Subject: EBuzz Sept. 1, 2021: Reopening Celebrations, At the Galleries + Musical Highlights

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September 1, 2021
The E-Buzz is published each Wednesday 

The E-Buzz is our weekly selection from the many hundreds of events 
published on the FCBuzz-Events section of our website by our members.

For a complete listing of the week's events, click here.
Two important institutions reopen this week: Fairfield's century-old Community Theatre celebrates its complete renovation with a Grand Opening after a decade of closure. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place Thurs. Sept 2, at 11:30 a.m., with First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick. The Housatonic Museum of Art also reopens this week for the first time since the pandemic struck.
Community Theatre:
Coming Back to Life

WPKN: Soundcloud

Hear a recording of our interview with Bill Harris, former head of programming and production at A&E television networks, now a professor at Sacred Heart University and director of the SHU Community Theatre, Evan Kleban of Kleban Properties, that bought and renovated the building; and Mark Barnhart, Director of Community and Economic Development for the Town of Fairfield who oversaw the whole project and has observed the state of affairs with the Theatre over two decades, stepping in and assisting where he could. More...
Javier Colon

Fri. Sept. 3, 7pm
SHU Community Theatre

Connecticut native Javier Colon burst into the national spotlight in 2011, when he won the first season of NBC's The Voice and signed with Universal Republic Records. Since then, he has been performing his music all over the world, touring with acts like Maroon 5, Trainm and jazz legend Dave Koz. Opening for Colon is award-winning singer-songwriter Matt Cusson. More...
Megan Hilty

Sat. Sept. 4, 7pm
SHU Community Theatre

Fresh from playing seasoned triple-threat Ivy Lynn on NBC’s musical drama Smash, Megan Hilty has wowed audiences as Glinda in Broadway’s Wicked, Patsy Cline in director Callie Khouri’s Patsy & Loretta and Doralee Rhodes in Broadway’s 9 to 5: The Musical. She has performed with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center, as well as headlining residencies at New York’s legendary Café Carlyle. More...
Big Art Bash 2021

Thurs. Sept. 2, 5:30pm
Housatonic Museum of Art

The Museum celebrates the re-opening of its Burt Chernow Galleries and the Museum as a whole, with four exhibitions in one: Lost Man Blues: Jon Schueler/Art and War; Jongil Ma: Be There When You Return; Eric Chiang: Are We Born Connected? And a group show, Of Woman Born: featuring work by local artists Suzanne Benton, Sherri Wolfgang, Faith Baum, Lori Petchers, as well as other artists exploring the patriarchal structures that, over the centuries, have been used to oppress, exploit, and dominate women. The opening will include light refreshments and live music from the 1930’s thru 50’s, played by the Joe Mennonna Trio. More...
Simona Prives: 
Even While the Dust Moves

Through Sept. 25
Heather Gaudio Fine Art PROJECTS Space
New Canaan

This multichannel video installation extends the exhibit A Sense of Place, at  Heather Gaudio's main gallery, where other work by Prives is shown alongside works by Tegan Brozyna Roberts and Viviane Rombaldi Seppey. The wall-projected digital collages reference current and historic locations, scenes from nature and urban landscapes from her home in Brooklyn and its environs. The artist’s ink and pencil drawings appear to draw themselves on and off in stop motion, melding with other moving textures that materialize and fade away.. More...
Edward Duff, Margot Nimoroski, Stephanie Reiter and Sarah Williams

Wed. Sept. 1, 4pm
George Billis Gallery

Opening reception for a group show, featuring artists Edward Duff, Margot Nimoroski, Stephanie Reiter and Sarah Williams. Margot Nimoroski, based in New Haven, shows her etherial, sophisticated large abstracted seascapes in acrylic on canvas; Edward Duff, working in Michigan, is showing his seascape oils; New Jersey-based Stephanie Reiter is showing her seascapes and florals, and Sarah Williams,with the George Billis Gallery for a decade, but showing for the first time in Westport, works from Missouri and is sharing her haunting oil paintings of suburbiaAbove: Sarah Williams, "East Dougherty Street." More...
Jason Pritchard: Beside the Seaside, Beside the Sea

Sun. Sept. 5, 2pm
Art/Place Gallery
Opening Reception

Recent seascape oil paintings by British born Fairfield resident, whose atmospheric painted scenes capture a sense of space and connection to the New England region.  Subjects include the much loved coastal beaches from surrounding areas, including Fairfield, Westport, Greenwich as well as his latest project, Cape Cod.  More...
Jon Batiste

Thur. Sept. 2, 5pm
Mill River Park

Stamford Downtown opens its popular Alive@Five music series withone of the best-known musicians of his generation: a virtuoso pianist, singer, bandleader, educator and television personality. Born into Louisiana’s legendary musical Batiste family, Jon studied at Juilliard, played in New York’s subways, and in street performances he called "love riots,” developed a fluency in jazz and popular music of all stripes, collaborating with legends from Wynton Marsalis to Prince, and in 2015, was named bandleader and musical director of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. Batiste’s latest studio album, We Are, released in March, has been met with overwhelming critical acclaim More...
Bethel Jazz:
Jeff McGill Quartet

Thur. Sept. 2, 7pm
La Zingara Restaurant

Bethel Jazz presents the Jeff McGill Quartet with Jeff McGill piano; Tom Devino, drums; Lou Pappas, double bass and featuring guest saxophonist Ken Gioffre.  Says NY critic Richmond Shepard “McGill's very hot quartet all have musical mastery, innovative imaginations, and tune into each other beautifully. More...
Simon Mulligan Trio

Fri. Sept. 3, 7pm
MoCA Westport

Music@MoCa continues with British pianist Simon Mulligan who, following his début with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, has performed and recorded with the BBC Symphony, Detroit Symphony, English Symphony Orchestra, the Royal National Scottish Orchestra, and many more. Accompanying Mulligan on piano, and forming the Simon Mulligan Trio, are Gene Perla on bass and Adam Nussbaum on drums. Bring your lawn chairs, buy food and drinks, and enjoy MoCA’s new exhibition, Between the Ground and the Sky. More...
Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Fri. Sept. 3, 7:30pm
Ridgefield Playhouse

Celebrate 60 Years of New Orleans Music with the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Led by Ben Jaffe on bass and tuba, the band is living, breathing New Orleans history. While standards and traditional New Orleans jazz repertoire remain its core focus, the Band has transformed into a vibrantly cross-pollinated ambassador for the city, exploring original compositions and Afro-Cuban rhythms, while collaborating with artists beyond the jazz spectrum. More...
60th Annual Mark Twain Library Book Fair

Fri. - Mon., Sept. 3-6
Redding Community Center

The Mark Twain Library celebrates its 60th Annual Mark Twain Library Book Fair with over 65,000 books for sale organized in 75 categories! Friday & Sat prices as marked; Sunday all books half-price; Monday $10 for a box of books. More...
Hear a recording of a wider range of our E-Buzz selections for the radio on WPKN 89.5FM every day. Selections change each day and play: Tuesday 8:55am, Wednesday 11:55am, Thursday 9:55am Friday 11:55am; Saturday 8:55am; Sunday 9:55am, and Monday, 12:55pm.
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