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

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Above: The African Children’s Choir, which this year features 17 children from Uganda, sings at the Palace Theatre in Stamford Saturday, May 26, 2012. Photo: Contributed photo

This weekend, Stamford is the stop for a special group of singers, who will be bringing their high-energy spirit to the Palace Theatre. The African Children’s Choir, which has been providing a positive outlet for hundreds of children affected by war, poverty and disease, will perform on Saturday, May 26. Launched by the Music for Life Institute, the group features 17 singers age 8 to 10 who live in Uganda when not on the road.

It is one of many musical acts scheduled to appear at venues throughout our area.

The Wailers will be in Ridgefield on Thursday and ZZ Top will be at MGM Grand at Foxwoods on Sunday. Paul Anka will be in the state, too, as will the Errante/Cho Trio. And, you can enjoy some ’50s rock and roll in New Haven.

This also would be the weekend to welcome a white alligator to the area. “Bones” will be making his home at the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk from the Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Over at the Beardsley Zoo, it will be celebrating its 90th birthday with special activities. These include an exhibit featuring an Aldabra giant tortoise and a Galapagos giant tortoise. At Mystic Seaport, lobsters of the cooked variety will be featured during its annual Lobster Days celebrated throughout the weekend. In Newtown, one can find a whole lot of plastic ducks.

Art will abound, as well, from the Art About Town event in Westport to the remaining days of Art to the Avenue in Greenwich. You can also see art from around the world aboard the SeaFair, a megayacht that will remain docked in Greenwich near the Delamar. Many local galleries and artists also are involved in the event, too.

Dancers from the Ballet School of Stamford plan to bring the tale of “Hansel and Gretel” to life on Friday, along with chamber musicians and a number of opera singers.

Meanwhile, the Ridgefield Playhouse is planning a screening of “God is the Bigger Elvis,” about the story of Mother Dolores Hart, who also will be on hand for a question-and-answer session. (You can see the trailer of the documentary below.)

And, thanks to the Memorial Day holiday, the weekend lasts right into Monday for most people. Many towns and cities throughout Fairfield County will be marking the holiday with special events, such as parades and festivals. You can look for the list in the May 24 “Go” section, in the “Goings On” listings under “holiday events.”

Whatever you do, I hope you enjoy it.

Until next time …

Christina Hennessy

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