Out and about: Things to see and places to be this weekend

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Above: Foreigner will be performing many of its greatest hits Saturday night, Feb. 18, at the Klein Memorial Auditorium in Bridgeport. Contributed photo

It certainly won’t be the first time that Foreigner ascends to a stage when the band comes to the Klein Memorial Auditorium in Bridgeport on Saturday, Feb. 18. With hits such as “Feels Like the First Time,” Double Vision,” “Cold as Ice,” “Hot Blooded” and “I Want to Know What Love Is,” the band has made a lot of fans over its more than three decades in rock. If you go, look for the Bridgeport Central High School Choir, who will be singing with the band during the concert.

There is other music to be had, as well, including an all-day, all-night Mardi Gras fundraiser in Black Rock on Saturday, Feb. 18, , featuring local and regional performers. Lucy Kaplansky is coming to Fairfield. Lynyrd Skynyrd is at Foxwoods. And, The Pink Floyd Experience comes to Storrs.

There are plenty of chances to see some quality cinema this weekend, too. At the Avon in Stamford the Oscar-nominated foreign language film, “A Separation,” will be screened followed by a question-and-answer session led by Ardeshir and Eleanor Ommani, co-founders of the American Iranian Friendship Committee.

There is plenty for children to do too, which is fortunate, since many of them are on their winter breaks. My colleague Scott Gargan has compiled many events and programs that should keep all ages occupied. Chili fans, too, which undoubtedly include many in the younger set, can take a trip to Danbury to not only sample some spicy fare, but see who earns top prizes.

Perhaps you are a fan of Ben Vereen and have always wanted to know more about his career as a successful actor, dancer and singer. You are in luck, since the Brooklyn, N.Y., native will be at the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, Feb. 19, to talk about his career as part of the center’s American Legends series. Or maybe you are looking for performing magic of a different sort. Just know then that the Amazing Kreskin will be working hard for his money when he performs over the weekend at Bridgeport’s Downtown Cabaret Theatre.

Over at Mohegan Sun, more than 40 comics will be gathering in the hopes that they will soon be named the funniest comic in New England. There a number of contestants from Connecticut, particularly the Fairfield County area, so if you want to cheer on the local talent, make sure to save some time on Friday, Feb. 17, or Saturday, Feb.18.

Dance fans have a chance to catch the Stage Ballet Theatre of Russia bring the classic ballet “Romeo and Juliet” to the stage in New Haven for two performances on Saturday, Feb. 18.

Clearly, there is not enough hours in the weekend to catch all the many programs and activities scheduled this weekend, but here are a few more you may want to save time to check out. The New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks will be hosting an Open Cockpit Day on Sunday, Feb. 19, including an appearance by Tuskegee Airman Connie Nappier. Canines will be put through their paces in Hartford. “Winter’s Aweigh” finds its way to Mystic Seaport.

Until next time …

Christina Hennessy

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