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FC Buzz Weekend Lineup of Art and Culture November 18-20: The Laramie Project, Chris Frantz, and Heida Hermanns in Westport!

FC Buzz Weekend November 18 - 20

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.

“The Wilton Open” Art Exhibition & Reception at The Wilton Library

Friday, Nov 18, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Soak up a wide variety of styles, media, and subject matter in this exhibition featuring more than 20 artists from Wilton and surrounding towns who submitted inquiries expressing an interest to display their works at the library, starting from the year 2019 to the present. 

The Laramie Project at The Unitarian Church, Westport

Friday, Nov 18 and Saturday, Nov 19, 7:00 pm + Sunday, Nov 20, 2:00 pm

A moving account of the murder of Matthew Shepard, a 21-year old gay college student in Laramie, Wyoming, this play explores the devastating circumstances of the crime, and the complicated, and sometimes shocking, reactions of the residents of Laramie. 

Eccentric Women of Ridgefield at Ridgefield Theater Barn, Ridgefield

Friday, Nov 18 and Saturday Nov 19, 8:00 pm and Sunday, Nov 20, 2:00 pm

Come and support local performing artists in a play based on the writings & performances of Dr. Darla Shaw, adapted for the stage by Stephen Robbins & directed by Linda Seay. Featuring special guest Barb Fulton Jennes, the Poet Laureate of Ridgefield, this play celebrates the lives and originality of four distinct women from Ridgefield history: Sarah Bishop, Mary Louise Beatrice Olcott, Carmela Sabilia (the Peanut Lady) and Jacqueline Seligmann (the Cat Lady). 

Joyful Noise at Powerhouse Theatre, Waveny Park, New Canaan 

Friday, Nov 18 and Saturday, Nov 19, 8:00 pm and Sunday, Nov 20, 2:00 pm

Dueling diva sopranos, a plot combining religious protest, political alienation, social humiliation, and a sex scandal… this play, which is similar to “Amadeus,” has it all! Based on historical facts, George Frederick Handel is in trouble: his last opera flopped, he is no longer in favor with King George II and preachers are raging. A devious bishop and Handel's librettist add to the conflict in this true story of the politics and passion that nearly prevented "The Messiah” from ever being performed.. Tickets are also available for Nov 25-27 and Dec 2-4.

Community Pop-Up Market at Mark Twain Library, Redding 

Friday, Nov 18, 4:30 - 8:30 pm

Jump start your holiday shopping! It’s an opportunity to meet local vendors and ‘shop local’ in an intimate setting. Items for sale include boutique and handcrafted jewelry, one-of-a-kind home decor items, personalized gifts, gourmet treats, unique clothing, accessories and more. While you relax and browse, enjoy refreshments, sparkling water, and wine. 

Eric Gales at StageOne at FTC’s Stage One, Fairfield

Friday, Nov 18, 8:00 pm

He’s been compared to Jimi Hendrix and hailed by Joe Bonamassa as “one of the best if not the best guitarist in the world today.” As both an African-American left-handed guitarist of extraordinary ability and an expressive vocalist, Eric’s unique hybrid blues/rock sound draws upon influences as diverse as Albert King and Frank Gambale. 

Celebration of Heida Hermanns International Competition at MoCA Westport

Saturday, Nov 19, 7:00 - 9:30 pm

Celebrate 50 years of the Heida! This competition showcases rising stars in the domains of voice, strings and piano and features light works for woodwinds and piano, and soprano voice and piano, performed by six previous winners of the competition who have built successful international careers. Drinks and cocktails will be available for purchase. 

“It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” at New Pond Farm, Redding

Saturday, Nov 19, 7:00 pm

It’s time to get in the holiday spirit with a live 1940s radio broadcast of the beloved American holiday classic directed by Nancy Ponturo, and performed by a talented cast. Includes actors Nancy and Bob Ponturo, Martin Robinson and Annie Evans, Fred Newman and Katy Dobbs, Don Striano, and Julia Levo. Music provided by David Morgan and sound effects by Fred Newman.

“Chris Frantz Presents Emerging Musicians” at The Westport Library

Saturday, Nov 19, 7:00 pm

Chris Frantz of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club fame presents Residual Groove, a funk-fusion, improv-heavy dance band out of Fairfield County, and contemporary singer-songwriter Brian Dolzani. The concert is a music collaboration and production by Verso Studios at The Westport Library and the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce. The “Chris Frantz Presents” series features up-and-coming regional, national, and international talent, hand-picked by Frantz, with the goal of bringing new music to new ears and to be an incubator for rising talent.

An Evening with Fruition (trio) FTC’s StageOne, Fairfield

Saturday, Nov 19, 7:45 pm

This beloved folk-rock group has been giving fans a lot to love since the acclaimed album ‘Labor of Love.’ Their music brings you back to the first time you ever heard harmonies and strumming that shook you to the core and right back out to the hairs of your skin. American Songwriter exclaims, "This is Americana of the highest order, driven by charming three-part harmonies that never feel forced." 

Christmas at the Coley House! Weston Historical Society

Starting on Sunday, Nov 20, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm 

Explore the holidays and life in the 1940s as well as interactive exhibits for all ages by hopping on a guided tour of Weston’s World War II Homefront. Complete your visit with self-guided tours of new exhibitions in the Coley House & a new rotating exhibit. Running on Sundays and Thursdays through December 22nd. 

Artist Talk on "The Longest Shortest Time" at The Norwalk Art Space, Norwalk

Sunday, Nov 20, 3:00 - 4:30 pm

If you’ve ever wondered about the creative process of artists, come to an Artist Talk with Korry Fellow Sarah King and fellow artists Maryna Bilak + Judy Glantzman, discussing the current exhibition "The Longest Shortest Time." The exhibit shows, through mediums ranging from painting to sculpture, how these artists articulate the intersectionality of artist and mother. Moderated by David Green, Executive Director of the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County.

Hot & Cool Jazz: The Mark Zaleski Band – Reimagining Dave Brubeck at Wilton Library

Sunday, Nov 20, 4:00 - 5:30 pm  

Dave Brubeck’s legacy and classic compositions are presented with the modern arrangements that reflect Mark Zaleski’s singular, nuanced approach. Featuring on alto and soprano sax and his brother Glenn on piano.

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

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