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FCBuzz Weekend of Arts and Culture August 12-15: Greenwich Jazz Festival, Picnic in the Park and MORE!

FC Buzz Weekend August 12-15

HamletHub is proud to partner with the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and FCBuzz to Elevate Arts and Culture in Fairfield County! Each week, look for a listing of weekend events and activities. The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of the arts and culture across the 15 towns in our region of coastal Fairfield County and each Wednesday issues our free E-Buzz newsletter with a selection of the hundreds of events posted to our website by our members.

Jazz Fridays with Bill Crow Quartet at Fairfield Museum

Friday, August 12, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

This free performance on the rear patio of the museum spotlights the legendary American jazz bassist, who played in saxophonist Gerry Mulligan's bands in the 1950s and 1960s, along with pianist David Childs, saxophonist Bob Kolb, drummer Tom Melito, and vocalist Janet Zamparo. Bring your chairs, blankets, and a picnic to enjoy during the event.

Pantochino Teen Theatre’s “Grease” at SHU Community Theatre, Fairfield

Friday, August 12 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, August 13 at 2:00 and 5:30pm

The fifties musical knockout is brought to life by forty-two talented teens. Written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, the landmark Broadway musical is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary. This rollicking musical features Rydell High’s senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding Burger Palace boys and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking ‘Pink Ladies’ in bobby sox evoking the look and sound of the 1950’s. 

Bernie Williams ‘Breathless’ Concert at Ridgefield Playhouse

Saturday, August 13, 1:00 pm

Famed New York Yankees center fielder and Latin Grammy nominee Bernie Williams is back with another star-studded day featuring celebrities from the worlds of sports and music, all to benefit the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF). The day begins at 1:00 pm with a celebrity softball game with Bernie, bandmates, and special guests, followed by a VIP BBQ and wine tasting at 4:00 pm. Concert begins at 5:30 pm. 

Eileen Myles Poetry Reading at Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield

Saturday, August 13, 4:00 pm

As part of the “All of the Sky: Five Poets, Five Saturdays” series, the Museum presents the author of more than twenty books, including For Now, Evolution, Afterglow (a dog memoir), Chelsea Girls, and I Must Be Living Twice: New & Selected Poems 1974-2014. Myles’s many honors include four Lambda Literary Awards, the Clark Prize for Excellence in Arts Writing, the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, Creative Capital’s Literature Award as well as their Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant, and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant. 

“Forever Motown” at Downtown Cabaret Theatre, Bridgeport

Saturday, August 13, 5:00 pm

Sing, dance, and celebrate the music of your life with songs like “My Girl”, “Shop Around”, “Stop, In The Name Of Love”, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” and many more – nearly 30 non-stop hits in all! Each song captured visually, vocally and choreographically down to the slightest unique nuanced Motown detail.

Picnic in the Park at Bruce Park, Greenwich

Sunday, August 14, 12:00 - 4:00 pm 

Take in an alfresco dining experience in the summer sunshine while learning about the history and the natural wonder of Bruce Park - one of Greenwich’s oldest public parks, established in 1908 through a bequest of Robert Moffat Bruce. Reserve your picnic by ‘Happiness Is’ catering and pick it up at the museum store before heading out to the park. 

Tatiana Eva-Marie & the Avalon Jazz Band at Levitt Pavilion, Westport

Sunday, August 14, 7:00 pm

Grab your lawn chair and picnic basket and enjoy a free concert with the jazz singer nicknamed "the Gypsy-Jazz Warbler" by The New York Times. Tatiana has been acclaimed as a "millennial shaking up the jazz scene" by Vanity Fair and shereturns to explore the music of composer Django Reinhardt through her own original arrangements and lyrics in her latest project "Djangology." This is a tribute inspired by her French and Romanian Gypsy heritage and her love for the Parisian art scene of the 1920s to the 1960s. Tickets can be claimed in advance online and may also be available at Box Office Window.

Greenwich Jazz Festival 2022 at BackCountry Jazz, Greenwich

Monday, August 15, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Don’t miss this chance to see extraordinary Jazz artists, from celebrated greats to young rising stars for free! Enjoy Anthony Wilson on guitar, Bennie Wallace, tenor saxophone, Yasushi Nakamura on bass and Vinton Hines Jr. on drums.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo at The Ridgefield Playhouse

Monday, August 15, 8:00 pm

Treat your soul and your senses with the musicians designated by Nelson Mandela as “South Africa’s cultural ambassadors to the world.” Ladysmith Black Mambazo has been warming hearts with their uplifting vocal harmonies, signature dance moves and charming onstage banter for 60 years and counting. With their music underpinning a timeless message of peace, love and harmony, the group was catapulted into International fame after lending vocals and inspiration to Paul Simon’s classic Graceland album in 1987. Since then, they have garnered 19 GRAMMY nominations with five wins.

See these and discover hundreds more events on our FC Buzz-Events page at https://culturalalliancefc.org

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