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

Talk about commitment! Even after a car accident earlier this year, “American Idol” winner Kris Allen is expected to take the stage in Ridgefield tonight. Allen, who won the eighth season of the hit show, released a new album earlier last year, “Thank You Camellia.” As organizers pointed out in a recent article, Allen’s messages is: “The show must go on.”

In addition to Allen, there will be a number of other singers coming through the area ready to entertain. Dickey Betts & Great Southern, as well as Supertramp’s Roger Hodgson will be in Ridgefield, too (above, his classic “Take the Long Way Home”). Little Feat will be in Bridgeport on Friday. Martha Redbone will bring the music of her recent roots project to Westport. Johnny Winter and his band will be in New Haven, as will The Iguanas. Brian Dolzani will be in Shelton. Maydie Myles and Company will be in Westport. And, Shelby Lynne will be in Fairfield.

There’s even more music. The New Haven Symphony Orchestra will stage “Mozart Rocks On!’ The Queen Extravaganza pays tribute in Tarrytown, N.Y. and Wallingford. Connecticut Little Symphony plays in Wilton. Meanwhile, the Jimmy Pelt Quintet visits Greenwich.

On stage, a number of productions are set to entertain. “Breath & Imagination” begins at Hartford Stage. Agatha Christie’s “Unexpected Guest” begins at Curtain Call in Stamford. “Dixie’s Tupperware Party” gets under way in Waterbury. And, “Annie” will take to the Westport Country Playhouse stage. And “Beauty and the Beast” opens in Bridgeport for families.

If your mind is on the stars of the sky rather than stage, the Stamford Observatory has an evening dedicated to “The Search for Exoplanets.” If you go crazy for LEGOs instead, make haste to get yourself to Bridgeport‘s Discovery Museum this weekend.  If you are a fan of WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, Stamford’s Barnes and Noble is the place to be this weekend. And followers of authors Adriana Trigiani and Giulia Melucci should take a trip to the Mark Twain Museum Center. And, the Found Footage Festival comes to Danbury.

Art will be on display across the state. In Westport, a film screening and an exhibition will celebrate the bond of pen pals. The works of Wendell Castle go up at the Aldrich. And, photographers use orange as their muse in Danbury.

Until next time …

Christina Hennessy