Now–Aug. 7

Matthew Shlian: Light Years solo exhibition — Shlian’s work straddles the world of paper engineering and the fine arts, a place where two-dimensional paper becomes intricately sculpted into precise and stunning three-dimensional forms. His work is rooted in printed media, book arts and commercial design. Heather Gaudio Fine Art, 66 Elm St., New Canaan. 203-801-9590, heathergaudiofineart.com 

Now–Aug. 28

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Capitol America exhibition — The Stanley-Whitman House museum features 24 photographs of state capitol buildings by veteran photographers Robert Lisak and David Ottenstein. Panel discussion with the photographers, and moderated by George Miles, curator of the Yale Collection of Western Americana at Yale University, July 14, 5–7 p.m. Stanley-Whitman House, 37 High St., Farmington. 860-677-9222, s-wh.org

July 1 & 5

U.S. vs. Mexico women’s soccer — The U.S. Women’s National Team will play Mexico in two nationally televised matches in the WNT Send-Off Series at Rentschler Field, just days before leaving for Japan for the Summer Olympics. July 1, 7 p.m.; July 5, 5 p.m. $30–$300. Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field, East Hartford. 860-727-8010, rentschlerfield.com

July 5

Fitz & The Tantrums outdoor concert — The L.A. band has grown from independent upstarts to hitmakers, recently releasing their fourth full-length album, All the Feels. The concert takes place outdoors under a tent next to the Ridgefield Playhouse. 7:30 p.m. $65–$90. Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 E. Ridge Road. 203-438-5795, ridgefieldplayhouse.org

July 4–Aug. 1

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Composer-performer Douglas Waterbury-Tieman leads the band for a concert version of the bluegrass musical Johnny and the Devil’s Box; Rashidra Scott performs the songs of Pearl Bailey in Ambassador of Love.

 

Goodspeed by the River — Goodspeed Musicals’ Outdoor Summer Series, Goodspeed by the River, takes place under a tent alongside Goodspeed Opera House. Lineup — Bennett & Babs: The Songs of Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand, through July 4; Ambassador of Love: a Celebration of Pearl Bailey, through July 18; Together Again: Max & Celeste Sing Their Broadway Favorites, July 7–18; Johnny and The Devil’s Box: In Concert, July 22–Aug. 1. All performances: Tue.–Sun. 7 p.m., and matinees on Wed., Sat. and Sun., 2 p.m. Rain or shine. Tickets per event are $45. Goodspeed Opera House, 6 Main St., East Haddam. 860-873-8668, goodspeed.org 

July 7–Aug. 22

Connecticut Shakespeare Festival — The inaugural season of the Connecticut Shakespeare Festival will transport audiences into fantastical worlds of the unknown at Auerfarm. Lineup: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, July 7–17; Shakespeare 4 Kids: Dream Scheme, July 10–18; Into the Woods, July 28–Aug. 22; Snow White, July 31–Aug. 22. Auerfarm, 158 Auer Farm Road, Bloomfield. 860-242-7144, connecticutshakespearefestival.org

July 8–Aug. 1

Murder for Two — A blend of music, mayhem and murder, this 90-minute show, in which two performers play 13 roles, not to mention the piano, is an homage to old-fashioned murder mysteries. Performances: Wed. 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Thu. 7:30 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m. Thu. matinee, July 8. $55 adults, $50 seniors, $25 students. Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main St. 860-767-7318, ivorytonplayhouse.org 

July 9 & 16

Outdoor concerts at MoCA Westport — The Oshima Brothers bring a harmony-rich blend of contemporary folk and acoustic pop. July 9, 7 p.m. $50. The series continues with The Horszowski Trio, a force in the international chamber music world, performing with the accomplished violinist Amadi Azikiwe. July 16, 7 p.m. $105. MoCA Westport, 19 Newtown Tpke. 203-572-2720, mocawestport.org

July 10

Fab 4 Music Festival — The family-friendly music, foods and arts festival at Ansonia’s Nolan Field features 10 bands playing the music of the Beatles. There will also be music and memorabilia dealers, guest authors, exhibits, kid-friendly activities, along with food trucks and other attractions. General admission is $19.99 in advance at fab4musicfestival.ticketleap.com/fab4. Noon–8 p.m. Nolan Field, 350 Wakelee Ave., Ansonia. 203-795-4737, fab4musicfestival.com

July 10

NICE Festival — Celebrate different world cultures with cuisines from around the globe, dancers performing flamenco, Asian and African dances, and live music in rock, reggae, R&B and Latin. There will also be educational, health and environmental exhibits, as well as kid-friendly attractions with interactive games. Rain or shine. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Free. Oyster Shell Park, North Water Street, Norwalk. 203-919-3000, norwalknice.org

July 11

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Pieced quilt, Star of Bethlehem pattern, made by Martha Moore Baker, New Hartford, c. 1861‒1865

Textiles of the Homefront: Civil War Stories — Curator Lynne Zacek Bassett will give a virtual talk about quilts from both the North and the South and how they represent the emotions and actions involved in sending loved ones to battle, the work to keep soldiers clothed, warm and properly aided in hospitals, and the work of healing after the war for veterans and civilians. 2 p.m. Free for members, $5 nonmembers. RSVP required. Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, 295 West Ave., Norwalk. 203-838-9799, lockwoodmathewsmansion.com

July 16 & 17

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SportsCar Championship at Lime Rock — The WeatherTech SportsCar championship returns with the IMSA Northeast Grand Prix. The main event showcases the popular GT Le Mans and GT Daytona classes in a two-hour, 40-minute race. The weekend also includes the Lime Rock Park 120 for the IMSA Michelin Pilot SportsCar Challenge. Lime Rock Park, 60 White Hollow Road, Lakeville. 860-435-5000, limerock.com

July 17 & 24

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Larry Owens and Ali Stoker

Cabaret in the Robards concerts— Larry Owens explores time, love and ambition through the music and lyrics of Stephen Sondheim, July 17, 8 p.m.; and 2019 Tony Award winner Ali Stroker, who made history as the first actor in a wheelchair to appear on Broadway, brings her musical theater talents on July 24 at 8 p.m. Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court. 203-227-4177, westportplayhouse.org

July 18

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Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock of Air Supply

Air Supply in concert — Russell Hitchcock’s soaring tenor voice and Graham Russell’s simple yet majestic songs like “Lost in Love,” “All Out of Love” and “The One That You Love” arrive at Mohegan Sun Arena. $25. 7 p.m. 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd., Uncasville. 888-226-7711, mohegansun.com

July 21–25

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Pilobolus car safari — Celebrated Washington Depot-based dance company Pilobolus returns with BLOOM: A Journey, its second annual roving car safari. This year’s all-new, one-of-a-kind driving adventure brings attendees on a journey through nature at Sunny Meadow Farm to be fully immersed and interactive with multiple stages of performance across several disciplines. Sunny Meadow Farm, 66 Northrup St., Bridgewater. 860-868-0538, pilobolus.org 

July 22–Aug. 1

The Boys in the Band outdoor show — Madison Lyric Stage’s mainstage season will be entirely outdoors and will include: The Boys in the Band, July 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31, 7:30 p.m., July 25, Aug. 1, 5 p.m. $50 individual tickets, $120 season tickets. Performances held under a tent on the grounds of the Deacon John Grave House in Madison’s historic district. 203-215-6329, madisonlyricstage.org

July 24

Military vehicle show — The Greater Middletown Military Museum hosts its inaugural Military Vehicle and Cars of the War Era Concours to honor veterans and current military. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Veterans Memorial Park, Middletown. gmvmm.com

July 24

Angels Among Us walking tour — Learn about the angels and allegorical figures that grace the landscape of Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford. Reservations must be made in advance. 10 a.m. $10. Cedar Hill Cemetery, 453 Fairfield Ave., Hartford. 860-956-3311, cedarhillfoundation.org

July 24 & 25

ParaConn paranormal convention — Connecticut’s first paranormal convention features special guests, paranormal investigations, seminars, panels, vendors, exhibits and more. All ages are welcome, under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Food and refreshments available. July 24, 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; July 25, 11 a.m.–7 p.m. General admission is $14.99. Ansonia Armory, 10 N. State St., Ansonia. 203-795-4737, paraconn.org

July 30

Comedy night at Mount Southington — The Comedy Craft Beer Tour arrives with an outdoor show at the mountain with April Macie and friends. Ticket includes the first beer or wine. 8–10 p.m. $35. Mount Southington Ski Area, 396 Mt. Vernon Road, Plantsville. 954-729-6282, comedycraftbeer.com

July 30–Aug.1

Terrificon — The comic book convention is back at Mohegan Sun for fans of comics and their creators, and actors from superhero, sci-fi, horror shows and films. Plus, shopping for comic books, artwork, pop-culture memorabilia and gaming goods. Earth Expo & Convention Center, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd., Uncasville. 888-226-7711, mohegansun.com

July 31

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Andrew Hardo and Albert Rivera

Litchfield Jazz Festival — A live-streamed full day of music from Telefunken Soundstage begins with a romantic set titled Beautiful Ballads by Albert Rivera, Andrew Hadro and Carmen Staaf, followed by the Rufus Reid Trio with Sullivan Fortner and Johnathan Blake; the Matt Wilson Quartet with Jeff Lederer, Kirk Knuffke and Chris Lightcap; and Emmet Cohen & Friends with Russell Hall, Kyle Poole, Tivon Pennicott and Benny Benack III. Noon–6 p.m. Free. 860-361-6285, litchfieldjazzfest.com

July 31

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Cedric the Entertainer

Cedric the Entertainer — The actor and comedian and star of the CBS shows The Neighborhood and The Greatest #AtHome Videos and the TBS comedy The Last O.G. brings his comedy show to Foxwoods Resort Casino. $40–$70. 8 p.m. Premier Theater, 350 Trolley Line Blvd., Mashantucket. 800-369-9663, foxwoods.com

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