This Weekend: Forbidden Broadway; Caramoor finale

Forbidden Broadway’s Greatest Hits is the summer show at the Town Players of New Canaan’s Powerhouse Performing Arts Center in Waveny Park, New Canaan, opening Friday, Aug. 5, and running through Aug. 20. For tickets, visit tpnc.org or call 203-966-7371.

Forbidden Broadway’s Greatest Hits is the summer show at the Town Players of New Canaan’s Powerhouse Performing Arts Center in Waveny Park, New Canaan, opening Friday, Aug. 5, and running through Aug. 20. For tickets, visit tpnc.org or call 203-966-7371.

A no-holds-barred spoof of beloved Broadway shows, Forbidden Broadway’s Greatest Hits, will open Friday, Aug. 5, at the Powerhouse Performing Arts Center in Waveny Park, New Canaan. Directed by Sheri Dean of New Canaan, with musical direction by Benjamin McCormack of Trumbull, the show has a cast of six: Stephen DeRocco, Emily Hull, Terry LeBel, Kellen Schult, Lauren Linn and Valerie Torphy.

Performances will take place Friday and Saturdays at 8 through Aug. 20, with two Sunday afternoon performances on Aug. 7 and 14. Tickets are $25, $20 for students and seniors; for reservations, visit tpnc.org or call 203-966-7371.

Caramoor finale

The summer music festival at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in Katonah, N.Y., will conclude this weekend. Artist-in-residence Jonathan Biss, piano, will perform works by Janacek and Brahms with violinist Miriam Fried, violist Hsin-Yun Huang, and cellist Marcy Rosen on Thursday evening, Aug. 4, at 7 p.m. in the Spanish Courtyard. Biss will return to the Spanish Courtyard on Friday evening at 8 to perform a program of Beethoven Sonatas.

Jazz will be front and center on Saturday evening at 8 in the Venetian Theater when the Cécile McLorin Savant Quartet, presented in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center, will perform.

The finale concert on Sunday at 4:30 in the Venetian Theater will be an all-Brahms program (Violin Concerto in D major and Symphony No. 2 in D major) performed by the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and violinist Gil Shaham.

For ticket information and directions, visit caramoor.org or call 914-232-1252.

Unique exhibits

The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut will open two new exhibitions at its @287 Gallery and Meeting Place, 287 Main Street, Danbury, with a reception on Friday, Aug. 5, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cultural Odyssey: Paintings from the Carole Joy Collection featuring Manuel Hughes presents art acquired by Carole Joy whose Carole Joy Creations based in Danbury was the largest African-American owned greeting card publisher in the country for 30 years.

Able Bodies: Sculpture by Ryan Scails, a Bethel native who now lives in New York, explores anthropomorphic qualities of functional objects and their connections to the people who make and use them habitually.

Reservations are requested by the reception; visit artswesternct.org. For more information, call 203-798-0760.

First Fridays

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield will host First Fridays: A Contemporary Cocktail Party on Friday evening, Aug. 5, from 7 to 9 p.m. Cost is $20 and includes live music, cocktails and light fare and a tour of the Site Lines exhibitions. Acoustic performer Gracie Day will be featured.

The museum will also host Family Day: Combine Climb on Sunday, Aug. 7, from 1 to 4 p.m., a free family event. For more information, visit aldrichart.org or call 203-438-4519.

PlayFest 2016

Eastbound Theatre will bring its East/West PlayFest 2016 to the Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Avenue South, this weekend. The six-play program will take place Friday and Saturday, Aug. 5 and 6, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 7, at 2 p.m. A $10 donation at the door is requested; no reservations.

Sixteen actors are featured in six original short pieces, including: And hat a Damn Fine Morning It Is by Trace Crawford of Hilliard, Ohio; I Was Fine Until You Came in the Room by Rich Orloff of New York; In Her Golden Years by Steven Korbar of Torrance, Calif.; Is This Seat Taken? by Brad Systema of Caledonia, Mich.; It Skips a Generation by C.J. Ehrlich of Chappaqua, N.Y.; and Just Desserts by David MacGregor.

For more information, visit milfordarts.org or call 203-878-6647.

Big band

The Glenn Miller Orchestra, led by music director vocalist Nick Hilscher, will perform many of the original Miller arrangements from Miller’s years with his civilian band and with the Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band on Friday, Aug. 5, at 7:30 at the Ridgefield Playhouse. The 18-member band will be joined by male and female vocalists who’ll sing favorites like Moonlight Serenade, Little Brown Jug, String of Pearls and Chattanooga Choo-Choo.

109 Cheese & Wine will host a wine tasting for ticket holders at 6:45, when there will be an art exhibit in the Playhouse lobby. For tickets ($38), visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.

Fairfield car show

The Connecticut Seaport Car Club’s 2nd annual Fairfield University Antique and Classic Car Show will take place Saturday, Aug. 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Quick Center grounds at Fairfield University, 1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield. Online vehicle registration at ctseaportcarclub.com is $10; day-of registration is $15. Spectator admission is $5, free for children 12 and younger.

The Port 5 Naval Veterans will be offering food as will other vendors and there will be music by DJ Seth Carley. Rain date is Aug. 7. For more information, visit the website.

Creative Arts

Two whimsical exhibitions will open Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Creative Arts Workshop at 80 Audubon Street, New Haven, with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Adventures in Art is an installation by artists in the workshop’s children’s summer programs and Welcome to Whackville by Eric Epstein is an interactive percussion piece.

Gallery hours are 9 to 7; for more information, visit creativeartsworkshop.org or call 203-562-4927.

Family films

Family Outdoor Movie Time will continue at Norwalk’s Shady Beach, Calf Pasture Beach Road, on Saturday, Aug. 6, with The Sponge Bob Movie screening at dusk. Activities get underway with face painting activities at 6 p.m. There’s a $10 parking fee for those without a Norwalk beach parking pass. Cancellation information will be available at 203-854-7938.

Popular music

Taylor Mac will present three decades from his multi-year effort to chart the history of popular music in America, from the nation’s founding in 1776 to the present day. The work-in-progress selections will cover 1986 to 2016, with Taylor Mac (whose preferred gender pronoun is judy) creating a whirlwind of musical theater, drag performance and historical storytelling.

The show will take place at SPACE on Ryder Farm in Brewster, N.Y., where Mac will be joined by a 24-piece orchestra, “dancing beauties,” and an array of special guests.

A 24-Decade History of Popular Music: 1986-2016 will be presented Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 6 and 7, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40, available at spaceonryderfarm.org/calendar/taylor-mac.

Art/Place history

35 Years, Now & Then, an exhibit celebrating Art/Place Gallery’s long history, will open at the artists’ cooperative’s current home at Fairfield Theatre Company, 70 Sanford Street, Fairfield, on Sunday, Aug. 7, with a reception from 2 to 5 p.m. The gallery was originally in the Southport train station, which was destroyed in a fire in 2008; since then, it has had several homes before arriving at its current space three years.

The anniversary show, Now & Then, will include two works from each member, one current piece and one from the past. There will be an artists’ talk on Thursday, Aug. 18, at noon and the show will be on view through Aug. 28. Gallery hours are noon to 4 Thursday to Saturday and 2 to 5 Sunday. For more information, visit artplacegallery.org or call 203-374-9720.

 

Musical theater

The evolution of musical theater from the 1920s to present day will be the subject of a seminar on Sunday, Aug. 7, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Wilton Playshop, 15 Lover’s Lane. The presenter is Justin Duhon, a musical theater student with the Conservatory of FIne Arts at Webster University in St. Louis, Mo.

For reservations, email [email protected].

Helium Brothers!

The Helium Brothers will perform their blend of bluegrass, country swing and 70s pop rock on Sunday, Aug. 7, at 6:30 in a free concert at Merwin Meadows Park, Lovers Lane, Wilton. The group, just off a series of 40th reunion shows in 2015/16, includes four of the original five Helium members, who got their start playing clubs in New Haven. Among them is Andy “A.J” Gundell of Wilton.

Picnickers are welcome at the concert; there is an alternate indoor location in case of inclement weather. For more information, call 203-834-6234; for the rain location, call 203-454-5188.

And coming up…

Goodnight Moonshine will give the final performance of the Twilight Concert Series at the Pardee-Morris House in New Haven on Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 7 p.m. (rain date is Aug. 11). The free concert will be on the lawn; bring blankets and chairs and a picnic or buy food from Frank Andrews Mobile Kitchen. The Pardee-Morris House, a property of the New Haven Museum, is at 114 Whitney Avenue; for more information, visit newhavenmuseum.org or call 203-562-4183 x20.

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The Go-Gos are doing their final tour and after a 38-year run, they’ll be shutting it down. But first, there will be a concert at the Ridgefield Playhouse on Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $150; for reservations, visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org or call 203-438-5795.

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Cruising Through the past: An Exploration of Greenwich History from the Water is the theme for an Island Beach ferry trip arranged by the Greenwich Historical Society, which will take place Thursday, Aug. 11, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Advance reservations are required, $20 for nonmembers; visit greenwichhistory.org or call 203-869-6899 x10 for details.

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