A LA CUISINE: You know it, we love it. The cooking competition that started in Japan, and has taken root on American Soil is taking over Connecticut this weekend. The fourth annual “Iron Chef Competition and Auction for Action" is happening Friday night at Saltwater Farm Vineyard in Stonington. The event pits reigning champ Jamie Fowler (executive chef at Noah's Restaurant) against Chaz Paull (executive chef at the Daniel Packer Inne). And this isn't just a spectator event. There's also silent and live auctions, wine and beer tastings, a full bar, hors d'oeuvres and live music. The event, which costs $95, benefits The Mystic Area Shelter and Hospitality (MASH), and their efforts to shelter homeless families with children. The knives will be flying (figuratively) from 6 p.m.-10 p.m.
ALL THE CLASSICS: It's another musical time-travel weekend. Classic rockers Styx, Foreigner and Kansas are forming a mega-bill Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena. Though they're a few years past their peak of popularity, the bands are all still going strong, and have released albums in the past few years. Tickets for the show are $40. And the rock kicks off at 7 p.m.
HICKORY DICKORY DANCERS (bonus points if you get that reference): An evening of modern dance is in your future if you head to the Mortensen Riverfront Plaza in Hartford. Pilobolus, the world-renowned dance company will be performing Saturday night. You'll be captivated by their amazing body contortions, movements and sense of humor. The show is free. The dancing begins at 7 p.m.
NEVER THE BRIDE: This one needs no explanations, and all sorts of explanations at the same time. The Annex Club Hall in New Haven has this to offer Saturday night: "Connecticut Gay Men's Chorus: Always a Bridesmaid Bingomania!" There are cash prizes for each bingo game ranging from $25-$200. There's even a prize for Biggest, Best and Worst Bridesmaids dresses. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the games begin at 7 p.m.
LOCAL FOLK: She's a little bit Folk, he's a little bit Bluegrass. Together, wife and husband team Anne and Pete Sibley make quite the duo. The couple grew up in neighboring towns right here in little old Connecticut, before growing up, getting married and moving to Jackson Hole, Wyoming to become a successful music act (it's the same old story). They even won last year's Great American Duet Sing-off on NPR's "A Prairie Home Companion." They're back in Connecticut, playing at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown Friday Night. Tickets are $15. The banjo pickin' begins at 8 p.m.
SEE THE LIGHT: For more than 60 years, The Blind Boys of Alabama have been among the best in the gospel music business. Their three-part harmonies and gutsy improvisations on over 60 albums have netted them multiple Grammy Awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award last year. They've even performed for President and Mrs. Obama. And Saturday night, they could be performing for you. They're playing a free show at the Elm Street Stage on the New Haven Green as part of the International Festival of Arts and Ideas. The show starts at 7 p.m.
FEELING FESTIVE: The annual Branford Festival is on this weekend. Head to the Branford Green Friday from 5 p.m.-10.p.m., Saturday from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday from 7 a.m.-4.p.m. The event features plenty of music, crafts, food (including a baking contest) a road race (but really, who wants to exercise after a baking contest?), plenty of fun for the kiddies and much more.