Picks of the week: Dec. 7 – 17

Picks of the week: Dec. 7 – 17



Thursday, Dec. 7

Fall Orchestra Concert

7 p.m.; Evans Hall, Connecticut College, 270 Mohegan Ave., New London.

Connecticut College Orchestra, with conductor Simon Holt, will perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21; Grieg’s Peer Gynt, Suite No. 1, Op. 46; and Rossini’s The Barber of Seville Overture. Tickets are $5, $3 for seniors, free for college students, faculty and staff. For more information or tickets, visit conncoll.edu or call 860-439-2787.

Dec. 7, 9

Songs of the Holidays

Various times; Westerly Public Library, 44 Broad St., Westerly.

The Westerly Library will host “Songs of the Holidays,” a concert performance by The Black Tie Brothers. The band features Phil Audette and Brendon Bjorness-Murano who will perform a mixture of holiday classics. Performances will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday and at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The program is free. For more information, visit westerlylibrary.org.

Dec. 7 - 23

“A Christmas Survival Guide”

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

Granite Theatre will present the musical comedy, “A Christmas Survival Guide.” Performances will be held Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and on Sunday 2 p.m. Visit granitetheatre.com or call 401-596-2341 for tickets or more information.

Lantern Light Tours

5 p.m.; Mystic Seaport Museum, 75 Greenmanville Ave, Mystic.

Mystic Seaport’s Lantern Light Tours is a 70-minute progressive play that is set on Christmas Eve in 1876 in the setting of the historic buildings and vessels of the museum. Tours leave every 15 minutes. Tickets can be purchased at mysticseaport.org/lanternlighttours, or by calling 860-572-5331.

“Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge”

Various times; The Contemporary Theater Company, 327 Main St., Wakefield.

The Contemporary Theater Company will present the comedy “Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge,” by Christopher Durang. Performances will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. For tickets, call 401-218-0282 or visit  contemporarytheatercompany.com.

“Church”

7:30 p.m.; The Wilbury Theatre, 40 Sonoma Court, Providence.

The Wilbury Theatre will present the drama “Church” by Young Jean Lee and directed by Brien Lang. For tickets or more information, call 401-400-7100 or visit thewilburygroup.org.

Dec. 7 – 31

Westerly Nature Seal Cruises

Various times; Viking Marina, 19 Margin St., Westerly.

Save the Bay will run 90-minute Seal Watch and Nature Cruise down the Pawcatuck River and into Little Narragansett Bay. Cruises leave from Viking Marina. For more information or to make reservations, call 401-203-7325 or visit savebay.org/seals.

“A Christmas Carol”

Various times; Trinity Repertory Company, 201 Washington St., Providence.

Trinity Repertory Company 40th annual production of “A Christmas Carol,” directed by Angela Brazil and Stephen Thorne will feature Joe Wilson, Jr. as Ebenezer Scrooge. For tickets call 401-351-4242 or visit  TrinityRep.com.

Dec. 7 - 17

“Nutcracker Spectacular”

Various times; Mystic Dark Room, 325 Mistuxet Avenue, Stonington

Mystic Ballet will present “Nutcracker Spectacular.” Performances will be held on Saturdays at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. For tickets or more information, visit mysticballet.org.

“A Christmas Carol”

Various times; Chestnut Street Playhouse, 24 Chestnut St., Norwich.

Chestnut Street Playhouse will present a musical version of Dickens “A Christmas Carol,” by Alan Menken, Lynn Ahrens and Mike Ockrent. Performances will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $27 for adults, $25 seniors and $15 for children and students. For tickets call 860-886-2378 or visit chestnutstreetplayhouse.org

Dec. 7 - 10

‘Lady Windermere’s Fan’

Various times; University of Rhode Island Fine Arts Center, 105 Upper College Road, Kingston.

The University of Rhode Island Theatre Department will perform “Lady Windermere’s Fan,” by Oscar Wilde, a play that explores Victorian upper crust society. Performances will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 and $15 for students, university faculty and staff and seniors. For tickets or more information, visit web.uri.edu/theatre, or call 401-874-5843.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Various times; Exeter-West Greenwich Jr/Sr High School, 930 Nooseneck Hill Rd, West Greenwich.

Exeter-West Greenwich High School Drama will present Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Performances will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Visit ewgdrama.com  for tickets or more information.

“Incognito”

Various times; Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre, 172 Exchange St., Pawtucket.

The play “Incognito” by Nick Payne and directed by Tyler Dobrowsky features four actors playing a total of 21 characters in the play’s three interwoven stories. For more information or for tickets, visit gammtheatre.org.

Friday, Dec. 8

“It’s a Wonderful Life”

7 p.m.; United Theatre, 5 Canal St., Westerly.

The United Theatre will show the holiday classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life” on the big screen. Tickets are $8 and go on sale Friday at noon at unitedtheatre.org.

Colleen Rogers and Jeff Cezarine

7 p.m.; Cross’ Mills Library, 4417 Old Post Library, Charlestown

Cross’ Mills Library will host the contemporary musicians, Colleen Rogers and Jeff Cezarine as part of their Three Songs of the Season series. The concert is free. Visit crossmills.org or call 401-364-6211  for more information.

The Stonington Madrigal Singers

6 p.m.; Calvary Church, 27 Church St., Stonington.

The Stonington Madrigal Singers, joined by the The Whaling City Brass Quintet will perform a concert of renaissance and baroque Christmas music. Donations gratefully accepted.

Festival of Lights

5 to 9:30 p.m.; Olde Mistick Village, 27 Coogan Blvd., Mystic.

Olde Mistick Village will host a Festival of Lights featuring over 6,000 luminaries lighting the walkways of the village and surrounding area, music by Ragtime Too!, Festive Brass Ensemble and Stonington High School and Tyl Middle School Chamber Choirs and Fly-by-Night Comedy Jugglers. Parking and admission is free. For more information, visit oldemistickvillage.com.

Maggie's Guitar

Unity Hall at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 19 Jay St., New London.

Southeastern Connecticut band Maggie's Guitar will perform a preview of 18 original songs from the soundtrack of the upcoming musical Crossing: A Musical Journey. Ticket prices are $17 in advance, $20 at the door, and $10 for students and military with ID. For tickets and more information, visit fridaynightfolk.org or by calling 860-443-0316.

Dec. 8, 9

“Into the Woods Jr.,”

Various times; Westerly Middle School, 10 Sandy Hill Road,  Westerly.

Theatre Scrapbook will present “Into the Woods Jr.,” an adaptation of the Tony award winning musical by Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine. Performances will be held on Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15, $10 for seniors, $5 students and free for children under age 5. Tickets can be purchased at theatrescrapbook.com or at the door 30 minutes prior to curtain.

Dec. 8 - 10

Albano’s “Nutcracker”

Various times; Cabaret Theatre, Mohegan Sun, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd, Uncasville.

Albano’s “Nutcracker” will feature Miku Kawamura, prima ballerina from Japan, as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Eric Cranes as the Prince, along with students from local dance academies. Performances will be held on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and at Sunday at 1 and 7 p.m. For tickets or more information, visit mohegansun.com or call 800-745-3000.

Saturday, Dec. 9

“Elf”

6:30 p.m.; United Theatre, 5 Canal St., Westerly.

The United Theatre will show the movie “Elf” with holiday treats and a visit from Santa at the end of the movie. Starts at. Tickets are $8 and go on sale Friday at noon at unitedtheatre.org.

“A Christmas Carol”

11 a.m.; Cross’ Mills Library, 4417 Old Post Library, Charlestown

Cross’ Mills Library will host “A Christmas Carol,” performed by Hampstead Stage company. The event is free. Visit crossmills.org or call 401-364-6211  for more information.

Cafe Lisboa~Portuguese Fado

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

La Grua Center will host a concert, Cafe Lisboa~Portuguese Fado featuring Sonia Bettencourt, fadista, with Guitarras do Atlantico, Manuel Leite, guitarra portuguesa;  Viriato Ferreira, guitar and  Tiago Goulart, percussion. Tickets are $10 and free for ages 18 and under. For tickets, visit lagruacenter.org.

Holiday Stroll

3 to 9 p.m.; Velvet Mill, 22 Bayview Ave., Stonington.

Velvet Mill will host a Holiday Stroll featuring a performance by the Stonington High School Chorus, a tree lighting and pictures with Santa.   There will be a gift-wrapping station operated by The Rebels softball team, face painting and the Snow Queen will make an appearance.  For more information, visit thevelvetmill.com.

“A Symphony of Carols”

5 p.m.; Custom House Maritime Museum, 150 Bank Street, New London.

New London Maritime Society will host members of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Chorus for a performance of “A Symphony of Carols” by Benjamin Britten. Tickets are $12, $10 for society members and $4 for children ages 6 to 18. Call 860-447-2501 for reservations.

Livingston Taylor

8 p.m.; Courthouse Center for the Arts, 3481 Kingstown Road, West Kingston.

Courthouse Center for the Arts will host a performance by singer songwriter Livingston Taylor. Tickets are $45 and are available at courthousearts.org.

Stephanie Rice with Colonial Blue

8 p.m.; Veterans Memorial Auditorium, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence.

NBC’s The Voice, Stephanie Rice, will perform with her band Colonial Blue. For tickets visit  TheVetsRI.com, or call 401-421-2787.

Dec. 9, 10

"The Nutcracker"

Various times; Garde Arts Center, 325 State St., New London, CT

Performances will be held at 1:30 and 7 p.m. on Saturday and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.  Eastern Connecticut Ballet will perform “The Nutcracker.” For tickets call 860-444-7373 ext.,1 or visit gardearts.org.

Sunday, Dec. 10

Christmas Concert

2 p.m.; Westerly Armory, 41 Railroad Ave., Westerly.

The Westerly Band, directed by Alison Patton, will present its annual Christmas Concert featuring a  Christmas Sing-a-Long followed by a visit from Santa Claus. Admission is $5, free for children age 5 and under. Proceeds will benefit the Westerly Armory Restoration.

Rock & Roll Christmas Benefit for SUFA

6 p.m.; The Knickerbocker Music Center, 35 Railroad Ave., Westerly.

The New England Songwriter's Invitational, John Speziale, and The Knick will host the fifth annual Rock & Roll Christmas Benefit for Stand Up For Animals. The event will feature John Speziale & The Friends with opening act, The Choos. There will be appearances by Craig Edwards and Dancing Santa along with food, drinks, raffles, silent auction, photo booth and dance contest. Cost is a $10 donation. For more information, visit knickmusic.com.

Lisa Fiedler

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

Savoy Bookshop & Café will host a book signing by Lisa Fiedler, author of “Ages of Oz,” as part of the Holiday Gift Guide series. Visit banksquarebooks.com for more information.

“Alice in Winterland”

1 and 4 p.m.; Courthouse Center for the Arts, 3481 Kingstown Road, West Kingston.

Courthouse Center for the Arts will host a production of the holiday comedy, “Alice in Winterland” with a cast of all ages. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. For tickets, visit courthousearts.org.

A Family Holiday concert

2 and 7 p.m.; Leamy Concert Hall, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 15 Mohegan Ave., New London.

The Coast Guard Band will present its annual holiday concerts, A Family Holiday. The afternoon event will feature a performance by New London’s Flock Theatre at 2 p.m. and the evening program, “Songs of the Season,” will include holiday hits featuring soprano soloist Megan Weikleenget at 7 p.m. The events are free. To enter the Coast Guard Academy, drivers are required to present a valid photo ID. For more information, visit uscg.mil or call 860-701-6826.

Monday, Dec. 11

The Not-So-Good Life of the Colonial Goodwife

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

The Westerly Public Library will host a presentation by the Grounded Goodwife on the “The Not So Good Life of the Colonial Goodwife,” an interactive presentation about the little-known issues faced by New England’s colonial women. The program is free. For more information, visit westerlylibrary.org.

Children of Abraham

7 p.m.; Mystic & Noank Library, 40 Library St., Mystic.

Journalist and Islamic scholar Tom Verde will discuss the conflict in the Middle East. The talk is free. For more information, visit mysticnoanklibrary.org.

Tuesday, Dec. 12

Leslie Tryon

6 to 8 p.m.; Savoy Bookshop & Café, 10 Canal St., Westerly.

Savoy Bookshop & Café will host a book signing by Leslie Tryon, author of “The Thumbtack Dancer,” as part of the Holiday Gift Guide series. Visit banksquarebooks.com for more information.

Remembering Our Veterans

7 p.m.; Groton Public Library, 52 Newtown Road, Groton.

Groton Town Historian Jim Streeter will give a presentation about his new book, "Remembering Our Veterans: A Directory of Groton's Veterans & War Memorials.” Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing after the presentation. Profits will be donated to the Veterans Committee of the Groton Lodge of Elks. For more information, call 860-441-6750 or visit grotonpl.org.

Wednesday, Dec.13

A Voce Christmas!

7 p.m.; Calvary Episcopal Church, 27 Church St., Stonington.

Calvary Church will present choral ensemble A Voce Christmas! led by artistic director Mark Singleton, for a concert of carols and anthems of the holiday season. Tickets are $25with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Calvary Church music program. For tickets or more information, visit voceinc.org.

Our Blue Park

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

Peter Auster, senior research scientist at the Mystic Aquarium, will recount research on the ecology of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument. There is a suggested donation of $5. For more information, visit lagruacenter.org.

Thursday, Dec. 14

Hyg Harbor Concert Series

8 p.m.; Hygienic Art, 79 Bank St., New London

Fleet Music will perform at Hygienic Art’s underground gallery as part of the Hyg Harbor Concert Series. Admission is free with drinks and band merchandise available for purchase. Visit hygienic.org for more information.

Friday, Dec. 15

La Bella Musica

7 p.m.; Cross’ Mills Library, 4417 Old Post Library, Charlestown

Cross’ Mills Library will host the classical group La Bella Musica as part of their Three Songs of the Season series. The concert is free. Visit crossmills.org or call 401-364-6211  for more information.

Terry Sylvester and John Ford Coley

8 p.m.; Courthouse Center for the Arts, 3481 Kingstown Road, West Kingston.

Courthouse Center for the Arts will present a concert with Terry Sylvester and John Ford Coley. Tickets are $42. For tickets or more information, visit courthousearts.org.

Melissa Ethridge

8 p.m.; Garde Arts Center, 325 State St., New London.

The Garde Arts Center will host a Christmas concert with Melissa Ethridge. For tickets or more information, visit gardearts.org.

Saturday, Dec. 16

Holiday Harpsichord Concert

6 p.m.; Captain Palmer House, 40 Palmer St., Stonington.

The Stonington Historical Society will host a Holiday Harpsichord Concert featuring Elena Zamolodchikova. Tickets are $20 or $18 for members. Visit stoningtonhistory.org for tickets and more information.

Calvary Music School

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

Calvary Music School students and piano faculty will perform Tchaikovsky's 'The Nutcracker Suite.' For more information, visit calvarymusicschool.org.

Dec. 16, 17

Christmas Pops

Various times; George Kent Performance Hall, 119 High St., Westerly.

The Chorus of Westerly will present their annual Christmas Pops concert. Performances will be held on Saturday at 6 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 and 4 p.m. For tickets, call 401-596-8663 or visit chorusofwesterly.org.

Community Carol Sing

2 p.m. Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Ave, Mystic.

The Mystic Seaport annual holiday carol sing will be led by Jamie Spillane and backed by the Mystic Seaport Museum carolers and a brass quartet. The carolers will perform a holiday concert in the Greenmanville Church at 2 p.m. and the carol sing will begin at McGraw Quadrangle at 3 p.m. Admission is free with the donation of a canned food item. Visit mysticseaport.org for more information.

 


 
 
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