Spotlight on the arts, entertainment

MILFORD >> The Chamber of Commerce concert series, “Summer Nights by Harbor Lights,” ends 7-9 p.m. Aug. 11 at Fowler Field Rotary Pavilion, behind the Milford Library on New Haven Avenue.

Performers will be the Rumrunners doing pop, covers.

Rain cancellation will be broadcast on WPLR and WICC radio.

Alcohol is not permitted.

ORANGE >> Art in the Library, Case Memorial Library, 175 Tyler City Road, off Lambert Road, includes:

• “Duo Retrospectives,” watercolors by Audrey Galer and oils and clay by Stephanie Arrell, on view Aug. 2-30, reception: 5-7 p.m. Aug. 10.

• 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.

MILFORD >> An Allman Brothers tribute by Live at the Fillmore will be held at 8 p.m. Aug. 11 at the Milford Performance Center, Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Parsons Government Center, 53 W. Main St.

Tickets are $25, $35, $45.

Also, at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12, a Tower of Power and Chicago tribute with On the Serious Side and Introduction, will be at the same venue. Tickets are $30, $40, $50.

Tickets at or at door.

MILFORD >> The Milford Arts Council presents Open Mic Nites at 7-10 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 16 at the Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave. S.

Registration starts at 6 p.m. for all performing arts: singers, musicians, comedians, poets, magicians.

Performances will be judged and the winner at the end of the series wins a spot on the 2016 Oyster Festival’s Lisman Landing stage. Soft drinks, beer and wine and snacks will be sold. There is a door fee of $5. Performers are free. Information: 203-878-6647 or go to

MILFORD >> The 43rd annual Milford Oyster Festival will present Blackberry Smoke on the festival main stage, Aug. 19.

Blackberry Smoke is a Southern country rock band from Atlanta.

Opening will be the Artimus Pyle Band. The festival will be held, rain or shine, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 19.

It includes a craft beer area at Lisman Landing, a car show, children’s stage at Fowler Field, Armory Square big toys, 200 arts and crafts vendors on the Green, amusement rides, schooner cruises, canoe and kayak races, and 35,000 oysters.

Oyster Eve, the festival kickoff, will be held 6-10 p.m. Aug. 1 at Lisman Landing. Headlining is Classic Stones Live! The band will also play on the harbor stage the next day during the festival. Craft beers, wine and oysters as well as other food will be available.


River St. Wednesdays at downtown park

MILFORD >> The city and Milford Arts Council are holding River Street Wednesdays every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. in the park in front of City Hall until Aug. 23.

The events are complemented by Open Mic nights at 7-10 p.m. through Aug. 16 at the Milford Arts Council; performers register at 6-7 p.m. The winner will perform at the widely attended 43rd Annual Milford Oyster Festival Aug. 19.

The schedule: Aug. 16, Chalk the Walk Milford Prevention Council; Aug. 23, pet portrait session, Milford Photo.

For more information, visit Attendees may bring a blanket or chair and a picnic.

Visit the Downtown Milford Business Association at for a list of restaurants and shops to 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.

An opening reception will be held 5:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 11. Go to Info: 203-870-4838; on Facebook at Tommy Rupich or Twitter: @RupichStudio.

MILFORD >> An opening reception for a show of 45 oil paintings by resident Lucyna Perpek will be held 6-8 p.m. Sept. 5 at Cafe Atlantique, 33 River St.

The show, “From Blue Shakespeare to Milford Stone Bridge,” includes portraits, landscapes animals, flowers and abstracts. It runs Sept. 1-30.

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 cranks out 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;