The Fairfield County Cultural Alliance celebrates the vibrant and diverse arts and culture in the 15 towns of our Fairfield County coastal region and publishes our free E-Buzz newsletter every Tuesday with a selection hundreds of events posted on our website by our members.
This weekend we are fortunate to have two summer festivals: one indoors and one outdoors. In Bridgeport, at the Klein Auditorium, we have the Bridgeport’s First Annual Film Festival. There are workshops and panels from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Saturday) and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Sunday) followed by short films throughout the evening. Sunday at 2 pm, Liz Ortega’s feature documentary “AND… .SEEN” will be screened. The film challenges conventional wisdom about disability through the perspective of Connecticut actress / wheelchair dancer Jamie Petrone. You can attend in person, but your tickets will also allow you to stream the movies to your own device. Now that’s cool!
Outside the two days is the Stamford Art Festival at Harbor Point. This is a juried art exhibition with hundreds of entries from all over the country, so the quality is high. Discover unique arts and crafts, including painting, sculpture, wood, wearable and decorative fibers, metalwork, printmaking, glass, ceramics, and fine jewelry. Exhibiting artists will also share their creative process through demonstrations and many free art supplies available for inspired children and adults.
On the music scene on Saturday Max Creek plays their own Country / Folk / Rock music at the Wall Street Theater in Norwalk from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Celebrating 50 years as a band, guitarist Scott Murawski, keyboardist Mark Mercier and bassist John Rider have stuck together since the 1970s, while Bill Carbone and Jamemurrell Stanley’s drums and percussion team wasn’t even born when Max Creek was founded.
At the Ridgefield Playhouse on Sundays at 7 p.m., catch Brett Dennen. Flame hair, six-foot-five, and with a singular knack for meditating on life’s most significant topics with equal parts of innocence and sharp wit, Dennen’s hit album series and singles Top Ten, such as “Make You Crazy”, “Wild Child” and “Already Gone” have secured her a solid place in American folk music.
If you haven’t yet discovered the new Norwalk Art Space, on West Avenue next to Mathews Park, you’re in for a treat. The exhibition which has just opened “A dialogue in styles: Jahmane and Adger Cowans ” shows the art of two multigenerational artists at different stages of their ever-changing careers. Jahmane is a “graffiti artist” whose style has evolved through fashion, graphics, cultural iconography and murals. Jahmane’s work is associated with that of photographer Adger Cowans, internationally renowned for his portraits, street and political scenes, who developed a fascination with the abstract and spiritual power of light and experimented with painting in many abstract forms. . On Sunday 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., attend a live conversation between these two influential black artists in person, and then participate in the question-and-answer session.
Check them out and discover hundreds of other events on our FC Buzz-Events page here.