Stonington Madrigals

The Stonington Madrigal Singers will present a concert of Renaissance Love Songs at La Grua in Stonington on Saturday, May 4, at 5 p.m.

Photo courtesy Stonington Madrigal Singers

Thursday, May 2

Thursday Hike

10 a.m.; Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge, Charlestown

The Westerly Land Trust will lead a hike through Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge. The 4 mile hike is a flat easy walk over grassy trails and old runways from the former Charlestown Naval Auxiliary Landing Field to Grassy Point on Ninigret Pond. From there the hike will continue to the fishing access area and follow the Foster Cove Trail back. Hikers are required to wear 200 square inches of solid daylight fluorescent orange due to hunting in the area. For more information, visit westerlylandtrust.org or contact hike leader Liz Anderson at 401-322-8619 or newlondonliz@msn.com.

Opening Reception

5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Mystic Museum of Art, 9 Water St., Mystic.

An opening reception and awards ceremony will be held for the Connecticut Academy of Fine Art’s 108th Annual Exhibition. The exhibit features works by local, national, and international artists. The exhibit will be on display through June 1. For more information, visit mysticmuseumofart.org.

Drone Orchestra Concert

7:30 p.m.; Harkness Chapel, Connecticut College, 270 Mohegan Ave., New London.

The New London Drone Orchestra will perform meditative, minimal, gradually evolving music. Donations gratefully accepted. For more information, visit soundcloud.com/nldroneorchestra.

May 2 - 25

“Clothes Encounter”

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

The Newport Playhouse & Cabaret Restaurant will present the comedy, “Clothes Encounter.” written by Roger Karshner and directed by W. Richard Johnson. For more information or for tickets, visit newportplayhouse.com.

May 2 - 12

“Little Shop of Horrors”

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

Trinity Rep will present the musical “Little Shop of Horrors” directed by Tyler Dobrowsky. For tickets or more information, visit trinityrep.com or call 401-351-4242.

May 2 -11

“Gypsy”

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

Contemporary Theater Company will present the musical “Gypsy, with ” lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, music by Jule Styne and book by Arthur Laurents. For tickets or more information, visit contemporarytheatercompany.com or call 401-218-0282.

Friday, May 3

Opening reception

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

An opening reception will be held for the 26th Regional Art Exhibit at the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly. The exhibit will run from May 2 to June 2. The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. Visit westerly arts.com or call 401-596-2221 for more information.

Molly Brooks

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

Savoy Bookshop & Café and Kids Reading Across Rhode Island will host an evening with author Molly Brooks in celebration her new graphic novel “Sanity & Tallulah.” Each attendee will receive a free paperback copy of Sanity & Tallulah, while supplies last. Tickets are free and must be reserved in advance to receive a copy of the book. For reservations or more information, visit banksquarebooks.com or call 401-213-3901.

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 Dave Perrault and cuer Mike Alexander. Donation $8 for dancers, free for observers. For more information, call 860-245-0164 or 401596-1263.

May 3 - 11

“The Last Night

of Ballyhoo”

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

Granite Theatre will present the comedy, “The Last Night of Ballyhoo,” by Alfred Urhy. Performances will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 730 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m. For tickets or more information, call 401-596-2341 or visit granitetheatre.com.

May 3 - 19

“Polaroid Stories”

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

Burbage Theatre Company will present the drama “Polaroid Stories” by Naomi lizuka. Performances will be held on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and on Thursday at 2 p.m. For tickets or more information, visit burbagetheatre.org or call 401-484-0355.

Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Program

Various times; Pell Chafee Performance Center, 87 Empire St., Providence.

The Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Program will present two plays, “How We Got On” by Idris Goodwin, and “She Kills Monsters” by Qui Nguyen. For tickets or more information, call 401-351-4242 or visit TrinityRep.com/MFAShows.

May 3, 4

“The Wizard of Oz”

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

Theatre Scrapbook, in association with St. Michael School will present “The Wizard of Oz.” Performances will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday and at 5 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $15, $10 for seniors and $5 for students. For more information, visit theatrescrapbook.com.

May 3 - 5

“Too Much Light Makes the Baby

Go Blind”

Various times; Helen Forman Theatre, Rhode Island College, 600 Mt. Pleasant Ave., Providence.

Growing Stage Theatre will present “Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind,”by Greg Allen, directed by Michael Greene. The longest‐running show in Chicago history, the ensemble experiment presents 30, two‐minute plays in a single hour. The collection is performed in random order with audience interaction. Performances will be held Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5. For more information, visit ric.edu.

Saturday, May 4

The Elderly Brothers

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

The Westerly Library will host a performance by The Elderly Brothers, featuring T-Bone Stankus, guitar and Brian Gillie, keyboards. The duo will perform “oldies” rock ‘n’ roll from the 50’s and 60’s. The concert is free. For more information, visit westerlylibrary.org.

May Breakfast

7 to 10 a.m.; Christ Church, 7 Elm St., Westerly.

The Choir of Christ Church will hold the 105th annual May Breakfast. The menu will include pancakes and sausage, bacon and eggs, homemade muffins, juice, coffee, tea, and strawberries. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children under age 10. Tickets are available at the Parish Office or at the door. The event will include a Spring Market with a plant and shrub sale and household tag sale at the church from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bird Walk and Social

7:30 a.m.; Wahaneeta Preserve, 118 Moorehouse Road, Westerly.

The Westerly Land Trust will lead a birding walk through Wahaneeta Preserve followed by a social to discuss the walk. The event is free. for more information, visit westerlylandtrust.org or call 401-315-2610.

Renaissance Love Songs Concert

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

The Stonington Madrigal Singers will present a concert, Naughty and Nice, a program of Renaissance love songs directed by Robert Guarino. The singers will be joined by The Stonington Recorder Consort. The concert is free with donations requested. A reception will follow the concert. For more information, call 860-535-3631.

Spring Bird Walk

8 a.m.; Patricia Sprague Forest Preserve, Railroad Avenue, Charlestown.

The Charlestown Land Trust and Conservation Commission will host a Spring Bird Walk. The 1.75 mile walk will be led by expert birder Don Heitzmann. For more information, call Faith or Roe LaBossiere at 401-364-6400.

The Troublemakers with James

Montgomery

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

Courthouse Center for the Arts will host The Troublemakers with Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame inductee James

Montgomery . Tickets are $20. For tickets or more information, visit courthousearts.org or call 401-782-1018.

Rhode Island

Philharmonic Orchestra

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

Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra will perform, with conductor Alexander Mickelthwate, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and Shostakovich’s Ninth Symphony. Soloist Benjamin Beilman will perform Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto. For tickets or more information, visit tickets.riphil.org or call 401-248-7000.

Sunday, May 5

Spring Concert

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

The Westminster Youth String Ensemble will hold their annual Spring Concert featuring the works of Beethoven, Handel and other popular favorites. The musicians are from age 6 to 18. Admission is $10 for adults and free for children. A donation of a jar of jam or jelly to be donated to the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center is requested. For more information, call 401-596-5225 or visit westminsterstrings.org.

Brush up Your

Shakespeare

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

The Stonington Free Library will host a talk by Harry Martin, Brush Up Your Shakespeare, an entertaining rather than scholarly lecture. The event is free. For more information, visit stoningtonfreelibrary.org or call 860-535- 0658.

Mystic River Chorale

3:30 p.m.; St. Mary, Mother of the Redeemer Church, 60 Groton Long Point, Groton.

Mystic River Chorale will perform Handel Messiah, Parts II and III, with Laura Holden Green, soprano; Roselin Osser, alto; Laurence Broderick, tenor; Ian Pomerantz, bass; and Frnak Martignetti, director. For tickets or more information, call 860-460-1487 or visit mysticriverchorale.org.

U.S. Coast Guard Band

2 p.m.; Leamy Concert Hall, 15 Mohegan Ave., New London.

The Coast Guard Band and Lieutenant Commander Adam Williamson will present a concert, “Spanish Legacy,” featuring works by Oscar Navarro, Genaro Codina, George Gershwin and others. 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.

“Peter and the Wolf”

2 p.m.; Palmer Auditorium, Connecticut College, 270 Mohegan Ave., New London.

Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra will present “Peter and the Wolf” with narrator Resurrección Espinosa-Frink and dancers from the Eastern Connecticut Ballet. The event will also include performances of Los esclavos felices by Juan Arriaga and South of the Border Mexican Medley by John Philips. Tickets are $10 and $5 for children age 18 and under. For tickets or more information, visit onstage.conncoll.edu or call 860-439-2787.

Tuesday, May 7

New London

History Series

7 p.m.; Public Library of New London, 63, Huntington St., New London.

New London historian Sally Ryan will give a talk on Railroads and the Industrial Revolution. The program is free. For more information, visit plnl.org or call 860-447-1411, ext. 5.

Wednesday, May 8

Adina Hoffman

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

Bank Square Books and the Garde Arts Center will host Adina Hoffman for a celebration of the publication her biography, “Ben Hecht: Fighting Words, Moving Pictures,” a portrait of American screenwriter Ben Hecht. Tickets are $5. For tickets or more information, visit banksquarebooks.com or call 401-213-3901.

Thursday, May 9

Thursday Hike

10 a.m.; Bluff Point, Depot Road, Groton.

The Westerly Land Trust will lead a hike through Bluff Point. The 5 mile hike is a along undeveloped stretches of Connecticut Coastline. Hikers should wear warm clothing and sturdy shoes as some sections may be muddy. Hikers are also required to wear 200 square inches of solid daylight fluorescent orange due to hunting in the area. For more information, visit westerlylandtrust.org or contact hike leader Tom Godbout at 401-871-2452 or trga678@outlook.com.

Tom Paxton with

The Don Juans

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

Courthouse Center for the Arts will host folk artist Tom Paxton with The Don Juans. Tickets are $30. For tickets or more information, visit courthousearts.org or call 401-782-1018.

Friday, May 10

Fusion

7 to 11 p.m.; Velvet Mill, 22 Bayview Ave., Stonington.

The Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce will host the eighth annual Fusion event, a celebration of the visual, culinary and performing arts. The event will include art exhibits, food and wine tasting, live music from Sugar and tasteful body painting. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door. For tickets or more information, visit oceanchamber.org.

Exhibit Opening

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

An opening reception will be held for the exhibit The Love Affair, featuring the art of all five members of the Love family. There is a suggested donation of $5. For more information, visit lagruacenter.org or call 860-535-2300.

Be A Hero Gala

6 to 10 p.m.; Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa, 625 North Road, Groton.

Always Home will host a superhero-inspired gala fundraiser. The evening will include Gotham City games, Kryptonite cocktails, a three-course dinner, live and silent auctions, and dancing to Power Posse Productions. Masks and capes are encouraged. The gala will support Always Home’s mission to prevent family homelessness. For more information or to purchase tickets visit alwayshome.org.

Friday Night Folk

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

Friday Night Folk will host a performance by singer-songwriter Nancy Parent. Tickets are $20 at the door, $17 reserved in advance, and $10 for students and active military with ID. For tickets or more information, visit fridaynightfolk.org or call 860-443-0316.

May 10 - 12

Misquamicut Springfest

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

The Misquamicut Business Association’s Springfest will include Rockwell Amusements rides, food trucks, live entertainment and car show. The event will be open 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.

Saturday, May 11

Wilcox Park

Tree Tours

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

University of Rhode Island Master Gardeners will lead a free one loop tour of Wilcox Park beginning and ending at the Esplanade outside the Westerly Library. The tours will include the park’s 28 Big Trees in the Rhode Island Big Tree Registry and 9 Champion trees. For more information, visit westerlylibrary.org.

Rainbow 5K Race

9 a.m.; Harvest Acres, 425 Kingston Road, West Kingston.

The Chariho Youth Task Force will host a 5K race to support mental health awareness. For more information or to register, visit charihoyouth.org.

English Country Dance

7:30 to 10:30 p.m.; Quonochontaug Grange, 5662 Post Road, Charlestown.

An English Country Dance will be held with instruction by Barbara Renna, Paul Wilde and Dragan Gill and live music by Jean Monroe and Bill Ouimette. All dances are taught; no experience or partner is needed. Admission to dance is $12; $10 with subscription card. Visit kingstonenglishcountrydance. org for more information.

Orchid Society Meeting

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

The Ocean State Orchid Society meeting will host Helen Hersh, owner of Mount Prospect Orchids, who will talk about Advanced Windowsill Growing. There will be a grow and show table and a raffle. For more information, visit oceanstateorchidsociety.org.

The Edwards Twins

7:30 p.m.; Courthouse Center for the Arts, 3481 Kingstown Road, West Kingston.

Courthouse Center for the Arts will host The Edwards Twins, Vegas-style impersonators of Bette Midler, Cher, Barbra Streisand. Tickets are $50. For tickets or more information, visit courthousearts.org or call 401-782-1018.

Sunday, May 12

Mother’s Day

Fiddle Concert

2 p.m.; Channing Memorial Church,135 Pelham St., Newport.

The Newport String Project will present a Mother’s Day Fiddle Concert featuring the Newport String Quartet with Rachel Panitch, fiddle and Mike Sokolovsky, guitar. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. For tickets or more information, visit newportstringproject.org.

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