Thursday, May 9
Stonington Boat Works
6 p.m.; La Grua Center, 32 Water St., Stonington.
Stonington Historical Society will host a talk by Rob Palmer on Stonington Boat Works, from 1938 to 1965. The talk is free. For more information, visit stoningtonhistory.org.
10 a.m.; Bluff Point, Depot Road, Groton.
The Westerly Land Trust will lead a hike through Bluff Point. The 5 mile hike is 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
May 9 - 25
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 9 - 12
“Little Shop of Horrors”
Various times; Trinity Rep, 201 Washington St., Provi-
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 9 -11
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.
May 9 - 11
“The Last Night
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.
Friday, May 10
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.
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.
7:30 p.m.; Mystic Museum of Art, 9 Water St., Mystic.
Arts Café Mystic will host a poetry reading by Marilyn Nelson, with music by Nora Fox and J.Y. Lee and opening voice, Sean Frederick Forbes. Tickets are $15, $5 for students. For more information, call 860-912-2444 or visit theartscafemystic.org.
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 - 19
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 10 - 12
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
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.
A History of the
Hibernian Workforce in Rhode Island
1 p.m.; Westerly Library, 44 Broad St., Westerly.
The Irish Coastal Club will host a talk by Scott Molloy, A History of the Hibernian Workforce in Rhode Island Labor Unions. There will be a musical presentation by IrishLTD. For more information, visit irishcoastalclub.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
2 p.m.; Narragansett Towers, 35 Ocean Road, Narragansett.
Musica Dolce will present a concert at the Narragansett Towers. The program will include Mozart string quintets, Elgar’s Serenade in E minor arranged for string quartet, and Haydn’s string quartet in D Minor, Op 76, No 2. Performers will be Gigi Turgeon and Meghan O’connor, violins; Paulinka Derochemont, and Susan Curran Culpo , violas; and Elizabeth Reardon, cello. For more information, visit musicadolce.org.
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.
Tuesday, May 14
Spring Flowers Tea
9:15 a.m.; Mystic Congregational Church, 43 East Main St., Mystic.
Mystic Congregational Church Women’s Fellowship will host a Spring Flowers Tea with music by Patina, featuring violinist Laura Stetler and guitarist Tim Lambert. There will be a seasonal sale of summer linens from tablecloths and mats to aprons, and children’s pillowcases, as well as garden-themed gift baskets. Proceeds to benefit the Women’s Fellowship charitable distribution. The tea and performance are free. For more information, call 860-536-4259.
6 p.m.; South Kingstown Public Library/Peace Dale, 1057 Kingstown Road, Peace Dale.
South Kingstown Public Library/Peace Dale Friends of the Peace Dale Library will present a concert, Celebrate Ireland in Story and Song with musicians Mary King, Phil Edmonds, and Kevin Fallon. The program will begin with an Irish Step Dance lesson. The event is free. To register or for more information, call 401-789-1555, ext. 108, or email email@example.com.
7 p.m.; Public Library of New London, 63, Huntington St., New London.
New London historian Sally Ryan will give a talk on From the 1938 Hurricane to the Present. The program is free. For more information, visit plnl.org or call 860-447-1411, ext. 5.
Wednesday, May 15
7 p.m.; Savoy Bookshop and Café, 10 Canal St., Westerly.
Savoy Bookshop & Café will host a talk and book signing with local author Juliet Grames for her debut novel “The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna.” The event is free. For more information, visit banksquarebooks.com or call 401-213-3901.
Thursday, May 16
5 p.m.; The Stonington Free Library, 20 High St. Stonington.
Dr. Frederic Silverblatt will discuss how to prevent tick bites, the risk factors for Lyme Disease, and treatment options. The talk is free. For more information, visit stoningtonfreelibrary.org or call 860-535-0658.
The History of Scalloping
6 p.m.; La Grua Center, 32 Water St., Stonington
Avery-Copp House Museum Sea to Table Lecture Series will host a talk by author Paul Doucette on the History of Scalloping, the story of the New Bedford fishing industry. There is a suggested donation of $5. For more information, visit averycopphouse.org or call 860-445-1637.
10 a.m.; Maxwell Mays Wildlife Refuge, 2082 Victory Highway, Coventry.
The Westerly Land Trust will lead a hike through Maxwell Mays Wildlife Refuge. The 5-mile hike through the newly open Audubon refuge is along fields, woods and pond. 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 Janice Fifer at 401-213-6479 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
6 p.m.; Wheeler Library, 101 Main St., North Stonington.
Wheeler Library and Bank Square Books will host an talk and book signing with Armando Lucas Correa, author of “The Daughter’s Tale” and “The German Girl.” The talk is free. For more information, visit banksquarebooks.com or call 860-536-3795.
May 16 – June 16
Various times; Trinity Rep, 201 Washington St., Providence.
Trinity Rep will present the drama “Marisol ,” by Obie award-winning playwright José Rivera and directed by Brian Mertes. For tickets or more information, visit trinityrep.com or call 401-351-4242.
Friday, May 17
Drive In Movies
9 p.m.; Wuskenau Town Beach Pondside Lot, 316 Atlantic Ave., Misquamicut.
The Misquamicut Business Association Drive-In-Movies will screen “Jaws 2.”
Cost is $15 per car. For more information and schedule, visit Misquamicut.org.
Friday Night Concert
7 p.m.; Cross’ Mills Public Library, 4417 Old Post Road, Charlestown.
Cross’ Mills Public Library will host a performance by Parillo-Harrington Duo for an evening of original music and composition from their 2001 recording, Sandbox, and their soon to be released album, Turn Around Back. The concert is free. For more information, visit 401-364-6211 or visit crossmills.org.
7:30 p.m.; Garde Arts Center, 325 State St., New London.
Garde Arts Center will host Connecticut Lyric Opera and Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra for a fully staged production of Verdi’s Don Carlo. For tickets or more information, visit gardearts.com.
Saturday, May 18
Chorus of Westerly
6 p.m.; George Kent Performance Hall, 119 High St., Westerly.
The Chorus of Westerly, conducted by Andrew Howell and George Kent, will perform Handel – Dettingen Te Deum, Brahms Nänie and Beethoven Movements II, IV of Symphony No. 9. The concert will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Chorus of WesterlyFor tickets or more information, visit chorusofwesterly.org or call 401- 596-8663.
Saturday Story Hour
11 a.m.; Savoy Bookshop and Café, 10 Canal St., Westerly.
Savoy Bookshop & Café will host a Saturday Story Hour with Annie Cronin Romano, who will read from her new children’s book “Night Train: A Journey From Dusk to Dawn.” The event is free. For more information, visit banksquarebooks.com or call 401-213-3901.
3 to 5 p.m.; Savoy Bookshop and Café, 10 Canal St., Westerly.
Savoy Bookshop & Café will host an open house book signing for local author Jean Kelly, for her book “Secrets of the Orchard.” The event is free. For more information, visit banksquarebooks.com or call 401-213-3901.
Sneaks for Beaks 5K Run
10:30 a.m.; Misquamicut State Beach, 257 Atlantic Ave., Westerly.
Foster Parrots will host Sneaks for Beaks 5k Run, a fundraiser for The New England Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary in Hope Valley. Same day registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The course is flat and fast. Awards and prizes will be given out at The Andrea following the race. To register or for more information, visit fosterparrots.com.
The Soul of the Viola
3 p.m.; La Grua Center, 32 Water St., Stonington.
Music Matters will host a program featuring Carol Gimbel, anonymous viola, ca. 1725, ex-Emmanuel Vardi; and and Cullan Bryant 1886 Chickering concert grand. A wine reception will follow the performance. Tickets are $15, free for ages 18 and under. For more information, visit lagruacenter.org or call 860-535-2300.
Richmond Spring Festival
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Richmond Town Hall, 5 Richmond Townhouse Road, Wyoming.
The Richmond Spring Festival will feature more than 40 crafters, authors, small business and farms. There will be activities for children. The event is free.
7 p.m.; Lily Pads, 27 North Road, Peace Dale.
Music ‘n’ More will present vocalist Kim Trusty with guitarist Rory Malloy. Tickets are $15; free for children under age 12. For more information or for tickets, visit musicatlilypads.org. They will also be available at the door. For more information, call 401-789-0651.
7 p.m.; St Michael’s Center, School Hill Road, Baltic.
The Local United Network to Combat Hunger and the Academy of the Holy Family will present a family-friendly concert to benefit local social service programs that provide food and shelter to those in need. The concert will feature the LUNCH Ensemble and the music of Harry Chapin, along with other original selections from their catalog. The ensemble, comprised of students from several local schools, is led by Grammy-winner Bill Pere. Tickets are $8 at the door. For more information, visit lunchensemble.com or call 860-572-9285.
Sunday, May 19
Garden Market Fair
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wilcox Park, 44 Broad St., Westerly.
The 37th Annual Garden Market Fair will feature vendors from Rhode Island and Connecticut selling plants and garden accessories. The University of Rhode Island Master Gardener’s will hold an information kiosk and testing soil samples. There will also be a Kid’s Corner for young gardeners to create dish gardens and coffee and snacks available on the Esplanade from Coy Café For more information, visit westerlylibrary.org.
Armed Forces Salute
2 p.m.; North Kingstown High School, 150 Fairway Drive, North Kingstown.
The Lafayette Band of North Kingstown will perform its 12th annual Armed Forces Salute, directed by Bethany Clarke Bromley. The program will include patriotic favorites, Broadway tunes and Big Band music. For more information, facebook.com/LafayetteBand.RI or email email@example.com.