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

We are not even into the throes of the super-packed weekends of November and December, and the number of events and activities scheduled for the weekend, and beyond, is nearly overwhelming. I don’t envy you in having to make some tough choices, but as a way of leading you in the right direction, here’s a look at upcoming festivities.

Music: Listen to Neil Sedaka and English Beat in Ridgefield. Help Rick Reyes celebrate his first solo album in Bridgeport. Honor a really big anniversary with a new music series in Fairfield. See the perfect pairing of Christine Pedi and Johnny Rodgers in Stamford. Then, you just have to keep up, as bands and groups perform around our area. Look for performances by Merlin, Backyard Heroes, Nicky Egan, Sarah Chesler, Tyrone Shoelaces, Love Whip with Z and A, Citizen Cope, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, the Black Knights Marching BandHarmony on the Sound, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Juilliard String Quartet, Mark Naftalin, gospel choirs, the Gateway Orchestra, the Blue Yodels, Jay Ghandhi and Abhik Mukerjee, and Arlon Bennett.

Flicks worth seeing: Delve into the world of great white sharks at the IMAX theatre at the Maritime Aquarium, celebrate the Irish in film in Fairfield or look at reel art in Greenwich.

Halloween: Can you have too many Halloween events? Maybe, maybe not, but if you are in the latter, here’s a list of what the region has to offer. You also can get some additional details of two spooktacular events in Bridgeport and Norwalk, as well as an annual race in Newtown. Further, Hudson Valley, N.Y., is offering all sorts of events to keep the spirit going, as well as a staging of Porkenstin in Milford, a live staging of Rocky Horror and a haunted hay ride at Fairview Tree Farm.

Family fun: The Harvest Festival will kick off in Stamford this weekend, while Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus wheels in a bit later. A Fall Festival takes place at Bridgeport’s North Branch library. Learn how to appreciate art, as a family, in Greenwich. In Seymour, gourd snooping will be encouraged. Or, check out Laurie Berkner at the Palace in Stamford. Visit with a superhero in Norwalk.

Comic moments: Artie Lange will be in Stamford, while Rich Vos will be in Bridgeport. Bob Marley will perform in Danbury, Rich Ceisler will be in New Milford and David Sedaris will perform in New Haven. Richard Lewis will be in Ridgefield, where one can also find some comic improv.

Fall into fashion and seasonal fare: Check out some new fashions in Westport, where you will also find “Biergarten on the Green.”

Dance, dance party: In Fairfield, Sacred Heart students will be performing. In Old Saybrook, the Mystic Ballet will perform “G.R.A.B.” Martha Graham Dance Company arrives in Purchase, N.Y. So, you think you like dance? Well, get to Mohegan Sun for the national tour of So You Think You Can Dance. In Greenwich, you actually can dance with at a party to benefit Kids in Crisis.

Festivals: Here we go … there is an autumn festival in Ansonia; the pumpkin festival in Newtown (where there also is an arts and crafts event); New Preston is the site of a wine and chesse celebration; The Country Store Fair and Tag Sale will be marked in Stratford; Seymour will celebrate apples; and Trumbull will embrace scarecrows, and fall crafts. The Yankee Peddler Fair will get under way in Milford. A flea market and tag sale also is planned in Fairfield. In Brookfield, the Yankee Fair and Barn Sale also returns this weekend.

Theatrics: “A Streetcar Named Desire” will open at Curtain Call’s Dressing Room Theatre in Stamford and a playwrights’ festival will take place in Norwalk.

Taking in the arts: Shows open in Southport, Black Rock and Ridgefield this weekend. Meanwhile, enjoy some tasty treats while admiring the arts in Greenwich.


Christina Hennessy