Take advantage of the new year to experience new things. Not sure where to start? We have a list of suggestions on this Westport weekend:
Ease on down the road to see the Music Theatre of Connecticut School of Performing Arts presentation of "The Wiz" on Saturday and Sunday at the Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court. The curtain rises at 3 p.m. both days and tickets range from $20 to $30. Reservations are suggested. Call 203-454-3882 or visit www.musictheatreofct.com
A screening of the movie "Julie & Julia," with a discussion to follow, makes for a perfect recipe for Saturday afternoon. The event is part of WestportREADS community reading project, focusing this year on Julia Child and her book, "My Life in France." The screening is free and open to the public. It will be held at 4 p.m. at Christ & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 75 Church Lane. Find out more information by visiting www.westportlibrary.org or calling 203-291-4800.
It's the final weekend to check out works by artist Chuck Close at the Westport Arts Center, 51 Riverside Ave. Weekend gallery hours for "Chuck Close: About Face" are noon to 4 p.m. both days. Call 203-222-7070 or visit www.westportartscenter.org for more information.
Get creative with some help from Wesport Library Make-in-Residence Melissa Slattery on Sunday and fashion an accordion-style book inspired by "My Life in France," by Julia Child and Alex Prud'homme, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the library, 20 Jesup Road. Admission is free, and it's another in the month-long programs planned in conjunction with WestportREADS. Call 203-291-4800 or visit www.westportlibary.org for more information.
Change your home decor with a some new "old" things at Westport Auction's once-a-month estate auction at 1 p.m. Sunday at the auction house, 615 Riverside Ave. On the block will be coins, jewelry and antiques. Visit www.westportauction.com for more information.