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Catch a Show in Westport This Weekend

WESTPORT, Conn. – Wondering what to do this weekend? Here's a look at some of the many events happening in Westport over the next two days:

Saturday, Feb. 18

? Noon to 4 p.m.: If you haven’t been to the Westport Historical Society lately, stop by and enjoy two new exhibits. “Next Stop: Westport, The Inspiration for 1950s TV & Film Writers” explores the many films, books and TV programs that feature Westport. “The Cold War in our Backyard, An Archival Film Compilation by Lisa Seidenberg” takes viewers back to the 1950s, offering historical background of the time. Both exhibits run through April 30.

? 2:30 p.m.: Animal lovers of all ages can meet an animal up close and personal at Earthplace, Westport’s nature discovery center. Admission into Earthplace is free for members. For nonmembers, admission is $7 for adults and children over 12, and $5 for children under 12 and seniors.

? 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.: Catch a performance of "Almost, Maine," an award-winning romantic comedy at the Music Theatre of Connecticut , 246 Post Road E. Set in a remote town in northern Maine, the play is described as a cross between "Northern Exposure" and "Six Feet Under." Performances are at 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $25 to $45 ($5 off for seniors/students, subject to availability). Reservations are suggested. Call 203-454-3883.

? 8 p.m.: “A Thousand Clowns,” the hit Broadway comedy by Herb Gardner, takes the stage at the Westport Community Theatre. Tired of writing cheap comedy gags for the children's television star "Chuckles the Chipmunk," nonconformist Murray Burns finds himself unemployed. But complications ensue and Murray must decide whether to accept some level of conformity or risk losing his 12-year-old nephew, Nick. The show runs through Feb. 26. Shows are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18 to $20. For reservations and information, call 203-226-1983 or go to . The theatre is located at Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave.

Sunday, Feb. 19

? Noon to 4 p.m.: If you're a kid at heart, it's time to check out “Toy Stories,” the current exhibit at the Westport Arts Center. The exhibit, which explores how we relate to toys and the memories and connections we have to them, features 30 artists who work with toys in a range of media. The exhibit runs through March 18. The Westport Arts Center is located at 51 Riverside Ave.

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