Art is once again a dominating force in the New London Main Street choices from its calendar of events.
The Provenance Center continues its Wednesday art lectures at 6:30 p.m. tonight, discussing pop art; registration is $15. New London Landmarks’ Creative Placemaking effort offers free art workshops for fourth and fifth graders on Saturday, starting at 11:15 a.m. at the Winthrop School. The Gallery at Firehouse Square debuts "Right Next Door: Images of the Homeless and Those Who Help Them" on Sunday. This is also the last day for the Denny Moers’ photography exhibit at the Custom House Maritime Museum. Other exhibits include Angie Falstrom and Jodi Muench’s “Friends” at Studio 33, and Alonsa Guevara’s “Fugitivas” at Expressiones.
For musical performances, Connecticut College's concert and jazz bands take the stage at the Cummings Arts Center at 7 p.m. tonight; admission is $5, or $3 for students and seniors. The Russian National Ballet Theatre comes to the Garde Arts Center for a performance of Cinderella on Saturday; this starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $45. You can also catch the regular 8 p.m. Monday jazz performance at Bean and Leaf or, if you prefer to dance to your music, the Provenance Center offers salsa and bachata lessons at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays; it's $12 to drop in for the tutorial.
In other events, Bean and Leaf hosts a regular poetry open mic at 8 p.m. on Thursday. On Sunday, the New London County Historical Society welcomes author Michelle Coughlin to speak about her book based on the diary of colonial New London resident Mehetable Chandler; this starts at 2 p.m.
And there’s still time to take part in the Penguin Plunge, a benefit for Special Olympics Connecticut. Participants must raise at least $75; registration starts at 10 a.m. on Sunday at Ocean Beach Park, and plungers start hitting the water at noon. And if you feel like donating to the Patch Plungers, I’ll be participating with two other editors; learn more here.