This weekend, it’s probably best to just break it down. I say that because the offerings are plentiful, the entertainment is diverse and activities stretch from Westchester to West Springfield, Mass., with plenty of stops in the Nutmeg State to keep you busy. I’ve already taken too much time on the intro. It’s best to get planning right now.
Musical moments: Look for local and national acts to keep the stages busy this weekend, such as during the MPRShow Fest in Bridgeport. It is the same city where you will catch Monroe singer and songwriter Mia Fanali. “American Idol’s” Crystal Bowersox will be in Ridgefield. Edwin McCain will be in Danbury, as will be the Homeless Gospel Choir. Moon Hooch is in Hamden, as are Native, O’Brother, Daylight and Old Gray. Loudon Wainwright III is in Fairfield this weekend. Arturo Martinez and Barbara Martinez will bring their flamenco flair to Stamford. The Latin Music Festival, meanwhile, makes roots in Stratford. Willie Nelson will be at the Capitol Theatre; Alfio: The Voice from Oz will be in Tarrytown. And Pete Anderson will be in New Haven.
The Berkshire Big Band will perform Sunday afternoon at Richter Park in Danbury. Roger Ball, a founding member of the Average White Band, will play with his quartet at Pizzeria Lauretano in Bethel on Sunday. And, classically speaking, you will have the Young Person’s Concert at Pequot Library in Fairfield, several performances at Yale, and Saturdays at Seven in Washington.
Festivals and fairs: You will not be able to make every one, but there are many festivals and fairs worth checking out this weekend. You can go straight to the top and make the drive up to The Big E in West Springfield, Mass.. This weekend marks the start of two weeks of entertainment. You can stick closer to home and visit the Newtown Arts Festival, which begins Sunday. Live Green Connecticut will stretch two days at Taylor Farm Park in Norwalk. The Trumbull Arts Festival will feature more than 60 performers on the Town Green Sunday (you also can go a day earlier to the arts and crafts fair at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Trumbull). The Taste of Greater Danbury will run Saturday and Sunday. The Greenfield Hill Grange in Fairfield will hold its annual agricultural fair on Saturday. And, SeptemberFest kicks off this weekend at Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church in Fairfield. You can enjoy a moving festival in Stratford, too.
On stage: A number of productions open this weekend, including “The Maids” at the Sherman Playhouse, “Spamalot” at the Kweskin Theatre in Stamford and “Kiss Me, Kate,” in Elmsford, N.Y.. “The Hungry, Hungry Games (a parody)” will be at the Lyman Center for the Performing Arts. M&M Productions will perform “Time Stands Still” in Greenwich. “Tom, Dick and Harry” will be performed in Newtown. And, The Bridgeport Theatre Company will launch its fourth season with “Little Shop of Horrors.”
Or, you may be looking to laugh. In Ridgefield, on Saturday, comedian Sarah Silverman makes her Connecticut debut at the Ridgefield Playhouse.
On film: The Silvermine Arts Center will host a special screening and lunch time discussion on Monday with a presentation of PBS’ “William Kentridge: Anything is Possible.” And a screening of “Living on One Dollar,” a documentary made by a team of filmmakers including Westport native Chris Temple, followed by a discussion will take place in Hamden.
For families and kids: The South Norwalk Library will host its Mid-Autumn Festival on Saturday, while Notre Dame High School in Fairfield will host an antique and classic car show on that day, too. The Shore Line Trolley Museum in East Haven will host a day of art, storytelling, live performances Saturday. Save Sunday to search for some bargains. The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum in Norwalk will host its sixth-annual Old Fashioned Flea Market on Sunday, coupled with a classic and antique car show. At Danbury’s Heirloom Arts Theatre, there will be flea market, too. The Fifth Connecticut Regiment will visit the Newtown Historical Society on Sunday afternoon to conduct a re-enactment of a revolutionary encampment. And, the Bellarmine Museum of Art at Fairfield Unviersity will hots a family day on Saturday.
All for art: Many shows have opened or will open this weekend, and several events are aimed at getting to the heart of the creative process. Michael Manning’s “All the Pretty Horses,” has opened in Greenwich at the Flinn Gallery. There will be a reception Saturday in Norwalk for a new show by Jo-Ann Thompson-Claybourne. In New Canaan, three new shows open at Silvermine Arts Center. On Sunday, work by printmaker Vijay Kumar goes up at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking. Greenwich artist Dmitri Wright will be talking about “American Impressionism and Plein Air” at the Burlingham House Visitor Center at Weir Farm National Historic Site in Wilton on Sunday. To register, call 203-834-1896, ext. 28 Also on Sunday, artist Liana Moonie will be talking abut her work at the opening reception of her retrospective now on display at the Bendheim Gallery at the Greenwich Arts Council.
I think I’ve given you more than enough to keep yourselves busy this weekend and beyond.
Until next time …