Greenwich’s Rob Mathes and his talented musical friends will be bringing the sounds and sentiments of Christmas to the stage in Purchase, N.Y. this weekend. In this annual tradition (above, see a previous performance), Mathes will bring a mix of his original works, some unique arrangements and a song or two from his new album to those gathered in the audience. But his is not the only musical event taking place during this weekend before the holiday.
In Danbury and the surrounding areas, a number of musicians are coming together to mark the tragic events that took place in Newtown last week.
A reunion is on tap this evening in Bridgeport, which will bring together the members of The Dirty Angels, a four-piece R&B-infused blues band that made a name for itself up and down the East Coast throughout the 1970s. Fans were treated to a couple of albums under RCA and saw the band tour with groups such as Aerosmith. However, by the early 1980s, with broad commercial success yet to materialize, the band decided to part, with members moving on to other careers in music.
The group will come together at the Bijou Theatre Friday night. Don’t miss a chance to be part of the reunion.
You may want to make your way to Mystic Seaport, where the celebration of the whaleship Charles W. Morgan is prompting a day of free admission, Saturday, Nov. 10, and an evening program of fireworks. In Stamford, a yummy fundraiser is planned to raise funds for New Covenant House of Hospitality, a soup kitchen that serves lower Fairfield County.
Entertainment has often served as a great diversion when times get rough, and this past week of storm aftermath has clearly been a struggle for many. Many performances and events will go on as planned, but there has been some cancellation and postponements.
The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, N.Y., also has announced numerous schedule changes. Its website reports that all events through and including Wednesday, Nov. 7, have been postponed. Some new dates have already been determined, though most remain “to be announced.”
As for area clubs, probably the best advice I can give you is to call ahead. Some seem to be going ahead with plans, while others appear to still be having technical difficulties.
Fairfield University’s Quick Center for the Arts has most of its weekend program intact, however the Young Artists Series set for Sunday has been postponed. The Westport Arts Center is still in the process of determining this weekend’s lineup, but its Nov. 2 “Big Night” event has been canceled.
Area organizations also are going ahead with performances. The Square One Theatre Company will put on “Deadly Murder” beginning Nov. 2, which marks the opening of their season. The Westport Country Playhouse will be staging the last weekend of “A Raisin in the Sun.” And, the playhouse’s lobby will be open to the public on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to serve as a charging station, though there is no wi-fi.
Obviously, some people are solely focused this weekend on getting back to normal, and a day or night out might not be in the cards. However, for those looking for a bit of distraction, there is plenty to do and see on this first weekend of November.
It may not be Halloween just yet, but that hasn’t stopped organizers far and wide from creating a weekend full of festive events. So, if you are looking for all the hayrides, haunted houses, costume parties and spooky walks that you can handle, here you go. And, here is another and another. You get my drift … there are more than enough happenings to keep everyone busy.
Movie and television star, singer and dancer Jane Powell is expected to be in Ridgefield on Sunday to share some behind-the-scenes tales about the 1951 film classic, “Royal Wedding,” (see a clip above) which teamed her with Fred Astaire. In a recent article, Powell gave a taste of what one can expect during the screening and question-and-answer session, sharing some tidbits about filming and her experiences as a contract player at MGM. You can get information on movie times and tickets by visiting the Ridgefield Playhouse’s website.
Below: Chile’s Inti-Illimani celebrates its 45th anniversary with a performance on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, at Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts in Fairfield, Conn. Contributed photo
This weekend, you have a chance to celebrate the music and longevity of a group that has succeeded in staying together and creating powerful music in the face of political opposition. Chile’s Inti-Illimani, a folk ensemble that was founded in 1967, is on a world tour, La Maquina del Tiempo (Time Machine) which brings it to Fairfield University’s Quick Center on Saturday, Oct. 13. In addition to the music, which will include works throughout the band’s four decades, there will be a pre-concert talk.
I can remember gazing upon the cover of Blondie’s 1978 album “Parallel Lines,” like it was yesterday, as they say. In reality, I was in the latter years of my first decade of life and couldn’t get enough of the black-and-white vertical stripes and slick looking band, fronted by a pretty woman in a white dress and two-toned hair. At the time, I did not realize the album represented the moment the band catapulted out of the New York City 1970s punk rock scene, or that Deborah Harry was on her way to becoming a punk icon.
All I know is it takes only a few notes of “Heart of Glass” and I’m back to my living room, circa 1978-80, watching that LP spin around the turntable.
I suspect there will be quite a few people like me, as well as those who are older and far younger, who will come out to see Blondie when the band swings through our area. For the past month or so, three of its original members — Harry, Chris Stein and Clem Burke — have been on tour with Devo, hitting venues across the country. On Sunday, it will just be Blondie, with three new members) that takes the stage at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, N.Y.
As Burke noted in an interview recently:
We had good songs and a good image, but it is the music that has endured.
You still have time to get yourself ready and get a ticket so that before the night is over you may have a chance to hear “Galway Girl” or “Seven Drunken Nights” as brought to you by Celtic Thunder. This Irish/Scottish music troupe is making a stop in Wallingford as part of its 63-city North American tour. Be prepared for a mix of historic tunes and pop classics.
And if you still haven’t found something that strikes your fancy, we are getting into fall foliage season in Connecticut. And, the state has made it easy to see where you should visit if you want to take a leisurely drive.