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

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Pictured: You better not pout, you better not cry cause Santa is coming to Greenwich this weekend — and his reindeer, too! (Photo/David Ames)

You probably spent your Thanksgiving indoors, over a home-cooked meal with friends and family. Now, it’s time to get out and enjoy some of the fun activities — concerts, plays, holiday events — cooking in Fairfield County this weekend.

You’re probably already stuffed with turkey, mashed potatoes and other Thanksgiving goodies, but if you have a little room left, head over to the Warner Theatre in Torrington where celebrity chef Buddy Valastro, of “Cake Boss” and “Next Great Baker” fame, will take the stage for a holiday show on Sunday, Nov. 25. Billed as “Homemade for the Holidays,” the night will include holiday stories revolving around the family business, Carlo’s Bake Shop, in Hoboken, N.J., as well as a demonstration of the culinary artistry that has made Valastro famous.

If you’re want to dance off some of those Thanksgiving dinner calories, take a trip to the Fairfield Theatre Company for one of two (or both) concerts: Bridgeport gypsy jazz band Caravan of Thieves on Friday, Nov. 23, and New Orleans soul/funk outfit Brother Joscephus on Saturday, Nov. 24. In addition, Vermont jam band Strangefolk is set to play the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, N.Y. on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 23 and 24.

Or, if you’re looking to get into the holiday spirit, check out the opening night of the Greenwich Reindeer Festival, including a parade down Greenwich Avenue led by Santa — and his Reindeer, too — on Friday, Nov. 23. The festival continues at McArdle’s FLorist and Garden Center, 48 Arch Street, through Dec. 24. See this story for more holiday happenings.

The theater is a great place to spend Thanksgiving weekend as well. But there’s no need to subject yourself to the madness of New York City — you can stay right here in Connecticut, and catch Kathleen Turner perform in “Sister George” at the restored Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven or Greenwich native Matthew Krob appear in the Broadway revival of “West Side Story” at the Palace Theatre in Waterbury.

Enjoy the rest of your holiday, folks. Until next time…

Scott Gargan

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