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November 5, 2017 GMT

Can’t get a ticket to the Broadway hit Hamilton? Why not attend a free performance of Martin Luther, Rebel Priest instead?

Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church is hosting an encore performance of the historical musical on Sunday at 4 p.m., to mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation this year.

The cast includes Richard Weidlich as Martin Luther, David Victor as the narrator and Ericka Tennant as Martin Luther’s wife Katharina von Bora.

Tennant, a Fairfield Ludlowe High School student, can trace her ancestry on her mother’s side back to the real von Bora.

Martin Luther, Rebel Priest brings to life the story of Martin Luther’s reformation challenge to the Roman Catholic Church in 1517. The musical was staged at Our Saviour’s in April, and this encore performance marks only the second time the musical has been publicly performed in the last 34 years. Originally it was performed in 1983 at composer and lyricist Carmino Ravosa’s home congregation, Emanuel Lutheran Church in Pleasantville, N.Y., to mark the 500th anniversary of Luther’s birth, and by students of the Dalton School in New York City, where the composer taught at the time.

Free and open to the public, the Oct. 15 performance will be followed by a reception featuring German-style refreshments. A free-will offering will be collected, with proceeds to benefit Operation Hope.

The popular Fairfield Restaurant Week runs through Sunday.

Bankwell is once again the lead sponsor of Fairfield Restaurant Week, now in its sixth year.

More than thirty restaurants are participating in this year’s event with special prix fixe lunch and dinner menus showcasing their finest culinary offerings.

How did government-sponsored messages about World War I affect those who lived through it? See how the federal government used posters, publicity campaigns, and censorship of critical viewpoints to inspire support and sacrifice — on the home and military fronts — at the Fairfield Museum’s newest exhibition, “Fairfield and the Great War.”

This exhibition explores these messages and how they influenced people in the Fairfield and Bridgeport area, where wartime manufacturing made the city a boomtown. Also on view are uniforms, memorabilia, letters from locals serving in WWI and more.

The exhibition runs through Jan. 21 in the Spaght Gallery.

The Fairfield Museum, at 370 Beach Road, is open seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Signs direct people to and fro and call attention to specific places, events and locations. Beyond the words they carry, they use symbols, color and design to communicate their message.

Explore how signs have been used around Fairfield over the years at the Fairfield Museum’s newest exhibition, “Signs of the Times.”

The collection of Fairfield-related signs on display range from commercial signs to informational pamphlets. In addition, visitors can learn how some of Fairfield’s streets got their names, and try their hand at making their own signs.

The exhibition runs through the end of Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 26.

The Fairfield Museum, at 370 Beach Road, is open seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call 203-259-1598 or visit Fairfieldhistory.org.

Do you drive on the Merritt Parkway late at night or early in the morning between Fairfield and Westport? Then be prepared for some delays because of a $56.7 million project that won’t be finished until August 2019.

The project will focus on a five-mile stretch of the parkway between the Congress Street bridge in Fairfield to the Newtown Turnpike overpass in Westport.

The project will include new pavement in both the northbound lanes and work on 11 structures related to the historic bridges, built nearly 80 years ago.

There’s also upgrades planned for guiderails, drainage and restoration of the historic bridges. With all this work, lane closures are needed.

Northbound lane closures are planned from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. from Saturday to Wednesday and from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. on Thursday and Friday.

Southbound lane closures are from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Thursday; from 8 p.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Saturday and from 8 p.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Sunday.