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


Music will mark this weekend in many ways, from live performances to a national celebration that honors independent record stores. Among the performers coming through the area are Holly Williams, Ian Parker, Jose Andrade, the What Up Funk Band, Jarrod Spector, Alex Moutouzkine, Declan O’Rourke, Marc Anthony, Barbara Cook, Fleetwood Mac, and Scotty McCreery.

In Bridgeport, they will  be honoring Gustav Meier’s 41 years with the Greater Bridgeport Symphony (you can see the group perform in the video above.) In Stamford, the symphony will be presenting “Passion & Majesty.” “Saxofestivus” blasts off in Danbury.

Meanwhile, a number of locations across the state will be commemorating Record Store Day with limited releases and performances, including one by Prester John in Brookfield.

Some Earth Day events have been planned, as well, including a book event at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk with two local authors Jay Walshon and Susan Hood. There will be an event designed to remove an invasive species off the grounds at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center. And the New Canaan Nature Center is having an Earth Day-Pitch in Day. Across the state, there are many events planned to honor the 43rd annual Earth Day.

On stage, “Les Miserables” stops for a few days in New Haven. “Cole” will close the season at the Music Theatre of Connecticut. On Monday, Curtain Call’s Musical Mondays series concludes the season with “Merrilee Mannerly.” In Bridgeport, performers take on the 70s in the musical revue “8-Track: The Sounds of the 70s.” “Guys and Dolls” continues in Elmsford, N.Y.. “The Mountain Top” rises in Hartford. While “The Complete History of America” gets under way in Mamaroneck, N.Y.

Rounding out the weekend will be a Premier Ballroom dance show in Bridgeport, featuring U.S. champions. The “Art of the Northeast” exhibition continues in New Canaan. “What Is It? ” looks at discoveries of the Victorian era in Norwalk. And the Alvarez Gallery will host an affordable art show, which opens on Friday.

The buds are starting to bloom and there is a bit of green and yellow to the trees, so make sure to get on out for a bit this weekend, too

Until next time …

By the way, I know it is not a huge milestone in light of all things, but today marks the 100th “Out and About.” So, I want to thank all the readers who check out this posting each week.




Christina Hennessy