Subject: E-Buzz: Top Picks from FCBuzz Events for Aug. 19-25, 2020

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August 18, 2020
Your Weekly Top Picks from 
August 19 - 25, 2020
The best guide to arts and culture 
in Fairfield County
  The E-Buzz is published each Tuesday by The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield CountyThe E-Buzz is a selection from the events posted by our members onto the FCBuzz Events section of our website for the coming week. Click here for a complete selection of events during this period.
SoNo Art Cares Auction
Stop by The SoNo Collection’s People's United Magnificent Room, on the second shopping level of the mall, and check out the growing number of canvases painted live and donated to the Cultural Alliance for a silent auction. On Oct. 3, the top four canvases will be presented in a live auction. Save the Date!  #SoNoArtCares.  More...
Virtual Sand Sculpting Challenge

Through Aug. 28
Milford Arts Council

ANYONE from ANYWHERE can enter this fun community event! Just build your most creative sand sculpture on the beach of your choice, snap a pic by August 28 and send it in. More...
Katie Torpey
Write Your Screenplay  

Every Wednesday thru Sept. 23 
Ridgefield Playhouse

In this 6-week screenwriting Zoom course, you will learn how to turn your story idea into a well-told, formatted screenplay through the basics of screenwriting, storytelling, story structure, script format, theme, plot, characterization, dialogue and conflict. Walk away with the tools and confidence to write the movie you’ve always wanted to. Scholarships available. More...
Gil Harel
Copland, Bernstein and the American Musical Identity

Wed. Aug. 19, 7pm
Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County

Dr. Gil Harel, a musicologist and music theorist whose interests and expertise encompasses styles ranging from Renaissance madrigals to modal jazz of the 1960s, discusses how while some 20th-century composers pursued increasingly dissonant music, two Jewish American composers resisted the pull of atonality and went on to forge a recognizable national style. More...
Virtual Figure Drawing Class

Wed. Aug. 19, 6:15pm
Coastal Arts Guild

The last in the Guild’s series of figure drawing sessions. Draw from a live model, building from short 1-2 minute poses through 5-10-minute and then to 20-minute poses. More...
A Writing Conversation with Rea Frey & Hank Phillippi Ryan 

Thurs. Aug. 20, 7:30pm
Westport Library

Moderated by Westport blogger Suzanne Leopold. Rea Frey, author of Not Her Daughter and Because You're Mine is the Founder and CEO of Writeway, where aspiring writers can become published authors. Her new book, Until I Find You, is a taut domestic drama about the powerful bond between mothers and children. Hank Phillippi Ryan, a Boston-based TV investigative reporter, who has won 37 Emmys, is also a bestselling author of 12 thrillers, winning five Agathas and the Mary Higgins Clark Award. Her new thriller is the psychological standalone The First to Lie. More...
TGIF Cruise the Norwalk Islands 

Fri. Aug. 21, 6:30pm
Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk

Enjoy a relaxing happy-hour cruise out to the Norwalk Islands with Aquarium educators onboard to point out sights and answer questions about Long Island Sound's marine life. Timed so you can watch as twilight paints the western sky and reflects colorfully off the water. Advance reservations and masks required. More...
Justin Cox

Friday - Sunday 1-4pm
The SoNo Collection

See this week’s #SoNoArtCares artist live-paint a canvas before your eyes. This week’s artist is Justin Cox, an abstract artist inspired by surfing, music, art, and fashion. He works in acrylics, smearing and scraping vibrant colors with unpredictable outcomes. His work is bold and positive, influenced by the energy and beauty of the sea. More...
7th Annual Art Walk

Fri. Aug. 21, 5pm
Ridgefield Guild of Artists

Downtown Ridgefield comes alive with strolling art galleries during the 7th Annual Art Walk. Thirty merchants on Main Street and Bailey Avenue host 39 individual artists who will be outside their stores for meet and greets…socially distanced, of course. Artists include Cultural Alliance members Daniel Barrett, Nancy Breakstone, Eugenie Diserio, Susan Fehlinger, Julie O'Connor, Justin Perlman, Renée Santhouse, and Trish Wend! Art will remain in the stores through Sept. 13. More...
Jazz Fridays: 
Richard "Cookie" Thomas

Fri. Aug. 21, 6:30pm
Fairfield Museum & History Center

The Fairfield Museum continues its free outdoors Jazz Fridays series with Richard “Cookie” Thomas, a versatile jazz vocalist from Stamford, who, at the age of 14, opened for B.B. King. Richard’s smooth, elegant tone is especially suited to the jazz classics and he draws his inspiration from the likes of Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, and Johnny Hartman. More...

Fri. Aug. 21, 7:45pm
Avon Theatre Film Center

The Avon screens this new release on the brilliant, brooding inventor Nikola Tesla (played by Ethan Hawke) fighting an uphill battle to bring his revolutionary alternating current electrical system to fruition, embattled with his fellow inventor Thomas Edison (played by Kyle MacLachlan). On view through Aug. 27. More...
BackCountry Jazz 
On the Water

Sat. Aug. 22, 5pm
Back Country Jazz

Come hear the sounds of Bennie Wallace, Pat Bianchi, Paul Bollenback, Matt Dwonszyk and Carmen Intorre on a private lawn in Greenwich with plenty of space to allow for social distancing. Details available when you reserve your spot. All are welcome to attend, including children, and should bring lawn chairs or blankets. More...
Stage Fright - An Interactive Musical Thriller

Sat. Aug. 22, 8pm
Music Theatre of CT

This is a virtual reading of a new show, written by Executive Artistic Director, Kevin Connors and Joe Landry with music and lyrics by Kevin Connors, telling the story of fictitious Broadway star, Barbara Jordan who, while recuperating in her Connecticut home, becomes excited about her next musical. However, when her number one fan becomes delusional, her life is turned upside down. In this unique spin on stage and screen suspense classics, Stage Fright is an interactive musical thriller where you, the audience, decide the fate of the story. More...
Jazz Fridays
Mark Naftalin

Sun. Aug. 23, 5pm
Fairfield Museum & History Center

Postponed from Aug. 7, this Jazz Fridays presentation resumes with Mark Naftalin, the American blues keyboardist, recording artist, composer and record producer. Mark appeared on the first five albums of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band in the mid 1960s, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.  More...  
Outdoor Sunset Yoga

Mon. Aug. 24, 6pm
Stamford Museum and Nature Center

On the Overlook Terrace of the Knobloch Family Farmhouse, join Carol Shwidock, certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor, Occupational Therapist, Reiki Master, and owner of Harmony Yoga Studio, in a continuing series of Outdoor Sunset Yoga! Space is limited to social distance for a safe experience - and pre-registration is required. Additional dates available.  More... 
Virtual Meet the Author: Will McGough
Tues. Aug. 25, 4pm
Pequot Library 

Meet author of Swim, Bike, Bonk: Confessions of a Reluctant Triathlete, the story of his participation in, around, and over the course of one of the world’s premier triathlons, the annual 140.6-mile Ironman in Tempe, AZ. Interviewed by Mike McCreesh. More...
Threads of Light: 
A Tapestry of African-American Spirituals
Tues. Aug. 25, 7pm
Music on the Hill

Enjoy the last concert in a series August Focus, led by Ellen Dickinson and featuring distinguished guests, Harriett Alfred, Kimberly Wilson, and Rev. Dr. Bernard R. Wilson. Sing and learn about this important genre of music in African-American, and American, historyMore...
Details on these and dozens more digital FCBuzz Events
Thanks to our community partner, WPKN 89.5FM, you can catch an audio version of our E-Buzz every day on the radio. Hear David Green read from his selection of events for the week. The radio version will often be slightly different from the e-version. You can hear us on WPKN at these approximate times: Tues: 8:55am; Wed: 11:55am; Thurs: 9:55am; Fri: 11:55am; Sat: 8:55am; and Sun: 9:55am.
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