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

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It is the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, which means many different things to many different people. Of course, at its core is a remembrance for the men and women who died in service to this country. Parades, ceremonies and special events will be held throughout the area to honor those individuals.

And, while it is not mutually exclusive, the weekend also is a time that many celebrate the unofficial arrival of the summer season. Summer, at least according to the calendar, does not arrive for some weeks. Around this area, there are plenty of activities to help wile away a rainy and gray or bright and sunny day.

You can walk like a dinosaur or eat lobster this weekend. You can spot a few lorikeets or some of the state’s inventions and innovations. The Hollywood All Stars will be making an appearance in Bridgeport, while the Shuk will be making a stop in Westport. The University of Notre Dame Folk Choir also plans to raise its collective voices in song this weekend, while The Thermals will heat it up in Hamden. The Blind Boys of Alabama bring their music to Fairfield. George Clinton will be in Mashantucket. And 90s powerhouse boy bands, now men, New Kids on the Block, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men will be in Uncasville. The Stray Birds are landing in Ballard Park.

For many, the late 1980s, early ’90s was one of the golden eras of “Saturday Night Live,” with the likes of Dana Carvey, Kevin Nealon, Phil Hartman, Jon Lovitz and Nora Dunn. Carvey, Nealon and Miller will be in Connecticut this weekend for an evening of comedy at the MGM Grand Theater in Foxwoods. Their show tops a weekend of comedy, which includes appearances by Lue Avent and Kevin Downey Jr. and a number of events from the Treehouse Comedy showcases.

Families will likely want to check out Farming Fever over at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo or Family Farm Fridays at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center. There will be a “Turtle Time” hike in Greenwich and a WalkCT Family Ramble in Hamden. Marine Life Study cruises are underway in Norwalk, as are trips out to Sheffield Island. And the Strawberry Festival returns to Brookfield.

Several art shows are wrapping up this weekend, so make sure to save some time to check them out. They include “The Art of the Northeast,” “The Drawing Show IV – Marks on A Page,” “Avant-Garde Persuasion: The Photographs of Harold Haliday Costain,” “Imagine” and “Nightwatch: The Art of Greg Mort.” Several other shows are opening, including “Play Ball,” “reclAimed peRspecTive,” “Allison Smith: Rudiments of Fife & Drum” and “Art In The Country.” Dancer and visual performing artist Adelka Polak will present an afternoon performance in Ridgefield. Meanwhile, the Rowayton Arts Center will be hosting its annual Art in Pinkney Park.

On stage, one can catch “The Wedding Singer” and “Twelfth Night.”

Enjoy this long weekend. Until next time …

Christina Hennessy

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