After Dark: Coffeehouse-Style Concerts, Benefits, Galas, Etc.

Ann’s Place Fashion Show with fashions by Audrey Road and AR Kids, Thurs., April 20, The Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge, tickets $25, online at or 203-438-5795. Starting at 6:30 p.m. with shopping in lobby, auction items and more; show begins at 7:30 with new and vintage spring fashions, jewelry and accessories.

Kennedy Center Awards Dinner and Annual Meeting, celebrating 66 years, Thurs., April 20, Holiday Inn, 1070 Main St., social hour begins 6 p.m., followed by dinner, meeting, awards; theme: The Power of Your Voice; keynote speaker: Gian-Carl Case, first president and CEO, CT Community Nonprofit Alliance; tickets $50, or 203-365-8522, x213.

Western Conn. State U. Midtown Coffeehouse, Thurs. at 8 (open mic), featured act at 9; in the Colonial Corner, Midtown campus, 181 White St., Danbury; free adm., donations accepted; info., 203-837-8486: Natalie Gelman, acoustic folk, rock, indie, April 20; Rhett Price, contemporary violinist, April 27; all-night open mic, May 4.

Starry Night Gala, benefit for Caroline House, Fri., April 21, 6:30-11 p.m.; cocktails, live and silent auctions, dinner, music and dancing; tickets $175; The Inn at Longshore, Westport; info.,

Harugari German American Club Dinner: Family Dinner  April 21, 2017 at 7pm,, 66 Highland St.,West Haven, Hungarian goulash with noodles, salad, bread dessert, coffee; $10 members, $12 non-members, $5 kids, reservations, 203-843-2244; club, or 203-933-9930. Club’s Bavarian Fest, April 29, at 6 p.m., sauerbraten, entertainment by The Austrian Boys and a special Schuhplattler performance; members $20, non-members $25; reservations: Sue, 203-623-9093.

Return of the Osprey Party with hors d’oeuvres and silent auction, Sat., April 22, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Connecticut Audubon Society’s Coastal Center. 1 Milford Point Rd., Milford, $45/person, $75/couple, tickets at or 203-878-7440, x502.

End Allergies Together, non-profit that funds research for food allergies and finding a cure, host its second annual fundraising event, An Evening to EAT, Fri., April 27, l’escale restaurant in Delamar Hotel in Greenwich, 6-10 p.m., includes presentation of Courage Award, cocktails, dinner, live auction, talk on food allergy research, comedian. Tickets start at $175 for individuals; $2,500 for tables via

Westport Historical Society’s Coffeehouse at Wheeler’s: Tribute to Bob Dylan concert, with singer-songwriter Suzanne Sheridan and guest musicians, Fri., April 28, 6-8 p.m., Sheffer Gallery, 25 Avery Place; $20 donation, light refreshments, reg recommended, 203-222-1424.

An Evening in the Garden, gala fundraiser hosted by Ability Beyond ( for support programs for those with disabilities in Connecticut, Sat., April 29, 6:30-11 p.m., The Amber Room Colonnade, 1 Stacey Rd., Danbury; black-tie, silent and live auctions, raffles, dinner, dancing, awards for outstanding volunteers, and music by Nik and the Nice Guys; tickets, $250, and info via Meaghan Gilmore, 203-826-3019.

Stratford Library’s 14th annual Raise Your Glass fundraiser, Sat., April 29, 6:30 p.m., Oronoque Country Club in Stratford; Chiclettes girls group, music, dancing, dinner, silent auction and more; tickets $75,

12th annual America’s Got Preemies gala, to benefit The Tiny Miracles Foundation, Sat., April 29, 6:30 p.m., The Inn at Longshore, Westport; hors d’oeuvres, dinner, entertainment by Oz Pearlman, mentalist, magician and America’s Got Talent finalist, and Canadian singer-songwriter Jessica Allossery; ticket info: or 203-202-9714.

16th annual Evening of Hope with Aloha theme, hosted by Operation Hope of Fairfield (, Thurs., May 4, 6-10 p.m., Penfield Pavilion, Penfield Beach, 323 Fairfield Beach Rd., Fairfield; OH provides food and shelter and other services to individuals and families in need; tropical-inspired cuisine, live music from Royalty Street Pan Band, Community Hero awards, silent and live auctions; tickets, sponsorships: Jennifer O’Neill, or 203-292-5588, x210, or

Milford Arts Council Open Mic Nites, 2nd Wednesdays, through May 10, 7-10 p.m.; reg. starts at 6; all performing arts welcome; door fee $5, performers free; Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave South; info., or 203-878-6647.  

Child & Family Guidance Center’s second annual Champions for Children fundraising gala, Thurs., May 4, 6:30-9 p.m., Shorehaven Golf Club, 14 Canfield Ave., Norwalk; live music, silent auction, cocktails, tastings, dessert table, honorees; tickets and sponsorships: or 203-394-6529, x3069.

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo a day early: Norwalk Historical Society’s Tequila Tasting at Mill Hill Historic Park, 2 East Wall St., Norwalk, Thurs., May 4, 7 p.m. Gregg Glaser, a  spirits and beer connoisseur and publisher/editor of Modern Distillery Age leads tasting. Must be 21 or older. Tickets $45 advance, $50 at door, via

A Little Night Music, featuring the Wilton Singers, May 5 and 6, at 8 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m.; BYO picnic dinner; $30/person, avail. online at; at the Wilton Episcopal and Presbyterian Complex, 48 New Canaan Rd., Wilton.

A Contemporary Theatre of Connecticut: Benefit Gala, Fri, May 5, 7:30 p.m., 191 Ridgebury Rd., Ridgefield, with cocktails, hors d’ouevres, silent and live auctions, Stephen Schwartz performing along with Broadway stars Aaron Tveit and Kara Lindsay; cocktail attire; tickets $150, at; ACT to bring new professional theater to Ridgefield area.

Smooth Jazz for Scholars Benefit Concert, for the Milford Public Schools, featuring jazz musician and composer Jay Rowe and different groups of artists each night, Fri.-Sat., May 5 and 6; doors open at 7, show at 8; tickets $40/night or $70 for both; first 250 tickets are reserved seating; at the Parsons Complex Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 70 West River St., Milford; res.  at; info., or 203-874-4150.

Pequot Library in Southport welcomes party-goers to the library’s “Derby-style” fundraiser, Sat., May 6, from 4-7 p.m., library’s Great Lawn and auditorium, home to “the Greatest 2 Minutes in Sports,” celebration with big hats, mint juleps and jockeys. Tickets include open bar and Kentucky fare; individual tickets $60, tailgate tickets $300 include four individual tickets and special 3 p.m. entrance; reg. at; ticket prices increase after April 28.

Derby Affair, Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut’s annual gala, Sat., May 6, 5:30-10:30 p.m., Wee Burn Beach Club, Rowayton; inaugural Distinguished Public Service Award, live TV viewing of Kentucky Derby, 50/50 raffle, cocktail reception, dinner, dancing, silent and live auctions; tickets, sponsorships, information: or 203-517-3320.

Milford Arts Council’s Run for the Roses Kentucky Derby Live, Sat., May 6, 4-7 p.m., with silent auction and festivities and live broadcast at 6 p.m.; $45 in adv., $50 at the door; Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave. South; or 203-87-6647.

*Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Bridgeport in Stratford: community spaghetti dinner, hosted by members and friends, Sat., May 6, 5-6:30 p.m., Fellowship Hall, 275 Huntington Road, Stratford; $10 adults, $5 children, two to 15, kids under 2 free; inclusive faith community, vegan options available, drop-ins welcome, reservations: or 203-378-1020.

A Tribute to Pamela Fundraiser, hosted by the Naughton family to support pancreatic cancer research at Western Connecticut Health Network, Sun., May 7, 5:30 p.m., Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court; ticket info., or call 203-852-2386.

Exploring Pathways out of Poverty, cocktails and conversation benefit for Save the Children, with journalist and author of The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls, and Carolyn Miles, Save the Children president & CEO, moderated by journalist and author James Andrew Miller with Q&A, presented by Greenwich Leadership Council of Save the Children, Mon., May 8, 7-9 p.m., Greenwich Academy’s Wallace Performing Arts Center, 200 North Maple Ave., Greenwich; tickets at or Mary Leffel, 475-999-3144.

Westport Arts Center Martini Madness Gala, Sat., May 20, at the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport; tickets on sale March 2; info., or 203-222-7070.


Luc’s Cafe-Restaurant, 3 Big Shop Lane, Ridgefield: "Cafe Musette" featuring vocalist Noreen Mola. French songs, gypsy swing Monday and Wednesday, 7:30-9:30 pm.

Bernard’s, 20 West Lane, Ridgefield; 203-438-8282 or Live Music:  Fri., piano, 7-10:30 p.m.; Sat., piano, 7-10:30 p.m.; Sun.brunch, piano, 12-3 (1st Sun./month, Young Musicians).

Note Kitchen & Bar, 227 Greenwood Ave., Bethel; 203-917-3411: April 20, Dave Oberacker; April 21, Kind Bud; April 22, Bob McGlaughlin Trio; April 23, Missy & Bill; April 24, open mic;  April 25, Ladies Night-Jukebox Trivia; April 26, Marc Delgado; April 27, Dave King; April 28, Songhorse; April 29, Lucinda and Michael; April 30, Bob Curiano.

Treehouse Comedy Productions: Westport Inn, 1595 Post Rd., Westport,, 203-268-5857, 9 p.m. shows, $22.50. Jack Simmons, Warren Holstein, Mike Feeney, April 22; Blue Lives Matter Comedy Tour with Roger Rodd, Cliff Yates, Mark DeMayo and Dwayne Gill, April 29.

Daryl’s House Club, 130 Route 22, Pawling, N.Y.; or 845-289-0185: Kinky Friedman, Sun., April 23, 7 p.m.. $25-$35; Trace Bundy & Willy Porter, April 26, 7 p.m., $20, $25; Ellen Jewell Band plus Miss Tess and the Talkbacks, April 27, 8 p.m., $20, $30; The Complete “Band on the Run” with Denny Laine, April 28, 8 p.m., $25, $40; Hollywood Nights – Bob Seger Tribute, April 29, 8 p.m., $25, $30; Kai David & Lauri Bono & The Real Deal, April 30, 7 p.m., $15, $25.


* Westchester Broadway Theatre, 1 Broadway Plaza, Elmsford, N.Y.; box office, 914-592-2222 or Mamma Mia, March 23-June 25; Thur.-Sat. evenings, 8; Wed.-Fri. lunch matinees, 1 p.m.; Sun., lunch, 1:30; Sun., dinner show, 7 p.m., tickets $54-$80. Special Performances: Tues., April 25, 6:15 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. show, tickets $84 ($50 show only);3 Red Neck Tenors, May 9, lunch show 1 p.m. $64, dinner show, 8 p.m., $84 ($50 show only); Desert Highway Band: Eagles Tribute, May 16, dinner show, 8 p.m., $84 ($50 show only).

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