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Nov
19
Sat
Exhibition. Last Days of Pangea: In the Footsteps of the Dinosaurs @ Bruce Museum Tickets
Nov 19 2016 @ 10:00 am – Jul 16 2017 @ 5:00 pm
Exhibition. Last Days of Pangea: In the Footsteps of the Dinosaurs @ Bruce Museum |  |  |

This exhibition features beautiful fossils and life restoration models of some of the weird and wonderful species that thrived in the Triassic but died out at the end of that Period. These include armored plant-eating crocodile relatives, long-necked reptiles that swam like frogs, and the Icarosaurus, which glided on a membrane supported by outstretched ribs. Also featured are the 14-foot-long predator Postosuchus, a bipedal relative of modern crocodiles that kept early dinosaurs off the top of the food chain, and Coelophysis, a small dinosaur accused of cannibalism but acquitted by new scientific research. Historic footprints from throughout the Connecticut Valley record the comings and goings of dinosaurs and their kin.

Dec
21
Wed
Catering Halls at the American Legion @ American Legion, Post 12 Tickets
Dec 21 2016 – Dec 31 2017 all-day
Catering Halls at the American Legion @ American Legion, Post 12 |  |  |

Hosting an upcoming event? The catering hall at the American Legion, Post 12 is the perfect place to hold an upcoming birthday, meeting, mitzvah, reunion, shower, or reception. Venue rentals are available to the public for private events. Our upstairs banquet hall can accommodate up to 220 people. It can be transformed for a corporate event, dance, or seated affair. Our downstairs lounge is available for more intimate affairs. It can seat up to 80 people.

Tables and chairs will be provided and set up by the venue. Decorations must be compliant with the rules set forth by the American Legion. Clients will have the full use of our catering kitchens. You are welcome to bring in your own food or use a caterer. Our Event Coordinator can recommend caterers and staffing services.

Located across from Norwalk High School, the American Legion is in close proximity to Interstate 95 and the Merritt Parkway. Please contact our Event Coordinator by e-mail at ctlegion.post12events@gmail.com or by phone at (203) 866-8249 to schedule an appointment.

Please visit http://www.norwalklegionpost12.org/ to learn more about this philanthropic and vibrant organization. Events and programming are open to all. Facility rentals are available to the public for private events. Please contact (203) 866-8249 for more information. Follow the American Legion, Post 12 on Facebook! For God and Country.

Apr
5
Wed
Right Angle Bliss @ Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum Tickets
Apr 5 – Nov 12 all-day
Right Angle Bliss @ Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum |  |  |

Opening Reception: April 27, 2017, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $10 non-members $5 members
Gen. Admission: $10 adults, $8 seniors, $6 children 8-18 years old/45 minute tour
Gen. Admission: $20 adults, $18 seniors, $16 children 8-18 years old/90 minute tour
From vows taken in magnificent settings, to cutting edge images that will redefine rituals and boundaries, this exhibition will feature six up-and-coming as well as award-winning photographers that highlight today’s diversity of cultures and customs in wedding ceremonies throughout the United States. Right Angle Bliss will capture the tenderness, whimsy, beauty, and grit of the promised, “I Do”, and visually redefine this time-honored tradition through the lenses of photographers: Stephanie Anestis, David Bravo, Sarah Grote, Kathy Harris, Airen Miller, and Karol Setlak.
Photo credit & Caption: Airen Miller, “UST” June 2016, Canvas print.

Wedding Traditions and Fashion from the 1860s to the 1930s @ Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum Tickets
Apr 5 – Nov 12 all-day
Wedding Traditions and Fashion from the 1860s to the 1930s @ Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum |  |  |

Curated by Kathleen Motes Bennewitz, Wedding Traditions and Fashion from the 1860s to the 1930s will feature lavish gowns modeled on Queen Victoria’s wedding and highlighted in nuptials of young American heiresses of Gilded Age fortunes, as well as simple dresses and artifacts of at-home ceremonies of immigrant brides who, once settled in the United States, desired to follow American customs and fashions.

Apr
21
Fri
Mannequins on the Runway, Haute Couture and Contemporary Designs of the 20th Century @ Darien Historical Society Tickets
Apr 21 @ 12:00 pm – Aug 31 @ 5:00 pm
Mannequins on the Runway,  Haute Couture and Contemporary Designs of the 20th Century @ Darien Historical Society |  |  |

In keeping with its mission to tell the ongoing story of “costume”, one of history’s most tangible artifacts, the Darien Historical Society is presenting designer and ready-to-wear styles that existed during and after World War II. Mannequins on the Runway, Haute Couture and Contemporary Designs of the 20th Century highlights five decades of fashion with designer outfits from the 1940s through the 1990s. It follows the history of prêt-à-porter, or ready-to-wear, as it largely replaced haute couture in the fashion industry. The exhibit opens on April 21 and runs through August 2017, with a Champagne Reception on April 21 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Ladies’ Luncheons with the Curator on May 3 and 10 at 11:30 a.m.

Curator of the show, Babs White, set up the exhibit to mimic a 20th century fashion show, with mannequins lined up as if on the runway. White, who has her own 47-year history with the Darien Historical Society as its costume curator, arranged the fashions chronologically, beginning with a 1947 design by Christian Dior. She commented, “At the end of World War II, women longed to replace fashion’s stiff, square shoulders and straight lines. Dior’s more romantic look took the fashion world by storm.” Dior’s success allowed Paris to reassert its world leadership of haute couture following its decline during the war.

Dior eventually commissioned his designs to be produced abroad as ready-to-wear lines in the 1950s and Yves Saint Laurent followed suit with his “Rive Gauche” designs. In the 60s, the charm and elegant style of Jackie Kennedy was greatly admired and copied, and Sophie of Saks and Elizabeth Arden, both represented in the exhibit, produced designs in New York. By the mid-60s, fashion began to focus on youth, their music, and their “free-wheeling” attitude, producing the most potent symbol of the 60s scene, the miniskirt, also on display.

Bill Blass and Oscar de la Renta creations reflect the bold fabrics of the 1980s, which also heralded the look of big shoulders and giant sleeves. The Reagan administration signaled the return of formality, and Adolfo and Ungaro fashions mirror the 90s, an era in which ready-to-wear had become dominant. In keeping with a typical fashion show of the 20th century, the exhibit concludes with a bridal gown: a 1983 design by Carolina Herrera, socialite and longtime fixture on the best-dressed list.

Fairfield County Bank, Darien Board of Realtors, Pagano’s Seafood, Palmer’s of Darien, Leary’s Liquor Cabinet, Cesco’s Trattoria, Sanda’s Cleaners and Tailors, Darien Sport Shop, The Finishing Touch Landscaping, and Diane Browne Catering sponsor Mannequins on the Runway. The hours of the exhibit are from noon to 5 p.m. from Tuesdays through Thursdays, and on Sundays from noon to 3 p.m. A non-member donation of $5 is suggested. Cost for the Champagne Reception on April 21 is $50 for members and $65 for nonmembers. Ladies’ Luncheons on May 3 and 10 are $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers. To make reservations or to find out about sponsorship opportunities, contact the Historical Society at (203) 655-9233. The Darien Historical Society is located at 45 Old Kings Highway North. To find out more about Mannequins on the Runway, Haute Couture and Contemporary Designs of the 20th Century, please visit, darienhistorical.org.

May
24
Wed
Mill River Park Spring Cornhole League @ Brownstein|Selkowitz Carousel Pavilion Lawn Tickets
May 24 – Jun 28 all-day
Mill River Park Spring Cornhole League @ Brownstein|Selkowitz Carousel Pavilion Lawn |  |  |

Back by popular demand, we’re at it again with round two of the Mill River Park Cornhole League, Spring edition! Wednesday evenings May 24th – June 28th from 6pm-8pm we will be meeting on the Carousel Lawn for beer, fun, and competition. We will be teaming up with our friends at Half Full Brewery, serving discounted beer (and snacks) to you and your teammates. 5 weeks of regular competition will come to a head in week 6 for the playoffs, finals, and a summer barbecue celebration on June 28th! Registration opens Monday, April 10th. Pre-registration is required and you must be 21+ to register and play. www.millriverpark.org/cornholeleague.

May
30
Tue
Register for Music on the Hill Summer Chorus: Rehearsals start June 27 @ St. Matthew's Episcopal Church Tickets
May 30 @ 11:00 am – Jun 27 @ 6:00 pm
Register for Music on the Hill Summer Chorus: Rehearsals start June 27 @ St. Matthew's Episcopal Church |  |  |

Music on the Hill welcomes singers for the 15th annual Summer Chorus. (Students welcome!) This year’s selection: the Schubert Mass in E-Flat led by artistic director Ellen Dickinson. This is one of Schubert’s last major works, rarely performed but filled with the lyrical beauty for which he was admired.

Summer Chorus rehearsals are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7 to 9 p.m.,starting June 27. (No rehearsal July 4.) Concert: Thursday, July 27, 8 p.m. Rehearsals and concert take place at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in the WEPCO church complex in Wilton on Rte. #106 (New Canaan Road).

No audition. Register in advance with voice part to ellen@musiconthehillCT.org or 203-529-3133. Cost: $40 suggested minimum donation; $20, students.

Who can join Summer Chorus? Everyone is welcome! The Summer Chorus includes those who are already in a choir (high school, church, or community ensemble) and singers who are looking for a new place to sing or who haven’t sung in a while.

Summer Chorus is one of Music on the Hill’s four performing ensembles. Learn more, and join the mailing list, by visiting the website.

Summer Sings! in August

Can’t commit to rehearsals in July? Join Music on the Hill for Summer Sings! in August. Four stand-alone music reading sessions on Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m., at WEPCO starting August 8. Each week features a different composer(s) led by a different conductor. No rehearsal, no performance, no registration, no worries: just walk in and sing! Donations welcome.

Jun
1
Thu
June Exhibit at the Geary Gallery in Darien, CT @ Geary Gallery Tickets
Jun 1 – Jun 30 all-day
June Exhibit at the Geary Gallery in Darien, CT @ Geary Gallery |  |  |

The Geary Gallery of Darien proudly presents “Poetry on Canvas,” featuring the sun-warmed, contemporary realist paintings of East Hampton, NY artist, Carl Scorza. His exhibit runs June 1 – 30. The Geary Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 576 Boston Post Road, Darien, CT 06820. (203) 655-6633. www.gearygallery.com

Jun
2
Fri
SWEET CHARITY @ Curtain Call / Kweskin Theatre Tickets
Jun 2 @ 8:00 pm – Jun 24 @ 10:30 pm
SWEET CHARITY @ Curtain Call / Kweskin Theatre |  |  |

Sweet Charity, the iconic Broadway musical written by Cy Coleman (music), Dorothy Fields (lyrics), and Neil Simon (book), will trod the boards at the Kweskin Theatre on Newfield Avenue, in Stamford, Connecticut, for four weekends, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m., beginning June 2 and playing through June 24.

Long before iPhones, Facebook, and dating sites, there was sweet and naive Charity Hope Valentine, a taxi dancer at a sleazy dance hall called the Fandango Ballroom in New York City. Wearing her heart on her sleeve – in her case, her arm – this vulnerable and trusting waif wants nothing more than to love and be loved. The show is based on Federico Fellini’s 1957 film classic, “Nights of Cabiria.”

“I’ve always been a huge Neil Simon fan and this show, in particular, has been a favorite…it’s the third time I’ve worked on “Sweet Charity,” says Curtain Call’s executive director, Lou Ursone, adding, “so, if the proverb is correct, and ‘third time’s a charm,’ then we have a hit on our hands.”

This classic of the American Broadway Musical Theatre is directed by Debra Lee Failla, with music direction by Tony Bellomy. Re-staging the iconic choreography by the legendary Bob Fosse, will be Emily Frangipane. Megan Latte Ormond is creating the costumes and Peter Barbieri, Jr., will be designing the set, with lighting design by Aaron Meadow.

“Sweet Charity” is “a bittersweet story with loads of laughs and some of the greatest music ever created for the stage (“Big Spender,” “If They Could See Me Now,” “Rhythm of Life”),” says Ursone. “It’s an honest look at 1960s New York, with all its trials and tribulations not seen in many shows.” “To me, while the show may not have a fairy tale ending, it’s a reminder that if you get knocked down you need to get up, brush yourself off, try again and never give up,” said Failla.

‘Sweet Charity” will play in The Kweskin Theatre, June 2 through 24, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00m and Sunday afternoons at 2:00pm. Regular prices are $32 for adults, $25 for senior citizens and $16 for children. Thursday evenings, all seats $25. Box Office: 203-461-6358 or online at www.curtaincallinc.com. More information is available at www.curtaincallinc.com or by calling 203-461-6358.

Jun
9
Fri
The 39 Steps @ Westport Community Theatre Tickets
Jun 9 @ 8:00 pm – Jun 25 @ 2:00 pm
The 39 Steps @ Westport Community Theatre |  |  |

The 39 Steps, a comedy by John Buchan, takes the stage at Westport Community Theatre with performances from June 9 through 25. Donna McLaughlin Wyant directs the WCT production, with an outstanding local cast of Richard Holmes, Bill Johnston and Samantha Pattinson of Westport; Linda Gilmore and Giovanna Olcese of Norwalk; David Victor of Fairfield and Joseph Maker of Stamford.

The 39 Steps won the 2007 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy and the 2008 Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience. It was a two-time Tony Award winner at the 2008 Tony Awards, for which it had received six nominations. The fast-paced whodunit masterfully mixes the suspense of a Hitchcock masterpiece and a spy novel, with a dash of Monty Python humor, to produce a comedy of nonstop laughs. The cast plays over 150 characters with on-stage antics including handcuffs, missing fingers, a plane crash and some good old-fashioned romance.

In The 39 Steps, a man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she’s a spy. When he takes her home, she is murdered. Soon, the mysterious organization The 39 Steps, is hot on the man’s trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale. Wildly inventive stagecraft and riotous virtuoso performances make for unforgettable theatrical entertainment in the comedy. The New York Times described The 39 Steps as “Theatre at its finest!… Absurdly enjoyable! This gleefully theatrical riff is fast and frothy…”

Director Donna McLaughlin Wyant, an award-winning TV writer and producer, brings her production expertise to The 39 Steps once again – reprising her successful Darien Arts Center production of this play in the current Westport production. Wyant’s other directing credits include Porphyra, a Greek Rock Opera that debuted at Carnegie Hall, Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None at the Westport Community Theatre, several Weekend One Acts at the Darien Library and a collection of One Act plays at the Powerhouse Theatre in New Canaan. As an actress, Wyant has performed in many off-Broadway and European productions and in the television soap opera Another World. Her awards include New York Film Festival gold silver and bronze medals, a Grammy Certificate for her songwriting and an Emmy and Clio for writing and producing.

The 39 Steps is produced by arrangement with Samuel French Inc., and has performances from June 9 through 25, on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and at 2:00 p.m. on Sundays, with a Thursday performance on June 15 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $25, $23 for seniors and students, and can be purchased at westportcommunitytheatre.com or by calling (203) 226-1983. The Westport Community Theatre is located at the Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Avenue.