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

The leaves may be coming down, but entertainment opportunities are up, way up, with plenty of music, fairs, festivals, dance events and other fun activities planned throughout the area.

For music, you will find Taj Mahal and Fredericks Brown in Fairfield, along with The Smithereens, Windsync, SHU Faculty Brass Quintet and the Sean Smith Quartet. You can see when “Cash was King,” and the WCSU Orchestra in Danbury. Pianist Andrew Armstrong is in Newtown. See the start of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Dueling Piano Show in Trumbull. A different kind of concert in Greenwich, where you can also catch the Musicians from Marlboro. Brian Dolzani will perform in Stamford — the same place you can check out some music from Japan.  In New Haven, you can catch Chris Cornell. In Monroe, check out a folk music concert. In Ridgefield, see Good Night Moonshine. And, you can enjoy some jazz in Stamford, Bethel and Wilton.

John Lithgow will bring his one-man show to the Quick Center, while Buddy the Elf brings his strange tale to The Palace Theater in Waterbury. “Madeline and the Bad Hat” will be at the Westport Country Playhouse for a younger set, which might also enjoy “Annie” in New Haven and Bridgeport. “Fiddler on the Roof” opens in Stamford. Arch Villain Theatre comes to Bridgeport. And,”Becky’s New Car,” makes a stop in Ridgefield.

The skaters will be moving fast and the graffiti artists will be bold in Bridgeport this weekend. However, you can move a bit more leisurely if you want at the Christmas Fair at St. John’s Orthodox Church in Bridgeport. Milford will have wreaths on display and holiday crafts will take front and center in Newtown, Stamford and Westport.

Dance fans can see the next generation at the Young Choreographers Festival at the Palace Theatre in Stamford.

Families can get a better glimpse of birds in Greenwich and Fairfield or trains in Danbury. Or, you can see what television chef Robert Irvine looks like in person when he brings his eclectic stage show to Ridgefield.

There will be some art events, too, with Monothon stretching out during Saturday’s evening hours … the same time you can see an art opening in South Norwalk or one in Greenwich.

Until next time …

Christina Hennessy