September is back-to-school time. Even if you don’t have kids headed back to class, this month has a way to putting us all in the mood to rethink things. It has the sense of a new start—to put away the beach reads and margaritas and get down to business. It’s a time to learn, to think deeply about things, and to give into your ambitious side. Indulge the mind, and refresh your perspective, starting with a well-made, award-winning documentary. Then, keep exploring — our towns offer plenty of insightful events, classes, workshops and more.
FILM: The Disruptors
Directed by Stephanie Soechtig, and produced by Kristin Lazure and Nancy Armstrong, this documentary spends 98 minutes unlocking the mysteries of ADHD. Specifically, it challenges deeply stuck misunderstandings that can be harmful to those with this commonly diagnosed yet misunderstood neurological condition. The aim of The Disruptors is to examine “the flip side of this trait that ultimately offers a revelatory understanding of the diagnosis, and real hope for millions of kids, families and adults living with ADHD.” Catch this opportunity to see the film locally on September 13, 7-9:30 p.m., as a special screening by GIFF (Greenwich International Film Festival), held at the Avon Theatre (avontheatre.org), 272 Bedford St., Stamford. Event includes a Q&A moderated by GIFF Chairwoman Wendy Stapleton with the producer Nancy Armstrong and subjects Tom Scott and Tim Armstrong. Event invitation and tickets at www.greenwichfilm.org and at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-disruptors-tickets-168762754943
THEATER: An Evening with C.S. Lewis
Starring David Payne, this show brings the audience back to 1963 for a fireside writers discussion at the Oxford home of C.S. Lewis. Pulling on his bright mind and quick wit, the writer discusses who and what shaped his life, including his friendship with J.R.R. Tolkien. The event takes place at The Palace Theater in Stamford on November 12, 8 p.m. Tickets at: https://palacestamford.org.
NATURE: Bruce Experiences
Explore the world from the comfort of home with the Bruce Experiences event, “Off the Beaten Path: Adventures in the Field.” The webinar, held on September 23 over Zoom, looks at those who work with endangered species. Tim Walsh (Bruce Museum Collections Manager) and Dr. Craig Stanford (Professor of Biological Sciences and Anthropology at the University of Southern California, where he also serves as co-Director of the U.S.C. Jane Goodall Research Center) are conservation biologists who share how they developed careers working with wild animals, from turtles to the mountain gorillas in Uganda. Tickets at: https://brucemuseum.org
PHOTOGRAPHY: Intro to Lightroom
Take your photography to the next level with online photography class at Rowayton Arts Center. The course, Intro to Lightroom, takes place Sept. 7-28, 4-5:30 p.m. Over the four weeks,, instructor Thom Williams helps intermediate-level photographers to the Adobe photo service that helps artists create, edit, organize and store their pieces. Tickets at https://rowaytonarts.org/events/intro-to-lightroom…
MUSIC: This Was Toscanini
In honor of Classical Music Month, Westport Library is hosting a discussion on the musical work and creative process of Arturo Toscanini. Luck Antek Johnson, the daughter of first violinist Samuel Antek and the author of new book This Was Toscanini: The Maestro, My Father and Me. She will share stories about her father and Toscanini and her introduction to the world of classical music. The event takes place Sept. 14, 7-8 p.m. Tickets at https://westportlibrary.org/events/adults/