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

The area will soon be filled with singers, musicians, actors, authors, artists and other performers, ready to provide an eclectic mix of entertainment. It begins tonight with several musical performances, including the Pink Floyd tribute band The Machine, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, Michael Dunham Trio, What Up Funk Band, Dylan Connor and the Epic Poets, The Fred Eaglesmith Traveling Steam Show, Groove Time, City Express Band, Marilyn Manson and others.

On Saturday, the music continues with Greenwich Symphony, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Chris Trapper, Great American Ghost, Tom Crowley and the Speakers, Aaron Lewis, a Johnny Mercer tribute, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, Lita Ford, Jeremy Denk, Kashmir, Wynton Marsalis and a Hot & Cool jazz session.

On Sunday, one can check out Kate Liu, Christine Ebersole, the Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut, Tokyo String Quartet and others. And, one can see the intersection of jazz and art during a special performance at the Old Town Hall Museum (175 Atlantic St.) in Stamford, Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m.

There are some tasty treats in store as well, including a “Chocolate World Expo” in Norwalk on Sunday. The 10th annual Winefest will take place in Uncasville.

On stage, “Next to Normal” comes to Downtown Cabaret Theatre in Bridgeport. “Almost Maine” visits for a spell in Hartford. The Clockwork Repertory Theatre takes on a murder-mystery. And next Wednesday, stage fans can get a behind-the-scenes view of Broadway with the one-night only screening of “One Night Stand: Creating a Play in a Day.”

Author Fran Lebowitz will come to share her view of things during an evening at Fairfield University on Monday. A celebration of the lunar new year will kick off on Sunday. Graveyard shift tours are set at the Mark Twain House. The artist William Wegman will show work in Westport inspired by his travels (see right). Bruce Museum’s Chinasaurs opens this weekend. And “Texas Chainsaw” fans will be gathering in Norwalk.

Kids may want to check out “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” at the Emelin Theatre. “Yo Gabba Gabba Live” comes to Port Chester, N.Y. Stepping Stones Museum in Norwalk hosts a night for “The Lorax.” Trumbull Library will host a concert for the whole family. “Fancy Nancy” comes to Westport and the “Jungle Book” will be in Waterbury. Several night hikes also are planned in Ansonia and New Canaan.

There’s plenty to do, as always. Plan ahead, get started early and enjoy!

Until next time …

Christina Hennessy