FC Buzz Weekend: Closing Out January with New Art Exhibits, Films, Live Music and More!

FC Buzz Weekend January 28 - 30, 2022

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.

As we close out January, it feels like the perfect weekend to recharge your creative spirit through the following offerings of art, music, film, and more.

First, several exciting exhibits just opened around town:

Through February 18th, Celebrate Black History Month with Arts Alliance of Stratford at Stratford’s Sterling House Community Center. The exhibit, Through Our Eyes: A Celebration of Local Black Artists, shines light on the creativity of local Black artists.

Silvermine Arts Center welcomes 22 new members to its Guild of Artists with its annual New Members Exhibition, presenting an expansive survey of contemporary works. This New Canaan exhibition showcases emerging artists creating conversations in the art world. Collectively, their pieces feature a body of work that is both collectable and accessible to both the experienced and the first-time collector. On view Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10am - 4pm, through February 25th.

Adger Cowans: Sense and Sensibility is now on view at the Fairfield University Art Museum’s Bellarmine Hall Galleries through June 18th. Cowans is a celebrated photographer whose wide-ranging work includes the civil rights movement, jazz musicians, landscape, and artistic studies of the human form, water, and light. This exhibition, curated by Halima Taha, presents Cowans’ use of photography to articulate the beauty within the human condition, and the world we live in, with over fifty images from his illustrious career.

Through March 12, MoCA Westport and the Westport Arts Advisory Committee (WAAC) invites you to The Westport Idea Exhibition, a new exhibition featuring selected works from the Westport Public Art Collections (WestPAC). This exhibition enables audiences to enjoy selections from WestPAC holdings of more than 2,000 artworks at a public venue. Most of these works are housed in public schools and municipal buildings, not always accessible to the public. An opening reception for the exhibition will be held on Friday, January 28, 2022 from 6 – 8 p.m. at MoCA Westport. 

If you’re interested in taking in a film, you have a couple of choices:

Parallel Mothers stars Penelope Cruz and Milena Smith, as two women, who give birth in the same hospital on the same day. Both are single mothers, and during their chance meeting in the hospital, a close link develops between them that changes their lives in a decisive way. Head over to Stamford’s Avon Theatre Film Center for a screening of this 2021 Spanish film, written and directed by Pedro Almodovar. On view at various times through February 3rd.

For a film that will delight the whole family, Aladdin is showing at Fairfield’s SHU Community Theatre on Sunday - 12pm and 3pm. Guy Ritchie directs and Will Smith stars in this live action version of the timeless tale of a street urchin vying for a magic lamp to make his deepest wishes come true. 

If you’re looking to explore your own ‘inner artist,’ Norwalk’s MAD Lab welcomes the community to enjoy a unique, free-form event called MAKE art TOGETHER. Bring your favorite sketchbook and art supplies to participate in activities that inspire your creative spirit on Friday 6-10 pm.

Music on your mind? Enjoy whatever concert is music to your ears - everything from opera to jazz:

For opera lovers, Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University presents ​​The Met: Live in HD – Verdi’s Rigoletto Tony Award-winning director, Bartlett Sher, resets the opera’s action to 1920s Europe, with Art Deco sets by Michael Yeargan and elegant costumes by Catherine Zuber, themselves boasting a combined 11 Tony Awards. Saturday at 1pm and 6pm.

The Quick Center has jazz lovers covered too. The John Pizzarelli Big Band is back by popular demand on Sunday at 3pm. Hailed by the Boston Globe for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz,” world-renowned jazz guitarist and vocalist, John Pizzarelli has recently released a new album, Better Days Ahead: Solo Guitar Takes on Pat Methēny. This concert takes a deep dive into Pat Metheny’s Grammy Award-winning catalog, deconstructing famed arrangements on his seven-string guitar in ways to thrill both jazz lovers and aficionados of classical and Spanish guitar.

Sunday at 4:00 pm, The Ridgefield Playhouse marks a belated Centennial Year of jazz giant Dave Brubeck in The Brubeck Brothers Quartet Celebrates Dave Brubeck’s Centennial Through stories and music, this multimedia show invites audiences to travel along the timeline of Dave Brubeck’s extraordinary life, career, and legacy.

For details on these and hundreds more events check out FC-Buzz events on our website at here