This Weekend: Outdoor concerts and fun in the sun
Concerts on the Green
The Summer Concerts on the Green series, sponsored by CityCenter Danbury, will open Friday evening, July 8, at the Danbury Green off Ives Street, with a performance by Back to the Garden 1969 at 8 p.m. People are invited to bring a picnic to enjoy before the concert; the opening act is Mrs. Gordon, at 7.
On Saturday, the featured act will be the Doug Wahlberg Band at 8; opening act is Shot of Karma at 7.
Public parking is available at the Patriot Garage on Delay Street and the Bardo Garage on Library Place. For a complete schedule, visit citycenterdanbury.com or call 203-792-1711.
Summer Music & More
Pocketful of Soul will kick off the Wilton Library’s 16th annual Summer Music & More Concert Series on Thursday nights in July. The concerts take place at the library from 5 to 6:30 p.m., with free refreshments and wine, sponsored by the Village Market, with wine donated by Michael Crystal.
On July 7, Pocketful of Soul will recreate the sounds of 70s big brass, covering songs by Earth Wind & Fire, Chicago, Tower of Power and more. In the following weeks, the bands are The Motown Review Band on July 14, Creamery Station on July 21, and Echoes of Sinatra with Steve Kazlauskas on July 28.
The concerts take place rain or shine in the library’s Brubeck Room and courtyard; no registration is required. For more information and directions, visit wiltonlibrary.org or call 203-762-3950.
Milford Photo Expo
The Milford Center or the Arts will have an opening reception for its Milford Photo Expo 2016, which runs through Sept. 23, on Thursday, July 7, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Photographers of all levels are included in the show, using all photographic media, styles and processes.
The center is at 40 Railroad Avenue South; for more information, visit milfordarts.org or call 203-878-6647.
The Norwalk International Cultural Exchange (NICE) Festival, a new multi-cultural event, will take place Saturday, July 9, from noon to 9 p.m. in Oyster Shell Park in Norwalk.
The Jamaican artist Bushman will perform, following popular regional entertainers that will begin at 4 p.m. From noon to 4, the festival’s Child of the World program will include family-friendly events with interactive games, African drummers, Chinese dragon puppet, Irish step dancers, a Mariachi band, kite-flying demos, children reading poetry in many languages, and more.
The festival is a collaborative effort with the Norwalk Recreation and Parks Department and the Norwalk Arts Commission, organized by NICE, INC., a nonprofit organization. For more information, visit norwalknice.com.
Art of the Northeast 2016
Silvermine Arts Center’s signature juried show, in its 66th year, is juried for 2016 by Steven Sergiovanni, an art advisor and curator based in New York and the former director of the Mixed Greens gallery. The all-media show will open on Saturday, July 9, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m.
Art of the Northeast includes emerging and established artists and includes artists 17 and older who live in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusets, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.
The winner of the Best in Show Prize gets a solo exhibition at the Silvermine Arts Center with a $3,000 stipend for show-related expenses.
Silvermine Arts Center is at 1037 Silvermine Road in New Canaan; gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5, and Sunday, 1 to 5. For more information, visit silvermineart.org or call 203-966-9700.
Franklin Street Works exhibiting artist Sunita Prasad will talk about her past works in a conversation at the gallery at 41 Franklin Street, Stamford, on Saturday, July 9, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Prasad’s video, Recitations not from memory, is part of the current group exhibition, All Byte: Feminist Intersections in Video Art, on view through July 10.
Franklin Street Works is a not-for-profit contemporary art space and café , which aims to broaden community participation in the arts, contribute to a larger arts dialogue, and cultivate emerging artists.
Parking is available in a lot on Franklin Street and in the Summer Street Garage at 100 Summer Street. Café hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 to 5, Saturday and Sunday, 9 to 5; gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 5. For more information, visit franklinstreetworks.org or call 203-595-5211.
National Theatre in HD
The Ridgefield Playhouse and AAA Northeast will present the Live in HD Series, an encore presentation of National Theatre of London’s comedy, One Man, Two Guvnors, starting James Corden, on Saturday, July 9, at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $25, $20 for seniors and $15 for students; tickets are free for children 18 and under. For reservations, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.
The Literacy Volunteers of Southern Connecticut will have their 2016 Neon Nightrun, a fund-raising event, on Saturday, July 9, starting at 8 p.m. from the Rotary Pavilion in Milford. Registration will take place from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. and the cost is $35. The first 250 online registrants will receive a neon t-shirt, glow necklace, glow glasses, big and goodie bag. Additional neon items and t-shirts will be for sale.
The 3.1 mile timed run will begin and end at the pavilion, for both runners and walkers. To register and for more information, visit lvsct.org or call 203-878-4800.
Continuing its celebration of the Declaration of Independence (an early print of the document is on view through July 17), the Fairfield Museum at 370 Beach Road will have a Declaration Celebration day on Sunday, July 10, from 10 to 4. Families are invited to the historic Town Green where there will be crafts, games, a British encampment and walking tours. People may bring a picnic or buy food from local food trucks.
The Burning of Fairfield (July 7-8, 1779) Walking Tours will be offered every half hour from 12:30 to 2; pre-registration required and the cost is $10 for adults and $5 for students (visit 2016burningfairfieldwalkingtours.eventbrite.com).
The Katonah Museum of Art’s summer exhibition, OnSite Katonah, will open to the public on Sunday, July 10, featuring installations throughout the museum campus by eight artists: Grimanesa Amorós, Amy Brener, MaDora Frey, Keiran Brennan Hinton, Caitlin Masley, Caleb Nussear, Jason Peters and Rachel Mica Weiss. The works will be on view through Oct. 2.
Also going on view is a project by Victoria Fu (recent recipient of the 2015 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and the 2014 Whitney Biennal artist), who has wrapped the museum exterior with a massive image, titled Egg.
The Katonah Museum of Art is at 134 Jay Street in Katonah, N.Y. Gallery hours are 10 to 5 Tuesday through Saturday and 12 to 5 Sunday; general admission is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students (children under 12 years, admitted free). For more information, visit katonahmuseum.org or call 914-232-9555.
Included in this week’s programming at the Caramoor 71st Summer Season in Katonah, N.Y., is pianist Jonathan Biss’s Beethoven/5 Project, on Sunday, July 10, at 4:30, with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s conducted by Joshua Weilerstein.
Two pairs of works, one work responding to the other, are planned: Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and The Blind Banister, Concerto No. 3, by Timo Andres; Symphony No. 98 by Haydn and La Jolla Sinfonietta by Martinu.
The concert will take place in the Venetian Theater; tickets range from $25 to $83. Caramoor is at 149 Girdle Ridge Road; for more information, visit caramoor.org or call 914-232-1252.
Ali: The Whole Story
[This event was postponed after publication; it was rescheduled for Aug. 21.] The Ridgefield Playhouse Film Society will screen Sandra and Joseph Consentino’s documentary, Muhammad Ali: The Whole Story, on Sunday, July 10, at 6 p.m., with a portion of proceeds benefiting the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.
The award-winning documentary traces Ali’s life and career, in and outside of the ring, with footage of some of his greatest fights. Ira Joe Fisher will host the screening and the Consentinos will be at the Playhouse to answer questions following the presentation.
Tickets are $10 and may be reserved at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or by calling 203-438-5795.
And coming up....
Moki Kokoris of Ridgefield, the founder of 90-north, an outreach education program series to introduce people to the Arctic and sub-Arctic regions, will talk about the Arctic at the Ridgefield Library, 472 Main Street, on Monday, July 11, at 7 p.m. Kokoris was the first woman of Ukrainian descent to reach the geographic North Pole; she is a member national of the Explorers Club. To register for her talk, visit ridgefieldlibrary.org or call 203-438-2282.
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The Zerbini Family Circus, the first circus in more than 40 years to visit Ridgefield, will set up its tent at East Ridge Middle School, 10 East Ridge Road, on Wednesday, July 13, for performances at 2 and 5 p.m. (Camel and pony rides will be available an hour before the shows.) The Ridgefield Playhouse and Ridgefield academy Family Series are presenting the circus and tickets may be reserved at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or by calling 203-438-5795.
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The Nichols Garden Club will present a Secret Garden Tour of five private gardens on Thursday, July 14, from 4 p.m. until dusk, with a rain date of Friday, July 15. Complimentary refreshments will be served at each location and the tour will begin at The Starkweather House, 1773 Huntington Turnpike, Trumbull. Tickets are $25; for more information, call 203-381-0583.