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Live Concert: Celtic Music at Milford Public Library on March 17!

<p><strong>Celtic Music at Milford Public Library on Sunday March 17 at 2pm</strong>&nbsp;</p><p><strong><em>Doors open at 1:45pm; The Library is open only for this special event.</em></strong>&nbsp;</p><p>Back by popular demand! Multi-instrumentalist Jeff Snow shares his love and knowledge of his Scottish heritage, creating a delightful program of traditional and original tunes and songs. Jeff plays six and twelve string guitar, autoharp, Celtic Bouzouki &amp; Bodhran.&nbsp;</p><p>Growing up as the son of a drummer in a Bagpipe band and in a home where older Celtic songs were the everyday sounds. Come enjoy the stories and sounds of Ireland, Scotland, and England.&nbsp;</p><p>View additional Library programs <a href="https://milford-pl.libcal.com" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://milford-pl.libcal.com/</a></p>

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Author Matthew Desmond to Speak on Securing Economic Equity for CT Households

<p>Connecticut United Ways advocate for ALICE, which stands for&nbsp;<strong>A</strong>sset&nbsp;<strong>L</strong>imited,&nbsp;<strong>I</strong>ncome&nbsp;<strong>C</strong>onstrained,&nbsp;<strong>E</strong>mployed. In Connecticut, nearly 40% of households are living below the ALICE Income Threshold, which means that they are working hard, living paycheck to paycheck, but still not earning enough to make ends meet. Black and Hispanic households disproportionally represent these 552,710 households, with the percentage of ALICE households varying from town to town. In some communities the population struggling financially is as high as 68%.</p><p>As part of our effort to explore and secure economic equity for these households, Connecticut United Ways are joining together to offer a&nbsp;<strong>virtual conversation with Pulitzer Prize winner Matthew Desmond on Tuesday, February 27 at noon</strong>. Dr. Desmond states that “to understand the causes of poverty, we must look beyond the poor." Moderated by&nbsp;<strong>Janée Woods Weber</strong>, Executive Director of&nbsp;<a href="https://sheleadsjustice.org/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">She Leads Justice</a>, you can learn new ways of thinking about financial insecurity and help us imagine solutions so that all Connecticut residents have the opportunity to thrive, like passing a permanent, refundable CT Child Tax Credit so that Connecticut households have dependable and flexible income. The public is invited to join this important conversation, by registering at:&nbsp;<a href="https://bit.ly/DesmondCT" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://bit.ly/DesmondCT</a>.</p><p>Following the conversation with Matthew Desmond, you can participate in a powerful five-day email series&nbsp;<strong>“Equity Challenge: Abolishing Poverty.”</strong>&nbsp;Each day’s email will include a 10-minute opportunity to take a deeper dive into the causes of poverty, racism and financial inequity, and will explore how you can take action to create meaningful and powerful change. Register for the Equity Challenge here:&nbsp;<a href="https://forms.ctunitedway.org/equity-challenge/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://forms.ctunitedway.org/equity-challenge/</a></p><p>For more information about the conversation with Matthew Desmond and Equity Challenge: Abolishing Poverty, visit&nbsp;<a href="https://alice.ctunitedway.org/desmond/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://alice.ctunitedway.org/desmond/</a>. You can purchase Matthew Desmond’s books at your local bookstore or order online at&nbsp;<a href="https://bookshop.org/p/books/poverty-by-america-matthew-desmond/18603208?ean=9780593239919" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://bookshop.org/p/books/poverty-by-america-matthew-desmond/18603208?ean=9780593239919</a>.</p><p><strong>ABOUT THE PRESENTERS:</strong></p><p>MacArthur “Genius” and Princeton sociologist&nbsp;<strong>Matthew Desmond</strong>&nbsp;is the author of the instant #1 New York Times bestseller&nbsp;<strong><em>Poverty, by America</em></strong>&nbsp;and the 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner of&nbsp;<strong><em>Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City</em></strong>. Praised as “an extraordinary feat of reporting and ethnography” by&nbsp;<em>The Washington Post</em>,&nbsp;<em>Evicted</em>&nbsp;transformed our understanding of extreme poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving a uniquely American problem. His latest,&nbsp;<em>Poverty, by America</em>, has been praised by the&nbsp;<em>New Yorker</em>&nbsp;as “urgent and accessible” and by&nbsp;<em>Esquire</em>&nbsp;as “another paradigm-shifting inquiry into America’s dark heart.” Drawing on history, research, and original reporting, the book reimagines the debate on poverty, and makes a new and bracing argument about why it persists in America: because the rest of us benefit from it. Desmond is the Maurice P. During Professor of Sociology, and the founder and principal investigator of&nbsp;<strong>The Eviction Lab</strong>&nbsp;(www.evictionlab.org) at Princeton University. Desmond is a&nbsp;<em>New York Times Magazine</em>&nbsp;contributing writer, and his writing has appeared in&nbsp;<em>The New York Times</em>,&nbsp;<em>The Washington Post</em>, the&nbsp;<em>New Yorker</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>The Chicago Tribune</em>.</p><p><br></p><p><strong>Janée Woods Weber</strong>&nbsp;is the Executive Director of&nbsp;<a href="https://sheleadsjustice.org/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">She Leads Justice</a>, formerly named Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund. She currently serves as the Co-Chair for the State Committee for Connecticut Working Families Party, on the Board of Directors for Universal Health Care Foundation and with the Board of Directors for Training for Change. In 2023, Janée was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Paid Leave Authority. In 2019, she was appointed to the Women’s Policy Committee for the Lamont-Bysiewicz gubernatorial transition. Most recently, this year she served as Co-Chair for the Women’s Healthcare Subcommittee for the Comptroller’s Healthcare Cabinet. In May 2021, Janée, with Alvin Hall, won the inaugural Ambie for Best History Podcast from The Podcast Academy for their critically acclaimed podcast&nbsp;<a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/driving-the-green-book/id1519839250" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Driving the Green Book</a>.</p>

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Professional Bull Riding Debuts in Bridgeport March 1-2

<p>BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – For the first time in history, PBR’s Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour will buck into Bridgeport, Connecticut, debuting at Total Mortgage Arena March 1-2 with PBR Bridgeport.</p><p>For two nights only, some of the best bull riders in the world will battle the sport’s rankest bovine athletes in the ultimate showdown of man vs. beast during one of the most exciting live sporting events to witness.</p><p>The debut of PBR’s Velocity Tour in Bridgeport comes on the spurs of one of the organization’s most dynamic individual seasons in 2023, as the Velocity Tour broke and reset numerous attendance and competition records en route to its most successful season to date.</p><p>The upcoming PBR Bridgeport will mark the eighteenth event of the new individual season for the PBR’s expansion series. Eventgoers will watch riders vie for crucial points in the race to be crowned the 2024 PBR Velocity Tour Champion.</p><p>While PBR’s Velocity Tour has never traveled to Bridgeport, the Connecticut city has previously welcomed the organization’s developmental tour four times, in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2011.</p><p>The bull riding action for PBR Bridgeport begins with Round 1 at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, March 1, followed by Round 2 and the championship round at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 2. All 35 competing bull riders will get on one bull each in Round 1 and Round 2. The riders’ individual two-round scores will be totaled with the Top 10 advancing to the championship round for one more out and a chance at the event title.</p><p>Tickets for the two-day event go on sale Monday, October 23 at 10 a.m. ET, and start at $20, taxes and fees not included. Purchase ticket via this link <a href="https://pbr.com/news/2020/06/dramatic-finishes-on-challenge-day-5-of-pbr-team-challenge-architect-must-win-game-for-final-division-a-championship-berth" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">pbr.com</a> or at the Total Mortgage Arena Box Office during operating hours or by calling PBR customer service at 1-800-732-1727.</p><p>PBR Elite Seats are available for avid fans who want an exclusive VIP experience while enjoying the world’s top bull riding circuit. These tickets, available in three tiers, offer premium seats, personal on-site concierge at the PBR fan loyalty booth, and more. For more on elite seats call (800) 732-1727, or to purchase visit <a href="https://www.ticketmaster.com" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://www.ticketmaster.com/</a></p><p>For more information about the PBR and the 2024 PBR Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour schedule, or to purchase tickets, click <a href="https://pbr.com/news/2020/06/dramatic-finishes-on-challenge-day-5-of-pbr-team-challenge-architect-must-win-game-for-final-division-a-championship-berth" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>*Image courtesy <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pbr" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://www.facebook.com/pbr</a></p>

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Milford Resident Ashley Taylor named to the Honors List at Fairleigh Dickinson

<p>Ashley Taylor, of Milford, a student at Fairleigh Dickinson University's Florham Campus in Madison, NJ, has been named to the Honors List for the Fall 2023 semester.</p><p>To qualify for the Honors List, a student must carry a 3.5 or better grade point average out of a possible 4.0 and be enrolled in a minimum of 12 letter-graded hours (four courses).</p><p>FDU's Florham Campus is located on the former Vanderbilt-Twombly estate in suburban Morris County. Its focus is on providing outstanding on-campus and residential living opportunities, hands-on-learning experiences, strong graduate and professional school preparation, and customized educational options, all framed by a global perspective.</p>

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Dead Man’s Cell Phone (closing weekend) at The MAC (and more FC Buzz!)

<p><strong>FC BUZZ Weekend February 16 - February 18</strong></p><p>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 15 towns in coastal Fairfield County. Sign up to receive a free eBuzz newsletter with top picks and spotlight events from the hundreds of events posted on FCBuzz.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/pengwees-breath-a-stepping-stones-puppet-performance/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Pengwee’s Breath</strong></a></p><p><strong>Stepping Stones Museum for Children</strong></p><p>Friday February 16 through Sunday February 18, 11:00 am - 12:00 am</p><p>Based on the children’s book by author Debbie Nutley, this tender-hearted story provides a valuable example for children learning to cope with anxiety. Follow Pengwee, a young penguin, as he prepares for an exciting day at the annual Ice Festival. When Pengwee begins to feel like there are snowstorms in his tummy thinking about the “big scary rides”, a special lesson from his mother teaches him that his own breath gives him the power to calm his fears.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/the-legend-of-georgia-mcbride/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>The Legend of Georgia McBride</strong></a></p><p><strong>Music Theatre of Connecticut MainStage</strong></p><p>Friday February 16 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm.</p><p>Get ready to laugh all night with Fairfield County's professional award-winning theatre company as they continue their 37th MainStage Season with the big-hearted, fierce, and music-filled comedy, The Legend of Georgia McBride by Matthew Lopez. This wildly fun play follows an Elvis impersonator named Casey as he finds an unexpected and transformative new career. The Legend of Georgia McBride will run three weekends from February 16th through March 3rd, 2024 with performances on Fridays &amp; Saturdays at 8pm and Saturday &amp; Sundays at 2pm.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/dead-mans-cell-phone-closing-weekend/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Dead Man’s Cell Phone (closing weekend)</strong></a></p><p><strong>The MAC – Milford Arts Council</strong></p><p>Friday February 16 and Saturday February 17, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm</p><p>Dead Man’s Cell Phone examines how modern technology impacts our relationships. Jean is sitting in a quiet cafe when a cell phone starts ringing, and continues to ring incessantly. Out of desperation and curiosity, she picks up the phone and discovers that the owner is dead. The following twists and</p><p>turns of his life, as well as the people he was involved with, unexpectedly draw in Jean. As the play writer explains, “[Jean is] forced to confront her presumptions about morality, redemption, and isolation in a technologically obsessed society.”</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/puffs-or-seven-increasingly-eventful-years-at-a-certain-school-of-magic-and-magic-by-matt-cox/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>PUFFS, or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic</strong></a></p><p><strong>Powerhouse Theatre in Waveny Park</strong></p><p>Friday February 16 to Mar 03, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm</p><p>For seven years, a certain boy wizard went to a certain Wizard School and conquered evil. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of the Puffs...who just happened to be there too. This clever and inventive play gives you a new look at a familiar adventure from the perspective of three potential heroes just trying to make it through a magic school that proves to be very dangerous for children. Their epic journey takes the classic story to new places and reimagines what a boy wizard hero can be.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/midwinter-book-sale-3/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>The Midwinter Book Sale</strong></a></p><p><strong>Pequot Library</strong></p><p>Saturday February 17 and Sunday February 18, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm</p><p>Pick up a good book for a great price in the little sister of the library’s regionally known Summer Book Sale. It’s smaller but more intimate, with many treasures and bargains to be found in the historic auditorium. This sale will offer a huge trove of cookbooks, many like new. Additionally, there will be a large selection of books from our usual categories including Biography, History, Paperbacks, Fiction, Mystery, Children’s Books, and many others.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/art-in-common-creative-community-day-3/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Creative Community Days</strong></a></p><p><strong>Art in Common</strong></p><p>Saturday February 17, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm</p><p>Join Art in Common in their studio as they create together in an inclusive atmosphere of artmaking. This will be a relaxed, fun opportunity to create with others on their artistic journey. Try it out! Open to adults 18+ On the first and third Saturdays of the month 10am-noon</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/lunar-new-year-celebration/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Lunar New Year Celebration</strong></a></p><p><strong>Fairfield Museum</strong></p><p>Saturday February 17, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm</p><p>Families and friends of all ages are invited to celebrate the Lunar New Year and learn more about the Year of the Dragon and how people celebrate, explore “Creating Community,” the Fairfield Museum’s newly renovated exhibition. Join the lion dance, storytime with the Fairfield Public Library, live animals from Earthplace, a martial arts demonstration, a paper dragon craft, and many more hands-on activities.<a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/chinese-folk-dance-performance/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Chinese Folk Dance Performance</strong></a></p><p><strong>Fairfield Woods Branch Library</strong>Saturday February 17, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm</p><p>It's the Year of the Dragon, and Fairfield Public Library will be celebrating with the Li-Garden Dance Company of Stamford! The company will perform four traditional Chinese folk dances, as well as teach the audience some Chinese calligraphy and a few dance moves.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/rockin-river-street-a-mardi-gras-celebration/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Rockin' River Street</strong>,</a></p><p><strong>Wall Street Neighborhood</strong></p><p>Saturday February 17, 4:30 pm - 10:30 pm</p><p>Don’t miss this joint production between Greer Southern Table, B.J. Ryan's, and Banc House in celebration of Mardi Gras! All three restaurants which are located in the downtown Wall Street neighborhood of Norwalk, CT, will feature southern inspired food and drink specials, including a branded traditional hurricane glass that can be used at all three restaurants for discounted refills of the celebratory Hurricane Cocktail.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/sir-paul-the-music-of-paul-mccartney/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Sir Paul</strong></a></p><p><strong>Downtown Cabaret Theatre</strong></p><p>Saturday February 17, 7:00 pm - 12:00 am</p><p>Experience the magic of Paul McCartney's timeless hits brought to life by the extraordinary tribute band, Sir Paul. From iconic melodies to legendary performances, immerse yourself in a nostalgic journey!</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/black-history-month-jeffrey-fletcher/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Celebrating Black History Month</strong></a></p><p><strong>Stratford Historical Society’s Catharine B. Mitchell Museum is</strong></p><p>Sunday February 18, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm</p><p>Join Stratford's newest museum neighbor, Jeffrey Fletcher, founder of the Ruby and Calvin Fletcher African American Museum. Fletcher shares his tale about the origins of the museum's collection, the people who impacted his decision to open a museum, and the challenges he has overcome along the way.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/ridgefield-folk-deeper-than-the-skin/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Ridgefield Folk: Deeper Than the Skin</strong></a></p><p><strong>The Ridgefield Library</strong></p><p>Sunday February 18, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm</p><p>Longtime friends Greg Greenway and Reggie Harris team up for this electric musical presentation at the Ridgefield Library. Deeper Than The Skin is a concert that explores their unique history as a White man from the capital of the Confederacy and a Black man whose maternal ancestor was a slave on a plantation just outside of Richmond. They have built a bridge between their lives through thirty years of friendship, shared goals and a passion to build community.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/the-west-end-string-quartet-a-concert-in-memory-of-aymeric-dupre-la-tour/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>The West End String Quartet: A Concert In Memory of Aymeric Dupre la Tour</strong></a></p><p><strong>First Church Congregational Sanctuary</strong></p><p>Sunday February 18, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm</p><p>The program features excerpts from Bach's The Art of the Fugue and a new work by Connecticut composer and Wesleyan University professor Neely Bruce, in memory of Aymeric Dupré la Tour. Dupré la Tour, a native of Lyon, France, was Director of Music at First Church from 2012 to 2016, and then served at St. Theresa Church, Trumbull.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/ftc-presents-remember-jones-back-to-back-to-black-the-amy-winehouse-celebration/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Remember Jones – Back to Back to Black: The Amy Winehouse Celebration</strong></a></p><p><strong>The Warehouse at FTC</strong></p><p>Sunday February 18, 8:00 pm - 12:00 am</p><p>An exciting dedication to the life and music of AMY WINEHOUSE with a 12-piece band and revival of the entire 2006 Grammy Award-winning album BACK TO BLACK in its entirety, plus many other Amy selections. Including the hits "Tears Dry On Their Own", "Rehab", "Love is a Losing Game", "You Know I'm No Good", and many more, the show features a horn section, several vocalists, and musicians from many notable touring acts, making it the only revue of its kind in the US celebrating the music of Amy Winehouse.</p><p>See these and discover hundreds more events on the&nbsp;<a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/fcbuzz-events/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">FCBUZZ EVENTS</a>&nbsp;page at&nbsp;<a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://culturalalliancefc.org</a>&nbsp;Sign up for the&nbsp;<a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/resources/newsletter-sign-up/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Cultural Alliance eBuzz</a>&nbsp;to receive top picks and spotlights each week in your inbox.</p>

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Why Small Businesses Matter: Success On The Spectrum

<h2>Why Small Businesses Matter</h2><p><em>Shop small, do big things for your community</em></p><p>Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!</p><p><strong>Meet Michael Kuchta, founder of </strong><a href="https://successonthespectrum.com/location/shelton/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Success On The Spectrum</strong></a><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p><p><strong>Why did you start your business?</strong></p><p>Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is increasingly diagnosed in the United States, yet unfortunately there aren't enough qualified providers offering exceptional therapeutic services to this population. I'm trying to fill part of that gap.</p><p><strong>What is your best selling product/service?</strong></p><p>Success On The Spectrum (SOS) is a national franchise that provides high quality Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy to children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Our goals are to reduce problem behaviors and help children with autism learn new skills rapidly and efficiently. ABA is a therapy method that uses continuous data collection, systematic instructional procedures, and the scientific principles of human behavior to shape behavior and responses. It is widely recognized as the most effective, evidence-based treatment for autism, and is endorsed by the U.S. Surgeon General &amp; the American Academy of Pediatrics. We will also be offering Speech Therapy (ST) and Occupational Therapy (OT) as clients request those services. SOS - Shelton, CT offers both full-time and part-time program options and our brand new, state-of-the-art center will be opening in April, 2024.</p><p><strong>Have you reimagined your small business?</strong></p><p>While we are just getting off the ground at the Shelton, CT location, we have the support of a national franchise with years of experience and dozens of locations across the US. We have Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) customize your child's specific developmental program: every child has different needs, and we will always be evaluating, re-evaluating, and re-imagining the program to achieve desired outcomes. Transparency is also key: there are cameras in every room to ensure your child's safety.</p><p>Learn more about Success on the Spectrum by visiting their website <a href="https://successonthespectrum.com/location/shelton/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://successonthespectrum.com/location/shelton/</a></p><p>Follow Success on the Spectrum on Facebook <a href="https://www.facebook.com/SuccessOnTheSpectrum" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">here</a> and <a href="https://www.instagram.com/successonthespectrum/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Instagram</a></p><p><strong>HamletHub thanks </strong><a href="https://www.fairfieldcountybank.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Fairfield County Bank</strong></a><strong> for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible!</strong></p><p><br></p>

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FC Buzz Super Bowl Weekend Includes Dead Man’s Cell Phone at The MAC

<p><strong>FC Buzz</strong>&nbsp;<strong>Weekend Beginning February 9 - February 11</strong></p><p>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 15 towns in coastal Fairfield County. Sign up to receive a free eBuzz newsletter with top picks and spotlight events from the hundreds of events posted on FCBuzz.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/its-only-a-play/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>“It’s Only a Play.”</strong></a></p><p><strong>The Wilton Playshop</strong></p><p>Friday February 09 To February 24, 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm</p><p>A hilarious and witty play that promises to take audiences on a rollercoaster ride of laughter and drama. Written by acclaimed playwright Terrence McNally, “It’s Only a Play” is a brilliant comedic exploration of the behind-the-scenes world of Broadway. The play delves into the eccentricities, egos, and dynamics that unfold in a star-studded opening night party, offering a satirical look at the theater industry.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/every-other-kid-film-screening-and-panel-discussion-at-metro-art-studios/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Every Other Kid: Film Screening and Panel Discussion</strong></a></p><p><strong>Metro Art Studios</strong></p><p>Friday February 09, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm</p><p>A musical film by Patrick Godino about mental health and gun violence, EVERY OTHER KID tells the story of three high school students as they deal with their mental and emotional struggles. Coming from three different backgrounds and going down three different paths, these students’ lives intersect in a crucial, heartbreaking way. An in depth panel discussion, moderated by David Green, follows the film. Ticket proceeds benefit Street Safe Bridgeport and Sandy Hook Promise.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/bevs-bites/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Bevs &amp; Bites</strong></a></p><p><strong>Stamford Museum &amp; Nature Center at Bendel Mansion</strong></p><p>Friday February 09, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm</p><p>A lively evening sampling and savoring the very best local gourmet fare, first-rate wines, craft beers from local breweries, and superb spirits from local distilleries. Bring your friends and your appetite for an epicurean adventure like no other, featuring unlimited tastings of incredible local food and drink.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/performing-arts-at-moca-songs-for-lovers-by-michelle-pauker/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Songs for Lovers by Michelle Pauker</strong></a></p><p><strong>MoCA</strong></p><p>Friday February 09, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm</p><p>Bring your valentine to MoCA for an evening full of love! After two sold-out performances at MoCA, vocalist Michelle Pauker is back with a brand new concert, Songs For Lovers. From Broadway to Jazz to Folk and Pop, this unique program features love songs of every genre.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/jazz-soul-vocalist-rhonda-denet-with-her-backing-band-the-bad-cats/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Jazz / Soul Vocalist Rhonda Denét with her backing band, The Bad Cats</strong></a></p><p><strong>The Klein</strong></p><p>Friday February 09, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm</p><p>Surrender to smooth, soulful and jazzy grooves reflecting on life, love, and gratitude. "This is a singer among singers, a tour de force with a resonant, deep, beautiful, confident voice that comes from the depths of her life, and from her life experiences." Rhonda Denét is hailed as a virtuoso that lends her flair to every song she sings. When she performs, Denét invites her audience to surrender to the groove by blending classic and contemporary favorites with her inspiring original music. Her repertoire covers the gamut ranging from the American Songbook to Top 40 radio.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/dead-mans-cell-phone-second-weekend/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Dead Man’s Cell Phone</strong></a></p><p><strong>The MAC – Milford Arts Council</strong></p><p>Friday &amp; Saturday February 09 - February 10, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm</p><p>Get ready for a play that examines how modern technology impacts our relationships. A quirky modern adventure about Jean following twists and turns of the life of the phone’s owner, as well as the people he was involved with. As the play writer explains, “[Jean is] forced to confront her presumptions about morality, redemption, and isolation.</p><p><br></p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/a-good-day-exhibition-reception-artist-talk-featuring-russell-miyaki-to-benefit-local-dog-rescue-organizations/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>A Good Day</strong></a><strong>Sorelle Gallery, Westport</strong></p><p>Saturday, February 10, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm,</p><p>You won’t want to miss this exhibit featuring local artist Russell Miyaki to benefit rescue organizations Dog Star Rescue and Westport Animal Shelter Advocates (WASA). Guests are encouraged to bring their dogs along for the event, with Pet Pantry providing a “Bone Bar” with a variety of treats for visiting dogs, and doggie bags and raffle by Westport Earth Animal.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/opening-reception-for-faces-exhibit/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>FACES</strong></a></p><p><strong>City Lights Gallery,Bridgeport</strong></p><p>Saturday, February 10, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm</p><p>For all Art lovers! Come to this exhibit showcasing portraiture by Black CT artists through choice of materials, style and subject matter. Encouraging viewers to study FACES; going beyond initial appearance to find their humanity, including universal and existential commonalities, individual stories and heritage. On View through March 1.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/patti-lupone-in-concert-dont-monkey-with-broadway/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>An Evening with Audra McDonald: Songs from Broadway and the Great American Songbook</strong></a></p><p><strong>Westport Country Playhouse</strong></p><p>Saturday, February 10, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm</p><p>Audra McDonald is unparalleled in the breadth and versatility of her artistry as both a singer and an actor. The winner of a record-breaking six Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards and an Emmy, in 2015 she received the National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama and was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/norwalk-symphony-broadway-february-10-2024/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Norwalk Symphony &amp; Broadway</strong></a></p><p><strong>Norwalk City Hall</strong></p><p>Saturday February 10, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm</p><p>76 Trombones (and the rest of the orchestra!) will fill the Norwalk Concert Hall with music as the Norwalk Symphony presents The Music Man in Concert at 7:30pm. Join Marian the Librarian and Professor Harold Hill as they get the students thinking their way into a marching band! Come for a pre-concert reception and meet the actors and musicians!</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/black-history-month-exhibition-all-ages/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Black History Month Exhibition</strong></a></p><p><strong>Easton Public Library</strong></p><p>Sunday February 11 To Mar 16, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm</p><p>This exhibition celebrates Black History Month with an Underground Railroad Quilt made by local and national quilters, cover art from James Baldwin Review, Columbia University student sketches, bottle dolls created by Discovery Magnet School 3rd graders, poetry, music, and more.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/quartet-art-reception/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Quartet art reception</strong></a></p><p><strong>art/place gallery</strong></p><p>Sunday February 11, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm</p><p>Come discover expressive designs of nervous energy in a contained, structured way. Various media including collage, sewing and calligraphy to create multi-layered nuanced works. Sumie-e brush</p><p>painting, Yoga and dance expressed with visual vocabulary. Lived experiences on panels and things that change! So goes artwork over the years, styles,materials, medium...now series..</p><p>See these and discover hundreds more events on the FCBUZZ EVENTS page at<a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">&nbsp;</a><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://culturalalliancefc.org</a>&nbsp;Sign up for the Cultural Alliance eBuzz to receive top picks and spotlights each week in your inbox.</p>

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