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

Western Conn. State U. Midtown Coffeehouse, Thur. 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: The Band Dakota, April 6; open mic all night, April 13; Natalie Gelman, acoustic folk, rock, indie, April 20; Rhett Price, contemporary violinist, April 27

Milford Arts Council Open Mic Nites, 2nd Wednesdays, Oct. 12-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. Live @ the Mac: Emily Haviland Baker, fiddler, singer, songwriter, Fri., April 14, doors open 7:30 p.m., show at 8, $15, $10 MAC members, $5 with valid student ID.

First Fridays: A Contemporary Cocktail Party, Fri., April 7, 7-9 p.m., $25; music by Belle of the Fall; Bloody Mary tasting with the Damned Good Bloody Mary Mix team, hors d’oeuvres by Festivities; tour of new exhibition; The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 258 Main St., Ridgefield; or 203-438-4519.

Fiona Porter of Darien, a real estate agent with the Higgins Group, hosts a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at I.M. Smitten Gallery, 1 Trefoil Drive, Trumbull, on Fri., April 7, 6-9 p.m. with a NYC brass band and food and drinks from SoNo Catering & Hospitality of Norwalk; tickets $45 via eventbrite, info:, 203-445-1170.

Voices Café in Unitarian Church, 10 Lyons Plains Rd., Westport,, 202-227-7205, x14. Evening of music with Craig Bickhardt and Don Henry, Sat., April 8. Cabaret style seating, doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8. Tickets $20.

The Parker Project benefit show for Steven A. Merrihew Performing Arts Scholarship Sat., April 8, 7:30 p.m., Trumbull High School Auditorium, 72 Strobel Road. Past and present THS students with the Project, the Performing Arts Center of Connecticut’s modern, ballet, tap and hip hop dance companies, The Alternate Routes, vocalists and other area artists. Adm: $15, $10 seniors, students with ID. Tickets on sale 4 to 9 p.m. Fri.-Sat. until April 7, at PAC of CT, 18 Lindeman Drive, Trumbull or THS box office (hour before show); call 203-520-6728 or email

Westchester Bluegrass Club: Jim Gaudet and The Railroad Boys, Sat., April 15, Lake Purdys Clubhouse, 33 Lake Way, Purdys, N.Y. Doors open at 7 p.m., acoustic jam 8, open mic, show 9, 10:15; $15 donation suggested; info: or Mike Burns, 914-276-2239.

5th annual Women Empowering Women event, benefit for The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education, Wed., April 19, 6-9 p.m., Sheraton Stamford Hotel, 700 East Main St. Panelists: Cary Carbonaro, author of The Money Queen’s Guide For Women Who Want to Build Wealth and Abolish Fear; Susan Doyle, managing director, State Street Global Advisors; Claudia Poccia, chief marketing officer, Bare Escentuals by Shiseido; Kara Young, co-founder, Hair Rules and board of directors member, Action Against Hunger; tickets $50-$250; info:

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.

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.,

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.

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.

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 starting April 1, at; at the Wilton Episcopal and Presbyterian Complex, 48 New Canaan Rd., Wilton.

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.

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 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.

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: Rob & Brendan, Sat., April 8, 8 p.m.

Treehouse Comedy Productions: Westport Inn, 1595 Post Rd., Westport,, 203-268-5857, 9 p.m. shows, $22.50. Joey Kola, Brett Druck, Doug Key, April 8; 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: special film screening: Glen Phillips of Toad The Wet Sprocket, Thur., April 6, 8 p.m.; Rumours — Fleetwood Mac Tribute, Fri., April 7, 8 p.m.; Vanilla Fudge Spritit of 67 Tour, Sat., April 8, 8 p.m.; Kasim Sulton Band, Sun., April 9, 8 p.m.; Carbon Leag, Wed., April 12, 7 p.m.; Wild Adriatic, plus Leopold and His Fiction, Thur., April 13, 8 p.m.; Chris Smither, Fri., April 14, 8 p.m.; Feast of Friends: Performing Music of The Doors, Sat., April 15, 8 p.m.; Kinky Friedman, Sun., April 23, 7 p.m.. $25-$35.


* Westchester Broadway Theatre, 1 Broadway Plaza, Elmsford, N.Y.; box office, 914-592-2222 or 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: Comedy Night, Tues., April 11, 6:15 dinner, 8 p.m. show, $84; Adam Trent Magic, Tues., April 18, 6:15 dinner, 8 p.m. show, $84; Rubix Cube (80s tribute band), Tues., April 25, 6:15 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. show, tickets $84 ($50 show only).