Arts and Crafts, Broadway, Art Walking Tour, Dancing and MORE!

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The Fairfield County Cultural Alliance celebrates the vibrant and diverse arts and culture in the 15 towns of our Fairfield County coastal region and publishes our free E-Buzz newsletter every Wednesday with a selection from the hundreds events posted on our website by our members.

Take a little history this weekend. Start by celebrating the Ridgefield Historical Society’s 20th anniversary at its 1712 David Scott home on Sunset Lane. Starting at 1 p.m., you can tour the house, watch a quilt-making demonstration, enjoy live music, refreshments and more.

Then at 2 p.m., Nicole Carpenter of the Westport Museum for History and Culture will lead Art from the Beyond, a walking tour of the Lower Graveyard of Greens Farms. She will discuss 18th and 19th century superstitions around cemeteries and the deceased, tell the story of the accused witches of Westport, and show you the oldest gravestone in the cemetery. Learn what the urns, willows, and other artistic symbols on gravestones mean as you walk through the cemetery.

When it comes to theater, attending live auditions can be quite revealing. New Paradigm Theater works closely with young people and they are opening their signature mentoring and audition event, So Ya Wanna Be a Broadway Star, “For 8 Years Into Adulthood” to everyone. Come participate or simply enjoy the auditions of the Theater. It will take place outside Saturday 11 am at Emmanuel Church in Weston.

Want more theater? Then try out Saturdays and Sundays at 4 p.m. in Milford’s Eisenhower Park, where the Milford Arts Council’s Eastbound Theater presents Thornton Wilder’s classic Our Town which tells the story of the fictional American small town of Grover’s Corners between 1901 and 1913 through the daily life of its citizens.

Fancy some music with your theater? On Saturdays at 8 p.m. or Sundays at 2 p.m., try Ridgefield’s ACT of CT, which features one of Broadway’s oldest hits, SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE, a celebration of the legendary team of songwriters Leiber and Stoller, who practically invented rock ‘n’ roll. This energetic, fast-paced show features 40 of the greatest songs ever recorded, including “Jailhouse Rock”, “Stand By Me”, “Yakety Yak”, “Hound Dog” and many more.

Want to stroll in a craft fair? All day Saturday and Sunday, Stamford’s Bedford Street is closed for Arts & Crafts on Bedford, where you can shop for unique handcrafted goods made by local and regional artists. Restaurants will have extensive café terraces and Imagination Station in Latham Park will have entertainment for children.

For Saturday night entertainment, the Klein Auditorium in Bridgeport offers Elizardi Castro, one of the most innovative actors of the moment, with his show “Mira Que Nice!” Castro combines his Puerto Rican heritage with American culture to create a Spanish riot of laughter and fun in all of his shows. His one-man shows include “Made in Puerto Rico,” which ran off-Broadway for seven sold-out weeks.

And at Norwalk on Saturday night, the Wall Street Theater presents internet sensation and RUSH Tribute, YYNOT – the collaboration of award-winning guitarist / songwriter / producer Billy Alexander and Florida-based virtuoso bassist Tim Starace.

And finally, if you’re a dancer and early bird, get your gear ready and head to the Darien Arts Center on Sunday at 9 a.m. where the directors and dancers of East Coast Contemporary Ballet choreographed a special event, Dance With Us, which includes a Master Class taught by artistic director, Claire Mazza and a chance to learn the original ECCB choreography with a piece by artistic director Alejandro Ulloa.

Check them out and discover hundreds of other events on our FC Buzz-Events page at https://culturalalliancefc.org


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