Bruce Museum Exhibition. Towards Abstraction, 1940-1985: Brett Weston Photographs from the Bruce Museum Collection.

11/05/2016 to 02/09/2017

One Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT Phone: 203-413-6756.

Throughout his nearly seventy-year career, Brett Weston (1911-1993) was obsessed with abstracted micro-images of reality as well as of cities and landscapes that, having been taken with a long telephoto lens, were flattened and appear virtually without depth. He often combined groups of photographs in portfolios and although only a few portfolios were actually labeled "Abstractions," they all share Brett Weston's signature abstract and flattened style. The works in this exhibition, drawn from the 50 photographs that span his long career, were donated to the Bruce Museum in 2015.

Westport Arts Center The Heida Hermanns International Voice Competition

11/05/2016 to 12/06/2016

First Church of Fairfield, Fairfield, CT Phone: 203-222-7070.

Founded in 1972, the Heida Hermanns International Music Competition is held annually in Connecticut and showcases exceptional musicians from around the world. Competitions are held each year on a rotating basis in piano, voice and strings. Winners take home cash prizes, are given performance opportunities and achieve professional recognition. Now in its 45th year, the Heida Hermanns International Music Competition is a showcase for exceptional musicians from around the world. The Competition is held annually on a rotating basis in voice, strings and piano and is a springboard for the careers of extraordinarily talented musicians. The Heida Hermanns International Music Competition is dedicated to the discovery of the most promising musicians between the ages of 19-30. Founded in 1972 by famous pianist, teacher and philanthropist, Heida Hermanns, the Competition will present its 44th edition on November 21-22, 2015 at First Church Fairfield in Fairfield, Connecticut USA. This meeting place has warmth, beauty and extraordinary acoustics. Though spacious, the church lends itself to musical presentations with remarkable intimacy.

Housatonic Museum of Art Rendezvous In Black: Cindy Sherman and Ann Chernow

11/10/2016 to 12/16/2016

900 Lafayette Blvd., Bridgeport, CT Phone: (203) 332-5052.

Cindy Sherman and Ann Chernow draw from the film noir style to create photographs and prints that are contemporary, yet offer moments that could have been documented on the movie sets themselves. Both artists explore the three roles women commonly play in noir films: the good woman, the marrying woman and the femme-fatale. The "stills" are provocative, mysterious and dare the viewer to decide what's happening in each scene. Gallery Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Thursday evening until 7 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. (call for holiday times) Closed Sundays

Weston Historical Society Memories of World War II

11/11/2016 to 03/26/2017

104 Weston Road, Weston, CT Phone: 203-226-1804.

On this 75th anniversary of the start of the Second World War, the Weston Historical Society is proud to present Memories of World War II – an exhibition celebrating our town's contributions to the war. Here we bring together a wide range of artifacts, photographs, armaments, vehicles and memories of that War, many of them from fellow Weston residents and their families. The exhibition displays a wide range of personal memorabilia that ties Weston residents, past and present, directly to the conflict. Memories of World War II will be open to the public on Sundays from 1:00p.m. to 4:00p.m

New Exhibit at Norwalk Historical Society Museum

11/16/2016 to 01/01/2017

141 East Ave., Norwalk, CT Phone: 203-846-0525.

Celebrate the opening of the Norwalk Historical Society's new exhibit, Self and the World: Experiencing Photography in 19th Century Norwalk, on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm at the Norwalk Historical Society Museum. The museum is located at 141 East Avenue next to the Norwalk Health Department, in the red brick house with blue double front doors. Parking is available at Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Avenue. RSVP to: info@norwalkhistoricalsociety.org. Self and the World: Experiencing Photography in 19th Century Norwalk is curated by Elizabeth Avery with graphic design by Scott Kuykendall. The exhibit takes you on a journey through the development of photography in the second half of the nineteenth century. This coincided with a period of growth in Norwalk's economy and population. Norwalkers embraced photography in all of its forms as it evolved. There are never before seen daguerreotypes, family portraits, cartes de visite photographs, plate glass negatives and an original early Kodak camera, that helps tell the story of the early age of photography and its influence on the people of Norwalk.

Stamford Museum and Nature Center A BILLION BRICKS 4: LEGO® Super Heroes in Gotham

11/19/2016 to 02/05/2017

39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT Phone: 203-322-1646.

Skylines and superheroes! Bring the whole family to our popular annual "A Billion Bricks" exhibition and be awed by five famous architectural landmarks made completely out of LEGO® bricks. The team from ILUGNY will recreate a fantasy Gotham City — featuring some of the most iconic buildings in New York City. LEGO® trains, trams, and subways will travel over, under and around a totally new LEGO landscape where superheroes will save the day!

Rowayton Arts Center Holiday Gift Show

11/19/2016 to 12/24/2016

145 Rowayton Avenue, Rowayton, CT Phone: 203-866-2744.

Nov. 12- Nov. 15, 12-5. On other dates gallery open: Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 12pm to 5pm Sunday 1pm to 4pm (Closed Jan-Mar). Monday Closed

GREENWICH REINDEER FESTIVAL & SANTA'S WORKSHOP

11/25/2016 to 12/24/2016

437 North Street, Greenwich, CT Phone: 203-531-3047.

Santa and his LIVE reindeer - Dancer, Dasher and Prancer - are coming back for the 8th Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa's Village to an exciting NEW HOME, "the North Pole on North Street," Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses, 437 North Street, Greenwich, Connecticut, from November 25 to December 24, 2016. The cherished town tradition continues at this expansive nursery where visitors can have their photo taken with Santa, meet the reindeer and also ride on the Winter Wonderland Carousel and the North Pole Polar Express Train, all just minutes from downtown Greenwich. Parking is free. The community is invited to Sam Bridge for a "We're Back Party" on Friday, November 25, from noon to 6 pm, when Santa's Village is officially open for photos with Santa. While waiting for the reindeer to arrive in the afternoon, everyone can enjoy special refreshments, face painting by Faces by Wells and balloon artists. Throughout the four weeks, the reindeer will make Sam Bridge their home, thanks to Reindeer stable sponsor, Pepsi, and children, adults, corporate groups and even pets (on leashes) can have their photo taken with Santa at Santa's Village, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of Greenwich. Photo packages begin at $29.99 and include a gift bag filled with promotions redeemable at participating downtown Greenwich stores. Rides on the Winter Wonderland Carousel and North Pole Polar Express Train are $4 per person. Family package prices are available. Hours for the Photos with Santa, train and carousel rides are Monday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reindeer feeding times will take place daily at 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The reindeer will depart on December 23 but Santa will remain for photos until 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

Lockwood Mathews Mansion - Holiday Exhibit

11/25/2016 to 01/08/2017

295 West Ave., Norwalk, CT Phone: 203-838-9799 .

Wed.–Sun. 12-4 p.m. $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6, 8-18 This exhibit will trace the development of the holiday traditions during the Victorian era in America. Visitors will see its evolution from 1850 to the 1900s, from small tabletop tree with edibles and handmade ornaments, to lavishly embellished trees that stood on the floor and almost reached the ceiling. The Museum will also explore the Mansion during the 1930s, and the decorations and gift-giving traditions during Florence Mathews' era.

Woodcock Nature Center Wreath Festival Celebrate and Decorate

11/29/2016 to 12/02/2016

56 Deer Run Road, Wilton, CT Phone: 203-762-7280.

Purchase tickets for either the 6:30 pm or 8:30 pm decorating session. The pavilion opens at 7 pm. If you register for the 6:30 pm session, you will decorate in our Nature Center first and then head over to the pavilion to spend time with friends afterwards. If you register for the 8:30 pm session, you can spend time in the pavilion first beginning at 7 pm, then head over to our Nature Center to decorate at 8:30 pm. The pavilion remains open until 11 pm each night. $65 per person. Your ticket includes a 22" balsam wreath (outer diameter), all decorating materials and an experiential festive evening among friends. Celebrate & Decorate Nights are 21 years of age and over. Advance ticket purchase is required and tickets are non-refundable.