It's the weekend prelude to a week of celebrations that almost never coincide: Hanukkah and Thanksgiving. And don't forget about Comet ISON streaking overhead in a once-in-a-lifetime appearance. But that doesn't mean there aren't a host of things to do and see in Westport in the meantime. Here's a few suggestions.
Works by the renowned artist Chuck Close will be showcased in a new exhibit opening Friday at the Westport Arts Center, 51 Riverside Ave. The opening reception for "Chuck Close: About Face," starts at 6 p.m. The show traces the transformation from photos into paintings by Close. For details, check http://bit.ly/1acLCK9
A musical pairing -- in both art and life -- is in the spotlight for a evening of music by Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen at the "Coffeehouse at the Wheeler's" hosted Friday by the Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place. The program, headlined by Suzanne Sheridan, starts at 6 p.m. To make reservations, call 203-222-1424, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or check http://bit.ly/17w2gni
"If you were a rich man ..." Well, you don't have to be loaded to catch a performance of the classic musical, "Fiddler on the Roof," staged this weekend by student performers from the Greens Farms Academy Upper School at Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court. The show is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. For tickets, call 203-227-4177 or check http://bit.ly/1h5Vfio
And it's an encore weekend for another student-performed musical, "Thoroughly Modern Millie," hitting the boards at Staples High School, 70 North Ave., for a second weekend. The Staples Players' production will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Between the Saturday performances, at 5 p.m., a sculpture will dedicated to the memory of Craig Matheson, a founder of the Staples Players who died earlier his year. For details, check http://bit.ly/I93ko5
The 2013 Heida Hermanns International Piano Competition is the place to be for admirers -- and talented performers -- of fine music Saturday and Sunday at the Town Hall auditorium on Myrtle Avenue. Sixteen semi-finalists will compete Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m. Admission to the semi-finals is free and open to the public. The finals start at 2 p.m. Sunday, with $20 admission for adults, free those 18 years old and younger. For details, check http://bit.ly/1doIHCm