March 2

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Pokey LaFarge

Pokey LaFarge: With a look like an old folk musician right out of Nashville’s 1950s, LaFarge writes and performs original, sometimes traditional music steeped in American blues, country and Western swing from the days when 78s ruled the record player. His voice has a tinge of the classic country warble, and lyrics recall the old-timey jazz of the South. Harmonica riffs and lyrics evoke the music of the past, while guitar riffs and swing rhythms elevate LaFarge’s music from a mere rehash of old hits. 8 p.m. $25. Fairfield Theatre Company Warehouse, 70 Sanford St., Fairfield. 203-259-1036, fairfieldtheatre.org

March 3, 24, 31

Virtual seminars: Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts offers a new season of interactive virtual seminars on a range of topics. March 3, 1 p.m.: Rabbi Sarah Marion and the Rev. Vanessa Rose: Women Who Transform Tradition: Or, What Happens When a Female Rabbi and a Female Pastor Sit Down for Coffee; March 24, 1 p.m.: Megan Paqua: Mummies, Myths and Mysteries-Decoding Ancient Egyptian Art; March 31, 1 p.m.: Gavriel D. Rosenfeld, Ph.D.: Normalizing Nazism on the Internet. No registration required. Free. For more information, go to quickcenter.com or call 203-254-4010. Participate in the seminars at thequicklive.com 

March 4

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Ben Folds

An Evening with Ben Folds: Grammy-award winning musician Ben Folds performs live from Australia. Folds has created an enormous body of music that includes pop albums with Ben Folds Five, multiple solo albums and numerous collaborative records. 8 p.m. $20. Streaming on the Jorgensen Digital Stage at jorgensen.uconn.edu

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Anne Gardiner Perkins, author of "Yale Needs Women: How the First Group of Girls Rewrote the Rules of an Ivy League Giant"

Yale Needs Women talk: Historian and Yale alumna Anne Gardiner Perkins, author of Yale Needs Women: How the First Group of Girls Rewrote the Rules of an Ivy League Giant, will give a Zoom presentation hosted by the New Haven Museum. Perkins, who was the first female editor in chief of the Yale Daily News, will be joined by Constance Royster, one of Yale’s first women undergrads, whose personal experiences are featured prominently in Perkins’ book, and by current Yale Daily News Editor in Chief Mackenzie Hawkins and Zoë Hopson, president of the Yale Black Women’s Coalition. Q&A to follow. 6 p.m. Register with the New Haven Museum at bit.ly/3ot1xOv

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From left, Constance Royster, Mackenzie Hawkins and Zoë Hopson

March 5

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ARRIVAL from Sweden

ARRIVAL from Sweden: The Music of ABBA: ARRIVAL from Sweden has all the features of a great ABBA show: costumes, talented musicians and singers. Founded by Vicky Zetterberg in 1995 in Gothenburg, Sweden, ARRIVAL is one of the world’s most popular ABBA show bands. 8 p.m. $33-$49. Garde Arts Center, 325 State St., New London. 860-444-7373, ext. 1, gardearts.org

March 6 

Brandon “Taz” Niederauer: The teenage guitarist, singer and songwriter brings his blistering guitar playing back to Ridgefield for two performances. After making his national TV debut on The Ellen DeGeneres Show at age 10, Taz has gone on to perform in venues across the country, as well as on Broadway and on film. Masks required and socially distanced seating. 5 & 8:30 p.m. $35. Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 E. Ridge Road. 203-438-5795, ridgefieldplayhouse.org

March 6, 7

Music at the Red Door series: A year-round season of professional-quality musical performances, featuring various styles including choral and organ music, chamber music, and jazz, continues from St. John’s Episcopal Church in West Hartford. Livestreamed on St. John’s Episcopal Church’s YouTube channel and Facebook page. March 6, 3 p.m.: Organist David Hurd performs in a 25th anniversary organ concert; March 7, 12:30 p.m.: Organist Carolyn Craig plays as part of the Pipes Alive! series. Streaming links at reddoormusic.org

March 7–26

Mr. Parent: A play based on the real-life adventures of Boston actor Maurice Parent, who turns to teaching for a steady paycheck, and learns it’s less a job and more a constant, visceral reminder of his success, and failure. $25 per stream. Streaming at TheaterWorks Hartford’s website, twhartford.org

March 9

Tuesday Treasure: Hang on to Your Hats: Today, headwear is usually limited today to baseball caps, headbands and the occasional sun hat or beanie. But for much of human history, hats were a regular part of attire, both for practical use and fashionable expression. Journey back to a time when hats were all the rage, and take a look at 20th-century pieces for men and women including cloches, pillboxes, turbans and more. 6–6:30 p.m. Free. Westport Museum for History & Culture Facebook page

March 10

Nature’s Best Hope talk: Virtual event with author Douglas Tallamy, Ph.D., professor of entomology and wildlife ecology at the University of Delaware, who will discuss simple steps that each of us can, and must, take to reverse declining biodiversity and will explain why we are nature’s best hope. Signed books will be available for purchase through Barrett Bookstore. 6–7:30 p.m. $15 members, $25 nonmembers. For more information and to register, go to stamfordmuseum.org

March 12

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Judy Gold

Judy Gold: Gold does stand-up, TV appearances, and won two Emmy awards for writing and producing The Rosie O’Donnell Show. She has written for major publications and is a talking head on news shows, and her new comedy album, Conduct Unbecoming, dropped in January. 8 p.m. $30–$45. Infinity Music Hall & Bistro, Route 44, Norfolk, 866-666-6306, infinityhall.com 

March 13

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Nick Swardson

Nick Swardson: A comedian, actor, writer and producer perhaps best known for his role in the series Reno 911!, Swardson has found success on the small and silver screens as well as the live stage. His comedic views have made him a regular guest on late-night shows. 8 p.m. $53.50, $63.50. Foxwoods Resort Casino Fox Theater, 350 Trolley Line Blvd., Mashantucket, 800-200-2882, foxwoods.com

March 14–April 10

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Best in Show 2020: Melissa Orme of Ridgefield for “Celebration” (acrylic on linen)

Spring juried show: Includes oil, acrylic, watercolor painting, mixed media, color photography, black-and-white photography, sculpture, printmaking, pastels and drawing. Opening reception is March 14 from 4–6 p.m. Rowayton Arts Center, 145 Rowayton Ave. 203-866-2744, rowaytonarts.org

March 16

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Joe Cappello

Storytelling Series: Joe Cappello: Learn how Joe Cappello, husband of the late Dr. Nancy Cappello, founder of the organization Are You Dense?, is carrying on her legacy of educating the public about the risks and screening challenges of dense breast tissue and its impact on missed, delayed and advanced stage breast cancer. Limited tickets are available and can be purchased online, by phone, or in person at the box office. Masks required. 3 p.m. $20. Palace Theater, 100 E. Main St., Waterbury, 203-346-2000, palacetheaterct.org

March 20

Verdi’s Il Trovatore: Met in HD Encore performance of Verdi’s Il Trovatore, from the Metropolitan Opera’s 2015–16 season. Enjoy productions on the Kate’s big screen, with surround sound, in a physically distanced environment. Masks required. 1 p.m. $20 adult, $15 students. Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook, 860-510-0453, thekate.org

March 21

Greater CT Youth Orchestra’s Concerto Competition: GCTYO’s most accomplished young musicians vie for a $500 prize and a solo performance at the 2021 spring concert. 2–4 p.m. Free. Reservations recommended. Sacred Heart University Community Theatre, 1424 Post Road, Fairfield, 203-293-8447, gctyo.org

March 25

Authors talk: A night of storytelling and creativity with authors Jaqueline Woodson, Lauren Groff and Colson Whitehead, presented by The Connecticut Forum. In a live, unscripted conversation, the panel of celebrated authors will share stories about their work, inspirations and lives. Moderated by Alison Stewart. 7:30 p.m. The Bushnell, 166 Capitol Ave., Hartford. For tickets, go to ctforum.org

March 28, 31

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Charlton Heston as Moses in the 1956 biblical epic The Ten Commandments, directed by Cecil B. DeMille.

The Ten Commandments: In celebration of the 65th anniversary of the 1956 biblical epic starring Charlton Heston, the film will be shown on the big screen with exclusive insights from Turner Classic Movies. 3/28 at 1 p.m. (all locations) and 6 p.m. (Danbury and Ridgefield only); 3/31 at 6 p.m. in all locations except Ridgefield. Ticket prices vary. Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 E. Ridge Road, 203-438-5795, ridgefieldplayhouse.org • Cinemark, 550 Universal Drive, North Haven; Conn Post 14, 1201 Boston Post Road, Milford; and Buckland Hills 18, 99 RedStone Road, Manchester, 1-800-246-3628, cinemark.com • AMC Danbury 16, 61 Eagle Road, 203-796-7770, amctheatres.com

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