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

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Prince alights on the Mohegan Sun Arena stage this weekend for three shows ending Sunday. It has been a busy year for the performer, who earlier this year was honored with the Icon Award from Billboard. In late summer, he released a new single and is reportedly working on a new album.

But he is only one of many musicians who will be in Connecticut this weekend. On Friday, A Faylene Sky will be in Danbury and Itamar Gov-Ari in Greenwich at the Beach House. On Saturday, Girls Guns and Glory will be in Canton; White Fang in Hamden; 1 Wild Night in Stamford; Pimpinella in Redding; Aztec Two-Step in Danbury; and Zach Heyde and friends at Calvary Baptist Church in Darien. On Sunday, Stephen Kellogg will be in Hartford; the Tony Purrone Trio in Bethel; Badfish in New Haven; a concert of Christmas music will play in Milford. On Monday, see Mystic Bowie in Fairfield.

The Bee Gees tribute band Night Fever continues a run in Bridgeport, which will include a special New Year’s Eve celebration.

For kids, who are likely home from school, there are many activities planned throughout the area. Check out a model train workshop, and other train-related activities, in Fairfield. There is a cartooning camp in Ansonia, where you can also head out on a nature walk. “Annie Jr.” continues in Bridgeport. The Paper Bag Players return to the Emelin Theatre. Stepping Stones Museum is celebrating the Italian culture with programs and activities. There are LEGOs upon LEGOs in Stamford. There is the Masque Theater in Woodbridge. And, you can go on a nature adventure in Fairfield. Ryan San Angelo has a few performances this weekend, including one in Norwalk and another in Danbury.

On New Year’s Eve you have your pick. Many restaurants will be hosting special evenings, such as Outriggers in Stratford, the Foundry in Newtown, La Fortuna in Bethel, and Long Ridge Tavern and Madonia in Stamford, just to name a few. Start early, and help the Windmill Tavern celebrate its first anniversary in Stratford.

There are many musical acts, from Kung Fu in Fairfield to MTV’s Ultimate Cover Band in Danbury, as well as the webcast of Phish live from Madison Square Garden at the Capitol in Port Chester, N.Y.  You can enjoy a good time at Butterfield 8 in Stamford to Bernard’s Restaurant in Ridgefield. Charlie Karp and Paula G will be at the Black Duck in Westport. Two Boots in Bridgeport features live music and comedy. Black Bear saloons in South Norwalk and Stamford will be counting it all down with a celebration. The Fez in Stamford plans to party, and a DJ dance party takes place at Bridgeport’s Bijou Theatre. You can learn to dance at the New Year’s Eve Ball at Ballroom Elegance Dance Studio in Westport. Laugh it up in Foxwood’s. Dine, drink and dance at Stamford’s Sheraton Hotel. Steve D’Agostino will be in Milford, as will Darik and the Funbags. There will be New Year’s Ballroom Bash in New Haven. And, still, there will be a holiday gala and performance of “White Christmas” in Elmsford, N.Y.

Then there are the alcohol-free, family oriented First Night programs taking place in Westport, Danbury and Hartford. The Norwalk Library, too, is offering some all-ages events.

On stage the Blue Man Group brings its theatrics to New Haven for a week. “Christmas in Acidland” will be at the Bijou Theatre. “A Christmas Carol” continues to play in Hartford. Les Miserables enters its final few days in White Plains, N.Y. However, you have about a week to catch “Boeing Boeing” in New Milford and “Aladdin” in Sherman.

Meanwhile, the season begins to spot seals and other creatures in the Norwalk harbor. If you prefer the indoors, you can pick up some used books at the Friends book sale at the Seymour Library. Enjoy some laughs on Friday, by catching Dan LaRosa’s comedy act in Milford or head out to Mohegan Sun on Saturday for comic Kevin Meaney and others.

Movie fans have many opportunities to catch a free flick, with area libraries hosting numerous screenings. Find the schedules at libraries in Darien, Stamford (including the South End Branch), New Canaan, Stratford, Brookfield and Bridgeport.

Until next time …

Christina Hennessy

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