Westport Arts Center presents: 2011 Heida Hermanns International Piano Competition at

11/19/2011 to 11/20/2011

110 Myrtle Ave, Westport, CT Phone: 203-222-7070.

Westport Town Hall. The goal of the Competition is to give young musicians, aged 19 through 30, support in the early stages of their professional careers. Now celebrating its 40th year, the Competition attracts contestants from all over the world, including many foreign musicians studying or working in the US. Past winners include: pianists Frederic Chiu, Christopher O'Reilly; clarinetists Charles Neidich and Todd Palmer; baritone Christopheren Nomura; flutist David Fedele, and the Alexander Quartet. The two categories of voice and piano alternate every two years. How to Enter: Entries are due by October 5, 2011. Download the Competition Brochure at www.westportartscenter.org for more details. The Heida Hermanns International Competition is Presented by Connecticut Alliance for Music, with support from the Westport Arts Center. For more information about the Connecticut Alliance for Music, please visit www.camusic.org. For more information, contact Westport Arts Center at 203-222-7070, www.westportartscenter.org. Gallery hours are Monday- Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., at 51 Riverside Avenue, Westport, CT.

Fairchild Sanctuary Hike


613 Riversville Road, Greenwich, CT Phone: 203-869-5272 x221.

1:00-3:00 pm Come explore the varied terrain, plant and animal life, and investigate the natural happenings in Field, Forest, Pond, and River habitats found in this lovely natural preserve. Hike is approx. 1.5 miles on both level and rolling terrain. Ages 7 & up. RSVP to store at 203-869-5272  x221

Behind-the-Scenes Tour The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk


10 N. Water Street, South Norwalk, CT Phone: (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206.

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk opens its backstage spaces for a rare behind-the-scenes tour. Conducted before the Aquarium opens, from 8:15 to 10 a.m., the guided tour offers unique opportunities to see how the animal-husbandry staff meets the varying food and water needs of some 2,000 resident animals. The tour includes stops at the Aquarium's "fish kitchen," where 18 tons of fish a year is prepared, and above the 110,000-gallon Open Ocean tank, where the dorsal fins of 8-foot sand tiger sharks cut through the water surface. Learn the delicate requirements of a jellyfish "nursery." Participants must be at least 10 years old; under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $32.50 ($22.50 for Aquarium members) and includes Aquarium admission.



1035 Newfield Ave, Stamford, CT 06905. Phone: 203-487-0941.

Join adults from all backgrounds and walks of Jewish life for an evening featuring Rabbis and Jewish educators from across Judaism’s broad spectrum. M / NM $18. For more information, call Nancy Schiffman at 203-487-0941, visit www.Stamfordjcc.org or e-mail nschiffman@stamfordjcc.org.

Bruce Museum Hosts Diane W. Darst Family Art Appreciation Lecture--Learning to Look


One Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT 06830. Phone: 203-869-6786.

Join the Bruce Museum on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, November 20, 2011 for the Learning to Look curriculum developed by Diane W. Darst and Sue Ann Massey Williamson, designed especially for children and families to provide an appreciation and understanding of art.  The program begins with a brief lesson presented at 1:15 PM and repeated again at 2:15PM that focuses on Rembrandt, the artist and his works of art.  Call to register.  Check the website for other programs.

Westport Arts Center presents BERNARD PURDIE SOUL JAZZ QUARTET


51 Riverside Ave., Westport, CT Phone: 203-222-7070.

3pm, Westport Arts Center Gallery $25 / $10 - college students and younger Bernard Purdie began hitting cans with sticks and learned the elements of drumming techniques after overhearing lessons being given by Leonard Heywood. He later took lessons from Heywood and played in Heywood's big band. Since then, this living legend has been a regular guest in the studios of Jazz, Soul, and Rock stars such as Aretha Franklin, Miles Davis, Steely Dan, Hall & Oates, and Larry Coryell. At 72-years-old, Purdie has laid down the beat on over 3000 albums to date. Colleagues describe his style as the "funkiest soul beat" in the business, and Purdie has never limited his talents to the realm of Jazz but rather has consistently sought out new musical experiences beyond its borders. Gallery hours are Monday- Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Quaker Ridge Annual Wrap-up & Report at Audubon Greenwich


613 Riversville Road, Greenwich, CT Phone: 203-869-5272 x228.

7:00-8:30 pm Official Hawk Watch, Luke Tiller, will present his findings from the 2011 season of counting raptors at Greenwich’s record-breaking hawk watch site. All ages. No charge. RSVPs appreciated to Brian at 203-869-5272 x228.

Diane W. Darst Family Art Appreciation Lecture: “Learning to Look®” at Rembrandt at Bruce Museum


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

1:00 pm - 3:00 pmThis program is designed especially for families and children to foster appreciation and understanding of art related to current Museum exhibitions and based on the Learning to Look® curriculum developed by Diane W. Darst and Sue Ann Massey Williamson. Today's program will be presented in conjunction with the Rembrandt Drawings exhibition. The program begins with a brief lesson presented at 1:15 and repeated again at 2:15 p.m. that will focus on Rembrandt the artist and his works of art. The lessons for this program will be led by Alice Scovell Coleman, a Learnign to Look® instructor. There will be informal, family dialogues in front of the art on exhibit in the galleries and drawing activities in the Education Workshop.

Theatre Artists Workshop: Truman Capote\\\'s Holiday Memories (Bravo! Event) Fairfield Museum and History Center


Fairfield, CT Phone: 203-259-1598.

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm2 HoursTo register call 203-259-1598 or Buy Tickets Online $20; Members, $15 suggested donation. Actors from Theatre Artists Workshop will present a staged reading based on two short stories by Truman Capote, adapted by Russell Vanderbroucke. "The Thanksgiving Visitor" and "A Christmas Memory," are a charming heartwarming remembrance of a young man and his family, laced with lyricism, wit and gentle charm. Set in Depression-era rural Alabama, this play of evocative memories follows Buddy (young Truman Capote) and his elderly cousin (Miss Sook) as they deal with the school bully, make fruitcake for Eleanor Roosevelt, cut down the perfect Christmas tree and share a very special relationship.

UBS Parade Spectacular presented by Stamford Town Center and The Advocate


Stamford, CT Phone: 203-348-5285.

12 noon step-off, Parade Route: Summer to Broad to Atlantic. One of the largest helium balloon parades in the country, featuring everyone's favorite giant balloon characters, award winning marching bands and fabulous floats. Fun for the whole family.