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

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Music is a dominant distraction during the next several days, with legendary performers mixing it up with up-and-comers, and all genres beckoning from most corners of the region.

The Americanarama Festival of Music breezes through Bridgeport on Friday, featuring Bob Dylan, Wilco, My Morning Jacket and Ryan Bingham. With the heat expected for tonight, you might be glad it was switched last week from Harbor Yard to Webster’s Bank Arena. Leon Russell will be in Ridgefield, with Norwalk’s P.J. Pacifico opening the evening. Red Molly comes to Stamford. Bare Naked Ladies, along with Ben Folds Five, Guster and Boothby Graffoe are in Uncasville. Jeff Pitchell and Texas Flood will be at Fairfield Theatre Company this weekend. Christine Ohlman (with the Rebel Montez Band) will perform for the Tea for Two Hundred event in Washington Depot. Danbury’s Skanktones will perform in Redding. And, Lucy Kaplansky takes the stage Sunday in Piermont, N.Y.

The music keeps coming. The Summerland Tour stops in Danbury. Dueling Divas sing under the stars in New Haven. A French version of Don Carlos will be sung at Caramoor. Duece Bug and Full Blast Movement come to Bridgeport on Friday, with Peppy Castro of The Blues Magoos will be there Saturday. A group of artists will be in Danbury for a benefit concert for Newtown. Meanwhile, a Newtown-based band the Screw-Ups will be in Danbury. Rickie Lee Jones will be in Old Saybrook. And the Talcott Mountain Music Festival continues for another weekend with the movie music of John Williams. Later in the week, Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band are set to be in Stamford.

If you haven’t blown your budget or time on the music, make sure to check out some of the many other activities taking place across the region.

On stage: See how dancing is done at “Footloose” in Essex. Laugh when the new Valley Shakespeare Festival in Shelton stages “Comedy of Errors.” Perhaps you are in a more serious mood. Don’t worry, Shakespeare has you covered, as does Curtain Call. This summer’s Shakespeare on the Green is presenting “Othello,” which enters its final weekend. It’s also the last weekend for “9 to 5″ and “Oleanna.” The Summer Theatre of New Canaan will get summer revved up and roaring with “Grease.” Meanwhile, in New Haven, “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” is open for another week. Check out “Earnest or What’s In A Name?” in New Milford.

Family time: Egg Fair Day brings a pet poultry zoo to Greenwich‘s Bruce Museum. A ferry will bring you to a gaggle of pirates at Sheffield Island. Or, come by car or boat, to see the launch of the Charles W. Morgan into the Mystic River. Allynn Gooen will show off his artistry with balloons during “Goowin’s Balloowins” on Friday.

Comics will be in the state, too, from Whitney Cummings in Mashantucket, Goumba Johnny in Trumbull and Uncasville. Rodney Laney will be in New Haven.

Go dancing, or at least watch the best, at the Tango Passion Show in Milford. Souleymane Badolo will be in Middletown.

If you like art, you can stroll among it in Westport, or visit it in a downtown space in Stamford. This is the first weekend for “Greenwich: The Perspective of Time.” “The President’s Show” opens in Kent. Motor racing fans better make haste to get to the Lionheart Gallery, as it is the last weekend for “The Eye of Klemantaski.” The summer paintings of Celine McDonald also have but one weekend to draw some visitors.

Go outdoors at Audubon Greenwich for family fun at the pond on Saturday. Take a midsummer night hike in New Canaan. Enjoy a Sunday afternoon hike in Ansonia. Or, enjoy a boat trip along Long Island Sound waters from Norwalk or Stamford. Or check out the Valley Railroad and Circus in Essex.

Still not sure what to do? There are two then head on over to Stratford or Greenwich. Maybe it will help.

Christina Hennessy

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