Hot weekend for the Vibes!
The Gathering of the Vibes begins today, July 30; the first act scheduled, Relative Souls, will begin playing around 1:45 on the Green Vibes Stage in Bridgeport’s Seaside Park. From then on, it’s pretty much non-stop music until Sunday, Aug. 2, when Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals will take the Main Stage at 6 p.m. for the final performance.
Thursday night’s Main Stage feature is Dark Star Orchestra, playing at 9; on Friday, it’s The String Cheese Incident featuring David Grisman, Peter Rowan and friends on the Main Stage at 9; and on Saturday at 9:15, Wilco will perform.
For a complete schedule and ticket information, visit govibes.com.
The Trumbull Youth Association’s summer musical Mary Poppins will be presented July 30-Aug. 2, Thursday through Saturday at 8 and Saturday and Sunday at 2 at Trumbull High School’s auditorium, 72 Strobel Road. For tickets and more information, call 203-452-5052.
Peak Season will bring a harvest of new art works to the Loft Artists Association Galleries during August, with an opening reception on Friday, July 31, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The art by 40-plus members of the association will include painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, jewelry, collage, mixed media, print making, etc.
The studios and galleries are at 575 Pacific Street in Stamford; admission and parking are free. For more information, visit loftartists.com or call 203-247-2027.
NewArts: Newtown Musicals, a division of the 12.14 Foundation, will stage a new musical, Liberty Smith, this weekend at Newtown High School, 12 Berkshire Road. A comedy based on historical events, it’s described as “Forrest Gump meets 1776.”
The performances will be Friday, July 31, at 7, Saturday, Aug. 1, at 2 and 7, and Sunday, Aug. 2, at 2. Another show, The Lion King Jr., will be presented Thursday, Aug. 6, at 7, Friday, Aug. 7, at 7, Saturday, Aug. 8, at 2 and 7, and Sunday, Aug. 9, at noon and 5.
For tickets and more information, visit newartsct.org or call 352-639-2787.
The Connecticut Ballet Summer Dance Caravan will perform Friday, July 31, at Ives Concert Park at the Westside Campus of Western Connecticut State University, 43 Lake Avenue Extension, in Danbury. The program, Classics to Contemporary: Repertory Favorites and New Works, will begin at 7:30.
There is a $10 admission charge, $5 for children 12 and younger. For more information, visit ivesconcertpark.com or connecticutballet.com.
The New Canaan Nature Center at 144 Oenoke Ridge in New Canaan will have a Friday Family Fun Night, Once Upon a Blue Moon, on July 31 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. (a “blue moon” is the second full moon within a month). In light of the full moon, the program will focus on the night sky.
For more information, visit newcanaannature.org or call 203-966-9577.
Night of improv
The Ridgefield Theater Barn’s The Role in the Hay Players will present a comedy night, Whose Barn Is It Anyway, on Friday, July 31, at the Theater Barn, 37 Halpin Lane. The show starts at 8, with cabaret-style seating; the audience is invited to bring food and drink. Doors open at 7.
Tickets are $25 and reservations are strongly recommended; visit ridgefieldtheaterbarn.org or call 203-431-9850.
Caramoor 2015 Artist-in-Residence, French pianist Hélène Grimaud, who is known for her Brahms interpretations, will perform a solo recital on Friday evening, July 31, and will be featured with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s on Sunday, Aug. 2, in the Summer Festival Finale. Grimaud is also known in the area for her work as founder of the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, N.Y.
The Friday recital at 8 will include Brahms’ Second Piano Sonata as well as the pianist’s program of works relating to water, by composers including Berio, Takemitsu, Ravel, Fauré, Albéniz, Liszt and others.
The Finale concert will be conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado and will include Grimaud playing Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1.
The Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts is at 149 Girdle Ridge Road in Katonah, N.Y.; for tickets and more information, visit caramoor.org or call 914-232-1252.
Vintage books, etc.
A Vintage Book & Tag Sale will benefit Holy Ghost Russian Orthodox Church of Bridgeport on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Holy Ghost Park, 70 Nells Rock Road, Shelton. Not only books and tag sale items will be for sale; there will be a bake sale and a food concession stand.
Meet service dogs
Kellogg Environmental Center at Osbornedale State Park, 500 Hawthorne Avenue, Shelton, will celebrate National Service Dog Day on Saturday, Aug. 1, at 10 a.m. On hand will be dogs involved in private and public service.
Families and individuals are invited to learned more about the training and special talents these dogs have. No advance registration is required and the program is free; donations of dog food will be accepted for a local shelter. For more information, email email@example.com or call 203-734-2513.
The Danbury Railway Museum will host the 9th annual Danbury Railway Days on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 1 and 2, from 10 to 4, with train rides in the railyard leaving hourly from 10:30 to 3:30. Admission to the museum is $10 for ages three and up.
The museum is in the restored 1903 Danbury Station and rail yard at 120 White Street. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-778-8337.
The first annual Food Truck Affair of North Haven will take place this weekend, Aug. 1 and 2, at the North Haven Fairgrounds, 300 Washington Avenue, North Haven. Hours are noon to 7 each day, with general admission of $5 for people age 13 and older. There will be more than 50 New England food trucks plus party tents and free activities including a petting zoo and pony rides. Adult activities include archery tag, a climbing wall, zip line, water slides and other challenges.
For more information, visit foodtruckaffair.com or call 860-478-5954.
Craft faculty show
A Tradition of Excellence is the theme for the Brookfield Craft Center Faculty Show opening Saturday, Aug. 1, with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. in the center’s Lynn Tendler Bignell Gallery at 286 Whisconier Road/Route 25. All studios will be represented and the show will run through Sept. 6. Gallery hours are generally Friday, 11-2, Saturday, 11-5, and Sunday, 12-4, or by appointment.
For more information, visit brookfieldcraft.org or call 203-775-4526.
The Greenwich Police Silver Shield Association will present a free concert featuring Beginnings, “The Ultimate Chicago Tribute Band,” on Saturday, Aug. 1, at 7 p.m. at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, 100 Arch Street, Greenwich. Concert-goers are invited to bring chairs or blankets and picnics.
Brothers of the Road
In Danbury, the tribute band Brothers of the Road Band will be performing music of the Allman Brothers Band on Saturday, Aug. 1, at 8 on the Downtown Danbury Green. Parking is available at the Patriot Garage, 21 Delay Street (adjacent to the Green) and the Bardo Garage at 10 Library Place off Main Street.
A suggested donation of $2 ($5/family) is welcomed. For more information, visit citycenterdanbury.com or call 203-792-1711.
Brightly colored sculptures by Carole Eisner of Weston are on display at the Silvermine Arts Center’s Sculpture Walk and new shows are opening Sunday, Aug. 2, with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Silvermine Galleries in New Canaan.
Worlds Without End is the first collaborative exhibition between the Silvermine Arts Center and the Brian Morris Gallery and Buddy Warren Inc. The show debuted at the gallery on Chrystie Street in New York City and features artists including Julie Heffernan, David Ambrose, Teresa Braun, Charles Geiger, Brent Green, Sharon Horvath, Ruth Marten, Ronnie Rysz, Gerald Saladyga, Lisa Sanditz, Kyle Staver and Robert Taplin. The collection includes paintings, video installation and mixed media work.
Also opening is an exhibit of paintings by Victor Pesce, which were chosen in consultation with the Elizabeth Harris Gallery. His works are still life paintings in small scale.
Carole Eisner’s sculptures are all abstract, welded-steel structures, painted with high-gloss auto paint, a departure from her previous work in which she used rusted-metal patinas and polished-steel finishes.
Gallery hours, at 1037 Silvermine Road, are Wednesday through Saturday, 12 to 5, and Sunday, 1 to 5. For more information, visit silvermineart.org or call 203-966-9700 x22.
Beer snow & beer
Beer columnist Will Siss, who writes the Beer Snob for the Waterbury Republican-American, will talk about Connecticut brewing at an event on Sunday, Aug. 2, at 4 p.m. at the Pardee-Morris House, 325 Lighthouse Road, New Haven, a property of the New Haven Museum. Mr. Siss will also sign copies of his book, Connecticut Beer: A History of Nutmeg State Brewing and there will be a tasting of selected brews by Erector Brewing Collective of New Haven.
For more information, visit newhavenmuseum.org or call 203-562-4183.
And coming up...
Summer Sings with Music on the Hill begins Tuesday, Aug. 4, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Wilton Presbyterian Church at WEPCO, 48 New Canaan Road, Wilton. Each week during August the participants will sing a different choral classic, with music provided (donations welcome). For more information, visit musiconthehillct.org or call 203-529-3133.
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Connecticut Free Shakespeare will present Mornings of April and May, a comedy by Pedro Calderón de la Barca, adapted by Ellen Lieberman and Bert Garskof, Wednesday, Aug. 5, through Sunday, Aug. 9, at the Peacock Pavilion at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport. Performances will be from 6 to 8 p.m.; the zoo will reopen at 5:30 for picnickers. Admission is free and the show is suitable for all ages. For more information, visit ctfreeshakespeare.org or call 203-916-8066.