Brian Regan: Getting loud and getting laughs

Comedian Brian Regan brings his national theater tour to the Stamford Center for the Arts Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. That same week, he’ll be back in season 2 of the hit series Loudermilk on The Audience Network (Oct. 16 premiere). Regan is one of a handful of comedians to be given a two-special deal on Netflix and the first, Nunchucks and Flamethrowers, is streaming now. One of his funniest bits available on YouTube is his riff on royalty “jiggling the handle” on Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Andrea Valluzzo spoke to him about his show. Andrea Valluzzo: … Read more

Tracy Morgan bringing laughs to Stamford

Tracy Morgan isn’t shy about letting people know that comedy was his way out of the Brooklyn projects, and despite some tough times, including a serious car accident in 2014 that almost ended his career, the resilient actor and comedian is back and better than ever. Morgan rose to fame on Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock, and is now a star of the hit show, The Last O.G. But through it all, he has always continued to do stand-up. On Oct. 12, Morgan heads to the Palace Theatre in Stamford for a night of comedy. Keith Loria spoke with … Read more

Crafting art at the Aldrich: Local artist to weave on-site at museum

While kneading her fingers into the scarlet and saffron fibers, internationally acclaimed weaver Helena Hernmarck said she fell in love with creating textile art after being introduced to a loom at 17. “I thought ‘that’s it, that’s what I want to do’ and I never changed my mind,” she said. The Swedish artist will have 20 of her tapestries on display at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield from Oct. 14 to Jan. 13 as part of the Helena Hernmarck: Weaving In Progress exhibit. Richard Klein, the curator of the Aldrich’s new exhibit, said that most of the pieces … Read more

Paula Poundstone talks books and podcasts

Comedy Central named Paula Poundstone one of the 100 Best Standup Comics of All Time, which is just one of the main accolades that the comedian has racked up in her more than three-decade career. Over the years, she has had several HBO specials, hosted her own talk show for the cable channel, starred in ABC’s aptly titled, “The Paula Poundstone Show,” is a regular panelist on NPR’s No. 1 show, “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” and she was the first woman ever to perform at the White House Correspondents’ dinner. In addition to performing, Poundstone has written two best-selling books, … Read more

Don’t cry for me Ridgefield

On the heels of its sold-out production of Mamma Mia! last spring, A Contemporary Theatre of Connecticut (ACT) moves into the political arena. Kicking off its first full season, the company presents the perennially popular musical, Evita, Oct. 4- Nov. 11. The show was slated to end Oct. 28 but given the high level of sales, its run was extended two weeks. Striving for authenticity, ACT’s artistic director Daniel C. Levine has assembled a professional Equity cast that are all Latinx (a gender neutral term for Latinos and Latinas) who will take the audience on a journey through Eva Peron’s … Read more

TV legend Ed Asner comes to Ridgefield

As a seven-time Emmy winner, Ed Asner has earned the title of a television legend. He’s probably best known for playing the lovable gruff Lou Grant for seven seasons on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and five seasons on its more dramatic spinoff, Lou Grant. However, over the past six decades, the 88-year-old Asner has also found success in movies and the theater. He played Santa in the holiday favorite, Elf; voiced Carl Fredricksen in the animated classic, Up; and has been a fixture on stages around the country. He’s currently touring in the one-man show, “A Man and His … Read more

Pat Metheny finds inspiration inside music

Pat Metheny, winner of 20 Grammys, has been at the forefront of jazz music for decades. Seemingly indefatigable, he’s spent most of his adult life on tour, often performing 100+ shows a year. He will come to the Ridgefield Playhouse on Sept. 27 in An Evening with Pat Metheny with Antonio Sanchez, Linda May Han Oh and Gwilym Simcock. Andrea Valluzzo spoke with him about his upcoming show. Andrea Valluzzo: What is the focus of your tour this year? Pat Metheny: The concept this time is simple — to put together a really exceptional group of musicians and write some … Read more

Michael Chekhov Festival marks 10th anniversary

Ridgefield has long been a hub for groundbreaking theater and one of the major players is the Michael Chekhov Theater Festival, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this fall with a line-up of standout performances. A nephew of famed playwright Anton Chekhov, Michael Chekhov (1891-1955) achieved fame in his own right as actor/director/author, who relocated his dramatic art school from England to Ridgefield in 1939 in a barn off North Salem Road. “Chekhov’s contribution to the artistic history of Ridgefield is immeasurable and I am thrilled to have been able to honor him these last 10 years,” says executive producer … Read more

Weston author’s debut book shoots for the stars

Tom Seigel settled down in Weston 11 years ago and he has used his time in his new home to fulfill a dream and write his first book —The Astronaut’s Son, which was released in September by Woodhill Press. The plot of The Astronaut’s Son follows the space program and what happens when a fictitious Israeli astronaut suffers a pre-launch heart attack before Apollo’s final mission in 1974, and the quest of his son, Jonathan Stein, looking into NASA’s checkered past as he himself is about to lead the first mission to the moon in more than 30 years. Does … Read more

Selected Shorts highlights fifth annual Pudd’nhead Festival

Seven-time Emmy nominated Jane Kaczmarek may best be known for her TV roles on “Malcolm in the Middle,” “St. Elsewhere” and “Hill Street Blues,” but the versatile actress is a great advocate of turning off the TV and opening up a book. Over the years, Kaczmarek has taken part in Selected Shorts, a program produced by Symphony Space that is broadcast over 150 radio stations across the country, as well as via podcast. As part of her involvement, Kaczmarek travels to different locations and reads stories by well-known and emerging writers. “It’s one of my favorite jobs, working with them,” … Read more

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