7 Days:  7/28 - 8/3

Frisky a Go-Go at Two Boots (see Saturday)

Thursday July 28


Bill Eppridge witnessed a good deal of history firsthand, particularly in the '60s, and he usually had a camera with him as it unfolded. Chances are you've seen shots he took of the Beatles arriving in the U.S., Woodstock, the Civil Rights movement, the Vietnam War and the moments just after Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated. He worked for LIFE magazine, Sports Illustrated and National Geographic over the years, and he currently resides in New Milford. Following a successful presentation at the Fairfield Museum and History Center in May (that attracted more than 100 visitors), Eppridge will return tonight to share more reflections on his experiences and his photos, some of which are on display in the museum's IMAGES 2011 exhibit. Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Road, Fairfield. 7 p.m. $8; members and students, $5. Call (203) 259-1598 to register; fairfieldhistory.org.


Friday July 29


Zappa Plays Zappa, the tribute act in which Dweezil Zappa performs selections from his late father's immense catalogue of smoldering rock/jazz/everything-else fusion pieces, returns to the Klein tonight — even though the name "Zappa Plays Zappa" seems redundant by now. We're not sure what else Zappa, the younger, ever does these days besides play the music of Zappa, the elder. It's been a while since he and Lisa Loeb visited diners for that Food Network show. Just "Zappa" on the marquee would suffice. Anyway, the fact Dweezil has stretched this gig through five years does tell you it's good. Zappa fans, who followed the mustached guitarist through an endless succession of albums of weird social satire and mind-numbingly complex compositions, are obviously not ones for commercialized bullshit. If Zappa Plays Zappa was the work of some punk kid cashing in on his famous father, they wouldn't go for repeat performances; they'd stay home, get baked and listen to Hot Rats on vinyl yet another time. Fairfield Theatre Company, Klein Memorial Auditorium, 910 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport. 8 p.m. $37 to $59. (203) 259-1036, fairfieldtheatre.org.


Saturday July 30


Last week Two Boots was open, as always, at their Fairfield Avenue location, but just a few blocks away its staff worked double duty, serving slices to the masses as the official pizza-provider of Gathering of the Vibes. Now it's back to business as usual, with a summer show that you don't need to endure a third-degree sunburn to see. Tonight, there's a surf-rock-themed gathering to celebrate promoter/WPKN DJ Bob D'Aprile's birthday, and the bill features the North Shore Troubadours, the Weird Beards and Frisky a Go-Go. The Vibes may be gone for another year, but the afterglow hovering over downtown Bridgeport remains. And so does the pizza. Two Boots, 281 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport. 8 p.m. Free. (203) 331-1377, twobootsbridgeport.com.


Sunday July 31


At bars, clubs, festivals and other locales where live music is supposed to be just one facet of an atmosphere, it usually ends up drowning out everything else. It's hard for a handicraft vendor, a pool table or even a hot chick at the end of a bar to compete with someone using something called an amplifier. This is not the case at the Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens. Staff at the 91-acre Stamford botanical wonderland has encouraged visitors to bring snacks and even newspapers as they enjoy light folk and classical music as one part of a leisurely Sunday spent among its trees, flowers and exotic plants. Today, it is hosting Orrin Star and the Sultans of String. Star was the 1976 National Flatpicking Champion and continues to strum folksy classics in instructional videos and at weddings and other functions. Today, he and his band will be an unobtrusive presence in a big-ass garden. Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens, 151 Brookdale Road, Stamford. 5 p.m. $10. (203) 322-6971, bartlettarboretum.org.

Monday August 1


Felix and Oscar, Laverne and Shirley, The Fonz… whether we watched them in their prime or on Nick at Nite decades later, these are characters that transcended their everyday sitcom status and became American icons (Henry Winkler's leather jacket that he wore as Fonzie is even on display in the Smithsonian's Museum of American History). The actors shaped the characters into what they became, but they didn't write their lines. Mark Rothman did that. As the head writer of "The Odd Couple," "Happy Days" and "Laverne and Shirley," Rothman repeatedly did what so many struggling writers dream of — he struck gold, and not once, but repeatedly. Tonight he'll be at the Westport Library to talk about his new book, Mark Rothman's Essays, which looks back at his life in show business. Westport Public Library, 20 Jesup Rd., Westport. 7:30 p.m. Free. (203) 291-4800, westportlibrary.org.


Tuesday August 2


There was a time after Hurricane Katrina when we all pretended Creole music wasn't a weird, marginal, cultist genre but some great national art form. Admit it! And be glad a natural disaster never decimated Cleveland, forcing us to pretend to appreciate polka. Though we can now admit they come from a peripheral realm of American culture, we never had to fake admiring C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band. Singer/accordionist Chenier is the son of the "King of Zydeco," Clifton Chenier, but initially he stayed away from his father's genre, saying that all the songs sounded the same. He's since moved on to diversify it, blending in bits of funk and blues, and taking it to more hip showcases, such as "Austin City Limits" and Jon Stewart's short-lived MTV show. Today, Chenier and his band will play Ridgefield's Ballard Park as part of the C.H.I.R.P. concert series, and we'll come out for the music — not because of a dreadful sense of liberal guilt. Ballard Park, Main St., Ridgefield. 7 p.m. Free. (203) 431-6501, chirpct.org.

Wednesday August 3


Live, free theatrical readings? Sounds good to us, especially when other venues are charging good money to see TV broadcasts of plays happening elsewhere. The Stratford Library continues its Readers Theatre Summer Showcase series tonight with a reading of The Good Doctor by Neil Simon, a series of vignettes set in 19th century Russia that were inspired by the writings of Anton Chekhov. In fact, the character called The Writer from the play is based on Chekhov himself, and he serves as the only link between the assorted tales. The play hit Broadway at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre in 1973-74, living there for 208 performances. Come hear it acted out for free tonight in the library's Lovell Room. Stratford Library, 2203 Main St., Stratford. 7 p.m. Free. (203) 385-4162, stratfordlibrary.org.