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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
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.

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
8
Thu
Jane Austen: Insights And Influences at Pequot Library @ Pequot Library Tickets
Jun 8 – Aug 27 all-day
Jane Austen: Insights And Influences at Pequot Library @ Pequot Library |  |  |

Pequot Library invites you to celebrate the life and work of Jane Austen, beloved author, at “Jane Austen: Insights and Influences.” This exhibition is part of the ongoing series “Pages from Pequot,” changing exhibitions highlighting Pequot Library’s Special Collections of archives, rare books, and manuscripts on view in the Reading Room and Perkin Gallery.

Celebrate the life and work of Jane Austen (1775 – 1817). From comedy to romance, discover how Jane Austen’s insights into the ordinary lives of her characters and contemporaries have influenced culture for the last 200 years. Experience Austen’s novels and unfinished works through timeless illustrations and text.

Examine how authors such as William Shakespeare and Sir Walter Scott inspired the young Jane. Explore Austen’s influence on contemporary literature through novels such as Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding and Pemberly Shades by Dorothy Alice Bonavia-Hunt.

Exhibition Dates: June 8 – August 27, 2017. This exhibit is free and open to the public during normal library hours.

Media Sponsor: WSHU Public Radio

Please visit www.pequotlibrary.org to learn more about this vibrant library, educational, arts and cultural institution. All classes and programs are open to everyone. For information: (203) 259-0346 ext. 15. Follow Pequot Library on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Pequot Library Brings Culture to Life!

Jun
9
Fri
Build A Better World Summer Reading Program at Pequot Library @ Pequot Library Tickets
Jun 9 @ 10:00 am – Aug 19 @ 2:00 pm
Build A Better World Summer Reading Program at Pequot Library @ Pequot Library |  |  |

For pre-readers through readers entering 12th grade. Reading is even more fun for children and teens this summer! This year’s summer reading theme, Build A Better World, encourages youth to build a stronger community through acts of service and charitable work, both locally and globally. Exciting, thought-provoking weekly challenges have been created around community service and small acts of kindness. Check Pequot Library’s website each week to find the Build A Better World Weekly Challenge!

In addition, participants in the Summer Reading Program will be given a free reading log which stays in the Library, and is updated when they visit. Readers receive a sticker for every five hours read. Pre-readers may have their books read to them! Kids will also create an outdoor community sculpture that grows as they read. The last week of August, everyone will hand in their reading logs at the “Library Store,” where they will pick up their prizes. For more information contact the Children’s Library at (203) 259-0346 ext. 16.

Please visit www.pequotlibrary.org to learn more about this vibrant library, educational, arts and cultural institution. All classes and programs are open to everyone. For information: (203) 259-0346 ext. 15. Follow Pequot Library on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Pequot Library Brings Culture to Life!

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.

Jun
14
Wed
“From A Student Perspective” Exhibit at the Maritime Garage Gallery @ Maritime Garage Gallery Tickets
Jun 14 – Aug 11 all-day
"From A Student Perspective" Exhibit at the Maritime Garage Gallery @ Maritime Garage Gallery |  |  |

“From A Student Perspective” presents selected art from about 20 students from NCC’s Studio Arts, Graphic Design and Architecture Department. The work is in a variety of media such as graphite, paint, collage, digital, photography, CADD, charcoal. Exhibiting students include Joelle Calderon of Danbury, Amaris Diaz and Gavin Kantzas of Norwalk, Nadia Jean-Felix and Eimer Adames of Stamford, and Genesis Garcia of Bridgeport.

The Norwalk Community College Art, Architecture and Design Department offers a variety of programs, certificates and classes in the areas of studio art, graphic and web design, architecture, interior design and construction technology.

The Maritime Garage Gallery is collaboration between the Norwalk Parking Authority and the Norwalk Arts Commission in an effort to support art in public spaces. The gallery is free and open to the public from 9:00am -5:00pm, Monday through Wednesday and 9:00am – 9:00pm Thursday through Saturday beginning July 1.

Jun
17
Sat
Summer Dance Camp & Classes for kids @ Latin Moves Dance Studio Tickets
Jun 17 – Aug 8 all-day
Summer Dance Camp & Classes for kids @ Latin Moves Dance Studio |  |  |

Kids Summer classes and camp at Latin Moves Dance Studio! We have all types of classes for kids- Jazz, Hip Hop, Salsa, Latin mix, Ballroom, and Mommy & Me! 9am-12 noon. To register call 203-967-3105 or email info@latinmovesdance.com