Craft shows, Navy band, Silvermine openings & more

Soarin’ Soiree

An evening to benefit Patient AirLift Services (PALS), Soarin’ Soiree, will take place Friday, Nov. 7, from 7 to 11 at the Greenwich Country Club. The non-profit organization arranges free air transportation for children, adults and members of the military who need medical diagnosis and treatment at distant medical facilities.

The Flight of Hope Award will be presented to PALS partner, Southwest Airlines. The evening will include cocktails, dinner, an auction, dancing and entertainment; for information, visit palservices.org/events/soarin2014 or call 631-694-7257.

Crafts in Ridgefield

The American Craftsmen Show in Ridgefield, the former “Gathering of Craftsmen” in Wilton, will take place this weekend at the Ridgefield Community Center Lounsbury House, 316 Main Street. A wine and cheese preview is planned for Friday evening, Nov. 7, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.; tickets are $25. Show hours on Saturday are 9 to 5 and Sunday, 10 to 4; admission is $8. All admission fees benefit Lounsbury House.

The event showcases 35 artists and craftsmen, who will have pottery, wood carvings, painted furniture, textiles, holiday folk art and more. For information, visit theamericancraftsmenshow.blogspot.com.

The Commodores

The U.S. Navy Band Commodores jazz ensemble will perform at Ridgefield’s East Ridge Middle School, corner of Branchville Road (Route 102) and East Ridge, on Friday, Nov. 7, at 7:30. The 18-member big band tours the country performing family-friendly concerts and its performances are free. It will also appear at the Norwalk Concert Hall, 125 East Avenue, on Monday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m.

For more information on either concert, visit www.navyband.navy.mil/commodores.shtml or call 202-433-4777.

God of Carnage

Darien Arts Center Stage will present God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza for the next three weekends at the DAC Weatherstone Studio, 2 Renshaw Road, behind Darien Town Hall. Performances  of the 2009 Tony Award winner for best play will take place Friday and Saturday at 8, Nov. 7-22, and at 2 p.m. on Sundays, Nov. 9 and 16.

Tickets are available at darienarts.org or by calling 203-655-5414.

The Wilton Playshop

To open its 76th season, the Wilton Playshop will present A. R. Gurney’s humorous play, Later Life, about a couple who rekindle a decades-ago romance in the hope that the relationship will improve both their lives. Performances will take place at the theater on Lovers Lane on Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 7-15, at 2 on Sunday, Nov. 9, and at 8 on Thursday, Nov. 13.

Tickets are $25, $20 for students and seniors; for more information, visit wiltonplayshop.org or call 203-762-7629.

CraftWestport

More than 175 fine contemporary artists and craftspeople will take part in CraftWestport on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 8 and 9, at Staples High School, 70 North Avenue, Westport. Hours will be 10 to 6 on Saturday and 10 to 5 on Sunday and general admission (for the weekend) is $10; $9 for seniors and free for children under 12.

For the second year, there will be a “Pop-Up Marketplace” featuring the work of local artists, with budget-friendly items.

For more information, call 845-331-7900 or visit craftwestport.com.

Arron & Friends

Cellist and artistic director Edward Arron will perform an evening concert with three Evnin Rising Stars Alumni, pianist Jeewon Park, violinist Arnaud Sussmann and violist Max Mandel on Saturday, Nov. 8, at 8 p.m. at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, 149 Girdle Ridge Road, Katonah, N.Y. They will play works by Shubert, Dvorak, Mendelssohn and contemporary composer Giya Kancheli.

Tickets are $15 to $55; for reservations, call 914-232-1252 or visit caramoor.org.

Paper and Stone

The Loft Artists Association will showcase the works of two members, Sary Backer and Ellen Gordon, through Nov. 30, in the East Gallery, 575  Pacific Street, Stamford, and there will be a reception on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 4 to 6 p.m. Ms. Backer creates sculptures in alabaster and marble and Ms. Gordon will be showing her figurative collages and drawings as a group.

Admission and parking are free at the gallery and handicapped access is available. For more information, visit loftartists.com or call 203-247-2027.

MONOTHON 2014

The 16th annual MONOTHON fund-raising party for the Center for Contemporary Printmaking on Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Lillian August Flagship Store, 32 Knight Street, Norwalk, from 6 to 9 p.m. The event includes both silent and live auctions, hors d’oeuvres and beverages. Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door.

The live auction will include a selection of artwork by world renowned artists, with the highlight a Richard Meier print, Dal, donated by Gary Lichtenstein editions. Other items in the live auction are listed at contemprints.org. For more information, call 203-899-7999.

KEYS event

The indie bluegrass band Cricket Tell the Weather will perform for the KEYS 10th anniversary celebration on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 8 to 10:30 p.m. at Carriage Barn Arts Center, Waveny Park, 681 South Avenue, New Canaan. Doors will open at 7:30.

Kids Empowered by Your Support, Inc. provides music education to underserved Bridgeport children.

The evening will include a silent auction and tickets are $75 for Friends and $125 for Patrons; for reservations, visit keysmusic.org. For more information, call 203-761-0150.

Paula Poundstone

Stand Up for Homes with Hope will present comedian Paula Poundstone on Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court. Star of comedy specials on HBO and Bravo, Ms. Poundstone is a regular on the NPR show Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me.

Showtime is at 8:30 and tickets are $75 to $200; for reservations call 203-227-4177 or visit hwhct.org.

More comedy

Some up-and-coming comedians will test out their new routines on Sunday, Nov. 9, when students of Christine O’Leary’s Stand-Up Comedy Workshop perform at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Bagels will be available  in the lobby at 10:15 a.m. Tickets are $10 and available by calling 203-438-5795 or visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org.

Becoming Disfarmer

Vintage photographs and later enlargements of pictures made by commercial photographer Mike Disfarmer between 1915 and 1959 in Heber Springs, Ark., will go on view in the show Becoming Disfarmer at the Neuberger Museum of Art at Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, N.Y.

The show is accompanied by audio clips, historical journals, newspapers and other ephemera.

Mike Disfarmer (1884-1959) was an eccentric and outcast within his community. He was born Mike Meyer, grandson of German immigrants, and he changed his name to disassociate himself from his family. His photographs are straightforward images of everyday people.

There will be a public open house on Sunday, Nov. 9, from 1 to 3, followed by a panel discussion with the show’s curator. Becoming Disfarmer runs through March 22; museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 5; closed major holidays. For information, visit neuberger.org or call 914-251-6100.

Family Festivities

Westport Country Playhouse will kick off its 2014-15 Family Festivities Series, featuring plays based on children’s classic stories, on Sunday, Nov. 9, from 1 to 4 p.m., with games and activities for kids as well as information about performances and one-day-only special ticket offers. The Sunday shows take place from November through March at 1 and 4 p.m., starting with Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse on Nov. 16.

Tickets are $20 and include pre-show activities one hour before each performances. For reservations and information, visit westportplayhouse.org or call 203-227-4177.

The Lady in Number 6

The Jewish Community Center in Stamford will commemorate the anniversary of Kristallnacht by screening the film The Lady in Number 6, a documentary about Alice Herz-Sommer, the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor when she died on Feb. 23, 2014. The screening on Sunday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m., will also include a presentation by Caroline Stoessinger, author of A Century of Wisdom: Lessons from the Life of Alice Herz-Sommer.

The JCC is at 1035 Newfield Avenue; admission is free. For information, call 203-487-0941 or email [email protected]

Victorian Tea X2

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum in Norwalk will host its annual Victorian Tea on Sunday, Nov. 9, at 2 p.m., featuring a talk by Carol Wallace, co-author of the book, To Marry an English Lord. Tickets for the tea, which supports the museum and its programming, are $45 and for reservations, email [email protected] or call 203-838-9799. The mansion is at 295 West Avenue, in Mathews Park.

The Stamford Historical Society’s Victorian Tea on Sunday at 2 will have the theme Stamford School Days, with guest speaker Christopher Collier, former Connecticut State Historian (1984-2004). Tickets are $20 and anyone who joins the historical society as a new member will be admitted free. For more information, call 203-329-1183.

Music on the Hill

The Music on the Hill Festival Chorus will present Songs of Thanksgiving on Sunday, Nov. 9, at 3 at the Norfield Congregational Church, 64 Norfield Road, Weston. The program will feature works by North American composers representing a range of style sand time periods, including works by local composers Edward Thompson and the concert’s conductor, Artistic Director David H. Connell.

Tickets are $20, with children admitted free. For more information, visit musiconthehillct.org or call 203-536-2601.

Celebration concert

The Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras will celebrate the 375th anniversary of Fairfield, Stratford and Milford at its Fall Concert on Sunday, Nov. 9, at the Klein Memorial Auditorium, 910 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport. All six of the GBYO ensembles will perform, with musicians hailing from 15 area towns.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors; the box office at the Klein will open at 2. For more information, visit gbyo.org.

Ralphie May

Ralphie May, voted one of Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch,” will appear at the Ridgefield Playhouse on Sunday, Nov. 9, at 8. His show, the Playhouse advises, is for mature audiences only.

Tickets are $45 and may be reserved at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or by calling 203-438-5795.

And coming up…

“Is America a Christian Nation?” will be the subject for the president of the Secular Humanist Society of New York John Rafferty on Monday, Nov. 10, at a meeting in Norwalk, sponsored by the Humanists and Freethinkers of Fairfield County. He’ll use source documents, paintings, maps and speeches from the developing United States to dispute the notion. The event will begin at 6:30 at the Silver Star Diner at 210 Connecticut Avenue in Norwalk. For more information, visit meetup.com/HFFCCT or email [email protected]

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Edward Herrmann and Helen Cespedes will appear in the staged reading of a historically based drama, Trying, on Monday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. at Westport Country Playhouse, directed by Anne Keefe. Tickets are $15 and may be reserved by visit westportplayhouse.org or call 203-227-4177.

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Capt. Ian Devlin will offer tactics for catching striped bass and bluefish in Long Island Sound in a presentation at the Tuesday, Nov. 11, meeting of the Mianus Chapter of Trout Unlimited. The chapter meetings are free and open to all; doors open at 7 and the program will begin at 7:30 in the Waveny Mansion in New Canaan. For more information, visit mianustu.org.

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Patricia Philippon, former chief curator of the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, will give a talk, A Clemens Christmas, on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 11 a.m. at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, 295 West Avenue, Norwalk. She will talk about the holiday traditions at the Clemens’ 19-room, Tiffany-decorated mansion from 1874 to 1891, when the author and his wife and three daughters lived in the house. Reservations ($30) are requested by Nov. 7; lunch and a first-floor mansion tour are included. email [email protected] or call 203-838-9799 x4.