Arts picks for Oct. 16-22

From acoustic guitars and violins to the monumental organ in one of the largest concert halls in the state, some great sounds are being spread around Connecticut this week. Some unpredictable creative artists, including Todd Rundgren and Fishbone’s Angelo Moore, have a go at the works of David Bowie. Daphne Parker Powell has a new album out. The Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival marks its first quarter-century. Ibibio Sound Machine brings the Afrofuturist funk over from England. There’s also the music-laden movement poetry of Mummenschanz and the return of one of the great musicals of the 20th century to the theater at which it was launched: “My Fair Lady” at the Shubert. Open your ears. You’ll recognize a lot of the notes and melodies, but you’ll also hear whole new harmonious outpourings.

Daphne Parker Powell

cafe nine, 250 State St., New Haven

The exceptional local singer/songwriter/bluesy pop vocalist Daphne Parker Powell now splits her time between New London (where she’s been a longtime fixture of the great local music scene there) and New Orleans, Louisiana. She’s found time amid her travels to release a new album, “The Starter Wife.” The release party is Oct. 16 at 4 p.m. at cafe nine. Powell will perform with multi-instrumentalist Kieran Ledwidge, and other local Connecticut music luminaries are also on the bill: The Shellye Valauskas Experience and The Carleans.

Ibibio Sound Machine

Infinity Music Hall, 32 Front St., Hartford

The British Afrofuturist electronic funk ensemble Ibibio Sound Machine, featuring Nigerian vocalist Eno Williams, rocks Infinity Hall Hartford on Oct. 16 at 8 p.m. $25-$35.

Apollon Musagete Quartet

Jorgensen Center, 2132 Hillside Road, Storrs

The Apollon Musagete Quartet play an afternoon concert of Schubert and Shostakovich Oct. 16 at 3 p.m. at UConn’s Jorgensen Center. The Polish trio is joined by American pianist Garrick Ohlsson. $38.

‘From the Mississippi Delta’

Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, Westport

“From the Mississippi Delta,” the three-actor “dramatic biography” based on the harrowing and heroic memoir of Dr. Endesha Ida Mae Holland, who overcame a traumatic childhood to become a civil rights activist and scholar. Claudia Logan, Tameishia Peterson and Erin Margaret Pettigrew star as Woman 1, Woman 2 and Woman 3. $30-$50.

Leo Kottke

The Kate, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook

Even if you can’t place Leo Kottke’s name, you’ve heard his music: that distinctive laidback yet exceedingly precise acoustic guitar picking that’s appeared everywhere from the classic Terence Malick film “Days of Heaven” to the old Garrison Keillor “Prairie Home Companion” radio series to the theme music for fellow Minnesotan Al Franken’s podcast. Kottke, who’s played venues all around the state in his half-century of touring, performs Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook. $58.

‘My Fair Lady’

The Shubert, 245 College St., New Haven

In 1956, an untested musical based on a then-43-year-old British play by George Bernard Shaw about class, society and linguistics, had its brief pre-Broadway tryout run at the Shubert in New Haven. It was “My Fair Lady,” and it became one of the biggest hits of its time. The Shubert is welcoming the national tour of the latest Broadway revival of the show, Bartlett Sher’s rethinking of the classic for Lincoln Center a few years ago, Oct. 19-22. $44-$114.


Jorgensen Center, 2132 Hillside Road, Storrs

The legendary Swiss theater/movement/costume/fantasy troupe Mummenschanz marked its 50th anniversary recently, and still has one of its founding members, Floriana Frassetto, running things. Mummenschanz rolls, spins, crawls, stretches and illuminates Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at UConn’s Jorgensen Center. $15-$30.

25th Annual Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival

The Bushnell, 166 Capitol Ave., Hartford

The 25th Annual Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival, also known as the Organ Extravaganza, brings some of the best organists in the country to Hartford, and gives them a chance to play The Bushnell’s impressive Austin organ. The culminating concert of the gathering, Oct. 22 at 4 p.m., features Paul Jacobs playing alongside the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. Tickets are $19-$88. There’s also this year’s young professional division competition at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning, with three finalists playing works by Bach and Franck. That event is free.

Celebrating David Bowie

College Street Music Hall, 238 College St., New Haven

An all-star band of eclectic rock stars Todd Rundgren, Adrian Belew, Angelo “Scrote” Bundini, Angelo Moore of Fishbone, Royston Langdon of Spacehog and others play the music of the late great Thin White Duke, Ziggy, spaceman or whichever Bowie persona you prefer. Rundgren is making a habit of such events; he was part of an all-star Beatles tribute tour earlier this year. Oct. 21 at 8 p.m. at New Haven’s College Street Music Hall. $45-$249.

Flying Bird’s Diary

Long Wharf Theater, 222 Sargent Dr., New Haven.

A lot of Connecticut theaters do preshow speeches about how their buildings stand on land taken from indigenous peoples. Some theaters take it further. The Long Wharf is presenting a reading about a legendary member of the Mohegan tribe. It’s written by tribal member Melissa Tantaquidgeon Zobel and directed by her daughter Madeline Sayet, an internationally known theater talent who also serves as executive director of the Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program. There are three performances, Oct. 22 at 2 and 8 p.m. and Oct. 23 at 2 p.m. $35, $10 students. It’s the last scheduled event at the Long Wharf’s longtime home at 222 Sargent Drive in New Haven.

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