The Arts

Those attending sit on the lawn and should bring their own lunch. Call (203) 748-3561 or (203) 775-2825 for other details.

The CityCenter free summer concert series will continue with three events this week in the Bandshell on the Danbury Green, National Place, Danbury.

The Danbury Drum Corps will perform Thursday at 6:30 p.m. An ice cream social will follow the show.

The Hat City Blues will perform Friday at 7:30 p.m. and a West Afrikan dance and drumming show will take place Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Call (203) 792-1711 or visit for more details.

The Bethel Summer Concert Series will continue with a performance by the Mac Talla M'or next Sunday at 6 p.m. at the Gazebo on the Municipal Center Lawn, 1 School St., Bethel.

Mac Talla M'or is a Celtic band featuring bagpipes, piano, vocals, and bodhran. Irish and Scottish tunes will be performed as well as original arrangements.

Those attending may bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics. If it rains, the concerts will be held in the Municipal Center Gym.

Call (203) 794-8501 for more information.

The Joe Kiernan Trio will perform next Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Pizzeria Lauretano, 291 Greenwood Ave., Bethel.

The group will play a variety of swing, Latin and contemporary jazz.

Admission is free. Call (203) 792-1500 for information.

Composer, guitarist and singer Pavlo will perform Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Ballard Park, Main Street, Ridgefield.

Pavlo combines influences of Flamenco, Classical and Mediterranean guitar mixed with Greek Bouzouki.

Those attending may bring picnic dinners and blankets.

If it rains, concerts will be held at East Ridge Middle School, 10 East Ridge Road, Ridgefield.

Call (203) 431-2760 or visit for more details.

Medeski Martin Wood will perform their version of free jazz Friday at 8 p.m. at the Ridgefield Playhouse for Movies and the Performing Arts, 80 East Ridge, Ridgefield.

Tickets are $47.50, and $55 which includes a meet and greet with the band; call (203) 438-5795 or visit

Eight to the Bar will perform a free outdoor concert Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Gate House Cafe, Route 172, Southbury.

The show will benefit the Gate House concert series.

If it rains, the concert will be held under the pavilion. Call (203) 586-2144 for other details.

The Musical Friends visit the World Caf� quintet will perform Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Ave., Hartford.

The quintet will perform an enticing blend of Latin American, gypsy and European music. Musical Friends will enthrall listeners with sounds from Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico, Spain, Russia, as well as French gypsy traditions.

Admission is free. A reception will follow the concert.

For more information, contact Leo Snow at (860) 521-5252.

Visual arts

"Wine, Women and Art--Part II," a multi-media art exhibit, will open Friday at the White Silo Winery/Gallery, 32 Route 37 East, Sherman.

The show includes acrylics, oils, watercolors, multi-media paintings and collage by Ann Kromer, Adele Moros and Paula Renee, as well as decorative and functional pottery by Judith Taylor.

An opening reception will be next Sunday Aug. 19 from 2 to 5 p.m.

The show can be seen through Sept. 3, open Fridays through Sundays and Labor Day Sept. 3 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 860-355-0271 or visit for more details.


"Jack and the Beanstalk" will be staged Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Quick Center at Fairfield University, Fairfield.

"Jack and the Beanstalk" is one of six performances by children in the Missoula Children's Theatre summer theater workshop at the university. Tickets are $12, $10 for children; call (203) 254-4010, (877) ARTS-396, or visit www.

The children of the Lighthouse Youth Theater camp will stage "Fiddler on the Roof" next Sunday at 1 and 5 p.m. at the Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge, Ridgefield.

The performance is open to the public, and comes at the end of the camp's four-week session that introduces all aspects of the theater. Tickets are $15; call (203) 438-5795 or visit

"Happy Days," a new musical based on the hit television series, will be staged through Sept. 2 at Goodspeed's Norma Terris Theatre, North Main Street, Chester.

Curtain times are Wednesdays at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 3 and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $57.50; call (860) 873-8668 or visit


Hartford Stage will hold open call auditions for local actors who are current members of Actors' Equity Association for the upcoming 2007/2008 season at the Tony Award-winning theatre on Aug. 20 and Aug. 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Appointments can be arranged by calling (860) 525-7103 weekdays between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. through this Friday. Appointments will be taken on these dates only and space is limited. Audition location and requirements will be discussed when actors call to arrange for an appointment.

Per Equity requirements, several timeslots will be held for walk-ins without an appointment. The number of these timeslots is limited; an appointment is strongly encouraged.

Auditions for children's roles in Hartford Stage's annual production of "A Christmas Carol" will be held separately in the fall at a date to be determined.

The Darien Players will hold open auditions for "The Elephant Man" Aug. 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the DAC Weatherstone Studio, 2 Renshaw Road, Darien.

All roles are open. They are seeking five or six men, five women and one musician.

Those auditioning should be prepared to read from the play. A good British accent is required.

Visit or call Joel Fenster at (203) 609-0727 for more details.


Improvised Duets will be the theme at Wednesday Night Poetry this Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Molten Java, 102 Greenwood Ave., Bethel.

Following a regular open mic, poets and prose writers are invited to read to an improvised musical background.

Visit for other details.

Classes and workshops

The Brookfield Theatre for the Arts presents Disney's "Alice in Wonderland Junior," a musical theatre workshop for children ages 8 to 14 directed by Lori Mele, to be held Sept. 26 through Oct. 19 at the Brookfield Theatre for the Arts, Route 25, Brookfield. Classes will be Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from 4 to 7 p.m.

In this four-week workshop, students will be acting, singing and dancing while learning basic theatrical techniques. All levels of experience are welcome. Space is limited, so reserve a place early.

Tuition is $300. Payment in full is expected on the first day of the workshop. A $100 deposit is required upon registration and will be applied against the balance.

Mail registration form and deposit by Sept. 1 to: TBTA, PO Box 528, Brookfield, CT 06804-0528

Call (203) 775-0023 or visit for a registration form.

A bronze-casting workshop with master sculptor David Boyajian will take place Saturday and next Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Sculpture Barn, Milltown Road, Danbury.

Students will learn to carve a relief shape in the negative into soft firebrick, and then pour molten bronze into the mold. Each participant will create a series of bronze castings that will be assembled by welding. Patina and mounting techniques will also be covered.

The cost is $450, which includes lunch and 10 pounds of bronze.