Spotlight on the arts, entertainment

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 noon-4 p.m. March 14-April 27, Tuesday-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 >> 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 >> Bolivian classical guitarist Marcos Puña will perform Saturday, April 8 at 8 p.m. at the Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave. S.

Puña’s program will include virtuoso guitar favorites by Granados, York, Dyens, Moreno-Torroba, Chopin and arrangements of Bolivian traditional music by Eduardo Caba.

Tickets are $20, $15 for MFAC members, $18 for seniors, and free for 15 or younger.

Also, on Sunday, April 9, at 2 p.m., he will be at the MAC for a “meet the artist” reception and master class.

His appearance is part of the New England Guitar Society’s International Performer series.

WOODBRIDGE >> A concert by Elisabeth Von Trapp, whose family inspired “The Sound Of Music,” with an appearance by the West Woods Christian Academy Chorus, will be held at 7 p.m. April 1 at Trinity Church, 33 Center Road.

A pre-concert reception with refreshments and silent auction, will be at 5:30 p.m.

This event is a benefit for the Trinity CARES International 2017 Mission Team, providing medicines and materials for work in the Dominican Republic this summer.

Tickets are $15 adults, $10 child. Visit for tickets.

For information, or 203-387-4711, ext. 10.

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 Center for the Arts 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 >> 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. Feeling alone and alienated after suffering a major loss while on a cross-country bicycle trip, Leo shows up at her apartment. Over the weeks that follow these roommates infuriate, bewilder, and eventually come to understand one another.

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 >> 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.

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 >> 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.

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