The Week:  6/2 - 6/8

Yourself and the Air - See Mon., June 6 (Courtesy of the artist)

Thursday June 2

Parties: Like A Zoo Animal

Ever wanted to have an evening straight out of a crazy-party-themed music video? While tonight’s Penguin Party at Hard Rock Café Foxwoods might not come that close real diva debauchery, you will be partying with actual African penguins from Mystic Aquarium. Your $30 ticket gets you drinks and food, after which there will be some live music. Absolutely all proceeds from tickets sales will benefit the Aquarium’s African penguin conservation efforts. So whaddayasay? 350 Trolley Line Blvd., Mashantucket. 6-8 p.m. Call 860-572-5955, ext. 520 to purchase tickets.

Friday June 3

Auditions: Something Will Come of Something

Got an itch to perform some Shakespeare this summer? Flock Theatre gives you your shot at their Summer Shakespeare Festival auditions this week. Flock Theatre’s Shakespeare Festival includes a July performance of King Lear and a run of A Comedy of Errors in August. Interested actors should prepare a classical monologue and bring with them a recent photo. Sides from the plays will be provided. First Congregational Church of New London, 66 Union St. Tonight, 5-8 p.m. Tomorrow, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 860-443-3119 to schedule an appointment or for more info.

Saturday June 4

Outdoors: No Matter How You Spend It

With Memorial Day come and gone, summer is officially unofficially upon us. In that spirit, get outside today for Connecticut Trails Day. With nearly 200 hikes and events scheduled around the whole of Connecticut, odds are you’ll find something close and doable for the entire family. To see an electronic version of the Connecticut Forest and Park Association’s brochure detailing every Trails Day event, visit If hiking isn’t your style, head down to Audubon Street (between Whitney and Orange) in New Haven for Audubon Arts on the Edge instead. It’s the Audubon Arts District’s 16th annual celebration of the neighborhood’s art and educational offereings, featuring live performances by New Haven Ballet, ACES ECA’s Latin Jazz Ensemble and Little Big Band, Neighborhood Music School’s Suzuki Strings and many more local performers. The family-friendly event also has arts and crafts activities and interactive educational programs to boot, and it’s all free! See for a list of events. Noon-5 p.m.

Sunday June 5

Comedy: Oh, the Choices

Kick your Sunday in the pants with the live comedy choices at your feet tonight. The Northeast Comix Review at Comix at Foxwoods features Jim Lauletta, Shaun Bedgood and Sarah Blodgett (39 Norwich-Westerly Road, Mashantucket; 860-31-COMIX,; 8 p.m. $15). And on the shoreline, funny lady Beth Lapides performs her one-woman show 100% Happy 88% of the Time at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center (300 Main St., Old Saybrook; 860-510-0473,; 7 p.m. $25). So, pick a place to do some laughin’.

Monday June 6

Music: Not a Sick Day

If you like DIY, Midwestern indie rock, you should count your lucky stars that it’s Monday so you’re probably free to see Yourself and the Air at The Outer Space tonight. Hailing from Chicago, the band creates layered, laid-back tunes that incorporate electronic bits here and there to round out their sound. Local super-atmospheric post-rock dudes Wess Meets West kick things off. If you’ve never been to The Outer Space, this would be a grand first experience. 295 Treadwell St., Building G, Hamden; 203-288-6400,, 8 p.m. $5.

Tuesday June 7

Health: Treats for your Feets

Summer is unsupportive footwear season, with lots of us falling victim to “flip-flop syndrome” — not something that ails inconsistent politicians — but rather what happens to your feet when you wear sandals all summer. Enter Dr. Tina Boucher, DPM, who will give an informative lecture on how to avoid heel pain tonight at the Wallingford Public Library. If you enjoy the breezy feeling of summery non-shoes, get thee to this lecture. 200 N. Main St., Wallingford; 203-265-6754, 6:30 p.m. Registration is required, call or visit the library’s website to do so.

Wednesday June 8

Theater: Ah, Young Love

Summer is also wedding season, with couples looking to take advantage of the gorgeous weather for their big day. The Ivoryton Playhouse is appropriately staging Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park, which kicks off tonight. Barefoot follows two newlyweds whose differences in personality make for hilarity. 103 Main St., Ivoryton; 860-767-8348, Through June 26: Wed.-Thu., 7:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Matinees: Wed. & Sun., 2 p.m. $15-$40.