Norwalk Symphony Orchestra Presents Composer Michel Galante's Chamber Concerto No. 1

05/16/2015

125 East Ave., Norwalk, CT 06850. Phone: 203-956-6771.

On Saturday, May 16, 2015, the Norwalk Symphony will present its final concert of the 75th Anniversary Season at the Norwalk Concert Hall at Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Avenue, Norwalk. Composer Michel Galante's "Chamber Concerto No.1" featuring two marimba soloists will be premiered. Also on the program are Tchaikovsky's "Variations on a Rococo Theme" with local and world-renowned cellist Allison Eldredge and Beethoven's "Symphony No. 7." There will be a pre-concert talk with Maestro Yates and Mr. Galante at 7:00pm talking about the creative process.

Housatonic Museum of Art Hosts Lisa Lampanelli Comedy Show

05/16/2015

900 Lafayette Blvd., Bridgeport, CT 06604. Phone: 203-332-5052.

Housatonic Museum of Art will host a benefit stand-up comedy show starring the Lovable Queen of Mean, Lisa Lampanelli, on Saturday, May 16, at 8 p.m. in the Events Center in Beacon Hall. The show will follow a VIP champagne reception and special exhibition of artwork by Leonard Lampugnale, Lisa's father and an alumnus of Housatonic Community College, in the Burt Chernow Galleries at 6 p.m. Tickets for the benefit range from $65 to $150.

Saugatuck Walking Tour, hosted by Westport Historical Society

05/16/2015

25 Avery Place, Westport, CT Phone: 203-222-1424.

4:00 to 5 pm. The walk will begin at the train station, where rail service was launched in 1848, making Westport more accessible for visitors and, in turn, giving residents better access to New York City.The tour was created to give participants insights into Westport's history and show how resilient Westporters have been in retaining the character of our town, even as the landscape changes and Saugatuck undergoes an impressive renaissance. $10 donation, and $8 for members. Ages 12 and under are $5. Reservations are recommended: (203) 222-1424. Meet at the New York Bound Side. Wine and cheese at Westport Auction following the tour.

Bartlette Arboretum Early Spring Wildflowers Tour

05/16/2015

151 Brookdale Rd., Stamford, CT Phone: 203-322-6971.

11:00 a.m. Noted botanist, author and former New York Botanical Society lecturer, Carol Levine, will give a guided tour of the Bartlett's early spring wildflowers highlighting our native species. The tour will also include the Red Maple wetlands boardwalk and the meadow; and starts in front of the Silver Education Center. Some of the trails are uneven, with exposed tree roots, so flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. The tour should last approximately 90 minutes.

Stamford Museum & Nature Center Hosts Spring on the Farm Festival Weekend

05/16/2015 to 05/17/2015

39 Scofieldtown Rd., Stamford, CT 06903. Phone: 203-322-1646.


Spring on the Farm Festival Weekend--Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17, 11 am – 3 pm. Meet the latest additions to the Heckscher Farm family at the Spring on the Farm Festival Weekend. Watch as the flock of sheep gets its annual shearing and learn about what happens with their woolly coats. See firsthand how to turn wool into felt or yarn, among a variety of other hands-on demonstrations. There will be fun family activities for all ages including face painting, crafts, live music with Jay and Ray, and a plant and herb sale. Works by members of the Stamford Loft Artists Association will be featured in "Art on the Meadow" and available for purchase. The Yama Ki Bonsai Society will present a boutique exhibition of the ancient art of bonsai with 75 unique bonsai trees in the Museum Building including tree care demonstrations and trees for sale. Additionally, an assortment of local Food Trucks will be on site with food for sale, hayride tickets will be available for purchase, and the Museum Galleries will be open featuring the Dinotopia: The Fantastical Art of James Gurney exhibition. DAILY ADMISSION FEES: Members: $5 per person | Non-Members: $10 per person.

Bruce Museum Outdoor Crafts Festival

05/16/2015 to 05/17/2015

One Museum Dr., Greenwich, CT Phone: 203.869.0376.

10 am - 5 pm The Bruce Museum's Outdoor Crafts Festival runs rain or shine on the grounds of the Museum. Over eighty artisans gather together to share their unique talents and crafts at this nationally recognized event. Juried exhibitors specialize in ceramics, jewelry, wood, wearable and decorative fiber, metalwork, leather, paper arts and glass, all available for purchase. The Festival also includes fun and educational activities for children, international cuisine, and live musical performances on both days. Admission $8, members and children less than 5, free.

ReVisit Bridgeport . . . photos by Ed Brinsko

05/16/2015

3455 Madison Ave., Bridgeport, CT Phone: 203-268-8306.

2 pm - 4 pm at the Bridgeport Public Library! North Branch. Photo video/slide show narrated ! by Mike Daly, Editorial Page Editor, ! the Connecticut Post.

Stepping Stones Museum for Children ATW: Performance Series

05/16/2015

303 West Ave., Norwalk, CT Phone: 203 899 0606.

2:00 - 3:00PM Around the World: Performance Series — Reader's Theater: First in Flight – perform dialog between the Wright Brothers and Gustave Whitehead.

Housaton Museum of Art Presents Lisa Lampanelli--Bridgeport

05/16/2015

900 Lafayette Blvd., Bridgeport, CT 06604. Phone: 203-332-5052.

Housatonic Museum of Art will host a benefit stand-up comedy show starring the Lovable Queen of Mean, Lisa Lampanelli, on Saturday, May 16, at 8 p.m. in the Events Center in Beacon Hall. The show will follow a VIP champagne reception and special exhibition of artwork by Leonard Lampugnale, Lisa's father and an alumnus of Housatonic Community College, in the Burt Chernow Galleries at 6 p.m. The VIP reception in honor of Leonard Lampugnale will include a meet-and-greet and exclusive one-on-one photographs with the comedian. This special evening will benefit the Museum's general operating fund, educational programs and the care, study and exhibition of the collection. Lisa Lampanelli, known best from her appearances on the Comedy Central and ESPN roasts, Howard Stern's Sirius Satellite radio shows, and the "Celebrity Apprentice, Season 5" has also appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Late Show with David Letterman," NBC's "Today" show, "Chelsea Lately," "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "The Dr. Oz Show," and "Good Morning America." In 2009, Lisa entered the ranks of comic greats when she premiered her first ever one-hour HBO comedy special, "Long Live the Queen," to tremendous ratings. That same year, her autobiography, "Chocolate Please: My Adventures in Food, Fat and Freaks," hit the bookstores to critical acclaim.

Connecticut Tree Festival in Norwalk

05/16/2015

300 Grumman Ave. , Norwalk, CT Phone: (203) 854-7806.

The Connecticut Tree Festival returns to Cranbury Park in Norwalk May 16 (Saturday) for a ninth annual appearance, a family funfest with interactive activities and an environmental theme: how trees enrich community life. The festival runs 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine.