Veterans’ photos on display in July Concert series is free downtown Tango Festival coming to Milford Film on climate to be shown at library Artwork by 2 being shown ‘Nature Smiles’ to open at library Open Mic Nites summer series Country rock band to
SEYMOUR >> The Seymour Public Library, 46 Church St., in July is exhibiting photos taken by veterans in an introduction to photography class.
The class was offered at the New Haven Veterans Center, 261 S. Lambert Road, Orange. The center provides counseling and support for military veterans who have served in combat zones during wartime since World War II.
For information on the Veterans Center, call 203-795-0148.
For information on the display, call the library at 203-888-3903.
MILFORD >> The Chamber of Commerce concert series “Summer Nights by Harbor Lights” runs 7-9 p.m. at Fowler Field Rotary Pavilion, behind the Milford Library on New Haven Avenue.
The free series through Aug. 11, is:
July 21, Midnight Rodeo Band, country; July 28, Kathy Thompson Band, blues, soul; Aug. 4, The Bernadettes, rock, soul; Aug. 11, Rumrunners, pop, covers.
Rain cancellation notices will be broadcast on WPLR and WICC radio.
Alcohol is not permitted.
MILFORD >> The 10th Connecticut Tango Festival, with master Argentine dancers Carolina Leonardelli and Gabriel Salvi, will be held July 21-30.
Events will be held in Milford, Norwalk, Danbury and Middletown. Go to www.CTTangoFest.org
In Milford, the programs at Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave. S. are:
• July 22: Tango Boot Camp for Beginners with Dale and Gem, 2:30-5:30 p.m., $50.
• July 28: Tango Passion Show, 8 p.m., tickets $38, $42, presented by the Milford Arts Council and the CT Tango Fest with piano, bandoneon and bass musicians; and Grupo Folklorico Rio de la Plata, Tango Sueño Performance Group.
• July 29: Tango workshops with Manuela and Juan, 1-5:30 p.m., $75.
Contact: 203-584-4480, www.CTTangoFest.org.
ORANGE >> “Chasing Ice” a film on climate, will be shown for free at 6:30 p.m. July 27 at Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road.
Ice pops will be available at no cost.
The showing is sponsored by Promoting Enduring Peace, a group founded in 1952 which takes as its slogan “Peace on Earth, Peace with Earth.”
After the film, there will be a discussion of latest developments, such as the break-away of a trillion-ton Antarctic glacier, the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accords, the increase in greenhouse gas warming in 2016 and recent climate activism.
It will be led by PEP Administrator Stanley Heller.
For years, photographer James Balog has been alarmed about climate change, so he decided to make his point with video and photos of shrinking or disappearing glaciers.
To reveal the impact of climate change, Balog founded the Extreme Ice Survey, a ground-based, photographic study of glaciers.
“The film is both beautiful and terrifying,” Heller said. “Balog had to invent new cameras to withstand Arctic conditions of powerful wind and below freezing temperatures. He shows what’s happening to the world’s ice and explains the dire effects of this for humanity.”
For more information: pepeace.org, peacenews.org, chasingice.com.
ORANGE >> Art by Michael Voytek and Jessica Zamachaj is being shown at Case Memorial Library, 175 Tyler City Road, off Lambert Road.
The exhibit is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, except Sundays, through July 31.
BETHANY >> Betsy Ratner is showing her new mixed-media collages through July 28 at Clark Memorial Library gallery, 538 Amity Road.
The show, “Nature Smiles” encompasses the multitude of colors expressing light.
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 www.milfordarts.org.
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. The lineup is Charlie Starr, lead vocals, guitar; Richard Turner, bass, vocals; Brit Turner, drums; Paul Jackson, guitar, vocals, and Brandon Still, keyboard.
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: July 26, “Paint-in” Milford Arts Council; Aug. 2, K-9 Unit demonstration Police Department; Aug. 9, puppet show, sparkle tattoos, Duck Duck Goose; Aug. 16, Chalk the Walk Milford Prevention Council; Aug. 23, pet portrait session, Milford Photo. For more information visit www.milfordarts.org. Attendees may bring a blanket or chair and a picnic. Visit the Downtown Milford Business Association at www.downtownmilfordct.com for a list of restaurants and shops to visit.
ORANGE >> “Duo Retrospectives,” Audrey Galer, watercolors, and Stephanie Arrell, oil paintings and ceramics, will be shown Aug. 2-31, at Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road.
An opening reception is set for 5-7 p.m. Aug. 10.
STRATFORD >> Artist Tommy “Tsunami” Rupich will show 30 new watercolors in a solo exhibit, “Force of Nature,” Aug. 1-Oct. 1 at Joey C’s Boathouse, 955 Ferry Blvd.
An opening reception will be held 5:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 11. Framed prints are available at http://fineartamerica.com/pro. Info: 203-870-4838; on Facebook at Tommy Rupich or Twitter: @RupichStudio.