What's Up This Weekend: 'Next to Normal,' Sandy Hook Benefit Concert, Etc.

From our neighborhood to the towns around us, if you're looking for something to do this weekend we've got you covered.

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.

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.

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

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.

Coffeehouse for Trumbull Area Teens

Where: Grace Episcopal Church, Trumbull

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

Cost: Free

Description:  It’s a Saturday night, and what is there to do in Trumbull?  You could spend another night online or watching TV, but once a month, now there’s a new place to hang out with friends, be yourself and have some fun.

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.

Winterfest at Sportsplex

Where: Sportsplex, 49 Brown House Rd, Stamford, CT  

When: Saturday, January 26, 2013, 8:00 am

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.


Bridgeport: 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."

Fairfield: Nigel Hall 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."

Shelton: Redeemable Bottle & Can Drive to Support the Marching Gaels

Where: Shelton High School, 120 Meadow St.

When: Saturday, Jan. 26 at 9 a.m.

Cost: Free

Description: The Shelton High School Marching Gaels hold a redeemable rottle and can drive on the last Saturday of every month from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the SHS bus loop, 120 Meadow St. All donations go directly to fund their competitions.

Where: 45 Lisa Dr.

When: Sunday, Jan. 27 from noon to 3 p.m.

Cost: Free

Description: Exceptional Raise Ranch located in a Wonderful neighborhood. This home offers 3 bedroom and 2 baths in the main level, with a spacious living room, offering a bay window and hardwood floor under carpet.

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.


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