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

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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 ….

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Christina Hennessy

One Response

  1. Chris says:

    Regarding the Grand Central centennial, I just made a quick (2.5 minute) video about the building. I thought it was relevant and figured I would share. Enjoy! =)
    https://www.youtube.com/user/BryantProductions?feature=mhee