Television legend Phil Donohue, co-director of the award-winning film "Body of War," will be on hand for a Q&A after the film's screening Friday, Feb. 1, 2013 at The Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, Conn. Contributed Photo
The A.R. Gurney play "Ancestral Voices" about family dysfunction and the decline of rust belt cities is being presented by the Music Theatre of Connecticut in Westport, Conn., from Feb. 1 to 17, 2013. The cast includes (clockwise from top left) John Flaherty, John Little, Michael McGurk, Jo Anne Parady and Marty Bongfeldt. Contributed Photo
A new international tour of the Broadway musical "The Addams Family" has been rehearsing at the Shubert Theatre in New Haven, Conn., for the past few weeks and will present its first performances there on Feb. 1 to 3, 2013. Contributed Photo
The Fairfield County Children's Choir's "Broadway Salute" takes place Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at Norwalk Concert Hall in Norwalk, Conn. On Sunday, 50 members of the group will be featured in a commercial during the Super Bowl. Contributed Photo
Chef Quahog, the mascot for the annual Chowdafest competition, plans to be at the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Conn., Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, for the event, which runs 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.. This is the fifth year of the event, which also benefits Connecticut Food Bank. For more information, visit http://www.chowdafest.org. Contributed Photo
Dave Kane stars in a night of comedy about growing up Catholic, on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at The Palace Danbury, in Danbury, Conn. Contributed Photo
Grand Central Terminal in New York City will kick off a full year of activities Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, as part of its 100th anniversary celebration. Art exhibitions, musical and dance performances, ceremonies, lectures and tours will be featured throughout the year. The fun begins with opening ceremonies at 10 a.m. on Feb. 1. For more information, visit http://www.mta.info/gct/birthday.html. But, beginning Friday, Feb. 1, and lasting through year's end, the terminal will be a destination in and of itself. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New York and Metro-North Railroad will kick off the 100th anniversary celebration, with a day full of activities, performances and other special events. Friday's festivities begin with a performance by the West Point Brass and Percussion band, which will lead into the 10 a.m. opening ceremonies with luminaries such as actor Cynthia Nixon, former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins, preservationist Caroline Kennedy and singer Melissa Manchester. Contributed Photo
Celebrated flamenco guitarist Paco Pena, left, will be bringing his new show "Flamenco Vivo" to the Palace Theatre in Stamford, Conn., Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013. Get ready for an evening of song and dance that honors this centuries-old tradition. For information on tickets, visit http://www.scalive.org or call 203-325-4466. Contributed Photo
The Szechuanosaurus, which is believed to have lived during the late Jurassic period, is one of about a dozen skeletons featured in "Chinasaurs: Dinosaur Discoveries from China," which is on display at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Conn., through April 21, 2013. For more information on the exhibition or events associated with the show, visit http://www.brucemuseum.org. Visitors can walk among the skeletons, skulls, nests and eggs of more than a dozen rare Asian dinosaurs -- from the huge 32-foot long, meat-eating Yangchuanosaurus to the gazelle-sized plant eaters such as Psittacosaurus. Some of these prehistoric fossils also reveal the relationship of dinosaurs to birds as evidenced by the presence of feathers together with scales. The exhibition continues through April 21, 2013. Contributed Photo
Undoubtedly, there will be Super Bowl fans among the Souper Bowl fans at the fifth annual Chowdafest at the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard, but one not need be a fan of the big game to come out for a tasty competition. Organizers are hoping to draw the crowds on Sunday, which will not only determine the day’s top soups, but also raise funds to benefit the Connecticut Food Bank.
You can get a look here at participating restaurants and the kind of frothy goodness you will find (such as chicken Marsala soup, Sengalese peanut soup and oyster pork belly chowder). May the best soup win!
If chocolate is your thing, Sunday is the day for the 20th annual Chocolate Lovers’ Expo in Soutbury. Bring those appetites, since vendors will be sampling items.
There is plenty more to this weekend, however, beginning with today’s celebration of the 100th anniversary of Grand Central Terminal. If you have not already made it in to New York City, there are plenty of activities planned during the day to honor this busy transportation hub. If you want to mark another anniversary, you can make your way to the Stamford Center for the Arts Palace Theatre where Paco Pena and his flamenco dancers and musicians will help the Namaskaar Foundation celebrate a quarter century.
As with every weekend, music fans have plenty to choose from, including a performance by Sixpence None the Richer in Fairfield, the Blue Oyster Cult in Ridgefield, Stephanie Blythe at the Quick Center, The Temptations and the Four Tops in Stamford, Mystic Bowie, Lindsey Stirling, School of Rock, The Zamboinis, Darik and the Funbags, Bfunked, The Bernadettes, Ryan Monbleau, the U.S. Coast Guard Band, Fairfield County Children’s Choir, and Brother Sun and Sister Sun. Concerts also continue to benefit victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy.
There is no lack of movies, from the 007 Red Carpet Festival at the Avon Theatre in Stamford or “Body of War” at the Ridgefield Playhouse. On stage, you can catch some “Ancestral Voices” at the Music Theatre of Connecticut in Westport or “The Addams Family” in New Haven. “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” opens in Stamford. Some community productions get under way as well, including “The Yellow Dress” in Wilton, “Big River” in Shelton, “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” in Milford and “Rabbit Hole” in Westport.
Dave Kane aims to make audiences chuckle in Danbury, while Margaret Cho arrives at Foxwoods. Connecticut-based Treehouse Comedy also has a full lineup in multiple venues this weekend. You will not go wanting for comics.
You also can check out the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut’s first visual art show of the year or have a “Brush with Magic” in Fairfield.
This weekend also marks the “Take Your Child to the Library Day,” with various towns and cities, such as Bridgeport, Norwalk, Greenwich, Stamford and New Canaan planning special events. “The Tortoise and the Hare” will be performed in Fairfield. And a “Look and See” program will be held next week as part of the “Chinasaurs” exhibition now open at the Bruce Museum.
You also may want to sharpen some pencils (or tuck a pen into your pocket if you are that good) and high-tail it over to the Westport Library. The 14th annual Crossword Puzzle Contest gets under way Saturday.
1-2-3 Hut! Until next time ….