Thursday, July 21
Music: These Kids Rock
Check out the most talented kids produced by the School of Rock this year when their tour stops at Lilly's Pad tonight. The national chain of music schools for kids chooses these "AllStars" from their 69 schools operating around the country. The proceeds made on the "Rock the House" tour will benefit Ronald McDonald House charities. The School of Rock's vision is to "inspire kids to rock on stage and in life," who can argue with that being a worthy cause? Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance or at the door. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. and is all-ages. Lilly's Pad is at 300 York St.
Friday, July 22
Health: Check Up from the Neck Up
Take five minutes from your day to stop by Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven's free public head and neck screening today from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The sixth annual screening event may be able to detect early head and neck cancers. Symptoms can include sore throat for more than six weeks, hoarseness, blood in saliva and persistent ear pain. The screening takes place at City Hall, 300 Orange St. To register call 203-688-2000, walk-ins are welcome.
Saturday, July 23
Film: Be an Extra
Stop by Cheshire's Cuginos Restaurant from 12 until 4 p.m. today to audition and screen test for an indie movie being filmed in Connecticut in September. Producers of "A Cheating Heart," a drama about a terminally ill wife and the husband who leaves her to begin an affair with her nurse, hope to place their film in the Tribeca Film Festival. They are searching for males and females from seven through 80 years old. The roles are non-speaking, non-union and non-paying. The restaurant is at 1410 Highland St. Find out more or apply online at http://www.entertainmentct.com.
Sunday, July 24
Nature: Butterflies and Bees
Gardeners and outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the "Midsummer Celebration" to be held today at the Quinnipiac River Watershed Association's Butterfly and Bee Garden. Central Connecticut Civic Youth Orchestra will perform brass and orchestral selections. Free activities for children will include a butterfly-egg hunt, crafts and face painting. Vendors selling food and drink as well as nature-inspired wares will be on hand and canoe rides can be had for a small fee. The garden is at 540 Oregon Rd. in Meriden and the event is from noon until 5 p.m.
Monday, July 25
Speaker: I Spy…
The New Haven Public Library hosts Nigel West, a noted intelligence expert and teacher of the UK class History and Craft of Spying offered through the British Road Scholar school. The lecture Lies, Spies and Videotape will focus on the impact of spying on history in contexts such as World War I through today's international conflicts. The free event is at 133 Elm St. from 2 until 3:30 p.m. Reserve a spot by calling 1-877-426-8056.
Tuesday, July 26
Music: Pickin' & Fiddlin'
David Peterson and 1946: Classic Bluegrass stops at The Outer Space tonight. Peterson is one of the foremost bluegrass pickers and singers from Nashville. Don't miss this chance to see him in an intimate venue of only 75 seats. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and costs $20. The venue is at 295 Treadwell Street Business Park in Hamden.
Film: An Iranian Queen
former queen, Farah Pahlavi for an intimate view of the former royal. The documentary was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival as well as several other festivals. The library is at 133 Elm St. A discussion will follow the screening.