe’s life. RSVP.

Contact: 203-891-2170,

MILFORD >> Singer and musician Sheri Miller performs original music at 8 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave. S.

Her performance in a cabaret setting opens the Milford Arts Council’s LiVE @ the MAC music series season.

Tickets are $20 and $15 for MAC members.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Snacks, beer and wine will be available.

For tickets, go to or call 203-878-6647. For more information on Miller, visit For more information on the series, 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 >> A show of 45 oil paintings by resident Lucyna Perpek runs through Sept. 30 at Cafe Atlantique, 33 River St.

The show, “From Blue Shakespeare to Milford Stone Bridge,” includes portraits, landscapes animals, flowers and abstracts.

Arts Foundation ’80s show benefit

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 >> The Milford Camera Club welcomes photographers of any age interested in the art of photography.

Meetings are held at the Margaret Egan Center, 35 Mathew St., at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays from September until late May.

• Sept. 13, a class on “Composition and the Fundamentals of Better Photography” will be presented by club members.

• Sept. 27, the annual competition of members’ digital images and prints will be judged by other local photography clubs.

For information, go to or call Josh Goldin at 203-804-3058.

Visitors and members under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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.

Small works of art sought for auction

MILFORD >> The Milford Arts Council is seeking donations of artwork for a small-works auction to benefit the Milford Center for the Arts programs.

Sought: original works that are 5-by-7 or smaller, two-dimensional, no sculpture. Framing is optional, but all work must have a method to hang it. Artists may submit as many works as they would like. Work sought is painting, photography, drawings, collage, encaustic and mixed media.

Art donations are tax deductible. All artwork will be offered at $15 to start with $2 increments during the silent auction.

Artwork will be received Oct. 17-Nov. 11.

The auction will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave. S. There will be music, food and drink.

For details: or call 203-878-6647.