7Days: 8/25 - 8/31

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Thursday, August 25

FREAKS AND GREEKS
If any country is America's brethren, it's Greece. It also went from being a trailblazer in the field of democracy and the center of global culture and commerce to a humiliated deadbeat nation. (It took Greece roughly 2,800 years to go all the way down that path. We did it in about 230! U.S.A! U.S.A! U.S.A!) This is one reason to warm up to the Greeks. (Another: body hair is sexy!) For a prime opportunity to do just that, head to the St. George Orthodox Church's annual Greek Festival in Norwalk. From today until Sunday, you can sample homemade Greek cuisine (including those awesome pastries), watch folk dancing, indulge in games and rides and enter a raffle to win a 2012 Mercedes Benz C300 4matic. St. George Orthodox Church, 238 West Rocks Road, Norwalk. Thu., 5 to 10 p.m.; Fri., 5 to 11 p.m.; Sat., 1 to 11 p.m.; Sun., 1 to 10 p.m. Free. (203) 849-0611, stgeorgect.org.

Friday, August 26

STRING THEORY
In reviews for their two albums, the Punch Brothers (who play tonight at Fairfield Theatre Company) have been deemed "progressive bluegrass." In their case, that doesn't just mean all the group's members are under 50 but still play bluegrass. While adhering to the genre's instrumentation — mandolin, banjo, fiddle, guitar and upright bass (no percussion) — and vocal harmonizing, the quintet branches out to alt rock styles (covering Radiohead and The Strokes), lengthy song suites and even classical structures. They also have impressive pedigrees: members of the Punch Brothers have played in Nickel Creek, The Infamous Stringdusters and the ensemble that recorded the soundtrack to Brokeback Mountain. Fairfield Theatre Company, StageOne, 70 Sanford St., Fairfield. 7:30 p.m. $35. (203) 259-1036, fairfieldtheatre.org.

Saturday, August 27

THE CIVIL TWILIGHT SAGA
Civil Twilight
has just one album of big, loud, early-U2-ish rock to show for their 15 years as a band, during which the trio has relocated from Cape Town to Los Angeles and then to Nashville. Still, they've managed to wrangle a lot of TV and film licensing out of that 2009 self-titled debut; their emotive, airy sound works well for scenes when someone in a teen drama runs away or commits suicide or something. They'll be at the all-welcoming Levitt Pavilion in Westport tonight. Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts, 40 Jesup Road, Westport. 8 p.m. Free. (203) 226-7600, levittpavilion.com.

Sunday, August 28

SHOT HEARD AROUND DANBURY
Remember that whole post-hardcore thing, when all the hardcore kids and ska kids alike were looking for something new and exciting once their respective genres had worn thin? And how they finally settled on aggressive, angular, emotive, screamy music that's always turned up to 10? That's pretty much what Shot Heard Around the World does. They're based out of Massachusetts, and have been at it for six years now — long enough to have a refined, attention-grabbing sound, thanks in part to some assistance from producer Jay Maas (Bane, Defeater). Tonight they play at the Heirloom Arts Theatre, so dig that white belt out of your closet and be prepared to get sweaty. Heirloom Arts Theatre, 155 Main St., Danbury. 6:30 p.m. $10. heirloomarts.org.

Monday, August 29

TENNESSEE TIME
As the Westport Country Playhouse begins its run of Tennessee Williams' Suddenly Last Summer, it's utilizing a Monday night (the theater is normally closed on Mondays) to help define the context of the show with a one-time performance of A Distant Country Called Youth, based on a collection of lively letters written by Williams from 1920-1945 and starring Richard Thomas. Learn about Williams' encounters with rejection, leading up to his eventual success with The Glass Menagerie, and then come back later in the week to truly appreciate Suddenly Last Summer, in this, the year which would have been Williams' 100th birthday had he not choked to death on a bottlecap in 1983. Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, Westport. 7 p.m. $15. (203) 227-4177, westportplayhouse.org.

Tuesday, August 30

BAD MEDICINE
The Blue Beryl is a set of 17th century, Tibetan, medical paintings, which may not sound immediately interesting — but gazing at them and comparing what we know about current-day medicine to what they knew back then is sort of fascinating. Some stuff, they got right. Other stuff, not so much. But how different will medicine be 300 years from now, in 2311? It gets you thinking. The Blue Beryl set has been exactly recreated by modern Tibetan artists and physicians and will be on display through the end of September in WCSU's Ruth Haas Library. Ruth Haas Library, WCSU's Midtown campus, 181 White St., Danbury. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. (845) 612-3231, wcsu.edu.

Wednesday, August 31

LATTIN BEAT
Not that we don't love Cosmic Jibaros, Mystic Bowie, Darian Cunning, Hoe and everyone in town named Durkin, but it can sometimes feel like Bridgeport's music scene is more apt to nurse old favorites than foster young talent. That's why we were glad when Pat Lattin became a fresh, strong voice for Park City talent a few years ago. Barely in his 20s, the singer/songwriter/guitarist had a smooth professionalism to his mid-tempo sound, one that blended in well in Bridgeport. With his Pat Lattin Band, which plays at the Acoustic Café tonight, he's amassed a catalogue of 30 or so songs and toured, but has kept one foot in the community. Acoustic Café, 2926 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport. 9 p.m. (203) 335-3655, acousticafe.com.

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