Spotlight on arts, entertainment, April 21-28
MILFORD >> Tickets are on sale for the Devon Rotary Club’s 2017 Comedy Night, set for 7-10 p.m. Friday, April 21 at Costa-Azzurra Restaurant, 72 Broadway.
Tickets are $50, and include an Italian-style buffet dinner, an open bar and the show, with three professional comics.
• Dan Stack, who derives his comedy from his experiences growing up Irish Catholic in the late 1970s and ‘80s.
• Claudia Stavola, who has been a guest on Howard Stern’s Sirius Channel 101. When not performing, she stays sharp with freelance writing projects, including ghostwriting a column for the Huffington Post.
• D.C. Benny, whose unusual style of telling autobiographical stories, inhabited by original characters has been sharpened for almost 30 years as a performer.
His personal essays, stories, and articles have been featured in New York Magazine and The New York Observer.
Benny is co-host of the story-telling podcast “Tall But True.”
For tickets, go to https://www.facebook.com/devonrotary and click on the “Get Tickets” PayPal button. Tickets are also available at Beachwood Florist, 325 New Haven Ave., or from any Devon Rotarian.
For more information, call 203-556-7610.
MILFORD >> The Milford Arts Council and Milford Photo will sponsor Milford Photo Expo 2017, an open-theme show for photographers of all levels at Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave. S.
The show is May 11-June 22, with a reception 5:30-7 p.m. May 11.
All photographic mediums, styles and processes are acceptable.
Fee is $10 per entry. Drop-off is April 28, 29.
Milford Photo will do cut-rate framing; call 203-882-3415.
For information, contact the Milford Arts Council at 203-878-6647, www.milfordarts.org, www.milfordphoto.com.
MILFORD >> The Cast of Beatlemania!, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” performs at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 29.
The show is presented by the Milford Performance Center at the Parsons Government Center Veterans Auditorium at 38 W. Main St.
The musicians perform the Beatles’ ground-breaking album using authentic gear and instruments, including a signature vintage left-handed Hofner bass, Gretsch guitars, Ludwig drums and VOX amplifiers.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Refreshments, wine and beer are available. Tickets are $25, $35, $45, at www.milfordperformancecenter.org or by calling the office at 203-723-3672.
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 milfordarts.org for tickets or call 203-878-6647.
MILFORD >> West Haven author Rosemary O’Brien will speak about pocket parks and public spaces at 7 p.m. May 1 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 http://www.ci.milford.ct.us/milford-public- library or call 203-783-3292.
MILFORD >> Jazz musician and composer Jay Rowe 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.
Rowe, of Milford, donates a portion of the ticket sales to thank the educators who were there at the beginning of his musical career. He is a graduate of Calf Pen Elementary and Joseph A. Foran High schools.
Rowe has played in many jazz festivals across the U.S. and around the world. As a solo artist, he has released six CDs, “A Dream I Had” (1994), “Jay Walking” (1997), “Laugh Out Loud” (2001), and “Red, Hot and Smooth” (2006) “Live At Daniel Street” (2011), and “Smooth Ride” (2016).
The series has two separate 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 locally 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 15thannualsmoothjazzforscholars.eventbrite.com, or by sending a check or money order payable to Smooth Jazz For Scholars Inc., P.O. Box 3723, Milford 06460.
Limited sponsorships are available, and raffle/silent auction items are being accepted.
For more information, visit jayrowemusic.com or call 203-874-4150.
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.