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7 Days: What To Do in Fairfield County This Week (10/27/11 - 11/2/11)

Thursday October 27


Gross art is beautiful too. The Dark Carnival art show opens tonight at City Lights Gallery, a Halloween-friendly exhibit featuring zombies and ghouls by 13 artists, curated by our local expert in such macabre matters, Mr. Mike Falcigno (he's the guy that drew our collection of crazy clowns that accompany the Clown-O-Meter each week). An opening reception begins at 5:30 p.m., and guests are encouraged to come in costume. There'll be a contest for both the best male and best female costumes, the winners of which will have a portrait drawn of themselves as zombies by exhibiting artist Moses Jaen. City Lights Gallery, 37 Merkle Court, Bridgeport. 5:30-9 p.m. Free. (203) 334-7748,

Friday October 28


Felix Cavaliere was a founding member of The Rascals (also known for a while as The Young Rascals), the keyboardist and lead singer on oldies staples like "Good Lovin'", "Groovin'" and "People Got To Be Free." Tonight, he'll be at Stamford's Palace Theatre to sing those hits, along with the stuff he's been writing in the 40+ years since, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the non-profit Stamford Education 4 Autism. Did we mention he's a member of the Rock ' n' Roll Hall of fame? Palace Theater, 61 Atlantic St., Stamford. 7 p.m. $25-$50. (203) 325-4466,

Saturday October 29


Derek Trucks is currently one of the top slide guitar players in the world. I mean, anyone who covers the parts of Duane Allman in the Allman Brothers Band has got a heavy load to carry, but Trucks has always held the position with ease. His wife, Susan Tedeschi, makes some sweet sounds of her own, singing the blues along with him in their group, The Tedeschi-Trucks Band who play tonight at The Klein. The Klein, 910 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport. 8 p.m. $25-$85. (203) 259-1036,

Sunday October 30


Some scary stuff has happened in Fairfield over the years, and the Fairfield Museum & History Center staff know all the gorey details. They'll guide a family-friendly walking tour today at 6 p.m. (well, families with kids 13 and older at least) through some of the eeriest Fairfield sites that include the haunted Sun Tavern, a cemetery where some good ol' fashioned body snatching occurred and the site where townsfolk tested potential witches in the 17th century. (The same tour also happens on Saturday, Oct. 29th at 8 p.m. if Sunday doesn't work with your schedule.) Fairfield Museum & History Center, 370 Beach Road, Fairfield. 6 p.m. $5-$7. (203) 259-1598,

Monday October 31


Even though today is officially Halloween, most spooky activities were relegated to the weekend, aside from the usual trick or treating. But you can still go the Maritime Aquarium's IMAX theater and see Coral Reef Adventure three times today, as you can every Monday through mid-January. And let's face it — some deep sea creatures look downright scary. Especially when they're made to be giants on the IMAX screen. Maritime Aquarium, 10 North Water St., Norwalk. 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. $4.50-$9. (203) 852-0700,

Tuesday November 1


Lucinda Williams is a badass. Her cult of fans love her. Critics love her. Seemingly, everyone loves her. And even if her brand of country rock isn't your thing, you've got to respect the songwriting and perfoming abilities Williams exhibits. TIME magazine dubbed her America's Best Songwriter in 2002. She won a Grammy for Best Country Song of 1994 for "Passionate Kisses", a song she wrote for Mary Chapin Carpenter. She's one of the most talented and professional musicians around, and she'll be at the Ridgefield Playouse tonight. Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge, Ridgefield. 8 p.m. $72.50. (203) 438-5795,

Wednesday November 2


They're a bit late for Halloween, but a trio of New York Times bestselling thriller/mystery authors, Steve Berry (The Jefferson Key), Peter Spiegelman (Thick as Thieves) and Andrew Gross (Eyes Wide Open) will be at Stamford's Ferguson Library today to host a panel regarding the mystery genre and to talk about their respective books. Berry's is built on the idea that the founding fathers laid out secret clauses in the U.S. Constitution that directly led to the assassinations of presidents in 1865, 1881, 1901 and 1963. If consiparcy theories of this sort catch your attention (like those National Treasure movies, but good), you're probably a prime candidate for this panel. Ferguson Library, 96 Broad St., Stamford. 6:30 p.m. $15. (203) 964-1000,

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