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Through Nov. 10


Mystic Restaurant Week continues this week. Select local restaurants offer one-price $13 lunch and $20.13 dinner menus. For a complete list of participating restaurants, serving hours, and menus, visit

Friday, Nov. 8


On Friday at 7:30 p.m., the Arts Café Mystic, 9 Water St., will host a program headlined by poet Coleman Barks and cellist David Darling, who will collaborate in a presentation of the work of 13th century Persian poet Rumi. Barks, known for his translations of Rumi, has been featured on the Bill Moyers’ PBS series “Language of Life” and “Fooling With Words.” Darling is a classical cellist and composer who has also collaborated with Paul Winter, Bobby McFerrin and Sypro Gyra; he won the Grammy award for his 2010 album “Prayer for Compassion.” Darling will perform solo and in collaboration with Barks’ reading. The program’s opening voice will be Lisa Starr, the former State Poet Laureate of Rhode Island. Tickets are $10. Students admitted free. Parking is free. For more information, call 860-912-2444 or e-mail

Fridays through Nov. 22


The Portuguese Holy Ghost Society, 26 Main St., Stonington Borough, is holding a fish fry every Friday through Nov. 22 from noon to 7:30 p.m. Fresh fried fish, scallops, calamari, clams and shrimp will be on the menu. Prices vary from $9 to $15. Special senior rates are available for fish and chips from noon to 4 p.m. Non-smoking bar available. Proceeds will benefit the programs of the society.

Friday, Nov. 8


A lecture titled “Gifts of Mother Earth: An Indigenous Perspective” will be offered by Tomaquag Museum Director Lorén Spears at the KettlePond Visitor’s Center, 50 Bend Road, Charlestown, on Friday at 7 p.m. Spears, who is Narragansett/Niantic, will reflect on the relationship indigenous people have with the gifts of the land, comparing the ecosystem in Louise Erdrich’s story “Love Medicine” to the ecosystem of the Narragansett/Niantic. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit or call 401-491-9063.

Friday, Nov. 8


Imani Winds, a New York City-based wind quintet, will perform Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Evans Hall in Cummings Arts Center on the Connecticut College campus in New London. The Grammy-nominated quintet, formed in 1997, is known for enriching the traditional wind quintet repertoire by bridging European, American, African and Latin American traditions. Tickets are $22; seniors, $20. For information, call 860-439-2787 or visit

Friday, Nov. 8


Career coach and author Jean Baur, of Stonington, will discuss her recently published book,“The Essential Job Interview Handbook,” on Friday at 6 p.m. at the La Grua Center in Stonington Borough. Baur will share tips on interviewing: what to do, what to avoid, body language, and how to come across as the best candidate. Baur has worked in the outplacement industry for the past 19 years. The event is free, but donations are gratefully accepted.

Friday, Nov. 8


“A Pirate’s Bounty” will be the theme at the annual Colonial dinner at the Smith-Appleby House Museum, 220 Stillwater Road, Smithfield. Members of the Historical Society of Smithfield will be joined by “Pirates of the New England Coast” and “Rhode Island Pirate Players” — all in Colonial-period dress — for a night of food, song, and fun. Seating for the dinner is 6:30 p.m. Cost is $30 per person. Reservations are required. Call 401-231-7363. For more information, visit

Nov. 8 - Dec. 8


Chariho High School English teacher Sandra Laub, of Pawcatuck, will appear as the legendary Golda Meir, Israel’s prime minister during the Yom Kippur War in 1973, in 2nd Story Theatre’s production of William Gibson’s “Golda’s Balcony,” marking the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the “night of broken glass” in 1938 Nazi Germany. Directed by Bryna Wortman, the one-woman play will be staged in the Courtroom at the Bristol Statehouse, 240 High St., Bristol. The play previews Friday through Sunday, with regular performances Nov. 14 through Dec. 8. A humanities discussion will immediately follow the 3 p.m. performance on Nov. 24. Previews are $25, regular admission is $30. Call 401-247-4200 to purchase tickets.

Saturday, Nov. 9


The Westerly-Pawcatuck Veterans Day Parade will be held on Saturday. Marchers will line up at the Pawcatuck Shopping Center at 8:30 a.m. and step off from the rear parking lot at 9:30 a.m. Marchers will then take a right onto Pequot Trail. The parade will travel onto West Broad Street, where the marchers will stop at the World War I Monument for a brief ceremony. After the ceremony, the parade will continue on West Broad Street and march into downtown Pawcatuck. The parade will continue, crossing the Westerly-Pawcatuck Bridge, onto Broad Street in Westerly before turning left onto High Street. The parade will then proceed on High Street, turn left on Canal Street, take a right onto Railroad Avenue, and continue to the Westerly Armory where the main Veteran’s Day ceremonies will be held.

Saturday, Nov. 9


To celebrate the 72nd anniversary of the arrival of the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan, Mystic Seaport will offer free admission to all visitors on Saturday. The anniversary recognizes the importance of the Morgan in the development of the seaport and the community since the ship was towed up the Mystic River on Nov. 8, 1941. After an 80-year whaling career, the Morgan was at risk of being destroyed when the ship was offered to the Marine Historical Association (now Mystic Seaport). The acquisition of the ship raised the stature of the seaport significantly and helped put Mystic on the map of tourist destinations.

Saturday, Nov. 9


The Music Matters series at the LaGrua Center in Stonington Borough will present celebrated works for piano trios on Saturday from 5 to 6:30 p.m., with Hilary Castle on violin; Alvin Wong, cello; and Juan Carlos Fernandez-Nieto, piano. The program will include the piano trios of three masters: Claude Debussy’s early Piano Trio in G (1880), Anton Arensky’s Piano Trio No. 1 in d (1894), and Bedrich Smetana’s Piano Trio in G (1854-55). Free admission with a suggested donation of $10.

Saturday, Nov. 9


The Garde Arts Center in downtown New London will host the touring production of the musical parody “50 Shades! The Musical” for one performance on Saturday at 8 p.m. The musical tells the story of a ladies book club which decides to read the book “Fifty Shades of Grey.” The performance has numerous dance numbers with 11 original songs delivered by a cast of 10, and an on-stage band. Ticket prices range from $43 to $56 and are available at

Saturday, Nov. 9


Connecticut College’s Olin Science Center Observatory, 270 Mohegan Ave., New London, invites the public for fall star gazing on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Participants will be able to view the moon and the Andromeda galaxy through the Thames Amateur Astronomical Society and Connecticut College telescopes, weather permitting. In addition, there will be talks on moon phases, meteorites and how the stars and constellations got their names, as well as hands-on astronomy activities for kids. The event will occur rain or shine. For more information, contact Leslie Brown at

Saturday, Nov. 9


The Mashantucket Pequot Museum, 110 Pequot Trail, will honor veterans, past and present, at the annual Honoring of Veterans Powwow on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The occasion will include a Native celebration with dancers, music, regalia, and traditional arts. Attendees are invited to join in the intertribal dances to thank all veterans. Free with museum admission. Native veterans are asked to contact Candyce Testa, 860-396-6954,

Saturday, Nov. 9


WaterFire organizers have scheduled the first full WaterFire lighting dedicated to veterans, military personnel and their families. Ceremonies and tributes are planned throughout the WaterFire installation Saturday evening in downtown Providence, from Waterplace Basin to Steeple Street to Memorial Park. The fires will be lit shortly after sunset.

Saturday & Sunday,

Nov. 9-10


The Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame in partnership with The Ocean Mist will hold The Unity Concerts, a weekend-long event with 100 percent of proceeds to benefit the Tune In & Tune Up Rhode Island Musicians Health Awareness Program, on Saturday from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Sunday from 2 p.m. to midnight. Participating bands, who are all donating their performances, represent an array of R.I. talent. (See Nightlife for the list of performers). The concert will take place at The Ocean Mist, 895 Matunuck Beach Road, Wakefield. Admission is $20 per day or $35 for a weekend ticket. Tickets can be purchased at or at the door. Ken Lyon, a 2012 inductee into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame, will perform a solo set of acoustic blues on Sunday. In Lyon’s acceptance speech, he challenged the Music Hall of Fame to look into the important issue of the lack of affordable health care for Rhode Island musicians.

Saturday & Sunday,

Nov. 9-10


The Chorus of Westerly will hold auditions for “A Celebration of Twelfth Night,” open to any member of the public, on Saturday and Sunday at the George Kent Performance Hall, 119 High St., Westerly. Children, teenagers, and adults are encouraged to audition. The audition schedule is as follows: Saturday 3-5 p.m., dancers and gymnasts of all ages (must be present for the entire period); Saturday 5-7 p.m., actors of all ages for stage roles. Sunday, noon to 2 p.m., actors of all ages for stage roles; Sunday, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., callbacks. For more information, call 401-596-8663.

Saturday & Sunday,

Nov. 9-10


The Weekapaug Inn, 25 Spray Rock Road, will offer a weekend of photography with world-class birder and photographer Mark Szantyr, who will coach participants on setup and composition and the setup. The weekend will include lectures, seminars and demonstrations. In addition to refining skills in the field, Szantyr will also touch on enhancements using Photoshop. The price is $125 per person plus tax which includes lunch Saturday and continental breakfast Sunday. For reservations call 888-813-7862. Visit for more information.

Sunday, Nov. 10


Organist and orchestral conductor David Hill will perform works by Mozart, Buxtehude, Gardonyi, Mendelssohn, Mushel, Bridge and Bach on Sunday at 4 p.m. on the C.B.Fisk organ at Christ Church in downtown Westerly. Hill has been recognized with appointments as chief conductor of the BBC Singers, musical director of the Bach Choir, music director of the Leeds Philharmonic Society, and principal conductor of Yale Schola Cantorum at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. All are invited to the free concert. A reception will follow in the parish hall.

Sunday, Nov. 10


The Westerly Land Trust will host the second annual Setting the Pace for Conservation 5K fundraiser on Sunday afternoon through the Avondale Farm Preserve and along surrounding scenic roadways. Proceeds will benefit the Land Trust’s conservation programs. Registration begins at noon, the race begins at 1 p.m. Cost is $25. For more information, or to register online, visit

Sunday, Nov. 10


A pumpkin smashing competition at the Stonington Community Center on Cutler Street will provide a use for leftover jack-o-lanterns on Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. Participants will use the official COMO slingshot to hit or attempt to hit targets and win prizes. All pumpkins must weigh 5 pounds or less and will be weighed on site. The COMO will also have pumpkins available. Three chances cost $5; COMO members may take up to five shots for $5. The competition will include a doughnut-eating contest, children’s crafts ,and pumpkin bowling. Popcorn, caramel apples and hot apple cider will be available for sale.

Sunday, Nov. 10


Phoenix Rising Equine Rescue in North Stonington will host Open Barn on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Tom Majesky, guitarist and vocalist for local band The Cartells, will provide entertainment. The event will include auction items, crafts for sale and refreshments. All proceeds benefit Phoenix Rising Equine Rescue, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization dedicated to helping ailing, abused and abandoned horses. The equine rescue barn is located at 1 Pine Woods Road.

Wednesday, Nov. 13


The Stonington Historical Society will sponsor “The History of Football and Soccer in Stonington” with former Stonington Police Chief David Erskine at the La Grua Center in Stonington Borough on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Erskine will present a visual review of the generations of teams sponsored by schools, factories, and other groups in Stonington, including semi-pro teams, from 1883 to the mid-1970s. Free. For information on other programs,

Through Dec. 8


“Front Page Girl,” a new musical celebrating the life of ground-breaking journalist and world traveler Nellie Bly, will be staged at the Spirit of Broadway Theater, 24 Chestnut St., Norwich, through Dec. 8. Written by composer David Friedman and Tony-nominated lyricist Peter Kellogg, the musical is based on the life and careers of Nellie Bly: reporter, businesswoman, celebrity and women’s right advocate in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Performances are Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $31. Call 860-886-2378 for more information.

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