David Cassidy

David Cassidy at the Edgerton Center (see Saturday) (Promotional Photo)

Thursday September 29


Marc Broussard is a Louisiana-bred soul singer from a musical family; his father, guitarist Ted Broussard of The Boogie Kings, is a respected member of the Louisiana Hall of Fame. The younger Broussard's new self-titled album is slick and radio-friendly and aimed squarely at the ladies, but his Southern roots and his affinity for old-time soul songs shine through in the recordings. Tonight he'll be at the Ridgefield Playhouse along with Scars on 45 and Chic Gamine. Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Road, Ridgefield. 8 p.m. $35-$40. (203) 438-5795, ridgefieldplayhouse.org.

Friday September 30


Fairfield County is not particularly known for its metal scene, but Arcane Malevolence is seeking to change that. They recently dropped their debut album, Wicked Turn of the Vine, and are returning to Seaside Tavern with Alekhine's Gun, They Hate Us, and Warstrike 666 to melt faces. If you're a lover of progressive death metal, definitely check this show out… unless you're too big of a wuss. Seaside Tavern, 891 Cove Rd., Stamford. 9:30 p.m. $5. (203) 964-9225, seasidetavern.net.

Saturday October 1


Neal Cassady was the inspiration for Jack Kerouac's Dean Moriarty character in On the Road, the bus driver for the Merry Pranksters on their acid-fueled cross-country journey, and is mentioned several times in Allen Ginsberg's epic poem "Howl." He is among the most legendary counterculture icons of all time. David Cassidy, on the other hand, played Keith Partridge on"The Partridge Family." It's this latter Cassidy who will be singing his chart-topping teen heartthrob songs (including "I Think I Love You") tonight at Sacred Heart's Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts, now at the tender age of 61. Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts, 5151 Park Ave., Fairfield. $40-$65.(203) 371-7908, edgertoncenter.org..

Sunday October 2


Jazz is all about interpreting what's come before musically, while adding your own twist. That's precisely what pianist Christian Sands intends to do tonight in his tribute to an early supporter of his, jazz pianist Dr. Billy Taylor, at the Pequot Library. Sands seeks to preserve older, somewhat forgotten styles of jazz, like stride, in his playing, but he also touches upon swing, bebop, fusion, Brazilian and Afro-Cuban, and more contemporary and not-yet-textbook-defined styles. Bassist Brian Torff will be in Sands' trio, along with a yet-to-be-named drummer. Torff is a familiar face in area clubs as the Westport Arts Center's artistic director for jazz and the head of the music department at Fairfield University. Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Ave., Southport. 5 p.m. $5-$25. (203) 222-7070, westportartscenter.org.

Monday October 3


David Levine was one of the world's great caricaturists, but he was a great painter too, and he came into his own as an artist during his years as a Westport resident, spanning over two decades (from 1956-1977). Levine passed away in 2009, but his caricatures and paintings live on, and a selection of them will be on exhibit in the Westport Library's Great Hall beginning today through the end of December. You can also find his work at the exhibit Infinite Jest: Caricature and Satire from Leonardo to Levine at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC through March 4th of next year. (See, he's not just any ol' local artist.) Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road, Westport. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. (203) 291-4818, westportlibrary.org.

Tuesday October 4


Hailing from Canada, Sean McCann is a singer and guitarist for Great Big Sea, a band that takes the sea shanties of old and breathes new life into them. McCann will be appearing by himself, supported by Orleans Avenue, at the Fairfield Theatre Company, where he hopes to promote his sophomore solo effort, Son of a Sailor. Fairfield Theatre Company, StageOne, 70 Sanford St., Fairfield. 7:30 p.m. $20-$25. (203) 259-1036, fairfieldtheatre.org.

Wednesday October 5


Juan Mayorga is an intense playwright. In his award-winning Perpetual Peace, three dogs are competing for the most-coveted job in the K-9 unit of the state anti-terrorism force. Limits are tested. Drama ensues. Is the state's use of physical coercion and torture justified if it prevents a terrorist incident? That's one issue you'll be pondering while seated in the comfy seats at the Quick Center for the Arts watching this, the North American premiere of the play, translated from the Spanish by Fairfield University's own Dr. Jerelyn Johnson of the school's Modern Languages and Literatures department. The Wien Experimental Theatre, The Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield University, 1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield. 8 p.m. $20. Ends Saturday. (203) 254-4010, quickcenter.com.