Laugh, Give, Eat, Sing... Then Stop and Smell the Roses

So little time, so much to do in your Patch picks for weekend entertainment.


1.  Horizon's "Working on a Dream" Benefit

  • Where: Greenwich Hyatt, 1800 East Putnam Ave., Old Greenwich
  • When: Saturday, 6:30-11 p.m.
  • Why go: The celebrates 48 years of educating children from local, low-income families with “Working on a Dream,” a benefit to support its Horizon Student Enrichment Program. Singer/songwriter Edie Brickell will perform live at the event, which includes cocktails, dinner and dancing.
  • Price: Tickets begin at $300 and are still available. For more information, contact the Horizons office 203-972-7005.

2.  Live Pop/Folk Music

  • Where:  SoNo Caffeine Coffee and Chocolate Lounge   133 South Washington St., South Norwalk
  • When:  Friday, 8-10 p.m.
  • Why go: Combine the sounds of singer/songwriter Kristen Graves with your favorite beverage tributes to caffeine, a display of dessert deliciousness and daily menu of wraps, paninis and more.  The nationally touring artist’s bio spells it out: “… a voice that commands attention, lyrics that catch your heart, and melodies that stay with the listener long after the evening ends… Picture an energetic Sarah McLachlan, or Tracy Chapman with a pop edge.”
  • Price: Free

3.  "Editions" Annual Juried Member's Exhibition  

  • Where: Center for Contemporary Printmaking  299 West Avenue, Norwalk
  • When: Daily through March 27
  • Why go: This exhibition of original editions  on display in the center’s Grace Ross Shanley Gallery includes lithographs, silkscreens, intaglio, relief and original digital prints. Juror is Michael Torlen, Associate Professor of Art + Design, SUNY Purchase. For details visit contemprints.org or call 203-899-7999.
  • Price: Free. All exibited works are for sale.

4.  Comedian Kathleen Madigan

  • Where:  Fairfield University’s Quick Center or the Arts
  • When: Friday, 8 p.m.
  • Why go: Madigan, an award-winning comedian, has appeared “countless times” on the top late night talk shows, among other programs, and currently has a new Showtime special “Gone Madigan.” She has also recently entertained in Afghanistan and Irag as part of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s USO Holiday Tour.
  • Price: $40, $35; available at fairfield.edu/quick or by calling the Box Office at (203) 254-4010.

5.  Film Event: "InGREEDients"

  • Where: Greenwich Audubon
  • When: Friday, 6-9 p.m.
  • Why go: This award-winning documentary film written, directed and edited by southeast Connecticut native David Burton, zeroes in on the use of food additives. “The film connects diet and health; teaches how to read a food label; and uncovers some scary truths about our food supply.” In addition, Dr. Madhu Mathur – director of the KIDS'FANS Wellness Program; medical director of the Medical Home Initiative Southeast CT, and the chair of the Obesity Task Force for Stamford Hospital – will speak and take questions after the film. NOTE: not suitable for younger children but is suitable for older children and teens. For more information about the film and the event, click here or visit www.inGREEDientsMovie.com.
  • Price: $15 for adults; under 21 years old, $5. Includes a wine & cheese reception from 6-7 p.m. Space is limited; must RSVP to Jeff Cordulack at 203-869-5272, ext. 239, or email jcordulack@audubon.org. To buy discounted tickets for adults online for $12, visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/158490

6.  50’s Dance Party Tour: Music of Buddy Holly, Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens

  • Where: Ridgefield Playhouse
  • When: Saturday, 8 p.m.
  • Why go: This “official live and authentic re-creation of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper's final tour” in 1959 includes the hits “That'll Be The Day,” “Peggy Sue,” “Oh, Boy,” “Rave On,” “La Bamba,” “Chantilly Lace” and many more.
  • Price: $45; tickets available online or through the box office; special discounts for seniors and students available through the box office only. Call 203-438-5795.

7.  30th Annual Connecticut Flower & Garden Show 

  • When: Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 10-6
  • Where: Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford
  • Why go: More than 250 booths to explore, seminars, and acres and acres of flowers.
  • Price: Adults/$14; seniors/$12 (Thursday and Friday only); children ages 7-14, $2; children 6 and under, Free. Click here for details.  


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