Picks of the week Sept. 6 to 16

Picks of the week Sept. 6 to 16



Thursday, Sept. 6 Iris Graville

6:30 p.m.; Bank Square Books, 53 West Main St., Mystic.

Bank Square Books will host an author talk and book signing with Connecticut author Iris Graville for her new book “Hiking Naked: A Quaker Woman’s Search for Balance.” The event is free. For more information, visit banksquarebooks.com.

Sept. 6 – 9 “Chicago”

Various times; Theatre By The Sea, 364 Cards Pond Road, Wakefield.

Theatre By The Sea will present Kander and Ebb’s Tony Award-winning musical, “Chicago,” directed by Bob Richard. For tickets, visit theatrebythesea.com or call 866-811-4111.

Sept. 6 – 16 “Shakespeare In Love”

Various times; Burbage Theatre Company, 249 Roosevelt Ave., Pawtucket.

Burbage Theatre Company will present “Shakespeare In Love” adapted for the stage by Lee Hall and based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, directed by Jeff Church. Performances will be held on Friday and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and on Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 and $15 for students. For tickets or more information, visit burbagetheatre.org or call 401-484-0355.

Friday, Sept. 7 Exhibit opening reception

5 to 8 p.m.; Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly, Westerly Train Station, 14 Railroad Ave., Westerly.

The Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly will host an opening reception for its show, ““Chaos and Calm”-Balance. The show will run through Sunday, Sept. 30. The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, call 401-596-2221 or visit westerlyarts.com.

Surfside 8 Square Dance Club

8 to 10:30 p.m.; Westerly Senior Center, 39 State St., Westerly.

Surfside 8 Square Dance Club will hold a square dance with caller, Matt McGovern and cuer, Harriett Clarke. The theme will be ‘underwear and socks for kids.’ Requested donation is $8 for dancers, free for observers. For more information, call 401-596-1263 or 860-245-0164.

Drive-in Movies

8 p.m.; Wuskenau Town Beach, Pondside Lot, 316 Atlantic Ave., Misquamicut.

The Misquamicut Business Association Drive-In-Movies will screen “Grease.” Cost is $15 per car. For more information and schedule, visit misquamicut.org.

Exhibit opening

5 to 7 p.m.; La Grua Center, 32 Water St., Stonington.

La Grua Center will host a reception for the exhibit A Trio of Artistic Visions featuring the work of Sky Hoyt, Marija Pavlovich McCarthy and R. Douglass Rice. The show will be on display through October. There is a suggested donation of $5. For more information, call 860-535-2300 or visit lagruacenter.org.

Sept. 7 - 30 “A Murder is Announced”

Various times; Granite Theatre, 1 Granite St., Westerly.

Granite Theatre will present “A Murder is Announced” by Leslie Darbon, adapted from Agatha Christie’s novel. Performances will be held Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. For tickets or more information, call 401-596-2341 or visit granitetheatre.com.

Sept. 7 - 9 Mystic Eats

Various times; Downtown Mystic, Cottrell Street and Mystic River Park.

The Mystic Eats Riverside Food Festival will feature food from area restaurants, music and children’s activities. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center’s Giving Garden at Coogan Farm. The event will be held on Friday, 5 to 9:45 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit mysticeats.com.

Secret Garden Tour

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Kingscote Mansion, 253 Bellevue Ave., Newport.

Benefactors of the Arts will host self-guided tours of eight gardens and properties in historic Newport. Tickets are available in advance at secretgardentours.org or at Kingscote the days of the tours. Funds raised will support arts education programs in the area’s public schools. Visit secretgardentours.org or call 401-439-7253 for more information.

Saturday, Sept. 8 Wilcox Park Champion Tree Tour

10 a.m.; Westerly Library & Wilcox Park, 44 Broad St., Westerly.

The tour, led by University of Rhode Island Master Gardeners, will begin at the fountain at the Broad Street entrance of the park and will include a walk through the park to view the Champions and other note-worthy trees. Visit westerlylibrary.org for more information.

Music in the Valley

4:30 to 7 p.m. ; Depot Square Park, Main St., Hope Valley.

The Friends of the Hopkinton Land Trust will host a free concert series, Music in the Valley, with performances by Two Cat Tango and Shacklehands. Attendees are invited to bring chairs, non-alcoholic beverages, and picnics.

James Kuslan

11 a.m.; United Church, 67 Main St, Stonington.

The Guild of Salt Marsh Opera will present a lecture by James Kuslan on “La bohème.” For more information or to register, call 860-535-3456 or visit saltmarshopera.org/guild-events.

Ocean State Orchid Society

1 p.m.; Rocky Hill Grange, 1340 South County Trail, East Greenwich

The Ocean State Orchid Society September meeting will feature members sharing their successes and problems and how they prepare their orchids before they bring them back indoors. There will be a grow and show table and a raffle. For more information, visit oceanstateorchidsociety.org.

Sunday, Sept. 9 Jane Herr Desrosiers

3 to 5 p.m.; Savoy Bookshop and Café, 10 Canal St., Westerly.

Savoy Bookshop & Cafe will host an open house book signing with local author Jane Herr Desrosiers for her new book “Gone Fishing: The Line.” For more information, visit banksquarebooks.com or call 401-213-3901.

Ben Coes

5 p.m.; La Grua Center, 32 Water St., Stonington.

The Stonington Free Library will host a talk by Ben Coes, author of “Bloody Sunday.” For more information, visit lagruacenter.org.

Monday, Sept. 10 “La bohème” cast and crew

5 p.m.; United Church, 67 Main St, Stonington.

The Guild of Salt Marsh Opera will hold a meet and greet with the cast and crew of Salt Marsh Opera’s production of “La bohème.” For more information or to register, call 860-535-3456 or visit saltmarshopera.org/guild-events.

Sept. 10, 17 Square Dance Lessons

7 to 9 p.m.; Westerly Senior Center, 39 State St., Westerly.

Surfside 8 Square Dance club will offer free square dance lessons for beginners. For more information, visit surfside8sdc.dance

Wednesday, Sept. 12 Local Author Spotlight

6 p.m.; Westerly Library, 44 Broad St. Westerly.

Savoy Bookshop & Café and the Westerly Library will host nonfiction writers Susan Mara Bregman (“New England Neon”), Susan Ducharme Hoben (“Dying Well”) and Felicia Zera Kalapos (“Stroke Through a Mother’s Eyes”) as part of their Local Author Spotlight series, Th event is free and books will be available for purchase. For more information, visit banksquarebooks.com or call 401-213-3901.

Beyond Reservation

6 p.m.; La Grua Center, 32 Water St., Stonington.

Jason Mancini, executive director of Connecticut Humanities, co-founder of Akomawt Educational Initiative, and former executive director of the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center will give a presentation on how Indians and their communities responded to land dispossession, negotiated race, ethnicity, and identity, and how they maintained social and kinship networks on land and at sea. There is a suggested donation of $5. For more information, call 860-535-2300 or visit lagruacenter.org.

Roger Williams’ legacy

7 p.m.; Wheeler Library, 101 Main St., North Stonington.

The North Stonington Historical Society and Friends of Wheeler Library will host a presentation by John McNiff, park ranger at the Roger Williams National Memorial in Providence, about Roger Williams and his legacy today. For more information, visit wheelerlibrary.org or call 860-535-0383.

Thursday, Sept. 13 Opening Reception & Book Signing

5 p.m.; Hoxie Gallery, Westerly Library, 44 Broad St., Westerly.

An opening reception and book signing will be held for Westerly native David Zapatka’s exhibit “Stars and Lights” and his book “Stars and Lights: The Darkest of Dark Nights,” featuring photos of historic lighthouse structures under stars on new moon nights.

Ghost Ship Presentation

6: 30 p.m.; Cross’ Mills Public Library, 4417 Old Post Road, Charlestown.

Jill Farinelli, author of “The Palatine Wreck: The Legend of the New England Ghost Ship,” will discuss the maritime mystery about a German ship that capsized off the coast of Block Island. For more information, visit 401-364-6211 or visit crossmills.org.

“Traces of the Trade”

6 p.m.; La Grua Center, 32 Water St., Stonington.

Stonington Historical Society will host a documentary screening of “Traces of the Trade,” a film that follows members of the DeWolfe family of Rhode Island as they trace their family’s involvement in the slave trade and their attempts at reconciliation. A discussion will follow facilitated by a member of the Center for Reconciliation. There is a suggested donation $5. For more information, visit stoningtonhistory.org.

Friday, Sept., 14 Top Gun Hangar Party

7 to 11 p.m.; Dooney Aviation, 23 Tom Harvey Road, Ave. B, Westerly.

The Jonnycake Center of Westerly will host the Top Gun Hangar Party featuring music by Sugar. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. For more information or to buy tickets, visit jonnycake.org/events or call 401-377-8069.

Drive-In-Movies

8 p.m.; Wuskenau Town Beach, Pondside Lot, 316 Atlantic Ave., Misquamicut.

The Misquamicut Business Association Drive-In-Movies will screen “Twister.” Cost is $15 per car. For more information and schedule, visit misquamicut.org.

Sept. 14 - 16 Misquamicut FallFest

Various times; Misquamicut State Beach, 257 Atlantic Ave., Misquamicut.

The Misquamicut FallFest will include rides and games from Rockwell Amusements, a food truck rodeo, a classic car show, crafts and musical performances, including Atlanta Rhythm Section. It will be held on Friday, 5 to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit misquamicutfestival.org.

Folk Art Quilt Show

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; South County Museum, 115 Strathmore St., Narragansett.

South County Museum’s 33rd annual Folk Art Quilt Show will feature “Unfinished Objects” from the museum’s collection as well as quilt work by local artisans and quilt-related programs daily. Cost is $10, $4 for children under 12 and free for museum members. Visit southcountymuseum.org or call 401-783-5400 for more information.

Saturday, Sept. 15 CT Gilbert & Sullivan Society

5 p.m.; La Grua Center, 32 Water St., Stonington.

La Grua Center will host members of the Connecticut Gilbert and Sullivan Society who will perform some of their favorite selections from the operas of Gilbert & Sullivan including highlights from their upcoming production of “The Mikado.” Tickets are $10. For tickets or more information, call 860-535-2300 or visit lagruacenter.org.

Meadowbrook Waldorf School benefit

7:30 p.m.; Lily Pads, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County, 27 North Road, Peace Dale.

A benefit will be held for Meadowbrook Waldorf School featuring Dharmasoul and Haunt the House. There will also be cameo performances by Meadowbrook Waldorf alumni, local vendors donating their proceeds to Meadowbrook. Food and beverages will be available. Tickets are $20. Tickets are available at brownpapertickets.com. in advance or at the door the night of the benefit.

Sunday, Sept. 16 Literally Funny Comedy Show

6 p.m.; Savoy Bookshop and Café, 10 Canal St., Westerly.

Savoy Bookshop & Café will host Literally Funny, an evening of comedy hosted by Marvin Wells and headlined by Annie Powell. The event also features Kim Arundel, Steph White and Pat Boyle. Tickets are $20, and Savoy will donate all profits to the World Skin Project. The event is suitable for adults and mature teens. For more information, visit banksquarebooks.com or call 401-213-3901.

James Kuslan

3:30 p.m.; Stone Ridge, 186 Jerry Browne road, Mystic.

The Guild of Salt Marsh Opera will present a lecture by Simon Holt on “La bohème highlights.” For more information or to register, call 860-535-3456 or visit saltmarshopera.org/guild-events.


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