Art

June 1-2

Art at IvesIves Concert Park, Danbury — Back for its fourth year, this two-day juried art and crafts show will feature works from every major category, as well as a wine tasting and children’s events. Sat. 1-7:30 p.m. and Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; ticket prices $5-$36.

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I-Park in East Haddam will open its grounds to the public on June 1 from 2 to 6 p.m. as part of Connecticut Trail Days.

Connecticut Trail Days, statewide — Connecticut boasts the largest National Trail Days celebration in the country, with over 250 hiking, walking, educational and other events planned around the state during the first weekend in June. Among the many events: In East Haddam, I-Park's artists-in-residence program (pictured) will open its 26 trails to nature, art and music lovers on June 1 (rain date June 2) from 2 to 6 p.m., with landscape painters on site and music by the percussion-based quartet The Grays. To see the complete statewide Connecticut Trail Days schedule and RSVP for an event, go to ctwoodlands.org/ct-trails-weekend.

June 1-Sept. 8

Fragile Earth: The Naturalist Impulse in Contemporary ArtFlorence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme — The museum’s summer exhibition features works from four ecologically minded contemporary artists — Mark Dion, James Prosek, Jennifer Angus and Courtney Mattison — examining our relationship to the natural world. The museum is open Tue.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $8 for students and free for children 12 and under.

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The free concerts on the green at New Haven's annual Arts and Ideas Festival always draw a crowd.

June 8-22

International Festival of Arts & Ideas, Various locations, New Haven — Musicians, performers and thinkers from all over the world will converge on the Elm City for the annual cultural and community-building extravaganza, with over 200 events scheduled throughout the course of the 15-day festival. Highlights include the improvised, interactive play Home (June 19-22), which examines how we are affected by our living spaces; and Quantum Sound (June 14), a unique combination of art and science in which music is created using superconducting quantum instruments. Over 80 percent of the events are free, including tours and exhibitions, workshops, thought-provoking lectures, and free concerts on the New Haven Green by R&B singer Vivian Green (June 15), Latin-folk singer Gina Chavez (June 16) and others. See website for the complete schedule and ticket prices, where applicable.

June 19-Aug. 11

Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington — | Bring a chair and a blanket to the opening of Hill-Stead Museum’s annual outdoor festival, and enjoy live music and poetry readings by acclaimed writers. This year’s event opens on June 19 with Claudia Rankine, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for her collection Citizen: An American Lyric. Future events feature Terrance Hayes, the author of American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassins, a 2018 National Book Award in Poetry finalist (July 10); “A Celebration of Indian Poetry & Culture” with Aimee Nezhukumatathil and Rajiv Mohabir (July 21); “Poetry of Our World” with Chris Abani and Mai Der Vang (July 31); and “Young Poets Day” with Elizabeth Acevedo and the winners of the Fresh Voices Poetry Competition (Aug. 11). Season pass $65; individual events $15 in advance, $20 at the gate, free for under 18.

Comedy

June 7-8

Upright Citizens Brigade, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven — See one of the country’s premier improv and sketch comedy groups — the training ground for some of the biggest stars in comedy today — do its thing. Sat. & Sun. at 8 p.m.; $44.50.

June 13-14

Randy Rainbow, Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield — After a sold-out performance in 2018, the flamboyant political satirist and internet star returns to the Playhouse for two more evenings of outrageous musical comedy. 8 p.m.; $72.50-$125.

Family

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Through July 7

Dogs: More Than Pets, Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Norwalk — Man’s best friend is getting his day at the Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk. The exhibit, which opened in April and runs through July 7, features interactive stations and activities to explore the differences between breeds and other fun facts about our furry friends, as well as the roles they’ve played in history, science and popular culture. The museum is open daily after Memorial Day; general admission for adults and children is $15.

June 1

Pete the Cat, The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, Old Saybrook — The rockin’ blue cat from the popular children’s book series helps a second-grader ace his art test and learn about inspiration in this live-action musical adventure. The show is 50 minutes and recommended for grades pre-K-3. 1 p.m.; $15-$22.

June 20-23

The Tempest, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain — No Boundaries Youth Theater’s Teen Company gives Shakespeare’s tale of shipwreck and sorcery a local spin, drawing inspiration from Connecticut’s 19th-century whaling history. Preview Thu. at 6 p.m., regular performances Fri. & Sat. at 7 p.m. and Sun. at 2 p.m; performances are free but donations will be accepted. nbyt.org

June 22

Summer Fest, Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London — The museum's annual family-friendly community festival will have live music all day and lots of family activities, such as mermaid crafts, balloon creations and face paintings, plus the museum will be open for exploration all day. 11 a.m.-4 p.m; free admission.

Music

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India.Arie

June 1

India.Arie, College Street Music Hall, New Haven — Drawing on influences that range from Motown to African and world music to contemporary country, India.Arie’s sound is inspirational, socially outspoken and uniquely personal. Earlier this year the four-time Grammy winner released Worthy, her first full-length album in five years, as part of her “mission to spread healing, peace, love and unconditional self-acceptance through the power of words and music.” She’ll bring that message of empowerment to College Street Music Hall in New Haven on June 1. 8 p.m.; $49-$69 (includes a CD or digital album download).

June 7

Catherine Russell, The Side Door at Old Lyme Inn — A renowned jazz vocalist, Russell has built a reputation as a gifted interpreter of both familiar and forgotten Big Band and swing classics. 8:30 p.m.; $50.

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David Crosby

June 7, 12

David Crosby & Friends — Joined by his full band, the two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Famer (as a member of The Byrds and of Crosby, Stills & Nash) will play some of his best-loved songs, as well as music from his 2017 album Sky Trails, June 7 at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield (8 p.m.; $111-$126) and June 12 at the Garde Arts Center in New London(8 p.m.; $49-$69).

June 9-Sept. 22

Music Mountain Chamber Music and Twilight Jazz Concert Series, Gordon Hall, Falls Village — The venerable concert series — which proudly bills itself as the nation’s oldest continuously operating chamber music festival — has booked a diverse array of prominent string quartets, jazz bands, cabaret acts and more to commemorate its landmark 90th season.

The Chamber Music Series takes place Sundays at 3 p.m., opening June 9 with a reception and benefit concert led by acclaimed classical pianist Peter Serkin; it continues with the Escher Quartet, playing pieces from Schubert, Beethoven and Dvorák (June 16); the Latin Grammy-winning Cuarteto Latinoamericano (June 23) and St. Louis’ Arianna String Quartet (June 30). Future series highlights will include the Ariel String Quartet (July 21), the Shanghai Quartet (Aug. 31, at 5 p.m., and a Labor Day concert and reception on Sept. 1), and the Juilliard String Quartet closes out the season on Sept. 22.

The Twilight Jazz & More concert series will be held on Saturdays at 5 p.m. It opens June 15 with the Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet, followed by the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players (June 22) and cabaret singer Steve Ross (June 29). Future concerts include the New Orleans-style sound of the New Black Eagle Jazz Band (July 20), Michael Berkeley’s Broadway review No Tune Like a Show Tune (Aug. 3) and Connecticut’s own Galvanized Jazz Band (Aug. 24). Ticket prices vary; early-bird packages are available until June 8 for the Chamber series and June 14 for the Twilight concerts. See the website for a complete list of events.

June 21

Diana Ross, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket — The former lead singer of The Supremes is on her Diamond Diana Celebration tour to celebrate her 75th birthday year. 8 p.m.; $45-$70.

June 22

Aaron Neville, Infinity Hall, Hartford — The inimitable vocalist will “Tell It Like It Is” in an intimate duo performance. 8 p.m.; $59-$79.

June 29

Jackson Browne, Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford — The acclaimed singer-songwriter and activist is touring the Northeast, accompanied by his full band. 8 p.m.; $48-$99.

Theater

May 31-June 2

Kinky BootsFoxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket — The hit musical story of an unlikely friendship between the owner of a shoe factory and a drag performer. Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 2 & 8 p.m. and Sun. 1 & 7 p.m.; $55-$75.

May 31-June 9

Of Mice and Men, Deacon John Grave House, Madison — Madison Lyric Stage presents the Connecticut debut of Carlisle Floyd's 1970 operatic adaptation of John Steinbeck's classic story. Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m.; $40.

June 7-22

The Importance of Being EarnestGoshen Players, Goshen — Oscar Wilde’s classic farce about a decidedly lowborn suitor’s attempts to prove his respectability to his beloved’s upper-class family. Fridays and Saturdays 8 p.m. and Sundays 3 p.m.; $22

June 26-30

A Bronx TaleShubert Theater, New Haven — A young boy is torn between working for the mafia and maintaining his upstanding father’s ideals in this 1960s-set musical (based on the 1989 play and 1993 film) that has been described as Jersey Boys meets West Side Story. Times vary; $39-$126.

Etc.

June 2

Dick Cavett Presents a Conversation with Christopher Walken, Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield —Cavett will chat with the Academy Award-winning actor in the second installment of his live interview series. 4 p.m.; $40-$90. (Update 5/29/19: This event has been postponed indefinitely.)

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June 19-21

The Wonder of the Cocktail, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket — Whether you’re looking to take your mixology skills to the next level or just sharpen your appreciation for sophisticated beverages, this three-day spirit celebration has you covered. Events include an opening reception on Wednesday; on Thursday, seminars on how to mix rum, agave, single malt whiskey and Johnnie Walker, and the “Sip-Savor-Swagger” where cocktails are paired with cuisine from some of the state’s top chefs; and Friday wraps up with a pool party and a grand-tasting finale. Individual events start at $55, and event packages are $145-$320.

 June 20-23

Travelers ChampionshipTPC River Highlands, Cromwell — Fan favorite Phil Mickelson is the only golfer to win back-to-back titles at Connecticut’s lone PGA Tour stop (2001-02). Lefty is returning to Cromwell this year for the first time since 2003. Tickets start at $65.

For more events around the state, check out our online calendar.

This article appeared in the June 2019 issue of Connecticut Magazine. You can subscribe here, or find the current issue on sale hereSign up for our newsletter here to get the latest and greatest content from Connecticut Magazine delivered right to your inbox. Got a question or comment? Email editor@connecticutmag.com, or contact us on Facebook @connecticutmagazine or Twitter @connecticutmag.