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7 Days: What To Do in Fairfield County This Week: 9/15/11 - 9/21/11

Thursday September 15


Still working on that novel? Yeah, well you're probably never going to finish it without some outside help. To kick off its eighth season, the Westport Writers' Workshop is hosting an open house today, and who knows, maybe they can give you that kick in the ass that you need not only to finish, but to get published too. This season offers several new workshops including From Pitch to Pilot: How to Write a TV Sitcom, Walking the Line Between Memoir and Fiction, Playwriting and both beginner and advanced blogging workshops. Now if only they had a workshop on writing bite-sized blurbs about upcoming events in alternative newsweeklies… Westport Writers' Workshop, 3 Sylvan Road South, Westport. 5 p.m. Free. (203) 227-3250,

Friday September 16


Guys dressed up like girls? Sounds like a worthy event to us. Tonight, Two Boots is hosting the Dirty Dixie Normous Drag Review where such divas as Lucia Virginity, Saphira La'Femme and Barbara Streetsand will, uh, perform in some way or another, while wearing clothing normally attributed to a gender not their own. Enjoy! Two Boots, 281 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport. 9:30 p.m. $15, $12/advance. (203) 331-1377,

Saturday September 17


The Meters are one of the most important acts in the evolution of funk. They broke up in the late '70s, but founding members Art Neville and George Porter Jr. started a new group in 1994, The Funky Meters, to continue tapping into the sound they helped to create and to update it and keep it moving into the future. Tonight they play in close quarters at the Fairfield Theatre Company for those that can afford the $87 ticket. Fairfield Theatre Company, StageOne, 70 Sanford St., Fairfield. 7:30 p.m. $87. (203) 259-1036,

Sunday September 18


If you look at the years leading up to the birth of rock 'n' roll, there are some groups that didn't quite invent the genre, but certainly helped pave the way. When The Ink Spots began singing together the country was still in the throes of the Great Depression, there wasn't much crossover between black music and white listeners, and Elvis was still being conceived. The group had 50 hit records, mostly during the '40s, despite all their songs starting with the same galloping little guitar riff (and they even made it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 as an "early influence"). No one even close to the original members remains alive today, but the group that took over the name sings their hits tonight at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre along with the Mills Brothers. Downtown Cabaret Theatre, 263 Golden Hill St., Bridgeport. 5 p.m. $29.50-$49.50. (203) 576-1636,

Monday September 19


The Open VISIONS Forum reboots for the fall semester at Fairfield University's Quick Center tonight with Chuck Todd, chief White House correspondent for NBC News and a contributing editor on "Meet the Press." He'll give a talk called "State of the Nation: Polling the Mood" and bounce thoughts off of Dr. Robbin Crabtree, dean of Fairfield U's College of Arts and Sciences after the lecture. Chances are you'll hear yet one more person discuss how revolutionary Facebook and Twitter are, among other things. Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield University, 1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield. 8 p.m. $45. (203) 254-4010,

Tuesday September 20


Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls could get huge. Turner is a British lad who caught the attention of punk legend Brett Gurewitz (guitarist from Bad Religion, founder of Epitaph Records) with his passionate, anthemic folk/punk sound. He's already getting huge in his homeland, and now Epitaph has released his newest record England Keep My Bones in a plot to conquer America. See him tonight at the Heirloom, the first night of the U.S. tour, a preview of tomorrow night's already-sold-out show at the Bowery Ballroom. Heirloom Arts Theatre, 155 Main St., Danbury. 6:30 p.m. $15, $12/advance. (203) 300-5270,

Wednesday September 21


Ever teach a bear to paint? The staff at the Beardsley Zoo have. They also taught a pig. And tonight, as part of their Evening Lecture Series, they'll talk about how they went about doing just that, along with other facets of the animal-human connection, at the zoo's Hanson Exploration Station. Next on the Beardsley agenda, in October: Harvest Hay Rides. Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport. 7 p.m. $5 suggested donation. (203) 394-6565,

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