Summer is upon us, a time to enjoy outdoor art and music.
ARTWALK in Stamford Downtown. Created by Stamford Downtown, a phenomenal experience awaits ARTWALK patrons. The evening will feature 100+ painters, photographers, sculptors, and multi-media artists, all reflecting a diverse selection of mediums, styles, and trends in the Contemporary Art World. http://www.frugalfairfield.com/new-events-1/2017/6/23/artwalk-2017
More art can be found on the grounds of Lockwood Matthews this weekend. Run by Sue Brown Gordon, the force behind the SoNo arts fest, it features a wide range of arts and crafts for sale and live music. http://www.frugalfairfield.com/new-events-1/2017/6/24/norwalk-arts-festival
Michèle LaRue presents GETTYSBURG: ONE WOMAN’S WAR, an unique dramatization sees America’s Civil War from a female perspective, Professional actress Michèle LaRue performs this one-woman play at the South Norwalk Libary —praised as “a touching, intimate portrait” in its premiere. http://www.frugalfairfield.com/new-events-1/2017/6/25/gettysburg-one-womans-war
Sunday marks the start of the Rowayton Music Festival. Concerts are held at Bayley Beach (park on Pine Point Road) and Pinkney Park. A little known secret is this great series of Sunday concerts. In the past they've had Lake Street Dive, Shakey Graves, Amy Helm and much more. We're particulaly excited about Martin Sexton, Upstate Rubdown and Cabinet. http://www.frugalfairfield.com/#/music/
Also kicking off this Sunday is the series at the Levitt Pavilion in Westport. Beautifully landscaped this is a gem. You will find dance, comedy, children's shows, and a wide range of music. We're particularly looking forward to Chris Brubeck, Caravan of Thieves, Matuto, Jesse Terry, Sweet Remains and Incendio so far. It's just filling in so keep checking the calendar. http://www.frugalfairfield.com/#/music/
It's time DiMare's biannual cake tasting. It features over 30 cakes to try, as well as cookies, cannoli nachos, cupcakes and more. http://www.frugalfairfield.com/new-events-1/2017/6/28/dimares-biannual-cake-tasting
The Brant Foundation debuted a new show in May. Animal Farm features a group exhibition curated by Sadie Laska, including works from The Brant Collection and loans from museums, galleries and other private collections. Artists in the exhibition will include 1980s pop icons from the collection, such as Kenny Scharf and Jean-Michel Basquiat among others. Attend an open house or book a free tour. http://www.frugalfairfield.com/new-events-1/2017/5/16/animal-farm-the-brant-foundation
Hope to see you at one of these great events. For more fun always check the website (www.frugalfairfield.com), follow us on Twitter (@frugfairfield) and subscribe to our Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/frugalfairfield/) for last minute additions.
Shakespeare told us to beware the ides of March. It has also been said to come in like a lion and out like a lamb. The past week has certainly proven that with roller coaster weather.
Frugal Fairfield found a few fun things to do over the next few weeks.
American artist James Grashow’s extraordinary corrugated board sculptures, along with his intricate woodcut prints, are to be featured in a solo show at Flinn Gallery opening 3/16. http://www.frugalfairfield.com/new-events-1/2017/3/16/corrugated-world-the-art-of-james-grashow
As technology has progressed it's amazing what you can do with your phone. The Darien Arts Council has an exhibit dedicated to smartphone photography. And BTW Frugal Fairfield entered a few photos in this contest as well . Opening 3/17 http://www.frugalfairfield.com/new-events-1/2017/3/17/pic-darien-smartphone-reception
As long as you might be in Darien on 3/17 swing over to the library to catch Moonlight, winner of an Oscar for best picture. This was my Christmas Day movie and it's a very powerful film. The library sells popcorn and other goodies at its cafe. http://www.frugalfairfield.com/new-events-1/2017/3/17/moonlight-winner-best-picture-2017
Curious about Islamic culture, want to get a henna tatoo or have a nice tea? Come to the open house at the new Islamic center in Norwalk 3/18
The Wilton Library's Jazz series is back on 3/19 in the late afternoon. Always a nice event.
On 3/22 Love Art Gallery presents an evening of artful dialogue on social change. Surround yourself with collage, paintings, photography and spoken word poetry that meaningfully engage with issues of love, equality, justice and community-building and hopefully be inspired!
Love the Grateful Dead? Speak Hebrew? Looking for something, fun, and fresh to do? Head to Garcia's at The Capitol Theatre (just over the Greenwich Line) to see Israeli hip artist Sagol 59 perform Dead Tunes in Hebrew on 3/22. http://www.frugalfairfield.com/new-events-1/2017/3/22/the-promised-land-sagol-59-grateful-dead-in-hebrew
Hope to see you at one of these great events. And there are many other great ways to enjoy yourself such as Tai Chi (New Canaan and Byram libraries), community yoga @ Saraswati and great deals during happy hour at Kazu. For more fun always check the website (www.frugalfairfield.com), follow us on Twitter (@frugfairfield) and subscribe to our Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/frugalfairfield/) for last minute additions.
February is here but there are still ways to get out and have fun for free/low cost.
1. Tonight... Fun 'N the Wak Thursday brings Jen Durkin to Peaches.
Jen has a powerful voice and personality larger than life and an impressive bio
http://www.jendurkin.com/2015/about-jennifer-pipes-durkin. Hear her sing and you'll know why she is called "Pipes." She has been gigging it at Peaches, run by Greer "Peaches" Fredericks in Norwalk. The Business is a tight, funky band which also features the talents of Rich Zurkowski, a versatile bassist (also in the jazz group Portal and Caravan of Thieves), guitar phenom Darian Cunning and her brother Johnny Durkin (percussion). Free. Food and drink for purchase. show. http://www.frugalfairfield.com/new-events-1/2017/2/2/jen-durkin-and-the-business You can also catch Jen tomorrow night at the Capitol Theatre when Pink Talking Fish performs "Stop Making Sense" in its entirety http://www.thecapitoltheatre.com/event/1399897-pink-talking-fish-stops-making-port-chester/ and with Deep Banana Blackout in March http://www.thecapitoltheatre.com/event/1421079-deep-banana-blackout-port-chester/
2. Port of Reflection Opening at the Neuberger (Saturday)
The Neuberger is the museum on the campus of Purchase College (Greenwich area). They feature a fabulous permanent collection, an African artgallery and temporary contemporary art exhibits. Great gift shop too! This Saturday Port of Reflection opens featuring the art of Leandro Elrich, winner of the 2017 Neuberger prize. http://www.frugalfairfield.com/new-events-1/2017/2/4/port-of-reflections-neuberger. Free.
Induge in Amazing Baked Goods at DiMare's In Stamford (Wednesday)
Sample 40+ cakes, cookies, cannoli nachos, cupcakes and more. If you're lucky you'll go home with some treats. Ugo DiMare has been doing it since 1962 when he came from Italy. http://www.frugalfairfield.com/new-events-1/2017/2/8/dimares-winter-cake-tasting
4. Brandon "Taz" Nierderauer rocks the Acoustic (Thursday)
http://www.frugalfairfield.com/new-events-1/2017/2/9/brandon-niederauer-band-the-acoustic. Brandon is known around these parts as the guitarist in Lions On The Moon. He also recently finished a stint on Broadway in "School of Rock." He's only 13 and a talent to be reckoned with. The Acoustic is a intimate club in the Black Rock Area of Bridgeport. Make it a night--stop for a lobster roll at BRYAC first or some Pho at Nom-eez (Matt Storch of Match's new restaurant). Purchase tix on the link. http://www.frugalfairfield.com/new-events-1/2017/2/9/brandon-niederauer-band-the-acoustic
5. iFloat Grand Reopening (Friday)
Learn about the benefits of flotation. I've tried it and it's a great healing experience. They're offering 2:1 deals during the event. Food catered by the esteemed Dash of Salt and jazz by Joe Kiernan. Social, free and fun.
Of course this is only a selection of a few of the things going on over the next week. There are also: sip and shops(Norwalk and New Canaan), gallery openings (New Canaan and Stamford) and even a winter jam at the Warehouse at FTC. Head to www.frugalfairfield to learn more.
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