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

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With the promise of beautiful late-summer weather before us, make the most of this weekend by checking out some of the many outdoor events set to take place throughout Fairfield County and beyond.

Oysters will be teamed with rides, muisc, lumberjacks and BMX bikes in Norwalk. Fine arts will be the draw in Southbury. Apples will be the star attraction in Monroe. A more eclectic scattering of activities and treats will be the highlight in Easton. And tractor pulls, cattle shows and music will be featured in Bethlehem.

Musically speaking, new and veteran performers will take to the state’s stages throughout the weekend, and beyond. Judy Carmichael and Steve Ross will be in Stamford. Graham Nash is coming to Ridgefield. The Rowan Cunningham Band makes a stop in Hamden. The Phantom Pluckers perform in Bridgeport. Danbury will see the arrival of the Mighty Ploughboys and Edukated Fleas. Willie Nile will be at Stage One in Fairfield, while The Broadway Boys will be up the road at Fairfield University. Some of the last performances in area summer concert series take place in the next several days, including those in Seymour, Trumbull and Rowayton. Classical compositions will sound from Danbury, Fairfield, New Milford and Sherman. Folk takes center stage in New Haven. And, Professor Louie and the Crowmatix play in Westport. Extra note: There will not be music, necessarily, but New Haven native and Grammy Award-winning singer Michael Bolton will be interviewed on Connecticut Public Radio next week. You can watch the interview live in Woodbridge.

If you are more interested in picking up some music to take home, make your way to the Music Mash in Fairfield, a record fair and sale put on by WPKN radio station and Record Riots.

Three comics will be keeping things light in Uncasville. Meanwhile, a serious documentary on the impact of man on the environment will be screened in Ridgefield.

Take in the visual arts in Bridgeport, Stamford, Wilton, Kent and Old Greenwich. Or, enjoy live theater throughout the region. There is “Oliver!” in Elmsford, N.Y., “Frolic 4″ in Bridgeport, “August: Osage County” in Ridgefield, “Tuesdays with Morrie” in Brookfield, “God of Carnage” in Norwalk and “Oblivion” in Westport.

For families and kids, adventures await. See nature from a canoe in Milford, or watch the stars at night in Stamford. Create a Creature in Bridgeport. Animal Embassy makes a visit to Greenwich. And Saturday Storytime comes to the Katonah Museum of Art in Katonah, N.Y.

Until next time …

Christina Hennessy

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