Through May 27

Medieval to Metal: The Art & Evolution of the Guitar, Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Stamford — This exhibit developed by the National Guitar Museum in New York City examines 40 examples of what is believed to be the world’s most popular musical instrument, from rare and antique to cutting-edge designs.

Afghan Women

May 11

The Connecticut Forum: Photo WondersThe Bushnell, Hartford — The Connecticut Forum offers the chance to see the world through the stunning work of three exceptional photographers. Lynsey Addario, whose Pulitzer Prize-winning work covers conflicts and humanitarian issues, was named one of the five most influential photographers of the past 25 years in 2015 by American Photo magazine. The work of underwater and marine life photographer Brian Skerry, a National Geographic Photography Fellow and frequent contributor to that magazine, has also been published in BBC Wildlife, Audubon, Esquire and The Wall Street Journal, among others. Photojournalist Pete Souza was a White House photographer for President Reagan and chief White House photographer for President Obama, and his work depicts some of the most iconic moments of the latter’s administration. After sharing their work and insights, the panelists will take part in a discussion moderated by Lucy Nalpathanchil, host of Where We Live on WNPR, and take questions from the audience. 7:30 p.m.; tickets start at $15.

May 16-Nov. 3

From Corsets to Suffrage: Victorian Women Trailblazers, Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, Norwalk — An examination of how women’s fashions affected the suffrage movement. Opening reception May 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and a lecture on the subject May 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. by Dr. Heather Munro Prescott, professor of history at Central Connecticut State University. The opening reception and lecture are each $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers.



Bassem Youssef

May 2-4

Bassem Youssef, Vinnie Brand's Stress Factory, Bridgeport — The comedian and political satirist known as "the Jon Stewart of the Arab World" will perform five stand-up shows, Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and Friday & Saturday at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. First come first serve seating; attendees must be 16 or over.

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Wayne Brady

May 4

Wayne Brady, Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield — Expect an energetic night of music and improvisational comedy from the ever-versatile performer. 8 p.m.; $125.

Kevin James, The Palace, Stamford — The former King of Queens takes up residence for an evening of stand-up. 8 p.m; $46-$96

May 10

Ladies of the Boston Comedy Festival, The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, Old Saybrook — Laugh it up with the funniest ladies from one of the country’s top comedy festivals. 8 p.m.; $25-$30

May 10-11

Sheryl Underwood, Funny Bone Comedy Club Restaurant, Manchester — The outspoken comedian, political satirist and co-host of TV’s The Talk will perform four shows. Fri. at 7:30 & 10 p.m. and Sat. at 7 & 9:30 p.m.; $27

May 11

Cedric the Entertainer, Mohegan Sun, Uncasville — The busy star of the new CBS sitcom The Neighborhood takes time out to return to his stand-up roots. 8 p.m., $19-$39

May 25

Bill Maher, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket — The host of HBO’s Real Time is sure to have an opinion or two to share. 8 p.m.; $50-$70


Through July 7

Dogs: More Than Pets, Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Norwalk — This interactive traveling exhibit offers the chance to learn more about our the science, history and folklore surrounding our favorite furry companions. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; admission is $15.

May 3-5

Charlotte’s Web, No Boundaries Youth Theater, New Britain — A non-musical production set in 1950s New England about the barnyard friendship between a livestock pig and a barn spider. Fri. & Sat. 7 p.m. and Sun. 2 p.m.; $11-$13

May 4-5

A Wrinkle in Time, Darien Arts Center, Darien — A one-act production of the popular children’s tale about a girl’s quest to rescue her father and save humanity. For grades 6-8. Performances Sat. at 5 p.m. and Sun. at 2 p.m.; tickets are $10.

May 10-12

Paw Patrol Live: Race to the Rescue, XL Center, Hartford — When Adventure Bay’s Mayor Goodway goes missing on the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race, it's up to the heroic pups tsave the day. Fri. 6 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m; $25-$125


May 4

Trinity Film Festival, Cinestudio Theater, Trinity College, Hartford — Now in its eighth year, the TFF gives collegiate undergrads an opportunity to present their short films to an audience of peers, professionals and film fans. 5-9 p.m.; $15 general admission, $10 seniors, free with Trinity ID. See also

May 23

Quiet Corner Film Festival, Killingly High School, Killingly — A screening of short films (8 minutes or less) made by Connecticut high school students, who are eligible to win scholarships and other prizes. 6 p.m; free admission.

May 29-June 2

Greenwich International Film Festival Greenwich, various locations, Greenwich — Aiming to explore social issues as well as help filmmakers receive visibility and financing, this star-studded annual festival features more than 70 events, including screenings, panel discussions and parties. Individual event tickets go on sale one month before the event; VIP passes offering priority admission are also available.

May 30-June 9

New Haven Documentary Film Festival, various locations, New Haven — The Elm City plays host to films and filmmakers with a regional connection, including the New Haven premiere of Pizza: A Love Story. Screenings are free, and fast passes offering guaranteed reserved seating are available for $50 and $200.

May 31-June 8

Connecticut LGBT Film Festival, Cinestudio, Hartford — Presented by Out Film CT, the state's longest-running film festival is dedicated to fostering community through the presentation of outstanding fiction, documentaries and shorts reflecting LGBT themes. See websites for showtimes and ticket prices.,

May 31

Mel Brooks’ Silent Movie, Thomaston Opera House, Thomaston — Landmark Community Theater hosts this screening of Brooks’ (almost) completely wordless 1976 Hollywood send-up, presented with a live organ accompaniment. 8 p.m.; $16.50


May 4

Johnny Marr, College Street Music Hall, New Haven — The legendary guitarist and co-founder of The Smiths released his third solo album, Call the Comet, in 2018. 8 p.m.; $25-$39.50

May 9

David Allan Coe, The Stafford Palace Theater, Stafford Springs — An original country music renegade, Coe is also one of its most prolific songwriters, with more than 80 Billboard singles in his long career. 7:30 p.m.; $30-$35

John Tesh, The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, Old Saybrook — The multitalented musician, composer and author presents an intimate evening of Songs and Stories from the Grand Piano. 7:30 p.m.; $65

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"Nancy and Beth," a.k.a. Stephanie Hunt and Megan Mullally

May 10

Nancy and Beth, Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield — As their “punk vaudeville” alter-egos, comedians Megan Mullally (Will & Grace) and Stephanie Hunt (Friday Night Lights, Californication) perform classic and contemporary songs. Ages 16-plus. 8 p.m.; $37.50

UPDATE 5/10: Ridgefield Playhouse has announced that due to an injury earlier today Megan Mullally is unable to perform, so her husband Nick Offerman will performing his one-man show "An Evening With Nick Offerman" tonight in her place. 

May 11

Engelbert Humperdinck, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket — Still going strong in his 80s, the legendary showman and “king of romance” is on his Angel on My Shoulder tour. 8 p.m.; $55-$75

May 15

Max Weinberg’s Jukebox, Fairfield Theater Company FTC Warehouse — The former Late Night bandleader and drummer for the E Street Band leads his four-piece band through a setlist of rock ‘n’ roll classics, chosen live by the audience from a video menu. 8 p.m.; $45-$170

May 16

Judas Priest, Mohegan Sun, Uncasville — The metal legends will perform hits like “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming” from their five-decade career, as well as cuts from their new album, Firepower. 7 p.m.; $49-$69

May 17

MGMTCollege Street Music Hall, New Haven — The indie rockers’ long-awaited return finds them blending their experimental sound with the pop hooks of their megahits “Time to Pretend,” “Electric Feel” and “Kids.” 8 p.m.; $45-$55 

May 23, 24

Average White Band — The legendary soul and funk band takes the stage May 23 at Fairfield Theater Company in Fairfield (8 p.m.; $40-$55), then on May 24 at Infinity Hall in Hartford (8:30 p.m.; $39-$65).

May 24

Juice Wrld Xfinity Theater, Hartford — The genre-defying, 20-year-old hip hop artist, who broke out last year with the single “Lucid Dreams,” is touring in support of his second studio album, Death Race for Love. 8 p.m.; tickets start at $49.50

Lynyrd Skynyrd Mohegan Sun, Uncasville — After more than four decades, the iconic Southern rockers are hitting the road one more time with their Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour. 7 p.m.; tickets start at $39.50

The Temptations Shubert Theatre, New Haven — See the current lineup of one of the longest-running R&B groups in history performing classics like “My Girl,” “Treat Her Like a Lady” and “The Way You Do the Things You Do.” 8 p.m.; $49-$89

May 24, 30, 31

Yngwie Malmsteen — The Swedish rock legend, named by Time magazine as one of the 10 best electric guitar players in the world, makes three Connecticut stops this month: at The Kate in Old Saybrook on May 24 (8 p.m.; $60-$74), Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield on May 30 (8 p.m.; $47.50-$75) and Infinity Hall in Norfolk on May 31 ($44-$59).


May 1-26

A Doll’s House, Part 2, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven — Picking up after the events of the 1879 original, Lucas Hnath’s 2017 sequel is a funny and thoughtful examination of marriage and societal norms. Times vary; $35.50-$75.50

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Angela Baumgardner as Anna Leonowens and Pedro Ka'awaloa as the King of Siam in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I.

May 2-5

The King and I, Shubert Theatre, New Haven — Rodgers & Hammerstein’s musical masterpiece, about the reform-minded king of Siam and the British schoolteacher he hires to educate his wives and children, will be performed on the stage where it made its 1951 world premiere. This production is based on the Tony Award-winning 2015 Broadway revival. Times vary; tickets start at $39.

May 3-4

Chicago, Palace Theater, Waterbury — The razzle-dazzle of the longest-running American musical in Broadway’s history comes to Waterbury for three shows, Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 2 and 8 p.m.; $50-$125

May 3-19

The Miracle Worker, Landmark Community Theater, Thomaston — The inspirational play about Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan, the teacher who rescues her from her dark and silent world. Times vary; $23.50-$26.50

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Quentin Oliver Lee and Eva Tavares in The Phantom of the Opera

May 8-19

The Phantom of the Opera, Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford — Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic musical receives a grand production with new staging, new scenic design and a 52-person cast and orchestra. Times vary; tickets start at $45.


May 4

Hockanum Brew Fest, New England Motorcycle Museum, Rockville — This craft beer and wine tasting event will feature about 30 area breweries, wineries and distilleries, plus food trucks and restaurant and snack stands along the banks of the Hockanum River. 1-4 p.m.; tickets are $40 ($20 for designated drivers), and discounted admission to the museum will be available.

Mother of MarketsElm Ridge Park, Rocky Hill — Returning for a second year, this "market for all" will offer goods from more than 60 artisans, plus food trucks, live music, face painting and family entertainment, and an "epic" raffle to support the Connecticut Children's Medical Center. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; free parking and admission.

May 19

Antique & Classic Car Show, Boothe Memorial Park & Museum, Stratford — The tenth annual car show is open to all show vehicles. Presented by the Port 5 Naval Veterans of Bridgeport, with proceeds going to various veterans' causes. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., plus free events at the park's new visitor center from 1-4 p.m. Free admission.

WWE Money in the Bank, XL Center, Hartford — Wrestling superstars face off in men’s and women’s ladder matches to compete for the right to a championship bout in the annual pay-per-view event, coming to Hartford for the first time. 6:30 p.m.; tickets start at $20

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

This article appeared in the May 2019 issue of Connecticut Magazine. You can subscribe here, or find the current issue on sale here. Got a question or comment? Email, or contact us on Facebook @connecticutmagazine or Twitter @connecticutmag.