This Weekend: Music, softball, Shakespeare, and more
Rock Cottage Studio in Ridgefield, a project of two Reddingites, Andrew Schur and Drew Sennett, will present the Rendezvous Music Festival at Ives Concert Park in Danbury on Sunday, Aug. 14, starting at 2. The organizers, fans of Bridgeport’s Gathering of the Vibes festival that was cancelled this year, have organized an event headlined by the Trumbull-based indie hit, Felly, with other acts including The Primate Fiasco and Spiritual Rez, as well as The Bobby Paltauf Band and Pampalibros.
The profits from this festival will be donated to Horns For Kids, a Hamden-based charity that buys and repairs instruments for deserving schools around Connecticut. In addition to the music, there will be a panel of professional musicians talking about musical opportunities throughout life.
Tickets ($25; $50 with Felly meet-and-greet) and more details are available at rendezvousfestivalct.com.
The 3rd Annual Extra Innings Softball Marathon, in memory of Ken Shepard and to directly benefit the Mather Family, will take place Saturday, Aug. 13, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 14, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Forty teams will participate and there will be give-aways, food, and raffles and a home run derby on Saturday from 7:30 to 9 p.m.
All events take place at the Frank DeLuca Hall of Fame Field at 1000 Main Street in Stratford. For more information, email Jenn@treasuredtime.org.
The Ridgefield Playhouse’s annual Shakespeare on the Green and Green Expo, an event to thank the community for its support throughout the year, will take place Saturday, Aug. 13, from noon to 4. The “green living” expo runs from noon to 4 and the performance of Shakespeare’s So Please You, a comedy by Hudson Valley Shakespeare will take place at 2.
Tickets are free but must be reserved (limit six tickets per family): call 203-438-5795. They’ll be held at the playhouse box office until 1 on the day of the show. The expo and the performance will take place under tents on the green opposite the playhouse. For more information, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org.
Reddingite Allen Chiang will talk about his vintage radio collection, a sample of which is on display at the Mark Twain Library through the summer, on Saturday, Aug. 13, at 3 p.m. The display includes more than 50 vintage radios, copies of old advertisements and examples of the old radio vacuum tube machinery.
The library is at 439 Redding Road (Route 53) at Diamond Hill Road, Redding; marktwainlibrary.org or call 203-938-2545.
The Japan Society of Fairfield County will host its annual Bon Odori — Summer Dance Festival on Saturday, Aug. 13, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on Jesup Green, 20 Jesup Road, Westport. The event features traditional music and dance, with dignitaries from the Japanese consulate on hand.
The performances will include the New York Taiko Aikokai, Okinawan folk songs with Sanshin by Junko Fisher and karate demonstrations by Connecticut Seido Karate. Japanese food and drink will be available at Matsu Sushi, across Jesup Green (33 Jesup Road). For more information, visit japansocietyfc.org.
Summer is a wonderful time to visit the Wolf Conservation Center in Lewisboro, N.Y., and among the opportunities this weekend is an Evening Howl on Saturday, Aug. 13, at 7 p.m. Guests will take a short sunset hike to howl with Ambassador Wolves Atka, Alawa, Nikai and Zephyr and get a glimpse of the center’s critically endangered red wolves and Mexican wolves.
There will be treats.
Everyone should bring a flashlight; pre-registration is required. For information, visit nywolf.org.
As part of its summer Arts Initiative, Grace Farms Foundation in New Canaan has planned a sunset concert by singer/songwriter Kelley McRae on Saturday, Aug. 13, at 7 p.m. She recently appeared at the Kerrville Folk Festival.
Tickets are $25; for information, visit gracefarms.org. The foundation is at 365 Lukes Wood Road; it’s open to the public Tuesdays through Sundays.
Into the Woods Jr.
Pantochino Teen Theatre will perform Into the Woods Jr. this weekend at the Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Avenue South, Milford, this weekend, with shows on Saturday, Aug. 13, at 5 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 14, at 2. All tickets are $10 and are available at pantochino.com.
The show features 30 young actors from age 12 to 17 years, who bring to life favorite fairy tale characters in a new way.
Peter Pan Jr.
Peter Pan Jr. featuring songs from the 1953 Disney classic as well as songs from the Pirates of the Caribbean ride and the 2008 Disney film Tinker Bell, will be staged Saturday, Aug. 13, at 4 and 7 p.m. at the Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield University.
Tickets are available by calling 203-254-4010; for more information, visit fairfieldperformingartsstudio.com.
Founded more than 30 years ago, Diamond Rio has been one of the most popular country groups and is still going strong without any member changes. They’ll perform at the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge, on Sunday, Aug. 14, at 8. Tickets are $60; for reservations, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.
And coming up…
Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies’ TCM Big Screen Classics series will feature National Lampoon’s Animal House on Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 7 p.m. as part of the AAA Northeast at the Playhouse Live in HD Series at the Ridgefield Playhouse. TIckets are $10; visit riddgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.
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The Avon Theatre in Stamford and the India Cultural Center of Greenwich is presenting Discover Indian Cinema: next up is Neerja, the story of a 22-year-old flight attendant who saved 359 lives when Libyans in 1986 hijacked a Pan Am play on the tarmac in Karachi, Pakistan. Margie French, executive director of the ICC Greenwich will introduce the film (in Hindi with English subtitles) on Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 7:30 p.m. The theater is at 272 Bedford Street; for information, visit avontheatre.org or call 203-967-3660.
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Connecticut Free Shakespeare will stage Taming of the Shrew, directed by Ellen Lieberman, on the grounds of the American Shakespeare Festival Theatre in Stratford Wednesday, Aug. 17, through Sunday, Aug. 21, at 8 p.m. The theater is at 1840 Elm Street. The outdoor performances are cancelled only when the weather is severe; people are invited to come early and picnic, bringing blankets or chairs. (Low chairs and blankets are allowed closest to the stage.) For more information, visit ctfreeshakespeare.org.