This weekend is packed with events, from art to gardens to music, including Papa Mali, swamp-rock guitarist, will perform at StageOne Fairfield Theatre Company, 70 Sanford Street, on Sunday at 7:30. Tickets are $25, $75 for VIP seats; for reservations, visit fairfieldtheatre.org or call 203-259-1036.
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum will have an Evening Studios event for families on Friday, June 26, from 5 to 7 p.m., taking advantage of the museum’s extended hours on Fridays during the summer. The program will focus on Turkish Tiles and participants will investigate the current exhibit Nicaea by artist Elif Uras and then visit the Education Center to make their own decorative tiles.
The program is free with museum admission, which is $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and free for children. The museum is at 258 Main Street, Ridgefield; for more information, visit aldrichart.org or call 203-438-4519.
Gallery at Onatru
The Gallery at Onatru at the Town of Lewisboro’s Onatru Farm Park, 99 Elmwood Road, South Salem, N.Y., will host its summer show, Inside Out: Arts and Environment, opening Friday evening June 26, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Featuring the work of six artists who represent diverse interpretations of nature, the show will continue Monday through Friday from 10 to 5 and weekends by appointment through July 17. It may also be visited from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30, before the town fireworks display at Onatru Farm.
The artists include Louisa Rawles Tiné, a nationally recognized botanical illustrator; environmental photographer J. Henry Fair; Linda Kuehne, whose work offers social commentary; multi-media artists Bernard Mindich and Gail Lee; and sculptor and painter Alex McFarlane. Show organizers are Evelyn Kahlow and Mitche Kunzman.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment, email email@example.com or call 914-220-2387.
The Theatre Artists Workshop in Norwalk will stage its first annual Fringe Festival this weekend featuring off-beat, off-kilter and avant-garde works of movement, song, drama and comedy. Performances will be at 8 on Friday and Saturday, June 26 and 27, and at 3 on Sunday, June 28.
There is a suggested donation of $10, with no reservations needed. The workshop is at 5 Gregory Boulevard; for information, visit taworkshop.org or call 203-854-6830.
Night on Fire!
A band of fire jugglers will light up the night at Historic Hudson Valley’s Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., Friday through Sunday, June 26-28. The one-hour shows by the juggling and comedy troupe, A Different Spin (part of the Boston Circus Guild), will take place at 8:30 on Friday, at 8 and 9:30 on Saturday and at 8 on Sunday.
Tickets are $22 for adults and $16 for children 17 and under, available at hudsonvalley.org. Philipsburg Manor is at 381 North Broadway (Route 9) in Sleepy Hollow. For information, call 914-366-6900.
Public sails begin this weekend on Long Island Sound aboard the Schooner Soundwaters. The environmentally oriented two-hour voyages include helping to raise the sails and then sampling and testing water quality. All passengers must be five years or older; cost is $35 for adults and $20 for children.
The 80-foot schooner will be departing from various locations on the sound this summer, including Stamford and Bridgeport. There are also sunset sails, when adults are invited to bring food and drink. For information and the complete schedule, visit soundwaters.org.
The Greater Bridgeport Symphony will perform a pops concert at the Great Barnum Fireworks on Friday, June 26, at 7:30, a free event at the Seaside Park Band Shell in Bridgeport. Steve D’Agostino (Singin’ & Swingin’ The Great American Songbook) will begin performing at 6:15. Guests should bring blankets and chairs.
The Barnum Festival Skyblast ‘n (Clam)Bake is at 5:30. Tickets are $50 for a meal at 5:30; tickets are $50 and include VIP seats for the concert and fireworks. For tickets and more information, visit barnumfestival.com.
The ninth annual Greenwich-Stamford Swim Across America event will take place Saturday morning, June 27, at the headquarters of the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy at 96 Cummings Point Road, Stamford. The swim is an open water event with half-mile, 1.5-mile and three-mile options. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m.
Fees and other proceeds benefit the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy, the only U.S. foundation dedicated to funding cancer gene therapy research. All swimmers are required to raise at least $500 by event day; registration fees are $75. Complete information is available at swimacrossamerica.org.
More than 150 exhibitors will have ceramics, jewelry, wearable art and other fine arts and crafts at the Norwalk Art Festival June 27 and 28 in Mathews Park, 295 West Avenue. The exhibitors are juried and will be available on site to discuss their work with patrons. There will be demonstrations, hands-on art projects and complimentary art supplies available for children and adults to enjoy.
In addition to the art workshop area, the Center for Contemporary Printmaking, the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum and Stepping Stones Museum for Children, all within the park, will be open. Festival admission is free; the mansion will have special discounted mini-tours and the children’s museum does have paid admission.
Parking will be available in the park or in South Norwalk; there’s a walking trail that links SoNo to the park. For information, visit norwalkartfestival.org or call 518-852-6478.
Live on the Lawn, a family-friendly outdoor concert at Fairfield University’s DiMenna-Nyselius Library, will feature The Alternate Routes on Saturday, June 27, at 6:30 p.m. Todd Carey will be the night’s opening act. It is a kick-off for the 25th anniversary of the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts and is presented by the Quick Center.
Concertgoers are encouraged to come early and tour the campus; all are welcome to bring blankets, chairs and picnics. There will be shuttle buses from campus parking areas to the concert venue. To register for prizes and for more information, visit fairfield.edu/liveonthelawn.
Opening the CityCenter Danbury Summer Concerts on the Green (at Ives Street) will be the Danbury Symphony Orchestra’s SciFi, Magic & Mystery pops concert on Saturday, June 27, from 7:30 to 9:30. The Wizard of Oz theme, Over the Rainbow, will be a highlight. Admission is free and after the concert, Two Steps Downtown Grille at 5 Ives Street, will provide free hors d’oeuvres and soft drinks; a cash bar will be available.
On Sunday, the CityCenter Danbury Green will be the scene of Random Acts of Compassion III to benefit Ann’s Place, the community-based cancer support center. The music, from noon to 5, will include Violent Mae, l o o m, Union Rail, Snooty Garland and TNT Dynamite Band. Food and drink will be available and there will be crafts and paintings for sale. Suggested donation is $20; for information, visit annsplace.org.
George Porter Jr., funk bassist extraordinaire of the Meters, will perform with his band the Runnin’ Partners on Saturday, June 27, at 7:30 at StageOne, Fairfield Theatre Company, 70 Sanford Street. Over his career, he has played with such artists as Paul McCartney, Jimmy Buffett, David Byrne, Patti LaBelle, Robbie Robertson, Taj Mahal and Tori Amos.
Tickets are $32 in advance, available at fairfieldtheatre.org or call 203-259-1036.
House and garden tour
The Newtown Historical Society’s 19th annual House and Garden Tour on Sunday, June 28, will feature four unique homes and three hidden gardens in Newtown and Sandy Hook. Included are two Main Street antique homes. Tour hours are 11 to 5, rain or shine; advance tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children ages 8-12, available at the Booth Library on Main Street or at newtownhistory.org. On tour day, tickets prices will be $30 and $15, available from 10 to 2 in front of the Matthew Curtiss House at 44 Main Street.
Historic gardens day
Weir Farm National Historic Site will celebrate Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Day on Sunday, June 28, from noon to 4. Park staff at the site (735 Nod Hill Road, Wilton), along with members of the Garden Gang volunteers, will give informal talks in the Sunken Garden and Secret Garden. A professional artist will give informal instruction from 1 to 4 p.m., using the park’s free-to-use watercolor supplies.
There is also a special exhibition in the visitor center featuring contemporary paintings, photographs, and prints inspired by the park’s gardens, buildings and landscape. For more information, visit nps.gov/wefa or call 203-834-1896.
Common Ground for the Common Good is the theme for the 13th annual Bethel Garden Fair on Sunday, June 28, from 12:30 to 5 p.m. UConn Master Gardeners will offer presentations and demonstrations: Herb Gardening De-Mystified, Garden Bugs & Other Thugs, Vegetable Gardening, Pruning How-to and Composting. There will be garden walks plus other informational activities.
The fair will take place at the Fairfield County Extension Center, 67 Stony Hill Road, Bethel. For more information, visit bethelgardenfair.org or call 203-207-3262.
The Connecticut Alliance for Music will have a garden party on Sunday, June 28, at 3 at a Westport home, with music by the Asylum Quartet. Members of the CAM board will be on hand to discuss the organization’s plans. For reservations, visit camusic.org/tickets or call 203-319-8271; location will be supplied to those with reservations.
The Pound Ridge, N.Y., Library will host Jess Best & Friends on Sunday, June 28, at 4:30; she is a Pound Ridge native who’s recently released her debut album, Gone Baby.
A reception will follow the concert and reservations are recommended; visit poundridgelibrary.org or call 914-764-5085. The library is at 271 Westchester Avenue.
King of instruments
The New Haven Chapter of the American Guild of Organists is hosting its Northeast Regional Convention beginning Sunday; there is a series of free concerts featuring top organists, beginning Sunday evening, June 28, at 7:30 in Woolsey Hall, 500 College Street, New Haven. Peter Richard Conte of the Wanamaker Store in Philadelphia will play a recital on the hall’s Newberry Memorial organ.
For a complete schedule of concerts, visit newhavenago2015.org.
And coming up...
Hirschfeld at the Playhouse is a one-night celebration of the famed artist, whose portraits were Broadway legend: to have been drawn by him was to have arrived. The Westport Country Playhouse will honor his artistry on Monday evening, June 29, with an exhibition of his work and a screening of The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story, 1996 Academy Award-nominated film, directed and written by Susan W. Dryfoos. The screening will begin at 8 and guests will then visit the Sheffer Studio to see the exhibition, which will feature art from private collections. Patron tickets at $125 include a pre-film dinner in the studio; general tickets are $20. For more information, visit westportplayhouse.org or call 203-227-4177.
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As part of the 2015 Barnum Festival in Bridgeport, the Swedish Jenny Lind concert will be presented by the Barnum Museum at the Bijou Theatre, 275 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, on Tuesday, June 30, at 7:30. Representing one of the most acclaimed opera stars of all time, Jenny Lind, Sara Swietlicki is Sweden’s 50th Jenny Lind Scholarship recipient and is completing her North American tour in Bridgeport. For tickets, visit thebijoutheatre.com or call 203-332-3228.
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Author Candace Bushnell will visit the Wilton Library on Thursday, July 2, at 7 to talk about her new novel, Killing Monica. Admission is free but pre-registration is required at wiltonlibrary.org or by calling 203-762-3950 x213.