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

The Harlem Globetrotters will be dribbling, dunking and causing mayhem up and down the court when the team comes to the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport Friday night. The team is currently on a four-month North American tour that asks the fans to make the rules.

After 87 years, they gang remains as spry and fleet of foot as ever. They go up against the Washington Generals at 7 p.m. Just be prepared that at any moment you may become part of the action.

From basketball to blooms, this upcoming weekend and the days ahead feature diverse programs and activities to keep all ages entertained.

The Connecticut Flower and Garden Show brings spring’s colors and scents to Hartford, while bluegrass will be in the air when Del McCoury and Sam Bush visit Norwalk. Local musicians will come together to raise funds for Newtown. And the Rennie Harris Puremovement dancers will bring a dynamic performance to Fairfield.

Comics from throughout New England will be trying to rise to the top of the ranks at Mohegan Sun.  Lewis Black promises to bring the rant when he performs in Stamford. And, Linda Belt brings her humor to a spirited lunch.

Music, as always, will sound from across the area. The Nutopians will be in Bridgeport as will Kung Fu, Buddy Guy and Jonny Lang. Gunsmoke, The Grapes and Mars Project are in Stamford.  Meanwhile Stamford’s Richard “Cookie” Thomas will be in Westport. John Corbett will be in Fairfield. John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey perform in Purchase, N.Y. The Pears come to Pawling, N.Y. And, Fairfield’s Brian Dolzani travels to Pound Ridge, N.Y.

Maroon 5 and Chubby Checker perform two separate nights at Mohegan Sun. Grace Potter & The Nocturnals will be at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, N.Y., this weekend. Tickets remain for the Sunday show (Bridgeport-based The Stepkids are the opening band.)

Gospelfest takes place in Fairfield and the Walkingwood Mandolin Quartet performs in Milford. Connecticut Master Chorale will have a concert this weekend in Newtown.

Western Connecticut State University hosts the final film in its African Film Festival, while the New Canaan Library screens “Searching for Sugarman.” The Avon Theater in Stamford will host an Oscar night on Sunday, as will Milford’s Center for the Arts and the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook..

For kids, “Freckleface Strawberry the Musical,” plays at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre in Bridgeport, and the Fairy Wedding Tea event at the Barnum Museum celebrates the 150th anniversary of Tom Thumb and Lavinia Warren’s wedding. And, in Trumbull, a Purim Carnival is set to go on Sunday.

Several art exhibitions have opened or are currently in their run. “Aesthetic Expressions” is now on view in Danbury. New exhibits open at Silvermine Arts Center.

On stage, “The Curse of the Starving Class,” continues its run in New Haven (see the trailer below). The Ridgefield Playhouse hosts an evening with Stephen Sondheim. “In The Heights” is featured at the Westchester Broadway Theatre. “Adrift in Macao” will be staged in New Milford. An interactive murder event is revealed in Stamford (there is one in Southbury, too.). And the Town Players of New Canaan bring a story about love and golf to the stage.

Christina Hennessy