Subject: E-Buzz: Top Picks from FCBuzz Events for April 28 - May 4 2021

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April 28 - May 4, 2021
  The E-Buzz is published each Tuesday by Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County.
 This is a selection from the events posted by our members onto the FCBuzz Events section of our website for the coming week. 
See the week's complete compilation.
Rent Control

Through May 2
Westport Country Playhouse
An 80-minute feast of comic storytelling, featuring a wild but true story of writer and perfomer Evan Zes’ scheme to turn his rent-controlled New York City apartment into an Airbnb moneymaker. It’s a harrowing, hysterical, and surprisingly heartfelt account of navigating city life as an actor in which Evan plays over two dozen characters. Get your on-demand tickets now! More...  
Holly Danger
Let In, Let Go

Through May 30
Bruce Museum

The Museum has reopened and is hosting a video art experience by Stamford video artist Holly Danger, who has brought similar immersive installations to audiences around the world, transforming ordinary spaces into moving experiences, mixing natural and digital elements, creating vibrantly-colored, audiovisual projections.  More...
Clarity Haynes: Collective Transmission

Through Sept. 6
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

A single-artist series spotlighting a singular work, or a focused body of work, every four months. The artist debuts two new paintings, Birth Altar, 2020–2021 and Altar for Femme Joy, both from her ongoing Altar series, which she describes as queer feminist spaces liberated from patriarchy: “In a time of toxic masculinity and violence, to put forth joyful feminist principles feels radical.” More...
David Govatski: Saving Nature: The Golden Ages of the Conservation Movement

Wed. April 28, 12pm
CT Audubon Fairfield Center

Presenting a renowned forest historian to discuss the four distinct Golden Ages of Conservation in the U.S. and some of their key iconography: hats adorned with egret feathers; the women who launched the Audubon movement; the Dustbowl photographs of Dorothea Lange; the EarthRise photo from Apollo 8; and the images of natural disasters related to Climate Change. More...
Online Panel Discussion: Art, Color, Design

Wed. April 28, 6pm
Carriage Barn Art Center 

As part of its ongoing in-person Ode to Color exhibition, presenting an online panel discussion with Lori Weitzner, textile designer, author and juror of the Ode to Color exhibit, Prudence Bailey, founder of Prudence Home + Design, and Jeremy Lambert, color consultant with Ring’s End. While art and color can transform spaces, evoke emotion, and spark creativity, selecting artwork and a color palette can be overwhelming. For those looking to reimagine a personal space this presentation will inform and inspire you to live with color! More...
Ray Blue Trio

Wed. April 28, 7pm
La Zingara Restaurant
Saxophonist Ray Blue performs internationally, playing a fusion of straight-ahead jazz and rhythmic groove. In his trio, he is joined by Will Gorman, pianist, organist, singer and composer who has performed at clubs and festivals all over the U.S., Europe, South America, and Asia, and Dwayne “Cook” Broadnax, drummer for the late great Jazz vocalist Little Jimmy Scott, and for Kevin Eubanks, Johnny Copeland, Savion Glover, Eartha Kitt, Rachell Ferrell & saxophonist Illinois Jacket to name a few. More... 
The Soul of the Octopus

Wed. April 28, 7pm
Westport Library
Live Streamed
Join members of the Earthplace naturalist team in discussing Sy Montgomery's new book. In pursuit of the wild, solitary, predatory octopus, popular naturalist Sy Montgomery has befriended octopuses with strikingly different personalities. He turns funny, entertaining, touching, and profound, revealing what octopuses can teach us about the meeting of two very different minds. If the weather is nice, meet at Earthplace! More... 
Lend a Hand: Heckscher Farm

Thurs. April 29, 5pm
Stamford Museum & Nature Center
Inviting adults to join their fellow farmers and help out for the evening on Heckscher Farm. Help feed, groom, and walk the goats, sheep, cows, llamas and alpacas, donkeys, and more. Rain or shine so dress accordingly. Refreshments will be served after your chores are done! More... 
Classical Smackdown

Thurs. April 29, 7pm
Beechwood Arts & Innovation
Join internationally renowned Westport-based pianist Frederic Chiu in the first of three monthly "Classical Smackdowns." These are globally live-streamed, interactive concerts that pit the music of two composers against one another. This month: Debussy versus Prokofiev. Audiences vote, round by round, choosing their favorite composer after each round, and then voting for an overall winner.  More...   
Spring Edition Fundraiser

Thurs. April 29, 7pm
New Canaan Library

Booker Prize winner Douglas Stuart will moderate a discussion of his debut novel and international hit, Shuggie Bain, soon to be made into a major film. Hugh “Shuggie” Bain is a sweet, lonely boy who spends his 1980s childhood in run-down public housing in Glasgow, Scotland. This epic portrayal of a working-class family, rarely seen in fiction, is a story of addiction, sexuality, and love — and finally about the unbreakable bond between a child and parent. Tickets include a signed copy of the book, available for pick up from Elm Street Books. More... 
Encaustic Painting Workshop

Thursday and Friday 
Center for Contemporary Printmaking

Artist Leslie Giuliani leads this workshop, "An Introduction to Encaustic Painting and Printmaking," in which artists will be introduced to using the ancient, hot-wax-based material. More... 
Matt Nakoa

Fri. April 30, 7pm
MoCA Westport
MoCA Westport's new series, featuring a line-up of 13 Jazz, Pop and Classical performances, kicks off with Matt Nakoa, an award-winning songwriter, singer, and multi-instrumentalist! A modern troubadour, Matt makes his home on the highways and concert stages of America, appearing regularly with folk music icon Tom Rush. His newest album, Casting Shadows, is a spellbinding blend of pop, soul, and classical influences, telling a story of childhood dreams crashing head-long into a grownup reality. More... 

Friday through May 6
Avon Theatre Film Center

A wry and poignant observation of the refugee experience, set on a fictional remote Scottish island, where a group of new arrivals await the results of their asylum claims. The film centers on Omar, a young Syrian musician who is burdened by his grandfather’s oud, which he has carried all the way from his homeland. LIMBO was nominated for two BAFTA awards, including Best British Film. More... 
Meredith Mulhearn: Nature. Emotion. Connection. Community

Saturday through May 29
Geary Gallery

A new mixed-media show. While working on her MA at NYU, Mulhearn engaged in intensive study of botanical illustration at the New York Botanical Garden, in response to the comparative absence of nature in the urban environment. Her practice now merges conceptual and conservation art, responding to a desperate and innate need to reconnect with the natural world. More... 
An Artistic Celebration of Motherhood

Opening Sat. May 1, 4pm
CT Society of Portrait Artists
Stamford Art Association

You are invited to a virtual opening of a new exhibit, celebrating motherhood. The online exhibition is a multi-media event featuring original art ranging from classic portraiture to abstract expressionism. It will be complemented by a pop-up window display at 86 Bedford Street, Stamford. More... 
A Night of Comedy: Jessica Kirson and Christine O’Leary 

Sat. May 1, 4:30pm
Ridgefield Playhouse

An hilariously relatable performance of sheer silliness, vulnerability and ridiculous characters. Jessica's countless comedic character videos have racked up over 30 million views on social media. Kicking off the night is Ridgefield’s own Christine O’Leary who has worked with the top comedians at The Playhouse. In addition to being named one of the “50 Funniest Lesbians in America,” by Curve Magazine, she is often referred to as a “comedians comedienne.” Livestream tickets also available. More... 
Come Together

Sat. May 1, 5:30pm
Sherman Chamber Ensemble

Join the Sherman Chamber Ensemble for a free live zoom concert, featuring Artistic Director Eliot Bailen (cello), Susan Rotholz (flute), and Oren Fader (guitar). Works by Bach, Coleman, Piazzolla, Moszkowski and Faure will be performed. There will also be a preview of the ensemble' upcoming summer series. More... 
Voices and Actions

Monday through Thursday

Stamford’s multicultural music school, INTEMPO, presents a live-streamed convening on diversity, equity and inclusion, centering on Black, Indigenous People of Color, leaders, cultural practitioners, and communities. Opening Monday at 6pm with an address by 2005 MacArthur Fellow, violinist and founder of The Sphinx Organization, Aaron Dworkin, the online conference brings together local practitioners and leaders discussing how to build a thriving co-munity through the celebration of Connecticut’s diversity. More... 
Intro to DSLR Cameras

May 4 and May 6, 2pm
Center for Contemporary Printmaking

The first in a series of six biweekly classes offered by Liz Bannish, “An Introduction to the Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) Camera," in which participants will gain the confidence to photograph with manual controls rather than the “automatic” digital settings we have come to trust. More... 
Aldrich Undercover

May 6-9, 2pm
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

The 6th edition of the Museum's popular fundraiser. Aldrich Undercover fundraiser. All works are priced at $350 and sold anonymously: artists’ identities revealed after purchase. More than 100 alumni artists have contributed 9 x 12-inch original works in any medium of their choosing for sale to benefit the Museum.  More... 
Play With Your Food-OUTSIDE

May 18-20, 12pm
Fairfield Theatre Company
Montgomery Pinetum, Cos Cob

Jib Productions’ Play With Your Food presents outdoors in Fairfield (May 18-19) and Cos Cob (May 20), three performances of a new set of three irresistible and heartwarming short plays that use humor to explore the (crazy) things we do for love.  More... 
Painting in the Garden

May 27, 10am - 3pm

Shelton artist Jill Nichols invites you to an on-location En Plein Air “Painting in the Garden Workshop.” The perfect antidote to pandemic fatigue, paint, under the instruction of Jill, in one of the most beautiful gardens in Connecticut. The private location in Shelton will only be revealed to attendees.  More... 
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