Spotlight on entertainment, arts

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 Feb. 8, there will be a Steampunk and Cosplay photo shoot with human models. Feb. 22 will be a competition with digital slides and prints judged by members of other 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.

ORANGE >> “Visions in Art” opens at the Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, during February featuring the work of Suzanne E. Wagner, natural science artist in watercolor and colored pencil.

An opening reception will be held 5-7 p.m. Feb. 9.

Wagner serves as senior redevelopment pastor at the Orange Congregational Church.

The exhibit is part of the library’s, Art in the Library series.

“It is fulfilling to be able to re-create some of nature’s most amazing miracles like the anatomy of a flower or the wing structure of a bird, even the antennae of a beetle. These aspects of nature are extraordinary works of art in and of themselves,” Wagner said.

She is a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, Connecticut Natural Science Illustrators, New York Botanical Garden, and the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History.

Contact 203-545-6562 or

MILFORD >> Actor Frank J. Smith and his wife, Diane Smith, will perform “Love Letters” by A.R. Gurney at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12 at the Milford Library, 57 New Haven Ave.

The free performance is sponsored by the Friends of the Milford Library. Doors open at 1:30.

Frank Smith is a Democratic alderman, representing District 3.

The play centers on two characters, Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III, as they sit side by side and read the notes, letters and cards - in which more than nearly 50 years, they discuss their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, victories and defeats - that have passed between them throughout their separated lives.

It was a 1990 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Diane Smith is a local artist who has appeared in many regional productions with Square One Theatre in Stratford, Westport Community Theatre, and Milford’s Eastbound Theater. She has twice won ACT/CONN (Association of Community Theaters) Best Actress award and has directed several productions for the Westport Community Theater and Eastbound Theater at the Milford Center for the Arts.

Frank Smith is the aldermanic liaison to the library and actor appearing in many local productions at Eastbound Theater, Westport Community Theater and Stratford’s Square One Theatre where he most recently starred in the production of “Mass Appeal.”

The Friends of the Milford Library will lead a discussion following the play. The public is invited to bring a copy of their favorite love letter to share and to leave behind on the Love Letter’s memory board.

For more information, call the library at 203-783-3292 or go to

MILFORD >> The Milford Arts Council presents members’ and residents’ art until March 2.

The show will be open noon-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays at 40 Railroad Ave. S.

Awards will be given: first place, $150; second place, $100; and third place, $75.

Go to

Work may be sold; MAC takes a 30 percent commission on all sales.

For more information, call the council at 203-878-6647, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, or visit

MILFORD >> Fiddler Brian Conway will join the P.V. O’Donnell Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann session 7:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at St. Gabriel’s Parish Hall, 26 Broadway.

Admission is free. Musicians, dancers, singers and audience are welcome. BYOB.

Conway is considered a pre-eminent exponent of Sligo-style fiddling in the area, and one of the finest Irish fiddlers of any style. Both his parents, from County Tyrone, Ireland, played the fiddle, and had weekly traditional music sessions at home in the Bronx, N.Y. He has won numerous All-Ireland fiddling competitions, and has taught many students who went on to win All-Ireland fiddle awards.

He has performed all over North America, Ireland and Europe.

He is a founding member of the Irish-American supergroup, The Pride of New York, with musicians Joanie Madden, Billy McComiskey and Brendan Dolan. He also performs with John Whelan in the band Gailfean, and has a Wednesday night Irish session at Dunne’s Pub in White Plains, N.Y., with musicians from the Tri-State Area and Ireland.

For information on the session, call Tim at 203-257-8737.

MILFORD >> The Julie Harris Trio will recount the lives of the Gershwin brothers in song and narration at 2 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Milford Public Library, on New Haven Avenue.

Guilford vocalist Harris will be accompanied at the free concert on guitar by Stephen Roane and on keyboard by David Childs.

Harris began her professional singing career in Kansas City and has performed at the Blue Room in Kansas City, as well as the Bluebird Café in Nashville.

Since 2007 she has been performing in venues in New England.

Roane is a guitarist and bassist. He and pianist Childs are members of the Bob Kolb Trio.

Refreshments will be served. For more information, call the Reference Department at 203-783-3292.

MILFORD >> Betsy Ratner, abstract mixed-media artist, will exhibit her work in February at Cafe Atlantique, 33 River St.

The show is “Loving Light.”

Having lost three sisters and her father to Huntington’s disease, Ratner has decided to donate all proceeds of the sale of her paintings to the Huntington’s Disease Society of America for finding a cure.

Each person can use the suggested prices, but pay what they wish, knowing where the proceeds will be going, she said.


ORANGE >> Betsy Ratner, abstract mixed media artist and Susan Seseske Wolanic, watercolorist and graphic designer, will be exhibiting their works, “Wisps of Air,” in March at Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road.

The opening reception is 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 9. Go to

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

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 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, or call 203-936-8567 or