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


The weekend is here, and with it comes opportunities to enjoy music, art, dance, comedy, films and more across the region.

For music fans, Friday offers up performances by Taylor Dayne, the Bottle Rockets (who also perform Monday), Dar Williams, Kenn Morr Band, Duece Bug, Full Blast Movement, Ras Kas, Copywrite, Matt Turk, Rum Runners, the Midnight Ramble Band, Time Will Tell and Daniel Nault. On Saturday, Mates of State, Greenwich Symphony Orchestra, Steve D’Agostino, What Up Funk Band, Bliss, Wesley Stace’s Cabinet of Wonders, Roosevelt Shine, Poor Old Shine and the Traveling Danburys all will be performing across the state. On Sunday, plan for performances from the Danbury Symphony Orchestra, John Arrucci Quartet, Rani Arbot and Daisy Mayhem Quartet, Marc-André Hamelin, ABBA tribute band Arrival, Jim Clark, Orin Grossman, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and John Wort Hannam.

Movies play predominantly over the weekend and beyond, with screenings and talks focused on the cinema. “Blue Jasmine” gets a view in Darien. Stamford’s Ferguson Library will host its eighth-annual film festival on Sunday afternoon. See “Wayne’s World” at the Avon Theatre on Tuesday. And, New York Times film critic A.O. Scott will speak at Fairfield University’s Quick Center. “La Selva Tranquila” gets a view in Bridgeport. Television aficionados may want to see Alan Kistler, author of “Doctor Who: A History,” when he talks at Trumbull Library about the classic television show.

Several new art exhibitions will be up this weekend, too. You can see works of James Abbott McNeill Whistler in Fairfield; multiple works at the Easton Arts Council’s member show and the Ridgefield Guild of Artists show; or New Yorker covers in Westport. Westport also is the place where the photos of Lynsey Addario will be on display. The opening reception takes place at the Westport Arts Center on Friday night. William McCarthy brings his “atmospheric landscapes” to Wilton. Stamford artist Ken Delmar shows that paper towels do more than sop up messes in Ridgefield. Or, enjoy a paint date night in New Milford. “Love is in the Air” and on display in Stamford. Kees de Waal’s work gets its final weekend in Norwalk.

Families have any number of events that should prove fun. In Fairfield, a production of “A Year with Frog & Toad,” plays this weekend and next. Connecticut Ballet puts on “Tom Sawyer” in Ridgefield, while the Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington will put on a tracking program and story hour. The Stamford Museum and Nature Center is putting on a “block” party all weekend to celebrate its latest exhibition, “A Billion Bricks: Lego T-Rex, Turtles and Trains.” If you make the trip to the White Plains County Center you can find even more trains at the Westchester Toy and Train Show. Or, gaze at the stars in Stamford and the animals in Westport and Greenwich. “In the Dark” opens at the Bruce Museum.

You can dance and see dance at Premier Ballroom Dance’s monthly show Saturday at the Holy Trinity Greek Church Community Center in Bridgeport. Call 203-374-7308 for tickets. Or, just see dance at DanceFest in Stamford.

There are a number of holiday celebrations planned, too. For instance, the Interfaith Council Program in Weston will revisit last week’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a program of music at the Norfield Congregational Church. Chinese New Year, which officially is celebrated Jan. 31, comes early in Bridgeport, Milford and Stamford (including an event at the library).

Foodies will want to find a place at the table for the Taste of Ridgefield on Sunday. The Chocolate lovers’ stop will be the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk where the second Chocolate World Expo will be.

On stage, one finds an eclectic mix of theatrical events. “The Hallelujah Girls” continues at Curtain Call. “My Fair Lady” comes to New Haven’s Shubert Theater on Saturday. An evening of one-acts comes to Ridgefield. Mike Tyson brings his “Undisputed Truth” to Foxwoods. “Titanic” sets up in Elmsford, N.Y. “Dreamgirls” continues in Bridgeport. And “The Owl and the Pussycat” enters the final two weeks in Berlin.

Until next time ..

Christina Hennessy