PorchFest 2019
Aug
24
1:00 PM13:00

PorchFest 2019

Black Rock PorchFest is a fun, free, and family-friendly celebration of our community's love of music, people and place

4th Annual BRPF Saturday 8.24.19

PorchFests are the next big thing in summer festivals. Across the country, fun-loving communities are hosting PorchFests, grassroots music festivals in which residents hosts performers on their front porches for a fun-filled afternoon of music.

Running throughout the afternoon the event will feature live music on porches throughout the neighborhood. Gather in front of your porch of choice and enjoy the music, the people and the scene—all free of charge.


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Black Rock Porch Fest  2019
Aug
24
1:00 PM13:00

Black Rock Porch Fest 2019

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It’s that time of year again... so get ready for the 4th Annual Black Rock PorchFest! Don’t miss this incredible day of music, dancing, friends, and neighbors on Saturday, August 24th. Get a crew together, lace up your walking shoes, get out your bikes, pack up your coolers with soft drinks and head out to catch a bevy of live music performances on porches throughout the neighborhood all day long.

This is a fun, free, and family-friendly community event celebrating our wonderful neighborhood, run by volunteers with big love for Black Rock.

https://blackrockcc.org/porchfest/

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JD McPherson Live in Concert
Aug
25
5:30 PM17:30

JD McPherson Live in Concert

Over the past seven years, two LPs and countless tours, JD McPherson has gained a reputation for updating the American rockabilly sound. With his fat, fuzzed-out riffs (usually played on a custom TK Smith guitar or other funky bodied, automobile inspired axe) and accompaniments from upright bassist Jimmy Sutton, keyboardist Ray Jacildo, drummer Jason Smay and a touring brass section, McPherson’s last two records sounded old-school barn dance updated for modern ears, transmitted through earbuds instead of among hay bales.

With an unaffected take on vital American music and a voice that channels the spirit of Little Richard and James Brown - JD McPherson and HiStyle Records present traditional Rhythm & Blues and Rock N’ Roll with fresh, exciting songwriting.

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Living IVE Grand Opening
Aug
17
11:00 AM11:00

Living IVE Grand Opening

IT’S A PARTY 🎉 AND YOU’RE INVITED!
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

We hope you’ll join us on August 18th for our first ever Open House at our Union Avenue location.
Come tour our newly revived apartments that are eco and tech friendly. Each unit has brand new Energy Star appliances. We offer affordable rents AND we're pet friendly!

We'll have food, music and lots of giveaways!

Bring a friend, bring a few! Definitely bring your dogs!

We've got Valencia catering the event 🙌🙌 Be sure to grab your free food tickets!https://www.livingive.com/open-house/



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Mihali Live In Concert
Aug
11
5:30 PM17:30

Mihali Live In Concert

MIHALI Savoulidis is the lead singer and guitarist for Vermont rock quartet, Twiddle. Barely 30 years old, the Jersey native has already drawn crowds at such notable rock shrines as Red Rocks, The Capitol Theatre and Bonnaroo. Twiddle’s fan base is growing rapidly, and Mihali’s signature vocals and guitar work are more than partly responsible for this undeniable momentum.

Most laud Mihali for his dexterity on guitar, but it’s his lyrics and songwriting capabilities which set his solo act apart. It is the soul of what many hope to find in a solo act. His mastery of pedals, specifically the repetitive phenomena known as “looping,” beat boxing, and guitar riffs, all prep a multi-textured canvas for song. Mihali’s words are genuine. Shaped by his journey through grief and redemption, he writes songs that serve as a light to many who find themselves lost in their own darkness.

Inspired by artists including Kurt Cobain, Bradley Nowell and Bob Marley, Mihali’s music carries a passionate intent for good. During his twelve years with Twiddle, Mihali has shared the stage with members of Phish, Blues Traveler, Big Gigantic, Matisyahu, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Trevor Hall and jammed with his all-time favorite guitar player, Jamaican reggae legend, Ernest Ranglin, just to name a few.

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National Night Out
Aug
6
5:00 PM17:00

National Night Out

Please join us Tuesday August 6th for our National Night Out event! National Night Out is a community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhood a more caring place to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. It also provides a great opportunity to positively bring this community together. There will be FREE face painting, zumba class, touch-a-truck, kid crafts, a bouncy house and more! The evening will be filled with FREE food and fun!

Our hope is that all residents and community members will attend this fun, FREE, community-building event….Join us Tuesday August 6, 2019 One Monroe Street Norwalk, CT 06854 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Register https://www.eventbrite.com/e/national-night-out-tickets-36618220082#tickets

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 SoNo Arts Festival
Aug
4
10:00 AM10:00

SoNo Arts Festival

The SoNo Arts Festival returns to historic South Norwalk on Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, rain or shine. Admission to the Arts Festival is free.
This juried event will feature more than 125 artisans, children’s activities, performing artists, musical performances and a puppet parade. On Saturday and Sunday, artist booths will be open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm featuring one-of-a-kind ceramics, wearable art and a wide variety of other fine arts and crafts. Exhibitors will share their unique talents and creativity in painted wood, wearable and decorative fiber, metalwork, leather, paper arts, glass, ceramics, jewelry, photography and more. Exhibitors will not only showcase their work, but will also inform attendees about their creative process with demonstrations and text. All exhibited works will be available for purchas

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SoNo Arts Festival
Aug
3
10:00 AM10:00

SoNo Arts Festival

The SoNo Arts Festival returns to historic South Norwalk on Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, rain or shine. Admission to the Arts Festival is free.
This juried event will feature more than 125 artisans, children’s activities, performing artists, musical performances and a puppet parade. On Saturday and Sunday, artist booths will be open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm featuring one-of-a-kind ceramics, wearable art and a wide variety of other fine arts and crafts. Exhibitors will share their unique talents and creativity in painted wood, wearable and decorative fiber, metalwork, leather, paper arts, glass, ceramics, jewelry, photography and more. Exhibitors will not only showcase their work, but will also inform attendees about their creative process with demonstrations and text. All exhibited works will be available for purchas

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22 Haviland Street's 17th Anniversary Closing Party
Aug
2
6:00 PM18:00

22 Haviland Street's 17th Anniversary Closing Party

We’re celebrating 22 Haviland Street Gallery’s 17th summer, here on Friday August 2nd from 6-9pm! We inaugurated the Gallery on the eve of our beloved SoNo Arts Festival, back in 2003, and this time will be our last summer in the neighborhood. Will love to see you here August 2nd – 6-9pm, and we’ll be open over the weekend from 12-5pm during the Festival on Aug. 3rd & 4th.. See you here in SoNo! I’ll keep you posted!

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A Visual Taste of Fairfield County: Opening Reception
Aug
2
6:00 PM18:00

A Visual Taste of Fairfield County: Opening Reception

Elisa Contemporary Art is pleased to present “A Visual Taste of Fairfield County”, a pop-up art exhibit featuring the Art and Artists highlighted in the 2019 Culinary Restaurant book, Entrée Nous. Entrée Nous is an insider’s guide to the creative visions and flavors of Fairfield County including Food and in the 2019 edition, Art!

The exhibit will open on August 1 at the Fairfield University Bookstore and will run through August 30, 2019. An opening reception will be on Friday, August 2nd from 6:00pm - 8:00pm

The exhibit will feature Elisa Contemporary Art Salon (Fairfield) together with Connecticut artists Nina Bentley (Westport), Carole Eisner (Weston), Cynthia MacCollum (New Canaan) and Dale Najarian (Westport).

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Jul
28
5:30 PM17:30

James Barker Band/Wilson Conroy and Christian Rottner Live in Concert

With over 85-million global streams, the James Barker Band have taken the country music scene by storm. Formed in 2013, the founding members of this award-winning band continue to break records one release at a time . Keith Urban, John Mayer, Brad Paisley, Dean Brody, Taylor Swift, Eric Church, Charlie Parker, and way to many more to mention..

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Focus Under 40: Opening Reception
Jul
28
4:00 PM16:00

Focus Under 40: Opening Reception

Juried Show for artists 16 to 39 years old

Chair: Lucy Armstrong Co-Chair: Bruce Horan

Judge: Paul DeRuvo

Paul DeRuvo is the Associate Printer and Studio Manager at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking (CCP). Paul began his printmaking studies at CCP at the age of 14. He has since graduated from Massachusetts College of Art where he was awarded a full presidential scholarship to study printmaking. He then took classes at the Academy of Realist Art Boston continuing his dedication to representational work. He has exhibited in New York City, Boston and Connecticut, and recently had a solo exhibition in Berlin.

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Jul
24
6:00 PM18:00

Summer Happy Hour

Because we love our community we put together a little event open to all! Come with your family and friends for our summer jam session out outdoors on our patio. Healthy treats and spiked drinks from Embody, wine tasting from Castle Wine & Spirits, and Tacos by Taco Tequila. Local artist Nick will be performing acoustic hits, and there will be games and raffles

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Midnight North and Stephanie Ryann  Live in Concert
Jul
21
5:30 PM17:30

Midnight North and Stephanie Ryann Live in Concert

t’s full steam ahead for Midnight North after an exciting year featuring major festival plays, a nationwide tour, and the release of a second live record. Midnight North headlined tours and played in support of heavy-hitters such as Grammy winners The Infamous Stringdusters. Rolling Stone hailed Midnight North as the “Best New Act” in its review of 2018’s Peach Music Festival saying the band “takes the best parts of roots music and weaves them into a tapestry of rock and Americana”. And the best is still to come.


Immediately after their sophomore studio release, 2015’s Scarlet Skies, Midnight North - fronted by lead songwriters Elliott Peck & Grahame Lesh with lush Hammond B3 organ, and harmony work from Alex Jordan, and strong rhythm section work from bass player Connor O’Sullivan and drummer Nathan Graham - began touring the country in earnest, visiting the East Coast and the Midwest for the first time in Summer 2015. The band wrote the majority of 2017’s Under the Lights in the following months, and the lyrical road themes - the initial excitement, the longing for home, and the inherent need to keep moving - shine through. “Under the Lights is the perfect title for this collection of songs,” said O’Sullivan. “These songs and lyrics are about being a band of musicians on the road away from home. Songs literally performed and tested under the lights at countless venues across the US.”

2019 and beyond will continue the growth for Midnight North, as the expanding discography and consistent national touring help pave the way for more and more fans to discover the band. “These songs tell our story, at least up to this point,” said Lesh. “Our job is to sing you these stories as honestly as we can and transport you into our world for an hour or two.

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Compassionfest
Jul
20
10:00 AM10:00

Compassionfest


The mission of the 5th Annual Compassionfest is to unite like-minded people that believe in the values of being just, kindness, equality and compassion. We'll gather for delicious vegan food and cruelty-free product providers, non-profits, local artisans, inspiring performers, speakers, musical acts & healing workshops for all ages. This is an ALL welcoming indoor/outdoor event.
FREE admission. No Rain-date
Some proceeds will go to our chosen Compassionate Cause
VINE Sanctuary
Go to www.Compassionfest.net
Contact Email: ct.compassionfest@gmail.com
Applications are NOW open. (Please keep in mind due to repeat vendors some applications are now closed.)
All food & products vendors will be vending 100% vegan options at Compassionfest.
We are currently filled in candle, soap, and cupcake departments.


- A Very Big Thank You to our Sponsors
The Sweet Beet
GZEN/ Gmonkey Mobile
Whitneyville Cultural Commons
1st Unitarian Universalist Society of New Haven
ION


- Animal-friendly Food
The Sweet Beet
ION
GZEN/ Gmonkey Mobile
Celebrated
Herbal Deva
Royal Vegan
Amazing Ackee
Barrett's Garden
Flora
Titi's Tasty Treats
Like No Udder
Hardcore Sweet Bakery Truck
Miss Vegan
Vic's Guac Shop
Yeah Dawg
Bunny Treats
Dignity of Dar-es-salaam
Ninth Square Caribbean Style
Vegan Ahava
Vegan Shawarma
How Delish


- Compassionfest Vendors
Hipponotic Candle
Vegasm Orgazine
Black Orchid Skincare
Moon Phaze Creations
Compassion Co.
The Vegan Potter: Pots for Everyday Foodies
Creatively Yours
Teeminder
Grape Cat Vegan Clothing and Accessories
Camberville Dog Treats
Lisa's Soap Naked & Natural
The HeartSpace Studio
Arbonne
Fallenpeachlane
Darlene Doughty Designs
Two Trick Pony
Timeflies by Lauralie
Home Prep Products
The WOW
Verdilune
Yogiboho
Whispering Tulips
Groovy Cat
Take Pause Wellness
2 Cent Home Grown
Soul Sisters (+1)
Bad Bunny Lip Balm
Manu's Body & Self-kare
Art Sensations
Block 21 Prints
Cheerful Herbivore
JoHa Designs
Yoga Animalia Project
Pink Tomato
Sleeping Giant Hemp
Doshi Shop
White Muck
Pascale's Body Care
Earth Hand
Timmy Tanker Art
Naturally Custom
Kate Stephen Jewelry
Crafted Curiosities


- Compassionate Cause Vendors
The Riley Farm Rescue
WMARA
ARACE
New Haven Animal Save
CT Votes for Animals
Compassionfest Raffle & Tag Sale Table
Beth Potter Vegan Tattoo
Face Gem Station

- Morning Yoga Class
(Main Stage)
10am - 11am
The Laughing Yogi & Sacred Sound Healing

Inspiring Speakers:
Main Stage:
CT Votes for Animals- Jo-Anne Basile 11:15am - 12:15pm
Salwa Flowerchild Abdussabur 12:15pm - 1:15pm
James Lucas 1:15pm - 2pm
Absalom Alifeallah Massie 2pm - 3pm
Pattrice Jones 3pm - 4pm


Study Lounge Room:
Mark Braunstein 4pm-5pm
Talk Vegan Vegetarianism in Art slideshow


Special Guest :
VeganEats

Movie: A Dog Named Gucci

Music:
Frank Critelli
Tiny Ocean
Anne Castellano & the Smoke
No Line North
Zoo Front.


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Low Cut Connie
Jul
19
7:30 PM19:30

Low Cut Connie

Since Low Cut Connie's debut record Get Out the Lotion (NPR’s Fresh Air Top 10 albums of 2011), they’ve firmly established their reputation as one of the most exciting live shows in the US, with Greg Kot (Sound Opinions / Chicago Tribune) exclaiming they are “the essence of what rock n roll should be” and The New York Times stating, “Low Cut Connie’s word-of-mouth legend is built on live shows like this one.” Sweat-drenched, piano-pounding songwriter and frontman Adam Weiner’s writing has been described as “Seventies Stones (but dirtier), the New York Dolls (but tighter) and Jerry Lee Lewis (but Westerberg-ier)” (Rolling Stone).

Low Cut Connie made unprecedented strides in 2018 as they released their 5th studio album Dirty Pictures (Part 2) via Contender Records. In August 2018, Low Cut Connie made their network television debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers where they performed the rollicking album opener “All These Kids Are Way Too High”.

That following month, the band, who can already count Barack Obama, Bruce Springsteen, and Nick Hornby as fans, received a shoutout from Sir Elton John took the stage at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center. Sir Elton John dedicated “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” to the sold out crowd and said, “There’s a band that I love at the moment so much called Low Cut Connie, who are from Philadelphia. And I’d like to dedicate this song to them right now, because I love them very much, and you should check them out. Buy their records, go see them. They’re amazing.”

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Small Treasures:  Opening Reception
Jul
17
5:00 PM17:00

Small Treasures: Opening Reception

Join us at the opening reception for the exhibitions "SMALL TREASURES"

The Exhibition on view from July 17th through October 5, 2019

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Featured Artists:
Arianna Alamo, Ash Nelson, Carol S. Mueller, Charles Hall, Eugenie Diserio, Gigi Barrett, Ginny Moffitt, Giselle Mabasa Biagtan, Job Tibay, Greg Bethmann, Gregory Ziebell, James Velgot, Jennifer Moné Hill, Julia Rose, Julie OConnor, Kaira Villanueva, Lodiza LePore, Marcia Santore, Margot Sappern, Nancy Breakstone, Pamela Ann Iannaccone, Robert Schwarz, Sarah Benson, Sheri Schwarz, Stephen Smith, Suzan Fox, Theresa Kasun, Thomas Kerrigan, Eric Chiang, and Wing Na Wong

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Summer by the Sea: Opening Reception
Jul
15
5:00 PM17:00

Summer by the Sea: Opening Reception

Please stop in and view beautiful art work by local artists! Currently we are featuring a 2 part show, SUMMER BY THE SEA. Part 1: paintings followed by Part 2: photography which opens July 15 th 5-7 pm. All work is for sale. — with Lisa Oldenburg Hirten, Nancy Breakstone Photography, Kelley Schutte, Kris Davenport Toohey Art, Janet Samuelsand Janet Samuels Photographs.

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The Dip and Free Flow Live in Concert
Jul
14
5:30 PM17:30

The Dip and Free Flow Live in Concert

"Hailing from Seattle, The Dip is an electrifying seven-piece ensemble that melds vintage rhythm and blues and modern pop with 60s soul, tapped by KEXP as “one of the most exciting and joyous acts to emerge in recent years”. The group quickly gained notoriety throughout the Pacific Northwest for their eminently danceable live shows that feature vocals from frontman Tom Eddy (Beat Connection), an effortlessly deep pocket, and the melodies of the “The Honeynut Horns”. Hard-hitting but sensitive, The Dip harkens back to the deep soul roots of decades past while sounding undeniably relevant. The band's 2015 self-titled debut, recorded to tape at Avast! Studios, propelled them to notable appearances at Sasquatch! Music Festival, High Sierra Music Fest, Summer Meltdown, and Capitol Hill Block Party and built anticipation for their 2016 release, Won’t Be Coming Back (EP). Now, the band prepares to arrive on the national stage with their second LP, The Dip Delivers. There’s a certain alchemy to The Dip that unites music fans of all ages and backgrounds and leaves everyone smiling ear to ear."


Free Flow Band members are the “The Guardians of Funk, and an Irresistible Dance Party that draws fans from across generations and social groups and if you ask their fans, they will tell you Free Flow is a dance band that doesn’t try to sound like anyone but Free Flow.”

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abilis Art Show Reception
Jul
10
5:00 PM17:00

abilis Art Show Reception

Join us for an Abilis Art Show at the First Bank of Greenwich. Our art show will feature paintings and digital art created by 25 adults who are supported by Abilis. Event will include free food, drinks, and music!
Please RSVP to Julia@FirstBankB2B.com

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NICE Festival
Jul
6
11:00 AM11:00

NICE Festival

The NICE Festival - Norwalk’s leading multi-cultural summer festival celebrating world cultures.

A multi-cultural summer music, food, and dance festival with multiple cultural performances, crafts and interactive family activities.

This day-long event is filled with an abundance of cultural performances and numerous vendors offering a wide array of international cuisines and arts and crafts. Experience live performances from multiple traditions to include live dancers with origins in Flamenco, Asian, African, and more; Live music includes Rock, Reggae, Rhythm & Blues, Latin, Folk and music across all genres.

Suggested donation $5.00 per person, children under 12 Free; All are welcome regardless of ability to donate!

Please Note:
Bring your blankets and chairs.
NO Coolers or Glass containers permitted.

More Info: https://www.norwalknice.org/

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Radiant Journeys:Opening Reception
Jun
29
6:00 PM18:00

Radiant Journeys:Opening Reception

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Opening Reception featuring the vibrantly exuberant abstract works on canvas and paper by locally born and raised artist, Cameron Schmitz. In the exhibit, “Radiant Journeys”, Cameron explores color, light and the use of lyrical, expressive brushwork to convey gesture and movement reminiscent of visual experiences found within nature. Vibrantly colored paintings exude visual journeys of wonder, joy and hopeful mystery.

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Spadtastics in Concert
Jun
28
7:00 PM19:00

Spadtastics in Concert

The Spadtastics band formed in 2006. The band consists of many members of past local Darien bands (Milc, Nick the Fin and Magic Garden). The name “Spadtastics” comes from the late Darien resident and former band leader, David Spadacinni who was the inspiration for this new band. The band covers the popular music of the Grateful Dead which songs were a fixture back in our DHS/College days. Due to family schedules and professions, the band only plays a concert once-a-year.

The World's Worst-Named Grateful Dead Cover Band™
“The Spadtastics” is a terrible name for a Grateful Dead cover band. So they make up for it by playing their collective asses off—creating lysergic-laced interstellar jams that will make you question reality and quit your day job. They reach into your solar plexus, tear out your heart, and beat it with mallets made of cocobolo, milled steel, and peonies, and shove it back in at the end of the set. You don’t just leave a Spadtastics show having been entertained; you are made a better, more compassionate human being.

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Terrain: Opening Reception
Jun
28
6:00 PM18:00

Terrain: Opening Reception

Explorations of physical, mental and experiential landscapes characterize the work by this lifelong Westport artist, who grew up here “when you couldn’t throw a stone without hitting an artist's studio.” After initially doing strictly figurative work, Michael Brennecke moved towards abstraction and now creates what he calls “controlled accidental compositions, with sometimes ambiguously discernible imagery.” 
Online gallery at Silvermine Arts Center.
Opening Reception: Friday, June 28, 6-7:30 pm

Artist-to-Artist Talk with Miggs Burroughs:  Thursday, August 1, 6-7 pm, Sheffer Room

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