It may be tougher than ever to make some quality plans and schedule a little “me time” but we’re here to help! Each week, we’re sharing some of our favorite events both in-person and online across Connecticut! Enjoy!
Friday, September 4th – 7pm
Valley Shakespeare Festival presents:”Cyrano” In The Park LIVE! – Veteran’s Memorial Park, Shelton, CT
Founder and Artistic Director, Tom Simonetti said, “We are very excited that we are able to continue our outdoor free theater series in Veteran’s Memorial Park in our 8th year. We are taking proper precautions both onstage and backstage by using health policies that align with the State of Connecticut, CDC Guidelines, and the latest Scientific research. Each of these three policies have highlighted proper social distancing practices such as staying 6 ft apart, PPE usage, and regular disinfecting of any high touch surface areas are key ways to minimize the transmission of the COVID-19 virus.”
Cyrano de Bergerac is a master of swordplay and wordplay, but a “magnificent Mount Everest of a nose” blocks his path to true love. From Parisian balconies to bloody battlefields, tongue-tied Christian borrows Cyrano’s words to woo beautiful Roxane, but is she falling for Christian’s looks or Cyrano’s soul? A cast of three triangulates this classic, live, into a lightning-paced romance of duels, panache, sacrifice, and one enormous schnoz. Admission is free, with a suggested $10 donation. For more information, contact (203) 815-5489 or visit here.
Friday, September 4th (through Oct.31st)
Virtual Art Exhibit @ Gallery One CT
The “True Vision” exhibit celebrates work of Gallery One artists, a diverse group of established artists representing different backgrounds and artistic traditions. The eight Connecticut artists share a commitment to each artist’s unique voice. “True Vision” celebrates new works, many of which were created while sheltering in place during these challenging times. Member Artists include: Victor Filepp (New London), Ann Knickerbocker (Old Saybrook), Molly McDonald (Branford), T. Willie Raney (Ivoryton), Diana Rogers (Clinton), Rick Silberberg (Ivoryton), and Jill Vaughn (Ivoryton). Kathleen DeMeo (Old Lyme) is an Invited Artist. To view the virtual show visit the Gallery One website.
Friday, September 4th – 8pm
Neil Berg’s 50 years of Rock-n-Roll – Palace Theatre, Stamford, CT
From the progenitors of Rock and Roll in the 1940s, through the glory years of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, up until MTV in the early 1980s, Neil Berg’s 50 Years of Rock & Roll uses fascinating stories and groundbreaking music, with tributes to such important and iconic rock stars/groups/genres as Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Buddy Holly, Bob Dylan, Frankie Valli, The Beatles, Beach Boys, Motown, Aretha Franklin, The Who, Janis Joplin, Woodstock, Simon & Garfunkel, Carole King, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Aerosmith, Linda Ronstadt, Bruce Springsteen, Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Disco, New Wave, Journey, and others! Tickets range from $30-$50. For more information, contact (203) 325-4466 or visit here.
Saturday, September 5th – 2pm (Virtual Event)
White Memorial Through The Seasons – White Memorial Conservation Center, Litchfield, CT
We pay tribute to Connecticut’s greatest land conservationists, Alain and May White. This brother and sister pair left their fingerprints all over Litchfield County beginning with our 4,000 acre sanctuary, but also in the gifts they bestowed upon the State of Connecticut: Kent Falls, Peoples State Forest, Macedonia State Park, Dean Ravine and more! Sit back and enjoy breathtaking images from a variety of contributors depicting the extraordinary people, places, and things which make up this living masterpiece! This free virtual program will be hosted in Zoom and simulcast on The White Memorial Conservation Center’s Facebook page via Facebook Live! Please pre-register here.
Saturday, September 5th – 5:30pm & 7:30pm
Fairfield Comedy Presents: Paul Virzi – Circle Hotel, Fairfield, CT
An outdoor, live stand-up comedy at Circle Hotel’s backyard. Bring your chairs, blankets, and picnic and bring your appetite for laughter. For more information, contact (475) 999-2087 or visit here.
Sunday, September 6th
An Unfinished Revolution: The Women’s Suffrage Centennial – Greenwich Historical Society, Greenwich, CT
FINAL DAY OF EXHIBIT. A dynamic exhibition that showcases the role Greenwich women played on the national stage in achieving the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment. Featuring a wide variety of historic objects from museums, libraries, private collections and descendants of suffragists to illustrate the long struggle for the right to vote. Free with regular museum admission. Wed – Sun. Noon-4pm. For more information, (203) 869-6899 or visit here.
Sunday, September 6th – 6pm
Goodspeed Musicals – Goodspeed By The River, East Haddam, CT
Final evening for the season. The concerts are held on the Goodspeed lawn overlooking the scenic Connecticut River and feature songs, stories and plenty of live music. Pack a picnic basket and lawn chairs and bring the family for a safe, fun and enjoyable evening. Weather permitting. Concerts on the lawn will have designated seating areas.
Admission is $25. An exclusive dinner and concert package is available which includes a two-course meal and reserved table seating on the Gelston House lawn for $49 per person. Tickets are only available by calling the Box Office, (860) 873-8668, Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Visit here, for more info.
Monday, September 7th
“Wish You Were Here” Postcard Exhibition (Virtual and On-site ) Exhibition Gallery at Still River Editions, Danbury, CT
Gallery Director Lys Guillorn put out a call for submissions looking for “digital images you’ve taken during the COVID-19 pandemic—slices of daily life, art photographs, or photographs of artwork you’ve worked on or completed between March 1 and May 31 of 2020.” There are digital and alternative process photographs, paintings, prints, illustrations, drawings, and collages. The subject matter, tone, and style of the images reflect the varied experiences and creative impulses of the people who made them. At the end of the exhibition, the artist list will be randomized, and each artist will be mailed another artist’s postcard.
Check out our online gallery or visit our the physical gallery, which is in the lobby of Still River Editions print studio. It’s open for up to two people from the same household at a time. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Through September 23rd . Please call in advance of your visit (203) 791 1474; masks are required for entry. The exhibition is free. Click here for more info.
Tuesday, September 8th
Fresh Fields: American Impressionist Landscapes Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, CT (Virtual)
Fresh Fields celebrates beloved landscapes created by Impressionist artists who visited Old Lyme. Look for new perspectives ranging from science to social art history, as well as new voices brought to bear on favorite works. Relatedly, we hope to work with members of this region’s Native American communities to craft a land acknowledgment for the Museum’s property. To view the exhibit, click here. For general information about the Florence Griswold Museum contact 860-434-5542 or click here.
Wednesday, September 9th – 7pm
Gay Virtual Speed Dating in NYC: 20s-30s
Speed dating has never been more fun! We will make introductions, go on one-on-one dates then mingle with everyone with a fun game and have real conversation about dating. This event is exclusively for guests in their 20s and 30s (see our other speed dating events for other ages and themes) Cost: $20 (Please note that this fee helps keep our small business going during the crisis so we can get up and running right away when it is safe to bring people together again in person) Click here for tickets.
Wednesday, September 9th – 7pm
Diversity Film Series: Malcolm X – Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT
Anchored by a powerful performance from Denzel Washington, Spike Lee’s biopic of the controversial black activist and leader of the struggle for black liberation, Malcolm X, is heavily inspired by Alex Haley’s The Autobiography of Malcolm X. The film begins with Malcolm Little as a petty criminal. He’s sent to prison for burglary, but his incarceration proves to be a blessing in disguise, as he’s exposed to the teachings of Islam and learns discipline. Upon his release from prison, he adopts the last name “X” and rises within the Nation of Islam, but his ascent is met with resentment and opposition, especially when he and mentor Elijah Muhammad begin to feud. Suspended by the Nation, he makes his pilgrimage to Mecca, where he learns that there is good in all races. Upon his return to the United States, he denounces racism and becomes open to working with the civil rights leaders he had previously shunned. The film follows X up until his assassination at Harlem’s Audubon Ballroom in 1965. Tickets are FREE, but must be reserved in advance by calling the box office at 203.438.5795
Thursday, September 10th – 5pm
Virtual Gallery Talk | Pleasing the Eye and Palate Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT
As the exhibition Savor demonstrates, dining customs and food preparation changed dramatically in the eighteenth century. Potters and silversmiths responded with great creativity to the demand for new types of culinary dishes and their presentation. This talk, with former Metropolitan Museum of Art Curator Emeritus, Jeffery Munger, explores some of the intersections of these innovations in dining habits with the decorative arts. For access link, visit here.
Friday, September 11th – 2pm
Let Freedom Ring – Remembering the Victims of 9/11 – White Memorial Conservation Center Museum, Litchfield, CT
This very special tribute features the music of popular singer/songwriter Ian Campbell and the unfettered beauty of falconry with Master Falconer, Brian Bradley at the top of Apple Hill. Social distancing guidelines must be strictly observed. Free admission. You must pre-register for this event. For more information call (860) 567-0857 or click here.
Saturday, September 12th – All Day
Virtual Second Saturdays for Families | Season’s Harvest Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT
Explore artwork from the exhibition Savor and travel back to the 1700s to learn how food inventions from the past have changed the ways we eat today. Watch food historian Ivan Day make ice cream using 300-year-old recipes and techniques. Then create an artwork that looks good enough to eat. Digital activity packs include art-making demonstrations, visual scavenger hunts, close looking prompts, and story time in English and Spanish. Available on the second Saturday of the month and afterwards. For access link, visit here.
Saturday, September 12th
Corn Maze: Deep Sea Adventure @ The Farm, Woodbury, CT
“Dive” into the next family-fun experience hosted at our farm, an underwater-themed corn maze stretching across four acres. This year, get ready to embark on an ocean-themed adventure, with various aquatic animals shaping the design of the corn maze complete with an Octopus at the center. “Get lost” from this year’s turbulent times in a fact-finding treasure hunt for both fun and education all about underwater exploration and creatures. Get your crayon ready to collect all nine fish on your maze worksheet. As a team, you’ll discover picture rubbings, word clues, and secret coded maps that will help guide you through the marvelous marine creatures that inhabit our maze. Be sure to watch our corn maze instructional video supplied on your ticket confirmation email before coming for your maze adventure.. Open Fri. – Sun. 10am to dusk. Admission: $14.95. Tickets must be purchased in advance online. For information please call (203) 263-4550 or visit here.
Sunday, September 13th
PRIDE New Haven 2020 – Downtown New Haven, CT
It’s that time of year again – join us for PRIDE New Haven 2020! This year we are doing PRIDE New Haven a little differently. We are excited to announce that this year PRIDE New Haven is going to be a two-part experience! We kick-off PRIDE New Haven with a week long virtual celebration next week, September 13 – 19th. Then in October we will come together for PRIDE New Haven In Person on Saturday, October 10th. Not ready for an in-person event? Don’t worry you’ll be able to experience PRIDE New Haven In Person virtually as well!
Sunday, September 13th – 2pm
UN-Hung Heroes of the Met Museum – A Virtual Tour
Learn about the fascinating history of the male…ahem…in art on this fun and interesting 75 minute Zoom tour with Professor Andrew Lear! Cost:$10. Please note that this fee helps keep our small business going during the crisis so we can get up and running right away when it is safe to bring people together again in person. Tickets: here.
Sunday, September 13th – 2pm
Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci, The Met Encore in HD @ Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT
Director David McVicar’s new production brings opera’s favorite double bill to new life, setting the two operas in the same Sicilian setting, separated by two generations. Marcelo Álvarez takes on the rare feat of singing both leading tenor roles. In Cavalleria, he is Turiddu, the young man who abandons Santuzza (Eva-Maria Westbroek) in his pursuit of the married Lola (Ginger Costa-Jackson)—and ends up being killed in a duel with her husband, Alfio (George Gagnidze). In Pagliacci, Álvarezis Canio, the leader of a traveling vaudeville troupe. Patricia Racette sings Nedda, his unfaithful young wife, whose plans to run away with her lover are foiled by her spurned admirer Tonio (George Gagnidze)—with equally tragic consequences. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium. Run time 2 hours, 53 minutes. Click here for tickets.
Sunday, September 13th – 7pm
At Home with Nhojj – An Intimate Evening of Story and Song – Easton Mountain Retreat Center, Greenwich, NY (Virtual Event)
The Easton Mountain extended community is full of a diverse range of musical artists and performers, and we want you to meet them! This is an opportunity for you to hear their songs and the stories behind them in an intimate setting from your own home!
We are starting with Nhojj. He has played at the Out in the Woods music festival here at Easton Mountain and been a part of some of our virtual events as well. His music stirs the soul, blending many genres and speaking lyrically about many issues important in the world today. He brings love and intention to everything he does and creates a musical conversation with his audience. You don’t want to miss the opportunity to spend some time with such a truly original and inspirational artist. Sign up to spend some time at home, with Nhojj! See below for his bio, web links and more! There is no charge for this event, but there is a suggested donation of $20. To register, visit here.
We hope you’re able to enjoy some of these wonderful events both online or in-person! To submit info about upcoming events of your own, please feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. #LiveOutLoud #OurVoice #ConnecticutVoice