Lively Arts: Benefits, films and more

After Dark

Guest Bartender Night, May 16, 6-9 p.m., Gallo Ridgefield, 5 Grove St., Ridgefield. Looking Glass Animal Rescue board members and volunteers will be guest bartending to raise money at Gallo Ridgefield for their critical care animals.

Whip, Whistle & Watch Luncheon, May 17, noon-1:30 p.m., Holiday Inn, 1070 Main St., Bridgeport. Official kickoff of the Barnum Festival; supports local businesses. Tickets: $75. Info: barnumfestival.com.

Gala Preview Party: Up, Up & Away, June 8, 7-10 p.m., Fairfield Museum, 370 Beach Rd., Fairfield. Live music, musical theater, cocktails, farm-to-table dinner, live auction. Benefits the Fairfield Museum. Cost: $250-$500. Info: fairfieldhistory.org.

Nautical Night, June 6, 6:30 p.m., Black Rock Yacht Club, 80 Grovers Ave., Bridgeport. Cocktails, music, food and speakers. Proceeds benefit Boys & Girls Village. Tickets $150. Info: bgvillage.org/fundraiser/.

Ringmaster’s Ball, June 22, 6-11 p.m., Vazzano’s Four Seasons, 337 Kenyon St., Stratford. Cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing to music provided by Cracked Ice. Community leaders, Barnum Festival ringmaster and the royal family will be in attendance. Tickets: $175. Info: BarnumFestival.com.

Dance

Ballroom dance: Sasha Kalenyuk and Olena Ablitsova, May 25, 7 p.m., Holy Trinity Greek Church Community Center, 4070 Park Ave., Bridgeport. General dancing, dance lesson, show. Sponsored by Premier Ballroom Dance Company. Cost: $20. Reservations: 203-374-7308.

Silent Headphone Party, June 22, 8 p.m., The Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic St., Stamford. Must be 21 and over. Tickets: $45-$55, palacestamford.org.

Film

Dialogues des Carmélites, May 18, noon, The Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd., Ridgefield. Tickets: $15-$25. Info: 203-438-5795, ridgefieldplayhouse.org.

American Creed, May 18, 2-4 p.m., Bridgeport Public Library, 925 Broad St., Bridgeport. Free. Info: email aknorovska@bridgeportpubliclibrary.org.

Steel Magnolias, May 22, 7 p.m., The Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd., Ridgefield. Tickets: $12.50. Info: ridgefieldplayhouse.org.

Carmen Suite

Carmen Suite and Petrushka, May 25, 12:55 p.m., The Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd., Ridgefield. Tickets: $15. Info: ridgefieldplayhouse.org.

NHdocs: The 6th annual New Haven Documentary Film Festival, May 30-June 9, Whitney Humanities Center Auditorium, 53 Wall St., New Haven. The festival honors documentarian, Michael Moore. Info: NHdocs.com.

A Star Is Born, June 10, noon, Stratford Library, 2203 Main St., Stratford. Rated R. Info: stratfordlibrary.org.

IMAX Theater at the Maritime Aquarium, 10 North Water St., Norwalk. Tickets part of aquarium admission. Info: maritimeaquarium.org.

Monday Matinees, Stratford Library, 2203 Main St., Stratford. Info: stratfordlibrary.org.

Avon Theatre Film Center, 272 Bedford St., Stamford; avontheatre.org, 203-967-3660; tickets $9-$12 nonmembers.

Trying Out

Auditions: Beauty and the Beast, May 18 and 19, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Bethel Municipal Center, 1 School St., Bethel. Open to ages 11-20 from the greater Danbury area. Cost is $400/actor and rehearsals are Monday, Wednesday, and Thursdays, 5:30-8:30 p.m. beginning June 3, with performances July 26 and 27, at Bethel High School. Register: bethel-ct.gov or call 203-794-8531.

Call for Artists: MAC Waterscapes Exhibition, Submissions: May 31, 4-6 p.m. and June 1, 10 a.m.-noon, MAC, 40 Railroad Ave., Milford. Opening reception, June 13, 5:30-7 p.m. Submission fee: $25-$35. Pick up, Aug. 2, 4-6 p.m. and Aug. 3, 10 a.m.-noon. Info: milfordarts.org.

Local author contest, accepting submissions through May 31. Each book submitted must be independently published; in the category of adult or young adult fiction; written by a CT resident and available in PDF or ePUB format. Submit at indieauthorproject.librariesshare.com/Connecticut.

Comedy competition: The Funniest Comic In CT Contest, kicks off June 1, 8 p.m., Treehouse Comedy Club, 1595 Post Rd. E, Westport. Comics may enter by going to TreehouseComedy.com by May 15. Fee: $25. Info: treehousecomedy.com/contest-rules, 203-230-8700, TreehouseComedyProductions@gmail.com.

LMMM 2019 Young Writers’ Competition, accepting entries through June 7. Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is launching its sixth annual writing competition entitled, A Victorian Era Mystery: “Whodunit” at the Mansion. Info: email education@lockwoodmathewsmansion.com.

Submissions sought for Housatonic Book Awards, application deadline, June 14. Contest seeks authors and poets to submit work published in 2018. Submission fee: $25. Submission guidelines: housatonicbookawards.wordpress.com/guidelines/. Submissions: alumni.wcsu.edu/housatonic-book-awards.

Call for art, the Milford Arts Center is accepting submissions for Relativity through June 14. The exhibit will run June 27 through July 21. Info: milfordarts.org.

Calling All Crafters, The Ridgefield Woman’s Club seeks crafters for 49th annual Craft Fair, Nov. 23, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., East Ridge Middle School, 10 E. Ridge Rd., Ridgefield. All proceeds will be donated to area charities. Info: rwc-craftfair.com.

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