Spotlight on the arts, entertainment

MILFORD >> The Sommers Rosenthal Family Band will perform on Friday, March 17 at 8 p.m. at the Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave. S.

The band led by patriarch Phil Rosenthal, former lead singer of The Seldom Scene, plays an eclectic mix of folk, bluegrass and jazz stylings, with vocal trios and instrumental solos.

The band’s repertoire includes songs written by each member, as well as new arrangements of traditional American folk and bluegrass tunes. On the new album, “Down the Road,” the group revisits several classic bluegrass songs written by Phil Rosenthal in the 1970s and ‘80s.

For more about the band, go to

Tickets are $20, $15 for MAC members and $5 at the door for students. For buy tickets, go to or call the council at 203-878-6647, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday.

MILFORD >> Helena Byrne will present an afternoon of Irish folklore stories and music at 1 p.m. March 26 the Irish Heritage Society, 131 Bridgeport Ave.

Like the traditional travelling “seanchaí” (storyteller) of times past, Byrne brings tales and songs of the mysterious fairy folk. Refreshments will be served after the program.

Tickets are $10 (over age 16 requested). Call 203-231-5474 or email

MILFORD >> “Body of Art” is at the Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave. S.

The show features figurative and portrait works and all two-dimensional mediums.

It will run through April 27, noon-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays.

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

MILFORD >> Argentine Tango Boot Camp, with instructors Dale Ellison and Jorge “Gem” Duras, will be held for beginners 2:30-5:30 p.m. March 18 at the Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave. S.

Cost is $50. RSVP at, 203-584-4480.

The afternoon boot camp will review the fundamentals, the basic figures, turns and signature patterns of Argentine tango such as “ochos” and “ganchos.” Singles are welcome, pre-registration is recommended.

That night, there will be a tango social at the MAC, “milonga,” with a performance by the instructors.

FAIRFIELD >> Steve Scales & Friends will present a benefit concert March 18 for the Autism Project at the Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University.

The event kicks off with a mix and mingle, open bar and food stations at 6:30 p.m., followed by the concert in the Kelley Theatre at 8 p.m. The evening caps off at 10 p.m. with the Black Box After Party, which includes dessert and drinks plus a meet & greet with the band. Scales, of Milford and formerly with Talking Heads, has assembled a group of artists, with special performances by Grammy-nominated Nona Hendryx, formerly with Labelle and Talking Heads, and Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club.

Other musicians include guitarist Andy Abel of Twisted Vine, drummer Benny Gramm, bass Dave Livolsi and keyboard Scott Beckham. Lead vocalist is Keith Fluitt.

Tickets are $125. To order, go to or call 203-365-8522, ext. 216.

Concert-only tickets are $40, online or at the door. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Magic Moments funds The Kennedy Center Autism Project, which helps more than 500 local children with autism spectrum disorders and their families.

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

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

On March 22, there will be a local competition of digital images and prints by Milford members.

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 >> Live @ the Mac will present ’60s Satisfaction at 8 p.m. March 24 at 40 Railroad Ave. S.

The line-up includes music from bands such as the Beatles, the Stones, Credence, Sam Cooke, the Boxtops, Procol Harum, the Moody Blues, the Turtles, Doors, Animals, Cream, Roy Orbison and Wilson Pickett.

The band includes Pierce Campbell on guitar and vocals, Tony Pasqualoni on bass, Loren Evarts on piano and vocals, and John Rispoli on drums.

Tickets are $15 for MAC members and $20 for non-members, $5 for students.

Doors open at 7:30. Snacks, beer and wine will be sold. The coffee is free.

Go to or call 203-878-6647, Tuesday-Friday.

For more information, visit,

MILFORD >> Students at Jonathan Law High School, 20 Lansdale Ave., will present the musical “Bye Bye Birdie.”

Performances will be at 7 p.m. March 31, and 2 and 7 p.m. April 1. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $7 for senior citizens, children and students with a valid ID. During the matinee, senior citizens are admitted for free.

The play: It is 1960. Agent and songwriter Albert Peterson finds himself in trouble when rock ‘n’ roll superstar Conrad Birdie is drafted into the army. Albert’s secretary and sweetheart, Rose “Rosie” Alvarez, comes up with a last publicity stunt to have Conrad Birdie perform a song to one lucky girl before he is sent overseas. They choose Kim MacAfee, a 15-year-old from Sweet Apple, Ohio, much to the dismay of her newly pinned boyfriend, Hugo.

The cast of 24 includes JonPaul Amaro as Albert Peterson, Margaux Acorda as Rose Alvarez, Maddie Baldieri as Kim MacAfee, Justin Amaro as Conrad Birdie, Carlos Acosta as Mr. MacAfee, Ally Maccio as Mrs. MacAfee, and Chloe Bee Erickson as Mrs. Mae Peterson.

For more information, contact the director, Christina Kalafut, at

MILFORD >> Gin Fizz will perform sparkling songs from the 1920s-50s at 8 p.m. April 1 at the Milford Center for the Arts, Railroad Avenue South.

Doors open at 7:15 p.m.

The cabaret is presented by the Milford Arts Council, in association with Pantochino Productions Inc.

From hot jazz to sultry ballads to French swing, Gin Fizz plays vintage gems.

The venue will be set with tables and chairs inviting patrons to bring along their own food and drink.

Tickets are $30 and are available at or by calling 203-878-6647, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays.

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

MILFORD >> Eastbound Theatre, a division of the Milford Arts Council, announces auditions for “4,000 Miles,” by Amy Herzog, directed by Nancy A. Herman.

Performances will be June 2-18.

Auditions will be held at 7 p.m. April 4, 5 at the Milford Arts Center, 40 Railroad Ave. S.

Actors unable to attend those times may contact the producer, Michael Shavel, at for an alternate time.

Actors interested in reviewing the script may contact the director at

The play chronicles the sometimes difficult but always loving relationship between Leo and his grandmother, Vera. Roles available: Leo, man, 21; Vera, feisty grandmother, 91; Bec, college student, 21; Leo’s ex-girlfriend Amanda, 19, Chinese-American art student.

Contact the director at with questions. For more information, contact MAC at 203-878-6647.

MILFORD >> Artwork is sought for “Waterscapes,” a maritime/marine “pop-up” exhibit, set for April 8,9 at Milford Yacht Club, 131 Trumbull Ave., sponsored by the Milford Arts Council.

Work will be received 9-11 a.m. April 8. It must be taken home 1-5 p.m. April 9.

It may include ships, sailing, beach, coastal wildlife or the sea.

A reception, with awards, will be 5:30-7 p.m. April 8.

Winners will be displayed at the MAC Center for the Arts until May 31.

For more information, call MAC at 203-878-6647 or visit

MILFORD >> Milford Arts Council’s Firehouse Art Gallery is accepting applications for its artist in residence.

The residency was created to support aspiring or professional artists with temporary, low-cost housing and studio space. The apartment will be available June 1. The deadline for applications is April 7.

The 750-square-foot residence includes studio space, one bedroom, with a living/dining area, a kitchen and bath. There is off-street parking, a large terrace and a bicycle rack.

The monthly cost, which includes heat, hot water and electricity, is $850 (with deposit of $850). The “artist in residence” is expected to be active in the maintenance and management of the gallery and workshop.

Download an application at or contact the Milford Arts Council at 203-878-6647 or email

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, 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 or call 203-874-4150.