Subject: EBuzz August 18-24: "Footloose," Film, and Music, Music, Music

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AUGUST 18, 2021
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Footloose! Live!

Friday Aug. 20, 2:00pm
Saturday Aug. 21, 2:00 & 7:00pm
Black Rock Church

The New Paradigm Theatre Company presents the Broadway hit musical, “Footloose” in the state-of-the-art theatre at Fairfield’s Black Rock Church. This heartfelt story - about an outsider moving to a conservative small town - celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people while guiding them with a warm heart and open mind. With this production, New Paradigm is partnering with Kids Helping Kids, a nonprofit with a mission to develop leadership skills among students through youth-led service projects. The production will feature West End London star, Craig Pinder, (original London cast of Les Miserables as Jean Valjean) as Reverend Shaw Moore and newcomer, Ramone Nelson, in the featured role of Ren McCormack. More...

Friday Aug 20, 6-8pm
Saturday Aug 21, 1-3pm
Sorokin Gallery

Let your imagination unravel and meet the artists behind this unique exhibit. Get lost and flow inside the distinctive styles of artists, Patricia Singer and Ryan Virvo. Singer's paper collages and Virvo’s pen and ink creations offer different insights into the psyche. Come to one of two opening receptions to meet the artists - Friday August 20th or Saturday August 21st. Exhibit runs through September 8th. More...
AIR Exhibit Opening Reception

Saturday Aug 21, 4-6pm
Ridgefield Guild of Artists

You are invited to a special opening reception and exhibit by the Ridgefield Guild of Artists. The AIR Exhibit is the culmination of an Artist-In-Residence program that began during the pandemic. The five artists who participated in the Artist-In-Residence program now share their body of work created during the residency in this beautiful exhibition. Liz Leggett, Patricia Pedraza, Clarice Shirvell, Rachel Volpone, and Cynthia DiGiacomo each display their extraordinary art through September 4 during gallery hours, noon-4pm More... 
Virtual Conversation with
Clarity Haynes, Hrag Vartanian,
and Amy Smith-Stewart

Tuesday Aug 24, 3-4pm
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

Join artist Clarity Haynes as she speaks about her ongoing Altar series— tromp l’oeil paintings of homemade queer feminist shrines she composes in her studio —with Hyperallergic co-founder, art writer, critic, and curator Hrag Vartanian and Senior Curator Amy Smith-Stewart. Featured in this conversation are two new paintings included in Haynes’ current exhibition at The Aldrich, Collective Transmission. This discussion will focus on the ways that Haynes’ altar series presents an intimate view of highly personal and politicized spaces while engaging with the history of tromp l’oeil still life painting.  More... 
Drive In Movie Nights!

Friday Aug 20, 6:30-9pm
Stamford Museum & Nature Center

Stamford Museum & Nature Center features Night at the Museum as the last in its Drive-In Movie Nights. This 2006 fantasy comedy, based on the 1993 children's book of the same name, stars Ben Stiller, Dick Van Dyke, Mickey Rooney, Bill Cobbs, and Robin Williams. It tells the story of a divorced father who applies for a job as a night watchman at New York's Museum of Natural History and subsequently discovers that the exhibits come to life at night. Come for an authentic Drive-In experience that the entire family will love. More...
Summer of Soul

Saturday Aug. 21, 7-9pm
The Klein

The Klein presents a film screening of Summer of Soul, a newly released documentary film, containing never-before-seen footage from the legendary 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival. Performances by Nina Simone, Sly and the Family Stone, Mahalia Jackson, Gladys Knight & The Pips, a 19-year-old Stevie Wonder, and more. The film is directed by Questlove and it won the Sundance Film Festival the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award in 2021. And for some bonus fun: A pre-show party with WPKN spinning Motown & Soul records starting at 6PM in the Klein lobby. More...
Viva Las Vegas

Sunday Aug 22, 3 & 6pm
SHU Community Theatre

Get up and “Go-Go” to SHU Community Theatre this weekend to see Viva Las Vegas, the top grossing 1964 American musical film starring Elvis Presley and Ann Margret. Fair warning: it might be difficult to avoid the temptation to dance to the awesome musical song-and-dance scenes choreographed by David Winters. More...
Birth of The Cool Band Performs
The Miles Davis Album

Wednesday Aug 18, 7-9:30pm
Bethel Jazz at La Zingara Restaurant

At La Zingara Restaurant, witness the genius that led to the birth of cool jazz. Arranger Drake Smith conducts a 9-piece band, performing Miles Davis' Birth of The Cool album, with drummer and music director Roger Post. That record, featuring unusual instrumentation and innovative arrangements, marked a major development in post-bebop jazz. More...
Eddie Montgomery of
Montgomery Gentry

Thursday Aug 19, 8-10pm
Ridgefield Playhouse

Mosey on over to The Ridgefield Playhouse to take in the country vibes of Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry. After Troy Gentry’s passing in 2017, the legacy of the world famous country music duo lives on! The Kentucky native has earned CMA, ACM, and GRAMMY awards and nominations with undeniable blue collar anthems like “My Town” and “Hillbilly Shoes.” More...
Lizzie No: Free Performance

Friday Aug 20, 7:30-9pm
Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts

Listen up because one of the most exciting new voices in contemporary folk music is coming to Westport! LIZZIE NO is a singer-songwriter, harpist, and guitarist who has showcased at Americanafest, South by Southwest, and the Mile of Music Festival. Billboard Magazine calls her music “simultaneously understated and fervent.” More...
Samara Joy featuring
The Pasquale Grasso Trio

Friday Aug 20, 7-9pm
MoCA Westport

Grab your lawn chair and head over to MoCA Westport for the latest in the Music at MoCA series. With a voice as smooth as velvet, Samara Joy graces the stage featuring the Pasquale Grasso Trio. Winner of the 2019 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, Joy is currently working on her debut recording. Refreshments available.
Jazz Fridays: Vinny and Ray

Friday Aug 20, 6:30-8pm
Fairfield Museum and History Center

Pack a picnic and get ready to groove with the folks at Fairfield Museum And History Center. Jazz Fridays presents a free Afro-Cuban Latin jazz performance by one of the hottest Latin bands in Connecticut, Vinny and Ray. The group of eight performs hardcore Afro-Cuban, Salsa, Timba, Cha Cha, Funk, Samba and Latin Jazz. More...
Mill Hill Garden Party
Outdoor Concert with
Cooked Up Acoustic

Friday Aug 20, 6:30-8pm
Mill Hill Historic Park

Take a stroll over to Mill Hill Historic Park in Norwalk for the Mill Hill Garden Party. Enjoy the harbor view, the beautiful gardens, and the sounds of Cooked Up Acoustic! Food and wine available. More...
Pink Talking Fish

Sunday Aug 22, 6-9pm
Wall Street Theater

Experience the convergence of Pink Floyd, The Talking Heads and Phish in a Hybrid Tribute Fusion Act called Pink Talking Fish. This band takes the music from three of the world's most beloved bands and creates a special treat for fans of the music. Pink Talking Fish features Eric Gould on bass, Richard James on keyboards, Zack Burwick on drums and Cal Kehoe on guitar. More...
Nellie McKay

Sunday Aug 22, 7-8:30pm
Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts

Treat yourself to a free performance by Nellie McKay, a renegade songwriter with an ultra-flexible Great American Songbook sensibility, who has won a Theatre World Award, performed onscreen in several films, and whose music has been heard on Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, Weeds, Grey’s Anatomy, and NCIS. More...
BackCountry Jazz
Summer Concert Series
Special Guest Herlin Riley

Monday Aug 23, 6-7:30pm
BackCountry Jazz

Master drummer Herlin Riley is considered one of the finest, unique jazz drummers in the world. Riley’s sound is rooted in his home of New Orleans, but his rhythmic vocabulary expands miles beyond any one style or location. Groove comes first when Riley is on drums, and is the drummer of choice for many high profile artists. Also in the lineup: Bennie Wallace, music director, tenor saxophone; Steve Davis, trombone; Donald Vega, piano; and David Wong, bass. More...
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