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

For some people, the upcoming weekend will actually stretch to three as the nation celebrates and honors civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday. Several area organizations will be commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 21) with special events. (Or, you can be inspired by video above to donate some time and talent to your community.) In Greenwich, Flying Ship Productions will present “Rosa’s Ride” at the Bruce Museum’s family day celebration on Monday. In Fairfield, the Fairfield Museum will be offering a weekend of activities for all ages. The Westport Historical Society will honor King’s life through art. And, at the Yale Peabody Museum in New Haven, the focus is on the environment and social issues on Sunday and Monday.

Area venues also will be filled with the sound of music this weekend. Gin Blossoms will be in Fairfield. Blood, Sweat and Tears are performing in Ridgefield. The “Rod Stewart Experience,” (Look out ladies!) comes to Bridgeport. Guster, Morrissey and Dwight Yoakam will be playing separate nights at the Capitol. Bowzer will be bringing his doo wop pary to Mohegan Sun — the same venue that will welcome the Blue Oyster Cult. Jazz fans have multiple opportunities to catch a performance with events taking place in Derby, and New Canaan. Music events will also honor MLK, including those in New Haven and Hartford.

Performers will be lending their talents for events planned to honor the victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy. Sacred Heart University will present an evening of performing arts on Saturday. In Ridgefield, musical all-stars also will converge for a special two-day concert.

Fans of the Roaring 20s, have multiple events to choose from as the Westport READS celebration delves deeper into F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.” Lectures, music performances and film events are planned throughout the celebration, which ends Feb. 2.

Are you looking to laugh this weekend. Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling will likely be able to help in that department. He boasted to a colleague that knows more jokes than anyone else in the world, including a million dirty ones. He probably won’t have time to get through all of them, though he is scheduled to make two appearances in the state.

Film buffs have their pick this weekend, including “The Last Ride,” which is about country music star Hank Williams. Area libraries have a solid schedule of documentaries and feature films. And Norwalk’s IMAX theater brings animals of the deep and far-off lands to the screen. Fans of dance and art would do well to make their way to the Silvermine Arts Center where an innovative program mixes art, dance and technology to intriguing effect.

Kids may want to check out Elmo, who will be bringing along some superheroes when he visits the state. The “Ice Age” exhibition has its final weekend at the Katonah Museum of Art. Time also is running out to see the Lego exhibit at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center. Or, you can “step into art” in Norwalk.

On stage, one can find mystery, comedy, opera, a musical and a world premiere, as well as an ode to “Great American Love Songs.” Next week, you can find a break in the day to enjoy some lunch and theater. And, a community theater group hopes to drum up interest and support during staged readings this weekend.

There are plenty of opportunities to appreciate some art, as well. The lost world of Russian can be found in Greenwich. New members get a showing in Stamford. And, later in the week, “Your Content Will Return Shortly” comes to Franklin Street Works. Norwalk’s “Festival of Lighthouses” also will be dimming soon, as will “A Persistent Passion: The Art of Lora Eberly Ballou,” which runs through Jan. 31 in Stamford. That is the city one can find the work of some special artists, too.

There’s too much to do in just one weekend, but I hope you make some time to explore and discover.

Until next time …

Christina Hennessy