Through May 1

Sagerman and Clement: High Performance Color — On view are new paintings by Robert Sagerman and sculpture by John Clement. Whether using a palette knife and welding and cutting steel, the artists evoke physicality in their processes to create artworks that activate their environments with vivid colors. Free. Heather Gaudio Fine Art, 66 Elm St., New Canaan. 203-801-9590

Through May 22

Ansel Adams: Early Work — If you’re only familiar with Adams’ heroic, high-contrast prints on high-gloss paper of the “unspoiled” American West, this exhibition will reveal a new side of the landscape photography giant. See the small-scale prints made by Adams from the 1920s-’50s as his printing style evolved from the soft-focus, warm-toned “Parmelian prints” of the 1920s, through the sharp-focused “f/64 school” of photography that he co-founded in the 1930s, toward a cooler, higher-contrast style after World War II. Free but reservations required. Art Museum at University of Saint Joseph, 1678 Asylum Ave., West Hartford. 860-231-5399

Through May 23

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Aaron Taylor Kuffner, Gamelatron Roh Ageng Kempul, 2020.

Encountering Resonance: Aaron Taylor Kuffner’s Gamelatron — Conceptual artist Aaron Taylor Kuffner often takes years to research and create his dynamic works. His latest is Gamelatron, a sound-producing kinetic sculpture made from bronze and iron instruments, retrofitted with mechanical mallets on sculptural mounts. The sculpture is derivative of Indonesia’s thousand-year-old sonic tradition of Gamelan. $7–$12. Lyman Allyn Art Museum, 625 Williams St., New London. 860-443-2545

April 1

Strange Bedfellows: A Conversation with Dr. Ina Park — Dr. Park, who has been pushing boundaries to empower and inform about sexual health with her book Strange Bedfellows: Adventures in the Science, History, and Surprising Secrets of STDs, goes beyond the bedroom to examine the hidden role and influence of these misunderstood infections and share untold stories. She blends science and storytelling with historical tales, real-life sexual escapades, and interviews with leading scientists. Park will be in conversation with Linda Estabrook, executive director of Hartford Gay & Lesbian Health Collective. 7 p.m. Free but donations suggested. Mark Twain House & Museum, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford. 860-247-0998

April 6

Lee Ritenour — Growing up in L.A. in the ’60s, Grammy Award-winning guitarist Lee Ritenour received a rich cross section of exposure to jazz, rock and Brazilian music. From one of his first sessions at age 16 with the Mamas & the Papas to accompanying Lena Horne and Tony Bennett at age 18, his 40-year career is highlighted by numerous awards and nominations. 8 p.m. $39–$59. Infinity Music Hall, 32 Front St., Hartford. 866-666-6306

April 6

From Vienna to Woodstock: A European Look at Rock Culture Myths & History — Sabine Nikolay’s fascination with Woodstock began as an 11-year-old Austrian girl listening to a yellow cassette tape titled “Janis Joplin, Woodstock, 1969.” Many years later, while working as a radio journalist, she set out to explore the myths of Woodstock: peace, love and free music. She pieced together a different picture of the mystical event of August 1969.  A free livestream from Vienna, Austria, presented by Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University. 3 p.m.

April 8, 15, 22, 29

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Stop-motion filmmaking for tweens — The American Mural Project in Winsted is offering a virtual art program to learn the artwork and magic of stop-motion filmmaking through abstract and experimental animations, creating characters and giving life to the objects around them. Using elements of nature and everyday objects, along with illustration and clay, tween artists will explore the world of storytelling. Stop-motion animations will be created using a free downloadable application. Additional materials provided in the custom art kit. 4–5 p.m. $60, plus a $15 custom art kit fee.

April 8–Oct. 17

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A 19th-century vaccination syringe

Health, Healing & Addiction in 19th Century America — Explore the birth of modern medicine and its scientific breakthroughs with this exhibition of rare artifacts, instruments, costumes and photos. Topics will include germ theory, the Civil War’s medical legacy, changes in nutrition and self-care, technological breakthroughs, and rising addiction rates. Virtual talk on collecting rare medical artifacts with Dr. Donald Blaufox, April 11, 2 p.m. $6–$10. Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, 295 West Ave., Norwalk. 203-838-9799

April 9

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Joni Mitchell’s Blue at 50 — Blue, the fourth studio album recorded by Joni Mitchell, has been cited by many musicians and critics as her greatest album, the culmination of her early recordings, and a work unprecedented in its emotional and psychological depth, craft and sheer beauty. This virtual conference is sponsored by the UConn School of Fine Arts and the Department of Music and will feature internationally renowned authors, scholars, music critics, and performances of Mitchell’s music by students. joniblueconference.wixsite.com/mysite

April 10

MET Encore: Bizet’s Carmen — A showing of Richard Eyre’s stunning production of Bizet’s opera from Jan. 16, 2010, featuring Elīna Garanča as the iconic gypsy of the title and Roberto Alagna as Don José, the soldier who falls under her spell and sacrifices everything for her love, only to be cast aside when the toreador Escamillo (Teddy Tahu Rhodes) piques Carmen’s interest. 1 p.m. $15-$20. Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. 860-510-0453

April 16

Peter Bernstein/Steve Cardenas quartet play Monk — Guitarists Peter Bernstein and Steve Cardenas team up with bass player Vincente Archer and drummer Bill Stewart to perform the music of legendary jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk. Offered as part of the Litchfield Jazz Festival’s virtual concert series, the performance will be livestreamed from Telefunken Soundstage in South Windsor on the Telefunken Soundstage YouTube page. Free. 7:30 p.m. litchfieldjazzfest.com

April 18

La Bamba — The 1987 rock classic tells the true story of the emergence in the late 1950s of a 17-year-old Mexican American boy — Ritchie Valens (Lou Diamond Phillips), whose real name was Ricardo Valenzuela — from the migrant camps and fruit groves of California’s San Joaquin Valley to the front lines of rock, before his life and career was tragically cut short. The showing includes exclusive insights from Turner Classic Movies. 3 & 7 p.m. $12.50. Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 E. Ridge, Ridgefield. 203-438-5795

April 20

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Amy Ray and Emily Saliers of Indigo Girls.

Indigo Girls — Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, known as the Indigo Girls, blend folk, rock, pop and classical. The power of unity, both in music and life, has been an Indigo Girls calling card since they burst into the spotlight with their 1989 self-titled breakout. 8 p.m. $35–$65. Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic St., Stamford. 203-325-4466

April 22–25

And Tell Sad Stories of the Death of Queens — Connecticut Repertory Theatre’s virtual season continues with this Tennessee Williams play about a successful New Orleans interior decorator and drag queen on the rebound from a 17-year relationship. These one-act plays are performed by an all-student cast with a talk-back session. $5. 860-486-2113

April 24

Lucian Freud: A Self Portrait — The Florence Griswold Museum and The Kate bring to the screen more than 50 paintings, prints and drawings in which this modern master of British art turned his unflinching eye on himself, revealing the life’s work of a master. 1 p.m. $15. Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. 860-510-0453

April 27

The Memories and Lives of Old Trees and What They Can Tell Us About Climate History — The Northeast has been one of the wettest eras of the last 500 years, and until recently global warming had not impacted the region like it had in other parts of the globe. How do we know these things? Trees are witnesses of how our shared environment changes over time. And the oldest trees have the best stories. Hear them told by Neil Pederson, senior ecologist at the Harvard University Forest. 6–7 p.m. $5 members, $10 non-members. Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main St., Essex. Register for the webinar at ctrivermuseum.org or call 860-767-8269, ext. 113. 

April 28–Sept.5

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Elmer MacRae, Back of the Old House, 1910, oil on canvas

Beautiful Work: The Art of Greenwich Gardens and Landscapes — Greenwich Historical Society’s spring exhibition features rarely seen architectural and landscape drawings and photos of some of Greenwich’s finest gardens designed by pioneers of American landscape design. Learn the vital role gardens and horticulture played in the social fabric of the town through time. Member preview days: April 28-30. Open to the public May 1. $8-$10. Online reservations required. Greenwich Historical Society, 47 Strickland Road, Cos Cob. 203-869-6899

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