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

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I wish you luck during the next several days. A multitude of events awaits you, including appearances by legendary performers, vibrant outdoor festivals, hot dances and vintage baseball. But that is only part of the story.

Music: You can make the trip to Danbury to see Tony Bennett. You can go to Hamden to see Mark Mulcahy. Head to Wallingford to see the Flaming Lips. Find a seat in Ridgefield for Survivor. Find top pickers and fiddlers up in Roxbury. CityCenter in Danbury welcomes AlreadyGone. Paula Cole will play in Fairfield. Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell will be at Caramoor. Stamford resident Cyndi Lauper will be at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, N.Y. Hank & Cupcakes sweeten the stage in Westport, where the Dirty Sock Funtime Band will arrive next week for the littlest of rockers.

Then there is the Gregg August Trio in Katonah, N.Y. The Dixieland Jazz Band and other musical groups come to SAILFEST in New London. Hartford Symphony Orchestra will present an evening of Sinatra music at the Talcott Mountatin Music Festival. And the Brubeck Brothers Quartet comes to Stamford.

Stage: The Westport Country Playhouse honors Joe Orton’s work with two upcoming offerings. Long Wharf Theatre presents “Smokey Joe’s Cafe.” “The Princess and the Pea” will be in Old Saybrook. Shakespeare on the Green opens its 10th season with “Othello.” “A Picasso” comes to Newtown. “Oleanna” will be in Ridgefield

Festivals and outdoor events: You can see how baseball was played in the 1860s in Easton. Or, enjoy art and music in Bridgeport (where you can also catch the Puerto Rican Parade.) In Derby, they will be enjoying St. Mary’s Summer Festival. In Bethel, the downtown comes alive with activities (and beer can also be had). Rowayton Civic Association will present its 43rd annual River Ramble. And Mill River Park in Stamford is the place to be if you like barbecue (stop by that city’s Fairway, too, to pick up some eats.)

Dance: Tango Fest heats up the area. Gallim Dance will perform at Wesleyan. A family dance party gets under way in Newtown. And there will be chances to dance in Danbury, Norwalk and Woodbridge.

Kids and families: Learn about some of the critters in your backyard and beyond at Sherwood Island’s Nature Center. National Zookeepers Week is being celebrated in Bridgeport. There will be a Kids Night Out at Milford Point, where a family canoe program also can be found. Summer Theatre of New Canaan offers several family friendly productions. Amy Rogell will put on a concert for kids in Stamford. At the Peabody in New Haven learn more about Egypt’s past.

All about art: You can see the many ways people project their patriotism at the Bruce Museum. Applaud 35 years of the Loft Artists Association at an opening in Stamford. You can also catch a pretty pastoral scene by hopping onto the state’s new barn trail.

Bargain hunters: Sidewalk sales will be going on in Greenwich, Darien and Westport this weekend. C.H. Booth Library will present stacks of opportunities, too.

Finally, this is the first weekend to check out some antique carnival rides that will make their summer home on Governors Island in New York City. You may even get a chance to ride them.

Until next time …

Christina Hennessy

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