Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Amis Trattoria, a Philadelphia-based restaurant group owned by Urban Outfitters, will open in 2017 at 59 Post Road East in the Bedford Building and Firehouse in the Bedford Square Development.
Amis, created by Marc Vetri who owns three Amis restaurants in Philadelphia, is part of the Vetri family of restaurants that includes restaurants under the names of Osteria, Pizzeria Vetri, Alla Spina and Lospiedo.
Urban Outfitters, a $3.3 billion company, made its first move to casual dining with the December 2015 acquisition of Vetri.
Anthropologie, also owned by Urban Outfitters, will relocate from 1365 Post Road East to Bedford Square where it will occupy 40,000 square feet.
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Bill Harmer, executive director of the Westport Library, gives a hug tonight to Pam Einarsen, the photographer who took more than 600 photos as part of the library’s “What Do You Geek ?” campaign, at a “It’s a Wrap…Geek Party” tonight at the library The public awareness campaign, which began in April, aimed to connect people by highlighting their passions as well as communicate the vital role the library plays in the community. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
As a thank you to Westport Library supporters of its “What Do You Geek?” campaign, library executive director Bill Harmer tonight presented a giant “The Westport Library Geeks You” from library staff at a reception marking the end of the almost five-month awareness campaign. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
A bust of Westport Library benefactor Morris K. Jesup was decked out in his Geek t-shirt tonight as guests attended a “It’s a Wrap…Geek Party” marking the end of its Geek library awareness campaign that began in April. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Celebration cakes were at the ready tonight at the Westport Library’s “It’s a Wrap…Geek Party” as the library ended its What Do You Geek? library awareness campaign. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Youngsters and some adults worked a “What Do You Geek .jigsaw puzzle tonight at the Westport Library’s “It’s a Wrap…Geek Party” marking the end of its Geek library awareness campaign. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
The Pequot Library in Southport on Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. will host a reception to kick off an exhibit of the three People’s Choice art show winners from last year’s “Exploring the Landscape of Art, Exploring the Art of Landscape “exhibit. Westport artist Miggs Burrough’s lenticular images will share the exhibit space with painter Nancy Smith, and jeweler and ceramicist Deborah Kouzoukian. In honor of Kouzoukian’s ceramic pomegranates and Burroughs’s’ lenticular pomegranate, there will be zesty pomegranate cocktails served at the reception. The show runs until Sept. 20. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
By Susan GrangerSpecial to WestportNow
“Kubo and the Two Strings” begins with the ominous warning - “If you must blink, do it now” - because “if you look away, even for an instant, our hero will surely perish.”
Set in ancient Japan, this animated fantasy-adventure revolves around an 11 year-old boy named Kubo (Art Parkinson), a story-telling musician whose skill at origami (the art of paper-folding) resonates with Hosato (George Takei), Akhiro (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) and Kameyo (Brenda Vaccaro).
While taking care of his ailing mother, who warns him to be home before nightfall, the tranquility of Kubo’s life is suddenly shattered when he accidentally breaks a supernatural curse.
Accompanied by a snarky, sassy Monkey (Charlize Theron), Kubo flees, determined to acquire three specific pieces of armor that belonged to his late samurai-warrior father in order to fulfill his destiny.
Monday, August 29, 2016
Sue Gold, executive director of the Westport Historical Society, tonight welcomes guests to a benefit end of summer party at the Compo Mill Cov home of Robin Tauck (l). Tauck was a sponsor of the WHS exhibit “the beautiful POND” based on the book of the same title by local artist and author Judith Orseck Katz. Like the book, the exhibit features watercolors of the Sherwood Mill Pond and its environs. It runs through Sept. 1. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Actor Gener Wilder, who regularly stole the show in such comedic gems as “The Producers,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and “Stir Crazy,” died today at his home in Stamford. His nephew ,Jordan Walker-Pearlman, said he died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 83. Wilder, a frequent Westport visitor, is pictured at a 2010 Westport Country Playhouse gala with wife Karen. In a 2008 appearance at the Westport Library, he said said he did not like today’s movies because of the foul language and felt some of his greatest hits would not be made in the current climate. Wilder appeared at the Playhouse in 2001 in “Don’t Make Me Laugh,” three one-act plays by Chekhov, Feydeau, and Shaw, with Bob Dishy and Carol Kane. He was also in Playhouse productions of “The Complaisant Lover” (1962), “The Millionairess” (1963), “The White House” (1964), a fundraiser “For the Children” (2001), and a film series talk on “Young Frankenstein” (2004). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Sunday, August 28, 2016
There were clear skies and temperatures in the upper 70s tonight as the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts closed out its season with Chris Berardo & the DesBerarados. Audience members joined in dancing as the concert drew to a close. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com photo
Saturday, August 27, 2016
An almost sold-out crowd tonight attended the opening night performance of “What the Butler Saw,” a British farce by playwright Joe Orton who died in 1967 at age 34. The show premièred in London in 1969. The play’s director John Tillinger said tonight, “What a pity Joe never got to see the success of this extraordinary play.” Tillinger said he directed productions of the play four times over three decades, Manhattan Theatre Cub in 1989, London’ Wyndham Theatre in 1991, in Los Angeles in 2014 and this year in Westport. Pictured (l-r) Julian Gamble, Patricia Kalember, Robert Stanton, Paxton Whitehead, Sarah Manton and Chris Ghaffari. Kalember is a Weston resident. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Enjoying a post-performance reception tonight following the opening night of “What the Butler Saw” at the Westport Country Playhouse were (l-r) Paxton Whitehead, director John Tillinger, Chris Ghaffari, Julian Gamble, Robert Stanton, Patricia Kalember and Sarah Manton The Londion Sunday Telegraph said of the play by playwright Joe Orton: “(It) will live to be accepted as a comedy classic of English literature.” CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Scott Sharrard & the Brickyard Band headlined at the Levitt Pavilion tonight. Sharrard is widely known as the lead guitarist and musical director of the Gregg Allman Band. A prolific songwriter and talented singer, he has also released several soul-influenced albums of his own including three with his first band, The Chesterfields, followed by three solo albums and, most recently, the eponymous release by his current band in 2013. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com
The Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts presented Scott Sharrard & the Brickyard Band tonight in its final Saturdy night concert of the season. The Levitt closes out the season Sunday at 7 p.m. with Chris Berardo & the DesBerarados. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com
Friday, August 26, 2016
Tonight was the final Friday night Levitt Pavilion performance of the season and Terrapin, a Grateful Dead tribute band, drew hundreds to their performance. The Levitt closes out the season on Sunday night with Chris Berardo & the DesBerarados. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Terrapin, a Grateful Dead tribute band, drew a large crowd tonight to the Westport Levitt Pavlion for the Peerforming Arts. Contributed photo
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Tonight’s Beechwood Arts & Innovation concert fundraiser featuring internationally acclaimed Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell (r) and renowned Westport pianist Frederic Chiu at the Saugatuck Congregational Church was billed as a “High Five” event celebrating five years of arts collaboration by Westport-based Beechwood Arts. While taking final bows, Chiu and Bell traded high fives. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Joshua Bell and Frederic Chiu, longtime friends, acknowledge the audience applause tonight at a Saugatuck Congregational Church concert marking the fifth anniversary of Chiu’s Beechwood Arts & Innovation. The Westport-based nonprofit fosters innovation and collaboration across all of the arts and across generations. Also in performance tonight was soprano Larisa Martinez. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Prior to their Saugatuck Congregational Church concert tonight, Beechwood Arts co-founder Frederic Chiu presented his friend, violinist Joshua Bell, with a fingerprint artwork of his fingerprint by artist Sandy Garnett. Over the past 25 years, Garnett has collected thousands of fingerprints from which he creates art objects in a continuing series that explores contemporary identity. Chiu obtained Bell’s fingerprint some time ago on a pretext and Garnett incorporated it into Chiu’s gift. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Before tonight’s Saugatuck Congregational Church concert featuring world renown violinist Joshua Bell and Westport’s celebrated pianist Frederic Chiu, they discussed their life of music with well known broadcaster and producer Elliott Forrest, a Peabody Award Winner heard on WQXR and WNYC in New York. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow photo
Young guests tonight enjoy Lucienne Buckner’s work, “Popsicle Igloo” at the Westport Artists Collective Pop Up exhibit at the Westport Arts Center. Guests were encouraged to take a Popsicle home. The exhibit is free and open to the public and will be on view through Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie LaSala for WestportNow.com
A featured student artist at the Westport Artists Collective Pop Up exhibit tonight at the Westport Arts Center was Sebastian Avila. He posed with his work, “Challenge Yourself,” mixed media on paper. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie LaSala for WestportNow.com
Featured artist Karen Kent poses next to her works “Courage” (l) (acrylic) and “Jack” (mixed media) at the Pop Up art exhibit tonight at the Westport Arts Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie LaSala for WestportNow.com
Local artist, author and illustrator Elaine Clayton today mentored a group of about 40 aspiring and accomplished artists in the sixth annual Sketching on the Saugatuck event. The class, along the banks of the Saugatuck River adjacent to the Westport Library, is in honor of the late Westport Illustrator Tracy Sugarman. Paper, easels and drawing materials were provided. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com