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

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Film fans will be treated to two festivals in Connecticut this weekend, with one focused on shorts and the other on the Jewish experience. The Brookfield Film Festival will bring a program of international shorts to the Edmond Town Hall in Newtown from Friday to Sunday, while the Mandell JCC Hartford Jewish Film Fest delivers an international slate of movies to five different venues throughout 10 days (Above, check out the trailer to the documentary “Welcome to Kutshers – The Last Catskills Resort,” which is making its Hartford premiere.) Other film events include a Holocaust Remembrance event in New Haven and a special screening of art shorts in Stamford.

However, film is not the weekend’s only diversion.

The music landscape will be populated with Boz Scaggs in Bridgeport, Audra McDonald in Stamford, The Wallfowers in Uncasville, Elton John and Billy Joel tribute artists at the Downtown Cabaret, Three Phantoms in Fairfield, and Englebert Humperdinck in Ridgefield.

But, as they say, that’s not all. Mike DelGuidice and Big Shot (which features members of Billy Joel’s band) will perform at an autism benefit on Saturday at the Quick Center. Kung Fu will be at the Fairfield Theatre Co. The Nutopians will be in Mamaroneck, N.Y., Vance Gilbert will be in Old Saybrook. Enjoy a “Piano Bar…n!” in Ridgefield. Michael Jovovich and Friends make it to the Dressing Room Theatre. The Angel Choir performs in Greenwich. For the Heart covers Broadway in Westport. The award-winning composition team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul bring songs and tales to Wilton. Joe Crookston will perform in Ridgefield. And the Greenwich Chamber Players will bring “Winds of Change – from Beethoven to Gilbert,” to two venues this weekend.

For the younger set, there is music, too, with the performance of Dog on Fleas set for Sunday in Norwalk. Up in Hartford, the Bushnell Center will be the scene for ERTH’s Dinosaur Petting Zoo. The “Little Engine That Could Earns Her Whistle” chugs into Westport. “Click, Clack Moo” plays at the Emelin. The New Milford Historical Society and Museum will host a children’s tea party. Enjoy a Kaleidoscope Ball in Norwalk. And the Loft Artists Association will be putting on a “Draw On” workshop on Saturday, and next.

On stage, “The Marvelous Wonderettes” belt it out in Shelton, while area performers take a trip to “Oklahoma.” “Guys and Dolls” are on stage in Elmsford, N.Y. “Ride the Tiger” continues at Long Wharf Theatre. Play with Your Food returns on Tuesday. “The Red Mill” opens in Norwalk. And, Shakespeare on the Sound hosts a gala on Saturday. “The Importance of Being Earnest” comes to White Plains, N.Y. “Run For Your Wife” opens in Sherman. And the Carriage House Arts Center in Norwalk begins its eighth season with  V-Day Norwalk 2013’s benefit production of “The Vagina Monologues.”

Art is around, too, with the opening of “Strange Invitation” at the Franklin Street Works art space in Stamford. Later in the week, the Westport Library will host a program on the Federal Art Project. Heather Sandifer’s “Spring Notebook,” is at Les Beaux Arts Gallery in Greenwich. An opening reception is planned for Friday for the “Eric von Schmidt—A Life in Art,” exhibition at the Westport Library. Across the Saugatuck, Westport Arts Center opens its SOLOS 2013 members show, also on Friday evening.

Those looking to learn the value of their antiques can head over to Newtown. Finds also may be found at Adopt-A-Dog’s first Rummage for Rescue Tag Sale in Greenwich. The Vintage Clothing, Accessories, Textiles & Jewelry Show returns to Danbury this weekend for its eighth year. Print fans should make a stop at Norwalk’s Center for Contemporary Printmaking where the second annual Connecticut Printmakers Invitational kicks off. Chef Claire comes to Stratford. And Greg Mort, whose art is currently on display at Stamford Museum and Nature Center is expected to visit an Astronomy Night event on Friday at the site’s observatory. And Dan Aykroyd will be at Total Wine & More in Norwalk on Saturday.

Until next time …

Christina Hennessy

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