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

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When it comes to entertainment for the next several days, one will have to wait for Wednesday, June 13, to catch one of the more spectacular acts making a stop in the state. Cirque du Soleil will be bringing its “Dralion” to Bridgeport through June 17 — complete with its 50 acrobats, gymnasts, musicians, singers and comics. If you decide to go, make sure to look out for the “draLions” as its not likely you are going to see them anywhere else.

In addition to the high-flying spectacle going on in Bridgeport, the area will welcome a number of musical acts, such as “The Queen Extravaganza” in Wallingford (see video above), Hip-hop star Drake in Hartford and Sharon Malane in New Canaan. Bridgeport will be hopping with the Fresh Musical Festival, the Stepkids and Jimmy Cliff will all be in Bridgeport. One can find a tribute to Paul McCartney in Hartford, some doo wop in Mashantucket, Pat Benatar and Nick Giraldo in Ridgefield and Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples in Uncasville.

One can see some walls of art at the Community Cooperative Nursery School’s 50th anniversary Art Show, or a collection of Marilyn Monroe photographs in Norwalk at Sono Studios.

You can keep company with “Company” in Westport, the same town where you can join a new book salon program on Wednesday, June 13. Meanwhile, Theatreworks in New Milford presents “Golda’s Balcony.” Or, learn a bit more about the culture of Gujarat when this show of Indian songs and dances comes to Stamford.

There are some children’s events, as well, from Touch a Truck in Greenwich to the BooZoo Canine Carnival at the Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk. There also is Cole Brothers Circus of the Stars in Danbury.

Greenery has the spotlight, too, from events sponsored by the Cultural Landscape Foundation and a designer showcase and garden tour planned by the Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens in Stamford. There is a Garden Conservancy Open House Days program that will get under way in Westport, a secret garden tour in New Canaan and a “Glamour in the Garden” tour in Greenwich.

For those who want to dabble, Connecticut will be hosting its eighth annual Open House Day, featuring special events and programs at sites across the state. For a complete list, visit here.

Until next time …

Christina Hennessy

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