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

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You don’t have to be Irish, nor do you have to wear green to enjoy events going on this weekend. However, the observance of the St. Patrick’s Day holiday is coloring the flavor of entertainment throughout the region. From bars and clubs, to music halls and downtown streets, be ready to be part of the fun through Sunday.

Once you get your fill of cultural celebrations, there will be plenty of performers set to entertain through a variety of genres. Music acts making their way through the region include Jewel, Ada Pasternak, Soilwork, CT Bluegrass All-Stars, A Faylene Sky, Helen Money, the Choir of the College of William and Mary, Fairfield County Chorale, Jill Sobule and Julia Sweeney, The Phantom Pluckers, El Gran Combo, Rita Coolidge, Daniel Bernard Roumain, Peter Mulvey and Jeffrey Foucault, John Farrell, Drive-By Truckers (check out their video below), Cowboy Junkies, Rain, the Greater Bridgeport Symphony, the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra, American Brass Quintet, Cassatt String Quartet, Della Mae, the “Saxtet” and the Doc Wallace Trio.

There will be a melding of words and music, by the way, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Stamford this weekend when author Geraldine Brooks is teamed with the Dessoff Choirs. And, James Naughton helps to support the troops in Westport.

You will find opportunities to catch some comedy with Ron White, Bill Cosby, Isaacs & Baker, Demetri Martin, and Joey Kola and Vincent McElhone in the area.

Have you been suffering from identity crisis? The Connecticut Science Center might be able to help you with its latest exhibition, “Identity: An Exhibition of You.” It is a good family diversion, as is the Zany Science Lab tea set at Stamford Museum and Nature Center or the royal meet-and-greet getting under way at Bridgeport’s Bijou Theatre. Or, get a some quality on the ground airtime when the New England Air Museum hosts Open Cockpit Day.

One also can look toward the stars this weekend, too, or possible spy a few birds during events in Greenwich and Trumbull. Kids, meanwhile, get a night out in Milford.

Maybe you are looking to catch a movie or two or three. The documentary “Mothers of Bedford,” will get a screening in Ridgefield, while the Wild and Scenic Film Festival will run for an evening in Westport. The New Perspectives Film Series also continues in Wilton this weekend.

If the idea of checking out art is what draws you out this weekend, then make way to the Mark Twain Library where sculptor Edward Marshall Boehm’s work will be on display. The 96th annual juried exhibition of the Greenwich Art Society continues. And, a special event is planned in connection with Paul Larson’s exhibition on view now at the Loft Artists Association. Meanwhile, Franklin Street Works will be helping to make an art-friendly habitat. Art for everyone is available, too.

On stage, “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie,” continues at Curtain Call;. “The 39 Steps” plays out in Darien. “And Then They Came for Me … Remembering the World of Anne Frank” will run for a couple of days in Fairfield. “In the Heights” continues in Westchester. “Sh-Boom, Sh-Boom Life Could Be a Dream” is realized in Ivoryton. “Hamlet” will be staged in New Haven, which is where you can find The Blue Man Group, too. “Adrift in Macao” stays anchored in New Milford. “All My Sons” plays in Ridgefield. The “Sound of Music” gets a run in Greenwich. “Rounding Third” comes to a close this weekend. “SPANK! The Fifty Shades of Parody,” arrives in Tarrytown. And a reading is set in Westport for “Beau Jest.”

Well, there’s plenty to do so get to it!

Until next time …

Christina Hennessy

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