Also on tap: On the Spot, Fairfield University’s premiere long-form improv troupe: 7 and 9:30 pm Friday, Nov. 18 and Saturday, Nov. 19 at The PepsiCo Theatre, on the campus of Fairfield University, 1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield and Aquila Theatre Company: Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest 3 pm, Sunday, Nov. 20l Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Two intriguing authors – Rachel Basch and Pete Nelson – will be the next speakers in Fairfield University’s Inspired Writers Series, a program of Fairfield’s M.F.A. in Creative Writing. The pair will discuss their work at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at the new Fairfield University Bookstore, 1499 Post Road, Fairfield. This event is free and open to the public.
- The Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and Connecticut Lyric Opera (CLO) will present French composer Jacques Offenbach’s famous opera Les Contes D’Hoffman (Tales of Hoffman), at the Palace Theater in Waterbury Nov. 19, at 8 pm. Tickets are $65, $45, and $20, and are available online at www.palacetheaterct.org by phone at 203-346-2000 or in person at the box office, 100 East Main St. Also, ace Theater is the recipient of a $5,000 Broadway League grant to support the after-school character development program “Find Yourself, Be Yourself, Reveal Yourself.” Based on the Blue Man Group stage show, this month-long program utilizes the Blue Man Group’s social commentary and performing arts concept to enhance students’ language arts curriculum while cultivating a youth voice regarding relevant social issues. Students will participate in series workshops in which they will create various art projects, write original poetry and develop a social awareness project based on the themes of conformity vs. non-conformity, diversity and community. Students will also receive complimentary tickets to attend the theater’s May 2012 presentation of Blue Man Group and meet the performers in a question and answer session. Schools and students from the Greater Waterbury area interested in participating in this program may contact Educational Programs Manager Dawn Alger at 203-346-2002.
- Screening of Documentary at the Bijou Theatre, Bridgeport "Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone," One night only East Coast Tour Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 8 pm. Post Screening Q & A with the filmmaker, Chris Metzler. General Admission Ticket Price: $10. Directed by Lev Anderson and Metzler narrated by Laurence Fishburne featuring Fishbone, Flea, Ice-T, Gwen Stefani, Perry Farrell, Bob Forrest, Branford Marsalis, and George Clinton.
- On Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 pm watch Southside Johnny and The Poor Fools embark on a stripped down journey through Southside Johnny Lyon's eclectic version of the Great American Songbook at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center. Playing the music of Dylan, Mose Allison, Muddy Waters, NRBQ, Richard Thompson, Emmylou Harris, The Band, George Jones, Tom Waits, and more, The Poor Fools will also dive into some of the legendary Asbury Jukes material--revisiting the classics and the underperformed deep track. Tickets are $50. For more information please visit www.thekate.org or call 860-510-0473.