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

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With the weather forecast such as it is, it’s best to plan some time in the outdoors this weekend. While there, you can get a better look at hawks and other raptors in Greenwich, learn more about Greek culture in Stamford, help clear the grounds of a national landmark, or begin to hunt for that perfect pumpkin to set upon your porch.

Of course, that’s not all there is to do, and many events will be taking place indoors, as well.

For music fans, the clock starts now …

Mikata and Miel San Marcos will perform in Bridgeport, while Cassandra Wilson will be in Purchase, N.Y. Band of Heathens, Jose Feliciano and Elephant Revival will be in Fairfield. DevilDriver will be in New Haven. The John Fumasoli Quintet will be in Bethel. The Feelies will be in Hamden.  Logan’s Run in Stamford. Al DiMarco Quintet in Port Chester, N.Y. Later in the week, Richard Thompson makes his way to Ridgefield.

Also, the Greater Bridgeport Symphony begins it run of conductor tryouts on Saturday night, the same night the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra begins its 2013-14 season. A Taste of Tennessee comes to Greenwich. The Eastside Ramblers Dixieland will perform in Danbury. Martin Sexton and Evan Dando have dates at the Capitol in Port, Chester, N.Y. Showcase 61 begins in Stamford, where you also can find a musical tribute to Broadway and the start of the Treetops Chamber Music season. In Wilton, Oboe Duo Agosto will perform. Marion Meadows, who grew up in Stamford, will perform with Cindy Bradley in New Haven. And Art of the Jazz Piano Trio will be in Westport.

Those who like a good festival …

The 36th annual Harvest Festival of arts and crafts will be in Stratford on Sunday, while the Church of Archangels in Stamford will be celebrating its annual Greek Fest. As mentioned earlier, you can check the skies for hawks at the HawkWatch in Greenwich. The Durham Fair arrives at the Durham Fairgrounds this weekend. Harbor Brewfest comes to Bridgeport. And HarvestFest will be celebrated at the Banksville Community House in Greenwich.

Also, Redding will be the site of the First Church of Christ Congregational harvest fair, while Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury hosts its own Oktoberfest. As noted, the Greek culture will be celebrated in Stamford, thanks to the Church of the Archangels. The Big E finally wraps up in Springfield, Mass.

 … or a good laugh

Drew Carey will be at Southern Connecticut State University; Ray Harrington will be in Bridgeport; Kathleen Madigan will be in Mashantucket; Paula Poundstone will be in Ridgefield and the comedy zone will set up in Old Saybrook.

Those who like locomotion …

The Southern Connecticut Model Train Show pulls in to Greenwich this weekend, complete with models and collectibles. Or, check out some World War II planes at Sikorsky in Stratford.

For the fans of visual art …

“Closer: The Graphic Art of Chuck Close” opens at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich. Still River Editions in Danbury will focus on affordable art in its latest exhibit. “Birds and their Habitat” open as part of a larger day of activities at the Connecticut Audubon’s Fairfield center. Artist and author James Prosek will be at the Pequot Library in Southport. “A Westport Original: Walk Reed’s Illustrator in America,” opens at the Westport Historical Society, while nearby “Art of the Automobile,” by Weston artist Ken Scaglia opens at the Westport Library. Check out Sprouting Spaces in Stamford. A new exhibition that scales great heights opens at Fairfield Unviersity’s Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery next week.

… or the cinematic arts

The Moondance International Film Festival comes to Mystic for the weekend, while the Laurel and Hardy Film Festival arrives in Easton.

For fans of family events …

Make sure to check out the Secrets of Circles, the new exhibition opening at Stepping Stones Museum for Children. Or, see how soldiers and civilians lived during the Civil War during an event at the Weston Historical Society. A staging of “Rapunzel,” by the Purple Rock Productions puppetry program can be found in Stamford. The Wiggles come to Wallingford. Scarecrows will be made in Westport. And, honey will be celebrated in Fairfield, while chili is slurped up in Darien. You can even bring the stuffed members of your family to Greenwich Hospital for its teddy bear clinic this weekend.

Take in some theater too …

“The Most Happy Fella” will close out the 2013 season at Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam. Monty Python’s “Spamalot” continues in Stamford, as well as an interactive theater experience. “La Dispute” and “Macbeth” at Hartford Stage features a familiar face. There will be a reading of a classic in Norwalk. And, the Chekhov International Theatre Festival takes place this weekend in Ridgefield.

Christina Hennessy

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