Arts & Theater

Oysters, dragon boats and an ‘Encanto’ singalong among 10 best bets for the week of Aug. 14 to 20

Some arts calendars are filled with one-of-a-kind events. Others are more like a collection of trading cards that connect in unusual ways.

For instance, on Aug. 21 at the Ridgefield Playhouse you can see the eclectic progressive rocker Adrian Belew, who was in the band King Crimson from 1981 to 2009. One month later, Sept. 21 at the same location, you can see King Crimson’s founder, Robert Fripp and the band’s manager David Singleton on a speaking tour, and in October King Crimson bassist Tony Levin will bring his band Stick Men to the Space Ballroom in Hamden.


The Temptations and The Beach Boys share a bill Aug. 19 at Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater in Bridgeport. Various Beach Boys-related acts such as Brian Wilson solo tours or Al Jardine & Friends visit Connecticut regularly: This is the line-up that bears the band’s name, a nine-person ensemble led by Mike Love and Brian Johnston. As for the Temptations, the Broadway musical about the group, “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” is part of the 2022-23 season at The Bushnell.

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton” was at The Bushnell just last month. Miranda wrote the songs for the Disney movie “Encanto,” which has a big singalong screening with a live band Aug. 19 at the Xfinity Theatre.


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Doors Thru Space & Time festival

Avant Garde Salon, 328 East Main Street, Branford

The Doors named their band after the Aldous Huxley novel “The Doors of Perception” and indulged in all kinds of spiritual, psychological and psychedelic activities. The Avant Garde Salon, a New Age boutique and wellness center in Branford, is holding a “Doors Thru Space & Time” festival featuring 100 vendors, food, art and live music (including Doors songs), Aug. 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Encanto the Singalong Film Concert

Xfinity Theater, 61 Savitt Way, Hartford

A live band, subtitled lyrics and a crowd of folks who probably know all the songs by heart anyway add to the excitement of a giant-screen screening of the recent Disney hit “Encanto.” Aug. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Hartford’s Xfinity Theatre. $20-$225.

Amy Schumer

Foxwoods Premier Theater, 350 Shoreline Trolley Boulevard, Mashantucket

What’s Amy Schumer been up to in the past few years? The 2019 comedy special “Growing,” the new series “Life With Beth,” even a bonus 2022 episode of her old series “Inside Amy Schumer.” Now she’s back on tour — presumably with attitude undiminished, since she’s calling it the “Whore Tour.” Aug. 19 at 8 p.m. at Foxwoods Resort Casino’s Premier Theater. $55-$75.

The Beach Boys and The Temptations

Hartford Healthcare Amphitheater, 500 Broad Street, Bridgeport

The Beach Boys and The Temptations, ‘60s pop sensations from Surfing USA and Motown respectively, are on tour together, Aug. 19 at 8 p.m. at Hartford Healthcare Amphitheater in Bridgeport. These are both groups that benefit from knowing who’s in the current line-up. For the Beach Boys, that’s founding vocalist Mike Love, Bruce Johnston (who’s been a member since 1965) plus drummer John Cowsill (of The Cowsills), Scott Totten, Brian Eichenberger, Christian Love, Tim Bonhomme, Keith Hubacher and Randy Leago. The Temptations (which are a whole different act from the Temptations Revue that played The Greater Hartford Jazz Festival last year) feature the group’s only surviving founding member, Dr. Otis Williams, Ron Tyson (who joined in 1983), Terry Weeks (a Temp since the mid-’90s), Jawan M. Jackson and Anthony Grant. $39.50-$125.

Wiz Kalifa and Logic

Xfinity Theater, 61 Savitt Way, Hartford

Wiz Kalifa (whose rap career began in the mid-’00s and who had a #1 hit single with “Black and Yellow in 2010) and Logic (who made his first mixtape in 2010 and scored big with “Everybody” in 2017) are calling their cross-country trek the “Vinyl Verse Tour.” It comes to Hartford’s Xfinity Theatre Aug. 20 at 6:30 p.m. $20-$310.

Riverfront Dragon Boat & Asian Festival

Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, 300 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford




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On Aug. 20 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Riverfront Recapture will be overrun with dragons, or at least boats that resemble dragons, for the annual Riverfront Dragon Boat & Asian Festival.

There’s also food, entertainment, activities and martial arts demonstrations. Free.


Litchfield Hills Creative Festival

South Main Street, Torrington

It’s the second year of the Litchfield Hills Creative Festival in downtown Torrington, Aug. 20 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Among the activities: yoga and dance classes, an artist fair, crafts, a “giant coloring workshop,” an indoor production of “The Lightning Thief” at the Warner Studio Theatre at 2 p.m., bands, open studios by local artists, circus-type acts, a taffy pull and more. Free.

Milford Oyster Festival

Downtown Milford

Scott Stapp, the former lead vocalist of Creed, is the headlining music act at this year’s Milford Oyster Festival. The festival is Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The bands playing in Fowler Field, Rotary Pavilion, 1 Shipyard Lane in Milford are Morgan Skelly and the Old Crows at noon, the Foo Fighters tribute act Fooz Fighters at 2 p.m. and Stapp at 4 p.m. The festival also features a classic car show, other entertainment and activities and, you know, oysters.

Adrian Belew

Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge, Ridgefield

Multi-instrumentalist and multi-threat recording artist Adrian Belew has worked with Frank Zappa, David Bowie, Talking Heads, Nine Inch Nails and Paul Simon. He’s fronted his own bands, had a solo hit with “Oh Daddy” and was a key member of King Crimson for over a quarter of a century. His solo tours are a marvel of versatility and unpredictability. Belew plugs in his guitar and his electronics Aug. 20 at 8 p.m. at the Ridgefield Playhouse. $49.50.

Jake Miller

Webster Theatre, 31 Webster Street, Hartford

The prolific singer/songwriter/rapper Jake Miller, who has released four albums and nine EPs in the last decade, has an undeniably summery sound. On Aug. 20 at 8 p.m. he brings his “8 Tattoos” tour to a venue better known for hard rock and death metal bands: the Webster Theater, 31 Webster St., Hartford. $22.50-$122.50.

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