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

The sweet, the smooth, the sensational, the scalawaggy … you can find all that, and more, as they say, with another weekend soon to get under way.

The Stamford Museum and Nature Center will be presenting its 14th annual Maple Sugar Festival, with plenty of maple sugar, goodies, demonstrations and an “Iron Chef”-inspried cookoff. Maple sugar also will figure prominently at the Ansonia Nature Center and the Institute for American Indian Studies. Meanwhile, Jim Brickman will be bringing the sounds of the 1970s to Oakdale. Bowfire will bring its genre-mixing performance to Ridgefield. And, children, and adults, can travel to Westport where they can learn how to become a pirate.

Still not enough? Well, you can go and see the singer and songwriter Vance Gilbert over at the Westport Arts Center (check out a video of one of his performances below). Suzanne Sheridan and Friends in Shelton, Livingston Taylor in Bridgeport, Shawn Mullins in Farifield, Deep Banana Blackout in Port Chester, N.Y., The Saw Doctors in Uncasville, the Chamber Players in Greenwich, the Connecticut Master Chorale in Newtown, and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band in Mamaroneck, N.Y.

If you want to learn more about the former New York City Mayor Ed Koch, you get get a look at the life of the late politician in Neil Barsky’s documentary, “Koch,” which will have several screenings in our area. A documentary on rock will be in Danbury.

Want to learn more about the Reanimation Library? Then make sure to take a trip to the Ferguson Library this weekend.

On stage, one can find “Distracted” in Stratford, “The Fox on the Fairway” in New Canaan, “Spring Awakening” in Danbury, “In the Heights” in Elmsford, N.Y. (where it just received an extended run), “American Idiot” in Hartford, “Curse of the Starving Class” in New Haven, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” in Stamford, “Rounding Third” in Newtown, and “Sister’s Easter Catechism: Will My Bunny Go to Heaven?” in Wilton.

The 46th annual Darien Antiques Show will bring dealers from around the area to the First Congregational Church throughout the weekend. On Monday, the Greenwich Antiques Society will take a look at how Irish craftsmen made their marks on American period furniture.

If you are hungry, there are some deals going on in the restaurants in our area too, including those in Stamford, Darien, Greenwich and Port Chester, N.Y.

Make time for laughter, too, as several venues are hosting comedy nights, including Marisa’s in Trumbull, Port Chester, N.Y., New Haven, Mamaroneck, N.Y., Mashantucket and Uncasville.

If you want to catch some art, there are multiple opportunities. The work of Henriette Simon Picker comes to Stamford, which is where you can also find the work of young artists. Bridgeport also will be the scene of artists who are still learning.

For kids, there are opportunities to see some of the wonders of nature. Creatures of the sea are the stars in Greenwich. And kids can have a night out at the Coastal Center at Milford Point.

Until next time …

Christina Hennessy