Culture Cache – Our picks of the week

FAIRFIELD

Artist takes work in a new direction

As its first exhibition for 2016, Art/Place Gallery will showcase new works by Greenwich member-painter Paul G. Larson in a solo show, “A Brief Sojourn,” through Feb. 14.

Larson has degrees in fine art and education from Marietta College. From 1975 until 1985, he worked as an artist, designer and project director for the design firm L.E. Carpenter & Co. in Milford. In 1986, he began a career in Greenwich real estate sales, but in 2009 returned to his work as a serious painter.

Larson says, “Working in whatever medium that suits the purpose, my cubist influenced compositions are based upon the use of multifaceted geometric forms, the illusion of overlapping and intersecting planes, improbable perspectives, and subtle transitions of tonal passages that invariably tease the eye.”

The paintings in this show represent a new direction in Larson’s work: “These powerful figurative paintings depict beginnings, endings, and the movement of the spirit in between.”

Art/Place Gallery, 70 Sanford St. at the Fairfield Theater Co. A reception for the artist is set for Sunday, Jan. 10, from 3 to 5 p.m. artplacegallery.org; 203-292-8328.

STAMFORD

Yearly DanceFest features students

A celebration of dance comes to the Palace Theatre on Sunday, Jan. 31, with the 14th annual DanceFest.

DanceFest 2016 culminates with the Student Festival Performance featuring 350 dancers from dance schools from throughout Fairfield County performing choreography by dance school directors, dance teachers and guest choreographers.

According to the promoters: “DanceFest is a unique, two-weekend experience for young dancers to take master classes and perform original choreography on one of the world’s greatest dance stages, the Harman Stage at The Palace Theatre. Master classes are offered in seven different genres taught by international faculty who teach at prestigious dance schools and universities and for dance companies throughout the U.S. and Europe. They are directors, choreographers and performers in music videos, fashion shows and MTV Award shows and are models for print ads and television commercials.”

The Palace, 61 Atlantic St., Stamford. Sunday, Jan. 31, at 6 p.m. Tickets are $33, $15 for children, plus per-ticket fees. palacestamford.org; 203-325-4466.

MILFORD

Ratzenberger to speak at meeting

Actor and producer John Ratzenberger, a Bridgeport native, will be the keynote speaker at the 61st annual meeting and luncheon of the Milford Regional Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at Grassy Hill Country Club in Orange.

Ratzenberger, perhaps best known as Cliff Clavin in “Cheers,” will speak about his role as advocate for the American Manufacturing Hall of Fame, which is based at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport.

Milford Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Grassy Hill Country Club, 441 Clark Lane, Orange. Wednesday, Jan. 27, 11:30 a.m. Snow date: Thursday, Jan. 28. Tickets, $59. Reservations and advance payment required. 203-878-0681; chamber@milfordct.com.

GREENWICH

‘Dog Days of Winter’ show

“Dog Days of Winter,” an art exhibit featuring man’s best friend, opens Sunday, Jan. 10, at the Greenwich Arts Council.

“Behaved and friendly canines are welcome,” say the hosts.

Featured artists are Pam Ackley, Nilda Broeders, Barbara and Denis Curtiss, J.D. Durrans, Donald Landsman, Geoffrey Nichols and Alberto Spinetti.

Greenwich Arts Council, 299 Greenwich Ave. Reception Sunday, Jan. 10, from 3-5 p.m. Snow date: Sunday, Jan. 17. Show runs through Thursday, Feb. 25. greenwichartscouncil.org; 203-862-6750.

NEW YORK CITY

Tony-winning star returns to stage

Linda Lavin is back on Broadway in Richard (“Take Me Out”) Greenberg’s new play, “Our Mother’s Brief Affair,” which is in previews at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.

Tony and two-time Golden Globe winner Lavin stars as a family matriarch with a shocking secret in Greenberg’s newest play, which is directed by Manhattan Theatre Club artistic director Lynne Meadow.

The production reunites Greenberg with director Meadow following their collaboration on “The Assembled Parties.”

Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 W. 47th St., New York City. $140-$70. 212-239-6200; www.telecharge.com

Eileen Fischer