Tom Chapin

Folk artist Tom Chapin will perform at Friday Night Folk in New London on Friday, March 15.

Photo courtesy Friday Night Folk

Thursday, March 14

Poet’s choice reading

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

Savoy Bookshop & Café and Poets Choice Publishing will host an evening celebrating poetry and art. Tom Kirlin will read from his new collection, “Enabling Love,” and Richard Harteis will read from the works of Elisavietta Ritchie and Barbara Goldberg, winner of the Valentin Krustev Award for Translation. Visual artists Mark Patnode and Serena Bates will also present a few of their works. The event is free. For more information, visit banksquarebooks.com or call 401-213-3901.

Thursday Hike

10 a.m.; Browning Woods Trail, Shannock Road, South Kingstown.

The Westerly Land Trust Thursday hike will be on Browning Woods Trail The 2.5 mile trail passes over a swamp and intermittent stream, before ascending through wooded uplands. For more information, call guide Sue Sewell at 401-377-2226 or 401-744-9309 or visit westerlylandtrust.org.

Orchid talk

6:30 p.m.; St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 15 Pearl St., Mystic.

The Mystic Woman’s Club, a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of CT, will host a talk by orchid expert Dr. Joseph Benedict at their general meeting. For more information, email MWC@mysticwomansclub.org.

Puppet Show

11 a.m.; Wheeler Library, 101 Main St., North Stonington.

Wheeler Library will host the Lionheart Puppet Company who will present “The Reluctant Dragon.” Based on the story by Kenneth Grahame, the show is suitable for ages 4-11. The program is free. For more information, visit wheelerlibary.org or call 860-535-0383.

Cecilia Vicuña

5:30 p.m.; McCormack Family Theater, Brown University, 70 Brown St., Providence.

The Department of Literary Arts at Brown University will present a screening of “What Is Poetry to You?,” a film by poet, artist, filmmaker and activist Cecilia Vicuña. A conversation with Vicuña will follow the screening. The event is free. For more information, visit brown.edu/academics/literary-arts/events.

The Yardbirds

7:30 p.m.; Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook.

The Yardbirds, with guitarist Godfrey Towsend, bassist Kenny Aaronson, singer / harpist/percussionist Myke Scavone and guitarist / singer John Idan, will perform. Tickets are $60 and are available katharinehepburntheater.com.

March 14 - 17

Ice Skating

Various times; Washington Trust Skating Rink, 61 Main St., Westerly.

The Washington Trust Skating Rink is open for free skate. Skate rentals are available. For times and more information, call 401-637-7902 or visit oceancommunityymca.org.

“Escaped Alone” and “Come and Go”

Various times; The Gamm Theatre, 1245 Jefferson Blvd., Warwick.

The Gamm Theatre will present “Escaped Alone” by Caryl Churchill and “Come and Go” by Samuel Beckett. For tickets or more information, visit gammtheatre.org.

March 14 - 28

Wakefield Idol

7 p.m.; Contemporary Theater Company, 327 Main St., Wakefield.

Contemporary Theater Company will host the Wakefield Idol singing competition where 64 singers compete for a $1500 cash prize. The competition will run on Thursdays. For more information or for tickets, visit contemporarytheatercompany.com.

March 14 - 23

“Whodunit?”

7 p.m.; Contemporary Theater Company, 327 Main St., Wakefield.

Contemporary Theater Company will present an improvised murder mystery, “Whodunit,” based on classic mysteries. Performances will be held on Saturdays. Tickets are $15 and $10 for students. For more information or for tickets, visit contemporarytheatercompany.com.

March 14 - 31

“The Lone Star

Love Potion”

Various times; Newport Playhouse & Cabaret Restaurant, 102 Connell Highway, Newport.

The Newport Playhouse & Cabaret Restaurant will present the comedy, “The Lone Star Love Potion,” written by Michael Parker and directed by Daniel Lee White. For more information or for tickets, visit newportplayhouse.com.

Friday, March 15

Surfside 8

Square Dance

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

Surfside 8 Square Dance Club will hold a dance with caller, Jim Schell and cuer, Margene Jervis. The theme is St. Pat’s Dance. There is a $8 donation for dancers, free for observers. For more information, call 860-245-0164 or 401-622-8084.

Tom Chapin

7:30 p.m.; All Souls UU Congregation, 19 Jay St., New London.

Friday Night Folk will host a concert by folk troubadour, singer-songwriter, storyteller and multi-instrumentalist, Tom Chapin. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For tickets or more information, visit fridaynightfolk.org or call 860-443-0316.

The Fab Four

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

The Fab Four, a Beatles tribute band will perform. Tickets are available at gardearts.com or by calling 860-444-7373, ext 1.

March 15 to April 7

“Our Town”

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

Burbage Theatre Company will present “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder, directed by Mark Peckham. Performances will be held on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m. For tickets or more information, visit burbagetheatre.org or call 401-484-0355.

“The Song of Summer”

Various times; Trinity Rep, 201 Washington St., Providence.

Trinity Rep will present the world premiere of the play “The Song of Summer” by Lauren Lee and directed by Taibi Magar. For tickets or more information, visit trinityrep.com or call 401-351-4242.

Saturday, March 16

Irene Drago

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

Savoy Bookshop & Café will host an open house book signing with local author Irene Drago, author of “Daughters of Long Reach.” The event is free. For more information, visit banksquarebooks.com or call 860-536-3795.

Music Matters

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

La Grua Center’s Music Matters will host a performance of traditional and modern Irish music by Shannon Heaton, vocals, wood flute and whistles and Matt Heaton, vocals, guitar, bouzouki and bodhrán. Tickets are $10, free for age 18 and under. For tickets or more information, visit lagrua.org or call 860-535-2300

Nature talk with

Bill Hobbs

6 p.m.; Stonington Harbor Yacht Club, 32 Water St., Stonington

Stonington Harbor Yacht Club will host a presentation by Bill Hobbs, a nature writer for the New London Day. He will share personal photographs and scientific discoveries about animals. Maggie Jones, from the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, will join him and bring several live birds of prey for viewing. The cost is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. For reservations, call Tricia Walsh at 860-535-0112, ext. 103, or email office@shyc.us. For more information visit shyc.us.

Awaken:

Yes tribute band

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

Courthouse Center for the Arts will host Awaken, a Yes tribute band. Tickets are $29. For tickets or more information, visit courthousearts.org or call 401-782-1018.

The Ogham Alphabet 2 p.m.; Public Library of New London, 63 Huntington St., New London.

Collen Berry Conway will give a presentation on the history of the Ogham Alphabet, the oldest of the Gaelic languages. For more information, visit plnl.org.

Rhode Island

Philharmonic

8 p.m.; The Vets, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence.

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, with conductor Francisco Noya, will perform Janácek’s Káta Kabanová: Overture, Beethoven’s Violin Concerto featuring violinist Jennifer Frautschi and Dvorák’s Symphony No.5. For tickets or more information, call 401-248-7000 or visit riphil.org.

March 16 - 24

“The Little Mermaid”

Various times; Mystic Dark Room, 325 Mistuxet Ave., Stonington.

Mystic Ballet will present “The Little Mermaid” based on the the Disney animated film and set to the score of the Broadway musical. Performances will be held on Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 1 and 4 p.m. For tickets or more information, vist mysticballet.org.

Sunday, March 17

“Poets Speaking Up”

2 p.m.; Contemporary Theater Company, 327 Main St., Wakefield.

Poets Speaking Up will present an afternoon of poetry, music and performance on the theme “Working the Heart of Humanity: A Village Speaks.” Poets from across Rhode Island will read and perform their original poetry, with musical performance by Mike Laureanno, and poets, including Damont Combs and Marie Michaelle, and writers Ashley Macamaux and Kevin Broccoli. Admission is free, with donations gratefully accepted to benefit the performing poets. For more information, call 401-474-5052.

U.S. Coast Guard Band concert

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

The U.S. Coast Guard Band will present a concert, “Luck O’ The Irish,” directed by Lt. Cmdr. Adam Williamson. The performance will feature “The Rakes of Mallow,” “Molly on the Shore” and “Danny Boy.” The event is free. To enter the Coast Guard Academy, drivers are required to present a valid photo ID. For more information, visit uscg.mil/band or call 860-701-6826.

March 18

St. Joseph talk

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

The Dante Society of Westerly will host a talk about St. Joseph with Fr. Giacomo Capoverdi. There will also be a screening of a short film by Bronte Stahl on Acri, Italy, with a Q & A following.

Lenten Luncheon

Noon to 1:30 p.m.; Calvary Church, 27 Church St., Stonington.

Calvary Church will host Lenten luncheons on Mondays during Lent. The cost is $10 and includes an entree, salad, bread, dessert and beverage. Proceeds will be dedicated to local charitable organizations. Lunch will be preceded by a service of noon day prayer at 11:45 a.m. in the church. For more information, call 860-912-4144.

Tuesday, March 19

Local Author

Spotlight

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

Savoy Bookshop & Café and Westerly Library will host a Local Author Spotlight: Fiction Edition featuring Gwen Mariani, author of “The Growing-Tree,” and L.M. Pampuro, author of “Maximum Trouble.” This event is free. For more information, visit banksquarebooks.com or call 401-213-3901.

Young@Heart

7:30 p.m.; Sapinsley Hall, Rhode Island College, 600 Mt. Pleasant Ave., Providence.

The choral group, Young@Heart, made up of seniors age 73 to 92, will perform. Tickets are $25, $20 for seniors, $10 for students and free for Rhode Island College students. For more information, visit ric.edu.

Wednesday, March 20

Trails & Ales

5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Grills Preserve, 198 Bowling Lane, Bradford.

The Westerly Land Trust will host a hike through Grills Preserve, followed by a free draft pour at Grey Sali Brewery, 63 Canal St., Westerly. For reservations, email mlee@westerlylandtrust.org. For more information, visit westerlylandtrust.org.

Thursday, March 21

On Our Minds Series

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

La Grua’s On Our Minds Series will host a talk by Michael Conforti on Intimations in the Night: An Archetypal Perspective on Psyche and Spirit in the Aging Process. There is a suggested donation of $5. For more information, visit lagruacenter.org or call 860-535-2300.

Friday, March 22

Arts Café Mystic

7:30 p.m.; Mystic Museum of Art, 9 Water St., Mystic.

Arts Café Mystic will host poetry readings by Lisa Starr and high school poets laureate of southeastern Connecticut. Casey Flax will provide music at the event. Cost is $15, free for students. For more information, email info@theartscafemystic.org or call 860-912-2444.

Whole Lotta Heart

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

Courthouse Center for the Arts will host Whole Lotta Heart, a Heart and Led Zeppelin tribute band. Tickets are $20. For tickets or more information, visit courthousearts.org or call 401-782-1018.

Forensic Science Seminar Series

3:30 p.m.; Richard E. Beaupre Center, University of Rhode Island, 140 Flagg Road, Kingston.

The University of Rhode Island’s Forensic Science Seminar Series will host a talk by Cara Lupino, supervisor of forensic biology and DNA at the Rhode Island Department of Health, on “DNA Analysis.” The lecture is free. For more information, visit uri.edu.

March 22 – April 7

“The Game’s Afoot”

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

Granite Theatre will present the comedy, “The Game’s Afoot,” by Ken Ludwig. Performances will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m. For tickets or more information, call 401-596-2341 or visit granitetheatre.com.

Saturday, March 23

Wine & Craft Beer fundraiser

6 to 9 p.m.; La Grua Center, 32 Water St., Stonington.

St. Michael School will hold their third annual Wine and Craft Beer Tasting, sponsored by Cove Ledge Package Store. There will be samples of wines and craft beers and food from Watch Hill Catering, Bogue’s Alley, Casa Della Luce and McQuade’s Marketplace. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased by calling school 860-599-1084 or visit eventbrite.com and search for St. Michael School.

Barefoot Rebel

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

Courthouse Center for the Arts will host Barefoot Rebel, a Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band. Tickets are $22. For tickets or more information, visit courthousearts.org or call 401-782-1018.

Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra

7:30 p.m.; Garde Arts Center, 325 State St., New London.

Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra will present its Springtime Lark Concert. They will perform Tower, Fanfare for the uncommon woman; Torke, SKY Violin Concerto featuring Tessa Lark, violin; and Rachmaninov, Symphonic Dances, Op. 45. For tickets or more information, visit ectsymphony.com or call 860-443-2876.

Love + Harmony

benefit concert

7:30 p.m.; Casino Theatre, The International Tennis Hall of Fame, 10 Freebody St., Newport.

A concert will be held to benefit the Common Fence Music 2019-20 season, with performances by folk artists Allysen Callery, Atwater-Donnelly, Cardboard Ox, Chris Capaldi, Flowers & Rain, John Faraone, Seamus Galligan, Slackwater String Band, Steve Delmonico and The Vox Hunters. Singer-songwriter John Fuzek will emcee the evening. Tickets are $30 in advance, $32 at the door, $28 for Common Fence Music members and $15 for students. For tickets or more information, visit CommonFenceMusic.org.

Sunday, March 24

Smith Widows

2 p.m.; Babcock Smith House Museum, 124 Granite St., Westerly.

Babcock Smith House Museum will host a talk by Linda Smith Chaffee on three Smith widows and how they met the challenges of raising family, operating a business and managing a home. The talk is free. For more information, visit babcocksmithhouse.org.

Mystic Irish Parade

1 p.m.; Downtown Mystic.

Mystic Irish Parade Foundation will hold the 15th annual Mystic Irish Parade with 2,000 plus marchers. This year’s grand marshal is Mystic Fire Chief Frank (Fritz) Hilbert. The parade will begin at the Mystic Seaport and proceed through downtown Mystic ending at the Mystic Museum of Art. For more information, visit mysticirishparade.org.

Monday, March 25

Lenten Luncheon

Noon to 1:30 p.m.; Calvary Church, 27 Church St., Stonington.

Calvary Church in Stonington Borough will host Lenten luncheons on Mondays during Lent. The cost is $10 per person and includes an entree, fresh crispy salad, crusty bread, a homemade dessert and a beverage. There will also be vegetarian and gluten free alternatives as well as take out available. Each week’s proceeds will be dedicated to a different local charitable organization. Lunch will be preceded by a service of noon day prayer at 11:45 a.m. in the church. For more information, call 860-912-4144.

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