Jul 26, 2014

Chinasaurs, Next to Normal, Other Weekend Events

Here are some things to do around the area this weekend.

Chinasaurs, Next to Normal, Other Weekend Events

Whether you're in search of something fun to do with the kids or you have a babysitter and are planning a night out, look no further because Patch editors have picked a variety of events taking place today and tomorrow to help you make the most of your weekend. Click on the headline of each for more information.

Bridgeport Theatre Company Presents "Next to Normal"

Where: Downtown Cabaret Theatre, 263 Golden Hill St, Bridgeport, CT

When: Friday, Jan. 25 - Sunday, Feb. 10. Performances at 8 p.m. until closing weekend.

Cost: $28 for adults, $23 for seniors, $18 for students.

Description: "Next to Normal's story concerns a mother who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the effect that her illness has on her family."

Greenwich: Chinasaurs: Dinosaur Discoveries from China

Where: The Bruce Museum, Greenwich

When: 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 26

Cost: Free with museum admission

Chinasaurs: Dinosaur Discoveries from China welcomes visitors to walk among the skeletons, skulls, nests and eggs of more than a dozen of these rare Asian dinosaurs.

From the huge 30-foot long, meat-eating Yangchuanosaurus to the gazelle-sized plant eaters such as Psittacosaurus, the prehistoric fossils of the Far East provide an exciting experience for dinosaur enthusiasts.

Chinasaurs offers a glimpse of the unprecedented evolution of dinosaurs and their dominance over the world for more than 155 million years. 

Fairfield: Nigel Hall Plays at Fairfield Theatre Company


When: Sunday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m.

Cost: $22

Description: "Nigel Hall is an honest, humble guardian of soul music."

New Canaan: NCHS Theater Gala Fundraiser

Where: New Canaan High School

When: Saturday, Jan. 26

Cost: $20 per ticket

Description:  The NCHS students will be performimg numbers which they are taking to an upcoming national competion in Disneyland, California. There will be two revues from the musicals "George M. Cohan" and from "Chicago" and a number of solos and duets performed by the students. In addition. a special number from this year's NCHS winter musical Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" will give the audience a peak at that show coming up in March. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased at the door before the show. Proceeds will benefit the NCHS Drama Program.

Norwalk: Winter Walk in the Woods

Where: Oak Hills Golf Course

When: 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26

Cost: Free

Description: View the woodland area of Oak Hills Park, home to abundant wildlife, beautiful trees and a pleasant loop trail. The walk is sponsored by Friends of Oak Hills Park, a group of Norwalk citizens who wish to preserve and protect this area for future generations.

Stamford: Winterfest at Sportsplex

Where: Sportsplex, 49 Brown House Rd.

When: 8 a.m., Saturday

Cost: Free

Description: Free membership raffle for all attendees. Check out GroupJamz and change the way you work out!

Norwalk: Sandy Hook School Support Fund Benefit Concert

Where: 80 Washington St, Norwalk, CT

When: 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27

Cost: $20

Description: Black Bear Saloon and Ron Mason present a benefit concert for Sandy Hook School. Raffles, a silent auction and musical performances will take place. Ticket price includes food.

Redding: Seeing the Redding Landscape Photography Exhibit

Where: Mark Twain Library

When: 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27

Cost: Free

Description: David Heald, director of photographic services at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, will present “Edward Steichen and Paul Caponigro- — Seeing the Redding Landscape,” featuring the work of these two giants of 20th century photography.

Waterbury: Men's Roller Derby Tryouts

Where: 60 Harvester Rd, Waterbury, CT

When: 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 27

Cost: Free

Description: The Connecticut Death Quads is a nationally ranked men's roller derby team that was founded in 2006. The team is actively seeking skaters of any level.

Naugatuck: Play - 'Murder at the Prop Table' 

Where: Phoenix Stage Company, 686 Rubber Ave., Naugatuck

When: Saturday, Jan. 26, 8 p.m.

Cost: $18 per ticket

Description: How dangerous are props? The show must go on, but all the drama is behind the scenes. This fast paced farce shows how appearances can be deceiving on stage or behind the scenery.

Monroe: Amazing Grace: A Concert For Healing

Where: Masuk High School, 1014 Monroe Tpke, Monroe,

When: 3-5:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 27

Cost: Free

Description: You are cordially invited to an afternoon of healing through music performed by the teaching faculty and students of Creative Music Center and visiting artists in honor of Sandy Hook Elementary School. The event is hosted by Creative Music Center.

Visit TheCreativeMusicCenter.com for more details.

Monroe: Kirtan with the Bindu Band

Where: ARC Sacred Center, 458 Monroe Tpke, Monroe,

When: 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26

Cost: Free

Description: Using call-and-response singing and storytelling, "The Bindu Band" invokes a space of heartfelt expression that quiets the mind, removes obstacles, and brings us back to the center of our being. One of the oldest sacred music traditions of the world, the kirtan call-and-response chanting genre comes to us from India.

To register, send an email to arcsacredcenter@gmail.com

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