Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum opens its 47th season with a black-tie Gala, new exhibits and a special presentation


295 West Ave. , Norwalk, CT 06850. Phone: 203-838-9799 ext.4.

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will celebrate the new 2013 season with an Opening Night Gala & Exhibitions Preview at the Mansion on April 13 at 7:00pm. During the evening, co-chaired by Mimi Findlay of New Canaan and Kim Morque of Rye, New York, guests will have the opportunity to get a first look the Mansion’s two new exhibits. What Is It? Technologies and Discoveries of the Victorian Era features 19th century technological and scientific marvels of the Mansion’s heyday; Steampunk: Nature & Machine showcases artwork of a neo-retro aesthetic movement that borrows imagery from the Industrial Revolution. The black tie evening includes cocktails, a silent auction and dinner catered by Michael Gilmartin of Outdoor Cookers. It features a special presentation by history of technology luminary Steven Lubar, Professor of the Departments of American Studies History, and History of Art and Architecture at BrownUniversity. The Museum Gala is sponsored by David Findlay Jr.  Gallery, Spinnaker Real Estate Partners, LLC, Moran Towing Corporation and media sponsor Connecticut Cottages and Gardens.   The 2013 season’s distinguished benefactors include The Xerox Foundation, Klaff’s, Mrs. Cynthia C. Brown and The Maurice Goodman Foundation. The Mansion’s Education Program is made possible in part by a generous donation from AT&T. Gala tickets are $200 for Rotunda seats and $150 for the Adjoining room. For information or to purchase tickets, call 203-838-9799 ext. 4 or email info@lockwoodmathewsmansion.com. RSVP by April 6.

The exhibit, What Is It? Technologies and Discoveries of the Victorian Era is made possible thanks to a grant from the Connecticut Humanities (CTH), a non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities that funds, creates and collaborates on hundreds of cultural programs across Connecticut each year. CTH brings together people of all ages and backgrounds to express, share and explore ideas in thoughtful and productive ways. From local discussion groups to major exhibitions on important historical events, CTH programs engage, enlighten and educate. Learn more by visiting www.cthumanities.org. The exhibit, What Is It? Technologies and Discoveries of the Victorian Era opens to the public on April 17 and runs through October 6, 2013. Steampunk: Nature & Machine, opens on April 25 and runs until June 15.

Beardsley Zoo - Party for the Planet

04/13/2013 to 04/14/2013

1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport, CT Phone: (203) 394-6565.

Sat, 04/13/2013 - 9:00am - Sun, 04/14/2013 - 3:00pm Description: Join Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo to celebrate the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day. Our Earth Day event is about encouraging local, organic, earth-friendly choices as a way of promoting better health for our planet and ourselves. Environmentally-friendly vendors will be on hand with everything from green cleaning products and recycled fashion accessories to better lawn care for you and wildlife. We'll have a special citizen science corner to learn about online science projects you and your family can participate in. Come learn what you can do to make the planet a healthier place for you and your family.

Disney Live! Mickey's Music Festival - Webster Arena - Bridgeport


600 Main St., Bridgeport, CT Phone: 800.745.3000.

Disney Live! Mickey's Music Festival Saturday, April 13 – 1pm & 4pm. Mickey Mouse and friends rock the world with the stars from The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Disney/Pixar's Toy Story in their new touring show Disney Live! Mickey's Music Festival. Disney hits are remixed to the hottest sounds of today featuring hip hop, pop, swing, reggae, rock, country and much more! The irresistible lineup of performers, including Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy; Ariel, Sebastian and Ursula; Jasmine, Aladdin and Genie; and Woody, Buzz and Jessie; are among the more than 25 Disney stars featured in this jam session fit for the entire family! You can't resist dancing, singing, playing your air-guitar and laughing with this band of characters! Come join them at Disney Live! Mickey's Music Festival for a lively concert experience guaranteed to deliver enough rockin' memories to last a lifetime. TICKETS: Tickets on sale at the Webster Bank Arena Box Office Ticketmaster.com or Ticketmaster by phone at 800.745.3000 beginning Tuesday, February 19th at 10am.

Jones Family Winery Enjoying Global Flavors Memorable Meals Series: Flavors of Morocco


606 Walnut Tree Hill Rd., Shelton, CT Phone: (203) 929-8425.

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Enjoying Global Flavors Memoral Meals Series is a series of hands-on cooking classes where we explore the spices and favorite ingredients of other lands. Come learn the secrets of another cuisine. Registration includes apron, recipes, meal and glass of wine. Limit 12 students. Menu: Chicken Tangine w/ Prunes & Apricots, Almond Cous-Cous, Spiced Fruit Cost: $80 per student.

Opening Reception & Awards Presentation – Art of the Northeast

04/13/2013 to 04/13/2013

Silvermine Arts Center - 1037 Silvermine Road, New Canaan, CT 06840. Phone: (203) 966-9700 ext. 20.

Art of the Northeast, in its 63rd year, is one of the most anticipated regional juried shows of the year at the Silvermine Arts Center, drawing artists throughout New England, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. This year’s juror is David A. Ross, Chair of the School of Visual Arts’ MFA Program, New York. The reception is free and open to the public.

Saturday, April 13th 6:00pm

Bush Holly House Second Sunday Family Program Family Portraits with Artist C. J. Guerin


39 Strickland Street, Cos Cob, CT Phone: 203-869-6899, Ext. 10.

This special program brings the entire family together to create a unique collaborative work of art. Two sessions, each limited to five families: Noon to 2:30 pm and 2:30 to 5:00 pm Reservations and payment are required in advance Members: $10; nonmembers $15 To reserve space, visit www.greenwichhistory.org or call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10

Bruce Museum Hatched from Eggs Family Day


One Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT Phone: 203 869-0376.

Live hawks, owls, turtles, and snakes will be a highlight of the educational presentations at the "Hatched from Eggs Family Day" at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich on Sunday, April 14, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Erik Callendar of Erik's Reptile Edventures will show a variety of live, egg-laying animals, and Bill Robinson will share his live birds of prey. The family-oriented event also features a fun gallery hunt through the Eggs-hibition: Unscrambling Their History exhibition and hands-on craft activities focusing on animals that hatch from eggs. All activities are free with Museum admission and are suitable for people of all ages and abilities.

Silvermine Arts Center Performance: Matt Haimovitz, Celist, "Beyond Bach"--New Canaan


1037 Silvermine Rd., New Canaan, CT 06840. Phone: 203-966-9700.

On Sunday,  Silvermine Art Center will host a performance by Matt Haimovitz, Cellist.  A brilliant solo program from one of America's most daring artists.  An expressive maximalist.   Haimovitz call forth a dazzling spectrum of sounds from the depths of his instrument says The New Yorker.  Call to reserve a seat.

Greenwich Historical Society - Second Sunday Family Program: Family Portraits with Artist C. J. Guerin


39 Strickland Rd., Cos Cob, CT Phone: 203-869-6899, Ext. 10.

A special program where the entire family comes together to create a unique collaborative work of art. First take a family-friendly tour of Bush-Holley House to look at the various styles of portraiture that grace the walls of Greenwich’s only National Historic Landmark; then take a lesson in creating a self-portrait—from first sketch to the addition of final color. Once finished, each family member will cut out and combine his or her creation with other family members’works to fashion a unique collage. No previous art experience is required; all supplies will be included. A creative experience for the whole family. Sunday, April 14, 2013 Two sessions, each limited to five families: Noon to 2:30 pm and 2:30 to 5:00 pm Reservations and payment are required in advance Members: $10; nonmembers $15

Silvermine Arts Studio - Performance: Matt Haimovitz, Cellist


1037 Silvermine Rd, New Canaan, CT 06840. Phone: (203) 966-9700, ext. 22.

A brilliant solo program from one of America’s most daring artists. The sound of the solo cello is as compelling and eloquent as the human voice, with a chameleon’s ability to embody any role. Winner of the Avery Fisher Award, Matt Haimovitz offers this intimate program highlighted by a selection from the Bach Suites and repertoire by Ligeti, Tod Machover and Piazzolla, among others. “An expressive maximalist, Haimovitz calls forth a dazzling spectrum of sounds from the depths of his instrument.” -The New Yorker